Parties discuss feasibility of holding general election

Discussions are underway among political parties to approve a resolution in Parliament with two-thirds majority calling for its dissolution in case the Supreme Court holds that the dissolution violated the Constitution.

The government which took office on October 26 is considering the

JVP to consider Mano’s stance: Handunnetti

While appreciating the statement made by Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Leader and MP Mano Ganesan that his party’s stance to join JVP, MP Sunil Handunnetti said they would consider it.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror MP Handunnetti said the statement

Economic crisis: Bandula invites US Ambassador to meet CB Governor

MP Bandula Gunawardana yesterday said the remarks made by US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz in Kandy on Sri Lanka’s economic crisis were erroneous and invited her to meet the Central Bank Governor to be enlightened about the country’s economic situation.

Addressing a news briefing, the MP said it appeared that certain

Petition filed seeking Quo Warranto over Ranil’s MP seat

A petition has been filed with the Court of Appeal requesting the court to issue a Writ of Quo Warranto preventing Ranil Wickremesinghe from being a Member of Parliament.

The petition has been filed by Sharmila Gonawala, the Co-President

Case against Hirunika set to be heard in March

The Colombo High Court has decided to hear the case against MP Hirunika Premachandra over the abduction a youth from Dematagoda, on the 12th and 13th of March, 2019.

In December 2015, a 35-year-old man was abducted in the Baseline Road area in Dematagoda and assaulted by a group of individuals

Nalaka de Silva further remanded

Former DIG of the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) Nalaka de Silva was further remanded till December 19 by Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake today.

He was arrested by the CID over the alleged assassination plot on

All galleries in Parliament except for the press gallery closed

Except for the press gallery, all other galleries in Parliament will be closed when the House takes up the confidence motion on UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe tomorrow, Sergeant at Arms, Narendra Fernando said.

Mr. Fernando told Daily Mirror that the visitor’s galleries including

New website to complaint about lost or stolen phones

Sri Lanka Police today launched a website to lodge complaints about lost or stolen mobile phones, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said.

He said the new website was launched under the instruction of IGP Pujith Jayasundara.

“About 800 to 1000 complaints about lost or stolen mobile phones

Akila Dananjaya banned over illegal bowling action

The ICC on Monday announced that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Sri Lanka’s offspinner Akila Dananjaya to be illegal and, as such he has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.

The assessment revealed that his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees

Will bring 100,000 people to Colombo on 13th – Harin

United National Party (UNP) MP Harin Fernando says that they will bring 100,000 persons to Colombo on the 13th December.

He mentioned this addressing a public rally held in Anuradhapura.

Meanwhile, MP Thalatha Atukorale said that the UNP is not a party which works for their own

Cricket elections further delayed due to ministry negligence?

The election of Sri Lanka Cricket is likely to delayed, despite the Sports Ministry earlier scheduling it to be held on January 07, reports say.

The delay is said to be due to inefficiency of ministry officials,

Shootout in Modara injures five

A shootout has occurred near the Pannananda Junction in the Modara at around 3 pm today (10), stated Police Media Spokesperson.

Police stated that two persons who arrived on a motorbike had

Verdict on Wigneswaran’s preliminary objections issued in Jan

The Court of Appeal informed that the verdict on the preliminary objections filed pertaining to the Contempt of Court petition against the former Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council (NPC) C.V. Wigneswaran and other NPC members, on the 31st of January 2019.

The petition was to be heard before Justices Kumudini

Petition in CA on President’s state of mind

A woman named Thakshila Lakmali Jayawardena filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal (CA) today seeking an order directing the IGP to go to the District Courts to inquire into the state of mind of President Maithripala Sirisena. 

Ms. Jayawardena filed the writ petition seeking the CA to issue a mandate in the nature of a writ of Mandamus against Fort Police

Ranil won’t be PM even confidence motion passed: PHU

United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would not be appointed as the Prime Minster even if the confidence motion would be passed in Parliament, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today.

The UNP is to move a Confidence Motion on Wednesday in

Drawing funds by ministry secretaries: UNP to question in the house

UNF has handed over motions to the Secretary General of Parliament against Secretary to Prime Minister and secretaries of four ministries calling for a probe by Public Finance Committee in Parliament and by the Privileges Committee for allegedly

Past govt. acted without an understanding of country’s security – Gotabaya

Former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that the current political situation has arisen from making 19th Amendment to the Constitution with a view to achieving personal political interests.

He mentioned this responding to questions posed by the media

Three children walk into police station claiming starvation

Three children, who walked into the Pottuvil Police Station complaining of starvation and begging for food were given police protection.

Police said two boys, aged 13 and 14 and a seven-year-old girl had told police that their father was employed abroad and their mother

CID arrests 45 Nigerians involved in dollar scam!

The CID had revealed information regarding a massive scam which drastically affected the country’s dollar reserves and had arrested 45 Nigerian Nationals connected with this scam, it is reported.

Based on complaints and information received by the CID Cyber Crimes Unit, it has been revealed that around Rs. 5 billion had been

Political crisis: power sector at a standstill – Tender crisis intensifies

Several procurement processes in the power sector has been completely stalled due to the current political crisis in the country, it is reported.

Over ten of the proposals which had been sent for Cabinet approval

Cases filed against new state media appointments!

Proposals are to be presented to parliament for the filing of charges with regard to the illegal appointments of directors and other appointments to state media institutions and the continued misuse of republic funds by the secretaries of five institutions, for which they should be brought before a parliamentary committee.

It has been proposed to summon the secretaries of the Prime

We're opposed to amending 19A: UNP

The UNP said yesterday it was opposed to the proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena to amend the 19th Amendment to the constitution.

UNP MP Ajith P Perera told a media briefing that it was likely that the President had wanted the 19th Amendment to the Constitution

SLPP blasts RW for meeting envoys at Temple Trees

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday criticized United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for meeting foreign ambassadors and high commissioners at Temple Trees on Wednesday.

MP Shehan Semasinghe said entertaining foreign envoys at Temple

Gevindu on how Ranil secured premiership without parliament majority

Ranil Wickremesinghe would have lost the premiership the day after the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed had it contained a proposal that the parliamentarian with a 113-member majority should be appointed as the Prime Minister, says the President of Yuthukama national organization.

He stated this attending a press conference in held in Colombo

Committee probing damages caused to parliament property set to meet

The committee appointed to inquire into the damages caused to the Parliamentary property during the tense situation that emerged during the sessions held last month is scheduled to assemble on December 12.

The report on the estimation of the damages caused to the

UNP to bring motion seeking to appoint Ranil as PM

UNP MP Ajith P. Perera says that they will bring a motion to the Parliament calling for the appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.

The motion has been presented by the UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, he said. “There is no division.”

Speaking at a press conference today (7), he also said that the

Case against Ranjan to be taken up on February 26

The Supreme Court today ordered to take up the case filed against UNP Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake on contempt of court charges on February 26.

The MP, during a TV programme, allegedly commented on the composition of the Supreme Court Judge Bench which is hearing

MP Vijayakala’s case postponed until Feb.22

The Chief Magistrate postponed the case since no instruction had been received from the Attorney General yet.

MP Maheswaran recently said at a public event in Jaffna that there

Not yet decided on contesting: Dilshan

Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan yesterday said he has not yet made a decision to contest any election though he obtained the membership of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).

Speaking at a news conference under the banner ‘Voice for Justice’,

Removing power of dissolution seeks to cannibalize Constitution: Counsel

President’s Counsel Sanjeeva Jayawardena in his submission stated that what the Petitioners invoke to the Court is to distort the Constitution virtually to cannibalize it and to take away the check and balance by removing the power of dissolution of Parliament by the President.

Counsel Jayawardena appearing for Intervenient Petitioner Prof.

UNP to decide on next move after SC verdict

The UNP will decide on its next course of action including the likelihood of a secret ballot to select a candidate for the premiership after the Supreme Court delivers its Judgment today, with regard to the petition filed against the dissolution of Parliament, Party Spokesman Harin Fernando said yesterday.

Mr. Fernando was responding to reports that the UNF was

Appeal filed in Supreme Court against interim order

An appeal has been filed with the Supreme Court against the interim order issued by the Court of Appeal restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning.

The appeal has been filed by attorneys on behalf of Mahinda

UNF ever ready for elections under legitimate Govt.: Ranil

UNF Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said today they were agreeable to a legal election if a legitimate government was appointed in line with the Constitution.

“UNF has no reason to oppose an election if other parties agree to hold a snap poll. Therefore parties can decide on a date of an

Prez. instructs ministry secretaries to fulfill their duties without disruption

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to all ministry secretaries to fulfill their duties and responsibilities according to the laws of the country without any disruption, the Presidential Media Division (PMD) said today.

It said in a statement that the instructions were given at a special

Two WPC UPFA members join UNP

Two UPFA members of the Western Provincial Council (WPC) crossed over to the UNP when the council’s budget was taken up for debate today.

The two members who joined the UNP are Nauzer Fowzie and Keerthi Kariyawasam. They said the council’s ruling party had

Elections only under a legal Govt: Mano

An election may be a way out of the current political deadlock only if a legal government is appointed and the President's authority to dissolve Parliament is clarified, UNF member and Tamil Progressive Front (TPF) Leader Mano Ganesan said yesterday.

He said there was no way that an election could be held under an

Prez will take future steps after seeking legal opinion: Susil

President Maithripala Sirisena would take future steps after seeking necessary legal opinion since the Cabinet has been suspended, UPFA MP Susil Premajayantha said yesterday.

Addressing a news briefing, he said the Court of Appeal’s stay order issued restraining the Prime Minister and the Cabinet from

'Palayaw Palayaw Sathara Waram Deviyange Namayen Palayaw'-Ranil

The status quo that existed before October 26 can be restored now following the interim order given by the Appeal Court as it is given against an individual and not against a post, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

Mr. Wickremesinghe expressed this sentiment during a public rally

Presidential candidate will be from within UNP – Harin

UNP Parliamentarian Harin Fernando says that United National Party (UNP) intends to put forward its own candidate forward for the Presidential Election, instead of a common candidate.

He stated this addressing a public rally held in Mahiyanganaya last evening (02).

The former Minister said that a huge mess has been created in the

Political crisis burdens public, not Mahinda or Maithri – Sujeewa

The political turmoil that prevails in the country has adversely affected the general public, says the UNP Parliamentarian Sujeewa Senasinghe.

Attending an event held in Colombo, the MP said it is the general public that has been inconvenienced by the situation that the

Rupee appreciates!

At a time when most of the currencies are depreciating, the Sri Lankan rupee that had also been depreciating, has recorded a slight appreciation today, it is reported.

According to the daily Central Bank exchange rates the buying price of a dollar was Rs. 176.9399 and the selling rate was Rs.

Interim order issued preventing PM and Cabinet from functioning

The Court of Appeal today issued an interim injunction order restraining Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning until the hearing of the Writ of Quo Warranto filed against them holding office.

The Court of Appeal today concluded the consideration of the Writ of Quo Warranto filed by 122 Members of Parliament against Rajapaksa and his government’s continuation in office after two no-

UNF to convey its final stance to Prez this evening

The United National Front (UNF) said today that they would remain unanimous in their support for UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.

They said the decision was taken at the UNF leader’s meeting

CA resumes petition against MR's Premiership

The Court of Appeal (CA) resumed hearing the writ Petition filed against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa holding office of Prime Minister a short while ago.

The Court of Appeal fixed for support today the writ petition filed by 122 MPs seeking the court to direct Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa

Will not support Impeachment motion against President: TNA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which pledged its support to the United National Party (UNP) to form a government has, however, assured President Maithripala Sirisena that it will not support any motion to impeach him, it is learnt.

TNA Leader R. Sampanthan gave this assurance to the President

MS, MR, RW should form national govt.- Wiggy

Former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said yesterday that the current political crisis could be resolved by forming a national government with the involvement of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

He expressed his views while participating at a programme to

Investigations on murder of two constables commenced

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has commenced investigations into the murder of the two police constables since this morning (01).

The field inspections at the location of the murder have already been launched by the CID officers, according to a senior police

New mechanism for UNF-SLFP government!

A group of UNF and SLFP seniors are said to be devising a united political mechanism for the reestablishment of a unity government between the two parties and they are scheduled to present it to the President prior to December 5th, according to political sources.

This was decided at the meeting held between the President and

Those affected by the President’s gazette!

The November salaries for the staff of ministers, has still not been paid, it is reported.

According to parliamentary sources, this is due to the gazette issued by the President dissolving parliament.

Although the ministerial staff salaries have been prepared and sent

Term of Presidential Comm on SriLankan extended

The term of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCOI) appointed to investigate irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, Mihin Lanka & SriLankan, has been extended till February 15, 2019.

President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a special gazette