“Events”Organized by Powerful Minister Along Route of Kandy -Colombo Protest March While Govt Denies Blocking “Pada Yatra”

BY SHAAHIDAH RIZA AND RATHINDRA KURUWITA The government will not be a barrier to the Joint Opposition’s (JO) Pada Yathra; however they might self-impose a barrier and blame it on the government, said Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister for Health Rajitha Senaratne. Addressing a media briefing yesterday he also denied that the government has not blocked …

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Six SLFP Chief Ministers Warn of Disciplinary Action Against Party Provincial Councillors Participating in Protest March

By Dasun Edirisinghe SLFP Chief Ministers of Provincial Councils yesterday asked their PC members not to participate in the Pada Yatra protest march organised by the Joint Opposition from Kandy to Colombo, starting today. Addressing the media at the party headquarters in Colombo, six chief ministers from Western, Southern, North Western, North Central, Sabaragamuwa and …

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Mawanella Magistrate Orders Joint Opposition To Seek Alternative Route For Protest March to Avoid Mawanella Town

By Chaminda Jayalath and Kavindya Chris Thomas Mawanella Magistrate L.K. Mahinda yesterday ordered the Joint Opposition (JO), which is set to start its march from Kandy to Colombo today, to use alternative routes circumventing the Mawanella town and its city limits. The JO is set to kick off its much touted four-day protest march from …

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Kandy Magistrate Issues Orders Keeping the UNP and Joint Opposition Activists Apart to Avoid Possible Breach of Peace

by Cyril Wimalasurendre Kandy Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala after considering an application by the police ordered the organisers of the Joint Opposition’s protest march from Kandy to Colombo starting today to commence the march from outside the city limits. The magistrate also ordered the membership drive organised by the United National Party (UNP) to follow …

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Canadian foreign Minister Stephane Dion’s Official Visit to Sri Lanka takes Place After 13 years says Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry

Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion will arrive in Sri Lanka on an official visit , the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced . In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sri Lanka said: ‘This bilateral official visit to Sri Lanka by a Foreign Minister of Canada takes place after 13 years, and within less than …

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“Murali is a great Son of Sri Lanka who is free to coach anyone and does not need to defend himself ” – Kumar Sangakkara.

Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara said that spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan doesn’t have to defend himself as ‘Murali is a great son of Sri Lanka’. “Murali is a great son of Sri Lanka and he doesn’t have to defend himself. He love his country. He is free to consult or coach anyone,” Sanga …

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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith Does not want any Change to the Due Place Given to Buddhism in Constitution

By Amaradasa Silva The right status and respect deserved for Buddhism should remain intact in the constitution, Colombo’s Archbishop Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said today. He expressed this view while participating at a religious ceremony held under the patronage of Chief incumbent Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Nayaka Thera at the Sri Sambodhi Viharaya in Colombo. …

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Instead of Getting Lankans Like Murali to Coach Young Spinners SL Cricket Board Prefers to bring white People from Abroad

Sri Lanka’s record-breaking spinner Muttiah Muralitharan launched a blistering attack Monday on his former bosses after they complained about his behaviour in his new role as a mentor to Australia. After his former employers said Muralitharan was damaging his legacy, the 44-year-old accused Sri Lanka’s board of setting him up as a fall guy if …

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Jaffna Varsity Student President Thankeswaran Sisitharan Assures “We will not Allow Such a Fracas to take Place Again”.

BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN It was just a another clash between two groups studying at the same campus, but this clash at the Jaffna University aroused much attention on 16 July onwards. The sudden outbreak of verbal abuse, pelting of stones and fisticuffs erupted over a matter that should have been solved on the previous …

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NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Opposition Leader Thavarajah Want Commission of Inquiry to Probe Jaffna Varsity Violence

By P.K.Balachandran C.V.Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, and S.Thavarajah, Leader of Opposition in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), have together asked the Lankan government to set up a “full-fledged” Commission of Inquiry to conduct an in-depth probe into last Saturday’s clash between Tamil and Sinhalese students in Jaffna University saying …

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“Our First Problem is that we Dont Know What Our Problem is” – Rauff Hakeem

(Following is the text of the 93rd Birth Anniversary memorial oration of Late Leader of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) M Sivasithamparam at the Karaveddy, Thachchai Araneri School, Jaffna made by Leader, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, Rauff Hakeem. ‘We need new remedies to old problems.) Ladies& Gentlemen, …

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“Maverick” C. Suntheralingam was the Muhammed Ali of the Tamil Community

By Radhika Coomaraswamy (C.Suntheralingam: – Grandfather’s Letters – Edited by Anjalendran – A Review by Radhika Coomaraswamy) Before I say a few words about the book, and in the spirit of full disclosure, I must first position myself re Mr. Suntheraligam. I am a grand niece of his in the way Sri Lankans define grand …

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Procedures? Bungawewa! The Santa Claus Approach to Salawa Rehabilitation

By Jolly Somasundram “ Whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must be silent” – Ludwig Wittgenstein. The front page of the “Island” of 13th July carried a media statement of His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, on delays of rehabilitation by government, of those who suffered from the explosion of ordnance at Salawa. The statement “urged …

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Tamil – Sinhala Undergraduate Clashes Result in Indefinite Closure of Jaffna University

By P K Balachandran A violent clash between Tamil and Sinhalese students of Jaffna University last Saturday has led an indefinite closure of the university, the only institution of higher learning in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province. Four Sinhalese students were injured, one of them seriously, when students belonging to the two communities attacked each …

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President Sirisena Calls Upon Sinhalese to Acknowledge That the People in the North Have a Problem to Solve.

By P.K.Balachandran Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday appealed to the Sinhalese-Buddhist majority in the island nation to realize that the minorities have a problem and solve it if they want to live happily. “The Sinhala Buddhist community in this country will be able to live happily only after solving the issues pertaining to …

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Military Intelligence Officer Premananda Udalagama Arrested by CID over Assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunge Founding Editor of “The Sunday Leader”

by Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Friday (15) night took in to custody Warrant Officer 1, Premananda Udalagama from the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) in connection with the murder of The Sunday Leader founding Editor, Lasantha Wickrematunge.

SLFP Maithri Faction and UPFA Joint Opposition Are Both Against UNP Over Value Added Tax(VAT) Issue

By The Sunday Times Political Editor Storm clouds are building over Government’s main partners on the impact of the Value Added Tax (VAT) which has dealt a blow to a large segment of Sri Lankans. The pro-Maithripala Sirisena Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), or the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), segment is unhappy over the …

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Ravi Karunanayake Predicted Arrest of Namal Rajapaksa One Day Before It Happened.

By Rasika Jayakody A few weeks before the release from prison of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, in 2012, MP Namal Rajapaksa, one of the most influential members of the previous government, made a very interesting statement in an brief interview with a vernacular newspaper. The parliamentarian, who did not hold any official ministerial or …

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Maithri- Ranil Govt Faces Decision Making Problems as Constituent Partners Pull in Different Directions

By C.A. Chandraprema That this government has tied itself up in knots not only locally but internationally as well became apparent last week, when the former head of state Mahinda Rajapaksa – now the central personality of the opposition – was the only important to politician to send a proper letter congratulating the newly appointed …

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Exploring the World Through Social Media is not as Good as it May Seem

By J. Angelus Rarely does a day pass by without the clicks, scrolls and stares of social media. Among the 3.4 billion people around the globe who access the internet, nearly 2.3 billion are found active on social media sites. Specially, youngsters seem to have developed an unbreakable bond with them. Social media provides different …

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UN Urges Sri Lanka to Stick to Its Commitments on Accountability According to Agreements with International Community

The United Nations has urged Sri Lanka to stick to its commitments on accountability. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday responding to a question posed on Sri Lanka, recalled that there were agreements between Sri Lanka and the international community and Sri Lanka should stick to those agreements. “There are issues between …

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Northern Provincial Council Must Pussyfooting and Take Firm Stand against Poaching by Indian Fishermen

(Text of Editorial Appearing in “The Island”of July 14th 2016 Under the heading “Of that Piscatorial issue”) Finding a solution to the problem of illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters has become a Sisyphean task owing to the wrong remedies being applied. It looks as if the process of solving the piscatorial issue would drag …

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Sinister Moves by Vested Interests to Close down the Dehiwela Zoo Alleges Movement for Protection of National Zoo

By Harischandra Gunaratna The Movement for the Protection of the National Zoo (MPNZ) yesterday said that there were moves by certain elements with vested interests to have the Dehiwala Zoological Garden closed. Media Co-ordinator for the movement Shantha Jayaweera said the objective of those elements was to reduce the size of the present Zoological Garden …

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US Policy on Sri Lanka Lanka policy Moves away from Emphasis on war crimes Probe towards Focus on Economic Development

By P.K.Balachandran COLOMBO: In a perceptible shift of emphasis from human rights and war crimes accountability to economic development, the United States on Tuesday asked Sri Lankans to eschew divisive politics and work for the economic development of all on the grounds that democracy and post-war reconciliation can be brought about only through equitable economic …

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Exclusive Interview with Famous writer Salman Rushdie by Hafeel Farisz for Sri Lanka’s “Daily Mirror”.

World renowned author, winner of the Booker Prize and the 13th greatest English novelist according to the TIME Magazine, Salman Rushdie sits down with Hafeel Farisz of the “Daily Mirror” for his first interview with the Sri Lankan media. Rushdie, currently a Professor and Distinguished Writer at the New York University, speaks of his controversial …

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Three Senior US Officials Arrive in Colombo to “Encourage” Govt to Speedily Implement the Resolution it Co – sponsored at the UN in Geneva

by Zacki Jabbar With the government sending conflicting signals on the use of foreign judges in the proposed domestic war crimes tribunal, three senior American officials arrived in Colombo yesterday. The UNHRC, U.K. and the U.S have emphasised that the credibility of investigations into allegations of war crimes against government forces and the LTTE especially …

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Mahinda Samarasinghe Dismisses Statement Allegedly made by MA Sumanthiran in Washington as “Irrelevant”.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday dismissed as irrelevant a statement made by Jaffna District MP M. A. Sumanthiran at a recent Congressional hearing on behalf of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in respect of foreign judges in a judicial mechanism to inquire into war crimes. Minister Samarasinghe was …

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Namal Rajapaksa Arrested and Remanded till July 18 Over Corruption Charges Related to Krrish Group and Carlton Sports Network

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa was arrested by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) yesterday and remanded till 18 July. Namal Rajapaksa was asked to appear before the FCID on Monday to make a statement over some missing funds. He was questioned over the misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs. 70 million. …

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Ex – President Mahinda Rajapaksa asks Govt Whether it is Happy after Arresting his son Namal Rajapaksa MP.

By Chaturanga Pradeep Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said he had to ask the government whether it was now happy after arresting his son Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, Mr. Rajapaksa who was arrested by the FCID today over an inquiry of allegedly misappropriating Rs. 70 million worth of funds belonging to ‘Krish Company’, was later remanded …

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Supreme Court Issues Interim Order Preventing Implementation of Value Added Tax Increases Until Parliament Passes Necessary Legislation

By Uditha Jayasinghe and S.S. Selvanayagam A Supreme Court order suspending VAT increases delivered yesterday created confusion among the private sector and left the Government rushing to provide explanations ahead of ensuring that the relevant legislation is passed in Parliament next week. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe released a statement just hours after the verdict assuring …

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Shadow Cabinet of Joint Opposition Dissolves Into a Joke Before It took Off

By Ranga Jayasuriya The Joint Opposition last week appointed a 50-member ‘shadow cabinet.’ Alas, even before the ink dried in appointment letters, its members thought it was a big joke. Many wanted out, and ‘Shadow Urban Planning and Water Supply Minister’ Lohan Ratwatte (of Joel Pera fame) resigned. Thus the grand plan flopped before it …

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Armed Forces are now ” Encircled ” in the same way the LTTE was in April 2009

By C.A.Chandraprema After the talks on VAT with the representatives of regional chambers of commerce broke down earlier this week, anti-VAT hartals broke out in the Ratnapura and Hambantota and it appears as if things will build up into a countrywide showdown if the government does not take a step backwards. In places like Ja-ela …

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President Sirisena Rules out Once Again the Participation of Foreign Judges In war Crimes court

By P K Balachandran Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday reiterated his opposition to the appointment of any foreign judge in the Judicial Mechanism that is to be set up to try war crimes cases as per the October 1, 2015 resolution of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Presidential Secretariat sources told Express. …

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“Proper Inquiry Needed to Clear the Sri Lankan Military Over Alleged Battlefield Excesses” says Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera

by Shamindra Ferdinando Acknowledging that there had been divergent views in respect of having foreign judges in a domestic judicial mechanism to probe alleged war crimes, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday emphasised that a solution acceptable to the majority of stakeholders could be reached. Minister Samaraweera said the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wanted foreign …

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Joint Opposition Appoints Shadow Cabinet of 50 Ministers with Mahinda as Prime Minister cum Defence Minister and son Namal as Foreign Minister

The Joint Opposition group of MP’s loyal to Ex – President Mahinda Rajapaksa today appointed a shadow cabinet of 50 ministers. The shadow cabinet is led by ex-president and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa who has been appointed shadow Prime Minister and also given the shadow portfolios of Defence, Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs. Dinesh …

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President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe have Become Closer and Friendlier after Central bank Governor Issue says Rajitha Senaratne

By T.Ramakrishnan The episode of the exit of former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjuna Mahendran and the appointment of his successor Indrajit Coomaraswamy has not created any bitter feeling between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Cabinet spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday. Answering questions of THE HINDU at …

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Revelation About Tripartite Agreement Between the Govt, TNA and US on Foreign Judges in War Crimes Court

By Shamindra Ferdinando The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Friday (July 1) welcomed a hard-hitting statement, issued by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, in respect of war time and post-war accountability issues in Sri Lanka. The Human Rights HC reiterated the call for international participation in the proposed war crimes …

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UNP Members in COPE try to Exonerate Former Central Bank Governor arjuna Mahendran in Probe on Treasury Bond Sale Issue

By Saman Indrajith Parliamentary watchdog committee (COPE) meeting yesterday turned tense as UNP members tried to exonerate former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran from the Treasury bond sale scandal, while others spoke against it. Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe and two other senior members of the Auditor General’s Department made a presentation to the COPE members …

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Beyond Even Singapore, China is the Closest I have Encountered to Plato’s Republic

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka One belt, one road’, China’s blueprint to tie together Asia and Europe into one vast trading network, could reshape geopolitics and the world economy – The Economist (UK), June 30, 2016 One gets a different perspective watching the global and national scenes, while on a ‘hybrid’ trip to China with my wife …

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“It is our Job to Convince our Politicians that Good Economics is Good Politics” – Indrajit Coomaraswamy

(Full text of the speech by Central Bank Governor Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy when he addressed employees of the Central Bank on July 4) The Central Bank of Sri Lanka is one of the great institutions in this country and I am acutely aware that a primary responsibility, arguably the primary responsibility of the Governor is …

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Indrajit Coomaraswamy Promises to “give his absolute best shot” as new Central Bank Governor

By Uditha Jayasinghe A confident Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy yesterday promised to “give his absolute best shot” to restore the institution’s credibility, increase transparency in the bond market and stabilise macro-economic fundamentals to achieve growth in Sri Lanka. Giving his evaluation on Sri Lanka’s post-independence economic fortunes, Dr. Coomaraswamy noted that for the …

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President Sirisena Appointing Indrajit Coomaraswamy as Central Bank Governor is a Victory for Prime Minister Wickremesinghe

By Rathindra Kuruwita Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy was appointed as the Governor of the Central Bank on Saturday. A number of my friends, who campaigned for the removal of former Governor Arjuna Mahendran, have convinced themselves, and are now trying to convince others, that the new appointment was a victory of President Maithripala Sirisena. According to …

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New Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy Lists Integrity, Technical Excellence and Professionalism as Guiding Principles for Central Bank

The Central Bank’s new Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy yesterday pledged to lead by example and listed three guiding principles for his staff while sending a clarion call to politicians that good economics is critical for their and country’s success. Speaking to Central Bankers after accepting the letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena, Dr. Commaraswamy …

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Indrajit Coomaraswamy has Never shown sympathy to the Tigers, Separatism,Tamil Diaspora Activism or Tamil Nationalist Ideology

By DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The issue of the appointment of Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the Governor of the Central Bank is a defining one. It is an issue on which one has to stand up and be counted. It is a moral issue; one which concerns the kind of Sri Lanka one wishes to have. …

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Sri Lanka Has so far Fulfilled only 11% Of Pledges Made to the UN in Sep 2015 says Study by “Verite Research”

By By P.K.Balachandran Sri Lanka has fulfilled only 11 percent of the pledges it had made to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in September 2015, and only 20 percent of the commitments it had made to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in 2011, according to a study by the Colombo-based think tank …

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Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Welcomes Apppointment of Indrajit as Central Bank Governor but Gammanpila and Weerawansa Attack Coomaraswamy over Raj Rajaratnam Issue

BY SHAAHIDAH RIZA Cracks have already begun to appear in the Joint Opposition camp over the appointment of Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the new Governor of the Central Bank. Calling the new Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy a Tamil separatist, United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP, Udaya Gammanpila questioned the wisdom of …

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President Sirisena Seems to have acted more Sensibly in the Central Bank Governor Issue than Prime Minister Wickremesinghe

By RangaJayasuriya President Maithripala Sirisena finally brought a stalemate between him and the Prime Minister to an end, appointing respected economist Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the Governor of the Central Bank. His decision would have averted potential uncertainty in the financial market as it opens today (Monday). Making the appointment, the President has called the …

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How Dr.Indrajit Coomaraswamy Got Appointed as Central Bank Governor by President Maithripala Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appointed Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy a renowned diplomat and economist, as the Governor of the Central Bank — ending weeks of speculation over who will take the post. The move which climaxed a behind-the-scenes drama this week had pitted the two key players of the Government – the United National Party (UNP) …

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New Central Bank Governor’s only “Blemish” is his Earlier Association with Raj Rajaratnam’s Galleon Group

By C. A. Chandraprema As we go to press, the multiple crises in the country were threatening to spill out onto the streets with the private bus services due to launch a countrywide strike tomorrow (Monday) demanding a hike in bus fares and several health sector unions led by the GMOA going on strike the …

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Dr.Indrajit Coomaraswamy Appointed as Central Bank Governor by President Maithripala Sirisena Will Assume Duties on July 4th

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the Governor of Central Bank, President’s Media Division announced Coomaraswamy, a former central banker and economic affairs director at the Commonwealth Secretariat, was picked after “consulting all parties relevant”, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Twitter. A tweet by President Maithripala Sirisena also stated as follows – …

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“Arjuna Mahendran Cannot be Removed From Central Bank Governor Post as Charges Against Him have never been Proved” States Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Dharisha Bastians A political tug-o-war over the appointment of the Central Bank Governor continued yesterday, with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe making a public statement that the controversial incumbent Arjuna Mahendran could not be removed from office since the charges against him had never been proved. “We are not protecting anyone. If the charges are …

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Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma Tries to Commit Suicide by Hanging Himself on a Class room Ceiling Fan at Matugama Primary School

by Norman Palihawadane Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma was admitted to Meegahatenna Hospital after an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide yesterday. The Deputy Minister who had been protesting opposite the Matugama Zonal Educational Office as ten students had been denied admission to Grade 1 of the Matugama Meegahatenne Primary School suspended …

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Landmark Judgement Against Govt in the National Interest by Supreme Court Over Irregularities in Coal Tender Case

By C. A. Chandraprema In this country, a court case rarely attracts much attention unless it has to do with something like murder or rape – preferably both. In a nation that has been discussing matters of corruption and graft and illegal money making, it is certainly surprising that a court case involving irregularities in …

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Who Will Succeed Arjuna Mahendran as Central Bank Governor of Sri Lanka?

By Dharisha Bastians President Maithripala Sirisena announced from his official Twitter account yesterday that a new Central Bank Governor would be appointed over the next few hours, ending weeks of suspense and political deadlock about the potential reappointment of the controversial incumbent, Arjuna Mahendran. But the announcement only sparked more drama and hectic guessing games, …

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“Sri Lankan Military Will Release all Lands Seized from Civilians by 2018” – Mangala Samaraweera Tells UN

By P.K.Balachandran Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, told the 32 nd. session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Wednesday, that the Lankan armed forces will release, by 2018, all lands they had seized from civilians during the 30 year war. “Last week the military released another 701 acres of land …

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Fishing Dispute Cannot be Resolved while Indian Fishermen Continue Trawling Relentlessly in Sri Lankan Waters

By M. A. Sumanthiran M.P. The issue of poaching by Indian trawlers in Sri Lankan waters has over the years become an increasingly contentious one, seriously threatening the livelihood of Sri Lanka’s fishing community. Fishers being among the poorest communities in both Sri Lanka and India, it is an issue of national concern to both …

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Mangala Samaraweera Tells UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Sri Lanka is Following Policy of “Festina Lente”(Making Haste Slowly)

(Text of Statement by Mr. Mangala Samaraweera,Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka & Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation during the presentation of the Oral Update on the Implementation of the HRC Resolution A/HRC/RES/30/1 by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council on 29 June …

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“Organized Groups are Slinging Mud Against me and My Son in Law in Unfair Political Game” – Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran in Interview

By Asoka Jayasinghe Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran has become a controversial figure in the recent past. Many Opposition parties made several allegations against him and demanded that he should be replaced. The following is a translation of an interview given by Mr. Mahendran to the Sunday Lankadeepa. The English translation is reproduced here from …

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UN Human Rights Commissioner Re-iterates International Participation is Necessary for Accountability Mechanism to Guarantee Independence and Impartiality

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, prior to his oral report that is to be released today (29), said he ‘remains convinced’ that international participation in the accountability mechanisms would be a necessary guarantee of the independence and impartiality of the process in the eyes of victims, as …

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When Prime Minister Sir John Kotelawala Dismissed Central Bank Governor N. U. Jayawarena for on Corruption Charges

By Upul Joseph Fernando When Sir John Kotelawala was the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, he arranged a banquet for the British Bank Governor at the Temple Trees for which the Central Bank Governor at that time N.U. Jayawardena was also invited. While the dinner was in progress, Sir John suddenly flew into a rage …

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Tamil National Alliance Becoming Increasingly Critical of Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Govt

By T.Ramakrishnan The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), till recently seen as friendly towards Colombo, is now turning increasingly critical of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government. After R. Sampanthan and Mavai S. Senathirajah, another prominent TNA leader, M.A. Sumanthiran, has raised criticism against the government. Mr. Sumanthiran, who was in the U.S. early this week, told the Congressional …

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Sri Lanka Seeks Closer Economic Ties with India,China and Other Asian Countries After UK Exit from EU

By PK Balachandran Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU),much to the disappointment of Sri Lanka, has forced the Lankan government to seek closer economic ties with India, China and the rest of Asia. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced in Galle on Sunday, that the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, …

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Malik Samarawickrama Will Fly to New Delhi to Speed up Negotiations on Signing ETCA Agreement with India

by By P.K.Balachandran Sri Lanka is to send this week its Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, to New Delhi to speed up negotiations on the proposed Indo-Lanka Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA). This announcement was made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickemesinghe as part of his package of measures to meet …

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COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti Threatens to quit if COPE Investigation on Central Bank Governor is Manipulated to Whitewash Arjuna Mahendran

by Saman Indrajith Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises Sunil Handunnetti (JVP) threatens to resign from the post if he feels the members of the committee are being influenced by outside forces trying to clear Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran of wrongdoing in the alleged bond scams. Handunnetti told The Island on Friday that …

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Govt Rattled as “Conscience Shocked”Supreme Court Strikes Down 60 Billion Rupee Coal Tender in Landmark Judgement

By C.A.Chandraprema In a landmark judgment delivered by the Supreme Court last Friday, the country’s highest court shot down a disputed coal tender with it being said in open court that the ‘conscience of the court was shocked’ by the conduct displayed by certain individuals involved in the process. The Norochcholai power plant requires 2.25 …

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Mangala Samaraweera’s Optimistic Upbeat Speeches and Prevailing Reality in Sri Lanka

By Taylor Dibbert Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera recently spoke at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo. Mr. Samaraweera has again presented a very optimistic assessment of the current state of affairs in the war-torn island nation. The foreign minister is right to note that recent political developments have presented the country …

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Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is Optimistic that the On – Going COPE Investigation Would Clear his name

by Saman Indrajith Expressing optimism that the ongoing COPE investigation will help clear his name, Central Bank Governor, Arjuna Mahendran said that he returned from overseas to serve his motherland, and the President would decide whether he should continue in his job or not. He confirmed that he has decided not to seek an extension …

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P.Samarasiri Likely to Become Central Bank Governor as Incumbent Arjuna Mahendran Decides not to Seek Re-appointment

By Chandani Jayatilleke A senior Deputy Governor currently serving in the Central Bank is likely to be appointed to head the bank, as incumbent Governor Arjuna Mahendran has decided not to seek a re-appointment until the conclusion of investigations. Deputy Governor P. Samarasiri is currently the front-runner for the post, top Central Bank sources told …

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

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

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Sri Lanka Needs India Policy with Multi – track Strategy Instead of Relying on Economic Diplomacy alone

By Sudharshan Seneviratne (Complete text of speech titled “IMAGING INDIA AND STRATEGIZING INDO-SRI LANKA SYMBIOSIS” delivered at the India-Sri Lanka Relations in the 21st Century seminar. BCIS. Colombo, 16th June 2016 .Sudharshan Seneviratne is a – Former Professor of Archaeology (Peradeniya), Former Director General Central Cultural Fund and Former High Commissioner to India ) Having …

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Fisticuffs in Parliament: “Action Hero” Ranjan Ramanayake Thrashed by Mahindananda Aluthgamage in Brawl Between the UNP and SLFP MP’s.

In what seemed like a scene from a Sinhala film two “honourable” members of Parliament entered into fisticuffs within the “hallowed”precincts of the house by Diyawanna Oya on Tuesday June 21st. Joint Opposition Kandy District MP Mahindananda Alutgamage and UNP Gampaha District parliamentarian and deputy minister Ranjan Ramanayake not only exchanged blows in Parliament but …

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Terrible Massacre of a Four Member Family in Vankaalai Ten Years Ago

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (A family of four in the North – western town of Vankalai in Mannar district was brutally massacred on June 8th 2006. The persons responsible for the cruel act are yet to be brought to justice. I wrote a detailed article about the incident under the heading”Vicious Violence Wipes Out family of four …

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Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) “the Greatest Heavy Weight Boxer of All time”, Passes Away at Hospital in Phoenix

By Jon Schuppe Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead. Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to …

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Gunning Down in Broad Daylight of “Virakesari” Journalist Aiyathurai Nadesan in Batticaloa Twelve Years Ago

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (Aiyathurai Nadesan serving as Batticaloa correspondent of the Tamil daily ”Virakesari” was shot dead in broad daylight in the heart of Batticaloa town by assassins belonging to the Eastern breakaway faction of the LTTE on May 31st 2004. His killer was believed to be none other than Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan who was …

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How Kandiah Ulaganathan Alias “Col” Ramanan of the LTTE was Killed by a Sniper in the East 10 Years Ago

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (This is an article written and posted by me ten years ago on May 26th 2006 under the heading “Life and Times of Kandiah Ulaganathan – (“Col” Ramanan)”. It is being re-posted here to denote the tenth anniversary of Ulaganathan alias Ramanan’s death) Kandiah Ulaganathan known to the world as “Col” Ramanan …

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How 13 Tamil Civilians Were Killed By the Navy and EPDP in Allaipiddy – Velanai on May 13th 2006

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (This is an article written and posted by me ten years ago on May 16th 2006 under the heading “Navy –EPDP Kill Thirteen Civilians in Allaipiddy – Velanai”. It is being re-posted here to mark the tenth anniversary of the killings. No one has been prosecuted or convicted for the killings so …

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Tragedy Descends Upon Pallebage as Parts of “Saamasaara Kanda” Mountain Crumble and Fall.

By Dharisha Bastians in Aranayake The wails of Prema Adikari, 58, mingle with the howls of a small brown dog as they both stare at the muddy remains of a collapsed house on the hill through sheets of rain falling in the area again Thursday morning. A red collar made of twisted string is still …

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Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran Counters Allegations Against Him In Interview

By C. A. Chandraprema Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran’s term of office ends in June this year. There have been calls from opposition politicians as well as good governance activists for the government to investigate alleged malpractices in the issuance of treasury bonds during his tenure before reappointing him for another term. One of the …

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58 Killed, 132 Missing Due to Lanslides:414,827 Persons Affected by Rains and Floods with 43 dead and 28 missing- Over 300,00 Evacuated as Kelani River Rises by 10 feet

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa The death toll from the Aranayake landslide in the Kegalle District could rise to 135, Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Media Spokesman Pradeep Kodippili told The Island yesterday. He, however said the figure had not been confirmed officially. According to the latest figures issued by the Disaster Management Centre (DMC): disaster have left …

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Canada Ready to Help Sri Lanka set Up Robust Accountability Mechanism With Foreign and Commonwealth Investigators,Prosecutors and Judges.

Canada is willing to assist the Sri Lankan Government to set up a robust accountability mechanism to investigate and address serious violations of international law during the war, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. Issuing a statement on the seventh anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka, the Canadian Prime Minister said …

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Similarities and Differences Between Jayalalithaa “Amma” of Tamil Nadu and Mamata “Didi” Of West Bengal.

BY RONOJOY SEN May 19 decided the fate of two of the most powerful women politicians in India: Jayalalithaa and Mamata Banerjee. While Mamata expectedly returned to power in West Bengal, albeit by a larger margin than expected, Jayalalithaa became the first chief minister in Tamil Nadu in three decades to buck anti-incumbency. Though there …

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With Clear Lead in Over 125 out of 234 Seats , Jayalalithaa led AIADMK Poised for Historic Victory in Tamil Nadu.

Poised for a successive term in office with her party establishing clear leads in over 125 seats, AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday said her party had managed the “historic” win despite absence of an alliance and hailed people’s faith in her. Making a victory speech from her Poes Garden residence amid a …

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“I Call Upon the Entire Nation to Remember on May 19th the Brave Armed Forces Who Sacrificed Their Lives”

By Mahinda Rajapaksa Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a hard hitting statement yesterday blasted the authorities for releasing hardcore LTTEers numbering a few hundred, while armed forces personnel were being arrested and held continuously without bail. “My government did not try to exact revenge from LTTE cadres captured at the end of the war. We …

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40 People Killed and Over 100 Missing Due to Floods and Landslides Created by Torrential Rains in Sri Lanka

by Maheesha Mudugauwa Mudslides set off by torrential rains rushed down rain-soaked hills in two districts, sweeping away scores of houses and killing at least 40 people in three villages during the past two days, Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said yesterday. More than 100 others are missing. Sixteen people were killed by a landslide at …

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President and Constitutional Council Must Thoughtfully Reflect Before Extending Term of Central bank Governor in June.

By Chandra Jayaratne Civil Society breathed a sigh of relief post “January 8th 2015 Change” and looked forward to commitments of Transparency, Good Governance, Rule of Law and Ethical Conduct of Leaders, returning, being respected and strictly complied with in governance. The resignation midterm of the last Governor was indeed good news. The expectations were …

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My Reasons for not Wanting to Climb Sri Pada Mountain Again.

By Bandula Jayasekara For whatever reason, I never wanted to climb Siri Pada better known as Samanala Kanda (Butterfly Mountain/Peak). I wouldn’t call it Adams Peak because it was Robert Knox who called it that. Knox could have called it Butterfly Peak instead, because Adam was nowhere near this peak. I once went to climb …

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Canada Welcomes Decision Taken By Sirisena- Wickremesinghe Govt to Call off “Victory day Parade”

by Shamindra Ferdinando Against the backdrop of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government calling off Victory Day Parade held annually to celebrate Sri Lanka’s triumph over the LTTE, Megapolis and Western Province Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has organised a war heroes’ commemoration at Panagoda Army Cantonment tomorrow (May 19) at 3.15 pm. Minister Ranawaka will make a …

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DEW Gunasekera Urges President Sirisena not to Extend Term of Governor Arjuna Mahendran Without Probing Central bank Scams.

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Communist Party (CP) leader D.E.W. Gunasekera on Monday urged President Maithripala Sirisena not to extend the term of the Central Bank (CB) Governor Arjuna Mahendran, which is scheduled to end in June, without a thorough investigation into alleged bond scams during his tenure. Former Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) …

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Is Mangala Samaraweera Mocking Mahinda Rajapaksa or Is Mahinda Rajapaksa Mocking Mangala Samaraweera ?

By Upul Joseph Fernando Mangala Samaraweera had written a letter to Mahinda Rajapaksa last weekend. In this open letter he had mentioned that war crimes had taken place during the war. While Mangala was accusing Mahinda of war crimes, Mahinda completed his visit to Uganda and returned. Mahinda went to Uganda to attend the swearing-in …

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Mervyn Silva Entrusted With Task of Turning “Joint Opposition” Into a Joke in the Eyes Of The Media

By Rasika Jayakody Media Ministry Secretary Nimal Bopage ran into a storm recently when he sent out a press communiqué cautioning the media over the term ‘Joint Opposition’. Even the highest echelons of the political sphere were perturbed over Bopage’s press conference as they thought the move would boomerang on the government, in some way …

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Maybe President and Prime Minister Will Mark 7th Anniversary of War’s End With the People of the North?

By Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu It is now seven years since the end of the war and the onset of a post-war situation. In that time the roots of conflict were not addressed but sustained and even reproduced. In the North and East, people observed that things may have looked better, but felt worse. There and throughout …

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Time To Stop Talking About Corruption in Sri Lanka And Start Taking Serious Action

By Vishwamithra1984 “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” ~John Steinbeck It’s time we stopped talking about corruption and started taking some serious action! Commissions and committees have outlived their usefulness. The people are tired and sick of the pace at which these various bodies, whether they are …

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Changing Over From Coal to Liquefied Natural Gas Would result in Power Plant Being Shifted to Western Coast of Sri Lanka Instead of East Coast Sampoor

By P.K.Balachandran The governments of Sri Lanka and India will begin discussions on replacing coal by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the 500 MW Indo-Lankan power plant to be set up at Sampoor in Eastern Sri Lanka, the Lankan Power Secretary, Dr.Suren Batagoda, told Express on Tuesday. “ At the moment, the changeover to LNG …

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President Sirisena Must Instruct SL Navy to Arrest 10 Tamil Nadu Fishing Trawlers Every week Until Poaching Is Stopped

By Dr.Steve Creech “India seeks Sri Lanka’s help to stop Indians fishing illegally in Sri Lankan waters”. This isn’t quite how the Indian press worded Narendra Modi’s request to Maithripala Sirisena when they met in New Delhi on Friday. The headlines in the Indian media said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pushed for a permanent …

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President Sirisena Asks Prime Minister Modi to Convert Proposed Coal Power Plant in Sampoor to Liquified Natural Gas Power Station

BY S VENKAT NARAYAN Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convert the Sampur Power Station in Trincomalee from a coal power plant to one powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). Modi has responded positively to Sirisena’s suggestion, and asked his officials to discuss the issue promptly with their …

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Military Security Provided to Ex – Defence Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to be Replaced by Police on a Stagggered Basis

By Dasun Edirisinghe Army security provided to former Defence Secretary Lt. Col. (Retd.) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa too would be removed in stages according to the government’s policy decision to hand over the VIP security to the police commandos, the Defence Ministry said yesterday. Addressing the media at the Government Information Department, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said …

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Aviation Minister Jayaratne’s Unqualified Daughter Sachini Nayanthara Appointed to Newly Created Post of International Relations Officer at Civil Aviation Authority

By Nirmala Kannangara Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) continues to be in the public eye, aligning himself as he does, with successive governments in order to safeguard his position. This is despite the numerous malpractices he has allegedly been involved in over the years. It is surprising indeed that the good …

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Tamils Have Moved Away From the 1976 Vadddukkoddai Resolution For Tamil Eelam After 1987 Indo – Lanka Accord says TNA Leader R. Sampanthan.

By T.Ramakrishnan In a strange coincidence, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan will participate together in a public event on Saturday, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Vaddukoddai resolution. The two leaders will be in the ancient Indian city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh to take part in …

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Similarities Between Sri Lanka Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

By Ranga Jayasuriya Last week, ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa travelled to Uganda to grace the inauguration ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni, who was sworn-in for his fifth term. It could have been a bitter sweet moment for MR, who like his host, dreamt of being the President for life and amended the constitution to that effect, …

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Lankan Navy Is Building Church Hall for Pilgrims in Kachchatheevu On a Written Request Made by Catholic Bishop of Jaffna Diocese

By P.K.Balachandran Contrary to reports emanating from Tamil Nadu, the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) is not building St.Anthony’s church at Kachchativu on its own, but is doing so at the written request of the Bishop of Jaffna, the local parish priest, Fr.Jeyaranjan, told Express on Sunday. Bishop Rev.Dr.Justin Gnanapragasam had made a verbal request to …

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Lankan Navy Commander Refutes Baseless Charges In India About Naval Facility Being Built in Kachchatheevu.

By T. RAMAKRISHNAN The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) on Sunday dismissed reports that it planned to build a naval facility on the Katchatheevu islet, which was ceded by India to Sri Lanka during the June 1974 bilateral agreement. Talking to The Hindu, SLN Commander Vice-Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne termed “baseless” the reports that the Navy had …

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India Goes Ahead With Sampoor Power Project But Lankan Govt is Divided With Ranil Faction Supporting And Maithri faction Opposing

By P.K.Balachandran The Indo-Lankan project to build a 500 MW coal fired power plant at Sampoor in Eastern Sri Lanka is on, despite opposition from an influential section of the Lankan government, reliable sources told Express on Sunday. “Reports about the project being abandoned had come out in the past too, but these proved to …

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MP From TNA Allegedly Imports Land Rover Diesel STA/Wagon Sports AB10 Dynam SDV6 Luxury Vehicle at Undervalued Price

by Madura Ranwala A TNA MP has taken delivery of a tax free luxury vehicle, a used Land Rover Diesel STA/Wagon Sports ABIO Dynam SDV6, this week by underestimating the real value of the vehicle and paying only Rs. 1,750 as Customs Declaration fee. It is the second luxury vehicle cleared so far by parliamentarians. …

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Construction of 2nd St. Anthonys Church in Kachchatheevu by Sri Lankan Navy Suspended Due to Protests By Indian Govt

The construction of a new church on the island of Kachchativu has been stopped by the Sri Lankan Government after India raised issues over it. Navy Commander Ravindra Wijegunaratne told the Sunday Times construction work had been suspended until the issues were resolved. He said the Navy had been asked to undertake the construction by …

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Faultlines Dividing Moderation From Extremism Run Through Each Civilization and Each Religion.

by Tisaranee Gunasekara “Have you learned nothing from history?” Freud (The Future of an Illusion) In the US, Donald Trump, the orange-haired billionaire whose claim to fame includes a string of spectacular business failures, is about to become the official nominee of the Republican Party. In the UK, Sadiq Khan, the son of immigrant parents …

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While President Sirisena Was Addressing Anti – Corruption Summit in London , Ill-informed LTTE Supporters Demonstrate Against Him at Wrong Venue

by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London Pro-LTTE activists in the United Kingdom got it mixed up and protested at the wrong venue in the belief that visiting President Maithripala Sirisena was attending the Anti Corruption meeting at Marlborough House. This was, in fact, a separate conference initiated by the Commonwealth Secretariat for Non Governmental Organization Group …

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Criteria and Procedures Adopted By Constitutional Council For Selecting suitable Candidates Must be Transparent Urges UN Special Rapporteur Monica Pinto

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene In a notably pungent observation at the close of her mission visit to Sri Lanka this month, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Mónica Pinto took pains to remind Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Council of one fact. This was that the Council, set up with great …

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Thiyagaraja Arasanayagam Awarded Gratiaen Prize 2015 For His Unpublished Poetry Manuscript ” White Lanterns – Wesak 2011″.

Poetry took centre stage last evening as Thiyagaraja Arasanayagam was awarded the Gratiaen Prize 2015 for his unpublished manuscript ‘White Lanterns – Wesak 2011’. The annual prize recognises the best work of creative writing in English by a Sri Lankan resident and comes with Rs. 200,000 in award money. This year’s judging panel for the …

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