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Devolution

Devolution

  • India to Lanka: Resolve ethnic issue

    Sutirtho Patranobis,/ June 11, 2011     India has conveyed to Sri Lanka that it was up to the island nation’s government to change the 13th Amendment to bring in a suitable political resolution that will enable all communities in the country to live together. The 13th Amendment to the Lankan Constitution was made in 1987 as […]

  • Tamils issue: Rajapaksa seeks Opposition’s views

    R. K. RadhakrishnanTaking into consideration “the tendency of the major Opposition parties to blame the government for all problems,” Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance have lobbed the ball back at the Opposition on what kind of autonomy the Northern Province should get.Mr. Rajapaksa had earlier stated that he […]

  • India is not interfering -Menon

    11 June 2011 Visiting Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon said that it is up to the Sri Lankan government to find a political solution which it is comfortable with and India is not interfering in the matter.Mr. Menon stated that India would refrain from interfering in the matter which was “up to the Sri […]

  • Lanka heads for collision course with India: Report

    Colombo, June 12Sri Lanka has told India it will not concede key land and police powers to provincial councils under a New Delhi-initiated political plan aimed at resolving the long-drawn Tamil issue, a media report said today, warning that it could bring the two sides on ”a collision course.” President Mahinda Rajapaksa told a visiting […]

  • Speedy solution to national question:

    Devananda advocates Select CommitteeTraditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party, Douglas Devananda presented a proposal to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the visiting Indian delegation that a Parliamentary Select Committee be appointed to find a speedy solution to the national question in the country.Minister Devananda has proposed […]

  • No police, land powers to PCs

    President conveys decision to Indian officials, collision course fearedBy Our Diplomatic EditorPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa told a high-powered Indian delegation yesterday his government was not able to concede land and police powers to provincial councils in accordance with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.The move, the Sunday Times learns, follows strong opposition from constituent partners of […]

  • TN Assembly passes resolution seeking imposition of economic sanctions against Sri Lanka

    Tamil Nadu Assembly today adopted a unanimous resolution seeking imposition of economic sanctions against Sri Lanka by India on issues concerning Tamils in the island nation, including alleged human rights violations.The resolution moved by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa also wanted India to press the United Nations to declare as “war criminals” those who committed alleged crimes […]

  • SLMC CALLS FOR MUSLIM REPRESENTATION IN TALKS

    By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The major Muslim party in the country, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) says that any political solution to the ethnic issue should be acceptable to the Muslim community. Some Muslims have claimed that various solutions proposed to solve the ethnic issue have so far failed due to the non-inclusion of the […]

  • The new Indo-Lanka engagement: Getting the context right

    May 29 / by Rajan PhilipsLast Sunday’s editorials and commentaries were pre-occupied with the Joint Statement from Delhi following delegate-level discussions between External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris and his Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna. As a visiting dignitary, Peiris also had an audience with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and met with Foreign Secretary NirupamaRao and National […]

  • Tamil independence, a universal issue going beyond state reformation in Sri Lanka – TamilNet

    29 May 2011India could do much better by acknowledging the right to independence of Eezham Tamils, by working for international consensus towards it, by structuring an IC-facilitated transition arrangement for it, and by creating an environment for the diaspora to freely interact through Palaali and Trincomalee, for India’s own reconciliation with Tamils and for relieving […]

  • Why devolution of power is required by the minority communities

    Hegemonic nationalists oppose any devolution. They assert that any relaxation of direct control or authority introduces the possibility of secession. But safeguards can be put in place both constitutionally and administratively. This problem has to be addressed but it is no fundamental ground for rejecting devolution. The removal of the concurrent list is not enough. […]

  • ‘Norway planned to take away Prabhakaran’

    By a Special CorrespondentThe leader of the Patriotic National Movement (PNM) Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera says that the onus is on the government to hold an inquiry and ascertain the truth regarding the alleged political asylum provided by the Norwegian Embassy to 12 suspected LTTE cadres.13-1The veteran political analyst said that the alleged incident has not […]

  • TNA disappointed again as govt. puts off response to its proposals

    May 25, 2011,By Franklin R. SatyapalanThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) left the sixth round of Bi-partisan talks, with the government yesterday, disappointed as the latter had once again not responded to its draft on devolution, TNA sources said.TNA Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran said: At every meeting we have been waiting for the government to announce […]

  • TNA appeals to Russia, China

    24 May 2011 / By Kelum BandaraThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will request Russia and China to urge the Sri Lankan government to work out a long lasting political solution to the national question, parliamentarian and party media spokesman Suresh Premachandran said yesterday.Russia and China supported Sri Lanka in its war against terrorism and as […]

  • JVP, PNM in islandwide protests against Indian interference

    By Chris KamalendranTwo separate fronts are set to launch protest campaigns against Indian pressure on the Sri Lanka government to amend the Constitution, probe human rights abuses and finalise Indian commercial projects in the country.The pro-government Patriotic National Movement (PNM) and the opposition Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have decided to campaign against the joint agreement […]

  • GOVT. uses emergency to silence dissent- Tilvin

    20 May 2011 Whenever there is a proper foreign policy coupled with professional diplomats, all these problems can be handled without any harm to the country. Unfortunately, we lack it today. Q : In the event of the release of the UN report and Sri Lanka involved in a diplomatic crisis, how will the JVP […]

  • Go beyond 13th Amendment: EPDP

    16 May 2011The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), an ally of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has renewed its call for the abolition of the concurrent list in the 13th Amendment and for the establishment of a senate or second chamber as part of a solution to the national question.Minister and EPDP Leader […]

  • India wants police and land powers for PCs

    Delegation postpones visit as New Delhi tells Lanka to respond positively to UN panel reportBy Our Political Editor India is to ask Sri Lanka to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution giving full land and police powers to provincial councils as part of measures to address Tamil grievances. The move comes as the government […]

  • TNA wants power devolution, not Senate

    14 May 2011 “The TNA has consistently asked for power devolution on federal lines. The party has also insisted on the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces,” The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has refused to accept the government’s proposal to establish a Senate as a substitute for a power devolution arrangement, Daily Mirror learns. […]

  • Occupying SL military threatens TNA politicians in Jaffna

    08 May 2011 While building up democratic politics in the north and east is reiterated as a prerequisite for ‘reconciliation,’ the genocidal SL Army occupying Jaffna under the command of ‘Asian Nobel Peace Laureate’ Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe is engaged in intimidating politicians of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the most favoured political formation in […]

  • A multicultural national vision for peace in Sri Lanka

    A Citizens’ initiative based on consultations in the various regions of the country by Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, Dr. Fara Haniffa, Dr. Devenesan Nesiah Preamble Publish Post Sri Lanka was long famous for its rich social diversity and the harmonious co-existence of various communities. Since independence, however, there has been a failure to define and realize […]

  • ITAK urges internationally supervised negotiations with GoSL

    02 May 2011, Two veteran Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) politicians, C.V.K Sivagnanam and Mavai Senthirajah, on Sunday urged international supervision of a process that guarantees both a proper negation process and the implementation of results in the talks between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL). The two officials […]

  • Govt. stalls TNA request for power-sharing

    Tamil group also demands detainees’ list, as media awaits joint statementBy Chris Kamalendran The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) met a team of government delegates on Friday to reiterate its request that the Concurrent List in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution be dropped. The five-member TNA delegation said the Concurrent List would reduce powers enjoyed […]

  • A lasting political solution through power sharing

    by M A Sumanthiran(text of SJV Chelvanayakam Memorial lecture 2011) I consider it a great honour to have been asked to deliver the Thanthai Chelva memorial oration this year. Last year too I had the honour of delivering the key-note address at the annual commemoration ceremony held in Jaffna on the 26th of April. Today, […]

  • TNA says HSZs not necessary now

    By Sandun A. JayasekeraThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it had told the government that considering the present security situation in the North and the recent Supreme Court ruling there was no longer a necessity for High Security Zones (HSZ). A TNA delegation comprising party leader R. Sampanthan, Mavai Senathirajah and Suresh Premchandran met […]

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