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Sri Lanka Parliament passes 19th amendment with 215 votes
Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Tuesday approved the second reading of the much awaited 19th amendment with a two third majority.
215 parliamentarians have voted in favor of the 19th amendment while Dr. Sarath Weerasekara voted against it. (Lanka Business Online)
Ouster of Mahinda Rajapaksa; Has Yahapalanaya changed governance in Sri Lanka?
The common opposition to the regime of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, particularly its candidacy to oppose President Rajapaksa at the Presidential election was plotted and planned in utmost secrecy and the coup d’état was carried out with precision.
The then SLFP General Secretary and the current President of the SLFP and the country, Mr Maithripala Sirisena, carried out an Oscar winning acting performance which rewarded him with something hugely larger than an Oscar, the Presidency of a country. (Asian Tribune)
Sri Lanka raises $81.25 mln through development bonds
Sri Lanka raised $81.25 million through two- and three-year dollar-denominated development bonds on Tuesday, the central bank said.
The government sold $30 million two-year bonds at 6-month LIBOR plus 360 basis points (bps) after receiving bids worth $45 million, while it raised $51.25 million in three-year bonds at 6-month LIBOR plus 377.20 basis points (REUTERS)
Leftist parties to vote in favor of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution
Leaders of Sri Lanka leftist parties have expressed their support to enact the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and said that they would vote in favor of the Amendment.
Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today leader of the Sri Lanka Communist Party (CP) parliamentarian DEW Gunasekera said his party opposed to the 1978 Constitution which gave enormous powers to the executive presidency right from the beginning. (Colombo Page)
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti from May 2, the State Department said on Monday.
It will be Kerry's first trip to Sri Lanka and the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state since 2004. In Colombo, he will meet with the country's new president, Maithripala Sirisena, who beat the country's long-time leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in an election in January. (First Post)
Sri Lanka strangled to death by the by-chance UNP government” leader 29 times rejected by the people, and his yes man” the President
The Government of UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe unconstitutionally sworn in as Prime Minister by the President Maithripala Siriena hoisted to the office by the Tamil and Muslim voters is strangling Sri Lanka to death . The intention is to replace it with a robotic Island subservient to USA , the West and India.
The sole intention of the UNP Government of President Sirisena who in turn is being strangled by Ranil Wickramasinghe, Chandrika Kumaratunaga, John Kerry, David Cameron and Indian Modi is to eliminate Rajapakse family from politics. (Lankaweb)
Sri Lanka micro apartments to attract property hunters through prices
Sri Lanka’s micro living arrangements have made increasingly popular among residential property hunters for their affordable prices and attractive features, an online property portal said.
According to internal data from local property portal Lamudi, such modest residences particularly those that are offered for rent are some of the most affordable and well-equipped dwellings seen in the country. (Lanka Business Online)
Maithripala – The New ‘Queen’ of Sri Lanka!
Many astute observers said before the January 8th election, including Mahinda Rajapaksa, that Maithripala Sirisena is simply a puppet of Ranil” – the front guy who enables Ranil Wickramasinge and the UNP to run Sri Lanka through the backdoor.
In fact, Rajapaksa, after his defeat, did not even include Maithripala in the organized transfer of power, and instead dealt only with Ranil. (Lankaweb)
Sirisena says designating prime ministerial candidate politically illogical
Nominating a Prime Ministerial candidate in view of an election is politically illogical and injudicious. There had been no such practice in the election history of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, President Maithripala Sirisena said in Galle.
The President was addressing Galle District SLFP Delegates’ Conference at Halle De Galle in Galle on Saturday (eurasiareview)
Pakistan forces kill terrorist involved in attack on Sri Lanka cricket team
Pakistan security forces during an operation near Lahore have killed three wanted Taliban terrorists including one involved in the attack on Sri Lankan Cricket team in Lahore in 2009.
The Crime Investigation Agency chief Umer Virk said that on an intelligence tip off a police force comprising commandos raided terrorists' hideout in Bhaghwanpura area, a thickly populated locality near Wagah Border in wee hours of today, Press Trust of India reported. (Colombo Page)
Sri Lanka rediscovers itself
Each time I visit Sri Lanka I come away impressed all over again by the stunningly beautiful green and clean tiny island-nation and its amazing people. For one, you don’t hear the all-pervasive, irritating honking on the roads.
And surprise of surprises, for Indians at least, even taxi drivers politely halt to allow pedestrians to cross the road. And they do so specially for women. (The Hindu)
Enactment of 19A alike issuing death warrants to Sinhalese: Abayathissa Thero
Enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is alike issuing a death warrant to the Sinhalese, Venerable Medagoda Abayathissa Thero said on Monday (27).
TThe observation was made at a press conference held this afternoon. (Ada Derana)
Indian fishermen indulging in illegal activity in Lankan waters: Coast Guard
In a stand that may not go down well in Tamil Nadu, Coast Guard on Monday told the Madras High Court that Indian fishermen allegedly indulge in various illegal acts such as smuggling and trawling in Sri Lankan waters resulting in action by the island nation's navy.
The ICG submitted that it cannot take responsibility for the security of the fishermen if they entered Sri Lankan waters and there was confrontation between them and the Lankan Navy (First Post)
Four killed in train-jeep collision in Sri Lanka
Four people were killed when a train and a jeep collided in Killinochchi in the northern Sri Lanka on Monday, police said.
The train was en route from Vavuniya to Jaffna when collided with the jeep at a railway intersection, killing four people and injuring two others, a police spokesperson told Xinhua news agency. (New Kerala)
Four UPFA Uva PC members sacked
Four United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Uva Provincial Council members were sacked today from the party for their involvement in the power transfer in the Uva Provincial Council from the UPFA to United National Party (UNP).
UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha had informed the secretary of the provincial council to make preparations toremove the four members from their council seats. (Daily Mirror)
Sri Lanka missing persons commission report holds LTTE responsible for most disappearances
The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons (PCICMP) in Sri Lanka has said that at least four different groups including Sri Lanka's security forces and the LTTE were responsible for the disappearances of hundreds of persons during the war against the rebel group.
The Commission, appointed by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to inquire into the disappearances, has submitted its interim report to President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday night. (Colombo Page)
If contest, I’m confident that I’m going to win- Rajapaksa
“If I contest, I’m confident that I’m going to win the General Election and become Sri Lanka’s next Prime Minister,” former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
Rajapaksa made the observation during an interview with the Aljazeera news agency on Monday (27). (Asa Derana)
Sri Lanka’s new rulers look at “game theory” to pass 19th & 20th amendment: Harsha de Silva
Sri Lanka’s new administration said, it has to use the theory of games, a study of strategic decision making to pass the 19th and 20th amendments to the constitution
Game theory is a strategic decision making process that is mainly used in economics, political science and psychology as well as logic, computer science and biology. (Lanka Business Online)
Sri Lanka seeks to restore presidential term limit
Sri Lanka`s government Monday unveiled a bill that will restore a two-term limit for presidents and ensure the independence of the police and the judiciary, undoing moves by the country`s former strongman to consolidate power.
The presidential term limit was removed by Mahinda Rajapakse as he gave himself more control over the administration after winning a second term in 2010. (Zee News)
Presidential powers now used by others - MR
Power that the people had given go to President Maithripala Sirisena was being used by others, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Saturday.
The former President, addressing a Daham Hamuwa, at Kacchiwatte Purana Rajamaha Vihara in Galle said: "I was told by one of the participants at this ceremony short while ago that during my tenure the number of members in the cabinet was high but now the number of executive presidents in the country was high. There is some truth in that saying. There is a national executive council. There is no provision for such a thing even in the Constitution. That council has become a play pen of the JVP and TNA members. (The Island)
Is this the oldest woman in Sri Lanka?
In the contemporary world, the fact that many do not get to live their full life span is not a surprise. However, we met a woman who has lived her life more than a century.
She’s now 114. She lives in a small hut, near the sacred city of Anuradhapura. (Hiru News)
Draft bill of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in Sri Lanka parliament tomorrow, JHU, JVP to support
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will present the draft bill of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution to parliament tomorrow for debate.
A vote will be taken on the bill after two days of debate and a two-third majority of lawmakers is needed for it to get adopted. (Colombo Page)
First plane carrying Sri Lankan Relief Aid teams reach Nepal
According to the Prime Minister’s office, the first Sri Lankan plane carrying relief aid to the victimized people of Nepal reached Katmandu airport at 10.30 this morning.
The first relief aid team from Sri Lanka comprises 48 personnel including doctors, health workers and Electric Engineers. (Hiru News)
Dangerous repercussions of the proposed 19th Amendment
It is a pool’s paradise in Sri Lanka that we have more than one candidates within a same party contesting for the presidency. Constitution of Sri Lankan Freedom Party clearly allowed this as Mr. Sirisena became the president of Sri Lanka elected by the people for the people.
President has the power to appoint a prime minister whom he thinks could command the majority of the members of the parliament. But President Sirisena’s appointment to the prime minister’s post was pre-arranged under undisclosed conditions which the people of Sri Lanka have the right to know. (Lankaweb)
Sri Lanka probes serious security breach at President's event - report
Sri Lankan authorities have begun a probe into an alleged security breach at an event attended by the President Maithripala Sirisena, a local media report said.
The alleged security breach, which authorities reportedly call as the biggest VVIP security breach since the assassination bid against former president Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1999, said to have been committed at a meeting addressed by the President on Saturday at Angunakolapelessa. (Colombo Page)
Reaching greater heights in innovations: A Sri Lankan perspective
This year the world celebrates its 15th Intellectual Property (IP) Day on April 26th. Since 2001, the World IP day has focused on how IP contributes to innovations and creations, which ultimately help shape the world. Moreover, the day provides an opportunity to encourage people to think about the role played by IP in their day-to-day lives and its importance in stimulating a country’s economic growth and wellbeing.
In the process of development, the human mind and innovations play a significant role. (The Nation)
Sri Lankan PM says proposed 19th and 20th amendments cannot be submitted to parliament together
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe has said the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution and the 20th Amendment cannot be combined and submitted to Parliament together.
The Prime Minister has made this observation speaking in a live television interview on a state television channel last evening. (Colombo Page)
Sri Lanka to pass RTI legislation
Called the “Right to Know Information” legislation, the proposed law is part of the new regime’s 100 Days Programme.
On Thursday, the present coalition government, comprising members of the two principal parties, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) along with those from a few other parties such as Jathika Hela Urumaya and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, completed its 100th day. (The Hindu)
Bribery DG won’t be replaced - Justice Minister
Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, yesterday said that Mrs Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe, Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) wouldn’t be removed.
The Justice Minister was responding to a group of 116 Opposition members recently seeking Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s intervention to get rid of the top official. (The Island)
UPFA politicians summoned on contempt charges
The Colombo Magistrate’s Court today issued notice on 27 persons including 10 UPFA Parliamentarians to appear before the court on May 8 on contempt of court charges, after they violated a court order and staged a protest opposite the bribery commission.
Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilipitiya issued notice on the individuals after considering a report presented to the court by the Cinnamon Gardens Police. (Ada Derana)
Sri Lankan government clears Chinese-funded Colombo Port City Project of corruption
The Sri Lankan government on Thursday has cleared the Chinese-funded US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City Project of corruption.
The government that there was no corruption involved and the only concern was if the proper procedures had been followed, China's official news agency Xinhua reported. (Colombo Page)
Hold general election after 19A: Sobitha Thera
National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Leader Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera said today parliament should be dissolved and the general election held after enacting the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
He said what they wanted was not to bring any political party to power but to abolish the executive presidency through the required amendments to the Constitution. (Daily Mirror)
Sri Lankan rupee forwards rise slightly on dollar inflows
Sri Lankan rupee forwards traded a tad firmer on Friday due to dollar inflows, dealers said, but pressure on the local currency is seen persisting through the middle of this year on lower interest rates
Actively traded one-month forwards were at 134.20/50 per dollar at 0612 GMT, compared with Thursday's close of 134.70/90. (REUTERS)
No complaint of Sri Lankan Navy hurling petrol bombs
The Indian government did not get any complaint against Sri Lankan navy hurling petrol bombs at Indian fishermen, the Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh informed the Rajya Sabha
The written reply by the Minister of State was a direct contradiction of reports in media in Tamil Nadu, which quoted police sources as saying that Lankan naval personnel had tossed petrol bombs on fishermen last month. (Indian Express)
JVP to take to the streets to force passage of 19A
President Maithripala Sirisena too was responsible for the failure to pass the 19th Amendment to the Constitution as leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the JVP charged yesterday.
Addressing the media at the party head office at Pelawatte, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the SLFP’s excuse to block the 19th amendment was the need to bring forth electoral reforms together with it, but they knew it couldn’t be realised within such a short period. (The Island)
Peace attempts with ruling party ‘murdered’ - Dullas
The Sri Lankan opposition on Thursday said that attempts to settle a rift between President Maithripala Sirisena and Former President Mahinda Rajapakse as well as politicians affiliated to both sides has been “murdered” due to the recent actions of the government.
Opposition Parliamentarian Dullas Allahapperuma told Xinhua that the questioning of the former Defence Secretary by the anti graft commission and investigations also to be conducted against the former president are hurting chances of a reconciliation between Sirisena and Rajapakse. “What the government is doing is totally unacceptable. More people are going to rise against the government if such political harassment continues,” he said. (Ada Derana)
JVP not satisfied with bond investigation out come
Sri Lanka's Marxist JVP on Thursday reiterated the government to conduct an impartial investigation into the controversial bond issue.
Speaking at a press briefing, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka criticized Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe for not appointing an independent team for the investigation. (Lanka Business Online)
Sri Lanka Freedom Party central committee to discuss constitutional and electoral reforms today
The central committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will meet this evening to discuss the proposed 19th Amendment and the 20th Amendment
The meeting to be held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute will be chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena. (Colombo Page)
UNP: A repetition of 2001-2004
The former general secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake crossed the floor of the house and joined Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign largely in protest at his party deciding to support Maithripala Sirisena as the common opposition candidate.
The fear that he publicly expressed before the election was that if the common candidate wins, the UNP may be left in the lurch. (The Island)
Dinesh Weerakkody's tryst with President: Maithri holds under the radar talks in China
Dinesh Weerakkody is no stranger to Sri Lankan political not only because he is the son-in-law of Minister John Amaratunga, but also because he is a close supporter of the green party.
IIt was no secret that he was one of the contenders for the post of Central Bank Governor after the election victory of Maithripala Sirisena. Much to his disappointment, Arjuna Mahendran was handpicked by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe for the same post. (Asian Mirror)
Sri Lankan president seeks support to curb executive powers
Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena appealed Thursday for support for legislation to check the enormous powers of the presidency, one of his key election pledges.
In a televised address to the nation as his government marked 100 days in power, Sirisena asked lawmakers to "become a partner to strengthen the freedom and democracy of the people." (Yahoo News)
Sri Lanka has become a police state – Gotabaya
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said that he has not unlawfully obtained a single cent within the past 9 years and that he is the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt.
Rajapaksa arrived at the Commission to Investigate Allegation of Bribery or Corruption this morning amidst a large gathering of protesters chanting slogans against the government and the commission for summoning the former military man, who is a brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Ada Derana)
Sri Lanka's ruling coalition faces rift
Sri Lanka's ruling coalition faced a rift on Thursday, with the two main parties making accusations against each other.
The rift was mainly over the failure by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to back key constitutional reforms in parliament. The United National Party (UNP) wants the reforms approved soon, reports Xinhua. (Business Standard)