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News: Media freedom at a time of crisis
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
While Sri Lanka faces a political crisis, the United Nations on Friday marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists worldwide. The UN says that for the past twelve year, 2006-2017, close to 1010 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the people. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems.
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News: Sri Lanka AG signals illegal sacking of PM - Update
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka’s Attorney-General refusing to respond to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s query about the legality of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's sacking is seen by legal observers as the clearest sign that he does not consider it constitutional. Soon after President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Premier Wickremesinghe on Friday and followed it up a day later with a 20-day suspension of parliament, Speaker Jayasuriya sought Attorney General (AG) Jayantha Jayasuriya’s opinion.
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News: Trishaw fares down by Rs.5 from midnight
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Following Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s assurance that he would consider a revision of fuel pricing methodology, the National Three-Wheeler Federation yesterday said they would reduce the fare of the second kilometer by Rs. 5 from midnight today. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Federation Chairman Sunil Jayawardana said the decision was taken following the speech made by Prime Minster Mahinda Rajapaksa when he assumed duties as the Finance Minister at the Ministry.
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News: Tension at Temple Trees
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
The Official Residence of the Prime Minister Temple Trees went into few minutes of tension today, when two men claimed to be from the office of newly appointed Prime Minister, came claiming to get an inventory of the items that were in the premises. People who were inside the Temple Trees were provoked and were heard shouting, sources said.
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News: Speaker Meets President: Sirisena Says He Is Willing To "Consider" Convening Parliament Before November 16
Posted 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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News: Speaker Meets President: Sirisena Says He Is Willing To "Consider" Convening Parliament Before November 16
Posted 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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News: Prime Minister assumes duties as Finance
Posted 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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Photos: Maldives: The tortuous ordeal of a prisoner in paradise
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Sri Lanka: A battleground for India-China rivalry
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
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News: Mahinda says they will immediately hold PC elections
Posted 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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Events: Ideas, capital and people on the move Conference on Diaspora engagement in Sri lanka's Post-war development, reconcilliation, and sustainable peace
Posted Date: 29/10/2018 (Monday)
Renuka City hotel, Jasmine hall, Colombo 3
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Events: MOVING TOWARDS A NEW UN
Posted Date: 29/10/2018 (Monday)
Hilton London Euston 17-18 Upper Woburn Place London WC1H 0HT
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News: Stern action if anyone obstructs RW from functioning as PM: Sagala
Posted 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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News: Recent developments in Sri Lanka a threat to Tamils, says Stalin
Posted 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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News: 'Sunday Observer' Taken Over By SLFP-SLPP Unions: UNP's Politically Appointed Editor Unwilling To "Tow Editorial Line"
Posted 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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News: Friday Forum condemns president’s methods
Posted 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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News: Provincial Governors express support to Prez, PM
Posted 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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News: One dead in Sri Lanka shooting as political crisis escalates
Posted 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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News: Wimal warns Ranil to leave by 8am tomorrow
Posted 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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News: Prez had issues on UNP’s reaction to assassination plot: Nimal Siripala
Posted 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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