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Remembering Sithie Tiruchelvam

March 21, 2015 at 9:22 pm


March 21, 2015, 7:07 pm

The ‘wife of NeelanTiruchelvam’ is a phrase that has been  frequently used to describe Sithie, a corporate lawyer with a deep and abiding  interest in social justice, research and the world of ideas, and the arts, since  she passed away. However, to those who knew Sithie she was never merely ‘the  wife’ of Neelan Tiruchelvam, a constitutional scholar, legislator, peacemaker  and institution-builder.

Constitutional conspiracies & the 19th Amendment

March 21, 2015 at 9:18 pm


March 21, 2015, 8:02 pm

The proposed 19th Amendment to the constitution is a far cry  from what the public was made to expect in terms of constitutional reform before  the presidential election. Before the election, what we saw was an opposition  platform that fulminated against the executive presidential system and promised  its abolition.

Perverting the Yahapalana mandate

March 21, 2015 at 9:12 pm


March 21, 2015, 7:58 pm

With each passing week, the stresses and strains within the  yahapalana coalition that formed the present government are coming more and more  out into the open. Last week, at a seminar at the OPA auditorium,  Dr Jayampathy  Wickremeratne who is an advisor to President Maithripala Sirisena alleged that  some people in the government were trying to destroy the president’s credibility  by blocking the abolition of the executive presidency.

Colombo VC asked to step down, or will be removed

March 21, 2015 at 9:08 pm


March 21, 2015, 7:47 pm

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Dr. Kumara  Hirimburegama, has been asked to step down from office, well informed sources  said yesterday. He would be removed if he does not do so. They said.

The suggestion that he should go had been previously made but  has now been formally conveyed, these sources said.

Dr. Lalith de Silva is tipped to be appointed Competent  Authority for the University until a permanent appointment is made.

Defections this week?

March 21, 2015 at 9:01 pm


March 21, 2015, 7:47 pm

There was intense speculation yesterday about some possible  crossovers from the opposition to the government side with well informed sources  confirming the likelihood of such movements, including of previous UNP  defectors, possibly before President Maitripala Sirisena’s visit to China later  this week.


Sri Lanka traces stolen public funds to Dubai

March 21, 2015 at 8:59 pm


March 21, 2015, 7:46 pm

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka said Thursday it had traced more  than a billion dollars in public funds allegedly stolen by members of the former  regime to a bank in Dubai, and that the total amount taken could be as much as  $10 billion.

Rajitha Senaratne, a spokesman for the new government, said  investigators had traced $1.06 billion to the National Bank of Dubai, although  he did not reveal who held the accounts.

MR to move into ‘Peacock’

March 21, 2015 at 8:56 pm


March 21, 2015, 7:44 pm

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to move into a  house bordering the Diyawanna Oya at Rajagiriya shortly, political sources said.

The big bungalow “Peacock” has been offered to the former  President by Sri Lanka Labour Party leader, A. S. P. Liyanage. He is expected to  move in within the next fortnight, the sources indicated.

The inside story: How Maithripala Sirisena spent election night on a Dodangaslanda estate

March 21, 2015 at 8:55 pm


‘There were plans to destroy my whole family’ – President tells Sandeshaya

March 21, 2015, 7:41 pm

by Suresh Perera

With President Maithripala Sirisena’s revelation to Sandeshaya,  BBC’s Sinhala Service in London, that there were plans to “destroy his whole  family” if he lost the presidential poll, political sources recalled how the  then common candidate was escorted under cover of darkness to an estate owned by  a close friend in the Kurunegala district.

China confident of resolving Colombo Port City Project dispute this week

March 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm


President Sirisena due in Beijing on Thursday

March 21, 2015, 7:23 pm

by Zacki Jabbar in Beijing

Amidst preparations to receive President Maithripala Sirisena in  Beijing on an official visit this week, China says that the suspension of the  US$ 1.5 billion Colombo Port City Project was only a temporary setback to  bilateral relations.


March 21, 2015 at 8:49 pm

A mother weeps for her soldier son killed in action  during the war, at last week’s commemoration of old boys of D. S. Senanayake  College, Colombo, who lost their lives in the battle against the LTTE, while  serving in the police and tri-services.  (Pic by Sujatha

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