The Objective and Efforts of the Anti – 19 A Propagandist Lobby to Abolish the 19th Constitutional Amendment Must not Succeed, for the Good of this Long-suffering Land

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene The escalating clash of words (hopefully, not arms) between the Attorney General (AG) and the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) over the failure to ‘immediately’ file charges against an interdicted High Court judge on the basis of allegedly attempting to fabricate evidence as revealed in leaked phone conversations with a …

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Democracy and Corruption in Sri Lanka: A Realistic Perspective

By Dr. H. M. Gunatilake, Former Director, Asian Development Bank The telephone recordings of Mr. Ramanayake, a Member of Parliament, which revealed deeply entrenched corruption across Sri Lankan society overwhelmingly shattered the confidence about the entire governance system in the country. It also highlighted the utmost importance of reinvigorating dialogue on corruption and empowering people …

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UNP Parliamentarian Ravindra Samaraweera Tries to Assault Fellow UNP Working Committee Members who Wanted the UNP -led Alliance to Contest Elections Under the Elephant Symbol But Is Restrained by Others at WC Meeting

By Akitha Perera Pandemonium reigned at the UNP Working Committee Meeting, yesterday, at Sirikotha. Some MPs manhandled others over their disagreements on the symbol to be used by the UNP-led alliance. Following a heated argument UNP senior MP Ravindra Samaraweera, who argued in favour of the Swan symbol, tried to hit his fellow MPs who …

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Designation of Army Commander Lt.Gen Shavendra Silva by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Indicates that Contrary to hardline Sinhala ideological identification with President Trump, the US has sent an unambiguous signal that it will move on accountability

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka The ‘diplomatic drone strike’, the dramatic US strictures against the Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, tells us that Big Brother IS watching. This isn’t the usual suspects, its way out of their league. This is the Big League, the big boys and girls. I have five main takeaways. Firstly, the document …

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Announces Govt Decision to Withdraw from Co – Sponsorship Process of 30/1 Resolution at United Nations Human Rights Council

(Text of Statement Issued by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on 19 February 2020) The United States of America has prohibited the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva or members of his family from entering that country. Even though we are now in the 21st Century, even members of his family who …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed all Provincial Councils and Local Authorities to suspend the imposition of extra levy or Raising the Levels of existing rates or taxes.

(Text if Press Release Issued by the Presidents Media Division) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed all Provincial Councils and Local Authorities to suspend the imposition of any extra levy or raising any existing rates or taxes. Furthermore, these bodies have been requested to review the entire local authority rate and fees structure to simplify it …

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Gotabaya Govt Decides to Withdraw “Unilaterally” from UN Human Rights Council Resolutions 30/1 and 40/1 Co-sponsored by Maithripala Govt in 2015 and 2019;Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena wil Inform UNHRC in Geneva Next Week.

The government has decided to immediately withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolutions 30/1 and 40/1 co-sponsored by the Yahapalanaya Government in 2015 and 2019. A special meeting in this regard had been held last morning at the Presidential Secretariat and attended by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, several senior ministers of the …

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CID Officers Probing Rajapaksa Family Member Udayanga Weeratunga Transferred Out and Fresh Officers Appointed; Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake Reprimands “New” CID for Acting in Questionable Manner in Failing to Follow Correct Procedures and Refuses to Release Ex-Russian Envoy on Bail

By Shehan Chamika Silva Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday reprimanded some of the CID officers while emphasising that the manner in which they acted when Udayanga Weeratunga was arrested and produced in Court in connection with the alleged MIG-27 deal was unusual and questionable because they had failed to follow the procedure laid down …

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Ex-president Maithripala Sirisena Who Defected, Contested and Defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2015 Presidential Elections Returns to the Rajapaksa Camp Ahead of 2020 Parliamentary Elections

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s former President Maithripala Sirisena, who defected from the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to the rival political camp before being elected to office in 2015, has re-joined his former colleague and current Prime Minister Mr. Rajapaksa. Mr. Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on Monday formed an alliance with the Sri Lanka …

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Nine Party Alliance Named Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Sandanaya(SLNPS) Formed With Mahinda Rajapaksa as Leader and Maithripala Sirisena as Chairman.Basil Rajapaksa – General-Secretary and Dinesh Gunawardena Deputy Leader.Wimal Weerawansa and Dayasiri Jayasekara – National Organizers

By Nuwan Senarathne The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ironed out their differences yesterday and forwarded an application to the Election Commission to register a new alliance under the Flower Bud symbol to contest the upcoming parliamentary election. The nine-party alliance to be called the ‘Sri Lanka Nidahas …

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UNP Parliamentarian S.M. Marikkar Wants All Patriotic Sri Lankans to Stop Applying for a US Visa until the US Govt Revokes the Travel Ban Imposed on Army Commander Lt.Gen Shavendra Silva

By Akitha Perera UNP MP S.M.Marikkar yesterday said, no Sri Lankan should apply for US visa until the US government revoked its decision to prevent the Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva and his family members from visiting that country.

Sugath Hewapathirana Tells Election Commission That He Wants The Heart That Sajith Premadasa Wants

An application was filed at the Elections Commission to register a party named Patriotic United National Party (PUNP) yesterday under the ‘heart’ symbol. PUNP comprises a breakaway faction of the UNP that pledged support to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the 2019 presidential election. The application was filed by Sugath Hewapathirana.

“Sri Lankan security forces and intelligence agencies have intensified surveillance and threats against families of victims of enforced disappearance and activists supporting them since Gotabaya Rajapaksa became president” States Human Rights Watch

(Text of Media Release Issued by Human Rights Watch) Sri Lankan security forces and intelligence agencies have intensified surveillance and threats against families of victims of enforced disappearance and activists supporting them since Gotabaya Rajapaksa became president in November 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. The Sri Lankan government should fulfill its commitments to the …

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The US and India have made it clear to President Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s government that it must toe the US and India’s anti-China line.

By K. Ratnayake Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse ended a four-day trip to India on Tuesday. It was the third visit to New Delhi by leading figures of the Colombo government in the three months since the election of President Gotabhaya Rajapakse. Three days after Gotabhaya Rajapakse won the election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi …

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Investigation Led by Former CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekera had Unearhed Vital Evidence About Shady Transaction with Airbus by Sri Lankan Airlines Ex-CEO Chandrasena Last Year but File was Lying Idle at A-G Dept For Months Without Attorney -General Taking Any Action

By The Sunday Morning News Desk Following the recent arrest of former SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake, after investigations revealed their alleged involvement in the corrupt deal with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, fresh details of the financial trail as well as the complex banking and corporate …

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Sri Lankan Govt Urges the US to Review the Travel Sanction Imposed on Lt.Gen Shavendra Silva and Family Members to Visit the US and Re-iterates that there are no Subtantiated or Proven Charges of Human Rights Violations Against Army Commander

The Government yesterday conveyed Sri Lanka’s strong objections on the imposition of travel restrictions on Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva and members of his immediate family and requested the US Government to review its decision. Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena summoned and conveyed to US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz Sri Lanka’s strong …

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Implementation of President Gotabaya’s Directive to Make Payment of Rs 1000 as Daily Minimum Wage for Estate Workers From March 1st Gets “Delayed”as Regional Plantation Companies Submit Three Alternative Models For Govt Consideration.

By Charumini de Silva Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana says no final decision has been made yet on the three proposals submitted by the Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs). Accordingly the three models proposed by the RPCs include outgrower, productivity-based incentives and revenue sharing model. “We are still in the process of …

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Claims by Sri Lankan plantation companies that they are running at a loss are false. Many companies gain windfall profits because they also operate as tea auctioneers and exporting businesses.While plantation workers are paid a pittance, senior tea industry directors receive massive salaries.

By M. Thevarajah On January 14, President Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s office issued a media release declaring that the president wanted the minimum daily wage of tea plantation workers increased to 1,000 rupees ($US5.50), starting on March 1. The announcement was immediately hailed by Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader Arumugam Thondaman, a cabinet minister in the new …

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US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz Summoned by Sri Lankan Foreign Relations Ministry For Sunday Meeting To Be Told by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena of Govt Displeasure Over Travel Ban Imposed on Army Commandder Lt.Gen Shavendra Silva and Family

By The “Sunday Times” Diplomatic Editor United States Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz has been summoned to the Foreign Relations Ministry today to be told of the government’s displeasure over the travel ban on Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Shavendra de Silva, considered a ‘war hero’ in Sri Lanka, and his family. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, who …

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US Travel Restriction on Gen.Shavendra Silva is the First Significant International Penalty to be Imposed on a Sri Lankan Official over Atrocities Committed During the Country’s 26-year Civil War with the Tamil Tigers.

By Maria Abi-Habib and Dharisha Bastians The United States has imposed an entry bar on Sri Lanka’s army chief, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, citing his alleged involvement in war crimes during the final stages of the country’s civil war. The travel restriction on the general is the first significant international penalty to be imposed on …

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“Is Sajith Premadasa taking us all to another phase of dirty and crooked politics and governance, which has nothing to do with the heartbeat of expectation of the people?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake With the Ranil vs Sajith debate dragging on we are now moving to a battle on symbols. Ranil is not ready to give the elephant symbol to the new Sajith-led alliance. So we are moving to the heart of the matter. Sajith has picked on the heart symbol, and the polls commission …

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US State Dept Imposes Sanctions on Sri Lanka’s Army Commander; Lt -Gen Shavendra Silva and Immediate Family Members Prohibited From Entering the USA

By Julian Borger in Washington The US has imposed sanctions on Sri Lanka’s chief of army staff, Lt Gen Shavendra Silva, for war crimes committed at final stages of the conflict against the Tamil Tigers in 2009, when up to 70,000 Tamil civilians were killed. The US travel ban against Silva and his family marks …

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Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Shavendra Silva of Sri Lanka Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act

(Text of Press Statement Issued by US Secretary of State Michael R.Pompeo on February 14th 2020) The Department of State has designated Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, current Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and Acting Chief of Defense Staff, as required under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations …

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Sri Lankan Govt Objects Strongly to Sanctions Imposed by the US State Dept on Army Chief Shavendra Silva and Family Members Prohibiting Entry to the USA; Urges US to Verify Authenticity of Its Information Sources and Review Decision

The Government last night took strong objection against the imposition of travel restrictions by the US against Army Commander Lt. General Shavendra Silva and his family to the United States. Foreign Affairs Ministry said that the US Department of State has designated Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, current Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and Acting …

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Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN Kshenuka Senewiratne Says Externally Imposed Timelines Would Hinder Reconciliatin at a One Day Debate in the UN Security Council

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Kshenuka Senewiratne yesterday said external timelines would only hinder the reconciliation process as they function independent of ground realities. “Timelines evolved externally in achieving stated objectives would only seek to hinder the process of reconciliation since they would be bereft of ground realities,” emphasised Sri Lanka’s …

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Anti -Muslim Racism Spearheaded by Maharagama Cancer Hospital Director Undermines the Fight Against the Cancer Menace in Sri Lanka

By Dr. Prasanna Cooray MSH Mohamed is an iconic figure in cancer philanthropy in Sri Lanka. He, together with his Fight Cancer Team, toiled with great determination and dedication to fulfill the sole ambition of his late son, Humaid, who succumbed to cancer three years ago. His last wish was to equip the Apeksha Cancer …

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Restorative Justice Working Along Lines of Forgiveness and Empathy and Concentrating on the Victims just as much as on the Perpetrators’ will Stand a Better Chance of Healing the Sri Lankan nation.

By Kshama Ranawana Could Restorative Justice be the key to healing a deeply wounded society such as ours? That was the discussion that took place on Monday, February 3rd, at the BMICH, where Barry Hart, Professor of Psycho-Social Trauma, Identity, Dignity and Peacebuilding, of the Eastern Mennonite University, USA and Initiatives of Change (IoC) Global, …

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For Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew the Problem of Sri Lanka was the Perspective and Project of “Sinhalese Supremacy Over the Tamils” and the unwillingness or inability of Sinhala leaders to Transcend it

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Unarguably, Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) is the most universally respected Asian statesman of our time. He is esteemed from Washington to Havana, from Moscow to Beijing; from East to West and North to South, both for the quality of his mind and his conspicuous practical success as a transformational leader. LKY is …

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If the Attorney General was Weak and Had Obeyed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry ‘directive’ not to Prosecute Karannagoda and Dassanayake in the Abduction and Murder by Navy Case, a Parody of Justice Would have Occurred

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene One of the stranger if not outlandish manifestations of the upending of Sri Lanka’s legal order is the ongoing tussle between the Attorney General and the Presidential Commission inquiring into alleged incidents of political victimisation of public servants during the previous Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Government. A truly extraordinary directive The source of this …

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Sajith Premadasa’s New Party “Sammagi Jana Balawegaya” Translated in English as “United National Power”(UNP) will Have the Same Acronym as “United National Party”(UNP);Objection Sent to Election Commission by UNP Legal Secretary Nissanka Nanayakkara.

The Election Commission (EC) has recognised Sajith Premadasa as the new leader of Our National Front (ONF) or Ape Jathika Peramuna and MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara as its General Secretary, as well as a change in the party’s name to Samagi Jana Balawegaya or United National Power (UNP), with the new acronym widening divisions within …

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“Ape Jathika Peramuna” Renamed as “Samagi Jana Balavegaya” and Recognized by Elections Commission as a Political Party with Sajith Premadasa as Chairman and Ranjith Madduma Bandara as General Secretary;Moves on to Have the “Heart” as Party Symbol.

By Akitha Perera and Chaminda Silva The Election Commission (EC) has approved a request from those supporting Sajith Premadasa to rename ‘Ape Jathika Peramuna’ as ‘Samagi Jana Balavegaya,’ and make MP Ranjith Maddumabandara its General Secretary. The Premadasa faction wants to contest the upcoming general election from ‘Samagi Jana Balavegaya.’ Commissioner General of Elections Commission, …

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Majority of UNP Working Committee Members Want Proposed UNP -led Alliance to Contest Under Elephant Symbol But Sajith Premadasa Refuses and Walks out of WC Meeting with Some of his Loyalists

By Chandani Kirinde The UNP Working Committee yesterday unanimously approved the name of MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara as the General Secretary of the new UNP-led alliance to be formed to contest the upcoming General Elections, but differences over the symbol under which the polls will be contested led to several members walking out of the …

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South Korean Film Maker Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” Makes History by Becoming the First Non – English Language Film to Win Prestigious Best Picture Award at Oscars: Also Gets Oscars in Best director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film Categories.

By Ben Travers Bong Joon Ho saved the Oscars. His smile. His crazy hair. The way he walks, and, yes, the way he talks, but especially the way he directs — all of these (literally) winning attributes not only contributed to a history-making 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, but kept it from ranking among the worst …

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How much was Actually paid to Terminate Deal to Purchase and Lease Airbus Aircraft by Sri Lankan Airlines? Huge Discrepany in Amounts Shown in Sri Lankan Airlines Board Documents and Memorandum to Cabinet.

(Excerpted From the “Sunday Times” Political Column) The news came many months after a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe into the procurement of Airbus A-350 aircraft by SriLankan Airlines and its findings remained in limbo. All of a sudden, the Attorney General’s Department directed the Police this week to obtain a warrant from the Magistrate’s …

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Group of 21 Persons Including a Colonel and Two Soldiers From Vijayaba Regiment and Two Retired Soldiers Arrested by Police Special Task Force in Kilinochchi While Excavating for Gold Buried by the LTTE

Police Special Task Force (STF) yesterday arrested 21 people, including a Colonel and two soldiers, who were excavating a land in Dharmapuram, Kilinochchi in search of gold buried by the LTTE. The Colonel and the two soldiers were providing security to those carrying out the excavation. All three were in army uniform and are members …

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Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka Challenges President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to Present audit Reports of the Rs 4250 Million Raised by the “Api Wenuwen Api” Fund to Parliament so that the Public Would Know Their Money was Spent Well and Spent Right

By Imesh Ranasinghe The main opposition United National Party (UNP) challenged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today to present the audit reports of the ‘Api Wenuwen Api’ fund to parliament.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Secretary Dr.PB Jayasundara Issues Directive Forbidding the Private Staffers of Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers ordering, requesting, or issuing instructions related to any development project or any other government work through letters or telephone calls

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Instructions have been issued by the President’s Office to all permanent ministry secretaries including the Prime Minister’s Secretary, not to accept or entertain any form of communications from the private staff or any other officer of the Prime Minister’s Office, ministry, or state ministry. Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundera had …

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“China helped us for the sake of development, that is all. Our war had shattered our country, we needed help to develop; they were ready, so why not? We took their money and developed that area.”- Sri Lankan Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa in Interview with “Hindustan Times”.

By Padma Rao Sundarji Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is on his first visit to India since taking office. He spoke to Padma Rao Sundarji about Sri Lanka’s ship with Pakistan, which India accuses of being involved in cross-border terrorism; proposed changes to Tamil provincial councils instead of giving them greater autonomy under the …

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Indian Premier Narendra Modi Emphasises Need for Reconciliation with the Tamil People in a United Sri Lanka in his Media Statement After Meeting Mahinda Rajapaksa But Sri Lankan Prime Minister Omits Any Reference to the Issue in Media Release

In his media statement after talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa here on Saturday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he is “confident that the Sri Lankan government will realize the expectations of equality, justice, peace and respect of the Tamil people within a united Sri Lanka.” But the Lankan Prime Minister …

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“I am confident that the Government of Sri Lanka will realise the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace, and respect within a united Sri Lanka. For this, it will be necessary to carry forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka,” – Indian PM Narendra Modi

By Suhasini Haidar Sri Lanka wants India to allow debt repayments by Colombo to be deferred for three years, visiting Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said in order to help the country deal with its massive debt burden. The issue was at the top of the agenda when Mr. Rajapaksa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in …

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“The Tamil National Alliance is not interested in talks. They are asking for things, which the majority community in Sri Lanka will not accept.”- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Interview with “The Hindu”

By Suhasini Haidar On his first visit after being sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Mr. Mahinda told The Hindu about his hopes for debt-restructuring, and also about projects now on the anvil, although his government will not carry forward the projects agreed to …

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Funds From Singapore Standard Chartered Bank Account in the name of Kapila Chandrasena’s Wife Priyanka Wijenayake Remitted to Several Bank Accounts in Sri Lanka;CID Seeks Time From Court to Record Statements From Holders of Bank Accounts Which Allegedly Received Cash

A Sri Lanka court has remanded the ex-Chief Executive Kapila Chandrasena and his wife over a suspected money laundering offence related linked a purchase of a fleet of Airbus aircraft from 2013, who surrendered to police. Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanyake had remanded Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake till February 19, after they …

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The Elephantine Error of Saith Premadasa was not Allowing Ranil to Contest Presidential Elections as Defeat Would have been a Certainty and it Would not have been Difficult to Dislodge Wickremesinghe After yet Another Defeat.

By Dr Upul Wijayawardhana Though I no longer support the UNP, because of its recent unpatriotic stance, I still do not, even in the wildest of dreams, wish for its demise. Unfortunately, this exactly seems to be what the leader and his deputy seem attempting to do. Are they so dumb that they do not …

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Forensic Audits of Central Bank Treasury Bond Scams Indicate that the Employees Provident Fund and Employees Trust Fund Savings of Hard Working People Have Been Robbed by Both the Cabral-Perpetual and Mahendran-Perpetual “Exercises”

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake While the publicity blitz on coronavirus seems to be settling down, there is now a political and corruption blitz catching on. It is the ‘Voharika Viganana Prahaaraya’ of Forensic Audit Blitz (FAB). As the debate on the FAB gets louder the spread of corruption across the political divide in the country gets …

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Efforts to Usher in a New Constitution or Engage in Constitution Reform Have Been Going On in Sri Lanka for Several Decades Whereas the UNHRC Resolution was Passed only in October 2015

by Dr Nirmala Chandrahasan In a recent article in The Island captioned “Alleged war crimes lame excuse to introduce new Constitution”, the writer puts forward the view that the process initiated by the previous UNF government to draft a new Constitution, with the Parliament constituting itself into a Constitutional Assembly in 2016, was as a …

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MONLAR Accuses Gotabaya Govt of Causing Grave Environmental Degradation by Allowing Racketeers to Extract Granite, Soil and Sand with Hardly any Control

By Ifham Nizam Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) Spokesman Sajeewa Chamikara says the government has caused grave environmental degradation by allowing racketeers to extract granite, soil and sand with hardly any control Some government ministers had also advised officials to turn a blind eye to environmental destruction caused by ‘development projects’, he alleged.

“Designating a Particular Areas for Agitation is a Way of Sanitising Protest That Makes it less Effective and to Let Protests take place Outside of the Power Structures that Exist in Society” -Dr.Harini Amarasuriya

By Himal Kotelawala Martin Luther King Jr is often cited as a shining example of civility, of benign agitation. His was the kind of allegedly meek, half-hearted protestation the liberal intelligentsia of the West nostalgically point to when confronted with today’s youthful, unabashedly disruptive activism. The world’s collective memory of King Jr has been shaped …

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While Criticising British Mercenary Presence in Sri Lanka Overtly India Used British Mercenary Pilots Covertly to Help The Indian Army Fight the LTTE in Sri Lanka in 1987 Reveals New Book “”Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries Who Got Away With War Crimes”

By Aditi Khanna London, Feb 6 (PTI) British mercenary pilots helped Indian troops in their battle against the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in Sri Lanka in the 1980s, a new book reveals for the first time. The Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) received air support from these for-hire British pilots despite Indian …

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Sri Lankan Airlines Ex-CEO and Wife Tell CID they were not aware of the bank account bearing Wijenayake’s name or the account opened under Kapila Chandrasena’s name or subsequent transfers to other accounts.

By A.J.A. Abeynayake and Kasuni Rebeca Deputy Solicitor General Thusitha Mudalige yesterday (06) told Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake that part of USD 2 mn received by Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake, wife of former SirLankan Airlines CEO Kapila Chandrasena, from Airbus SE of France, had been credited to the accounts of one or two persons living in …

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UNP Working Committee Scheduled For Feb 7th Postponed to Feb 10th as Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa Informed Party He Wont be Attending WC Meeting Convened to Approve or Reject Ranjit Madduma Bandara’s Nomination as Secretary of UNP led Alliance

The UNP Working Committee meeting which was to be held this morning, was postponed to Monday (10). The meeting was postponed after Opposition leader, Sajith Premadasa informed that he could not attend the meeting.

Lanka Must Not Fall Into Tragic Two-Thirds Trap Again: The Worst Phases of Governance Experienced by Sri Lanka Were Under The Two-Thirds Majority Governments Headed by Mrs. Sirima Bandaranaike (1970-77) and J.R.Jayewardene(1977-88)

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s crisply yet firmly delivered (and electorally pitch-perfect) Conservative nationalist democratic discourse, the presence as ‘special distinguished guest’ of Russia’s Gen. Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of Land Forces, the impressive military parade and colourful multicultural display, and on the flipside, the non-rendition of the National Anthem in Tamil, constituted the point-counterpoint of …

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Former SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake remanded until 19 February by Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake

Former SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake, who were arrested on money laundering charges, were remanded until 19 February by Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday. The couple surrendered to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) last morning and statements were recorded from them before they were produced …

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Sri Lankan Airlines Ex-Chief Executive Officer Kapila Chandrasena and wife Priyanka Neomali Wijenayake Surrender to Police:“They are now at the CID and their statements are being recorded,” Says Police Spokesman Jaliya Senaratne SP

SriLankan Airlines ex-Chief Executive Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Wijenaike who are wanted in the Airbus bribery case have surrendered to Police, a top official said. “They are now at the CID and their statements are being recorded,” Media Spokesman Superintendent Jaliya Senaratne told EconomyNext on Thursday. Sri Lanka’s Attorney General asked Chandrasena and …

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa States in Parliament that only 9,604 Houses in 367 Villages were Constructed by the Ptevious Govt Though it was claimed that 65,097 new Houses were Built in 2562 Villages

By Rathindra Kuruwita Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told Parliament yesterday that those who had received houses in villages built by the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) between 2015 and 2019 were yet to receive deeds confirming ownership. The Premier said so in response to a query posed by UPFA MP Anuradha Jayaratne. Premier Rajapaksa said …

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By Discontinuing the Singing of the National Anthem in Tamil Along with the Sinhalese Version, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has Once Again Upheld the Primacy and Supremacy of Sinhalese over Tamil Within the Sri Lankan Context- Newsin.Asia

In his oration at the Independence Square here on Tuesday to mark Sri Lanka’s 72nd.year of freedom from the British, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa clearly outlined the policies he will pursue in the next five years. He said that he will build a composite Sri Lanka where every group (including ethnic and religious groups) will enjoy …

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Ex-Sri Lankan airlines CEO Kapila Chandrasena and wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake Absent From Their Colombo Residence;Police Unable to Trace Their Whereabouts;Travel Ban Outside Sri Lanka Imposed Upon Couple

By Chandani Kirinde Police were unable to trace the whereabouts of former SriLankan Airlines CEO Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake, after a warrant was issued for their arrest by the Colombo Fort Magistrate on Monday, following the Attorney General directing that they be apprehended and produced in Court to face charges of …

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“I must serve as the leader of the country looking after all citizens rather than serve as a political leader concerned only about a particular community. As the President today, I represent the entire Sri Lankan nation irrespective of ethnicity, religion, party affiliation or other differences.” – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

· (Address by His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations) Most Venerable Maha Sangha, Other Religious Dignitaries Hon. Prime Minister Hon. Speaker Hon. Chief Justice Hon. Ministers, Ministers of State and Members of Parliament Hon. Governors H. E. the Ambassadors and High Commissioners …

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1,454,651.24 euros Amounting to US $ 2 Million was Deposited in Singapore bank account of Biz Solutions (account no. 0107130602) on 27 December 2013 by a French company called EADS HQ/SSC FRANCE: Sri Lankan CEO Kapila Chandrasena’s Wife Priyanka Neomali Wikenayake was Sole Shareholder and Director of Biz Solutions

By Chandani Kirinde The Attorney General’s Department yesterday directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to obtain an arrest warrant from the Magistrate Court to arrest former SriLankan Airlines CEO Kapila Chandrasena and his wife due to their alleged links to a $ 2 million bribe from French plane-maker Airbus. This followed investigative material submitted by …

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The National Anthem of Sri Lanka Will be Sung in the Sinhala and Tamil Languages at an Independence Day Event Organized By People of the Sri Lankan Nation at the Borella Cemetery Roundabout on February 4th From 9.00 to 10.30 a.m.

PLEASE JOIN US at an Independence Day event coinciding with the official government event on Feb. 4th, from 9-10.30am, at the Borella Cemetery (Kanatta) roundabout, where we will sing the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil, at the same time it’s being sung at Independence Square, which we can follow on live feed. 📜 …

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UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in Independence Day Message Says that the 2015 -19 Govt Of Which he was Prime Minister worked to promote reconciliation and inclusiveness as well as to resolve the longstanding issues faced by minority communities.

United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his Independence Day message, called for Sri Lankans to refocus on unity, pointing out that the cohesion that existed between different communities had eroded since Independence.

Sri Lanka Podujana Party Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris Categorically Rejects Sajith Premadasa’s Idea of Forming a Coalition Govt Under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa; Says Mahinda Rajapaksa will Continue as PM after Elections Too

By Kelum Bandara Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) categorically rejected the idea mooted by opposition leader Sajith Premadasa for him to tie up with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in forming a government subsequent to the upcoming parliamentary polls. Addressing a recent press conference, SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said the country had a bitter experience of …

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CID Says Search Has Been Launched by Police to Arrest Former Sri Lankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer Kapila Chandrasena and his Wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake After Arrest Warrant was Obtained on the Instructions of the Attorney -General

The CID, yesterday evening, launched a search for former SriLankan CEO Kapila Chandrasena and his wife, Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake, over a questionable aircraft deal. A senior CID officer said an arrest warrant had been obtained and a special team deployed to look for the suspects. Attorney General, Dappula de Livera, yesterday, directed the CID to …

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Gota’s Govt Ready to Celebrate “Sinhala” Independence Day With an Instrumental Version of the National Anthem Being Played at the End of Ceremony Instead of “Sri Lanka Thaayae” Being Sung in Tamil

Preparations are underway to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 72nd Independence Day in Colombo tomorrow with full military pageantry, attended by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, members of parliament, diplomats and others. Tomorrow’s ceremony, to be held at Independence Square under the theme ‘A Secured Nation – A Prosperous Country’, will be Rajapaksa’s first Independence Day commemoration since taking …

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TPA Leader Mano Ganesan MP Makes final hour call to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to allow the National Anthem to be sung in both Sinhala and Tamil at Tuesday’s celebrations to be held at Independence Square.

A day before the country celebrates her 72nd anniversary of independence, former Minister for National Integration and Official Languages MP Mano Ganeshan made a final hour call to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to allow the National Anthem to be sung in both Sinhala and Tamil at Tuesday’s celebrations, to be held at Independence Square, Colombo.

Airbus Paid US$ 2 Million Into Bank Account of “Straw Company” Registered in Brunei by Wife of a Former Top Executive Officer at Srilankan Airlines as a Bribe to Ensure Sale of Ten and Lease of One Aircraft

By Namini Wijedasa Airbus SE hired the wife of a SriLankan Airlines (SLA) executive as a business partner through a dummy company she registered in Brunei. The corporation then paid into this entity’s account US$ 2mn (Rs 362mn) out of a total US$ 16.84mn (Rs 3bn) promised in return for ensuring that the national carrier …

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After Coronavirus Scare ,Tourist Arrivals To Sri Lanka From China Drop 40% Since January 23rd; Steeper Decline Anticipated in February

Tourist arrivals from China to Sri Lanka have dropped about 40 percent from January 23 as both countries tightened travel requirements in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials said. “A considerable number of travelers have stopped coming to the country from China, as a percentage it could be on average …

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Let 2020 Be the Last Year in Which we Celebrate Our “Independence” on February 4th.

By Prof. Susirith Mendis I have written about this on a few occasions before. But this is the first time I am venturing to do so since President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected President of Sri Lanka. I reiterate, he was elected President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as five others have been …

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Colombo Fort Magistrate Issues Arrest Warrant for Former Sri Lankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer Kapila Chandrasena and wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayaka in Connection with the Airbus $ 2 Million Dollar Bribe Allegation

By Shehan Chamika Silva An arrest warrant was issued by Colombo Fort Magistrate today ordering the CID to arrest SriLankan Airlines former CEO Kapila Chandrasena and wife Priyanka Vijenayake over the Airbus deal in 2013. Earlier today, Attorney General Dappula De Livera directed the CID Director to obtain a warrant, arrest and produce former CEO …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Orders full Inquiry into Allegations that the Wife of a SriLankan Airlines Executive was paid $ 2 million by Airbus Through a Brunei shell company During the Mahinda Rajapaksa Regime of 2010 – 2015

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday ordered a full inquiry into allegations that the wife of a SriLankan Airlines executive was paid $ 2 million by Airbus through a Brunei shell company to obtain or retain business or advantage in the conduct of business with the national carrier during 2011-2015. “The President has become aware of the …

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Dr. Harsha de Silva MP Says expert forensic audits on irregularities of Bond auctions and EPF stock market investments have exposed the nexus between two Central Bank Governors Ajith Nivard Cabraal and Arjuna Mahendran with Arjun Aloysius of Perpetual Treasuries

UNP MP and economist Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday declared that the expert forensic audits on irregularities of Bond auctions and EPF stock market investments have exposed the nexus between two Central Bank Governors Ajith Nivard Cabraal and Arjuna Mahendran with the controversial Arjun Aloysius. Armed with the copies of the five forensic audits which …

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“We Will not Give up our Country to Fascists Without a Fight”: Will Sri Lanka Emulate India in Resisting Through Social Movements the Centralization of Power Under a Strong Man in the Months Ahead?

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Exactly a day after the pomp and the show of India’s celebrations of Republic Day 2020 faded, a young law student standing in the imposing shadow of India Gate in New Delhi, the country’s iconic war memorial,passionately confesses her uncomfortable dissonance with the lavish display. ‘All this passion, where will this …

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What Option Does Sajith Premadasa Have If and When the UNP led UNF Loses to “Pohottuwa”led by Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2020 Parliamentary Elections?

By Don Manu Why does Sajith Premadasa have that uncanny feeling this Sunday morning of finding butterflies fluttering in his abdomen? Or feel his ire rising to find fish shakin’ a fin to the baila beat of his agitated heart? Why does he fear the shadow that falls before him making him constantly look over …

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Attorney – General Dappula de Livera Will Proceed with Case Against Accused Including Former Navy Chief Wasantha Karannagoda andEx-Navy Spokesman DKP Dassanayake Despite Presidential Commission of Inquiry Order not to do so

By Sandun Jayawardana The Attorney General’s Department will proceed with the case against former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda and former Navy Spokesman D.K.P. Dassanayake — accused in the abduction of 11 youths — unless there is a court order otherwise. This is after the AG wrote to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) inquiring into alleged …

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Number of Daily Arrivals of Chinese Nationals to Sri Lanka Drops Drastically From 800-1300 to 90 -100 Due to Impact of Coronavirus Crisis

From 1,300 Chinese nationals arriving in the country to a mere 100, a sharp drop in daily arrivals is presently recorded, according to Immigration Controller General Pasan Ratnayake. He said daily about 800-1300 Chinese nationals arrived in the country as tourists, businessmen, students and workers. But since January 28, the rate has fallen to about …

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The Lunatic Fringe in Social Media Has Created an Epidemic of Misinformation, and vilification Demonizing Sri Lanka’s Friends the Chinese Over the Coronavirus Scare

By Rajpal Abeynayake It’s such a pity, what social media and media in general is doing to our friends the Chinese, these days. It shouldn’t be that way, particularly in this country. The Chinese have been our friends for thousands of years, literally. But look what the fringe elements in social media are doing these …

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Families of Sri Lankan Students in China Grateful to President Gotabaya and Other Officials Responsible for Bringing Home Their Loved Ones by Air

By Aanya Wipulasena Twenty-year-old Anjeleena Stronach wasn’t worried about the hoo-ha people were making over a virus till the teacher in charge of the student group she belonged to sent a message on WeChat. “There will be no bus between Tianjin and Beijing. If you want (to) go back to Sri Lanka you should take …

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“Public Imagination: The Challenge of 21st Century Populist and Authoritarian Politics”.

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka The book is titled ‘On Public Imagination’ and subtitled ‘A Political and Ethical Imperative’. It is edited by Victor Faessel, Richard Falk and Michael Curtin. It is a Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group publication out of New York and London. The introductory thematic essay is by Richard Falk and Victor Faessel …

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Sajith Premadasa Faction Acknowledges Failure In Attempt to Grab Leadership of the United National Party From Ranil Wickremesinghe

by Shamindra Ferdinando UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa’s Camp, yesterday, January 31, assured that it wouldn’t press for the leadership of the party. Addressing the media at the Opposition Leader’s Office, No 30, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Premadasa faction’s spokesman Nalin Bandara, MP, admitted that they couldn’t pressure incumbent leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to give up …

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Is the rise of Sinhala-Buddhist politics to be the material of the next decade of freedom in a country that has forgotten that for nearly half of its 72 years of freedom, it has been a hugely bloody nation?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The goals of progress that were the key expectations of the call and movement for freedom have been pushed aside as we approach the 72nd anniversary of Independence from colonial rule. The celebrations on February 4 will be hugely affected by the coronavirus that has begun straddling the world, and the call …

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Four MP’s Have Remained Silent Without Speaking in Parliamentary Debates From Jan to Dec 2019 While Nine Other MP’s Have Spoken Only Once During Debates Last Year

By Disna Mudalige Thirteen MPs had either not spoken or had spoken only once during debates in Parliament last year, a statistical analysis by ‘Manthri.lk’ website run by Verité Research revealed. The analysis was based on Parliament Hansard reports from January to December last year.

Amnesty International Concerned Over some of the Statements by the new Sri Lankan Government Indicating that even the Limited but key Gains of Recent Years on the Human Rights Front may be Rolled Back.

By Chandani Kirinde Amnesty International (AI) said yesterday that Sri Lanka’s human rights record in 2019 was characterised by unrealised Government commitments to pursue truth, justice and reparations, continued impunity for violations and abuses, and compromised freedoms of religion and expression. Speaking at the launch of the human rights organisation’s Human Rights in Asia-Pacific: Review …

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Brexit: Britain’s Regulatory-Divergence Dilemma – The Economist

Britain’s departure from the eu, says Sir Bernard Jenkin, a Conservative mp, reminds him of an experiment his grandfather once carried out on a pet pike. He put a glass wall in the middle of the fish’s tank, thus halving its swimming space. After ramming the glass, “thunk, thunk” for a while, the fish adapted …

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The Present Parliament is like an Illegitimate Institution With a Majority of MPs who are not Entitled Legally and Ethically to Serve as Parliamentarians.

By Victor Ivan From an architectural point of view, Sri Lanka had a parliamentary building near Galle Face which looked majestic and fitting for a Parliament. The affairs of the old Parliament were carried out in this building in an optimum and dignified manner from 28 January 1930, when it was declared open, up until …

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China Expresses Concern “Unofficially” Over Chinese Nationals Being Discriminated Against in Sri Lanka Due to Coronavirus Scare: Lankan Authorities Told that Chinese Being Turned Away from restaurants, hotels, hospitals, spas and supermarkets by locals

By Jamila Husain Chinese officials have unofficially raised concerns with the Sri Lankan government over some incidents of discrimination faced by Chinese nationals in Sri Lanka, stating that they were being turned away from public areas such as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, spas and supermarkets by locals who were worried that they may be carrying the …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer and the “Actually Dead” 20,000 Missing Persons of Sri Lanka

By S. Jayanth Ten years after the end of the communal war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapakse has admitted that more than 20,000 missing persons during and after the war are “actually dead.” He was speaking to the UN Resident Coordinator Hanna Singer for Sri Lanka …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Consolidates Position as UNP Leader After Re-constituted Working Committee Unanimously Elects him Party Leader; Sarath Fonseka,Rosy Senanayake and Ajith Perera not Appointed to WC

By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe reaffirmed his position in the party as its leader today and refrained from reappointing some key figures such as MPs Sarath Fonseka, Ajith P. Perera and Rosy Senanayake to the working committee. In the annual reconstitution of the working committee for 2020, …

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Ranjan Ramanayake States in Court that he had Only Responded to Telephone Calls From Judges and that he had never Initiated Telephone Calls to Them;Ready to go to A-G Dept and Help With Investigations if Granted Bail says MP

by AJA Abeynayake and Pradeep Prasanna Samarakoon MP Ranajana Ramanayake yesterday said that he had not telephoned judges and it was the latter who had called him. MP Ramanayake speaking from the dock and said that he had around 124,000 records of phone conversations he had had with many powerful persons including judges. A media …

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UNP Working Committee Unanimously Decides to Offer Premadasa the Prime Ministerial Candidacy and Leadership of UNP -led Election Alliance While Sajith and his Backers Keep Away From Meeting

The United National Party Working Committee unanimously decided this afternoon to offer Sajith Premadasa the post of Prime Ministerial Candidate for the upcoming Parliamentary General elections, former Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella told EconomyNext. This would make him automatically the leader of the UNP-led New Democratic Front Alliance that will take on the Sri …

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Thirty-Seven of Fifty-nine UNP Working Committee Members Meet at Sirikotha and Decide Unanimously that Ranil Wickremesinghe will Remain as Party Leader; Six WC Members Absent After Informing While Sixteen Persons Simply Stay Away

The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee has decided that party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will remain UNP leader. The decision was taken when the UNP Working Committee met today at the party headquarters in Sirikotha.

Sajith Premadasa’s Offer to Work as Prime Minister Under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Dismissed Derisively by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna as “Talking Nonsense”.

By Shamindra Ferdinando State Minister for International Cooperation Susil Premjayantha, yesterday, turned down UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa’s offer to serve as Prime Minister, in a government headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Premjayantha said that there was nothing common in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision and that of Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa. Addressing the media at …

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“President Gotabaya Should make the Decision Regarding the Singing of the National Anthem in Tamil Prior to Independence Day when he will take the centre stage as the president of all Sri Lankans.” Says National Peace Council in Statement

The National Peace Council (NPC) yesterday urged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to decide whether the national anthem will be sung in Tamil on Independence Day as soon as possible. “An issue that has surfaced and which is causing heartburn among Tamil-speaking citizens is the likelihood that the national anthem will not be sung in Tamil at …

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Hopes of Reconciliation Would be Totally Shattered Once the National Anthem is Sung only in Sinhala on the Next Independence Day

By H.I.Perera I have had the privilege of reading many letters published in The Island newspaper on the prevalent controversy in regard to the National Anthem, during the last few months. As far as I can remember, most of the writers had favored the conservative view that the National Anthem should be sung only in …

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“Hathe Ape Potha” Controversy: Should the Supplementary Reader on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Grade Seven Students That Was Prepared With Great Care be Rejected to Appease Six Men and Their Supporters?

By Kshama Ranawana It’s back to the drawing board for the Hathe Ape Potha, the supplementary reader on sexual and reproductive health. On Tuesday, January 21st, interested stakeholders, Buddhist clergy, officials of the Education and Health Ministries, Psychiatrists, representatives of the Child Protection Authority and Academics met for the second time to discuss whether or …

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Sri Lanka Takes Urgent Measures to Combat Coronavirus Threat Emanating From China: Separate Arrival Section at Katunayake for Passengers from China;Visas to Lanka Wont Be Given to Applicants from High Risk Areas in China;All Chinese Nationals in Lanka Including Those With Work Permits to be Monitored by Health Personnel

By Chandani Kirinde The Government yesterday imposed restrictions on Chinese nationals visiting Sri Lanka and sent Lankan students returning from Wuhan Province in China to the Diyatalawa Army Camp to be kept under observation for two weeks after the first positive case of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified by health authorities in the country. …

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It is the Duty of the Govt to Have the National Anthem Sung in Sinhala and Tamil at the Independence Day Celebrations if Interests of the Country are Placed Ahead of their own Political Objectives.

By Harsha Gunasena On 24 December, the Daily Mirror reported that, according to the Public Administration Ministry, the 72nd Independence Day celebrations will be held on 4 February at Independence Square in Colombo on a grand scale and the national anthem would be sung only in Sinhala. This is a deviation from the practice followed …

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There is Absolutely no Rational Reason to not sing the Tamil Translation of the National Anthem at Official Events of the State.

By Eranda Ginige I was studying in grade seven when I joined the Scout Association at my school. Scouts have a list of tasks to complete. When you complete them successively, you get various badges and promotions. One of the very first tasks was to sing the national anthem by yourself. The seniors told us …

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The Silence of the UN After the Remarks made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa about thye “Missing” persons in SriLanka to the UN Resident Coordinator in Colombo Hanaa Singer is Deeply Troubling -Women’s Action Network.

(Text if a Statement Issued by the Women’s Action Network – a collective of nine women’s groups working in the North and East) Last week, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had told UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer that those reported missing from the war are “actually dead” and that the government would soon issue death certificates. Although …

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“I am strongly in favour of the national anthem being sung in both languages whenever and wherever appropriate Like the national Independence Day celebrations,” – Dr. Devanesan Nesiah

(Excerpted from Compilation of Viewpoints Presented by Kamanthi Wickramasinghe in the “Daily Mirror” under the Heading “Singing National Anthem in Sinhala only Tug of war continues over ‘Matha’ and ‘Thaaye’) “I am strongly in favour of the national anthem being sung in both languages whenever and wherever appropriate, certainly at national Independence Day celebrations,” said …

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“Our National Anthem is a song that could be sung by people of all ethnicities and religions.” – Prof Sunil Ariyaratne

(Excerpted from Compilation of Viewpoints Presented by Kamanthi Wickramasinghe in the “Daily Mirror” under the Heading “Singing National Anthem in Sinhala only Tug of war continues over ‘Matha’ and ‘Thaaye’) “When Sri Lanka became an independent state in 1948 there was a competition to select a national anthem,” recalled veteran lyricist Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne . …

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Sajith Premadasa Tells Meeting of UNP MP’s, EX-PC Members and Local Govt Members that he Will Lead a New Alliance and win the Parliamentary Elections: Hakeem, Bathiudeen, Samarawickrama,Hashim and Karunanayake Notable Absentees at Event

by Ifham Nizam Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, yesterday promised a party where everybody would have a say and its leader could be expelled if he or she was at fault. Premadasa, speaking at a meeting consisting of parliamentarians, local council members, provincial council members and supporters, at the Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre, …

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Cabinet Decision to Approve Construction of a Coal Power Plant and two LNG Plants ran Counter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Promise to meet 80% of Sri Lanka’s Energy Needs Through Renewable Sources by 2030 Points out Secretary of Solar Industries Association, Lakmal Fernando

By Rathindra Kuruwita The Cabinet decision to approve the construction of a coal power plant and two LNG plants ran counter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s promise to meet 80% of Sri Lanka’s energy needs through renewable sources by 2030, Secretary of Solar Industries Association (SIA), Lakmal Fernando told The Island yesterday. Last week, the Cabinet …

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Hirunika Premachandra MP Challenges President Gotabaya and Prime Minister Mahinda to Bring Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran to Sri Lanka or Take Action Against Him

Politically affiliated criminals would not be punished by governments formed by the main political parties because leaders of both parties have close links to each other, MP Hirunika Premachandra said yesterday addressing a press conference at the Opposition Leader’s Office, Colombo 07. “Leaders of both parties are good friends, they cut deals and don’t punish …

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Ten Years After The Disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda His Courageous Wife Sandhya Ekneligoda Has Become an an Icon of Defiance, Resistance and Hope for Justice.

By Ruki Fernando January 24, 2020, was 10 years since the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda. It also marked 10 years of struggle for truth and justice by his wife, Sandhya Ekneligoda and two young sons. Investigative reports by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to the Homagama Magistrate Courts indicated that Ekneligoda was …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Did Not Make Any Reference to or Acknowledge that 2000 Reported as Disappeared are Dead in Conversation with UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer and Has Been Misquoted in the Media Clarifies Presidential Secretariat

By Jamila Husain President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has informed the UN that necessary investigations would be conducted to find out the fate of those who had disappeared during the island’s civil conflict as most of the families had attested that those disappeared had been recruited or forcibly conscripted by the LTTE. The Presidential Secretariat said the …

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India Confers Prestigious Padma Shri Awards Upon Legendary Dancer and Dance School Principal Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and the Late Professor of Hindi at Kelaniya University Dr.Indra Dassanayake

The Government of India has decided to confer Padma Shri Awards on Deshabandu Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and Late Prof. Indra Dassanayake for their pioneering contributions in their individual fields of work and for strengthening India-Sri Lanka ties, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. Padma Shri Awards are one of the highest civilian awards in …

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If Rajapaksa Govt is Serious About Ensuring Justice for Victims of Easter Bomb Attacks, It Should Immediately Arrest Ex-President Maithripala Sirisena Who has No Presidential Immunity And Produce him in Courts says UNP Parliamentarian Palitha Range Bandara

by Zacki Jabbar The UNP, while pledging support to the Rajapaksa government’s fresh investigations into the Easter Sunday bomb explosions at three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21 last year, says that former President Maithripala Sirisena, who was also the then Defence Minister, is answerable for ignoring intelligence warnings and leaving for Singapore …

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With a Parliamentary Election Being on the Cards The Most Valuable Player for the Sri Lanka Podujana Party-Led Government is Basil Rajapaksa

By Rajpal Abeynayake Picking the most valuable player in a cricket tournament may be a tad easier than picking the most effective talent in a political entity, particularly a relatively new one. Or a new governing coalition. But if we put the idea to a test, would there be general agreement on the most valuable …

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Is a Presidential Directive By Gotabaya Rajapaksa Needed for the police to “effect arrests only on strict compliance with the law and without undue influence?”

BY Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Notwithstanding understandable wrath that Sri Lankans may feel over political betrayals of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition during 2015-2019, the way forward does not lie in giving sweeping majorities to any political force in the upcoming General Elections. A despicable political culture True, the scorching fury of ‘good governance’ being replaced by ‘no-governance’ …

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Government Spokesman Mahindananda Aluthgamage States Govt Is Going Ahead with President Gotabaya’s Decision to Increase Daily Wage of Estate Workers to 1000 Rupees From March 1st:”Contrary to Claims Plantation Companies Can Afford to Pay Rs 1000 Daily Wage”Says State Minister

by Shamindra Ferdinando Government Spokesman State Power Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said on Wednesday, January 22, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to increase the daily wage of an estate worker to Rs. 1,000 from March 01, 2020, had not been seriously opposed by the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Addressing the media at the Prime Minister’s Office, lawmaker …

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President Gotabaya Appoints Ex- Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Nanda Mallawarachchi as Director General of the Multi Development Task Force Responsible for Recruiting and Training 100,000 Members of Low Income Families Without Interference From Govt MP’s

One-time Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Nanda Mallawarachchi has been appointed Director General, Multi Development Task Force responsible for high profile project to recruit and train 100,000 members of low income families. The project implemented in line with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s 2019 presidential poll pledge aimed to uplift the living standards of the poorest …

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