ජනපති අණින් ඉන්ධන මිල පහල දැමේ.. තවත් භාණ්ඩ රැසක මිල අඩු කරයි.. ඉන්ධන මිල සූත‍්‍රය අහෝසියි..

October 27th, 2018

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වහාම ක‍්‍රියාක්මක වන පරිදි ඉන්ධන මිල පහල දැමීමට ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා නියෝග කර ඇත.

එසේම තවත් අත්‍යවශ්‍ය භාණ්ඩ ගණනාවක මිල පහල හෙලන්නැයිද ජනාධිපතිවරයා මුදල් අමාත්‍යංශ නිලධාරීන්ට හා මහා භාණ්ඩාගාර නිලධාරීන්ට උපදෙස් දී තිබේ.

ජනපති අණින් ඉන්ධන මිල පහල දැමේ.. තවත් භාණ්ඩ රැසක මිල අඩු කරයි.. ඉන්ධන මිල සූත‍්‍රය අහෝසියි..

මේ අතර මෑතකදී හදුන්වා දෙන ලද ඉන්ධන මිල සුත‍්‍රය නව රජය යටතේ අහෝසි කරන බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන මහතා මාධ්‍ය අමතමින් සදහන් කලේය.

Chinese Ambassador meets new PM

October 27th, 2018

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at his residence today and conveyed wishes from Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Rajapaksa has support of majority MPs and the people – Dinesh

October 27th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana

UPFA Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena says that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has very clearly acted according to the Constitution of Sri Lanka and his mandate which was given by the people of the country at the local government polls in February.

He stated that the United People’s Freedom Alllaince (UPFA) which helped to form the former Prime Minister’s government under the pretext of a national government” communicated the decision to the Speaker and to the Prime Minister that the UPFA is no more party of a national government.

When the coalition partners separate in any country a new government comes into office,” the MP said, speaking at a Joint Opposition press briefing in Colombo today (27).

He stated that this has happened in Europe recently and that it is very clear. But according to our constitution the prime minister ceases to be the prime minister of that government.”

So there is a new government which the president has to form immediately by calling the person who enjoys the majority of members support in parliament and that is Mahinda Rajapaksa, who not only today has support of parliamentary members  but the overwhelming support of the people of our country,” he said.

Gunawardena said that in February the people gave Rajapaksa the clear mandate that he has their support.

Plus the collapse of our economy, collapse of good governance, the anti-democratic measures of the present Prime Minister and his government has brought this country to a virtual anarchy and catastrophe,” he said.

We have to rebuild our nation,” he said, adding that this is the mission of the President; to restore what has been lost and to bring about a general election which will give the people a mandate to elect a new parliament.

GL explains how PM was removed and why Parliament was prorogued

October 27th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Professor G.L. Peiris says a legal problem does not exist with regard to the new government established in the country and that a fictional issue has been deliberately constructed” to mislead the  public.

He stated that there has been a great deal of discussion during the last 12 to 14 hours about the legality of the new government that has been established in this country.

Now there is no legal issue at all. This is an artificial creation which has no basis or foundation whatsoever,” he said, speaking at a Joint Opposition press briefing in Colombo today (27).

The former foreign minister said that the main consideration here is the period during which the Prime Minister can lawfully hold that office.

He said the governing provision in that regard is contained in Section 46 (2) of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which reads as follows: The Prime Minister shall continue to hold office throughout the period during which the Cabinet of Ministers continues to function under the provisions of the Constitution.”

That is the Prime Minister can remain in office only so long as the Cabinet continues. When the Cabinet of Minister stands dissolved for any reason whatsoever, the Prime Minister automatically steps down, Prof. Peiris clarified. He (the PM) is compulsorily removed from that office.”

The former minister also explained as to what transpired yesterday and how the Cabinet of Ministers ceased to function last evening.

It did cease to function and when it ceased to function, with the Cabinet went the Prime Minister. That is a very simple sequence of events,” he emphasized.

He said that the way the Cabinet ceased to exist has to do with section 46 (1) of the 19th Amendment, which for the first time in this country lays down a compulsory maximum for the number of ministers who constitute the cabinet of ministers.

He pointed out that until the 19th Amendment was enacted there was no such limitation and that a government could have as many ministers as it liked. You can’t do that after the 19th Amendment came into operation.”

He said that in terms of Section 46 (1), the total number of Cabinet Ministers now permissible under the law is 30 and then when the deputy ministers and state ministers are added, the grand total cannot exceed 70.

That is a compulsory legal requirement. There is however an exception to that principle, a provisory which is contained in section 46 (4).” The affect of 45 (4) is that when the largest party in parliament enters into an alliance to govern the country together with other parties. Then in that special situation the maximum does not apply, he pointed out.

Professor Peiris said that yesterday an event of great legal significance occurred. That was the General Secretary of the UPFA Mahinda Amaraweera addressed a letter to the Speaker with a copy to the President Maithripala Sirisena declaring that as of last evening the UPFA is moving out of the unity government.

He states that the UNP and UPFA came together by means of a MoU, in terms of that which this coalition government was formed. Now one of the priorities is detaching itself from that coalition government, he said, adding that it was conveyed formally in writing by the proper authority, namely the General Secretary of the UPFA to the Speaker of Parliament.

Once that happened the limitation set out in the 19th Amendment immediately comes into play. That is the maximum limit becomes applicable. Can’t have more than 30 Cabinet Ministers. The cabinet that functioned until yesterday had many more than 30 Cabinet Ministers.”

Now that cabinet no longer existed. When that cabinet when out of office, together with it went the Prime Minister.  So you have to start on a clean slate,” he said.

Then the president has the authority to select the person who in his opinion commands the confidence of the majority of members of parliament, the SLPP chairman stressed.

Peiris also referred to section 14(f) of the Interpretation Ordinance which clearly provides that the authority which makes the appointment also has the legal power to rescind that appointment. That is the appointing authority is also the dismissing authority. In this case it is the president of the country.”

He said that finally the Parliament meets again on 16th of November and on that day it will become abundantly clear” that Mahinda Rajapaksa commands the confidence of an overwhelming majority of the members of the Sri Lankan Parliament.

Why the 16th of November? Because we have to go for a Vote on Account.” He stated that the earlier expectation was that a budget would be presented on November 5, but now they are going for a ‘Vote on Account’ which enables the state to obtain the resources  that are required to govern the country for a period of three months.

He stated that a Vote on Account has to be systematically prepared and it can’t be done in 3 or 4 days. Therefore a reasonable period is required to prepare and that it will be readied by 16th of November, he said.

Apart from that, as a result of what happened yesterday not only ministers but secretaries to ministries also go out of office.” Therefore secretaries have to be appointed afresh in order to ensure the continuity of the government, he said.

Apart from that other housekeeping arraignments, the seating arraignments in parliament will have to be attended to and that also will take a few days, Professor Peiris said.

This is why parliament has been prorogued. It will meet on 16th of November and on that day it will become crystal clear that Mahinda Rajapaksa commands the confidence of the vast majority of the members of the parliament.”

Therefore a legal problem does not exist. This is a fiction that has been deliberately constructed to mislead the public both here and aboard,” he charged.

පැල වර්ග ලක්ෂ පහක් සිටුවීමේ ව්යා පෘතියක් යුදහමුදාව මගින් ආරම්භ කරයි

October 27th, 2018

දිනසේන රතුගමගේ

මන්නාරමේ පාසල් සිසුන්ගේ සහභාගිත්වයෙන් මේ වසර අවසන් වීමට පෙර මන්නාරමේ පාසල් හා පොදු ස්ථාන වල පැල වර්ග ලක්ෂ පහක් සිටුවීමේ ව්‍යාපෘතියක් යුදහමුදාව මගින් ආරම්භ කොට තිබේ.

මන්නාරම යුද හමුදා සේනාංක විසින් ආරම්භ කොට ඇති මේ වැඩ සටහන සදහා දායකත්වය මෙන්ම නායකත්වයද යුද හමුදාව විසින් දරණ අතර පාසල් සිසුන් ඊට සහභාගි  කරවාගෙන තිබේ.

පරිසරය ආරක්ෂා කිරීමේ වැදගත්කම පාසල් සිසුන් හට අවබෝධ කරවීම සදහාත් ගස් කොළං නිසා පරිසරයට ලැබෙන ආලංකාරය ඇතුළු  ප්‍රයෝජන පිළිබදව ප්‍රායෝගිකව ඔවුන්ට දැණුමක් ලබා දීම සදහාත් මේ වැඩ සටහන ක්‍රියාත්මක කොට තිබේ.

යුද හමුදාව විසින් ආරම්භ කොට ඇති මේ ව්‍යාපෘතියට අමතරව මන්නාරම දිසාපතිවරයාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කාර්යාල හරහාද පැල සිටුවීමේ ව්‍යාපෘති කීපයක්ම ආරම්භ කොට තිබේ.

අක්කර 180 ක දුර්ලභ වී වගා කිරීමේ ව්යාාපෘතියක් ආරම්භ කරයි

October 27th, 2018

දිනසේන රතුගමගේ

ඕස්ට්‍රෙලියානු ආධාර යටතේ මුලතිව් පුදුකුඩීඉරිප්පුවේ  ක්‍රියාත්මක කමලාසනම්රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධානය මගින් මෙවර මාස් කන්නයේ අක්කර 180 ක දුර්ලභ වී වගා කිරීමේ ව්‍යාපෘතියක් ආරම්භ කොට තිබේ.

පුදුකුඩීඉරිප්පු ගොවි සංවිධානයේ හා පළාතේ ගොවීන්ගේ සහභාගිත්වය මත අක්කර 180 ක සුවදැල්,කුරුළුතුඩ,හීනටි, වැනි දුර්ලභ වී වගා කිරීමට එම රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධානය බලාපොරොත්තු වෙයි.

මේ සදහා රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධානය විසින් රුපියල් මිලියන 3.9 ක මුදලක් වැය කරණ අතර ඊට ගොවීන්ගේ සහයද ලබා ගනියි.

පළාතේ සිටින වකුගඩු රෝගීන්ට අවශ්‍ය ඖෂධීය කැද සකසා ගැනීමට මෙම දුර්ලභ වර්ගයේ වී වල සහල් අවශ්‍ය බැවින් තම සංවිධානය මෙම ව්‍යාපෘතිය ආරම්භ කරණ බව කමලාසනම් රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධානයේ ව්‍යාපෘති නිලධාරී පී.යහන්තන් මහතා පැවසීය.

අපවිත්‍ර ජලය යොදාගෙන ආහාර සැකසීමෙන් වැලකෙන ලෙස වවුනියාවේ සියළුම හෝටල් හා ආපනශාලා හිමියන්ට දැණුම් දේ

October 27th, 2018

දිනසේන රතුගමගේ

වර්ෂා කාලයේදී ආහාර පිසීමේදී සෞඛ්‍යාරක්ෂිතව ආහාර පිසීමට පියවර ගන්නා ලෙස වවුනියාවේ මහජන සෞඛ්‍ය පරීක්ෂකවරු 27 දා වවුනියාවේ සියළුම හෝටල් හා ආපනශාලා හිමියන්ට දැණුම් දී තිබේ.

අපවිත්‍ර ජලය යොදාගෙන ආහාර සකසන බවට මහජන සෞඛ්‍ය පරීක්ෂකවරුන්ට ලැබුණු පැමිණිල්ලක් මත අදාල ආපන ශාලාව පරීක්ෂා කිරීමේදී එම ආපනශාලාවේ  ආහාර පිසීම කිසිදු අයුරකින් පිරිසිදු නොමැති බව එම නිලධාරීන්ට පෙනී ගොස් තිබේ.

මේ පිළිබදව පළාතේ සෞඛ්‍ය බලධාරීන්ට පැමිණිලි කිරීමෙන් පසුව අපවිත්‍ර ලෙස ආහාර පිසින ලද ආපනශාලාව වසා දැමීමට පියවර ගෙන යළි විධිමත් මුළුතැන්ගෙයක් සැකසීමෙන් පසුව ආහාර පිසීමට ඉඩ ලබා දෙන මෙන් සෞඛ්‍ය බලධාරීන් මහජන සෞඛ්‍ය පරීක්ෂකවරුන්ට දැණුම් දී තිබේ.

අනතුරුව වවුනියාවේ බොහෝ හෝටල් හා ආපාන්ශාලා පරීක්ෂා කිරීමට මහජන සෞඛ්‍ය පරීක්ෂකවරුන්ට  සිදුව ඇති අතර එම පරීක්ෂාවේදී ඔවුන්ට පෙනී ගොස් ඇත්තේ වර්ෂාව පවතින අවස්ථාවේදී පිරිසිදු තත්ත්වයෙන් ආහාර පිසීමක් බොහෝ ආපන ශාලාවල හා  හෝටල්වල සිදු නොවන බවයි.

ඇතැම් හෝටල් හිමියන් එලවලු මස් මාලු බිම දමා අපවිත්‍ර ජලයෙන් සෝදමින් සිටි බැවින්  ඔවුන් සියළු දෙනාටම දැඩි සේ අවවාද කොට මහජන සෞඛ්‍ය පරීක්ෂකවරු පැමිණ තිබේ.

යළීත් දින තුනකට පසුව මේ සියළුම හෝටල් හා ආපන ශාලා පරීක්ෂාවට ලක් කරණ බවත් එම පරීක්ෂාවේදී හෝටල් හිමියන් හා ආපාන් ශාලා හිමියන් තවදුරටත් අපිරිසිදු ලෙස ආහාර පිසින්නේ නම් ඔවුන්ට එරෙහිව නීති මගින් පියවර ගන්නා බව මහජන සෞඛ්‍ය පරීක්ෂකවරු කියා සිටියි.

I was appointed PM to safeguard democracy – Mahinda Rajapaksa

October 27th, 2018

I was appointed PM to safeguard democracy – Mahinda Rajapaksa රෑ තිස්සේ බලන්න හිටියට මහින්දගෙන් ජනතාවට ස්තූතිය

Appointment of Rajapaksa as Lankan PM was sudden but not surprising

October 27th, 2018

By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia

Colombo, October 27: The appointment  former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the country’s Prime Minister replacing Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday, was sudden but not surprising.

Given the highly fractured relationship between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe for the past year or two, and the mounting inner party pressure on the President to sack Wickremesinghe and appoint Rajapaksa in his place, Friday’s development was always in the realm of possibility.

But the timing of the President’s action was not anticipated.

There was mounting pressure on Sirisena from his colleagues in the Sri Lanka Freedom  Party (SLFP) to link up with Rajapaksa overlooking past animosity; oust Wickremesinghe, and cut off links with his United National Paty (UNP).

It was argued that Rajapaksa was after all a veteran of the SLFP; that he had left the SLFP only after Sirisena betrayed him and joined UNP to defeat him the January 8, 2015 Presidential election.

Appointment of Rajapaksa as Lankan PM was sudden but not surprising  

After founding the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Rajapaksa had proved that he was the most popular leader in the country through the February 10, 2018 local body elections.

Sirisen and Rajapaksa had been meeting, though not under the glare of publicity. What was transpiring between the two, was only in the realm of speculation.

They had met very recently over dinner in former Minister S.B.Dissanayake’s house. The fact that both denied the known fact, fueled speculation that something significant was afoot. But no one knew for sure what exactly it was.

An alliance to fight the coming provincial council elections together against the UNP, was one of the possibilities mentioned. But no one imagined that Sirisena would actually sack Wickremesinghe and install Rajapaksa in his place.

This was because in April 2018, when there was a clamor from Sirisena’s colleagues to dismiss Wickremesinghe, lawyers pointed out that as per the 19th. Constitutional Amendment of 2015, the President cannot sack the PM. The PM would go only if he resigned or had quit parliament.

Then, in the same month, the Joint Opposition led by Rajapaksa presented a Vote of No Confidence against Wickremesinghe. But Wickremesinghe defeated it, allegedly with the help of a friendly country and money power. He had the wherewithal do that as he was in power as Prime Minister.

Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Divide Widens  

In subsequent months, contradictions between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe sharpened to the point of no return.

Sirisena, who is a leftist, is rural based, and is a Sri Lankan cum Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist leader, could not get along with the right wing, secular, urban-based and pro-Western Wickremesinghe.

The two leaders kept challenging each other on every issue. Wickremesinghe would take decisions without consulting the Executive President, and the Executive President would countermand them using his Executive powers.

The two had clashed on foreign policy too. While Wickremesinghe had bowed to the onerous demands of the UN Human Rights Council on the judicial and other mechanisms for post-war ethnic reconciliation with the minority Tamils, Sirisena openly told the UN General Assembly recently that Sri Lanka does not favor foreign intervention of any kind in the matter of reconciliation.

The two leaders also differed on policies towards India and China. While Sirisena insinuated that the Indian intelligence agency RAW had a role in an alleged plot to assassinate him and the former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Wickremesinghe pooh pooh it.

The President was critical of Wickremesinghe’s decision to give the Hambantota port to China on a 99 year lease with a 70% stake. He was also critical of the bid to give the contact to develop the East Terminal in Colombo port to India.

Friday’s sudden move on the part of the President came after the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), a group of parties led by Sirisena, left the coalition government headed by Wickremesinghe.

The UPFA then teamed up with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by Rajapaksa to make it a formidable force in parliament..

Numbers Issue

However, a on date, the Sirisena-Rajapaksa group does not have a majority in parliament. Together they have only 95 in a house of 225. They need 113 or 18 more for a simple majority.

Out of the 225 member House, 106 are in the United National Party (UNP)-led alliance, and 95 are with the UPFA (comprising Sri Lanka Freedom Party led by Sirisena, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and the Joint Opposition led by Mahinda Rajapaksa).

Sixteen are with Tamil National Alliance; 6 with Janatha Vimkthi Peramuna, and one each with the Eelam Peoples’ Democratic Party and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.

Rajapaksa has to prove his majority on the floor of the House when parliament is convened on November 16.. The President on Saturday prorogued parliament from Oct 27 to November 15.

Although Rajapaksa does not have the numbers, the President has the constitutional right to call him to form the government if, in his view, he can get majority support in it.

Political sources say that Rajapaksa will be able to get the 18 extra MPs needed to get the 113 MPs needed for a simple majority.

Seven UNP MPs are likely to join Rajapaksa. As of now, two UNP MPs, Vasantha Senanayake and Ananda Aluthgamage, have already defected to the Rajapaksa camp.

Minority Parties With Wickremesinghe

However the minority parties appear to be with Wickremesinghe for the time being at least.

At a press conference on Saturday, The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress chief, Rauff Hakeem, the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) chief Rishad Bathiyutheen, Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) leaders Digambaram and Mano Ganesan ,along with Minister Champika Ranwaka of the Jathika Hela Urumaya,  pledged  continued support to Wickremesinghe.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) with 16 MPs will also support Wickremesinghe.

However, the Muslim and Indian Origin Tamil parties have the habit joining the government eventually, no matter what its political color.

Ranil Wickremesinghe address the media along with leaders of friendly parties.

Wickremesinghe says ouster is unconstitutional 

But Wickremesinghe has said that the appointment of Rajapaksa as Prime Minister was unconstitutional”.

I am still the Prime Minister of this country,” he said in a statement.

However, instead of going to court, he has opted for proving  majority support on the floor of the House.

Art 42 (4) of the Sri Lankan Constitution, says that the President shall appoint as Prime Minister the Member of Parliament, who, in the President’s opinion, is most likely to command the confidence of Parliament.” And that was the provision under which President Sirisena removed the Prime Minister.

But after the 19 th.Amendment was passed in 2015, Article 46 (2) of the constitution said that the Prime Minister shall continue to hold office till he: (a) resigns his office by a writing under his hand addressed to the President; or
(b) ceases to be a Member of Parliament.

Thus the President cannot sack him, Wickremesinghe  contends.

Horse Trading in Full Swing .

Horse trading will be the order of the day from October 27 to November 15 when parliament (prorogued from Saturday October 27 to November 15) will meet to take a vote of confidence. The vote is expected to be taken on November 16.

According to political observers, President Sirisena’s decision to sack Wickremesinghe and hurriedly  install Rajapaksa was meant to help the latter seduce MPs from  Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) and the United National Front (UNF) to be able to form a government.

Ensconced in power as Prime Minister, Rajapaksa will be able to attract MPs wanting to be part of the government, it is said.

And by proroguing parliament from October 27 to November 15, President Sirisena has given Wickremesinghe ample time to garner the support of MPs now with the UNP. To keep his flock together, Wickeremsinghe had asked for an early date to take a vote of confidence.

If Rajapaksa is not Prime Minister, and Wickemesinghe is, the latter will have the power to attract or retain the loyalty of MPs. This was shown clearly when Wickremesinghe faced a Vote of No Confidence in April 2018 and defeated it.

It was to avoid a repetition of that situation that Sirisena appointed Rajapaksa Prime Minister brazenly, despite the possibility of being accused of acting illegally and unconstitutionally.

Powerful Duo

Rajapaksa’s ability to attract MPs is enhanced further by the fact that he is President Sirisena’s candidate. In combination with Executive President Sirisena, Prime Minister Rajapaksa will be a formidable political force in parliament.

The duo are more than a match for Wickremesinghe, who is now out of power and unable to use the levers of power to dispense favors.

Meanwhile, the US, UK and the EU, have appealed to the powers-that-be in Sri Lanka to act according to the constitution. It is clear that they do not approve of the President’s action.

(The featured image at the top graphically represents the present line up with Sirisena and Rajapaksa on one side and Wickremesinghe on the other)

Siriseana appointed Rajapaksa as Prime Minister to attract defectors from Wickremesinghe’s camp

October 27th, 2018

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia

Colombo, October 27 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to sack Ranil Wickremesinghe from the Premiership on Friday was meant to help his candidate, Mahinda Rajapaksa, get defectors from  Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) and the United National Front (UNF) to be able to form a government, political sources say.

Ensconced in power as Prime Minister, Rajapaksa will be able to attract MPs wanting to be part of the government, while out of power Wickremesinghe will find himself handicapped.

On the other hand, if Rajapaksa is not Prime Minister, and Wickemesinghe is, the latter will have the power to attract or retain the loyalty of MPs. This was shown clearly when Prime Minister Wickremesinghe faced a Vote of No Confidence in April 2015 and defeated it.

Siriseana appointed Rajapaksa as Prime Minister to attract defectors from Wickremesinghe’s camp

It was to avoid a repetition of that situation that Sirisena appointed Rajapaksa Prime Minister brazenly, despite the possibility of being accused of acting illegally and unconstitutionally as per the 19 th.Amendment.

Powerful Duo

Rajapaksa’s ability to attract MPs is enhanced also by the fact that he is President Sirisena’s candidate. In combination with Executive President Sirisena, Prime Minister Rajapaksa will be a formidable political force both inside and outside parliament.

The duo are more than a match for Wickremesinghe, who is now out of power and unable to use the levers of power to dispense favors.

Rajapaksa has a vote bank of  95 MPs of the United Peoples’ Progressive Alliance (UPFA). But this group is still smaller than the one with Wickremesinghe, as the latter’s UNF has 106 MPs.

Thus, Rajapaksa needs 18 more MPs to give him a simple majority of 113 in the House of 225 members.

He has to get 18 when he goes in for a vote of confidence in the House. Parliament is now set to meet on November 5 for the budget. But it could meet earlier too.

Rajapaksa already got two UNP MPs on Friday – Vasantha Senanayake and Ananda Aluthgamage. More are expected to defect in the coming days as there is an anti-Wickrmesinghe group in the UNP and UNF.

Additionally, there are Indian Origin Tamil and Muslim parties which have a policy of always being on the side of the government irrespective of the party in power.

Ranil Wickremssinghe,, Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa

Wickremesinghe’s Contention  

According to Wickemesinghe, however, what the President did was unconstitutional because as per Art 46 (2) of the 19 th. Amendment of the constitution passed in 2015, the President cannot sack a Prime Minister who enjoys majority support in parliament.

Wickremesinghe asserted that he has majority support in parliament.

He pointed out that as per the 19 th. Amendment, a Prime Minister will go only if he himself resigns or ceases to be a member of parliament. He has neither resigned from the Premiership nor has he ceased to be a member of parliament, Wickremesinghe pointed out.

But this is contested by the President’s men. They point out that Article 42 (4) of the constitution clearly says that the President shall appoint as Prime Minister the Member of Parliament, who, in the President’s opinion, is most likely to command the confidence of Parliament.”

And in Sirisena’s opinion, Wickremesinghe is not likely to command the confidence of parliament and has therefore lost the right to be Prime Minister.

Although Wickremesinghe can go to the Supreme Court challenging the President’s decision on constitutional grounds, he has decided not to because the ultimate proof of his claim will have to be given in terms of actual parliamentary support in a Vote of Confidence.

Wickremesinghe is confident of proving majority support.

Meanwhile, the US and UK have appealed to the powers-that-be in Sri Lanka to act according to the constitution. It is clear that they do not approve of the President’s action.

(The featured image at the top shows President Sirisena appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister)

හැකිනම් අතුරු සම්මත ගිණුම පරාජය කර බහුතරය පෙන්වන්න

October 27th, 2018

බිඟුන් මේනක ගමගේ

පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නැවත රැස් වුූ පසු අගමැති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ පාර්ශ්වය විසින් අතුරු සම්මත ගිණුමක් ඉදිරිපත් කරනු ලබන බවත් එය පරාජයට පත්කොට එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ බහුතර බලය පෙන්විය හැකි බවත් එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී වාසුදේව නානායක්කාර මහතා කීය.

මෙම බල හුවමාරුව ව්‍යවස්ථාමය කුමන්ත්‍රණයක් යැයි රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා නගන චෝදනාව ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන බව කී හෙතෙම එය තනිකරම දේශපාලන සටනක් බවත් එහි අරමුණ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයෙන් ආණ්ඩුව සියතට ගැනීම බවත් අවධාරණය කළේය.

දේශපාලන ගැටුමක් නීති ප්‍රශ්නයක් හැටියට අර්ථකතනය නොකරන්නැයි ඉල්ලා සිටින බව ද එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානයේ හවුල්කාර දේශපාලන පක්ෂ විසින් කොළඹ පදනම් ආයතනයේදී අද පැවැත් වූ ප්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡාවකදී මන්ත්‍රීවරයා කීය.

එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය කළේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා පාවිච්චි කරගෙන ප්‍රතිවාදියා පරාජය කිරීම බවත් තම පාර්ශ්වය ද මෙම අවස්ථාවේ පාවිච්චි කළේ එම උපායමාර්ගයම බව ද නානායක්කාර මන්ත්‍රීවරයා වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් කළේය

Over 20 UNP MPs ready to support MR: Ananda Aluthgamage

October 27th, 2018

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

UNP MP Ananda Aluthgamage, who pledged his support to new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, said today more than twenty UNP MPs would join the government to support Mr. Rajapaksa.

He told a news conference that Mr. Rajapaksa had asked him not reveal their names due to security concern.

India’s stand on Sri Lanka turmoil: Weigh options and watch

October 27th, 2018

Suhasini Haidar Courtesy The Hindu

Playing a card in either direction would not be seen as helpful to India’s long-term interests in the region

Hours after the dramatic turn of events in Colombo, that saw Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena withdraw support from the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and swear in former President Mahinda Rajapaksa instead, the Modi government appears to be weighing its options cautiously, for a number of reasons.

New Delhi and the Ministry of External Affairs chose not to jump the gun on developments in the Sri Lankan capital, allowing them to play out their hand, especially given the fact that two separate Prime Ministers now lay claim to the official residence at Temple Trees. A final result will only follow a show of strength in parliament.

Narendra Modi and Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi. File
Narendra Modi and Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi. File   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

The previous UPA government never lived down its decision in 2012 to call and congratulate Maldives’ Mohamed Waheed, hours after he deposed President Mohamed Nasheed in a coup. It didn’t matter that Mr. Nasheed later explained that he had personally requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to recognise the Waheed government, the fact that New Delhi moved so quickly on a still evolving situation was seen as a rash move that further veered the fledgling Maldivian democracy off course, and a repeat of that in Sri Lanka would have been inadvisable.

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Newly appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa leaves a Buddhist temple after meeting his supporters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Fall of Sri Lanka unity govt — Behind the dramatic turn of events

The Modi government has also been quite displeased with the way it has been dragged into the internal politics of the Sri Lankan cabinet over the past few weeks. While the first visible sign of Mr. Sirisena and Mr. Wickremesinghe airing their differences came at the famous October 14 cabinet meeting, where Mr. Sirisena spoke of the assassination plot against him allegedly by an Indian with possible links to R&AW, and Mr. Wickremesinghe battled with him for an Indian stake in the Eastern Terminal of Colombo port, the two leaders have been jockeying to draw an Indian angle to their issues for a while now.

In April 2017, hours before Mr. Wickremesinghe headed to India to announce a number of agreements including on the Trinco oil tank farms, Mr. Sirisena held back the agreements, and only a broad MoU on economic cooperation could be signed”. When he left Delhi after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, Mr. Wickremesinghe made it publicly clear that the delays on various projects India has proposed in Sri Lanka (under the MoU) were Mr. Sirisena’s responsibility. In his press release, he portrayed PM Modi as angry and disappointed” with the delays, and that Mr. Modi didn’t hold the Sri Lankan PM responsible for them.

Days before that, Mr. Sirisena had called Mr. Modi and reportedly discussed the divisions in his cabinet coalition. MEA officials had simply shaken their head, but made no public reaction. Privately, they said it was all an internal political fight that they wanted no part of.

India’s strong-arm neighbourhood policy

The Modi government’s reticence also comes in sharp contrast to its strong-arm policy in the neighbourhood of the past few years, which is now seen as a possible mistake. In Sri Lanka itself, the government had reacted harshly to the docking of Chinese submarines in Colombo port in 2014, and its strategic leadership took some pride when Mr. Rajapaksa was voted out in January 2015.

In the Maldives, President Yameen frequently cited Indian interference after PM Modi abruptly cancelled his visit to Male in March 2015 over the Yameen government’s treatment of jailed President Nasheed, and kept up a concerted campaign to put pressure on Mr. Yameen to deliver free and fair elections. In Nepal, Prime Minister KP Oli had also blamed India for attempting to oust him twice: once with the blockade, and the second time when Prachanda’s CPN pulled support from his government in July 2016, before he was voted into power this year. And in Bangladesh, the opposition BNP says New Delhi’s open support of the Sheikh Hasina government, and deporting BNP activists, is a sign of electoral interference.

It is likely that New Delhi has found that taking credit or being blamed for every political development in the neighbourhood is, over time, detrimental to the Neighbourhood First” policy it espouses, as a result of which Mr. Modi’s subcontinental moment” at his swearing in has now been replaced by sharp criticism of his policy in the SAARC region. Playing a card in either direction during Sri Lanka’s current turmoil would not be seen as helpful to India’s long-term interests in the region.

In addition, there is New Delhi’s extremely problematic relationship with Mr. Rajapaksa himself. When he lost power, Mr. Rajapaksa had blamed R&AW for facilitating the opposition’s unity efforts against him, and the relationship had been fraught for a while. Although Mr. Rajapaksa has subsequently softened his stand, and said that it is time to move on” from past differences with New Delhi during a visit in September 2018, the government is unsure of just where it may stand with him. India has been wary of the way Sri Lankan projects were handed over to Chinese companies under debilitating loans from Chinese banks, something that began during Mr. Rajapaksa’s time, but has also realised that the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government have not done much to stop Chinese inroads into the country either.

Finally, unlike the previous UPA government, that had to contend with coalition pressure from parties in Tamil Nadu, which in turn had strong political preferences in Sri Lanka (and particularly strong opposition to Mr. Rajapaksa), the NDA government has no serious compulsions on that count. At a time when none of its options in Sri Lanka are remarkably better or worse than the other, New Delhi may just find that discretion is the better part of valour, and at a time of dramatic change in the world and its neighbourhood, treading with caution is the order of the day.

President prorogues parliament until November 16

October 27th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed to prorogue Parliament until November 16.

The relevant Extraordinary Gazette Notification has been published today by the Presidential Secretariat.

The Proclamation by the president prorogues Parliament with effect from 12.00 noon on October 27, 2018 and fix 16th of November, 2018 at 10.00 a.m. for the  commencement of the next session.

The President can prorogue Parliament by virtue of the powers vested in him by Article 70 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

Under Article 70(4) of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka All matters which, having being brought before Parliament, have not been disposed of at the prorogation of Parliament, may be proceeded with during the next session.”

The move comes a day after Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Prime Minister before the President. Prior to that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) decided to withdraw from the national government with the United National Party (UNP).

However, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe maintains that he is still the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka as the parliamentary majority is with him.

It is not necessary for us to create a crisis. It is not necessary for the people of the country to suffer. We are all living in difficult times. Therefore let’s get this controversy out of the way.”

Let the parliament decide who has the majority and the parliament represent you. It’s you who have elected this parliament and let that parliament decide who has the majority,” he said speaking to reporters today.

President removes Prime Minister’s Secretary

October 27th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana

Mr. Saman Ekanayake has been removed from the post of Secretary to the Prime Minister with immediate effect.

The order to remove the Secretary to the President has been issued by President Maithripala Sirisena in an Extraordinary Gazette.

The government notification states that Mr E.M.S.B. Ekanayake, who was appointed Secretary to the Prime Minister, by virtue of powers vested in the President under Article 51(1) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, was removed from the post by the President.

The senior Special Grade officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service was appointed to the post of Secretary to the Prime Minister in August 2015.

He has served in the Prime Minister’s Office, Department of Government Information, Ministries of Housing, External Affairs, Finance, Youth Affairs and Industries. He has also served in Sri Lanka High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and Sri Lanka High Commission in London.

අගමැති මහින්ද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ 125 පෙන්වයි…? බහුතරය සම්පූර්ණයි..

October 27th, 2018

 lanka C news

අගමැති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ බහුතර බලයක් තමනට ඇතැයි ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙත පෙන්වා ඇති බව ජනාධිපති කාර්යාලයේ ආරංචි මාර්ග සදහන් කරයි.

අගමැති මහින්ද පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ 125 පෙන්වයි…? බහුතරය සම්පූර්ණයි..

මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ මන්ත‍්‍රි ආසන 125ක බහුතරයක් පෙන්වා ඇතැයිද එම ආරංචි මාර්ග සදහන් කරයි.

මේ අතර පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී එස්.බී. දිසානායක මහතා පවසන්නේ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂයේ විශාල පිරිසක් නව ආණ්ඩුව සමග එක්වීම ස්ථිර කර ඇති බවයි.

I have majority support in Parliament: Ranil

October 27th, 2018

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said today the Prime Minister should be the person who has the majority support in parliament and that he commands the majority support.

I urge to convene Parliament without leading the country into chaos.  It is not necessary to create crisis in the country. Let the Parliament decide whether who should be the Prime Minister,” he said.

He said this at a news conference held at temple Trees attended by constituent parties of the United National Front including Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA).

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said the United National Front (UNF) could form a government without the support of the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

ජනාධිපති පර බල්ලෙක්.. මෝඩයෙක්.. දෝෂාභියෝගයක් ගේනවා..- මංගල

October 27th, 2018

 lanka C news

ජනාධිපති පර බල්ලෙක් මෝඩයෙක් බවත් ඔහුට විරුද්දව දෝෂාභිියෝගයක් ගෙන එන බවත් හිටපු ඇමති මංගල සමරවීර මහතා පවසයි.

පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ බහුතරය එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂයට ඇති තෙක් බය වීමට උවමනාවක් නැති බවද ඒ මහතා සදහන් කරයි.

එජාප ආණ්ඩුව රැක ගැනීම සදහා පැමිණි ජනතාව අමතමින් අරලිගහ මන්දියරයේ මංගල උත්සව ශාලාවේදී ඔහු මෙසේ පැවසීය.

Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Prime Minister

October 26th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been sworn in as the Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, a short while ago.

The unexpected announcement comes just minutes after the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) decided to withdraw from the unity government.

UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera, speaking to Ada Derana, stated that the Speaker of Parliament has been notified of the decision in writing.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of the UPFA, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) had formed a unity government in August 2015 following the general election.

The coalition had grown increasingly strained in recent months. Both coalition partners suffered heavy defeats in local elections in February, and Sirisena loyalists backed a no-confidence motion in April against the prime minister, who survived after a majority of legislators voted to support his coalition government.

 

Gotabaya invites everyone to join with new PM to develop the country

October 26th, 2018

Gotabhaya invites international community to support new PM

October 26th, 2018

Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, addressing the media yesterday (26), invited the international community to support the new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He stated that the international community had tried to support some other person, some other government, and they saw what happened in this country.”

He requested them not to allow the situation to deteriorate and urged them to support Mahinda Rajapaksa.

We should now form a government to develop the country, to protect the country. We should establish a new Cabinet of Ministers and give the public what they desire,” Gotabhaya Rajapaksa further said.

According to him, the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister ensures the confidence in the public and also in the investors. He called for the businessmen and entrepreneurs to come forward to develop the country and invest without fear.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that he would not be taking over the Defense Secretary position, responding to the queries raised by the media persons in this regard. He also said that he would serve the country without assuming any designation.

He also affirmed that he would not join the government as a minister.

He also requested Ranil Wickremesinghe to step aside and support them. However, with or without his support they would serve the country, he added.

When queried regarding the claims of Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera that this appointment is illegal, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa countered as to how the Prime Minister was appointed on the previous occasion while they were having the two-thirds majority.

Gotabhaya assured that they are certainly able to move forward with the President and that they consented to the position of Prime Minister as they are willing to work together with the President.

අගමැති පුටුව වෙනස්වීමෙන් රූපවාහිනිය කැළඹෙයි

October 26th, 2018

නාලක සංජීව දහනායක සහ සුජිත් හේවාජුලිගේ උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප

හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස දිවුරුම්දීමත් සමඟම ජාතික රූපවාහිනී සංස්ථා පරිශ‍්‍රයේ අද (26)  රාත‍්‍රීයේ දැඩි නොසන්සුන්කාරී වාතාවරණයක් ඇති විය.

මේ හේතුවෙන් ජාතික රූපවාහිනියේ විකාශන කටයුතු ද ඇණහිටියේය. විකාශනය අද මධ්‍යම රාත‍්‍රීය පසුවනතුරුත් එය යථාතත්ත්වයට පත්ව තිබුණේ නැත.

මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍යතනතුරට පත්වීමත් සමඟම ජනමාධ්‍ය මංගල සමරවීර, රාජිත සේනාරත්න, රංජිත් මද්දුමබණ්ඩාර, චතුර සේනාරත්න යන එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැති ඇමතිවරුන් කණ්ඩායමක් තවත් පිරිසක්ද සමඟ ජාතික රූපවාහිනී පරිශ‍්‍රයට පැමිණ එහි රැඳී සිටිනු දක්නට ලැබුණි. පොලිස් විශේෂ කාර්ය බලකායේ සෙබළු විශාල පිරිසක් ද රූපවාහිනී සංස්ථාව ඉදිරිපිට රැකවල්ලා සිටියහ.

මේ අතර ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂය නියෝජනය කරන ඉන්දික අනුරුද්ධ, සනත් නිශාන්ත, ප‍්‍රසන්න රණවීර යන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රීවරුන් අතුළු පිරිසක් රූපවාහිනි සංස්ථා පරිශ‍්‍රයට පැමිණීමත් සමඟ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂ මැති ඇමතිවරු රූපවාහිනි සංස්ථා පරිශ‍්‍රයෙන් ඉවත්ව ගියහ. ඉවත්ව ගිය මැති ඇමතිවරුන්ට එහි රැස්ව සිටි පිරිස් හූ හඬකින් සංග‍්‍රහ කළහ.

අනතුරුව රූපවාහිනී සංස්ථාවට ඇතුළු වූ ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ කණ්ඩායම පිවිසුම් දොරටුවේ සවිකර තිබූ අගමැතිවරයාගේ ඡායාරූපය ගලවා ඉවත් පියවර ගත්හ. අනතුරුව රූපවාහිනී සංස්ථාවේ සේවකයන් සමඟ කෙටි පිළිසඳරක නිරතවූ ඒකාබද්ධයේ පිරිස් පසුව එම ස්ථානයෙන් ඉවත්ව ගියේය.

ඡායාරූප – ඉෂාන් සංජීව

 

නව අගමැති මහින්ද පළමුව බුදුහිමි සොයා යයි

October 26th, 2018

ජනපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ඉදිරියේ අගමැති ලෙස දිවුරුම් දුන් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ආශිර්වාද ලබා ගැනීමට ගංගාරාම විහාරස්ථානයටත් අභයාරාම විහාරස්ථානයටත් ගියේය.

ඡායාරූප – රෝයිටර් සහ ඒෆ්පී ඇසුරින්

මහින්දගේ දිවුරුම්දීම අසා ආධාරකරුවෝ රතිඤ්ඤා දල්වති

October 26th, 2018

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ අගමැති ලෙස දිවුරුම් දීම සැලවීමත් සමඟ දිවයිනේ විවිධ ප්‍රදේශවල ආධාරකරුවෝ රතිඤ්ඤා දල්වමින් ප්‍රීති ඝෝෂා නගන්නට වූහ.

දෙහිවල

ඡායාරූප – එච්.එච්.ධර්මපාල


මහනුවර

ඡායාරූප – චමිල් රූපසිංහ


තංගල්ල

ඡායාරූප – අනීෂා මානගේ


බණ්ඩාරගම

ඡායාරූප – බිමල් ශ්‍යාමන් ජයසිංහ

පුත්තලම

ඡායාරූප – හිරාන් ප්‍රියංකර

Mahinda sworn in as PM

October 26th, 2018
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat last evening. Picture by Sudath Silva.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat last evening.

His swearing-in ceremony was held after the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) officially conveyed its decision to part ways with the coalition government. It is reported that party members had expressed their displeasure over the conduct of the good governance government to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday evening.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat last evening. Picture by Sudath Silva.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is a lawyer and has been engaged in active politics in the country for the last five decades. He was first elected to Parliament in 1970. He held the Prime Minister portfolio from April 6, 2004 until he became the President of the country in 2005. He was first elected as the President of the country on November 19, 2005. He was re-elected on January 27, 2010 for his second term as the President of the country.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa as the then President of the country was internationally recognised and appreciated for his leadership in defeating the barbaric terrorism of the country in 2009.

A large gathering of politicians and the supporters of the United People’s Freedom Alliance and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party got together in front of the Presidential Secretariat to convey their wishes to the newly appointed Prime Minister.

Supporters of the UPFA and the SLFP throughout the country celebrated the appointment of the new Prime Minster with firing crackers.

ආර්ථික ඝාතකයන් අතින් ඝාතනය වනතෙක් බලා සිටිනවාද?

October 26th, 2018

මාධ්‍නිවේදනය : තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ වෘත්තීයවේදීන්ගේ සංසදය                  

ආර්ථිකය පසුබෑමකට ලක් වී රුපියල අවප‍්‍රමාණය වෙමින් ඇත. ඊට ප‍්‍රධාන හේතුව රට තුළින් විදේශ විනිමය පිටවීම වැඩි වීමයි. ඒ නිසා ආනයනයන් අධෛර්යමත් කිරීමේ අරමුණ ඇතිව රජය විසින් නව ආනයනික බදු පනවමින් තිබේ.

මේ අර්බුදය උද්ගත වන බව අප සංගමය විසින් අනතුරු ඇඟවුයේ බොහෝ කලකට පෙරය. වර්තමාන ගෙවුම් තුලන අර්බුදය පිළිබදව පැහැදිලි විග‍්‍රහයක් සහ වත්මන් රජයේ අදුරදර්ශී වෙළඳ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිය තුළ මෙවැනි අර්බුදයක් ඇති වීමට ඇති අවදානම පිලිබදව 2016 වසරේදී අප සංගමය මඟින් පළකළ ”එට්කා නෑයෙක්ද? ආක‍්‍රමණිකයෙක්ද?” කෘතිය තුළ තර්කාන්විතව කරුණු පැහැදිළි කර ඇත. එහිදී අප පෙන්වා දී ඇත්තේ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව ගෙවුම් තුලන අර්බුදයක් අභියස සිටින බවයි. එවැනි පසුබිමකදී ආනයනික බදු ඉවත් කරමින් නව වෙළඳ ගිවිසුම්වලට එළැඹෙමින් ආනයනයන් ඉහළ යන ආකාරයේ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තියක් අනුගමනය කිරීම පමණක් නොව, එම ගෙවුම් තුලන අර්බුදය සැඟවීම පවා ආර්ථික ඝාතක ක‍්‍රියාවලියක් බව අපි පෙන්වා දුනිමු.

මලික් සමරවික‍්‍රම අමාත්‍යවරයාට අයත් සංවර්ධන උපායමාර්ග සහ ජාත්‍යන්තර වෙළඳාම අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් මේ වන විට ඉන්දියාව, චීනය, තායිලන්තය සහ සිංගප්පූරුව යන රටවල් සමඟ වෙළඳ ගිවිසුම්වලට එලැඹීමට උත්සාහ දරමින් ඇත. මේ රටවල් හතර ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවට වෙළදාමේදී වැඩිම අවාසිදායක ද්විපාර්ශවික වෙළද හිඟයන් ඇති රටවල් හතරයි. අපට වෙළඳාමේදී වාසිදායක වෙළඳ පරතරයක් ඇති එකම රටක් සමඟවත් වෙළඳ ගිවිසුමකට එලැබීමට මලික් සමරවික‍්‍රම අමාත්‍යවරයාට උනන්දුවක් නැත. එපමණක් නොව, ඉදිරියේදී සේවා ක්ෂේත‍්‍රය විදේශිකයන්ට විවර කිරීම නිසා මෙරට තුළ රැුකියා කරන විදේශිකයන් විසින්ද රට තුළින් විදේශ විනිමය පිටකිරීම නිසා මෙම අර්බුදය තවත් උත්සන්න වනු ඇත.

 මේ මගින් ලංකාවේ වෙළඳ හිඟය වැඩිවනු ඇති බවට අපි 2015 වසරේ ඔහුට පෙන්වා දීමට උත්සාහ කළෙමු. නමුත් හිතාමතාම රට විනාශ කිරීමේ ආර්ථික ඝාතක කොන්ත‍්‍රාත්තුවක් ඉටුකරමින් සිටි  මලික් සමරවික‍්‍රම මහතා ප‍්‍රකාශ කර සිටියේ වෙළඳ හිඟය වැඩි වුනාට ප‍්‍රශ්නයක් නැති බවය. එසේ නම්  මේ වන විට කරවටක් ගිලූණු පසුව, මුදල් අමාත්‍යාංශය මඟින් ආනයනික භාණ්ඩ සඳහා බදු පනවමින් සිටින්නේ ඇයි? එය මලික් සමරවික‍්‍රමගේ ආනයන දිරි ගන්වන වෙළඳ ප‍්‍රතිපත්තියට පටහැණි නොවේද?

මෙවැනි පසුබිමක් තුළ අද මේ අමාත්‍යවරයාට නොයෙකුත් ¥ෂණ වංචා චෝදනාද එල්ලවේ. නමුත් තවමත් මේ අමාත්‍යවරයා කිසිදු බාධාවකින් තොරව, ජාතියටම ඔලොප්පම් කරමින් සුවසේ සිය ආර්ථික ඝාතක ක‍්‍රියාවන්හි නිරත වෙමින් සිටියි. අප විසින් 2018.04.02 දින ජනාධිපති තුමාට යොමු කළ ලිපියක් මඟින් මොහුව අමාත්‍ය ධූරයෙන් නෙරපා හරින ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටියද එම ඉල්ලීම ඉටු නොවිණි. අද මුලූ මහත් ජාතියම එහි ප‍්‍රතිවිපාක භුක්ති විදිමින් සිටින අතර තව දුරටත් මේ දුෂ්ට ක‍්‍රියාවන්ට ඉඩ තැබුවහොත් රට ගෙවුම් තුලන අර්බුදයක ගිලී භාණ්ඩ හා සේවා සඳහා මුදල් ගෙවා යොදවා ගත නොහැකි රටක් බවට ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව පත්වනු ඇත. අපත් සමඟ එකට සිටින ඝාතකයා, ඝාතකයෙකු බව හඳුනාගන්නට අසමත් වුවහොත් ඒ ඝාතකයා අතින් අප ඝාතනය වීම වැළැක්විය නොහැකිය, මේ පිළිබඳව අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේද අවදානයට යොමුවිය යුතුය. 

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October 26th, 2018

දිනසේන රතුගමගේ

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අග්‍රාමාත්‍යධුරයට පත්වීමේ සිද්ධිය තවමත් අදහා ගැනීමට නොහැකිව සිටින බව දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ වන්නි දිස්ත්‍රික් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී සහ පාර්ලිමේන්තු කාරක  සභා සභාපති සෙල්වම් අඩෙයිකලනාදන් මහතා පැවසීය.

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා ලෙස පත් වීම ගැන මන්ත්‍රීවරයාගෙන් අදහස් විමසූ අවස්ථාවේදී ඔහු කියා සිටියේ මේ අවස්ථාවේදී තමන්ට පක්ෂයේ මතයක් ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමට කාලයක් නොමැති බවයි.

ගත වූ පැය කීපයේදී තමන් දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ බොහෝ දෙනෙකු සමග මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් කරුණු සාකච්ඡා කළ බවත් මේ සිදු වූ සිදුවීම දෙස මුලින් අධ්‍යයනයක් කිරීම  වඩා උචිත බව සියළු දෙනාගේ මතය වූ බවද සෙල්වම් අඩෙයිකලනාදන් මහතා කියා සිටියේය.

මේ පිළිබදව ආර්.සම්බන්ධන් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා සමගද තමන් කතා කළ බව කී සෙල්වම් අඩෙයිකලනාදන් මහතා කියා සිටියේ ඉදිරියේදී මීට වඩා විශාල යමක් සිදුවිය හැකි නිසා මේ අවස්ථාවේදී ඒ සියල්ල දෙස ඉතා ඉවසීමෙන් යුතුව බලා සිටින ලෙස උපදෙස් දුන් බවද අඩෙයිකලනාදන් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා පැවසීය.

හදිසියේ සිදු වූ මේ වෙනස් කම මත විපක්ෂනායක ධූරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් විශාල ගැටළුවක් පැන නැගී ඇති නිසා තමන් ඒ පිළිබදව ආර්.සම්බන්ධන් මන්ත්‍රීවරයාගෙන් විමසූ විට ඔහු කියා සිටියේ සියල්ල ඉතා හොදින් සිදුවෙනු ඇති නිසා ඒ ගැන කලබල නොවී සිටින මෙන් උපදෙස් දුන් බවයි.

මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් යම් තීරණයක් ගැනීමට  දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ මධ්‍යම කාරක සභාව රැස්වන්නේදැයි විමසූ විට සෙල්වම් අඩෙයිකලනාදන් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා කියා සිටියේ තවමත් ඒ පිළිබදව තීරණයක් ගෙන නොමැති බවයි.

වවුනියාව ඇතුළු බොහෝ ප්රිදේශවල වැසියෝ රතිඤ්ඤා දල්වමින් ඔවුන්ගේ සතුට පළ කොට සිටියහ.

October 26th, 2018

දිනසේන රතුගමගේ

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා  අග්‍රාමාත්‍යධුරයට පත්වීමත් සමගම වවුනියාව ඇතුළු බොහෝ ප්‍රදේශවල වැසියෝ රතිඤ්ඤා දල්වමින් ඔවුන්ගේ සතුට පළ කොට සිටියහ.

නගරයට දුර බැහැර පළාත්වල වැසියෝ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අග්‍රාමාත්‍යධුරයට පත් වූ බව දැන ගන්නා විට බොහෝ සෙයින් රෑ බෝවී තිබුණද ඔවුන් සිය සතුට පළ කිරීමට රතිඤ්ඤා සොයමින් නගර වෙත පැමිණෙමින් සිටිණු දක්නට ලැබුණි.

මේ අතර මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ධුරයට පත් වූ පුවත දැනගැනීමත් සමගම හිස් වැසුම් පවා නොමැතිව යතුරු පැදිවලින් පෙළපාලි යාමට ගිය විශාල පිරිසක්  පොලීසිය විසින් ආපසු හරවා යවා තිබේ.

පොලීසිය සදහන් කළේ ඔවුන්ගෙන් විශාල පිරිසක් බීමතින් සිටි නිසා ඔවුන්ගේ ආරක්ෂාව ගැන සිතා මේ තීරණය ගත් බවයි.

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා වශයෙන්  දිවුරුම් දීමත් සමගම වවුනියාවේ පිහිටි ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂ කාර්යාලයන් වලටද විශාල පිරිසක් පැමිණ සිටියහ.

President informs Ranil Wickremesinghe he has been removed as PM

October 26th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana

In a letter sent through the Presidential Secretary, President Maithripala Sirisena has unformed Ranil Wickremesinghe that he has been removed from the position of Prime Minister with immediate effect.

In his letter, which is dated today (26) and is addressed to Ranil Wickremesinghe, the President states that Ranil Wickremesinghe has been removed as Prime Minister as per the powers vented in him.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and was sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena today (26) at the Presidential Secretariat.

 

“I am the Prime Minister” – Ranil Wickremesinghe

October 26th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana

Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he is still the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and will continue to function in that capacity as he has a majority in the Parliament.

The leader of the United National Party (UNP) addressed the media in Colombo, a few hours after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

I am addressing you as the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. I am the Prime Minister under Article 42 of the Constitution in accordance with the 19th Amendment,” he said.

There was a motion of no confidence against me in Parliament which was defeated. A majority voted against it showing that they had confidence in me. That situation has not changed.”

Since I have a majority I remain as the Prime Minister and I will function as the Prime Minister,” Wickremesinghe asserted.

He stated that they still have the power of the government, but he will discuss the situation with the other parties. I have the majority. If we can defeat a no-confidence motion that means we have the majority. I showed a majority at that moment.”

Responding to a question regarding the unexpected turn of events, he said: In politics you have to be ready for anything.”

Asked whether he trusts the backbencher MPs of the UNP, the party leader said he does.

The national government has two parties and its future will be decided in the Parliament. Only the Parliament can do it. No one else. All these problems can be decided in the parliament,” he stressed.

He also said that the Cabinet of Ministers will remain the same. I have not removed anyone. I still not have been notified whether some have resigned. When they do inform we will decide on that.”

This problem needs to be resolved in the parliament,” he reiterated.


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