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Rajapaksa paves way for himself
HT, Sep 8. Mahinda Rajapaksa has said the 18th amendment (18-A) will only give him an opportunity to fight an election. Another one. The third one in a row. The supporters of the amendment said it gives the government an opportunity to develop Sri Lanka without having to think about political exigencies. C’mon, they said, this government needs a hands-free approach because it won a war. Plus, under the changed Constitution, the President will have to visit Parliament once in three months. Phew.

To be discussed and debated in Parliament for one really long day tomorrow (Wednesday), the coming-of-age Constitutional amendment does two things: one, it removes the two-term cap on Presidential careers; if you feel up to it please go ahead and put yourself up for election three, four…dozen times. You could be President indefinitely. Provided a victory, of course. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 7 21:11:55 EDT 2010

Top S.Lanka court backs president's third-term bid
afp, Sep 7. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has cleared the way for President Mahinda Rajapakse to run for a third term in office, saying the constitution can be changed by a vote in parliament, officials said Tuesday. Rajapakse, who oversaw the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels last year after decades of civil war, has a firm grip on power in Sri Lanka and has been criticised for crushing dissent and opposition media. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 7 06:55:45 EDT 2010 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka main opposition to boycott constitution reform debate - People's Daily Online, 2010-09-07 18:16:26 EST. Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) vowed here Tuesday to boycott the parliamentary sessions on the 18th amendment to the constitution. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe announced the decision in parliament as his opposition legislators attended the session clad in black clothing in protest. Outlining the reasons Wickremesinghe said he had attended the meetings with President Mahinda Rajapaksa based on an arrangement to convert the executive presidency to an executive prime minister based government. More...
Published: Tue Sep 7 11:54:56 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Remittances May Rise to Record $3.8 Billion After Civil War Ends - Bloomberg, 2010-09-07 12:50:37 EST. Remittances sent home by Sri Lankan nationals overseas may rise to a record $3.8 billion in 2010, a central bank official said, adding that policy makers will ensure stability of the currency as the flows increase... Back to the top

Runaway Christian Convert From Ohio Gains Legal US Residency - FOXNews, 2010-09-07 19:50:04 EST. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A lawyer for a runaway Christian convert from Ohio who was also an illegal immigrant says the 18-year-old woman has gained permanent residency in the United States... Back to the top

New migrant ship may be on the way - Victoria Times Colonist, 2010-09-07 08:54:05 EST. Another ship bearing Tamils fleeing Sri Lanka might be departing for Canada... Back to the top

Tamils on the rebound - Toronto Sun, 2010-09-07 09:02:03 EST. Great news: There is a country in Asia willing to take Sri Lankan Tamil refugees by the thousand — with the United Nations’ seal of approval... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to offer more oil exploration blocks - Reuters Africa, 2010-09-06 20:21:09 EST. COLOMBO, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Monday said it would offer new oil exploration blocks in an area off the northern coast where the initial flare-up of a quarter-century war with the Tamil Tiger separatists ended the hunt for oil... Back to the top

Lanka player under lens for bookie link - Times of India, 2010-09-06 00:08:14 EST. LONDON: The spot-fixing scandal could engulf cricketers outside Pakistan... Back to the top

Sri Lanka civil society organizations oppose constitutional change - Lanka Business Online, 2010-09-06 08:22:47 EST. Sept 06, 2010 (LBO) - Civil society organization representing several interest groups in Sri Lanka have come out against proposed changes to the constitution as a move that will further destroy democratic values and individual freedom... Back to the top

Betting scandal hits Sri Lanka Cricket - Island Cricket (blog), 2010-09-07 05:45:00 EST. Earlier this year, Brendon Kuruppu who served as team manager was replaced by Sri Lanka Cricket with Anura Tennakoon taking his position... Back to the top

Indian army chief pays floral tributes in IPFK memorial -, 2010-09-06 20:03:48 EST. T V Sriram Colombo, Sept 6 (PTI) General V K Singh today visited the memorial for the 1,165 soldiers of the Indian Peacekeeping Force, who died during the war with the LTTE, the first Indian Army Chief to pay tributes to the fallen Army men here... Back to the top

Feds mulling new measures to combat human smuggling -, 2010-09-06 06:31:32 EST. When Parliament returns in mid-September, sitting MPs will be asked to act on new legislation aimed at deterring and disrupting human smuggling operations, CTV News has learned... Back to the top

S. Lanka stx down on profit-taking - Reuters, 2010-09-06 18:02:26 EST. COLOMBO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's benchmark share index slipped on Monday, after touching a new high, as investors booked profits on blue chips, ... Back to the top

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