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Several university lecturers also say that the sole solution for the prevailing political crisis in the country is the holding of a general election.


Senior lecturer of the political science and state Policy Studies Department of Colombo University Damma Dissanayake says the sole solution to the present political crisis prevailing in the country is the holding of a fresh election. Taking part over the Subarathi Programme at the SLBC this morning, both Attorney at Law Premanath C.Dolawatte and Prof. Ajantha Hapuarachchi also emphasized the need of a fresh election to allow the people to select a government as they wished.

The President seeks assistance from the fields of science and technology to resolve economic and development issues.


President Maithripala Sirisena says the government needs more assistance from the fields of science, technology and research to resolve the economic and development issues of the country. He made these remarks addressing the President’s Awards for Scientific Publication held in Colombo, today. The Awards Ceremony was organized by the National Research Council.

President Sirisena further said that he will take a policy decision regarding the necessity of increasing of the financial allocation from the budget for science, technology and research activities. The services provided by scientists, researchers, and technologists towards the current development of the country were appreciated by the President.

The President said that the cooperation of the experts is essential towards solving the economic issues emerged due to the climatic conditions as well as in the planning of the development projects.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says a select committee will be appointed for parliamentary affa

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says that it was decided to appoint a select committee for parliamentary affairs during the discussions between the President and the party leaders. During a media briefing in Colombo today he said other committees should also be appointed by that select committee. Six parliamentarians including Ravi Karunanayake have presented a motion to the Parliament. Minister Samarasinghe said that he requested the Speaker to look into its constitutionality and legality before entering it in the Parliament order book.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said that the Speaker's action brought the three darkest days to the history of the Parliament. He requested the public servants to perform their duties without any fear.

Minister Johnston Fernando told SLBC that the Speaker acted against the constitution. He pointed out that the United National Party leader, saved his party leadership due to the actions of the Speaker.

Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna point out a solution to the prevailing political crisis can be found by holding a general election.


Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna says, a solution to the prevailing political crisis is to hold a general election by respecting the sovereignty of the people. During a media briefing in Colombo today MP Rohitha Abeygunawardhana said that, the conduct of the Speaker could not be condoned.

MP Kanchana Wijesekera said that the security of the members of Parliament has been endangered due to the use of knives and the conflict in Parliament.

The GMOA reveals former Health Minister devalued the Sri Lanka Medical Council.


The Government Medical Officers Association says former Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne devalued the Sri Lanka Medical Council. Assistant Secretary to the Association Dr. Naveen De Soyza said that the former Health Minister arbitrarily violated Medical Council Act. He said that the primary responsibility of a Health Minister is to safeguard the Medical Council and the Medical Act which protects the rights of the patients.

Expressing his views on the occasion Secretary to the Association Dr. Haritha Aluthge said that they would give their fullest support to the new Health Minister to make changes that suits the present times. He welcomed the steps taken by the President to appoint a new government. He pointed out the need to establish a national trade policy by suspending international trade agreement.

The Pakistan Prime Minster lashes out at Trump 'tirade'.


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan today lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump following his remarks that Pakistan doesn’t “do anything” for the United States despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid for the South Asian nation. The friction threatens to further worsen already fragile relations between Islamabad and Washington, who have repeatedly clashed about the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s alleged support for Islamist militants. Khan said in a series of tweets that “record needs to be put straight on Mr Trump’s tirade against Pakistan” over the weekend.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that if the parliament cannot solve the existing crisis people should be given the opportunity to solve it.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that if the parliament cannot solve the existing crisis people should be given the opportunity to solve it. The current political situation in the country is very pathetic. The manner the parliament acts is not also upto proper procedures. However, the government will continue until the country is politically stabilized. If the opposition presents a no-confidence motion in the proper manner the government is ready to give up the rule. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa further said that no one can acquire the powers vested with the president.  He made these remarks at a ceremony held in Kasaagala antient temple yesterday.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the president changed the premiership of the country to stop anarchical situation during the previous government. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says the president changed the premiership of the country to stop anarchical


Addressing the gathering at a ceremony held in Kasaagala antient temple yesterday Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the president changed the premiership of the country to stop anarchical situation during the previous government. The previous regime was in a process of auctioning the resources of the country. Former Prime Minister always acted in a dictatorial manner. Therefore, it was a timely need to change the premiership. The president terminated the good governance rule regime in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.

 

 

MP Lakshman Yapa Abayewardena says that the president will not accept the manner in which the no-confidence motion was passed.


MP Lakshman Yapa Abayewardena says that the president will not accept the manner in which the no-confidence motion was passed. He made these remarks following a meeting of a UPFA parliamentary group last night. He stressed that former Prime Minister will not be re-appointed at circumstances. The present government will prove its majority in the house according to proper procedures. MP Lakshman Yapa Abayewardena majority of the people are not willing to see Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka again.

Parliamentarian Ranil Wickremasinghe pointed out that, Speaker Karu Jayasooriya acted according to the standing orders of Parliament.

Parliamentarian Ranil Wickremasinghe pointed out during a media briefing yesterday, Speaker Karu Jayasooriya acted according to the standing orders of Parliament. He said that they have no confidence in the prime minister and the cabinet and thanked the Speaker for the steps taken by him. He emphasized that democratic rights would be ensured by people's power.

Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians M.A.Sumanthiran said that, it was not suitable to handover the government to a group which does not have a majority.

Expressing his views MP Patali Chamapika Ranwawaka said that an election should be held under a government which follows regulations.

MP Harsha de Silva said that, the speaker has acted according to the standing orders of the parliament.

Trump 'personally answers Mueller Russia questions'


Donald Trump says he has finished answering questions into alleged Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign. The US leader told reporters he had personally answered the questions "very easily", but that they had yet to be submitted to Robert Mueller's team. Mr Mueller has been looking into allegations of collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russia since 2017. Mr Trump strongly denies any collusion, calling the probe "a witch hunt".

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says, once the President is in receipt of the correspondence sent by the Speaker detailing the No-Confidence Motion moved in Parliament today against the present government, the President will act according to the Constitutio

Cabinet Spokesperson: Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, speaking at a media briefing held this morning to announce decisions taken at yesterday's cabinet meeting said, cabinet approval was received for the proposal put forward by Minister of Education and Higher Education: Dr Wijayadasa Rajapakse to issue material instead of vouchers for school uniforms, from next year.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe also said, cabinet approval was received to conduct the forthcoming Provincial Councils Election under the Proportionate Representation System, in a manner in which the 25 percent women's representation is maintained.
The term of six provincial councils has expired.
Since the delimitation of wards under the Mixed Representation System is not complete, and since the Provincial Councils Election needs to be held soon, it will be held under the existing system.

The Supreme Court issues an Interim Order staying the gazette notification issued by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving Parliament.

The Supreme Court has concluded the consideration of petitions filed against the dissolution of the Parliament. The Court was adjourned after the conclusion of submissions made by all petitioning parties and respondents.
The Supreme Court has issued an Interim Order staying the gazette notification issued by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving Parliament.
 
The Interim Order is valid until the 7th of December 2018.

Many prominent political leaders expressed their views with regard to the petition and a probable verdict on the dissolution of Parliament

Many prominent political leaders and lawyers expressed their views with regard to the petition and a probable verdict on the dissolution of Parliament. Representatives of all parties said they would abide by the Court’s decision. Most expressed the opinion that people have now been given an opportunity to elect a Government of their choice on January 5.

Minister Wimal Weerawansa said Sri Lanka has the only party in the world which goes to Court against elections. The people is seeking a mandate to chase away the bank robbers, to stop the persecution of war heroes and end the shady oil price formula. It is a pity that our opposition parties have stooped to this low level.

SLFP General Secretary Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa said the President has an option to seek the people’s verdict in a crisis. Holding an election is one such method. The President has taken that decision, but if some think it is not a good decision, they are free to seek the Court’s opinion. And going to Court is a much better option than resorting to violence. The people must reign supreme in all our endeavours.

Minister Udaya Gammanpila said the UNP suffers from people phobia and have been postponing elections for the last four years. However, now the President has given an opportunity for the people to elect their representatives. The power lies with the people. An election is the best feature of a democracy.

General Secretary of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party Professor Tissa Vitarana said they are happy that the UNP is seeking the Court’s opinion instead of going to foreign embassies. We should find solutions to our problems without foreign intervention.

An election is an opportunity to express the people’s will and supremacy. The President took every action within the confines of the Constitution.

Daughter of Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake summoned to court

Following an order issued by Colombo chief magistrate, Lanka Jayaratne, Onela Karunanayake, daughter of former minister Ravi Karunanayake, is to appear before courts yesterday with regard to the false statement given by her father.

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Parliamentarian Prasanna Ranathunga says the consequent actions of UNP shows that they are afraid of facing a general election

Parliamentarian Prasanna Ranathunga says the consequent actions of UNP shows that they are afraid of facing a general election. The Parliamentarian also said the UNP may face a very serious consequence when they go in front of the general public. The whole country knowns the UNP has many flaws and drawbacks in the leadership and among the members.

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MSD official involved with the Petroleum shooting identified

The identification parade with regard to the shooting incident at the Petroleum Corporation was held today. Two witnesses out of three have identified the officer of the Ministerial Security Division who was allegedly involved in the shooting.

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Sri Lanka Freedom Party will contest the election with a broad alliance

 

SLFP General Secretary Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa said that Sri Lanka Freedom Party will contest the election with a broad alliance. He said that it would forward an economic programme based on protecting national assets and local values.

The General Secretary said that the public have a great liking to the combination of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said that a meaningful government would be established through that combination. He added that discussions would be held with all parties.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says that the actions taken by the president including dissolving of the parliament have been done according to legal provisions. If there was an injustice caused, they could have gone to the Supreme Court. During a media briefing at Sri Lanka Freedom Party Headquarters today, the Minister said that the former Prime Minister without doing so, met the ambassadors. He said that the speaker acted without responsibility when the parliament was prorogued, and it could have led to a conflict situation. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the only alternative left to the president to conduct a general election to prevent an impending bloodbath which has been predicted.

Stan Lee: Marvel Comics legend dies aged 95

American writer and former president of Marvel Comics Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.In 1961, Lee created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics, and went on to create titles including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.

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The Central Committee of the Podu Jana Peramuna will meet this afternoon

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Prof.Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa says that they will contest the forthcoming general elections with a broad alliance.

Preliminary measures will be taken tomorrow to prepare nominations.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna says, it will take a decision on contesting the General Election after discussions with their Central Committee which is scheduled to be met this afternoon.

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