How President Sirisena Used his Powers to Remove Mohan Peiris and Restore Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice

By Dharisha Bastians Eventually, it all ended the way it began. The high domed, iconic red roofs of the Superior Court Complex shimmering in the scorching sun. A gathering of black coats outside the gates at noon. Activists and demonstrators, their protest ended, chatting in small groups. Journalists, cameras poised, standing by the gates endlessly …

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From SWRD to Mahinda:Influence of Astrology on Sri Lankan Political Leaders

By Prof. Carlo Fonseka In The Island of 19 January 2015, N. Amarasekera of Colombo writes: “It was the late Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru who pooh-poohed astrological predictions as inspired guesses, but as there is a saying that a sucker is born every minute one may have to give in to the majority’s wishes!” If I …

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Evidence of India’s involvement in regime change in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake Fresh evidence has emerged pointing to a concerted international effort behind the defeat of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in the country’s presidential election on January 8. Reuters reported on Sunday that the Colombo station chief for India’s external spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was recalled to New Delhi …

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Sri Lankan government discusses phony “100-day work program”

By Wasantha Rupasinghe The new Sri Lankan government of President Maithripala Sirisena held a meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC) last Thursday to discuss a “100 day-work program,” which is supposedly about establishing “democracy” and providing “relief for the masses.” Sirisena and the opposition parties that backed him, including the right-wing United National Party …

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President Sirisena who Voted for Impeachment of Shirani Bandaranayake now Endorses her as the Legal Chief Justice

(Compiled From News Reports in the “Asian Mirror” Website) President Maithripala Sirisena has accepted Shirani Bandaranayake as the legal Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. “Mr. President accepts Shirani Bandaranayake as the legal Chief Justice,” President Sirisena tweeted from his official Twitter account, a short while ago. In his election manifesto, President Sirisena said that CJ …

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“Full Implementation of the 13th Amendment is no Lasting Solution”-MA Sumanthiran MP

by P.Krishnaswamy Tamil National Alliance (TNA) frontliner M.A.Sumanthiran MP in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Observer spelt out the TNA’s needs – their stance with regard to a lasting solution to the Tamil problem, the immediate measures that they have insisted over the livelihood and rehabilitation of the conflict-affected Tamils, the current controversy over …

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Tamil Nationalism has Never Accepted that a Lasting Solution Could be Arrived at Through Full Devolution Within a Unitary State.

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA PRE-INDEPENDENCE DAY THOUGHTS 2015: THE FUTURE STATE OF THE NATION In the run-up to Independence Day 2015, we must thank God for Mr. Sumanthiran. He is indubitably a moderate and an intellectual. Let us give thanks also for the Sunday Observer, which is a state-run newspaper not given to running stories …

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“Outrageous and Totally Unsubstantiated Accusations Against Me” – Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that a concerted effort was being made to tarnish his image and that of his family as well as the previous UPFA government. The former SLFP leader emphasized that a spate of baseless allegations including an alleged attempt to launch a military coup had been made since the conclusion …

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The Spectacular Fall of Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Marvellous Rise of Maithripala Sirisena.

By Col R Hariharan THE recently concluded Sri Lankan presidential elections belied President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s confidence as he was beaten by Maithripala Sirisena, former health minister and a long- term colleague of his. People seem to have preferred “unknown angel” Sirisena to “known devil” Rajapaksa, as he described himself in an election rally. Rajapaksa was …

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UN Probe Report May Be Concluded in March and Referred to Lankan Domestic Mechanisms for Necessary Action-Mangala

By Dharisha Bastians After an eight-year hiatus, Mangala Samaraweera is back at his old office in the historic Republic Building, which once housed prime ministers. In this third stint as Sri Lanka’s top diplomat, he appears to take to the role with increasing comfort, confidence and a strong compulsion to reform the system of professional …

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“I cannot interfere with the Army occupation in the North but I will look into Resettlement”-DM Swaminathan, Resettlement Minister

By Mirudhula Thambiah Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Culture, D.M. Swaminathan said he was working with all Tamil political parties to resettle the people of Valikamam –North during the 100 day programme.Commenting on the Sri Lankan refugees in India, he said “There are more than 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees in India. Earlier, when these …

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35 Member Second Chamber Proposed with 15 for Sinhalese, 15 for Tamils and Muslims and 5 for Others Like Veddahs, Malays, Burghers, Colombo Chetties etc

By Sumanasiri Liyanage As I mentioned in a previous note, it is imperative to reread and revise 100 days program of President Maithripala Sirisena reflecting the aspirations and hopes as they were expressed by the people at the election. Of course, different peoples have had different expectations and hopes. At least their priorities may be …

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Intriguing “Partnership”of Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Presidential Adviser on Foreign relations Jayantha Dharmapala.

By Upul Joseph Fernando No doubt Presidential Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Jayantha Dhanapala is now in Geneva to met UNHRC High Commissioner, Zeid Hussein to discuss the issue of the war crimes probe against Sri Lanka. The UNHRC is expected to present a report in March which may contain the necessity to initiate such a …

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The delusion of a Rajapaksa come back and the general election stakes

by Harim Peiris The new government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been proceeding without a major hiccup and the issue making the most news daily has been the ongoing revelations of corruption against the former Rajapaksa regime and extending up to its highest levels. The most newsworthy post election development …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe Despite Personal Failings are the two most Prominent non-communalist National Political Leaders

by Rohana R. Wasala These days, the phrase ‘good governance’ reverberates across the media reporting on Sri Lanka. It refers to a vague concept that is being used by the West and their opportunistic allies as a very effective weapon against our country to keep it destabilized for their own purposes, while trying to alienate …

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“A National Leader from Rajarata After 835 Years but I am no Dutu Gemunu,Devanampiyatissa or Parakramabahu”-President Sirisena in Polonnaruwa

BY UDENI SAMAN KUMARA AND BANDARA MUDIYANSE after 835 years that a national leader came to power from Rajarata. I am no Dutu Gemunu, Devanampiyatissa or Parakramabahu; “If I lost the presidential election, my dearly beloved people of Polonnaurwa would most probably have missed seeing me from the very next day as I would have …

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa NOT Invited for 67th Independence Day Celebrations on Feb 4 at Parliament Grounds.

By Ifham Nizam and Minidu Ekanayake The 67th Independence Day celebrations will include all government bigwigs, officials, diplomatic corps accredited to Sri Lanka and others, but not former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Fielding questions, Home Affairs and Fisheries Minister Joseph Michael Perera said usually it was not the norm to invite a former President. He said …

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Appeal Court Issues Notice on Attorney-General Returnable on Feb 5th 2015 Regarding writ Filed by JVP Against ” KP”.

By Chitra Weerarathne The Court of Appeal yesterday issued notice on the Attorney General, returnable on February 5, 2015 in respect of the Writ Application filed by JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath, who has requested the Court to order the IGP and the Attorney General to arrest Kumaran Pathmanathan and to charge him under the Prevention …

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How did Wimal Weerawansa and Wife “Shashi” Acquire so much of Wealth in Such a Short Time?

By Nirmala Kannangara Controversy surrounds over how an owner of a small telecommunication centre became a millionaire within a short span of six years. Complaints have been lodged recently with the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption against the leader of the National Freedom Front and former Minister of Housing and Construction Wimal Weerawansa. After …

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“Attack my Father or Myself for Political Revenge but Dont Make False Allegations Against my Mother or Brothers” -Namal Rajapaksa MP

While denying allegation that his mother was involved in a gold racket, MP Namal Rajapaksa said yesterday that if anyone wanted to take revenge politically they should only attack his father or himself and not the other members of his family. Enjoying a warm cup of pure Ceylon #tea with friends at a roadside shop …

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Disgruntled Basil Rajapaksa went to USA after Brother Mahinda Thwarted his Attempt to Become Leader of the Opposition.

Political circles are abuzz about the many ‘behind-the-curtain’ political games were played out over the days from the Presidential Election Day. They speak about conspiracies to retain power while the then administrators dismiss these allegations. However, the truth of many stories about political game-play is yet to be established. The latest political game unfolding states, …

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President Sirisena Appointed his Brother as Telecom Chairman Against the Advice of PM Ranil and UNP Cabinet Ministers

President Maithripala Sirisena’s brother, Kumarasinghe Sirisena, has been appointed as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom. It has now been revealed that cabinet members of the United National Party, including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, advised the President not to proceed with the move since it would reflect badly on the head of the government. However, …

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Prime Minister Ranil to Present Cabinet Paper on How to Counter War Crimes Allegations Against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

By Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was planning to submit a comprehensive Cabinet paper on how the government should counter allegations against Sri Lanka in the report of an investigation conducted by Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights to be presented for the consideration of UN Human Rights Council when it next meets …

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Elections Commissioner Unable to Confirm or Deny Whether there was a Coup d’etat Attempt After Presidential Elections

by Manjula Fernando Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said he could not deny or confirm of any coup d’etat attempt that is said to have taken place in the wee hours of the day after the Presidential election. “I cannot vouch that nothing of the sort happened or there was an attempt like that. It has …

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There was Nothing in the 100 Day Program about Implementing 13th Amendment or Holding Domestic War Crimes Inquiry

By C.A.Chandraprema The bizarre situation that we have been experiencing for the past two weeks where the opposition UPFA has a clear majority in parliament but still chooses to remain in the opposition still holds. But last Friday’s SLFP central committee meeting attended by president Maithripala Sirisena indicates that this situation may not last long. …

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Tale of an “Avant Garde” Armoury on “Mahanuwara” Ship and Three “Rakna Lanka” Armouries at “Dakshina” Navt camp in Galle

By Lalith Ruhunuge and K.A.S. Kumara The news on the discovery of a floating armoury at the Galle Port spread like lightening. Police launched investigations following information received by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, D. J. S. Gunawardhana. The armoury belonged to a private security company by the name Avant-garde. A total of …

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Tussle Between Tamil National Alliance and Muslim Congress for Post of Eastern Province Chief Minister.

By Manekshaw The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), the political parties that played a significant role in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in defeating former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election, have turned against each other over the Chief Minister post at the Eastern Provincial Council. A couple …

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“It is Because of Mahinda “Mahattaya” that we can now walk Freely on the Roads Like this”

By M.L. Wickramasinghe I am persuaded to write this short opinion piece due to a short dialogue a shop assistant had with me last week at a suburban town. I kept a small parcel including two newspapers in a transparent cellophane bag on the shop counter and went in looking for a few items. On …

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Appointment of Mahinda Loyalists to Top Posts in New Govt Sends Shock Waves Down the Rank and File of the UNP

By Rasika Jayakody “Where is yahapalanaya (good governance) in the new government?” Now this seems to be the million dollar question, at this juncture. Two and a half weeks after its election, the new government, led by President Mathripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has already shown some ominous signs where the idea of …

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Sri Lanka Must Retain Presidency with Powers Same as USA, France, Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa and South Korea

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA There are at least two fundamental challenges facing the new Sri Lankan government and both are of long standing. One is the North-South question, which is my shorthand for what is variously called the Tamil National Question or the ethnic problem. The other is the South-South Question. While this latter naturally …

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BASL and FUTA Baying for Blood of Chief Justice and University Grants Commission Chairperson with Lynch mob Mentality

By C.A.Chandraprema The recently concluded presidential election has unleashed the worst in human nature. Politicians abandoning and even turning against their fallen leader is nothing to be surprised about. But to see advocates of good governance who are not directly involved in politics baying for blood is certainly a new phenomenon. Take the Bar Association …

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Impeach Chief Justice Mohan Peiris if Impeachment is Warranted Instead of Playing childish Games

By Malinda Seneviratne Not too long ago the ‘international community’ was up in arms when Mahinda Rajapaksa moved to oust the then Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) lent its vociferous and self-righteous voice to these objections and went as far as desecrating the supposedly sacred high chamber of justice …

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Veteran Tamil Stage and Screen Actor V.S. Raghavan Dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 90

By Udhav Naig Veteran film and theatre actor, V.S. Raghavan, 90, died on Saturday after battling pancreatic cancer. He is survived by two sons. Mr. Raghavan had the distinction of acting in more than 1,000 Tamil films over the past six decades. The actor, who became the darling of mimicry artistes, began his career with …

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

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

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“De-politicizing Police and Dismantling Apparatus Built Under Rajapaksa to Stifle Dissent is Urgent Priority” Says PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Gordon Fairclough with input from Uditha Jayasinghe COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Two weeks after an electoral upset that ousted Sri Lanka’s long-reigning strongman, the country’s new leaders are racing to investigate allegations of corruption under the previous regime and are rushing to enact legal and constitutional changes they say are aimed at reestablishing rule of law. …

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Actress Trisha Krishnan Engaged to Industrialist Varun Manian on January 23rd

Actress Trisha Krishnan, who has starred in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films, on Friday (23) got engaged to industrialist Varun Manian. The 31-year-old actress, who has shared screen with some big film stars including Kamal Haasan and Akshay Kumar, announced the news of her engagement a couple of days ago. The couple got engaged …

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From “Aiyo Sirisena”to “Aiyo Siripala” the Buzzwords Change in Sri Lankan Political Stage

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The new Leader of the Opposition, Nimal Siripala de Silva, has announced that the SLFP Opposition will also have its own 100-day programme for the coming General Election, while supporting President Maithripala Sirisena to implement the 100-day programme of the current Yaha Palana alliance. My first reaction was a loud “Aiyo Sirisena”. …

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Senior Indian Diplomat in Colombo High Commission When Asked About Mahinda’s Prospects Before Poll Replied “HOW CAN HE LOSE?”

By Gen. Ashok K. Mehta Now that a peaceful and democratic regime change has occurred in Sri Lanka, a story that nearly played out can be told. Hours before voting, a senior diplomat in the Indian High Commission in Colombo, when asked whether President Mahinda Rajapaksa would get an unprecedented third term, replied: “How can …

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Dignity of Judiciary Eroded Further as CID Grills Chief Justice Mohan Peiris in his Chambers on Supreme Courts 5th Floor

By Dharisha Bastians Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice Mohan Peiris was yesterday grilled by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over a complaint filed about an alleged plot to hold power by force on election night by the defeated Rajapaksa regime. Peiris, appointed Chief Justice by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 2013 following the impeachment of …

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Besides LTTE Leaders the JVP Leaders Responsible for Southern Terrorism in the 80’s Must be arrested and Prosecuted.

(Text of Editorial Appearing in “The Island” of January 24th 2015 Under the heading “Trying to shoo the Eagle away”) JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake MP has argued that but for help the LTTE got from the US-led West, Sri Lanka’s war would not have dragged on for nearly three decades. He has stressed the need …

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Mangala Samaraweera Reveals in India the Real Political Agenda of the new Sri Lankan Government .

By DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Who and what do we take more seriously? Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s promise made to the Sri Lankan parliament of ‘the implementation of the 13th amendment within the unitary state’, or that which his Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has disclosed in New Delhi, India, while “talking to a select group of …

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President Maithripala Sirisena’s Younger Brother Kumarasinghe Sirisena is Appointed as the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom.

Pallewatta Gamaralalage Kumarasinghe Sirisena known generally as P.G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena has been appointed Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom. He assumed duties amidst a simple ceremony this morning (22 January). Kumarasinghe Sirisena is the younger brother of Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena known generally as Maithripala Sirisena who was elected President of Sri Lanka on Jan …

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“Tamilnet” Reveals Ten Point Accord for Regime Change and Executive Presidency abolition reached in 2013 at Meeting in Singapore Involving Mangala Samaraweera

The “Tamilnet”website long regarded as the mouthpiece of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)organization has in a news report revealed details of an alleged “understanding”involving among others the current Foreign Affairs minister Mangala Samaraweera and Tamil National Alliance(TNA)national list parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran that was arrived at in Singapore in the year 2013. The “Tamilnet” website …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Mervyn Silva had a hand in the Killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge Alleges Rajitha Senaratne

By Harischandra Gunaratna Health and Indigenous Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday alleged that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as well as former Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva had had a hand in the killing of The Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunge. Senaratne said all what Mervyn Silva had told the CID in his complaint was true, …

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“This Presidential Election Was a Real David and Goliath Sort of Fight”-Opposition Political Strategist Krishantha Cooray

The Daily FT spoke with UNP Working Committee Member, Media Director and Political Strategist for the Opposition, Krishantha Cooray about what led to the fall of a seemingly-invincible President Mahinda Rajapaksa and what the new political regime in the country under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe could herald for Sri Lanka’s beleaguered …

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January 9 was the Beginning of a New Era for Sri Lanka Domestically and Internationally

By Mangala Samaraweera January 9 was the beginning of a new era for Sri Lanka, domestically and internationally. After my first week as Foreign Minister, I feel encouraged by the level of warmth, openness and goodwill shown to the new Sri Lankan government by an overwhelming number of representatives of the international community. For too …

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“I was Subjected to Harassment without any Semblance of Justification” States Prof GL Peiris About Being Grilled by CID

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday questioned former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris regarding an alleged attempt by the previous government to engineer a military takeover of the country. The CID has sought to establish whether former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa influenced the military takeover. The following is the full text of the …

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Committee Against Corruption(CAC)Chaired by Premier Ranil will Probe Corrupt Activities of the Defeated Rajapaksa Regime

By Dharisha Bastians The Government has decided to enlist experts from international lending agencies and the Indian Central Bank’s financial intelligence unit to track down wealth hidden abroad by VIPs, as part of a wide-ranging probe into corruption by the previous regime. President Maithripala Sirisena’s first Cabinet meeting focused heavily on anti-corruption and good governance, …

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Zero immunity: An end to culture of retaliation without compromising Justice

By Jude Fernando “In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”—St. Augustine “When will our conscience grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”—Eleanor Roosevelt Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not gracefully turn over power to Mr. Maithripala Sirisena after losing the election and step …

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Chief Justice Mohan Peiris Submits Resignation Letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Chief Justice Mohan Peiris handed over his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday (Jan. 21). Immediately after the conclusion of presidential poll on Jan. 8, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) urged Chief Justice Mohan Peiris to tender his resignation to preserve the honor and integrity of the judiciary.

Chief Justice Drama Reaching Climax with Exit of “De Facto” Mohan Peiris and Re-entry of ” De Jure” Shirani Bandaranayake.

By Dharisha Bastians Two years ago on 15 January, the Rajapaksa Government had to deploy elite police guards, water cannons and barricades to install Mohan Peiris in the Chief Justice’s chair at Hulftsdorp. As police prevented lawyers and journalists from entering through the main gates of the Supreme Court, Peiris was driven in through a …

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UNP Parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma who Assaulted UPFA Pradeshiya Sabha Councillor Murugan Pushpakumaran Surrenders to Police

by Madura Ranwala UNP MP Palitha Thewarapperuma being taken to Fort Magistrate’s court after surrendering to police. The minister came in with right leg covered by plaster claiming that he had had a fall (pic by U.K. Abeyratne) The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) yesterday took into custody Kalutara district UNP parliamentarian Palitha Thewapperuma when he …

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Four Star General Rank Restored to Sarath Fonseka After Being Granted Full Pardon by President Sirisena

by Zacki Jabbar In keeping with his election pledge President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday granted a full pardon to former Army Commander and current Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka in terms of the powers vested in him under Section 34 of the Constitution. The pardon meant any convictions against General Fonseka by civilian or military courts …

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Sri Lankans who Desired a Change in our Political Culture Voted for President Sirisena

By SWRDA Samarasinghe and Tissa Jayatilaka The One-Hundred-Day Programme of President Maithripala Sirisena (MS) was launched last week with three good speeches; one of two promises largely kept and the third postponed, hopefully to be fulfilled sooner rather than later. President Sirisena made three good speeches during the last seven days, the first during his …

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“Would the Attorney-General be Consulted if there was a Coup Attempt?” Asks Ex-Defence Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

By Lakna Paranamanna Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa rejected allegations of an attempt being made by the Rajapaksa regime to subvert democracy through an ‘election night coup’ and said they would not have called in the Attorney General if such a plan was being actually hatched at Temple Trees. “Yes, the Attorney General was called …

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Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Responds to Allegations Against him about an Attempted Coup and Other Matters

By C.A.Chandraprema In this interview with The Island staffer C. A. Chandraprema, the former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa responds to some of the allegations that were made against him in the wake of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat on Jan. 08. Excerpts: Q. There is this talk of an attempted coup in the early hours of …

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US Must Protect Democracy in Sri Lanka by Using the War Crimes Act Against its Naturalised Citizen Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to Prevent Return of Rajapaksas to Power

By Ryan Goodman Sri Lanka’s voters shocked themselves and the world this month by tossing out their president, who crushed the Tamil insurgency in 2009 and then led the country, along with his brother as defense secretary, to the brink of authoritarianism. The new president has promised to restore freedom of the press, independence of …

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Instead of Taking Advice from Moderates in the SLFP the Former President was led Astray by Extremists”-Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha

Leader of the Liberal Party, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha yesterday told Parliament that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should have listened to calls from various parties not to go for hasty elections and make use of the remaining years of latter’s tenure to bring about reforms promised in the manifesto on which the UPFA had won the …

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“Former President United this Country and Brought it under one Flag”-MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena

by Saman Indrajith Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Leader Dinesh Gunawardena, MP said in Parliament yesterday that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had entered into a ‘weird marriage’ with several parties to form a strange government and the Opposition would remain vigilant as to how that relationship would work out during its first 100 days. Making use of …

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Only 151 of 3473 Firearms Issued by Defence Ministry to State Run Security firm Rakna Lanka Ltd Found when Police Raid Armoury at BMICH

by Madura Ranwala Acting on a complaint, Police yesterday opened an armoury belonging to the state-owned security firm, Rakna Lanka Limited at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. The complaint had been made by JHU Kotte Urban Council member Liyanage Dayaratne to the Cinnamon Gardens Police recently. The facility was sealed thereafter. Police Spokesman SSP …

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Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Tells Parliament that 13th Constitutional Amendment Provisions will be Implemented within a Unitary Framework.

by Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledged in Parliament yesterday to bring about radical reforms to the Constitution to find a solution to the national problem within the first 100 days of the new government. “I specially mention that the solution would not be detrimental to the unitary status of the country. We will …

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Sirisena Govt will De-militarise North and Launch a Domestic Probe into Last Phase of War says Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera

BY S VENKAT NARAYAN NEW DELHI, January 20: Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Mangala Samaraweera has outlined a series of steps President Maithripala Sirisena’s Government will undertake to achieve national reconciliation in the civil war-ravaged island-nation. Talking to a select group of journalists here on Monday, he said the new government will demilitarise the …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa who Suppressed the Media While in Power Laments the Lack of Media Support to him now

By Upul Joseph Fernando “The media does not highlight the threats hurled at my supporters. The media behaves in a manner as if it does not know such things” – Mahinda Rajapaksa tells BBC Sandeshaya Channel from Medamulana after his defeat. When in power Mahinda labelled the BBC and the international media as contractors of …

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why is President Maithripala Sirisena Hesitating to take Punitive Action Against UNP Kalutara Dist MP Palitha Thewarapperuma?

It looks as if President Maithripala Sirisena is afraid to arrest Palitha Thewarapperuma – the unruly Parliamentarian of the UNP who wreaked havoc in Agalawaththa, Mathugama, a few days ago. Despite clear video evidence showing how Thewarapperuma made a PS member kneel in public, President Sirisena has decided to buy more time, without arresting the …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Asks Whether the Police Searching his Residence is part of Present Government’s Good Governance Policy?

By J.A.L. Jayasinghe and L.B. Senaratne Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said for the first time since 1931, the residence of the Rajapaksa family was searched by the police and questioned whether it was a part of the present Government’s policy of good governance. He told the media during his visit to the Asgiriya Temple today …

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Canadian Tamil Congress Celebrates Its 8th Annual “Thai Pongal” Dinner Showcasing Tamil arts and Culture

(Text of Press Release Issued by the Canadian Tamil Congress on its 8th Annual Thai Pongal Celebration) The Canadian Tamil Congress’ (CTC’s) 8th annual Pongal Dinner was celebrated on January 17th, 2015 at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill. Attended by close to 1,000 people, the event showcased Tamil arts, culture and highlighted CTC’s …

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Agreement Reached on Full Implementation of 13th Constitutional Amendment but Discussions on About Police Powers-Ranil Wickremesinghe

In an interview with the Indian network NDTV, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said that the new governing coalition in principle has agreed to the implementation of the 13 amendment to the constitution. In addition he also said that the new government will deal with the United Nations differently and hoped to engage with the UNHRC …

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Future of Tamils Under President Sirisena, Foreign Minister Samaraweera and Northern Governor Palihakkara

By S. V. Kirubaharan, France Those who are in politics can continue on their path, through political means using diplomacy and those who are involved in the field of human rights should continue even though there is a change of regime. Those who are used to exchanging birthday greetings, meeting and taking photographs, maintaining personal …

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Being a New Sri lanka: “Who we are Today Determines in part who we are Tomorrow”

By Sanjayan Rajasingham “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead Why Be? A lot of us would like a different Sri Lanka. If what a society is like depends greatly on what its people are like though, …

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Simple Questions to Determine Whether Sri Lanka Under new Sirisena Dispensation has Changed on Issues Concerning the Tamil Minority?

Sri Lanka has a new President, Maithripala Sirisena. He was elected, in significant part, by a population appalled by the racism, the slide into authoritarianism, the systematic violation of human rights, and the war crimes committed by the previous regime (as well as its increasingly flagrant nepotism and corruption). He, and his Prime Minister Ranil …

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“Neduntheevu”: A separate state called Delft Island

By Malinda Seneviratne It is not the only Delft in the world. Utter the name in the Netherlands and you’d probably find a few people who would say it is a city in the province of South Holland, located north of Rotterdam and south of The Hague. There are other places named Delft too in …

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“Sri Lanka is Committed to Implementing the 13th Constitutional Amendment”-Mangala Samaraweera in India.

By Suhasini Haidar The new Sri Lankan government will take a different position from the Rajapaksa regime when it comes to dealing with the international community on allegations of human rights violations, visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has told the Indian government. “Our government will take a new approach to the U.N. Human …

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Namal Rajapaksa Complains of being Harassed as Police Raid Mahinda Rajapaksa’s “Carlton”Residence in Tangalle Looking for a Lamborghini car

Embattled former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s country home in the southern province has been raided by police who were looking for a luxury sports car but the search drew a blank. “They raided our house in Tangalle yesterday looking for a Lamborghini car,” said Namal Rajapaksa, the former president’s elder son and a parliamentarian. …

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President Maithripala and PM Ranil Silent Over UNP Kalutara Dist MP Palitha Thewarapperuma’s Despicable Conduct Against Agalawatte Pradeshiya Councillor Murugan Pushpakumaran.

President Maithripala Sirisena or Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has not issued a statement explaining the reasons not to arrest UNP Parliamentarain Palitha Thewarapperuma who demonstrated an utterly despicable behavior on Sunday. MP Thewarapperuma, who strongly resembled former Minister Mervyn Silva, made Pradeshiya Sabha member Murugan Pushpakumar kneel in public as a punishment. Although UPFA Parliamentarian …

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New Presidential Secretary Initiates Police Inquiry into Whereabouts of 172 of 752 Vehicles in the Presidential Secretariat Fleet

By Sanath Desmond The Police are yet to determine the fate and whereabouts of some 172 vehicles of the 752 fleet of the presidential secretariat, SSP Ajith Rohana said today. The new Presidential Secretary had informed the Police Chief to launch investigations to ascertain the number of vehicles of the secretariat and to find if …

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Wayamba Distilleries Brewery and Warehouse linked to Former UPFA Minister Johnston Fernando Sealed by Police.

Wayamba Distilleries, a brewery of which former Minister Johnston Fernando is a stakeholder, was sealed by the police today (19). Asian Mirror reliably learns that a warehouse belonging to the Wayamba Distilleries has also been sealed by the police along with the brewery. The police is yet to issue a statement to media as to …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Rejects Allegations Against him about Defence Ministry Bank Account as Baseless

Former Secretary – Ministry of Urban Development and Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa has, in a media statement, dismissed as baseless an allegation that he had personal dealings with a Defence Ministry account at the Bank of Ceylon. Full text of the statement: Defence Ministry Account for the Relocation of Army Headquarters I refer to the baseless …

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UNP Goons Continue to Engage in Post-Election Violence Against Elected Representatives and Supporters of Party Alleges the UPFA

By Dasun Edirisinghe The SLFP yesterday asked the government to curb attacks on the supporters and elected representatives of the UPFA after the conclusion of the presidential election on January 08. Addressing a media conference at the SLFP headquarters on Darley road, party General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that number of incidents of assault, …

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UNP Kalutara Dist MP Palitha Thewarapperuma Vandalises UPFA Office at Agalawatte and Assaults Tamil Councillor Murugan Pushpakumaran with a Helmet After Forcing him to Kneel

By Shaahidah Riza Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarian, Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the election violence against UPFA supporters have mounted considerably over the past few days and the UNP has to take disciplinary action against its grass root level support base, who were perpetrators of such violence. He made these comments at a press briefing …

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Defence State Minister Ruwan Wijewardene Assures Asgiriya and Malwatte Mahanayakes that Security Forces will Remain in North

By Cyril Wimalasurendre KANDY – Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Mahannayake Thera of Asgiriya Chapter conferring blessings on State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday said those who had emerged victorious at the recently concluded presidential election should celebrate their success without taking revenge from anyone. The prelate said the new rulers should not go …

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Finance Minister Karunanayake Transfers 13.2 Billion Rupees Banked by Defence Ministry to Construct Akurugoda Defence Complex to Treasury

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake last night said that said Rs 13.2 billion in an account maintained at the Taprobane branch of the Bank of Ceylon had been transferred to Consolidated Account of the Treasury. The matter was being investigated as the account belonged to the Ministry of Defence, he added. The Finance Minister stressed that …

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Sirisena Govt Must Expose the Gory Details of Corruption and Abuse of Power by Rajapaksa Regime to Prevent Return of Mahinda

By Ranga Jayasuriya President Maithripala Sirisena has asked exiled journalists to return, promising an end to attacks on media and the culture of impunity. The new media minister Gayantha Karunathilaka echoed the same assurance when he assumed duties last week. As of now, the new President has remained true to his promises; he has shown …

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Govt must Appoint an Executive Committee for Transitional Justice to Strike Balance Between Retributive and Restorative Justice

By Jude Fernando Zero immunity: An end to culture of retaliation without compromising Justice “In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”—St. Augustine “When will our conscience grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”—Eleanor Roosevelt Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not gracefully turn over …

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“Why The Elections Last Week Made me Triumphantly Proud of my Country”

By Radhika Coomaraswamy There are times in one’s life when one becomes very proud of one’s country. For many it is when we win in cricket or in war. This is triumphant pride where we defeat someone else- an external sports team or an internal enemy. For this kind of pride we need “an other” …

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Braggarts of all Shades Compete to Claim Credit for Maithripala Sirisena Victory.

By Malinda Seneviratne Wickramabahu Karunaratne of the Nava Sama Samaaja Party (NSSP) has claimed that ‘the working class fulfilled a massive task’ in securing the victory of Maithripala Sirisena. What is implied here is that class consciousness was what compelled this particular populations segment to vote for Sirisena. ‘Bahu’ as usual inscribes a lot of …

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Namal Rajapaksa Used Air Force Flights 25 Times from Dec 1st 2014 to Jan 8 2015 on “Credit” Amounting to Rs 15.08 Million

By Nirmala Kannangara Astonishing revelations have now come to the fore as to how the previous regime has used Air Force commercial flights on credit facility amounting to several millions of rupees for the air travels of Rajapaksa family members and for few Ministers in the former cabinet during the Presidential election campaign. Sri Lankan …

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Did Indian Espionage Agency RAW Play a Covert Role in Sirisena Defeating Rajapaksa?

By John Chalmers and Sanjeev Miglani (Reuters) – Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of India’s spy agency in the run-up to this month’s presidential election, political and intelligence sources said, accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa. An Indian foreign ministry spokesman denied any expulsion and said that transfers were …

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End of the Road in Sight for Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Who Faces Political Isolation.

By Rasika Jayakody One and a half months ago, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the fifth Executive President of Sri Lanka, seemed invincible. He was surrounded by a family clique who wielded immense power in the country’s political sphere. He was the war-winning President as well as the leader of the Commonwealth nations who met in Colombo one …

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Company Run by Namal Rajapaksa Crony was Given 4965 Million Rupee Contracts for Supplying Computers to Schools Under “Mahindodaya” Flouting Tender Procedures

By Nirmala Kannangara Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Mahindodaya Technological Lab concept to provide technological labs for 1,000 secondary schools in the country has become yet another money spinning machine for those who are allegedly close to the former first family, The Sunday Leader learns. Although, the previous regime boosted to have introduced computer labs to …

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How Sri Lankans Spoke Truth Defiantly to Arrogant Power on Jan 8th 2015

By Dharisha Bastians Sometime around 8 p.m. on 8 January, the Rajapaksa twitter-sphere went deathly still. The next time we heard from them was at 6:30 a.m. the next day, when a spokesman said defeated President Mahinda Rajapaksa had departed from his official residence at Temple Trees. The last public tweet on election day by …

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Tamil National Alliance Treats Appointment of HMGS Palihakkara as Northern Governor with Cautious Optimism

By P.K.Balachandran COLOMBO: People in the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka are keeping their fingers crossed about the changes that may follow the removal of “military man” Maj.Gen (Retd).G.A.Chandrasiri from the post of Governor, and his replacement by a civilian, H.M.G.S.Palihakkara. “On the one hand we are happy that one of our key demands, …

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Sri Lanka’s Four Guardian Deities Vishnu, Kataragama, Saman and Pattini have Banished the Known Goblin and Installed the Unknown Seraph as President

By Don Manu A new dawn has broken upon these island shores. With the New Year, Lanka has a new president, a new prime minister, even a new saint; and reflected upon the now sunlit countenance of her people is a new air of freedom, a new smile of hope. Though once trumpeted from the …

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Telephones were Tapped Illegally by the Rajapaksa Regime on the Orders of Defence Ministry for “National Security”

The Sunday Times can reveal today how telephone records of prominent opposition politicians, media personnel, former UPFA Government’s own ministers, ‘unfriendly’ military, police officers, Colombo-based diplomats and other leading citizens were monitored blatantly violating the law. In terms of the law, a Court order has to be obtained by the Police before intercepting or tampering …

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Rajapaksa Clan and Acolytes Possessed Baby Elephants Illegally in Fraud of Elephantine Proportions.

By Nirmala Kannangara Following the change of regime one week ago, environmental organisations have come up with a list of the owners of illegal elephant calves in the country, of which Hambantota District MP, Namal Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Chief Minister Uva Province Shashendra Rajapaksa and former External Affairs Monitoring MP Sajin …

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President Maithripala to Amend SLFP Constitution to Enable Chandrika Kumaratunga Take over as Party Leader

by Zacki Jabbar President Maithripala Sirisena, who was installed as the new Chairman of the SLFP last Friday, is to propose an amendment to the party Constitution shortly paving the way for Ex-President Chandrika Kumaratunga to become the SLFP leader, SLFP sources said. A senior SLFP’er said yesterday that during a meeting between Srisena and Kumaratunga …

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Mervyn Silva MP Lodges Complaint with CID Against Basil and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa About Alleged Frauds and Crimes Committed by Both

Former Minister Mervyn Silva yesterday lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, MP, and ex Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa over alleged fraudulent activities and crimes committed by them. After making a CID complaint, the Gampaha district parliamentarian told the media gathered outside the complex that he did not …

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Namal Rajapaksa Defends Dynastic Rule as Being Responsible for Sri Lanka’s Military Victory over the LTTE

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 10-year reign as Sri Lankan president ended with allegations of nepotism and corruption. Over 40 top government positions were held by his family and friends – cabinet portfolios to state finance corporations, airlines and sports federations. One of his brothers was his defence secretary, while another was the speaker of the parliament. A …

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“Though I said Mahinda Rajapaksa would win I knew he will be Defeated”-Astrologer Sumanadasa

By Anura Bandara Rajaguru Astrologer Sumanadasa Abegunawardhana who predicted earlier in an interview to “Ceylon Today”that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would emerge winner at the Presidential Election of 8 January 2015 has now changed his position in another interview with the same newspaper Excerpts of the interview: Q: Were you the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s astrological …

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“I Urged Rajapaksa to Implement the 13th Amendment which Created Provincial Councils but met with no Success”.

By Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. There were many firsts in the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka: An incumbent president was defeated; parties specifically representing different races and religious groups — the Jathika Hela Urumaya for the Sinhalese, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress along with the All Ceylon …

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If Probe into Allegations of Wrong Doing is to be Launched it must Begin from 1994 and not 2004.

By Malinda Seneviratne Of all that is pernicious in all resolutions tabled in the UNHRC against Sri Lanka the most scandalous and disgusting perhaps is limiting investigations calls for to the last few months of the war. We are talking about a conflict that dragged for almost three decades. We are talking about a couple …

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SLFP Central and Executive Committees Unanimously Approve Maithripala as Party Chairman;Chandrika and Mahinda will be Patrons.

By Chaminda Perera The Central Committee and the Executive Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, unanimously approved the appointment of President Maithripala Sirisena as Chairman of the party yesterday, said Senior SLFP parliamentarian A.H.M. Fowzie. He said the SLFP also decided to appoint former Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Mahinda Rajapaksa as patrons of …

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Leaders in Power who Invite Popes to Visit Sri Lanka are out of Power when the Holy Father comes to the Island.

By Lucian Rajakarunanayake The third visit of a Pope to Sri Lanka is certainly important to Catholics here, and is also an event of historical importance in the relations between Sri Lanka and the Holy See. Apart from its religious and historical importance, this Papal visit also underscored an important political lesson to future national …

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SLFP must be Thoroughly Overhauled Before next Parliamentary Elections for Party to Survive says Dayasiri Jayasekera.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday said that the very survival of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) would largely depend on a total overhaul of the party ahead of the next parliamentary election. The next general election is widely expected to be called soon after the completion …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa hands over SLFP Leadership to Maithripala Sirisena To Avoid danger of Party Getting Divided

By Dasun Edirisinghe Former President yesterday officially handed over the party leadership to President Maithripala Sirisena. Issuing a statement the former President Rajapaksa said that he had decided to hand over the leadership to stop the division of the party. “With effect from today (16), I will be handing over the leadership of the SLFP …

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Mangala Samaraweera Formally Complains to CID About Alleged Coup Attempt by Mahinda, Gotabhaya, GL Peiris, Udaya Gammanpila and Mohan Peiris.

(Full Text of Letter sent by External Affairs minister Mangala Samaraweera to the Director of the Police CID Formally registering a complaint about an alleged Coup Conspiracy to subvert the democratic process and urging that an inquiry be launched immediately) Mangala Pinsiri Samaraweera Francis Samaraweera Mawatha Hakmana, Matara Contact No: 0777576495 13th January 2015 Director …

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“Wenasak-Maatram-Change”- Overwhelming People’s Energy Brought the Immeasurable Gift of Democratic Regime Change.

By Bishop Duleep de Chickera Sri Lanka is still overwhelmed with the peoples’ energy that a few days ago brought the immeasurable gift of democratic regime change. As the campaign heightened, one word; ‘wenasak’- (Sinhala-“a change”) became a spontaneous and variable slogan or code, determined by the context in which it was used. There was …

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Vasudeva Nanayakkara says the SLFP Made a Fatal Mistake by Giving up Immedately after losing Presidential Elections.

by Shamindra Ferdinando Former National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday alleged that the SLFP had caused a fatal mistake by giving up the government immediately after losing the presidential election. Democratic Left Front (DLF) leader MP Nanayakkara said that constituent members of the SLFP-led coalition partners had not been consulted by the …

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Mahinda Meets Maithripala in Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s Residence at Midnight and Agrees to let Sirisena Become SLFP Leader

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday night told his successor Maithripala Sirisena that he was giving up SLFP leadership during a hastily arranged meeting close to midnight on Wednesday at Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s official residence near Diyawanna. The meeting took place consequent to talks between an SLFP delegation led by Senior Vice President of the …

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