Bodu Bala Sena Gen Secy Gnanasara Thero Accosts Island Political Correspondent Chandraprema at a Funeral and Threatens him Saying “He Can Box his Ears” ( Mata PuluwanThamusage Kana Palanna).

The Island political correspondent, C.A. Chandraprema, was threatened yesterday by Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera while the former was at the funeral of Ven. Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera’s mother in Narammala.After paying his last respects to the remains of the monk’s mother. Chandraprema was speaking with a Nayake Thera when Gnansara Thera accosted him, demanding to know whether …

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Sirisena’s Game Plan is to Destroy All Possible Contenders Within and Outside the Govt By the Time of the Next Presidential Election

By C.A.Chandraprema The incident at Gintota in the Galle district appears to be at least on the face of it, a private dispute that got out of hand. The Aluthgama incident in 2014 was also sparked off in a similar way. When things begin to go wrong, the very elements seem to conspire to get …

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Attorney – General Jayasuriya To Lead Evidence of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe at Bonds Scam Inquiry Commission Due to “Respect of Protocol as PM is the Second Citizen of Country”.

By Niranjala Ariyawansa The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI), probing the controversial Central Bank Treasury Bonds issue, has summoned Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya to question Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe when the Commission meets tomorrow. Attorney General Jayasuriya, when contacted by Ceylon Today, said that a communiqué had been sent, asking him to lead the Prime …

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Sri Lanka’s Alleged Treasury Bonds Scam “Bond Boondoggle” Is Comparable to the “Watergate” (USA), “Profumo” (UK) and “Spectrum”(India) Scandals

By Sarath de Alwis We live in times of moral complexity. Whose deed is more pernicious? Burglar raiding the vault or the cop who wipes off the burglar’s fingerprints? Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry today. The Commission, according to a news report has summoned Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya …

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Sri Lankans Want Above All, Justice Based On Truth Not False Allegations

By Sanja de Silva Jayatilleka On Tuesday, 14th of November 2017, Dinesh Gunawardena introduced a resolution in Parliament requesting that in view of Lord Naseby’s revelations in the House of Lords on the number of civilian deaths during the last stages of the war, “Sri Lanka should take action to pursue this matter with Britain’s …

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✿ “Roja Malarae Rajakumari” ♛ ♥ ~ Popular Song by PB Sreenivas – P.Susheela Duo ♫

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Favourite Film Songs -4 “Ruritanian Romance” is a genre consisting of stories, novels, dramas and films set in a fictional country. Anthony Hope’s novel “Prisoner of Zenda” based in the imaginary state of Ruritania was the pioneering novel that spawned this popular genre. Literature, theatre and films of this genre are generally about …

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Three Years After Maithripala Sirisena Crossed Over From The Rajapaksa Regime To Become The Common Opposition Presidential Candidate

By Don Manu Three years ago this week, Maithripala Sirisena fled the ramparts of the Rajapaksa Temple Tree citadel to furtively emerge the following day at the New Town Hall to announce his decision to play David to Mahinda’s Goliath. Only three days earlier, on November 18th 2014, he had attended President Rajapaksa’s 69th birthday …

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Use of Torture For Interrogation of “Ordinary Criminals” or ” Suspected Terrorists” by Law Enforcement Agencies in Sri Lanka Is a Fact.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene A fracas has arisen over a recent investigative news report (Associated Press) finding credible claims of Tamil torture victims that they had been raped and branded by Sri Lanka’s security and policing agencies. Not something to be dismissed with a casual shrug Let me be unequivocal on this point. Take the …

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Goes Before Presidential Commission of Inquiry Into The Central Bank Bond Transactions To Provide Information That May Help Investigations.

(Text of Editorial Appearing in the “Sunday Observer” of November 19th 2017 Under the Heading “PM:Facing The Nation”) In how many countries would heads of governments go before a high-level investigation to provide information that would help in that probe? Tomorrow (Nov 20) Sri Lankans will see a new chapter in our Republic when, for …

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Veteran Tamil Journalist SM Gopalaratnam Known as “Gopu” and “SMG” Passes Away in Batticaloa at the Age of 87.

By Manekshaw Veteran Journalist, S.M. Gopalaratnam, popularly known as Gopu and known by his initials as SMG, is no more. Gopalaratnam passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday (15) at his residence in Batticaloa. Beginning his career in journalism in the early fifties in Virakesari he later joined Jaffna’s regional daily Eelanadu as …

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Military,Special Task Force, Anti – Riot Squad and Additional Police Battalions Deployed in Gintota Have Brought Situation Under Control Says Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake.

The tense situation that developed in Gintota on Friday night has completely been brought under control with law and order restored in the area, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said. The Minister, in a special statement, extended his gratitude to all parties that acted responsibly to avoid a bloodbath. He said that additional Police …

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200 Police and 100 STF Personnel Deployed and Curfew Imposed in Galle After Eruption of Sinhala-Muslim Violence in Gintota Area;7Arrests, 3 Hospitalised,Mosque Attacked, Houses Set Ablaze

Several buildings have been set on fire and damaged in the Gintota area in Galle yesterday, following a commotion among the communities living in the area. According to the Vice President of the Sri Lanka Muslim Council, the incident had begun on Thursday when a man identified as a Sinhalese had knocked a man who …

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UNP Puttalam District MP Hector Appuhamy Wants The Telephone Logs of all 225 MP’s to be Examined To See Whether They had Communications with Arjun Aloysius.

By Skandha Gunasekara “All friendships and other relationships must be forgotten when one is a member of a watchdog committee such as the COPE. That is why we all signed the COPE report and agreed with its recommendations. There are those who only attempt to sling mud as politicians. It has become a norm to …

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Sri Lankan Buddhist Extremists Abuse British Buddhist Naomi Coleman On Facebook Saying she should Die and Go to Hell

A woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm says she had to leave Facebook after being abused by extremists. Naomi Coleman, 41, from Coventry, won compensation on Wednesday after being detained in the country for four days, in April 2014. Following her deportation, she says …

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British Practising Buddhist Naomi Coleman Who was Detained in Sri Lanka For Having a Buddha Tattoo Awarded compensation By Supreme Court

A woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm has won compensation. Naomi Coleman, from Coventry, was detained for four days in April 2014. Granting her compensation of 800,000 Sri Lankan rupees – about £4,000 – the country’s Supreme Court said her treatment was “scandalous and …

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President-Prime Minister Relations Strained as Maithripala Wants Ranil to Step Down as PM Before Testifying At Treasury Bonds Presidential Inquiry Commission On November 20th.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The prevailing political relationship between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has come under heavy strain lately due to the on going Presidential commission of Inquiry into the alleged Treasury Bonds Scam , it is learnt. According to informed sources close to the Coalition Government headed by President Sirisena and Premier …

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Disclosure of Telephone Calls Between Arjun Aloysius Before Presidential Inquiry Commission: With Ravi Karunanayake-84;Sujeewa Senasinghe-62; Mela Karunanayake -320;Harshana Rajakaruna -23;Hector Appuhamy -23.

By Himal Kotelawala Testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the controversial bond issuance yesterday, a CID official said that former Director of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. (PTL) Arjun Aloysius had telephoned several members of the second Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) investigating the matter during the period of its tenure in 2016. According to …

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Leader of the Opposition Rajavarothayam Sampanthan Asks Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Not to Stir Up Communal Unrest in Order to Come Back to Power.

By Saman Indrajith Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday asked former President Mahinda Rajapaksa not to stir communal unrest in order to come back to power. Participating in the final day of the second reading debate on Budget proposals in Parliament, the Opposition Leader also requested Rajapaksa to support the new Constitution. Former President Rajapaksa’s position …

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe To Appear Before Presidential Commission Of Inquiry On Issuance of Treasury Bonds on November 20th.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will appear before a panel investigating alleged irregularities in government bond sales, the panel’s chairman said on Thursday. Appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena after demands from opposition lawmakers, the panel has been looking into a central bank bond deal that some government critics said raised government borrowing costs. Chairman …

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For The Referendum To Succeed Advocacy and Practice of Constitutional Reform Must Shift to the Terrain of Sinhala-Buddhist Nationalism.

By Sanjayan Rajasingham (The writer is an Attorney-at-Law and a lecturer at the Department of Law, Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna.) Every country has two Constitutions: a “Legal Constitution” and a “Political Constitution”. To win a referendum and to introduce a new Constitution, Sri Lanka must change both. The focus for the past two …

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Southern Skylark Susheela is Uncrowned Empress Of Tamil Film Songs ♫♥

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (This Article Written in November 2016 is Being Re-posted here to denote the Birthday of P. Susheela on November 13th) “Joyous, and clear, and fresh, thy music doth surpass… how could thy notes flow in such a crystal stream?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘Ode to a Skylark’ An indispensable feature of Indian …

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Alleged Misappropriation of Public Funds By Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Former Chief of Staff Gamini Senerath Along With Piyadasa Kudabalage and Neil Hapuhinna

By Nirmala Kannangara Forensic audit report had highlighted the alleged fraudulent methodology followed when acquiring three properties; Ranmuthu Hotels Ltd, No: 112, Galle Road, J.C. Ramanayake of 108, Galle Road and Ceylinco Insurance PLC of 134, Galle Road for the expansion of Grand Hyatt Regency in 2013. ________________________________________ Ranmuthu Hotels • According to the report, …

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Northern Governor Reginald Cooray Thinks The Northern Provincial Council Has Become a Failure

By Kelum Bandara Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray Reginld, in an interview with the “Daily Mirror” spoke about constitution making, social conditions and attitudes of politicians in the north. Following are excerpts of the interview. Q: As the Governor of the Northern Province, how do you view the demand for power sharing in this province? …

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Saudi Princess Amira Bint Aidan Bin Nayef Reveals that Children Particularly Orphans From Sri Lanka are Bought and Rented as Sex Slaves in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Princess Amira Bint Aidan Bin Nayef has revealed that children, especially the orphans, from countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Djibouti, Somalia, Nigeria, Romania and Bulgaria had been bought and rented as sex slaves in Saudi, Dhaka Tribune reported on Sunday. Giving exclusive statements to the French Newspaper Le Monde, she has said …

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UNP Steps Up Pressure On President Sirisena to Abolish Executive Presidency without Further Delay or Face the Consequences

By Shamindra Ferdinando The UNP has stepped up pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena to abolish the executive presidency without further delay or face the consequences. Key government strategist MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, PC, spearheading the new constitution-making process and Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith Perera yesterday emphasised that their post-presidential election understanding …

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Attempts to Create Trouble Between India and Sri Lanka By Exploiting the Fuel Shortage Issue Thwarted by Mature and Deft Diplomatic Action.

By P.K.Balachandran Energy ties between India and Sri Lanka, plagued by controversy right from the time they were mooted in 1987, came under severe stress between the middle of October and the first week of November this year. Had it not been contained by mature and deft diplomatic action by India and a spirit of …

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Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake Denies Reports About a Secret Meeting With Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath Wanted By Police for Alleged Embezzlement of Rs4 Billion from Public Funds.

Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake today denied reports that he had a secret meeting with former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath who was remanded today. Minister Ratnayake issuing a media statement in this regard said this was a baseless and malicious allegation as he had no intention of meeting a suspect in a …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Ex- Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and Two Others Allegedly Involved in Illegal 4 Billion Rupee Investment Remanded Till Nov 15th After Surrendering to Court Through Lawyers.

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Three suspects, including former President’s Chief of Staff, Gamini Sedara Senarath were yesterday ordered to be remanded till November 15 by Colombo Fort Magistrate for allegedly missing public funds by illegally investing Rs.4 billion from the Rs.18.5 billion approved by the Cabinet for a hotel project in 2012. The Colombo Fort Magistrate …

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Banning Of Lanka e-News Website Brings Out Simmering Conflict Between President Sirisena and The United National Party Into the Open.

By C. A. Chandraprema The banning of the Lanka e News website indicates a new development in the internal politics of the yahapalana coalition government. Lanka e News is foremost among the website that worked to bring Maithripala Sirisena into power. What distinguished Lanka e News from the other websites that also were on the …

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Senior Ministers Mangala,Kabir and Malik Protest to President Sirisena Over Premier Wickremesinghe Testifying Before Presidential Inquiry Commission

By The “Sunday Times”Political Editor A well-known Sinhala adage refers to the plight of those who went to seek solace at a temple but found the roof collapsing on their heads. That in essence appeared to be the dilemma of a high-powered three-member United National Party (UNP) delegation which had a meeting with President Maithripala …

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President Sirisena May Appoint Mangala Samaraweera As Acting Prime Minister If Ranil Wicremesinghe Steps Down as Premier.

by Gagani Weerakoon Clad in a carefully chosen blue and green tie, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera entered the Chamber at 3.05p.m. on Thursday (9) to present Budget 2018, which was themed, ‘Blue-Green Budget; the Launch of Enterprise Sri Lanka’. “It is ‘Blue’ because we plan to integrate the full economic potential of ocean …

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Minister Responsible for Fuel Crisis Tragi-comedy Should Have Resigned Or Been Asked To Resign Forthwith.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Can sheer bumbling incompetence bring down a Government? This may be a far from rhetorical question in the months ahead. However what propels this query at this point is not simply the arch tragi-comedy of Sri Lanka’s fuel crisis this week. This had its funny moments with snake charmers and musicians …

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Counsel MA Sumanthiran Objects On Conflict of Interest Grounds to ASG Farhana Jameel Appearing for All Respondents in FR Petition Case Filed Against Attorney-General’s Dept by Central Bank Senior Manager

The Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by a Senior Manager of the Central Bank, complaining about the intimidation, threats and insults he suffered at the hands of senior officials of the Attorney General’s Dept, came up on Friday (10) before a Bench comprising Justices Sisira De Abrew and Vijith Malalgoda. Previously, two judges including Justice …

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Vasantha Senanayake Instead of Harsha de Silva Could Have Led Sri Lanka Delegation for Universal Periodic Review At Geneva

By Sanja de Silva Jayatilleka On Wednesday, 15th of November at 2.30 pm, Sri Lanka will come under review at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and will have to account for its conduct, answer questions posed to it by other countries, and decide which recommendations it accepts. A sample of questions posed in …

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Twenty-Eight Salient Provisions of Vital Importance in the Budget for 2018 Presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

( 28 Salient Provisions in the Budget for 2018 Presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.) 1) Legislative Reforms: The budget has identified the key legislative impediments to the ease of doing business and the efficient utilization of Sri Lanka’s assets. Access to land has been a major hindrance to growth of investment, as is the …

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“Village in the Jungle” Author Leonard Woolf Recommended Swiss Canton Federal System for Ceylon/Sri Lanka in the 30’s of the 20th Century.

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham As the political discussion and debate on constitution making gathers momentum, earlier this week, a local English Daily carried two lengthy interviews with two legal luminaries, Dr.Jayatissa de Costa, the former Principal of Sri Lanka Law College and Dr.JayampathyWickramaratne,parliamentarian and constitutional expert playing a vital role in the current constitution drafting process. …

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Sri Lanka’s Balancing Act in Indian Ocean Power Play Between China and India is Going to be Increasingly Difficult in the Future.

By Col R.Hariharan It looks like Sri Lanka’s balancing act in the China-India power play in the Indian Ocean is going to get more and more difficult the coming months and years. China’s assertion of economic and military power is poised to grow stronger in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) if we go by President …

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Lanka E-news Lawyer Kumarapperuma Seeks Answers From Information Dept Acting Director -General About Grounds on Which Website was Banned and on Whose Orders It was Done

( Attorney at Law Upul Kumarapperuma has written a letter to the Acting Director-General of State Information Department Sudharshana Gunawardena on the instructions of Mr. Sandaruwan Senadheera Editor -in chief of Lanka E-news website. In that letter Lawyer Kumarapperuma seeks answers from the Acting D- G about the grounds on which the website was banned …

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“Dingiri Dingaaley Meenatchi, Dingiri Dingaaley”- Rocking “Baila”-Type Song ♫♥

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Favourite Film Songs -2 “ Dingiri Dingaale Meenatchi Dingiri Dingaale, Ulagam Poara Poakkaip Paaru Thangamay Chiillaaley” was a song that rocked Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon in 1958-59 and the years after. The rhapsodic song from a Tamil film “Anbu Engey?”was widely popular during my childhood days. It was released in Sri …

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Geetha Kumarasinghe, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the UPFA Galle District MP’s

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Popular Sinhala movie actress Geetha Kumarasinghe who was elected member of Parliament from Galle electoral district on the United Peoples Freedom Alliance(UPFA) ticket in August 2015 has been unseated as an MP by rulings of the Sri Lankan judiciary. According to relevant media reports a five judge bench of the Sri Lankan Supreme …

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“Neela Vannak Kannaa Vaadaa” – Uplifting Lullaby Sung By Balasaraswathi Devi ♥ ♫

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Favourite Film Songs -1 This article is the first in an on going series about film songs I have come to love over the years.Watching Tamil movies on screen and listening to Tamil film songs over radio was an integral part of life for me as a child growing up in Colombo. The …

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“Senthamizh Thaen Mozhiyaal”-Magnificient Singing by T.R.Mahalingam ♫♥

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Favourite Film Songs -3 “Senthamizh Thaen Mozhiyaal”is perhaps the most popular song sung on screen by the magnificient singer and actor of Tamil cinema – Thenkarai Ramakrishnan Mahalingam generally known as T.R.Mahalingam. He sings this number in the film “Maalayitta Mangai”produced in 1958 by poet and film lyricist “Kavignar” Kannadasan who also penned …

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Mangala Samaraweera Presents Budget Proposals to Liberalise Restrictive Laws, Promote Exports, Expand Tourism, Maintain Fiscal Consolidation, Foster Start-ups and open Sri Lanka to Investment to Achieve 5% Growth in 2018.

By the “Daily Financial Times” News Desk * Mangala lives up to expectations, presents concise Budget, covers all segments of society *Core proposals on liberalisation, promoting entrepreneurship, attracting FDI, boosting exports, helping SMEs Excise, Customs, Rent, Paddy Lands, Shop and Office acts and bankruptcy laws to be revamped *Aims for 5% growth, 6% inflation, 4.5% …

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Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera Presents ” Clean, Lean and Green “Budget for 2018

By Saman Indrajith Finance and Mass Media Minister Magala Samaraweera yesterday presented what he described as a ‘clean, lean and green’ budget. Samaraweera proposed a reduction of taxes on the importation of electric vehicles including electric three wheelers, cars and buses while rationalising the import taxes on vehicles powered by fossil fuel. The new formula …

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Free Media Movement Urges Govt to Stop Pracyising Informal Censorship by Obstructing Technical Access to Lanka E-news Website.

Media Statement 09 November 2017 E-News shut down should be stopped – Free Media Movement Free Media Movement observes that an informal censorship is prevalent within the country, by obstructing the technical access to Lanka E News Website. The efforts by the FMM to obtain information from the Tele Communications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka …

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Some Govt Members Using Media to Attack me for Appointing Commission to Probe Treasury Bond Scam Discloses President Sirisena

By Sandun A. Jayasekera President Maitripala Sirisena said yesterday that some Government members are using the media to attack him because he appointed a Commission to inquire into the Central Bank Bond issue. He said this at an event held to mark the second death anniversary of the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera held at the …

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Dozens of men Describe How They Were Raped and Tortured by Sri Lankan Authorities To Associated Press

Associated Press writer Katy Daigle contributed to this report from Colombo, Sri Lanka LONDON (AP) — One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dark room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described …

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“Sri Lanka does not Condone or Tolerate any form of Torture”-Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam

In a reply to the article titled ‘Dozens of Men Describe Rape, Torture by Sri Lanka Government’ by the Associated Press that was published in the New York Times Sri Lanka government says that it does not condone or tolerate any form of torture, and seeks to work with all, including bilateral partners, as well …

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President Sirisena Indirectly Accuses Some Cabinet Ministers Of Corruption and Defends His Decision To Investigate Alleged Treasury Bond Scam.

President Maithripala Sirisena indirectly accused cabinet ministers of being corrupt and strongly defended his decision to investigate the alleged bond scam under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s watch. Speaking at the second death anniversary commemoration of Maduluwawe Sobitha thera who spearheaded a citizens’ movement that propelled him to power in 2015, Sirisena said the late monk …

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Speeches by Sampanthan and Sumanthiran In Constitutional Assembly Debate Emphasises Need to Resolve The Tamil National Question.

By Manekshaw The speech made by Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan at the Constitutional Assembly debate on the Steering Committee Interim Report in Parliament was more accommodative and inclusive in his approach with a broader outlook than the stance taken by the first Tamil Leader of the Opposition and …

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Implementation of 13th Amendment Minus Police Powers and Plus a Senate is All That Is Feasible.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka “Balaya bedanna kalin mey aanduwa petrol tika bedanna oney!” (“Before this Government shares power, it must share the petrol!”) –Anonymous, irate citizen in petrol queue, on TV news With shockingly dangerous irresponsibility or sheer nihilism, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe wants the Constitutional Assembly to loosen the centre’s ties with and hugely augment the …

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Ex-Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake Raises Privilege Issue Against Addl Solicitor-General Yasantha Kodagoda in Parliament

By Saman Indrajith UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake yesterday said in Parliament that his privileges had been breached by Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, who, he said, had made a false statement before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Treasury bond scams. Karunanayake, raising a privilege issue, said Kodagoda had misled the Commission with concocted …

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Alleged Killing Of 18 Navy and 8 Army Prisoners By LTTE In Jan 2009

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj President Maithripala Sirisena held successive discussions with two Tamil delegations in Colombo on Thursday October 19th 2017. The meetings were about the issue of Tamils detained in various prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA) in general and the hunger strike undertaken by three detenues at the Anuradhapura jail in particular. The focus …

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India to Send Two Ships With Fuel On Nov 9th to Help Sri Lanka Cope With Fuel Shortage Crisis

By Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday that two ships carrying fuel would come from India and reach here tomorrow. “The President and I discussed this with Indian High Commissioner and he promised us that the two ships would be here on Nov. 09. The problem can be sorted out then.” The …

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Presidential Inquiry Commission Report on SLMC Leader MHM Ashraff’s Death That was Never Released To the Public is Now Reported MISSING:

The unexplained ‘disappearance’ of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report relating to the death of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress founder leader M.H.M. Ashraff, has surfaced in a recent appeal hearing before the Right to Information (RTI) Commission of Sri Lanka The disappearance came after it had been kept in a file at the Presidential Secretariat …

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Court Ruling on Geetha Kumarasinghe’s Dual Citizenship Jeopardises Political Future of Basil and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Former strongman minister Basil Rajapaksa’s political hopes have been shattered following the Supreme Court confirming the expulsion of his star candidate Geetha Kumarasinghe from Parliament, party sources said yesterday. Basil Rajapaksa who launched the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) after breaking away from the old-established Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was planning a comeback if …

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New Anti- Corruption High Courts to be Set up To Hold Day to Day Trials of Major Bribery and Corruptionby Cases by Three Bench Judges

By Amali Mallawaarachchi A new Anti-Corruption High Court, among other crucial measures, will soon be introduced as a part of the government’s mission for an expeditious and efficient administration of criminal justice. Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera yesterday said this new Anti-Corruption High Court will hold day-to-day trials by three Benches, …

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Govt Must Probe all MP’s to See Whether They are Dual Citizens or Not Says Dep Minister Ajith Perera.

By Amali Mallawaarachchi The Government must probe if there are members in Parliament who have not disclosed their dual citizenship status to the country, Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said. He said if the public demand for a probe, the police could do it with the support of the Foreign Affairs …

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Will Maithripala Sirisena Betray Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2018 Just as he Betrayed Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2014?

BY C.A Chandraprema The political futures of President Sirisena and the 40+ SLFP parliamentarians hangs in the balance as the LG elections process kicks off. The question that the Sirisena faction of the SLFP has to ask itself is which is worse, being labelled pro-UNP if they decide to cast in their lot with the …

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Govt Must Spearhead Intensive Island-wide Information Campaign On Why we Need a New Constitution and What It Should Contain.

By Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu The constitutional reform debate in Sri Lanka, currently exemplified by the debate on the much delayed Interim Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly is in substantive terms and popularly perceived as such, about the interrelated issues of a) the structure of the State in terms of its unitary …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Ex-Chief of Staff Gamini Sedara Senarath and 3 Others Evade Arrest While Police FCID Want Them for Alleged Fraud.

The Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) is on the lookout for Gamini Sedara Senarath, Chief of Staff of the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and three others over a string of alleged fraudulent acts. The three others are Piyadasa Kudabalage, Neil Bandara Hapuwinne and Mohan de Alwis. FCID detectives said yesterday that the four were evading …

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Ravi Karunanayake Tries to Form “Power Group” Within UNP By Hosting 20 MP’s for Gathering at Tangalle Luxury Resort

(Excerpts From the “Sunday Times” Political Column of November 5th 2017) President Sirisena discussed with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe a gamut of issues during a one-on-one meeting last Monday (October 30). The lengthy meeting was joined in later by Minister Malik Samarawickrema, who is also the UNP Chairman. Fuller details of what transpired are not …

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Wimal Weerawansa’s Brother- in-Law Ajith Kumara Hurled a Hand Grenade At Parliament 30 Years Ago Killing Keerthi Abeywickrema MP and Injuring Lalith Athulathmudali.

By Spectator They say, politics makes strange bedfellows. We have seen that many times in this country of ours. Joining that group are the latest pair of unlikely partners: Wimal Weerawansa and Susil Premajayantha. And, judging by what they have said, they must surely be the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of Sri Lankan politics. Weerawansa says, …

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Tensions Increase as Reforms Road-map of Govt Unravels in all but a few Areas

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene There appears to be a brisk uptick in the tone of visiting European lawmakers to Sri Lanka this week as compared to their sojourns last year. Has realism dawned, too little, too late? In November 2016, the delegation of the European Parliament departed the shores of the country saying that they …

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Earlier It Was “Wewai,Dagabai,Gamai” (Tank,Dome Shaped Shrine,Village) But Now It is “Wewak Samaga Gamak” (Tank and Village) Only

by P.G.Punchihewa Ph.D. (The writer who belonged to the former Ceylon Civil Service has served as Government Agent of Moneragala and Kalutara among other senior public service assignments. He retired as Secretary to the Ministry of Coconut Development and served in Jakarta as Executive Secretary of the Asia Pacific Coconut Community) Nearly two million people …

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Maestro W. D. Amaradeva Created a Distinctive Genre of Sinhala Music

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This article appeared in the December 2016 issue of ‘Saamagaana – The First Melody,’ a magazine devoted to classical music published in Bengaluru, India. It is being published here to mark the 1st Death Anniversary of maestro Amaradeva on 3 November 2017.) Renowned Sri Lankan vocalist, violinist and music composer W.D. Amaradeva passed …

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Why Another All – Party Conference After the Comprehensive Constitutional Assembly Debate?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham Even as Parliament met as the Constitutional Assembly last Monday (Oct 30) and began debating the interim report of the Steering Committee on constitutional reforms, President Maithripala Sirisena was announcing at the National Convention on Reconciliation at the Colombo Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium that he would convene an all-party conference to discuss the …

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” The Constitution is the Best Document To Guarantee Rights to the Minorities” – Mangala Samaraweera

(Excerpts in English from the speech made by th Minister of Finance & Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera on the 31st of October 2017 in Parliament during the Constitutional Assembly debate on the interim report of the steering committee) All of us here in this House are representatives elected by the people of this great country …

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“UNP, TNA,SLFP and JVP Engaged in a “Constitutional Conspiracy” Charges Ex=President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The UNP, the TNA, the SLFP and the JVP were engaged in a ‘constitutional conspiracy’, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Constitutional Assembly yesterday. Participating in the debate on the interim report of the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly, the former President said: “Look at the manner in which the debate on this interim report …

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5 Judge Bench of Supreme Court Upholds Quo Warranto Writ Issued By Appeal Court and Disqualifies Geetha Kumarasinghe as Galle District MP.

By S.S. Selvanayagam Resolving a question relating to a provision of the historic 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the country’s apex court yesterday upheld a judgment by the Court of Appeal that Galle District UPFA MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was not entitled to hold office as a Member of Parliament since she had contested the August …

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Treasury Bonds Inquiry Commission Requires Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s Testimony For Clarification Following Submission of Affidavit.

By Shehan Chamika Silva The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the controversial Issuance of Bonds today said it requires the testimony of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in order to “obtain a few clarifications and any other evidence which may be necessary”. Issuing a statement at the commencement of the today’s session, the Commission noted …

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Actress-politico Geetha Kumarasinghe Disqualified as Galle District MP; Supreme Court Upholds Earlier Ruling By Appeal Court

The Supreme Court upheld the Appeal Court decision that Galle district parliamentarian Geetha Kumarasinghe is not qualified to be elected as a parliamentarian since she holds dual citizenship. The judgment was delivered by Supreme Court Judge Sisira de Abrew who was a member of five-judge-bench which heard the appeal.

Courts Have Jurisdiction To Rule Constitutional Assembly Illegal and Steering Committee Null and Void – Ex-Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

By Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe LFollowing are excerpts of a statement issued by former Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC regarding the much talked about Interim Report of the Steering Committee presented to parliament for debate) Since the Soulbury Constitution hadn’t provided the authority and a procedure to adopt a new constitution by repealing the …

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Despite Rhetoric Spewed by Politicians,Every Sri Lankan Knows Deep Down That We Can Live Together as a Nation.

By Mahinda Rajapaksa (Following is the speech by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the Chief Guest, at the International Buddhist Festival which was held in the city of Aurangabad, India by the Dhammayana Educational and Charitable Trust) Venerable members of the Maha Sangha, Buddhist representatives from other nations and distinguished guests, it is my honour …

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Is President Sirisena Taking Over Constitution Making Process From Steering Committee By Appointing an All Party Conference?

By Kelum Bandara The country witnessed a major uproar after the Steering Committee released its interim report outlining proposals for constitutional changes. The political forces and Maha Sangha, sensitive to the character of the Constitution in the making and the status to be accorded to Buddhism, took up cudgels against the process arguing that the …

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“Even We Burnt The 2000 Draft Constitutional Package” – States Prime Minister and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Dharisha Bastians The path to enacting a new Constitution will be a long-drawn and consultative process, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the Constitutional Assembly yesterday, hinting that the timeline for completion of the drafting and voting process could extend till April 2018. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who chairs the Steering Committee whose Interim Report the …

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MA Sumanthiran MP Exposes Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Political Hypocrisy and Double Standards On the New Constitution and Greater Devolution.

(Tamil National Alliance Spikesperson and Jaffna District MP Mathiaparanam Abraham Sumanthiran addressed the Constitutional Assembly at the inception of the three day debate on the Constitutional assembly Steering Committee Interim report on October 30th 2017. Sumanthiran MP reiterated in his speech that the TNA despite having a different mandate would abide by the final decisions …

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Sacked Deputy Minister Duleep Wijesekera Thought Parliament Was In Session When Constitutional Assembly Debate was In Progress.

A deputy minister who was sacked overnight by President Maithripala Sirisena attempted a symbolic crossing of the floor of parliament to defect to the opposition only to discover the assembly was not in session. Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Deputy Minister Duleep Wijesekera made a speech asking forgiveness from his voters for having joined …

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Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are Being Branded Traitors For Trying to Find Middle Ground in Constitutional Discussions Says SLFP ‘s Dilan Perera

By Dharisha Bastians The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena issued a rallying call for compromise from all political parties yesterday as the assembly of all 225 members of Parliament continued to work towards drafting a new Constitution to address decades of ethnic strife and make sweeping changes to electoral and …

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Mano Ganesan Elated as Cabinet Approves Increase of Nuwara Eliya District Pradeshiya Sabhas To Six From Two

By Zahrah Imtiaz The Cabinet yesterday granted approval for four additional Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Nuwara Eliya District, thus delivering a 30-year promise to the parties of the hill country. Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Mustapha will sign the relevant Gazette needed to bring in electoral reforms to allow Provincial Council Elections, today. …

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Three Faculties at Jaffna Uiversity Indefinitely Close Due To Students Boycotting Lectures Over Tamil Prisoners Demand Issue

By Romesh Danushka Silva The Jaffna University announced the indefinite closure of three faculties with effect from today (31) because students boycotted lectures demanding the release of Tamil ‘political’ prisoners, the Vice Chancellor Prof. R. Vigneswaran said. While issuing a statement today, the VC said the university administration had decided to close the Arts, Science …

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97% of the People Voted For a New Constitution at the 2015 Presidential Poll – M.A.Sumanthiran MP

Speaking at the commencement of the three-day debate on the Constitutional assembly Steering Committee Interim Report, Tamil National Alliance(TNA) Jaffna District Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran pointed out that 97 % of the people had voted for a new Constitution at the 2015 January Presidential elections as the manifestos of both President Maithripala Sirisena as well as …

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Overseas Tamils Have Not Invested in the North and East to the Extent They Have Done in Colombo Observes Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says Tamils overseas are not investing enough in the north and east of the country. Speaking at an international Buddhist conference in India, Rajapaksa said that many highrise residential buildings have come up in Colombo in the past two decades. He says the condominium boom in Colombo was in fact started …

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Wimal Weerawansa and MP’s From NFF Boycott Constitution Debate But Come to Parliament to have Sumptuous Lunch at Subsidised Rates.

By Saman Indrajith A group of MPs who boycotted yesterday’s debate on interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly were, however, present at the MP’s Restaurant to have their lunch. MPs are entitled to meals on parliament sitting days and yeterday, too, they were provided with subsidised meals.

Media and Trade Unions Who Were Shivering Under Rajapaksa Regime Using Their New Freedom to Attack Govt and Prime Minister

by Zacki Jabbar Prime Minister Ranil Wickrememesinghe said yesterday that even though the current UNP led National Unity government had achieved a great deal in terms of freedom and economic development, it was he who was unreasonably criticised the most by a section of the media. Speaking at an event held at SriKotha, to release …

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Launches “UNP Achievement report” Outling Policy Measures Undertaken by Govt

Prepping for polls, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the Government’s policies since 2015 had focused on all-round multidimensional development and economic growth that targeted public, household, company and macroeconomic advancement to deliver holistic growth. Launching the ‘UNP Achievements Report’, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe gave a detailed recap of the policy measures taken by the Government …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Decision to Hold Local Govt Polls in Jan 2018 Has Jeopardised Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Calculations.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has pressed for holding the much delayed local council elections in January in a move that has taken the Joint Opposition off guard. The election due in mid 2015 was delayed because the previous administration had failed to complete legislation to conduct local government polls under a hybrid system replacing proportional …

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Colombo High Court Judge Ranasinghe Acquits Suspect Charged Under PTA; Involuntary Confession Made to TID Rejected

By S.S. Selvanayagam A suspect charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), whose case was transferred from the Trincomalee High Court to Colombo by the Attorney General, was acquitted by the Colombo High Court on Thursday. The accused Kangaratnam Jeevaratnam was arrested on 29 June 2007 on suspicion of being in possession of a …

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Mangala Samaraweera Condemns Kamal Gunaratne’s “Viyathgama’ Speech and calls the General’s Book “Road to Nandikadal” as “Handi-Kadal”(Breaker of Towns)

(Excerpts from the “Sunday Politics Column in the “Sunday Observer” of October 29th 2017) If there was one thing that characterized the 10-year rule of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, that would be the unprecedented level of violence unleashed upon the regime’s political opponents. Infamous ‘white van abductions’ were prevalent in the capital city of Colombo, …

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Meethotamulla Garbage Dump Disaster in Sri Lanka Was a Capitalist Crime

By Vilani Peiris—convenor of the Committee of the Independent Workers Inquiry October 14 marked six months since the collapse of a huge garbage dump in Meethotamulla, a suburb in Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo. At least 32 people died after being buried alive. Eight remain missing and more than 100 were injured. Some 198 families, …

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Central Bank Official Files Fundamental Rights Petition Against Senior Officers Of the Attorney-General’s Dept

By S.S. Selvanayagam Justice Priyantha Jayawardane recused himself on personal grounds from hearing the Fundamental Rights petition filed by a Central Bank official against the officers of the Attorney General’s Department in the backdrop of two respondents from the AG’s Department being his close friends. Justice Sisira J. De Abrew also expressed his apparent reluctance …

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Responsibility of Foreign Ministry To Present Sri Lanka’s Case Credibly to the International Community.

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka “Engaging in arguments and debates in the international domain over the number of civilians who may have died at a particular time in the country will not help resolve any issues, in a meaningful manner, locally, except a feel good factor for a few individuals who may think that they …

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Seven Factors To Be Considered in Legal Reform Concerning Medical Termination of Pregnancies.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene When the Law Commission of Sri Lanka jibbed at recommending reforms to the archaic punishment of the termination of pregnancies except to save the life of a mother a decade or so ago, it showcased precisely how the uneasy meandering of conservative men of a particular age group can have a …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Cleverly Mobilizes Buddhist Monks Against Constitutional Reform

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham The main sects of Sri Lanka’s Maha Sangha have once again demonstrated their strident opposition to constitutional reforms, this time going one step further and claiming that neither a new constitution nor amendments to the existing constitution are necessary. They have also deemed the existing constitution more than satisfactory. The Mahanayake Theras …

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Should Not Wimal Weerawansa Be Charged Under Penal Code For Crimes Amounting to Treason?

By Don Manu Wimal Weerawansa stands today condemned by every syllable he uttered when, in the presence of the former President Rajapaksa no less on stage and brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the audience with a whole host of Buddhist monks in attendance, he devilishly declared that Parliament must be bombed from above and swiped out …

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3 Tamil Prisoners Supposedly On Hunger Strike Are Actually Consuming Food Says Anuradhapura Prisons updt in report to High Court

By Ranjith Padmasiri A Superintendent of Anuradhapura Prison has submitted a report to the Anuradhapura High Court (HC) claiming, the fast unto death by three LTTE suspects accused of killing 26 Army and Navy personnel in their custody, was done to avoid courts. In his report, the Superintendent claims, “The three accused are in the …

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Maj Gen Kamal Gunaratne’s Alleged Death Threat Against “Traitors Supporting New Constitution” May Warrant Legal Action

BY Lucien Rajakarunanayake The debate on a new constitution is certainly gathering force, but regrettably it is largely a distorted debate due to deliberate efforts by those clearly opposed to a new constitution being adopted in the country, presenting the Interim Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly, which is the Parliament, as …

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Ranjan Ramanayake Appears in Supreme Court Without Having Received Any Notice With his Lawyer Sumanthiran Over Contempt of Court Proceedings

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake appeared before the Supreme Court, without notice to do so, in two Contempt of Court actions filed against him. President’s Counsel M. A. Sumanthiran appearing for Ramanayake informed court that his client is yet to receive notice. “We have not got any notice. But we are appearing in …

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UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff Fires Warning Shots at Sri Lankan Govt

By Manekshaw The UN Special Rapporteur, on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff after his fourteen-day assignment in Sri Lanka released an extensive statement titled ‘Sri Lanka continues to deprive itself of the benefits of Transitional Justice.’ Pablo de Greiff has also mentioned that he would even present …

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Madras High Court Upholds Freedom of Expression By Dismissing Petition Against Tamil Hit Movie “Mersal” With Actor Vijay in Lead Role

By S.Venkat Narayan The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking to revoke the censor certificate of the controversial Tamil movie Mersal by declaring that it was only an imaginative story and that the freedom of expression is there for all. Mersal was in the midst of a controversy after the Tamil Nadu …

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Central Bank Senior Manager Files FR Petition Alleging Intimidation and Duress by Senior Officials of Attorney-Generals Dept

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Two Supreme Court Judges among a three-judge-Bench yesterday declined to sit on the Bench regarding the fundamental rights petition filed by a senior manager of the Central Bank’s Public Debt Department who challenged the activities of several members of the Attorney General’s Department during interrogations pertaining to the Presidential Commission Inquiry into …

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Ex-Eastern Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan Alias “Pillaiyan” Indicted For Murder of Ex- Batticaloa MP Joseph Pararajasingham

By Chitra Weerarathne The Attorney General yesterday told the Supreme Court that Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, the former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, had been indicted in the High Court of Batticaloa, for the murder of Joseph Pararajasinghem, TNA member of Parliament for Batticaloa District. The murder was committed on or about Dec. 5, …

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Two Tamils Rajan Kadirgamar and Travis Sinniah Were Longest and Shortest Serving Navy Commanders.

Sri Lanka’s outgoing navy chief Travis Sinniah, the first minority Tamil to reach the highest position in the force in nearly half a century, has set a new record for being the shortest serving commander. The previous Tamil commander, Rear Admiral R. Kadiragamar, and Admiral Sinniah now firmly hold records for heading the navy for …

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A Time Of Dwarfs With Return Of “Sudu Nelum” Movement Syndrome

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka We live in a time of dwarfs, against whom we have to defend the achievements of giants.We have SWRD Bandaranaike’s historic rupture with the UNP to found a moderate nationalist anti-UNP formation and inaugurate a two-party system, reversed by Chandrika Bandaranaike’s realignment/reintegration of the SLFP with a markedly rightist UNP. We have …

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3 Tamil prisoners On Hunger Strike in Anuradhapura File Appeal to Transfer Case Back to Vavuniya

By S.S.Selvanayagam Tamil prisoners who have embarked on a hunger strike to force the transfer of their case back to the Vavuniya High Court from the Anuradhapura High Court yesterday filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the Attorney General and the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID). Petitioners Rajathurai Thiruvarul, Mathiarasan Sulakshan and Ganeshan …

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Rear Admiral S.S.Ranasinghe Appointed Navy Commander; No Extension of Term For Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah Who Served as Navy Chief for 66 Days Only.

Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah, who was appointed Navy Commander on August 18, has become the shortest serving Navy Commander in Sri Lanka, serving a meager 64 days. President Sirisena this morning decided against extending the service of Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah and appointed Rear Admiral S. S. Ranasinghe in his stead.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Must Enter Politics as Kurunegala District Lead Candidate in the Wayamba Provincial Council Poll.

By Gomin Dayasri Mahinda Rajapakse [MR] is the front-runner in an opposition soft on the government. Appears overcome, by the enormity of his personal problems. Best way to negative is to be at the helm of politics. Not cut and run …… from it all: as he warms himself for the Local Government polls in …

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Phony Moves of Constitutional Change and The Political Hypocrisy of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

By K. Ratnayake Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presented a “constitutional assembly” steering committee report last month. Although he declared the aim of a new constitution was “reconciliation and development,” the accompanying debate shows that every faction of the ruling elite is thoroughly steeped in divisive Sinhala communalism. The report presented on September 21 …

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Is Govt Really Scared About Wimal Weerawansa’s Threat of a Bomb Should Be Dropped On Parliament? – “The Island”.

(Text of Editorial Appearing in “The Island” of October 26th 2017 Under the heading “Bombing Parliament?) National Freedom Front leader and Joint Opposition firebrand, Wimal Weerawansa, MP, has, true to form, rattled the cage of many a government politician. He said, with his trademark grin, that a bomb should be dropped on Parliament unless at …

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UNP Ministers Threaten to Pull Out Of Govt If Local Govt Elections Are Not Held in January 2018 Due To SLFP Pressure

In a dramatic turn of events, the United National Party Ministers representing the government threatened to pull out of the ruling coalition, if the government failed to hold the Local Government election in January. They demanded the President to hold the LG polls without delay, at the weekly Cabinet meeting held this morning. Prime Minister …

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