Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, Kan. As he was hauled away in a police car, he shouted “Heil Hitler!”
Five UNP MPs are planning to raise privilege issues when Parliament meets on April 24 (Thursday). They are Ajith P Perera, Eran Wickremaratne, R. Yogarajan, Ajith Mannapperuma and Nalin Bandara. Their grievance is that they had been obstructed when visiting Mattala airport and Hambantota harbor by people. Their grievance has also been fuelled by police failing to ensure a safe…
While the entire country was enveloped in celebrating the biggest sports victory in 18 years with national team winning the T20 World Cup in Dhaka last week, Parliament too decided it was worthy to pay tribute to those who brought home glory. The decision was made at the party leaders’ meeting held last Tuesday to bring the national team to
Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe came up with a strange, important and revealing statement in the run up to the Southern and Western Provincial Council Elections. He said that if he is elected to power (in a presidential election, obviously, and complemented by a victory in a general election), there will be no threat to Sri Lanka from the…
Parliament meets this week for the first time after the government’s victory at last week’s provincial council polls. The loss in the polls was expected as it had been predicted following the last UNP Parliamentary group meeting on March 19 (discussed on March 23 in this Column). Thus, when the House meets again this week, the Opposition would have to…
Pakistan is opposed to country specific resolutions in principle. This is because such resolutions are ineffective and counter-productive. Consent of the country concerned is imperative for tangible results to promote and protect human rights. 2. Pakistan played a key role in the 2009 resolution on Sri Lanka with the consent and cooperation of the country
External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris said the outcome of the vote on the U.S sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Commission reflects that more countries are against the efforts and plans of the United States. Prof. Peris speaking to the media just after the third resolution against Sri Lanka was adopted at the Human Rights Council in Geneva
One of the major roles of any democratic Parliament is to control the public finance. Business being conducted there with regard to public funds is governed by the provisions of the Constitution, parliamentary Standing Orders and conventions. In Prof G.L. Peiris’ own words, “Parliament has to act with scrupulous care and unimpeachable integrity in matters with regard to public funds.”
Sri Lanka is just a few days away from the elections in two provincial councils as well as the United Nation sponsored resolution against the island. The government was taking a very neutral stance as speculation suggests that nothing serious would develop against Sri Lanka, in Geneva. UNHRC sessions were continuing in Geneva and media reports revealed that India had
UNP’s idea of boycotting last week’s parliamentary sittings over the issue of government not allocating a date for debate on a no-confidence motion before March 29 provincial polls, did not matter as their parliamentary group had to meet on Wednesday, a day after sittings commenced.On Wednesday, at the group meeting, party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had inquired from his subordinates about
The past seven days were full of political incidents. The highlight was the latest production by the infamous media institute Channel 4; a video filmed with the intention of putting Sri Lanka in trouble just two weeks before voting begins for a US sponsored resolution begins against Sri Lanka at the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions.
One does not need to be a math professor to count the number of seats in parliament and to understand the numerical supremacy the government enjoys there. Bringing in a motion of no confidence against a government that gets more than two third of votes in its side would be only a waste of time. But the main opposition did
UNHRC. That’s United Nations Human Rights Commission. Key term, ‘Human Rights’. The UN system has all kinds of organizations mandated to deal with fairly well defined spheres of concern. ‘Human Rights’ does seem all-encompassing and that’s both good and bad. Good because it provides comprehensive cover. Bad because it makes for selectivity.
The politics look shrewd because politicians believe that without shrewdness survival in politics is impossible. If we are to go by what was witnessed during last week’s parliament sittings, one does not need to toil to find the shrewdest of them all among 225 members in the House for Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had lifted the cup. The issue that…
The record of the Rajapaksa Government in the four years that have passed since the end of the civil conflict has not been great. It has dawdled on reconciliation and has sometimes done things that hurt the sensitivities of the minorities. Its members, including the male Minister in charge of women’s affairs, have expressed some peculiar ideas on the status
Opposition is weeping buckets that government is undermining Parliamentary supremacy. It was the other day that JVP’s newly appointed leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told foreign journalists in Colombo that the two-third majority the government enjoys in Parliament was illegitimate. It was illegitimate, he said, as the people had never given the ruling
When do wars end? Do they end with surrender, with military annihilation of protagonist, the recovery of livelihoods, reconstruction of houses, hospitals, schools, return of the displaced, erasing off things with military signature, free and fair elections and a shaking of hands all around? Do wars end that way, ever, though? Isn’t it true that the wars that have truly
Main opposition party, the UNP, surprised everyone by handing over a No-Confidence motion against the government on the last sitting day of the parliament week. The motion, signed by 31 MPs was handed over to General Secretary of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake on Friday by Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga. It was the day allocated for the vote of condolence on…
March is about ‘Geneva’ and has been for the past several years. March is also time for opinions from all quarters about how to handle ‘Geneva’. Naturally policy decisions and choices will be called ‘correct’ by some while others would use the word ‘folly’. The word in the street regarding ‘Geneva’ (which is, for those who might wonder, about human
The House sits this week from Tuesday (18) to Friday. There are two important debates listed for Tuesday and Wednesday. The debate on new regulations introduced under the Land Acquisition Act is scheduled for Tuesday while the debate on three regulations under the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act is scheduled for Wednesday.