November 2016

New Constitution to resolve TNA demands

26th November 2016 // 0 Comments

President-TNA Constitution talks in Parliament Wants New Constitution to resolve TNA demands By Skandha Gunasekara The TNA in Parliament yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to introduce a new Constitution to resolve the national problem……instead of bringing in further amendments to the existing Constitution. The TNA made this request when the entire TNA group of 16 MPs met the President for talks, at his offices in the Parliament Complex ,which lasted two hours. Speaking to the media soon after the meeting, TNA MP E. Saravanapavan said that Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan had handed over a letter to President Sirisena bearing the signatures of the 16 TNA MPs , stating the TNA’s concerns regarding the drafting of a new Constitution as well as unresolved issues faced by […]

Proposal to amalgamate two or more provinces

26th November 2016 // 0 Comments

A parliamentary subcommittee is reported to have proposed that two or more provinces be amalgamated into a single unit with the approval at a referendum by the people living in these provinces. The six committees which interacted with the stakeholders on formulating a new constitution submitted their reports to Parliament on November 19. One such committee had also proposed that such a provision be included so as to enable the merger of two or more provinces with the consent of people. It had also proposed the reduction of the powers of provincial governors. One of the recommendations was the abolishing of the presidency. In such an event, the Prime Minister will have the authority to appoint governors to the provincial councils. If such a proposal […]

Land, Police, Fiscal and Administrative powers Constitutional Assembly: Analysis of the Centre-Periphery Relations Report – Part II

26th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi and President JRJ inking the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord which paved the way for the provincial council system “The purpose of the Subcommittee on Centre Periphery Relations appears to be to empower the provinces to such an extent that the central government is rendered irrelevant. What they envisage is a nominal central government with nine virtually independent provinces.” (Analyses of the other subcommittee reports will appear from Monday onwards.) By C. A. Chandraprema (First part appeared yesterday) It was discussed in the Subcommittee on Centre Periphery Relations of the Constitutional Assembly that the ‘unitary character’ of the constitution was an ‘impediment’ to the effective functioning of the Provincial Councils and that the present constitutional framework, gives ‘undue advantage’ to the centre. The […]

Constitutional Assembly: Analysis of Centre-Periphery Relations Report – Part I

26th November 2016 // 0 Comments

“What is remarkable is that in discussing the devolution of power in a situation where the existing system of devolution was based on the Indian model, the entire report of the Subcommittee on Centre-Periphery Relations has not mentioned India even once!” By C. A. Chandraprema The Provincial Governor The report submitted to the Constitutional Assembly by its Subcommittee on Centre-Periphery Relations focuses on several areas such as the role of the provincial Governor, and the fiscal, administrative, land and police powers of the provincial councils. What the subcommittee report says about the institution of the provincial governor is plain and direct as follows: “The present powers of the Governors are excessive and should be curtailed. The Thirteenth Amendment and the Provincial Councils Act No. 42 […]

Colombo educated Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V.Wigneswaran wants ”Proper devolution to All the provinces”!

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO:  The view of C.V.Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, on the basic structure of the proposed Sri Lankan constitution, runs counter to that of the Constitutional Assembly’s sub-committee on Center-Provincial relations. While the sub-committee has refrained from branding the proposed devolution system as either “federal” or “unitary”, Wigneswaran said here on Tuesday, that the constitution should not only be federal in nature but should identify itself as such. “Proper devolution to the provinces and naming the constitution as ‘federal’ is important. A patchwork of different ideas will not do if the current problems are to be resolved,” Wigneswaran said while initiating a North-South dialogue organized by the Tamil Peoples’ Council (TPC), which he heads. But this is likely to lead to […]

Power devolution must go beyond PCs

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Member of Parliament Dr. Jayampathi Wickremaratne says the new Constitution will go beyond the 13th Amendment in terms of power devolution. “Everybody has agreed to the 13 plus,” he said in an interview with Ceylon Today. Excerpts: ?: Is there a proposal to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in full? A: Yes. We have 28 years of experience when it comes to the 13th Amendment. We know where we erred. The amendment itself has intrinsic problems. We have discussed them comprehensively. The next is the 1987 Provincial Councils Act. There were plenty of dialogue and evaluation reports etc. All the chief ministers and opposition leaders of the provincial councils gave evidence before the steering committee and the committee on centre […]

Rapp says Govt. delays could be attempt to avoid justice for alleged war crimes

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians Reporting from The Hague  Delaying the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms, including a special court to prosecute alleged war crimes, could be viewed as an attempt by the Government of Sri Lanka to “avoid” delivering on truth and justice for thousands of victims of the country’s civil war, a former top official in the US Government’s Office of Criminal Justice said.  Former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Stephen J. Rapp told Daily FT on the sidelines of the Assembly of State Parties to the International Criminal Court now underway in The Hague, Netherlands, that there was no reason the Government of Sri Lanka could not begin setting up the office of the prosecutor and putting frameworks in place, even if the […]

Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran calls for north-south dialogue

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

Urges the southern Sinhala majority to “leave aside emotional politics and unfair suspicion”. Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Tuesday called for greater dialogue between people of Sri Lanka’s north and south. Urging the southern Sinhala majority to “leave aside emotional politics and unfair suspicion”, he assured them that the Tamil minority’s demand for federalism sought to unite, not divide, the country. The Chief Minister was speaking on behalf of the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), a civil society group with professionals, academics and political activists based in the north and east. The TPC would foreground Tamils’ concerns and aspirations, he said at a press conference, his first media interaction in Colombo since assumed charge as Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province in 2013. Pointing […]

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran discusses concerns on funds with President

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran met President Maithripala Sirisena today and discussed concerns on funding for the North. Wigneswaran told reporters in Colombo today that the President had responded positively to his concerns. The Chief Minister also told reporters that the heavy military presence in the North even after the war between the LTTE and the military ended in May 2009, is a concern for the Tamils in the area. He said if the Government is seriously concerned about security in the area then the police presence can be increased. Wigneswaran, who has been branded as an extremist by some politicians in Colombo, insisted that he is not attempting to divide the country but wants recognition for the issues faced by the Tamils and respect for their […]

Doctor Chamari Liyanage, who killed abusive husband with mallet, appeals to Peter Dutton to stay in Australia

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

VIDEO: Doctor who killed abusive husband appeals to stay in Australia (7.30) RELATED STORY: Woman who killed husband not seeking parole due to immigration fears RELATED STORY: Doctor convicted of killing husband fears deportation to Sri Lanka MAP: Geraldton 6530 A Sri Lankan-born doctor who bludgeoned her husband to death with a mallet after years of abuse is appealing to the Immigration Minister to allow her to stay in Australia after serving her sentence. Key points: Dr Chamari Liyanage killed her husband in 2014 after suffering years of abuse She is currently serving a four-year prison term for manslaughter She has appealed to Peter Dutton not to be sent back to Sri Lanka Dr Chamari Liyanage is serving a four-year prison term in Greenough Regional […]

Sri Lankan jailed for posing as another to get into airport holding room

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

SINGAPORE – A Sri Lankan national posed as a Briton and produced a forged India passport to enter the departure gate-hold room for a departing flight to New Zealand, a court heard. On Tuesday (Nov 22), the man and the Briton he was posing as – both unemployed – were each jailed 12 months for their respective offences. Vigneshwararaja Kajanan, 20, admitted to deceiving a Sats customer service officer into believing that he was Keeping Mark John by producing a forged India passport and a Singapore Airlines (SIA) boarding pass bearing Keeping’s name at the Terminal 3 departure gate-hold room on Sept 8. He also admitted to having the forged India passport. Keeping pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally aiding Vignesh to cheat by […]

Sri Lanka’s ex-leader Mahinda slams India

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa launched an attack on India on Tuesday, ahead of his visit to China, a country that strongly backed the island politically and financially during his decade in power. The former leader told a group of local newspaper editors that India had been “furious” when Chinese submarines docked at the Colombo harbour in 2014, towards the end of his presidency. Rajapaksa contrasted New Delhi’s attitude towards his regime and the government of his successor Maithripala Sirisena, accusing India of taking a softer line with the new administration in Colombo. “They were furious when submarines docked at Colombo. From what I know, the Chinese informed the Indian embassy in Beijing before the submarines entered the Indian Ocean. But they […]

India will not allow a military coup in Sri Lanka: Minister

23rd November 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: India will not tolerate a military takeover in Sri Lanka and will fully support President Maithripala Sirisena to foil any attempts at it, the Minister of Social Services, S.B.Dissanayake, told the media here. He was reacting to an assertion by the Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena in parliament last week that there could a military coup if the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government continued to suppress the opposition and democratic movements both within and outside parliament. Gunawardena had mentioned a police baton charge on a demonstration by retired disabled soldiers in Colombo recently. Dissanayake said that President Sirisena enjoys good relations with India and could trust Indian support to foil any military coup attempt in Sri Lanka. “India will send two ships [to support Sri Lankan government],” he […]

Salman Khan surprised Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar at 2.0 first look launch + PHOTOS

21st November 2016 // 0 Comments

2.0: Not Baahubali, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar film may be India’s biggest Here is why we think 2.0, and not Baahubali, may win the tag finally. Rajinikanth and Shankar’s magnum opus 2.0 is driving the fandom crazy as the new project will be “Hollywood-level” with VFX, music, cast and direction being top notch. With popular director Shankar Shanmugam working with biggest stars of Indian film industry such as Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson, the film is said to showcase sophisticated technology like its prequel Enthiran, but on a grander scale. Competing with the likes of Baahubali 2 for the title of biggest Indian film in recent times, 2.0 has a lot going for it. Here is why we think 2.0, and not Baahubali, may win […]

Lyca Productions launches 2.0 first look in Mumbai

21st November 2016 // 0 Comments

The most awaited first look of SuperStar Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film ‘2.0’, was unveiled on Sunday November 20th @ 5PM. The first look was launched at the grand event held at prestigious Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai. ‘2.0′ is a multi-lingual film which is the sequel to 2010’s blockbuster ‘Enthiran’ or ‘Robot’ which is directed by S. Shankar and co-written by him and Sujatha Rangarajan. Now, 2.0 is also directed by S. Shankar and co-written by B.Jeyamohan. The film is produced by Subaskaran Allirajah under his banner Lyca Productions. ‘2.0’ is India’s most expensive film made of Budget Rs 350 crores. The film features Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in lead roles. The film also stars Sudhanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain and Kalabhavan […]

UN Human Rights Committee orders Sri Lanka to compensate Canadian torture victim

21st November 2016 // 0 Comments

TORONTO — A Toronto man who was imprisoned and tortured while visiting Sri Lanka must be compensated for the abuses he suffered, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled. The decision calls for Sri Lanka to prosecute those responsible and “provide adequate compensation” to Roy Samathanam, a Canadian who had filed a complaint with the committee three years ago. Samathanam, 46, called the ruling handed down in Geneva “a measure of justice” in a statement to be released Monday by the Canadian Centre for International Justice, which worked with him on the complaint. The case is another rebuke of Sri Lanka arising from abuses committed by security forces during the country’s long civil war that ended in 2009 with the defeat of the separatist Liberation […]

Jaliya Gives Part Of Swindled Rs. 52M To MR ‘Big Wig’

21st November 2016 // 0 Comments

by Nirmala Kannangara It is an open secret how former first citizen Mahinda Rajapaksa, his off springs and siblings, while ‘serving’ for the motherland, looted out its wealth. This newspaper has repeatedly exposed many financial frauds committed by the Rajapaksa’s and their kith and kin amounting into billions of rupees and this time it is all about Jaliya Wickramasuriya, cousin of Kurunegala District MP, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Wickramasuriya was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Thursday, November 17 by the officers of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) for misappropriation of public funds while serving as the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States of America (USA) between 2008 and 2013. Wickramasuriya was to leave Sri Lankan shores after a holiday when he was arrested […]

Viagra dominates morning session Live TV parliamentary coverage

21st November 2016 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando The use and non-use of viagra by members of Parliament dominated yesterday’s morning live telecast of parliamentary proceedings on the state-run Eye channel with actor-turned politician Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake insisting members shouldn’t gratify their carnal desires at the expense of the President’s Fund. Gampaha District MP Ramanayake said that he didn’t mind it as long as public funds weren’t involved. Ramanayake intervened during a heated argument between former Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwelle and Kurunegala District UNP MP Nalinda Bandara over the President’s Fund having met the former’s medical bills. Kandy District parliamentarian insisted that unlike some members he didn’t use viagra. A smiling MP Rambukwella declared that it would be certainly better to have sexual relations with a woman than being […]

JHU opposes referendum on new Constitution to be made

21st November 2016 // 0 Comments

By Dasun Edirisinghe A referendum on a new Constitution was unnecessary, but it would come through the consent of all in Parliament, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday. Addressing the media at JHU headquarters in Battaramulla, Ranawaka said a referendum would not reflect the public opinion on the issue as the people will be influenced by other factors such as their political affiliations etc in casting their votes. Citing Brexit referendum as an example, Minister Ranawaka said that also led to several unwanted problems including political and economic instability and divisions in the UK. “If we conduct a referendum at this moment, Chief Minister of Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran could use it for his separatist political campaign as well […]

New Constitution: Centre-Periphery Relations Sub-Committee Report – Full Texts In Three Languages

21st November 2016 // 0 Comments

The Report of the sub-committee on Centre-Periphery Relations has been submitted to the Constitutional Assembly for its consideration with the other five sub-committees reports. According to the Prime Minister’s office sources, six sub-committees were appointed by the Constitutional Assembly to make recommendations on the areas of Fundamental Rights, Judiciary, Finance, Law & Order, Public Service and Centre-Periphery Relations. The Reports have not, as yet, been considered by the Steering Committee. The Reports of the sub-committees are submitted for the consideration of the Constitutional Assembly. Committee Chairman Sithadthan “While there have been many similar recommendations in respect of several important areas, as is inevitable, the Reports of the sub-committees contain overlapping proposals as well as differing proposals on certain aspects. The Steering Committee will consider the sub-committee reports […]

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