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  • Sri Lanka PM Resists Last Minutes Moves to Undermine Election Commission Read more >

    Sri Lanka PM Resists Last Minutes Moves to Undermine Election Commission

    COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister who failed to fully de-politcise the public service due to opposition filibustering, managed to save the elections commission from last ditch attempts to further undermine their independence. A Constitutional Council which will oversee several individual commissions was to have a majority of non-political members, but the opposition managed […]

  • Sri Lanka Parliament Votes to Curb Some Presidential Powers Read more >

    Sri Lanka Parliament Votes to Curb Some Presidential Powers

    ( President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe) (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to curb the power of the presidency,  restoring a two-term limit and reviving independent bodies to manage key institutions such as the police and the judiciary. A total of 215 out of the 225 lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment which […]

  • Beyond Uncertainty of Current Politics: Dissolution and Elections is the Option  – Jayadeva Uyangoda Read more >

    Beyond Uncertainty of Current Politics: Dissolution and Elections is the Option – Jayadeva Uyangoda

    Reporting on Sri Lanka’s current political situation can be quite exciting. However, commenting on it is difficult and hazardous. The reason is simple. The current politics in our country is in flux. Events appear and disappear so rapidly and unexpectedly that identifying any patterns and regularities in the political process, which are so crucial for […]

  • S.J.V. Chelvanayakam commemoration: The Absence Of War Is Not Peace

    It is difficult to envisage delivering a lecture to commemorate Mr. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam without reflecting upon the one issue that concerned him most – the minorities question in Sri Lanka. Mr. Chevanayakam and his Party, Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi’s (the Federal Party), engaged in a long and difficult struggle to win the Tamil peoples’ rights. […]

  • Alleged Rs. 4,000 m Fraud by CSN: Yoshitha, Sajin Vaas Summoned Read more >

    Alleged Rs. 4,000 m Fraud by CSN: Yoshitha, Sajin Vaas Summoned

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa and MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena have been directed to appear before the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) next week for questioning on allegations of money laundering and failure to pay dues amounting to a staggering Rs. 4,000 million to the Government. A senior police officer said they were […]

  • Indian Gods and Lankan Leaders – Upul Joseph Fernando Read more >

    Indian Gods and Lankan Leaders – Upul Joseph Fernando

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who made a sudden visit to Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in India last week made an offering of 77 kilos of sandalwood. Mahinda also visited this Temple after his 2005 presidential victory and got onto a weighing machine. That photograph went viral on the electronic media. Ranil visited the historic Temple […]

  • Wimal’s multi-million Rupee House Transfers Read more >

    Wimal’s multi-million Rupee House Transfers

    Former Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa had allegedly transferred houses worth millions built by a government-owned company under the Housing Ministry, for his close relatives and aides. The Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the police, following complaints received have initiated a probe into the case that involves public funds exceeding Rs.60 million, authoritative sources told the […]

  • One More Report on Rajapaksa Corruption: CID to Investigate SLC-CSN Broadcasting Deal Read more >

    One More Report on Rajapaksa Corruption: CID to Investigate SLC-CSN Broadcasting Deal

    Former Sri Lanka Cricket Officials are facing a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) investigation regarding the awarding of broadcasting rights to Carlton Sports Network (CSN) as irregularities had been proved by the three-member investigation committee appointed by the Minister of Sports and Tourism Navin Dissanayake. It had been proved that there had been a violation of […]

  • Defence and Justice Ministries Fail to Support Disappearances Commission Read more >

    Defence and Justice Ministries Fail to Support Disappearances Commission

    [ Commission sittings] ◾Three man Presidential Commission submitsinterim report ◾ Reports that Ministry officials have been issued summons to appearbefore the Commission ◾ Report on domestic war crimes probe being drafted in consultation withinternational experts The Ministries of Justice and Defence failed to comply with requests by the Presidential Commission on Disappearances to release a […]

  • Wigneswaran Challenges Indian SC Ruling: Seeks Release of 3 Persons Convicted for Raping 13 Girls Read more >

    Wigneswaran Challenges Indian SC Ruling: Seeks Release of 3 Persons Convicted for Raping 13 Girls

    Former Supreme Court Judge and Northern province Chief minister C V Wigneswaran has requested Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release three life convicts in the sensational Swamy Premananda case, according to online Times of India report posted yesterday.. The following is the Chennai datelined report: ” The three -Kamalananda, Balan alias Balendiran and Sathis […]

  • TISL Salutes the Bribery Commission for its Brave Stand Read more >

    TISL Salutes the Bribery Commission for its Brave Stand

    Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), the local chapter of the global movement against corruption, salutes the proactive nature in which the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) is currently operating, after years of suppression and political interference. Based on an increasing number of complaints, the CIABOC has initiated several investigations and probes […]

  • Sri Lankan President Seeks Support to Curb Executive Powers Read more >

    Sri Lankan President Seeks Support to Curb Executive Powers

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena appealed Thursday for support for legislation to check the enormous powers of the presidency, one of his key election pledges. In a televised address to the nation as his government marked 100 days in power, Sirisena asked lawmakers to “become a partner to strengthen the […]

  • Sri Lanka Graft Busters Question Rajapakse Brothers Read more >

    Sri Lanka Graft Busters Question Rajapakse Brothers

    [Doctored rasist versions of the Sri Lankan national flags of Rajapaksa followers] By Amal Jayasinghe. COLOMBO (AFP) – Two brothers of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse faced questioning by anti-corruption investigators on Thursday as the new government stepped up its crackdown against the old regime. Hours after the former leader’s youngest brother Basil was […]

  • Measuring Change in Sri Lanka – Yardstick After 100 Days

    At the conclusion of the 100 day programme of Sri Lanka’s new Government we thought it would be timely to issue an update to Sri Lanka Campaign yardstick document, which attempts to track the extent of meaningful change with respect to Sri Lanka’s human rights situation. Shortly after the election of President Maithripala Sirisena and […]

  • Sri Lanka: Lawyers Criticize Speaker and MPs Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Lawyers Criticize Speaker and MPs

    Criticizing the Speaker for questioning the Chairman of the Bribery Commission about a pending inquiry, Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) condemned certain MPs for attempting to interfere and intimidate the Commission from inquiring into allegations against powerful personalities. Viewing the Speaker’s action of calling the Commission Chairman and questioning him with alarm, Convener for LfD, Lal […]

  • Ven. Sobitha Thera Cautions President, Govt. About Saboteurs Read more >

    Ven. Sobitha Thera Cautions President, Govt. About Saboteurs

    Cautioning the government and President Maithripala Sirisena that some Parliamentarians are all set to sabotage the implementation of 19 Amendment, the Chief Incumbent of the Kotte Naga Vihara and Chairman of the National Movement For a Just Society Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera yesterday insisted that a General Election must go ahead. The Thera said that […]

  • Don’t Use Parliament to Protect Thieves – PM Read more >

    Don’t Use Parliament to Protect Thieves – PM

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday requested opposition members not to use Parliamentary privileges to protect thieves and persons engaged in corruption. He made this observation in Parliament joining a debate following a statement by UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa. The Prime Minister said the people in the country demand to reveal the names of those engaged […]

  • Sri Lanka Ex-president Rajapaksa Refuses to Attend Anti-Graft Body Read more >

    Sri Lanka Ex-president Rajapaksa Refuses to Attend Anti-Graft Body

    (Reuters) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa listens to a speech during his final rally ahead of presidential election in Piliyandala January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte Thomson ReutersSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa listens to a speech during his final rally ahead of presidential election in Piliyandala COLOMBO (Reuters) – Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa will […]

  • No Comeback for Mahinda as All Roads Lead to Dead Ends

    How revamped 19th A will block former president from returning to meaningful position of power. If it was the closest Ranil Wickremesinghe would get to be President all but in name, it was the nearest Mahinda Rajapaksa could have reached to enjoy executive powers again in a new role as prime minister and act as […]

  • Ceylon Chamber Calls on all MPs to Enact Constitutional Amendments Read more >

    Ceylon Chamber Calls on all MPs to Enact Constitutional Amendments

    The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, in a statement yesterday, said it welcomed the recent constitutional reforms process initiated under the leadership of the President and the Government. It has also welcomed the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution, particularly those provisions addressing the 18th Amendment, the Constitutional Council, independent commissions, urgent Bills and the Right […]

  • Mahinda and Gota Summoned by Bribery Commission Read more >

    Mahinda and Gota Summoned by Bribery Commission

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been asked to report to the Bribery Commission (BC) this week to record statements over various allegations against them, highly placed sources said. They said Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was asked to report to the BC on Wednesday, April 22 and 23 while the former President […]

  • Hundred Days and After – Tisaranee Gunasekara

    “…..to hold in a single thought reality and justice.” – W B Yeats (A Vision) The Governor of the Central Bank was summoned to the Bribery Commission and grilled for six hours. A three-month travel ban was imposed on him. That one incident demonstrates how far we have progressed since January 8th. The journey away […]

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