Well-known Lawyer Lakshan Dias Flees Sri Lanka After Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe Threatens to Take Action in Two Days

Well -known lawyer and Human Right Defender Lakshan Dias has flown out of his motherland to an undisclosed destination for reasons of personal safety,it is learnt. The outspoken lawyer had been receiving threats from different quarters after stating in a TV forum that over a 190 incidents of violence,harassment and intimidation against Christians and christian …

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Saman Kelegama was A Patriot Who Worked for the Betterment of Sri Lanka.

By Bandula Jayasekera A foreign ministry colleague told me, “One could never find any fault with Saman. It is not possible for me to see him dead. I am not going to his house. ” I returned from Kurunegala early last Sunday, wanting to visit his house to pay my last respects to him and …

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Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi(ITAK) Wants Complaints Against the Working of Departments Under Chief Minister Wigneswaran to be Investigated.

By P.K.Balachandran The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), which is the principal constituent of the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, is demanding a probe into complaints about the working of departments directly under Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran. “There are complaints against departments directly under the Chief Minister. That is why …

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Is Tackling Religious Intolerance in Sri Lanka a Legal Challenge or Political Challenge?

By Meera Srinivasan Developments unfolding in Sri Lanka over the last few weeks look ominously similar to those in 2013-14, when a surge in targeted attacks against minority Muslims and Christians went unchecked by the Rajapaksa administration. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, an umbrella organisation for civil society groups, has recorded 25 attacks on …

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Expanding Role of Asanga Gurusinha as “Cricket Manager” and Selector May Have Led to Graham Ford Quitting as Sri Lanka Cricket Coach

By Andrew Fidel Fernando Graham Ford has stepped down as Sri Lanka coach, ending his second tenure with the side after 15 months. SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said the decision had been arrived at mutually, “after careful consideration and deliberation”. Ford’s relationship with SLC was understood to have been strained due to what he felt …

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Rajapaksas Had Political Will to Act Decisively Which the “Yahapalanaya”Govt Lacks

By Ranga Jayasuriya The yahapalana government won the elections on a promise of democracy and prosperity. Now it seems to assume that its modest achievements in restoring democracy should serve as an excuse for not delivering on the economy. That is a dangerous misgiving which threatens the sustainability of on-going democratic reforms in the long …

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President Sirisena Removed Ravi Karunanayake as Finance Minister At Behest of Malik Samarawickrema. Alleges Azath Salley.

By Shamindra Ferdinando National Unity Alliance (NUA) leader Azath Salley has alleged that President Maithripala Sirisena deprived Ravi Karunanayake of the finance portfolio as a result of UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema’s intervention. Salley strongly regretted President Sirisena giving into Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Samarawickrema’s demand. Salley named Minister Samarawickrema in the wake of …

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Compromise Engineered by TNA Leader Sampanthan has Let Chief Minister Wigneswaran Remain in Power

By Ahilan Kadirgamar The recent no-confidence motion in Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in Jaffna, moved by a section of the Council members against Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, has brought the deep divide in Tamil nationalist politics to the fore. The turbulence lasted a week, after he called on two ministers to resign on …

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Over 90 Undergrads Including 20 Women Hospitalised Due to Brutal Crack Down on Student Protest by Special Task Force.

By Kapila Fernando Sri Lankan police violently assaulted university students occupying the health ministry on Wednesday and have now broadened the crackdown, arresting the protest leaders. The government has also threatened to take action against the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) and doctors who launched an “indefinite strike” to protest against the police attack and …

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Govt Doctors of GMOA Engage in Fisticuffs During Discussion: National Hospital Medico Hospitalised with a Broken Nose.

Sri Lanka’s striking doctors have sent a fellow medical officer to hospital with a broken nose on the same day they refused to treat thousands of other patients in a bid to spite the government. Doctors discussing the current crisis over private medical education began punching each other both literally and figuratively with one of …

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“Pakistan Will Stand By You at Any Given Time” – Ex-Chief of Pakistani Spy Agency ISI Assures Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Gagani Weerakoon Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa left to Pakistan last Monday afternoon to participate, as the guest speaker, at an event held at the Pakistan National Defence University. Speaking at an event organized by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) and Global Village Space (GVS) Rajapaksa said terrorism is against the spirit …

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A Note of Tribute to my Father, Eric Cooray, On His 80th Birthday

By Krishantha Prasad Cooray Certain things are immeasurable and beyond definition. Love, for instance. Such things are however often recognizable, either in the joy or sorrow they create. And yet, there are instanes when we don’t see it at all or if we do, we call it something else. There’s love whose dimensions we don’t …

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Govt Doctors Strike Suspended After 3 Days Due to NMCRP Threat to Stage Poojas Invoking Curses on GMOA Executive Committee Members

Government doctors called off their three-day work stoppage Saturday shortly after a consumer protection organization threatened to invoke the wrath of gods on them and socially ostracize the striking medical officers. The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said they decided to “temporarily suspend” the trade union action after continuing a strike across all state-sector hospitals …

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Lasith Malinga the “Boy from Rathgama” Speaks his Mind Forcefully about Parrots,Monkeys and Armchair Ministers.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena In a country where people seldom challenge the political leadership of the day preferring instead to pay homage to blatant sycophancy, a refreshing contrast emerges from the ‘boy from Rathgama’ (as he identifies himself), one of Sri Lanka’s leading cricketers, Lasith Malinga. Monkeys and Parrots As someone entirely and quite unashamedly …

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Elements Who Protected Gnanasara Thero Under Rajapaksa Govt Are Doing So Under “Yahapalanaya” Govt Also

By C.A.Chandraprema The events that people saw unfolding last Wednesday proved beyond a shadow of doubt what this writer said in the last two columns – that the latest spate of anti-Muslim violence unleashed by the Bodu Bala Sena has been orchestrated by elements within the yahapalana government that are trying to win over a …

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Will the TNA Field CV Wigneswaran As Chief Minister Candidate In the 2018 Northern Provincial Poll?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy All is well that ends well – or, so goes the old adage. For the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Tamil-majority Northern Province, it could well be just that and nothing more. The current truce between TNA leadership of R Sampanthan and Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran …

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Gnanasara Thero the Wastrel Monk Who Has Become the Spendthrift of the Buddha’s Doctrine

By Don Manu Ah, just when one had wondered whether the absconding monk, that fugitive of justice, had renounced the pleasures of the world and sought refuge in some quiet corner of some dense thicket to meditate upon the wise counsel of the Buddha and seek alone his own path to redemption and not lead …

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PTFDP Queries Finance Ministry About Granting License for Ethanol Distillery in East to Arjun Aloysius Owned WM Mendis Violating Govt Drug Policy

A Task Force, functioning under President Maithripala Sirisena, has queried the Finance Ministry on how approval was granted to establish an ethanol distillery in Batticaloa, contrary to government policy. The Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention (PTFDP) functions under the purview of President Maithripala Sirisena. The PTFDP has asked the Finance Ministry Secretary to explain …

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Police CID to Monitor Social Media to Take Action Against Individuals and Groups Inciting Religious and Ethnic Hatred

By Damith Wickremsekara Individuals or groups trying to provoke religious or ethnic hatred on social media are to be monitored and action taken against them by the Criminal Investigations Department, a senior official said. Law and Order Ministry Secretary Jagath Wijeweera told the Sunday Times the decision was taken following a meeting with the police …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Blames Govt for “Most Brutal Attack on University Students Protesting Against SAITM”

By Methmalie Dissanayake The manner in which the university students who were engaged in a protest march against SAITM on 21 June was the ‘most brutal’ attack carried out by any Government against the student movement in the entire history of this country, Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. He said in a statement that …

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Ranil-Mangala-Chandrika Troika Must Be Dumped not only by President Sirisena but also the UNP

BY DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The impassioned, strongly worded statement just recently issued by the Asgiriya Chapter meant that the writing is on the wall. But there is more than one thing written on the wall, and there is also something written between the lines. What the writing on the wall clearly says is that we …

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Inter-University Bhikku Balamandalaya Convenor Ven Thampitiya Sugathananda and Inter University Students Federation Convenor Lahiru Weerasekera Arrested.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Police investigating Wednes-day’s Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) ‘raid’ on the health ministry arrested three key student leaders yesterday as the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) strike against the heavy handed use of the police to oust the protesters, entered its second day. Among the suspects taken into custody are Ven Thampitiye …

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Arrogant and Foolish Attempt to Deny The Persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka-Letter to Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

By Prof. Asoka Ekanayaka Emeritus Professor A,N,I. Ekanayake has written an open letter to Justice and Buddha sana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe about the recent comments made by the minister regarding recent incidents of harassment against Christians in Sri Lanka. The full text ofof the letter is as follows – June 22, 2017 Hon Dr Wijeyadasa …

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Wigneswaran’s Moves Against Corrupt ministers has Nothing to do with the Rights of the Tamil Masses

By K. Ratnayake A factional clash that erupted last week between Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leadership ended yesterday after a political compromise. Wigneswaran, a retired supreme court judge, became the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) chief minister after being appointed as the TNA’s leading candidate …

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Cricketer Lasith Malinga to be “Investigated” for Comparing Sports Minister Jayasekera to a Monkey in a Parrot’s Nest

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga is being investigated by Sri Lanka’s cricket board after comparing the country’s sports minister to a monkey, the BBC reported. Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told Sri Lanka’s players they were too fat after they failed to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals. Malinga, 33, responded by saying he did not care for …

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President Sirisena Jeopardises Child Protection in Sri Lanka By Firing Renowned Child Protection Specialist Sajeeva Samaranayake

By Dr.Prasanna Cooray Shivers were sent down the spines of the good governance aspirants when President Maithripala Sirisena, in most unwelcome manner, removed Sajeeva Samaranayake, Deputy Chairman National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). It is understood that no reason has been cited for his removal in the letter of expulsion. The NCPA comes under the Ministry …

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New Delhi Based Hindu Maha Sabha(Loktantrik) Wants Indian Govt to Support Bodu Bala Sena and Its “Prestigious Monk” Gnanasara Thero.

By PK Balachandran The anti-Muslim Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), has several serious cases against him relating to hate speech, blasphemy against the Quran, instigation of violence, and contempt of court. And yet, he has been evading arrest for long periods, and when arrested, …

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Widespread Violence Backed by State Officials Against Christians in Sri Lanka States Verite Research Report.

Violence and discrimination against minority Christians is widespread in Sri Lanka with the support of state officials and institutions at the local level, a think tank that analysed data over two decades has said. “The figure suggests that, for the past two decades, on average, an attack has taken place against a Christian person or …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Is Sri Lanka’s Vladimir Putin and not Sri Lanka’s Donald Trump

By DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The entire discussion or debate about the BBS, Gnanasara Thero and extremism is missing something. The discussion confuses ultra-nationalism, chauvinism, Islamophobia and extremism with the real issue: incitement to violence. Whether an ideology is extremist or not is one issue, but it is an issue that is difficult to resolve. What …

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Wigneswaran now wants to Remove NPC Chairman CVK Sivagnanam for his “role” in the No Confidence Motion Against Chief Minister.

By P.K.Balachandran Even as the spat between Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran and the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) leader R.Sampanthan ended in a compromise on Monday, with both sides abandoning brinkmanship, new issues have been raised to muddy the political waters in the Tamil-majority province. writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express On Monday itself, Chief …

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Dinesh Gunawardena’s Efforts to Undo Damage Done By Former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera Must Be Appreciated.

by Sanja de Silva Jayatilleka Making his submission in a long speech at the most recent parliamentary debate on Geneva called by JO leader Dinesh Gunawardene, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe made a seriously inaccurate interpretation of the Resolution adopted by majority vote at the May 2009 UN Human Rights Council 11thspecial session on Sri Lanka. The …

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Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran who Once Wanted Army to Quit North Now wants to Unleash Army Against “Black Sheep” in Jaffna

Northern province chief minister Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Wigneswaran who earlier demanded that all the armed forces should be withdrawn from the North is now singing a different tune after the majority of Northern provincial councillors have indicated they have no confidence in him as chief minister. Wigneswaran who pompously and pugnaciously who earlier declared “Army Go, …

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Mervyn de Silva Required the Western-educated Elite to be Janus-like, Looking Simultaneously Towards the National and the Universal

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka “The humanist’s article of faith embraces a human heritage. All literature is part of that…” –Mervyn de Silva (1972) The recent death of Prof. Siri Gunasinghe led to a rich discussion of the question of Sinhala — and Ceylonese/Sri Lankan — culture. Sri Lanka (and earlier Ceylon) has witnessed not only a …

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Sri Lanka Report by UN Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges will “Violate Country’s Sovereignty and Tarnish Image” says Justice Minister

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana While rejecting the allegations made by UN Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges, Monica Pinto in her report to United Nations Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka’s judicial system, the government today said the report was a violation of the country’s sovereignty. “We are surprised by the allegations made …

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Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe Rejects Media Reports Accusing him of Providing Refuge to Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thero.

Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday rejected media reports accusing him of providing refuge to Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodatte Gnanasara Thero. The Minister, rejecting support of the BBS General Secretary, said: “There is no reason for me to give refuge but I have been accused by the media of harbouring him. …

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Bodu Bala Sena and Gnanasara Thero’s Chief Protector in “Yahapalanaya”Govt is Obviously President Maithripala Sirisena Himself.

by C.A.Chandraprema The Bodu Bala Sena press conference held last Friday without the missing Ganansara, was very interesting in many respects. The statement made by Dilanthe Vitanage, its self styled ‘CEO’ was especially important. The most vital part of what he said was that it was Champika Ranawaka and Ven. Athureliye Rathana Thera who had …

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“By his Betrayal Wigneswaran has Created a Serious Problem for Sampanthan who Brought him into the Party”

By Zahrah Imtiaz The Illankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) has withdrawn the petition of No-Confidence submitted to the Governor, against Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran. Wigneswaran yesterday ceded to the call of the leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and agreed to permit two ministers to continue to work, until the fresh probe is …

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“All’s well that ends well”- Sampanthan and Wigneswaran Write Letters Addressing Each Other as “Dear Wignes” and “Dear Sam”.

Opposition and TNA leader R Sampanthan has written to Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran that the no-confidence motion against the latter will be withdrawn. The former has assured the latter that there will be no punitive action against two ministers. In his letter to the Chief Minister dispatched yesterday Samapanthan said that he had …

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C.V. Wigneswaran Backs Down From Earlier Stance by Using Meetings with Hindu and Christian Prelates in Jaffna as Possible Reason for Change

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran on Monday backed down from his earlier insistence that the two Ministers against whom he had ordered a fresh probe, have to go on leave till the pendency of the inquiry. This is expected to pave the way for a compromise with his opponent, R.Sampanthan, the leader of …

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TNA Leader Sampanthan “Saves” Wigneswaran By Informing Governor Cooray that No Confidence Motion Against Northern Chief Minister will be Withdrawn

By Meera Srinivasan Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran will continue in the post following an understanding with Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan, days after a large bloc of governing council members withdrew support. On Monday, the Chief Minister agreed to reverse his controversial directive to two provincial ministers that Mr. …

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Allegations of Corruption Against CV Wgneswaran Will be Brought Into the Open at the Appropriate time” States TNA Jaffna MP Sreetharan.

The spat between the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, and the senior-most leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R.Sampanthan, continued on Sunday, with Sampanthan refusing to accept Wigneswaran’s latest condition for restoring normalcy. Wigneswaran had asked Sampanthan to give a guarantee that …

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TNA Leader Sampanthan Advises CV Wigneswaran to Seek the Guidance and Political Advice of ITAK President “Mavai” Senathirajah to resolve NPC Crisis

Leader of the opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader Rajavarothayam sampanthan has urged his revolting Chief minister of the Northern Province, Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Wigneswaran to abide by the advice and political guidance of Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK)’s c president Mr. Somasundaram Senathirajah known popularly as “Mavai”Senathirajah in matters concerning the current crisis prevailing …

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Police Announce Arrest of 14 Persons for Alleged Involvement in Communal Violence But Gnanasara Thero Still “Eludes” capture.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Police headquarters yesterday announced the arrest of 14 persons, including some members of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) in connection with ongoing investigations into communal violence. Addressing the media at the Information Department, police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said that eleven Sinhalese, two Muslims and a Tamil had been arrested so far by …

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Greedy Elements Cut off Fingers From Bodies of Recent Flood Disaster Victims to Rob Gold Rings.

By Cyril Wimalasurendre The General Secretary of the National Bhikkhu Front (NBF) told the eleventh convention of the Front in Kandy on Saturday (17) that many who died in the recent floods and landslides in Ratnapura and Southern Sri Lanka had their fingers cut to remove gold rings. Venerable Wakamulle Uditha Thera, Secretary General NBF …

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Complaint to Police FCID About Northern Chief Minister and his “Strategic Adviser” Misappropriating 50,000$ Donated by Tamil Canadians to the NPC

A Group of concerned Canadian citizens of Sri Lankan Tamil origin are engaged in the process of submitting a formal complaint through lawyers to the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) of the Sri Lankan Police about alleged misappropriation of funds by Northern Province Chief Minister Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Wigneswaran and his “adviser” Nimalan Karthigeyan Rasiah. The …

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Wigneswaran in Fighting Mood Planning to Defy TNA- ITAK Leadership by Appointing Four New Provincial Ministers From EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE.

Controversial Northern province chief minister Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Wigneswaran who has lost the confidence of at least 22 out of 38 Northern provincial councillors is in a fighting mood and is planning to defy the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) and Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK)leadership said informed Jaffna sources yesterday. TNA leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan and ITAK president …

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CV Wigneswaran Accuses Colombo of Hatching Plot to Oust Him as Chief Minister Citing Sarath Fonseka’s Alleged Statement in Jaffna as Proof.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday accused ‘Colombo’ of a plot to oust him from office as the Chief Minister of the Northern Province. Standing on a podium set at the entrance of his residence in Jaffna yesterday, the former Supreme Court Judge told a sea of supporters congregated there …

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“Chief Minister Wigneswaran Created an Unnecessary Crisis and Stirred the Hornet’s Nest” says TNA Leader Sampanthan.

By Kelum Bandara Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan said yesterday Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had created an unnecessary crisis by opting to take action against two provincial ministers not found guilty of any allegation. He said this in reference to the no-confidence motion submitted against the CM by the …

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Will the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Administration Betray the People by Ceding the Stage to Extremism?

by Tisaranee Gunasekara “…the inexplicable actually happens.” Tadeusz Borowski (This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentleman) When Philip Pullman’s provocatively titled book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, came out, it was greeted by the British public not with death-threats, lawsuits or mob-violence, but words. In his own response to the book, …

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A Tribute to Padmini Coomaraswamy My “Pathma Sinnamma”

by Radhika Coomaraswamy Padmini Coomaraswamy (Pathma Sinnamma), known to many as the wife of former Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Sathy Coomaraswamy gently passed away a few weeks ago. She was the only elder Coomaraswamy left in a country that has lived with so much hatred and bitterness. I sometimes want to shake a fist at …

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Island-wide 4 Hour Crackdown by 11,558 Police Results in Arrest of 665 Wanted Persons but NOT Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thero.

Thousands of police backed by Information Technology carried out a major search operation across the country yesterday (Saturday) and arrested over 650 wanted persons, but the high profile fugitive Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) leader, Galagodaatte Gnanasara, was not among them. Police said in a statement that they completed the four-hour operation at 3.00 a.m. on …

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TNA Leader Sampanthan “Advises” Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran not to Violate Natural Justice Principles by Taking Action Against Ministers Found not Guilty.

Tamil National Alliance(TNA) and opposition leader Rajavarothayam sampanthan has written to Northern Province chied minister Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Wigneswaran urging him not to take any action against the two Provincial ministers who were exonerated of charges by the board of inquiry appointed by Wigneswaran to probe allegations of corruption against the NPC board of ministers. The …

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Crisis of Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran’s Own Making

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Last night (June 15th) as I went to Jaffna Town to pick up some dinner at the Indian shop Amul, the shopkeeper was concerned whether they should open today in response to the Tamil Makkal Peravai (TMP, Tamil People’s Great Front) call for the closure of all shops in support …

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No Confidence Motion Against Chief Minister Wigneswaran Likely to be Passed with 22 out of 38 Northern Provincial Councillors Supporting it

The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), which is the largest constituent of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), is confident of passing the proposed No Confidence Motion against the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran. Jaffna District MP M.A.Sumanthiran told newsin.asia on Friday, that the ITAK has the numbers with 15 having signed the memorandum submitted to …

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Wigneswaran Gives the Impression that he is Ready for a Compromise but Actually he is not.

Two of the ousted Ministers in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province have reportedly refused to accept Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran’s fresh condition to defuse the political crisis gripping the Tamil-majority province. In his discussion with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Supremo, R.Sampanthan, Chief Minister Wigneswaran had said that he will allow P.Sathiyalingam and B.Deniswaran to continue to …

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Sampanthan Engages in Talks With Wigneswaran to Reach a Settlement to Prevent Potential Break- up of Tamil National Alliance

Tamil National Alliance(TNA) and opposition leader R.Sampanthan is currently engaged in negotiations with Northern province chief minister C.V. Wigneswaran to bring about a “Settlement” Between warring factions of the TNA. TNA Jaffna district MP. Sivagnanam Sreetharan and Mannar Dist MP Charles Nimalarajan have exerted pressure on Sampanthan to talk to Wigneswaran and arrive at an …

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TNA Leader Sampanthan Tries to Safeguard Wigneswaran but Northern ITAK Councillors Determined to Oust Wigneswaran

The political conflict in Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, which escalated dangerously on Thursday, appeared to be heading for a workable compromise as the day wore on. But efforts to arrive at a compromise ran into trouble in the evening when the Jaffna unit of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) insisted that it …

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Northern Governor Cooray will Write to Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran About His Losing the Confidence of Majority in the N.P.C.

By Meera Srinivasan High drama ensued in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province on Thursday after a large bloc of members of the Provincial Council wrote to the Governor, expressing “no confidence” in Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. Their move comes in the wake of the Chief Minister’s call to two provincial ministers to resign and to two …

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Colombo Fort Magistrate Issues Arrest Warrant Against Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thero For Failing to Appear in Court.

By Shehan Chamika Silva Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today issued arrest warrant against Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera for not appearing before court over two of his on going cases at the Fort Magistrate’s Court. When the two inquiries into the allegations of defaming Quran and assaulting on a Jathika Bala Sena media conference …

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Anti-Muslim Violence in Aluthgama ,Beruwela, Dharga Town, Welipenna and Matugama Three Years Ago.

By Ayesha Zuhair Exactly three years have lapsed since the Aluthgama riots – a seismic event in the history of Sri Lanka’s troubled ethnic relations. June 15 and 16, 2014 saw mobs in a well-organised manner, unleash collective violence on Muslim-owned businesses and homes in Aluthgama, Beruwala, Dharga Town, Welipenna and Matugama in the district …

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Northern Governor Cooray to Inform Chief Minister that 22 of 38 Councillors oppose him;NPC Chairman CVK Sivagnanam Likely to Replace CV Wigneswaran as CM

Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray is expected to “officially” inform Northern chief minister C. V. Wigneswaran that he has lost the confidence of the majority of Northern province councillors in general and those elected from the majority of Councillors elected from the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) in particular. The Governor has officially requested the Northern chief …

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21 Northern Provincial Councillors Seek Consent of Northern Governor Cooray to Dismiss C.V.Wigneswaran as Chief Minister.

In a surprisingly swift move, 21 of the 30 members of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on Wednesday petitioned provincial Governor Reginold Cooray for permission to move a No-Confidence Motion against Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran. In all probability, the Governor will accede to the request and the motion may be moved on Thursday, an MP from …

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Unsolved Murder in Broad Daylight of Batticaloa Journalist Aiyathurai Nadesan

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Jaffna District MP, Mathiaparanam Abraham Sumanthiran waxed eloquent during the course of the adjournment debate in Parliament on June 6th 2017. M. A. Sumanthiran who is also the official spokesperson of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) and its premier constituent, the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) emphasised that they stood “for a country that …

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Champika Ranawaka and Jathika Hela Urumaya “Connected” to Gnanasara Thero and Bodu Bala Sena.

by C.A.Chandraprema Even though police teams are supposedly scouring the country for him, the monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara has not been arrested as this goes to press. He is supposed to appear in courts tomorrow but it seems unlikely that he will. He has evaded two court appearances already and if he was going to make …

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21 Northern Councillors Want Chief Minister Removed as Wigneswaran Tries to Oust all 4 Provincial Ministers and Take Over All Their Functions

In a dramatic and politically significant twist a no confidence motion is being mooted against Northern province chief minister Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Wigneswaran by several Northern province councillors belonging to the Tamil National Alliance(TNA). At least 21 signatures have been obtained so far in this regard it is learnt. The TNA has 30 of the 38 …

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Northern Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran Enmeshed in Corruption Controversy May be Removed From Office Cautions ITAK President S. Senathirajah MP

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran is likely to be removed from office soon by the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi(ITAK) which fielded him as the chief ministerial candidate of the political formation known as the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) in September 2013. It is learnt that the ITAK is seriously contemplating the removal of Wigneswaran as chief …

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Gnanasara Thero Files Fundamental Rights Petition in Supreme Court Seeking Interim Order to Prevent Police from Arresting him

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera filed a Fundamental Rights petition at the Supreme Court today, seeking an Interim Order preventing Police from arresting him over several allegations. Filing a Fundamental Rights petition through a counsel, Gnanasara Thera sought an Interim Order preventing the Organized Crimes Prevention …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Wants Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Govt to Stop Creating Racial Tensions and Cause Racial Conflict.

By Roosindu Peris Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the government should stop acting in a way that would cause racial conflict in the country. He added that certain politicians in the government have been acting in a way which has caused racial tension within the people. MP Wimal Weerawansa further conveyed his opinion on …

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Bodu Bala Sena Issues Warning That it has the Power to Mobilise Buddhist Community to Resort to Extremes if Needed.

Issuing a chilling warning about the power the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) holds to mobilise the Buddhist community to resort to extremes if needed, the organisation’s spokesperson Dilanthe Vithanageaccused the Police of lying about the BBS connection to a youth who was recently arrested. “We strongly deny that the youth arrested by the Police is …

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Dinesh Gunawardena Calls for the Repudiation of the UN Human Rights Commissioner Report on Sri Lanka and the UN Human Rights Council Sri Lanka Resolution.

Leader of the joint opposition group in Parliament and Colombo District MP Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena has submitted an adjournment motion in Parliament calling for the repudiation of the “biased report of the office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka of 10 February 2017” and the repudiation of the “United Nations …

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After Many days Police Arrest Member of Bodu Bala Sena Suspected of Arson Attacks Against Muslim Owned Businesses.

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure. The 32-year-old man from the radical Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Force, is the first suspect to be arrested in connection with arson attacks against Muslims …

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President Sirisena Tells Families of “Disappeared” in Jaffna That he will Take up their Issue at National Security Council Meeting

By Meera Srinivasan The Sri Lankan government will soon release a list of persons who surrendered to the Armed forces in final phase of the country’s civil war, President Maithripala Sirisena assured families of disappeared persons in Jaffna on Monday. His promise comes 112 days after hundreds of relatives of missing persons, said to be …

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“Ex-Eastern Chief Minister Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan Languishes in Remand Prison for More than One and a half Years” – Counsel

By S.S. Selvanayagam Senior Counsel brought to the notice of the Supreme Court that Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan is being kept in remand custody for more than one and a half years and that his client has little or no access to relevant documentation. Counsel also brought to the notice …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Wants Govt to Prepare Country for an Inevitable Future Without any European Union Trade Concessions.

Parliamentarian and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement yesterday cautioned the Government not to create unrealistic expectations following Sri Lanka regaining the GSP Plus concessions from the European Union. Following is the full text of his statement. “The European Union restored GSP+ to Sri Lanka on 19 May 2017. The EU has three GSP …

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Gnanasara Thero Unable to Appear in Court due to Threat to Life, says Counsel

By S.S.Selvanayagam Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero was not present at the Court of Appeal yesterday (12), being represented instead by a senior criminal lawyer who told the Court that his client had stayed away as he faced a threat to his life. The Contempt of Court matter against him …

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16 Northern Councillors from EPRLF,PLOTE and TELO Write to Chief Minister Wigneswaran Demanding Dismissal of all Four Provincial Ministers Facing Corruption Charges.

Parties in the Tamil National Alliance including EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE have demanded the dismissal of four Ministers in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) who were charged with mass scale corruption. A special committee appointed by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has recommended to remove Agriculture Minister Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan and Education Minister Thambyrajah Gurukularajah …

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Gnanasara Thero Who was Reported Sick Last Time Keeps Away From Court This Time Due To Getting Death Threats

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera was absent in Court today for the hearing of the alleged offensive behaviour inside the Homagama Magistrate’s Court case, citing that he has received death threats. The Court of Appeal observed that Court will have to issue warrant against the accused …

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Gnanasara Thero Keeps Away From Appeal Court Stating He will be Shot Within Court Precincts. Instead of Issuing Warrant Court Fixes New Dates on July 18,19 &20

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero was pnce again absent from court when the case concerning his alleged contempt of court charge was taken up by the court of appeal on Monday June 12th 2017. The court of appeal was informed by the Senior Lawyer representing Gnanasara Thero that his client …

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Labour Party’s Thangam Debonnaire Whose Father is a Sri Lankan Tamil Wins Bristol West Constituency Again Polling Almost 2/3 of Votes

By Neville de Silva in London London-born Ranil Jayawardena whose father is of Sri Lankan origin, was re-elected from the Conservative Party to the British parliament from the North East Hampshire constituency with a healthy majority of almost 28,000 votes. Jayawardena who first won this seat at the 2015 general election got 65.6 per cent …

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Four Minority Community Parties Led by Hakeem(SLMC), Ganesan (TPA), Bathiuddin(ACMK) and Devananda(EPDP) Want a “United Republic of Sri Lanka” Provision in New Constitution.

An updated draft of a new Constitution has incorporated several new features but a cloud of uncertainty hangs over how soon political parties would be able to reach any consensus. Main among them are the two principal partners in the Government – the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP). Each …

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President Sirisena Takes Employees Trust Fund(ETF) From Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and Re-allocates it to Development Assignment Minister Marapana.

President Maithripala Sirisena has taken away some of the functions of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and assigned them to Tilak Marapona, the new minister of Development Assignment. The cash-rich Employees Trust Fund (ETF) which was under the Prime Minister was also taken away and given to Marapona who will now be responsible, among other things, …

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Recent Incidents of Violence Make Aluthgama Residents Fearful as Anniversary of June 2014 Anti-Muslim Attacks Draws Near

By Asanthi Warunasuriya A spate of incidents in the recent past targeting Muslims has spread fear among residents in Aluthgama of a repeat of the June 2014 riots. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe assured there would never be another communal riot in this country again. However, residents of Dharga town in …

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Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi karunanayake Entrusted with National Lotteries Board and Development Lotteries Board

By Anuranghi Singh The duties, functions, departments and statutory institutions that fall under the newly assigned ministries were gazetted in an Extraordinary Gazette last Friday, affirming earlier reports but there were a few surprises as well. Ravi Karunanayake has been entrusted with National Lotteries Board and Development Lotteries Board while Minister of Mass Media and …

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Public Mood Against Present Political Leadership is Turning Hostile and Downright Ugly.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene The profound disgust felt by citizens of this country towards elected representatives on both sides of the political divide is without a doubt. This week’s adjournment debate in Parliament on the deaths and misery caused by recent catastrophic floods in the country reinforces that disgust. Reducing Sri Lankans to beggars What …

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Northern Provincial Minister T.Gurukularajah Steps Down From Post to Facilitate Inquiry of Corruption Charges Against Him.

A Northern Provincial Council (NPC) minister yesterday stepped down from his portfolio until allegations of corruption, abuse of power and misuse of funds were fully probed. Education, Sports and Cultural Affairs Minister T. Gurukularaja conveyed his decision to the President of his party- the Illankai Thamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK)- Mavai Senathraja yesterday. He said the …

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Plastic Rice “Scare” Spreads in South Indian States: Media Outlines Five Easy Ways to Identify “Plastic Rice”

The Plastic rice rumour that spread like wild fire in Sri Lanka has started spreading in India too. Moreover there are allegations of plastic sugar too. The Southern Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have been prone to such allegations of plastic rice and plastic sugar. Furthermore there are rumours about plastic eggs …

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31 Year old Ranil Jayawardena of Sri Lankan Origin Retains North East Hampshire Constituency for the Conservatives Polling 37,754 Votes in UK Elections

Thirty -one year old Ranil Jayawardena of Sri Lankan origin was re-elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for the North East Hampshire Constituency in the current elections to the UK House of Commons. Jayawardena who polled 37,754(66%) votes obtained a majority of 27,772 over his nearest contender Barry Jones from the Labour party who obtained …

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SLFP MP’s in Govt Debating Whether to Continue Backing Maithripala Sirisena Or to Shift Support to Mahinda Rajapaksa

By P.K.Balachandran A cheerless domestic situation, both political and economic, has put the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena at crossroads. Its members are wondering whether they should stick to Sirisena or respond to the call of former Sri Lankan President and former party chief, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to rally round him …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Condemns Rumours Linking His Name With Bodu Bala Sena and Justice Minister Rajapakshe in Connection with Recent Burning of Muslim Owned shops

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today denied allegations of any connection with the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or the recent attacks aimed at Muslim owned shops. In a facebook post, Rajapakse strongly condemned the false rumours linking his name with the BBS and Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe in connection with the atrocious burning of Muslim …

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“This Was a Great Victory for Sri Lanka and a Much Needed One” -Kumar Sangakkara

By Kumar Sangakkara This was a great victory for Sri Lanka and a much-needed one. It meant a lot to the Sri Lanka team to chase down that very stiff total and to do it with such ease will have been hugely satisfying. There is no doubt, Sri Lanka would have had a few worries …

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The Ideology, Rhetoric and Politics of DMK Leader and Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi.

By A.S.Panneerselvan THE 1957 elections to Parliament and the State Assemblies constituted a defining moment. It established the democratic credentials of a country newly liberated from colonial rule; it was the first round of elections after the linguistic reorganisation of the States; and it was the first indication that the Indian National Congress could no …

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Govt is Conducting the “Gnanasara Drama” to Postpone the Local Authority Polls as it Knows it will be Defeated alleges Joint Opposition

The government is attempting to delay the local government elections by using Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera to divert attention from the real issues, the joint opposition said today. JO spokesman Gamini Lokuge told a news conference that the government was reluctant to hold the elections because it knew it would be defeated.

Tamil Nadu MDMK Party Leader Vaiko Denied Entry Into Malaysia Due to his Alleged Links With the LTTE

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Chief Vaiko (Vaiapuri Gopalswamy) was denied entry into Malaysia today due to his alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), The Asian News international (ANI) reported. The MDMK Chief was stopped at the Kuala Lumpur Airport and questioned for several hours on his alleged links with the …

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Match Winning Captain Angelo Mathews Happy About Sri Lanka’s “Papare” Band Being in Full Force at the Oval

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said that no one really expected Sri Lanka to win by beating India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Group B encounter, Indian Media reported today. Addressing the post- match conference held in London last night, Mathews has said he hoped that the victory may just bring back smiles in …

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Sri Lanka Stages Superb Run Chase To Beat Champions Trophy Holders India by Seven Wickets

Sri Lanka staged a superb run chase to stun India and keep alive their Champions Trophy challenge as Kusal Mendis inspired a famous seven-wicket victory over the holders on Thursday. Needing 322 to avoid a second successive Group B defeat, Sri Lanka powered to a memorable triumph at The Oval thanks to key contributions from …

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Vasantha Obeysekere, his House on Lauries Road and the Film “Dadayama”

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Versatile Film Director and Script Writer Vasantha Obeysekere breathed his last on 8 April. Vasantha, born on 29 December 1937, was 79 years of age when he passed away peacefully in Colombo. In a creative career that spanned nearly five decades, Vasantha made 13 feature films and several documentaries. He won many accolades …

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“Operation Re-shuffle” Key Objective Was Removing Ravi Karunanayake as Finance Minister

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Oxford English dictionary defines the word compromise as being “an agreement or settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions”. Sri Lanka witnesed a political compromise of sorts between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe when the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and United National Party(UNP)leaders …

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Muslim Owned Shop in Nugegoda Set Ablaze While Police Continue to Claim They are Searching for BBS Gen Secy Gnanasara Thero.

The Sri Lankan government, on Wednesday said the police were continuing search operations to hunt for a controversial Buddhist monk who was wanted for making alleged hate speeches and attacks against the minorities in the island country. Cabinet Spokesperson, Rajitha Senaratne said according to information, the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, Galagodaatte Gnanasara …

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“It’s Quite Likely a Govt Minister is Protecting Gnanasara Thero. Otherwise Police Would Have Arrested and Produced hm in Courts” – Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne

by Zacki Jabbar Health Minister and Co-Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne says it is possible that one of his ministerial colleagues is hiding the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera, who had gone underground, after a court warrant was issued for his arrest recently.

Cabinet Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne Admits Possibility of Gnanasara Thero Evading Arrest Because He is Being Protected by a Cabinet Minister.

By Sandun A. Jayasekera Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister, Rajitha Senaratne said today a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Bodu Bala Sena leader Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera and CID detectives have been deployed to take him into custody over allegations of inciting religious and racial hatred. Responding to a journalist at yesterday’s weekly …

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Ex-Army Chief Daya Ratnayake Discloses to Inquiry Commission About a “Group” Dismantling Machinery from Kankesanthurai Cement Factory and Sold it as Scrap Iron.

by Hemantha Randunu Former Army Commander Lt Gen Daya Ratnayake was questioned by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry proving serious acts of fraud, corruption and abuse of power, state resources and privileges for more than three hours yesterday on dismantling of old machines at the former Cement Factory at Kankesanthurai and selling them as scrap …

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The Whole Truth About Lalith Athulathmudali’s Assassination is Delved Into in Detail By Prof.Ravindra Fernando in his Book.

By Vijitha Yapa If asked who is the single individual in politics whose life affected me most, the choice with no hesitation would be Lalith Athulathmudali.I live in Claessen Place and he moved in to Paget Road as Minister of National Security and was my rear neighbour, once removed on the left. (Interestingly President Sirisena’s …

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Susanthika Jayasinghe Ready to Finance Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera’s Election Campaign From Proceeds of Her Medal Sale.

by Norman Palihawadane Sri Lanka’s only female Olympic medalist, Susanthika Jayasinghe says that she has received offers from both Sri Lanka and abroad for her silver medal following recent media reports. “They have offered as much as Rs 250 million. I too did not know the medal would be worth that much,” Jayasinghe told The …

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Sports Minister Wants to Legally Prevent Sportspersons Like Susanthika Jayasinghe From Selling Medals won at International Competitions.

By Ajith Alahakoon and Kushan Subasinghe Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera told Parliament yesterday that the Sports Act would be amended to bar sportspersons from selling their medals won at international events. While moving a motion in respect of the Sports Act for debate, the Minister said that the winners at international games had to be …

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“Last Govt Was Not Afraid to do the Wrong Thing But This Govt is Afraid to do the Right Thing”-MA Sumanthiran

(Text of Speech made in Parliament by Jaffna District MP Mathiabaranam Abraham Sumanthiran During the Adjournment Motion Debate on June 6th 2017) 06.06.2017/ 4.48 – 5.03 [4.48 p.m.] ගරු එම්.ඒ. සුමන්තිරන් මහතා (மாண்புமிகு எம்.ஏ. சுமந்திரன்) (The Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran) Thank you, Hon. Presiding Member, for this opportunity to speak at this Adjournment Debate. As I …

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“UN Human Rights Council Resolution is not Against Sri Lanka”-R.Sampanthan in Parliament

(Text of Speech made in Parliament by Leader of the Opposition and Trincomalee District MP Rajavarothayam Sampanthan During the UNHRC Resolution Debate on June th 2017) 06.06.2017/3.47 ගරු රාජවරෝදියම් සම්පන්දන් මහතා (විරුද්ධ පාර්ශ්වයේ නායකතුමා) (மாண்புமிகு ராஜவரோதயம் சம்பந்தன் – எதிர்க்கட்சி முதல்வர்) (The Hon. Rajavarothiam Sampanthan – Leader of the Opposition) Mr. Presiding Member, this Resolution has …

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Mangala Samaraweera Got Dramatically Transformed After He Kissed Ravi Karunanayake

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka “It’s just a kiss away Kiss away, kiss away” – ‘Gimme Shelter’, The Rolling Stones As in the fairy tale, a dramatic transformation occurred when Minister Mangala Samaraweera planted a smooch, on his successor Ravi Karunanayaka’s cheek. Except that the transformation occurred in the kisser, Mr. Samaraweera. A transformed Mr. Samaraweera seemed …

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“2015 Defeat Enabled me to Identify all the Betrayers and Conspirators who were Around me”- An Interview With Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Kelum Bandara Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, prior to his departure to Japan, spoke to Daily Mirror about the current situation of the country in the aftermath of the Cabinet reshuffle and his plans for future politics. He shared the following: Question: How do you look at the current political climate in the context of …

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“Unlike Literature Songs are Meant to be Sung not Read” – Bob Dylan in Nobel Speech.

Text of Nobel Lecture Recorded on June 4th 2017 by Bob Dylan who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature) When I first received this Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to literature. I wanted to reflect on it and see where the connection was. I’m going …

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Namal Rajapaksa Indicted on Money Laundering Charges Amounting to Rs 30 Million With Two Other Gowers Coroprate Services Ltd Directors

By Yoshitha Perera The Colombo High Court today served indictments on UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa and two other directors, Sujani Bogollagama and Senani Samaranayake of Gowers Corporate Services (Pvt) Limited on charges of money laundering involving a sum of Rs.30 million transacted through the company. The Colombo High Court later released them on the previous …

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