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Ranil hails Supreme Court decision

Nov 14 (DM) UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the interim order issued by Supreme Courts suspending the dissolution of Parliament was a resounding victory for the people’s franchise. Mr. Wickremesinghe told a media briefing last evening that the action of the SC have shown that one cannot play around with the Constitution. “This decision by the SC has shown that you cannot play around with the Constitution. more..

Proof of independence of Judiciary: Prez

Nov 14 (DN) The Interim Order issued by the Supreme Court on the Dissolution of Parliament indicates the independence of the Judiciary under the rule of President Sirisena, political and legal analysts said. They have appreciated the President’s stance of non-interference in the affairs of the Judiciary regarding a decision that he has made. In fact, they noted that the President has never influenced the work of the Judiciary in any way after he came to power in Jan 2015. more..

Root sides with Sri Lanka’s suspect spinner

Nov 14 (AFP) England captain Joe Root had words of sympathy for Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya who will go into the second Test on Wednesday with his bowling action under investigation by cricket's world body. Root was questioned about Dananjaya as it was announced that England would keep the same team that hammered Sri Lanka in the first Test with Ben Stokes playing as number three batsman and Jonny Bairstow kept out despite being fit again. Sri Lanka has insisted that more..

Will request for a full-judge bench: Govt

Nov 14 (DM) The govt yesterday maintained that the Supreme Court’s interim order does not mean that the dissolution of parliament has been cancelled and said that it would request for a full-judge bench to hear the case. Addressing a hurriedly called news briefing last night, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said respondents have a right to request for a full-judge bench comprising nine to 11 Judges to hear a case. more..

Give us 2/3rds for a stable govt: Yapa

Nov 14 (DM) UPFA MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said they were prepared to form a stable govt after rectifying their previous mistakes if they were given a two-thirds majority at the general elections. He told a media briefing that they were drafting a manifesto to bring about a huge transformation in SL. “We are only asking the people to give us a 2/3rds majority at the election. Today, the people understand that the country cannot be taken forward without a stable govt. more..

Ranil to make call on Temple Trees

Nov 14 (CT) Chairman of UNP Kabir Hashim said that his Party will take a final decision on former Premier Ranil Wickremasinghe remaining Temple Trees after a decision is announced by the Supreme Court (SC) which had been petitioned by several parties and civil society groups against the dissolution of Parliament by the President. He said that Wickremesinghe had continued to occupy Temple Trees following a statement made by former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that he continues to more..

Seniors tell UNP leadership: Best led by Sajith than rot with Ranil

Nov 14 (DN) The power struggle inside the UNP continues over who should lead its future course as moves are being orchestrated by some members to stop Ranil Wickremesinghe from running again as the party’s leader. Meanwhile, some members from the UNP-led coalition, the UNF, including MP Champika Ranawaka said they will form a leadership council to achieve victory in the forthcoming General Election. more..

Thamilselvan’s widow invited to join active politics

Nov 14 (Island) Former NPC Minister Ananthi Sasitharan has met Sasirekha, widow of LTTE political wing leader S. Thamilselvan, and asked her to enter active politics. Sources said that Sasitharan informed Sasirekha of her plans to form a new political party called Tamil Party for Autonomous Rule and that party would join NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran’s TMK Party to contest future elections. Sasitharan said that Thamilselvan had been a leader who had a following among more..

South Africa women outplay Sri Lanka

Nov 14 (CT) SL women’s team was comprehensively beaten by South Africa women’s team during their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup match played at Darren Sammy Int'l Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia yesterday. SL batted first and were able to score only 99 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs, which was a below par score on that wicket. Sashikala Siriwardane was the top scorer. The middle batter scored 21 runs in 27 balls with one six and two fours. more..

Speaker cannot convene parliament: Govt

Nov 14 (DM) The govt said Speaker has no legal right to reconvene parliament today and that it would make a decision this morning regarding its MPs attending parliament. Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said their counsels were still studying the Supreme Court’s interim order given suspending parliament dissolution. “After seeking legal opinion and having further discussion at our group leaders meeting this morning, we will more..

Rajapaksa meets ACJU

Nov 14 (FT) PM Mahinda Rajapaksha met with officials of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) on 12 Nov along with Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister Faiszer Musthapha and Mohamed Muzamil from the Jathikka Nithas Peramuna. ACJU Secretary As-Shiek M.I.M. Mubark presided over the meeting. Youth leader As-Shiek Arkam Moulavi, Moulavi Thassim and other executive committee members participated in the event. The gathering, organised by Minister Musthapha, was held at more..

President urged to hold referendum

Nov 14 (Island) Two prominent Bhikkhu organisations yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to hold a referendum immediately to let the people decide whether they approved of the dissolution of Parliament. Ven. Murutththettuwe Ananda Thera said that there were sinister forces in overdrive to deprive the people of the victory they had achieved. "The best way out is for the President to consult the people directly at a referendum because sovereignty resides in them." more..

President finally checked: Court rules to bring back Parliament

Nov 14 (NYT) SL’s Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the president from dissolving Parliament, raising the possibility that the former prime minister could reclaim the post after weeks of unnerving political drama. Sri Lanka has been in crisis since late last month, when Prez Sirisena abruptly fired PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, accusing him of being inept and corrupt. He then swore in a new PM: Mahinda Rajapaksa, a popular more..

Last of the Mahaweli projects to be completed by January

Nov 14 (Island) Mahaweli Authority officials said yesterday filling of the Kaluganga reservoir of Moragahakanda-Kaluganga irrigation project, the last of the Mahaweli schemes was at a satisfactory level. Filling of the reservoir was inaugurated under the auspices of Prez Sirisena in July. They said by next January the job would be completed and it would enable to supply water to irrigate paddy fields during the periods with less rain. Prez visited the Mahaweli Authority on an inspection tour more..

Hayleys crosses Rs 100 Bn turnover in 1H

Nov 14 (DN) Fueled by topline growth across all of its key business segments, leading diversified conglomerate Hayleys PLC posted a 65% Year-on-Year (YoY) increase in turnover up to Rs. 103 billion for the six months period ending 30 Sept 2018. The Group posted strong operating profits which expanded to Rs.6.8billion from Rs 3.2 billion in the corresponding period. The Group incurred an increased net finance cost of Rs.5 billion, mainly due to the inclusion of Singer Group, more..

Veterans return to lead State Banks

Nov 14 (FT) Three veterans have been appointed to lead three state banks following the appointment of Finance & Economic Affairs Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who was also made the PM by Prez Sirisena. Business leader Neil Umagiliya has been appointed Chairman of Bank of Ceylon, Sujatha Cooray has been named Chairperson of People’s Bank and W.A. Nalini will serve as Chairperson of National Savings Bank. more..

Sampath Bank surpasses Rs.14 billion mark in Pre-Tax Profit

Nov 14 (Island) Sampath Bank achieved Rs.14.2 billion in Profit Before Tax (PBT) within the first 3 quarters of 2018, 20.3% higher than the PBT of Rs.11.8 billion recorded in the corresponding period in the previous year. This is a significant achievement particularly given the challenging macroeconomic conditions that were seen throughout this period. Profit After Tax (PAT) too grew by 13.6% YoY to reach Rs.9.6 billion for the nine months ended 30th Sept 2018, more..

Sri Lanka to join South Asian cross-border power trading

Nov 14 (CT) Strengthening cross-border electricity cooperation in South Asia can be part of the solution for providing adequate, reliable and inexpensive electricity availability, Public Utilities Commission of SL Chairman, Saliya Mathew said. Addressing the third meeting of the SAARC Council of Experts of energy regulation in Colombo, he said that increased electricity cooperation and electricity trade among countries can bring economies of scale in investments, strengthen electricity sector more..

Sajith believes justice will be served through the judiciary

Nov 14 (FT) Deputy Leader of the UNP, Sajith Premadasa speaking at the Supreme Court complex in Hulftsdorp yesterday said he firmly believes that fairness and justice will be achieved through the judiciary of the country. President’s dissolution of Parliament is a violation of the country’s constitution and this would lead to anarchy in the country, he said. “We firmly believe that we will receive justice and the fair play more..

‘You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes’

Nov 14 (DN) As Sri Lanka’s cricket fortunes continue on a downward slide under head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, the latest setback to hit the team was the resignation of the team manager Charith Senanayake midway during the ongoing three-Test series against England. According to reports appearing in the media Senanayake has been targeted as the scapegoat for the team’s poor performances whereas he has nothing to do with the preparation of the team which is more..

Edtorial: What next?

Nov 14 (Island) The Supreme Court has issued an interim order suspending the dissolution of Parliament till Dec. 07. This is not what President Maithripala Sirisena and his allies bargained for. His rivals have declared victory prematurely. People are agog with curiosity; thankfully they remain calm and quiet. The sooner this dispute is brought to an end, the better. It has overshadowed all other issues. Nobody seems to care two hoots about the economic front. more..

Computerized Driving Aids to test drivers

Nov 14 (CT) National Council of Road Safety (NCRS) said that it would receive three Computerized Driving Aids for test drivers to follow, as a predefined drive cycle used during testing. The aid kits were from Japan. NCRS Chairman, Dr. Sisira Kodagoda said each machine costing over Rs 15 million would be set up at the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. He said that measures would be taken to negotiate with Dept of Motor Traffic more..

Fake democracy, last refuge of scoundrels

Nov 14 (Island) The political events of the last fortnight that created a change in power structures in the country may bear significance in the short term, but will be unlikely to mark a significant turn in historical terms. In a nutshell, the events marked a simple path correction triggered by the apparent dawning on the President of the dishonesty and anti-national agenda of the 2015 conspiracy. The realisation appears to have prompted him to use his executive powers to free the country from more..

Politics of Prez Sirisena’s October revolution

Nov 14 (Island) President Sirisena has been crafting his own October revolution in Sri Lanka, sacking a PM, appointing a new one (who probably did not command support in Parliament), proroguing Parliament, reconvening Parliament, denying any attempt to dissolve Parliament and finally dissolving that august Assembly, a little over three years into its five-year term. A revolution it certainly is because the President dismissed the winner of the August 2015 general elections and more..

Rehab and the addict: How the Kandakadu facility is making a difference

Nov 14 (DN) Path to drug addiction begins with the voluntary act of using drugs and over time, a person’s ability to choose not to do so becomes compromised. Seeking and taking the drug becomes compulsive. According to medical experts, this is mostly due to the effects of long-term drug exposure on the function of the brain. Addiction affects parts of the brain involved with reward and motivation, learning and memory, and control more..

England must seize chance to achieve special series win

Nov 14 (CI) It has, at various moments of this tour, seemed as if this is the Test series that time forgot. It doesn't have the history of the Ashes; it doesn't have the audience of contests against India and, for the first few weeks, there was more talk about rain than runs. Number of travelling England supporters has also halved since the last tour here and world cricket's headlines have been dominated instead by the Women's World T20 and Cricket Australia's apparently endless desire to rip itself apart. more..

Constitutional Provisions in the Current Context

Nov 14 (Island) Dr. Jayampathy Wickrmaratne is reported to have stated: President Maithripala Sirisena cannot dissolve Parliament to overcome the current constitutional crisis caused by the unconstitutional sacking of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. The report also states: It is a golden rule that in interpreting a Constitution, the Constitution as a whole must be looked at, not one provision in isolation (The Island, 10th Nov. 2018). If the Constitution is to be more..

Face the Nation

Are NGOs a force for good?

Nov 14 (DN) Jeevan Thiagarajah’s story titled Why Indonesia is right to limit NGOs has induced me to add few of my own thoughts on the same subject. NGOs are nothing new to us since they have been functioning in Sri Lanka for more than six decades. They are highly complex organisations that a simple man-in-the-street will find it difficult to comprehend. In fact, even the term NGO itself has various interpretations. In simple jargon, an NGO can be defined as a non-profit, citizen-based group more..

Continuing Constitutional Confusion

Nov 14 (CT) It is not surprising, if still depressing, that the discourse roused by the current crisis is so partisan. Only now it seems is there wide concern about the ambiguous nature of several constitutional provisions, only now are there worries about people moving from one side to the other for personal gain, whether in the form of ministries or cash or indeed both. Back in 2015, when the 19th Amendment was introduced, several of us drew attention to the problems that would arise by the attempt, more..

Alexandrite flashing green and red: A brand new chapter or Lankan gems

Nov 14 (SO) Alexander the Great was once gifted a gem, which he had never seen before. The precious stone took a greenish colour, and proving how much he loved the gem he wanted to look at it again before going to bed, the same day. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the stone he checked during the day. Instead of the green colour the stone flashed a reddish tint. Alexander’s immediate thought was that he had been cheated by more..

Constitutionality of the dissolution of parliament: An interpretation?

Nov 14 (CT) What is important in understanding the provisions of the Constitution in respect of the powers and functions of the Prez with regard to the dissolution of Parliament is to read carefully the provisions objectively and without preconceived values or advocacy. As Sir Garfield Barwick said, read the language of the constitution itself and I must add – without dragging into what others’ have said, or what must have been desirable given political objectives or intentions in a particular more..

Supreme Court: Freedom’s last defense

Nov 14 (GV) The constitution is perhaps the most read official document in SL today. Subjected to selective reading, a few of its words and sentences have been gaining some strange interpretations. Amidst an unprecedented political crisis, we Sri Lankans are caught up in a war of constitutional interpretations as well. Since this war of constitutional interpretations has reached the Supreme Court, I was wondering what arguments lawyers for the petitioners and the state more..

The Khemadasa foundation today

Nov 14 (Roar) A small lane on the byroads of Rajagiriya is perhaps not where you would expect to find the legacy of one of Sri Lanka’s musical titans. But this is where many minds were guided and moulded through music and performance arts to greatness: The Khemadasa Foundation. Khemadasa Foundation is named for its founder: Master Premasiri Khemadasa who passed away in Oct 2008. more..

The Joker who got a Jackpot

Nov 14 (CT) Never had there been a Political mayhem in the post independent history of SL as we are witnessing nowadays. Watching the breaking news on television since 26th of Oct is as if you are watching a horror movie in a 3-D theater, sitting on the edge of the seat bamboozled as to what is going to happen next, making yourself ready for the vertiginous shock. Then a Twitter notification chirps. You are flummoxed and high as a kite, sometimes shaking in your shoes just to open the tweet. more..

Debacle of the UNP and the duty of the voter

Nov 14 (DN) Prez Sirisena’s decision to dissolve the parliament sounds fairly prudent and timely since the country had plunged into anarchy and political wilderness due to the undemocratic statements flung by the Speaker in an attempt to harness majority will in it to help Ranil Wickremesinghe to hold power of the Temple Trees. It is evident that Ranil Wikremesinghe does not seem to believe his own voters, and that’s why he wanted to convince the ambassadors from the West to impose more..