Breaking constitutional and parliamentary norms appears to be the new norm in Lanka

Breaking constitutional and parliamentary norms appears to be the new norm in Lanka

Sri Lanka was for long a bastion of Western culture in social and political behavior. But these  markers, which distinguished it from its neighbors in South Asia for decades after independence from British rule, are fast disappearing in the political sphere. Politics in Sri Lanka is now a crass and unabashed pursuit of self interest and power, irrespective of its impact on institutions so painstakingly built up and so carefully nurtured over the years since 1931 when universal adult franchise was introduced in the island for the first time in the British Empire.…

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka  

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka  

Colombo, Nov 14 (newsin.asia) – The following are the foreign exchange rates against the Sri Lankan rupee released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Buying       Selling Australian Dollar 124.24    129.57 Canadian Dollar 130.41   135.35 Chinese Yuan (Renminbi) 24.69     25.88 Euro 195.08      202.11 Japanese Yen 1.5155     1.5722 Singapore […]…

Sri Lanka’s political crisis heightens with Mahinda Rajapakse’s party not accepting NCM

Sri Lanka’s political crisis heightens with Mahinda Rajapakse’s party not accepting NCM

Colombo, Nov 14 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s political crisis heightened further on Wednesday when ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former president Mahinda Rajapakse both claimed they would continue in government following a heated debate in Parliament earlier in the day. Hours after a no confidence motion was submitted on the floor of Parliament against […]…

Sri Lanka Parliament erupts in chaos, political crisis heightens

Sri Lanka Parliament erupts in chaos, political crisis heightens

Colombo, Nov 14 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Parliament erupted in severe chaos on Wednesday after a no confidence motion against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse was presented to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, which prompted Parliament to be adjourned till Thursday. The no confidence motion on the new Prime Minister and the newly elected government was presented […]…

Lanka’s ruling parties quash rumors that Premier Rajapaksa will resign rather than face parliament

Lanka’s ruling parties quash rumors that Premier Rajapaksa will resign rather than face parliament

Cabinet Minister Nimal Sripala de Silva said that the stay order applicable till December 7 given by the Supreme Court, did not mean that the Presidential proclamation dissolving parliament had been set aside. The case is still on, and will be argued on December 5 and 6. Until the final verdict is given, the Prime Minister and his cabinet will remain in office, he said.  …

Sri Lanka Parliament to convene tomorrow after weeks of political crisis

Sri Lanka Parliament to convene tomorrow after weeks of political crisis

Colombo, Nov 13 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Parliament which has been embroiled in a political crisis since Oct 26, will convene on Wednesday after it remained shut for over two weeks following a prorogation issued by President Maithripala Sirisena, the Speaker’s office said in a notice issued late Tuesday. Speaker of Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, in […]…

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Pakistan’s Achilles heel is appeasement of Islamic extremism

Pakistan’s Achilles heel is appeasement of Islamic extremism

The threat to Pakistan is clearly from the growing power of extremist Islamic groups, which, ironically, have been fostered by the State’s long standing policy of appeasement aimed at gaining  peace in the short run, and political legitimacy in the long run in an avowedly “Islamic” Pakistan. Basically, the trouble lies not in the power of the Islamic extremists but in the weakness of governments, argues P.K.Balachandran in Daily Mirror.…

Opposition lawyers’ arguments in Supreme Court against Lankan parliament dissolution

Opposition lawyers’ arguments in Supreme Court against Lankan parliament dissolution

Earlier, before the 19th.Amendment was passed in 2015, the President had the authority to dissolve Parliament of his own accord after one year. This was changed through Article 70 which now states that he may proclaim, summon, prorogue or dissolve Parliament, provided that the President does not dissolve Parliament until the expiration of a period not less than four years and six months. Also he cannot dissolve Parliament unless it requests the President to do so with a two-thirds majority (150 of the 225 MPs). Article 70 (1) and 33 (c) do give the President power to dissolve Parliament but limits for the exercise of that power are also stated,the opposition lawyers pointed out. …

Chennai-made ultra-modern railway coaches to be exported to Sri Lanka

Chennai-made ultra-modern railway coaches to be exported to Sri Lanka

The first rake is part of an export order of 6 rakes of Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) to Sri Lanka. Each DEMU rake consists of 12 coaches – two driving power cars that have economy-class seating, two driving trailer coaches with economy seating, two air-conditioned chair cars, two business class chair cars that are similar to the first-class of suburban trains, and five economy-class coaches that are equivalent to second-class seating cars in suburban trains.…

Rajapaksa to attend inauguration of new Maldivian Govt as Lankan PM.

Rajapaksa to attend inauguration of new Maldivian Govt as Lankan PM.

Rajapaksa was invited even before he was sworn-in as Lankan Prime Minister on October 26. But he will attend the inaugural as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, his personal staff said. With Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attending the function, a Rajapaksa-Modi tete-e-tete is on the cards where Modi will be briefed on the developing situation in Sri Lanka and the impact the changes will have on the fate of India-funded project in the island.    …

Lankan parliament Speaker asks officials to defy “illegal” govt. orders as Prez Sirisena dubs his conduct “most peculiar”

Lankan parliament Speaker asks officials to defy “illegal” govt. orders as Prez Sirisena dubs his conduct “most peculiar”

In an open confrontation with the Executive President of the country which could have far reaching consequences, the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament Karu Jayasuriya on Sunday appealed to public servants to defy illegal orders of the “unconstitutional” government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Later in the evening, President  Sirisena made a statement over Derena TV lambasting the Speaker for his unwarranted comments. He said that Speaker Jayasuriya’s "most peculiar” behavior was one of the reasons why he dissolved parliament and ordered fresh elections to be held on January 5, 2019.…

Lankan Prez says Central Bank “robbery” and Speaker’s conduct made him dissolve parliament and order fresh polls

Lankan Prez says Central Bank “robbery” and Speaker’s conduct made him dissolve parliament and order fresh polls

In his telecast on Sunday, President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Ranil Wickremesinghe government’s complicity in the multi-billion rupee Central Bank “robbery” and the defiant and questionable conduct of parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, forced  him to dissolve parliament and order fresh elections. Secondly, it appeared to him that, if he allowed Parliament to be convened on the 14th, without dissolving it, it could have brought about commotion and fights, in every city and every village would lead to very unpleasant and difficult situation for the average citizens of Sri Lanka.…

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Pakistan’s Achilles heel is appeasement of Islamic extremism

Pakistan’s Achilles heel is appeasement of Islamic extremism

Opposition lawyers’ arguments in Supreme Court against Lankan parliament dissolution

Opposition lawyers’ arguments in Supreme Court against Lankan parliament dissolution

Chennai-made ultra-modern railway coaches to be exported to Sri Lanka

Chennai-made ultra-modern railway coaches to be exported to Sri Lanka

Saudi Arabia and China stand by Pakistan in its hour of need

Saudi Arabia and China stand by Pakistan in its hour of need

China avoids commenting on Lankan crisis saying it’s an internal matter

China avoids commenting on Lankan crisis saying it’s an internal matter

China to open world’s longest bridge over sea on October 24

China to open world’s longest bridge over sea on October 24

Bangladesh Election Commission revokes Jamaat-e-Islami’s political party status

Bangladesh Election Commission revokes Jamaat-e-Islami’s political party status

Decline of secularism in South Asia

Decline of secularism in South Asia

India rejects World Bank’s Human Capital Index report which placed it below Nepal, Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar

India rejects World Bank’s Human Capital Index report which placed it below Nepal, Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar

Cultural strands that bind Sri Lanka and Kerala

Cultural strands that bind Sri Lanka and Kerala

Sri Lanka’s forgotten links with Kerala

Sri Lanka’s forgotten links with Kerala

Charge sheet against former Indian Finance Minister Chidambaram in money laundering case

Charge sheet against former Indian Finance Minister Chidambaram in money laundering case

Asia Bibi’s lawyer to leave Pakistan even as demonstrations in support of blasphemy law end

Asia Bibi’s lawyer to leave Pakistan even as demonstrations in support of blasphemy law end

Use of Islamic principles to acquit Pakistani Christian woman accused of blasphemy

Use of Islamic principles to acquit Pakistani Christian woman accused of blasphemy

Pakistani envoy Dr.Shaheed Ahmad Hashmat called on Lankan PM Rajapaksa

Pakistani envoy Dr.Shaheed Ahmad Hashmat called on Lankan PM Rajapaksa

Business

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka  

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka  

Colombo, Nov 14 (newsin.asia) – The following are the foreign exchange rates against the Sri Lankan rupee released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Buying       Selling Australian Dollar 124.24    129.57 Canadian Dollar 130.41   135.35 Chinese Yuan…

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka  

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka  

Colombo, Nov 13 (newsin.asia) – The following are the foreign exchange rates against the Sri Lankan rupee released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Buying       Selling Australian Dollar 123.35    128.66 Canadian Dollar 130.17   135.10 Chinese Yuan…

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka  

Foreign Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka  

Colombo, Nov 12 (newsin.asia) – The following are the foreign exchange rates against the Sri Lankan rupee released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Monday. Buying       Selling Australian Dollar 123.90    129.22 Canadian Dollar 130.45   135.41 Chinese Yuan…

Sports

India’s performance – best at home not abroad?

India’s performance – best at home not abroad?

Until favorable results come away from home, India’s No. 1 Test ranking may slowly become irrelevant, writes Kanishkaa Balachandran in The Hindu.…

Bangladesh cricketer Liton Das removes Goddess picture from FB post following troll

Sri Lanka prove too strong for Singapore as they triumph 69-50 in Asian Championship final