News Updates

Upto Second Week of December, 2018
  • President Sirisena’ act was unconstitutional: SC: Twist in Sri Lanka politics. Much-awaited Supreme Court verdict announced in jam-packed court room. A seven-member bench unanimously ruled that President Sirisena’ act was unconstitutional. Added that ‘President lacks power to dissolve parliament at will before four and half years from the day of its sitting unless resolution passed with two-third majority in the parliament.’ Petition was filed by Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sambanthan.
  • Petition filed against Rajapaksa: Another petition filled by former PM Ranil along with other 121 parliamentarians being taken up for hearing. ‘seeking an order in the nature of Quo Warranto declaring that Mahinda Rajapaksa is not entitled to hold the office of Prime Minister’.
  • South-South Cooperation Programme: The Tripartite Agreement signed between United Nation’s Food and Agriculture, FAO, China and Sri Lanka, aimed at boosting Sri Lanka’s fruit production in order to commercialize fruit crops among value chain actors in the country. The project value under this agreement is US 1.1 million dollars being initiated under the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme.
  • Singapore-Sri Lanka FTA: The Presidential Committee, led by W.D. Lakshman, former Colombo University Vice Chancellor and Professor of Economics Emeritus, presented its report on Singapore-Lanka Free Trade Agreements. The report highlighted pitfalls in trade between the two contries and suggested recomemndations for which President has directed secretary to refer to concerned authorites involved in drafting pacts.

  • Daily News, Colombo
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