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13th Amendment

  • The saga of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution Read more >

    The saga of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution

    Image: President Sirisena assured the chief Buddhist prelates that the government would keep them posted on the draft. Meera Srinivasan . Speaking at a book launch last week, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the draft of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution would be ready by January 2018, yet again shifting the deadline for the challenging task his […]

  • Understanding the current regime  – Sunil Bastian Read more >

    Understanding the current regime – Sunil Bastian

    Image:Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena at a religious ceremony, courtesy of Economy Next. Very soon it will be two years since the election of President Sirisena. His victory was consolidated in the general election held in August 2015. There was a lot of euphoria when this regime change took place. I was […]

  • Sri Lanka: Chief Minsters Want 13 A Implemented In Full Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Chief Minsters Want 13 A Implemented In Full

    (CMs at 32nd Provincial Chief Minister’s Conference, May 2016) Editorial, Ceylon Today: 13th Amendment Not Meant only for N&E. The Chief Ministers of all nine provinces have emphasized the need of implementing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and they also pointed out that when the new Constitution is drafted the 13th Amendment should also […]

  • Sri Lanka: The Next Frontier in Constitutional Voyage Read more >

    Sri Lanka: The Next Frontier in Constitutional Voyage

    ( J.R. Jayawardena, Colvin R.De Silva and Ranil Wickremesinghe) by Rajan Philips. Time will tell if Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Lecture, on December 11, 2015, will become a historical companion to JR Jayewardene’s December 1966 address to the Ceylon Association for the Advancement of Science (CAAS, now SLAAS), and Dr. Colvin R […]

  • Colombo Seeking to Centralise Powers, Says Wigneswaran Read more >

    Colombo Seeking to Centralise Powers, Says Wigneswaran

    by   T. Ramakrishnan. Even as the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government at the Centre is about to launch the process of drafting a fresh Constitution with devolution of powers to Provincial Councils being one of the key issues, Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, on Tuesday criticised it for “seeking to centralise” powers. Referring to […]

  • Full Statement of Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera at HRC 30 Read more >

    Full Statement of Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera at HRC 30

    ( Minister Samaraweera speaking at the HRC today) Statement by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka General Debate of the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, 14 September 2015 Mr. President High Commissioner for Human Rights Excellencies Distinguished delegates  I would like to begin by thanking you, […]

  • Sampanthan Should Thank Mahinda for His New Post – M.S.M. Ayub

    A Tamil becomes the Opposition leader after a 32-year minority vacuum. Recognising R. Sampanthan as the Opposition Leader of Parliament by Speaker Karu Jayasuriuya on September 3 is being viewed by a section of society as one of a series of measures taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to checkmate former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Another school […]

  • Island Re-convicted Criminal also Aboard Rebel Hijacked UPFA Train

    ‘Innocent till proven guilty’ sham rogue defence blastedThe United People’s Freedom Alliance’s shocking decision to nominate an island reconvicted criminal as a fit and proper person to contest the forthcoming election was revealed last Thursday by UNP heavyweight John Amaratunga, shattering to smithereens the UPFA facade that whilst nominations would be given to those having […]

  • Political Settlement With Tamils Key For Stability: PM Read more >

    Political Settlement With Tamils Key For Stability: PM

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said a “political settlement” with the minority Tamil community is a prerequisite for a “stable and secure” country. “If you want a stable and secure country, we must have a political solution (with Tamils) and move forward,” Wickremesinghe said in an address in the Tamil-dominated Jaffna peninsula Saturday. “The war is […]

  • Keep 1000 Acres, Give Us Back Remaining 5500 – Vigneshwaran Read more >

    Keep 1000 Acres, Give Us Back Remaining 5500 – Vigneshwaran

    Hon’ Governor, Hon’ Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Hon’ Minister D.M.Swaminathan, Hon’ Deputy Minister Mrs.Vijekala Maheswaran, Hon’ Ministers of the Provincial Council, officers of the Northern Provincial Council, other officers, my dear brothers and sisters, The change in Government is showing favourably in the number of visits by VIPs from Colombo last few days. We welcome […]

  • Suddenly Rajapaksa Appointed HRC Wants Human Rights! Read more >

    Suddenly Rajapaksa Appointed HRC Wants Human Rights!

    Commissioner of the Human Rights Council of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), Dr Prathibha Mahanamahewam has now started to campaign for Human Rights in Sri Lanka. He was appointed by the former President Rajapaksa under the 18th amendment. Under Rajapaksa rule he was white washing all HR violations of the regime. He was aslo appointed as a […]

  • Will Implement 13th Amendment Within A Unitary State: Ranil Read more >

    Will Implement 13th Amendment Within A Unitary State: Ranil

    [Sri Lankan Prime Ministers Ranil Wickremasinghe. (AP)] Meera Srinivasan – The Sri Lankan government will implement the 13th Amendment to its Constitution within a unitary state, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has said. Implementation of the 13th Amendment — born out of the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987 — has remained a long-pending demand of the Tamil […]

  • Indian Media: Resolve ‘Sticky’ Issues With Sri Lanka Read more >

    Indian Media: Resolve ‘Sticky’ Issues With Sri Lanka

    [ Fisherman’s issue one of the main issues] Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj before a meeting in Delhi on January 18, 2015 Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in Delhi on Sunday Papers back India and Sri Lanka’s renewed bid to resolve […]

  • Open To new Approach In Geneva: Sri Lanka Read more >

    Open To new Approach In Geneva: Sri Lanka

    [ UNHRC in session] Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera at a meeting in New Delhi on Monday by Suhasini Haidar– He pledged India’s continued support to the close neighbour and “friend.” The new Sri Lankan government will take a different position from the Rajapaksa regime when it comes […]

  • JHU 19 A: Mangala Drops a Bombshell; Cracks Within the UNP Read more >

    JHU 19 A: Mangala Drops a Bombshell; Cracks Within the UNP

    [Mangala Samaraweera, Athuraliye Rathana and Ranil Wickremasinge] By SLB- Speaking at the Budget debate in Parliament, MP Samaraweera dropped a bombshell on 31st October. Making a historical analysis on the ethnic crisis, taking examples from the conduct of leaders from the two main political parties since the past Mr. Samaraweera told parliament that proposed 19th […]

  • India’s Imperatives In Sri Lanka – Analysis Read more >

    India’s Imperatives In Sri Lanka – Analysis

    By Neelam Deo and Karan Pradhan- ”India has tried to address the concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils through projects such as the recently-inaugurated railway between Jaffna and Colombo. But their aspirations for autonomy in the North and East remain unfulfilled, and New Delhi faces a dilemma—pushing Colombo on political issues can drive it closer to […]

  • Ranil Says No 13 Plus Read more >

    Ranil Says No 13 Plus

    A future United National Party (UNP) Government will not go beyond the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in finding a solution to the ethnic crisis, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, announced yesterday (13). He said the UNP, in the near future, would talk to other political parties, religious leaders and civic organizations in the effort to […]

  • ITAK/TNA Affirms Self-rule Within A United Sri Lanka Read more >

    ITAK/TNA Affirms Self-rule Within A United Sri Lanka

    [TNA position: loud and clear] Filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) today affirmed that neither the ITAK nor the TNA had as its objective the setting up of a separate state within the territory of Sri Lanka. ITAK President Mavai Senathirajah filed this affidavit, when the six petitions […]

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