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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘Thai Pongal’ the Harvest Festival of Tamils

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Former CID Director Shani Abeysekara SSP Interdicted With Immediate Effect and Travel Ban Imposed After Audio Clips Seized by Police From UNP Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake’s House Surface on Social Media

Former Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) SSP Shani Abeysekara has been interdicted with immediate effect, the National Police Commission said. Abeysekara has reportedly been interdicted for causing disrepute to the police over a statement made in a leaked tele-conversation. Several audio clips purportedly between former State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake and state officials including …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Aims for Two-Thirds Majority in April Parliamentary Elections to Either Jettison or Drastically Prune Down the 19th Constitutional Amendment and Strenghen the Executive Presidency.

By P.K.Balachandran The new President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is aiming at getting two-thirds majority in the April 2020 parliamentary elections to be able to bring about sweeping changes in the constitution to strengthen the Executive which was badly crippled by the 19 th.Amendment (19A) brought about by the previous regime. Gotabaya is keen …

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“Equal status of peoples belonging to different races, religions, languages and cultures is not dependent on their respective numerical strength”Says TNA Spokesperon MA Sumanthiran MP in Parliament

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party on Tuesday urged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa not to “regress into naked majoritarianism”, that in the past gave rise to a conflict, resulting in armed hostilities spanning over three decades. Addressing Parliament, Jaffna district legislator and the Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran said the equal status …

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“Regretfully, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Has Articulated his Regressive Position of “Naked Majoritarianism” in his Address to Parliament on Jan 3rd” – M. A. Sumanthiran MP

(Text of Press Release Issued by the Tamil National Alliance Media Office Incorporating the Transcript of Speech made by Mr. M. A. Sumanthiran MP in Parliament on 07.01.2020) Mr. Speaker, The Statement on Government Policy as laid out by His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the 3rd of January 2020 is one that needs to be …

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Gota Should Wake up and fight his Economic war to a Conclusion as he did in the Case of his Other Wars

By W.A. Wijewardena The sick economy President Gotabaya Rajapaksa – now fondly called Gota by everyone – inherited an underperforming economy. It was just like the economy which the previous administration had inherited from his brother some five years ago. As I had presented in this column repeatedly, the economy was turning from bad to …

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Sajith Premadasa says all UNP Parliamentarians are Committed to give the top most Priority to the Security of the Sinhala Buddhist Motherland, while Protecting all Minority Communities

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa says the United National Party will move forward with a new vision and a new outlook. Participating in an event in Galle over the weekend, the Opposition Leader said the Office of the Leader of the Opposition will be transformed into a helpful and people-friendly institution, which will listen …

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UNP Gampaha Dist MP Ranjan Ramanayake Arrested for Possessing Pistol Without Renewing License After Police Search His Madiwela Residence For Material Allegedly Embarassing Govt;Cops Seize Laptop, CD’s, DVD’s, Master Copy of “Navariyan”Film and a File on Murder of Ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen

Police last night arrested United National Party Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake for possession of an unlicensed pistol, after they conducted an extensive search of his official residence at the Madiwela Housing Complex. Issuing a statement last night, Police Headquarters said that officers had also found 127 rounds of 9mm ammunition used for the pistol as well …

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

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

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Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s Private Members Bill Seeking to Restore Presidential Powers to Monarchical Status Obscures an Insidiously Dangerous Hidden Purpose of Making Appointments to the Higher Judiciary a Nakedly Political Process

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Duplicitous politicians who engage in constitutional games to hoodwink the public must be clearly exposed for the truly shameful creatures that they are. Chopping and changing the primary text Constitution-making in Sri Lanka has generally been instrumental. Amendments to the nation’s primary text are driven by obvious political agendas. There are …

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A Beautiful Island Where The National Anthem Is Sung In Two Languages -1

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Jeyaraj’s Jottings (Jeyaraj’s Jottings was a series of short articles written some time ago by me to be posted on my Blog. However due to pressure of work I discontinued the jottings for quite a while. With the advent of the year 2020 I have resumed posting “Jeyaraj’s Jottings”again on my Blog. This …

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Will Minister Janaka Bandara Tennekoon Accept that Singing the National Anthem in a Minority Language and not the Main Official Language Would Build Reconciliation and Help Achieve National Unity?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake We are bang into the New Year. The new session of Parliament has been opened by the President. Parliamentary politics could move to a new swing, with a government not having a formal majority in the House. There is also another political tune at play – that of the National Anthem. President …

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“I Pledge that During my Term of Office, I will Always Defend the Unitary Status of our Country, and Protect and Nurture the Buddha Sasana Whilst Safeguarding the Right of all Citizens to Practice a Religion of Their Choice” – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

(The policy statement made by His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at the inauguration of the Fourth Session of the 8th Parliament of Sri Lanka.) Honourable Speaker, Honourable Prime Minister, Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Ministers, Honourable State Ministers, Honourable Members of Parliament, I have this opportunity …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his First Address to Parliament Emphasises Need for Urgent Constitutional and Electoral Reforms that will Establish a Strong Executive, Legislature and an Independent Judiciary

Delivering his first-ever address to Parliament since taking oaths, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sent out a strong message today to all parties representing the legislature on, among other things, his vision for the country, his values as a Rajapaksa family member, the role of minority parties and the importance of constitutional reform. Dressed in a Western …

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Envisaged Tri -Forces Guard of Honour Including 21 Gun Salute at Ceremonial Opening of New Parliamentary Session Cancelled at the Last Minute Due to a Request by President Gotabaya rajapaksa for a Simplified Ceremony

By Chandani Kirinde and Ashwin Hemmathagama The Tri-Forces Guard of Honour including the 21-gun salute which was to be part of the ceremonial sitting of the new Parliamentary session which begins today was halted on the request of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, official sources said. As part of the usual procedure followed when a new session …

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Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe to Introduce Private Members Bill Incorprating 22nd Constitutional Amendment to Enable the President to Hold the Defence Ministry and any Other Ministry by Amending article 43

By Chandani Kirinde A Private Member’s Bill to enable the President to hold the Ministry of Defence and any other ministries will be introduced to Parliament by MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe shortly. The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution has been published in the Gazette ahead of its presentation to the House, Rajapakshe told Daily FT. The …

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Diplomatic Note Simultaneously Released by the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Colombo Emphasises Swift Return to Positive Cooperation Between Both Countries After Relations were Marred by Misunderstandings Caused by Embassy Employee Incident

Switzerland yesterday said it hopes for a swift return to an environment conducive to resuming the positive co-operation between the two countries after relations were marred over an alleged incident involving a local embassy employee. In a Diplomatic Note communicated to the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MFR) by the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka …

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Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDAD) of Switzerland Welcomes with Relief the Release on Bail of the Employee of its Embassy in Colombo.

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDAD) of Switzerland yesterday welcomed with relief the release on bail of the employee of its embassy in Colombo. The Swiss authorities welcomed the release of the employee with a message via its official Twitter account @SwissMFA.

Colombo Swiss Embassy Employee Garnier Bannister Francis Released on Bail by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne; Court Bans Foreign Travel and Orders Surrender of Passport;Next Date of Hearing on Jan 9th 2020

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday released on bail Garnier Bannister Francis, the local employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo allegedly involved in a fake abduction case. Francis was granted bail on two personal sureties of Rs 500,000 each. The Court temporarily banned foreign travel of the defendant and asked her passport to be …

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Former Health Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne MP Who was Arrested by Police Over the White Van Drivers Media Conference Incident While Being in Coronary Intensive Care Unit of Lanka Hospital Granted Bail by Colombo Magistrates Court

Former Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne was granted bail by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court yesterday. This was when an anticipatory bail application filed by Dr. Senaratne was taken up for consideration. The court ordered that Dr. Senaratne be granted bail on two personal bail bonds of Rs 500,000 each. Banning foreign travel for Senaratne, the …

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Senior Administrator P.S. M. Charles Makes History as the First Woman to be Sworn in as Governor of the Northern Province.

Senior Sri Lanka Administrative Service officer with vast experience P.S.M. Charles was appointed as the Northern Province Governor by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday. Charles previously served as the District Secretariat of Vavuniya and Batticaloa. She also served as Director General of Customs and Secretary to the Health Ministry.

The man most Responsible for Jathika Hela Urumaya Leader Champika Ranawaka’s Arrest is Patali Champika Ranawaka Himself

By Uditha Devapriya In a country dominated by Cartesian thinking, it’s probably not surprising that a man vilified for the better part of a decade as a Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist, traditionalist, warmonger and opportunist should be celebrated as a martyr today. I remember coming across a particularly unsavoury (and no doubt defamatory) article on the …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Seems to Have Two Objectives at this Point of Time.

By P.K.Balachandran Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who won the Sri Lankan Presidential election on November 16 emphatically, and formed a government with his brother and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, appears to have two objectives at this point of time. One is to put together a top-level team which will carry out his political and …

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The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art offers a glimpse into Sri Lanka’s troubled past

By Meera Srinivasan How do you translate the word ‘juxtaposition’ to Tamil and Sinhala? When a team of art curators set up Sri Lanka’s recently-launched Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), they had many decisions to make, including on questions like this, pertaining to language. The museum does not limit itself to a particular …

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Public Administration Minister Janaka Bandara Tennekoon Gets Angry and Terminates Telephone Conversation when Journalist asks him Whether Govt May be Dividing Communities by Banning National Anthem being Sung in Tamil at Independence day Event

By Sandun Jayawardana The national anthem’s Tamil version – sung at Independence Day celebration since 2016 – will be dropped again from February 4 next year. The national anthem’s Tamil version was sung at Independence Day celebrations since 2016 The Public Administration Ministry, the event organiser, has resolved that the national anthem must only be …

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Tamil Nadu Political Party Leaders MK Stalin (DMK) and Dr.S.Ramadoss (PMK) Strongly Criticise Sri Lankan Govt of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for Stopping the Singing of National Anthem in Tamil at Independence Day Event

By M Manikandan Tamil Nadu’s major opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and BJP’s ally Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) on Friday attacked the newly-elected Sri Lankan government under President Gottabaya Rajapaksa for suspending the playing of National Anthem of the island nation in Tamil on its Independence day in February. DMK president MK Stalin hit …

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What stands out today is the monarchic power of family politics, which obtained more than 50 per cent vote in the recent presidential poll.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake We are moving on to another election year, and what does that mean? It means a helluva lot. Two Hundred and Twenty-Five to be removed, brought back, or a new pack brought in. It is the problem people face with choosing the unwanted. Let’s just look back at the last two national …

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National Peace Council Urges Govt Not to Stop the Singing of National Anthem in Tamil at the February 4th Independence Day Celebrations

The National Peace Council has urged the government not to stop the yahapalana practice of singing the national anthem in Tamil at the Feb 04 Independence Day celebrations. The following is the text of NPC statement issued by its head Dr. Jehan Perera: The celebration of Christmas took place without incident and in the manner …

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CID Acting on Orders of Attorney-General Arrest Dr.Rajitha Senaratne at Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit of Lanka Hospital; Colombo Additional Magistrate Shalani Perera Goes to Hospital and Remands Warded Ex-Health Minister Until December 30

UNP MP and former Health Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, was arrested by the CID at Lanka Hospital in Narahenpita yesterday. Colombo Additional Magistrate Shalani Perera remanded Dr. Senaratne until Dec 30. The officers of the CID, who took Senaratne into custody around 2.10 pm, informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate of the arrest. When the case …

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National Anthem Will be Sung Only in the Sinhala Language and Not in the Tamil Language Also at the 72nd Independence Day Celebrations Scheduled for Feb 4 2020 at Independence Square in Colombo

By Sandun A. Jayasekera The 72nd Independence Day celebrations will be held on February 4 at Independence Square in Colombo on a grand scale, the Public Administration Ministry said, adding that the national anthem would be sung only in Sinhala. These decisions were taken at a meeting held yesterday at the Disaster Management, Local Government …

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Far From Escape or Withdrawal Christmas is a Time of Regeneration. When the Time is Right New Songs Burst Forth Like Springs of Living Water.

by Bishop Duleep de Chickera The run up to the birth of Jesus was punctuated with pauses. Mary’s pause After the Angel visited her, Mary could not say what she would have liked to have said. Stories that went against established norms and trends were unacceptable. Those around would misunderstand and grow suspicious, even hostile. …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Perturbed Over Police Disregarding Parliamentary Conventions in Arresting Champika Ranawaka MP; Wants National Police Commission to Hold Inquiry :Will Summon IGP and Senior Officials Involved in Arrest

By Chandani Kirinde Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday said he would summon the IGP and other senior Police officials who were involved in the arrest of MP Patali Champika Ranawaka, and inform them on the need to adhere to parliamentary conventions when arresting a lawmaker. The Speaker also said he would request the National Police Commission …

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Controversial Arrest and Detention of Jathika Hela Urumaya Leader Patali Champika Ranawaka MP: How it Happened.

By Sandun Jayawardana and Manopriya Gunasekara It was nightfall on Wednesday (18) when some 50 armed policemen swooped down on a house at Jayanthipura, Battaramulla in what seemed a major operation. Whilst the constables surrounded the house, others blocked the road. An officer urged the watcher to open the gate. He did and the group …

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Patently Absurd Statements Made in the Arrest of Champika Ranawaka like “there is no issue about not informing the Magistrate because the Attorney General is superior to the Magistrate” Need to be Challenged

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene The ridiculous claim being parroted by bespectacled and grinning supporters (apparently also lawyers) of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP or the “Pohuttuwa’), that the action of the Attorney General is somehow ‘superior’ to the writ of a Magistrate in the making of arrests of persons in this land, is …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa While Addressing Foreign Correspondents in Colombo Replies “Yes” When Asked Whether he Thought Sri Lankan Refugees in India Should Come Back

By Meera Srinivasan In the widespread resistance to the recently-passed Citizenship (Amendment) Act, many have repeatedly highlighted the omission of Sri Lankans among persecuted communities in the neighbourhood who now qualify for Indian citizenship, for the first time based on their religion. Nearly 1,00,000 Sri Lankan Tamils live in India, mostly in refugee camps across …

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Much Respected and Loved Central Bank Governor Dr.Indrajit Coomaraswamy Departs From Post After Addressing all Members of Staff From Monetary Board Members to Friends Serving Tea.

Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy on Friday departed the Central Bank as previously announced but with much respect and love, according to insiders and industry representatives. Dr. Coomaraswamy assumed duties in July 2016 and many weeks before the 16 November Presidential Election had informed authorities of his intention to step down on 20 December. Previously, Dr. Coomaraswamy …

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Sri Lanka does not want to be part of the US-Indian Indo-Pacific Strategy to Contain China While Beijing Intends to step up its Presence in Sri Lanka to Hit Back at India where it Hurts.

By M.K.Bhadrakumar Since the setback in Nepal three years ago when the Indian diktat on the contents of a new constitution for that country was brusquely dismissed by that country’s communist leadership, Modi government faces a similar rebuff from Sri Lanka. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa chose a press conference Thursday with the Colombo-based foreign correspondents to …

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Sajith Premadasa has Demonstrated his Inexperience and Ineptitude by Deserting Mllions who had Voted for him by Posting Bizarre Banal Content and Staying Silent while Media Platforms Central to his Campaign were Raided.

By Sanjana Hattotuwa I can’t see Basil Rajapaksa. Social media doesn’t record his actions, feature accounts by or content on him. He isn’t the subject of memes. He doesn’t appear in any of the ego-centric, selfie laden photo albums or posts of the larger more social media savvy family. On Facebook, he was featured just …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Does not want Alleged Abduction Incident of Swiss Embassy Employee to sour Relations Between Sri Lanka and Switzerland

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that he did not wish for the alleged abduction incident of a Swiss Embassy employee to sour relations between the two countries. Commenting on the incident, Rajapaksa told a group of foreign correspondents that the matter was a fabrication to discredit his Government and Presidency.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Strongly Condemns Arrest of JHU Parliamentarian Champika Ranawaka Saying Police was Unable to Provide Justifiable reasons for Arrest and Also did not Follow Correct Procedures in Arrest

The United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on behalf of the United National Front (UNF) yesterday strongly condemned the arrest of Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka. Issuing a statement Wickremesinghe said the law enforcement authorities did not follow accepted democratic and legal procedures to arrest Ranawaka.

Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri Writes to National Police Commission Chairman About Due Process in Accordance to Privileges of an MP being not Followed in the case of Champika Ranawaka MP’s Arrest and Detention

Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri yesterday wrote to the National Police Commission (NPC) informing them that due process was not followed during the arrest of MP Champika Ranawaka. In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the NPC, Kumarasiri stressed that he did not believe due process was carried out during the arrest and requested action …

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Dr.Rajitha Senaratne MP Files Second Anticipatory Bail Application After His First Application was Rejected by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna.

Former Health Minister and UNP MP Rajitha Senaratne yesterday filed a second anticipatory bail application before the Colombo Magistrate a day after his first. His first application, made on Thursday, was rejected yesterday by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna.

Switzerland sends Former Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jorg Frieden as Special Envoy to Colombo to Lend Further Support to its Embassy and Communicate with Sri Lankan Authorities in a bid to Jointly Explore Possible Solutions to the Current Problem

Switzerland has sent Jörg Frieden, an experienced diplomat who once served as ambassador to Sri Lanka, to explore possibilities for clarifying the security incident at the Swiss embassy in Colombo, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDAD) in Bern said yesterday. Frieden’s visit followed a telephone conversation between Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena and …

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Former Health Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne and Ex-Chairman of Pharmaceutical Corporation Dr.Rumy Mohamed Being Probed by CID For Allegedly Paying Two Persons to Pose as White Van Drivers Transporting Bodies and Gold at Press Conference to Tarnish Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Image

By Gayan Kumara Weerasinghe The CID has begun probing former Minister Rajitha Senaratne and the State Pharmaceutical Corporation’s former Chairman Dr. Rumi Mohamed over allegations of having deployed two known criminal suspects to concoct a ‘white van’ abduction allegation with the aim of tarnishing the image of Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the election period, …

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