sends back deserter
who surrendered himself to the LTTE on Thursday in Jaffna, has been
handed over to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission by the LTTE on Friday.
the soldier had claimed that he decided to surrender himself to
the LTTE because he was disgruntled that he had not been given leave
to go home.
The SLLM yesterday
handed over the soldier to the Army in Jaffna.
said the soldier had been a deserter. He was arrested by the Police
and sent back to the army.
ruling on 19th amendment on Tuesday
Joseph Michael Perera will announce the Supreme Court ruling on
the legality of the 19 Amendment to the Constitution when Parliament
meets on Tuesday.
Supreme Court bench heard the submissions on the 18th and 19th amendments
to the Constitution last week and has sent its determination on
the 19th amendment to the Speaker.
The bench comprised
Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, Justices S.W.B. Wadugodapitiya, Shirani
A. Bandaranayake, Ameer Ismail, P. Edussuriya, Hector S. Yapa and
Asoka de Silva.
The 19th Amendment
seeks to restrict the President's power to dissolve parliament after
it completes one year.
petitions had been filed before the Supreme Court challenging the
constitutionality of the two amendments.
Counsel H.L.de Silva who appeared for the PA general secretary contended
that the sovereignty of the people couldn't be transferred or lawfully
vested in anybody else.
He said those
responsible for introducing the 19th amendment seemed to be oblivious
of the implications several provisions in the Bill have on the meaning
and scope of the sovereignty enshrined in Article 3 and 4 and therefore
such a bill had to be approved by the people at a referendum in
terms of Article 83. Attorney General K. C. Kamalasabeyson, however,
contended that the Constitution being based on the Rule of Law could
not be construed as conferring absolute power on any authority.
Depending on the court ruling, a date on the debate of the bill
would be fixed at the party leaders' meeting on Thursday, Leader
of the House W.J.M. Lokubandara said yesterday.
to protest US war cries
is to stage a protest opposite the American Embassy on Monday to
denounce US moves to wage war on Iraq calling it undemocratic.
The JVP with the participation of several Muslim organisations will
hold the protest at 10 am.
A JVP spokesperson
told The Sunday Times that the demands made by the US on Iraq are
unjustifiable and another way of showing its supreme power.
The party has
also decided to send a letter to the United Nations with signatures
of all Parliamentarians calling on the US to stop it from waging
war on Iraq.
to know details of peace talks
organisations and Opposition political parties have decided to join
hands to protest against the ongoing peace process. Seven organisations
including the SLFP, JVP and MEP form the group. The group which
met on Wednesday decided to work out a comprehensive program to
be carried out. It is to set up a national forum where key issues
will be discussed.
Dinesh Gunawardena told The Sunday Times that all parties have opposed
the division of the country.
had one meeting, but we will meet again next Wednesday to work out
how we are going to carry out the protest. We discussed the situation
prevailing in the North and the secret pact between the UNP and
the LTTE . Though seven organisations participated at the first
meeting we hope to expand the number to 15" Gunawardena said.
demanding the Government disclose what took place in Thailand. So
far no one knows what happened at the first round of talks. Now
the Government is planning the second round of talks, the people
have a right to know what was discussed," Gunawardena said.
four people were missing and ten houses were damaged when a landslide
swept Puwakgahawela on the Badulla-Colombo main road last night
amidst heavy rains, police said.
They said traffic
on the road came to a standstill as the landslide also destroyed
were at the scene, looking for the missing people while police directed
traffic throught alternate roads.
the main Badulla-Colombo road would be cleared by evening today.
ups LP gas price
Gas will increase prices of its domestic cylinder from next week,
Country Chairman Roberto Moran said last night.
the world market price had gone up by about US $ 80 a ton during
the past five months and the company had no option but to raise
the price here.
Mr. Moran, however, declined to reveal what the extent of the hike
would be amidst media reports that it might be high.