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Supreme Court restores sacked Parliament

Drug kingpin Naufer transferred again to another prison

Nov 13 (Island) Mohammad Naufer, who is on death row for killing a judge and drug dealing, has been transferred from the Badulla Prison to the Dumbara Prison. The Ministry of Prison Reforms said the decision had been taken in view of the security situation. Naufer was transferred to Badulla Prison three years ago following a plot to escape from the Bogambara Prison, where he was being kept at that time. Naufer had tried to escape from the Badulla Prison as well, sources said. more..

Church of Ceylon expresses concern over dissolution of Parliament

Nov 13 (DM) The Diocese of Colombo of the Church of Ceylon today expressed its shock and great dismay over the dissolution of Parliament by the President. It said in a statement that “this arbitrary act appears to us to be a direct and blatant violation of the clear and express provisions of the Constitution, following the passage of the 19th Amendment. The actions of the dismissal of a sitting PM, the appointment of a new PM, the prorogation of Parliament by the President more..

Video: Parliament will reconvene tomorrow: Speaker

Nov 13 (AD) Speaker’s Office has issued a statement saying that the Parliament will reconvene tomorrow. “In terms of the Gazette Notification No. 2095/50 dated 4th Nov issued by the Prez, Speaker informs that Parliament will meet at 10 a.m. on 14th Nov. Speaker requests all MPs to attend the Parliament sessions,” statement said. Meanwhile the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has also called for a special party leaders’ meeting tomorrow, more..

'Temple Trees has become an orphanage'

Nov 13 (AD) The alleged moves to handover the leadership of UNP to Sajith Premadasa ahead of contesting the election is an attempt to purposely to bring his political journey to a halt, says Media Spokesperson of NFF Mohamed Muzammil. He claimed that the intention behind putting forward Sajith Premadasa as a candidate in the election, knowing that he would be defeated, is to deliberately make him unpopular with the general public, Muzammil said. more..

Democracy battered worldwide: Think Tank

Nov 13 (NR) US based Freedom House think tank says democracy worldwide today finds itself battered and weakened; claiming the latest developments in SL put the future of one of Asia’s oldest democracies at serious risk. Think tank said nowhere is this truer than in Asia, where only a small number of states are genuine democracies. The report highlighted that Prez Sirisena’s recent unconstitutional actions are similar to the kind of authoritarianism that Mahinda Rajapaksa more..

Akila Dananjaya to play in Kandy despite being reported

Nov 13 (CB) SL's stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal has backed Akila Dananjaya, confirming the spinner will play in the second Test. Dananjaya was reported for a suspect action by the match officials after the first Test in Galle, which England won by 213 runs to take a 1-0 lead. The 25-year-old will need to be tested in the next 14 days but is free to play in this period. There were thoughts SL may leave Dananjaya out for this fixture, more..

Pakistan awards fully funded scholarships to nine Sri Lanka students

Nov 13 (TN) Pakistan has awarded fully funded higher education scholarships to nine SL students in fields of pharmacy and engineering in top Pakistani institutions under Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme (PTAP) for Sri Lanka, says a press release received here today from Sri Lanka. High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat met the selected students at the HC of Pakistan and congratulated them on their selection for higher education in Pakistan. more..

Kapila Chandrasena new SriLankan Chairman

Nov 13 (LBO) Former CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka Kapila Chandrasena has been appointed as the Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka following the change in the govt. Corporate communications office of the Sri Lankan Airlines, however, did not reply to our request for more information. The appointment has been made despite allegations made by Weliamuna report on the abuse of power. Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Ranjit Fernando has resigned more..

Dilhara Lokuhettige charged under Anti-Corruption Code

Nov 13 (CI) Former allrounder Dilhara Lokuhettige has become the third ex-Sri Lanka player to be charged with corruption-related offences, this time for allegedly breaching the Emirates Cricket Board's anti-corruption code. The charges, of which there are three, relate to the T10 Cricket League played in December last year. The charges are as follows: Being party to an effort to fix or contrive or to otherwise influence improperly the result, more..

SLPP denies handing nominations to any individual

Nov 13 (NR) SLPP says the party has not finalised its nomination papers to contest the next Parliamentary Elections. The SLPP in a tweet said it has commenced the preliminary process to compile nomination papers for the election. Meanwhile the party has also rejected reports circulating pertaining to handing over nominations to various individuals. Meanwhile earlier today, Operations Director of the Anti-Corruption Force Namal Kumara said he is hoping to contest forthcoming Gen. Election more..

Namal Kumara decides to contest election from SLPP

Nov 13 (DM) Anti-Corruption Force Operations Director Namal Kumara today said that he would contest at the upcoming Parliamentary Election as the SLPP ticket. He said people had requested to contest for the election for the betterment of the country. “I have revealed many secrets and confidential recording to protect the President and the country. By revealing those things I did not expect anything. I risked my life for the country to protect the President,” he said. more..

Sri Lanka ask for a turner - and more runs from their batsmen

Nov 13 (CI) Sri Lanka have asked for a turning pitch - a proper one this time - and they will go in with three spinners and a lone quick again, but for the hosts to level the series, the batsmen still have to pull their weight. So said Suranga Lakmal, who has captained three Tests and won all three, thanks largely to his attack. Under his leadership, Sri Lanka's bowlers have dismissed oppositions for scores such as 93, 73, 123 and 124. more..

Body of German woman who fell off World’s End sent for postmortem

Nov 13 (AD) The recovered remains of the German woman, who died after falling off World’s End at Horton Plains allegedly while attempting to take a selfie, has been transferred to the Balangoda Base Hospital by police this morning. The deceased has been identified as a 35-year-old Julia Elgar, a citizen of Germany. She has reportedly fallen off the World’s End at around 7.30 a.m. on Nov 11. Several groups of Army personnel including the Commanding Officer of Nuwara Eliya more..

First HackaDev Corporate launched in SL

Nov 13 (Menafn) The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action for all citizens, to ensure we leave no one behind by 2030. The 17 Goals are owned by us all – Govts, everyday citizens, civil society organizations and NGOs, and, equally, the private sector. Increasingly, businesses all over the world have taken ownership of the SDGs and are using the goals to develop new inclusive and sustainable opportunities. Such firms understand that making the shift more..

Supreme Court restores sacked parliament

Nov 13 (AD) Supreme Court has issued a stay order temporarily suspending the Gazette notification issued by the Prez on the dissolution of Parliament. The highest court in the country also issued a stay order on the Elections Commission preventing the holding of a general election. The stay orders have been issued effective until Dec 7. Delivering its much-anticipated decision regarding the fundamental rights petitions filed more..

Hope Sri Lanka’s stability will be ensured through due process: Japan

Nov 13 (DM) Govt of Japan hopes that the stability in Sri Lanka will continue to be ensured through due process in accordance with the law, Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry said. In a statement, Press Secretary Takeshi Osuga said as a longtime friend of SL, Japan is following with close attention and interest the recent developments in SL, including the dissolution of the parliament. Prez Sirisena dismissed PM Wickremesinghe and appointed former Prez Rajapaksa as PM on Oct 26. more..

Can Sri Lanka harness the chaos to turn the tide in Pallekele?

Nov 13 (CI) The track in Pallekele looks dry so it will probably turn. If there is a touch of rain in the mountain air it could swing as well. But even if the pitch starts spitting fire, and a blizzard rolls through, England might still feel confident. They feel as if they have an attack for all seasons. Cloudy skies and a new ball in hand? Have a bit of James Anderson, who bowls like he has pictures of the clouds in uncompromising positions, and so will exploit them relentlessly. more..

Lawyers slam Prez’s illegal dissolution at SC

Nov 13 (CT) In a shock move, a member of SL’s independent Elections Commission filed a fundamental rights petition in Supreme Court yesterday, joining a dozen other petitioners in challenging the Presidential Proclamation dissolving Parliament and declaring elections as unconstitutional and illegal. Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole, a member of the 3-man Commission set up by the 19th Amendment more..

GAJA very likely to move closer to Sri Lanka

Nov 13 (AD) Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over the Central Bay of Bengal is now located approximately 870km away from Kankasanturai to the northeast of Sri Lanka, near latitude-13.2N, Longitude-87.2E at 05.30a.m. today. It is very likely to move west-southwestwards and intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours, the Department of Meteorology said. The system is expected to cross South TN coast and very likely to move closer to the northern coast of SL. more..

Four batsmen who must step up in Sri Lanka's hour of need

Nov 13 (CI) If Sri Lanka have a half-decent Test record over the past 14 months - and they do, winning six and losing only three of their last 13 Tests - it is largely the work of their bowlers. Take the matches in the UAE last year, for example. In the first Test, SL collapsed in the second innings to leave Pakistan needing only 136 for victory, before Rangana Herath drew on his famed reserves of cricketing fortitude and body-slammed Pakistan for what felt like the millionth time in his career, more..

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Ranil abused and subverted parliamentary democracy

Nov 13 (FT) TIME: What was the immediate reason for calling an election? President Kumaratunga: I was forced into it by a total breakdown of cohabitation in govt. PM (Ranil Wickremesinghe) was determined to harass me and chase me out. He has only one obsession: he wants to be the President. And he does not seem to care what happens to the country in the process. We came to an impossible impasse. The only way to resolve it was to ask the people for a mandate. more..

Judiciary is Key

Nov 13 (CT) The constitutional imbroglio entered its 17th day yesterday. As a result, new development projects led by multilateral and key bilateral donor agencies, with the possible exception of China and India, have ground to a halt, causing hardships to the masses. The genesis of the crisis was Prez Sirisena sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe as Premier and appointing former Prez Rajapaksa as the new Premier on 26 Oct, prorogation of Parliament, which reconvening date was twice changed more..

Video: President’s dissolution of Parliament is constitutional: AG

Nov 13 (AD) Attorney General has requested the Supreme Court to dismiss all petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament as the President’s decision is consistent with the Constitution of SL. AG Jayantha Jayasuriya, making submissions to the court, stated that the Gazette notification issued by the President dissolving the Parliament was constitutional and that the Prez had done so through the executive powers vested in him. more..

Petitions against dissolution of Parliament: Supreme Court adjourns till tomorrow

Nov 13 (LBO) Supreme Court adjourned till the next day as the Attorney General asked time for his submission for the Fundamental Rights petitions filed by several parties challenging the dissolution of Parliament. Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Prasanna S Jayawardena fixed the petition for further submissions tomorrow morning. more..

President tells Ex-MPs: Return all your vehicles, public property

Nov 13 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena has asked that all former MPs, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers return their vehicles and public property to the relevant Ministry Secretary to avoid having legal action taken against them under the Election law. He reiterated that strict action would be taken against any member of the govt who misuses public property for election purposes. In his address to the nation on Sunday night, more..

TNA wants to form coalition with all Tamil parties to contest general election

Nov 13 (Island) The TNA will attempt to form a grand coalition with all Tamil political parties before handing over nominations for the coming general election, TNA leader, R Sampanthan said. The TNA leader also warned against establishing new political parties in the North, hinting at the attempts made by former Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran to form a new political party. more..

Old prices remain despite tax reduction sans gazette notice

Nov 13 (ST) Taxes on essential food items and commodities that were reduced through an announcement by the Finance Ministry, haven’t yet been gazetted and hence, the old prices stand, officials said. “The Govt hasn’t issued a gazette notification yet, nor informed us of when one would be ready. We have to wait till the Cabinet settles first and the subject Minister issues a gazette notification. Then only can we revise the prices,” more..

Onela ordered to submit details of GTL to CID

Nov 13 (DM) Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered MP Ravi Karunanayake’s daughter, Onela Karunanayake to submit details of the director board of Global Transport Logistics (GTL) to the CID. It was earlier reported that the GTL is a company which MP Ravi Karunanayake’s wife and daughter were directors. When the case was taken up in Courts, Magistrate ordered the CID to record a statement more..

UNP, JVP have same political agenda: Vasu

Nov 13 (DN) The UNP and JVP did not seek legal interpretation when the PM was appointed but now seek judicial intervention after Parliament was dissolved because they are all having one political agenda and they know their fate, if they face an election, State Languages and National Integration, Reconciliation Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said. He said this at a press briefing yesterday. more..

SLFP calm over MP losses to SLPP

Nov 13 (FT) The SLFP remained unperturbed by the spate of members leaving its ranks to join the SLPP yesterday, insisting that its main goal was winning a Parliamentary majority in the likely event of elections. Over the weekend, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, together with his son Namal Rajapaksa and several dozen SLFP members, took SLPP membership. More key members within the SLFP ranks are expected more..

Longest Bio Fence project gets underway

Nov 13 (Island) "Our ancient generation has handed over a natural resource of superior quality for us and it is our responsibility to ensure its sustainability for future generations. In this regard, I have to sincerely thank the DS of Porathivupattu and ADRA for initiating this concept to protect nature and coordinate the involvement of many stakeholders and the public in the planting of palmyra seeds for an expanse of 25km." more..

'19A totally nullified'

Nov 13 (DM) Politics has always been a messy game. It got even messier over the past few days. At a time when many debates, arguments and justifications are being brought up, one certainly wouldn’t be able to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. When many were looking forward to Nov 14, President Mathripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament last Friday -another trump card out of many as he said. more..

All eyes on SC

Nov 13 (DM) Prez Sirisena has dug himself into a hole. Each desperate move he made to pull himself up, has further entrapped him, and dragged the country into the worst- ever political crisis in recent times. His last exploit was the capricious dissolution of Parliament, of which constitutionality was challenged in the Court by 12 Fundamental Rights petitions yesterday. The SC began hearing yesterday afternoon, despite objections by the govt parties that they had not been served notice. more..

International Community should let us be

Nov 13 (DM) The news of the dissolution of Parliament is bound to bring a tremendous outpouring of views from the International Community to say nothing of what the local population has to say. But it has always intrigued me (usually irritated me) when this phrase International Community is used because to start with what does this phrase exactly mean? Who or what comprises the International Community (IC) and what possible interest do most countries have in little SL? more..