Author Archive for New Constitution

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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Govt. turns down all JO proposals on new Constitution: Vidura

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Thilanka Kanakarathna Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Government had turned down all proposals made to the Subcommittee on Centre-Peripheral Relations by the Joint Opposition (JO), depriving the opportunity to establish the unitary nature of the State in the process of making the country’s new Constitution, the JO claimed today. Addressing a press briefing the JO’s subcommittee […]

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What’s really behind the idea of a new constitution? The crisis of constitution-making:

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Island February 20, 2017, 8:00 pm Sri Lanka needs constitutional change but not a change of Constitution. A little Political Economy and a touch of class (analysis) can help in comprehending what’s going on and why. Why a new Constitution/Referendum while an economic crisis looms? Because the economic crisis stems […]

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Devolution of police & land powers

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island February 14, 2017, 8:32 am The primary reason for devolution is to address the national question. The national question is seen by the Tamil leadership in terms of greater political power for them while for the people it is how devolved powers are organized to “operate effectively”. The current situation […]

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A welcome Contribution to Stimulating Public Dialogue on Constitutional change process

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

A Review of the Sinhala Language Book on ‘Separatist Strategies and Constitutional Amendments’ by Manohara R De Silva January 29, 2017, 12:26 pm by M.L.Wickramasinghe Courtesy The Island President’s Counsel Manohara R de Silva’s book of the above theme written in Sinhala is a timely publication that would stimulate public dialogue on the ongoing constitutional drafting […]

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බෙදිම්වාදී රාවය කාරයා කුපිත වූ , රට බෙදන ව්‍යවස්ථාවට එරෙහි අස්ගිරි විහාරයේ මැදිහත්වීම

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

සටහන : යටියන ප්‍රදීප් කුමාර යුතුකම    ඉඩම් බලතල , පොලිස් බලතල පළාත් සභාවලට දෙමින් වෙනම රටක් ඇති කිරීමේ යෝජිත ෆෙඩරල් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධනයට භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලා වශයෙන් තමන් වහන්සේලා එරෙහි වෙද්දී බෙදුම්වාදී ගැත්තන් කලබලවී භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලාට එරෙහිව අවලාද නගමින් සිටින බට අස්ගිරි මහ විහාර පාර්ශවයේ ගරු ලේඛකාධිකාරී ආචාර්ය පූජ්‍ය මැදගම ධම්මානන්ද නාහිමියෝ පෙවා දෙති. විසේෂයෙන් […]

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Recommendations in sub-committee reports pose threats to Buddhism

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror Ven. Medagama Dhammananda Thera, the Lekhakadhikari (Chief Secretary) of the Asgiriya Chapter, speaks about the Constitution-making process and the elements to be considered in this case. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the Ven. Thera says the foremost status is historically-bestowed upon Buddhism in Sri  Lanka. Excerpts […]

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එකෙකුටවත් නොරැවටී 13සංශෝධන  සුදුඅලියා කැලෑ වද්දමු

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

සෝමපාල සෙනරත් පිටරටවල ඉන්නා අයට පෙනෙන්නේ ලංකවේ මහා කලබලයක් පවතින බවය. ඒත් ඕනෑම විසිටර් කෙනෙකුට පෙනෙන්නේ “බිස්නස් ඈස් යූශුවල්” ලෙසයි. කෙසේ වෙතත් වෙබ් අඩවිවල කියන කතන්දර  අනුවත්,  වික්‍රමසිංහගේ ඉතිහාසය අනුවත් ඊලාම් දීමට සූදානමක් ඇතිබව පෙනේ. එසේනම් එය නවැත්විය යුතුය. මෙය කරන්නේ කෙසේද ? අලුතෙන් දෙන්න දෙයක් නැති තරමට ෆෙඩරල් දැනටමත් දී හමාර බව පැහැදිලිය. හොඳම […]

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‘ඒකිය’ වචනය දමා ෆෙඩරල් දීමට කටයුතු කරන ලෝකයේ පලමු රට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවයි.. – ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ ගාමිණි මාරපන

Monday, January 9th, 2017

ලංකා සී නිවුස් අපේ රටේ සිංහල බෞද්ධයන් අද නිහඬයි. ඔහුන් දන් නැහ මේ ආණ්ඩුව කරන දෙය, අනිවාර්යෙන්ම ආණ්ඩුව මේ දෙන්න යන්නේ ෆෙඩරල් විසදුමක්, එකම වෙනස ආණ්ඩුව ඒක ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්න හදන්නේ ඒකිය රටක් තුල බලය බෙදාහැරීම යයි කියමින් උතුරු නැගෙනහිරට අවශ්‍ය ෆෙඩරල් පාලන ක්‍රමය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරිමට අවශ්‍ය පිබුරු පත් සකස් කිරීම බව ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ මනෝහර් ද […]

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Does Sri Lanka need a new constitution?

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

By Yoshitha Fernando Courtesy Sunday Times The cost of living, cost of development and various other costs are what everyone talks about today in Sri Lanka. Basic survival has become a heavy burden on the average citizen. Eking out a meagre living in very trying circumstances in a country recovering from a close to three decade […]

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    ව්‍යවස්ථා දංගෙඩියට යන  පවුකාරයා කවුරුද?

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

  මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්           නව ව්‍යවස්ථා සම්පාදනය තුළින් ලංකාව කෑලි නවයකට කැඩීමට තිබෙන ඉඩකඩ විශාලය.වාර්ගික වශයෙන් මෙලෙස බලය බෙදීම යනු රට අස්ථාවරත්වයට පත් වීමයි. මෙම ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ දේශපාලනඥයන්ගේ මනෝ විකාරයන් බවට තිබෙන නිදසුන් බොහෝය. විග්නේශවරන් සම්බන්ධන් වේවා. රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මෛත්‍රී පාල සිරිසේන වේවා ඔවුනට තිබෙන වුවමනාව සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාවට නොමැති බව ඔප්පු වී ඇත. ලාල් විජේනායක වැන්නවුන් […]

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මේ එන්නේ NGO කාරයන් හදන අමු ජාතිවාදී රට බෙදන ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් – මනෝහර [Video]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

හවුල් ආණ්ඩුව විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට යන නව ව්‍යවස්ථාව හරහා වසර දහස් ගණනක් පුරා පැවති රටේ ඒකීයභාවය අහෝසි වී ෆෙඩරල් රටක් බිහි වන බවත් ඒ බව ව්‍යවස්ථාව සැකසීමට ආණ්ඩුව විසින් පත් කළ කමිටු හය විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කළ යෝජනා වලින් ඉතාමත් පැහැදිලිව සනාථ වන බවත් ජනාධිපති නීතීඥ මනෝහර ද සිල්වා මහතා පෙන්වා දෙයි. රට ෆෙඩරල් කර කෑලිවලට […]

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The unitary Constitution needs to be preserved for posterity.

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

By Lt Col. Anil Amarasekera (Retired) If a new Constitution will allow secessionist objectives to be realized the majority in this country will reject such a new Constitution or even an amendment to the present Constitution that would encourage the secession of their island nation. Many may be unaware that secessionist aims were bone long […]

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