Sajith Premadasa’s Offer to Work as Prime Minister Under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Dismissed Derisively by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna as “Talking Nonsense”.

By Shamindra Ferdinando State Minister for International Cooperation Susil Premjayantha, yesterday, turned down UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa’s offer to serve as Prime Minister, in a government headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Premjayantha said that there was nothing common in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision and that of Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa. Addressing the media at …

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“Hathe Ape Potha” Controversy: Should the Supplementary Reader on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Grade Seven Students That Was Prepared With Great Care be Rejected to Appease Six Men and Their Supporters?

By Kshama Ranawana It’s back to the drawing board for the Hathe Ape Potha, the supplementary reader on sexual and reproductive health. On Tuesday, January 21st, interested stakeholders, Buddhist clergy, officials of the Education and Health Ministries, Psychiatrists, representatives of the Child Protection Authority and Academics met for the second time to discuss whether or …

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Sri Lanka Takes Urgent Measures to Combat Coronavirus Threat Emanating From China: Separate Arrival Section at Katunayake for Passengers from China;Visas to Lanka Wont Be Given to Applicants from High Risk Areas in China;All Chinese Nationals in Lanka Including Those With Work Permits to be Monitored by Health Personnel

By Chandani Kirinde The Government yesterday imposed restrictions on Chinese nationals visiting Sri Lanka and sent Lankan students returning from Wuhan Province in China to the Diyatalawa Army Camp to be kept under observation for two weeks after the first positive case of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified by health authorities in the country. …

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Attorney-General Dappula de Livera Writes to Presidential Commission of Inquiry That it has no Statutory or Legal Authority to Order the A-G to Refrain From Prosecuting Karannagoda or Dassanayake in the 11 Youths Abduction by Navy Case

By A.J.A. Abeynayake Attorney General Dappula de Livera has informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, investigating the allegations of political victimization, that the commission has no statutory or legal authority to order the Attorney General to refrain from performing his statutory functions.

It is the Duty of the Govt to Have the National Anthem Sung in Sinhala and Tamil at the Independence Day Celebrations if Interests of the Country are Placed Ahead of their own Political Objectives.

By Harsha Gunasena On 24 December, the Daily Mirror reported that, according to the Public Administration Ministry, the 72nd Independence Day celebrations will be held on 4 February at Independence Square in Colombo on a grand scale and the national anthem would be sung only in Sinhala. This is a deviation from the practice followed …

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There is Absolutely no Rational Reason to not sing the Tamil Translation of the National Anthem at Official Events of the State.

By Eranda Ginige I was studying in grade seven when I joined the Scout Association at my school. Scouts have a list of tasks to complete. When you complete them successively, you get various badges and promotions. One of the very first tasks was to sing the national anthem by yourself. The seniors told us …

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The Silence of the UN After the Remarks made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa about thye “Missing” persons in SriLanka to the UN Resident Coordinator in Colombo Hanaa Singer is Deeply Troubling -Women’s Action Network.

(Text if a Statement Issued by the Women’s Action Network – a collective of nine women’s groups working in the North and East) Last week, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had told UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer that those reported missing from the war are “actually dead” and that the government would soon issue death certificates. Although …

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Is the Presidential Commission of Inquiry Interfering with the Judiciary by Ordering Attorney-General Not to Proceed with Case Against Ex-Navy Chief Wasantha Karannagoda and Former Navy Spokesman DKP Dassanayake?

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) appointed to probe the alleged political victimization of Public Servants under the previous administration has ordered the Attorney General (AG) not to proceed with the case against former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake until it reached a conclusion on the matter.

“I am strongly in favour of the national anthem being sung in both languages whenever and wherever appropriate Like the national Independence Day celebrations,” – Dr. Devanesan Nesiah

(Excerpted from Compilation of Viewpoints Presented by Kamanthi Wickramasinghe in the “Daily Mirror” under the Heading “Singing National Anthem in Sinhala only Tug of war continues over ‘Matha’ and ‘Thaaye’) “I am strongly in favour of the national anthem being sung in both languages whenever and wherever appropriate, certainly at national Independence Day celebrations,” said …

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“Our National Anthem is a song that could be sung by people of all ethnicities and religions.” – Prof Sunil Ariyaratne

(Excerpted from Compilation of Viewpoints Presented by Kamanthi Wickramasinghe in the “Daily Mirror” under the Heading “Singing National Anthem in Sinhala only Tug of war continues over ‘Matha’ and ‘Thaaye’) “When Sri Lanka became an independent state in 1948 there was a competition to select a national anthem,” recalled veteran lyricist Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne . …

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Tamils Want To Sing The National Anthem In Their Mother Tongue

by D,B.S.JEYARAJ Singing The National Anthem In Tamil Trilogy – 3 This is my third and final column in this trilogy of articles about the singing of Sri Lanka’s national anthem in the Sinhala and Tamil languages. I would have very much liked to write about hot topics like Ranjan Ramanayake’s recordings or President Gotabaya’s …

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The Past Under Mahinda Is Resurfacing In The Present Under Gotabaya

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Singing The National Anthem In Tamil Trilogy – 2 2020 has dawned!Greetings for the new year to all “Daily Mirror” readers. My article in these columns last week about moves being contemplated to forbid the singing of Sri Lanka’s national anthem in Tamil at the 70th independence day event, seems to have been …

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Singing The National Anthem in The Sinhala and Tamil Languages

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Singing The National Anthem In Tamil Trilogy – 1 The news story appearing in the “Daily Mirror”last week was like a bolt out of the blue. It said that the national anthem would be sung in the Sinhala language only at the forthcoming celebratory event of Sri Lanka or Ceylon gaining full independence …

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Sajith Premadasa Tells Meeting of UNP MP’s, EX-PC Members and Local Govt Members that he Will Lead a New Alliance and win the Parliamentary Elections: Hakeem, Bathiudeen, Samarawickrama,Hashim and Karunanayake Notable Absentees at Event

by Ifham Nizam Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, yesterday promised a party where everybody would have a say and its leader could be expelled if he or she was at fault. Premadasa, speaking at a meeting consisting of parliamentarians, local council members, provincial council members and supporters, at the Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre, …

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Cabinet Decision to Approve Construction of a Coal Power Plant and two LNG Plants ran Counter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Promise to meet 80% of Sri Lanka’s Energy Needs Through Renewable Sources by 2030 Points out Secretary of Solar Industries Association, Lakmal Fernando

By Rathindra Kuruwita The Cabinet decision to approve the construction of a coal power plant and two LNG plants ran counter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s promise to meet 80% of Sri Lanka’s energy needs through renewable sources by 2030, Secretary of Solar Industries Association (SIA), Lakmal Fernando told The Island yesterday. Last week, the Cabinet …

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Hirunika Premachandra MP Challenges President Gotabaya and Prime Minister Mahinda to Bring Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran to Sri Lanka or Take Action Against Him

Politically affiliated criminals would not be punished by governments formed by the main political parties because leaders of both parties have close links to each other, MP Hirunika Premachandra said yesterday addressing a press conference at the Opposition Leader’s Office, Colombo 07. “Leaders of both parties are good friends, they cut deals and don’t punish …

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Ten Years After The Disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda His Courageous Wife Sandhya Ekneligoda Has Become an an Icon of Defiance, Resistance and Hope for Justice.

By Ruki Fernando January 24, 2020, was 10 years since the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda. It also marked 10 years of struggle for truth and justice by his wife, Sandhya Ekneligoda and two young sons. Investigative reports by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to the Homagama Magistrate Courts indicated that Ekneligoda was …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Did Not Make Any Reference to or Acknowledge that 2000 Reported as Disappeared are Dead in Conversation with UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer and Has Been Misquoted in the Media Clarifies Presidential Secretariat

By Jamila Husain President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has informed the UN that necessary investigations would be conducted to find out the fate of those who had disappeared during the island’s civil conflict as most of the families had attested that those disappeared had been recruited or forcibly conscripted by the LTTE. The Presidential Secretariat said the …

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India Confers Prestigious Padma Shri Awards Upon Legendary Dancer and Dance School Principal Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and the Late Professor of Hindi at Kelaniya University Dr.Indra Dassanayake

The Government of India has decided to confer Padma Shri Awards on Deshabandu Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and Late Prof. Indra Dassanayake for their pioneering contributions in their individual fields of work and for strengthening India-Sri Lanka ties, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. Padma Shri Awards are one of the highest civilian awards in …

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If Rajapaksa Govt is Serious About Ensuring Justice for Victims of Easter Bomb Attacks, It Should Immediately Arrest Ex-President Maithripala Sirisena Who has No Presidential Immunity And Produce him in Courts says UNP Parliamentarian Palitha Range Bandara

by Zacki Jabbar The UNP, while pledging support to the Rajapaksa government’s fresh investigations into the Easter Sunday bomb explosions at three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21 last year, says that former President Maithripala Sirisena, who was also the then Defence Minister, is answerable for ignoring intelligence warnings and leaving for Singapore …

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With a Parliamentary Election Being on the Cards The Most Valuable Player for the Sri Lanka Podujana Party-Led Government is Basil Rajapaksa

By Rajpal Abeynayake Picking the most valuable player in a cricket tournament may be a tad easier than picking the most effective talent in a political entity, particularly a relatively new one. Or a new governing coalition. But if we put the idea to a test, would there be general agreement on the most valuable …

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Is a Presidential Directive By Gotabaya Rajapaksa Needed for the police to “effect arrests only on strict compliance with the law and without undue influence?”

BY Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Notwithstanding understandable wrath that Sri Lankans may feel over political betrayals of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition during 2015-2019, the way forward does not lie in giving sweeping majorities to any political force in the upcoming General Elections. A despicable political culture True, the scorching fury of ‘good governance’ being replaced by ‘no-governance’ …

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Government Spokesman Mahindananda Aluthgamage States Govt Is Going Ahead with President Gotabaya’s Decision to Increase Daily Wage of Estate Workers to 1000 Rupees From March 1st:”Contrary to Claims Plantation Companies Can Afford to Pay Rs 1000 Daily Wage”Says State Minister

by Shamindra Ferdinando Government Spokesman State Power Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said on Wednesday, January 22, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to increase the daily wage of an estate worker to Rs. 1,000 from March 01, 2020, had not been seriously opposed by the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Addressing the media at the Prime Minister’s Office, lawmaker …

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President Gotabaya Appoints Ex- Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Nanda Mallawarachchi as Director General of the Multi Development Task Force Responsible for Recruiting and Training 100,000 Members of Low Income Families Without Interference From Govt MP’s

One-time Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Nanda Mallawarachchi has been appointed Director General, Multi Development Task Force responsible for high profile project to recruit and train 100,000 members of low income families. The project implemented in line with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s 2019 presidential poll pledge aimed to uplift the living standards of the poorest …

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Six Areas in North including Southern Delft, Chundikulam, Adam’s Bridge Islets and Madu Road Sanctuary Declared as National Parks by Govt

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Government has declared areas in Chundi-kulam, Delft Island, Adam’s Bridge, Kotuaththawala, Kayankerni, and Madu Road as national parks. Moving the motion on Thursday in Parliament, Environment and Wildlife Resources, and Lands and Land Development Minister S.M. Chandrasena held some of these new national parks have already been longstanding sanctuaries with high levels …

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“How Could The LTTE Have Killed Those Who Surrendered to the Army After the War Ended?” Family Members of Persons Reported Missing Question President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Recent Statement to UN Resident Coordinator in Colombo

By Meera Srinivasan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s recent remarks that those reported missing from the time of the civil war were “actually dead” have sparked concern among families of disappeared persons. Relatives, mostly women, of thousands reported missing have been protesting in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority north and east for nearly three years now, demanding that authorities …

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Whatever Flaws and Faults that may be Found of his Alleged Violations of the Laws of the Land Ranjan Ramanayake has done a Great Service to the People by this Staggering Exposure of a Dirty, Shady and Crooked Legislature.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake A good amount of my life as a journalist had to do with covering Parliament. I’ve seen and heard great debates, listened to members skilled in debate, who were rich with humour, satire, ridicule and sarcasm. There were members who spoke for hours on rich content, and some who brought fun to …

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Group of Lawyers Protest Against Attorney – General Dappula de Livera’s Procedure Violating Arbirary Action in Ordering Police to Take Into Custody the Interdicted High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya

By Shamindra Ferdinando A group of lawyers, yesterday (24), protested at Hultsdorp against what a spokesman for them, Sunil Watagala, called the Attorney General resorting to arbitrary actions in the wake of leaked audio clips containing conversations between judges and UNP lawmaker Ranjan Ramanayake. Attorney-at-law Watagala alleged that the Attorney General hadn’t followed the proper …

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Examining the International Practice of Countries Singing the National Anthem in More Than One Language

By Dhammike Amarasinghe I presume that many people consider the mere idea of singing a National Anthem in more than one language strange and an anomaly. In this context it would be best to examine what the international practice is. I invite readers to refer to the articles titled ‘ List of National Anthems’ and …

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Attempts to Link Ex- Lake House Chairman Krishantha Cooray and Former “Sunday Observer” Editor Dharisha Bastians with Swiss Embassy Staffer Incident is Part of Govt Strategy to Drive Fear Into Media Personnel Say UNP Parliamentarians Eran Wickramaratne and Ajith P Perera

Refuting allegations that former Lake House chief Krishantha Cooray is linked to the Swiss embassy saga, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) said there is a conspiracy afoot to discredit Cooray and other media personnel not toeing the government line. Speaking to reporters at the Opposition Leader’s Office this morning, UNP MPs Ajith P …

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“100 MP’s Have Bar Permits, Two MP’s are Trafficking Drugs While One MP Engages in Racing and betting” – Transcript of Ranjan Ramanayake’s Revelatory Speech in Parliament on Jan 21

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana (The following is a transcription of the lively speech Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake made on January 21 (Tuesday) in Parliament regarding the leaked telephone conversations, he had with prominent personalities, which have put the lawmakers in hot water.) “I relate my story to all the people in this country. Firstly …

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Hirunika Premachandra says Leaked Second Phone Clip With Conversation Between Ranjan Ramanayake has Been Maliciously Edited:MP Alleges leaking recordings is part of an agenda to create opinion to show that Duminda Silva was a political prisoner.

By Ajith Siriwardana UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra today claimed that the leaked second phone recording clip said to be of her and MP Ranjan Ramanayake was maliciously edited and vowed to take legal action against those who published the clips. Posting a video on her facebook account, she said the content and voice in the …

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Far From Banning the Singing of the National Anthem in One Language we must Ensuring that it is Sung with Dignity in Both Languages on Freedom Day and all National Occasions.

by Bishop Duleep de Chickera With Freedom (Independence) Day in sight we should be reflecting on how best our freedom gained, is to be consolidated and what new freedoms are to be secured. As change occurs, our perception of life grows and our understanding of ethics evolve, the human quest to stay free never ceases. …

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“Narendra Modi’s Apparent Determination to Transform India From a Tolerant, Multi-Religious Place into a Chauvinist Hindu State”-The Economist

Last month India changed the law to make it easier for adherents of all the subcontinent’s religions, except Islam, to acquire citizenship. At the same time, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (bjp) wants to compile a register of all India’s 1.3bn citizens, as a means to hunt down illegal immigrants . Those sound like technicalities, …

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International Court of Justice Issues Unanimous Ruling Ordering Myanmar to take “all measures within its power” to Prevent Serious Risk of Genocide of the Rohingyas Despite Aung San Suu Kyi Defending Her Country at Hague

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (formerly Burma). The decision comes despite de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi defending her country against the accusations in person last month. Thousands of Rohingya died and more than 700,000 fled to Bangladesh during an army …

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Aung San Suu Kyi Falls From Grace Completely By Going in Person to ICJ and Trying to Justify the Actions of the Burmese Army Generals

By Nick Beake This judgment has surely obliterated any remnants of Aung San Suu Kyi’s international reputation. Remember, she didn’t have to go to The Hague and become the embodiment of Myanmar’s defence. She chose to argue, in person, there was no mass murder, rape or arson. Even her biggest critics used to acknowledge she …

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Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou:Man with Courage, Skills and Humanity Holding Myanmar/Burma Accountable for Atrocities Against Rohingyas

By Anna Holligan It was an unexpected detour that led Abubacarr Tambadou from his home in the tiny West African country of The Gambia to experience an epiphany on the edge of a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. Listening to survivors’ stories he said the “stench of genocide” began drifting across the border into Bangladesh …

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Any Decision on UNP Leadership will Have to be Taken by theParty Working Committee and Endorsed at the Party Convention Says Lakshman Kiriella

UNP Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said that any decision on party leadership will have to be approved by the Working Committee and be announced at a party convention, but was unclear when a new Working Committee would be appointed. Commenting on the ongoing leadership standoff, Kiriella warned that it should not affect party unity, which …

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Both Govt and Opposition MP’s Complain Over Some Sections and Annexures Being Missing From Central Bank Forensic Audit Reports Released to Parliament

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Lawmakers yesterday called on the Speaker to ensure all details of the Central Bank’s forensic audit reports are released, after some sections and annexures were found missing in the CD distributed to parliamentarians. Lawmakers from both sides, bringing the issue to the attention of the Speaker, held the full report should be …

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“I did not request either the Hon. Speaker, Mr. Karu Jayasuriya, or the Hon. Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickermasinghe, to permit me to continue to occupy the Opposition Leader’s Bungalow.”- R.Sampanthan MP

(Text of a press release issued by theMedia Office of the Tamil National Alliance) R. Sampanthan 21/01/2020 Member of Parliament Trincomalee Statement of urgent public importance pertaining to the Bungalow of the Leader of the Opposition and other matters related thereto. Dear Hon. Speaker, You recognized me as the Leader of the Opposition of the …

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Lakshman Kiriella Emphasises Importance of 19th Constitutional Amendment To Maintain Balance of Power Between Different Arms of Government and Demands that the Gotabaya Govt Should Stop Plans to Repeal 19 A

The United National (UNP) Party yesterday renewed calls for the Government to halt plans to repeal the 19th Amendment, citing the need of the constitutional provision to maintain a balance of power between the different arms of Government. UNP Senior MP Lakshman Kiriella pointed out that the Amendment was done with a broad consensus of …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Expands Scope of Commission of Inquiry to Probe and Ascertain if Actions against Tri-Forces, Police and Public officials Impacted National Security

By Chandani Kirinde President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday expanded the scope of a Commission of Inquiry (COI) he appointed two weeks ago to look into political victimisation during the previous Government to ascertain if investigations and legal proceedings against members of the Tri-Forces, Police and public services had an impact on the national security of the …

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New Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Admits That the 20,000 Tamils Reported Missing During the Nation’s Civil War are Dead.

By Joe Wallen The new Sri Lankan president has finally admitted the 20,000 missing Tamils who vanished during the nation’s civil war are dead. Gotabaya Rajapaksa – who was then defence secretary – led government troops to victory over Tamil soldiers, but his forces were accused of carrying out mass disappearances and executions. It is …

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Permanent High Court Trial at Bar Hearing Alleged Abduction of 11 Youths for Ransom by Navy Issues Summons to 14 Persons Including Ex-Navy Chief Adm(Retd)Wasantha Karannagoda to Appear Before Court on Jan 24

The Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar yesterday issued summons for 14 individuals, including the former Commander of the Navy Admiral (Retd) Wasantha Karannagoda, to appear before the Court on 24 January over the alleged abduction and enforced disappearance for eleven youths in 2008. The 11 youths had been abducted in Colombo and the suburbs between 2008 …

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Remanded MP Ranjan Ramanayake Says He Requires Two days Bail to Retrieve Audio CD’s of his Telephone Conversation Recordings from a Private Bank Locker and Table Them in Parliament

By Saman Indrajith UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday said in parliament that he would request for two days bail for him to table all the evidence in his possession with regard to phone records scandal. He said that he was in a difficult position to table those material as he had promised on Tuesday as …

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Facets of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Foreign Policy Vision: Internalizing Inclusivity and Internationalizing Exclusivity

by Sudharshan Seneviratne (Emeritus Professor. University of Peradeniya. Sri Lanka’s former High Commissioner to India) Introduction Foreign Policy (FP) represents the long arm of the State protecting and imaging its national interest and projecting overseas all aspects of an independent sovereign State. As such, Foreign Policy is essentially based on a fundamental principle – that …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Tells UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer that whether he gets the Support of the Tamil Political Parties or not, he will Develop the War-shattered Economy of the Tamil-majority Northern Province.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, told the UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer here on Friday, that whether he gets the support of the Tamil political parties or not, he will develop the war-shattered economy of the Tamil-majority Northern Province, the Presidential Media Division said. On the issue of the missing, he said that, whether they …

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‘I Can’t Bring Back the Dead’: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Tries to Bring an End to the Search for Persons Reported Missing During the War

By Maria Abi-Habib and Dharisha Bastians Dashing the hopes of thousands of families desperate for word about loved ones who went missing during Sri Lanka’s long, grisly civil war, the country’s new president has offered an unsparing rebuff to their quest for closure. The missing are in fact dead, said the president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and …

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Remanded MP Ranjan Ramanayake Addresses Parliament and Challenges Govt to Appoint a Presidential Commission to Investigate his Leaked Telephone Conversation Recordings: Says “I am willing to appear before the commission with all the information I have.”

By Saman Indrajith Former Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, yesterday (21) apologised to all those who had got into trouble due to the leak of recordings of his telephone conversations with him. Speaking during the Parliamentary debate, MP Ramanayake said it had not been his intention to make the recordings of his conversations public. “The recordings …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Approves Tabling in Parliament of Forensic Audit Reports on Bond Transactions of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Says Release of Documents Wont Impact investigations or Legal Proceedings.

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday approved the tabling of forensic audit reports on bond transactions of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), arguing that the release of the documents would not impact investigations or legal proceedings. Justifying his decision to release the forensic audit report yesterday in Parliament, the Speaker held that …

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Hirunika Premachandra Tells Parliament that there is a Sinister Campaign to Tarnish her Image and That She was Taking Action Against Four TV Channels for Defamation

By Saman Indrajith UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra said that some of the recordings of telephone conversations between her and MP Ranjan Ramanayake had been tampered with. Premachandra said that there was a sinister campaign to tarnish her image. She had filed complaints against four television channels for defamation, the MP said.

Ranjan Ramanayake MP Tables in Parliament Audio CD’s of Recorded Telephone Conversations With Several Persons Including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Perpetual Treasuries Head Arjun Aloysius and Parliamentarian Kanchana Wijesekera

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwadana MP Ranjan Ramanayake today tabled in Parliament several CDs containing audio clips of phone conversations he has had with many people including a few heads of State. He did so while stating in Parliament that he was tabling the CDs containing telephone conversations he has had with politicians of …

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US Deputy Asst Secretary of State Alice Wells Delivers Letter From US President Trump to President Gotabaya and Conveys “message” That Washington will not Tolerate any Weakening of the Military and Political Relations it Built-up over Four Years With Sri Lanka under Sirisena Govt

By K. Ratnayake US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to President Gotabhaya Rajapakse during a one-day trip to Sri Lanka last Wednesday. The letter, according to the media, emphasised the White House’s “commitment and interest in furthering and deepening …

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Plantation Companies Making Huge Profits are Refusing to Pay 1000 Rupee Daily Wage to Estate Workers By Misleading Govt and Public About the Actual Profits They Make Charges MONLAR Moderator Chinthaka Rajapakshe

By Rathindra Kuruwita The government must immediately expose the high profits made by the plantation companies and inform the public that they could easily give their workers a daily basic salary of Rs. 1,000, the 1000 Movement, a collective of unions and civil society activists, said yesterday. Chinthaka Rajapakshe, Moderator of the Movement for Land …

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The Damage Done to the Judiciary by Sarath Silva as Attorney – General and Chief Justice Long Before The Ranjan Ramanayake’s Telephone Recordings Controversy

By Victor Ivan The collection of recorded telephone conversations of Ranjan Ramanayaka can be said to have become a kind of collection of short films that reveal the degeneration of the entire institutional system of the country while conveying the message of it to the people in a simple and straightforward way. The reading habits …

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Planters Association and Employers Federation of Ceylon Unwilling to Comply with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Directive to Pay Estate Workers a 1000 Rupee Daily Wage but Govt Stands Firm

The Government yesterday remained firm on the proposed daily wage hike for estate workers from March and asked the plantation firms to come up with a new formula to offer relief whilst minimising damage to financial viability. The outcome follows the Ceylon Planters Association and the Employers Federation of Ceylon meeting Plantation Industries Minister Dr. …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Tells UN Resident Coordinator that Persons Reported Missing During Civil War are Actually Dead and Steps Would be Taken to Issue Death Certificat After Necessary Investigations

By Meera Srinivasan Thousands of persons reported missing since the time of Sri Lanka’s civil war are “actually dead”, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said. The President made the remark in a recent meeting with the UN Resident Coordinator, according to a statement from his office. Outlining his plans to address the issue of missing persons, …

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Sri Lankan Black Panther Thought to Be Extinct Re-discovered Again in the Island; Wild Life Dept Camera Footage Proves Existence of One Male,Female and Two Cubs

The Sri Lankan Wildlife Department has been able to retrace the Sri Lankan Black Panther that was once considered to be long extinct. Out of the eight species of panthers living in the world, the sub-species, Sri Lankan Panther is extraordinary due to its very limited population. The Sri Lankan black panther is believed to …

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Can Ranjan Ramanayake’s Critics Deny That he Has “revealed the deteriorated and corrupt nature of society including the corrupt nature of the top hierarchy of the key sectors?”

By Mani Velupillai Almost all our public figures have disapproved of the leak of Ranjan Ramanayake’s phone recordings. They include Ramanayake’s celluloid colleagues, fellow politicians, some members of the clergy, officials and even journalists. It is a moot point, however, whether Ramanayake’s critics represent themselves or the public or both. Apparently they impute their own …

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Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval Rushed to Colombo After Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Visit to Place Certain Demands Before President Gotabaya Relating to New Delhi’s Concerns Over Increased Chinese Activity in the Maritime Regions of South Asia.

By P.K.Balachandran India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, who was on short visit here on Saturday, has told the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that it is important that India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives review the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) regime, enhance it, and include other regional countries as observers. The MDA regimen …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Questions the Political Morality of Sajith Premadasa for Saying now that he wants to Tear Up the MCC Pact While Having Remained Totally Silent When the Cabinet he was Part of Announced it was Going to Sign the MCC Pact

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday, expressed surprise at the UNP’s sudden aversion to the MCC pact. Issuing a press release, Rajapaksa said that Opposition Leader, Sajith Premadasa, who was the Deputy Leader of the UNP and key member of the UNP Cabinet, before the Presidential election, had been silent on the MCC pact promoted by …

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Senior Journalist C.A.Chandraprema Appointed as Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva:Author of Gotabaya Rajapaksa Biography “Gota’s War” Will Go To War Defending Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council

Veteran Sunday Island columnist, C.A.Chandraprema, has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations in Geneva, within which is located the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). At the UNHRC, Chandraprema will be expected to take up the cudgels on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka baiters from Western …

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Residents of Malay-Muslim Locality in Colombo Known as Slave Island are Telling Stories About People In Their Neighbourhood Through Painting Wall Portraits

By Meera Srinivasan Back in his school days, Firi Rahman, 29, used to feel embarrassed to bring his friends home. Having heard people refer to his neighbourhood as a “slum” or “a den of drug dealers”, he wasn’t sure how his friends would react. “Those of us who belonged to this area felt stigmatised,” recalls …

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India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval Arrives in Colombo Without Advance Announcement to Meet President Gotabaya Within a week of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Declaration of Not Letting “Outside Influences” to Interfere in Sri Lanka; Among Issues Dicussed was “Countering and Preventing Debt Traps”.

By Meera Srinivasan National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Saturday met Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo and discussed key bilateral issues including economic development and strategic cooperation. “A very cordial discussion was held with National Security Advisor of #India, Ajit Doval today. Strengthening of bilateral cooperation on national security, intelligence sharing, maritime security …

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Let’s Hope the Attorney -General’s Dept Will Take Action Over the Recorded Telephone Call by SB Dissanayake To Palitha Range Bandara Offering Huge Sums of Cash to Cross Over From UNP to the Maithri-Mahinda Govt of October 2018?

By Lucien Rajakarunayake We are suddenly given an exposure to the crafty and deceitful politics. R-R with his ‘One Shot’ reputation is giving much more than just one shot. It is a chain of telephone call recordings, that we are told is illegal because no recording caution had been given. Recording caution is the stuff …

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Viral Spreading of Ranjan Ramanayake’s Phone Recordings Cannot be Stopped by Law in the Context of Unrestrained and Vicious Attacks on the Judiciary in Unregulated Social Media

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Leaked phone conversations between a politician and judicial officers with more details due to emerge has led to the interdiction of a Magistrate and inquiries into other judges even as the Sri Lankan public remain tantalised by these unfolding scandals. Weighty matters of governance are left discarded, the soaring cost of …

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Many Ruling Party MP’s Concerned Over Revelation by Harin Fernando that Numerous Recordings of Telephone Conversations with Govt Parliamentarians are in the Possession of Ranjan Ramanayake

BY JAMILA HUSAIN Following the surprising revelation by UNP MP Harin Fernando that there were numerous recordings of conversations with current government members in MP Ranjan Ramanayake’s possession as well, the Daily Mirror learns that some ruling MPs had held informal discussions over the matter yesterday.

Although the Indian Establishment was Not Convinced About the Rajapaksa Brothers Being Trustworthy, New Delhi’s Attitude Underwent a Swift Change After Gotabaya won the Presidential Election Convincingly

By P.K.Balachandran Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is to visit New Delhi in early February at the invitation of the Indian Premier Narendra Modi, will be discussing economic cooperation more than anything else, according to informed sources. The reason cited for this is that Prime Minister Mahinda is also Minister for Finance, Economy …

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Govt to Deploy State Intelligence Officials to Monitor Grama Niladharis and Report Whether They are Carrying Out Their Duties Correctly in the Spheres of Providing Jobs and Food for Low Income Groups

The government has deployed intelligence officers to find out if the Grama Niladaris are doing a proper job in recommending people for a programme to provide 100,000 jobs to eligible persons from low income groups. They will also monitor the performance of Grama Niladaris in a programme to provide food for the poor.

Any Progress in Restoring Human Rights and Re-building Democracy in Sri Lanka in Grave Peril Following Election of Gotabaya as President says “Human Rights Watch” in its Annual World Report

Respect for fundamental human rights in Sri Lanka is in serious jeopardy following Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election as president in November 2019, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. Rajapaksa, along with his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was named prime minister, were implicated in numerous human rights violations during their previous years in …

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Are the So Called Telephone Conversations of Ranjan Ramanayake, “Red Herrings” to Divert the Public Away From The Burning Issues of the Day Including the Rise in Prices of Basic Necessities After The New Govt Came Into Power?

By Deepal Samarasiri However authentic or not the reports are about Ranjan Ramanayake one thing is certain. When the new government came into power there were high hopes that at least now the people in the country would be able to survive without having to pay exorbitantly for their daily bread. The farmers are very …

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52 MP’s Have Elected Sajith Premadasa as UNP Leader Pending Working Committee Approval say Parliamentarians Madduma Bandara, Harin Fernando, Sarath Fonseka and Dilip Wedaarachchi

By Yohan Perera The fifty two MPs who claimed they have elected Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa as the new leader of the UNP yesterday said they will seek the party’s working committee approval for the new appointment. UNP MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara told journalists yesterday that they will seek party’s working committee approval for …

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Despite Receiving Generous Financial Relief Package From New Govt, Plantation Companies are Unwilling to Grant Rs 145 Daily Wage Increase to Estate Workers as Directed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

By Charumini de Silva President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has created a fresh storm with his directive to hike estate worker wages by 17% to Rs. 1,000 from March whilst a Collective Agreement is in place and with the plantations companies, already in crisis, saying they have no capacity to pay. The plantation companies and the Employers’ …

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Ranil and his Loyalists Including Vajira, Sagala and Akila Viraj Walk Out of UNP Parliamentary Group Meeting After Sajith Faction Calls For Vote to Elect Party Leader; Remaining 52 MP’s Favoured Premadasa in Unofficial Vote Tweets Harsha de Silva

By Yohan Perera UNP Parliamentary Group meeting which was held today at its Headquarters Sirikotha ended up abruptly without a decision as to who would become the next leader of the party. Informed sources said some members wanted a vote to decide on the leadership but several including Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Vajira Abeywardene, General …

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Kandy-born Actor-Politico “MGR” Reigned Supreme in Tamil Nadu Cinema and Politics

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj (Popular Tamil Nadu Film Actor cum Political Leader M.G.Ramachandran known as “MGR” was born in Kandy on January 17th 1917.. This article written earlier for the “Spotlight” Column of “Daily Financial Times” is reproduced here to denote MGR’s 103rd Birth anniversary) There was a time when the magical initials MGR were a …

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Many Facets of Thai Pongal: Pongal the Traditional Tamil Thanksgiving Festival

By K. Thirukumaran Tamils have celebrated Thai Pongal in one form or the other over millennia. Celebrating Thai Pongal nowadays in its traditional, purposeful piety and outdoor gala continues to evolve as vast numbers of diaspora Tamil communities exist in far corners away from their homelands. They also live far from ancestral agrarian and village …

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“As a Tamil I Take the Position that I am Better off Without the Police Because I get more Harassment than Protection from them.” Says Ratnajeevan Hoole Citing Three Road Incidents With Police as Examples

By Prof. S.Ratnajeevan H.Hoole As a Tamil I take the position that I am better off without the police because I get more harassment than protection from them. The video of an IGP assaulting an employee in a lift bears testimony to how committed the police are to law and order. I have dealt in …

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‘Thai Pongal’ the Harvest Festival of Tamils

By P. Krishnaswamy After the Christmas and New Year festivities, the focus is now on the Pongal harvest festival, popularly known as Thai Pongal, celebrated in the first four days of the month of Thai in the Tamil-Hindu calendar. Traditionally, it is the festival of farmers who depend on Mother Earth, the sun, rain, other …

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Ranjan Ramanayake Arrested by Police CCD;MP Will be Charged Under Article 111 C(2) of the Constitution;Likely to Lose Civic Rights for Seven Years and Serve One Year Imprisonment if Found Guilty

UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake, who was arrested yesterday over his leaked phone recordings faces, losing his civic rights for seven years as well as a year-long imprisonment if found guilty after the Attorney General (AG) directed that he be charged for offences under Article 111 C (2) of the Constitution. Ramanayake, who is embroiled in …

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“We will not allow any outside influences to interfere with matters that are essentially internal concerns of Sri Lanka” Declares Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Colombo

By Meera Srinivasan Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has pledged not to allow “any outside influences” to interfere with Sri Lanka’s internal matters, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office said on Tuesday. “As Sri Lanka’s strategic partner China will continue to standby Sri Lanka’s interests. China stands for the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We …

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UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Suspends Gampaha District MP Ranjan Ramanayake’s Party Membershop Pending Endorsement by UNP Working Committee

UNP yesterday suspended the party membership of Gampaha district Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake. United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe took the decision after a number of complaints alleging derogatory comments by and behaviour of the MP were received by the party, said UNP General Secretary MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam at a press conference held at …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Ready to Give Up United National Party Leadership After Ensuring a United and Strong Party says UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

Ranil Wickremesinghe is ready to renounce his party leadership but will only do so leaving behind a united and strong party, said UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam ata press conference held yesterday. Kariyawasam made the comment in response to a question posed regarding the party leadership issue which will be taken up at the …

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“RanjaGate”:Alleged Recordings of Ranjan Ramanayake’s Conversations Lead to Legal Luminaries and Social Activists Expressing Concerns and Calling for a Right to Privacy Act to be Implemented in the Country

By Anurangi Singh and Maneshka Borham Just hours after the arrest of United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake last week by the Colombo South Crimes Division of the Police, social media platforms were flooded with recordings of private conversations which had allegedly taken place between the MP and a number of prominent and popular …

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New Research Study Reveals that Positive Effect of Mixing with Members of Different Groups Enables Countries to Adapt to Diversity as Time Goes on and Experience Growth as a Result.

By Miguel R Ramos, postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford; Douglas Massey, professor of sociology at Princeton University; Matthew Bennett, senior lecturer in social policy at University of Birmingham; and Miles Hewstone, emeritus professor of social psychology and public policy at the University of Oxford. The ethnic and religious composition of many modern …

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“The Thai Pongal festival is an important cultural event celebrated by the Tamil community throughout the world. My heartfelt greetings to the Tamil community celebrating ” in Sri Lanka and the world over” Says Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Special Message Issued for “Thaippongal”

(Text of “Thaippongal”message issued by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa) I wish the Tamil community in Sri Lanka and the world over, a delightful Thai Pongal Festival. Sri Lanka is a nation of diverse nationalities coexisting peacefully. Each of those nationalities have their own, unique cultural celebrations that add color and vibrancy to the Sri Lankan …

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Meetings This Week with Wells, Lavrov and Wang Yi Will Enable Lankan President to re-affirm close ties with Russia and China and find Common ground with the US.

By Shivanthi Ranasinghe The upcoming week promises to be an unusually interesting one for Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. On January 14, he will be separately meeting two Foreign Ministers, Sergey Lavrov of Russia and Wang Yi China, and the US Assistant Secretary of State, Alice Wells. With the UNHRC March session around the corner, …

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Ranjan Ramanayake says the investigative methods adopted by him may be questionable but the ultimate objective was to expose wrongs that had been committed and ensure victims were able to obtain just remedies

by Zacki Jabbar UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake, who is under fire, following a leak of his telephone conversations during the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration, says the investigative methods adopted by him may be questionable, but the ultimate objective was to ensure truth and justice. Ramanayake said last week that his actions were aimed at unravelling serious crimes …

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The Question that Arises after Revelations Made by the Ranjan Ramanayake Recordings is How Serving Judicial Officers and Prosecutors Could have been so senseless enough to engage in these Conversations in the first place.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena Handwringing by Government politicians over leaked tape recordings of phone conversations between prosecutors, judicial officers and a United National Party politician known more for his brawn than his brain, (this worthy’s cerebral power appears to be even less than commonly perceived), is hypocritical in the extreme. Historic undermining of the judicial …

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Sri Lanka’s Public Administration Ministry’s decision to drop the Tamil Version of the Country’s National Anthem from The First Independence Day Celebration After Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Became President Creates Controversy

By Meera Srinivasan More than three decades after Sri Lanka recognised Tamil as an official language like Sinhala, you would expect a debate on singing the national anthem in Tamil to be redundant. However, a controversy erupted recently after local media reported the Public Administration Ministry’s decision to drop the Tamil version of the country’s …

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Bombshell Revelations Contained in Phone Recordings Allegedly Involving United National Party MP Ranjan Ramanayake Largely Overshadowed Parliamentary Debate on the Policy Statement of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

By Sandun Jayawardana Bombshell revelations contained in phone recordings allegedly involving United National Party (UNP) MP Ranjan Ramanayake largely overshadowed this week’s House debate on the policy statement of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. As one alleged phone conversation after another leaked onto social media and some even making their way to mainstream media, the matter was …

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Around 3000 of the 80,000 Sri Lankans Living as Refugees in India are Willing to Return Home Voluntarily Says Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardene After Having Talks With India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishanker in New Delhi

By Chris Kamalendran Around 3000 Sri Lankan refugees living in India are willing to return to their motherland on their own accord, International Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told the Sunday Times. In his first official visit to India as minister in charge of foreign affairs early this week, Mr Gunawardena met India’s External Affairs Minister …

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Police Investigation to be Launched Into Large Amounts of Allegedly Irregular Donations Being Paid to Buddhist Temples from the Central Cultural Fund by Sajith Premadasa While Holding the Portfolio of Cultural Affairs Minister

Opposition Leader and UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, who held the Cultural Affairs portfolio under the previous government, is likely to face a police investigation into disbursement of large amount of funds. The matter came up for discussion at a top-level meeting where Central Cultural Fund disbursements were discussed. Earlier, it was the subject of …

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Tells Media Editors that the Govt will Seek a Two-thirds Majority at the Forthcoming Parliamentary Polls to Bring About Constitutional Reform and Electoral System Changes

By Nisthar Cassim Prime Minster President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday confirmed that the Government would seek a two-thirds majority at the upcoming General Elections to change the Constitution. “There are issues with the 19th Amendment as well as the present electoral system. Currently, we are a minority Government and at the next Parliamentary Election we will …

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa Regime Unlikely to Reach Out To Tamils and Muslims Before Parliamentary Elections as New Govt Wants to Retain Its Sinhala Constituency by Continuing With Hardline Majoritarian Stance.

By P.K.Balachandran The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), whose Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the November 16 election without the support of the minority Tamils and Muslims, and is still to reach out to them in any overt way, is likely to build bridges with them after the April 2020 parliamentary elections, sources close …

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Ranjan Ramanayake and his Telephone Call Recordings will soon be the Slogan of the “Pohottuwa” team as it moves into Election Campaign Action.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake A cartoon in The Island earlier this week showed the citizen seeking shelter from the rain of the Ranjan Ramanayake phone call exposures. We now seem to be moving more to a reign, than just rain, with the One Shot call soon reigning over the coming general election campaign. It is interesting …

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Says it is the responsibility of the Chief Justice to take Action Regarding Disclosures Made by Ranjan Ramanayake’s Audio Clips Relating to Conversations with Members of the Judiciary.”Judicial Services Commission also Must Help Clear Up This Mess”Says Ex-President

by Shamindra Ferdinando Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday, said that it would be the responsibility of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya to take action in respect of the recent disclosure of UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake’s audio clips. Government Spokesman State Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, on Wednesday (08), said that there were a staggering 121,000 audio clips collected …

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“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is not a politician is prepared to speak the truth and to do the right thing. If he is making any errors, we need to advise and correct him. We are prepared to work with him.”- TNA Leader R.Sampanthan in Parliament

TNA leader R. Sampanthan on Wednesday, January 08 told parliament that his party was ready to work with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Commenting on President Rajapaksa’s policy statement, MP Sampanthan said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had polled seven million votes. “Eighty five per cent of the Tamil people, on our call, voted against him; he could not …

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Nugegoda Magistrate U.K.Pelpola Orders CCD to Inform Court on Jan 17 as to how Voice Recordings Seized From Ranjan Ramanayake’s House Were Leaked to the Media Following Motion Filed by MP Against Disclosure of Telephone Recordings Seized by Police to Media Platforms

By Nimanthi Ranasinghe MP Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday filed a motion against the disclosure of telephone recordings – seized by the police during his arrest – to media platforms. When the motion was filed before Nugegoda Magistrate U.K. Pelpola, the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) was ordered to produce facts to court on January 17 on how …

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Acting IGP Launches Investigation Into Colombo South Crimes OIC Inspector Jayantha Silva for letting Ranjan Ramanayake MP Embrace him While Actor Politico was Being Taken Into Custody

By Indika Ramanayaka On the instructions of the Acting IGP, an investigation has been launched against Colombo South Crime Division OIC IP Jayantha Silva for failing to resist from being embraced by MP Ranjan Ramanayake when the latter was being taken into custody last Saturday, sources from the police headquarters said.

New Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa Accuses New Govt of Taking Political Revenge by Dismissing Over 6000 Employees who Were Given Jobs by the Previous Govt

Accusing the government of a campaign of political revenge, newly-appointed Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday sought clarification on thousands of alleged dismissals in the state sector on political grounds. Over 6,000 government workers are facing unemployment as a result of politically motivated dismissals or cancellations of appointments made by the previous government, Premadasa said. “Instead …

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Sri Lankan Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena Will Hold Bi-lateral Discussions With Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishanker in New Delhi as Follow Up to Earlier Meeting Between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena will hold bilateral discussions in New Delhi on Thursday, including with his Indian counterpart Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar. He was scheduled to arrive in Delhi late on Wednesday. Mr. Gunawardena’s visit comes over a month after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was in New …

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Sri Lankan Expatriate Canadian Citizen Whose Special Foreign Investment Deposits in Bank of Ceylon Were Allegedly Swindled Awarded $ 875,000 Along With Interest and Legal Costs by Colombo District Court

By S. S. Selvanayagam The Colombo District Court on Tuesday ordered Bank of Ceylon to pay a Canadian expatriate citizen $ 875,000, together with interest and legal costs, after the bank was found to have made unauthorised transfers of funds held in special investment deposit accounts. The litigation, initiated by the plaintiff Manohar Randolph Alexander …

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Deputy Chairman of Committees Selvam Adaikkalanathan Presiding as Chair Orders Discontinuation of Speech by Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa for Contravening Procedures Under Standing Orders 27/ 2 By Digressing and Speaking on Extraneous Issues

By Saman Indrajith The Chair force-stopped Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, during his speech due to a digression, in Parliament yesterday. Opposition Leader Premadasa availing himself of the provisions under the Standing Orders 27/2 was making a special statement when Minister Wimal Weerawansa raised a point of order to bring the attention of the House that …

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Sarath Fonseka Criticises President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for Appointing Brig. Suresh Sallay as State Intelligence Service Head:“Brigadier Suresh Sallay is a Muslim. How can a Muslim be appointed as the SIS Head? We are fighting Islamic terrorism and there is conflict of interest here.” Says Ex-Army Chief

Former Army Commander and UNF MP Sarath Fonseka today criticized President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to appoint Brigadier Suresh Sallay as head of the country’s State Intelligence Service (SIS). Speaking at the parliamentary session today(7), Fonseka said that Sallay’s ethnicity would affect his work as head of SIS. “Brigadier Suresh Sallay is a Muslim. How can …

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Hirunika Premachandra MP Says Stage is Being Set for Release of Convicted Ex-MP Duminda Silva and Asks Police to Explain How Some “Laundry” Media Got Hold of Audio Recordings Taken By Police From Ranjan Ramanayake MP’s House

By Nisali De Silva The stage is being set for incarcerated businessman-turned politician Duminda Silva to be set free, United National Party (UNP) MP Hirunika Premachandra said. Speaking to reporters at the Opposition Leader’s Office this afternoon, Premachandra said Silva along with others accused in the Baratha Lakshman Premchandra murder case were given the death …

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JVP Led NPP Raises Questions Over Independence of the Attorney – General Due To State Counsel Functioning as AG’s Coordinating Officer Also Working as Addl Legal Secretary in President’s Office; Concern Expressed Over Police Treating Complainants as Suspects Without Investigations and the High -profile Arrests of Opposition MP’s

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)-led National People’s Power (NPP) called into question yesterday the appointment of a Senior State Counsel attached to the Attorney General’s Department as an Additional Legal Secretary to the President’s Office on a part-time basis. This appointment, which has been made in addition to the State Counsel’s current position as Coordinating …

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UNP and JVP MP’s Urge Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to Release Central Bank Bond Scam Forensic Audit Reports Despite Attorney – General “Advising” Speaker not to Release Reports to MP’s at this point

By Chandani Kirinde Opposition MPs yesterday urged Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to overrule the Attorney General (AG) and release the forensic audit reports prepared as part of the investigation into the Central Bank bond scam. The UNP and JVP MPs made the request after Jayasuriya informed the House when Parliament met last afternoon that he had …

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Ex -UPFA MP Sarana Gunawardena Given Three Year Prison Sentence for Misappropriation of State Funds by Colombo Chief Magistrate is Released on Bail Hours Later Following Appeal Made to Colombo High Court

Former Parliamentarian Sarana Gunawardena yesterday received bail from the Colombo High Court, hours after being found guilty of misusing public funds and being sentenced to three years in prison. He was given bail by the Colombo High Court after considering the appeal filed by President’s Counsel Anil Silva, who represented the former MP. The Colombo …

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Sajith Premadasa in Maiden Parliament Speech as Leader of the Opposition Promises Support for Passing of Early 2020 Budget and Pledges to Give Full Support For Implementation of Govt’s Progressive Proposals

Newly-appointed Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa made his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday by extending support to the Government to take forward any people-friendly policies, including shelving the $ 480 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact. “Over 6.9 million people voted for the President. As the Opposition Leader I would like to say that we, as …

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