Lawyers commend SC decision

Views - 189 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Several lawyers who appealed on behalf of the Petitioners yesterday hailed the Supreme Court judgement, and commended it as a historic decision that upholds the democracy of Sri Lanka. President’s Counsel K. Kanag-Iswaran, who appeared for one of

Rishad says historic victory for Parliamentary democracy, boost for 19A

Views - 110 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Following the historic 13 December verdict of the Supreme Court, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) said that this victory is not just a victory against unconstitutional dissolution, but a triumph for Parliamentary democracy itself.   “From th

Only RW can resolve crisis: Vajira

Views - 348 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

United National Party (UNP) MP Vajira Abeywardena yesterday said the Supreme Court’s decision has proven that the Judiciary is independe

SLFP muzzles members

Views - 707 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) yesterday issued a statement banning its members from speaking on political shows on television and radio, unless prior approval has been given by party headquarters. The short statement requested all TV and radio

President should reappoint RW as PM: Sajith

Views - 618 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:31

Parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa yesterday appealed to President Maithripala Sirisena to end the Constitutional standoff by accepting MP Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister, and allowing the country to return to normal without further delay. Movin

PM post irrelevant: JVP

Views - 330 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:30

Sri Lanka’s two main political parties holding the Prime Minister post by turn has only resulted in the continuation of corruption and fraud, charged JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake in Parliament yesterday,insisting it is time for a change that

Skeletal remains of 21 children unearthed from Mannar mass grave

Views - 200 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:29

Three skeletal remains uncovered at the mass grave found in Mannar appear to have been tied with some substance, according to the Judicial Medical Officer in charge of the inspection Dr S. Rajapaksa. These skeletal remains have been submitted to the

MPs back Speaker’s decision to reconvene P’ment

Views - 192 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:29

Lawmakers of the UNP, ITAK and the JVP unanimously agreed yesterday that no decision of the Speaker could be challenged by any forum outside Parliament, including the Supreme Court. UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella, criticising UPFA’s recent decision to

Speaker informs President of Confidence Motion results

Views - 138 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:29

Following the Vote of Confidence yesterday, confirming UNP MP Ranil Wickremesinghe as having the confidence of Parliament, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has informed President Maithripala Sirisena of the results officially. In his letter to President Siris

Dullas outlines changes to 19th Amendment

Views - 476 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:16

In the wake of discussions over the possibility of bringing changes to the 19th Amendment, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Dullas Alahpperuma yesterday said specific clauses need to be included in the 19th Amendment to provide provisions to nam

Modi suffers biggest state election loss, boosting opposition

Views - 145 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:15

NEW DELHI (Reuters): The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party lost power in three key states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, dealing Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014 and boosting the oppo

P’ment Committee seeks TV footage on House brawl

Views - 88 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:15

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent  The Committee appointed to investigate the unruly behaviour of lawmakers after Parliament was reconvened on 14 November yesterday decided to seek evidence from television footage, in addition to CC

Embassy of Egypt lays foundation for Rs. 320 m new building

Views - 452 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:14

The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the new building of the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt was convened on 12 December at the Embassy premises at No. 39, Dr. Lester James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 05. Ambassador of the Arab Republic o

LCI President Yngvadottir commends SL’s contribution in humanitarian services

Views - 152 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

The first female International President of the 101-year-old Lions Clubs International (LCI) Gudrun Yngvadottir said that Sri Lankan Lions were important partners of the international family and their humanitarian services were commendable. “I am v

Stop Child Cruelty rewards ‘Creations for Real Change’ competition winners

Views - 72 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Stop Child Cruelty recently launched a nationwide children’s art competition to spread awareness to end corporal punishment. The awards ceremony for the competition was held ceremoniously on 18 November at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo

President directs essential commodities at reasonable prices for festive season

Views - 55 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena has directed the relevant officials to take steps to provide essential commodities to consumers at reasonable prices during this festive season. The President has also instructed them not to allow any shortages of essen

Politicians need to follow the law to resolve crisis says National Peace Council

Views - 52 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

The National Peace Council (NPC) yesterday stressed the need for politicians to follow the law to resolve the current crisis in the country. Following is the NPC’s full statement:  The political crisis that commenced with President Maithripala Sir

Nivard Cabraal says regime change panacea for Sri Lanka’s economic ills

Views - 313 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

The corrupt and imprudent management style of the Unity Government has led the country to doldrums, charged former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, who was seeking a new mandate for the former President and SLPP MP Mahinda Rajapaksa to bec

Former immigrant from Sri Lanka just made India’s most expensive movie

Views - 1744 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00 The man who bankrolled the science-fiction film 2.0, India’s costliest movie, is a former immigrant from Sri Lanka who is now running his family’s telecom, healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment conglomerate in th

SL diplomats take part in International Conference for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation, Moscow

Views - 106 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

On 10 December, the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation gathered more than 200 representatives of parliaments, diplomatic missions, and international organisations from over 50 countries for the International Conferen

Norway partners UNDP Sri Lanka to support peace, justice & strong institutions

Views - 97 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

The Norwegian Government has entered into a partnership agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka to extend support to UNDP Sri Lanka’s flagship portfolio on the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 16: Peace, Justice

UAE Embassy donates school stationery, uniforms to 9,000 needy students

Views - 319 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

By Mohammed Rasooldeen The Embassy of United Arab Emirates in Colombo donated school stationery and uniforms to more than 9,000 students from various parts of the island at the New Town Hall on Saturday. The event was coordinated by Azath Salley Fou

Forum in Jaffna calls for people-centred democracy

Views - 235 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

A forum on democracy held in memory of late Somesasunthary Krishnakumar, University of Jaffna Senior Lecturer in History, was held at the Trimmer Hall in Jaffna on 9 December. Activists, students, academics, journalists, artists and others from diff

Dambara Amila Thero disputes President’s actions

Views - 892 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:26

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday deferred for support on 7 January the fundamental rights petition filed by Dambara Amila Nayake Thero of Nalanda University College challenging the acts of President Maithripala Sirisena on the removal

Ranil says massive constitutional coup protest rally on 17 Dec.

Views - 277 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:26

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday informed UNP MPs, provincial councillors and organisers that a mass protest rally, which will see the participation of members of several political parties and civil society organisations, will be held in Col

President to ask SC to deliver dissolution verdict as soon as possible: Wimal

Views - 203 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:26

In a bid to end the country’s current political deadlock, President Maithripala Sirisena will today make a special request to Chief Justice Nalin de Silva through Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya for the Supreme Court’s decision on the Gazett

JVP accuses President of making bogus claims about 19A

Views - 176 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:25

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday charged that President Maithripala Sirisena’s claim that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was brought in haste was baseless and said it was discussed for months prior to its approval in Parliament

COYLE invites Spiritual Vacation Club to pursue investment opportunities

Views - 182 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:24

Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) gives assistance to springboard Spiritual Vacation Club (SVC) by permitting the presentation of their concept of spiritual awareness and discuss investment opportunities in their wellness villas and condo

Boosting regional synergies for growth

Views - 268 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:10

South Asia, despite being the least integrated region in the world, has the potential to tap strong trade and development with the right policies and proper implementation, experts said yesterday. Delivering the inaugural address at the 30th Annivers

SL’s SEC work on World Investor Week gets IOSCO spotlight

Views - 78 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:57

World Investor Week (WIW) is a week-long, global campaign promoted by The International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection and highlight the various initiatives

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Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.

Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti

Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist

Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new

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