12th April 2015

If the Military Camps are Removed From the North, then We Will work Together with the Government: Wigneswaran

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The Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said, “If the Military Camps from the Northern Province are Removed in stage by stage, then we will work together with the Government”. According to a Sinhala medium’s today’s news, With regard to this removal of army camps and removal military bases in stages a request has been made and put forth with the government. The Sinhala medium news further states, that the Northern Provincial Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran also said, “If the Government gives its fullest commitment and assurance to evacuate the army camps from the North, from that day onwards, we are prepared to work together with the government to extend all our cooperative support to the Government. Because according to the Election Manifestoes of the […]

13A After 19A & Wigneswaran Vs. Wickremesinghe

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What is the future of the 13th amendment if the 19th amendment is passed into law? The 13th amendment was possible only because of the executive presidency. The system of provincial councils which was mooted by the Donoughmore Commission was never implemented under the Westminster model. Every time anything came even close, it was rolled back or shut down. That was because of the ethnic outbidding which the first-past the post electoral system and the Westminster model were prone to in a society with the cultural configuration and ethno religious dynamics that we had. It took the stable overarching framework of the Presidential system to make it sufficiently safe to experiment with an intermediate tier of devolved power and large units. So what happens when […]

Police grill Alles on alleged provision of Rs. 800m to LTTE

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Tiran Christopher Alles, businessman and Democratic National Alliance Parliamentarian, has been questioned by Police over the provision of money to Tiger guerrillas. Police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekera said Mr. Alles was grilled for two hours by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). This Unit functions directly under Police Chief N.K. Illangakoon. Earlier, Police Headquarters issued an official statement under the spokesperson’s name. Headlined “CULPRITS WHO DEFRAUDED FUNDS FOR TSUNAMI HOUSES ARRESTED”, the statement said two persons from a State agency that functioned before have already been arrested. The agency is Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), of which Mr Alles was Chairman. It functioned directly under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and dealt with post-tsunami reconstruction work in the then Tiger guerrilla dominated North and East. Mr. Alles has admitted […]

TNA, SLMC want delimitation put off for ten years

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) want the Government to refrain from carrying out the delimitation of electoral boundaries in the Northern Province for the next 10 years, until displaced people are resettled. The proposal was put forward by a TNA delegation led by R. Sampanthan and SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem when they met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday at the Parliament Complex. The proposal was made on the grounds that the displaced people need to be given time to return to their original lands. They include people who had fled the country due to the conflict. TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran who was in the delegation said that, if the delimitation process was carried out in the North […]

Recommendations Approved

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By Waruni Karunarathne President Maithripala Sirisena had given the green light to implement certain recommendations made by the Presidential Commission to investigate reports on missing persons, after it submitted its long-awaited interim report last Friday. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Chairman of the Commission Maxwell Paranagama said that the interim report consisted of several recommendations. “The interim report was submitted to the President last Friday. We made certain recommendations in the report and President Sirisena approved them. Based on that we will appoint some officers to assist the Commission to carry out investigations in to certain cases,” he said. He also said that based on those recommendations, a team will be appointed to conduct counselling in the North and East for those who require it. […]

Winning Sri Lanka’s Peace

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Winning a war or revolution, only to lose the subsequent peace, is one of the grim political truths of our time. In Iraq, a quick military victory over Saddam Hussein’s regime soon gave way to insurgency, civil war and the rise of the murderous Islamic State. In Libya, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, the hopes unleashed by the Arab Spring have similarly turned into an often-violent despair. Today, a half-decade after the end of its 36-year civil war, Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its own efforts to consolidate peace and secure its long-term benefits. Newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and I, as prime minister, are determined to win that peace, and to help our country become what it always should have been: a […]

Champika Stands His Ground

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Rajapaksa now claims that many mistakes were made during his rule. He says that he now sees things more clearly and that if he is re-elected he would rectify all these mistakes and be in a position to better govern this country. He blames certain ministers and allies who were close to him and says his mistake was to ignore their wrong. He should not blame others. His biggest mistake is himself that he cannot correct – Ranawaka By Camelia Nathaniel With the Supreme Court determining that the 19th Amendment is consistent with the Constitution but certain sections of the amendment require a referendum, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said that this was […]

Implement promises; not elections now

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has long felt that the 1978 Constitution has run its course. Quoting the third US President Thomas Jefferson, he wrote in a United National Party (UNP) publication ‘Vision and Reality’ on the 35th anniversary of the 2nd Republican Constitution that all Constitutions must be revised every 19 years. Why 19 years was not clear but the theory that Constitutions are not written in stone was the underlying message. In that article, the PM referred to how in the early days of the drafting of the 1978 Constitution, known more commonly as the “J.R. Jayewardene Constitution”, when the Presidential-Parliamentarianism system was to be fused, a gentleman by the name of Mr. W.D.V.. Mahatantila had recommended the Prime Minister be responsible to the […]

The mother of all political crises in SL

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At long last, president Maithripala Sirisena himself has spoken of a possible dissolution of parliament by the end of this month after the 19th Amendment is presented to parliament. President Sirisena has not mentioned the word ‘dissolution’ since he took power in January. It was always a case of the UNP demanding dissolution on the 23rd of April and either Champika or someone in the Sirisena faction of the SLFP saying that there is no need for an early dissolution of parliament. As such, the mere mention of a possible dissolution of parliament by MS is a massive step forward for the UNP. But even in this there is a catch. The president has not said categorically whether he is going to dissolve parliament no […]