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Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says there is no legal authority to a President to abolish the executive presidency. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 November 2014 13:07

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says it is only the parliament that has the complete authority to abolish the executive presidency or to make a constitutional amendment. However, a two third majority is required in this regard. The minister says referendum could be held if required according to the opinion of the Supreme Court.  While speaking to the Dasa Desin programme of the SLBC this morning, the minister pointed out there is no legal authority for a President to abolish the executive presidency, whether he desires or not.  Furthermore, such an amendment cannot be made to the constitution or the executive presidency cannot be abolished or to introduce a new electoral system, if there is no two thirds majority of the parliament.

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The University Grants Commission says Sri Lanka's University system witnesses huge transformation from 2004 to 2014. PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 December 2014 20:32

The University Grants Commission says Sri Lanka's University system witnesses huge transformation from 2004 to 2014. The number of courses offered by the universities raised from 46 to 88. The number of students enrolled to the university system has also increased to 26,000 by 2014. Chairperson of the UGC Kshanika Hirimburegama stated that two new universities were commissioned during the period. The government also took measures to provide special allowances to the university dons. A 180 million rupees has been allocated for postgraduate degrees and research works for the university teachers by the government. Prof. Hirimburegama also highlighted that bursaries given to the students have been increased to 4,000 rupees. 60 hostels equipped with modern facilities are in the offing. The President has redeemed promises given by the electoral manifestos in 2005 and 2010. The President's aim of the forthcoming tenure is to create a law binding society. Prof. Hirimburegama stated that confidence can be reposed on the president as a reliable leader who has redeemed promises in the past.

 
Late Prime Ministers S.W.R.D. Bandaranike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike commemorated. PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2014 13:10
A commemoration ceremony was conducted on behalf the 55th commemoration anniversary of the late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, 14th commemoration anniversary of Sirimavo Bandaranaike and third commemoration anniversary of Anura Bandaranaike in front of the Bandaranaike statue in Horogolla this morning.  Floral tribute was paid to the statue. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, ministers, parliamentarians and Maha Sangha were present at this occasion.  Relatives of the family including former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Sunethra Bandaranaike were also present at this occasion. 
 
Anu Nayake of the Malwathu chapter Venerable Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thero commended the service rendered by late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike on behalf of the nation. 
 
The President stated that the opposition is trying to destroy the public service again which was rejuvenated by the present administration. PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 December 2014 18:19

President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the opposition is trying to destroy the public service again which was rejuvenated by the present administration. The UNP government made an attempt to reduce the public service cadre to 300,000. The president pointed out that during his term of office the number of public service employees increased to 1.5 million. The privatization policy adopted by the UNP regime is emerging its ugly head again in the different form. The president stressed that no room should be allowed to privatize the public property. The President made these comments at public meetings held in Hali Ela, Wiyaluwa, Welimada and the Uva paranagama in the Badulla district today. The President was warmly welcomed by the public in the district. The President also noted that it is compulsory to have a right policy and mechanism to bring the country towards prosperity. It is not wise enough to rely on foreign policies in the journey of building the nation.

 
More opposition groups joined the government to ensure the president's victory. PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 December 2014 18:19

A large number of opposition members in the Badulla District has joined to consolidate the victory of President Mahinda Rajapakse in the forthcoming election. The active members of the UNP, JHU and JVP extended their support to President Mahinda Rajapakse when they met the President during his tour in Badulla. UNP Pradeshiya Sabha Member of Hali – Ela Ravi Ranmuthugala joined the government with a group of UNP supporters at a meeting held at the Hali-Ela public grounds.

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