Executive Presidency should go: President

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday reiterated that he will continue to set in motion measures to abolish the Executive Presidency and introduce a new constitution. The President said that he always believed the Executive Presidency which has vast powers should go and added that this has to be done constitutionally. Speaking at a ceremony in Kegalle to commemorate Minister Dharmasiri Senanayake, the President said the unity government of the SLFP and the UNP has identified the necessary changes that should be made to ensure lasting socio-economic growth and added that obstacles will not deter Read more...

Colombo Mayor to say goodbye, term of LG bodies not likely to be extended

The term of the Local Government bodies likely would not be extended again, sources said. The term of 23 Local Government bodies are set to end as of today (30). Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha has said that the decision on extending the tenure of the Local Government bodies will be announced before midnight today. A final decision will be reached on the matter after discussing with the President and Prime Minister as a unity government currently exists, he told Read more...

No Spilt in SLFP; CM of Western Province

Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya stated that many seniors of the Party have assured President Maithripala Sirisena that they will not support the formation of a new Political Party by dividing the SLFP. This was addressing a media briefing in Colombo yesterday.  Read more...

Ranjan, Aluthgamage clash in Parliament

UPFA MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, from the Joint Opposition and UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake were involved in fisticuffs in Parliament yesterday, following a heated argument between them, where they insulted each other’s mother in obscene language, Parliament sources revealed. According to eye witnesses, Ramanayake had met JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, while waiting for the lift reserved for MPs on the Second Floor. There, Ramanayake had inquired as to why the JVP Leader had agreed to safeguard Read more...

No international pressure on Sri Lanka – President

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has emphatically denied that the international community is putting pressure on Lanka and that he is betraying the country and handing it over to outside powers. Speaking at a seminar in Colombo on Monday on Lanka’s foreign policy since he came to power in January 2015, Sirisena said that there is absolutely no pressure on Lanka from the international community to do one thing or the other. When he meets leaders of these countries they do give them their Read more...

JVP Charges That The 1180 Million Rupees Supplementary Estimate Violates Good Governance Policy

The Opposition is objecting to the government’s proposal to parliament of a supplementary estimate of one thousand 180 million rupees to purchase vehicles for 30 ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers of 22 ministries. The Opposition argues that allocating such a huge amount of money at a time when the country has faced monetary strain is unjustified. On behalf of the Finance Minister, chief government whip minister Gayantha Karunathilaka presented the estimate. Under this supplementary Read more...

State Minister Hizbullah resigns

A. L.M. Hizbullah, State Minister of Rehabilitation and Reconciliation, has went abroad after submitting the letter of resignation to the President. A group of State Ministers are also to resign from their ministerial portfolios as a mean of protest as they have not been assigned with relevant subject areas yet. They allege that though the President and the Prime Minister at 6 Cabinet Meetings held in the recent past have instructed the Cabinet Ministers to assign them with subject areas, no measure Read more...

I will not be deterred by GMOA’s threats: Rajitha

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, in response to a strike planned by doctors, said he would not shy away from such threats. He urged the Government Medical Officers’ Association not to put people’s lives in jeopardy by resorting to trade union action because of unfounded charges against the health authorities. The minister said a merit system had been introduced for both the internship and the post internship appointments of doctors. “The GMOA sought representation at a transfer board. Read more...

Rathana Thera – Champika strife heightens

The strife between Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera and minister Champika Ranawaka over the ‘Vasa Visa Nethi Ratak’ project has even reached the Cabinet of ministers, political sources say. The ‘Vasa Visa Nethi Ratak’ project, which is overseen by the President Maithripala Sirisena, aims at making a gradual turn around from the use of imported agrochemicals, to locally produced organic and bio fertilizers for farming. The strife had sparked after minister Champika had tabled Read more...

Party comes first, says Lakshman Yapa

It is the party that comes first, the persons who are behind it take the second place, State Minister of Finance Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says. The Minister also pointed out those MPs who work against them sooner or later would have to either join the United National Party (UNP) or the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The observation was made at an event held in Matara.  Read more...