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Speaker urges officials to defy President illegal orders

Nov 12 (AFP) SL's speaker on Sunday accused President Sirisena of usurping parliament and urged public servants to defy his illegal orders, as the president scrambled to defend his controversial sacking of the legislature. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said Sirisena's actions over the past two weeks in sacking prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and dissolving parliament undermined the freedoms of the people. more..

‘None of the political players in Sri Lanka can protect Tamils’

Nov 12 (Hindu) MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Sunday claimed that the safety and security of Tamils in Sri Lanka will not be ensured by any of the political players who may emerge victorious from the prevailing crisis in the island nation. Responding to a query on the topic in Pudukottai, Mr. Vaiko said that the situation in Sri Lanka under current President Maithripala Sirisena was no different than that which existed during his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime. more..

MPs offered Rs 100-500 mn: Prez

Nov 12 (Island) Prez Maithripala Sirisena said that he had been compelled to dissolve parliament because fear had been expressed by some MPs belonging to the parties to the dispute that there was the possibility of the House being thrown into chaos and even several deaths caused on Nov. 14, when parliament was to be reconvened. Giving other reasons for the dissolution of parliament, Prez said prices had been placed on MPs following the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM. more..

Video: Special statement by President

Nov 12 (AD) Issuing a special statement, President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the nation with regard to the dissolution of the parliament. Prez states that one of the reasons behind the dissolution of the parliament was the tragic situation that the value of MPs elected by the people, was commercially evaluated. According to Prez, the second reason that led to the dissolution of the parliament is the former Speaker more..

Poll to cost Rs. 4 to 5 billion

Nov 12 (Island) The govt would have to spend between Rs 4 -5 billion to hold the January’s general Election, head of the Elections commission, Mahinda Deshapriya said. However given present standards, that was not an exorbitant sum of money, he said. "Five billion rupees is not a huge amount given the present standards," he said. Deshapriya also said that President Sirisena spoke to him before issuing the gazette announcing the dissolution of Parliament and calling for elections. more..

A Vote on Account to be presented

Nov 12 (CT) Finance Ministry is ready to present Vote on Account once it gets the Prez’s go ahead, said Secretary to Ministry of Finance, S. R. Attygalle. “I am ready to prepare the Vote on Account for the next three months as soon as possible once the President gives his nod,” he said. Under the prevailing situation when Parliament is dissolved only authority to direct the ministries is the Prez. Once a new govt assumes office, a fresh budget will be presented to the remainder of the period, more..

Constitution drafting process on hold

Nov 12 (Island) Chairman of the SLPP Prof. G.L. Peiris said that the constitution making process was currently on hold pending the outcome of the Jan 5 general election. Prof. Peiris said so in reply to The Island query regarding the status of the parliamentary process undertaken in terms of the understanding the previous govt had with the Geneva-based UNHRC. The Island raised the issue at a special media briefing more..

Fatal selfie click at World’s End

Nov 12 (CT) A German woman tourist fell to her death when she apparently slipped from the edge of World’s End, while attempting to take a selfie early yesterday morning, Police said, They said the 35-year-old woman, who was not identified, had trekked to the slope along with a group of friends in a bid to capture the sun rise. Police along with soldiers and officials from the Wild Life Department were involved in the search operation shortly after the incident was reported. more..

UN chief expresses concern after Sri Lanka parliament sacking

Nov 12 (EN) UN Chief António Guterres has expessed concern over the sudden sacking of SL's parliament and has called for democratic processes to be respected. "The Secretary-General learned with concern of Prez Sirisena's decision to dissolve SL's parliament and move to new parliamentary elections on 5 Jan 2019," his spokesman said in statement. "The Secretary-General underlines the utmost importance of respecting democratic processes and institutions and resolving more..

Will stand up to executive no matter what it costs me: Karu

Nov 12 (DM) Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today said the Executive Branch has seized the rights and usurped the powers of MPs who were elected to represent the people. Je said the willful disregard demonstrated by the executive towards Parliament, the engine of SL’s sovereignty, leaves the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens at grave risk of similar abuse. “Under these dire circumstances, I urge all public servants more..

The Sri Lanka crisis deepens

Nov 12 (Hindu) President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved Parliament after it became evident that Mahinda Rajapaksa, who he had appointed Prime Minister two weeks ago, did not enjoy a legislative majority. It is an act of desperation to prevent a likely loss of face for both leaders after Mr. Sirisena’s controversial dismissal of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister on October 26. Sri Lanka has been roiled by political uncertainty ever since lawmakers of Mr. Sirisena’s party withdrew more..

First supermarket from Softlogic next week

Nov 12 (ST) Softlogic Holdings PLC has announced its foray into FMCG Modern Trade Retail, with the opening of its first supermarket next week at Delkanda, Nugegoda. Softlogic Holdings said it has already established its pioneering leadership as a retail giant, leading the consumer electronics and apparel segments and innovating in the restaurant and food business, through partnering with global brands. “It is now expanding its footprint in modern trade to tap into the strong more..

SLFP fails to prevent Mahinda, 40 ex-MPs from joining SLPP

Nov 12 (Island) About 40 former UPFA MPs, including PM of the caretaker cabinet Mahinda Rajapaksa received membership of the SLPP yesterday as the party consolidated its position ahead of Nov 19-26 nominations for the January 5 parliamentary polls. Former Kalutara District MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena yesterday said that the decision had been taken after carefully studying the ground realities. more..

Video: Our theme is President Ranil; PM Sajith: Hirunika

Nov 12 (AD) The UNP will act as a front instead of as a party and the leader of the front will not be Ranil Wickremesinghe, says UNP former MP Hirunika Premachandra. According to her, they should move forward under the theme President Ranil; PM Sajith. The hope of all UNP members is that and it will happen so in the future, she further said. This has been discussed with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as well and his response was positive, she added. more..

Met. Dept. issues special advisory on cyclonic storm GAJA

Nov 12 (AD) A special advisory for cyclonic Storm GAJA in the Bay of Bengal has been issued by the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre, stated the Met Dept. Deep depression over southeast & adjoining central Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph during past 06 hours and has intensified into a cyclonic storm GAJA. The cyclonic storm laid centered at 0830am today (11) near latitude 13.5°N and longitude 88.9° E, about 1040 km northeast of KKS. more..

Elections Chief says they will not seek SC opinion

Nov 12 (Island) National Election Comm. had no intention of seeking a Supreme Court ruling on dissolution of Parliament and 5 Jan election, Chairman of the EC, Mahinda Deshapriya said. "There are two opinions on the matter. UPFA & EPDP say that the dissolution is correct. UNP, JVP, ITAK say it’s wrong. SLMC has not informed us of anything. So if we go before the SC and get a verdict, one side will be disadvantaged. more..

Sri Lanka photographer goes missing

Nov 12 (SO) Sports Ministry officials are perturbed over the mysterious disappearance of a photographer who had accompanied the Sri Lanka Youth Badminton team to Canada to cover the event which commenced a few days ago. Though the contingent was without a manager, frantic inquiries are being made as to how the photographer made the tour to Canada. Though he is in Canada the Ministry has not received any pictures from him or any information regarding his whereabouts. more..

Expolanka records Rs 4.4bn PBT in 2Q

Nov 12 (DN) A focus on its fundamental logistics business has enabled Expolanka Holdings PLC to post promising growth for the second quarter of 2018, with a Year on Year (YOY) revenue growth of 15%. This quarter saw Expolanka record an impressive 617% YoY growth in Profit After Tax as a result of expanding business and improving efficiency during the period. In a message to shareholders, Executive Director and Group CEO Hanif Yusoof noted that the group’s more..

In Sri Lanka’s political churn, months of secret planning and a crucial phonecall

Nov 12 (IE) Around 10 am on Oct 26, the telephone rang at the Colombo residence of Sri Lanka’s then Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. On the line was his arch rival, President Maithripala Sirisena. The message was clear: reach the President’s home, it was time to move. Hours later, Sirisena had ensured that Rajapaksa was sworn in as PM, replacing his coalition partner Ranil Wickremesinghe. more..

Rajapaksas’ departure and the future of SLFP

Nov 12 (FT) The founder of the SLFP, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, in his speech made at its inauguration on 2 Sept 1951, said the day not only marked the birth of a new political party but it also ushers, in many ways, a new political era. He was not wrong. Less than five years after its founding, the SLFP won a landslide victory in the 1956 general elections and with it revolutionised politics in the country by ushering in the era of the common man. It was no easy task given the larger-than-life more..

Bloomfield, Galle SC record 1st innings wins

Nv 12 (ST) Bloomfield and Galle CC recorded first innings wins against Navy SC and Chilaw Marians in the two-day Premier Emerging League cricket tournament encounters concluded at Reid Avenue and R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday. The second day’s play saw Bloomfield after bowling out Navy SC for a low score of 111. However Navy SC’s bowling pair Kavika Dilshan and Malinga de Silva shared six wickets restrict Bloomfield to a score of 170 runs. Navy SC batting the second time going in for more..

Akila Dananjaya reported for suspect action

Nov 12 (CB) Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England. Dananjaya was reported by match officials at the end of the match, which England won by 211 runs. They relayed concerns about the legality of his action to the Sri Lanka team management. Under the ICC process, Dananjaya's bowling action will not be scrutinised further. more..

Edtorial: When creature devours creator

Nov 12 (Island) Prez Sirisena has, true to form, cut the Gordian knot once again. He used Article 33 of the Constitution (Sinhala version) in justification of the dissolution of Parliament. His action has stirred up a real hornets’ nest. His critics call it unconstitutional; they use Article 70, introduced by the 19th Amendment, to bolster their argument. Needless to say that the Constitution is replete with ambiguities, and ad hoc amendments thereto have made the situation far worse. more..

Sri Lanka’s democracy in peril

Nov 12 (Island) Prez Sirisena dissolved SL’s parliament on Nov 9. Media reports suggest that he disregarded the opinion of the Attorney General who had pointed that it was a violation of the Constitution. This event is organically connected to the sacking of PM Wickremesinghe and replacing him with Mahinda Rajapaksa two weeks earlier on Oct 26. Those who support the prez’s action have cited Article 33 (2) (c) of the 19th amendment to justify dissolution of parliament. more..

Constitutional crisis deepens as President Sirisena dissolves house

Nov 12 (Roar) Ending days of speculation, Prez Sirisena dissolved Parliament on the night of Nov 9th, calling for snap elections on Jan 5th, no more than two days after newly-appointed Govt Information Director, Nalaka Kaluwewa, issued an official statement denying what he claimed was a rumour, spread by an organized group. It was expected, however, that Prez Sirisena would either dissolve Parliament or call for a referendum, more..

Dinesh Chandimal out of second Test, Charith Asalanka called up

Nov 12 (CB) Sri Lanka will be without regular captain Dinesh Chandimal for at least the next Test against England - starting on Nov 14 - as he has been ruled out for two weeks with a groin injury - a grade-one tear - sustained during the first Test. In his absence, deputy skipper Suranga Lakmal will take over leadership duties. SLC has also brought in young Charith Asalanka - who wasn't on the standby list - as a replacement for Chandimal. Interestingly, the 21-year-old usurped Kusal Perera and more..

No Constitution = No Democracy: A statement by 900 SL students on #CoupLK

Nov 12 (GV) The first unconstitutional transfer of power in Sri Lanka’s post-independence history occurred two weeks ago. On Nov 9, the constitution was breached yet again in an attempt to consolidate that coup. President Sirisena signed an illegal proclamation to dissolve Parliament. In response, today, we sign this statement knowing that it is our actions, and those of our fellow citizens, that will determine Sri Lanka’s fate and our future at this fateful moment in history. more..

මේක රනිල් මෛත්රී කුමන්ත්රණයක්වත්ද??

Confusion worse confounded

Nov 12 (Island) The Opinion co-authored by Professors Savitri Goonesekere and Camena Guneratne titled Constitutional Governance in a Parliamentary Democracy is the third in a series of attacks by the Friday Forum on President Sirisena’s alleged violation of the constitution. In the present onslaught, there is a shift of focus from their earlier advocacy of employing the objective and intention of the framers for determining the impact of a disputed constitutional provision, more..

Reigning in the Executive President

Nov 12 (GV) For the most part of the last few weeks we have been in a suspended state of disbelief. Yes, the 2015 govt had not lived up to its expectations, some people were plotting for the next election to teach them a lesson, and then lightening struck. The PM was removed in the stealth of the night replaced by the arch-rival that the President was elected to depose, Parliament was prorogued and then dissolved and a huge cabinet appointed. Neither the PM nor the cabinet have shown that more..

'Under Governor’s administration: Northerner’s will not be let down'

Nov 12 (CT) We have to address humanitarian issues and ensure that the Northerners come out of the enormous problems they faced during the three decades of the nasty war, Northern Province Governor Reginold Cooray said. Q: How do you see your role as Governor with the Northern Province coming under your administration and with the dissolving of the NPC last month? A: I don’t think there is a big change. more..

Rise Sri Lankans, our country needs you NOW!

Nov 12 (CT) I am sick, tired and bloody fed up of reading and listening to pessimistic tales of woe on the unprecedented crisis we and our country are facing at this dark moment in time. I am also fed up to the back teeth with reading and listening to lamentations of what should have and could have been done. This in my opinion is sheer stupidity, a waste of time and energy. What has been done has been done dusted and finished. We cannot return to the past and undo it. Period! more..

A fight to reset SL’s constitutional clock

Nov 12 (ST) As the core of SL’s Democratic Socialist Republic implodes in multiple critical ways today, it cannot be said that we were not forewarned. For not only Prez Sirisena but also each and every one of us must abide by a fundamental truth underlying the legal order. The Constitution cannot be selectively applied because we happen to like someone or dislike another. If this is not recognised, we are condemned to unceasingly wander in a weary cycle of constitutional more..

'UNP has no proper vision'

Nov 12 (CT) One of the key personalities identified in engineering and brining in the Good Governance Govt in 2015 by ousting the existing regime led by then Prez Rajapaksa was Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera. Undaunted, he marched forward for a regime change, proposing and convincing the public as well as the authorities that it is only by Good Governance that the country can be aligned in the development trajectory and more..

Ranil: The laugh is on you

Nov 12 (CT) With reversed situations now it is difficult to surmise who is ridiculed by whom. The bucket of water set up to fall on someone else, it looks like, has fallen on the head of the very person who did it. This happens because The law is an ass? Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist, (1838.) in his jest wrote, “When Mr. Bumble, the unhappy spouse of a domineering wife, is told in court that “…the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction”, replies: more..

Who will triumph this Game of Thrones?

Nov 12 (ST) Darkness has settled upon the land. And this time, perhaps, to reside on a more permanent footing. In this sunless hour when reason has fled to brutish beasts and the constitution has been stabbed in the back, the nation stands at the crossroads leaderless, hopeless and godless; and, with light denied, does not know which course to take, whose dictate to follow, whose word to believe. Only an overpowering sense of betrayal engulfs the nation’s soul, betrayal beyond belief, more..