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New AG: CC’s role limited to endorsing president’s choice



The Constitutional Council (CC) has only endorsed a presidential recommendation in appointing Jayantha Jayasuriya as the Attorney General. President Maithripala Sirisena recommended him for the post and sought the CC’s approval. Earlier he had submitted three names expecting the CC to pick one of them, but one half of the CC refused to do so, reminding the President that the onus was on him to recommend a name, according to sources.

Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister John Seneviratne (SLFP), Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa (UNP), Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan (TNA), former Attorney General Shibly Aziz, PC and Sarvodaya leader A.T. Ariyaratne asserted that in accordance with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution the CC couldn’t make a decision.

The remaining CC members are Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Megapolis Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Vijitha Herath and Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy.

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Govt-UNHRC deal compared with Kandyan Convention

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday described the pledge given by the government to implement  UNHRC resolution as a great betrayal comparable to the Kandyan Convention of 1815.Following is the full text of President Rajapaksa’s ...

Kaduwela Magistrate remands Yoshitha and others further

Kaduwela Magistrate and Additional District Judge Dammika Hemapala yesterday re-remanded till February 25, the former President’s second son, Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa, his media consultant and former CSN TV Channel’s director Roha...

PM speaks highly of DB’s short Budget speech

Former President D.B. Wijetunga had been a remarkable politician and his record of delivering of budget speech in 45 minutes should be appreciated, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.Participating in a ceremony held at the Parliamen...

Duty on imported rice to be increased from Rs.35 to Rs.50

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Customs duty on a kilogram of imported rice would be increased from Rs. 35 to Rs.50 the government said yesterday.Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that the duty hike had been proposed by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake...

Speaker to meet security top brass over death threat

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday said in Parliament that he would meet top security officials today (12) over a threatening telephone call. He said someone had threatened to kill him if he did not recognise the Joint Opposition as an independent group...

Remembering Upali Wijewardene

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The 33rd anniversary of the disappearance of Mr Upali Wijewardene, the Founder Chairman of Upali Group of Companies, falls on Feb. 13 (tomorrow).Mr Wijewardene and party disappeared, while returning to Colombo from Malaysia in his private jet on Feb...

Trade unions to move SC against Bills seeking to provide relief to workers

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Following the presentation in Parliament two bills to set the national minimum monthly wage and to pay budgetary relief allowance to the private sector employees, Private Sector Trade Union Alliance (PSTUA) yesterday said that they would move the judic...

JVP fights shy of debate with Wimal

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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday dismissed the challenge made by the National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerwansa to participate in a public debate claiming that his party had no intention to have a debate with a person who had n...

Monks accept Supreme Court decision

Ven. Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera, Chairman of the Buddha Sasana Task Force yesterday said the proposed Kathikawath Bill was really necessary and a large number of Buddist monks had endorsed it.Addressing a news conference at the All Ceylon Buddhist Con...

Ministry says fishermen agree to ban on illegal fishing methods

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry yesterday announced that the local fishermen had agreed to a circular banning the illegal fishing methods of using Laila and Surukku nets from February 21.Ministry media spokesman W. M. D...

 
 
 
 

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