Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ven. Girambe Ananda Thera passes away

Anunayake of the Sri Lanka Ramanya Nikaya Venerable Girambe Ananda Thera passed away this morning at the age of 80.

Ven. Thera passed away while receiving treatment at the ICU at the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital.

decisions regarding the cremation ceremony and final rites of the

PM has secured majority power - Navin

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is able to continue the government as he wields the 2/3 majority in parliament, says minister of plantations - Navin Dissanayake.

Speaking in parliament today, the minister added that the 'flower

Authorities interference needed to cease post election violence: Champika

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka today requested the relevant officials who maintain law and order to take necessary actions to stop post election violence.

Addressing a meeting the minister said although the ruling coalition had won the last Presidential and General Election it had never

Speaker writes to Maldivian counterpart expressing concerns

Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Karu Jayasuriya has expressed deep concern to his Maldivian counterpart with regard to the prevailing situation in the neighboring South Asian island nation, saying that it impacts negatively on the region.

Jayasuriya, as the Chair of the Association of the SAARC Speakers

Monday, February 19, 2018

Gayantha to cover SF’s Ministry

Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka had been assigned to cover the duties of the Regional Development Ministry from today as Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is on a foreign visit.

A statement issued by the Lands and Parliamentary Reforms

'Govt. to continue... those who are averse, can leave'

President Maithripala Sirisena has said to allow the continuation of the Good Governance government for several more months while introducing reforms.

He was speaking during a meeting with the SLFP parliamentary

'If crossovers weren’t possible, country wouldn’t face such a dilemma’

Had the paragraph that existed until the reading of the 19th amendment, preventing any candidate from switching from a party that he had been elected, to another party, disregarding the people’s vote, not been removed, this country would not be in this predicament, said JVP- MP Vijitha Herath. He noted that that paragraph that had been removed, specified that in the event an

We will remain with the President, as one group - SB

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members in the government will remain as one group without supporting any other group, Minister S.B. Dissanayake said.

He was speaking to reporters after a meeting a held between the President, UPFA Ministers and MPs in the government at the

I don’t aspire to be PM: Speaker

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today told Parliament that he nursed no aspirations of being the Prime Minister because there was already a Prime Minister in the country.

He said this in response to a question asked by an Opposition MP.

“I don’t want to become the Premier. There is one already. I have

Parliament debate on political situation at 4pm today

Party leaders have decided that debate on current political situation to take place in parliament from 4.00pm-7.00pm today (19).

The decision was reached at a party leaders' meeting this morning.

Speaking in parliament today, group leader of Joint Opposition,

SLFP to decide today if to leave govt.?

The SLFP will decide today (19) if it should leave the unity government, say party sources.

President Maithripala Sirisena and SLFP ministers are due to meet at noon at President’s House to take a decision.

Last evening too, there was a discussion between the president and

No-faith motion against Thilanga!

The United National Party (UNP) is preparing to move a no-confidence motion against deputy Speaker - Thilanga Sumathipala, internal sources from the party say.

The motion will cite that Sumathipala's conduct has been biased

Govt. and opposition MPs received cash from Mendis distilleries - Ranjan claims

Documents pertaining to payments made by Mendis Distilleries owned by Arjun Aloysious to a set of MPs from government and opposition has been recovered and are being held by President Maithripala Sirisena,Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said yesterday.

Mr Ramanayake told journalists that Aloysious had made payments

Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday for UNP-led Govt.

A Cabinet reshuffle is set to take place on Wednesday (21) as a fore-runner to a new government headed by the United National Party (UNP), it is learnt.

The decision was taken after a meeting that took place on Sunday (18) between President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil

UPFA quits National Unity Govt;UNP to form a govt

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has informed President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday night that it would quit the national unity government, a party official said.

UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera sent a letter in this regard to the President. The unity government was formed between

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ranjan to work towards a truce between Prez and PM

Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said yesterday he had met President Maithripala Sirisena to bring about a truce with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and iron out any differences between them.

He said he met the President as a peace maker. “I am a symbol of

We need urgent political reforms: JHU

While highlighting the need to introduce political reforms, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secreatry and Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday the government should be humble enough to accept the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) as the main opposition in Parliament.

He said in a statement that it was clear from the votes obtained by

Conflict resolved: Ranil remains as PM: Cabinet on Thursday

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had told a group of young MP’s who had gone to meet him this morning (17) that they should understand the predicament faced by President Maithripala Sirisena and remain calm, that Susil Premajantha and SLFP would join the

Dissolving parliament early a dream?

As there are 62 new MPs in parliament through the 2015 General election, passing a proposal to hold a sudden election would be an arduous task, according to parliament sources.

These new MPs will be entitled to a pension, only if they remain in

Snag in Bellanwila Thera’s investigations!

A legal complication has arisen with regard to the post-mortem examination of the late Ven. Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera, as the inquest had been done by the Boralesgamuwa coroner whereas it should have been done by the Colombo city coroner.

When we contacted the Colombo City Coroner Attorney Iresha

2020 Presidential election: Sajith refuses

Sajith Premadasa is said to have turn down a request made by the UNP leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, for him to prepare to contest at the next Presidential election, Ravaya newspaper reported.

The newspaper had reported that Ranil Wickremesinghe had made

Implement 25% Quota for Women in LG polls : Rosy

In reference to the statement made by Elections Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya that the implementation of the 25% quota for women in local government elections is uncertain, Colombo's Mayor-elect Rosy Senanayake urged the EC Chairman to take steps to implement the 25% Quota for Women in LG polls immediately.

Issuing a press release, she said the 2017 Local Authorities

UNP must undergo drastic changes soon: Sujeewa

While rejecting reports that he would quit the UNP, State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said yesterday said he would resign from the post of party electoral organiser if party did not undergo drastic and immediate changes.

He said UNP MPs including Ministers Ajith P. Perera, Harsha De

Prime Minister's post: Speaker's name proposed

The fissures within the unity government over the post of Prime Minister have been widened with a group of UNP MPs pushing for the appointment of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as the Prime Minister.

This proposal has already been placed before the party’s

Friday, February 16, 2018

I’ll continue as PM under the Constitution: Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a news conference at Temple Trees today that he would continue as the Prime Minister according to the provisions of the Constitution.

Commenting about the party leadership crisis, he said the UNP

Aloysius, Palisena re-remanded

Perpetual Treasuries Ltd., owner Arjun Aloysius and its Chief Executive Officer Kasun Palisena were re-remanded till March 2 by

Bail refused to Aloysius, Palisena

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today refused to grant bail to Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena.

Earlier, they were arrested by the Criminal Investigations

Can't stand with MR without shame - Duminda

Minister of Agriculture - Duminda Dissanayake says that they initially opposed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on a principle, which cannot be betrayed to secure power.

The minister has said thus to his staff today.

He had added that he can’t stand with Mr. Rajapaksa without

Ranjan asked to return after changing UNP leadership

Deputy minister Ranjan Ramanayake held a meeting today (16) with president Maithripala Sirisena.

The deputy minister had attempted to keep peace with the two ruling parties and continue the present government.

Although Mr. Ramanayake had spoken at length on this regard, the

High Court permits Namal to travel abroad

The High Court today permitted Namal Rajapaksa to travel abroad from February 20 to May 30.

He was previously not allowed to do so because of the magisterial

Don't be afraid, we have your back: JO assures SLFP

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday told the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) not to be afraid when making a decision to form its own government and assured them that they were there to support them once they make that call.

MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that the JO MPs had decided

Nimal Siripala for Premier; signatures of MPs obtained

A move to obtain sufficient signatures to prove that Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva commands the majority support in Parliament and eligible to be appointed as the Prime Minister, has been commenced yesterday noon.

The UPFA proposed the setting up of a minority government with

Cabinet illegal, Prez has power to appoint PM: Sarath

In another conundrum to the present gridlock in governance, former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva argued yesterday that the entire Cabinet including the Prime Minister stood illegal at the moment as the two year period stipulated for the national unity government had ceased.

The former Chief Justice told the Daily Mirror that the Cabinet

Changes in UNP coming soon

The United National Party (UNP) is to undergo changes with party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe expected to make an announcement on changes soon.

Informed sources said some of the members in the party’s parliamentary group had requested him to name a successor. Mr

SL beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets

Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by six wickets to go 1-0 up in the two-match T20 series. After opting to bat, the hosts rode on fifties from Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim to post 193/5. In reply, fiery knocks from Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka and Thisara

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sagala hints at resigning as Law and Order Minister

Minister Sagala Ratnayake today said he had informed his party’s Parliamentary Group that he was not hoping to continue as the Minister of Law and Order.

In a Facebook post, Minister Ratnayake said he would not hesitate to give up the Ministerial portfolio for the sake of United National

Mahendran fails to report at CID yet

Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had not reported to the CID so far even though he was ordered to appear before the CID on or before February 15 by the Court to record statements into the Magisterial Inquiry conducted over the Bond Auction held on February 27, 2015, sources said.

Earlier, Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered Arjuna Mahendran

SLFP objects to Ranil again!

A minister of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said that they object against continuing the government with Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime minister.

He was responding to decisions taken by the UNP parliamentary

Decision to form an all-UNP govt. revoked?

UNP parliamentarians who met earlier today (15) have decided to revoke the decision to form an all-UNP government, reports say.

The MPs had made the above decision as views on forming an all-UNP government would inconvenience the president while also

Parliament cannot be dissolved until 2020

It is constitutionally impossible to dissolve parliament and call for a general election contrary to what the SLPP wants done, political analysts point out.

The constitution says that that could be done only after four and a

Trouble is over if Karu is made PM – SLFP minister

The stalemate in the government will be over if incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe agrees to appoint speaker Karu Jayasuriya as the prime minister, according to a SLFP minister.

The minister told Sri Lanka Mirror that his party found no issues in the continuation of the present government.

A website run by an official of the presidents’ office reports that

UNF decides to continue with unity government

The United National Front (UNF) parliamentary group today decided to continue the unity government with some changes of portfolios and strategies, UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said today.

He told media personnel that the unity government would continue

Not my job to issue final results: EC

The Elections Commission was neither under obligation to issue final results of the LG polls nor was its job, Elections Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday.

He added however that a booklet would be issued on February 28

CWC pledges support to President

Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader MP Arumugam Thondaman met with President Maithripala Sirisena along with a delegation from his party and pledged his party’s support to him, it is learnt.

A CWC source said the party had said it would cooperate with the

UPFA proposes Nimal Siripala as new PM

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has proposed the name of Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva as the new Prime Minister, a Minister said yesterday.

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told Daily Mirror that the UPFA had decided to put forward Mr. de Silva's name for the PM

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Stay order preventing action against Gotabaya extended

The stay order issued by the Appeal Court, preventing the FCID from taking action against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa under the Public Property Act, has been further extended until February 28.

The FCID had lodged a case against the former Defence Secretary

EPDP to support TNA in the north

The EPDP has decided to back the TNA in forming administrations in LG bodies of the northern province where there are no clear winners.

Party leader Douglas Devananda says their central committee

Those who lost the LG election can still be appointed!

A candidate who has lost at divisional level at the LG election, could still be appointed under the proportional list, according to the Election’s Commission.

The Commission said the power to appoint a member through the proportional list lies with the party secretary or in the case of an

Another arrest over Lasantha murder

Former DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara has been arrested by the CID last night (13) for concealing evidence of former Sunday Leader

UNP’s loss is due to Tamil version of national anthem - Marapana

Foreign affairs minister Thilak Marapana is of the view that the singing a Tamil version of the national anthem on Independence Day is one main reason for the UNP’s setback at the mini polls.

He made his view known at a meeting of the party lastday (12)