Author Archive for New Constitution

Federalism and re-merger impossibilities

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy Ceylon Today Last few months have been turbulent ones for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) who has seen one of its coalition partners, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), leaving the coalition and threatening to gather anti TNA elements around it. This is a culmination of the attempts by a number of […]

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The deadly ignorance of the Sinhala Alt-Right – I

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island November 26, 2017, 8:54 pm SIGNING OF THE INDO-LANKA ACCORD: Wasn’t the 13th Amendment forced upon us by India and therefore shouldn’t it be undone or at least ignored and not implemented “Ignorance never helped anyone yet!” — Karl Marx The crisis is escalating and proliferating daily. It is […]

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The Significance of Article 9 of the Constitution Should or could it be removed

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

By Canishka Witharana Courtesy The Daily Mirror Buddhist thinking superimposed upon all Eastern thought the notion of the equality of all human beings – C.G. Weeramanthry Social contract theory requires the Govt to use such power for peace, safety and public good of the people Giving foremost place to Buddhism proved to be a sound constitutional […]

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Rectify error of postponing PC polls: Wijeyadasa to Speaker

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Courtesy The Daily Mirror MP Wijedasa Rajapakshe today has in a letter dated November 11 requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to abolish the Constitutional Assembly and take steps to rectify the error made by Parliament to postpone the provincial council elections by violating the Supreme Court verdict. The former minister in his […]

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The Constitution of the Anuradhapura Kingdom

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Dharshan Weerasekera, Attorney-at-Law ‘Statutes are designed to meet the fugitive exigencies of the hour.  A Constitution states or ought to state not rules for the passing hour, but principles for an expanding future.’ – Benjamin Cardozo, The Nature of the Judicial Process Author’s note:  The present paper is part of a proposed 2-Volume work titled, […]

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Why father and daughter failed in 1957 & 2000?

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

 By K K S Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror The slightest doubt created in the minds of voters by the opposition could cause the people to vote against it in the referendum.  -A Constitution of a nation has to be acceptable to all people despite of their differences, which is an enormous task. What is important […]

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බෙදුම්වාදී ව්‍යවස්ථාව එපා – ජාතික සමුළුවේ සියළු දේශන [Video]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

යුතුකම සංවාද කවය බෙදුම්වාදී ව්‍යවස්ථාවට එරෙහිව යුතුකම සංවාද කවය මගින් පසුගියදා පැවැත්වූ ජාතික සමුළුවේදී පැවැත්වූ සම්පූර්ණ කතා එකතුව… අස්ගිරි පාර්ශවයේ ලේඛකාධිකාරී මැදගම ධම්මානන්ද නාහිමි රුහුණු රට භික්ෂු පෙරමුණේ ලේකම්  ඕමාරේ කස්සප නාහිමි නීතීඥ කණිෂ්ක විතාරණ මහාචාර්‍ය සුසරිත් මෙන්ඩිස් රියර් අද්මිරාල් සරත් වීරසේකර යුතුකම සංවාද කවයේ සභාපති ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග වෛද්‍ය අනුරුද්ධ පාදෙණිය ජ්‍යේෂ්ඨ කතිකාචාර්‍ය මාධවී හේරත් ඛනිජ තෙල් […]

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How constitution-drafter Jayampathy tries to override SLFP

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island November 7, 2017, 8:59 pm The curtain falls today on the Constitutional Assembly debate on the Interim Report of the Steering Committee. So what happens now? It doesn’t look good. The curious coincidence that the curtain falls roughly on the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia […]

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ඉන්දීය තෙල් බලය ගැන කෙස් කෙලින් වෙන විචාරයක්… ව්‍යවස්ථා කෙටුම්පත-හම්බන්තොට වරාය ගිවිසුම පට්ටා ගසමින් මන රංජන තත්පර හයදහසක්..[Video]

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

 lanka C news 2002-2004 වසරවලදී පැවති එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂ ආණ්ඩුව විසින් විදේශයන්ට විකුණා දැමූ රාජ්‍ය දේපලවලින් ආපසු ගන්න බැරි වූ එකම ආයතනය ලංකා ඉන්දීය තෙල් සමාගම බව හිටපු ඇමති විජේදාස රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා පවසයි. තෙල් සංස්ථාවට තිබූ ඒකාධිකාරය බිද දමා පනතද වෙනස් කරමින් තෙල් පිරවුම්හල් සියයක් සදහා එකල අවසර දුන්නද අද වන විට පිරවුම්හල් 350කට වඩා […]

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THE CONSTITUTION OR THE COALITION?

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror Balaya bedanna kalin mey aanduwa petrol tika bedanna oney!” (Before this Government shares power, it must share the petrol!”) –Anonymous, irate citizen in petrol queue, on TV news    With shockingly dangerous irresponsibility or sheer nihilism, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe wants the Constitutional Assembly to loosen the centre’s ties […]

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‘Sri Lanka is too small to have a Federal state’–Dr. Jayatissa de Costa

Monday, November 6th, 2017

By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror President doesn’t seem to be serious about Steering Committee on constitution making That is why he has decided to call for an All Party Conference  It’s feared whether Parliament will enact new Constitution in  the same way it enacted PC Elections Act Unitary status and foremost place for Buddhism […]

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Non-constitutional requirements for successful implementation of federalism

Monday, November 6th, 2017

By Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake Department of Geography University of Peradeniya-Courtesy The Island November 6, 2017, 8:49 pm This indeed is the paradox of multinational federalism: while it provides national minorities with a workable alternative of secession, it also helps to make secession a more realistic alternative to federalism”. Second, federalism has not led to […]

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PRESIDENT SIRISENA MUST INVOKE ARTICLE 129 OF THE CONSTITUTION AND ASK THE SUPREME COURT FOR AN ADVISORY OPINION ON THE LEGALITY OF THE CONSTITUTION-MAKING PROCESS

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA, ‘If at any time it appears to the President of the Republic that a question of law or fact has arisen or is likely to arise which is of such a nature and of such public importance that it is expedient to obtain the opinion of the Supreme Court upon it, he may […]

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Constitutional evangelism and the interim report marathon

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island November 5, 2017, 9:05 pm The Government is lying to us big time and blatantly in its evangelical attempt at unethically converting Sri Lanka to a non-unitary state through a new, non-unitary Constitution, while the otherwise loudly vociferous JO did not/has so far not challenged that foundational lie in […]

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All Party Conference Constitutional process essential

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today The three-day debate in the Constitutional Assembly may not help to adopt a new Constitution, but it has provided the much needed forum for a national debate on this vexed question. During and before the debate it became very clear that there was no possibility of a consensus leading to […]

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Federalism – Why?

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Laksiri Warnakula ‘Making a mountain out of a mole is a lot easier than bringing a mountain that has grown high, far and wide down to the size of a mole’ Our politicians have never understood this, either because of their stupidity or their greed for power and personal gains. I for one, would put […]

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Constitutional Assembly unconstitutional, null and void ab initio Part 1 ,2 and 3

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

DR. WIJEYADASA RAJAPAKSHE, President’s Counsel What could be comprehended by the Word Constitution? Constitution is recognised as a document made by law makers inserting a set of rules which are needed for the governance of the relevant territory, and it is considered supreme and unchallengeable. Inclusion of the following mandatory features could be seen in a […]

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Constitutional Assembly unconstitutional, null and void ab initio Part 3

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

DR. WIJEYADASA RAJAPAKSHE, President’s Counsel November 3, 2017, 12:00 pm (Continued From yesterday) People’s Lack of confidence in Parliament The media and the public always express their displeasure at Parliament and its members. They allege incompetence, corruption and immorality of the members of parliament. This loss of confidence reached its climax on 21st September 2017, […]

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Ethnic-based federal units disadvantageous for minorities: MR

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardane Courtesy The Daily Mirror Former President and Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa, who participated in the debate on the constitutional reforms proposals, said the creation of ethnic or religion based federal units with powers akin to sovereign states will place the minorities living in those federal units at a disadvantage. He said, in India, […]

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Constitutional Assembly unconstitutional, null and void ab initio Part 2

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

DR. WIJEYADASA RAJAPAKSHE, President’s Counsel Courtesy The Island Continued From yesterday November 2, 2017, 12:00 pm Reasons for the failure of the proposed constitution Articles 75, 82 and 83 of the constitution have categorically conferred the power on the Parliament to repeal the existing constitution and replace it with a new one. The limitations of such […]

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MR complains of conspiracy

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Courtesy The Island The UNP, the TNA, the SLFP and the JVP were engaged in a ‘constitutional conspiracy’, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Constitutional Assembly yesterday. Participating in the debate on the interim report of the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly, the former President said: “Look at the manner in which the debate on […]

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Why a new constitution? – Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Following are excerpts of a statement issued by former Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC regarding the much talked about Interim Report of the Steering Committee presented to parliament for debate.  Interim Report submitted by the purported steering committee dated 21st September 2017 has no validity and authority Whose […]

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Centre will lose all power if proposals are implemented – Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that ‘manipulation’ by the government is glaringly obvious in the whole process of formulating a new Constitution and that the Joint Opposition is being provided with scarce opportunities to voice their opinions. Delivering a speech during the debate on the Interim Report of the Steering Committee at […]

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කැපිලි කෙටිලි බාධා කිරීම් දහසක් මැද ව්‍යවස්ථා විවාදයේදී මහින්ද කල ඓතිහාසික කතාව මෙන්න.. සැගවු රහස සභා මැද ලිහා පෙන්නයි..

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

2017 නොවැම්බර් මස දෙවන දිනබ්‍රහස්පතින්දා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාවේදී හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා කළ කතාවේ පිටපත. ගරු සභාපතිතුමනි, මේ ව්‍යවස්ථාදායක සභාව අලුත් ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සම්පාදනය කිරීමේ ක්‍රියාවලිය පටන්ගත්තෙ මීට මාස 20කට පමණ කලින්. 2016 නොවැම්බර් මාසයේදී විවිධ යෝජනා අන්තර්ගත අනු කමිටු වාර්තා 06ක් පලවුණා. අපි අද විවාද කරන අතුරු වාර්තාව පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සභාගත කලේ පසුගිය සැප්තැම්බර් මාසයේ. […]

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Constitutional imbroglio

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island November 1, 2017, 10:03 pm President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to meet intellectuals and professionals and seek their views on the proposed new Constitution. The question is why he waited till the constituent assembly process got underway to have such lekgotlas. Anyway, better late than never! Constitution making is too serious a […]

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Final draft of US-prepared new Constitution ready – Keheliya

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

by Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island There is no point in debating the interim report of the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee as the final draft of proposed constitution has already been prepared by the US and given to the government, UPFA Kandy District MP Keheliya Rambukwella says. In a brief interview with The Island, the former […]

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පලාත් සභා පනත සංශෝධනයේදි ආණ්ඩුව මා අපහසුතාවට පත් කලා.. ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය තීන්දුව දෙස බලා ඉන්නවා..- කථානායක

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

lanka C news පසුගිය දා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දි සම්මත් කරගත් කාන්තා නියෝජනය 30% තිබිය යුතුය යයි ගැසට් කල කෙටුම්පතට සම්පූර්ණයෙන් ඉවත් කොට අලුත් මැතිවරණ ක්‍රමයක් ආදේශකරන කෙටුම්පතක් හරහා පලාත් සභා මැතිවරණ කල් දැමීමට ගෙනා යෝජනාව පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සම්මත කර ගැනිම නිසා ජනතාවගේ පරමාධිපත්‍යය බලය ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවට අනුව උල්ලංඝනය වී ඇතැයි සරත් එන්. සිල්වා හිටපු අගවිනිසුරුවයා ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය හමුවේ […]

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Will not sign new Constitution if harmful to nation -Speaker

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror I was embarrassed at the way amendments were brought to the PC Elections Act We cannot have legislations passed in this manner in the future I am hopeful that there won’t be repetition of it in the future Awaiting to see what the court ruling on the Act is […]

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LTTE and Diaspora are involved in bringing a New Constitution: former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

J A L Jayasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror Those who are now in the forefront of bringing a New Constitution are those who maintained that terrorism can never be defeated and peace would never dawn in our country. The LTTE and the Diaspora are involved in bringing a New Constitution, said former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa […]

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Who is really behind the New Constitution-making process in Sri Lanka?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

By Prof Channa Jayasumana Courtesy The Daily Mirror There is currently a debate about the drafting of a ‘New Constitution’ for the country among the academic community and the general public in Sri Lanka. This started with the appointment of a 19-member Committee headed by Lal Wijenayake called the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms. Its […]

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