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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.

The production of essential foods stuff locally with focus is now underway

The Ministry of Industries and Commerce says consumers will be provided with essential commodities at concessionary prices from the Cooperatives and CWE outlets.

Directress of the Ministry Indika Ranathunga says there will be no change to the prices despite an increasing importation cost. She adds that the Cost of Living Committee will meet every week to review and control the commodity prices.

Rains and floods kill nine and force tourists to flee Petra. Jordan

Heavy rains and flooding killed at least nine people in Jordan and forced authorities to evacuate more than 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra Yesterday. The visitors were taken to safe areas before flash floods inundated parts of the mountainous city famed for its carved rock ruins.

Government spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat said two women and a girl were killed in Madaba province when their vehicle was swept away. He said nine people were admitted to hospital, including some in critical condition.

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The Meteorology Department says showers or thundershowers will occur at the several places in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Uva and Central provinces in the afternoon.

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Former Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva emphasizes the 19th Amendment to the Constitution did not curtail Executive Presidential powers

Former Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva says, the 13 Amendment to the Constitution has further strengthen the powers of the executive president in connection with the legislature. The President has Constitutional Power to convene , dissolve and prorogue the Parliament.

Expressing his views to SLBC the former Chief Justice said that, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was introduced with the personal objectives of reducing powers of the Executive President.

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The Lawyers Collective says that President Maithripala Sirisena has taken the correct decision on behalf of the country

Convener of the Collective Attorney-at-Law Manoj Gamage said, it was 100 percent constitutional and legal. He told the SLBC that the rulers who are not willing to seek the people’s mandate, are spreading false rumors.

Secretary to the voice for Justice Lalith Pium Perera said that, the decision which would be taken by the people, on the 5th of January will decide the future of the country.

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