What has taken place in 2019-2020 is not a wave or a mood but a tectonic shift in Sinhala-Buddhist and probably pan-Sinhala consciousness, which will never return to 2015, even in the direst economic circumstances.

ByDr.Dayan Jayatilleka A successful strategy for the Opposition will have to contain three components: a lucid grasp of present oppositional realities and past errors, the ‘best practices’ of Oppositions – and comebacks in pertinent/related fields of endeavour—in the island’s contemporary history, as well as the best practices of Oppositions in contemporary world politics. ‘Facts as They Are’ was the translation of the title of a booklet (‘Athi Thathu’) authored by R. Premadasa, aged 31, and published by MD Gunasena in 1955. Taking a cue from him, facts should be grasped…

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Pentagon report claims China looking to set up military facility in Sri Lanka

China is seeking to set up military facilities in a number of countries, including Sri Lanka,  to allow the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to project and sustain military power at greater distances, according to a Pentagon report. The report says China is seeking to establish a more robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure to allow the PLA to project and sustain military power at greater distances. Beyond its current base in Djibouti, the China is very likely already considering and planning for additional overseas military logistics facilities to support naval, air, and…

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20th Amendment should be about improving checks and balances not just clearing power ambiguities

Finally, there is the important issue of trust. Do people trust the politicians of today? They may trust a particular individual and have much hope with that person’s ability to lead the country in the post COVID world. However, the paramount law of impermanence could change things and if Constitutions are changed because of an individual’s popularity, it could have a reverse effect if things change and power ends up in the wrong hands. Democracy must advance as that has a greater staying power than individuals or political parties. http://www.ft.lk/columns/20th-Amendment-should-be-about-improving-checks-and-balances-not-just-clearing-power-ambiguities/4-705488

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LTTE was beaten at the last moment because of Pakistani help to the GoSL.

The LTTE was never before nor later as strong as they were in 2000-2001    I think Prabhakaran wanted peace and was ready for peace, but there was a lot to compromise on    You must work with the understanding that the peace talks are only for the outside world and not for us    Balasingham said, what Thesiyath Thalaivar meant was, that the “war against terror” waged by the powerful countries might turn against them as well    During an exclusive interview with one time Norwegian peace envoy to Sri Lanka Erik Solheim,…

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As a nation we have failed to Deliver Justice to the Disappeared

Once bodies are buried underground you do not know what happens to them There was partial justice, but not full justice. There was only reparation, but no punishments We are more tribal than feudal as a society. We keep re-electing family members We are lacking the rule-of-law because the law is not equally applied to every citizen of this country Vengeance may also be drawn simply because individuals are members of a particular community Human rights issues related to enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka still continue. The grievances and the…

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Who ruined SLFP?

Friday 4th September, 2020 The SLPP is unarguably the strongest political force in the country, at present, but its fate is tied to that of the ruling family.  Dynasties do not last forever. Ex-President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) would have us believe that her successors, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena, are responsible for the ruination of the SLFP, which her late father founded. She has taken it upon herself to rebuild the SLFP with the help of a young team. Can any of the ex-Presidents absolve himself or herself of…

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Nine-member Committee to draft new Constitution

Government appointed in 2015 to be effective until a new Constitution is promulgated. While the Bill for the 20th Amendment was presented to Cabinet by the Minister of Justice, Gammanpila noted that the Cabinet had also paid attention to the Attorney General’s opinion; “The Bill was compatible with the 13th Amendment and that it could be passed by not less than two-thirds of Parliament in terms of Article 82(5) of the Constitution.”  https://ceylontoday.lk/news/nine-member-committee-to-draft-new-constitution

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All-powerful Executive returns via 20A

Executive powers reduced by 19A back with 20A Only term limit of five years and two-term limit for President will remain CC to be replaced with Parliamentary Council with diminished powers Restrictions on number in Cabinet, junior ministers removed Dual citizens can sit in Parliament, urgent bills too will make a comeback Procurement, Audit commissions will be abolished, 7 others commissions will remain President will have powers to appoint members, make other crucial appointments By Chandani Kirinde The 20th Amendment (20A) will restore all Executive powers of the President which…

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Draft of 20th Amendment gazetted

The extraordinary gazette notification on the draft Bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution has been published. The relevant draft Bill was approved by Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday (02) during its meeting, chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It was then sent to the Government Printer for the publishing of the Gazette. The draft bill is expected to be tabled in parliament within the next two weeks.  The Attorney General yesterday advised the Secretary to the Ministry of Justice that the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the…

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