COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti Threatens to quit if COPE Investigation on Central Bank Governor is Manipulated to Whitewash Arjuna Mahendran

by Saman Indrajith Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises Sunil Handunnetti (JVP) threatens to resign from the post if he feels the members of the committee are being influenced by outside forces trying to clear Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran of wrongdoing in the alleged bond scams. Handunnetti told The Island on Friday that …

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Govt Rattled as “Conscience Shocked”Supreme Court Strikes Down 60 Billion Rupee Coal Tender in Landmark Judgement

By C.A.Chandraprema In a landmark judgment delivered by the Supreme Court last Friday, the country’s highest court shot down a disputed coal tender with it being said in open court that the ‘conscience of the court was shocked’ by the conduct displayed by certain individuals involved in the process. The Norochcholai power plant requires 2.25 …

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Mangala Samaraweera’s Optimistic Upbeat Speeches and Prevailing Reality in Sri Lanka

By Taylor Dibbert Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera recently spoke at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo. Mr. Samaraweera has again presented a very optimistic assessment of the current state of affairs in the war-torn island nation. The foreign minister is right to note that recent political developments have presented the country …

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Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is Optimistic that the On – Going COPE Investigation Would Clear his name

by Saman Indrajith Expressing optimism that the ongoing COPE investigation will help clear his name, Central Bank Governor, Arjuna Mahendran said that he returned from overseas to serve his motherland, and the President would decide whether he should continue in his job or not. He confirmed that he has decided not to seek an extension …

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P.Samarasiri Likely to Become Central Bank Governor as Incumbent Arjuna Mahendran Decides not to Seek Re-appointment

By Chandani Jayatilleke A senior Deputy Governor currently serving in the Central Bank is likely to be appointed to head the bank, as incumbent Governor Arjuna Mahendran has decided not to seek a re-appointment until the conclusion of investigations. Deputy Governor P. Samarasiri is currently the front-runner for the post, top Central Bank sources told …

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“Senthamizh Thaen Mozhiyaal”-Magnificient Singing by T.R.Mahalingam ♫♥

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Favourite Film Songs -3 “Senthamizh Thaen Mozhiyaal”is perhaps the most popular song sung on screen by the magnificient singer and actor of Tamil cinema – Thenkarai Ramakrishnan Mahalingam generally known as T.R.Mahalingam. He sings this number in the film “Maalayitta Mangai”produced in 1958 by poet and film lyricist “Kavignar” Kannadasan who also penned …

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Sri Lanka Needs India Policy with Multi – track Strategy Instead of Relying on Economic Diplomacy alone

By Sudharshan Seneviratne (Complete text of speech titled “IMAGING INDIA AND STRATEGIZING INDO-SRI LANKA SYMBIOSIS” delivered at the India-Sri Lanka Relations in the 21st Century seminar. BCIS. Colombo, 16th June 2016 .Sudharshan Seneviratne is a – Former Professor of Archaeology (Peradeniya), Former Director General Central Cultural Fund and Former High Commissioner to India ) Having …

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Fisticuffs in Parliament: “Action Hero” Ranjan Ramanayake Thrashed by Mahindananda Aluthgamage in Brawl Between the UNP and SLFP MP’s.

In what seemed like a scene from a Sinhala film two “honourable” members of Parliament entered into fisticuffs within the “hallowed”precincts of the house by Diyawanna Oya on Tuesday June 21st. Joint Opposition Kandy District MP Mahindananda Alutgamage and UNP Gampaha District parliamentarian and deputy minister Ranjan Ramanayake not only exchanged blows in Parliament but …

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Terrible Massacre of a Four Member Family in Vankaalai Ten Years Ago

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (A family of four in the North – western town of Vankalai in Mannar district was brutally massacred on June 8th 2006. The persons responsible for the cruel act are yet to be brought to justice. I wrote a detailed article about the incident under the heading”Vicious Violence Wipes Out family of four …

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Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) “the Greatest Heavy Weight Boxer of All time”, Passes Away at Hospital in Phoenix

By Jon Schuppe Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead. Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to …

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Gunning Down in Broad Daylight of “Virakesari” Journalist Aiyathurai Nadesan in Batticaloa Twelve Years Ago

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (Aiyathurai Nadesan serving as Batticaloa correspondent of the Tamil daily ”Virakesari” was shot dead in broad daylight in the heart of Batticaloa town by assassins belonging to the Eastern breakaway faction of the LTTE on May 31st 2004. His killer was believed to be none other than Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan who was …

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How Kandiah Ulaganathan Alias “Col” Ramanan of the LTTE was Killed by a Sniper in the East 10 Years Ago

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (This is an article written and posted by me ten years ago on May 26th 2006 under the heading “Life and Times of Kandiah Ulaganathan – (“Col” Ramanan)”. It is being re-posted here to denote the tenth anniversary of Ulaganathan alias Ramanan’s death) Kandiah Ulaganathan known to the world as “Col” Ramanan …

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How 13 Tamil Civilians Were Killed By the Navy and EPDP in Allaipiddy – Velanai on May 13th 2006

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (This is an article written and posted by me ten years ago on May 16th 2006 under the heading “Navy –EPDP Kill Thirteen Civilians in Allaipiddy – Velanai”. It is being re-posted here to mark the tenth anniversary of the killings. No one has been prosecuted or convicted for the killings so …

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Tragedy Descends Upon Pallebage as Parts of “Saamasaara Kanda” Mountain Crumble and Fall.

By Dharisha Bastians in Aranayake The wails of Prema Adikari, 58, mingle with the howls of a small brown dog as they both stare at the muddy remains of a collapsed house on the hill through sheets of rain falling in the area again Thursday morning. A red collar made of twisted string is still …

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Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran Counters Allegations Against Him In Interview

By C. A. Chandraprema Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran’s term of office ends in June this year. There have been calls from opposition politicians as well as good governance activists for the government to investigate alleged malpractices in the issuance of treasury bonds during his tenure before reappointing him for another term. One of the …

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58 Killed, 132 Missing Due to Lanslides:414,827 Persons Affected by Rains and Floods with 43 dead and 28 missing- Over 300,00 Evacuated as Kelani River Rises by 10 feet

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa The death toll from the Aranayake landslide in the Kegalle District could rise to 135, Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Media Spokesman Pradeep Kodippili told The Island yesterday. He, however said the figure had not been confirmed officially. According to the latest figures issued by the Disaster Management Centre (DMC): disaster have left …

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Canada Ready to Help Sri Lanka set Up Robust Accountability Mechanism With Foreign and Commonwealth Investigators,Prosecutors and Judges.

Canada is willing to assist the Sri Lankan Government to set up a robust accountability mechanism to investigate and address serious violations of international law during the war, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. Issuing a statement on the seventh anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka, the Canadian Prime Minister said …

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Similarities and Differences Between Jayalalithaa “Amma” of Tamil Nadu and Mamata “Didi” Of West Bengal.

BY RONOJOY SEN May 19 decided the fate of two of the most powerful women politicians in India: Jayalalithaa and Mamata Banerjee. While Mamata expectedly returned to power in West Bengal, albeit by a larger margin than expected, Jayalalithaa became the first chief minister in Tamil Nadu in three decades to buck anti-incumbency. Though there …

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With Clear Lead in Over 125 out of 234 Seats , Jayalalithaa led AIADMK Poised for Historic Victory in Tamil Nadu.

Poised for a successive term in office with her party establishing clear leads in over 125 seats, AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday said her party had managed the “historic” win despite absence of an alliance and hailed people’s faith in her. Making a victory speech from her Poes Garden residence amid a …

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“I Call Upon the Entire Nation to Remember on May 19th the Brave Armed Forces Who Sacrificed Their Lives”

By Mahinda Rajapaksa Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a hard hitting statement yesterday blasted the authorities for releasing hardcore LTTEers numbering a few hundred, while armed forces personnel were being arrested and held continuously without bail. “My government did not try to exact revenge from LTTE cadres captured at the end of the war. We …

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40 People Killed and Over 100 Missing Due to Floods and Landslides Created by Torrential Rains in Sri Lanka

by Maheesha Mudugauwa Mudslides set off by torrential rains rushed down rain-soaked hills in two districts, sweeping away scores of houses and killing at least 40 people in three villages during the past two days, Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said yesterday. More than 100 others are missing. Sixteen people were killed by a landslide at …

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President and Constitutional Council Must Thoughtfully Reflect Before Extending Term of Central bank Governor in June.

By Chandra Jayaratne Civil Society breathed a sigh of relief post “January 8th 2015 Change” and looked forward to commitments of Transparency, Good Governance, Rule of Law and Ethical Conduct of Leaders, returning, being respected and strictly complied with in governance. The resignation midterm of the last Governor was indeed good news. The expectations were …

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My Reasons for not Wanting to Climb Sri Pada Mountain Again.

By Bandula Jayasekara For whatever reason, I never wanted to climb Siri Pada better known as Samanala Kanda (Butterfly Mountain/Peak). I wouldn’t call it Adams Peak because it was Robert Knox who called it that. Knox could have called it Butterfly Peak instead, because Adam was nowhere near this peak. I once went to climb …

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Canada Welcomes Decision Taken By Sirisena- Wickremesinghe Govt to Call off “Victory day Parade”

by Shamindra Ferdinando Against the backdrop of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government calling off Victory Day Parade held annually to celebrate Sri Lanka’s triumph over the LTTE, Megapolis and Western Province Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has organised a war heroes’ commemoration at Panagoda Army Cantonment tomorrow (May 19) at 3.15 pm. Minister Ranawaka will make a …

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DEW Gunasekera Urges President Sirisena not to Extend Term of Governor Arjuna Mahendran Without Probing Central bank Scams.

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Communist Party (CP) leader D.E.W. Gunasekera on Monday urged President Maithripala Sirisena not to extend the term of the Central Bank (CB) Governor Arjuna Mahendran, which is scheduled to end in June, without a thorough investigation into alleged bond scams during his tenure. Former Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) …

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Is Mangala Samaraweera Mocking Mahinda Rajapaksa or Is Mahinda Rajapaksa Mocking Mangala Samaraweera ?

By Upul Joseph Fernando Mangala Samaraweera had written a letter to Mahinda Rajapaksa last weekend. In this open letter he had mentioned that war crimes had taken place during the war. While Mangala was accusing Mahinda of war crimes, Mahinda completed his visit to Uganda and returned. Mahinda went to Uganda to attend the swearing-in …

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Mervyn Silva Entrusted With Task of Turning “Joint Opposition” Into a Joke in the Eyes Of The Media

By Rasika Jayakody Media Ministry Secretary Nimal Bopage ran into a storm recently when he sent out a press communiqué cautioning the media over the term ‘Joint Opposition’. Even the highest echelons of the political sphere were perturbed over Bopage’s press conference as they thought the move would boomerang on the government, in some way …

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Maybe President and Prime Minister Will Mark 7th Anniversary of War’s End With the People of the North?

By Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu It is now seven years since the end of the war and the onset of a post-war situation. In that time the roots of conflict were not addressed but sustained and even reproduced. In the North and East, people observed that things may have looked better, but felt worse. There and throughout …

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Time To Stop Talking About Corruption in Sri Lanka And Start Taking Serious Action

By Vishwamithra1984 “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” ~John Steinbeck It’s time we stopped talking about corruption and started taking some serious action! Commissions and committees have outlived their usefulness. The people are tired and sick of the pace at which these various bodies, whether they are …

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Changing Over From Coal to Liquefied Natural Gas Would result in Power Plant Being Shifted to Western Coast of Sri Lanka Instead of East Coast Sampoor

By P.K.Balachandran The governments of Sri Lanka and India will begin discussions on replacing coal by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the 500 MW Indo-Lankan power plant to be set up at Sampoor in Eastern Sri Lanka, the Lankan Power Secretary, Dr.Suren Batagoda, told Express on Tuesday. “ At the moment, the changeover to LNG …

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President Sirisena Must Instruct SL Navy to Arrest 10 Tamil Nadu Fishing Trawlers Every week Until Poaching Is Stopped

By Dr.Steve Creech “India seeks Sri Lanka’s help to stop Indians fishing illegally in Sri Lankan waters”. This isn’t quite how the Indian press worded Narendra Modi’s request to Maithripala Sirisena when they met in New Delhi on Friday. The headlines in the Indian media said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pushed for a permanent …

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President Sirisena Asks Prime Minister Modi to Convert Proposed Coal Power Plant in Sampoor to Liquified Natural Gas Power Station

BY S VENKAT NARAYAN Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convert the Sampur Power Station in Trincomalee from a coal power plant to one powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). Modi has responded positively to Sirisena’s suggestion, and asked his officials to discuss the issue promptly with their …

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Military Security Provided to Ex – Defence Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to be Replaced by Police on a Stagggered Basis

By Dasun Edirisinghe Army security provided to former Defence Secretary Lt. Col. (Retd.) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa too would be removed in stages according to the government’s policy decision to hand over the VIP security to the police commandos, the Defence Ministry said yesterday. Addressing the media at the Government Information Department, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said …

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Aviation Minister Jayaratne’s Unqualified Daughter Sachini Nayanthara Appointed to Newly Created Post of International Relations Officer at Civil Aviation Authority

By Nirmala Kannangara Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) continues to be in the public eye, aligning himself as he does, with successive governments in order to safeguard his position. This is despite the numerous malpractices he has allegedly been involved in over the years. It is surprising indeed that the good …

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Tamils Have Moved Away From the 1976 Vadddukkoddai Resolution For Tamil Eelam After 1987 Indo – Lanka Accord says TNA Leader R. Sampanthan.

By T.Ramakrishnan In a strange coincidence, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan will participate together in a public event on Saturday, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Vaddukoddai resolution. The two leaders will be in the ancient Indian city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh to take part in …

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Similarities Between Sri Lanka Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

By Ranga Jayasuriya Last week, ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa travelled to Uganda to grace the inauguration ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni, who was sworn-in for his fifth term. It could have been a bitter sweet moment for MR, who like his host, dreamt of being the President for life and amended the constitution to that effect, …

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Lankan Navy Is Building Church Hall for Pilgrims in Kachchatheevu On a Written Request Made by Catholic Bishop of Jaffna Diocese

By P.K.Balachandran Contrary to reports emanating from Tamil Nadu, the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) is not building St.Anthony’s church at Kachchativu on its own, but is doing so at the written request of the Bishop of Jaffna, the local parish priest, Fr.Jeyaranjan, told Express on Sunday. Bishop Rev.Dr.Justin Gnanapragasam had made a verbal request to …

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Lankan Navy Commander Refutes Baseless Charges In India About Naval Facility Being Built in Kachchatheevu.

By T. RAMAKRISHNAN The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) on Sunday dismissed reports that it planned to build a naval facility on the Katchatheevu islet, which was ceded by India to Sri Lanka during the June 1974 bilateral agreement. Talking to The Hindu, SLN Commander Vice-Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne termed “baseless” the reports that the Navy had …

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India Goes Ahead With Sampoor Power Project But Lankan Govt is Divided With Ranil Faction Supporting And Maithri faction Opposing

By P.K.Balachandran The Indo-Lankan project to build a 500 MW coal fired power plant at Sampoor in Eastern Sri Lanka is on, despite opposition from an influential section of the Lankan government, reliable sources told Express on Sunday. “Reports about the project being abandoned had come out in the past too, but these proved to …

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MP From TNA Allegedly Imports Land Rover Diesel STA/Wagon Sports AB10 Dynam SDV6 Luxury Vehicle at Undervalued Price

by Madura Ranwala A TNA MP has taken delivery of a tax free luxury vehicle, a used Land Rover Diesel STA/Wagon Sports ABIO Dynam SDV6, this week by underestimating the real value of the vehicle and paying only Rs. 1,750 as Customs Declaration fee. It is the second luxury vehicle cleared so far by parliamentarians. …

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Construction of 2nd St. Anthonys Church in Kachchatheevu by Sri Lankan Navy Suspended Due to Protests By Indian Govt

The construction of a new church on the island of Kachchativu has been stopped by the Sri Lankan Government after India raised issues over it. Navy Commander Ravindra Wijegunaratne told the Sunday Times construction work had been suspended until the issues were resolved. He said the Navy had been asked to undertake the construction by …

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Faultlines Dividing Moderation From Extremism Run Through Each Civilization and Each Religion.

by Tisaranee Gunasekara “Have you learned nothing from history?” Freud (The Future of an Illusion) In the US, Donald Trump, the orange-haired billionaire whose claim to fame includes a string of spectacular business failures, is about to become the official nominee of the Republican Party. In the UK, Sadiq Khan, the son of immigrant parents …

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While President Sirisena Was Addressing Anti – Corruption Summit in London , Ill-informed LTTE Supporters Demonstrate Against Him at Wrong Venue

by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London Pro-LTTE activists in the United Kingdom got it mixed up and protested at the wrong venue in the belief that visiting President Maithripala Sirisena was attending the Anti Corruption meeting at Marlborough House. This was, in fact, a separate conference initiated by the Commonwealth Secretariat for Non Governmental Organization Group …

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Criteria and Procedures Adopted By Constitutional Council For Selecting suitable Candidates Must be Transparent Urges UN Special Rapporteur Monica Pinto

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene In a notably pungent observation at the close of her mission visit to Sri Lanka this month, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Mónica Pinto took pains to remind Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Council of one fact. This was that the Council, set up with great …

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Thiyagaraja Arasanayagam Awarded Gratiaen Prize 2015 For His Unpublished Poetry Manuscript ” White Lanterns – Wesak 2011″.

Poetry took centre stage last evening as Thiyagaraja Arasanayagam was awarded the Gratiaen Prize 2015 for his unpublished manuscript ‘White Lanterns – Wesak 2011’. The annual prize recognises the best work of creative writing in English by a Sri Lankan resident and comes with Rs. 200,000 in award money. This year’s judging panel for the …

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera Writes Open Letter to Ex – President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

By Mangala Samaraweera (Text of an open letter written to Ex – President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera) My dear Mahinda, I still vividly recall the first time I met you. It was at the SLFP Party Headquarters on Darley Road in June 1988, which I attended in my capacity as the …

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Lankan Foreign Ministry Paid For Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Business Class Travel to Uganda for Musaveni ‘s Swearing In Event

By Dharisha Bastians Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s much-hyped trip to Uganda this week was plunged into controversy after documents emerged showing the former leader had requested the Government to pay his travel expenses and facilitate his visit to the African country. The ex President was invited to attend the inauguration of the controversial Uganda President …

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The truth about Udayanga Weeratunga: Is the government playing Russian Roulette?

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya The ‘controversy’ surrounding Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga was revived again with the recent visit of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to Thailand. A photo uploaded on the web by Weeratunga of himself standing beside his relative Rajapaksa during this visit, has gone viral. This episode led to renewed allegations …

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Did President Request Prime Minister to Reconsider Appointments of Finance Minister Karunanayake and Central bank Governor Mahendran?

By Dharisha Bastians Maithripala Sirisena travelled to London yesterday to attend an International Anti-Corruption Summit organised by the British Government. The summit is aimed at ‘driving out the culture of corruption wherever it exists’. Some of the world’s most corrupt political leaders will flock to London this week, an irony that was not lost on …

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Why are the Attacks on “Rivira”Editor Upali Tennekoon and “Nation” Associate Editor Keith Noyahr Not being Investigated?

By Malinda Seneviratne After the late Lalith Athulathmudali was killed in April 1993, many pointed fingers at the then President Ranasinghe Premadasa whose wrath the murdered man had earned by breaking away from the United National Party along with Gamini Dissanayake and others to form the Democratic United National Front (DUNF). President Premadasa vehemently denied …

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Govt Perturbed Over Intelligence Report About Basil Rajapaksa Meeting Serving Sri Lankan Army Major – Generals

By Upul Joseph Fernando Recently the government received a report from the Intelligence sector. The report stated that Basil Rajapaksa had secretly held discussion with several Major Generals of the Army. As soon as this report was received the government became perturbed. Generally, if Army officers are to meet not only politicians of the Opposition, …

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Sri Lanka’s Day of Shame When Its Robust MP’s Engaged in Mob Violence Inside Parliament

By A. Patabendige It was the Speaker of a rainbow coalition House that said at an International Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting at Lusaka, Zambia (and not Geneva, SL’s Everest in submission) that SL “is one of the countries with a robust and strong democracy, Parliamentary democracy”. On 6 May 2016 SL’s people had a close …

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Entry of JVP Into Student Politics Led to Pernicious Form of Ragging and Student Violence In Universities

By Kumudu Kusum Kumara If Sri Lankan university academics turned a blind eye to ragging and student violence as they are accused of by some, the reasons for that could be complex. Ragging and student violence in Sri Lankan universities have been linked to student politics to which the teachers’ politics also has been linked …

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Sri Lankan Navy Builds Second St.Anthony’s Church in Kachchatheevu at Request of Jaffna Catholic Bishop Justin Gnanapragasam

By P.K.Balachandran The Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) is building the second St.Anthony’s church in Kachchativu at the request of the Bishop of Jaffna, Rev.Dr.Justin Gnanapragasam. The foundation stone of the church was laid on Wednesday after it was blessed by the Vicar General of the Jaffna Diocese, Rev.Joseph Das Jebaratnam, in the presence of the …

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The Prime Minister is Fast Becoming the Country’s Most Polarizing Personality

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka This May Day I resisted the siren song of being participant-observer (engaging in “participatory action research” as the late GVS de Silva termed it), and preferred to stay home, surf the three channels that provided live coverage of the main May Day mobilizations, track the newscasts on all channels, and peruse the …

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No Disciplinary Action Against SLFP Members Attending Kirullapona May Day Rally Discloses Dilan Perera

by Dasun Edirisinghe State Minister of Highways Dilan Perera yesterday said the SLFP would win the forthcoming local government election together with party strongmen and people who gathered at Kirulapone and Galle May Day rallies. Addressing the media at the party headquarters on Darley Road, Perera said SLFPers who had attended the two May Day …

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Distrust between the Sinhalese and Tamils is almost total Due to Bigots on Both Sides

By Vishwamithra1984 “What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?” ~E. M. Forster On to your right is the vast expanse of the deep blue sea. From the South-East tip of this island country, Arugam Bay, all the way up …

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13 Jaffna Youths In Custody due To Police Crackdown on “Aavaa Group”Criminal Gang Led by Kumaresaratham Vinothan of Inuvil

by Norman Palihawadane Jaffna police yesterday arrested five members of the criminal outfit known as “Aavaa”Group, involved in serious crimes in the Jaffna District. Two hand grenades in the possession of the suspects were recovered. Leader of the group, Kumaresaratnam Vinothan (21) from Inuvil also known as ‘Aavaa,’ had been taken into custody on January …

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From Saravanamuttu to Muzammil 12 Out of 25 Mayors of Colombo Have Been Tamils or Muslims

By Ranga Jayasuriya London has elected its first Muslim and non-White mayor, Sadiq Khan, a son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, who will now be the first Muslim mayor in a Western Capital. World’s media was effusive, noting how politics in the UK’s metropolitan hub has over the time transcended race, religion and the …

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Since 1964 May Day Rallies in Sri Lanka Have Become Events to Show Strength of Political Parties Seeking State Power

By Sumanasiri Liyanage Media was unusually attentive of May Day 2016 mainly because of the assumption that May Day 2016 would be critically decisive for the future of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Although he has been out of power for 16 months, it seems that the politics in Sri …

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Different Ethnicities in Sri Lanka Have conflicting views on Constitutional Reform Issues Like Nature of State and Devolution of Power

By P K Balachandran The Public Representation Committee (PRC) set up by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to ascertain the views of the public on constitutional reform, encountered sharp differences on ethnic lines. Express learns from reliable sources that the Sinhalese, Lankan Tamils, Muslims and Plantation Tamils of Indian origin held different and conflicting …

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India Likely To Provide Assistance for Developing “Ramayana Trail” Tourism Project in Sri Lanka

By T.Ramakrishnan India’s assistance for the Ramayana trail in Sri Lanka may be finalised in a high level meeting between the two governments next month. India’s help has been sought for development of infrastructure or amenities in the sites that form part of the Ramayana circuit. About a dozen places have been identified as part …

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Serious Rise of Crime in North Due to Near Total Absence of Tamil Speaking Persons in Police Force says TNA MP Sumanthiran

By P.K.Balachandran The alarming rise in crime in Jaffna peninsula since Eelam War IV ended in 2009, is attributed to a variety of factors, but one of the principal causes appears to be the absence of Tamil-speakers, especially ethnic Tamils, in the local police force, says M. A.Sumanthiran, Jaffna district MP and spokesman for the …

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Visiting UN Special Rapporteurs Concerned Over Manner in which Ex-LTTE Members Are Being Arrested in Sri Lanka

By T.Ramakrishnan Special Rapporteur Juan E. Mendez seeks transparency on “the reasons and evidence on which a detention order rests.” The United Nations has expressed concern over the reported manner in which the Sri Lanka government has arrested of former activists of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in recent weeks. U.N. Special Rapporteur …

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Crowds at Kirullapone UPFA Rally Larger Than Campbell Park UNP and BRC Grounds JVP Rallies

By C.A.Chandraprema From the reports and comments about last Sunday’s May Day rallies that have been appearing over the past week, it became obvious that The Island was the only newspaper or media organization that had a staffer monitoring the crowds in all three main rallies held in Colombo. This year, what was important was …

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47 Parliamentarians,260 Provincial Councillors From UPFA with Over 2000 Local Authority Members Attended Kirullapone May day rally

By Rasika Jayakody The power struggle within the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has reached a whole new level after the UPFA rebel group’s May Day rally at Kirulapona. It has now compelled the SLFP decision-making bodies to take swift and drastic action to restore unity and discipline in the party. The UPFA rebel group, …

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Foreign Ministry Agrees to Implement 58 Conditions Imposed by the European Union in a bid to Regain GSP Plus

In its haste to regain the GSP Plus facility, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has agreed with the European Union (EU) to implement a sprawling list of 58 conditions linking human rights, national security and other domestic concerns with trade, a document obtained by the Sunday Times shows. Among the 58 conditions imposed are to …

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SLFP Dissident MP’s who Attended Kirullapone Rally Engaged in Informal Talks with Party Hierarchy to Stave Off Disciplinary Action Being Taken Against Them

By Rasika Jayakody and Uditha Kumarasinghe In a bid to stave off party disciplinary action for attending the rebel UPFA break-away May Day rally, the dissident SLFP parliamentarians in the UPFA rebel group have begun talks with senior SLFP leaders to work out an “amicable settlement”. Party seniors told the Sunday Observer yesterday that overtures …

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Various Forms of Torture Still Practised in Sri Lanka States UN Rapporteur on Torture After 9 Day Trip to Island

By P.K.Balachandran Various forms of torture are still practiced by the law enforcement agencies in Sri Lanka, but there has been a decline in the number of reported incidents, says Juan E.Mendez, UN Rapporteur on Torture, who toured detention centres in the island nation between April 29 and May 7. Briefing the media on Saturday, …

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Even if Mahinda Rajapaksa is not a Powerful President Anymore His Loyalist MP’s in Opposition are Passionately Defending Him.

By Chandani Kirinde Mahinda Rajapaksa may no longer be the all-powerful President of the country, but his ‘troops’ in the form of the “Joint Opposition” (JO) in Parliament, this week, once again showed how passionate they are when it comes to defending him. The latest showdown with the Government, which resulted in fisticuffs between two …

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Infamous Right to Information(RIT) Provisions in 19th Constitutional Amendment Must Be Revised.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Contrary to what certain media reports excitably proclaimed this week, the Supreme Court’s Determination on the constitutionality of Sri Lanka’s Right to Information (RTI) Bill held little surprises. In the main, the ruling did not pose formidable challenges to the basic integrity of the Bill. However, it did reflect a degree …

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Sajin de Vass Gunawardena Accuses Rajapaksa Family Member of Orchestrating Mud Slinging Campaign Against Him By Weerawansa,Gammanpila and Sri Renga.

By Harischandra Gunaratna Former Parliamentarian and ex-Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalist Sajin Vass Gunawardena yesterday said that a Rajapaksa family member had orchestrated the recent mud slinging campaign against him carried out by politicians Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Sri Ranga. Gunawardena addressing the media at his Borella residence said, “The allegations against me are baseless and …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Appoints 4 Member Committee to Probe Whether Supplementary Estimates Vote was Duly Passed

by Saman Indrajith Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday announced that he would appoint a four-member committee to scrutinise video footage of Thursday’s parliament sessions to decide whether the supplementary estimate submitted by government seeking the approval of the House had been duly passed and to inform the House of the results. The Speaker made the announcement …

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President Sirisena Recalls Being Assaulted While Parliament was in Session by a UNP Govt MP in 1992

By Shamindra Ferdinando President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday (May 4) said that there had been a far more serious incident in Parliament during 1992 than Tuesday’s fracas. President Sirisena was referring to fisticuffs between some members of the UNP Parliamentary Group and the Joint Opposition over a controversial decision to replace former President and Kurunegala …

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Parliament Suspends Palitha Thewarapperuma(UNP) and Prasanna Ranaweera (UPFA) For One Week for Instigating Brawl Inside the House

By Saman Indrajith Parliament yesterday approved the suspension of MPs Palitha Thewarapperuma and Prasanna Ranaweera from Parliament for one week. Deputy Minister of Internal, Cultural and Wayamba Development Palitha Thewarapperuma and UPFA Gampaha District MP Prasanna Ranaweera were suspended for instigating the clash in Parliament on Tuesday. When the House commenced sittings Speaker Karu Jayasuriya …

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Six Constitutional Assembly Sub-committees Appointed for Judiciary, Finance, Law&Order, Public Service,Centre-Periphery& Fundamental Rights

By Saman Indrajith Members of the sub committees of the Constitutional Assembly were appointed when the Assembly met yesterday for its second day at 9.30 am with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya presiding. The Leader of the House and University Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella informed the House that Uresha Fernando had been appointed the additional …

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Vedda Falls to Death After Climbing 135 ft Standing Buddha to Remove Beehive Behind Right Arm of Statue

By Sagarica Rajakarunanayake We were shocked by a recent newspaper report of a Vedda who had fallen to his death from a 135 ft Buddha statue (thought to be the tallest standing Buddha statue in South Asia) that he had climbed to remove a giant honey beehive from behind its right arm. He had been …

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Geetha Kumarasinghe Replaced by Chandima Weerakody as Galle District Coordination Committee Co- Chair

By Lalith Ruhunage and K.A.S. Kumara Galle District UPFA and SLFP MP Geetha Kumarasinghe, the recently sacked Bentara-Elpitiya electoral organizer, has also been relieved of her position as Co-Chairman of the Galle District Coordination Committee. The controversial MP has been replaced by UPFA / SLFP Galle District MP and Minister of Petroleum and Petroleum Gas, …

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Absolutely No Likelihood of LTTE Staging a Comeback Assures Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Shamindra Ferdinando Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has received assurances from both the police and the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been wiped out; therefore there was absolutely no likelihood of the group staging a comeback. Premier Wickremesinghe said that he sought clarification from the police …

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Every Attempt By President Sirisena To Unify His Party Under His Own Chairmanship Is Failing.

By Dharisha Bastians After the success of his dissident May Day rally that drew huge crowds to Kirulapone at the beginning of the week, former President and Kurunegala District lawmaker Mahinda Rajapaksa was on the receiving end of a rude shock on Monday (2) morning. Hundreds of buses had entered the capital Colombo from remote …

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Removing Army From Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Security Poses Major Threat to His Life States Prof G.L . Peiris

By Dasun Edirisinghe The Joint Opposition yesterday said removing the army commandos from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security contingent posed a major threat to his life, while several moves had been made to revive LTTE activities. Addressing the media at the Dr N. M. Perera Centre in Borella, former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. …

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President Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and Ex-President Rajapaksa Given Police Security Instead of Army According to National Security Council Decision

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa UPFA General Secretary Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera (SLFP) yesterday endorsed the National Security Council’s (NSC) decision to assign police personnel to the security detail of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in place of army commandos withdrawn on May 02. He said it was the NSC’s prerogative to decide on …

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Highest Possible Disciplinary Action Urged Against Palitha Thewarapperuma and Prasanna Ranaweera for Fisticuffs in Parliament

By Ashwin Hemmathagama The investigation report on Tuesday’s brawl in Parliament recommends stern action against Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs PalithaThearapperuma and UPFA MP Prasanna Ranaweera. The report was prepared by Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala and the Deputy Chairman of Committees MP Selvam Adaikkalanathan yesterday by analysing the CCTV footage …

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Sirisena Govt Stops VVIP Security Duties for Army and Hands Over Responsibility to Police

By P.K.Balachandran As part of its policy to relieve the army from civilian and internal policing duties, the Maithripala Sirisena government in Sri Lanka has taken the army off VVIP security duties and has given the task entirely to the police, especially the police commandos designated as the Special Task Force (STF). But the decision …

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Dec 2006 Bomb Attack On Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Was an Inside Job Stage Managed by Ex – Def Secy Himself Alleges Ex – Army Chief Sarath Fonseka

Sri Lanka’s former army chief told parliament Tuesday that a bomb blast apparently targeting former president Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother 10 years ago was an “inside job” to win sympathy for the then-ruling family. Sarath Fonseka, now a government legislator, said the December 2006 bomb attack blamed on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels had been stage-managed by …

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Brawl In Parliament Injures Several MP’s. Kegalle Dist UNP MP Sandith Samarasinghe Taken to National Hospital

By Saman Indrajith A row broke out in Parliament yesterday leading to the suspension of sittings and sending several MPs to parliament medical room after the government had turned down a Joint Opposition request to reverse its decision to reduce the security provided to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Several MPs including UNP Kegalle District MP …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Assigns Thilanga Sumathipala and Selvam Adaikkalanathan to Probe Fracas in Parliament and Submit Report

By Saman Indrajith Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday that he had assigned Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala and Deputy Chairman of Committees Selvam Adaikalanathan to hold an investigation into the yesterday’s fracas in Parliament and submit a report immediately. Addressing the House soon after it had been summoned following a free-for-all over the reduction of security …

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The Federal Party or ITAK Have Been Espousing Federalism Since Inception

By Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Recent developments in the North and East have raised concerns on the one hand of a purported LTTE revival and on the other about the continued use of the PTA to arrest Tamil citizens and of the modalities of the arrests being reminiscent of the Rajapaksa era. Some 23 Tamil civilians have …

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TNA Resolution Passed By NPC Is To Make South React With Anger And Defeat Reconciliation

By Gomin Dayasri Crowds do not mean much at May Day rallies but MP’s on stage read the minds of the voters. An elected-not a nominated-MP sits at a rally where his constituents want to vote for him. A snapshot of a difference between the North and South. One thing is for sure –the peoples’ …

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Prabhakaran Was No Hero But a TERRORIST And The LTTE Was His Private Army

By Vishwamithra1984 “The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?” ~George Orwell, 1984 Most men and women in Sri Lanka are ‘reasonable’ individuals. Whether they come …

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Joint Opposition Establishes Itself as the “Real Opposition” Through Success of Kirullapone May Day Rally

By C. A. Chandraprema May Day this year was different to any previous May Day that we can remember, because this became a test of strength among the contending political formations in the country. Perhaps this ‘test of strength’ element may have been present at previous May Days as well, but it was never so …

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IGP Pujith Jayasundara Reprimands Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera and Suspends Police Media Unit with Immediate Effect

By Norman Palihawadane Police Media Unit has been suspended by IGP Pujith Jayasundara with immediate effect. He gave orders to suspend the unit and initiate an investigation against its officials for speaking to the media with regard to key suspects connected to the Chavakachcheri explosive haul fleeing to India. Reprimanding ASP Gunasekera for making comments …

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Media Ministry Secy Nimal Bopage Summoned to “Temple Trees” and Ticked Off By Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday asked new Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Nimal Bopage to refrain making political statements. PM Wickremesinghe summoned Bopage to Temple Trees yesterday morning and questioned him on the latter’s recent press statement urging the media not to use the term ‘Joint Opposition’.

Why Do Many People Think They Know Journalism Better Than Journalists?

By Ranga Jayasuriya Every Tom, Dick and Harry in this country wants to teach journalists a thing or two about how they ought to do their work. Those self-interested busybodies range from the bigwigs at the very top of the government to the Kachcheri clerks in the periphery and the NGO captains of civil society …

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Govt Must Implement Its Promise of Bringing About Structural Independence of State Media

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene With a woeful history of repressive state regulation of the media still fresh in our collective memory, the ‘Yahapalanaya’ Government’s announcement this month that it will set up an ‘independent authority to regulate the electronic media’ caused many to jib nervously and shy away. Unconvincingly persuasive explanations Apparently the proposed authority …

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Was Media Ministry Secy Nimal Bopage Told by a “Higher Authority” to Issue Controversial Statement?

By C.A.Chandraprema Relations between the government and a section of the media are obviously strained. For some time now the prime minister has been criticizing the media both in and outside parliament often naming names. The president joined the prime minister soon afterwards speaking critically in an interview with the BBC about the web based …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa at Kirullapona Rally Tells Wimal Weerawansa to be Ready to Accompany him to Jail Soon.

Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday vowed to continue with the ongoing campaign against the government regardless of consequences. The former SLFP leader was addressing the Joint Opposition rally at Kirulapone. In spite of dire warnings by President Maithripla Sirisena, over 46 UPFA members of parliament joined the rally. MPs Vasudeva Nanayakkara …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe tells UNP May Day Rally that Sri Lanka’s Gross Domestic Product Would be Doubled by 2023

by Zacki Jabbar Pledging to develop the economy and provide more relief to the people, UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday in Colombo that a new salary structure incorporating the Cost of Living would be introduced. Wickremesinghe, who usually makes the penultimate speech at UNP May Day rallies, came up the order …

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President Sirisena Tells Galle May Day Rally a Clean Political Movement is Necessary to Form a Future SLFP Led Govt

by Dasun Edirisinghe reporting from Galle Stressing the need to reorganise the party to form a clean political movement, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday invited everyone to join him to form an SLFP-led government in the future. He said the SLFP led UPFA had been defeated at two major elections last year, but would work for …

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Existing Prevention of Terrorism Act will be Replaced by New Anti-Terrorism Law Announces Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday said that Sri Lanka would introduce a new anti-terrorism law on the lines of the British. The proposed law would replace the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Premier Wickremesinghe said, adding that he had authorised the use of PTA to facilitate the ongoing investigations into the recovery of …

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Should Sajin de Vass Gunawardena be “Absolved”of his Alleged Corruption Because he has Turned State Witness Against the Rajapaksas?

by Nirmala Kannangara Should all crimes of a wharf clerk turned CEO Mihin be ignored just because he now turns state witness against the Rajapaksas? Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, former Monitoring MP, External Affairs Ministry, who stands accused of mass-scale fraud, unpaid loans, criminality and unfulfilled promises during the Rajapaksa regime, is back in the …

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How Mahinda Rajapaksa Went To Thailand And Met Udaya Weeratunga Who is Wanted in Sri Lanka For Questioning

By Sunday Times Political Editor From Bangkok When Captain Kolitha Ekanayake took off on a SriLankan Airlines Airbus A 330-200 the previous Saturday morning to Bangkok, no one realised that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was on board, was flying into a serious controversy. From a front row seat in the Business Class he watched …

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Kirullapone May day Rally Will Enable Joint Opposition to Formalise Hold Over Opposition Space Being Occupied By Them.

By C. A. Chandraprema History will be made before the day ends today on May Day and we Sri Lankans will be seeing a phenomenon that no previous generation has seen hitherto. This will be the occupation of the opposition space by a new political entity. There have been breakaway groups from the government earlier …

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Basil Rajapaksa Engaged In “Poaching” Of SLFP Grass Roots Activists For Kirullapone May Day Rally

By Rasika Jayakody When President Maithripala Sirisena walked into a meeting with newspaper editors and media heads at the President’s House on Wednesday morning, he looked calm and confident. The timing of the meeting was crucial as it fell four ahead of May Day – a day exploited by Sri Lankan political parties. This year, …

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65,000 Mittal Housing Project Must Be Rejected For The Right reasons And Not Be Accepted For The Wrong Reasons

By Prof. Mano Kumarasuriyar Much has been said and written about the 65,000 houses programme being proposed by the Government. Its critics claim it to be an improperly conceived national expenditure with relatively high opportunity costs. On the other hand, its proponents, the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Resettlements, in particular, say those who criticise the …

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How Can Samantha Power Describe Sri Lanka as a “Global Champion of Human Rights and Democratic Accountability”?

By Taylor Dibbert On Thursday in Washington, the United States and Sri Lanka held an important meeting focused on trade, investment, and the broader direction of bilateral economic relations. Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, even flew in from New York City to attend the event. Power’s prepared remarks are as upbeat …

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Sri Lanka Has Since January 2015 Emerged As a Global Champion of Human Rights and Democratic Accountability Says Samantha Power

(Remarks made by Ambassador Samantha Power , US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a United States-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council Meeting on April 28th 2016.) There were two reasons that I flew down from New York at the crack of dawn this morning to join you. The first is that …

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TNA Demand For Federalism and N-E Re-merger is Ill-timed and Borders on Desperation

By Vishwamithra1984 “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it”. ~Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for the umpteenth time has resorted to its …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Warns Of Impending Tax Increases And Calls Upon People To Rise Up Against It

(Text of Statement Issued by Former President and current Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa) No state can exist without taxes. A government needs revenue to carry out its functions and taxes are charged not only on the incomes of the rich but on goods and services used by the general population as well. Even essential …

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“Preventing Former Ruling Clan From Returning To Power Is My Priority” Declares President Sirisena

By Shamindra Ferdinando President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday declared that his goal was to thwart his immediate predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid to return to power. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was meant to scuttle his predecessor’s political project, the SLFP leader said. President Sirisena was responding to a query by The Island at a media …

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