Author Archive for New Constitution

Constitution making process: JO raises UN interference with Feltman

Friday, July 21st, 2017

by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island July 21, 2017, 10:23 pm Joint Opposition (JO) parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardena has called for an end to UN interference in on-going constitutional making process in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1 adopted in Oct 2015. MP Gunawardena has said that the JO that represented a large segment of people […]

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Bring forth a federal constitution now if you can, Wimal challenges Govt.

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By Ayshwarya Yapa Courtesy Ceylon Today Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF), Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa challenged the Government to now bring forth a federal Constitution, with the Constitutional Assembly being rendered invalid after he and four other parliamentarians left the Assembly yesterday (19). Weerawansa stated this upon attending a press conference of the NFF at the […]

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New Constitution Forces behind the scene

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By Ananda Ariyarathne Courtesy Ceylon Today Feeling proud about one’s own ‘ethnicity’ is a very normal human behaviour. It is applicable to any community. It is also natural for some to go to extremes. It becomes absurd only when such extremists become so self-centred and delve into their own dreams. When the military power of a […]

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NFF withdraws from constitutional assembly

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A letter was handed over to the Speaker of Parliament stating that five members of the National Freedom front (NFF) representing the UPFA will withdraw from the constitutional assembly. The letter signed by MP’s Wimal Weerawansa, Weerakumara Dissnayake, Jayantha Smaraweera, Udayashantha Gunasekara and Niroshan Premarathna cited ten reasons for the decision. […]

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New Constitution will compromise our soldiers

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

By Prageeth Sampath Courtesy  Ceylon Today Joint Opposition and SLFP Member of Parliament Prasanna Ranatunga says that they have clearly set forth their stand that the Unitary State and the prominence accorded to Buddhism in the Constitution cannot be compromised in the new Constitution. Excerpts: Q: Why are you getting ready for a snap election? A: […]

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When paper tigers meet serious people

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy  Ceylon Today Last week the Mahanayake Theras of three sects declared that they are opposed to the drafting of a new Constitution. And this is seen as a serious setback for the government and the more liberal sections of government supporters seem to think that this was a serious blow to the […]

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New constitution not needed – Maha Nayake Theros

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana The Chief Incumbents of the three main Nikayas, who met this evening for a special discussion, unanimously decided that there is no need for a new Constitution. Maha Nayaka Theros and Anu Nayaka Theros of the Siyam Nikaya, Amarapura Nikaya and Ramanna Nikaya convened a special gathering today in order to discuss […]

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නව ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවක්‌ එපා  ත්‍රස්‌තවාදය අහෝසි කිරීමේ පනතත් අද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට ගේන්න එපා!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

සමන්තී වීරසේකර උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින සයිටම් ගැටලුවත් වහා විසඳන්න ෙත්‍රෙනිකායික මහ නාහිමිවරු රජයට දැනුම් දෙති නව ආණ්‌ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවක්‌ කිසිසේත්ම රටට අවශ්‍ය නොවන බව ෙත්‍රෙනිකායික මහ නාහිමිවරු ප්‍රමුඛ මහා සංඝ රත්නය ඊයේ (4 දා) ප්‍රකාශ කළහ. අවශ්‍යම නම් පවතින ජන්ද ක්‍රමය සංශෝධනය කර ජනතා අවශ්‍යතා මත මැතිවරණ ක්‍රමය වෙනස්‌ කිරීමට පමණක්‌ කටයුතු කරන ලෙස ෙත්‍රෙනිකායික මහනාහිමිවරු ප්‍රමුඛ […]

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අලුත් ව්‍යව්ස්ථානු නවතනු.. එක හඩුන් අප විරුද්දයි..- ත්‍රෛනිකායේ මහ නාහිමිවරුන් ආණ්ඩුව දණ ගැස්වූ සේක…

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

ලංකා සී නිවුස් නව ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් හෝ ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයක් අනවශ්‍ය බව ත්‍රෛනිකායික මහනාහිමිවරු ඒකමතිකව තීරණය කරති. අස්ගිරි මහා විහාරයට රැස්වුණු මහනාහිමිවරුන් මේ මොහොතේ පවත්නා ගැටළු සහගත තත්ත්වයන් පිළිබඳ සාකච්ඡා කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව මෙම තීරණයට පැමිණි බව අස්ගිර් පාර්ශහිර් මහා ලෙඛකාධිකාරි ආචාර්යව පූජා මැදගම ධම්මානන්ද හිමියන් ප්‍රකාශ කලහ. මෙම විශේෂ සාකච්ඡාව සදහා සියම් නිකායේ අස්ගිරි පාර්ශවයේ මහා […]

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Asgiriya Chapter totally rejects new constitution

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Courtesy The Island July 3, 2017, 10:49 pm  The Asgiriya Chapter of the Siyam sect on Saturday vehemently protested against the proposed new Constitution at a meeting the Mahanayake of the Chapter Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratne and other senior monks had with a group of Buddhasasana Task Force representatives at the Asgiriya temple. The […]

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Govt. has not decided whether to go for new Constitution – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa Courtesy The Island June 28, 2017, 10:35 pm Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the government had not yet decided whether it would go for a brand new constitution or adopt provisions that did not necessitate a referendum. The PM said so, speaking at the National Conference on Constitutional Reforms at BMICH in […]

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Can Executive Presidency be abolished without a referendum?

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

by C.A.Chandraprema Courtesy The Island * No provision relating to president entrenched under Article 83 *Referendum required not by Constitution but by SC interpretation June 3, 2017, 6:51 pm The constitution making process has been hamstrung by the insistence of the SLFP faction in the government that any constitutional reform would have to done without a […]

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THE NEW CONSTITUTION & THE MODI-WICKREMESINGHE PLAN

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror  Why is the PM anxious to move the new Constitution in three months? Why does he intend to push for a new constitution instead of an amendment which addresses the ethnic problem? Why does he want to do either without concentrating on economic growth and effective governance?…My sling […]

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Constitution making would not be delayed: PM

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

 Courtesy The Daily Mirror Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that he had informed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other world leaders that the constitution-making process would not be delayed. He said this at the opening of the new District Secretariat Office in Mannar and underscored the fact that Mr. Modi and other world […]

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13th Amendment took the country to the edge of the Unitary State structure – Canishka Witharana

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

 By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror Author and constitutional lawyer Canishka Witharana who is involved in the legal work of nationalist groups, said in an interview that attempts were underway to impose a new constitution on federal lines in a deceptive manner. Excerpts of the interview follow How do you look at the current status […]

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Constitutional Reforms debate likely end June

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Disna Mudalige Courtesy DailyNews.lk Monday, May 8, 2017 – 01:00 A debate on Constitutional reforms by the Constitutional Assembly is likely to take place towards the end of June. The interim report of the Steering Committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be placed before the Assembly next month, a member of the Steering […]

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Constitutional proposals contrary to promises given by Prez, PM-NJC

Monday, May 8th, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando May 7, 2017, 10:44 pm The National Joint Committee (NJC) has alleged that recently unveiled constitutional proposals are at variance with repeated assurances given by both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding matters of crucial national importance, including the status of Buddhism. The NJC alleges that controversial proposals are […]

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Parliament has become powerless – Wimal

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Parliament has become powerless – Wimal ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සම්පාදක මණ්ඩලයේ අතුරු කමිටුවේ වාර්තාව තුළින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව බෙලහීන තත්ත්වයට පත්ව ඇතැයි ජාතික නිදහස් පෙරමුණේ නායක පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විමල් වීරවංශ මහතා පවසයි.

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New Constitution Solution to unknown problems

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

By Ananda Ariyarathne Courtesy Ceylon Today “Whether we like it or not, as long as we keep on and identify people as ours, yours, theirs, his or hers, we will set our barriers and obstacles in our own minds. We are first prejudiced and then try to look at issues and automatically we create a frame […]

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PM: Draft Constitutional Proposal ready soon ‘International support needed to resolve domestic problem’

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island May 1, 2017, 12:00 pm UNP leader Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that Draft Constitutional Proposal for Sri Lanka could be taken up in the Constitutional Assembly within the next two or three months. Premier Wickremesinghe said that a Steering Committee appointed by the Constitutional Assembly was in the process […]

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Who wants a new Constitution?

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

By Ananda Ariyarathne Courtesy Ceylon Today “It is needless to say a ‘Constitution’ is not just a set of rules for a game for amusement or passing time but a basis for a framework that would affect the people, capable of creating a hell for the very people for whom it is supposed to be meant. […]

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A Blueprint for Disintegration

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

 By Ananda Ariyarathne Courtesy Ceylon Today “Normally a Constitution has the answers to any kind of complications; as it would either directly specify or indirectly facilitate the conditions that would provide the solutions. If a Constitution is made to provide the answers to complications that have been created for the objectives, pretending to be truly representative […]

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New constitutional and legal reforms to destroy the nation – Mahinda

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Adaderana.lk March 13, 2017  01:42 pm The reason why the government is pursuing some of the agenda with great enthusiasm while completely ignoring the constitutional pledges they gave to the people is obviously because they have other, more important masters to please than the people of this country, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. I invite all […]

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Making a Constitution Violating sovereignty

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

By Ananda Ariyarathne Courtesy Ceylon Today “A sensible Constitution of a nation should be the reflection of its sovereignty. All the ‘Constitutions of the past’ did not destroy the sovereignty of Sri Lankan people, although there had been some weaknesses. Contrary to the argument that the Soulbury Constitution was a copy of the British system, it […]

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New constitutional and legal reforms to destroy the nation – Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Courtesy Adaderana March 13, 2017  01:42 pm The reason why the government is pursuing some of the agenda with great enthusiasm while completely ignoring the constitutional pledges they gave to the people is obviously because they have other, more important masters to please than the people of this country, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. I invite […]

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අලුත් ව්‍යවස්ථාව භයානකයි- මහින්දගෙන් අනතුරු ඇඟවීමක්

Monday, March 13th, 2017

උපුටා ගැන්ම අද දෙරණ රට ජාතිය නැති කිරීමට ව්‍යවස්ථා හා නීති සංශෝධන කෙටුම්පත් කිරීමේ උත්සාහය පරාජය කළ යුතුව ඇති බව හිටපු ජනාධිපති, පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පවසයි. රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ අත්සනින් යුතුව අද (13) නිකුත් කළ නිවේදනයක මේ බව දැක්වෙයි. එකී නිවේදනයේ මෙසේද සඳහන්ය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ව්‍යවස්ථාවත්, රාජ්‍යයේ ව්‍යුහයත්, නීති පද්ධතියත් වෙනස් කිරීමට ආණ්ඩුව ගන්නා උත්සාහයන් […]

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The referendum trap

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island March 5, 2017, 9:28 pm President Maithripala Sirisena’s election manifesto stated: “I will not touch any Constitutional Articles that could be changed only with the approval of a referendum … Instead of the present autocratic Executive Presidential System I will introduce a Constitutional structure with an Executive that is allied […]

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Govt. up against the wall in October

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

 by C.A.Chandraprema Mark Fernando’s 1998 judgement to take centre stage New constitution or 20A needed to postpone impending PC elections March 4, 2017, 7:10 pm Not holding the local government elections has become a major part of the survival strategy of this government. While the local government elections have been put off due to complications […]

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TNA’S TRAP REFERENDUM FOR EXIT

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror A funny thing happened in-between the reconvening of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly (Feb 21) and the adjournment motion on the Constitution held the next day in Parliament. TNA MP MA Sumanthiran and target of an assassination attempt by the LTTE, struck a discordant note in his […]

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SLFP won’t support Constitutional amendments which require referendum: S.B.Dissanayake

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Courtesy The Daily News The Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) decided not to support any amendments to the Constitution which could harm the country’s unitary character, territorial integrity and sovereignty, Social Empowerment & Welfare Minister S.B.Dissanayake said yesterday. He also noted that the President and the SLFP has decided not to support any amendments which require […]

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