Author Archive for New Constitution

Summary of the proposal submitted to the Expert Committee to draft a new constitution

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

C. Wijeayawickrema November 27, 2020 Secretary,Expert Committee (EC) to draft a new constitutionColombo. Dear Sir/Madam, Topic 2(h) – Decentralization – Jana Sabha I wish to submit this summary of the proposal sent by me a few days ago. Several readers who saw a printed version of it in a popular website (Lankaweb), suggested that I […]

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A NEW CONSTITUTION – THE LEGISLATURE – TO BE OR NOT TO BE? How to get Parliament under control

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Stanley Gunaratne  There was a time when our Parliament was filled with statesmen and women. Honourable members with integrity, vision and integrity. Whose oratory was full of class, wit and wisdom which any legislative chamber in the world would consider it an honour to bear witness to.  Sadly today, this once august chamber is full […]

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How to fix the current FLAWED constitution which allows ethnic laws and is NOT “One law”

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Stanley Gunaratne  The current 1978 Constitution’s “Equality” clauses are meaningless since they are superseded by 600+ personal laws thanks to Article 16 overriding Article 12.  Article 16 currently permits any personal laws made by Parliament before, or after 1978 to override the Constitution! This flies in the face of equality. The best Constitution we had […]

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DEFENCE OF THE ISLAND – Difference between 1948 and now -PROPOSAL FOR NEW CONSTITUTION

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Stanley Gunaratne  1. Abolition of Indo Lanka Accord. Adoption of a Foreign Policy of Balance to counter regional players. Adoption of a “Total Defence” policy based on Psychological, Social, Economic, Civil, Digital and Military Defence. The following two sections should be included in a future constitution and national policy: A lesson in history: 2. It […]

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A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR THE ISLAND NATION OF SINHALE – A submission to the Experts Committee to draft a new Constitution

Friday, November 13th, 2020

THAWALAMA DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION Puselahena Estate, Kindelpitiya, Millewa. 1st November 2020. The Secretary,Experts Committee to draft a new constitution,Room 32 (Block 02) BMICH,Bauddhaloka Mawatha,Colombo 7, Dear Sir, A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR THE ISLAND NATION OF SINHALE Heeding to a request that has been made to the Public by the Experts Committee appointed by the government to […]

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Why political power should be decentralized and not devolved – a submission to the Experts Committee to draft a new Constitution

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Lt Col. A.S.Amarasekera (Retd.)Puselahena Estate, Kindelpitiya, Millewa. 6th November 2020. The Secretary,Experts Committee to draft a new constitution,Room 32 (Block 02) BMICH,Bauddhaloka Mawatha,Colombo 7, Dear Sir, Why political power should be decentralized and not devolved The observations made by me first as a military officer and subsequently as the Director of Operations of the Thawalama […]

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20th Amendment to the Constitution passed with amendments

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The Third Reading of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution has been passed with amendment with a two-thirds majority. A total of 156 voted in favour of the constitutional amendment while 65 MPs voted against. The Second Reading of the 20th Amendment was also passed in Parliament with a two-thirds majority, this evening. […]

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20A vote: Clause on dual citizenship passed

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Clause 17 of the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which calls for removing the barrier on dual citizenship was passed in the Parliament with a majority of 93 votes a short while ago. Out of the 213 Members of Parliament who were present at the parliamentary sitting, 157 had […]

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Sole objective of 20A to safeguard country’s unitary status: PM

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror The sole objective of the 20th Amendment is to safeguard the unitary status of the country and to ensure the nation’s security, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told Parliament yesterday. Speaking during the debate on the 20th Amendment Prime Minister Rajapaksa said the 19th Amendment to the […]

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LESSONS FROM OUR HISTORY AND POST INDEPENDENT EXPERIENCES – RESTORATION OF THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF SRI LANKA IS MOST WELCOME

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

By M. Lakshhman Wickramasinghe In the public discussion about the merits and demerits of the 19th or 20th Amendments the most vital national issue, it seems, has not received high recognition that it deserves. Our two thousand plus years of history and the unfortunate developments that took place in the post- Independent era have  taught […]

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Clauses 05 & 22 of the proposed 20th amendment to be withdrawn – Justice Minister Ali Sabry

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Justice Minister Ali Sabry states that the Government has decided to withdraw clauses 05 & 22 of the proposed 20th amendment to the constitution which were directed by the Supreme Court to be passed through a referendum.

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Govt. to add amendment to 20A enabling FR petitions against President’s action

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Government today reiterated that it would make several changes to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution at the committee stage including an amendment to allow citizens to challenge the President’s action by filling Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions. Education Minister Professor G.L. Peiris said the President’s immunity was constricted […]

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20වන සංශශෝධනය හමුශේ නව දේශපාලනයක් සඳහා ජනතාව විසින් පත්කළ වයවස්ථාදායකය ශක්තිමත්ව කටයුතු කළ යුතුයි.

Friday, October 16th, 2020

මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රකාශය: තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ වෘත්තීයවේදීන්ගේ සංසදය

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ABOLISH THE 13A AND URGENTLY CORRECT THE LANGUAGE LAWS OF THE COUNTRY – NO MORE “INDIA FIRST”

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Stanley Gunaratne  After Sarath Weerasekera finally stating what patriots have long stated regarding the Indo Lanka Accord (in stark contrast to the “India first” mantra foolishly and treacherously stated by other members within the government),  I share part 2 in the hope that citizens will call for an urgent correction of our nation’s laws. This […]

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The allegation that the 20th Amendment seeks to reduce the powers of the Auditor General

Sunday, October 4th, 2020

Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister The opposition has been trying to propagate the idea that the Auditor General’s powers would be reduced by the proposed 20th  Amendment. It’s seldom that the Constitutional provisions regarding the Auditor General comes to the attention of the public. This has made it easier for the opposition to propagate various falsehoods […]

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විසි වෙනි සංශෝධනයෙන් විගණකාධිපතිවරයාගේ බලතල කප්පාදු වෙන බවට විපක්‍ෂය ගෙන යන ප්‍රචාරය

Sunday, October 4th, 2020

මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය  විසි වන සංශෝධනයෙන් විගණකාධිපතිවරයාගේ බලතල කප්පාදු වෙන බවට විපක්‍ෂය විසින් සමාජය තුළ දුර්මතයක් ඇති කිරීමට උත්සාහ කරමින් සිටි. විගණකාධිපතිවරයා සම්බන්ධ ව්‍යවස්ථාමය ප්‍රතිපාදන ජනතාවගේ අවධානයට යොමු වන්නේ කළාතුරකිනි. එම නිසා මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් දුර්මත ප්‍රචාරය කිරීම විපක්‍ෂයට පහසු කාර්යක් වී ඇත. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් පවත්නා ප්‍රධානම දුර්මතය වන්නේ 19 වෙනි සංශෝධනයෙන් විගණන කොමිසමක් […]

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CONSTITUTION MAKING – A layman’s view

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

by Rohana R. Wasala ‘At least since Rousseau’s Social Contract and the end of the divine right of kings, the state has been seen as party to a contract with the people – a contract to guarantee or supply the necessary order in society. Without the state’s soldiers, police and the apparatus of control, we […]

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20th AMENDMENT – IS IT A STORM IN A TEA CUP?

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Janaki Chandraratna I like to thank Mr. C. A. Chandraperuma for his article ‘Closure Scrutiny of Criticisms Against 20A’, Sunday Island, 20th Sept. 2020, for clarifying some of the controversies relating to 20th Amendment. In fact much of the unwanted speculation and criticisms could have been avoided if the Govt., had informed at least the […]

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A Constitution for the country or a few individuals?

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

By Raj Gonsalkorale Sri Lanka’s debt to GDP ratio is expected to be more than 90% this year, and Moody’s have downgraded Sri Lanka’s sovereign credit rating by two notches, saying the South Asian nation would be hard-pressed to secure funding to service its huge foreign debt. Sri Lanka was pushed down from “B2” (high […]

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Restoration of Authority of the President

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Palitha Mapatuna Paradoxically, the contention in some quarters seems to be that  restoration of the authority of the president to that held prior to the 19th amendment to the constitution would now amount to an infringement of the sovereignty of the people.  In any case, the president is directly elected by the country and, as such, […]

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Facilitating the Introduction of Urgent Bills through the 20th Amendment to the Constitution

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Lt Col. Anil Amarasekera (Retd.) Mr. K M B Kotakadeniya (Senior D.I.G. Retd.) Co-Presidents – National Joint Committee Mr. Kalinga Indratissa PCThe President Bar Association of Sri Lanka,Hulftsdrop Street,Colombo 12. Dear Sir, Facilitating the Introduction of Urgent Bills through the 20th Amendment to the Constitution The Government has presented to Parliament an amendment to the […]

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Constitutions and amendments

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island The 20th Amendment (20A) to the Constitution has become a topic of spirited debate and discussion. Much of it is generated by misunderstanding the true intent of 20A. It should not be a durable amendment to the Constitution. Instead, it should be temporary, until a comprehensive new Constitution is […]

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20 වෙනි ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය අධ්‍යයනයට පත් කළ කමිටුව අග්‍රාමාත්‍යතුමාට වාර්තාව භාර දෙයි

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය 20 වෙනි ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනය අධ්‍යයනය කිරීමට පත් කළ කමිටුව විසින් අදාළ වාර්තාව අද 2020.09.15 දින අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය  මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාට භාර දෙන ලදී. කැබිනට් අමාත්‍යවරුන්, රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරුන් හා පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ගෙන් සැදුම්ලත් අදාළ කමිටුවේ සභාපතිත්වය දරනු ලැබුවේ කැබිනට් අමාත්‍ය මහාචාර්ය ජී.එල්. පීරිස් මහතාය. විසි වෙනි සංශෝධනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් කළ අධ්‍යයනයේදී හඳුනාගත් අලුතින් […]

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The many reasons behind SLPP’s decision to revisit the draft 20th Amendment

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

By P. K. Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Among the main reasons is opposition within the ruling party and alliance Colombo, September 14: The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s (SLPP) decision to revisit the draft 20thAmendment (20A) to the Constitution follows multiple dissensions over it both within the party and its alliance. Although the draft 20A […]

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Committee appointed on 20th amendment hands over report to PM

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The committee appointed to study and review the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution handed over its report to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today (15).  The nine-member committee comprised of Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers and MPs is chaired by Minister of Education Professor G.L. Peiris.  The committee […]

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Will study 20A in depth before making recommendations: Minister Peiris

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror The committee chaired by Minister of Education Professor G. L. Peiris which was appointed to look into the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, will study it in depth before making recommendations, Minister Peiris today said. Cabinet ministers Udaya Gammanpila, Ali Sabry, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Wimal Weerawansa and State […]

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PM appoints committee to study 20A

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken steps to appoint a committee comprising of parliamentary representatives to study the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The committee comprising of Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers, and Members of Parliament will be chaired by Ministers of Education Prof. G. L. Peiris. Cabinet Ministers Udaya Gammanpila, Ali Sabry, Nimal […]

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A 9-member committee to study the proposed 20th amendment

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News The Chief Secretary of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagari Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha Ven. Prof. Kotapitiye Rahula Thero stated that constitutional amendments are essential for decisions to be taken by one leader. This was during a discussion with Minister Prof. GL Peiris on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution and a new […]

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Statement of the National Joint Committee on the Proposed 20th Amendment and the Urgent Need to Repeal the 13th and 16th Amendments

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Lt Col. Anil Amarasekera (Retd.)Mr. K. M. B. Kotakadeniya (Retd. Senior DIG) Co-Presidents National Joint Commission The National Joint Committee wish to salute the principled stand taken by Honourable Sarath Weerasekera Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Authorities, that he is against the Provincial Council system and would endeavor its abolition. We hail the Honourable […]

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20A: SLPP rejects criticism, plans to secure its passage next month

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island Dismissing criticism of the proposed 20th Amendment that it would pave the way for a dictatorship, Education Minister Prof. Peiris yesterday (7) told the media at the SLPP office, Battaramulla, that it would be presented to Parliament next October ahead of the presentation of Budget 2021. Prof. Peiris, who […]

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