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  • යාපනයේ ඉඩම් මුල් අයිතිකරුවන්ට
    ඉඩම් ප්‍රශ්නය ලෝකයේ බොහෝ රටවල දේශපාලන ප්‍රශ්න වලට මුල් වී ඇතැයි ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන පෙන්වා දෙයි. ජනාධිපතිවරයා එම අදහස පළ කළේ යුද්ධය නිසා ඉඩම් අහිමි වූ ජනතාවගෙන් කොටසකට ඔවුන්ගේ ඉඩම් යළි භාර දීම සඳහා යාපනයේ සංවිධානය කෙරුණ මහජන හමුවකදී. අධි ආරක්ෂිත කලාප ලෙස යුද හමුදාව යටතේ තිබූ ඉඩම් අක්කර 425 ක් එහි මුල් පදංචිකරුවන්ට...
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  • ආගමික නිදහස අතින් ලංකාවේ ප්‍රගතිය වැදගත් - ඇමෙරිකාව කියයි
    ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පසුගිය ජනපතිවරණයෙන් පසුව ආගමික නිදහස සම්බන්ධයෙන් සැලකිය යුතු ප්‍රගතියක් අත්කරගෙන ඇති බව ඇමෙරිකාව පවසයි. පසුගියදා මෙරට සංචාරයක නිරත වූ ඇමෙරිකානු ජාත්‍යන්තර ආගමික නිදහස පිළිබඳ කොමිසමේ කොමසාරිස් එරික් පී. ශ්වෝර්ට්ස් මහතා මාධ්‍ය වෙත මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කර ඇත. තම සංචාරයේදී මෙරට අමාත්‍යවරුන් සමග සිදුකළ සාකච්ඡාවලදී...
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  • Task Force under CBK to solve minority issues
    President Maitripala Sirisena today said a Special Presidential Task Force (SPTF) had been appointed under the Chair of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga to address the issues of minorities.

    The SPTF would go into the matter step by step and would come up with most suitable and pragmatic solutions that would fulfill the aspirations of all communities, the President said.

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  • Calling Public Opinion on "Proposed Electoral Reforms and Minority Concerns"
    The National Shoora Council is a consultative body comprising Leading National Muslim Organizations, experts, professionals and social activists which was formed to address the National Issues in Sri Lanka, in a proactive manner is  calling public opinion on “Proposed Electoral Reforms and Minority Concerns“. Organizations, Political Parties and the Individuals may submit their view point in regard; in related to the Island, a specific region, or an ethnic group based on the following subjects; Pros and cons of the Proposed Mixed System Due Representation of Minorities and Small Parties Strengthening the criteria of the National Political Parties to accommodate minority concerns Improving Quality of Participatory Representation by Minimizing waste, exploitation, corruption, malpractices, and violence. People and...
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  • National government dominated by SLFP and UNP National disaster rewarding corrupt politicians - By Latheef Farook
    A national government dominated by the two major political parties- Sri Lanka Freedom Party, SLFP, and the United National Party, UNP, both ruled the country since independence in 1948 and bought it  to its present chaotic state, is bound to be a national disaster. There have been reports of surreptitious moves by SLFP to form a national government together with the UNP to bypass a general election. Confirming this move President Maithripala Sirisena’s office announced last month that the SLFP parliamentary group had agreed to form a national government. However   such a move rewards the very same politicians accused of widespread corruption, crime, lawlessness and plundering of national wealth...
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  • රට හදනවා නම් මේක තමයි අපිට ලැබිලා තියෙන අවසන් අවස්‌ථාව - ඉමිටියාස්‌ බාකීර් මාකර්
      හෙතෙම කීර්තිමත් දේශපාලනඥයෙකි. තම පිය උරුමයෙන්ද නැණ නුවණින්ද, පිරිපුන් දේශපාලනික මතවාදයන්ගෙන්ද පිරුණු ඔහු වත්මනෙහි දේශපාලන ක්‍රියාකාරිකයකු ලෙසින් කටයුතු කරන්නේය. එහෙත් ආසන්න අතීතයේ ඔහු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරයකු සේම ඇමැතිවරයකු ලෙසින්ද කටයුතු කළ අයෙකි. ඉම්ටියාස්‌ බාකීර් මාකර්" වත්මන් දේශපාලනය ගැන කතාබහට එකතු වන්නේ...
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  • ජාතිවාදී මාධ්‍යකරණයට රනිල් පෑ විරෝධය 'කාලීනයි'
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Morsi camp claims Egypt presidency win

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Brotherhood claims victory based on unofficial tallies, but SCAF decree limiting presidential powers overshadows count.

The Muslim Brotherhood has declared their candidate, Mohammed Morsi, the winner of Egypt's presidential runoff, and unofficial vote tallies show him leading the race by more than one million votes.

The group held a press conference early on Monday morning to announce Morsi's victory. With 12,793 of the country's roughly 13,000 polling stations reporting, Morsi had 12.7 million votes, while his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, had 11.84 million, the group said.

His staff and supporters broke into chants of "down with military rule" after the results were announced.

Morsi himself also spoke. He addressed the families of the martyrs killed during the revolution, and promised to restore their rights in a "state of laws".

He also reached out to Egypt's Coptic Christians, promising that everyone would be part of "his family". He also said he was not looking for "revenge", and promised to work for all Egyptians.

"Thank God, who guided the people of Egypt to this right path, the path of freedom and democracy," he said, vowing to work for a "civil, democratic, constitutional and modern state".

The Brotherhood's numbers matched with other unofficial tallies from local and international media. Shortly after 3am local time [00:00 GMT], Al Jazeera's tally had Morsi leading with 7,896,440 votes (52 per cent), and Shafiq trailing with 7,152,894.

El-Shorouk, an independent Egyptian daily, had Morsi with 6,820,944 votes, and Shafiq with 5,490,158, a margin of 55 per cent for Morsi.

All of the results released on Sunday night are unofficial and a final tally will not come out until later this week.

Representatives from Shafiq's campaign told several local media outlets that they would not accept the Brotherhood's tally, and would wait for final results.

In a statement, Shafiq, the final prime minister under deposed president Hosni Mubarak, also accused the Brotherhood of fraud.

"The Muslim Brotherhood supporters offered large sums of money and food supplies to bribe voters into voting for MB's candidate Mohammed Morsi," the statement said. "They used intimidation, threats and violence against supporters of candidate Ahmed Shafiq."

Turnout was lower than during the first round of voting in May, according to Hatem Bagato, the secretary-general of the presidential election commission, who held a press conference in Cairo on Sunday. About  46 per cent of Egypt's 51 million eligible voters cast their ballots during the first round.

SCAF issues its constitutional annex

The new president will take office amid great political uncertainty.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Egypt's military rulers, added to the confusion on Sunday night, when they released their long-awaited "constitutional annex", a decree outlining the powers of the new president.

Those powers are quite limited: He may declare war, for example, only after seeking SCAF's approval. The decree also reminds the president that he can call on the military to quell "unrest" inside the country.

SCAF dissolved parliament last week following a ruling by the supreme court, which found the legislature unconstitutional. The court ruled that provisions of the electoral law - which allowed political parties to compete for seats reserved for independent candidates - violated the constitution.

With the legislature gone, the generals reasserted control over the legislative process, and over the country's budget.

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces shall exercise the powers referred to under the first clause of article 56 [the article on legislative power]... until the election of a new People's Assembly," the decree states.

The decree issued on Sunday promises fresh legislative elections, but not until a new constitution has been drafted. Before it was dissolved, the parliament appointed a 100-member assembly to draft that constitution; it will be allowed to continue its work, though if it runs into "obstacles", SCAF will appoint a replacement.

The Muslim Brotherhood was quick to condemn the decree, calling it "null and unconstitutional" in a brief statement on Twitter. Asked about the decree during the group's press conference, Ahmed Abdel-Atti, Morsi's campaign co-ordinator, said he expected "popular action" against it in the near future.

Source: Al Jazeera

 

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