26th November 2016

NPC calls for legal action against racist Buddhist monks

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The Northern Provincial Council has condemned the building of Buddhist viharas in the North as well as calling for legal action against Buddhist monks who incite racial and religious hatred. In its 66th sitting on Thursday, the NPC’s chair C. V. K. Sivagnanam brought the resolution condemning the proliferation of Buddhist viharas across the North, pointing out that the region was home to very few Buddhists. The resolution also called for legal action to be taken against Buddhist monks, particularly mentioning the recent incident in Batticaloa’s Mangalaramam, where a monk was filmed racially abusing and threatening to kill a Tamil government official. Related Articles: Buddhist monk tells Tamil govt official – ‘you Tamil dog, I will kill you’

Solihull Junior School Raised £10,908 to Srilankan Tamil School

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Head Master of Solihull Junior School Mr Mark Penney, accompanied by Assist RR Trustees, visited Sri Lanka in July/August 2106 . When we visited Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School (RCTMS), the Acting Principal of the school, Sister Yaso James, invited us to witness a dilapidated temporary shelter that is being used for four classrooms. The shelter was in a very bad condition and in an urgent need of replacement. Photos of this shelter is given below. Mr Penney was taken aback by the conditions under which children were learning. After witnessing the need there, the Solihull Junior school agreed to raise funds during their fund raising week in October 2016 to construct a classroom building to PTK RCTMS . The Youtube below shows various activities of the pupils and staff and their amazing efforts during their fund raising week in October to raise funds to a […]

Devolution of powers considered under unitary state admin By admin

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Devolution of powers to the provinces will be considered under a unitary state, the Government said today. Deputy Minister of Power and Energy, Ajith P. Perera said that the process to draft a new Constitution includes discussions on devolving powers to the provinces. However he asserted that the unitary state of the country will not be compromised in the new Constitution, nor will the priority given to Buddhism. The Deputy Minister said that all religions have accepted the priority given to Buddhism in Sri Lanka and this will be safeguarded in the new Constitution. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday submitted to the Constitutional Assembly reports from six sub-committees appointed to look at a new Constitution. The six sub-committees were assigned to deliberate on the areas […]

SL’S UNITARY STATUS WILL BE RETAINED – SLFP

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Rejecting all Opposition allegations, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party today asserted that the proposed new Constitution or an amendment to the existing Constitution will retain the Unitary Status of Sri Lanka. Minister Susil Premajayanth said the first law of the country will not compromise the rights of the citizen. Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today Minister Premajayanth said a Constitution of a country should address concerns and issues of its citizens. The Minister stated that a COPE committee report on the investigation into the Bond issuance has been tabled in Parliament adding that the debate on the report will be held probably in January next week. Minister Premajayantha said the SLFP Central Committee also compiled a report adding that it has been handed […]

Lasantha killing Army Int. men positively involved – CID

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By Ananda Weerasuriya Mount Lavinia Magistrate Mohammad Sahabdeen yesterday dismissed a request for a temporary lifting of the ban imposed on Premananda Udalagama, the Army Intelligence Officer suspected of involvement in the Lasantha Wickrematunge killing, from entering Army Camps. Udalagama, who was arrested on charges of abducting the driver of late Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha, was recently released on bail but prohibited entering any Army Camp/premises in the country. When the case was taken for hearing yesterday at the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate’s Court, attorneys for suspect Udalagama making submissions to Court appealed for a temporary lifting of the ban imposed on their client as he has to hand over his ‘resignation from service’ documents to the Army. The CID making submissions to Court stated that […]

‘Gotabaya gave Rs. 50 million to murder Raviraj’-Constable Abeyaratne of intelligence division giving evidence reveals..!

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(Lanka-e-News -28.Feb.2016, 7.00PM) Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse had given Rs.50 million to Karuna group to murder former Jaffna district M.P. Nadaraja Raviraj , an ex constable of the intelligence information  unit, Liyanarachige Abeyaratne revealed before Colombo additional magistrate Thilina Gamage when giving evidence.  The murder was an outcome  of the conspiratorial actions of the previous government , and this sum was paid through Vasantha of the defense ministry to the Karuna faction . This murder was committed with the knowledge of DIG Keerthi Gajanayake ,SSP Doole(State intelligence division ) and  the Karuna faction, ex constable further revealed.  The non summary trial of Raviraj’s murder was heard before judge Thilina Gamage , and the winess made these disclosures when he was cross examined by the […]

Rajitha in Jaffna and Wiggy in Colombo

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By Manekshaw Minister of Health and Co-Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has announced at the Cabinet Media briefing last Wednesday (23) that there was nothing wrong in commemorating the dead. Minister Rajitha Senaratne was in Jaffna on Sunday (20) to participate at the event to commemorate the tenth year death anniversary of slain Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian N. Raviraj. The statue of N. Raviraj has been erected in his hometown Chavakachcheri, and it was unveiled by the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan, in the presence of Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and the Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP)Leader Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne. Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) Leader and TNA Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah garlanded the statue and the cost of […]

New Constitution to resolve TNA demands

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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

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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

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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

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“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 […]