Proposals for 22nd Amendment to Constitution gazetted

The proposals for the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, brought forth to clip the powers in the presidency, have been published in a gazette notification issued on Wednesday (June 29). Earlier this week, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal to gazette the new constitutional amendment and to present it to the Parliament. The amendment, which had been referred to as the 21st Amendment so far, is in fact the 22nd Amendment, as another draft 21st Amendment has already been gazetted. Policy approval of the Cabinet of Ministers was given on…

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Anti-government protesters removed from Galle fort

Sri Lanka’s police and army have removed anti-government protesters from the fort ramparts overlooking the ground at Galle, on each of the first two days of the ongoing Test against Australia. The public is ordinarily allowed to hold banners and placards as they view the match from the fort. These are mostly related to cricket.However, these protesters had held placards asking for the resignation of Sri Lanka’s president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and have as a result been removed, even though the ramparts are public space. Among the authorities’ concerns had been…

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Rajapaksa is hospitalised at a private hospital

BY Ruwani Fonseka Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Chief of Staff Yoshitha Rajapaksa today (30) refused to comment on the reports of the former Prime Minister being hospitalised. When The Morning reached out to several private hospitals, they were unwilling to disclose if the former Prime Minister was admitted at their facilities due to patient confidentiality reasons. However, a source close to The Morning claimed that Rajapaksa is currently hospitalised at a private hospital after undergoing a surgery last night. Meanwhile, taking to a twitter post, Spokesperson to the Former…

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May 09 retaliatory attacks: Dinesh suspects a wider conspiracy

Dr. Godahewa, Zuhair disturbed, disappointed By Shamindra Ferdinando Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday (29) said that the police or the intelligence services hadn’t at least bothered to inquire from him the alleged use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) by those who mounted a wave of violence against marked out individuals, looting and arson right across the country in the wake of the 09 May incidents in the Kollupitiya and Fort police areas. The Leader of the House said so when The Island asked him…

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Sri Lanka eyes trimming presidential powers amid unrest over economic crisis

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s government on Thursday proposed amending the constitution to trim presidential powers and beef up anti-corruption powers to help shore up stability and defuse unrest provoked by the country’s worst financial crisis in decades. The South Asian island of 22 million people is close to running out of fuel and has struggled for months to find enough U.S. dollars to pay for essential imports such as food, cooking gas and medicine. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who critics blame for the financial crisis for having given key posts…

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Army and Buddhist Monks Accused of Constructing Buddhist Structures on Kurundhu Malai Hill In Violation of Mullaitheevu Court Order; Cultural Appropriation of Ancient Saivaie Shrine by “Political Buddhism” with Connivance of Archaeology Dept?

By Dinitha Rathnayake A tense situation has risen over the Kurundumale Archaeological Reserve, an ancient Sri Lankan monument deep in the dense forest of Mullaitivu. According to the Department of Archaeology, the ancient Buddhist temple is said to be the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka built fully out of a particular type of wood. For decades it had been concealed, fully covered with sand and trees that had obscured its view. The historic site also survived the three-decade war without any harm, although some treasure hunters had…

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Bailing Out The ‘Gota’ Led Regime; A Wasted Exercise!

By Mohamed Harees – Lukman Harees On 10 June 2022, the UN had warned that the extreme economic situation in Sri Lanka could develop into a “full-blown humanitarian emergency. Due to several policy disasters of Gota-led government, the nation has been sadly going through a slow motion implosion, Lebanon style with its economic fundamentals being off the charts in the wrong direction. As Sri Lanka, once one of South Asia’s most progressive countries is witnessing widespread food and fuel shortages, the ‘square peg in a round hole’ Gota who is singularly being…

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High-level US delegation holds talks with GR, PM

A high-level US delegation held talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo today. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung said that they discussed Sri Lanka’s economic crisis. “It’s a challenging time, but we continue to deliver assistance and long-term partnership to help Sri Lanka achieve a prosperous, secure and democratic future,” she said in a tweet. Members of the delegation include Robert Kaproth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Asia, and Ambassador Kelly Keiderling, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central…

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PSC on electoral reform recommends control of election expenses, code of conduct for candidates

Committee presents final report to House Makes 15 recommendations including guidelines for media during poll campaigns, steps to stop abuse of State resources Recommends more youth, women representation A Parliamentary Committee that looked into electoral reforms has recommended that legislation be introduced to control election expenses, a code of conduct for candidates and steps to prevent misuse of state resources during election campaigns. The final Report of the Select Committee of Parliament to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System and to Recommend Necessary Amendments which…

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Sri Lanka struggles sans immediate solutions to dollar crisis

The peoples’ protest at Galle Face Green, in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city has gone beyond 60 days and there appears to be little appetite by its organisers to call it a day. There is also – very surprisingly, little or no move by the strongman President – a former military man – to evict the protestors. Indeed the new – month-old – Prime Minister now serving his sixth term in office is on record stating that the protestors can carry on. If it is frustrating then hundreds of protestors…

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Sri Lanka’s JVP says ready to form government with 15-20 MPs in current parliament

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)-led National People’s Power (NPP) is ready to form a government by inviting 15 to 20 members of the current parliament for a new cabinet, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. Speaking at a public rally in the north central district of Anuradhapura on Sunday June 26, Dissanayake said if President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were to make way for the NPP, the party was ready to take over. “Gotabaya and Ranil, if you hand this over tomorrow, we’re…

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Not possible to purchase fuel from any nation: Champika

It is not possible to purchase fuel from any nation without restoring Sri Lanka’s image in the world which is tarnished badly, an opposition MP said today. MP Patali Champika Ranawaka made this remark responding to reports which came in yesterday that Sri Lanka is to purchase fuel from Russia. “Sri Lanka will not be able to purchase fuel from anywhere in the world until its image in the international arena is restored. The image has been tarnished because of corruption. A foreign bank in USA had already filed legal…

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100,000 jobs up for grabs for Lankans in Romania

Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara this week met with Romanian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Dr. Victor Chiujdea to discuss new employment opportunities in Romania for Sri Lankans. There was a lengthy exchange of views on the provision of employment opportunities to Sri Lankan workers in Romania and the Romanian Ambassador said that Romania had opened 100,000 foreign jobs earlier this year The Ambassador said that the Romanian Government would not intervene in the provision of such employment opportunities and that private employment agencies would intervene. He said Romania…

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the greatest source of political instability; He should leave for the sake of the country. To begin, Gota should announce a timeline for his departure

By Ranga Jayasuriya Those who have followed this column might know that I have regularly expressed strong reservations about Gotabaya Rajapaksa during his previous stint as the secretary of defence and later his reincarnation as the president. Those concerns would be vindicated when the Sri Lankan judiciary is unshackled from routine political meddling and inherent bias toward the powers that be. Nonetheless, after the other Rajapaksas resigned and their dynastic project crumbled, I, for one, had rather been inclined to put up with Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s continuation in office for the…

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Supreme Court Rules that Majority of Clauses in 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill Tabled by Samagi Jana Balawegaya Would Require to be Passed by Two-thirds Majority in Parlianent and Approved by the People at a Referendum

The Supreme Court has determined that a majority of the clauses in the 21st Amendment to the Constitution Bill which was tabled by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) are inconsistent with the Constitution and would require to be passed by a two-third majority in Parliament and be approved by the people at a referendum. The Bill was presented to Parliament as a Private Member’s Bill by SJB MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara and five petitions were filed challenging its constitutionality. Continue reading ‘Supreme Court Rules that Majority of Clauses in 21st…

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Sri Lanka On The Cusp Of Implosion! White Vans Have Become ‘Black Marias’

By Vishwamithra – “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” ~ Plato President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s birthday is being celebrated by the ordinary men and women in the country as a ‘Black Monday’ Ever-lengthening queues for petrol and diesel tell a frighteningly realistic story; cooking gas is fast becoming a yesteryear’s luxury; hospitals are closing for want of drugs and surgical equipment gone inoperable due to lack of electricity and other amenities; schools have become ghost-buildings for no children can travel…

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Wimal says US Ambassador had intervened in Aragalaya

Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa today revealed that a move to remove Galle Face protesters by police trucks sometime ago had to be withdrawn due to the intervention of the US Ambassador.  He told Parliament that the US Ambassador had told a certain minister that if the Galle Face protesters were removed, it would negatively affect IMF discussions. “One day, during the early days of the Galle Face protest, a heavy fleet of police trucks had arrived at the Galle Face protesting site. When I  inquired, I got to know that they had…

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UN warns Sri Lanka could face ‘full-blown humanitarian emergency’

The United Nations warned Friday that cash-strapped Sri Lanka’s unprecedented economic crisis could develop into a dire humanitarian crisis, with millions already in need of aid. “We are concerned that this could develop into a full-blown humanitarian emergency, and we are taking action to address that concern,” Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN humanitarian agency OCHA, told reporters. The UN and its partners are appealing for $47 million to address the immediate needs of the 1.7 million of the most vulnerable people and those most affected by the crisis, he…

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UK monitoring SL situation, ready to support

United Kingdom on Monday said it is monitoring the developments in Sri Lanka and ready to support to come out of its crisis. “We continue to monitor the situation closely and will encourage a peaceful, democratic and inclusive approach to help support Sri Lanka through its economic and political challenges,” MP Vicky Ford told the UK Parliament yesterday.  She was responding to a query on UK’s development aid by UK Democratic Unionist Party MP  Jim Shannon. He asked the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether…

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Trying to take the world for a ride

Foreign Minister GL Peiris must surely find his right hand terribly sore. Turn over the pages of local newspapers and even some news sites and there he is shaking hands with numerous foreign politicians and diplomats that he must need a good rub down at the end of the day. More recently he was seen greeting the new Australian deputy prime minister in Singapore where Foreign Minister Peiris had turned up to attend (possibly) the Shangri-la Dialogue which I suppose is still sponsored by the London-based International Institute of Strategic…

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