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Sri Lanka MPs pass no-confidence vote against new prime minister

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Lawmakers show their support for Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during a parliamentary session in Colombo on November 14, 2018.

Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN)Sri Lankan lawmakers have passed a no-confidence motion against the country's new Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, declaring his appointment "void and invalid" amid raucous scenes in the country's Parliament.

Supporters of Rajapaksa refused to recognize the vote as legitimate, plunging the country deeper into crisis, as fears grow that the political dispute could spill into wider instability.
The move follows the shock decision last month by President Maithripala Sirisena to sack Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, and replace him with controversial former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The announcement triggered protests and violence leaving one person dead.
Wickremesinghe denounced Sirisena's attempt to remove him from office and refused to leave the official prime minister's residence, claiming the president does not have the power to take such action.
Sirisena had attempted to prevent a vote of no-confidence by dissolving Parliament until December 7, however, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court overturned the president's controversial decision and ordered an interim order, paving the way for fresh elections.
In a move that showed that he was potentially softening his hard stance, Sirisena invited his ousted Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, leaders of his party and those associated for talks Wednesday evening.
Spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe declined to comment on the meeting, but told CNN: "The President will act constitutionally and within the framework of the law of the country."
Sri Lanka's former president and newly appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse (C) attends the parliament session in Colombo on November 14, 2018.

Passed by voice, not by name

The passing of the no-confidence motion comes as a major blow to Sirisena, demonstrating that his appointment of Rajapaksa does not have the majority backing of the 225 seat Parliament.
Contrary to the usual practice, notice of the motion was given Wednesday morning and taken up for discussion immediately after.
However, such was the commotion inside the House Wednesday, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was prevented from taking the vote by name, as is standard, and instead forced to take a vote by voice.
The resolution, which was passed by a majority, was moved by left wing Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and law maker Vijitha Herath.
The United National Party of ousted Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, the Tamil National Alliance and smaller Muslim parties all supported the no-confidence motion.
Three newly sworn cabinet ministers and a state minister also crossed over to the opposition benches in support. Both Rajapaksa, as well as his ousted predecessor Wickremesinghe were present during the vote.
Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (L) looks on during Wednesday's  parliamentary session, November 14, 2018.

Instability in Colombo

Violence erupted in the capital at the end of October when crowds loyal to the President attempted to prevent the recently deposed petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga from entering a government building in Colombo.
As crowds surged around Ranatunga, a former Sri Lankan cricket captain, the official's bodyguards opened fire, killing one person and injuring three others.
Ranatunga subsequently claimed that his bodyguards opened fire because the crowd was "trying to kill" him.
One bodyguard was nevertheless taken into custody and an investigation is underway, police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekera confirmed.
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/14/asia/sri-lanka-no-confidence-intl/index.html
 

Pandemonium in Sri Lankan parliament as MPs hurl books at speaker

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Mahinda Rajapaksa supporters throw books, chilli paste and water bottles at speaker to disrupt second confidence vote.

Sri Lanka's parliament descended into chaos for a second day on Friday as legislators supporting newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa threw books, chilli paste and water bottles at the speaker to try to disrupt a second no-confidence motion.

The vote went ahead anyway and for a second time, legislators turned against Rajapaksa and his new government, possibly opening the way for the return of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

Wickremesinghe was removed by President Maithripala Sirisena late last month and replaced with Rajapaksa, plunging the country into a constitutional crisis.
WATCH: Chaos in Sri Lanka parliament as MPs exchange blows (1:53)

"We have the majority," Wickremesinghe told reporters. "We can form our government and we will act accordingly."
Sirisena is now faced with the choice of either reappointing the man he kicked out only a few weeks ago or allowing the crisis to continue with potentially damaging consequences for the economy.

Rajapaksa supporters poured on to the floor of parliament, surrounding the Speaker's chair, and demanded the arrest of two MPs from Wickremesinghe's party for allegedly bringing knives into the house on Thursday.

An MP from Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Podujana Peremuna party sat in Speaker Karu Jayasuriya's seat surrounded by more than 20 legislators, delaying the start of proceedings. Rajapaksa loyalists then tried to prevent Jayasuriya from sitting on a second chair brought in by police.

When Jayasuriya started calling out names to know whom MPs supported, Rajapaksa supporters threw the books and chilli paste at him.

Parliament on Wednesday passed the first no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa and his government with the backing of 122 of 225 MPs in a voice vote, followed by a signed document. Sirisena did not accept that result and called for the second vote.

Sirisena dissolved parliament last week and ordered elections to break the deadlock. But the Supreme Court ordered a suspension of that decree on Tuesday until it had heard petitions challenging the move as unconstitutional.

Sources close to the leadership have said Sirisena's decision to sack Wickremesinghe came after the prime minister's party rejected the president's request to back him for a second five-year term in the 2020 presidential elections.

They had also split over whether to back Chinese or Indian investors in various projects, the sources said.

India and Western countries have requested Sirisena act in line with the constitution while raising concerns over Rajapaksa's close ties with China.

Beijing loaned Sri Lanka billions of dollars for infrastructure projects during Rajapaksa's presidency between 2005 and 2015.

Tourism accounts for nearly five percent of the economy and is a key main foreign exchange earner, along with the garment and tea industries and remittances from Sri Lankans working abroad.
Sri Lanka's parliament descended into chaos for a second time on Friday [Reuters]

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/pandemonium-sri-lanka-parliament-mps-hurl-books-speaker-181116121100915.html

 

ජනපතිගේ ගැසට්ටුව තාවකාලිකව අත්හිටුවයි

පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරුවමින් ජනාධිපතිවරයා නිකුත් කළ ගැසට් නිවේදනය දෙසැම්බර් 18 තෙක් තාවකාලික අත්හිටුවමින් ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ අද (13) අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගයක් නිකුත් කළේය.

ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ ගැසට්ටුව අවලංගු කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා ගොනු කළ පෙත්සම් කිහිපයක් විභාගයට ගැනීමට අවසර දෙමිනි.

අගවිනිසුරුවරයා ඇතුළු ත්‍රිපුද්ගල විනිසුරු මඩුල්ලක් ඉදිරියේ ඊයේ සහ අද මෙම පෙත්සම් කැඳවිණි.

 

තරිඳු ජයවර්ධන සහ තිලිණි ද සිලිවා

 

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SC stays proclamation dissolving parliament

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The Supreme Court today issued an interim order till December 7 staying the proclamation issued by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve parliament.

The three-Judge bench of the Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with the Fundamental Rights petitions which sought the court order against the President dissolving parliament. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/SC-stays-proclamation-dissolving-parliament--158295.html
 

TheVirtues of Jumu’ah

TheVirtues of Jumu’ah

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Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “Friday is the best of days. It was on this day that Hadrat Aadam alayhis salaam was created, it was on this day that he was granted entry into jannah, it was on this day that he was removed from jannah (which became the cause for man’s existence in this universe, and which is a great blessing), and the day of resurrection will also take place on this day. ” (Sahih Muslim)

 

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “There is such an hour on Friday that if any Muslim makes Dua in it, his Dua will definitely be accepted. ” (Bukhari, Muslim)

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “Of all the days, Friday is the most virtuous. It is on this day that the trumpet will be blown. Send abundant Durood upon me on Fridays because they are presented to me on that day. ” The Sahabah Radhiyallahu anhum asked: “O Rasulullah! How will they be presented to you when even your bones will not be present after your death?” Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) replied: “Allah Ta’ala has made the earth haraam upon the prophets forever . ” (Abu Dawood)

 

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “The word “shaahid”refers to Friday . There is no day more virtuous than Friday. There is such an hour in this day that no Muslim will make dua in it except that his dua will be accepted. And he does not seek protection from anything except that Allah Ta’ala will grant him protection . ” (Tirmidhi)

 

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “Friday is the “mother” of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah Ta’ala. In the sight of Allah Ta’ala it has more greatness than Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Ad’haa. ” (Ibn Majah)

 

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “The Muslim who passes away on the night or during the day of Friday, Allah Ta’ala saves him from the punishment of the grave . ” (Tirmidhi)

 

On one Friday, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “O Muslims! Allah Ta’ala has made this day a day of eid. So have a bath on this day, whoever has perfume should apply it, and use the miswaak. ” (Ibn Majah)

 

The Virtues and Importance of Jumu’ah Salaat

Rasulullah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, “The person who has a bath on Friday, purifies himself as far as possible, applies oil to his hair, applies perfume, leaves for the Musjid, when he arrives at the Musjid he does not sit down by removing anyone from his place, offers as many Nafl salaatsas possible, when the imamdelivers the Khutbah he remains silent – then his sins from the previous Jumu’ah till now will be forgiven. ” (Bukhari)

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “The person who has a bath on Friday and goes early to the Musjid on foot, and not by a vehicle, listens to the Khutbah and does not do any foolish act while it is being delivered, will get the reward of one year’s Ibadah, one year’s fasting, and one year’s Salaat; for every step that he takes. ” (Tirmidhi)

 

Hadrat Ibn Umar and Abu Hurayrah Radhiyallahu Anhuma narrate that they heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) saying, “People should abstain from leaving out Jumu’ah Salaat. If not, Allah Ta’ala will put a seal over their hearts whereby they will fall into severe negligence. ” (Muslim)

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “The person who misses out three jumu’ah’s without any valid reason, Allah Ta’ala puts a seal over his heart.” (Tirmidhi)

 

Ibn Abbas Radhiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, “The person who leaves out Jumu’ah Salaat without a valid reason is written down as a hypocrite in a book that is protected from any changes and modifications.” (Mishkaat)

 

In other words, he will be labelled as a hypocrite forever. However, if he repents or Allah forgives him solely out of His mercy, then this is another matter.

 


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