17th January 2016

NO to ”13+” or ”Indian model of devolution” say’s Mahinda

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that he opposes to ”13+” or ”Indian model of devolution” but extended support to moves by the Government to abolish the Executive Presidential system. Speaking at the Abeyarama Temple in Narahenpita, Rajapaksa said that while controversies have emerged about the procedure to be adopted in making changes to the Constitution he believes the Government will be flexible on this matter. Rajapaksa noted that his election manifesto for the 2015 Presidential election “Mahinda Chintana lowa dinana maga” also pledged to take steps to formulate a new constitution for Sri Lanka. “Earlier in 2011, my Government had appointed a Parliamentary Select Committee under the chairmanship of Nimal Siripala de Silva to look into the changes that need to be made to the constitution including changes relating […]

Rajapaksa loyalists work out plans for new party and alliance

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Former president meets local council representatives to discuss strategy for upcoming polls Sirisena reaches out to dissident faction, but with limited success in his move to keep the Rajapaksas out PM holds talks with different parties on resolution for constitutional changes, vote likely after Swiss visit A proposed new Constitution for Sri Lanka appears to have united warring factions in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the SLFP-led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). They want to adopt a common approach. In what appears to be a landmark event, lawmakers who are supporters of President Maithripala Sirisena and those of his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa met for talks last Tuesday morning. The venue was the Parliament library. Representing Sirisena were ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, […]

No UK influence in drafting new constitution: Swire

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UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire says that the UK government will not interfere in formulating the new constitution of Sri Lanka. UK Minister Hugo Swire made the observation at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (16). While responding to a question by Ada Derana reporter, he added that “the UK government will neither pressurize nor influence the new constitution making but welcomes Govt’s initiative in its changes.” “I have been encouraged and impressed by President Maithripala Sirisena’s government, and the present human rights situation in Sri Lanka,” said Swire. He also pointed out the importance of establishing a non-residential Defence Attaché between the two countries. The Minister went on to say that the United Kingdom has […]

Sri Lankan Peace Process Would Have Benefitted from Greater International Effort, says Former Negotiator

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From left: Bharath Gopalaswamy, Director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, moderates a discussion with Mark Salter, author of To End a Civil War; Erik Solheim, a former chief negotiator in the Sri Lankan peace process; and Richard L. Armitage, who has served as Deputy Secretary of State in the George W. Bush administration, at the Atlantic Council in Washington on January 14. The panel discussed efforts to end the war in Sri Lanka. The war ended with the defeat of Tamil separatists in 2009. (Atlantic Council/Ben Polsky) A broader international commitment would have ensured the success of an effort to end an over two-decade-long war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil separatists, Erik Solheim, a former peace negotiator, said at the Atlantic […]

Security men spoke to Top Politicians connected to the killing of Wasim Thajudeen

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Security men spoke to Top Politicians Information has come to light that phone conversations had taken place between security officials who were present at the scene of the crime and several VIPs, whose names have been connected to the killing of national rugby star Wasim Thajudeen. These details have apparently come to light following reports of phone conversations being turned over to the investigators by telephone service provider companies. Though the government had initially said that the CCTV footage recovered from the scene of the crime was clear, following examination by the Computer Analysis Department of the Colombo University, Court directed that the CCTV footage must be sent overseas for a thorough investigation and a report. IGP wants Embilipitiya report by 18 Inspector General of […]