Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Panneerselvam and AIADMK Ministers Take Oaths Before Governor with Eyes full of Tears Over Jayalalithaa’s Plight.

By B.Aravind Kumar O. Panneerselvam, staunch loyalist of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, was sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for a second time on Monday by Governor K. Rosaiah, followed by the induction of other Ministers. The ceremony was emotionally charged with virtually every member of the new Cabinet breaking down . Mr. Panneerselvam …

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Appeal Filed in Karnataka High Court Seeking Suspension of Sentence on Behalf of Tamil Nadu Ex-CM Jayalalithaa.

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s appeal against Special Court’s conviction order in disproportionate assets case was filed in the Karnataka High Court around 11 a.m on Monday. Her advocates filed the appeal, with a plea seeking suspension of sentence, in the High Court’s registry section. Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala, her relatives V.N Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi …

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3000 Acres of Land held by 6 Firms “for and on Behalf of Jayalalithaa”To be Confisticated on Orders of Special Court.

By Krishnaprasad The Special Court, which convicted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her aides in the disproportionate assets case on Saturday, has issued a direction for the confiscation of around 3,000 acres of land and other properties held by six firms “for and on behalf of Ms. Jayalalithaa.” The properties were registered in the …

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6 Commit Suicide and 10 Die of Cardiac Arrest in Tamil Nadu After Hearing of Jayalalithaa’s Conviction for Corruption.

CHENNAI: At least 16 people committed suicide or died of cardiac arrest across Tamil Nadu after a special court in Bangalore convicted AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in the 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case on Saturday and sentenced her to four years in prison. Two people have been hospitalized with severe burns. Police said three people …

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Jayalalithaa Loyalist Paneerselvam a Former Tea Stall Owner Becomes Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for Second Time.

Once a tea stall owner, AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa’s trusted lieutenant is set to become Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the second time since 2001, when he made his Assembly debut. The 63-year-old leader from Thevar community held two key portfolios of Finance and Public Works in the Jayalalithaa Ministry.

Jayalalithaa’s Faithful Finance Minister Panneerselvam to Succeed her as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

The meeting of AIADMK MLAs on Sunday is said to have unanimously elected Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam as the party’s Legislative Party leader and he is likely to be sworn in as Chief Minister. Raj Bhavan sources said the AIADMK had sought an appointment with Governor K. Rosaiah at 6 pm. This is the second …

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Veteran Legal Eagle Ram Jethmalani Flies Back from London to Appear in Court for Tamil Nadu Ex-Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani is flying back from London to represent AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa, who has been convicted in the disproportionate assets case, in the Karnataka High Court, his office said on Sunday. The senior advocate will reach India by Monday. The High Court will then be moved for suspension of her sentence and bail. …

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Jayalalithaa’s Lawyers to File Appeal Seeking Bail, Suspending of Sentence and Staying of Conviction.

by Sruthisagar Yamunan AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa’s lawyers will file an appeal on Monday against the special court verdict sentencing her to four-year simple imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case and also seek her release on bail. AIADMK Rajya Sabha Member A. Navaneethakrishnan told The Hindu that a bail application would be moved in the …

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Jayalalithaa has Iddlis,Vadais, Bread,Apples&Milk for Meals&reads 3 Tamil&2 English Newspapers on her First day in Prison.

Sruthisagar Yamunan & Imran Gowhar For AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa, who is known to be an early riser, Sunday at the Parappana Agrahara prison was no different. Her first full day in jail began as early as 5.30 am. Prison officials told The Hindu that the three-time Chief Minister asked the authorities for five newspapers …

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Myanmar’s Anti-Muslim Movement Leader Ashin Wirathu Pledges Support to Sri Lanka’s Anti-Muslim Bodu Bala Sena Movement.

By Meera Srinivasan Controversial Buddhist monk from Myanmar Ashin Wirathu, accused of leading an anti-Muslim movement in Burma, on Sunday pledged his support to a hard-line Sinhala-Buddhist group in Sri Lanka which faces similar allegations. Speaking at the convention of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), roughly Buddhist Power Force when translated, Wirathu said he would …

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Burma’s 969 Movement and Sri Lanka’s Bodu Bala Sena will work Together in Future Announces VenAshin Wirathu Thera in Colombo.

Stressing that a world without extremism was the essence of Buddhism, the founder leader of the 969 organisation of Myanmar, the Venerable Ashin Wirathu Thera said today that his organisation would work with the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) to achieve this goal. Speaking during the BBS convention in Colombo, the venerable thera said some extremists …

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Bodu Bala Sena President Kirama Wimalajothy Thero warns that BBS will “Bring a Man from the Village” to lead the Country if Govt Does not Address Concerns of Buddhists.

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) yesterday issued an ultimatum to the Government, saying it will not hesitate to push for a change of Government if the current one fails to address a threat faced by Buddhism in Sri Lanka. BBS President, Kirama Wimalajothi Thero, speaking at a BBS summit at the Sugadathasa Indoor Stadium, insisted …

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Jayalalithaa Given Prisoner No 7402 and Housed in VVIP Cell No 23 with Bed,Fan and Bathroom Facility in Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara.

By Imran Gowhar Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who has been convicted in the disproportionate assets case, has been allotted the VVIP Cell number 23 in the Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara. She has been given prisoner number 7402. Sources said the cell is located next to the women’s barrack. Jail authorities said the occupant …

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Cho. Ramaswamy says Legal Avenues are Available to Jayalalithaa and that she may come out Unscathed in the Future.

By B. Kolappan & B. Aravind Kumar Every time her political rivals have written her off, Tamil Nadu’s three time Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has made a comeback. And so while AIADMK’s political rivals believe that Saturday’s verdict against Ms Jayalalithaa would be a permanent setback and weaken her hold over the party, political analysts refuse …

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“I First Thought of Jayalalithaa but will now Work on Sending Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to Jail by Christmas” -Dr. Subramanian Swamy.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy called the judgment against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa “excellent,” and said that a local Sessions Court had shown tremendous courage in delivering it. Dr. Swamy, who was the original complainant in the case in 1996, said: “She was corrupt and I knew she was corrupt. But ultimately it is a …

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Ms.Jayalalithaa Still has Avenues of Appeal Open to her -The Hindu

(Text of an Editorial Appearing in “The Hindu”of September 28th 2014 Under the Heading “The Long Road to Justice”) The conviction of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case by a Special Court in Bangalore is a significant vindication of a vital constitutional principle — that the rule of law be upheld …

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If Proclamation is Issued on Nov 20 for a Presidential Poll on Jan 9 then Jan 13-15 Pope Francis Visit Cannot Take Place.

Despite a turbo charged campaign with lethal weapons from its political armoury, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) faced a humiliating outcome at the Uva Provincial Council elections. It won with a lower majority and faces higher concerns.Lawlessness reigned in the run-up to the September 20 polls. Intimidation and thuggery were rampant. The Police were …

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Narendra Modi and Mahinda Rajapaksa Talk in New York “About Various Issues” but 13th Amendment “Issue was not Discussed in the Meeting”.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa held talks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York yesterday with the two leaders discussing key issues, including bilateral and regional, media reports said. This was the second meeting between the two leaders after Mr. Modi was sworn-in as India’ Prime Minister in May this year. “The meeting was cordial …

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Ven Ashin Wirathu on a Four Day Visit to Sri Lanka Will Participate in Bodu Bala Sena’s “Maha Sangha Council” Event at Sugathadasa Stadium at 1 pm on Sunday.

Ven. Ashin Wirathu from Myanmar will participate in the Bodu Bala Sena’s Maha Sangha Council meeting at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium at 1.00 p.m. today. The monk who arrived in Sri Lanka on Friday (26) night is to remain in the country for four days. This is first time the monk has visited a foreign …

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Jayalalithaa May have got off with a Lighter Sentence if she had Opted to Answer Questions Posed to her Earlier by a Chennai Court.

By N.Sathiya Moorthy At least some of the spontaneous and sporadic violence accompanying the Bangalore case verdict against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in her native state could have been avoided if the media — both national and regional — had not delayed preparing her party cadres and the rest of the population, the latter …

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Why is Sajith Premadasa Who Wanted Ranil Wickremesinghe Removed as UNP Leader is Suddenly Supporting him now?

After the moral victory it achieved at the Uva Provincial Council election, the United National Party convened its Working Committee to appoint new office bearers to several key positions in the party including that of the Deputy Leader. Hambanthota District MP, Sajith Premadasa, who once lost the Deputy Leader position after he unsuccessfully challenged the …

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No LTTE or IPKF in Jaffna now,but Rajini Thiranagama Commemoration Event Experienced Problems as in 1989.

by Dr. Devanesan Nesiah I was a public servant when Rajani was assassinated by an LTTE agent 25 years ago. I took private leave, travelled to Jaffna at my own expense and participated in the 31st day Commemoration. She was a leading member of the UTHR (Jaffna branch) and coauthored, with Dr.Rajan Hoole, Dr. Daya …

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Why the UNP should not Anticipate a Victory in the Next Presidential Elections on the Basis of the Party’s Performance at the Badulla District Poll.

By C.A.Chandraprema In the past week after the Uva PC election, there has been much discussion about the results of the Badulla district. The UNP won outright in the electorates of Hali Ela, Badulla and Welimada, and the gap between the UPFA and the UNP was narrowed to virtually nothing in electorates like Uva-Paranagama (197 …

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Convicted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will Lose her Post and Forbidden to Contest Elections for 10 Years.

By J. Venkatesan The AIADMK chief, Ms. Jayalalithaa, who stands disqualified as an MLA forthwith because of her conviction and four-year sentence of imprisonment in the Rs. 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case, cannot contest elections for 10 years including 2016 Assembly polls, unless her conviction is also stayed besides stay of sentence. She is the …

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram Given 4 Years Jail Sentence and Fined 1Billion Rupees by Bangalore Special Court.

By Krishnaprasad & Sruthisagar Yamunan The Special Court in Bangalore on Saturday convicted and sentenced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to four years in prison and a fine of 100 crores, in the disproportionate assets case. Since the sentence in the case exceeded three years, the special court does not have jurisdiction to grant bail …

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“Buddhist Bin Laden of Burma” Ven Ashin Wirathu Thero Arrives in Sri Lanka as Bodhu Bala Sena’s Guest Despite Muslim Organizations Protesting.

Burma’s Controversial Buddhist monk Ven Ashin Wirathu Thero arrived in Colombo on Friday September 26th night as the honoured guest of Sri Lanka’s Bodhu Bala Sena organization.Ashin Wirathu is the leader of Burma/Myanmar’s “969 Movement” that has been conductiong a vitriolic and violent campaign against the Muslim minorities in the country. Bodhu Bala Sena’s Chief …

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Anti -Muslim Alliance Between Sri Lanka’s Bodu Bala Sena and Burma’s 969 Movement Leader Ashin Wirathu.

By Latheef Farook The alliance between anti Muslim Sri Lankan racist outfit Bodu Bala Sena and Burma’s blood thirsty Buddhist Monk Ashin Wiruthu, responsible for slaughtering thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, spells disaster for the island. This extremely dangerous alliance, brought together by their common hatred towards Islam and Muslims, perhaps trained and financed by …

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Sri Lanka Muslim Council Asks President Rajapaksa not to Issue Visa to Myanmar 969 Movement Leader Ashin Wirathu to Attend BBS conclave in Sri Lanka.

(Text of Letter Sent by the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka to President Mahinda Rajapaksa ) September 25th 2014 His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President, Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Presidential Secretariat, Colombo 1. Your Excellency, As you are aware, Ven. Ashin Wirathu is the dreaded leader of the 969 Movement in Myanmar. He is also …

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Bangalore Special Court to Rule Today 27th Whether Jayalalithaa Acquired 66.65 Crore Rupees Wealth When Tamil Nadu Chief Minister from 1991 -96.

by Suresh Nambath & K. Venkataramanan For Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, many of her political crises have emanated from legal tangles. After having decimated the opposition in the Lok Sabha elections earlier in May, she faces her biggest challenge not from political rivals, but a Special Court in Bangalore that will deliver its judgment …

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Denying Permission for Procession and Venues to Commemorate Rajini Thiranagama 25th Death Anniversary was Huge Mistake by Authorities in Jaffna.

by Jayantha Samarasinghe I visited Jaffna on 20th to participate in the Dr Rajani Thiranagama Memorial events. I visited the Jaffna Medical Faculty at Tirunelvely & found that permission has been denied for the commemoration meeting. The organisers have hurriedly made arrangements at Veerasingham hall near the Police station and I rushed there. The procession …

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Muslim Congress Urges Govt to Ensure Anti-Muslim Violence is not Instigated by Bodu Bala Sena During the “Great Sangha Council” Conclave on Sep 28th

(Text of Statement Issued by Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Secretary -General M. T. Hasen Ali M.P.) The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has been informed that extremist Buddhist groups, including the Bodu Bala Sena, have organised what they term a ‘great Sangha council’ on Sunday, the 28th of September. In the past such events, most …

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22 Countries Issue Joint Statement Saying “Intrusive Mandate Given to OHCHR to carry out Investigations on Sri Lanka is Unwarranted”.

(Text of media communique issued by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva) Twenty-two developing countries of the Like Minded Group (LMG) in Geneva, in a joint statement made through its Chair – Egypt, have said the Group “believes that the intrusive mandate given to the OHCHR by Res. 25/1 to …

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A “Global” Praise: ♫ “Guardian Goddess” and Mother Nature

by K. Thirukumaran Yathum ure yavarum Kelir” – All the world is my world, all humanity is my fraternity:”- Kaniyan Poongkundran-Translated by Rev Fr Xavier Thaninayagam Sakthi is the “Guardian Goddess” of Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar. He has said that Navarathri is a favorite festival of his and that he look forward to celebrate it every …

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Thamizh Will be Taught as a Compulsory Language in all Schools in Tamil Nadu State from the Next Academic Year.

By Asha Sridhar Tamil will be a compulsory language for all schools in Tamil Nadu from the next academic year. A recent Government notification has brought schools in the State affiliated to all Boards under the purview of the Tamil Learning Act, 2006. This, however, does not include Central government schools such as Kendriya Vidyalayas …

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Federal Court In New York Issues Summons Against Indian PM Modi for his Role in the Anti -Muslim Pogrom in Gujerat when he was Chief Minister

By Narayan Lakshman & Suhasini Haidar Even before he touched down on U.S. soil after a nine-year visa ban, a federal court in New York has issued summons against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his role in presiding over the anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat during 2002 when he was Chief Minister of the …

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President Rajapaksa Criticises the Conduct of the UN Human Rights Council in his Address to the UN General Assembly.

(Text of President Mahinda Rajapaksa address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday September 25th 2014) I congratulate Your Excellency Sam Kutesa on being elected as the President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. We wish you success and assure you of our fullest cooperation. The theme for this Session, “Delivering …

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Sri Lanka’s UPFA Govt Support Plunges in Provincial Election but Manages to Win Province with Narrow Margin.

By Saman Gunadasa Sri Lanka’s ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the Uva provincial election last Saturday, but its vote plunged sharply, indicating deepening opposition among workers and rural poor toward the government. The UPFA share of the vote fell by 21 percentage points from 72 percent in 2009 to 51 percent. As a …

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Uva Provincial Council Elections 2014: Communiqué on 9 Incidents of Post-Election Violence-CMEV

By Centre for Monitoring Election Violence 25 September 2014: The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has been informed of 9 incidents of violence after the conclusion of the Uva Provincial Council elections held on 20th September 2014. The incidents reported to CMEV include incidents where UPFA supporters were involved in making threats to and/or …

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“Come and Fight with me. Dont Attack my Supporters”-Harin Fernando tells UPFA Ministers Behind Anti-UNP Violence in Uva.

By Dharisha Bastians The UNP’s popular chief ministerial candidate Harin Fernando has vowed to become a royal pain to the ruling UPFA inside the Uva Provincial Council that was elected last weekend. Fernando told his first post-poll press conference in Colombo yesterday that between the UNP’s 13 members and the JVP’s two members, including its …

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UPFA may Have Won the “Uva Match”but the “Man of the Match”award Goes to the UNP’s Game Changer Harin Fernando.

By Dharisha Bastians Never before has a winning partyparty licked its wounds so defensively. Never before has a losing side been so jubilant in defeat. The Uva provincial election will be epoch-making in more ways than one. But for bringing his party back with a fighting chance, it is young Harin Fernando who should take …

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USTPAC Welcomes the Oral Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka

By United States Tamil Political Action Council WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 – The US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) welcomes the 22 September 2014 report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka. USTPAC commends the UN High Commissioner for a robust assessment of the …

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Police “Confiscate” Newly Erected St.Philp Neri Statue in Kalutara At Behest of Buddhist Monks and Use Tear Gas and Water Cannon to Disperse 3000 Catholic Protesters.

Police in Sri Lanka used water canons and tear gas on Sunday to disperse a group of about 3,000 Catholics who were demanding the return of a statue that had been confiscated by police earlier in the day. The statue of St Philip Neri had been erected on government-owned property in Kalutara, across the street …

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Sajith Premadasa Re-instated as UNP Deputy Leader; Ravi Karunayake Assistant Leader: Eran Wickremaratne Treasurer.

By Dharisha Bastians Gearing up for a major national election in the coming year, the main opposition United National Party made a series of fresh appointments at its crucial Working Committee meeting held at Sirikotha yesterday. The reinstatement of Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa as the party’s Deputy Leader was the highlight of the Working …

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UNP National Youth Front Chairman Ruwan Wijewardene M.P. Steps Down Voluntarily to Hand Over Post to Harin Fernando.

By Uditha Jayasinghe Lending more wind to the United National Party’s wings, MP Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday decided to voluntarily hand over the Chairmanship of the UNP National Youth Front to Harin Fernando, who topped the preferential voter list at the Uva polls. Wijewardene insisted it was a completely personal decision and he would offer up …

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Karu Jayasuriya Lashes out at Pre and Post -Election Violence Unleashed in Uva by Ruling UPFA against UNP and JVP.

(Following is the full statement issued by UNP Leadership Council Chairman and Gampaha district MP Karu Jayasuriya) As usual, the UPFA and its maniacal supporters have resorted to celebrating their narrow win, which they achieved with greatest of difficulties and the help of some most cruel and violent means after violating every possible election law, …

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Obvious that Mahinda’s Vote Bank will Decrease and Opposition Votes will Increase at a Future Presidential Election.

By Upul Joseph Fernando Did it weaken in the battle against UNHRC? It was confusion most confounded, in government circles, on the penultimate day to the Uva Provincial Council polls. Even President Mahinda Rajapaksa looked confused as intelligence reports indicated that the UPFA would not secure a landslide victory as witnessed in the recent provincial …

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“As Cinema Personnel we are to be Blamed for not Communicating the Message of the Buddha to the West”-Assamese Director Jahnu Barua.

By Channa Bandara Wijekoon IFFColombo 2014 international film festival concluded with a very positive note leaving Sri Lankan cinema with fresh hopes. IFFColombo offered a golden opportunity for local filmgoers to witness an array of films which induced wisdom in them and made them able to look at life in a different perspective. The film …

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Uva Elections Have Been won by the Western Forces Though with Minor Hiccups Here and There due to Default.

By Nalin de Silva All political parties that contested at the Uva Provincial Council elections have claimed victory. This includes Sarath Fonseka, who think that some forty thousand votes that they should have received had been cast to some other political party or parties due to some ‘jilmaat’. Fonseka may be a good soldier but …

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Uva Election Results Indicate the Rajapaksa Myth is Brittle and Beginning to Crack

By Vishwamithra 1984 “The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” ~Sun Tzu What materialized at the elections held on Saturday, September 20 was the possibility number 3 as reasoned out in my last week’s column: “the Government-backed …

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Persons in Civilian Attire Claiming to be “CID Officials”Monitor Rajini Thiranagama Commemorative Seminar Held in Jaffna.

By Meera Srinivasan In September 1989, Sri Lanka’s Northern Province lost one of its most prominent human rights defenders following the death of Rajani Thiranagama, who was gunned down, reportedly by the rebel Tigers. A human rights activist and feminist, Rajani is best known for her contribution to the The Broken Palmyra — a book …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe to Propose Sajith Premadasa as Deputy Leader of Party at UNP Working Committee

Amidst a division of opinion, Sajith Premadasa is to be re-appointed Deputy Leader of the UNP today. Informed sources said that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in keeping with his pledge to give Premadasa more responsibility would be proposing Premadasa for the vacant post of Deputy Leader at today’s Working Committee(WC), meeting which would be preceded …

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“Yaazh Devi”Express Train Travelled From Pallai to Jaffna on Test run Along Re-constructed Northern Railway Line After 24 Years

After 24 years, the “Yaazh Devi express train travelled from Palai to Jaffna yesterday on the recently-restored northern railway line. The express train made a test run from Pallai to the newly constructed Jaffna Railway Station on Monday prior to resuming services next month after a 24-year gap. The train left Palai at 10:30 a.m. …

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TNA’s Chief Constituent the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi Files Affidavit in Supreme Court Affirming it is for Federal State within United Sri Lanka.

By Chitra Weerarathne The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has recently filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, explaining their election manifesto during the recent provincial council polls, in the Northern Province. The affidavit says that the position of the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), of which the TNA is the main constituent, concerning a political …

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UNP Gen Secy Tissa Attanayake Resigns from Leadership Council Blaming Ravi Karunayake for Insulting and Threatening him

By Dharisha Bastians UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake resigned from the UNP Leadership Council yesterday, heightening fears that the party was set to suffer yet another internal crisis soon after its electoral gains in the Uva Province over the weekend. Attanayake in a letter to UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he was disillusioned …

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NGO run in Sri Lanka by UK Based Alliraja Subaskaran the Jaffna Born Controversial Owner of “Lycamobile”is not Registered with Sri Lanka Govt.

By a Special Correspondent Out of 1,428 registered Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the island, no one would find the organization – Gnanam Foundation (GF), UK, listed in there. However, it is actively operating in the island. GF is no relation to another foundation bearing the famed surname of the famed philanthropist, the late A.Y.S. …

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Uva Poll Results Transform Harin Fernando into the UNP’s Latest Political Super Star.

By C. A. Chandraprema In The Sunday Island the week before last, this writer posed the question Whether Harin Fernando was going to be the UNP’s new political superstar. (Political Watch 14/9/2014) In the view of this writer, the UNP had managed to get only 25% and 26% of the vote respectively at the Southern …

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Four of Seven Berths in Hambantota Port Development Project -Phase 2 to be Given to Chinese Joint Venture.

By Namini Wijedasa The Sri Lanka Ports Authority has agreed to hand over four out of seven berths from the second phase of the Hambantota Port development to a Chinese joint venture that includes a company that is also getting vast tracts of prime property on the Colombo Port City artificial island. Authoritative sources said …

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Large Number of “Unspecified”Agreements Signed by Sri Lanka with China Apart from the Official 27 Accords.

A large, unspecified number of other agreements were signed this week between China and Sri Lanka in addition to the 27 accords that were entered into in the presence of the Presidents of the two countries, authoritative government sources said.“There was another list of agreements that were concluded on the sidelines of the visit,” said …

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New Gazette Notification Gives More Sweeping Concessions to Chinese Firms Building the Colombo Port City Artificial Island Project.

A gazette notification containing tax concessions to Chinese firms building the Colombo Port City artificial island has been cancelled and a new one granting even broader terms has been issued. This includes a complete, eight-year waiver of corporate income tax for China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC), which is the contractor for engineering, procurement and …

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Chinese Media Prevent Sri Lankan Media from Adequately Covering Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Visit to Sri Lanka.

The local media corps had a rotten time covering the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. Wherever they went, a posse of Chinese journalists elbowed them out of the picture. It started at the airport where local journalists were bundled onto two trucks from which they could take pictures and video footage for …

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Reference to “Terrorists” Changed to “Militants” in Draft Law by Rauff Hakeem at Behest of MA Sumanthiran Alleges Douglas Devananda.

A reported change of the word “terrorists” to “militants” in a law that will allow land and property owners in the once war-ravaged north and east to reclaim ownership has triggered a controversy. Minister Douglas Devananda, leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), raised issue at Thursday’s weekly ministerial meeting. He alleged that the …

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56 Km Railway Track from Pallai to Kankesanthurai Being Laid out Without Stations, Platforms being Constructed or Maintenance Staff Provided.

By Ravi Ladduwahetty The government’s ambitious programme of launching the Northern railway line spanning 56 km from Pallai to Kankesanturai on 24 September would be heading for a major disaster with none of the key infrastructure such as railway stations and maintenance staff in place even as of now, a key railway union claimed. “This …

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Uva Poll Shows the only Logical Option for UPFA Govt is to go in for an Early Presidential Election.

(Text of an Editorial Appearing in “The Island” of September 22nd 2014 Under the heading”A thundering slap”) The people of Uva have given the ruling UPFA a thundering slap plus a reduced majority to rule their province. The government has, in spite of all its polls law violations, election bribes and abuse of state resources, …

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“Harin Fernando has set an Example in Uva by Fighting the Might of Rajapaksas”-UNP Statement.

(Text of Statement Issued by the United National Party after the conclusion of elections to the Uva Provincial Council) The first salvos of a freedom struggle that eventually brought down imperialist rule in Sri Lanka were heard in the far corners of Uva-Wellassa nearly 200 years ago. Resonating that same heroic spirit, that yearning for …

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Even on Basis of Uva Poll Results, Ranil will Lose and Mahinda will win at a Presidential Election

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA 1. Analysts, commentators and readers in general should check the results of the 1982 Presidential election. Despite an 8 % growth rate, the Mahaweli program, and the deprivation of Mrs B’s civic rights, the great JRJ Jayewardene won only 52+% of the vote, in what is regarded as a great victory. …

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What Must Never be Forgotten is That the UPFA Won, Not Lost in Uva, While the UNP Lost, Not Won in Uva.

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA THE MORNING AFTER UVA: GOVT AND OPPOSITION AT THE CROSSROADS Perhaps the fundamental thing about the Uva result is that it demonstrates that the fundamentally democratic system –most importantly the electoral mechanism and the Commission of Elections– is working, notwithstanding the incidents of coercive electioneering. The Uva election achieved certain things …

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Bandarawela UNP Mayor Chaminda Wijesiri Attacked inside Police Station by Deputy Ministers Hemal Gunasekara and Arundika Fernando with Minister Pushpakumara and Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardana watching.

By Deepal Warnakulasuriya Bandarawela Mayor Chaminda Wijesiri was rushed to the Badulla Hospital from Diyathalawa Base Hospital after a clash had taken place allegedly at the Bandarawela Police station last evening. A minor argument at a polling station had been reportedly turned into a serious fight between the two major parties United People’s Freedom Alliance …

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Govt Wins Uva Province with Reduced Voter Base:Out of 34 Council Seats the UPFA Gets 19 Including 2 Bonus Seats; UNP Wins 13 and JVP Gets 2.

The ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has won the Uva Provincial Council elections securing the highest number of seats in the two districts during yesterday’s elections, according the results released so far. Accordingly, the UPFA had secured 19 seats including two bonus seats in the Provincial Council while the UNP secured 13 seats and …

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Justin Trudeau Offers a Chance to Meet Him,Senior Liberal Party Advisers and Former US First Lady and Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

A Message to Canadians from Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau Pack your bags,——————–, and bring your big idea for Canada ……………..because you could win a chance to pitch it to me and one of my senior advisors over breakfast in Ottawa, on October 6. But wait, there’s more. If you win, we’re not just going …

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With Beijing-New Delhi Relations Improving Under Xi Jinping-Narendra Modi Equation Will China need Sri Lanka Anymore?

By C. A. Chandraprema The reason why Indo-Sri Lanka relations were on a particularly good footing during the Bandaranaike era between 1956-1965 and 1970-1977 is because under the Bandaranaikes Sri Lanka had a foreign and domestic policy that was identical to India’s. During that period, both India and Sri Lanka had the same friends overseas. …

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Sam Wijesinha was a Repository of Sri Lanka’s Political Lore with names,facts and Figures at his Fingertips.

by Manik de Silva The early sixties were a good time to break into journalism for a just-out-of- school teenager as I was at that time. My father spoke to Esmond Wickremesinghe and I was given a kind of `learn the ropes’ job on the then Ceylon Observer under Denzil Peiris.  I didn’t expect to …

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“Dr.Rajani Rajasingham Thiranagama was the NOBLEST of all my Pupils”-Prof. Carlo Fonseka

(Full Text of Prof. Carlo Fonseka’s speech Scheduled to be Delivered at the Rajani Thiranagama Commemoration Meeting in Jaffna on September 20th 2014) There is no other word to characterize her: Dr. Rajani Rajasingham Thiranagama was the NOBLEST of all my pupils. There were others who were cognitively smarter than her, but morally and ethically …

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Will Pro-Independence Scottish Diaspora Continue Struggle for Free Scotland from Abroad like Pro-Tamil Eelam Tamil Diaspora?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The Scottish people have decided to be stuck in the United Kingdom. They have taken the cue from David Cameron who, in the final round of hectic campaigning for the NO vote, pleaded with them that even if they don’t like the “f…ing Tories,” they don’t abandon the Union. Many a politician …

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Two out of Every Five Scots and Scotland’s Biggest City Glascow Have Voted to Leave the United Kingdom.

(Text of an editorial Appearing in “The Hindu”of September 20th 2014 under the heading “Not a simple ‘no’ from Scotland”) It would be prudent not to read Scotland’s ‘no’ to independence as a plain and simple ‘yes’ to continue with the status quo. The latest verdict is very unlike the ‘no’ vote in the 2011 …

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British Prime Minister David Cameron “Delighted” Over Scotland Voting “No”to Independence from the UK

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he is “delighted” that Scotland’s referendum returned a no vote to independence from the United Kingdom. “It would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end,” he said. Mr. Cameron defended the decision to go ahead with the poll, saying “it is right to …

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Alex Salmond Emerges as Winner of Greater Devolution Despite Losing Scottish Referendum

Despite failing to win independence in the referendum he brought about, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has nevertheless emerged a winner. Even before voting began, the three main parties in Westminster had already made a last-minute promise to hand over more powers to the devolved Parliament in Edinburgh, Holyrood, if Scots rejected independence. In his …

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Music of “Mandolin” Shrinivas Transcended Frontiers and Genres-Chitravina N. Ravikiran

by Chitravina N. Ravikiran The galaxy of music has lost one of its most glittering stars in the death of Mandolin U. Shrinivas. That his remarkable achievements immortalised him even as a teenager is small consolation for the tragedy of losing him at the age of 45. Every superlative offered to him seemed redundant in …

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Listening to Classical Music by a Symphony Orchestra in the Place where Richard de Zoysa was Bludgeoned to Death by the Police.

By Kumbhakarna It was a very pleasant Friday evening. The Chamber Music Society of Colombo, a symphony orchestra was playing film music opposite the World Trade Centre twin towers. Conducted by Lakshman Joseph de Saram, the internationally-known film music composer, (Machan, Bel Ami, Ira Mediyama, Akasa Kusum) the orchestra played in the open air to …

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Musical Prodigy “Mandolin” Shrinivas who Charmed Listeners with his Divine Music Dies of Liver Failure at the age of 45

By B.Kolappan U. Shrinivas, who cast a spell on audiences with his Western instrument, the mandolin, died here on Friday. He was only 45. Mandolin Shrinivas, as he came to be known, had been ailing for a while. He reportedly was being treated for liver failure at the Apollo Hospital. He had lately received a …

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Scotland Rejects Independence in Historic Referendum Opting to Remain as part of the United Kingdom with Fresh Devolution of More Powers.

By Alistair Smout and Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout. A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on …

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Scotland Rejects Independence and Votes to Stay in the United Kingdom – BBC

Scotland will vote to stay in the United Kingdom after rejecting independence, the BBC has predicted. With 29 out of the country’s 32 council areas having declared after Thursday’s vote, the “No” side has 55% of the vote, with the “Yes” campaign on 45%. By 06:00 BST , the “No” campaign had more than 1,737,000 …

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UNP Campaign on the Upswing but Moneragala Poll may help UPFA in Uva Province

On the Spot Report by Dharisha Bastians in the Uva Province Inside the Nayabedda Estate in Bandarawela, a rosy sunset casts shadows on the large cut-out of a movie-star like politician, poised precariously on the roof of Sivalingam Thangaraj’s home. Until last month, Thangaraj’s hut had no roof and only brightly-coloured plastic sheeting mounted on …

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Pakistani Espionage Agency Inter-Services Agency Financed Bodu Bala Sena to make Muslims in Sri Lanka feel Insecure says “Rediff”

The birth of the Bodu Bala Sena, an extremist Singhalese Buddhist nationalist organisation in Colombo in 2012 was a significant event. The organisation was formed to enforce Buddhist supremacy in Sri Lanka, mainly targeting Christians and Muslims in the country. The formation of this organisation was a turning point for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, which had …

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Uva Election Survey Conducted by US Embassy Forecasts the UNP Winning Badulla District and Being Edged out Narrowly by UPFA in Moneragala District

By C.A.Chandraprema As far as provincial elections go, the UNP seems to be doing much better in Uva than at any previous election since 2005. Due to the much spoken of violence in the Moneragala district, the impression has been conveyed to the rest of the country that the government is facing an uphill struggle …

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Interest in Learning Hindi Language Grows Among Tamils in North Due to Sustained Efforts of Indian Consulate in Jaffna.

By P.K.Balachandran A passion for Hindi film music and the Hindi language is commonplace in Sri Lanka. But Jaffna, the stronghold of Tamil nationalism, has been an exception to this rule. The Tamil-speaking North is one place in the island nation, where Hindi films are not shown, Hindi soaps are not watched, and Hindi songs …

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Goa Born Blessed Joseph Vaz who went as Missionary to Sri Lanka Worked Miracle of Rain in 1693 During Drought in the Kandyan Kingdom.

Pope Francis’ approval of the votes of the Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops in favor of canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz attains special significance in the wake of the forthcoming visit of the Holy Father to Sri. Lanka in January 2015. Bl. Vaz was born in Goa, India, in 1651. As a priest …

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Vishnu Vasu’s Documentary Poem “Butterfly” is a Remarkable Tribute to the Lost Innocence of Child Soldiers

by Kamaya Jayatissa “When I’m gone, release me. Let me go. I have so many things to see and do.” – Excerpt from ‘Butterfly’ Even today too little is been said about them. Yet, they lived as fighters and died as children in a war they knew nothing about, in a war they had nothing …

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Alex Salmond Urges Seizure of Extraordinary Chance for a “New Dawn for Scotland” By Voters at Referendum.

By Severin Carrell Alex Salmond urged tens of thousands of yes activists to “get to it” by seizing the extraordinary chance for a “new dawn for Scotland”, as the final batch of polls before the vote confirmed the referendum hung on a knife-edge. To chants of “yes we can”, the first minister urged more than …

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Scottish independence: When will the Referendum Result be Announced?

As the yes and no campaigns make their final push in the battle for Scotland’s future, minds are turning to polling day. What happens after polling stations close on Thursday? And when will the final result be known? Polling stations in Scotland will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 18 September for the …

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Sri Lanka Visit of Pope Francis Brings Publicity to Govt While Providing Voice to Suffering Tamil Minority.

by Paolo Affatato “Don’t force political issues on the Pope, don’t use his visit to Sri Lanka for political ends”: the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, sent out a clear appeal to the Sri Lankan government and the opposition. Francis’ visit to the country (13-15 January 2015) comes right before the presidential elections. Given …

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Pope Francis “Bends” Vatican Rules to Confirm that he will Canonise Blessed Joseph Vaz as the First Ever Saint in of Sri Lanka.

Pope Francis has approved Blessed Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) as Sri Lanka’s first saint, reports from the Vatican said yesterday. Reports said that the Pope had bent Vatican rules to bypass confirmation of a miracle in order to approve Blessed Joseph Vaz as a saint. Francis will now canonise Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary, during …

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“ABIDE IN LOVE” – Theme for Pope Francis Visit to Sri Lanka Officially Launched

Theme for the Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka was launched at the press conference held today (12th September, 2014) at the Archbishop’s House Auditorium by Rev. Fr, Cyril Gamini, Director, Media Secretariat for the Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka. “Abide in Love”, the theme of Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka has its roots in …

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Scottish Referendum Vote on Independence is a Historic Turning Point for Britain and the Whole of Europe.

By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens The Scottish referendum vote on independence is a historic turning point for Britain and the whole of Europe. With the result of the September 18 ballot too close to call, a recent poll for the first time showing the Yes camp holding a majority triggered a crisis in ruling …

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What Would Happen if Scotland Votes for Independence? Questions and Answers in the New York Times.

Compiled by KATRIN BENNHOLD with Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura contributing reporting from London and Bernadette Murphy contributing research from Paris. Scotland has been England’s junior partner in the United Kingdom since 1707. But three centuries is no time at all in the view of many Scots, who regularly re-enact 14th century sword battles they had with …

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Urban Resilience is Important to Sri Lanka Because more than half the CountryPopulation will live in Cities by 2020.

By Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (Text of Speech deliverd by Secretary Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the workshop on Urban Resilience organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme at the Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla on 16th September 2014) It gives me great pleasure to address you all this morning at this workshop on Urban Resilience organised …

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Northern Provincial Council must work with Govt for Development like Colombo Municipal Council says Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is not cooperating on development work carried out by the Government, and this is affecting the ordinary people in the North. Speaking at a UN Habitat program today, Rajapaksa said that political differences between Municipalities and …

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Was Anagarika Dharmapala who held Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan in Great Esteem a “Racist” as Portrayed by Some?

by Mala Hewavitarne Weerasekera It is opportune at this moment that a true understanding of the Anagarika and his message to the people is properly conveyed. His clarion call to the Sinhala People is in grave danger of being misinterpreted and misused by elements who are out to cause religious and racial disharmony. First, let …

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Beijing’s Regime Change Change Plan in North Korea Shows that Mahinda Rajapaksa has to fear China more than the USA or India.

By Upul Joseph Fernando Way back in 1963, Prime Minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, was hailed by the China media as the ‘Angel of Peace’ when she carried with her a set proposals to prevent a possible Indo-China war. While in China she signed the maritime agreement. Her proposals to prevent an Indo-China war was severely criticized …

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Uva Provincial Polls will Prove Whether the “UNP”Brand is Damaged Beyond Control or not?

By Vishwamithra 1984 An Open letter to the Uva voter- “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~T. S. Eliot In a column, dated July 26, 2011, published in a worldwide website this writer, under a different pseudonym wrote thus: “A people battered for more …

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Bellanwila-Attidiya Sanctuary Developed through Efforts of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Must be Named “Gota-Abhaya Boomiya” in his Honour.

By G.A.D.Sirimal At the ceremonial opening of the Bellanwila Development Project, by President Mahinda Rjapaksa, it was magnanimous on the part of the Chief Incumbent of Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya Bellanwila Wimalarathana, to pay a glorious compliment to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development Authority for successfully completing the project which …

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USA Led West Must Realise that Powerful Nations such as China,Russia,India,Japan and Australia are Against UNHRC Probe on Sri Lanka.

By N Sathiya Moorthy The joint statement issued at the end of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, praises internal mechanisms in Sri Lanka, in terms of ethnic reconciliation and accountability issues. PM Abe in particular underscored the need for continuing the dialogue among political stake-holders in Sri Lanka, …

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“Sam Wijesinha my Father was not one for Religious Rituals but was a very Spiritual Man”

By Dr.Sanjiva Wijesinha (Text of the eulogy delivered at the service of Celebration of the life of former Ombudsman and Parliament Secretary -General Mr.Sam Wijesinha on 9th September 2014 by his son Dr. Sanjiva Wijesinha) Sam Wijesinha: 27 June 1921 – 31 August 2014 Sam Wijesinha Your presence here today – and the many letters, …

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