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LG polls before Sinhala & Tamil New Year - PM

LG polls before Sinhala & Tamil New Year - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the government expects to hold the Local Government election before the next Sinhala and Tamil New Year. MORE..

December 11, 2015  11:40 am|

Govt will not sign CEPA with India - PM

Govt will not sign CEPA with India - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed Parliament today that the government will not sign the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India but will enter into an Economic/Technical pact with the neighboring country. MORE..

December 9, 2015  11:00 am|

MR urges govt not to jeopardize national security over petty politics

MR urges govt not to jeopardize national security over petty politics

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused the government of hastily releasing hard core terrorists without regard to the nations security due to political pressure from certain interested quarters. MORE..

December 4, 2015  06:43 pm|

2016 Budget second reading passed

2016 Budget second reading passed

The second reading of the 2016 Budget was passed in Parliament today with a majority of 107 votes. A total of 159 members voted in favour while 52 voted against. MORE..

December 2, 2015  06:08 pm|

Sunil Handunnetti named new COPE Chairman

Sunil Handunnetti named new COPE Chairman

JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in Parliament, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said. MORE..

November 26, 2015  04:51 pm|

LIVE UPDATES: Budget 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Budget 2016

The new governments first full-year budget, for the fiscal year of 2016, is being presented to the Parliament of Sri Lanka by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake. MORE..

November 20, 2015  02:04 pm|

UN resolution, Udalagama & Paranagama Commission reports tabled in Parliament

UN resolution, Udalagama & Paranagama Commission reports tabled in Parliament

The resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council as well as the Udalagma and Paranagama Commission Reports were tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe a short while ago.

October 20, 2015  01:31 pm|

Wimal praises Russias role in confronting ISIS

Wimal praises Russias role in confronting ISIS

Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has praised the Russian Government and the Russian Forces over its military invention in destroying the ISIS/ISIL terrorist strongholds in Syria. MORE...

October 14, 2015  03:22 pm|

New traffic plan for Parliament Rd and Maharagama

New traffic plan for Parliament Rd and Maharagama

A new traffic plan is to be introduced to ease congestion along the Parliament Road and the Maharagama Town while rehearsals are set to be carried out on Saturday and Sunday. MORE..

October 9, 2015  10:48 am|

Discussing shape of domestic mechanism, not hybrid - PM

Discussing shape of domestic mechanism, not hybrid - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that a host of steps including the passing of a new constitution should be followed in order to ensure the non- recurrence of past mistakes. MORE..

September 22, 2015  06:34 pm|

Parliament approves civil society representitives of CC

Parliament approves civil society representitives of CC

The Parliament today approved the 3 names nominated to represent the civil society in the Constitutional Council (CC). MORE..

September 22, 2015  03:10 pm|

India will expect a larger reward: Gammanpila

India will expect a larger reward: Gammanpila

Pivithuru Hela Urumaya General Secretary and Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila opposed the new proposal to build a $5.19 billion road project to connect India and Sri Lanka through a sea-bridge. MORE...

September 21, 2015  06:07 pm|

Several UPFA MPs to meet Speaker today

Several UPFA MPs to meet Speaker today

Several MPs of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will have a discussion with the Speaker today (21), a source says. MORE...

September 21, 2015  11:33 am|

Capital punishment if Parliament approves - President

Capital punishment if Parliament approves - President

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he expects to implement capital punishment in Sri Lanka next year, if the Parliament gives consent. MORE..

September 18, 2015  12:19 pm|

Parliament approves proposal to increase Ministers

Parliament approves proposal to increase Ministers

The proposal to increase the number of ministers in the National Government was approved by Parliament with a majority of 127 votes today. MORE..

September 3, 2015  07:03 pm|

There might be an opposition party within the opposition: Vasu

There might be an opposition party within the opposition: Vasu

Under the current political climate, there might be an opposition party within the opposition, former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara says. He made the observation during the first sitting of the Eighth Parliament this morning (1). MORE...

September 1, 2015  10:59 am|

New Parliament convenes tomorrow

New Parliament convenes tomorrow

The first sitting of the Eighth Parliament will be held tomorrow (1) from 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE...

August 31, 2015  10:43 am|

ITAK wants Opposition Leader post

ITAK wants Opposition Leader post

The Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) today said that the partys Parliamentary Group Leader must thus be recognized as the Leader of the Opposition in accordance with Parliamentary practice and convention as they have now emerged as the largest political party in Opposition in Sri Lankas Parliament. MORE..

August 29, 2015  04:48 pm|

Vacated PC seats to be filled after MPs take oath

Vacated PC seats to be filled after MPs take oath

The appointing of new Provincial Councillors to fill the seats left vacant by more than 50 Provincial Council members including 3 Chief Ministers who contested and won at the recent parliamentary elections, is scheduled to take place after the new Parliament is sworn in. MORE..

August 26, 2015  11:37 am|

UNP names National List MPs

UNP names National List MPs

The United National Party (UNP) today named the MPs who will enter Parliament through its National List to fill the 13 bonus seats won by the party at the recent general election. MORE..

August 21, 2015  10:00 am|

Karu to become next Speaker?

Karu to become next Speaker?

Senior UNP leader Karu Jayasuriya has been proposed as a suitable candidate for the post of Speaker of the next Parliament, according to political sources. MORE..

August 20, 2015  08:41 pm|

EU lauds Sri Lankas genuine election

EU lauds Sri Lankas genuine election

The European Union says the parliamentary elections held in Sri Lanka on August 17 were genuine, well administered and peaceful overall. MORE..

August 20, 2015  05:57 pm|

I do not expect Opposition Leader post; should go to a senior - Mahinda

I do not expect Opposition Leader post; should go to a senior - Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking to Ada Derana said that he does not expect the Opposition Leader post and will remain as a Member of Parliament. He added that the opposition leader post should be decided by the UPFA Parliamentary group and should go to a senior of the party. MORE...

August 20, 2015  08:23 am|

US commends commitment to democracy

US commends commitment to democracy

The United States has commended Sri Lankas commitment to democracy and rule of law as displayed by the peaceful parliamentary elections. MORE...

August 19, 2015  10:48 am|

Information desk for MPs after election

Information desk for MPs after election

An Information Desk to facilitate the arrangements for the first meeting of the first session of the eighth Parliament that will be elected on Monday will be operative in the House from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on August 23, 24 and 25 for the convenience of MPs, the Secretary General of Parliament said. MORE..

August 15, 2015  03:34 pm|

President asks voters to elect only suitable people to Parliament

President asks voters to elect only suitable people to Parliament

All voters of the country have a great responsibility to elect only suitable persons to the Parliament in forthcoming General Election, says President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE..

August 8, 2015  10:31 am|

Here is the TNAs election manifesto

Here is the TNAs election manifesto

We, the Tamil People of Sri Lanka are a distinct People in terms of relevant International Conventions and Covenants. We as a People want to continue to live in our country in peaceful co-existence with others. MORE...

August 4, 2015  05:59 pm|

Postal voting for parliamentary elections tomorrow

Postal voting for parliamentary elections tomorrow

Police officers and teachers of state schools will be allowed to cast their postal ballot on August 3, the Election Department said. MORE...

August 2, 2015  10:10 am|

Sajin further remanded

Sajin further remanded

UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office, has been further remanded until August 4 by the Fort Magistrates Court. MORE...

July 21, 2015  04:48 pm|

No nominations for Earl from UNP

No nominations for Earl from UNP

The nominations has not been given for former Parliamentarian Earl Gunasekara to contest at the August election under the United National Party (UNP) ticket, it was reported. MORE...

July 12, 2015  06:00 pm|

Former MP Thenuka remanded

Former MP Thenuka remanded

The Mahiyanganaya Magistrates Court on Monday (07) remanded Parliamentarian Thenuka Vidanagamage till 14 July in connection with his alleged involvement in an assaulting incident during the last Uva Provincial Council election. MORE...

July 7, 2015  12:04 pm|

Maithripala refuses to give nomination to Mahinda - sources

Maithripala refuses to give nomination to Mahinda - sources

President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the upcoming General Election under the UPFA ticket, political sources told Ada Derana. MORE..

July 2, 2015  07:45 pm|

2015 General Election to be held on August 17

2015 General Election to be held on August 17

The Government Printer says that the General Election for a new Parliament is to be held on August 17, 2015. MORE..

June 26, 2015  09:11 pm|

Parliament dissolved - sources

Parliament dissolved - sources

The Parliament of Sri Lanka has been dissolved with effect from midnight today (June 26) by President Maithripala Sirisena, Government sources told Ada Derana. MORE..

June 26, 2015  08:00 pm|

No discussion on LTTE ban at TNA-GTF meet: Mangala

No discussion on LTTE ban at TNA-GTF meet: Mangala

Sri Lankas Foreign Minister says that topics such as lifting the proscription of the LTTE or war crimes allegations did not feature in his recent discussion with the Global Tamil Forum and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in London. MORE..

June 13, 2015  12:51 am|

Minority parties didnt raise their voices properly - Rajitha

Minority parties didnt raise their voices properly - Rajitha

Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratna says that a final decision will be reached regarding the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, introducing electoral reforms, at the special cabinet meeting to be held on Friday (12). MORE..

June 11, 2015  04:32 pm|

No-confidence motion against PM a senseless act - Wijedasa

No-confidence motion against PM a senseless act - Wijedasa

Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa says that the President intends to dissolve Parliament after the constitutional amendment bill to change the electoral system is submitted. MORE..

June 6, 2015  01:44 pm|

No-confidence motion filed against Prime Minister

 No-confidence motion filed against Prime Minister

The motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was handed over to the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake today, MP Manusha Nanayakkara told Ada Derana. MORE..

June 5, 2015  02:55 pm|

No-confidence Motion against PM handed over to Speaker

No-confidence Motion against PM handed over to Speaker

The motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been handed over to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa last night, UPFA Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said. MORE..

June 5, 2015  11:10 am|

Unfair to question CB governors citizenship Ranil

Unfair to question CB governors citizenship  Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that it is unfair to question the citizenship of Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. MORE..

June 3, 2015  04:34 pm|

Parliament adjourned amidst CC stand-off

Parliament adjourned amidst CC stand-off

The Speaker today decided to adjourn Parliament until next Tuesday (June 09), despite its failure to reach a final decision with regard to the appointing of three civil society representatives to the Constitutional Council. MORE..

June 3, 2015  02:05 pm|

Cabinet nod for 20th Amendment

Cabinet nod for 20th Amendment

The Cabinet of the Sri Lankan government today granted approval for the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, formulated to change the countrys electoral system, sources said. MORE..

May 27, 2015  10:45 pm|

Special Parliamentary session to approve CC members

Special Parliamentary session to approve CC members

(UPDATE) A special parliamentary session to approve the civil society representatives of the Constitutional Council will be held next Wednesday (June 03), Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said. MORE..

May 27, 2015  12:53 pm|

New Parliament by September - President

New Parliament by September - President

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the Sri Lankan Parliament will be dissolved after appointing a constitutional council and that there will be a new Parliament by September. MORE..

May 20, 2015  09:31 am|

No-confidence motion filed against Ravi Karunanayake

No-confidence motion filed against Ravi Karunanayake

A no confidence motion, signed by over 100 MPs, has been handed over to the Speaker against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Parliamentarian Ranjith de Zoysa told Ada Derana. MORE...

May 18, 2015  01:33 pm|

Speaker signs 19th amendment to constitution

Speaker signs 19th amendment to constitution

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has put his signature validating the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which was passed in Parliament with an overwhelming majority on April 28. MORE..

May 15, 2015  10:15 am|

Cameron claims absolute majority in UK Parliament

Cameron claims absolute majority in UK Parliament

Prime Minister David Camerons Conservative Party swept Friday to an unexpectedly strong election victory, making big gains at the expense of rivals in a vote that reshapes the political landscape. MORE..

May 8, 2015  05:35 pm|

Sri Lankan-origin candidate elected to UK Parliament

Sri Lankan-origin candidate elected to UK Parliament

Ranil Jayawardena, Conservative Party candidate of Sri Lankan origin who was running for election in North East Hampshire, has been elected to the UK Parliament.

May 8, 2015  11:42 am|

Indian Origin Tamils aiming to double representation in Parliament

Indian Origin Tamils aiming to double representation in Parliament

The Indian Origin Tamils (IOT), who are 4.16 per cent of the Sri Lankan population of 20.3 million, are aiming to double their representation in a reformed Sri Lankan parliament. MORE..

May 4, 2015  10:41 am|

Even the best constitution can be wrongly implemented - GL

Even the best constitution can be wrongly implemented - GL

Former External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris says that the passage of the 19th amendment is not the massive constitutional revolution believed by certain sections of the public. MORE..

May 1, 2015  06:13 pm|

US welcomes passage of 19th Amendment

US welcomes passage of 19th Amendment

The United States had welcomed the passage of Sri Lankas landmark 19th Constitutional Amendment Bill (19A), which was adopted Tuesday with an overwhelming majority in Parliament. MORE..

April 30, 2015  12:15 pm|

EXCLUSIVE: Positive proposals from opposition not discarded Wijedasa

EXCLUSIVE: Positive proposals from opposition not discarded  Wijedasa

Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa says that not a single positive proposal brought forward by opposition parliamentary groups with regard to the 19th amendment were discarded by the government, despite the raising of baseless and childish arguments at various points. MORE..

April 29, 2015  06:29 pm|

19th Amendment to come into force from April 30

19th Amendment to come into force from April 30

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution will come into force from April 30, except for 4 articles which will come into force in the next Parliament, Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa told Ada Derana. MORE..

April 29, 2015  03:07 pm|

Heres a look at changes made to 19A

Heres a look at changes made to 19A

Sri Lankas parliament overwhelmingly passed reforms on Tuesday (April 28) reducing some of the presidents powers, in a move that did not go as far as President Maithripala Sirisena had promised but is nevertheless seen as a victory for the leader and his government. MORE..

April 29, 2015  01:17 pm|

19th amendment hits another roadblock?

19th amendment hits another roadblock?

(UPDATE): The Parliamentary session was extended by one hour due to the discussion between Party Leaders with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa. MORE..

April 28, 2015  05:11 pm|

Historic moment where modern-day slavery will be abolished - Wijedasa

Historic moment where modern-day slavery will be abolished - Wijedasa

The next two days will be a historic moment for all Sri Lankans, Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa said in parliament today. He added that with the 19th amendment to the constitution Sri Lankans will finally be rid of modern-day slavery. MORE...

April 27, 2015  11:44 am|

Parliament to be dissolved only after electoral reforms

Parliament to be dissolved only after electoral reforms

The Parliament will be dissolved only after the amendments to electoral reforms passed in the Parliament, sources close to the government said. MORE...

April 19, 2015  05:51 pm|

19A to be presented on April 20; Parliament dissolved after

19A to be presented on April 20; Parliament dissolved after

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be presented to Parliament on the 20th of April and that Parliament will be dissolved once the 19th Amendment is passed. MORE..

April 9, 2015  02:59 pm|

SC determines 19th Amendment consistent with Constitution

SC determines 19th Amendment consistent with Constitution

The Supreme Court has determined that the 19th Amendment is consistent with the constitution and that, however, certain sections require a referendum, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa informed Parliament today. MORE..

April 9, 2015  01:21 pm|

Proposal on Treasury Bill defeated in Parliament

Proposal on Treasury Bill defeated in Parliament

A motion tabled by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to increase the threshold of Treasury Bills was defeated in Parliament with 31 voting for and 52 against. MORE...

April 7, 2015  07:13 pm|

Speaker needs more time on Opposition Leaders post

Speaker needs more time on Opposition Leaders post

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa says that he needs more time to consider his decision on the Opposition Leaders post, which subject of controversy after 26 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs joined the new Government to accept ministerial portfolios. MORE...

April 7, 2015  02:33 pm|

Dinesh to get Opposition Leader post?

Dinesh to get Opposition Leader post?

A proposal signed by some 60 Parliamentarians, requesting to appoint Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader Dinesh Gunawardena as the Opposition Leader, has been handed over to the Speaker, former Minister T.B. Ekanayake told Ada Derana. MORE...

April 7, 2015  01:05 pm|

19th Amendment tabled in Parliament

19th Amendment tabled in Parliament

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which could see the amending of executive powers and restoration of independent commissions, was tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe a short while ago. MORE..

March 24, 2015  02:12 pm|

Sri Lanka plans to lift terrorist ban on Tamil groups

Sri Lanka plans to lift terrorist ban on Tamil groups

Sri Lankas new government has announced plans to remove 16 groups and hundreds of Tamils from a list of foreign terrorists as part of reconciliation with its largest ethnic minority. MORE...

March 19, 2015  08:16 am|

State Minister Rajiva Wijesinha joins the opposition

State Minister Rajiva Wijesinha joins the opposition

Former State Minister Rajiva Wijesinha on Tuesday (17) defected and sat in the opposition side of the Parliament citing several issues including the 19th amendment and removal of the Chairperson of the University Grants Commission (UGC). MORE...

March 17, 2015  03:22 pm|

UPDATE: 19th Amendment draft bill gets cabinet approval

UPDATE: 19th Amendment draft bill gets cabinet approval

The Cabinet approval has been granted for the draft bill on the 19th Amendment and it will be tabled in parliament within next few days, Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said.

March 15, 2015  07:51 pm|

Vigneswaran hits out at PMs remarks

Vigneswaran hits out at PMs remarks

After Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Jaffna, the Chief Minister of Tamil-majority region in Sri Lanka hit out at Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe for his controversial comments on shooting trespassing Indian fishermen. MORE...

March 15, 2015  04:53 pm|

Unity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka paramount to India: Modi

Unity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka paramount to India: Modi

India and Sri Lanka dont have a land boundary but we are the closest neighbours in every sense, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, addressing the Sri Lankan Parliament today. MORE..

March 13, 2015  04:33 pm|

National Drug Policy Bill passed in Parliament

National Drug Policy Bill passed in Parliament

The National Medicine Regulatory Authority Bill which was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday has been passed with amendments in parliament with a majority of 67 votes. MORE..

March 6, 2015  03:36 pm|

Fonseka files petition to get back lost seat

Fonseka files petition to get back lost seat

Democratic Party (DP) leader General Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday (25) filed a petition at the Court of Appeal seeking an order to reclaim his lost Parliamentary seat and revoke the appointment of Parliamentarian Jayantha Ketagoda. MORE...

February 25, 2015  04:56 pm|

Bill for 80% pictorial warning passed in Parliament

Bill for 80% pictorial warning passed in Parliament

The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (Amendment) bill, which includes increased pictorial warnings covering 80 per cent of cigarette packets, has been passed in Parliament. MORE..

February 20, 2015  09:17 pm|

I want entire Parliament to be a Govt Ranil

I want entire Parliament to be a Govt  Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe today said that he does not want to form a United National Party (UNP) government at the next General Election and that he desires for the entire Parliament to be a government. MORE..

February 12, 2015  05:32 pm|

UK Parliament delegates visit Mullaittivu

UK Parliament delegates visit Mullaittivu

An all party Parliamentary team on Sri Lanka from the UK Parliament, chaired by British Conservative Party politician Baron Naseby, has visited the Security Force Headquarters in Mullaittivu. MORE...

February 10, 2015  03:08 pm|

State Minister Faizer Mustapha resigns

State Minister Faizer Mustapha resigns

Parliamentarian Faizer Mustapha has tendered his resignation as State Minister of Aviation, this morning. Mustapha told Ada Derana, however, he will continue to support the President Maithripala Sirisena though he resigned from the ministerial portfolio. MORE...

February 9, 2015  01:00 pm|

VIDEO: 2015 Interim Budget passed in Parliament

VIDEO: 2015 Interim Budget passed in Parliament

The Second Reading of the Appropriation (Amendment) Bill for 2015, presented to Parliament by the new government, has been passed with a majority of 163 votes with 164 members voting in favor and a single MP voting against. MORE..

February 7, 2015  05:51 pm|

President reiterates promise to empower Parliament

President reiterates promise to empower Parliament

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the 67th Independence Day celebrations today, reiterated that he will empower Parliament and reduce the unprecedented powers of the Executive. MORE..

February 4, 2015  10:20 am|

Mohan Peiris says his removal as CJ was unlawful

Mohan Peiris says his removal as CJ was unlawful

Mohan Peiris says that he has not retired, resigned or vacated the office of Chief Justice and that, however, due to exertions by external forces he has been displaced from office through an unconstitutional process. MORE..

January 31, 2015  12:50 pm|

Parliament adjourned amid uproar over PMs statement

Parliament adjourned amid uproar over PMs statement

The parliament adjourned its session for 20 minutes following uproar over a statement made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe pertaining to the impeachment of former Chief justice Shirani Bandaranaike. MORE..

January 30, 2015  02:47 pm|

2015 Interim Budget presented in Parliament

2015 Interim Budget presented in Parliament

Ravi Karunanayake, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, presented the interim Budget for the fiscal year of 2015 to Parliament, a short while ago. MORE...

January 29, 2015  01:38 pm|

Mini Budget before Parliament tomorrow

Mini Budget before Parliament tomorrow

The mini budget will be presented by the Finance Minister in Parliament tomorrow (29) and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is also due to make a brief statement on this. MORE...

January 28, 2015  05:08 pm|

Shirani assumes duties as CJ; will retire tomorrow

Shirani assumes duties as CJ; will retire tomorrow

The Government has removed all obstacles for Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayaka to hold her position as the 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya said. She has assumed duites and will retire from her post tomorrow, Jayasuriya added. MORE...

January 28, 2015  01:10 pm|

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