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Speaker Meets President: Sirisena Says He Is Willing To "Consider" Convening Parliament Before November 16
Published Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
During a discussion held with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, President Maithripala Sirisena has said he will "consider" convening Parliament before November 16. The meeting had lasted for over an hour and the sources close to President Sirisena said the discussion was "cordial".
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Prime Minister assumes duties as Finance
Published Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has assumed duties as the Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, a short while ago. Addressing the event, he stated that the fuel price formula introduced by the past government has to be changed.
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Mahinda says they will immediately hold PC elections
Published Date: 29/10/2018 (Monday)
Issuing a press release Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the country is in a state of uncertainty. He states at this moment of national peril he accepted the invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena to assume the position of Prime Minister, as the people expected their leadership and protection.
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Stern action if anyone obstructs RW from functioning as PM: Sagala
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
The government would pursue stern action against anyone obstructing Ranil Wickremesinghe from functioning as the Prime Minister, Mr. Wickremesinghe's Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayaka said. In a statement, he said the Prime Minister's position was rightfully Mr. Wickremesinghe’s.
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Recent developments in Sri Lanka a threat to Tamils, says Stalin
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
DMK president M.K. Stalin on Saturday said the overnight ‘mysterious’ changes in Sri Lankan government and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s swearing-in as the Prime Minister of the country without majority had posed a major threat to Tamils, who had been denied their rights and subjected to repression.
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'Sunday Observer' Taken Over By SLFP-SLPP Unions: UNP's Politically Appointed Editor Unwilling To "Tow Editorial Line"
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
The state-controlled weekend newspaper 'The Sunday Observer' has been taken over by the SLFP/SLPP affiliated trade unions and all prominent stories on its front page indicate support to President Maithripala Sirisena and his Prime minister-appointee Mahinda Rajapaksa. The top story of the week, taking a strong pro-Rajapaksa line, says 20 UNPers will cross over
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Friday Forum condemns president’s methods
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
The Friday Forum condemned strongly, the manner in which President MaithripalaSirisena has attempted to sack the duly appointed Prime Minister of the country and install former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister. "It is a matter of great concern for the nation that in doing so, he has failed to follow Constitutional procedures that required him to ensure that the Prime Minister had lost the
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Provincial Governors express support to Prez, PM
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
Governors of all provinces expressed their unstinted support and cooperation to President Maithripala Sirisena and the new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today. They told the media in Colombo that the action taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister save the country at the last moment.
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One dead in Sri Lanka shooting as political crisis escalates
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
One person has been killed and two others wounded in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, when a bodyguard of a cabinet minister under ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe opened fire at a crowd of protesters. The shooting on Sunday came as President Maithripala Sirisena, in a televised speech,
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Wimal warns Ranil to leave by 8am tomorrow
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa has warned Ranil Wickremesinghe to leave Temple Trees by 8am tomorrow. Weerawansa told reporters today that if Wickremesinghe fails to leave then the public will be forced to put him out.
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Prez had issues on UNP’s reaction to assassination plot: Nimal Siripala
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena had issues with how Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNP reacted to the assassination plot on him, SLFP MP Nimal Siripala De Silva said.. He told a news conference that the President had received information and reports on the assassination plot and that he had discussed the matter with the UPFA members.
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PARADISE LOST? PRELIMINARY NOTES ON A CONSTITUTIONAL COUP
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
There were three dramatic announcements on the evening of Friday 26th October 2018 from the Presidential Secretariat, which occurred in the following order: (a) the announcement of the withdrawal of the UPFA from the government; (b) the swearing-in of Mahinda Rajapaksa before President Maithripala Sirisena as the Prime Minister; and (c) the announcement that the President has informed Ranil Wickremesinghe in writing that he has been removed from the office of Prime Minister under Article 42(4).
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Sri Lanka President sacks PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, appoints ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse as new premier
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
Maithripala Sirisena installed Sri Lanka’s controversial former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse as the country’s new prime minister Friday, in a shock move that plunged the island into an unprecedented constitutional crisis. Sirisena’s office announced the surprise decision after the president sacked incumbent premier Ranil Wickremesinghe -- who insisted that he was still the legitimate prime minister and would fight his dismissal in court.
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Peace education for prisoners
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
The Peace Education Programme is presently implementing a volunteer-run programme of healing in 24 locations in Sri Lanka including in prisons/correctional facilities, rehabilitation clinics, administrative centres, social services departments and with youth and war veterans for the purpose of reducing violence in society.
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The big media divide Sinhala (and English) and Tamil media continue to paint two opposite pictures
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
If a foreigner who can read both Sinhala and Tamil goes through the newspapers published in Sri Lanka in those two languages he might conclude that he was reading newspapers published in two countries. There is such a vast and strange gap between the priorities of Sinhala and Tamil newspapers.
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Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Prime Minister
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been sworn in as the Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, a short while ago. Ada Derana has received video footage of the swearing in ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, recorded from mobile phones of the politicians present.
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Post GSP+ exports to EU up 18%
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
After receiving GSP plus in May 2017, Sri Lankan exports have increased by 18% to EU, said Ambassador of European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka and Maldives Tung-Lai Margue was at the National Chamber (NCCSL) hosted event.
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Challenge for Tamil Polity – ITAK Chair
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
Chairman of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK), the main constituent Party of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), C.V.K. Sivagnanam said that while former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran’s new political journey would be a challenge for the Tamil polity, it would however, not severely impact the political parties of the Northern and Eastern Province.
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Estate workers at Galle Face
Published Date: 25/10/2018 (Thursday)
Estate workers from the up country and other areas thronged the Galle Face promenade making a plea that their daily wage be made Rs.1,000 yesterday. They were allowed to gather at the Galle Face ground where they held a meeting airing their grievances for the attention of authorities and the government.
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Tamil reporter harassed by Sri Lanka’s anti-terrorism police
Published Date: 24/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to end the harassment to which the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) is subjecting an independent Tamil journalist, Uthayarasa Shalin, on entirely spurious grounds.
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UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali
Published Date: 24/10/2018 (Wednesday)
The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the request for Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure to leave the troubled West African nation was made “based on recently received information.” He gave no details.
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Victim’s families ignore LTTE atrocities
Published Date: 23/10/2018 (Tuesday)
Rear Admiral Dr Sarath Weerasekera (SW) dropped a bombshell, recently, at an event organized by the Eliya at Homagama. Since 2017, the Eliya had been addressing the educated masses in various districts. These events mainly aim to highlight the dangers of the new Constitution that is in the pipeline, as well as the consequences of various Amendments made presently to the existing one.
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“Gota War” Intensifies: Kumara Welgama Says Gamini Lokuge Is The Man Who Burned Down Jaffna Library
Published Date: 23/10/2018 (Tuesday)
Intensifying the internal power struggle within the Joint Opposition, JO Parliamentarian Kumara Welgama hit out at his party colleague Gamini Lokuge saying the latter was responsible for burning down the Jaffna library.
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The terror of counter-terror laws
Published Date: 22/10/2018 (Monday)
With the second reading of the Counter Terrorism Bill scheduled for Tuesday (23), rights activists are still raising grave concerns about the proposed legislation. For about 40 years, the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) served as a license for torture, sexual violence, enforced disappearances, and prolonged detention. Three years have passed since the governmental commitment to repeal it, and it must be done now.
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CID Says It Has Sufficient Evidence To Arrest CDS: Beleaguered Admiral Makes Public Appearance With Sirisena
Published Date: 21/10/2018 (Sunday)
Sirisena and Wijegunaratne were seen sharing the stage together at the ‘Sathviru Abhiman’ military welfare event in Colombo, attended by soldiers and their family members. The event took place a day before the case relating to the killings of the 11 youth came before the Colombo Fort Magistrate. On behalf of the CID, IP Nishantha Silva informed Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that they had sufficient evidence to arrest Admiral Wijegunaratne
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