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Refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly: Enough of UNHRC witch-hunt
“Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done.” For 3 decades Sri Lanka endured terrorism. The present calls for accountability and other nomenclatures were not to be seen throughout the past.

After playing no part to end terror, after Sri Lanka’s military solution, the UN is coming down hard on Sri Lanka creating precedents after a conflict has ended. (Lankaweb)

New Ministers sworn in
The swearing in ceremony of the new Cabinet of the National Government commenced at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, a short while ago.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was the first to take oaths as the Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs before President Maithripala Sirisena. (Ada Derana)

PNM faults SLFP for forfeiting its responsibility to people who elected them
The Patriotic National Movement (PNM) yesterday alleged that the appointment of TNA leader R. Sampanthan as the Leader of the Opposition reflected the failure on the part of the SLFP to recognise its hallowed responsibility to represent those who had exercised their franchise for the coalition.

The SLFP leadership had conveniently forgotten that over 4.7 mn people who voted for the SLFP-led coalition never expected a section of the main constituent of the grouping to accept portfolios in the UNP led government, Dr Wasantha Bandara of the PNM told The Island yesterday. (The Island)

Sri Lanka central bank says will float rupee from Friday - market sources
The Sri Lankan central bank will allow the rupee to float from Friday by not quoting a specific level in the market, the bank has told currency dealers, according to sources who had knowledge of their meeting.

"The official said the central bank will allow the market to decide the exchange rate by not guiding with a specific rate. However, he said the bank will intervene if the levels are too high," a source told Reuters. (REUTERS)

India attaches highest importance to ties with Sri Lanka: Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India attaches the highest importance to its relations with Sri Lanka and looks forward to taking the ties to new heights as he received former President Chandrika Kumaratunga here.

Kumaratunga, who is here to attend the ongoing international conference 'Samvad - Global Hindu-Buddhist Initiative on conflict avoidance and environment consciousness', discussed with Modi the bilateral issues as well as developments in her country (Economic Times)

UPFA constituents protest against giving opposition leadership to TNA
UPFA constituents yesterday expressed their opposition to TNA being given the post of leader of the Opposition and the post of Chief Opposition Whip to the JVP.

Addressing a press conference held in the parliament complex, National Freedom Front Leader MP Wimal Weerawansa said that both those parties were stooges of the government and engaged in furthering government interests and the two prestigious positions had been given to them in return for services rendered. (The Island)

Sampanthan proposes 3 to 5 regions
Newly appointed Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, in his address to Parliament, said Sri Lanka should have ‘three to five regions’ with maximum power devolved to them taking a good example from India as the giant neighbour to resolve the Tamil national question.

Mr. Sampanthan was appointed as the Opposition Leader of the new Parliament yesterday. His Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won 16 seats at the August 17 General Elections from the five electoral districts in the north and the east. (Daily Mirror)

Ranil turns down Shiranthi's request on investigations into thajudeen killing
Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa had contacted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the phone on a matter concerning investigations into Wasim Thajudeen's death.

Responding to the former First Lady's request, the Prime Minister had said he was not in a position to interfere with investigations into the Rugby player's mysterious death. (Asian Mirror)

Why small states matter in international politics: The case of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka occupied little thought throughout the West for much of the period since independence in 1948.

In the last few years, however, Sri Lanka began to feature as a country of strategic relevance to great powers, particularly China and the United States. Sitting at the center of the Indian Ocean, halfway between China and the key energy resources in the Middle East, Beijing has sought to influence politics on the island. (Bloomberg)

Why small states matter in international politics: The case of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka occupied little thought throughout the West for much of the period since independence in 1948.

In the last few years, however, Sri Lanka began to feature as a country of strategic relevance to great powers, particularly China and the United States. Sitting at the center of the Indian Ocean, halfway between China and the key energy resources in the Middle East, Beijing has sought to influence politics on the island. (Bloomberg)

Parliament approves proposal to increase Ministers
The proposal to increase the number of ministers in the National Government was approved by Parliament with a majority of 127 votes today.

The motion was passed with 143 voting for and 16 against while another 63 MPs were absent during the vote. (Ada Deranja)

Election propaganda material recovered from toilet pit In post office
A large number of letters including ordinary mail, air mail, post cards and election propaganda material intended to be posted during the election campaigning period were recovered from an abandoned toilet pit in the Moratuwa post office this morning.

Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne and several senior officials of the Postal Department and the police visited the scene on information received and recovered the stock of letters from the toilet pit. (Asian Mirror)

Will hand over KP to India for any probe: John
Former minister John Amarathunga said the government will be compelled to hand over former chief international arms procurer for the LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan if India wanted him in connection with the killing of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

In a statement made to our sister paper “Lankadeepa”, Mr. Amarathunga said it had now been revealed that all evidence against Kumaran Pathmanathan who provided the funds to the LTTE and nourished it had been completely destroyed during the Rajapaksa regime. (Daily Mirror)

Sampanthan appointed Opposition Leader
TNA parliamentary group leader and Trincomalee District MP R. Sampanthan has been appointed as the Opposition Leader of the 8th Parliament.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya made this announcement when parliament convened a short while ago. (Ada Derana)

Is the US backtracking on Sri Lanka's post-war accountability process?
Things are moving fast in Sri Lanka since the election. 10 days ago, straight after the Sri Lankan election, Erik Solheim and I wrote of the hopes and challenges ahead. Already now, there have been important developments – notably with regard to the upcoming 14 September – 2 October UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

In particular indications of a shift in US policy – or at the very least emphasis – with respect to its oft-voiced earlier demand for an international investigation into allegations of war crimes committed by government forces and Tamil Tiger guerillas during the final stages of the country’s 26-year long civil war. (Open Democracy)

Opposition Leader’s post heading for a vote?
With the Tamil National Alliance staking a claim for the Opposition leader’s post, a vote was bound to be taken when Parliament meets next, political sources said yesterday.

The front runner for the position is Kalutara District UPFA MP Kumara Welgama. Fifty seven UPFA MPs have written to President Maithripala Sirisena, requesting that Welgama be appointed the Oppositon Leader. (The Island)

Sri Lanka prints over 100 billion rupees
Sri Lanka has printed over 100 billion rupees in the past three months to meet deficit spending, resist a market interest rates rise and contractions in the monetary base amid capital flight, official data show.

Until June 2015, releases of cash tied up in term repo deals at the Central Bank which is also similar to money printing delayed interest rates from adjusting, despite the budget deteriorating sharply from January 2015 with state salary hikes and subsidies. (economynext)

Cabinet size increase: Debate today
A resolution calling for the enlargement of the Cabinet in the proposed ‘national unity government’ will be debated in parliament today, it is learnt.

According to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, parliamentary approval is needed to increase the Cabinet to more than 30 members in event of a national government being formed. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will move the resolution for debate, as earlier requested by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) (Daily Mirror)

MS predicts SLFP will win future polls
SLFP leader President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that an undivided party would win both presidential and parliamentary elections in the future.

Addressing the 64th party convention of the SLFP at the Rajarata Navodaya grounds in Kaduruwela, Polonnaruwa, he said that his party was in power when the country achieved important milestones in history. (The Island)

Sri Lanka stocks lower at close of trade; CSE All-Share down 0.80%
Sri Lanka stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Telecoms, Trading and Land & Property sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Colombo, the CSE All-Share fell 0.80%. (Investing.com)

In New films from Israel and Sri Lanka, faith struggles in the shadows
Religion is a story we choose to believe in. Though it is told as a kind of fairy tale in which good battles evil, often narrated by prophets in a patronizing tone, religion is a more challenging question of faith than it might appear to be.

It is no wonder that movies dealing with such an ambitious topic resort to fables and allegories, including several from this year's Locarno Film Festival. (Criticwire)

CBK absent from SLFP anniversary event
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga was not present at the 64th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party held at Kaduruwela, Polonnaruwa, this afternoon.

Speaking at the event, SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said that Kumaratunga could not attend because she was out of the country. (asian Mirror)

Petition seeks revocation of UPFA National List MPs appointments
A petition has been filed at the Supreme Court requesting to revoke the appointments of the UPFA MPs who got elected to the Parliament through the National List, Ada Derana Court reporter says.

The petition was filed by Secretary of the Communist Party D. E. W. Gunasekera on Wednesday (2) morning.(Ada Derana)

Coca-Cola has poisoned the drinking water of millions in Sri Lanka
It was reported this week that the Coca-Cola corporation has apologized for leaking diesel fuel into the Kelani river, and is promising to pay compensation to the victims of the spill

However, millions of Sri Lankans are now left without water as a result of the spill because the Kelani river is the primary drinking water source for many large areas.(ALTERNET)

Over 50 MPs urge president to name Welgama as Opposition leader
A letter was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena urging him to name Kumara Welgama as the opposition leader, UPFA MP Ranjith Soysa told Asian Mirror.

He said that the letter was signed by 55 MPs including Chamal Rajapaksa, Udaya Gammanpila and Dallas Alahapperuma. The signature of UPFA MP Dinesh Gunawardena could not be obtained but he also supports it, Soyza said. (Asian Mirror)

Sirisena promises new era of clean government
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday promised a new era of clean government, capitalising on a strong voter mandate for a government of national unity to pursue economic and political reforms.

Speaking at the first session of the new parliament elected last month, Sirisena said he would ensure that officials responsible for wrongdoing under his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa would be held to account. (Business Insider)

Enact electoral reforms within a year: Nimal Siripala
Electoral reforms must be enacted during the first year of the new parliament, former Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said today.

Extending his congratulations for the Speaker, he said a mix of the First Past the Post System and the Proportional Representation should be introduced forthwith and the preferential voting abolished (Daily Mirror)

Ishant, Prasad, Chandimal and Thirimanne charged by ICC
India fast bowler Ishant Sharma and Sri Lankan players Dhammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimaland Lahiru Thirimanne have been charged by the ICC for their roles in several angry exchanges during the fourth day of the SSC Test.

Ishant and Dhammika faced off during the final session of the fourth day when Ishant, after being repeatedly bounced by Prasad, smacked his helmet while running down the pitch, as if to dare the bowler to aim at his head. (Ada Derana)

FR case against UPFA National List
The Supreme Court yesterday fixed for support on Sept. 10, 2015, the fundamental rights violation petition filed by Somaweera Chandrasiri, Vice Chairman of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, a UPFA constituent.

He has complained that the names of some defeated UPFA candidates were among the National List MPs to be appointed. (The Island)

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