“How Ceylon/Sri Lanka Mishandled the Tamils” in the words of Lee Kuan Yew

Compiled by Ananth Palakidnar The founding father of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew will be laid to rest today. He had first travelled to Sri Lanka in 1956 and remembered his stay at the Galle Face Hotel in his autobiography ‘The Singapore Story’. During his stay in Colombo he had dined with S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and also …

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Presence of 25 to 28 MP’s from SLFP on Stage at Pro-Mahinda Rally at Ratnapura Would have come as a Shock to President Sirisena.

By C.A.Chandraprema Events are moving faster than they can be written about. If we start with the last big event that occurred towards the end of last week, the Ratnapura meeting of the pro-Mahinda group of the SLFP was marred by a heavy downpour that started just minutes after the meeting commenced. Despite the pelting …

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“Sri Lanka-The New Country” by Padma Rao Sundarji is a Refeshingly Different Book from Scores of Others Appearing After Defeat of LTTE.

By Col R Hariharan Book review: Sri Lanka The New Country Author: Padma Rao Sundarji Publisher: Harper-Collins Publishers, Noida, UP Price: Rs 499; Pages 322 Seasoned journalist Padma Rao Sundarji’s book Sri Lanka – The new country is refreshingly different from scores of other books that appeared in the wake of the defeat of the …

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India must be wary of Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran who seems to be acting at the Behest of pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora in the West

By M.R. Narayan Swamy As Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins to build a relationship with Sri Lanka’s new leadership, the one thing he needs to be wary of is the extremist Tamil position in the island nation. Modi made history by becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Sri Lanka after 1987 when Rajiv …

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Nation Outraged by President Sirisena’s Induction into cabinet of Disreputable Loyalists of Rajapaksa Regime

By Don Manu A nation’s outrage burst in full flow last Sunday evening when President Maithripala Sirisena thought fit to induct 26 members of the SLFP as Ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers of his government, rolling out the red carpet of welcome to a questionable coterie of the Rajapaksa regime the people held in …

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Pro-LTTE Websites Projecting Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran as the new “National Leader” of the Tamils After Prabhakaran.

By N.Sathiya Moorthy Pro-LTTE, pro-separatist websites could not have done a greater disservice to the larger Tamil cause just now than projecting Northern Province Chief Minister Justice C V Wigneswaran as our new national leader. It may in a way be a greater disservice to Justice Wigneswaran, too, who may not share their present views …

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SB Dissanayake who Apologized to Chandrika for his Sexist Remarks After Becoming Minister is now Expected to Criticise Mahinda Bitterly

Like the ongoing investigations into the procurement of MiG-27 fighter jets, both President Maithripala Sirisena and the UNP-dominated Government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are keen to bring to book those involved in bribery, corruption and other malpractices. Even if probes into some high profile cases where there has been heavy pressure have moved at …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Cousin Udayanga Weeratunga who sold arms to Ukraine while Being Ambassador to Russia is now Missing

The Lodge, once known as Queen’s Cottage, in the cooler climes of Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as ‘Little England’ was once home for British Governors and the ruling elite. Since independence in 1948, it became the holiday resort of the Governor General, later Prime Ministers and now Presidents. Unknown to most Sri Lankans, this …

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19th Constitutional Amendment Draft and the Urdu Short Story “Naya Qanoon” (New Constitution) by Saadat Manto.

BY Dr Reeza Hameed The draft 19th Amendment reminds me of the story ‘Naya Qanoon’ (New Constitution) written by the late Saadat Manto, regarded by many as the finest writer of short stories in Urdu and as the greatest South Asian writer of the 20th century. Set in pre-independence Lahore of the 1930s the main …

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President Maithripala Sirisena’s Brother Priyantha Sirisena (42) Succumbs in Hospital to Injuries Inflicted by Axe

Priyantha Sirisena, the brother of President Maithripala Sirisena, who was treated at a private hospital in Colombo after an axe attack died this morning at the age of 40. Priyantha, who is also known as “Weli Raju,” is a businessman predominantly engaged in sand mining. He is a younger brother of President Sirisena, who is …

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President Sirisena’s Brother Priyantha Sirisena’s Funeral to be held in Polonnaruwa on March 30th

P.G. Priyantha Sirisena, a younger brother of President Maithripala Sirisena, passed away early this morning following an axe attack on Thursday. He was attacked with an axe in the back of his head on March 26 evening at around 7pm at Hathare Ela, Polonnaruwa. He was airlifted to Colombo the same night. Born on December …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Makes Politically Correct Presentation to Media Top Brass About Reconciliation, Corruption and 100 days Program

By Malinda Seneviratne Ranil Wickremesinghe, when he addressed and briefly responded to questions from heads of media institutions and editors, was clear, precise and quite articulate. He articulated the Government’s strategy, progress made and what’s in the pipeline on three broad subjects: reconciliation, corruption and the ‘100 Days’ Program’. When asked if corruption allegations predating …

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“Chandrika Playing Sonia Gandhi has found a Manmohan singh Figure in Maithripala”-Dayan Jayatilleka

By Deepal Warnakulasuriya Dr Dayan Jayatilleka who is an expert in many fields expressed his ideas regarding the present political developments in the country in an interview with The Nation. Dr. Jayatilleka did not agree with the formation of a National Government, suspending the normal competitive functioning of the two-party system. He considers this move …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Loyalists Launch Political Movement Called “Mahinda for Prime Minister Front”.

By W. K. Prasad Manju Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists have launched the ‘Mahinda-For-PM Front’ and threaten to take to the streets with protest demonstrations and agitations demanding the dissolution of Parliament on April 23. General Secretary of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya said leaders of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, National Freedom Front, Democratic Left Front …

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Grand Coalition in Parliament to Ensure Smooth Passage of 19th Constitutional Amendment and Beyond.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The surprise political shake up last Sunday when a team of 26 SLFPers joined the Government, with 11 of them being sworn in as Cabinet Ministers, has brought about a new dimension to both politics and governance. The political debate is hotter today, with criticism of President Maithripala Sirisena for taking in …

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Indian Ocean Great Game: Why India must keep an eye on Lankan President Sirisena’s China visit

By Col.R.Hariharan China under President Xi Jinping is promoting the revival of the Silk Route as well as the 21st Century Maritime Silk Route in a big way as a part of its strategic westward reach. It involves reaching out to South Asian countries as well as the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). India by its …

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President Sirisena’s Brother Priyantha alias “Weli Raju”to be Flown to Colombo National Hospital After Being Attacked in Polonnaruwa

President’s brother Priyantha Sirisena is to be flown to Colombo for further treatment after he was assaulted with a sharp weapon at Polonnaruwa. National Hospital Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that the hospital is on standby to treat Sirisena. President Maithripala Sirisena’s brother Priyantha Sirisena was hospitalized after he was attacked with a sharp weapon …

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26 MP’s from UPFA with Several Provincial Councillors and Local Authority Representatives Attend Pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa Rally at Ratnapura.

Around 26 UPFA Parliamentarians, including many SLFP MPs took part in the pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa rally today urging that the former president should be made the Prime Ministerial candidate of the UPFA in an upcoming general election. Apart from the Parliamentarians a number of Provincial Council Members and Local Government Authority Members also took part in …

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Whither the Reform Agenda that Brought Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Their Allies to Power?

By Prof.Jayadeva Uyangoda Within just three months in power, the National Democratic Front (NDF) coalition seems to be disintegrating. All indications are that the unity that the NDF coalition partners showed in the pursuit of their common objective of dislodging the Mahinda Rajapaksha family from power has largely dissipated. The signs are also that President …

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Narendra Modi Visit to Sri Lanka was a case of “He Came, Saw and won Over” and not a Case of “He Came, saw and Conquered”.

By N. Sathiya Moorthy For a bilateral visit at the highest-level after an undesirable and inexplicable gap of 28 long years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day tour of Sri Lanka was noted as much for what it achieved as for the optics. It came after an earlier visit by Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena …

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President Sirisena’s Brother Priyantha Sirisena Attacked in Polonnaruwa and Hospitalised with Serious Injuries.

Priyantha Sirisena, the brother of President Maithripala Sirisena was hospitalised with serious injuries after he was assaulted by an unknown person at Hathare Ela area in Polonnaruwa. It was reported that Mr. Sirisena had been attacked near a garage in the area at around 7. 00 p.m. and had been rushed to the Polonnaruwa Hospital.

How Maithripala Sirisena with Family Hid in a Coconut Estate Owned by Kiran Atapattu in Dodangaslanda on Election Night to Escape Possible harm.

By Suresh Perera With President Maithripala Sirisena’s revelation to Sandeshaya, BBC’s Sinhala Service in London, that there were plans to “destroy his whole family” if he lost the presidential poll, political sources recalled how the then common candidate was escorted under cover of darkness to an estate owned by a close friend in the Kurunegala …

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“Chinthana” of Chandrika and Ranil is to Demolish the Two-party System by Re-Merging the UNP and SLFP

BY DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Blackadder fans will know what I mean when I say that Chandrika and Ranil have come up with a plan of truly Baldrickian cunning. They let it slip while speaking on separate occasions after the formation of the so-called ‘National Government’. Ranil said that the change that had been initiated, promised …

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“To Laugh or Cry”? -Induction of 26 SLFP’ers Into Ruling Coalition Sacrifices Political Ethics and Credibility for Regime Survival and Stability.

by Jayadeva Uyangoda “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” was the first reaction I heard last Sunday evening when the news spread that President Sirisena had sworn in 26 ex-UPFA ministers in various ministerial capacities of his yahapalanaya government. The second response was also similar: ‘Is this what we voted Maithripala Sirisena in …

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Attorney-General’s Advice Sought About Enlisting INTERPOL Help to Locate Ex-Minister Basil Rajapaksa for Interrogation into Alleged Divi Neguma Fraud

By Ishara Mudugamuwa and Yasaratne Gamage The Financial Fraud Investigations Division (FFID) has sought the advice of the Attorney General on the procedure involved in obtaining a statement from former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa over the alleged financial fraud at the Divi Neguma Department, Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. The police decided …

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Can this “Achcharu Govt” Reform the Electoral System as Envisaged?

By Jayashika Padmasiri Though the Government was able to arrive at a consensus regarding the trimming of powers of the executive presidency, the controversy over electoral reforms has still not been settled, with the Government and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) continuing to reiterate their stances on this subject. In this backdrop, President Maithripala Sirisena …

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Penetration of Global Jihadism into South India has Resulted in Several Tamil Nadu Muslims Fighting Alongside ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

By Vikram Rajakumar The discovery of groups and individuals in south India pledging allegiance to various militant factions in Syria’s civil war has led to a deterioration of security of that region. What is the implication of this new phenomenon for Southeast Asia? Tamil Nadu in south India, which comprise 65 million people (88% Hindu, …

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SLFP Ready to Endorse Mahinda Rajapaksa but is Ex-President Willing to Serve as Prime Minister under President Sirisena?

By Jayashika Padmasiri The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) yesterday announced that the 20th Amendment presented in Parliament would institute electoral reforms and soon after it was passed, along with the 19th Amendment, they will call for a general election. SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, addressing a media conference in Colombo, said that after …

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More than 20 SLFP Parliamentarians to Defy Party Hierarchy by Attending Ratnapura Rally Supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Dasun Edirisinghe More than 20 SLFP Parliamentarians would attend the third rally demanding that former President Rajapaksa be made the UPFA prime ministerial candidate, under the theme, ‘The country is in danger and prepare to face the challenge!’ organised by UPFA allies MEP, NFF, DLF and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya at the Ratnapura Sivali grounds …

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Did Cabinet Spokesman Dr.Rajitha Senaratne Lie about the Security Provided to Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa?

Recent remarks made by Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne regarding the security detail provided to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa are completely inaccurate and false, charged the Media Coordinator of President Rajapaksa. Issuing a communiqué, Rajapaksa’s Media Coordinator Rohan Welivita has also said that in fact, there are lapses in the security provided to the former …

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Three Petitions Before Supreme Court Seeking Referendum for 19th Constitutional Amendment to Become Law

By Nelka Medagedera Three petitions have been submitted to the Supreme Court pleading that an order be made to go for a referendum after passing the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution with a two third majority in Parliament. The petitions have been filed before the Supreme Court by Udaya Gammanpila on behalf of the …

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Life and Cricket will go on in Sri Lanka Even After we Bid Farewell to Sanga,Mahela,Dilshan andMalinga.

By Malinda Seneviratne Of course we are all disappointed. We backed our boys to the hilt. We forced ourselves to hope that they would win it all. We all wanted a perfect farewell to our ‘grand old men’ (relatively speaking of course). We wanted Sanga, Mahela, Dilly and Malinga to have a ‘Tendulkar Moment’ on …

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Maithri-Ranil-Chandrika Trinity Checkmates Mahinda by Forming National Govt Comprising UNP and SLFP

By Rasika Jayakody When he defected from the Rajapaksa administration to challenge Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency in November, last year, he only had the support of eight Parliamentarians of the UPFA who accompanied him in a face of a government that seemed invincible. The large majority of UPFA Parliamentarians criticized Sirisena’s move calling him a traitor …

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Champika Ranawaka of JHU Denounces 19th Amendment as “Constitutional Coup” and Vows to Defeat it in Parliament.

By Lahiru Pothmulla The 19th Amendment presented in Parliament by the Government was a result of a ‘Constitutional Coup’ to allow a person who is unable to win at an election to retain power, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today. JHU General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the objective of the latest …

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19th Constitutional Amendment Curtailing Executive Presidency Powers Presented to Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

By Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presented the 19th Amendment to the Constitution to Parliament yesterday to curtail powers of the executive presidency. The Bill, if approved by Parliament, will make the Prime Minister the Head of the Cabinet of Ministers with powers to appoint its members. Right to Information has been included among …

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National Anthem Sung in Tamil at Event in Jaffna with President Maithri,Premier Ranil and Ex-President Chandrika Present.

The national anthem was sung in Tamil in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at an event, where the lands taken over by the military to establish a High Security Zone were handed back to the legitimate owners at Valalaai, Valikamam East on Monday (23). …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Getting Ready to Make a Comeback as Prime Minister after Taking a Short “Rest” now.

By Col R Hariharan Is former Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who suffered a surprise defeat in the January 2015 presidential election, set to reincarnate as a prime minister? It would appear so, if we go by the moves of the national unity government as well as pro-Rajapaksa elements within the polity. Of course, Rajapaksa, …

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If National Govt was Formed to Resolve the Tamil Crisis the Nation must Salute Maithri, Ranil and Chandrika

By Upul Joseph Fernando President Maithripala revealed an interesting episode of what Queen Elizabeth told him during his recent visit to Britain to the media heads when the latter met the President last week at a breakfast meeting. When he met the Queen, the pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora in London had been protesting outside. “Don’t those …

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Sri Lankan Researchers Discover Simple Method of Cooking to Reduce Calorie Content of Rice by 60%

It sounds too good to be true but a simple change to the way rice is cooked could reduce its calorie content by 60 per cent. Scientists in Sri Lanka have discovered that cooking rice with a teaspoon of coconut oil then refrigerating it for 12 hours more than halves the number of calories absorbed …

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Lee Kuan Yew made Singapore Prosperous, Modern, Efficient and Practically Corruption Free-BBC

With a sense of vision and a ruthless pragmatism, Lee Kuan Yew led Singapore as it transformed from a tiny island with no natural resources into a thriving economic success. He successfully channelled the energies of Singaporeans to create what has often been described as an economic miracle, a mixture of private and state capitalism. …

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Lee Kuan Yew: The Man Who Propelled Singapore from the Third World into the First World

THERE was no vainglory in the title of the first volume of Lee Kuan Yew’s memoirs: “The Singapore Story”. Few leaders have so embodied and dominated their countries: Fidel Castro, perhaps, and Kim Il Sung, in their day. But both of those signally failed to match Mr Lee’s achievement in propelling Singapore “From Third World …

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President Sirisena’s Commendable Decision to Enable the Singing of the National Anthem in Tamil also will Give Tamil Speaking People A Greater Sense of Belonging.

(Text of Media Release Issued by the National Peace Council) The government is being criticized for its slow pace in implementing the 100 day plan of the president’s election manifesto. However, the government is also going beyond the promises of its election manifesto to strengthen the confidence of the Tamil people in its good faith. …

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President Must Immediately Rescind Appointment of Sir Desmond de Silva as Chair of Advisory Council to Secure Rule of Law and Good Governance”-MA Sumanthiran MP

(Full Text of Speech Made in Parliament by Tamil Nationalist Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran M.P. on the 17th March 2015) Mr. Deputy Chairman of Committees, as I rise to speak on this Order that has been placed for approval, I cannot but recollect the time when the Hon. Minister of Justice and Labour Relations himself, …

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Northern Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran Emphasises that 38 IDP Welfare Centres in Jaffna can be Closed if Army Vacates Lands held in 9 Grama Sevaka Divisions.

(Full Text of Address made by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran at Valalaai in Jaffna where 425 Acres of Land under military control were handed back to the displaced people in a ceremony attended by President Maithripala Sirisena,Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga on March 23rd 2015) Your Excellency the President , …

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“Govt Gives High Priority to Resolve Land Issues of the People in the North and East” says President Sirisena in Jaffna.

“Every measure will be taken to resolve issues faced by people irrespective of their race or religion under my rule,” President Maithripala Sirisena said. The President said that as a new Government many steps have already been taken to resolve problems faced by people, adding that the Government is committed to building peace and reconciliation …

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Ex-Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says he Prefers to be in a Sri Lankan Prison than to be Jailed in the USA.

By Shalika Wimalasena In this wide ranging and incisively probing no-holds-barred interview, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa admits intentions of entering national politics; says he first heard of Prageeth Ekneligoda only after his disappearance, adding that the Rajapaksa government had no issues with him. He said the Police could not find any clues to Ekneligoda’s …

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Narendra Modi Used his Visit to Remind us that Sri Lanka has Become an Indian Semi-colony After 1987 Accord.

By Udaya Gammanpila Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Sri Lanka was the first official visit of an Indian Prime Minister for the last 28 years. It was presented as a diplomatic victory of the present government. However, the unpleasant incident that took place 28 years ago along with the message hidden in statements made by …

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National Anthem Tamil Version is an Affirmation of a Single Nation, a Unitary State and a Territory Undivided

By Malinda Seneviratne Why should a country have more than a single version of its national anthem? This is the question that many are asking following President Maithripala Sirisena sanctioning the use of the Tamil version of ‘Sri Lanka Matha’. Those who ask this question by way of supporting the obvious answer to the rhetorical …

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Eleven Cabinet Ministers, Five State Ministers and Ten Deputy Ministers from SLFP Sworn in by President Sirisena.

Eleven more Cabinet Ministers, five State Ministers and ten Deputy Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago, the President’s Media said. Cabinet Ministers 1. A.H.M.Fousie – Minister of Disaster Management 2. S.B.Nawinna – Minister of Labour 3. Piyasena Gamage – Minister of Skill Development and Vocational …

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Adopting English as Lingua Franca is the reason for India Staying Together.

by Priya Venkateshan I have been provoked enough to write this, provoked by this piece by novelist Aatish Taseer, “How English ruined Indian Literature” in The New York Times. I need to rebut this. I’m supposed to be a Tamilian, on paper. My father grew up speaking Tamil. My mother’s was a more complicated story. …

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English Remains the Language of the Dominant Elite in India Despite Decades of Independence from Britain.

BY AATISH TASEER NEW DELHI — A BOATMAN I met in Varanasi last year, while covering the general election that made Narendra Modi prime minister of India, said, “When Modi comes to power, we will send this government of the English packing.” The government of the English! The boatman naturally did not mean the British …

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Maithri and Ranil Strike SLFP-UNP Deal for National Govt:15 Cabinet and 15 Deputy Ministers from SLFPto be Sworn in;10 More SLFP State Ministers in Pipeline.

BY Gagani Weerakoon Following a shock decision worked out in total secrecy last Friday with Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena will swear-in 30 SLFP MPs as ministers, 15 of them with Cabinet rank and 15 others as Deputy Ministers, in a political feint that will see the promised Sirisena-Wickremesinghe National Government coming to fruition …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Hosted Narendra Modi for Lunch on Friday but went to the Royal-Thomian on Saturday.

By GARDINER HARRIS COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — No social function on this island is as important as the recent annual Royal-Thomian cricket match, but this year’s event was particularly special because of what has become known here as the Royalist coup. It was celebrated last weekend in party tents with toasts involving many drinks, and …

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“Dalai Lama Should be Allowed to Worship at Kandy Temple of Tooth and Anuradhapura Maha Bodhi Tree-Bandula Jayasekara

by P.K.Balachandran Former Sri Lankan Consul General in Sydney, Bandula Jayasekara, has suggested that the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, be allowed to visit Sri Lanka purely as a Buddhist pilgrim and on the strict condition that he talks no politics while being here. The former diplomat was commenting on the controversy kicked up …

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Champika Ranawaka Pinpointed as the Person Blocking the abolition of the Executive Presidency.

By C.A.Chandraprema With each passing week, the stresses and strains within the yahapalana coalition that formed the present government are coming more and more out into the open. Last week, at a seminar at the OPA auditorium,  Dr Jayampathy Wickremeratne who is an advisor to President Maithripala Sirisena alleged that some people in the government …

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Remembering Sithie Tiruchelvam the Corporate Lawyer with a Deep and Abiding Interest in Social Justice, Research, Arts and the World of Ideas

By Ambika Satkunanathan The ‘wife of Neelan Tiruchelvam’ is a phrase that has been frequently used to describe Sithie, a corporate lawyer with a deep and abiding interest in social justice, research and the world of ideas, and the arts, since she passed away. However, to those who knew Sithie she was never merely ‘the …

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Instead of Abolishing it, the 19th Constitutional Amendment seeks to Retain Executive Presidential System Virtually Untouched.

By C.A.Chandraprema The proposed 19th Amendment to the constitution is a far cry from what the public was made to expect in terms of constitutional reform before the presidential election. Before the election, what we saw was an opposition platform that fulminated against the executive presidential system and promised its abolition. At his first appearance …

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National Democratic Front Coalition Seems to be Disintegrating within Three Months of Being in Power

By Jayadeva Uyangoda Within just three months in power, the National Democratic Front (NDF) coalition seems to be disintegrating. All indications are that the unity that the NDF coalition partners showed in the pursuit of their common objective of dislodging the Mahinda Rajapaksa family from power has largely dissipated. The signs are also that President …

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Recent Events Demonstrate President Sirisena’s Determination to Leave his own Imprint of Political Leadership.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake A new trend in politics was seen by what President Maithripala Sirisena said at the meeting of electorate and district organizers of the SLFP at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute earlier this week, and later emphasized in his first meeting with newspaper editors and media heads at the Janadhipathi Mandiraya, on Wednesday. …

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President Sirisena will have to Dismiss this Arrogantly Stupid Ranil-Mangala-Ravi Govt Sooner or Later

BY DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA “They lifted a rock against us which they will drop on their own feet”- Zhou Enlai “There is great disorder under heavens! The situation is excellent!” – Mao Zedong Look, there must be a reason why Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe has been in occupation of Temple Trees three (relatively brief) times, but …

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Sri Lankan Moderate Intelligentsia Does not Stand Up Against Political Immoderation from the Tamil Nationalist Side

BY DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Sri Lankan civil society intellectuals and commentators who support the new dispensation are making the same mistake as Francis Fukuyama did, but in a far more facile and therefore far less forgivable form. When the Cold War ended, Fukuyama famously posited the End of History. It was crudely misunderstood to mean …

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Best Friends Sanga and Mahela After Great Partnership Exit Together From One Day International Cricket

Ultimately, obtaining a piece of the silverware was not to be for two of the one-day game’s greatest batsmen, with Sri Lanka’s World Cup exit also signalling Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene’s ODI farewell. For Jayawardene, retirement beckons, while Sangakkara will continue playing the five-day game until Sri Lanka’s Test series against India in August. …

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President Sirisena wants to Form a United National Govt For at Least Two Years After New Elections.

By Nisthar Cassim * Says expeditious resolution of several longstanding and urgent national issues require a national government for two years in the country’s interest; absence of Govt-Opposition cooperation cause for delay and past failures (pic: Sri Lankan High Commission in London organised a multi-faith religious ceremony to invoke blessings on President Maithripala Sirisena, at …

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What did Indian PM Narendra Modi and Lankan Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Discuss at their One to one Meeting in Colombo?

By Upul Joseph Fernando Everyone keeps guessing as to what former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Premier Narendra Modi discussed a few hours before the latter’s departure to New Delhi after a two-day State visit. Mahinda went to meet Modi after making accusations that the Indian intelligence service RAW connived with Western intelligence forces to …

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Mangala Samaraweera Seeks Review of Proscribed 16 LTTE Entities and 424 Individuals in the Global Tamil Diaspora.

Speaking in Parliament today on bringing forward amendments to the United Nations Regulations 1 and 2 of 2012 promulgated under the United Nations Act Number 45 of 1968, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera drew the attention of the House to a matter related to the he UN regulations discussed in Parliament. He referred to …

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“No Country can Take Cover Behind Concept of Absolute Sovereignty which is no Longer Valid in the Modern World”-Mangala Samaraweera

(Full Text of Speech made in Parliament by sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera on March 18th 2015) Hon. Speaker, I stand before you today to present amendments, in line with our international obligations, to United Nations Regulations 1 and 2 of 2012 promulgated under the United Nations Act number 45 of 1968. As …

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Narendra Modi when Chief Minister of Gujerat State was Accused of “Genocide” Against Muslims in Feb 2002

By Latheef Farook Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment on the implementation of 13th amendment ,his suggestion that cooperative federalism is better for Sri Lanka, his invitation to Tamils of Indian origin to visit New Delhi to discuss their issues and his advice to Tamils to be patient makes one wonder whether Sri Lanka is …

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Mahinda Chinthanaya is kleptocracy, impunity, familial politics, familial economics, racism , intolerance, repression, arrogance & ignorance.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara One must always say what one sees. But especially – and this is the hard part – one must always see what one sees – Charles Péguyi Paranoids live in their own world, uncluttered by facts and unrestrained by reality. In the paranoid’s world nothing is impossible. Robert H. Welch Jr, retired-candy …

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What the Newly Sworn in Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Plans to do in his First 100 Days of Office

100 Day Work Programme After Maithripala Sirisena Becomes President – Detailed diary description January 2015 Saturday January 10 The new President, Maithripala Sirisena, will take his oath of office Sunday January 11 A Cabinet of not more than 25 members, including members of all political parties represented in Parliament, will be appointed with Leader of …

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Deepika Padukone Illuminates Hindi Screen with Flaming Successes in Succession

By Dinesh Raheja A cheesy line of dialogue in the Diwali blockbuster Happy New Year proffering a rather simplistic piece of wisdom can be paraphrased thus: “There are two types of people in the world—winners and losers”. Few people these days can be tagged with a rare degree of sanguineness than the film’s leading lady, …

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Full Text of Two Letters Sent by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha to President Maithripala Sirisena in Jan and Feb 2015.

(Full Text of Letters Sent by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. to President Maithripala Sirisena on January 13th 2015 after being appointed State minister of Higher Education and on February 10th 2015 giving Notice of resignation.Prof. Wijesinha who was one of the original group of Govt MP’s to cross over with President Sirisena has subsequently crossed back …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says Intelligence Services Under Him were Used for National Security and not for Political Purposes like Monitoring Maithripala Sirisena

By Shamindra Ferdinando Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that some countries had the wherewithal to overthrow democratically elected governments, though Sri Lanka lacked such capacity. War veteran Rajapaksa points out that there had been many such interventions over the years in various parts of the world. Sri Lanka was a case in point, Rajapaksa …

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Unlike Under the Previous Regime there is Total Freedom now for Media, Opposition and Civil society to Criticize this Govt over “Bond” issue-Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe issued a special statement in Parliament on March 16th 2015 responding to critics over the recent Treasury Bond issue as well as exposing the improper conduct of various institutions of the past regime and those allegedly connected to it. Using Parliamentary privilege, Wickremesinghe’s special statement was akin to a …

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China and India Have Armies of 1.3 and 1.2 Milion Commanded by Generals and not Field Marshalls which rank is now Defunct.

By Gen.Lalin Fernando Every private in the French Army carries a Field Marshal’s baton in his knapsack (Napoleon) There is a lot written and spoken about Field Marshals (FMs) just now. The latest is about the privileges that FMs should apparently have. It appears Hitler’s Germany is the source for these anachronistic examples. The privileges …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Used Force to Evict People from their Houses States Urban Development Minister Rauff Hakeem

By Ifham Nizam Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was not a superman, said Water Supply and Urban Development Minister Rauff Hakeem yesterday, in response to the challenge made by Rajapaksa during an interview that no one could do what he had done. Answering questions after a media briefing, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader stressed …

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Ex-State Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Tables Resignation Letter and Crosses Over to Opposition Third Row seat After Issuing Special Statement.

By Gagani Weerakoon & Skandha Gunasekara Expressing his displeasure over the conduct of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the incumbent government, former State Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha crossed over to the Opposition yesterday. He said the move to gazette the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and transfer of executive powers to the …

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President Sirisena Though SLFP Chairman Does not have full Control over Central Committee or Executive Committee of the Party.

By Rasika Jayakody Political analyst Kusal Perera, who was a close confidant of Mahinda Rajapaksa during the early 90s, draws parallels between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party now and the SLFP in 1991. “Party Leader Sirimavo Bandaranaike, due to failing health, was not in a position to actively engage in political activities of the party. …

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Delusional Illusions of Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran who was once a Sober Judicial Officer.

BY DEMOS The once sober judicial officer Wigneswaran, who functions at present as the Chief Minister of the NPC, appears to have suffered a sudden manic seizure following the recent change of Government, to have had the incomprehensible temerity to make the infuriatingly provocative statement to the effect that all Governments in Sri Lanka have …

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Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Northern Council Trying to Behave Like an Autonomous Third Player.

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA “…Contiguous polities, in Kautilya’s analysis, existed in a state of latent hostility. Whatever professions of amity he might make, any ruler whose power grew significantly would find that it was in his interest to subvert his neighbor’s realm…The wise ruler would seek his allies from among his neighbor’s neighbors.” – Dr. …

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Central Bank Governor Mahendran and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayke were Associates of US Tycoon Raj Rajaratnam Alleges Nimal Siripala de Silva.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday warned that the national economy would suffer a staggering loss of approximately Rs. 9 billion unless the government cancelled the controversial Treasury bond issue involving Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius. Taking tangible measures to avoid Rs.9 bn loss would be …

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“All of the Top Tamil Leaders are Fools,” – TNA Jaffna MP Easwarapatham Saravanapavan tells NYT

BY GARDINER HARRIS Still, there are drawbacks to staying at Thalsevana Holiday Resort. Arrive without a reservation, and you could be arrested. Stroll too far down the beach during a blood-red sunset, and a soldier carrying an automatic weapon will appear out of a bunker, declare that you have entered a high-security zone and order …

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Sacrificing Sri Lankan Fishermen in Return for Investment by Indian Capitalists

By Ranga Jayasuriya Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was here on a landmark three-day visit; the first visit to Sri Lanka by an Indian leader in three decades. His Sri Lankan counterpart could well have upset the apple cart with his imprudent remarks, when he tried to justify the shooting of Indian fishermen by the …

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Is it Coincidence that Systematic Targeting of Christians Began After BJP Govt of Narendra Modi came to Power Last May?

by Julio Ribeiro (The writer, a retired IPS officer,was Mumbai police commissioner,DGP Gujarat and DGP Punjab,and is a former Indian ambassador to Romania) There was a time, not very long ago — one year short of 30, to be precise — when only a Christian was chosen to go to Punjab to fight what then …

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Colombo Businessman Blames Health Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne’s second son for Disappearance of his 17 year old Daughter

By Don Asoka Wijewardena A 17-year-old Dinithe Aloka Ranasinghe, daughter of businessman Gamini Ranasinghe of Kirulapana was abducted on February 24, 2014 while she was returning home after school and her whereabouts had not been known since then. Father of the victim, Gamini Ranasinghe, addressing the media yesterday blamed Health and Indigenous Minister Dr Rajitha …

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Has India Changed Stance on Sri Lanka From “Building on” 13th Amendment to “Going Beyond it”?

BY DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA “Somewhere over the rainbow…” – The Wizard of Oz Three vital questions arise from Prime Minister Modi’s recommendation that Sri Lanka goes beyond the 13th amendment. The first is: has India changed its stance? The second is: if beyond 13A, ‘where to?’ The third is: ‘why?’ New Delhi’s stance in the …

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“I did not Declare a Separate State or Hoist the Tamil Eelam Flag”- Ex -North-eastern Chief Minister Varatharajaperumal

by Dilrukshi Handunnetti The former Chief Minister of the United North-eastern Province, Varatharaja Perumal believes that India should have intervened, in the absence of political will at home, to ensure the continuity of a united North-eastern provincial Council. Perumal noted that the new government has facilitated the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and instead of faultfinding, …

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Why the Central bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran Should Resign forthwith Over Issue Concerning son in Law Arjun Aloysius

By Malinda Seneviratne Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, referring to the controversy surrounding the Central Bank bond issue of February 27, 2015 (i.e. allegations of insider trade where Governor Arjuna Mahendran is on the spot over his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius making quite a packet within a few days) pats his Prime Minister …

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TNA Leaders must Abandon Defeatist Attitudes of the Past and Vigorously Negotiate a Solution to the many Problems Hindering Tamil Speaking People

By Dr. Devanesan Nesiah Ethnicity has been a salient factor of human society throughout recorded history. The modern state is a comparatively recent development (a few centuries old rather than a few millennia). As set out by C Geertz in “Old Societies and New States” (1963, The Free Press of Glencoe, New York, pages 109-10): …

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Cabinet Entrusts Maithri,Ranil and Chandrika with Responsibility to Determine Date of Parliamentary Dissolution.

by Rasika Jayakody The Cabinet of Ministers yesterday decided to entrust President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga with the task of holding discussions and arriving at a final decision on dissolution of Parliament on April 23. “They will also discuss view points that have been expressed by parties …

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Govt Reaches Agreement on Constitutional Reform Proposals but Disagreement Still on Electoral Reforms

By Jayashika Padmasiri The Government yesterday managed to secure consensus on the Constitutional amendments but decided to meet again tomorrow to agree on electoral reforms amidst mixed views over whether the two must seek Parliamentary passage in one go or separately. At yesterday’s special Cabinet meeting, the rainbow coalition Government agreed on far-reaching reforms to …

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Krishantha Cooray Appointed to Board of DFCC Bank as Independent Director

Popular media industry personality Krishantha Cooray has been appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank Plc as an Independent Director, hot on the heels of a similar position on the Board of Sri Lanka Telecom. With the latest appointment, the Board of DFCC Bank Plc comprises Royle Jansz (Chairman), Gomin Dayasiri, H.M.N.S. Gunawardana, J.E.A. Perumal, …

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President Sirisena Consolidates his Power Further by Becoming Leader of the SLFP led UPFA Alliance.

By Shamindra Ferdinando President Maithripala Sirisena has further consolidated his power with the UPFA’s constituents accepting him as the leader of the SLFP-led alliance. President Sirisena is the President of the SLFP. MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena and Democratic Left Front (DLF) leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara, who had spearheaded popular bring-back-Mahinda campaign, attended a meeting chaired by …

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Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran will Respond to all Allegations Against Him After He Returns to Sri Lanka.

By Ravi Ladduwahetty Ceylon Finance Today: Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran coming down hard on his critics, said that he will respond to all the allegations that have been made against him regarding the Rs 15 billion Treasury Bond issue when he returns to Sri Lanka from his overseas visits. “I will respond to all …

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No Rational Cricket Lover wants Kumar Sangakkara to Retire At this Point of Time

By Biswadeep Ghosh 2012. Indian Premier League. Not in the best of form before the match against the Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, Kumar Sangakarra who was leading the Deccan Chargers did what few skippers have ever done. He dropped himself after discussing the strategy with the DC coach Darren Lehmann, a selfless act that was …

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Indian PM Narendra Modi Refers to “Silappadhikaaram Kannagi” and Tamil Poet Subramania Bharati in his Address to Sri Lankan Parliament.

(Full Text of Address to Sri Lankan Parliament by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi) Honourable Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Shrimaan Ranil Wickremesinghe ji, Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Mr Nimal Siripala De Silva, Honourable Members of Parliament, Distinguished guests, I am truly delighted to visit Sri Lanka – a land of beauty, culture and …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa wants to Make A Political Comeback to Safeguard Himself, Family and Cronies and not for Country or People.

By Don Manu Putting his family and associates first before all else, a people-deposed president Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared that he may come back to politics because he is angry that the Maithripala government has filed cases against his family members and associates. In an interview given to India’s Hindu newspaper published this Friday, he …

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Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga Wants Defence Secretary KMUD Basnayake Removed from his Post Immediately

It was a heated session of the National Executive Council (NEC) last Monday when former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga picked up a mobile phone to speak to Defence Ministry Secretary K.M.U.D. Basnayake. She was angry. “Who the hell asked you to issue a letter to Nissanka Senadipathi, the Chairman of Avant Garde Maritime Security?” she …

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SLFP Faces Crisis Despite Having SLFP Majority in Parliament and an SLFP’er as President.

By C.A.Chandraprema Niroshan Padukka is the UNP organiser for Kesbewa and a member of the Western Provincial Council. Early last week, he wrote a letter to the lankaenews website under the title “Is President Maithri under house arrest?” This letter just about sums up the present mood within the UNP and it is worth recounting …

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Persistent Efforts by Sinhala Buddhist Supremacists to Deliberately Misread Sri Lanka’s History

by Tisaranee Gunasekara “The history or the future of Sri Lanka does not belong to any one community.” – Ranasinghe Premadasa (Speech on 11.12.1990) In 2013, as anti-Muslim hysteria was riding high, Jezima Ismail recalled an incident which was both a personal memory and a shared minority-experience: “Some years ago at a lecture session at …

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Narendra Modi Assures Tamils in North that India is Committed to Alleviate their Sufferings and will not let them down.

By P.K.Balachandran On the second and final day of his visit to Sri Lanka, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi bonded with the Tamils of the Northern Province with aplomb. The speeches which he made were extempore and in Hindi, but the Tamil audiences were not complaining as his words, delivered with panache, had a ring …

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Can the Modi Visit to Sri Lanka Help to Modify Devolution as Solution?

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka From Prime Minister Modi through Secretary of State Kerry to Prime Minister Cameron—in that order of significance—the emphasis with regard to Sri Lanka is the need for ethnic reconciliation. The search for a solution must be preceded by the identification of the problem or problems. Currently the effort at ethnic reconciliation runs …

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Narendra Modi Reiterates India’s stand for United Sri Lanka and Devolution Through 13th Amendment Implementation

By Suhasini Haidar India stands for a “united Sri Lanka”, but wants an “early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment” that provides for devolution in the Tamil majority Northern and Eastern provinces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Colombo on Friday. Mr. Modi, who was speaking at the historic Presidential secretariat after talks with …

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Indian PM Modi Tells TNA to Speak with One Voice and asks Sri Lankan Tamils to be Patient with the new Govt

By Meera Srinivasan Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Sri Lanka’s Tamils to be patient with the new government in Colombo, The Hindu learns from sources. He met senior leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) — the main party representing the island’s northern Tamils — in Colombo on Friday. Pointing to the “beginning of …

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Modi Promises to Build Trincomalee as a “Petroleum Hub, $318 Line of Credit to Upgrade railways and E-Visason arrival for Sri Lanka

by Suhasini Haidar Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his much anticipated visit to Sri Lanka on Friday with a grand ceremonial welcome, though only a modest set of agreements were signed after his talks with Mr. Sirisena. Unlike his previous stops in the Seychelles and Mauritius, where Indian Ocean security cooperation and big-ticket development commitments …

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Indian Prime Minister Modi wants Sri Lanka to fully Implement the 13th Constitutional Amendment and go beyond it

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday called upon Sri Lanka to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and go beyond it to build a future that accommodated the aspirations of all sections of society. Conveying India’s admiration for President Sirisena’s efforts ‘to build an inclusive future for Sri Lanka’, PM Modi said at …

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President Sirisena says New Page has been Turned in Cooperation Between India and Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena said the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka and his own recent visit to India have turned a new page in cooperation between our two countries. Addressing media after bilateral discussions with the Indian delegation headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday (March …

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Modi’s Public Pitch in Sri Lanka for “the early and full implementation of the 13th amendment and going beyond”.

By DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Prime Minister Modi is much admired and rightly so as a charismatic, strong, visionary Asian leader. His visit to Sri Lanka and his speeches here could be said, at first blush, to be a triumph for India’s ‘soft power’ projection. The thing about ‘soft power’ however, is that it is uneven, …

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Indian RAW and Western Agencies Possibly Worked Together for the First Time to Defeat me”-Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Suhasini Haidar Full transcript of interview with former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Suhasini Haidar. Q;This was an election you were so confident about; you called them ahead of time. What do you think contributed to your defeat? A;I misjudged the North and the East vote. In the South I have won, but …

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Arrives in Sri Lanka and is Welcomed at Airport by Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flew into the Sri Lankan capital in the early hours for a historic visit during which he is expected to hold talks with the country’s top leadership. Mr. Modi was received by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe at the airport after he arrived in Colombo for a two-day …

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Did CIA,MI-6 and RAW Espionage Agencies Conspire Together to Mobilise Support for Maithripala Sirisena Against Mahinda Rajapaksa?

By Suhasini Haidar Claiming that the Research and Analysis Wing conspired with “Western agencies” CIA and MI-6 to rally the opposition led by President Maithripala Sirisena against his presidency, Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he does not, however, believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the government was responsible. In an exclusive interview to …

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National Executive Council Decides to Arrest and Interrogate Ex- Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Over Avant Garde Floating Armoury.

The National Executive Council has unanimously decided to recommend the arrest of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to question him over the Avant Garde floating armory incident, local media reports said. Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told a local newspaper that a decision will be taken once President Maithripala Sirisena returns from Britain.