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SC suspends dissolution

Final decision next month


The Supreme Court yesterday issued an interim order suspending, till Dec. 07, President Maithripala Sirisena’s gazette notification dissolving Parliament and calling a general electioni and granted leave to proceed with all the fundamental rights violation petitions filed against the recent dissolution of Parliament.

At the outset Attorney General, Jayantha Jayasuriya President’s Counsel told the Supreme Court that Article 33/2/C of the Constitution empowered the President to exercise his executive powers, to prorogue, dissolve or summon Parliament and Article 70/1, explained the procedure he was bound to follow, in dissolving Parliament and fixing the dates for the nomination and the election.


Ranil confident of proving majority in House


Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, welcomed the Supreme Court decision as a victory for the people and democracy. He said the judiciary had proved that nobody could discard the Constitution.

Addressing the media, at Tem...

Speaker summons Parliament


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday, said in a media statement, that Parliament would meet today at 10 am as per the gazette notification issued by President Maithripala Sirisena on Nov, 04 convening the new session of parliament.

All MPs ha...

Civil society seeks explanation on top SriLankan appointment made amidst probe


Purawesi Balaya co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda yesterday said that the caretaker government owed an explanation as regards the appointment of Kapila Chandrasena as Chairman of debt-ridden Sri Lankan Airlines.

Viyangoda pointed out that the high ...

UNDP takes social innovation to Lankan corporate sector


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Two Indian-origin women want to take on Trump in 2020 Presidential race


NEW DELHI, November 13: At least two Indian-origin American women are among those vying for an opportunity to take on US President Donald Trump in the next presidential election in 2020.

They are Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin US Senat...

Govt. calls for fuller SC bench


Following yesterday's interim order by the Supreme Court staying until December 7, the proclamation issued by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving Parliament , the government said that as a respondent it would ask for a fuller bench to hear th...

President urged to hold referendum


Two prominent Bhikkhu organisations yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to hold a referendum immediately to let the people decide whether they approved of the dissolution of Parliament.

Addressing a press conference organized by ...

Foreign Minister briefs Colombo based diplomats


Foreign Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama briefed foreign diplomats based in Colombo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday (12).

Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Minister clarified the chain of events that compelled President Maithrip...

Last of the Mahaweli projects to be completed by January

Mahaweli Authority officials said yesterday filling of the Kaluganga reservoir of Moragahakanda-Kaluganga irrigation project, the last of the Mahaweli schemes was at a satisfactory level.

The filling of the reservoir was inaugurated under t...

Thamilselvan’s widow invited to join active politics

Former Northern Provincial Council Minister Ananthi Sasitharan has met Sasirekha, the widow of LTTE political wing leader S. Thamilselvan, and asked her to enter active politics.

The meeting of Sasithran and Sasirekha took place, on Monday ev...

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