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News: UPFA decries TNA statements on draft constitution ...admits possibility of split in the grouping
Posted Date: 04/01/2019 (Friday)
The SLFP/UPFA yesterday ruled out its support for draft constitution that was to be presented to parliament before Independence Day, Feb 04. Addressing the media at National List MP Tilanga Sumathipala’s residence, UPFA MP Dilan Perera denied having a consensus as regards the proposed draft constitution with the UNP-TNA-JVP grouping.
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News: EU parliamentarians meet Finance Minister
Posted Date: 04/01/2019 (Friday)
Two European Union parliamentary Members, Lord William Dartmouth and Geoffrey Van Orden, who visited Sri Lanka as members of the "Friends of Sri Lanka Group", paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, at the latter’s office on January 2nd. During the call both the parties exchanged views on matters of
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Events: பேராசிரியர் பொன் பாலசுந்தரம்பிள்ளை உடன் கருத்துப்பகிர்வு இலங்கையில் தேர்தல் தொகுதிகளும் இலர்படுகளும்
Posted Date: 04/01/2019 (Friday)
Risingdun Restaurent, Sudburry hills, Harrow HA1 3QL
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News: New Year dawns with Political challenges for the country
Posted Date: 03/01/2019 (Thursday)
The New Year dawned with people exchanging well wishes. However, politically speaking, the country is poised to be riddled with more and more challenges in the months to come. The United National Party (UNP), with the overt support of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the covert support of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), managed to return to power after its dismissal from power on October 26, 2018. Back in power, the UNP has to overcome many a
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News: Trump mocks Indian PM for library in Afghanistan
Posted Date: 03/01/2019 (Thursday)
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, suggesting it was of no use. Trump brought up India's aid during a rambling press appearance at a cabinet meeting as he defended his push for the United States to invest less overseas. While stating that he got along with Modi, Trump said the Indian leader was "constantly telling me he built a library in Afghanistan." ADVERTISING "You know what that is? That's like five hours of what we spend," Trump said.
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Photos: Did negligence drown Kilinochchi in floody misery?
Posted Date: 03/01/2019 (Thursday)
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News: Sri Lankan History That is Taught to Children is Extremely Sinhala-centric, with Only a Few Paragraphs Mentioning the Jaffna Kingdom and the Tamil People.
Posted Date: 02/01/2019 (Wednesday)
In Grade 3, my Social Studies textbook described Sri Lanka as being a multicultural country, where people of all ethnicities lived together in harmony. What is ironic, and what my eight-year-old self didn’t realise, is that this was what I was being taught while the country was in an ethnic civil war. Fast-forward seven years to Grade 10, when I was learning about the history of the country
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News: China and US play the Great Game in South Asia US Navy using Sri Lanka to counter China's growing Indian Ocean presence
Posted Date: 01/01/2019 (Tuesday)
In the Great Game being played across the Indian Ocean, the U.S. Navy has its eye on Sri Lanka's northeastern port of Trincomalee to serve as a logistics hub for South Asian waters churned by India, Japan and China. Western diplomats in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, noted an upping of the stakes when a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier from the U.S. 7th Fleet dropped anchor early this month at Trincomalee, the world's second deepest natural harbor with great strategic value. The visit of
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News: ‘The Compassionate Buddha of the Rock’ by late Eassuwaren to be launched on 6 January
Posted Date: 31/12/2018 (Monday)
A book on ‘The Compassionate Buddha of the Rock,’ written by late Deshabandu Deivanayagam Pillai Eassuwaren, will be released on Sunday, 6 January, marking the first year remembrance of the author at a memorial ceremony to be held at the New Kathiresan Hall, Bambalapitiya.
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News: Political developments in Maldives, Sri Lanka and Rohingya crisis kept India busy
Posted Date: 31/12/2018 (Monday)
Political developments in the Maldives and Sri Lanka, the Rohingya refugee crisis arising out of Myanmar, mending ties with Nepal's new leadership and the situation in Afghanistan - neighbourhood diplomacy took up much of India's time in the year just ending.
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News: 2019; Go for a proper power- sharing model
Posted Date: 30/12/2018 (Sunday)
With the conclusion of an eventful year, climaxing with the dramatic events since October 26, one might need to anticipate another year where politics is probably going to take centre-stage. The President has told his dwindling party faithful to look forward to an election year. It could be any one, or all three – presidential, parliamentary, provincial.
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News: Will 2019 see abolition of Executive Presidency?
Posted Date: 30/12/2018 (Sunday)
The majority of Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentarians in the Government and Opposition are enjoying vacations overseas with family members for the Christmas and New Year holiday period while, few other MPs were holidaying in the cool climes of Nuwara Eliya and are unlikely to return to Colombo till the dawn of 2019.
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News: Long queues at BIA immigration points
Posted Date: 30/12/2018 (Sunday)
The Sri Lanka Immigration Officers Association (SLIOA) complains about the difficulties faced by passengers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) due to the setting up of new passport scanner machines at immigration points at the BIA. President of SLIOA, Aruna Kalugala said immigration clearance activities have slowed down
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News: Despite presidential order to release lands by 31 Dec Army still holds 14,769 acres
Posted Date: 30/12/2018 (Sunday)
Despite President Maithripala Sirisena’s directives to the relevant authorities to release lands, in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, to their original owners, before 31 December, the Sri Lanka Army still holds a total 14,769 acres. The Army has assured that 263.55 acres of lands to be released out of a total 14,769 acres being held.
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News: USAID partners with the government to strengthen the judiciary
Posted Date: 30/12/2018 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka’s judicial institutions have been weakened by several years of authoritarian governance of the previous regime and the recent political impasse violating the Constitution, legal professionals alleged. Since coming to power in 2015, the government has publicly committed to reforming the justice system and strengthening the rule of law but no action has been taken to accelerate judicial reforms, they said.
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News: Mawanella incident : CID probes monetary transactions
Posted Date: 30/12/2018 (Sunday)
Money transactions among those who vandalised the Buddha statues in the Mawanella police division and any other person or parties affiliated to a political party is being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), the Sunday Observer reliably learns. “The bank accounts of the suspects and any money transfer are being investigated by the
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News: Flood damage in North yet to be estimated-DMC
Posted Date: 30/12/2018 (Sunday)
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said they are yet to estimate the damages caused by the heavy floods in the Vanni District last week. Director DMC, Pradeep Kodippili said they are yet to survey the damage and the total cost the State has to bear.
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News: Govt. wants to create Sinhala-Muslim clash: Wimal
Posted Date: 30/12/2018 (Sunday)
The incumbent government was anticipating a Sinhala-Muslim clash in the country so that it would pave the way for them to fulfil the promises made to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa said today. Addressing a news briefing, he said it was evident that there was clear political hand behind
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News: India Wins Maldives and Sri Lanka Back, Corners China
Posted Date: 30/12/2018 (Sunday)
“India is not only our closest friend, it is our largest trading partner”. With those words, Maldives’ newly elected President Ibrahim Solih shut the door on a bitter past with its closest and biggest neighbor, promising to respect India’s “red lines” that his predecessor Abdulla Yameen had transgressed by his dalliance with China.
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News: 20A- A Red Herring
Posted Date: 29/12/2018 (Saturday)
The proposed 20th Amendment (20A) to the Constitution had its genesis soon after President Maithripala Sirisena won the 8 January, 2015 Presidential Poll (PP). 19A, unlike the proposed 20A, was passed in Parliament in April 2015. It diluted the powers of the Executive Presidency (EP). The efficacy of 19A was manifest when a full Bench Supreme Court, comprising seven Judges and chaired by the Chief Justice, unanimously
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