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Parliamentary session held this morning

'It looked like Sri Lanka were starting to panic'

Nov 14 (CI) Sam Curran said that his crucial tenth-wicket stand with James Anderson had been quite a bit of fun, as England overcame another mid-innings wobble to post a hugely competitive 285 on the first day of the second Test at Pallekele. Curran had been playing a supporting role to Adil Rashid on 16 from 64 balls when Anderson came out to join him with the score on 225 for 9. But went into overdrive thereafter, crashing a total of six sixes and a four before being last man out for 64, more..

UPFA party leaders meeting currently underway

Nov 14 (AM) President Maithripala Sirisena is currently chairing a meeting with the UPFA Parliamentary group at the Presidential Secretariat, informed sources told Asian Mirror. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the current political situation with the outcome of the heated parliamentary session this morning. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has announced that Parliament has adopted a No Confidence Motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his purported govt. more..

'Sri Lanka getting enough inflows to repay $1.5bn by April'

Nov 14 (EN) The Central Bank said that it is expecting enough foreign inflows to rollover the US$ 1.5 billion of sovereign bond repayments in early 2019. "We can deal with the two large international sovereign bonds of the first four months," Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said. He said a US$ 1 billion bond will reach maturity on Jan 15, while another 500 million dollar loan is up for repayment in April. more..

Central Bank warns public to be attentive to financial scams/ phishing emails

Nov 14 (CBSL) The attention of the Central Bank (CB) has been drawn to recent grievances received from the general public regarding financial scams spreading through phishing emails/ social media messages. CBSL has noticed that the image of the Head Office building, the Logo of CB, names of senior officials of CB, are being used by scammers and fraudsters to solicit money from the public by disguising such scams as being sent from a trustworthy entity. more..

GTF calls for international focus to remain on Sri Lanka

Nov 14 (CG) The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has called for international pressure to be maintained on Sri Lanka. GTF said that it is with utmost respect and admiration that it read the interim order of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka which has prevented further deepening of Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis. “Only a few days ago, President Sirisena ominously warned that he had more tools at his disposal, implying more to come in the constitutional coup he had set in motion. more..

Accept the SC ruling: EC Chairman

Nov 14 (DM) With the submissions made before the court, all would have to accept the decision of the Supreme Court, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said in Matara today during an awareness programme. “In the event of an issue in the Constitution regarding the dissolution of Parliament, the Elections Commission is bound to carry out the decision of the Supreme Court,” he said. more..

‘NCM against MR was illegally passed’

Nov 14 (NR) MP Thilanga Sumathipala says the Opposition illegally passed a No-Confidence Motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet of Ministers. Speaking to media MP Sumathipala said it is unclear how Parliament was illegally convened and how the UNP staged various reasons claiming to have a majority. MP noted standing orders did not contain clauses that required establishing trust. He stressed the Speaker does not have the authority to appoint the country’s PM. more..

LECO case postponed to Feb

Nov 14 (CT) Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday fixed 12 Feb for hearing the case, by the CIABOC, against former Attorney General Mohan Peiris, and Additional Solicitor General A.H D. Nawaz and former Secretary of the LECO M.M.C. Ferdinandez. Peiris was also a former Chief Justice while Nawaz is presently a sitting Court of Appeal Judge. When the case was taken up for hearing at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court, Attorney-at-Law Ganga Heiyyanthuduwa more..

'Legislature has proven its independency'

Nov 14 (AD) The Leader of the Opposition and TNA Leader, R. Sampanthan, states that the legislature of the country has shown its independence. He stated this speaking at a press conference after the parliamentary session held this morning. “Since the 26th Oct this country has been moving into a situation of turmoil. The incumbent PM was removed from office; a new PM was appointed; a cabinet was appointed; parliament was more..

He shuns everything his predecessor touched except his portfolio!

Nov 14 (DM) The King Rooster from the estate domain who had to go through a bad patch without the high office was a beneficiary of the sudden regime change. The powers that be, wise to the politics of the estate domain offered him the portfolio he long coveted, which had greatly appreciated in value being the one earlier held by his arch-rival in the estate sector. Later, the King Rooster who happily assumed duties in his new office, addressed his Ministry Secretary: more..

G.S. Vithanage appointed SriLankan Chairman

Nov 14 (EN) G. S. Vithanage, Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, has been appointed chairman of SriLankan Airlines, the finance ministry said in a statement. Ranjith Fernando, the chairman of the national carrier, had resigned along with Mano Tittawella, another director. Their resignations came after President Sirisena appointed former president Mahinda Rajaaksa as PM in a controversial move that has been challenged by the incumbent premier more..

Rajapaksa govt spokesman admits lacks Sri Lanka parliament majority

Nov 14 (EN) A spokesman for Sri Lanka’s controversial new government led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday admitted they lacked a majority in the parliament but claimed their opponents also did not have the numbers. Dayasiri Jayasekera, who was appointed as Miniser of Vocational Training said they would continue despite a vote of no confidence in parliament Wednesday morning which he said more..

‘Political structure prior to Oct. 26th will be reinstated’

Nov 14 (NR) UNP MP Champika Ranawaka says the political structure that existed in the country prior to the 26th of October will be reinstated as the No-Confidence Motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet was passed in Parliament today. Speaking to media at the Parliamentary premised MP Ranawaka said the voice vote on the Motion is legal. Ranawaka noted Mahinda Rajapaksa was stripped of his post as the PM adding the illegally appointed Cabinet will also be dissolved. more..

‘Karu’s unwavering stance led to victory’

Nov 14 (NR) UNP MP Sarath Fonseka says Speaker of House Karu Jayasuriya’s unwavering stance and desire to uphold the Constitution was one reason behind the victory in Parliament today. Speaking to media MP said, democracy has once again been upheld. Fonseka noted a record was set today that was commended by the world adding regardless of corrupt politicians and a corrupt President, it was proven that there is still an opportunity to protect democracy. more..

Tillakaratne Dilshan joins SLPP

Nov 14 (AD) Former SL cricket captain Tilakaratne Dilshan has obtained membership of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). He had received his party membership from former MP Jayantha Ketagoda. According to reports, Dilshan is likely to contest the forthcoming General Election. Tillakaratne Dilshan served as the captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team, across formats between May 2010 and Jan 2012. more..

Will protect democracy at all times: Manusha

Nov 14 (NR) MP Manusha Nanayakkara says he will always work towards protecting democracy. Speaking to media Nanayakkara said they gave up posts and possessions and will sit in the Opposition, for the sake of democracy in the country adding they are pleased with the decisions. The Parliamentarian noted what is important is not Ministerial posts or possessions but democracy while claiming justice triumphed and the struggle to protect democracy will continue. more..

Forex reserves at US$7.2bn by Nov 14

Nov 14 (EN) SL's forex reserves have fallen to US$ 7.2 billion by the Nov 14 but more inflows are expected, CB Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said. The reserves had fallen partly due to a US$ 500 million payment under the Asian Clearing Union, he said. Central Bank said foreign reserves rose to US$ 7.9 billion by end October from US$ 7.164 billion in September helped by US$ 1 billion loan from China. Sri Lanka is now defending the currency and printing money to fill liquidity shortages more..

England strike after Sam Curran spark lifts them to 285

Nov 14 (CI) If there was any doubt how much assistance the surface in Pallekele would provide for spinners in this match - and there really wasn't very much - it was banished within a few minutes of the start of the second Test. The first and final balls of the second over of the innings, bowled by offspinner Dilruwan Perera, fizzed past the outside edge of Rory Burns' bat. By the close, 10 of the 11 wickets to fall had been taken by spinners more..

Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission

Nov 14 (FT) Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 Aug 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 Nov. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to the Constitution (within a 10-year period). The most recent amendment was the 19th Amendment which was passed in May 2015. Chapter V11A of 19A deals with the setting up of a Constitutional Council and more..

Glad SL Parliament is fulfilling constitutional role once again: US envoy

Nov 14 (AD) US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz says she is glad that the SL Parliament is once again fulfilling its constitutional role. The newly appointed US envoy was among a large number of foreign diplomats present in the Gallery during the parliamentary session this morning. A motion of no confidence was brought against the new govt led PM Mahinda Rajapaksa which was passed in a voice vote, amidst an uproar as members of the govt opposed the move. more..

JVP Press Conference

I never left the UNP: Vadivel Suresh

Nov 14 (NR) Vadivel Suresh says he received a mandate to work for the people in estates adding his duties cannot be completed with the dissolution of Parliament. MP Suresh said through the Gamperaliya programme funds were allocated within the past three years to provide necessary facilities. PM noted when the public issued a mandate for five years, the dissolution of Parliament prior to one and a half years created a concern among the public and the 225 MPs, while the public was deceived. more..

It’s Sajith’s Turn

Nov 14 (CT) The UNP, in its 76-year history has had eight leaders. In chronological order they were D.S. Senanayake, his son Dudley, Sir John Kotelawala, J.R. Jayewardene, R. Premadasa, D.B. Wijetunga, Gamini Dissanayake and its incumbent leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. DS, the UNP’s founder, died in harness in 1952, after winning the one and only national election he faced, the 1947 Parliamentary Poll. His son Dudley died in 1973. At the time of his demise he was the UNP Leader while more..

No confidence motion with 122 signatures sent to President: Speaker

Nov 14 (AD) The Office of the Speaker stated that a no confidence motion and a letter signed by 122 parliamentarians against the PM and the new Cabinet appointed by the President have been presented to the Speaker at the parliamentary session today (14). Speaker’s Office said that, Parliament sat at 10 am today in terms of Gazette Extraordinary No. 2095/50 dated 04 Nov 2018 issued by the President. more..

Video: 122 MPs signed no confidence against PM & Cabinet: Ranil

Nov 14 (AD) UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says that 122 parliamentarians have signed the motion of no confidence against the PM and the new Cabinet, which was passed in a voice vote. Speaking during a press conference at the parliamentary premises, he stated if anyone wishes to challenge this they too are ready to challenge them. Wickremesinghe also stated that he has the support of the majority in Parliament. more..

Excavations at Mannar mass grave halted

Nov 14 (Island) Excavations of the Mannar mass graves have been suspended since Monday. Those in charge of the site said that they had suspended excavations following an order from their superiors in Colombo. The said that they believed the process would resume in two weeks’ time. As at Monday when the excavations were suspended 232 human skeletal remains had been retrieved from the location. There are 8 human skeletal remains more..

'Ranil falls prey to his own trap'

Nov 14 (DM) JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has said that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was caught in his own trap of allowing the Rajapaksa faction to flourish. He told the Intellectuals for Democracy forum that the national govt was the result of the power struggle of President Maithripala Sirisena and the then PM Wickremesinghe. “The sole motive of the two leaders was to secure their hold on power more..

Wasantha Senanayake to resign from minister post

Nov 14 (AD) Minister Wasantha Senanayake says he will resign from his ministerial portfolio as he believes that the incumbent govt does not have a majority in Parliament. He said that he will tender his resignation to the President today. “I will meet the president and give him the resignation.” “I joined them thinking that they have the majority, but it seems that is no longer the issue. I will work with any govt for my people,” more..

Civil society seeks explanation on top SriLankan appointment made amidst probe

Nov 14 (Island) Purawesi Balaya co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda said that the caretaker govt owed an explanation as regards the appointment of Kapila Chandrasena as Chairman of debt-ridden Sri Lankan Airlines. He pointed out that the high profile appointment was made in spite of Chandrasena’s role as the Sri Lankan CEO being investigated by PCoI on irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering & Mihin Lanka. more..

Sri Lanka raises rates, cuts reserve ratio amid BOP trouble

Nov 14 (EN) Sri Lanka's Central Bank has raised rates by 50 basis points and cut the reserve ratio by 150 basis points to release liquidity shortages that came from defending a soft-pegged exchange rate regime. "The large and persistent shortage in rupee liquidity required the Central Bank to conduct open market operations (OMOs) on a short- and long-term basis in addition to overnight operations," Central Bank said. more..

CEA says it has no legal mandate to check community noise

Nov 14 (ST) Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has neither a mechanism to measure community noise nor a legal mandate to deal with offenders, the Authority informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court. The admission came when a noise pollution case filed against the Waters Edge Hotel was taken up before Additional Magistrate Kanchana Silva. CEA told court that since it did not have the mandate to more..

Police efforts thwarted by authorities

Nov 14 (CT) There is no positive response or cooperation from State institutions to establish Tourist Police Units, in selected areas, for the safety of tourists, said OIC of the Tourist Police Prabath Withanage. He said the Tourist Police had a target to set up 20 Tourist Police Units at popular tourist destinations by the end of 2018, but faced many difficulties in land acquisition as many State bodies did not cooperate. more..

'Judiciary is the only hope'

Nov 14 (DM) Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera speaks about the current political impasse and responds to the allegations made by President Sirisena against UNP. Q: What do you think about the dissolution of Parliament? A: I would say it is the world’s first. Prez has violated the very constitutional amendment he introduced. It was passed by the Cabinet and approved by Parliament with a majority of two-thirds. more..

As sun sets on the Constitution and Democratic Governance …

Nov 14 (DM) As this article is being inked, the Fundamental Rights petitions challenging the dissolution of Parliament by the President are being considered by the Supreme Court. If the apex court was to hold the said dissolution to be unconstitutional, it would yet again be back to the Parliament as to who commands the majority, i.e. the ousted yet adamant Ranil Wickremesinghe or the appointed yet not tested Mahinda Rajapaksa. In the event the Executive order of dissolution more..

Amicable solution to present crisis paramount

Nov 14 (DM) Last week, when horse-trading was at its peak, we, the Daily Mirror, editorially told that it was advisable now for both the groups in the power struggle to amicably agree upon a process to bring in a new composition of Parliament forthwith, through a fresh election. We had come to that conclusion as the cause of the confused political situation in the country had stemmed mainly from the fact that no political party had the absolute majority in the Parliament to form a govt. more..