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President deliberately violating the Constitution and the oath

Lakshman Kiriella , UNP M.P. ,addressing the Media at the UNP Media unit today (29 Feb) said that the atrocious and unconstitutional conduct of the President deliberately delaying the establishment of the Constitutional Council is a blatant violation of the Constitution. Under section 42 of the Constitution the President is responsible to the Parliament, he emphasized.

As the Parliament has forwarded all the names duly for the appointment of the Constitutional council (CC), the President is duty bound to establish the CC forthwith, and that is the explicit and express constitutional requirement, he asserted. Is the President so naive as not to know this, or is his feigning ignorance? All MP’s including the President has taken the solemn oath to uphold, and act with absolute deference to the constitution. As President, he has a greater responsibility in this direction and set an example to others, he exclaimed.

This President, on the contrary, is arduously searching for dubious routes to violate the constitution by talking of awaiting a report from the Select Committee before appointing the CC. There are so many select Committees pending, but they have nothing to do with the establishment of the CC, which he must know better than others. This explanation of the President is like a ‘Kasippu ’Lawyer ‘s defence in favour of his client who can well afford to lose the case talking any nonsense, because he still continues as a Lawyer!

Referring to the war, he said the Govt. is only introducing all the measures to suppress the true picture on the war front. It is the people who are being burdened by the Govt. excusing itself on the blundering war. It is they who are making sacrifices on account of the war, not the Govt. Hence, it is the Govt.’s duty to let the people know exactly what is happening without shutting out the Media and the Press from publishing war news.

Therefore, the UNP strongly urges the Govt. to allow the Media access to the war front and facts without painting a false rosy picture and hoodwinking the masses, he concluded.


February 29, 2008 Posted by | World News | Leave a comment

SL’s Rights record bottom in the region

Sri Lanka’s recent human rights record was one of the worst in the region, the London based Minority Rights Group (MRG) said yesterday launching its global ranking of Peoples Under Threat.

Afghanistan and Burma were listed as the worst situations due to worsening violence while the climate in Sri Lanka has deteriorated fast in the new year, according to the MRG ranking that is now available on line.

"Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the two Asian states where the situation has significantly deteriorated in the last year and both top the list of countries that have shown major rises compared to 2007," MRG said.

"Sri Lanka in 2007 faced a serious human rights and humanitarian crisis propelled by a return to war and breakdown of law and order. In almost all the cases of grave human rights abuses including killings, disappearances and torture, it is mostly ethnic Tamils and Muslims who are worst affected," Mark Lattimer, Executive Director of MRG said.

MRG said that the survey was part of its newly launched online World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, a database compiled by expert researchers for up to date information on the world’s minorities and indigenous peoples.

February 27, 2008 Posted by | World News | Leave a comment

President`s appointments illegal: UNP demands resignation of CC members!


The appointments to the Constitutional Council (CC) made by the President are illegal and a violation of the constitution claimed the main opposition party, the UNP.

The Party’s Gen. Secretary, Tissa Attanayake addressing a protest meeting organised by the UNP led National Professional Forum at Lipton circus yesterday (25 Feb) demanded the resignation of the CC members alleging that they have no constitutional or legal right to sit in the Council.

Attanayake accused the Govt. of vilifying the Parliament, the supreme legislative body, by not appointing the CC. The UNP is mustering a massive support from all quarters to agitate against the Govt.’s delay in establishing the Councils under the 17th amendment to the constitution, he added.

Govt.’s dilly dallying with vital issues concerning the sovereignty of the people and safeguarding the constitution is overturning the entire democratic and development processes of the country, he added.

February 26, 2008 Posted by | South Asia, World News | Leave a comment

Govt.`s disrespect for Law, Order, Parliament and Constitution alarming and appalling !-

The Govt.’s attempt to foist an outside individual (not a member of the Court of appeal) into the Court of appeal as its President raised a storm of protests by the UNP in Parliament yesterday (22Feb).

UNP M.P. Lakshman Kiriella, said that this is a gross violation of the constitutional procedure while the Constitutional Council (CC) is not operative (CC reactivation delayed by Govt. without valid ground!), and the Appeal Court too has petitioned the President against this.

Mr. Kiriella said that this appointment can only be made with the approval of the CC.

Therefore, this Govt.’s attempt is a dastardly and deliberate move to advance its continuous and calculated objectives to by pass Parliament and promote lawlessness in the country, he added.

February 24, 2008 Posted by | World News | Leave a comment

A-321 leased to Mihin Air taken away by its Turkish owner

mihinlankaAn A-321 that had been leased to Mihin Air had been taken away by its Turkish owner, the Best Air, on February 14th, reports say.

Registered under no: IC-TVB in Turkey, the aircraft was given on lease to Mihin Air on March 26, 2007. Last month, it made an emergency landing in Mumbai following a technical glitch. After repairs, it was brought to Colombo a few days later.

Now, the owner has taken the A-321 away due to Mihin Air’s failure to fulfill its financial obligations under the leasing agreement.

Meanwhile, an A-320 registered in Bulgaria under LZ-BHB, leased by the local budget airline, will also be taken away by its owner in April, reports say.

A similar attempt earlier was prevented by paying part of the dues in installments, reports say.

Mihin Air presently conducts its charters only with this A-320, but has restricted its flights only to India and the Maldives due to the severe financial setbacks the airline is facing.

via efax

February 22, 2008 Posted by | World News | Leave a comment