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JVP raps President again for crisis; calls for reappointment of Ranil as PM

Views - 34 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:32

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday charged that President Maithripala Sirisena was the root cause of the current political crisis in the country. Listing out reasons for not participating in the party leaders me


Peaceful demo for democracy today by young professionals

Views - 35 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:31

Youth and young professional across Sri Lanka will today launch a movement to rally support to hold elected official accountable to democratic values or suffer the consequences of being voted out of office. A spokesman said Sri Lankan democracy had r


US underscores democratic outcome to political developments in Sri Lanka

Views - 16 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:31

The United States, sharing commitment with Indo-Pacific nations to advance regional interests, has stressed to achieve an outcome consistent with democratic principles to political developments in Sri Lanka. Senior US officials, in a meeting with cou


MR to meet his MPs today

Views - 32 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:31

President Maithripala Sirisena-appointed Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to meet MPs supportive of him from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today to decide their future course in terms of parti


MR celebrates 73rd birthday with Sirisena

Views - 135 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:31

MP Mahinda Rajapaksa received birthday best wishes from President Maithripala Sirisena, Ministers and MPs after the all-party meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. A birthday cake was cut at this occasion


Norway provides $ 3.5 million for local empowerment through ILO

Views - 14 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:15

Norway has extended support up to NOK 30 million ($ 3.5 million) to expand the ongoing project on ‘Local Empowerment through Economic Development and Reconciliation’ (LEED+) implemented by ILO. Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka Thorbjørn Gausta


President tells public servants to do their duties without weakening State sector

Views - 16 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:14

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the heads of the Government institutions to deliver public services in a more comprehensive and efficient manner without allowing those services to deteriorate as well as to do the activities o


SLPP blames Speaker for behaviour

Views - 171 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:51

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday attempted to defend its actions in Parliament by heaping its misbehaviour on the actions of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. “If the Speaker continues to behave like this, there is no way that Parliament can c


Bishop of Colombo expresses shock and dismay over Sirisena’s move

Views - 715 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

Rt. Revd. Dhiloraj R. Canagasabey, Bishop of Colombo, in a statement said The Diocese of Colombo of the Church of Ceylon is shocked and greatly dismayed by the dissolution of Parliament by the President. Following is the full text of the statement: T


Ready for any position: Sajith

Views - 551 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday said that he stands ready to accept any responsibility or position given to him by the party. Rejecting the constitutional crisis crippling the nation for three weeks, MP Premadasa


Zahira College Annual Prize Giving today

Views - 121 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:01

Zahira College Colombo has organised the 126th Annual Prize Giving Ceremony which will be held on 17 November at 2.30 p.m. at the College Abdul Ghaffoor Auditorium. It will be held under the patronage of Principal Trizviiy Marikar. Wayamba U


Defence Secretary visits Air Force HQ

Views - 94 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Ministry of Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando visited the Sri Lanka Air Force Headquarters (AFHQ) in Colombo this week. Upon being received by the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathi, the Defence Secretary was accorded a Guard


President visits Ministry of Lands

Views - 108 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Ministry of Lands and observed its functioning this week. After inquiring into process of granting title deeds at the Land Commissioner General’s Department, the President explained the necessity of make m


Jayatilleka briefs Chair of Int’l Affairs Committee of Federation Council, Russian Parliament

Views - 122 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka on Thursday (15 November) made his first visit to the Russian Parliament, starting from its highest international relations authority – Dr. Constantin I. Kosachev, Ambassador


‘RTI in the hands of the people now’: RTI Commissioner S.G. Punchihewa

Views - 101 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

“Only about 5% of applications for information are having to reach the appeals stage at the RTI Commission,” according to Human Rights Lawyer, activist and RTI Commissioner S.G. Punchihewa, speaking at the recent launch of the Report on a study c


Sri Lanka, without Prime Minister and Cabinet, grinds to political halt

Views - 396 Friday, 16 November 2018 09:48

REUTERS: Sri Lanka appeared to be politically rudderless on Thursday as the Speaker of Parliament declared there was no functioning Prime Minister or Cabinet after a no confidence vote the previous day.


Rival members of the Parliament gesture

Views - 185 Friday, 16 November 2018 09:37

Rival members of the Parliament gesture at each other next to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya (centre-right, seated) during clashes among politicians at a session of Parliament in Colombo on 15 November.


Let the people’s sovereignty prevail: Mahinda

Views - 164 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Making a statement in Parliament, MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday called on all parties to support a motion to dissolve Parliament to enable the people to decide who their representatives should be. He said that in similar situations in the past, Parl


Speaker rejects President’s allegations, reiterates he acted constitutionally on NCM

Views - 133 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday refuted the allegations levelled at him by President Maithripala Sirisena and accused him of causing “an unnecessary conflict” between the Executive and the Legislature by his actions. “The country has plunged


SLPP raises concerns over MP safety

Views - 108 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday raised concerns over the safety of parliamentarians and said they could not accept the behaviour of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya after the events that transpired in Parliament. The ten


Constitutional, Parliamentary crisis worsening due to AG Dept. oversight: SB

Views - 402 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Parliamentarian S.B. Dissanayake yesterday claimed that the crisis in Parliament was getting worse as a result of the failure of lawyers from the Attorney General’s Department to recommend the prorogationof Parliament until th


SB condemns behaviour of MPs in P’ment

Views - 183 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Parliamentarian S.B. Dissanayake said that he was ashamed of the behaviour of legislators in Parliament yesterday. “The behaviour of the MPs was shameful and sad. This is not the way we should solve problems. Despite different political opinions, a


Shalendra Mendis appointed GroupM Sri Lanka’s new Digital Media Director

Views - 244 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

In a move to further strengthen the company’s digital media strategies, GroupM, Sri Lanka’s leading media investment management and consolidation agency, has announced the appointmentof Shalendra Mendis as Director of Digital Media. With many Sri


SLIM Brand Excellence awards tonight

Views - 109 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

The 17th edition of SLIM Brand Excellence will take place today, 16 November, at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. The Chief Guest of the evening will be Deshamanya Lalith De Mel, the first Sri Lankan on the main board of a top 100 company in the UK. Th


Sampanthan says Legislature has proven its independency

Views - 291 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:59

The Leader of the Opposition and TNA Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday declared that the Legislature of the country has shown its independence. He made this remark during a press conference after the Parliamentary session yesterday. “Since 26 October


Counter Terrorism bill not consistent with Constitution, SC tells P’ment

Views - 365 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:58

The Supreme Court has determined that in terms of Article 123(1) of the Constitution, Clauses 4(a), 4(b) and 68(5) of the Counter Terrorism Bill (CTB) Bill violate Article 3 of the Constitution and Clause 93(3) of the Bill violates Articles 3 and 4 o


Sirisena-MR Govt. still stands, says Cabinet Spokesman

Views - 152 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:58

Refusing to accept the results of the no confidence motion moved in Parliament yesterday, the two Cabinet Spokesmen appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday insisted their Government was still functional and legal. Both Co-Spokesmen app


Speaker to decide on new seating arrangement today

Views - 743 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:58

The new seating arrangement in Parliament will be decided by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya this morning in the wake of the no confidence motion passed against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government yesterday. The Speaker wrote to President Mai


US Envoy glad Parliament fulfilling constitutional role once again

Views - 115 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:58

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz yesterday said she was glad that the Parliament was once again fulfilling its constitutional role. The newly-appointed US envoy was among a large number of foreign diplomats present in the Gallery during t


UNP to hold a massive rally today at Lipton Circus

Views - 1606 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:57

The United National Party (UNP) will hold a mass protest rally at Lipton Circus in Colombo today at 3 p.m. Members of the Maha Sangha, civil organisations and professionals along with the United National Front supporters will take part in the rally t


Today's Columnists

Taking sides – on the side of the law

Monday, 19 November 2018

I am under criticism for “taking sides” in the ongoing dispute between the UNF and UPFA. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has accused me thus: “Yesterday a commissioner from the Elections Commission went to the Supreme Court saying that the P


Hang the House! It’s OUR country, future, etc.

Monday, 19 November 2018

I have rarely if ever empathised with the Sri Lanka Police Department. But when I saw those hapless cops ducking chilli bombs in Parliament, my heart went out to those whom I had previously seen as simply being PC Plods or Mr Goons. Sorry to say that


The only way out

Monday, 19 November 2018

Leaving aside the legalities, politicalities, constitutionalities and the complexities of the current imbroglio in which the nation is grounded (temporarily), the underlying issues in the constitutional crisis can be reduced to one single question: a


Man-made constitutional crisis: Personal vendettas should not be allowed to destroy the country

Monday, 19 November 2018

President is simply one presiding over an entity of people It all came to surface as the culmination of a personal vendetta between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The country at large knew of it when the Pre


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