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No authority for SC to hear petitions on President’s order: AG

Dec 5 (AD) Attorney General has commenced making submissions before the Supreme Court over the petition against the dissolution of the Parliament. Accordingly, he has stated that the Supreme Court does not have the legal authority to hear the petitions against the dissolution of the Parliament. Attorney General stated that the fundamental rights petitions filed against the dissolution of the Parliament charge that more..

Sri Lanka legislature gives up on pandering to a hostile president

Dec 5 (EN) Sri Lanka’s parliament Wednesday defied a hostile president and decided not to proceed with a de facto no-trust resolution against the disputed govt and instead moved closer to an impeachment. Maithripala Sirisena had asked the largest single party, the UNP, to bring another resolution reconfirming the previous no-trust votes against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his purported cabinet. more..

CoA interim orders validate House decisions

Dec 5 (CT) The Speaker’s Office, issuing a press release, has clarified its stance on the recent political developments that took place on 26 Oct as well as the interim orders given by the Court of Appeal on 3 Dec. The day following the political events which took place on 26 Oct, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had met Prez Sirisena and told him that though the latter’s move was against the Constitution and the law, he would order more..

'Lawful govt essential before polls'

Dec 5 (FT) UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday insisted that only he commanded the majority in the House needed to form a govt, reiterating the need to return to the constitutional framework before the country could opt for elections. “Only the UNF and I can command that majority today,” Wickremesinghe insisted while speaking at a press conference held at Temple Trees flanked by UNF party leaders, more..

UNP alleges President planning to appoint another PM from SLFP/SLPP

Dec 5 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena was attempting to appoint a new PM from the SLFP or SLPP, who did not command a majority in the House, UNP MP Nalin Bandara said. "President has again said that he won’t appoint UNP leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe as the PM even if all MPs back his appointment. This is not reasonable. There is no reason for President to refrain from appointing the UNP leader as PM. more..

President has no sincere need act against corruption: Vijitha Herath

Dec 5 (AD) JVP MP Vijitha Herath stated that Prez Sirisena has no sincere need to take action against corruption. President says that he took these decisions due to the need to take action against corruption; however, if he felt the need to do so, he could have done it when the bond scam was revealed, pointed out MP Herath. The second chance he could have acted against corruption was when the special commission, more..

RTI Commission directs CB to reveal 2015, 2016 EPF deals

Dec 5 (ST) The Right to Information Commission this week directed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to release information in respect of Govt securities market transactions of the EPF during 2015 and 2016, including primary market transactions held through auctions, primary market transactions held through direct placement and secondary market transactions. Considering the refusal of the CBSL to release the information more..

'Secretaries cease to hold office when Ministers restrained from functioning'

Dec 5 (Island) Former President of the Bar Association Upul Jayasuriya PC, says the UPFA’s contention that secretaries of Ministries could function without Cabinet Ministers, is wrong and violated the Constitution. He said that according to Article 52(3), the Secretary to a Ministry shall cease to hold office upon the dissolution of the Cabinet of Ministers under the provision of the Constitution or upon a determination by the President under more..

'Order of Appeal Court is a world record'

Dec 5 (AD) MP Udaya Gammanpila, at a PHU press conference held today, stated that the Court of Appeal made history by issuing the stay order on 3 Dec by restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa from functioning as the PM and restraining them from functioning as ministers. The Court of Appeal has not declared that Mahinda Rajapaksa is not the PM; he is still the PM, although he cannot function as the PM, said Gammanpila. more..

'Chandrika working behind the scenes'

Dec 5 (DM) Navin Dissanayake, the eldest son of prominent UNP politician Gamini Dissanayake, was the Plantation Industries Minister before the disputed govt was appointed. He is the National Organiser of the UNP and one of the young UNPers who is being groomed to take over the party leadership. He is also the son-in-law of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Navin, who is an Attorney-at-law, holds a master’s degree in more..

Wounding a nation’s conscience Rajapaksas are not saviours, they are the cause of crisis

Dec 5 (DM) Ever since the substantial breach of our Constitution by the Executive branch, only one political party, the JVP, has been consistent in its action and speech; only one political party, JVP, has been trying to drive home the point that there is no possible compromise between Constitutionality and non-constitutionality; there is no compromise between treachery and patriotism and there shouldn’t be any compromise between right and wrong. The Executive committed the first sin: more..

It’s time for the leaders to strengthen and prepare their rank and file

Dec 5 (DM) We are amidst three nationally and politically very important and serious legal tussles, with the entire country waiting with baited breath, for the final outcome of them. And all three cases are a kind of first in the history and hence nobody’s experience at least hints as to what the final outcome of the current political stalemate and the Constitutional conundrum is. We are witnessing a court case filed by 13 petitioners being heard against the dissolution of Parliament by Prez more..

Constitution, not clay in hands of contesting parties: Counsel

Dec 5 (DM) President’s Counsel K. Kanag Iswaran said the Constitution was not clay in the hands of contesting parties to be moulded as he or she sees fit while the constitutional language sets the limits of interpretation which aspires to give constitutional unity and harmony. Appearing for MP R. Sampanthan, he made this submission to the 7-judge bench of the Supreme Court at more..

WPC members watching porn: Movement of photojournalists restricted

Dec 5 (Island) Following wide publicity given to pictures of some Western Provincial Councillors watching porn on their official computers during the recent presentation of the council budget, journalists’ movements in the public gallery were restricted yesterday. When the budget debate commenced, chaired by Sunil Wijeratne, councillors Gunasiri Jayanath, Kerthi Kariyawasam and Sumith Wijemuni denied having watched pornography while the CM Devapriya was presenting council budget. more..

Marapana argues President’s powers clipped by 19A

Dec 5 (Island) Tilak Marapana President’s Counsel, appearing for the UNP, in respect of the petition filed against the dissolution of Parliament, said that Article 27, required the President to consult the Prime Minister in dissolving Parliament. After the introduction of the 19th Amendment the President was no longer all powerful. At the outset K. Kanag Ishwaran PC, supporting the petition of the TNA said that President may under Article 70 dissolve Parliament. more..

UNP says President has no right to instruct Ministry Secretaries Others say otherwise

Dec 5 (Island) The UNP yesterday said that the President had no power to instruct or order secretaries to Ministries and that such attempts would be unconstitutional. Issuing a press release MP and former High Court judge, JC Alawatuwala said that the President met govt officials and military and given them instructions. "The Constitution has not given any authority to the President to order, direct or instruct secretaries to the ministries. more..

Ranil warns Sirisena

Dec 5 (CT) Ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday, warned President Maithripala Sirisena that if he continuously violates the Constitution, he may no longer be suitable to hold the position of President. Addressing a Media briefing, he emphasized the fact that Constitution is the supreme law, and that everyone, including the President had taken an oath to ensure the protection of the Constitution. “President Sirisena has been violating the Constitution continuously since 26 Oct. more..

Ranil destroyed me to a certain extent: Prez

Dec 5 (CT) Standing firm on his decision that he would not appoint UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the PM, even if all the 225 MPs request him to do so, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday promised to solve the prevailing political turmoil in the country within a week. The President, addressing the SLFP’s special convention at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, claimed that there was no political clash in the country, but an unrest followed by the political turmoil following more..

Vavunativu killings: Rehabilitated Tigers to be prosecuted under PTA

Dec 5 (Island) The rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres, arrested in connection with last Friday’s killing of two police constables at Vavunativu, Batticaloa, would be charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), a senior police officer said. The CID, investigating the incident, would have to use the PTA to prosecute the suspects though there was a govt decision to repeal the law. The previous govt agreed to annul the PTA following talks with more..

Sri Lanka awaits EU confirmation for GSP+ on Indonesian fabric

Dec 5 (CT) A proposal to obtain GSP+ concessions on fabric imported from Indonesia has been submitted by the SL Embassy in Brussels to the European Union (EU), according to SL Apparel Exporters' Association (SLAEA) Chairman, Felix Fernando. He said, however, that a response from the EU could not be expected soon due to the holiday season and the heightening political condition in SL. Sri Lanka was hopeful that agreements to obtain GSP+ concessions for more..

EDB hosts Inward Buyer Delegation from Japan

Dec 5 (CT) Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), in collaboration with the SL Embassy in Japan, organized an Inward Buyer Delegation from Japan from 3-5 Dec 2018, with the objective of developing business linkages between SL companies and the Japanese buyers as well as to increase awareness among SL exporters on the Japanese market. A Business Forum and Business to B2B Meeting Programme for the Sri Lankan business community with the Japanese buyer more..

Estate wage issue: Stakeholders unwilling to compromise

Dec 5 (DN) The ongoing simmering estate wage crisis was gridlocked yesterday with both the Planters Association and the estate unions unwilling to compromise on their earlier positions. This was amid the backdrop of the estate unions beginning what it called an indefinite strike until the payment of Rs. 1000 per day wage was delivered to them. Planters Association was adamant that the maximum they could give more..

MR appeals against CoA orders

Dec 5 (CT) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday, filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the 3 Dec Court of Appeal Interim Order, which restrained him from holding the position of Prime Minister and 49 MPs from holding Cabinet portfolios. The appeal was filed, on behalf of Rajapaksa, by Attorney-at-Law Sanath Wijewardene. The petition states that the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeal against the PM and his Cabinet are unconstitutional more..

Customs nab two cigarette smugglers

Dec 5 (Island) Officials of the Customs Narcotics Division arrested two Lankan passengers at the Katunayake Airport early yesterday morning for attempting to smuggle into the country a stock of cigarettes from the UAE. The suspects are businessmen aged 48 and 46 years and residents of Puttalam. They arrived at the Katunayake airport at around 4.30 am from Sharjah. Customs officials arrested them when they attempted to leave though Green Channel without declaring any items. more..

Hutch-Etisalat merger gets regulatory nod

Dec 5 (CT) UAE-based Emirates Telecom Group Company PJSC (Etisalat Group) has completed the sale of its 100% shareholding in Etisalat Lanka (Private) Limited (ESL) to Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Private) Limited (Hutch Lanka) on 30 Nov 2018, with regulatory approval of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of SL (TRCSL) and Board of Investment (BoI), top-ranking company sources confirmed. more..

Sri Lanka’s chance to redeem themselves

Dec 5 (DN) Sri Lanka’s next three series ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup will give the team a chance to redeem itself from the depths its cricket has fallen into. One thing in favour of the Lankan cricketers is that they will be playing all their matches away from home and thereby the pressure of playing on home soil and the high expectations that comes with it will not be there. They can freely concentrate on their job at hand and lift their playing levels to a point that more..

Tamil Co-op housing celebrates 30th anniversary in Toronto

Dec 5 (LR) Tamil Cc- operative Homes Inc. (TCH) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a Gala dinner earlier this month. This proud milestone event hosted dignitaries from all levels of the govt, honoured guests including 300 attendees. Located at 20 Wade Ave. Lansdowne and Bloor, in the Davenport – Bloordale community the TCH was established in 1988 by Society for the Aid of Ceylon Minorities (SACEM), the organization that was instrumental in gaining the funds from more..

Sri Lanka liquidity short expands in November final week

Dec 5 (EN) A liquidity short in Sri Lanka's credit system coming mainly from interventions in the forex market by the central bank had expanded over the past week, after falling due to a reserve ratio cut, amid a political crisis and capital flight. The central bank had sterilized a short of about 135.9 billion rupees (about US$ 750 million) by Nov 30, up from 109.0 billion rupees (about US$ 600 million) a week earlier mostly through more..

Embassy in Bahrain boosts made in Sri Lanka produce and food

Dec 5 (FT) Embassy of SL in Bahrain, in close coordination and cooperation with Lulu Hypermarket, conducted and showcased a 4-day mega scale event last week titled Sri Lankan Produce & Food Mart. The event was held with the objectives of promoting and profiling of goods and services, products and produces and tourism and culture of SL as well as to enhance and aggrandise the image of the country, primarily amongst the nationals of Bahrain, foreign expatriates and more..

Pak HC delivers lecture on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

Dec 5 (PHC) High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Shahid Hashmat delivered a lecture on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): A New Vision for Regional and Global Connectivity and Economic Cooperation in a distinguished event on the invitation by the Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers (ARFRO), SL, held at Naval Headquarters on Nov 29. The event was attended by Commander of SL Army, Lt. Gen. N.U.M.M.W. Senanayake, Commander of SL Navy, Vice Admiral more..

Listed companies earnings drop by 10% in Sept. quarter

Dec 5 (FT) Listed companies earnings in the 2018 September quarter have declined by 10% to Rs. 54.3 billion from an year earlier. The broking firm had researched interim results of 267 companies and the September quarter performance matched the 10% decline suffered in the June quarter as well. It said the decline was primarily due to the sluggish performance in the Food, Beverage & Tobacco (-31% YoY), Telecom (-36% YoY) more..

American Chamber expresses concern over political impasse

Dec 5 (FT) American Chamber of Commerce in SL expressed concern over the impasse reached in light of the current political developments in the country. While stating that this sends a worrying signal to the business community locally as well as internationally, AMCHAM Sri Lanka also raised the concerns highlighted by potential investors. Chamber called on all those concerned to collaborate towards the national interest and for a swift settlement to be reached in the best more..

Editorial: Hidden dangers

Dec 5 (Island) We are without a govt! The Court of Appeal has restrained the newly appointed PM and ministers from functioning pending a final determination on the petitions before it. Paradoxically, the country has come to be dependent on the Executive President, who is mainly responsible for this unfortunate situation, to ward off anarchy. He is now running a one-man show to all intents and purposes. The SLPP, yesterday, moved the SC against more..

Lankan cricketers leave for New Zealand

Dec 5 (CT) Sri Lanka, led by Dinesh Chandimal, left for New Zealand on Monday night with the hope of producing some good performances against the Kiwis in the two Test matches, three ODIs and a T-20. Sri Lanka who were thrashed by England recently in all three formats are looking to make amends for that on this tour. But they will have to perform in some tough conditions in New Zealand. Still, their captain Dinesh Chandimal more..

Badminton faces big financial problems finding sponsors: SLB president

Dec 5 (DN) “We are very happy to see our young shuttlers perform at the recently concluded South Asian under 21 badminton championships in Nepal,” said SL Badminton president Nishantha Jayasinghe at the Katunayake Airport yesterday. Junior shuttlers who returned with three bronze medals and two silver medals yesterday morning and were welcomed by the Badminton chief and the other officials at the airport. Jayasinghe further said, “We have selected 8 shuttlers for this Nepal tour more..

Former Carey and Sri Lanka boxer H.D.R. Jayaweera passes away

Dec 5 (Island) I am extremely sad to note the death of H.D.R. Jayaweera, former Carey College boxer and National Champion and one of the most stylish boxers that Carey College had ever produced during the late 60s and early 70s. His funeral will take place today at Kanatta at 2.00p.m. Jayaweera brought colour and glamour to the boxing arena during that period and won many Best Boxer Trophies and he was famous for wearing world famous Ever Last boxing shorts. He was a classic boxer more..