With the UPFA Having 103 MP’s Still, Can the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Govt Get 150 Votes for Two-Thirds Majority?

By Dharisha Bastians The highest levels of Government spent the weekend whipping up votes for legislation that will drastically alter Sri Lanka’s Constitution and restore independence to key arms of the State, with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution coming up for debate in Parliament today. Getting the crucial amendment through the House will be …

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The Untold Story of Basil Rajapaksa’s Arrest, Remand and Transfer to Hospital

By Dharman Wickremaratne The Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) on March 25 informed the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court that it wanted to record a statement from former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on the Divi Neguma Department’s financial dealings. Accordingly, Kaduwela Additional District Judge Dhammika Hemapala gave permission to obtain a statement from the former …

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Zombified Rajapaksa Supporters Think Mahinda and His Extended Family are Above the Law

By Ranga Jayasuriya Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his two term tenure as the President thought he was above the law. Now, his acolytes are trying to perpetuate that fallacy. They brought the proceedings at the House of Parliament to a halt, orchestrated protests before the Bribery Commission and laid a virtual siege at the airport (BIA) …

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“Powers Given by People to President Sirisena are Being Used by Others” -Says Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa

By S.K. Kaluarachchi and Lalith Chaminda Power that the people had given to President Maithripala Sirisena was being used by others, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Saturday. The former President, addressing a Daham Hamuwa, at Kacchiwatte Purana Rajamaha Vihara in Galle said: “I was told by one of the participants at this ceremony short …

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Early Dissolution and Fresh Parliamentary Elections is the best Democratic Option to Break Political Impasse

By Jayadeva Uyangoda Reporting on Sri Lanka’s current political situation can be quite exciting. However, commenting on it is difficult and hazardous. The reason is simple. The current politics in our country is in flux. Events appear and disappear so rapidly and unexpectedly that identifying any patterns and regularities in the political process, which are …

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Should Former President not be Probed Because he is Called “The National Hero Who Saved The Nation”?

By Siri Hettige The present political crisis in the country has risen as a result of the failure of the two main political parties to work together to bring about political reforms that the leaders of the present government promised to the people in the run up to the January 8 Presidential Election. But the …

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Yoshitha Rajapaksa and Sajin Vass Gunawardena Summoned by FCID About Alleged 4000 Million Fraud at Carlton Sports Network.

By Damith Wickremasekara Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa and MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena have been directed to appear before the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) next week for questioning on allegations of money laundering and failure to pay dues amounting to a staggering Rs. 4,000 million to the Government. A senior police officer …

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Opposition to Reiterate Demand for “Sacking”of Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran When Parliament Meets

Opposition politicians are reiterating demands that Central Bank (CB) Governor Arjuna Mahendran should be sacked over what they claim is the irregular Rs. 10 billion Treasury Bond deal, saying they were equally shocked that he had returned to work this week despite investigations that are pending. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Hela …

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President Sirisena Must Dissolve this “Irresponsible” Parliament Even if the 19 and 20 Amendments are passed

By Don Manu Greater hypocrisy hath no men than this, that men lay themselves down on the plush red carpeted floor in the Well of Parliament and have a rollicking good midnight feast, singing songs, playing cards and doing a spot of mimicry whilst ostensibly keeping an all-night vigil of protest in the name of …

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Will President Maithripala Sirisena make or Break the Sri Lanka Freedom Party this week?

Weeks of political uncertainty that thrust Sri Lanka on the road to instability are to end for good or for the worse next week. The good is if the 19A is passed in Parliament after a two-day debate due to begin tomorrow. It is to be followed by electoral reforms through a 20A within weeks. …

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Can President Sirisena Bring about Structural Change Through 19th and 20th Amendments and right to Information act?

by Malinda Seneviratne The much talked of 100 days of the ‘100 Days Program’ that was part of President Maithripala Sirisena’s election campaign is now completed. The President himself has come out with a statement which can be read as ‘observations on progress’ (see pages 4, 8 and 9). The Government claims that much was …

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President Maithripala Sirisena Completes First 100 Days in Office: How much of Work Program has been Achieved?

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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Eight Former Ministers Among 25 Persons to be Arrested for Bribery and Corruption Within Two weeks

By Indika Sri Aravinda Eight former Ministers will be arrested over the next two weeks over alleged involvement in bribery and corruption. Sources said that the former Ministers are among 25 people, including members of parliament, expected to be arrested during this period. Preliminary investigations into some members of the former government have now been …

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What Happened in Parliament on the Night Acolyte MP’s of Mahinda Rajapaksa Enjoyed Life with a “Protest” Party.

By Don Manu It’s Monday morning, April 20. Parliament is scheduled to take up the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, an amendment long overdue and long awaited. But the SLFP-led UPFA opposition has other things on its mind. The 19th Amendment can wait. So can the people. Far more important is to protest over the …

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President Sirisena a Simple son of the Soil Carries the Hopes of Most of his Country with him.

In the mid ’70s, when J.R. Jayewardene was challenging Sirima Bandaranaike for power, he was ridiculed for the way he said ‘koranawa’. In 1977, Ms. Bandaranaike — who presided over the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Colombo and chaired the movement — lost to JR. During the last presidential election campaign, Maithripala Sirisena was scoffed at …

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Line Dividing Civilization from Chaos has been Crossed by the Arrest of Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

By C.A.Chandraprema The arrest of former minister Basil Rajapaksa should be a cause for concern for all Sri Lankans. With that single ill-advised act we have now crossed the thin red line that divides civilization from chaos. No leader in post independence history had ever crossed that line no matter what. Chandrika Kumaratunga came very …

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The 100 Day Question is will President Sirisena call Rajapaksa Bluff by Dissolving Parliament?

by Rajan Philips If there is ever a time for political leadership to act in disregard of consensus, it is now. There was a time in Sri Lankan politics when that master rhetorician Colvin R. de Silva presaged the governing style of the SLFP-LSSP-CP United Front as one that would be “characterized not by consensus …

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Instead of Trying to pass Truncated 19th Amendment the UNP Should go for Parliamentary Elections

By C.A.Chandraprema President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the nation at 9.00 pm last Thursday to mark the conclusion of the new government’s 100 day programme. At the end of it, many people were left wondering why he addressed the nation all. In contrast to Sirisena’s confused meanderings, the interview that prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had on …

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President Sirisena has all the Options and can Trump both the UNP and/or Mahinda Fan Club by a few deft moves.

By Malinda Seneviratne The ‘100 days’ are done. Much of the key elements of the ‘program’ part of it remain undone. This should not worry President Maithripala Sirisena. An electorate that has been burdened by a draconian constitution for more than 36 years can wait a few months more. Indeed they have no option but …

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Ranjan Ramanayake wants “Helping Hambantota”Case Re-opened to Probe Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Alleged Abuse of 2004 Tsunami Funds

by Sandasen Marasinghe A complaint was made before the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption yesterday requesting to reopen an investigation against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on alleged misuse of tsunami funds in 2004, while he was the Prime Minister. Social Services, Welfare and Livestock Development Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake lodged the complaint …

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If Govt wants 2/3 Support for 19th Amendment , it Cannot Investigate Activities of Corrupt MP’s.

By Hemantha Warnakulasuriya The then opposition was campaigning to abolish the Executive Presidency, as most of the Govigama Buddhist majority and even the Christian minority could not accept the reality that Premadasa had been elected as the Executive President of Sri Lanka. Virtually, all powers of the Executive Presidency had been conferred upon Ranasingha Premadasa, …

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CV Wigneswaran Strongly Defends his Action Saying There was no Impropriety in his Writing to Narendra Modi

By T. Ramakrishnan Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Friday strongly defended his action of forwarding to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a representation, seeking the release of four convicts of a case of rape and murder, popularly called the Premananda case. Addressed to Mr. Modi, the petition was signed by five persons, including …

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Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran may have Broken Protocol by Writing Directly to Indian Prime Minister Modi

By P K Balachandran COLOMBO: Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran may have broken protocol when he officially wrote to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to consider releasing four Sri Lankan Tamils sentenced to life imprisonment in the 1994 Premananda rape and murder case, Lankan officials told Express. A Foreign Ministry official …

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Protest by Pro -Mahinda Ring of MP’s in Parliament Raises Doubts Whether 19th Amendment will be Passed

By Disna Mudalige A set of con artistes staged an all-night show at the House by the Diyawanna Oya providing entertainment and amusement to the spectators for a long time to remember. More than anything, they were keen on capturing photos and videos of their own drama with their high tech iPhones, iPads and mobile …

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Officials Will not Record Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Statement at his Residence as Ex-President is “not in a Position to do so”

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had sent a letter to the Chairman of the Bribery Commission stating he was not in a position to give a statement to the Commission as the commission had not informed him of the charges related to the inquiry. The Bribery Commission previously said it would visit the former President’s residence …

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Despite 116 Pro-Mahinda MP’s from UPFA Demanding Removal of Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe, the CIABOC Director-General Wont be Removed from Post

By Shamindra Ferdinando Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, yesterday said that Mrs Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe, Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) wouldn’t be removed. The Justice Minister was responding to a group of 116 Opposition members recently seeking Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s intervention to get rid of the top …

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The Three Brothers of Corruption Being Questioned at Three Places:Elder bro at Home, Younger bro by Police, Other Bro by Bribery Commission

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The end of a hundred days of *Yaha Palanaya *or Good Governance has produced some interesting developments in the whirligig of Sri Lankan politics. What strikes one most is the acceleration of the battle against corruption – with a sharper focus on those once considered untouchable by the forces of law and …

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27 Protesters Including 9 Buddhist Monks and 8 MP’s to be Produced in Courts for Violating Court Ruling Forbidding Such Demonstrations.

By Madura Ranwala Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya has directed the police to produce in court 27 persons, including nine Buddhist monks and eight MP’s involved on in Thursday’s protest opposite the Commisision to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC).

Mahinda Backs out of One on One Meeting with President Sirisena to Protest Harassment of “Rajapaksas” by Govt.

By Dasun Edirisinghe Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided against having one-on-one with President Maithripala Sirisena to protest against what he called continuing harassment of the Rajapaksas as well as senior officials of the previous administation. Dissident SLFPers yesterday said that former President Rajapaksa felt that there was no purpose in meeting the incumbent president. …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Says Parliament will be Dissolved if it Continues to Protect the Corrupt and Scuttle Constitutional Reform.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hit out against factions in Parliament that were trying to scuttle the 19th Amendment its key constitutional reforms, saying it was the same group that was also trying to prevent action being taken against corrupt officials. Addressing a meeting of UNP members at his offices in Temple Trees yesterday, the Prime …

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Basil Rajapaksa Shifts Blame for Corruption to Officials While Claiming Parliamentary Immunity for Himself” – Rajitha Senaratne

by Zacki Jabbar Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa had claimed parliamentary immunity while shifting the blame on officials when he was questioned by police on Wednesday night over allegedly siphoning off Divineguma funds running into billions of rupees. Government Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne speaking to a group of journalists after the weekly …

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“Those Waving Flags without Orange and Green Stripes were Racist Thieves Supporting Other Thieves”-Ajith P.Perera

By Dharisha Bastians High officials in the Government yesterday expressed shock at the distortion of the National Flag by pro-Rajapaksa protestors demonstrating in front of the Bribery Commission on Thursday. Crowds of protestors opposing a Bribery Commission investigation against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday, carried lion flags that were conspicuous by the absence …

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Remanded Basil Rajapaksa Transferred to Merchants Ward at Colombo National Hospital Due to “Heart Condition”

By Dharisha Bastians Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa who was remanded by the Kaduwela Magistrate on Wednesday (22), was transferred to the Colombo National Hospital yesterday. Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala, who refused bail to the former Minister of Economic Development late Wednesday, issued instructions that he was to be treated at the Prison Hospital. However, the …

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Northern C.M. Wigneswaran Requests Indian P.M.. Modi to Release Three Life Sentence Convicts In India Jailed for Raping 13 Women

By By S. Karthick CHENNAI: Chief minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province C V Wigneswaran has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release three life convicts in the sensational Swamy Premananda case. The three -Kamalananda, Balan alias Balendiran and Sathis alias Sathishkumar – were convicted and sentenced along with Premananda for raping 13 girls, …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Cheered by Demonstrators defying Magistrate Order Forbidding Protests Outside CIABOC Premises

by Shamindra Ferdinando Opposition activists led by Buddhist monks yesterday protested outside the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) demanding an immediate end to the persecution of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as well as other key members of the previous administration. The protest was launched against the CIABOC questioning Gotabhaya Rajapaksa …

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“I came to Remove the Unlimited Powers of the Executive President”- Address to Nation by President Maithripala Sirisena.

(Full Text of President Maithripala Sirisena’s Address to the Nation to Mark 100 Days in Office) On this occasion that marks 100 days since my election as President, I think it is proper that I address you as your first servant, appointed by you. Following the results of the Presidential Election on January 8 this …

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Pro – Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Elements Defy Courts Ban and Demonstrate Waving National Flags Without Orange and Green Strips Denoting Minorities.

By Dharisha Bastians The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption became the site of dramatic scenes again, when the former Defence Secretary and ex-Presidential sibling Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived at its offices on Bauddhaloka Mawatha last morning. Waving distorted versions of the National Flag and defying a Court order by the Colombo Chief Magistrate …

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Can Any large-scale Corruption Occur Without The Complicity of Professionals?

By Amrit Muttukumaru Large-Scale corruption will continue to thrive so long as professionals – particularly auditors and lawyers – (i) are not held accountable (ii) ‘named and shamed’ (iii) punished – for dereliction of duty and wrongdoing. Can any large-scale corruption occur without the complicity of professionals? Are not accountants and auditors the first line …

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Re -visiting the Central Bank Treasury Bond Issue Controversy

By Sam Samarasinghe and Dushyantha Mendis The Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs has on April 19 issued a press release announcing some findings of the three-member committee that Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe appointed”to look into matters related to the 30-year bond issued on February 27″ (PM’s special statement to Parliament, 17th March). The …

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M.A. Sumanthiran M.P. Files Bill in Parliament Seeking Ban on Mechanized Bottom Trawling in Sri Lankan Waters

A Bill prohibiting mechanized bottom trawling was filed in parliament on the 21st of April 2015 by M. A Sumanthiran, Member of Parliament. The Bill calls for the amendment of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act, No 2 of 1996. The Bill in essence proposes to prohibit trawling operations in Sri Lankan waters. The Bill …

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Govt Planning to Revive Paranthan Chemicals Factory in North at Cost Estimated Between US$ 300 to 400 Million Dollars

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen on Wednesday invited the local and the global private sector to invest between US$ 300- 400 Million to revive the northern factories of Paranthan Chemicals Company, successors to the Paranthan Chemicals Corporation He also told officials that the government was looking to restore the northern factories of Paranthan …

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MP’s “Protesting” in Parliament had Fried rice with Chicken/Fish Dinner, sang Songs, Danced, Played Cards, Watched TV and engaged in Mimicry

By W. K. Prasad Manju It was a special opportunity, a chance to visit a place where one had to dress in a particular manner and with no freedom to spend the night as one wished; certainly it would arouse the curiosity of all. For the first time in the history of Parliament, a protest …

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Tobacco Giant Philip Morris in Global Campaign Through Legal Action to Intimidate Countries and Prevent Anti-Smoking Measures.

By Tariq A. Al-Maeena Philip Morris is an American company gone global that produces cigarettes and tobacco products. It offers seven of the largest selling brands of cigarettes in the world including its most recognized and top seller, the Marlboro brand of cigarettes. The company has enjoyed unprecedented growth and success for many decades as …

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Protest in Parliament is Rearguard Action to Obstruct Probe into Bribery, Nepotism and Corruption of Rajapaksa Regime.

By Harim Peiris The defeated Rajapaksa regime has a few die hard-cheer leaders, about thirty SLFP Members of Parliament at the last count and leading them are a slightly lesser number of MP’s from the smaller constituent parties of the UPFA, such as the MEP, the NFF and the EPDP. Unable to accept the reality …

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Prof. GL Peiris Accuses CIABOC of Trying to Tarnish Image of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at Behest of UNP led Govt.

by Shamindra Ferdinando Alleging that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had been unfairly harassed by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris challenged the CIABOC to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the Central Bank bond scam. In a brief interview with The Island, Prof. Peiris …

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Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva Demands Removal of Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran from Post

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and MP John Seneviratne. pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja The Opposition would request the government to remove the Central Bank (CB) Governor Arjuna Mahendran over the scandal …

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Basil Rajapaksa, Dr.Nihal Jayatilleka and RRK Ranawaka Arrested and Remanded over Alleged Misappropriation of Divineguma Funds

By Madura Ranwala The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) yesterday evening arrested former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa over alleged misappropriation of Divineguma funds. The police took him into custody after having recorded his statement at FCID, Kollupitiya. The former minister returned to the country on Tuesday afternoon from the US after FCID sought a …

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“Boralugoda Sinhaya”Philip Gunawardena Tried to Blend Nationalism and Marxism Into “Jathika Samajavadaya”

By Uditha Devapriya It went on for more than one hour. It needn’t have but then again it didn’t lag. Time didn’t matter anyway. Everyone seemed to have come with a purpose. They had come to honour an icon. To remind themselves that his legacy continues. After all these years. The 43rd Commemoration of Philip …

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Do Indian Gods Shower Blessings on Leaders From Sri Lanka who Seek Favours by Doing Special Poojas?

by Upul Joseph Fernando Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who made a sudden visit to Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in India last week made an offering of 77 kilos of sandalwood. Mahinda also visited this Temple after his 2005 presidential victory and got onto a weighing machine. That photograph went viral on the electronic media. Ranil …

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Gotabhaya wants Maithripala to hold Elections and Appoint Mahinda as Prime Minister to have a “Functioning Govt”.

By P.K.Balachandran COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s once powerful Defense Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, wants President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join hands to give the island nation a “functioning government” and lift it from the abyss of political confusion and economic stagnation. “Maithripala Sirisena has been elected President for six years. Therefore, he will …

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Pro-Maithri Group and Pro-Mahinda Group in SLFP Trying to set up Meeting Between Both while Excluding Chandrika.

By Gagani Weerakoon In a bid to assuage the strained relationship between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and incumbent Maithripala Sirisena, two groups of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members are planning a meeting between the duo, a former minister in the Rajapaksa government said. However, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga will be kept away from the …

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“Shame on you.You Must not Use Parliament to Protect Thieves and Those Engaging in Corruption” – Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Sandasen Marasinghe, Irangika Range and Disna Mudalige Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday requested opposition members not to use Parliamentary privileges to protect thieves and persons engaged in corruption. He made this observation in Parliament joining a debate following a statement by UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa. The Prime Minister said the people in the country …

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116 MP’s Demand Removal of CIABOC Director-General Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe for Alleged Abuse of Power

By Saman Indrajith A substantive motion signed by 116 members of the Opposition MPs and handed over to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa in Parliament yesterday demanded the removal of Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe from the post of Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption on charges of abusing the powers of the …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says Some Elements in new Govt are Conspiring to Destroy his Reputation by Summoning him to Bribery Commission.

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Monday (20) said some elements within the ranks of the new government were all out to destroy his reputation. Rajapaksa said a move to summon him and his brother to the Bribery Commission was also a part of the conspiracy. During an exclusive interview with Ada Derana, Rajapaksa claimed …

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Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa Announces that CIABOC Officials will Record Mahinda rajapaksa Statement at his Residence Instead of Summon ing him to Commission.

By Saman Indrajith Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa told Parliament yesterday that he had been informed by the Minister of Justice that the latter would instruct officials of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) to visit former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his residence instead of summoning him to obtain a statement on appointing …

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Arrivals Lounge Closed as over 3000 Gather at Airport to Welcome Basil Rajapaksa Returning from the USA

By Shamindra Ferdinando Former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa, MP, will appear before the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) today (April 22). Immediately after having returned from the US, Gampaha District MP Rajapaksa declared his readiness to face the on-going investigation. The former SLFP National Organiser returned from the US in the wake of FCID …

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Because some MP’s Protest in Parliament the Speaker has no right to summon Bribery Commission officials says Justice Minister.

By Saman Indrajith Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe yesterday said that Speaker had no powers to summon the officials of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption to Parliament just because MPs staged a protest. Addressing a press conference at the office of the Leader of the House in the Parliament Complex, the Minister …

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19th Constitutional Amendment Debate and Vote Postponed to April 27th and 28th After Party Leaders Emergency Meeting with President

Putting the crucial 19th Amendment at risk, the Parliament adjourned yesterday without debating it but agreed to take it up on 27 April. The decision to postpone the debate was reached following an emergency party leaders meeting held with the President. The 19th Amendment will be taken up for debate on 27 and 28 April …

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UPFA Group of Pro-Mahinda MP’s Collecting Signatures for Impeachment Motion Against President Sirisena in bid to Block Parliament Dissolution.

The UPFA MPs who started a protest in the Parliament on Monday were collecting signatures for an impeachment motion against President Maithripala Sirisena, highly placed political sources told Asian Mirror. Once an impeachment motion is accepted by the Speaker, the president will not be able to dissolve the parliament. An MP who was involved in …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Will “Ignore” Summons Issued by Bribery Commission and not Appear Before it.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not appear before an anti-bribery commission investigating allegations that he may have illegally induced a rival to support his campaign during the recent presidential elections. Rajapaksa will ignore a summons to appear on 24 April because the exact nature of the complaint and the person making the allegations have not …

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Only Naive Idiots will Believe Maithripala Sirisena will want Mahinda Rajapaksa as his Prime Minister

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “…..to hold in a single thought reality and justice” – W.B. Yeats (A Vision) The Governor of the Central Bank was summoned to the Bribery Commission and grilled for six hours. A three-month travel ban was imposed on him. That one incident demonstrates how far we have progressed since 8 January. The …

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Ranil’s Vision of all Political Parties Forming a National Govt Together may Turn out to be a new model of “Elected Authoritarianism”.

By Prof.Jayadeva Uyangoda One of the most interesting themes to have emerged in the present political debate in Sri Lanka is the idea of Jaathika Anduwa, or National Government. The concept of National Government is not a new one. The credit for its retrieval in the current political context of Sri Lanka goes to Prime …

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Court Verdict Blocks all Avenues of Returning to Position of Power for Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Don Manu If it was the closest Ranil Wickremesinghe would get to be President all but in name, it was the nearest Mahinda Rajapaksa could have reached to enjoy executive powers again in a new role as prime minister and act as de facto president. But with the Supreme Court dictated dilution that redefined …

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Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa Summons Bribery Commission D-G Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe to Parliament Over Summoning of Mahinda Issue.

Speaker summons Bribery Commission Chief to Parliament By Ashwin Hemmathagama Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday summoned the Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe to Parliament. Rajapaksa has summoned the Director General following protests displayed by about 60 members of the Opposition in Parliament. The Opposition members have …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa can get Restraining Order Against Bribery Commission Summoning Him says Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament.

By Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa could obtain a restraining order against the Bribery Commission summoning the latter. The opposition MPs shouted when the Premier said so in response to the Opposition MPs’s call for an end to harassing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. At the time …

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UPFA Group of MP’s Commence Hunger Strike Within Parliament Demanding an end to Political Witchhunt against Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

By Saman Indrajith Opposition MPs and some ministers of the UPFA commenced a continuous fast in the Well of Parliament yesterday demanding that the government immediately put an end to what they called a political witch hunt against Opposition politicians including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and ex-defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The hunger strike commenced in …

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India’s Justice System Works Speedily for Ex-Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa While Lesser Mortals Languish with Law’s Delays.

By Sandhya Ravishankar As of 2014, there were a whopping 3.13 crore cases pending in all courts across India. Of these, a minimum of around 9% have been pending in various courts for at least 10 years. Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa certainly belonged to that 9% until September 27, 2014. …

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1915: Centenary Year of Alleged Armenian Genocide by Turkey

By Richard Falk Of the many current concerns associated with historic wrongs, none is more salient these days than the long simmering tensions between modern Turkey and the Armenian diaspora (and the state of Armenia). And none so convincingly validates the assertion of the great American novelist, William Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It’s …

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Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa Summoned by Bribery Commission on April 22, 23 and 24 for Recording of Statements.

By Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been asked to report to the Bribery Commission (BC) this week to record statements over various allegations against them, highly placed sources said. They said Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was asked to report to the BC on Wednesday, April 22 and 23 …

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3 -member Committe Appointed by Ranil Finds Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had no Direct Role in the Bond Tender Issue

Aided by a three-member all-lawyer investigative committee, the Government yesterday bared who should get the blame for February’s 30-year Treasury Bond fiasco whilst recommending further investigations. In a media release, the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, after nearly a holiday-filled week since the receipt of the report, said that the committee of eminent …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Challenges Govt to Prove that Secret Bank Accounts Abroad with Billions of Dollars are Maintained by him, Wife shiranthi or sons Namal, Yoshitha or Rohitha.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has challenged the government to substantiate its claim that he, his wife, Shiranthi or sons, Namal, Yoshitha or Rohitha maintained ‘illegal or secret offshore accounts in any foreign bank’ The following is the full text of statement issued by the former President: “Prominent members of the government have been spreading rumours …

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Despite his Flaws Mahinda is arguably the most loved post-Independence Leader this Country has Produced.

By Malinda Seneviratne Thousands and thousands visiting ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa is no longer news. He is arguably the most loved post-Independence leader this country has known; this despite all his many flaws, it must be added. What is ‘news’ and continues to make news is the fact that in an opposition-less context opposition to the …

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Maithripala Sirisena Turning his back on those who Helped Elect him is the Mother of all Political Betrayals.

By C.A.Chandraprema Immediately after the New Year holidays, events are once again moving faster than they can be written about. The Avurudu festivities would have shown the entire country which way the cookie is crumbling. The only public appearance that President Maithripala Sirisena made during the festivities was at the oil anointing ceremony. He was …

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British Opposition Leader Ed Miliband Incurs Wrath of UK Sinhala Association for Greeting the Tamil Community Alone for New Year

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London British opposition leader Ed Miliband singling out only Tamils to extend his good wishes for Sinhala and Tamil New Year has run into criticism from Sinhalese domiciled in the UK. “Miliband showed political immaturity by wishing one community when it’s national festival celebrated by both Sinhalese and Tamils”, says Douglas …

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UNP Performance Found Wanting as Govt Takes Stock After Being in Power for 100 days

By C.A.Chandraprema The first 100 days is now officially over. The UNP too should take stock of their performance in running the country. For some reason the UNP seems unable to handle the simplest of situations. Take that embarrassing episode of some 130 workers who had their services terminated in the Highways Ministry. One would …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe in “veshti” and “Mundu”Offers his Weight (77kg) in Sandalwood as “Thulabaram” at Guruvaayoor Srikrishna Temple in Kerala.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the Guruvayur Sreekrishna Temple in Kerala yesterday.He was accompanied by his wife, Maitree, and Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D. M. Swaminathan. The Prime Minister and his team arrived at the Sreevalsam Guest House of the Guruvayur Devaswom around 11-15 a.m., Indian media reported. He changed …

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Tanya Ekanayake Marks Another Milepost in Musical Career with release of Debut Album “Reinventions: Rhapsodies for Piano”

By Namali Premawardhana Tanya Ekanayaka launched a debut album of her own composition for solo piano, titled “Reinventions: Rhapsodies for Piano”, on March 30. The album contains seven tracks which have all been composed and performed by Tanya herself, and was released under the most prestigious classical recording label: NAXOS (Grand Piano). “I look back …

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“Siri Aiya” the Great Survivor: Saga of JVP Stalwart Somawansa Amarasinghe

By Dharman Wickremaratne In the late 1980s the Janatha vimukthi peramuna(JVP) was active only in 19 out of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts. It was not present in the five districts of the North and Batticaloa District in the East. Accordingly there were 19 JVP District Secretaries. The Central Committee comprised politburo members, district secretaries and …

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Blunders Committed by India in Dealing with Veluppillai Prabhakaran and the LTTE During the IPKF Period.

By DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Gen VK Singh’s forthright critique on Tuesday, 14th April (Sinhala and Tamil New Year’s day) in Raipur, India, of the IPKF experience and his shocking revelation that Prabhakaran was let off the hook on orders from above on more than one occasion when the IPKF had information on his whereabouts, prompts …

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Tamil and Muslim Parties Feel Betrayed by some of the Electoral Reform Proposals says DPF Leader Mano Ganesan.

(Tamil and Muslim parties feel betrayed says DPF leader and national executive council member Mano Ganesan in a media statement. The full text of the press release issued by the DPF media office is given below) Parties representing Tamil and Muslim people in this country were against the abolition of the executive presidency. This was …

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“Deshapalana Negam Yaama” of UPFA Politicos with Pingos of Political Desperation to Greet Mahinda Rajapaksa in Tangalle

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake “Negam Yaama” or the visiting of family, relatives and friends is an important tradition of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year festivity. It helps strengthen existing relations, promotes goodwill, erases enmities and draws new people into the circle of relatives and friends. With politics, embracing almost all aspects of life in Sri …

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Passport of Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran to be Impounded by CIABOC Investigating Bribery and Corruption.

By Shiran Ranasinghe The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) had decided to impound the passport of Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, a senior official of the commission said yesterday. He said the decision had been conveyed to the Department of Immigration and Emigration. The CIABOC summoned Mahendran and questioned him for …

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Senior MP’s from SLFP Pressurising President Sirisena not to Dissolve Parliament on April 20th

by Zacki Jabbar With President Maithripala Sirisena stating that Parliament would be dissolved after the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, a crucial SLFP parliamentary group has been scheduled for Sunday. Senior SLFP sources told The Island yesterday that the people had given a mandate to serve them for six years and they did not want …

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Only Countries Without the “Tamil Factor” in their Societies are Suitable for Mediation in Sri Lanka – Dayan Jayatilleka

By P.K.Balachandran COLOMBO: India is “structurally unsuited” to be mediator or facilitator in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict because it is subject to the “emotional and electoral power” of one of its constituent states, namely, Tamil Nadu, argues former Lankan envoy at the UN in Geneva, Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka. “ The emotional and electoral power of …

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Sri Lanka’s First Open Air Zoo Ceremonially Opened at Pinnawela by Ministers Navin Dissanayake and Kabir Hashim.

Sri Lanka’s first open air and second National Zoological Garden was ceremoniously opened yesterday adjacent to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage by Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake and Investment Promotion, Highways and Higher Education Minister Kabir Hashim. In line with modern zoo concepts, the Pinnawala Open Air Zoo has been designed and established on 44 …

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What has President Sirisena Achieved in his First Three Months in Office?

By Taylor Dibbert In early January, Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa was thrown out of office. Rajapaksa, a two-term president who had ruled since 2005, allegedly abused state resources throughout the election campaign and few predicted he would lose. Though Rajapaksa still won a majority of Sinhalese votes (the overwhelming ethnic majority in a country whose …

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Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Prepares for Political Comeback in Sri Lanka

From Amantha Perera in Hambantota and Jason Burke in Delhi Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former president of Sri Lanka, is planning to stand in parliamentary polls to launch an attempt to return to power, aides have said. The veteran politician, who suffered a surprise defeat in snap presidential polls he called in January this year, has …

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57 Parliamentarians Visit Mahinda Rajapaksa in Tangalle to Greet him for the Sinhala-Tamil New Year.

Around 57 Parliamentarians visited former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his Carlton House in Tangalle to extend their greetings to Rajapaksa for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. According to media reports, former Ministers and MPs Dullas Alahapperuma, Bandula Gunawardena, Kumara Welgama, Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardane, T.B. Ekanayake, Arundika Fernando, Prof. G.L. …

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” Yes.We do Have a Problem with Ranil Wickremesinghe”- Patali Champika Ranawaka

By Chamitha Kuruppu The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) claims that the proposed 19th Amendment is a constitutional blunder created by Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and the United National Party. Minister of Power and Energy and JHU bigwig Patali Champika Ranawaka said the sole purpose of the 19th Amendment was to dissolve Parliament without getting it passed. …

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Ex – Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe Quits JVP to Form New party with Two JVP Ex-Parliamentarians

by Chamikara Weerasinha Former leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Somawansa Amarasinghe said he will resign from the JVP to form a new party. Amarasinghe said yesterday that the decision was made on the grounds that the party failed to represent the true aspirations of the people. “It looks as if the party does …

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Are “Naxalite”groups in India Getting Sophisticated Arms Via Sea Route from Sri Lanka?

By Rajnish Sharma Central intelligence agencies have launched a major investigation into a “specific tip-off” that Naxals were now getting sophisticated weapons through the sea route from Sri Lanka. Top intelligence sources claimed that they had received information some time back that Naxals were routing arms and ammunition through the sea route through an arms …

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Nimal Mendis the Composer-Lyricist who Created Perennial Favourite Song “Master Sir” Passes Away at 81.

Nimal Mendis, well known as the lyricist and composer of the classic masterpiece ‘Master Sir’ passed away earlier today. Born on March 29, 1934, Mendis was involved with music from his early childhood. Nimal Mendis shaped his work by using Sri Lankan folk idiom. He used folk music and mixed them with western overtones. He …

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Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran Questioned for Six Hours at Bribery Commission Over Treasury Bonds Issue Concerning son in law.

The Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran was today questioned by the Bribery Commission for about six hours in connection with the sale of Central Bank Bonds. Mr. Mahendran arrived at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption at 9.00 a.m. and was questioned until 3.30 p.m. after which a statement was recorded. A …

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“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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Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Govt Preparing to Backtrack on Pledge to Abolish Executive Presidency

By Pani Wijesiriwardena The minority United National Party (UNP)-led government in Sri Lanka has been thrown into crisis after being forced to put off the parliamentary debate over its proposed 19th amendment to the constitution. Debate was due to take place on Thursday and Friday. The postponement was a result of infighting between ruling and …

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The Media in Sri Lanka: “The more things change, the more they stay the same”?

By Sashi Kumar THERE may be a nostalgic colouring to this, but well into the 1980s it seemed that there was a vibrant public intellectualism in force in Sri Lanka that engaged with the ethnic question in a reasoned, bold and fair-minded manner. Scholars like Kumari Jayawardena, Karthigesu Sivathamby, Charles Abeysekara, Radhika Coomaraswamy, Sunil Bastian …

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President Sirisena Emphasises Unity and Peace in Special Message Issued for Traditional April New Year.

As Sri Lanka celebrated its national New Year on Tuesday, President Maithripala Sirisena said important strides were being taken to realise the need for unity among all people. In his message to mark the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Mr. Sirisena said that by giving prominence to religious and cultural traditions and the best …

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Split Verdict by Supreme Court In Jayalalithaa Disproportionate Assets Case Rattles “Amma” and Worries Her AIADMK Party

By Sandhya Ravishankar The AIADMK is a worried lot. Especially after the Supreme Court on Wednesday announced a split verdict in a case filed by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (DMK) General Secretary Anbazhagan seeking removal of the Special Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh in Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate assets case, currently on appeal in the Karnataka High Court. …

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Is There a Sell-out Being Perpetrated by the Ranil -Mangala Dispensation?

By DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA It was none other—and no less—than Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who in an interesting article in the world press, provides us with the key phrase in understanding what’s going on in this country, how we came to be at this point, who benefits and who were probably involved, what the agenda is …

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Nobel Prize Winning Writer Gunter Grass Described as Germany’s Moral Conscience Passes Away at 87

By STEPHEN KINZER Günter Grass, the German novelist, social critic and Nobel Prize winner whom many called his country’s moral conscience but who stunned Europe when he revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, died on Monday in the northern German city of Lübeck, which had …

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Most Tamil Moderates, Liberals and Progressives are Tamils First, and Moderates, Liberals and Progressives Later.

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA AVURUDU THOUGHTS: AN UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION In a splendidly timed gift for Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Ed Miliband, the head of the British Labour Party, the Leader of the Opposition and a possible Prime Minister of the UK after the general election this year, pledged to “push’ for an international inquiry …

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Sinhala Film About Tamil Epic “Silappadhikaram” by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne Features Indian Actress Pooja Umashankar as Kannagi and Lankan Beauty Queen Aruni Rajapaksa as Madhavi.

By P.K.Balachandran COLOMBO: A star-studded and big budget Sinhalese film on Kannagi, the feisty heroine of the Tamil classic Silappadhikaram, is to hit screens across Sri Lanka soon. Titled Paththini, as Kannagi is known in Lanka, the film is directed by Prof.Sunil Ariyaratne, a veteran with 20 feature films under his belt. South Indian star …

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Deputy Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe Abuses Malaini Fonseka the Queen of Sinhala Cinema in Raw Filth

By Don Manu Tut. Tut. What’s all this stink blowing in the wind from Diyawanna Oya about a young buck from the hills unleashing a torrent of filthy abuse upon a hapless, little old lady old enough to be his mother? And that, too, in a personal aside cast in the august House of Parliament, …

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Andhra Pradesh Police Kill 20 Woodcutters from Tamil Nadu at Chittoor in Suspected Fake Encounter

By Madhavi Tata On December 5, 2014, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, fresh from a tour of Japan, organised a lunch for journalists. As he wrapped up over coffee, Naidu started outlining his government’s policies. One of the issues he spoke of at length was the smuggling of red sandalwood, valued alike as fine …

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“Voice Against Corruption”to take Legal Action Through Courts in Singapore Against Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.

Voice against Corruption is to file legal action against Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran in Singaporean High Courts on violation of emigration laws of that country, its Convener Wansantha Samarasinghe said. Mr. Samarainghe told Daily Mirror that legal experts of Voice against Corruption are planning to file action against Mr. Mahendran in Singaporean Courts for …

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President Sirisena and I as Prime Minister are Determined to Rebuild Sri lanka as a Free Society with the World’s Aid

By Ranil Wickremesinghe Winning a war or revolution, only to lose the subsequent peace, is one of the grim political truths of our time. In Iraq, a quick military victory over Saddam Hussein’s regime soon gave way to insurgency, civil war and the rise of the murderous Islamic State. In Libya, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, …

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Wild Donkeys of Kalpitiya Facing Extinction in an Environment of Accelerated Urbanization

Story and pix by Padma Kumari Kankanamge. The wild donkeys of Kalpitiya may soon become extinct with the area getting urbanized fast. With the sand dunes and the lagoon areas being taken over for industrial purposes, the favourite haunts of the wild donkeys are disappearing. Suddenly the animals which used to haul salt in the …

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Over 5 MP’s Aligned to Mahinda Rajapaksa Planning to Switch Sides are now Engaged in Secret Talks with President Sirisena

By Rasika Somarathna Over five Parliamentarians of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), who previously aligned themselves with the group supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, are now holding discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena’s associates to switch allegiance, highly placed political sources told the Daily News. The group is likely to back President Sirisena, Chairman of …

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“Ground Water Around Chunnakam Power Station is Contaminated with Oil and Unsuitable for Drinking” -Rauff Hakeem in Parliament

By Gagani Weerakoon and Skandha Gunasekara Minister of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage, Rauff Hakeem said in Parliament yesterday that a report compiled by the Ministry had revealed that… … ground water surrounding the Chunnakam power plant was contaminated with oil and was not suitable for drinking. Responding to a question raised by leader …

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How ITAK Leader SJV Chelvanayagam and ACTC Leader GG Ponnambalam Competed to Welcome Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake to Jaffna in 1967

By Janaka Perera Former Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake passed away 42 years ago on April 13, the day prior to the Sinhala-Tamil New Year Day. Whatever the mistakes he may have made, he was one of the very few national leaders who did not use his position to amass personal wealth or abuse power. z_p06-How-Jaffna.jpgThis …

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