PTA detainees Jaffna Uni students march to UN office

By Ananth Palakidnar Jaffna University students handed over a petition yesterday to the United Nations (UN) Office urging the release of all 132 detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), transfer of Court cases of three PTA detainees to Vavuniya and the repealing of the PTA. Hundreds of students carrying placards marched through the main streets of Jaffna to the UN office. The procession which commenced from the University premises, headed through Palaly Road to the UN office in Jaffna. Students from all faculties of the University as…

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TNA: Disgruntled Wijeyadasa trying to scuttle efforts to introduce new Constitution

By Shamindra Ferdinando Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance lawmaker M.A. Sumanthiran yesterday told The Island that former Justice Minister Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, was making a despicable bid to sabotage the ongoing constitution making process. MP Sumanthiran said so in response to MP Rajapakse’s controversial request to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to rescind a motion passed in Parliament to set up the constitutional assembly to prepare a new Constitution. Having spearheaded the constitution making process on behalf of the UNP as well as the coalition the government since the inception of…

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Prez rattled by denial of visas to Army

By Shamindra Ferdinando President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Maithripala Sirisena, has explained his position pertaining to post-war accountability issues and alleged attempts made by his opponents to exploit the situation at the expense of political stability. It would be pertinent to mention that the President addressed the Army top brass at the auditorium of the Army Hospital, Narahenpita, last Thursday afternoon, as his Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera delivered the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration’s third budget. President Sirisena’s absence in parliament during the presentation of the budget raised many an eyebrow…

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The 13th Amendment on watch

The Thirteenth Amendment has introduced a new conception of a unitary – decentralized State based on a system of Provincial Government at a sub-national level. This description is of extreme importance, since the Constitution specifically provides that the Republic of Sri Lanka is a Unitary State and the majority of the people attach much sentiment to the unitariness of Sri Lanka. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution provides for the establishment of Provincial Councils. Basic to the structure of devolution is the competence jurisdiction – the separation of subjects and…

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Minister accused of blocking probes and informing Rajapaksas

Three senior ministers meet Sirisena to express concern over PM being summoned by the Bond Commission Senior civil society activist attacks Government for delaying probes on major corruption President also asks why action was not taken and says he is ready to quit at anytime Arjuna, Dhammika widely blamed for petrol crisis; while minister blames Indian company, President and PM ask Modi for oil A well-known Sinhala adage refers to the plight of those who went to seek solace at a temple but found the roof collapsing on their heads.…

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President reiterates he won’t accept foreign judges to save Rajapaksa!

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena, who had previously maintained that Sri Lankan troops never committed excesses, acknowledged at the weekend that some troops were responsible for crimes at the behest of politicians. Addressing military officers at the army hospital auditorium, the President said no one will be punished for prosecuting the war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, but those who carried out excesses  will be punished. Deviating from his earlier stance that he will not allow a single soldier to be tried for war-time atrocities, the President drew a distinction…

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