Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa Urges Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to Stop CID Investigations Into Unruly Violence Unleashed byUPFA MP’sin Parliament in November 2018.

By Saman Indrajith The UPFA MPs, led by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday, urged Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to stop CID investigations into the unruly incidents in the Chamber on Nov 14, 15 and 16 on the basis lawmakers were protected by the parliamentary privileges. The UPFA appealed to Speaker Jayasuriya after the latter had tabled …

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By Saman Indrajith The UPFA MPs, led by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday, urged Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to stop CID investigations into the unruly incidents in the Chamber on Nov 14, 15 and 16 on the basis lawmakers were protected by the parliamentary privileges. The UPFA appealed to Speaker Jayasuriya after the latter had tabled …

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Mahinda and Maithripala’s Fight To Reverse the 19th Constitutional Amendment is the Battle to Restore the Autocracy of the Rajapaksas

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Nineteen is the last of the teen years, and many think that moving to 19 was still being a teenager and not an adult.One had to hit 20/21 for that. We are caught in a different number issue. Today, 19 is the stuff of crooked political debate. Those who were most active …

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Though Enabling Legislation To Exercise Devolved Powers Was Drafted by TNA Nothing was Done Because Former Northern Chief Minister Believed that it Must be Shown that Nothing Positive may be Obtained from the 13th Amendment – M.A. Sumanthiran MP

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole The status of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution is generally subject to several misconceptions, besides confusion over whether it is good or bad, and necessary or not. To clarify these doubts, the Anglican Archdeacon for Jaffna, The Ven. Fr. Sam Ponniah, on behalf of the Church’s Regional Board of Social Responsibility, …

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A Visit to Mali in Africa Where Sri Lankan Soldiers Serving as UN Peacekeepers Were Killed and Injured in an Improvised Explosive Device Attack by a Rebel Group

By Bandula Jayasekara There is an element of fire and risk in all of us combined with excitement. That was aroused when an invitation was extended by the Sri Lanka Army, to Sirasa TV News 1st, to visit Mali. As we were making preparations for departure, Mali was in the news, again. Captain HWD Jayawickrema …

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Three Former Commanders of the Army,Navy and air Force Express Concern Over Alleged Attempts to Take Ex -Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Into Custody Over Probe Into War Time Disappearances Allegations.

by Shamindra Ferdinando Three retired service commanders, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke), Admiral Tisara Samarasinghe and General Daya Ratnayake, yesterday, alleged the war winning military was being penalised in terms of the Geneva Resolution co-sponsored by the government, in Oct 2015. They requested President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, …

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Board of Investment Targets Jaffna District For Development Through Foreign Investment and Promoting Regional Industrialization.

The Board of Investment has made a significant impact in developing local economies, by implementing the Government’s objective to promote regional industrialisation. There has been considerable employment generation, boosting of exports, new technology transfers as a result of Foreign Direct Investment inflows. The Jaffna District is one of the main districts in the Northern Province …

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Attacks on Judiciary, Constitutional Council and Speaker Because Rajapaksas Have Realized Their Greatest “Enemy” is the Independence Shown By These Institutions and Fearlessness of Karu Jayasuriya – Mangala Samaraweera in Parliament.

(Text of Speech made by the Minister of Finance and Media, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera during the adjournment debate on the Constitutional Council in Parliament on 21st February 2019) Hon. Speaker, • If my memory serves me right, I cannot recall an occasion in Sri Lanka’s recent history when the Executive and the Legislature of Sri …

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Opinion Piece About Sri Lanka by British Politician Lord Naseby is Inundated With False and Misleading Claims and Provides an Incorrect Portrayal of the War.

By Taylor Dibbert Sri Lanka’s civil war ended tragically in May 2009. Ten years on, the wounds of war remain unhealed. That has significant implications for the country’s future trajectory and ensures that, absent some big changes, a return to violence at some later date cannot be ruled out. Besides, victims and their family members …

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“The Man Who Would Be King”: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike On His 70th Birth Anniversary

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Huston in 1975. The objective of this article however is not …

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Marie Colvin: Courageous Journalist Who Lost an Eye in Sri Lanka and Her Life In Syria.

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Journalists in the line of duty are required to write about different people from all walks of life but it is very rarely that they write about themselves or fellow journalists. It is accepted as part of a scribe’s lot in life. As far as the fourth estate is concerned it goes with …

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Despicable Onslaughts on Judges on the Floor of the House by Rajapaksa Supporters are Part of a Well Orchestrated Plot to Undermine Even the Constitutional Minimum That we Have Now

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene It is a matter for raucous entertainment when Sri Lanka’s opposition Members of Parliament, some with the proud boast of associating with known racketeers and jumping from one party to another while others are taped offering bribes to legislators to cross the floor, accuse the country’s Constitutional Council (CC) of being …

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CID has not yet Sought to Arrest Former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda Despite Having Reported Significant Evidence of his Possible Involvement in the Murders to the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court.

By Maneshka Borham Investigators of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) are closing in on a former top aide of former Navy Commander, Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda in connection with the Navy abduction for ransom racket. According to sources, the aide, now a wanted suspect currently serving as a Chief Petty Officer in the Naval intelligence is …

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Confrontation Between Executive Presidency and Constitutional Council Has Resulted in Another Constitutional Crisis Where There is no Constitutionally Established Court of Appeal.

By J.C.Weliyamuna PC Sri Lanka today faces another constitutional crisis. At the centre of the crisis is the dynamic between the Constitutional Council, a creation of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, and the executive presidency, itself a creation of the 1978 Constitution. Both the executive powers of the President and the powers of the …

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If DA Rajapaksa Museum Trial Starts as On Feb 22 the Public Will Be Exposed For the First Time to Evidence In a Court of Law Alleging Illegal Conduct by ex-Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

By Manoj Colambage If the D.A Rajapaksa Museum trial starts as scheduled on Friday (22), it will mark the first time the public will be exposed to evidence in a court of law, alleging illegal conduct by the former Defence Secretary after his lawyers spent years trying to stall criminal proceedings against him through a …

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Kusal Perera Scoring 153 N.O Puts on Unbeaten Last Wicket Partnership of 78 Runs With Vishwa Fernando Enabling Sri Lanka To Register Sensational One-Wicket Victory Over South Africa in Durban.

Kusal Perera carried Sri Lanka to a sensational one-wicket win on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa at Kingsmead on Saturday as he hit a career-best 153 not out. Perera and Vishwa Fernando put on an unbeaten 78 in a last-wicket partnership to secure Sri Lanka’s second win in 14 Test …

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The Main Choice at the Next Presidential Election will be Straightforward – Does Sri Lanka Return to Authoritarian Rajapaksa Rule or not.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “We were on the Titanic and everyone knew it was hitting the iceberg” – Eric Hobsbawm (Interesting Times) In a few months, we, the Lankan voters, will be asked to make a choice that history may well term tragic. The UNP, the SLFP, the SLPP and the JVP have all expressed an …

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“When there is a war situation, there are certain things you must do. When the war ends, you do not repeat the same. You cannot judge a person by what he did during a war situation” – “ Ex Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in “Daily Mirror” Interview

By Kelum Bandara Since the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa four years ago, there has been speculation in the political circles that his brother and Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, known as an efficient administrator, would come forward as the next Presidential candidate. His Viyathmaga movement was seen as a launching pad in this …

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Hangman Rope Trick Masterminded by Maithripala Sirisena for his “Ellungass Senakeliya” (Hangman’s Carnival) May Beat all Rope Tricks of Indian Magicians

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The debate about the Indian rope trick described as the world’s greatest illusion continues. But we have now moved to our own Rope Trick age. President Sirisena is showing signs of possibly beating all those Indian magicians by making a big performance of his own Rope Trick. He cannot trust a Sri …

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Depending Upon Toxicology Reports , the Singers Amal and Son Nadeemal Perera Along With 15 Others Are Likely to Be Released With a Fine and Ordered To Be Deported to Sri Lanka When Case Is Taken Up Before Courts in Dubai on Feb 27 Say Lawyers

By Rukshana Rizwie Singers Amal and his son Nadeemal Perera who were arrested at Makandure Madush’s son’s birthday party in Dubai are likely to be released on conditional bail. This is upon a settlement of a fine along with 15 others who would be deported to Sri Lanka once the case is taken up on …

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USA Should not Emphasise Human Rights and Democracy too Much When Working in Sri Lanka Says Ex-Navy Commander Dr.Jayanath Colombage to Visiting US Officials at Round Table Discussion.

By Rathindra Kuruwita Former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage, yesterday, told American officials including Assistant Secretary to the US Department of State Thomas L. Vajda that the United States should not place too much emphasis on human rights and democracy when working in Sri Lanka. He said so at a …

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While Many Lawyers Went To Dubai to Watch Interests of Arrested Persons , No Representative of the Police Has Gone to Monitor Investigations and Legal Action Against Makandura Madush in Dubai.

by Hemantha Randunu Police have not sent a single representative to Dubai to monitor legal action against notorious underworld criminal Makandure Madush, Police sources claim. However, several lawyers have gone to Dubai to represent the suspects and are feeding the media with wrong information, a senior police officer said, adding that the police should have …

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Two Individuals Were Behind Assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunge, Disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda and Abduction -Assault of Keith Noyahr Says Ex Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa::: Is Gota Referring to Sarath Fonseka and Champika Ranawaka?

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said two individuals were behind the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, the assault on journalist Keith Noyahr and the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Mr. Rajapaksa said he was not involved in any of these things including the disappearance of Ekneligoda. “We …

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Ranil Takes Potshots at Maithripala by Saying that Bankrupt Politicians Cant Come To Parliament and Make Baseless Statements Criticising Independent Commissions and Attacking The Judiciary Like a “Football”.

Criticising independent Commissions as well as attacking the independent Judiciary will weaken the control and eradication of narcotics, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. Speaking at an event in Maligawatte today, the Premier said bankrupt politicians cannot be allowed to use the Judiciary as a “football”, and if they come to Parliament and make baseless …

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SWRD Bandaranaike Was Lanka’s Pioneering Proponent Of Federalism

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Constitution reform or Constitution making process appears to be at a standstill. Apart from the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) all other political parties represented in the Constitutional Assembly do not seem keen on taking the process forward at this juncture. The chief reason for this lethargy seems to be real and imaginary concerns …

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STF or Sri Lankan Police Officials Had Nothing to do with Arrest of Makandure Madush and Others Done by Dubai Police Alone Says Lawyer Udul Premaratne Representing Singer Amal Perera and son Nadeemal.

Attorney-at-law Udul Premaratne, now in Dubai to represent singer Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal Perera, who are under Bur Dubai Police custody with the notorious organised criminal and drug smuggler Makandure Madush, claimed that the raid was not a joint collaboration between Dubai and Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities, but only carried out by …

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PHU Leader Udaya Gammanpila MP Defends UPFA Parliamentarian Niroshan Premaratne Saying There is no Basis for Allegation that the Matara District MP Had Laundered Money or Invested Funds on Behalf of Drug Kingpin Mkadure Madush.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader and UPFA member Udaya Gammanpila, yesterday, claimed that so far there was no basis for allegations that UPFA Matara District MP Niroshan Premaratne had laundered underworld kingpin Makadure Madush’s drug money. Those who accused MP Premaratne of money laundering owed an explanation as to how they had …

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No Narcotics Offence Related Case Has Been Filed Against Drug Kingpin Makandure Madush in Sri Lankan Courts So Far: Only Implicated in Two Pending Cases of Killing a Politician and Mass Muredr of Rival Gangsters

By Hemantha Randunu No cases have been filed against the underworld leader Makandure Madush regarding the sale of narcotics, Police sources say. Although Madush had been involved in drug dealing the police had no evidence to prove his drug links, sources said. “He has been doing narcotic business from Dubai so the police have failed …

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Makandure Madush and 30 Others Arrested In Dubai Have Not Been Produced in Courts So Far but Toxicology Reports Have Been Filed as part of Preliminary Investigations:INTERPOL Not Involved In Case.

By Rukshana Rizwie Wanted criminal Makandure Madush and 30 others who were arrested as part of a sting operation have not been produced before Dubai courts. This is only because the preliminary toxicology reports have been furnished and the group is to be produced courts later this week officials said. “The arrested individuals have not …

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Basil Rajapaksa Vetoes Maithripala Sirisena Indirectly by Re-iterating that Next Presidential Election Candidate Will Be Member of SLPP Contesting Under Pohottuwa symbol.

By Nuwan Senarathna Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) national organiser Basil Rajapaksa yesterday said the Party members will not support anyone outside the party as a Presidential candidate under any circumstance, and the candidate would have to contest under the Party’s flower bud symbol. Rajapaksa expressed these views during a meeting held at Party headquarters …

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Colombo Permanent High Court -at-bar Issues Ruling That It has Jurisdiction to Hear the DA Rajapaksa Museum Case and Rejects Two Preliminary Objections Raised By Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Defence Counsel

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda The Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar yesterday overruled preliminary objections raised by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others in the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum case. While, overruling the preliminary objections raised by the defence, the Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne held that …

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“There is only one Country that is Joined by Destiny with Sri Lanka, and that is India” Says Indian Envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhu

In an apparent message to China and pro-Sino lobbies, Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Sunday highlighted how supportive his country has been to Sri Lanka and urged the nation to benefit from the giant neighbour’s success story by virtue of destiny. Speaking at the a reception to commemorate the 70th Republic Day of …

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Neelan Tiruchelvam’s Absence Felt In The Making Of a New Constitution

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Sri Lanka approaching her seventy-first anniversary of gaining freedom from the United Kingdom is presently in the midst of an interesting politico-legal phase. The Island nation is engaged in formulating a new Constitution. The country from the time of Independence has had three Constitutions so far. The current exercise if successful would result …

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Seventy Years Of Independence and the Tamils of Sri Lanka

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This article published to denote the 70th anniversary of Ceylon/Sri Lanka’s independence from British rule is being re-posted without any changes to mark the 71st Independence day on Geb 4th 2019) Three score and ten years have passed since Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon gained Independence from Britain on February 4th 1948. …

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Investigations Reveal Details of 80 Politicians Comprising Pradeshiya Sabha Heads, Provincial Councillors and MP”s from Different Political Parties With Alleged Links to Arrested Drug Kinpin Makandure Madush.

State intelligence units have uncovered details of eighty (80) politicians who had links with the underworld gang leader Makandure Madush. Police sources say that the PS chairmen, provincial councilors and members of parliament of different political parties are in this list. This information has been revealed when interrogating some leading criminals including Madush, who were …

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President Sirisena Attempts Again To Claim Credit for Recent Police Action Against Members of the Underworld and Drug Mafia in Dubai and Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday made another attempt to get credit for the current STF operations against drug kingpins and underworld criminals. Addressing a function in Polonnaruwa, President Sirisena said he had started “polishing” the Police service, and went on to question what the ministers in charge of the Police service did over the last 25-30 …

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16 More Including Drug Smuggler Angoda Lokka Arrested by Dubai Police; Drug Dealers Andarawatte Chamara and Shanaka Madhushan Alias “Olu Mara” Arrested in Mattakkuliya and Wennappuwa: Group of Makandure Madush Associates Nabbed in Matara.

By Wijayani Edirisinghe, Rakshana Sriyantha and Lahiru Fernando The Dubai Police yesterday had arrested drug smuggler Angoda Lokka, an associate of Makandure Madush who fled the scene when Dubai Police arrested Madush and another 16 suspects last Tuesday. He has been arrested by the police when he was hiding at another hotel in Dubai, Police …

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Downfall in Dubai of Sri Lanka’s Most Wanted Drug Dealer Kingpin Samarasinghe Arachchilage Madush Lakshitha infamously alias Makandure Madush a.k.a. Ajith Avanka Wickramasinghe

By Maneshka Borham Notorious criminal and Sri Lanka’s most wanted drug kingpin Samarasinghe Arachchilage Madush Lakshitha infamously known as Makandure Madush, was arrested by Dubai law enforcement officials in an extraordinary raid this week. At the time of his arrest, Madush had been on the run for over two years, evading the Sri Lankan Police …

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Timing and Pattern of Attacks on Constitutional Council and Human Rights Commission by President Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa Supporters Are Neither a Co-incidence Nor Random.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene It is no matter for jest when the President of a country publicly singles out national oversight institutions for ferocious censure. And without a doubt, it is even worse when that institution happens to be a national human rights institution. By the very nature of the work that it does and …

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“Many politicians claim that the draft put forward by the expert panel is the final version of the Constitution, which it is not”- Dr.Jayampathy Wickramaratne

By Anurangi Singh Getting bogged down with language in the draft constitution should not become an insurmountable hurdle to enacting a new Constitution, one of the key pledges of the January 8, 2015 platform for change, legal experts said last week. Speaking at a seminar organised by civil society at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for …

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Investigations Show 12 MP’s were Stuck in the Parliament Lift for Only 10 and not 25 Minutes: Video Reveals the Trapped MPs Were Not Suffocating Without Oxygen as Alleged by Weerawansa But Were Instead Merrily Sharing Jokes and Taking Selfies During Their ‘Ordeal’.

By Uditha Kumarasinghe The hysterics by UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa and several others who were trapped in an elevator for a few minutes in the Parliamentary complex, became a high point in Parliament this week, even though other important House businesses should have dominated the sessions. Next Tuesday, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will receive a report …

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Since Social Media Captures our Attention by Providing Fields of View that Feed our Bias the Risk Over Time is that Communal or Prejudiced Opinions Either Tend to get Strengthened or go Unquestioned by Others.

By Sanjana Hattotuwa A presentation of my doctoral research to colleagues at CPA afforded the chance to talk and think about what social media means for those not on and the least aware of it. Conversations and commentary over 2018 posit to social media powers, responsibilities and roles that grossly simplify more complex, dynamic relationships. …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Urges Revival of War-time Troika to Manage India- Sri Lanka Relations

Mahinda Rajapaksa, Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament and a former Sri Lankan President, has strongly urged the governments of India and Sri Lanka to revive the “Troika” system which managed relations between the two countries during the crucial final phase of the war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam …

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80 % of Lanka’s Top Underworld Kingpins Were In Dubai at the Time of Two Raids by Police: Among Those Arrested 31 Including Makadure Madhush Have Been Tested Positive For Using Cocaine.

by Shamindra Ferdinando Authoritative sources said that of those arrested in two separate raids in Dubai early this week, 31 had been tested positive for cocaine. Sources said that United Arab Emirates mounted the operation following exhaustive investigations undertaken by Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities. Responding to a query, sources said that Sri Lankan artistes …

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Ranil is Showing that the United National Party is a Party United in Bringing About a National Disaster in the Name of What Is Claimed to be a National Govt

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake It was Aristotle who said “All Earthquakes and Disasters are warnings; there’s too much corruption in the world.” We are on the road to show the truth of this thinking, especially with regard to a coming disaster. Ranil Wickremesinghe and the United National Party are keen to show us that disaster is …

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5383 Hectares in the Vicinity of Sinharaja Rain Forest Is Being Acquired for Road Development Project Announces State Minister of Environment Ajith Mannapperuma in Parliament.

By Saman Indrajith A controversial road development project, which, enviornmentalists, say is in the Sinharaja forest, would be carried out as scheduled, Mahaweli Development and Environment State Minister Ajith Mannapperuma told parliament yesterday. He said the forest would suffer no damage. Responding to JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the UNPer said the road leading to …

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SLHRC Chairprson Dr. Deepika Udagama “Educates His Excellency ” About the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission’s Mandate,Duties and Functions In a Hard -Hitting Response to President Sirisena’s Unjust and Ignorant Criticism.

(Text of letter written by the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission chairperson Dr.Deepika Udagama to President Maithripala Sirisena in response to his criticism of the Commission for many alleged faults) His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Presidential Residence Paget Road Colombo 07 Your Excellency, Re: His Excellency the …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Makes Special Statement in Parliament Refuting “Unjust” Critical Allegations Made By President Sirisena Against the Constitutional Council and Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission

(Text of Special statement made by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at the Commencement of Parliament in Response to the criticism and False accusations levelled by President Maithripala Sirisena against the Conduct of the Constitutional Council and Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission) I made a statement before this August Assembly even on 25th January 2019 regarding …

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Enraged Maithripala Sirisena Rants and Raves Against the Constitutional Council for Displaying Independence in Judicial Appointments and the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission for Protecting the Human Rights of Prisoners and Alleged Drug Criminals

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Refusing to back down on his stance to carry out the death penalty, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday criticised the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka for what he termed as interference in Government decisions to establish law and order, and the Constitutional Council for disregarding his recommendations on promotions of judges. Sirisena, …

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Makandure Madush Arrested in Dubai Will Be Prosecuted Under Laws of that Country First While Deportation to Sri Lanka will be Decided By United Arab Emirates Courts States Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament

By Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, told Parliament that Makandure Madush, a notorious underworld drug kingpin who was arrested in Dubai on Tuesday would be prosecuted under the laws of that country first. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that the courts of United Arab Emirates would decide whether Madush would be deported to Sri …

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Mangala Samaraweera Praises Re-instated Customs Director -General as an’ “Iron Lady”: Sarojini Charles Says She Needs a Littele Time To Bring in Reforms at the Customs Dept.

By Chathuri Dissanayake Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera lauded reinstated Customs Director General Sarojini Charles with praise yesterday, expressing full confidence in her abilities to bring the ‘business mafia’ operating in the Port to book, with new systems set to be introduced in the Department. “She is an iron lady,” Minister Samaraweera said, …

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Notorious Lankan Underworld Kingpins Makandure Madush, Keselwatte Dinuka, Kachipani Imran Along With Popular Singer Amal Perera and son Nadimal Among 20 Persons Arrested in Dubai

By Darshana Sanjeewa Notorious underworld drug kingpin Makandure Madush and several other Sri Lankans were among a group of 20 suspects reportedly arrested in Dubai during a joint raid carried out by the law enforcement authorities today. Sources said popular Sri Lankan singer Amal Perera, his son Nadimal and underworld criminals identified as Keselwatte Dinuka …

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Govt Re-instates Sarojini Charles as Customs Director -General For 3 Months Due To “Work to Rule”Protest Campaign by Customs Union;Mangala Claims He was Unaware of Probes Being Conducted by the Customs D-G.

By Chathuri Dissanayake Under pressure from unions and importers, the Government yesterday reinstated Director General of Customs P.Sarojini .M. Charles, who was to be replaced by a retired Navy officer. Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday withdrew the proposal presented to the Cabinet to remove Charles and appoint retired Rear Admiral Shermal Fernando …

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Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa Criticises Govt For Removing Customs Director -General PSM Charles and Replacing her with a retired Navy Officer

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa held the Government responsible for the trade union action taken by Sri Lanka Customs and related other services which went on for seven days. Based on the removal of the Department of Customs Director General P.S.M. Charles, the employees started a work to rule campaign which was joined …

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“Cultural Content that Informed Sinhala Nationalism from Independence is Changing – What we Consider Authentic now may be very Different in the Years and Decades to Come” – Dr. Harshana Rambukwella

By Gihan de Chickera Dr. Harshana Rambukwella is an academic with an interest in literary history, postcolonial theory and sociolinguistics. Bringing these disciplines together, he recently authored the book ‘The Politics and Poetics of Authenticity’ (UCL Press, 2018), which examines the unfolding of Sinhala nationalism through the life and work of Anagarika Dharmapala, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike …

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“How Ethical Is It To Establish a National Govt by Enlisting the Support of a Single MP? – President Sirisena Raises Question Publicly in his Independence Day Address.

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the Independence Day Ceremony, yesterday, said he was opposed to the efforts being made by the UNP to form a national government. “How ethical is it to establish a national government by enlisting the support of a single MP? I am opposed to this proposal. The people don’t want more ministers …

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Duplicity and Doublespeak About The US Military Logistics Hub in Sri Lanka

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya While Sri Lankans were distracted by a power struggle between the president and prime minister in December, the world’s superpower pulled off a heist in terms of extending its military footprint in Sri Lanka and, by extension, in the Indian Ocean. Between 24– 29 January, the US Navy’s 7th Fleet for a …

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Lasting Solution in Sri Lanka Requires Transcending of the Politics of Ethnic Nationalism and of Neo-liberal Technocracy.

By Kanishka Goonewardena “In the name of God, go!” Rarely have these words of Oliver Cromwell been recycled with such farce and frequency as during Sri Lanka’s recent political crisis, not least by parliamentarians addressing rivals. As far as crises go, however, it was a remarkably peaceful affair outside of parliament and unrelated to any …

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Sarojini Charles Was Removed From Customs Director -General Post by the Govt Because She Tried To Conduct Fresh Inquiry Into Falsified Invoice Fraud in Importing 1675 BMW Vehicles Alleges Lawyer Nagananda Kodituwakku.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Attorney-at-law Nagananda Kodituwakku, yesterday, alleged that government sacked Director General of Customs Mrs. P.S.M. Charles (Sarojini Charles) as she continuously resisted political interference. Kodituwakku pointed out the government sacked Mrs. Charles soon after celebrating the International Customs Day, in Colombo. Kodituwakku said that the UNP proved again that honest and efficient public …

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Plantation Worker Agitation For 1000 Rupee Daily Wage Will Persist a Fair Income Cannot be anything less Amidst Rising Cost of Living.

By Meera Srinivasan ‘LKR 700 (Rs. 275) it is,’ said Sri Lanka’s plantation companies earlier this week, fixing tea estate workers’ new basic daily wage. It is 300 rupees lesser than the LKR 1,000 that the workers demanded, but the negotiating trade unions concurred with the employers, and signed a collective agreement. While employers have …

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Govt Allocates Rs 8 Billion for Building 7000 Pre-fab Houses in East by Ravi Wethasinghe’s Recently Incorporated “Yapka” Construction(pvt) Ltd While Prime Ministers Office Informs UN Habitat-led Consortium and UNOPS that Treasury Wont Allocate Money For Long Overdue 25,000 Brick Houses Project in North.

By Namini Wijedasa The Prime Minister’s Office has notified a consortium of humanitarian agencies led by UN-Habitat and The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) that the Treasury cannot allocate money for their long-overdue initiative to build 25,000 brick houses for the war displaced in the North and East. The Government will, however, set …

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A Pardon, a Penalty and a Populist: Political Pointers Towards the Arrival of a Truly Dystopian Future.

By Gehan Gunatilleke There are things that have political currency in Sri Lanka – free education and healthcare, a reduced cost of living, and anti-corruption are usually among these things. Apart from this usual inventory, there are stranger things that can gain currency in this country. Their value is often difficult to see or measure. …

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New Counter -Terrorism Bill With Expansive Aspects in Dealing with Counter-terror Needs to be Rigorously Examined Before it is Passed by our Legislators.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Amidst the political turmoil that took place in late October 2018, it was wholly predictable that Sri Lanka’s Counter-Terrorism Bill approved by the Cabinet just the month before, quietly slipped past public scrutiny. At a time when the country’s constitutional order itself had been shaken to its (albeit not entirely steady) …

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China’s Conduct in Sri Lanka and Maldives Would Indicate how India-China Relations Would Shape up in the Future and Impact the Security Environment Not Only in the Two Island Nations but the Indian Ocrean Region as Well.

By Colonel R Hariharan Introduction Recently India’s Indian Ocean neighbours – Sri Lanka and Maldives – witnessed political crises after heads of state attempted to tinker with constitution to suit their political ends, plunging the country into chaos and uncertain future. This was due to fractious and personality driven domestic politics practiced in both the …

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How Rohitha Rajapaksa Proposed To Tatyana Jayaratne On the Top of Mt.Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Married Her by the side of a Pond at Weeraketiya in Sri Lanka.

(Excerpted from the “Sunday Times” of January 27th 2019) Standing atop the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, he proposed to her. The three dormant volcanoes, after which the mountain is named, did not erupt but his love for her had peaked. With a smile, she accepted. From the highest mountain in Africa (4900 feet), the …

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Sri Lanka Freedom Party Unanimously Resolves To Nominate Maithripala Sirisena as the Party Candidate at the Forthcoming Presidential Elections.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Anuradhapura Convention has nominated President Maithripala Sirisena as the party’s candidate for the forthcoming presidential election, sources said. SLFP sources said the nomination was approved unanimously. “The candidate for the next presidential election will again be Maithripala Sirisena,” Parliamentarian Duminda Dissanayake told the media.. “No other name will be …

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“Independence Day is a Reminder that we are One nation Under One Flag and we are Free to Allow our Diversity to be the Uniting Factor of our People”- Mahinda Rajapaksa

(Text of Independence Day Message Issued by the Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa on Feb 3 2019) 71 years ago, a group of remarkable men decided that enough was enough. Sri Lanka had all the strengths it needed to gain autonomy, govern its own jurisdiction and rule under its own mandate. We, a nation …

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Seven Decades After Independence a New Wealth is Here Along with its Attendant Mindset and Value Where Everything Else From Respecting Nature to Civil Nurture is Dispensable.

By Sanjana Hattotuwa The lines snaked their way past and around the calm Buddha, who in Chinese before Tamil, greeted one to Sri Lanka. The visa on arrival counter was clearly marked by a throng of very tired looking foreigners, some with families seated on the floor, because there’s no seating in that area. A …

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Westminster Courts Chief Magistrate Revokes Arrest Warrant Against Ex-Military Attache Brig.Priyanka Fernando and Adjourns Case Until Mrch 1st to “Further Discuss Immunity Issue” and Determine Whether ” Action Constitutes Public Order Offence”.

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London Chief Magistrate of Westminster Magistrate’s Court, Emma Arbuthnot tendered an apology for the ‘administrative mishandling’ of former Sri Lankan military attache, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando’s public order offence case, when hearing resumed on Friday. She has revoked the previous arrest warrant saying that she did not know how such a sensitive …

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UNP Wants to Pass Substantive Motion For Setting up a “National Govt” With 48 Cabinet Ministers and 45 Non -Cabinet Ministers.

By Shamindra Ferdinando The UNP has sought to increase the number of ministers to 48 and non-cabinet ministers to 45 on the basis of the formation of a national government in accordance with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Parliament enacted the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on 2015 April 28. Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage …

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Formation of a National Govt to Facilitate Appointment of More than 30 Cabinet Ministers Has Nothing To Do with Celebrating 71 Years of Freedom From British on Feb 4?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake What has Freedom to do with having more Cabinet Ministers? I ask this because just three days before the 71st Independence Commemoration Day, the proposal has been made to have a ‘National Government’, which means more than 30 Cabinet Ministers. Those who brought the 19th Amendment to restrict the number of Cabinet …

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233 Individuals and 19 Organizations Sign Petition Urging President Sirisena not to Pardon Convicted Prisoner Bodu Bala Sena Gen -Secy Gnanasara Thero on Feb 4 Independence Day.

(Text of a petition signed by 233 Individuals and 19 Organizations Urging President Sirisena not to issue a Presidential pardon on February 4th Independence day to Convicted prisoner Bodu Bala Sena Gnanasara Thero) We, the undersigned civil society organisations and individuals are increasingly concerned by reports that Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thero (hereinafter Gnanasara thero) may …

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“When I met George Fernandez Aboard a New Delhi Bound Indian Airlines Flight in 1998, He was Travelling Alone Without Bodyguards Though he was India’s Defence Minister Then”

By Bandula Jayasekara George Fernandez, one of India’s former defence ministers and socialist leader, died on Tuesday. It brought back memories from 1998, when I flew with the Defenceless Defence Minister of India. This article, written re that chance encounter in August 1998, is reproduced as a tribute to the fallen socialist leader. I was …

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Court of Appeal Acting President Deepali Wijesundara Declines To Hear Petition Seeking Quo Warranto writ Disqualifying Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe From Remaining a Member of Parliament.

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Court of Appeal (acting President) Justice Deepali Wijesundera yesterday declined to sit on the Bench regarding a writ petition filed challenging UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Parliamentary seat. The petition was deferred for today (01) to fix for a support date. This petition had sought an order in the nature of a writ …

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Deputy -Solicitor-General Appreciates Conduct of Ex-Def-Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa For Respectfully Refusing to make Statements to the Media Within Court Premises.

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda The Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar Bench yesterday appreciated the prompt reaction by the parties concerned to ensure a conducive environment for witnesses. The judges urged all parties involved in the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum case, to act themselves in a manner that secures the respect of their professions inside court.The Trial-at-Bar Bench …

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Order Regarding Preliminary Objections Challenging the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar’s Jurisdiction to hear the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum case Fixed for February 11.

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda The order regarding the preliminary objections raised by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others challenging the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar’s jurisdiction to hear the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum case was yesterday fixed for February 11. The Trial-at-Bar Bench comprised High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne. …

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Appeal Filed by Attorney – General Seeking a Re-trial into Murder of Former TNA MP Nadaraja Raviraj, Fixed for April 4 by the Court of Appeal

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda An appeal filed by the Attorney General seeking a re-trial into the murder of former TNA MP Nadaraja Raviraj, was fixed for April 4 by the Court of Appeal yesterday. A Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice Deepali Wijesundara and Justice Achala Wengappuli decided to differ the application consequent to a request …

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Court of Appeal Orders Re-issuance Notice on Chaminda Hettiarachchi alias “Navy Sampath.

By S. S. Selvanayagam The Court of Appeal fixed the appeal filed against the High Court Order in the Former MP Raviraj murder case to be mentioned for April 4 yesterday, and directed to re-issue notice on Chaminda Hettiarachchi, alias Navy Sampath. The Bench comprised Justices Deepali Wijesundera (Acting President/CA) and Achala Wengappuli. Court had …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Loyalist MP Kumar Welgama Makes Waves By His Persistent Opposition to the Presidential Bid of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa .

By Ranga Jayasuriya Kumar Welgama, Member of Parliament from Kalutara is a colouful personality. Recently, he is in the limelight due to a revelation by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) that 18 buses which had been given to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) had gone missing during his tenure as the Minister of …

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Coining of New Words and Phrases Relating to Technological Terms in Tamil Imperative in Order to Keep up With World Developments

By Megha Kaveri When the movie Ko released in 2011, the internet went berserk about the word ‘Kuviyamilla’ which had featured in a song. It was an unfamiliar word that a big chunk of Tamil Nadu’s population was hearing for the first time. Debates raged on social media, discussing the meaning of the word. Finally, …

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Announcement of Appointments to top Posts Under Tourism Ministry Cancelled Suddenly Due to Minister John Amaratunga Getting Approval From President Sirisena Alone Without Sending Names For Approval by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Planned new appointments to the boards of Sri Lanka’s state tourism agencies were delayed Tuesday pending approval of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, a minister said. “The President had approved the appointments,” Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga said. “However, Prime Minister said he also has to approve.”

Commercial High Court Issues Enjoining Order Restraining the Screening or Telecasting of Sinhala Film “Sujatha” Produced by K. Gunaratnam of Cinemas Ltd in 1953.

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Commercial High Court issued an Enjoining Order restraining telecasting, exhibiting, displaying or showing the film ‘Sujatha,’ produced in Sri Lanka in 1953. High Court Judge Ashan Marikar issued this order pursuant to an Intellectual Property litigation initiated by G.R. Pathmaraj, son of K. Gunaratnam. Court issued notices returnable for 7 February. …

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New Linguistic Study States Tamil Has the Longest Literary Tradition Among 4000 -4500 Year Old Dravidian Languages and Retains Continuity Between Its Classical and Modern Forms.

The Dravidian language family’s four largest languages — Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu — have literary traditions spanning centuries, of which Tamil reaches back the furthest, researchers said. The Dravidian language family, consisting of 80 varieties spoken by nearly 220 million people across southern and central India, originated about 4,500 years ago, a study has …

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Speaker Jayasuriya’s Ruling Has Enabled The Maithripala-Mahinda Duo Working in Partnership To be in Control of Both the Government and Opposition Simultaneously.

By Jehan Perera The issue of the Leader of the Opposition’s position once again came to the fore when it was brought up in parliament last week by TNA leader R Sampanthan. This issue seem to have been resolved when Speaker Karu Jayasuriya issued a ruling earlier this month that the UPFA’s Mahinda Rajapaksa would …

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Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya States He will Resign Post If Long Delayed Provincial Council Elections are Not Held Before Presidential Elections.

By Shamindra Ferdinando National Election Commission (NEC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya, yesterday, vowed to quit his post in case the powers that be blocked Provincial Council polls ahead of presidential polls later this year. Pointing at N.J. Abeysekera (Commission member) and Prof. Rathnajeevan Hoole (Commission member) seated at the head table, Deshapriya said that one of …

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Plantation Workers Demanding 1000 Rupee Daily Wage Denounce Collective Agreement Signed by Trade Unions for Rs 700 as a “Sell Out”:Angry workers Block Traffic on Hatton – Colombo Highway for Several Hours.

By M. Thevarajah and W.A. Sunil Thousands of plantation workers in Sri Lanka’s Central Hills district held strikes and protests yesterday in opposition to a sellout wage deal signed by the trade unions and the plantation companies, with the backing of the national government. Plantation employees, who are one of the poorest sections of the …

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Why Mahinda Is Reluctant To Endorse Maithripala As Presidential Election Candidate For 2019 Polls

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The greatest political surprise or upset in Sri Lankan politics last year was the political re-alignment of President Maithripala Sirisena and Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In a bizarre political twist Maithripala joined forces with his ex-leader to launch an unconstitutional and undemocratic attempt to remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replace him with …

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59 MP’s Comprising UPFA -54,UNP – 4 and JVP -1 Found Responsible for Disorderly Conduct in Parliament on Nov 14,15 &16 2018: Highest No of Charges Against UPFA Parliamentarians Prasanna Ranaweera and Johnston Fernando.

By Ajith Alahakoon The Parliamentary Committee, appointed to conduct an investigation into the disorderly conduct of MPs in parliament on November 14, 15 and 16 last year has found that 59 MPs acted in violation of the provisions of the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act, sources said yesterday. Among those 59 MPs there were 54 …

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Sinister Attempts at Hatemongering by Rajapaksa Pointmen Using Parliamentary Privileges to Attack Recent Appointments in the Judiciary Must be Stopped Immediately.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene The ongoing war of words in Parliament over the appointment of judges to the superior courts has an increasingly sinister dimension to it that must not be underestimated. Eerily familiar signs Taken together with the push by some politicians and supportive monks to seek a presidential pardon for General Secretary of …

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“Independence Day” on February 4th Should Actually be a Day of Mourning for us Sri Lankans.

By Sharmini Serasinghe An Open letter to Minister Mangala Samaraweera by Sharmini Serasinghe on behalf of the Voiceless & Faceless Citizens of Sri Lanka Dear Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Hope you don’t mind me not referring to you as Hon. Mangala Samaraweera because those of us who know you are honourable don’t need a reminder. Also, …

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Heavy “Security”Presence in Colombo Permanent High Court Premises During “D.A.Rajapaksa Memorial” Trial Revives Memories of Court Environment During Ex-Def -Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Defamation Case Against “The Sunday Leader” Some Years ago.

By Anurangi Singh A heavy security presence in the courtroom as Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘D.A. Rajapaksa trial’ kicked off at the Special High Court this week, caused serious concern for State attorneys and witnesses appearing in the case, but lawyers recalled the tactic has been used before very successfully by the former Defence Secretary, when he …

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SLFP’s Duminda Dissanayake and UNP’s Gamini Jayawickrama Perera Engage in Shameful Exercise of Procuring Presidential Pardon From Maithripala Sirisena for Convicted Bodu Bala Sena Gen -Secy Gnanasara Thero on Feb 4 Independence Day

By Rajitha Jagoda Arachchi Calls are mounting for controversial Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnansara Thera to be granted a presidential pardon ahead of independence day. The requests have come largely from religious quarters, with all four chief prelates of the four Buddhist monastic orders writing separate letters to President Maithripala Sirisena, urging him …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe Defend Commposition and Conduct of Constitutional Council In the Face of Criticism in Parliament.

By Saman Indrajith The Constitutional Council (CC) considered not only the seniority of nominees but also the recommendation of the Chief Justice and their recognition in the field when appointing superior court judges, CC Chairman and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday. The Speaker, making a special announcement in Parliament, at the request of the CC, …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Makes Special Statement Rebutting Issues Raised by Rajavarothayam Sampanthan MP About Issues Related to the Leader of the Opposition Position in Parliament.

by Saman Indrajith Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday, referring to the argument that Mahinda Rajapaksa could not hold the Opposition Leader’s post as he (Rajapaksa) and President Maithripala Sirisena belonged to the same party, told Parliament that there had been precedents. The Speaker said so making a special statement in response to a statement that had …

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Armoured Vehicle Carrying UN Peace Keeping Troops From Sri Lanka Comes Under Remote-Controlled Explosive Devise Attack in Douentza in Mali: 2 Including a Capt Killed;3 Injured.

One Sri Lankan Army Captain and a trooper were killed and three others were injured when their convoy came under an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Mali today, the Sri Lanka Army said. An armoured vehicle, WMZ carrying Sri Lankan Peacekeeping troops on patrol in the general area of Douentza in Mali, came under …

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TNA Leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan Raises Questions of Public Importance On “The Position of the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament”

Honorable Speaker Parliament Jayewardenepura Kotte Sir, I seek your leave to raise the following questions relating to a matter of public importance “The Position of the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament” 1. You made a statement in Parliament on 18th December 2018, pertaining to the position of Leader of the Opposition. …

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Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha Summons British High Commissioner James Dauris and Protests Strongly Against Legal Action Being Taken by Magistrate’s Court in London Against Former Lankan Defence Attache Brigadier Priyankara Fernando Despite Enjoying Diplomatic Immunity

The Sri Lankan government yesterday strongly protested against British legal action in respect of Brigadier Priyankara Fernando, one-time defence attache with the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK. Well informed sources told The Island that at a meeting held at the Foreign Ministry yesterday afternoon between Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and British High Commissioner …

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190 Officials Working at Loss -making Sri Lankan Airlines were Drawing Monthly Salaries of over One Million Rupees Each Reveals COPE report.

By Saman Indrajith There were 190 officers at SriLankan Airlines, each drawing a monthly salary of over one million rupees, and they were one of the reasons why the airline suffered a 40,000 mn-rupee loss during the last nine months, parliament was informed yesterday. Chairman of the parliamentary watchdog committee – COPE (Committee on Public …

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Buddha Sasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera Will Request President Sirisena to Grant Pardon to Bodu Bala Sena Gen-Secy Gnanasara Thero Serving Prison Sentence for Contempt of Court Offence.

By Indika Sri Aravinda Buddhasasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera today said that he will discuss with President Maithripala Sirisena to secure a pardon for Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera as soon as the President arrived in the country.

President Sirisena Cannot Pardon and Release Convicted Prisoner Gnanasara Thero Without Calling For Justice Ministry Report First Points out Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena.

By Chaminda Silva Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Vajira Abeywardena yesterday said if Ven Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera serving a prison term was to be offered a presidential pardon, it was not a task that could only be performed by the President alone. The UNP Minister said so in response …

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US Navy Undertaking Cargo Transfer Operation at Katunayake International airport as Part of Plan to Make Sri Lanka a Military Logistics Hub Due to Island’s Strategic Location.

The United States Navy is doing a cargo transfer operation at Sri Lanka’s main international airport under a plan to use the island’s location to make it a military logistics hub, the U.S embassy in Colombo said. Under the initiative, several U.S. naval aircraft are scheduled to land and depart from the Bandaranaike International Airport …

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Sri Lanka’s Longest Road-side Protest Nears 700 Day Mark as Displaced Residents of Kaeppaapilavu in Mullaitheevu District whose Homes Were Seized by Army Continue Agitation Demanding Release of Their Lands

By Meera Srinivasan As Sri Lanka’s longest road-side protest nears the 700-day mark, agitating residents of Keppapilavu village in the northern Mullaitivu district say they will soon reclaim and occupy their lands, currently held by the military, if the authorities fail to ensure their return by Friday. “Why must we live in model villages like …

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Army Returns Private Lands Converted Into Farms In North Back to Owners But Employed Tamil Civilian Workers Earning Monthly Incomes Face Uncertain Economic Future.

By Camelia Nathaniel Releasing of land is one of the main areas in the reconciliation process and the military is in the process of releasing the lands held under them since the end of the war. However, some of these lands which have been converted to farms, providing employment to many rehabilitated ex-LTTE members and …

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“We are Seeking a Solution Within a United, Undivided. Indivisible Country” – TNA Leader R.Sampanthan Re-iterates to British Officials at Colombo Meeting in Westminster House.

(Text of Press Release Issued by the Tamil National Alliance Media Office on Jan 23rd 2019) A meeting was held between Mr Fergus Auld, Head of South Asia Department and India Coordinator, and Mr Sampanthan the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday (22.01.2019) at the Westminster House in Colombo. The meeting was also …

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” We will be Putting Forward our own Proposals at the next National Election to seek a Direct Mandate from the People for Constitutional Reform” Declares Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa.

(Text of a media release issued by Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa on 23 January 2019 titled “A draft constitution to destroy Sri Lanka”) At the recent meeting of the Constitutional Assembly, the Prime Minister tabled a 187 page report prepared in the form of a draft constitution. Thereafter the PM has been going …

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Dep- Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris Objects to “Militarized Environment” Prevailing in and Around Colombo Permanent High Court Hearing DA Rajapaksa Museum Case Involving Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Create Fear Psychosis Among Witnesses

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General raised objections into the highly militarised environment around the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar yesterday. Peiris appearing for the prosecution in the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum case told the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar that this would adversely affect witnesses expected to testify before …

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Romesh de Silva PC Appearing For Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Raises Preliminary Objection That Special High Court Has No Jurisdiction to Hear Case Under the Judicature (Amended) Act: Courts will Resume on Jan 31.

By Shehan Chamika Silva Raising a preliminary objection in the case filed against former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa the Defense said today the Special High Court had no jurisdiction to hear the case under the Judicature (Amendment) Act. At the outset, President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva appearing for Mr. Rajapaksa said when this Bill was …

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Hirunika Premachandra MP Tells Parliament of Plan to Grant Presidential Pardon to Ex-MP Duminda Silva by Maithripala Sirisena on Independence Day on Feb 4

BY Saman Indrajith UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra yesterday told Parliament that she had received information that there was a plan to grant a Presidential pardon to Duminda Silva who has been sentenced to death, on this year’s Independence Day February. 04 Speaking during the debate on Commissions of Inquiry (Amendment) Bill, Premachandra said that there …

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“We will take legal action against 11 soldiers who have been involved in one of the most heinous, gruesome murders in Sri Lankan history,” -Says Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando.

By Chathuri Dissanayake In an explosive statement, Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando yesterday said 11 soldiers would be prosecuted in the next two weeks over a high profile murder case, and called on the diaspora to submit evidence on crimes committed by any military personnel. “We will take legal action against 11 soldiers who have …

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Recent Visits by US Seventh Fleet To Trincomalee Indicate That Sri Lanka Is Being Rapidly Intergrated Into Washington’s War Preparations Against China.

By Vijith Samarasinghe Recent visits by US Seventh Fleet vessels to Sri Lanka’s eastern port of Trincomalee make clear that the island nation is rapidly being integrated into Washington’s war preparations against China. The Seventh Fleet, which is headquartered in Japan, is an offensive formation geared for war and includes 60–70 ships, 300 aircraft and …

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Remembering Lasantha Wickrematunge On The Tenth Anniversary Of His Assassination

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj ‘Spotlight’ shines for the first time in the new year. Although devoted in principle to films, film personalities and film-related matters, the column will deviate in practice this week to focus on a renowned Sri Lankan newspaper Editor whose contribution to his country and people as a Watchdog of the Nation has been …

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