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Sri Lanka President says will fully implement 13th amendment

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe said he will fully implement an earlier amendment to the constitution which was aimed at giving more autonomy to provinces in a bid to solve the island’s ethnic conflict.

The 13 amendment which has been part of Sri Lanka’s constitution for 37 years is a solution which stops short of a Federal state. But it has not been fully implemented especially in terms of police and land powers.

The solution is backed by India. Indian Foreign Minister Subramanium Jaishankar was in Sri Lanka earlier this month. India has also supported Sri Lanka’s debt re-structuring.

“As the President I should implement it,” he was quoted as telling a meeting of political parties called on January 27.

“If it is not implemented someone should bring another amendment and abolish it. We cannot stay on the fence saying we will not abolish it and we will not implement it.”

President Wickremesinghe said he was not for a Federal solution but was in favour of power sharing.

“Our provincial councils have less power than the authority running the City of London,” he had said.

A land commission will have to set up. Provincial police commissions will have be set up.

“If there any objections an amendment can be brought to defeat it,” he said. “I plan to make a statement to parliament on February 08.

“Most the people sitting here are Sinhalese. Non of them will sell-out the country.”

Ex-Presidents Mahinda Rajaksa, Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunewardene, representatives from Tamil and Muslim parties were present, the statement said.

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  1. Hawkeye says:

    One has to comb through the fine print if and when this amendment is passed in Parliament to help ensure there is no window dressing to satisfy merely the donner nations. Notwithstanding this, when official letters are sent they should appear in Tamil and English.
    As an example, we know that Pension Department [PD] sends a letter to a 92-year-old Tamil to comply with certain requests so that PD can verify that this person is indeed alive. What a joke! why can’t this letter be sent in English OR Tamil so that this person in his/her advanced age may be able to understand what is required to be done to help ensure they get their pension? With all due respect, Sinhala is not an international language and is used on this small island.

  2. Nadarajah Navaratnarajah says:

    JR is a great man. what he signed with Rajeeve Gandhi had to remain for 37 years for the nephew to implement it.
    He will go down in history as a person to do things boldly without fear.

  3. Dr P Thilakawardhana says:

    He is relishing the chance he got after all the years, and he would do anything short of selling his mother to be in ‘ control’, looks like he will end up just like the one who tried to hold a pile of oranges with his arms. And he is bound to make irreversible, damaging decisions on his own without consulting anybody. Looks like he is buying a ONE-WAY TICKET to oblivion dragging all the countrymen with him.

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  1. Hawkeye says:

    One has to comb through the fine print if and when this amendment is passed in Parliament to help ensure there is no window dressing to satisfy merely the donner nations. Notwithstanding this, when official letters are sent they should appear in Tamil and English.
    As an example, we know that Pension Department [PD] sends a letter to a 92-year-old Tamil to comply with certain requests so that PD can verify that this person is indeed alive. What a joke! why can’t this letter be sent in English OR Tamil so that this person in his/her advanced age may be able to understand what is required to be done to help ensure they get their pension? With all due respect, Sinhala is not an international language and is used on this small island.

  2. Nadarajah Navaratnarajah says:

    JR is a great man. what he signed with Rajeeve Gandhi had to remain for 37 years for the nephew to implement it.
    He will go down in history as a person to do things boldly without fear.

  3. Dr P Thilakawardhana says:

    He is relishing the chance he got after all the years, and he would do anything short of selling his mother to be in ‘ control’, looks like he will end up just like the one who tried to hold a pile of oranges with his arms. And he is bound to make irreversible, damaging decisions on his own without consulting anybody. Looks like he is buying a ONE-WAY TICKET to oblivion dragging all the countrymen with him.

Ex-US President Trump shot at in campaign rally

ECONOMYNEXT- Republican nominee to the upcoming polls and former US President Donald Trump has been shot during a campaign rally, media reports said.

The bullet grazed the ear of Trump, who is reported to be doing well.

The gunman was shot and killed by secret service snipers within second of firing the shots at Trump.

At least one civilian was killed reports said.

Television footage showed blood in Trumps ear.

As he was hustled out of the venue by Secret Service officials Trump was seen shaking his fist in the air. (Colombo/July14/2024)

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UNESCO DG to discuss archaeological endeavours in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka: President

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s president has said that he will discuss initiatives for long-term archaeological endeavours in the Anuradhapura city with visiting UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay.

Azoulay will visit Sri Lanka from July 16-19 and take part at the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s membership of UNESCO at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo.

She will also travel to UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the island, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“I have invited the Director General of UNESCO to visit Sri Lanka and discuss initiatives for long-term archaeological endeavours in the Anuradhapura city. Several universities overseas have shown interest in supporting us for these activities, and we are moving forward with their collaboration,” Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

“Anuradhapura boasts a rich history spanning over a millennium, once renowned as a hub of trade and economics. Preserving and exploring this ancient city’s archaeological treasures remains a significant endeavour.”

“New archaeological efforts in the Anuradhapura district are now imperative,” Wickremesinghe said during a ceremony to inaugurate a 150-kilowatt solar power system installed by the LTL Group at the Sri Maha Bodhiya premises in Anuradhapura on Saturday (13).

Wickremesinghe pointed out that UNESCO has undertaken extensive archaeological projects in Angkor Thom in Cambodia, and Luang Prabang in Laos.

“However, we have not taken the necessary steps to implement these activities in Anuradhapura city. Therefore, I have advised both the Department of Archaeology and the Cultural Triangle to undertake these initiatives.”

These efforts are part of a comprehensive program aimed at establishing Anuradhapura as a globally renowned city, Wickremesinghe said.

While Sigiriya has gained international fame, Sri Lanka has not adequately highlighted Anuradhapura’s historical significance as a major trade and economic center in the past, the president pointed out.

“Cities like Tanjore (Thanjavur), Madurai, and Sanchipuram are often discussed, yet Anuradhapura, the fourth city, has been overlooked. Therefore, it is crucial to develop Anuradhapura city.”

As part of these initiatives, preparations are underway to establish new hotels in Anuradhapura, which will contribute significantly to its development, Wickremesinghe said. (Colombo/Jul13/2024)

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Government committed to improving living conditions in Jaffna: Sri Lanka PM

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s prime minister, who is in Jaffna “to monitor the progress” and “get a little feedback” has said the government is committed to improving living conditions of the people in the northern peninsula.

“This government is dedicated to improving the living conditions of the Jaffna Peninsula,” Dinesh Gunawardena told a Jaffna District Coordinating Committee meeting on Friday, according to a statement by his media division.

“In order to increase the living conditions, we have embarked on an increase in most of the expenditure needed by the departments, and also special allocations for rural and urban development in the local government area.”

Nationalist Gunawardena met with Tamil politicians at the Jaffna Divisional Secretariat Office and participated in the distribution of rice and egg incubators for low income families.

“A special privilege to be with you all, in order to monitor the progress made by all of you, as well as to get a little feedback where we stand today in relation to the reports given.”

Gunawardena joins a string of leading political figures who have visited the north ahead of upcoming polls.

The government was, he said, “committed to improve the services and living conditions, therefore, to provide the necessary infrastructure for developments, which means much to your area.”

The prime minister said he appreciated the efforts of farmers because “farmers are all private sector, I would say. Let us not forget, farmers are all in the private sector, either in the ownership or in the tenancy. They are private contributors to the national development of the economy.”

The poverty numbers are “fairly managed” in the country. Gunawardena said, pointing out that poverty was a key problems in any economy. “Any country, you would agree with me, the richest country, in the United States even, food stamps have been given. So all economies the world are going through difficult situations in relation to the poor.

“We have to look after the poor especially in these remote villages of the Northern Province…”

Minister Douglas Devanada, MPs M A Sumanthiran, Angajan Ramanathan, C Vigneshwaran, Dharmalingam Siddharthan, and other officials participated in the meeting. (Colombo/Jul13/2024)

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