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

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…

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13A After 19A & Wigneswaran Vs. Wickremesinghe

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…

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

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…

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TNA, SLMC want delimitation put off for ten years

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…

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Recommendations Approved

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…

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Winning Sri Lanka’s Peace

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…

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Champika Stands His Ground

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…

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Implement promises; not elections now

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…

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The mother of all political crises in SL

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…

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