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New Constitution and some confusions…
Published Date: 08/10/2017 (Sunday)
Almost all politicians are more or less focused on the Constitutional reforms, with the focus slowly shifting towards the upcoming budget proposals that are to be presented to Parliament next month. The Constitutional reforms form a key step in Sri Lankan politics and have the potential to solve the longstanding ethnic problem which had plagued the country for over 30 years. Even the process is underway and the Steering Committee had released its interim report, there are voices that oppose this move. Nevertheless, the Tamil political leaders, at
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Political feasibility of a referendum for the constitution
Published Date: 08/10/2017 (Sunday)
The interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly is now on the table and there seems to be a stand off developing between the UNP and the pro-Sirisena SLFP over its contents. President Sirisena is being furiously assailed in pro-UNP websites like Lanka e News. Simultaneously we see the noose tightening around the UNP in relation to the bond scam. This is not to suggest that anybody is stage managing the events taking place in the Bond Commission – such a thing is not possible but it can be seen that the Bond
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Democracy forever
Published Date: 07/10/2017 (Saturday)
Foremost among the key objectives of the present Constitution making process is the abolition of the Executive Presidency, it was the demand of everybody. Many explained the corruption and fascistic terror as a result of Executive Presidency. Finding a durable political solution as an answer to the long-standing Tamil question was rejected by the Sinhala racists, but almost all agreed that Executive Presidency is very dangerous as it may result in a dictatorship.
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Police use tear gas at protest near Indian Consulate in H’tota
Published Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters opposite the Indian Consulate Office in Hambantota. The protest was organized by members of the ‘Joint Opposition’ including MP Namal Rajapaksa, against the agreement to handover operations of the Hambantota port and Mattala airport to two foreign companies.
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JO warned: stop dilly-dallying, quit constitutional making
Published Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
Breakaway JVP faction, the National Freedom Front (NFF) yesterday reiterated its call for the Joint Opposition (JO) to quit the UNP-led constitutional making process immediately or face the consequences. NFF spokesperson Mohammed Muzammil yesterday told The Island that a desperate government was taking advantage of the JO’s continuing involvement in the Geneva-led process meant to introduce a new Constitution.
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Show me a leader who has not supported federalism
Published Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
First govt. to suggest removal of ‘unitary state’ was one led by CBK UNP, LTTE agreed to explore solution to ethnic problem within framework of federalism Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara says 13A, which brought in federal structure, should be revoked Almost all political parties in the country or the leaders of them had at least once in their history been supportive of the federal system The proposals for Constitutional reforms prepared by that government in 1995 and popularly called ‘package’ described Sri Lanka as “a union of regions.”
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UN expert on transitional justice to review progress in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Mr. Pablo de Greiff, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 23 October 2017, to examine the progress made in redressing the legacies of massive past violations and abuses, including those that resulted from a conflict that spanned more than 25 years. In 2015, the Government of Sri Lanka committed itself to designing and implementing a comprehensive transitional justice strategy.
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TNA takes up NE re-merger with UK ...promises ‘constitutional protection’ to prevent separation
Published Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
TNA leader R. Sampanthan has called for re-merger of the Eastern and Northern Provinces during talks with visiting UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field at Westminster House in Colombo. Supreme Court de-merged the Eastern Province from the North in Oct 2006. The two provinces were linked in accordance with the Indo-Lanka Accord of July 1987 pending a referendum that was never held.
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OPINION: Sri Lanka's attempt to revive Enforced Disappearances Bill
Published Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
The enthusiasm shown by Sri Lankan government to get this controversial bill passed should be a matter of grave concern. How is it that the government is so interested in pushing this legislation when they show scant interest in everything else? Sri Lanka had planned to take up the ‘Bill to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance’ for debate in Parliament in July
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One of the largest engineering players in aid to Asia was hit with World Bank sanctions. What happens now?
Published Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
Australian-based SMEC, one of the world’s largest engineering services for aid and development projects, and four of its subsidiaries have been debarred by the World Bank for 108 months collectively for bribery and misrepresentation in its South Asia projects. The announcement was made last Thursday, with the World Bank revealing that the five SMEC subsidiaries made inappropriate payments in relation to World Bank-financed projects
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Hindu Jagran Manch and Vishwa Hindu Parishad stage protest
Published Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
Members of Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) have submitted a memorandum to the President of India through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar on Tuesday. They have demanded that military assistance should be extended to Government of Myanmar to stop attempted annihilation of Hindus in Rakhain, Myanmar. The Hindus in Rakhain have been living there for over 100 years and never
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Officials Ordered To Distribute Saudi Built Homes
Published Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the relevant officials to distribute tsunami houses constructed in Akkaraipattu by the Saudi Arabian government. The President had last week met officials of the Attorney General’s Department and others and instructed them to secure the release of the houses to be distributed in January to Muslim families. He had also said that he will seek the assistance of the Saudi government to renovate the houses if required.
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Sri Lanka opposition party to protest airport deal to Indian company
Published Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's main opposition party, mostly comprising loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, said today it will stage a protest against the proposed lease of an airport to an Indian company. The Joint Opposition, a political alliance formed by a right-wing faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and several left-wing parties, said they will protest on Friday against the proposed 40-year lease to an Indian company of the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa
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Govt. strengthened parliamentary democracy -PM
Published Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the present government has strengthened the parliamentary democracy through the enactment of several Acts. Addressing the house, the Prime Minister said the enactment of the 19th Constitutional Amendment paved the way for the establishment independent commissions. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the incumbent government established a number of
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Sampanthan Tells Professor G.L. Peiris That Misleading Sinhalese People On The Constitution Is A ‘Sin’
Published Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan has told former External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris that misleading the Sinhalese people on the matter of the new Constitution was a ‘sin’. Tweeting about the incident Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said, ‘Sambandan told Prof G L Pieris misleading innocent Sinhalese people on #SriLanka constitution is a sin. Rauf, Rishard and I witnessed.’
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SL has preserved democracy- Sampanthan 70th Anniversary of Parliament:
Published Date: 04/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday said in Parliament that Sri Lanka had in the 70 years preserved democratic governance through electoral processes though not completely without blemish. "The truth must be acknowledged that electoral process alone cannot ensure democratic governance," he said.
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What the World’s Emptiest International Airport Says About China’s Influence
Published Date: 03/10/2017 (Tuesday)
The four-lane highway leading out of the Sri Lankan town of Hambantota gets so little traffic that it sometimes attracts more wild elephants than automobiles. The pachyderms are intelligent — they seem to use the road as a jungle shortcut — but not intelligent enough, alas, to appreciate the pun their course embodies: It links together a series of white elephants, i.e. boondoggles, built and financed by the Chinese. Beyond the lonely
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Malwatte Mahanayake tells Dinesh : PRESIDENT, PM’s ASSURANCES ON CONSTITUTION SUFFICIENT
Published Date: 03/10/2017 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had said the proposed new Constitution would safeguard the country’s unitary status and the pre-eminent place afforded to Buddhism. Therefore, the country can rely and place confidence on the assurances given by them, Malwatte Mahanayake Most Ven.Tibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera said.
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China wants end to geopolitical competition in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 03/10/2017 (Tuesday)
China has called for an end to geopolitical competition in Sri Lanka, pointing out that all countries should work to promote mutual development. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, addressing a ceremony to mark the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the BMICH in Colombo last week, said that China would maximise the synergy of each other’s development strategies
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Sri Lankan monk among 7 jailed for attack on Rohingya
Published Date: 03/10/2017 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan authorities have arrested seven people, including at least one Buddhist monk, suspected of storming a United Nations safe house for Rohingya Muslim refugees last week. Monk Akmeenmana Dayaratana and another suspect were arrested Monday and ordered to remain behind bars until at least Oct. 9, said police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara. He said the other five suspects were arrested and remanded over the weekend.
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Foreign ministry’s shocking silence in Geneva
Published Date: 03/10/2017 (Tuesday)
The 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council closed just a few days back, on the 29th of September. At that session, there were allegations of genocide, systematic discrimination, rape and torture in custody, extrajudicial killings and militarization leveled at Sri Lanka besides a call by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al Hussein, for the second time in two sessions, for Universal Jurisdiction to be exercised. Universal Jurisdiction allows the courts of another country to prosecute a Sri Lankan citizen for alleged violations
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Constitutional Assembly proposes increase in civil society representatives
Published Date: 03/10/2017 (Tuesday)
The Interim Report on Constitutional Reforms submitted to the Constitutional Assembly (CA) by the Steering Committee last month has proposed to change the composition of Constitutional Council to increase civil society representatives. The ten-member Constitutional Council (CC), is an apex decision making body that makes recommendations with regard to the appointment of high ranking public and judicial officials
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PHU unhappy about status given to Buddhism
Published Date: 03/10/2017 (Tuesday)
The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today the Interim Report of the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reforms had craftily challenged the foremost status given to Buddhism despite the assurance given by MP Jayampathy Wickramaratne. PHU Leader and MP, Udaya Gammanpila said according to Dr. Wickramaratne the foremost status given to Buddhism had not been harmed.
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PM appeals to Parliament to work together for political solution
Published Date: 03/10/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today appealed to Parliament to work together to achieve a political solution for the national issue. The Prime Minister made the appeal when he addressed Parliament today during a special sitting of Parliament to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Parliamentary Democracy in Sri Lanka.
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HRC Issues Summons For Urgent Meeting On Rohingya Incident
Published Date: 01/10/2017 (Sunday)
The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has called for an urgent meeting tomorrow with several Ministries to discuss the incident involving Rohingya refugees. The Cultural Affaies Ministry, Justice Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and the Ministry of Law and Order are among the institutions summoned for the meeting tomorrow.
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