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NAVIGATE:Home News Dilution of Executive Presidency, electoral reforms before next General Election Govt. Dilution of Executive Presidency, electoral reforms before next General Election Govt.
Friday, 24 April 2015 - 9:55 AM SL Time

With the Cabinet of Ministers having approved the proposed electoral reforms , the government said yesterday that both the 19 and 20 Amendments to the Constitution would be enacted before the next General Election.

Asked at yesterday s Cabinet Press Briefing in Colombo, if the 19A and 20A Bills would be presented to Parliament separately or together as demanded by the SLFP, Government Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne replied that it did not matter since it was a technical issue.
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Backstabbing UNcommon in politics
Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 10:11 AM SL Time

Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader and Member of Parliament, Dinesh Gunawardena says the political culture of the movement launched in Nugegoda is to take the voice of the people forward defeating all obstacles. The people have not forgotten the way former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was double crossed. Given below are excerpts of an interview:

As a senior politician, how would you analyze the political situation of the country
A: The Political environment in the country and in the Parliament is changing. The UNP-led Government has failed to deliver the promises and is unpopular among the people. They have created conflicts with international friends. The good governance principles of the economy have been violated. The investigations pertaining to the Central Bank bond issue have stuck. United People`s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs who are not allied with the Government act as the actual Opposition.
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SLFP-led Opp wants CB governor removed
Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 10:10 AM SL Time

Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, United People s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and MP John Seneviratne. pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja

The Opposition would request the government to remove the Central Bank (CB) Governor Arjuna Mahendran over the scandal ridden 30-year Treasury bond issue, Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said yesterday.
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Next election only after electoral reforms: UPFA
Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 10:07 AM SL Time

The United People s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today emphasised that the general election would be held under the new electoral system despite the time it would take to have them approved under the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. UPFA General Secretary Susuil Premajayantha told the media that the UPFA stance on introducing the 19th and the 20th Amendments were enacted simultanously. The people want to do away with the much-despised preferential voting system that had infected the political and electoral environment with many ills. We expect to pass the 20th Amendment soon after the 19th Amendment is passed in parliament shortly. I don t think there are any impediments that obstruct the passage of the 19th Amendment which will be debated on Monday because we command the support of 136 MPs and the United National Party (UNP) 49, he said but did not confirm whether the 19th Amendment would be put to the vote on Tuesday as announced by the government. Mr. Premajayantha said the new parliament to be elected under the new electoral system will comprise 255 members -- 165 members including those returned from multi party constituencies will be elected under the first past the post, 66 under the district proportional system and 24 on the national list. The UPFA will submit a concept paper on the 20th Amendment shortly based on the formula prepared by Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya. All party leaders have basically expressed their support to it. Mr. Deshapriya is of the view that only a few months are needed to conclude the delimitation process. The most important aspect is that this formula has addressed the concerns of minor political parties and minority representation, he said. Mr. Premajayantha said if the UPFA and the UNP agree to the proposed amendments to the electoral system then the 20th Amendment could be passed in less than three months to be followed by a general election. We need a genuine desire sans personal agendas to introduce the electoral reforms and a consensus between the UPFA and the UNP on the 20th Amendment. We will make sure that general elections will not be held as long as the 19th and the 20th Amendments have been enacted. The electoral reforms on local government polls have already been approved by parliament. It will become law after it is gazetted, he said. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Amunugama represents Sirisena at 60th Bandung anniversary
Sunday, 19 April 2015 - 8:14 AM SL Time

Higher Education Minister Sarath Amunugama leaves for Indonesia tomorrow to attend an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference as a special representative of President Mathripala Sirisena.

Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), was a major player at this meeting where leaders of nearly a quarter of the world s population was represented as she, with Indonesia, Burma, Pakistan and India organized this meeting held between April 18 24, 1955, in Bandung, Indonesia. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Sri Lanka defends interim body after ICC threat
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 9:06 AM SL Time

Colombo (AFP) - Sri Lanka`s sports minister Navin Dissanayake on Friday defended his decision to appoint an interim committee to oversee cricket, saying it was his `sovereign right`.

The comments came after the International Cricket Council said the move may amount to government interference, and that it would withhold payments to Sri Lanka unless the matter was resolved.

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Pingo loads of political desperation
Saturday, 18 April 2015 - 9:05 AM SL Time

`Negam Yaama` or the visiting of family, relatives and friends is an important tradition of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year festivity. It helps strengthen existing relations, promotes goodwill, erases enmities and draws new people into the circle of relatives and friends.

With politics, embracing almost all aspects of life in Sri Lanka, it is not surprising that in the past decades, politics did play a major part in the `Negam Yaama` tradition, with political leaders in any area, be they Ministers, Members of Parliament, Provincial Councillors or Pradeshiya Sabha members being at the centre of these events with a good market for betel leaf that is a necessary part of this special ritual of meeting and greeting for the New Year. Many, who did not bother to visit their close family relatives at Avurudu time, did make it a point to visit to their political sponsors, with sheaves of betel leaf, plenty of traditional sweetmeats, and other gifts that would ensure them more gifts and favours in the coming year.
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57 MPs visit Mahinda Rajapaksa
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 9:59 AM SL Time

Around fifty-seven Members of Parliament today visited former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his Carlton House in Tangalle.

Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader and Western Provincial Council member Udaya Gammanpila stated that a large number of Provincial Councillors and local government members also participated in the visit.

Former Ministers Dullas Alahapperuma, Bandula Gunawardena, Kumara Welgama, Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa, TB Ekanayake, Prof GL Peiris, Salinda Dissanayake, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Gamini Lokuge and Johnston Fernando are said to be among the UPFA MPs who have joined the occasion.
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No Confidence motion against Ravi Today
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 9:51 AM SL Time

Leader of the Democratic Left Front, Vasudeva Nanayakkara confirmed yesterday that the No-Confidence Motion against Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake has been signed and will be submitted to the Speaker in Parliament.
MP Nanayakkara, who was among those from the UPFA who gathered at Carlton House in Tangalle yesterday, said the No Confidence Motion to be brought against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was discussed and finalized.
`Several of us who gathered at Carlton House yesterday signed the No Confidence Motion against Minister Ravi Karunanayake. We will submit the motion in Parliament next week.` MP Nanayakkara said.
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Majority pledges fulfilled in 100 Day programme
Thursday, 16 April 2015 - 11:44 AM SL Time

Most of the pledges in the 100 Day programme of President Maithripla Sirisena`s Presidential Election Manifesto is being fulfilled while the most crucial one to reduce the powers of the Executive President is in progress, said Highways and Investment Promotion Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne.

Speaking to the Daily News he said that most of the people have forgotten the fact that the 100 Day programme is a pledge of common candidate Maithripala Sirisena`s Manifesto to which the the majority of the people gave their mandate. ` We would like to remind certain political parties and others who deliberately forget this `.
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Unlawful arrests in East continue TNA MP
Thursday, 16 April 2015 - 11:42 AM SL Time

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa District Parliamentarian P. Selvarajah says unlawful arrests were still continuing in the Eastern Province and warned that if the situation continued the people would not hesitate to teach the new government a lesson as the previous government was also taught a lesson.

`The people in the North and East continue to live in uncertainty because of the attitude of the new government with regard to the issues that still remain unresolved,` he added.

Parliamentarian Selvarajah was speaking at the Kannan Kudah Kannagi Vidyalayam on Tuesday (7).
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What is politics?
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 - 9:37 AM SL Time


Dr. Amarasekara is turning politics into a novel or short story. For MR politics is a teledrama. For Champika politics is a fairy tale. For Wimal politics is a folk tale. For RW politics is an absurd drama. For Nimal Siripala politics is a court case. For Prof Nalin politics is an equation where unlike in mathematics he can obtain any answer he wants and where he can use his chathuskotika too.
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SLFP appoints new members to Central Committee: sources
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 8:19 AM SL Time

Replacing the sacked senior members, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) sources on Monday (13) announced its bid to appoint five new members to the party s Central Committee.

A source close to the SLFP told Ada Derana that Western Provincial Councilors Hirunika Premachandra, Prasanna Solangaarachchi, Ediriweera Weerawardena, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, and State Minister Nandimithra Ekanayake have been appointed to the Committee.
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58 former Ministers in Bribery net
Saturday, 11 April 2015 - 11:47 AM SL Time

The opposition UPFA charged yesterday that 58 ministers of the previous government are facing bribery and corruption charges of which 90 per cent were initiated by anonymous letters. Challenging the Police Chief, the CID and the Director General of the Bribery Commission on allegations brought against him, former Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said it would have been easy for the government if it opened a branch of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) in the Parliamentary complex itself.
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