Editorial- island.lk

September 23, 2017 at 12:15 am

 Of that cobwebbed, dusty ballot box

There were so many elections under the Rajapaksa administration that cynics derisively claimed that the country was suffering from ‘polls diarrhoea’. What will they call the current situation? ‘Polls constipation’? The government has, in its wisdom, decided to place three provincial councils (PCs) under their Governors after the expiry of their terms shortly until elections to all PCs are held on a single day. Whether that day will ever dawn under the present dispensation which is dead scared of elections is in doubt. Earlier the yahapalana government sought to enable Parliament to exercise the powers of dissolved PCs through the proposed 20th Amendment, which, thankfully, came a cropper as it failed to pass muster with some PCs; the Supreme Court held that it needed a two-thirds majority in parliament and people’s approval at a referendum. But, the government has better escape artists and illusionists than Houdini at its helm.

‘Entrepreneurship and microfinance sectors, backbone of Sri Lankan economy’

September 23, 2017 at 12:13 am

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Prabhash Subasinghe

Power to the people

September 23, 2017 at 12:12 am

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“Dr Dayan Jayatilleke’s article on ‘Unit of Devolution: District or Province?” makes a plausible case for the Province as the Unit for devolution. I have the highest respect for Dr Jayatilleke’s brilliance as one of the country’s foremost intellectuals and writers and have a strong admiration for him at a personal level having watched his career over the years. His father Mervyn was a close friend of my brother, Haris, from Royal College days. I am an avid reader of his articles and I look forward to them. Yet, I have, however, to disagree with his rather perfunctory dismissal of the position on Districts by prefacing his article as “Fuggetaboutit…”(meaning “Forget it”).

‘Unit of Devolution: District or Province?’ – a response

September 22, 2017 at 11:56 pm

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Dr. Dayan Jayetilleka (Dr. DJ), in his article titled “Unit of devolution: District or Province?”(The Island, Sept. 20, 2017), has missed the essence of the difference between what I stated and what he claims as the “Sinhala nationalist’s preference for Districts to Provinces” as the primary unit of devolution.

Austen ‘displaces’ Darwin

September 22, 2017 at 9:45 pm

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By by Dr Upul Wijayawardhana

Right to remain silent

September 22, 2017 at 9:44 pm

It looks that a suspect has in Sri Lanka the legal right to remain silent in police stations, interrogation chambers and courts in his own favor, not to give evidence against himself. In fact, this is a privilege worth gold that averts torture.

Population boom in Bangladesh Rohingya Refugee Camps

September 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm

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As reported in the Island (Page 15) of 21st Sept, “Bangladesh has launched a birth control drive in its overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps, an official said Tuesday, fearing a population boom would worsen the humanitarian crisis unfolding along its border.

Extradition Explained

September 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm

by Gehan Gunatilleke

 

The concept of extradition features prominently in the recent debate over Sri Lanka’s Enforced Disappearance Bill. Opponents of the Bill claim that it enables the extradition of Sri Lankan citizens to foreign countries with no jurisdiction over offences committed in Sri Lanka. These claims are likely ill advised. Yet they probably stem from fears that such opponents genuinely hold. Thus they must be respectfully engaged through a careful analysis of the law, and ultimately by appealing to reason. This article explains the concept of extradition and aims to clarify how it will operate under the Bill, once enacted.

The Delimitation mockery of Democracy

September 22, 2017 at 9:38 pm

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How to solve SAITM issue

September 22, 2017 at 9:36 pm

I refer to the article carried on 20th September 2017 titled ‘GMOA Rejects Presidential Committee Recommendations’.


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