Govt. can make 13A more meaningful

In this context, the government would be aware that any decision to repeal or downgrade the 13th Amendment would have major domestic and foreign policy implications. Within the country, the Tamil polity in Sri Lanka has been demanding self-rule in the areas in which they are a majority that includes both the Northern and Eastern provinces from the mid-1950s.  All Tamil parties are united on the issue of Tamil self-rule although they differ as to the quantum of power that they wish to have devolved.  Even the government’s main Tamil ally,…

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UK PM appoints Lord Davies as Trade Envoy to Sri Lanka

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Lord Davies of Abersoch as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Sri Lanka. The British Prime Minister has today made fifteen new appointments to his Trade Envoy programme. These new appointments will extend the total number of Trade Envoys to 31 parliamentarians covering 69 markets. The Prime Minister’s trade envoy programme is an unpaid and voluntary cross-party network, which supports the UK’s ambitious trade and investment agenda in global markets. The Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE (Evan Mervyn Davies) was appointed as the…

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If The 13th Amendment Is Next In Line For Change

By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera The primary justification for the government’s campaign to replace the 19th Amendment with the 20th has been the need to strengthen the president’s hand to govern the country in the aftermath of the misgovernance that took place under the former amendment. The argument that the strengthening of the presidency is needed for decisive action to be taken on behalf of the country spills over into other areas of governance. As presently formulated the 20th Amendment seeks to weaken institutions at the level of the central government itself to…

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This government have been intimating a quest to ‘amend’ the 13th Amendment to the constitution.

Since coming to power, the key interlocutors of this government have been intimating a quest to ‘amend’ the 13th Amendment to the constitution. Such pronouncements are not just political theatre. They betray a real conviction born out from the nationalist ideological orientation and a belief that this is the opportune local and global moment to strike. They confide that India, the underwriter of the 13th amendment is no longer ‘really’ interested in it. They contend that Narendra Modi who has unilaterally abolished the special status and split into two, the…

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20A Critics underscore the repercussions of Eroding AG’s independence

The private external auditors do not carry out performance audits, but only the income and expense According to SLASA President, the 18th Amendment enables the AG to audit only the accounts of these Private Limited Companies, but not performance audits According to Ambanwala, the powerful Audit Service Commission was established under Article 153 and 154 of the Constitution Through the 19th Amendment the AG received the powers to recover state funds swindled by Local Government authorities The anticipated plan to curtail the scope of the Auditor General’s duties and functions…

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The 20A and its constitutional witches cauldron of trouble

Despite all signs to the contrary, it refused to believe that the defeated Rajapaksa bloc would regroup and re-emerge into the political mainstream, stronger than ever after its shock defeat in 2015. Already signs of that self same blindness coupled with arrogance are making themselves felt in this administration. As jokes abound about this nation of nuts with vendors of coconuts being ordered to measure the circumference of a nut before determining the price, we are treated to the ridiculous spectacle of inspectors roaming around marketplaces to catch the unwary.…

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Criticisms of 20A remain unanswered

The Government has admitted that the 20th Amendment is simply a cut and paste job to restore the provisions of the 18th Amendment. While the indecent haste with which the 20th Amendment is being pursued is difficult to understand in the context of the Government’s declared intention of presenting a new Constitution within six months, it also makes the whole process both clumsy as well as lacking in professionalism. One example of this is the Government announcing that it intends moving amendments to the 20th Amendment at the Committee stage…

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20A is vital for Buddhist supremacists to achieve their long-held dream of establishing a Buddhist state in this country.

20A is vital for Buddhist supremacists to achieve their long-held dream of establishing a Buddhist state in this country. They may not have spelt out their objective in those specific terms yet, but if one cares to study seriously the implications of the slogan, One County One Law, their claim that the country belongs only to Sinhala Buddhists and that others are ‘resident aliens’, and their agitation for a new constitution altogether, one would understand the direction in which they are moving. What started as Buddhist religious awakening during the closing…

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US questions China’s trade deals with Sri Lanka

By Easwaran Rutnam  The United States has questioned China’s trade deals with Sri Lanka and asserted the need to ensure that global standards of free trade and a fair investment climate are in place for the benefit of Sri Lankan and US businesses. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz noted that the US believes partnerships between countries should be open, transparent, and mutually beneficial – and if this is what Sri Lanka’s relationship with China embodies, then the US will encourage it. “Our concern is that Sri…

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Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka attacks US envoy

The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka has accused the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka of severely violating diplomatic protocols during an interview with local media. Issuing a statement, the embassy said the Ambassador from a third country had openly played off China- Sri Lanka relations in the interview. While it’s always not surprising to see the US interfere into a sovereign country’s internal affairs, the general public is still astonished to witness its despicable attempt to manipulate others’ diplomatic relations. Both China and Sri Lanka as independent countries have full…

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