Google and Microsoft are Engaged in Systemic and Sustained Discrimination Against Tamils and the Tamil Language in Sri Lanka.

By Sanjana Hattotuwa Google in Sri Lanka now defaults to Sinhala. Whenever you access a Google Form, the interface by default is in Sinhala. Whenever you use Google Maps, road, place and now even names of famous buildings, are rendered in Sinhala. Search for Chunnakam, close to Jaffna, and Google Maps translates the place name, …

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Maithripala Sirisena is a Weak and Brittle President, but Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Would be an Infinitely Worse one, a Dictatorial Racist, a Deadly Cross Between Benito Mussolini and Donald Trump

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “…questioning honestly and reflecting upon the truth of what has been lived through, what has been done.” – Nadine Gordimer (Living in Hope and History: Notes from our Century) The 19th Amendment was the greatest achievement of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration. President Maithripala Sirisena played an active role in making it happen. He …

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Truly Sri Lanka is the Most Poignant Example of that Immortal Warning, ‘whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.’

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene An interesting pro-accountability exercise took place in Sri Lanka this week which went largely unnoticed due to political distractions. These doltish distractions ranged from a ‘withdrawal of a withdrawal of’ a long forgotten excise notification forbidding women to buy liquor to ominous grandstanding by leaders of the coalition government even as …

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The SLFP now Seems Doomed to be the Junior Partner of Either the UNP or the JO-SLPP, Unless it is Able to Reunify the SLFP

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Who or what is the main political problem facing Sri Lanka today? The answer you give will reveal where you are on the ideological spectrum, and will in turn have determined your answer. Here are the answers that form the political spectrum of our society: 1. The UNP is the main problem. …

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“We Have In This Country An Incompetent “Yahapalana” Government And An Equally Incompetent “Yahapalana” Opposition Comprising the JVP and TNA Says Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa

(Text of a media release issued by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on January 21st 2018 headlined “The role of the yahapalana opposition”) There is a yahapalana government as well as a yahapalana opposition in this country. After the August 2015 parliamentary election, the UNP Speaker refused to recognize the Joint Opposition which had over 50 …

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Maithripala Sirisena vs Ranil Wickremesinghe: Who Has the Upper Hand In the Current Confrontational Crisis Of the UNP-SLFP Coalition Govt?

By C.A.Chandraprema The Supreme Court determination that President Maithripala Sirisena could hold office for only five years according to the 19th Amendment, was one of the most significant political developments to take place after the yahapalana government was formed in 2015. It appears that all this while, the President has been operating on the assumption …

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Special High Court With Three Benches Comprising Three Judges each to Be Set Up Under Article 105 Of Constitution To Expedite Hearings of Cases Involving Bribery,Corruption and Complex Financial Crimes.

By Suresh Perera With the government under flak for the inordinate delay in prosecuting persons accused of bribery and corruption and complex financial crimes, the establishment of a proposed special High Court to expedite cases relating to charges under the specified ambit is now on the cards with the draft legislation finalized, authoritative sources said. …

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Ex-Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran Accused of Misleading Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and of Knowigly Acting Improperly and Wrongfully” In Treasury Bonds Sales Commission of Inquiry Report

By Chandani Kirinde The Commission of Inquiry into the Central Bank Treasury Bond issue has come down hard on the conduct of the Central Bank’s former Governor Arjuna Mahendran, accusing him of misleading the Prime Minister on the bond sale that took place in February 2015, as well as interfering with the decision-making processes at …

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President Sirisena Drops Bombshell By Announcing a “Take-over” of Economic Management Responsibility That Was Entrusted to Prime Minister Wickremesinghe for the past Three Years.

President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday announced taking over economic management responsibilities which had been with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for the past three years. In a surprise move that is certain to further sour relations between him and his coalition, Sirisena said he will manage and guide the economy through an special council he had set …

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President Sirisena To Take Over Responsibility of Managing the Economy From the UNP and Wants Domestic Investors to rally Round Him and Strengthen the Economy.

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Siriisena said he is taking over the economy from this year, though for three years the United National Party of Prime Minister Rani; Wickremesinghe was allowed to manage in the latest escalation of tensions between the two. Three months ago he had had appointed a National Economic Council for the purpose, …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Brings About “Political Ceasefire” Between UNP and SLFP By Urging President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe To Rein In Both Sides

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has intervened in a growing spat of angry outbursts among coalition partners – the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) – urging both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to rein in both sides on the eve of the local council elections next month. This …

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Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne Gets Cabinet to Instruct Housing Ministry to Accept Unsolicited Proposal For Re-developing Torrington Flats by Sky Mount Holdings (Pvt) Ltd of Which his Younger Brother Maheel Senaratne is a Director

By Namini Wijedasa On Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s request, the Cabinet has instructed the Housing Ministry to entertain an unsolicited proposal for the re-development of Torrington Flats on Thimbirigasyaya Road by a company in which Mr Senaratne’s younger brother is a director. In November, the Housing Ministry put forward its own proposal to the Cabinet …

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Tilak Marapana Whose Brother Gamini Marapana Represented Perpetual Treasuries at Bond Commission Probe Appointed By Premier Wickremesinghe as Head of UNP Panel To Study Bond Commission Report and Recommend Action

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a panel to study the bond commission report, but the man put in charge of the initiative has triggered another unsavoury case of conflict of interest. The man who was forced to resign his law and order portfolio after he defended the controversial Avant Garde company in …

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Can Maithripala Sirisena Avoid Becoming a Lame Duck President?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham President Maithripala Sirisena’s emotional outburst and the subsequent storming out of the Cabinet meeting at Presidential Secretariat by earlier in the week, infuriated by the public criticism levelled against him by United National Party (UNP) Members of Parliament, is glaringly demonstrative of the increasingly heightened political conflict between the main partners of …

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TID and Mt.Lavinia Police Tried to Protect Killers of Lasantha Wickrematunge By Attempting To Destroy Evidence – CID Tells Court

By T. Farook Thajudeeen The CID told the Mount Lavinia Magistrate that their investigations into the killing of journalist Lasantha Wickramatunge had uncovered an alleged attempt by the Mount Lavinia Police and the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) to destroy vital evidence of the killing,

Govt Freezes 12 Billion Rupees Worth Financial Assets of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd and Will Recover Rs 9.2 Billion Undue Profits Made Through Treasury Bond Scam Announces Prime Minister Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his address to the nation, said the government had frozen the financial assets worth Rs.12 billion of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd, and therefore the Rs.9.2 billion undue profit made by it in the bond transaction could be recovered from it. He said the government would take steps to implement recommendations made …

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Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran Provided “Inside Information” To Perpetual Treasuries Ltd Owned By His Son In Law Arjun Aloysius and Acted In Collusion with that Company – Bond Commission Report

The presidential commission of inquiry which probed Treasury bond scams has determined that the then CBSL Governor Arjuna Mahendran provided ‘inside information’ to Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owned by his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius and acted in collusion with that company. The commission has recommended the Attorney General and other authorities consider whether PTL has used, …

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President Sirisena Instructs Attorney -General, Central Bank Governor and Bribery Commissioner To Take Immediate Action On Recommendations Made By Presidential Inquiry Commission.

By Gagani Weerakoon President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday directed the Attorney General, Jayantha Jayasuriya, the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy and DG Bribery Commission Sarath Jayamanne and other officials to immediately act on the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the alleged Bonds scam. The President’s meeting with the top law …

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President Sirisena May Have Gone To Answer a Call of Nature After Leaving the Cabinet Meeting Says Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera

by Zacki Jabbar Denying that President Maithripala Sirisena had threatened to quit the National Unity Government at Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, Ministers Rajitha Senaratne and Dayasiri Jayasekera said yesterday that the President had only expressed displeasure at vilifying remarks against him by some UNP parliamentarians. Fielding questions during the post cabinet Press Briefing at the Information …

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Fact To Be Proved Is Whether Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Was Involved In The Bond Scam?

By Hemantha Warnakulasuriya President Maithripala Sirisena seems to be happy that unlike other Presidential Commissions which took several years to complete their probes and ultimately produced reports which were not worth the paper they were written on, the Bond Commission completed its task within a very short period of 10 months and produced a report, …

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President Sirisena May Soon Be Viewed As a Lame Duck -The Economist

AT THE time, it was seen as an astonishing victory. In retrospect, it was also something of a Pyrrhic one. Few expected Maithripala Sirisena to defeat the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential election of 2015. After all, Mr Rajapaksa, although increasingly authoritarian, had presided in 2009 over the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers, …

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President Sirisena Will Contest Next Presidential Poll as SLFP Candidate if Present Constitution Remains Unchanged and Executive Presidency Is Not Abolished.

By Chaturanga Samarawickrama President Maithripala Sirisena will definitely contest at the next presidential election in the event the executive presidency is not abolished and the constitution is not changed, State Minister of Finance, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said today. He told the weekly Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) news briefing that President Sirisena would definitely be …

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Ranil Tells UNP Ministers and MP’s to Stop Statements Against President Sirisena but Take on SLFP Ministers Directly and Settle Whatever Issues They Have.

By Yohan Perera Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had instructed UNP Ministers and MPs not to make controversial statements dragging President Maithripala Sirisena anymore. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had given the instruction at the UNP Working Committee meeting at the party headquarters Sirikotha this morning.

Artiste Samanalee Fonseka and Ten Other Women File Fundamental rights Petition in Supreme Court Against Re-imposition by Govt of Ban On Women Purchasing Liquor or Work in Liquor Stores.

By Thilini de Silva and Ranjan Katugampola Artiste Samanalee Fonseka and ten other women yesterday filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition in the Supreme Court against the government’s decision to withdraw the gazette issued to lift the ban prohibiting women to purchase liquor or to work in liquor stores. The petitioners sought a court order …

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Cabinet Decision to Ban Women from Purchasing Liquor is Unconstitutional States Think Tank “Verite Research”

The independent think Tank “Verite Research” has stated that the recent cabinet decision of not permitting women in Sri Lanka to purchase liquor is unconstitutional as it basically violates Article 12 of the constitution. The Colombo based think tank in a statement has pointed out that the Constitution guarantees that all persons are equal under …

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“Why are you Attacking Me?Are You Instructing Them To Attack Me? – President Sirisena Asks Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Directly at Cabinet Meeting

By Chathuri Dissanayake An emotional President yesterday walked out of the Cabinet meeting after voicing disappointment over criticism levelled against him by some United National Party lawmakers. President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday told the Cabinet that he was not an “ungrateful or inhuman” person who has forgotten the help he received during the presidential election. The …

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President Sirisena Makes 35 Minute Emotional Speech About UNP Members Attacking Him at Cabinet Meeting , Tape Records It and Storms Out

By Sandun A Jayasekera and Ajantha Kumara Agalakada A deeply dejected and disappointed President Maithripala Sirisena stormed out of the Cabinet meeting this morning after making an emotional speech over the personal attacks levelled at him by the certain members of the UNP, a senior Cabinet Minister said. President naming those UNP Parliamentarians, who are …

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UNP Colombo District Parliamentarian SM Marikar Calls Sirisena a “Pickpocket President” Who is Trying to Backstab the UNP in the same Way he let down Mahinda rajapaksa After Sharing a Hopper Meal.

Colombo district UNP MP S.M. Marikar today slammed President Maithripala Sirisena and even described him as a ‘pickpocket President’. Addressing a meeting in Colombo, he said the President had let down former president Mahinda Rajapaksa after partaking in a hopper meal with him. The MP charged that the same conspiratorial activity was being mooted to …

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Attorney -General’s Interpretation of 19th Constitutional Amendment Before Supreme Court is “Rather Odd” and Confuses Me Says CPA Executive -Director Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu.

By Dharisha Bastians President Maithripala Sirisena has continued to be at the receiving end of strong criticism, even after the Supreme Court put an end to speculation about the duration of his term on Sunday (14). The Presidential Media Division confirmed that the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court which held a public hearing on …

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Ex-Minister Ravi Karunanayake Says UNP Will Protect President Sirisena From The Advisers Who Are Misleading him

President Maithripala Sirisena was surrounded by advisers who would lead him to his own destruction but the UNP would never let those sinister forces to achieve their goal, UNP Assistant Leader MP Ravi Karunanayake said yesterday. Addressing the media after declaring open a UNP office in Mattakkuliya, the former minister said that it was sad …

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Cabinet Headed By President Gazettes Decisions But Sirisena Cancels same Gazette To Fool the Masses Says Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Norman Palihawadane Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that a recent government decision to extend the business hours of bars and allow women to buy liquor and a subsequent presidential directive reversing it were aimed at duping the masses. “The gazettes lifting the ban came with the approval of the Cabinet of ministers headed …

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Supreme Court “Five Years Only” Ruling Will Impact Adversely On President Sirisena’s Long Term Plans to Undermine Ranil and Mahinda while Strengthening His SLFP.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirsena’s bid to get another year in office through a Supreme Court interpretation of the relevant clauses of the 19 th. Amendment (19A) of the Constitution, has failed. The court has told him that there is a five year constitutional cap on his term. In a letter to Chief Justice Priyasath …

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Supreme Court Five Judge Bench Ruling Shatters Maithripala Sirisena’s Hopes Of Being President for one More year up to 2021.

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has shot down any prospect of President Maithripala Sirisena staying on in office for a year longer officials said Monday. A five-judge bench in a unanimous decision ruled that the President’s term was limited to five years by the 19th amendment to the constitution that he himself initiated after winning the …

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‘Thai Pongal’ the Harvest Festival of Tamils

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

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Could Right-thinking People of Sri Lanka be Blamed for Asking Themselves as to Whether no one will rid us of these Troublesome Politicians?

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Could right-thinking people of Sri Lanka be blamed for asking themselves as to whether no one will rid us of these troublesome politicians following this week’s depraved fisticuffs on the floor of the House? Is this where the ‘Sovereignty of the People’ resides, as mandated by Articles 3 and 4 of …

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Time For President Sirisena To Make Transition From Politician To Statesman

( The “Sunday Times” Column On Presidency Sometimes, politics is all about being in the right place at the right time. Since Sri Lanka embraced a presidential system of government forty years ago, three of our six Presidents have been elevated to the highest office in the land by being in the right place at …

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Maithripala Sirisena has finally decided to do what he was elected to be – President of the Republic.

By Sarath de Alwis “Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” – George Orwell, 1984 Who made Maithripala Sirisena, President of our republic? Was …

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Maithripala’s Frantic Bid To Seek Further Extension Of Term Was Triggered Off By Mahinda’s Statement About Presidential Elections in 2019.

by C.A.Chandraprema President Sirisena’s request for a determination from the Supreme Court as to whether he could remain in power for six years even after the 19th Amendment reduced the term of the President to five years has caused consternation in the pro-yahapalana camp and quiet glee among their opponents. One of the pioneers of …

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Move To Raise Funds and Set Up Tamil Chair at Harvard University Is Ruse To Exploit Tamils and Hegemonize Tamil Culture and History Alleges Tech Guru Dr.Shiva Ayyadurai.

By Prakash M Swamy U.S. Senate Candidate, inventor of e-mail and tech guru Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai has exposed Harvard University’s attempt to pilfer trillions of dollars worth of indigenous artifacts through the sale of a “Harvard Tamil Chair” professorship. Harvard sought to collect $6 Million from the Tamil Diaspora worldwide, who had no idea of …

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Some of the Sirisena led SLFP Candidates Contesting Local Polls in Jaffna Display Prabhakaran Images and Play LTTE Songs In Election Campaign

By Dinasena Rathugamage A chaotic situation prevailed in Jaffna after some SLFP candidates contesting the forthcoming local government elections played some songs of the now defunct LTTE. Number of politicians in Jaffna had complained to the Election Related Violence Centrers about the conduct of some politicians who had used the liberation songs of the Tigers …

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How the “Ceylon” Tamils From Sri Lanka Contributed to Singapore Over The Years

By Ajit Kanagasundram The world today is desperate to attract foreign talent. Thirty percent of Silicon Valley startups are by Indians, and the same percentage is true of Microsoft employees, NASA employees and US physicians. Canada and Australia have long had a point system to attract talent and the US and the UK are thinking …

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Maithripala Sirisena Once Hailed as a Modern Day Sri Sangabo Should Hang up His Boots After Completing Five Years as President -The Island

(Text of Editorial appearing in “the Island” of January 12th 2018 under the heading “Whither yahapalanaya?”) A five-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC), in response to a question posed by President Maithripala Sirisena, is deliberating whether he can serve a six-year term. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution has reduced the presidential term to …

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Constitution Bars Sirisena from Getting Extra Year in Office, Centre for Policy Alternatives Tells Supreme Court

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) told the Sri Lankan Supreme Court on Thursday that the 19 th. Amendment of the constitution makes it very clear that the term of the President, including the incumbent Maithripa Sirisena, is five years and not six. “CPA’s position on the 19 th. Amendment to the Constitution is very …

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Maithripala Sirisena Can Continue As President For Six Years Argues Attorney – General Jayantha Jayasuriya Before Supreme Court

By S.S. Selvanayagam Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya yesterday (11) contended that President Maithripala Sirisena could continue his term of office as President for six years, even as a five-judge bench of the country’s highest court heard interventions on a knotty and politically charged question put before them by the incumbent President himself. Making submissions in …

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Counsel Argue For and Against Six Year Term For President Maithripala Sirisena Before Five Judge Bench Of Supreme Court

By Chitra Weerarathne President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva said in the Supreme Court yesterday that Parliament had not said that the incumbent President Sirisena could hold office for six years when it passed the 19th amendment to the Constitution in May 2015; it had only said the term of the President should be five years …

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Will Superstar Rajinikanth’s foray into politics make a dent in established parties such as the AIADMK and the DMK?

By Colonel R Hariharan The two-decade long wait of thousands of fans of Tamil cinema’s superstar Rajinikanth ended on New Year eve when he announced his entry into politics is certain. To the roaring approval of thousands of fans attending the six-day interaction with the Thalaiva (as they lovingly call him), he added, “I will …

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Can Superstar Rajinikanth Be Another “Puratchi Thalaiver” MGR?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham “My entry into politics is certain.This is the compulsion of the times. In the upcoming state assembly polls, I will start my own political party, and contest in all the 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu.” With those words, Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, idolized as Rajinikanth the larger than life superstar of the Tamil …

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Parliamentarian Brawl: Marikkar Punches Lokuge Who Slaps Marikkar Who Hits Lokuge From Behind; Chaminda Wijesiri Tears Prasanna Ranaweera’s Shirt:Johnston Fernando Punches Chaminda Wijesiri and Hector Appuhamy;Prasanna Ranatunga Hits Wijesiri and Runs Away: Ranjith Soyza Assaulted:Kavinda Jayawardene Faints;Ranjan Ramanayake Records Fracas On Mobile Phone

By Skandha Gunasekara and Ashwin Hemmathagama Parliamentary proceedings descended into fisticuffs and name-calling yesterday when a brawl erupted in the House after the Speaker failed to obtain and table the bond report in Parliament. United National Party (UNP) and Joint Opposition parliamentarians clashed yesterday soon after the Joint Opposition invaded the Well of the House. …

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Why Maithripala Sirisena Wants To Extend His Presidential Term Of Office From Five To Six Years

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirsena’s bid to get another year in office through a Supreme Court interpretation of the relevant clauses of the 19 th. Amendment (19A) of the Constitution, stems both from a lack of clarity in the clauses and Sirisena’s own pressing need to stay in power a little longer. In a letter …

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Central Bank Issuance Of Treasury Bonds Through Private Placements Without Monetary Board Approval Between 2008 to 2014 Must Be Investigated Declares Prime Minister Wickremesinghe In special Statement.

By Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said in Parliament that there had been no transparency in treasury bonds issued during the period of 2008 and 2014 and they too should be investigated. Making a statement he said that the majority of the bond issuances during the period 2008 to 2014 were done as …

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Fisticuffs Break Out In The House Following Speaker’s Failure To table Bond Scam Probe Commission Report In Parliament.

By Saman Indrajith Brawls marred yesterday’s special parliamentary sitting as the UNP and the Joint Opposition (JO) MPs resorted to fisticuffs after the Speaker failed to arrange for the tabling of the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that investigated the Treasury bond scams. The JO MPs invaded the Well of the House protesting …

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Politics of Mistrust Prevails Between The Tamil And Muslim Communities Of Sri Lanka

By Dr. Ameer Ali Since the first parliamentary elections in 1947 Tamil-Muslim political relations in Sri Lanka has been dominated by mutual mistrust. Even though the Chelvanakam’sFederal Party and Ponnampalam’sCeylon Tamil Congress included the Muslims under the rubric Tamil-speaking people whenever they addressed public rallies, and similarly, even though Muslim political leaders talked tirelessly of …

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UNP MP’s Form Cordon To Protect Prime Minister From Opposition Attacks While Chanting “Hora,Hora,Mahinda Hora”(Thief,Thief, Mahinda Thief)

The inquiries into a controversial bond auctions by the parliament and presidential commission showed that rule of law was once again working in Sri Lanka but people still find it to be unusual Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament. He said an inquiry initiative by him by three lawyers had recommended a further investigation and …

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Joint Opposition MP Gamini Lokuge Started Fight In Parliament By Attacking Govt MP Marikkar Charge Hirunika Premachandra and Harsha De Silva

Many UNP MPs claimed that UPFA Parliamentarian Gamini Lokuge started the fistfight in Parliament, this morning. Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra said it was Lokuge who started the fight by attacking S.M Marikkar in the isle of the House. It was confirmed by Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva who said he saw how Lokuge started the …

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Speaker Suspends Sittings As Violence Erupts In Parliament After Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Is Hit By an Object While Making Special Statement On treasury Bond Scam

A tense situation erupted in the Sri Lankan Parliament on Wednesday as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe read a special statement to the House over a Treasury bond scam committed at the Central Bank. Opposition legislators, loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapakse, launched a protest in the middle of the House as Wickremesinghe read his statement, …

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Maithripala Asks Supreme Court Whether He Can Remain as President For a Period of Six Years From Jan 9th 2015 Onwards

by Chitra Weerarathne President Maithripala Sirisena, who publicly proclaimed several times, that he had voluntarily agreed to get his term of office reduced from six years to five through the 19th Amendment passed in April 2015, making it a world record by a sitting leader, has now asked the Supreme Court whether he can complete …

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President Sirisena Desiring To Extend His Term of Office For One More Year May Result In Major Confrontation With Prime Minister and UNP

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the Supreme Court if he can remain in office for six years despite having reduced his tenure to five through a constitutional amendment, officials said Tuesday. The move to seek an interpretation to the 19th amendment to the constitution which among other things reduced the term of office …

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Angelo Mathews Appointed Capt for ODI and T 20 National Cricket Team

Angelo Mathews has been appointed as the ODI and T20 captain of the Sri Lanka national team, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced short while ago. SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala officially announced the decision at a press briefing being held in Colombo. The Sri Lanka Cricket Selection committee has decided to appoint Mathews as the …

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‘Name The Underworld Figures Of Colombo North We Have Supposedly Nominated For Local Govt Elections” – Ex-Minister Ravi Karunanayake Urges Cabinet Minister Mano Ganesan

By (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama and Indika Sri Aravinda UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake yesterday denied the claims made by Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) leader Minister Mano Ganesan that underworld figures had been nominated for the upcoming local government (LG) elections to represent the Colombo North. Responding to a question raised by a journalist when MP Karunanayake …

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President Sirisena Swings His Sword To Cut Off a Good Deal Of The UNP’s Vital Parts

By Ranga Jayasuriya Last week, President Maithripala Sirisena swung his ‘sword’ that he recently vouched to use. The UNP had a good deal of its vital parts cut off. It would be nursing those wounds throughout the local government election campaign, which it was earlier expected to win hands down. The president in his much …

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Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa wants Voters To Register Their Protest Against “This Corrupt,Incompetent Govt” On Feb 10th

(Text of MEDIA RELEASE Issued by Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the “Third anniversary of the incompetent government responsible for the worst debt crisis in Sri Lankan history”) On 9 January 2018, the so-called yahapalana government completes three years in office. During this short period they have created numerous crises running through virtually every sector …

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Slain Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga’s Brother Lal Asks Govt at 9th Death Anniversary “What About Bringing The Perpetrators To Book”?

(Following is the statement by Lal Wickrematunge, brother of slain The Sunday Leader Founder Editor-in-Chief Lasantha Wickrematunge, on the ninth anniversary of his murder. It was read out by Lal’s daughter Minal at the memorial gathering held on 8 January at Lasantha’s graveside) Nine years have passed since Lasantha was done to death in the …

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Ranil Challenges Media to Debate Ten Trillion Rupee Loss Caused By Irregular Sale OF Four Trillion Rs Treasury Bond Sales From 2008 to 2015 During Rajapaksa Regime.

Kicking campaigning for the upcoming Local Government elections into a new gear, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the Government would have to pay a whopping Rs. 10 trillion over the next 25 years due to allegedly irregular bond sales of Rs. 4 trillion from 2008 to 2015 without the Central Bank’s Monetary Board approval. …

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“Nowhere In The World Has A Central Bank Been Robbed In This Manner” Says Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Anura Balasuriya Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the loss caused by treasury bond scam was much bigger than the amount stated in the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the bond scam. Addressing the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna’s inaugural rally in Kadawatha on Saturday, the former President said that he had …

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“Neither the Prime Minister Nor I Have Committed Anything Wrong” – Ex-Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has said that revelations made by the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry which investigated the treasury bond issuance of the Central Bank are false. Addressing a UNP meeting in Colombo, on Saturday, the former Finance Minister said that he had requested a copy of the Presidential Commission …

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Govt Remains Committed To Goal Of Ensuring Justice For Killers Of Lasantha Wickrematunge and Other Media Personnel”States Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister Ranil Wickreme-singhe yesterday stated that he was proud to reflect on the many hurdles overcome so far by the yahapalana government since January 08, 2015. In a statement issued to mark the 70 th anniversary celebrations of the UNP, the PM said: “When President Sirisena and I embarked on the campaign for yahapalanaya on …

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Sirisena Not Showing Bond Commission Report To Wickremesinghe Suggests Prime Minister May Have Lost The Confidence Of The President

By The “Sunday Times” Political Editor President Maithripala Sirisena chose to reveal highlights of the story behind the Central Bank bond scam on Wednesday – part of the findings of the Commission of Inquiry. That it came unusually in a pre-recorded 21-minute address to the nation gave it the status of a “national” issue. Yet, …

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Serious Crisis Of Public Confidence In Presidency,Prime Minister and Government After Release Of Treasury Bond Inquiry Commission Report

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Auspicious times or not, Sri Lanka certainly rang in 2018 singularly inauspiciously as damning revelations of the monumental financial scam right in the bowels of the nation’s Central Bank were revealed to a badly shell-struck public even as the New Year had scarce been allowed to draw its breath. Fairy tales …

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Despite Bombastic SLFP Rhetoric Arousing Expectations, President Sirisena’s Treasury Bond Scam Statement Turns Out To Be a Damp Squib.

by C.A.Chandraprema The ‘special statement’ on the bond commission report made last Wednesday by President Maithripala Sirisena was, all things considered, the only statement that could have been made in the circumstances. To have expected anything else was unrealistic. The yahapalana project is something that goes beyond the President, the SLFP which he controls, and …

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Bitter Reaction of the USA and India to the Hambantota Port Deal With China is a Warning to Sri Lanka

By Saman Gunadasa The Sri Lanka government formally handed over Hambantota Port to China Merchant Port Holdings (CMPH) on December 9, after almost two years of negotiations. The port is located on the country’s southern coast, close to some of the world’s busiest sea lanes. Addressing the ceremonial hand-over, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declared that …

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President Sirisena’s Statement On Bond Commission Report Amended To Remove Critical References To Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

President Maithripala Sirisena’s office has put out several versions of his bond commission statement in an apparent attempt to soften the blow to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his party. The first English translation of the President’s Sinhala statement was reasonably close to the original, but a subsequent version — Bond Report V3 final.docx — …

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President Sirisena Has Cleared the Good Name Of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe In His Statement About Central Bank Bond Scam says Jint Opposition MP Namal Rajapaksa

By Kalathma Jayawardhane Joint Opposition MP Namal Rajapaksa yesterday said President Maithripala Sirisena had cleared the good name of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe through his Wednesday’s statement on the Central Bank bond scam. Addressing the media following an event held in Colombo, MP Rajapaksa said that accordingly, now the wrongdoer was former Central Bank Governor …

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Since President Sirisena Appointed Arjuna Mahendran as Central Bank Governor ,He Too Must Bear Responsibility for Treasury Bond Fraud States Prof G.L.Peiris

By Kalathma Jayawardhane In the wake of President Maithripala Sirisena’s statement on the Central Bank bond scam, the joint opposition today said President Sirisena should also be held responsible for the fraud as he was the appointing authority of Arjuna Mahendran as the Central Bank Governor who cleaned out the Treasury. Addressing a news conference …

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Ranil Wanted Attorney-General in DEc 2016 To Take Action on COPE Report On Treasury Bonds Scam But A -G Dept Has Not Done So Far.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday maintained that, on his instructions they had already referred the findings of the COPE Committee headed by parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti that probed the Treasury bond scams to the Attorney General on October 31, 2016. President Maithripala Sirisena forwarded the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the scams also …

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Prime Minister Wickremesinghe “Hopes” Attorney – General Will Act on Presidential Commission of Inquiry Report on Treasury Bond Scam

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister’s office expressed hope that the Attorney General will act on a report by President Commission of Inquiry, though no action has been taken on a parliamentary report which was handed over more than a year ago. The Prime Minister’s office said a report by the parliament’s Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) …

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Bond Commission Report Enables Maithripala Sirisena To Hold Whip Hand Over Ranil Wickremesinghe As Well As Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The report of the Sri Lankan Presidential Commission which probed a massive illegality in the issue of Treasury Bonds by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) in 2015, serves the political interest of President Maithripala Sirisena. The report on the multi billion rupee scam, the main contents of which were revealed to the country …

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Sri Lanka to enact new monetary law to prevent corruption at Central Bank following Bond Scam

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, in a special statement to the nation on Wednesday said that the government would adapt a new Monetary Law Act in the island country to avoid any malpractices in the Central Bank in the future. Sirisena made the statement following the conclusion of probe by a special Presidential Commission into …

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President Sirisena says Commission of Inquiry Report Recommends Legal Action Under Penal Code Against Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena said a Presidential Commission which probed Sri Lanka’s biggest securities scam has held former central bank governor Arjuna Mahendren responsible for leaking market sensitive information and also recommended legal action against former finance minister Ravi Karunanayake. Making a special statement to media on the Presidential Bond Commission report, Sirisena said …

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“Perpetual Treasuries Has Earned Profits Through Illegal Means With the Involvement of Arjuna Mahendran, Central Bank Officials and Some External Parties” – President Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday revealed to the public recent incidents of corruption and bribery over the issuance of Treasury Bonds as well as serious acts of fraud and abuse of power and state resources, backing key recommendations from specialists tasked with an independent probe. In a much-awaited prerecorded televised address to the nation, the President …

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Nine Politicians Named For Role in Treasury Bond Scam in Presidential Inquiry Commission Report Say Unconfirmed reports;Strong Indictments against Arjuna Mahendran and Arjun Aloysius;Further Probe Recommended Into Ravi Karunanayake’s “Monarch” Apartment Affair

By The “Sunday Times” Political Editor (Following are excerpts from the political column appearing in the “Sunday Times” of December 31st 2017) The three-member Commission of Inquiry to probe the Central Bank bond scam handed over its report to President Sirisena last afternoon at his Paget Road residence in Colombo. During a nine month period, …

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Only Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna With The Lotus Bud Symbol Has The Right To Print My Photograph on Election Campaign Posters Declares Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa

by Anura Balasuriya Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that though many wanted his photograph to be printed on their campaign posters for the forthcoming election campaign, only the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), which had the lotus bud as its symbol had a right to do so. Rajapaksa said so, addressing the candidates contesting …

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Political fallout of Local Government Polls in Sri Lanka

By Col R Hariharan Sri Lanka is expected to hold the nation-wide local government (LG) elections on February 10, 2018. Usually, local body elections are low key affairs. However, this election is important as a mid-term appraisal of the performance of President Maithripala Sirisena- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe government. It would also provide an indication …

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Future of Coalition Govt Lies in the Balance of Political Power Between UNP and SLFP, as well as Between President Sirisena and Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

By Ranga Jayasuriya 2018 should be the year Sri Lanka finally prioritises on economy and evolves a political cohesiveness that supports economic development. However, there is an acid test: the future of the UNP-SLFP unity government. The memorandum of understanding between the two parties lapsed on December 31; the SLFP says a decision will be …

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Tamil Film Superstar Rajinikanth Entering Politics Will Help the BJP Led “Hindutva” Forces To Flourish In Tamil Nadu

By P.K.Balachandran As 2017 ended on Sunday, Tamil filmdom’s superstar Rajinikanth made the much expected announcement of his entry into Tamil Nadu politics. The star of over 160 films, many of them hits, had been toying with the idea of entering politics as per a tradition in Tamil filmdom in which successful actors end up …

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The “Wanna-be UNP” Sinhala Far Right is “Anti -UNP” Only Because the UNP Is Multi-ethnic.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka “What is a Nation?” (“Qu’est-ce qu’une nation?”) – Ernest Renan (1882) “I have been in the belly of the beast and I know its entrails.”– Jose Marti The resumption of rumblings over the SAITM issue, due to concerns about a double-cross by elements of the Government, generated commentary which was revealing. From …

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“My entry into politics is certain.”- Tamil Cinema Superstar Rajinikanth To Form Own Political Party and Contest All 234 Seats in Tamil Nadu.

The decades long guessing game has finally come to an end. Superstar Rajinikanth, the actor loved by the masses in Tamil Nadu and beyond, has officially announced his entry into politics. On Sunday, dressed in a white kurta and pants, Rajinikanth walked into the Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai’s T Nagar to an audience of …

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“Sack Me If You Can”: Mahinda Rajapaksa Challemges SLFP Central Committee To Terminate His 50 Year Long Party Membership

By Ravi Ladduwahetty Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in an exclusive interview with Ceylon Today last afternoon, dared the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee to terminate his membership from the Party in which he has been a member for the last 50 years since 1968 and a Member of Parliament for the Beliatta electorate …

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What is Required in the New Year is For Those in Political Power to Observe a Simple Standard of Commonsense and Integrity.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene As we enter upon a New Year pregnant with hope and foreboding in equal parts, the inglorious epitaph of the past twelve months qualifies to be none other than the adage ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same.’ A tug-of-war between the old and the new Certainly the …

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Sinhala ultranationalist Discourse which is of Parochialism and Neo-tribalism, can Never Defend the National Interests of Sri Lanka.

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka There were strange reactions to Sri Lanka’s political responses to and UN vote on the issue of Jerusalem. There are those spokespersons of the Sinhala Far Right who criticized the Sri Lankan stand and the cross-party political consensus as instances of double standards. The argument was that those who could not …

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Cabinet Minister Mano Ganesan Given STF Security To Protect The TPA Leader From Colombo North Politicos With Underworld Connections.

By Ajith Siriwardana Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) leader Minister Mano Ganesan had been provided with Special Task Force (STF) security with a backup vehicle with five STF personnel, STF sources today said. Meanwhile, the Minister said in a statement that he faced serious security issues and sought the intervention of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister …

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Overseas Assets Acquired By Sri Lankan Politicians and Bureaucrats Through Criminal Means Have Been Located Abroad and “Provisionally Identified”

By Namini Wijedasa Some assets located overseas have been “provisionally identified” as being the proceeds of crimes committed by certain politically exposed persons (PEPs) of Sri Lankan origin, authoritative Government sources revealed this week. While they declined to say who these persons were, PEPs typically include politicians and bureaucrats. These were the outcomes of investigations …

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Is the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Truly Ready to Embrace Real Change?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath’s recent comments (in an English Daily) on his party’s stance on the national question makes interesting reading; especially in the context of the current constitution making process. Herath, asked to explain the JVP’s current position, vis-à-vis, the ethnic problem and power devolution as a …

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Maithripala Sends “Warning Signals” to Ranil and Mahinda By Appointing Piyasena Gamage as State Minister of Law and Order as a Check and Balance to “Rajapaksa Friendly” Sagala Ratnayake.

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed newly sworn-in legislator Piyasena Gamage as state minister for law and order in a move that sought to reduce the authority of a very close ally of the prime minister. Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) gave the influential portfolio to Gamage, a …

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President Sirisena Says He Wont Hesitate To Use The “Kaduwa”(Sword) Against Relatives,Friends or Party Supporters In His Fight To Create A Corroption -free Pure Culture.

By Sandun A Jayasekera President Maithripala Sirisena said today he would not hesitate to use the ‘sword’ on his relatives, friends or party supporters in his journey to create a clean, unstained and a people-friendly political culture. “In my journey with a sword to create a clean, unstained and a people-friendly political culture and to …

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Vibrancy of Bethlehem will Convert Christmas into a Peoples’ Festival of Discernment, Resistance and Transformation

A Christmas Reflection by Bishop Duleep de Chickera Bethlehem is the little village in which Jesus was born. It was here, that the unseen God emptied himself to become human in the form of Jesus, so that humans could hear and know God best through the idiom of the human, and rise to a fully …

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President Sirisena Hints Strongly To SLFP Loyalists Of Possible Split With the UNP In Coalition Govt After Local Govt Elections

President Maithripala Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), has strongly hinted at a possible split of their coalition mid-way of its five-year term. The President told his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) loyalists that he has decided to carry out the “second stage” of his daring political …

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Malaysian PM Abdul Razak Meets Northern CM Wigneswaran Without Meeting TNA Leaders Despite Objections By Prime Ministers Office and Foreign Ministry Officials.

(Excerpt From “Talk At The Cafe Spectator”Column in “Sunday Times”) Malaysia insisted on meeting with Wigneswaran despite objections by officials Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak’s two day visit to Sri Lanka was not without controversy. One incident came at a scheduled meeting Premier Razak had lined up with Northern Province Chief Minister C. …

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A Single Khapra Beetle Found In a Tea Crate Exported From Sri Lanka Causes Lifting of Ban On Cancer Causing Asbetos Imported From Russia

By Don Manu At first light, at first sight and at first read, the news seemed to be a page out of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. But Lanka was forced to believe it, like it or lump it, when Russia announced its decision to cut down on its 400 million dollars worth of Ceylon …

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Chandika Hathurusinghe Returns Home To Guide and Strengthen Embattled Sri Lankan Team After Uplifting Bangla Desh Cricket to New Heights

By Champika Fernando As a 12-year-old, Sri Lanka’s new national cricket coach would do 15 minutes of bat drill after dinner each day, standing in front of a mirror. He would then go to sleep with his bat under the pillow. Such was his dedication to the game. Chandika Hathurusingha signed up this week as …

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Sri Lanka Has Not Implemented Even a Single Recommendation Made By The Human Right Committee

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Even allowing for the caustic truth of the 16th century saying that ‘what cannot be cured must be endured’, there is a limit to endurance if Sri Lanka has to undergo repeated visits of international United Nations missions without tangible benefits ensuing to the country’s long-suffering citizens. A more incisive critique …

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Appointing Presidential Commission Of Inquiry To Probe Shangri La Hotel On Army Property At Galle Face Project Deal May Backfire On Coalition Govt.

By C.A.Chandraprema The yahapalana government has been adept at shooting themselves in the foot and they took another major step in that direction by discussing in cabinet that a special presidential commission be appointed to investigate the alienation of the land on which the newly opened Shangri La hotel now stands. This land originally belonged …

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Local Govt Elections Under New Voting System on Feb 10th Will Be An Effective National Poll of Deep Political Significance.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake With the nominations for elections to all local bodies concluding earlier this week, the stage is set for the local government elections throughout the county on February 10, 2018 under the new electoral system, making it an effective National Poll of deep political significance. The week also saw a major development on …

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Having a Home Of Their Own in Central Highlands Makes Plantation Tamils of Sri Lanka Feel at Home .

By Meera Srinivasan S. Indira Gandhi owns a brand-new house now. She is one of the first few from Sri Lanka’s hill country Tamil community – that has a two century-history in the island – who can call this home, and the piece of land beneath it, her own. A full-time worker in a tea …

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Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya Asks All SLFP Candidates Contesting Local Polls to Include Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Picture in Posters and Other Propaganda Material

By Ranjith Wimalasiri Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya yesterday called on all SLFP candidates, contesting the forthcoming local polls to include pictures of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in their campaign posters and other such propaganda materials. The Chief Minister made that request while addressing a press conference held at the Chief Minister’s office in …

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Sri Lankan Cricket Needs To Find “Relative Pitch” If Former Glory Is To Be Restored.

By Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe The expression Relative Pitch used in the caption of this essay is a concept that originates from the field of music, which describes the crucialability of singers and players of instruments in an ensemble to re-create a given musical note by comparing it to a reference note. The phrase ‘relative pitch’ …

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If You Vote For Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s UNP This Time, You Are Saying The Central Bank Bond Scam Was OK

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka It is all very simple really. This election is about you. If you vote for the UNP, you think that the country is better off under Ranil, is doing better and will do better under him as PM than it did when Mahinda Rajapaksa was in charge. If you voted for regime …

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Mahinda,Basil, Gothabaya,Chamal,Shiranthi, Namal, Yoshitha and Rohitha: Family Rule by the Rajapaksa “Yakkos” Ruined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party

By Vishwamithra1984 “The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” ~Nicco Machiavelli There was no Machiavellian nuanced statecraft. There was no Dudley Senanayakian transparency and honesty. There was no Jayewardenesque stoicism. There was not even lofty but empty rhetoric of the likes of …

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President Sirisena Condemns Rajapaksa Regime for Selling Galle Face Army Property Cheaply to Shangri – La and Move Army Headqurts to Akurugoda;May Appoint Commission of Inquiry to Probe Deal Done by Mahinda and Gota

By Sandun A. Jayasekara President Maithripla Sirisena has in a special statement to the Cabinet today blasted the ad-hoc, un-advisable and arbitrary decision by the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime to move the Army Headquarters from Baladaksha Mawatha in Fort and sell the land to Shangri-La Hotel chain. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told a media conference held at …

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