Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Compares Canadian Situation after Terrorist Attacks to What Prevailed in Sri Lanka Before July 1983.

by Shamindra Ferdinando Regretting the loss of lives due to unprecedented terrorist attacks in Canada during the week, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said the situation there was very much similar to that of Sri Lanka in the early 80s. The Defence Secretary likened the threat faced by Canada to the situation that prevailed in …

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President Rajapaksa Insulted Tamils by Describing the TNA as a Dog in the Manger-MA Sumanthiran M.P.

By Ananth Palakidnar Q : What is your opinion on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) annulling the restrictive measures taken against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)? A: The European Court of Justice in its verdict has stated that the objective test which had been carried out by the Council and Commission of …

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American Jesuit Priest Fr.Harry Miller,Resident in Batticaloa for 66 Years Given Citizens Peace Award for 2014.

The National Peace Council has awarded its Citizens Peace Award for 2014 to Reverend Father Benjamin Henry Miller for his long years of service to the war affected people of Sri Lanka, especially during the period of war. Since 1948, when Fr Miller, known as Harry, arrived at the Jesuit Mission in Batticaloa from the …

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Seven Reasons to Worry About Sri Lanka’s new Legislation restricting Foreign Ownership of Land.

By The “Curionomist” “Whereas in furtherance of the development policies being promoted by the Government in the backdrop of a globally integrated environment, it is deemed expedient and necessary to ensure the prudent use of land which is a limited resource, in a manner that preserves the national interest” This is the opening section of …

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Present Parliament may be Extended for Six Years more by a Referendum after Presidential elections Hints Govt Minister.

By Rashini Mendis After the next Presidential Election is held early January, the government could hold a referendum to extend the life of the present Parliament by a further six years, under powers vested in the Executive, Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation, Jayaratne Herath hinted. He made this observation during an event to …

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Mahinda went to Vatican to Ensure that Pope Francis Visited Sri Lanka in January 2015 Despite Presidential elections being Held.

By Upul Joseph Fernando The visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka still hangs in the balance. This uncertainty is also apparent in a letter sent to the President by Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. The Cardinal had inquired from the President to inform him whether the Pope should arrive or not, in case …

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European Union Monitoring Sri Lanka Closely Discloses David Daley the EU Envoy in Colombo.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The European Union (EU) is closely monitoring the recent developments in Sri Lanka, including the domestic reconciliation process. EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, David Daly, told Ceylon Today, that the Presidential Commission appointed to probe the missing persons is a recent development and the EU has always encouraged …

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Can Karu Jayasuriya Re-position Himself as the most Viable Alternative to Mahinda Rajapaksa?

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Do you watch ‘Boston Legal’? We do, by which I mean my wife Sanja and I, and we like it. Of course it is one of the few programs we enjoy equally, since she finds my favorites, such as ‘True Detective’, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘The Bridge’, and ‘Sons of Anarchy’, which reflect …

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“Grim Reminder that Canada is not Immune to these types of Attacks but we will not be Intimidated” – Stephen Harper.

(Address to the Nation by Stephen Harper the Prime Minister of Canada in Ottawa) “My fellow Canadians, for the second time this week there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil. “Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa has very big head start as battle lines get Drawn for Presidential Poll.

By Dharisha Bastians Battle lines will be drawn this week when President Mahinda Rajapaksa moves to present his Government’s Budget for 2015, setting the stage for his re-election campaign, expected to kick off officially about six weeks from now. It is the country’s worst kept secret that the Budget presentation has been advanced by several …

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Catholic Church in State of Confusion about Pope Francis Visit to Sri Lanka as President Rajapaksa has not replied Cardinal Malcolm ranjith’s Letter seeking Clarification on Elections.

By Rashini Mendis and Lakshmi Jayakody Confusion reigns heavy over next January’s planned visit of Pope Francis, with the Catholic Church at crossroads, following the delay by the government to confirm, whether the presidential election is likely to coincide with the Pope’s visit. Catholic Church spokesman Rev, Cyril Gamini told our sister paper Mawbima that …

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Acts Specified in Article 2 of Genocide Convention have Been Undeniably Perpetrated on the Tamil People -Tamil National Alliance.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), in a special statement today, has noted that acts specified in article 2 of the Genocide Convention of 1948 have undeniably been perpetrated on the Tamil people by functionaries of the Sri Lankan state over several decades. The TNA however said it would be improper and inappropriate for the Northern …

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Attack in War Memorial and Parliament at Canada’s Capital Ottawa: One Soldier and Assailant killed. One security guard injured. Over 30 shots fired in shocking incident

By Les Whittington& Joanna Smith OTTAWA — A Canadian soldier was killed and a Parliament Hill security guard wounded Wednesday morning in a chaotic attack on the nation’s capital that police believe involved more than one assailant. One assailant was killed. Shootings occurred at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill. Contrary to early reports, …

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Shooting in Parliament and War Memorial in Ottawa by Dark-complexioned man wearing scarf:Timeline of Events

By Sarah Boesveld TIMELINE OF EVENTS 9:52 a.m. Gunfire at the National War Memorial. Reporter there said he saw one man go down and another run. He heard four shots. 9:54 a.m. Gunfire in Parliament’s Centre Block. 9:56 a.m. Reports of dozens of shots fired in Parliament. A reporter sees a motionless body on the …

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Ben Bradlee the Crusading Editor of “Washington Post” who Directed Coverage of Watergate Scandal dies at 93.

By MARILYN BERGEROCT & Ashley Southall Ben Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post’s exposure of the Watergate scandal that led to the fall of President Richard M. Nixon and that stamped him in American culture as the quintessential newspaper editor of his era — gruff, charming and tenacious — died on Tuesday. He was …

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20 Injured,3 Hospitalised as Police use Rubber bullets, Batons, Water Cannon and Tear Gas to Stop Undergraduates Protesting in Parliament.

A female undergraduate was hit in the abdomen with a tear gas canister fired at close range when the police yesterday (21) brutally attacked students from all State universities who marched to Parliament seeking solutions for their legitimate demands. Police Special Task Force (STF) and Anti-Riot Squad personnel unleashed a vicious barrage of rubber bullets …

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LTTE Revival Attempt leader Theiveegan’s mother Rajithamalar Sundaralingam (57) Stopped at Katunayake from Going to Canada with Valid visa.

By Shamindra Ferdinando LTTE members and supporters active overseas had launched a special project to secure asylum for close relatives of dead LTTE cadres, a senior security official alleged yesterday. The official was responding to a query by The Island regarding the arrest of Sundaralingam Rajithamalar (57), mother of Sundaralingam Kajeepan alias Thevihan killed during …

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GL Peiris States Geneva Ambassador Residence Contract was not given to Person with LTTE links and that Kshenuka Seneviratne was not Involved in deal.

External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday strongly defended Foreign Secretary Kshenuka Seneviratne as regards the renovation of the official residence of the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in Geneva in 2009. Full text of the media statement issued by the Ministry of External affairs is as follows- “Extensive publicity has been given during …

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“Remote Control Rule” in Tamil Nadu with Panneerselvam as Puppet Chief Minister and Jayalalithaa as Controlling Puppeteer.

by N Sathiya Moorthy While there is likely no bar on Jayalalithaa meeting with Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his cabinet colleagues, she may not see senior government officials or see official files. By asking J Jayalalithaa to direct her All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam party cadres not to indulge in acts of violence …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe and Champika Ranawaka Must Engage and Bring the UNP and JHU Together.

By Vishwamithra 1984 An Open letter to Ranil W and Champika R… “I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.” ~Andrew Carnegie This missive is addressed to Ranil Wickremesinghe and Champika Ranawaka, the Leaders of the United National Party (UNP) …

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Saying 54 Committed Suicide&139 Died of Heart Attack Due to her Arrest,Jayalalithaa Orders 300,000 Rupees to each Family.

Putting up a brave front, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Sunday assured party workers that she will come out of the present case as she had successfully faced many challenges, saying her “public life amounted to swimming in a sea of inferno.” In her first statement after walking out of the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison at …

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Rajapaksa Regime Continues to Increase Fuel,Electricity and Gas Prices after Winning Every Election”-Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Dharisha Bastians The United National Party had built a middle class in Sri Lanka that the Rajapaksa administration has destroyed over the past decade, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe charged yesterday. Speaking to UNP polling agents in Kotte yesterday, Wickremesinghe claimed that while President Mahinda Rajapaksa had promised that the savings from concluding the war …

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Superstar Rajnikanth Writes to Jailed-bailed Jayalalithaa Greeting her as “respected Jayalalithaaji”and wishing her “Happy Deepavali”.

By B. Aravind Kumar & Sruthisagar Yamunan A very personal and touching greetings by actor Rajinikanth and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi to AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Sunday have given a jolt to Tamil Nadu BJP. In his letter, Mr. Rajinikanth, who is being wooed by the State BJP for several months now, said he …

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Govt charge that Ranil Wickremesinghe met LTTE Diaspora Representatives is”an Outright Lie” states UNP Leadership council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya M.P.

By Dharisha Bastians The United National Party has hit out against allegations by the Government that the main opposition party had been involved in a recent court ruling lifting sanctions against the LTTE in the European Union, calling it petty politicking for the forthcoming election season. UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya said in a …

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Pvt Transport Minister C.B.Ratnayake Admits Lifting of EU Ban on LTTE will Boost Mahinda’s Election Campaign while Collecting Signatures for Petition against the move.

By Franklin R. Satyapalan Minister of Private Transport C.B. Ratnayake said yesterday that the European Court of Justice decision to lift the European Union Ban on the LTTE would have adverse effect on the initiatives taken by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to establish peace in the country. It would however unwittingly boost President Rajapaks’a bid to …

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UPFA Gen Secy and Cabinet Minister Susil Premjayantha Confirms Presidential Election will be held in January 2015.

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa UPFA General Secretary and Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premjayantha yesterday confirmed that the presidential election would take place in January next year. Addressing the media at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Head Office in Colombo he said that the election would not be an issue for the scheduled visit …

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Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran sends out Confusing and Contradictory Signals to India.

By N Sathiya Moorthy In a single stroke, Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Tamil Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran seems to have sent out confusing and contradictory signals to India. On the one hand, he wants India to play an active role in finding a ‘political solution’ to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka. On the …

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Jan 2015 Visit by Pope Francis to Sri Lanka may not take place if Presidential Elections are Scheduled a month before or after Pope Coming to Island.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, has sought President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s early advice whether the visit of Pope Francis should go ahead or be cancelled in the light of the upcoming presidential election. The three-day visit is scheduled to begin on January 13 next year. The request has gone in the form of a …

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Loan Conditions Eased by China in Return for Operating rights to four berths in Hambantota harbour Next Year

By Namini Wijedasa News that Sri Lanka had granted Chinese state-owned companies operating rights to four berths at the Hambantota Port once they are completed next year has caught the shipping industry unawares. There had been no tenders or prior announcements. But Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Priyath B Wickrama says the Government had agreed …

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Govt Officials in North Boycott Opening of Mobile Service by Chief Minister Because Wigneswaran Boycotted President Rajapaksa.

Central Government officials boycotted a Northern Provincial Council mobile service, in what has been described as tit-for-tat, after Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran kept away from the District Development Council (DDC) meeting presided over by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Jaffna on Monday. The mobile service was organised in Nedunkerny in Vavuniya to resolve public problems …

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UNP Formulates 7 Point Minimum Common Programme for Enlisting Support to Contest Presidential Elections

The poll fever at last has extended to the main Opposition. The United National Party is also making a strong effort to go into election mode. One of the moves the party initiated this week is a shift in posture. It now wants it known that it has still not formally named a presidential candidate …

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“A Pure Tomorrow Movement” Athureliye Rathana Thera’s “Ultimatum to President rajapaksa is Backed by Jathika Hela Urumaya

It is less than a handful who could muster such a political event with the hierarchy of the Government and the main Opposition in attendance.If that was a feat last Tuesday, the blunt message delivered by the convener was unsurpassed. A touch of irony was that it came from a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) …

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Resumption of Train Service Provides Northern Farmers and Fishers Fresh Opportunities to Market Their Produce Effectively.

By Arjuna Hulugalle For those who have ceaselessly worked over the years to maintain the integrity of the country in its broadest sense, seeing the old, the young and the children waving the national flag gave hope for Peace, Unity and Stability in our nation. The train to Jaffna had brought with it a long …

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Travelling by Train Between North and South in the good old days without any Fanfare

by A C B Pethiyagoda “Jaffna, here I come” proclaims President Mahinda Rajapaksa with arms lifted high as the Yal Devi Express comes into the Jaffna Railway Station after a lapse of 24 years. This was the caption of the front page picture in The Island newspaper on Tuesday 14 with all other newspapers and …

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Why President Rajapaksa is Disqualified to Contest Presidential Polls a Third time.

By Dr Reeza Hameed President Rajapakse’s eligibility to seek a third term as President has become a contentious issue ever since former Chief Justice Sarath Silva declared several weeks ago that President Rajapakse is legally barred from contesting a third time. Some commentators have challenged Sarath Silva’s views and Chinthaka Mendis was one of them …

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European Conspiracy to Condemn Sri Lanka for Human Rights Violations while Removing Ban on the LTTE

by C.A.Chandraprema The fact that the General Court of the European Court of Justice has rendered invalid the listing of the LTTE as a terrorist organization in the EU has caused much consternation in Sri Lanka. It has to be noted that bodies like the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the European Court of …

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UNP must get all opposition parties to support the UNP nominee for Presidential elections as the common candidate.

By C.A.Chandraprema It now seems almost a certainty that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will be contesting Mahinda Rajapaksa even though the UNP’s decision making bodies have not yet made a formal decision to that effect. Those who were in favour of the UNP leader contesting the presidential poll under the green colour and the elephant …

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President Rajapaksa sending clear signals to Sinhala-Buddhist constituency that he is standing between Sri Lanka and Tamil separatism

By N Sathiya Moorthy The decision of Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran to boycott all functions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his politico-administrative turf seems to have been born out of sheer Tamil frustration at not being able to get their constitutional due under 13-A. So should be the Northern Provincial Council decision …

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“Ravana Balaya” Buddhist Monks led by Saddhatissa Thera Clash with Foreign Employment Bureau Chairman Amal Senadhilankara.

By Nirmala Kannangara General Secretary of Ravana Balaya, Ven. Saddhatissa Thera accused the management of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) of failing to ensure the safety of migrant workers in Middle East countries. Following last Thursday’s incident at the SLBFE where the Buddhist monks led by Saddhatissa Thera had a heated argument with …

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Sajin Vaas Gunawardane Keeps Silent when Journalists asked him about Chris Nonis assault Incident and not Getting an Audience with Pope.

By Hemanth De Silva External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardane said yesterday the EU decision to lift the ban on the LTTE was a shot in the arm for the LTTE and the diaspora. He told a media conference held at the Balapitiya SLFP head office that with this decision all EU members …

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Jayalalithaa not released from Jail on Friday as Court Order did not reach on time but release scheduled for Saturday.

As soon as news of Jayalalithaa’s bail reached them, jubilant All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam cadre gathered outside the Parappana Agrahara, Central prison complex on Friday. They were desperate to catch a glimpse of their general secretary by evening, but were in for yet another disappointment as the formalities for her release could not …

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Breaking 3 week Silence, Jayalalithaa From Jail, asks AIADMK Cadre not to Defame Judiciary and Appeals for Calm.

By B. Aravind Kumar Breaking her nearly three-week long silence since she was lodged in a Bangalore prison after being convicted by a special court there in the assets case, AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Friday evening called upon her party cadre not to say or do anything that could besmirch the Judiciary’s majesty at …

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India, Sri Lanka and the Legacy of the British Empire:Review of Harshan Kumarasingham’s A Political Legacy of the British Empire

By Kalana Senaratne In our long discussions about Sri Lanka’s post-independence political history, India’s large shadow falls inevitably upon us, bringing with it a curious and mixed effect; it is both alarming and inspiring at times, but also quite disheartening and dispiriting on other occasions. We were both part of the British Empire, both Mother …

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Enough Reason to Sack SB Dissanayake-In Another Country,In Another Time…..

BY MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E There are those in which world who don’t mince their words. Being forthright has its pluses and minuses. Honesty is rewarded but then again in this day and age deceit is far more profitable. A silver tongue that is owned by a person of integrity is quite potent. The Minister of Higher …

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Referendum to Establish Independent Tamil Country must be held in Tamil Nadu State of India and not in Sri Lanka.

By Udaya P. Gammanpila The Scottish Government held a referendum on 18 September 2014, to seek public opinion on gaining independence from the United Kingdom. Fifty five per cent of the people voted against independence at that referendum. Inspired by this referendum, Tamil separatists now propose holding a similar referendum in the North and East …

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Inapproriate Attempt to Rename Elphinstone Theatre After Gamini Fonseka is a Cheap Bid for Political Popularity.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake It is easy to recall the quote from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet.” We seem to be increasingly obsessed with the changing of names, whether the new names have any relevance to a place or event, …

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Newly Restored Northern Trains Earn 3 Million Rupees in Four Days but there is no Huge Profit.

By Sanath Desmond and Lahiru Pothmulla The Railway Department has earned over Rs. 3 million in four days from trains running along the newly-restored northern line to Jaffna, Superintendent of Railways G.W. Sisira Kumara said. He said the average income from the air-conditioned inter-city express was Rs. 5 lakhs. “This is a generous income. We …

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“Elections Commissioner who Deprived me of Voting Rights is a Scarecrow and a Disgrace to Ambalangoda People” says General Sarath Fonseka

by Kamal Bogoda Leader of the Democratic Party (DP) and former Army Commander Gen. Sarath Fonseka yesterday said that depriving him of his right to exercise his franchise by the Elections Commissioner with a presidential election on the horizon demonstrated that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was scared of facing him in a presidential contest. Addressing a …

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Former Army Chief and Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka to be Disenfranchised by Elections Commissioner on Advice from Attorney-General.

By Ranjan Kasthuri The name of Sarath Fonseka the former army commander and the leader of the Democratic Party is to be removed from the voters list by the Election Commissioner on the instructions of the Attorney General. This decision had been taken after the Elections Commissioner requested Attorney General for a ruling on whether …

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As it happened: a minute-by-minute account of Jayalalithaa bail hearing

By Krishnadas Rajagopal 10.30 am: The First Court of the country presided by a bench led by Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu and Justices Madan B. Lokur and A.K. Sikri assembles for the day. The courtroom is jam-packed. Many lawyers from Tamil Nadu and AIADMK cadre present in the inner sanctum of the court …

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Supreme Court Stays Sentence and Grants Bail to Jayalalithaa,Sashikala, Ilavarasi&Sudhakaran While Subramanian Swamy Tells Court he faces Threat.

by J.Venkatesan &Krishnadas Rajagopal In a big relief to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered her release on bail in the Rs. 66.65 crores disproportionate assets case in which she was sentenced to undergo four years’ simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 100 crores. A three-judge Bench of …

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Jailed Tamil Nadu Ex-Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Granted Interim Bail till December 18th by Supreme Court

By Krishnadas Rajagopal AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, who was sentenced to four years’ simple imprisonment and imposed a Rs. 100-crore fine for her offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court on Friday. The interim bail is applicable till December 18, 2014. The Chief Justice has asked for paperbook …

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“No one can ever call Ranil Wickremesinghe a Rogue, a Racist or an Undemocratic Person-Harin Fernando

By Chamitha Kuruppu The UNP’s biggest stumbling block has been the deep divisions within the party, especially between the Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa factions, said newly-appointed Deputy National Organiser of the United National Party and Opposition Leader of the Uva Province Harin Fernando. “Sajith Premadasa’s re-entry and appointment as the Deputy Leader is indeed …

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“I am the only Sinhala Speaking Tamil Politician Recognized by the Sinhala People too”-Mano Ganesan

By C.A.Chandraprema Leader of the Democratic People’s Front and former Colombo district parliamentarian Mano Ganesan who now commands over 15% of the Colombo city vote speaks to C.A.Chandraprema about his choice of a common opposition candidate for the forthcoming presidential election and the logic of ethnicity based politics. Q. If we start off from the …

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AIADMK Elements Target Judges and Defame Judiciary for Sentencing their “Goddess”Jayalalithaa to Jail for Corruption

By N Sathiya Moorthy Can courts punish popular leaders for offences under the law? That is the question that is being debated by supporters of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa following her conviction by a special court in Bangalore which handed down a four-year jail term and Rs 100 crore fine on her in …

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TULF Gen-Secy V. Aanandasangaree Welcomes Resumption of Trains to North and Thanks President Rajapaksa for Returning Jewellery to the People.

(Full text of an open letter sent by Veerasingham Aanandasangaree, Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front(TUL to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa) “His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse President of Sri Lanka Your Excellency, Official Visit to the North I wish you all success in your historical three day visit to the North. Commencement of …

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Sri Lankan Govt Concerned Over EU Annulling LTTE Proscription as People of Sri Lankan Origin in Europe may be Pressured by Tigers again.

The External Affairs Ministry has, in a media statement, expressed the government’s concern over the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday (16), to annul the EU regulations proscribing the LTTE. The Full text of the External Affairs Ministry statement is as follows : “The defendants of this case have been the Council …

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European Union General Court Annuls Anti-Terrorism Sanctions Against LTTE on Technical Grounds but Keeps Assets Frozen.

European Union judges have struck down anti-terrorism sanctions imposed on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)organization by citing a technicality, but ruled that the assets of the Sri Lankan group should remain frozen for the time being. The bloc’s lower court said a decision by EU leaders in 2006 to place the Liberation Tigers …

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“I have the courage to commit suicide if I am not allowed to live the way I want”-Minister Mervyn Silva

Well-known for his conduct and controversial statements Minister Mervyn Silva has come to the limelight once again with yet another allegation that there are some people who prevent him from carrying out his duties as a people’s representative. Recently, “Daily Mirror” had the opportunity of seeking the minister’s views on the subject and on a …

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The Stars Foretell that a Presidential Poll Ahead of Feb 2015 will be more Favourable to Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Dharisha Bastians The Yal Devi chug-chugged to the Jaffna railway station on Monday, helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa fulfill an important post-war promise. After 24 years, Sri Lanka’s major southern towns were reconnected to the Tamil historic and cultural heartland of Jaffna by rail, once the easiest and most economical way to travel between the …

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Rajapaksa Regime is not the Executive Presidency but the “Family Politbureau” or “Extended Family Central Committee”.

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA HOW A WEAK OPPOSITION COULD STILL PLAY IT SMART It was exactly fifty years ago, in 1964, when I was 7 years old, that my father introduced me to the political personalities who would visit our Ward Place flat and took me around for public rallies including election meetings. Having closely …

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” Decision on TNA Participation at Railway Inauguration Event was Prerogative of Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran says ITAK chief Mavai Senathirajah.

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is in a quandary over the ongoing large scale Indian funded projects meant to facilitate post-war reconciliation process. The five-party TNA on Monday (October 13) boycotted the inauguration of the 38 km Pallai-Jaffna railway line with the participation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Indian High Commissioner, Y.K. Sinha …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa has been Unable to Defeat the Anti-Tamil Collective Consciousness of the Sinhalese

By Harsha Gunasena In defeating the LTTE, the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, then Army Commander and the then military leaders did a wonderful job by way of strategic military plans and implementing the same. Sun Tzu, a military commander who lived in China in 5th century BC wrote a book called ‘The Art …

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British Airways Decision to Cancel Flights to Sri Lanka from next year due to Non – Profitability and not Because of Human Rights Issues.

British Airways says the decision to cancel flights to Sri Lanka was not related to political issues in Sri Lanka but purely on non-profitability. Following the recent announcement by British Airways that it was cancelling flights to Sri Lanka from next year, some diaspora groups had attempted to give the impression the move was relate …

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Foreigners Without Defence Ministry Approval Banned From North Due to Information About Foreign Elements Trying to Create Communal Discord.

By Anuradha Herath and Zahrah Imtiaz Foreigners, who wish to visit the North, will need prior approval from the Defence Ministry, Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said, at a media briefing yesterday (15). Soon after the war ended in May 2009, foreigners were banned from entering the North, without prior permission from the military. Nevertheless, …

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Inauguration of Pallai-Jaffna reconstructed railway track and signal system built by IRCON International Ltd under concessional Indian Line of Credit

(Text of Media Communique Issued by the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka) 1. A ceremony was organised on October 13, 2014 to mark the inauguration of the Pallai-Jaffna reconstructed railway track and signal system. The ceremony was graced by H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, Hon’ble Kumara Welgama, Minister of Transport, Hon’ble …

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Channel 4 Documentary “No Fire Zone:The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”Made by Callum Mcrae is Nominated for an Emmy Award.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Channel 4’s No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka – a supposedly investigative documentary about alleged human rights violations, that took place during the final weeks of the war in Sri Lanka in May 2009, is one of four documentaries nominated for the International Emmy Awards 2014 in …

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Douglas Devananda Submits Four Requests to President Rajapaksa on Iranaimadhu Water,”Thesathin Magudam”Projects,,Release of Detenues and Return of Lands.

The District Development Progress Review meeting of the Northern Province chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa was held on Monday (13) in Jaffna. The meeting commenced with a welcome speech by Minister Douglas Devananda. Minister Devananda at the conclusion of his speech made a few requests to the President on behalf of the people in the …

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EU Proposes Ban on Export of Fisheries Products Caught by Sri Lankan Vessels to Countries in Europe from January 2015.

(Text of Press release issued from Brussels by the European Commission on 14 October 2014) Illegal fisheries: green cards for five countries, but red card for Sri Lanka In its fight against illegal fishing activities worldwide, the European Commission has today proposed to ban imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka to tackle the commercial …

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The UNP General Secretary is a Joker of the Highest Order Without any Political Acumen Whatsoever.

by Vishwamithra 1984 “Swordsmanship untested in battle is like the art of swimming mastered on land.” ~Hanshiro Tsugumo (a warrior without a lord) Those who do not learn from history will be condemned to relive it. The United National Party (UNP) and the mainstream parliamentary Opposition in Sri Lanka should be condemned for throwing away …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe says UNP Will Not Accept any New Devolution System Other Than Existing Provincial Council Scheme.

By Yohan Perera The main opposition UNP yesterday said it was not prepared to accept any form of a new devolution system other than the existing provincial council system and was ready to adopt a balanced foreign policy in developing ties with China, India and the West alike. UNP national leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who addressed …

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Large Crowds Greet Train Service Re-launched in Jaffna by President Rajapaksa but Chief Minister Wigneswaran is absent.

By Meera Srinivasan Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran stayed away from a ceremony on Monday in which President Mahinda Rajapaksa re-launched train services to Jaffna. When contacted, Mr. Wigneswaran told The Hindu: “Our letter to President refers to our keeping away from all functions he is staging in the Northern Province,” referring to an …

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How the Democracy Movement in Hong Kong Resembles and Differs from the Arab Spring Uprisings.

By Charitha Ratwatte Joshua Wong is a charismatic, small-made, teenage schoolboy, going on 18 years, who wears rectangular glasses and sports a soup-bowl haircut. The other night he stood before an ocean of protesters who had taken over downtown Hong Kong, holding two microphones and addressing the massive crowd. His deep voice was drowned out …

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Former Miss Sri Lanka Turned Actress Jacqueline Fernandez to Play Lead Role with Three Female Co-stars in British Film “Definition of Fear”..

Former Miss Sri Lanka and Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has been offered a lead role in a British film, The Definition of Fear. The ‘Kick’ star revealed that the film’s makers approached her from London. “They were keen to sign me. The offer came from them, without me taking any initiative. It came as a …

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Moratuwa University Senior Lecturer Arrested and Remanded over Allegedly Threatening to kill Sajin de Vass Gunawardena within five days near Dehiwela Library.

By Suranjith Perera A Moratuwa University senior lecturer was yesterday remanded by Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Rangajeewa Wimalasena when produced in Court by the Colombo Crime Division for allegedly threatening External Affairs Monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena by SMS. Senior lecturer Kotagamage Duminda Leshan Perera of Hena Road Mount Lavinia was remanded till October 17. …

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“Attack on Sabaragamuwa University Students is Directly Attributable to some Govt Politicians”-Karu Jayasuriya.

(Text of statement S issued by Karu Jayasuriya, Chairman Leadership Council, UNP and Gampaha district M.P. on Oct 13th 2014) What was unleashed at the Pambahinna junction along the Colombo Badulla main road on a group of Sabaragamuwa University Students is by no means an action by a civilized Government of a civilized nation that …

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Iconic “Yarl Devi” Express Train Resumes Journey to Jaffna from Today October 13th

By Meera Srinivasan As an engineer testing the newly-laid tracks in northern Sri Lanka, Ravindra Yadav is extra careful. “People tend to cross the tracks any time,” he says, driving a posh-looking yellow-coloured engine over tracks shimmering in the sun. Honking several times along the way, he adds: “You can’t blame the people. They are …

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Next Presidential Election will be held Before January 15th 2015 says Keheliya Rambukwella.

by Zacki Jabbar The next Presidential election was likely to be held before Jan. 13 2015 the government said on Friday night. Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, who is also the Cabinet Spokesman, when asked for a tentative date for the Presidential Poll amidst various time frames ranging between January to March being mentioned by members …

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President Rajapaksa States he will Abolish Executive Presidency if Tamil National Alliance and Tamil Diaspora Give up Tamil eelam Demand.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday announced in Kilinochchi that he was ready to abolish the Executive Presidency, if the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil Diaspora gave up the demand for the creation of a Tamil Eelam in the country’s North and East and made an announcement to that effect. Addressing a public rally where …

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Northern Provincial Council has not Utilised Funds Allocated by Govt for Development Charges President Rajapaksa

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday accused the Tamil National Alliance controlled Northern Provincial Council government of hampering the development of the Northern Province. Addressing a public rally in Kilinochchi held to distribute land deeds to 20,000 people in the Northern Province, President Rajapaksa said the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is not cooperating with Government’s plans of …

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President Rajapaksa Humorously Mimics Chris Nonis and Tells Govt MP’s that Ex-Envoy was not Assaulted

*President talks to Kshenuka,Prasad&Dilan Ariyawansa and says “No Assault took place” *Mahinda Refers to Nonis as “Eyagollo amuthu type ekey minissu ney”(they are a strange type of people) *Basil Tells Elder brother “Ehema kiyanna honda nehe”(it is not good to say like that) * British Foreign Secy Philip Hammond tells Nonis “Now you understand why …

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Bodu Bala Sena’s Deputy Financial Secretary Wellampitiya Sumanadharma Thera Jailed and Bailed for Alleged Land Transaction Fraud.

By Camelia Nathaniel The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has once again come under the media spotlight for the alleged involvement of its Deputy Finance Secretary, Ven. Wellampitiye Sumanadhamma Thera, in a fraudulent land transaction. The monk had allegedly been involved in a financial misappropriation of Rs 7.5 million, and he was arrested last week on …

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Mervyn Silva Threatens to Quit Govt Over Liquor License Being Issued to new Hotel in Kelaniya without his Knowledge

By Don Manu Even as Jayaram Jayalalithaa must be pondering over her future fate and wondering whether she has reached the end of her road, Lanka’s very own Minister Mervyn Silva was busy last week conducting his own last rites in preparation, perhaps, for his imminent departure. Last Saturday at a meeting held in Peliyagoda, …

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143 Arrests over 373 Complaints about Fraudsters Getting Money by Posing as Associates and Relatives of President Rajapaksa and Family members.

By Nadia Fazlulhaq Whether it’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa or MP Namal Rajapaksa, the Rajapaksa name is a goldmine for inventive rogues who scam the public by pretending to be anything from the President’s elephant supplier to the First Lady’s chauffeur. A staggering 143 arrests have been made by a Police Special …

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External Affairs Ministry Deteriorates to Pathetic State While “Honourable” Minister Prof. GL Peiris Maintains Deafening Silence.

(Text of Editorial Appearing in the “Sunday Times”of October 12th 2014 Under the heading “EAM like a madhatter’s dinner party”) There is nothing so deafening as the External Affairs Ministry’s continued silence on the resignation of Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in no less a capital than London, on a complaint that he was assaulted by …

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Hundreds of People Stopped at Oamanthai as Travel Ban to North is Suddenly Imposed on Foreign Passport Holders as President Rajapaksa Begins 3 day Trip to Jaffna.

The Government has imposed an indefinite travel ban on visits by foreign passport holders including tourists to the North, a senior Army officer said yesterday. The Army’s Media Director told the Sunday Times that the restrictions had been imposed in view of threats posed by some foreign passport holders who were acting in a manner …

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Senior External Ministry Officials P.M. Amza and Prasanna Gamage Relieved of Duties and Subjected to CID Probe over Critical E-mail about Sajin de Vass Gunawardena

CID detectives have been called in to probe an email allegedly critical of Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Monitoring MP for the External Affairs Ministry.Detectives have recorded statements from P.M. Amza, former Director General of Economic Affairs, and Prasanna Gamage who was attached to the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation) Secretariat. Both officials have …

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“Jayalalithaa came to me for Help when I was a Cabinet Minister but her Attitude Towards me Changed After She Became Chief Minister”

By Dr.Subramanian Swamy I took oaths on November 21, 1990, as the senior most Cabinet Minister of the Chandrashekhar-led Janata Party government with two portfolios—Commerce and Law and Justice. As the party President then, I was instrumental in working out a coalition with the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress Party to dislodge the V.P. Singh coalition government …

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Jayalalithaa being Jailed has Caught LTTE Linked Sections of Tamil Diaspora Off-guard.

bY N Sathiya Moorthy If someone in Sri Lanka thought that the jail-term handed down to Jayalalithaa, until then the Chief Minister of the south Indian State of Tamil Nadu, would ease avoidable political tensions across the Palk Strait, they should be sadly mistaken. If they thought that pre-occupation with pending bail petition(s) and appeals …

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Former Chief Justice Sarath Silva is Playing a Dangerous game by Misinterpreting Constitutional Provisions to Plug a Political Line.

By C.A.Chandraprema Last Wednesday in a statement to the Daily Mirror, former Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva put out a new set of arguments against Mahinda Rajapaksa being able to contest a presidential election for the third time. The Daily Mirror article was titled “MR can’t seek opinion on 3rd term: Ex-CJ”. The gist of the …

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Sri Lanka has the Largest Number of Ministers and Ministries and the Shortest Budget Debate for any Country in the World.

By Eran Wickramatne M.P. The Rajapaksa administration is trying to ram the 2015 budget through parliament by deliberately cutting the debate short, in yet another attempt to undermine democracy, Parliament and in the process the rights and freedoms of the people of this country. Article 148 of the Constitution specifies that Parliament has full control …

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DMK Wants Contempt of Court Proceedings Initiated Against AIADMK Members Denigrating Judge who Sentenced Jayalalithaa for Corruption.

DMK on Saturday appealed to the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court and Madras High Court to initiate contempt proceedings against AIADMK workers for allegedly denigrating the special judge who awarded four years jail term to their leader Jayalalithaa in a wealth case and the verdict itself. “The Chief Justices of the Supreme and Madras …

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French writer Patrick Modiano wins the 2014 Nobel prize in literature

By Paul Owen,Mark Brown&Alison Flood Patrick Modiano has been named the 111th winner of the Nobel prize for literature. The 69-year-old is the 15th French writer to win the prestigious prize, worth 8m kronor ($1.1m or £700,000). His name was announced at a short ceremony in Stockholm with Peter Englund, the Nobel Academy’s permanent secretary, …

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Pakistani Campaigner Malala Yousafzai(17) and Indian Child Rights Activist Kailash Satyarthi(60) win 2014 Nobel peace prize

By Paul Owen &Mathew Weaver Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi have won the Nobel peace prize, says committee chairman Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage education campaigner shot on school bus in 2012 by a Taliban gunman, has won the 2014 Nobel peace prize. Malala won along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist. The …

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Uninvited Chris Nonis Gatecrashed the Private party in US where he was Allegedly Assaulted Reveals Keheliya Rambukwella.

By Ravi Ladduwahetty Sri Lanka’s former High Commissioner to London, Dr. Chris Nonis, “gate-crashed” the private dinner party, to which he was not invited, Government spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the weekly news conference yesterday. Rambukwella said that though Dr. Nonis went uninvited, he was welcomed. The Minister said that the media also …

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Jailed Jayalalithaa Seeks Bail from Supreme Court on the Grounds that she “is a Woman,66 Years old and Suffering from Ailments”.

By Sruthisagar Yamunan & Krishnadas Rajagopal Thirteen days after entering the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bangalore, three-time former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday moved the Supreme Court challenging the October 7 Karnataka High Court order refusing to suspend the execution of her sentence and grant bail in a disproportionate assets case. Ms. Jayalalithaa, who was …

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Dep-Speaker Chandima Weerakkody Refuses to let JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake Raise Nonis Assault Issue in Parliament under Standing Orders.

By Gagani Weerakoon and Skandha Gunasekara An attempt by JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka, to raise the issue of an alleged assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK, Chris Nonis, in Parliament yesterday, proved futile with Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody not granting leave to proceed. The Deputy Speaker prevented MP Dissanayake, on the …

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Jayalalithaa Conviction in India Shows What we Lack in Sri Lanka Under Rajapaksa Regime-An Independent,Fearless Judiciary.

By Vishwamithra 1984 “The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing”. ~Caroline Kennedy Extremists of both corners of the political spectrum, in India as well as in Sri Lanka, must …

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Hindu Extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of India says “NO” to Buddhist Extremist Bodu Bala Sena of Sri Lanka

An Indian Hindu nationalist group said Wednesday that it has no intention of forming an alliance with a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka. The radical Sri Lankan Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) on Tuesday said it was in “high-level” talks with India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu nationalist group linked to India’s …

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Telling the 15 Year old Story of Wijaya Kumaratunga Memorial Hospital at Seeduwa

by Prof.Carlo Fonseka – Chairman WKMH, Seeduwa Please give me a little space to tell the world how a minor hospital has served to perpetuate the nostalgic and melancholic memory of a major film actor – Wijaya Kumaratunga – the most adored cinema idol Sri Lanka ever had. He is also the most venerated political …

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