President rightfully restores Ranil as PM

Views - 650 Monday, 17 December 2018 03:12

By Chathuri Dissanayake Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, bringing an end to a seven-week-long stand-off with the President, in what signalled an uneasy truce between the two sides. Wickremesin

Mahinda’s cameo ends

Views - 4899 Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:03

President Maithripala Sirisena-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday decided to quit, ending seven weeks of political turmoil in the country, as ousted Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe readies to retake oaths tomorrow.

Judicious justice!

Views - 1780 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

In a landmark judgement, a seven-judge Bench of the Supreme Court yesterday unanimously ruled that the Gazette dissolving Parliament, issued by President Maithripala Sirisena on 9 November, was unconstitutional, and Parliament cannot be dissolved unt

RW wins confidence motion in P’ment

Views - 765 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:23

Reasserting his majority in Parliament, UNP leader MP Ranil Wickremesinghe won the Vote of Confidence yesterday in Parliament, receiving 117 votes with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) declining to participate.

Paralysis pains plantations

Views - 1308 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Amidst political paralysis in the country, the plantation industry is battling their own crisis over what it described as an “unfair” wage hike demand by unions, who have struck work causing nearly Rs. 2 billion in losses in a week, with more dam

President to appoint new govt. if P’ment undissolved: SLFP

Views - 3866 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:18

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party yesterday made an “appeal” to the Judiciary to deliver the decision on the Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament soon to “save the country from anarchy.”

Political crisis speeds up dollar outflows

Views - 1598 Monday, 10 December 2018 03:16

The ongoing unprecedented political crisis has triggered a faster outflow of dollars from Sri Lanka’s debt and capital markets as per the latest provisional data. Wealth Trust Securities said the week ended 5 December saw a foreign outflow of Rs.

Nation awaits judgment day

Views - 4857 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:10

The Supreme Court yesterday concluded the hearing of multiple Fundamental Rights petitions against the move to dissolve the Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena as well as several intervening petitions, and extended the Interim Order against

Political deadlock worries foreign companies in SL

Views - 1241 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Releasing a statement, warn of economic consequences Say international investors are losing confidence in biz environment Call on Govt. to restore stability through democratic institutions Ask assistance to continue FDI promotions on behalf of SL

US urges responsible and quick end to SL crisis

Views - 2330 Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:18

By Nisthar Cassim Stressing that it has no favourites in the contest, the United States this week urged Sri Lankan leaders to resolve the political crisis responsibly and promptly, as it has far reaching socio-economic consequences, apart from damagi

Lawful govt. essential before polls: Ranil

Views - 910 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday insisted that only he commanded the majority in the House needed to form a government, reiterating the need to return to the constitutional framework before the country could opt for e

MS-MR muddle gets murkier

Views - 5839 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 01:01

By Chathuri Dissanayake The Court of Appeal yesterday issued an interim order restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed to the post of Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena, and his Cabinet of Ministers from functioning in office.

MR makes case for general elections

Views - 1062 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:49

As the constitutional deadlock enters its fifth week, President Maithripala Sirisena-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday issued a detailed statement arguing for the necessity of general elections and called on the public to consider

Dialogue deadlock

Views - 6081 Saturday, 1 December 2018 02:04

By Chathuri Dissanayake President Maithripala Sirisena is now considering rescinding the order to dissolve Parliament, showing signs of loosening the deadlock between the Executive and Legislature while talks with political parties opposing his decis

President signals thawing of stance

Views - 2037 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

The deadlock between the Executive and Legislature showed signs of easing yesterday as President Maithripala Sirisena and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya met after a hiatus of close to two weeks and Sirisena scheduled to meet the United National Front (UNF)

Admiral docked!

Views - 8162 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:30

Stunning scenes unfolded outside the Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday, when the country’s highest ranking military official, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijeguneratne, was remanded for allegedly protecting the leader of a Navy abductio

President plans to bypass P’ment to fund Govt. expenses

Views - 3325 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena will use constitutional provisions that enable him to access public funds sans parliamentary approval to fund government expenditure until March 2019 in place of a Budget if Parliament is dissolved, his spokesman said y

Kabir gives wakeup call to Sirisena

Views - 2615 Tuesday, 27 November 2018 01:21

UNP Chairman Kabir Hashim yesterday gave a wakeup call to President Maithripala Sirisena over his comments to foreign correspondents on Sunday. Hashim said that President Maithripala Sirisena, at a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents Association

No return for RW as PM, says MS

Views - 1171 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:57

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday indicated a softening of his stance, saying that he would be willing to accept results of the vote scheduled in Parliament on 29 November but was firm that he would not reappoint MP Ranil Wickremesinghe as Pri

MR faces legal battle over Premiership after string of defeats in P’ment votes

Views - 9670 Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:06

Delivering another Friday night twist to the ongoing political turmoil, 122 members of Parliament filed legal action yesterday, challenging the authority of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to hold office

Rs. 54.4 b worth of State payments outstanding

Views - 1695 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

A staggering Rs. 54.4 billion payment by the State is outstanding as of 16 November, according to Finance Ministry sources. The outstanding bills include both recurrent and capital expenditure. Of the amount outstanding, over 70% or around Rs. 38.8

Moody’s rating decision unfounded: Central Bank

Views - 469 Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:00

The Central Bank yesterday said the credit rating downgrade by Moody’s does not properly reflect the country’s macroeconomic fundamentals and is therefore unwarranted. Moody’s downgraded the Government of Sri Lanka’s foreign currency issuer a

Economy at edge of “abyss” says UNP

Views - 1164 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is on the precipice of an “economic abyss”, warned prominent members of the United National Party (UNP) yesterday, calling on President Maithripala Sirisena to accept the decision of Parliament so Budget 2019 could be presented at the e

UNP moves to limit public funds to PM

Views - 1290 Tuesday, 20 November 2018 01:04

Upping the ante after two votes on the No Confidence Motion, a group of United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarians yesterday presented a motion to limit access of public funds by the Prime Minister’s Office, to a quieter than usual Parliament.

President pushes P’ment as panacea to political crisis

Views - 1704 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

All-party meeting chaired by President sans JVP ends inconclusively Sirisena tells parties to reach compromise, follow due process and conduct business with respect and decorum Asks not to allow party supporters to converge in Parliament today, says

Havoc in the House

Views - 1641 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:01

A second vote on the no confidence motion against MP Mahinda Rajapaksa passed yesterday with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya being forced to conduct the session from behind a human shield as Rajapaksa loyalists unleashed havoc in the House. Regardless of P

Sirisena agrees to fresh vote today

Views - 6240 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

By Chathuri Dissanayake The standoff between President Maithripala Sirisena and United National Party (UNP) led Parliamentarians showed signs of easing yesterday with the Executive agreeing to accept the decision of the Legislature if the vote for n

Parliament proves its prowess

Views - 3053 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

Amidst scenes of pandemonium, a no confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government was rushed through Parliament last morning, with several political parties jointly supporti

SC saves democracy

Views - 2100 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Emotions ran high as the three-judge bench ofthe Supreme Court yesterday delivered a landmark decision, issuing a stay order on the gazette dissolving Parliament issued by President Maithripala Sirisena until7December. The decision, delivered at aro

Longer wait for SC decision

Views - 4361 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 01:04

Civil society members, activists, and politicians alike sought the intervention of the Supreme Court as their last refuge yesterday, filing 11 fundamental rights petitions claiming President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament wa

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Reaping relevant results: Reflections on ‘Mind before Action’

Monday, 17 December 2018

The recent political turbulence that shattered the prestige edifices of governance proved several fundamental points. For me, one such is the need to have holistic thinking with emphasis on far reaching implications before taking a crucial decision.

The quality of some justice

Monday, 17 December 2018

We must, if we are rational beings and not mindless beasts, treat the herd instinct with due vigour. In the week before the Incarnation of the Son of God, a Son of the Soil seems fit for Crucifixion. The UNP’s sleek bloodhounds, some crossover SLFP

JVP’s task ahead

Monday, 17 December 2018

Ranil Wickremesinghe has reclaimed his Prime Ministership, not because he deserved it but because of President Sirisena’s impulsive irrationality driven by hunger for power and because of a determined commitment by JVP, TNA and Muslim parliamentari

If the new regime fails to uphold democratic good governance, society will bark loud and bite

Monday, 17 December 2018

Let the leaders of the new regime clearly realise that the civil society and citizen voters are watching with eyes open, ears attentive, and minds alert, and the body ready to spring into mindful strategic action to establish whether the much hard-fo

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