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Buddhist monks march demanding Parliament be reconvened soon

Views - 1077 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 02:03

The Maha Sangha yesterday convened to demand President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament soon to end the political crisis which has engulfed the island nation for the past two weeks since the abrupt dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickre


Over 40 Sri Lankan students duped into working in Taiwan slaughterhouses

Views - 258 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 02:02

(Taiwan News) TAIPEI: The University of Kang Ning has been reprimanded by the Ministry of Education for allowing over 40 of its Sri Lankan students to work in slaughterhouses in Taipei and Tainan, reported China Times. Sri Lankan students currently s


Speaker conspiring to create negative impression of MR appointment: SLPP

Views - 172 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:15

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday accused that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had been working as an agent of Ranil Wickremesinghe, to create a negative impression among the international community over the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Pri


JVP plans demonstrations on 9 Nov against unconstitutional power transfer

Views - 233 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:14

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has organised mass protests, demonstrations and seminars in several towns in the island on 9 November, to protest against the unconstitutional and unethical political conspiracy carried out against the people, JVP lead


UNP hails Speaker’s stand on current status quo

Views - 103 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:14

The United National Party yesterday hailed the statement issued by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, calling for democracy to prevail. UNP Parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva welcomed the statement given by Speaker Jayasuriya “albeit a bit late”. “The S


FR case against prorogation of Parliament: AG says SC cannot go into the matter

Views - 1574 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:14

The Rights Petition against the prorogation of Parliament cannot be taken up in Court because the prorogation is a decision taken by the President, the Attorney General stated yesterday (5), raising preliminary objections on the matter. Additional So


Rajitha cautiously optimistic about discussions with President

Views - 509 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:12

Indicating a possibility of an amicable solution to the current constitutional crisis in the country, UNF strongman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said that he had fruitful discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena. Speaking at a media b


Adjournment of Parliament is a serious democratic violation: Rauff Hakeem

Views - 1201 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:43

Following is an extract of the interview Rauff Hakeem had with BBC Tamil and Sinhala Services at the Parliament.


IORA Ministers welcome Sri Lanka’s lead in Maritime Safety and Security

Views - 181 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:37

The Indian Ocean Rim Association held its 20th Committee of Senior Officials and 18th Council of Ministers sessions from 31 October to 2 November in Durban, South Africa on the theme: Uniting the people of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East


Kamer Nizamdeen arrives in SL

Views - 864 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:36

Kamer Nizamdeen, the Sydney university student who faced terrorism charges over an alleged plot to kill several Australian Government members, arrived at the Katunayake International Airport yesterday.


Stop Child Cruelty launches children’s competition to spread awareness to end corporal punishment

Views - 82 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

Stop Child Cruelty has launched a nationwide competition in its efforts to raise awareness continuously to End Corporal Punishment in Sri Lanka – Vision 2020 (ECP 2020), under the slogan ‘Sri Lanka without Corporal Punishment by 2020’, a nation


Sri Lankan press freedom crushed following Mahinda Rajapaksa’s return

Views - 231 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

The National: Editorial independence was lost in just a half hour at The Sunday Observer, the weekly English-language newspaper where until a week ago, well-known Sri Lankan journalist Dharisha Bastians served as Editor. On 26 October, at 7.30pm loca


What Sri Lanka’s political crisis means for India and China

Views - 625 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

CNN: Observers in Beijing and Delhi are watching events in Sri Lanka closely to see what the country’s constitutional crisis means for a bigger contest: the race for influence in the Indian Ocean region. Political turmoil in the island nation was t


JVP meets with Opposition leader

Views - 121 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday called on Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan. The decision to meet the Opposition Leader and agents of civil organisations regarding the political instability of the country has been tak


JVP welcomes Speaker’s statement

Views - 62 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday welcomed the statement made by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that he would have to recognise the previous status quo in Parliament until a clear majority was


19A expressly removed presidential power to sack PM, say top academics

Views - 49 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:09

The objective of the 19th Amendment was to move towards a parliamentary democracy by expressly repealing the power of the President to remove the Prime Minister that existed under the provisions of the ori


High Commissioner Austin Fernando assumes duties in India

Views - 18 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:00

High Commissioner Austin Fernando assumed duties on 2 November as the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi. Austin Fernando was educated at Richmond College, Galle. He completed a BA degree from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, and later


Navin says no international support for Sirisena-Rajapaksa faction

Views - 1169 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:03

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday said that President Maithripala Sirisena and his newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa do not have any international support and so far, no country had congratulated the latter. “Even the Chines


SLPP says no ETCA, FTAs in the future

Views - 326 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:03

Parliamentarian Rohitha Abeygunawardena said yesterday that the Free Trade Agreements (FTA) which affect the economy would not be initiated in the future. “We are not expecting to sign any FTA which hinders the independence of the Sri Lankan econom


New composition of CC after P’ment reconvenes

Views - 663 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:03

By Nuwan Senarathna With the appointment of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena, the new composition of the Constitutional Council (CC) would be decided after Parliament convenes, Sri Lanka Podujana


TNA push Parliament to end crisis

Views - 143 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:01

AFP: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party on Sunday urged the President to reconvene Parliament and end a worsening political crisis, as the minority ethnic community emerge as kingmakers in the power struggle. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) could tip


Two Cabinet Ministers, State Minister and Deputy Minister sworn in

Views - 916 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:01

Three United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarians were sworn yesterday as Cabinet Ministers and a State Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. MP Dinesh Gunawardena was sworn in as the Minister


Ranawaka says tax reductions political ploy

Views - 411 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:01

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) yesterday claimed that the tax reduction announced by the Finance Ministry last week was purely an effort to remain in power and was not for the long-term benefit of the economy.   The newly-appointed Treasury Secretar


LAWASIA monitoring SL situ but no visit planned

Views - 97 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:00

LAWASIA said yesterday that although it was monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka, no decision had been made with regard to sending a fact-finding team. It was responding to an FT article on Saturday to the effect that it had resolved to dispatch an


Tamil prisoners may be released to tilt scales in favour of Rajapaksa:

Views - 465 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:00

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son MP Namal Rajapaksa yesterday indicated that the long-held demand of the Tamil minority community to release all Tamil prisoners may be fulfilled soon, a move aimed at persuading Tamil legislators to support


Building resilience of 8,250 students through tsunami simulation drills

Views - 162 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:34

To reduce the loss of lives associated with tsunamis, five tsunami drills were conducted in five schools in Sri Lanka recently. These drills are part of 90 drills conducted in 90 schools across 18 countries including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indo


Vote on Account defeat would not dissolve P’ment: SLFP

Views - 336 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:33

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) yesterday said under the 19th Amendment, even if a Vote on Account or No-Confidence Motion is defeated in Parliament, the House would not have to be dissolved. According to the 19th A


RW-GR meeting fails to break deadlock

Views - 1989 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:33

A sudden hush-hush meeting between ousted Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Thursday was the cause of wild speculation, but officials said the discussion was aimed at a peaceful resolutio


Ambassador Azmi Thassim calls on President of Shura Council of Saudi Arabia

Views - 130 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:28

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim called on Dr. Abdullah ibn Mohammed ibin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, President of the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia at the Council premises in Riyadh on 22 October. Shura Council is the Consultative Assembl


Discussion on MMDA reports

Views - 219 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:27

A Symposium on Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act Reports discussed President’s Counsel Faiz Mustapha’s MMDA reports, and Retired Justice Saleem Marsoof’s MMDA reports. This was held at Hotel Marin


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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca


The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


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