Coining of New Words and Phrases Relating to Technological Terms in Tamil Imperative in Order to Keep up With World Developments

By Megha Kaveri When the movie Ko released in 2011, the internet went berserk about the word ‘Kuviyamilla’ which had featured in a song. It was an unfamiliar word that a big chunk of Tamil Nadu’s population was hearing for the first time. Debates raged on social media, discussing the meaning of the word. Finally, …

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Announcement of Appointments to top Posts Under Tourism Ministry Cancelled Suddenly Due to Minister John Amaratunga Getting Approval From President Sirisena Alone Without Sending Names For Approval by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Planned new appointments to the boards of Sri Lanka’s state tourism agencies were delayed Tuesday pending approval of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, a minister said. “The President had approved the appointments,” Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga said. “However, Prime Minister said he also has to approve.”

Commercial High Court Issues Enjoining Order Restraining the Screening or Telecasting of Sinhala Film “Sujatha” Produced by K. Gunaratnam of Cinemas Ltd in 1953.

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Commercial High Court issued an Enjoining Order restraining telecasting, exhibiting, displaying or showing the film ‘Sujatha,’ produced in Sri Lanka in 1953. High Court Judge Ashan Marikar issued this order pursuant to an Intellectual Property litigation initiated by G.R. Pathmaraj, son of K. Gunaratnam. Court issued notices returnable for 7 February. …

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New Linguistic Study States Tamil Has the Longest Literary Tradition Among 4000 -4500 Year Old Dravidian Languages and Retains Continuity Between Its Classical and Modern Forms.

The Dravidian language family’s four largest languages — Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu — have literary traditions spanning centuries, of which Tamil reaches back the furthest, researchers said. The Dravidian language family, consisting of 80 varieties spoken by nearly 220 million people across southern and central India, originated about 4,500 years ago, a study has …

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Speaker Jayasuriya’s Ruling Has Enabled The Maithripala-Mahinda Duo Working in Partnership To be in Control of Both the Government and Opposition Simultaneously.

By Jehan Perera The issue of the Leader of the Opposition’s position once again came to the fore when it was brought up in parliament last week by TNA leader R Sampanthan. This issue seem to have been resolved when Speaker Karu Jayasuriya issued a ruling earlier this month that the UPFA’s Mahinda Rajapaksa would …

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Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya States He will Resign Post If Long Delayed Provincial Council Elections are Not Held Before Presidential Elections.

By Shamindra Ferdinando National Election Commission (NEC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya, yesterday, vowed to quit his post in case the powers that be blocked Provincial Council polls ahead of presidential polls later this year. Pointing at N.J. Abeysekera (Commission member) and Prof. Rathnajeevan Hoole (Commission member) seated at the head table, Deshapriya said that one of …

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Plantation Workers Demanding 1000 Rupee Daily Wage Denounce Collective Agreement Signed by Trade Unions for Rs 700 as a “Sell Out”:Angry workers Block Traffic on Hatton – Colombo Highway for Several Hours.

By M. Thevarajah and W.A. Sunil Thousands of plantation workers in Sri Lanka’s Central Hills district held strikes and protests yesterday in opposition to a sellout wage deal signed by the trade unions and the plantation companies, with the backing of the national government. Plantation employees, who are one of the poorest sections of the …

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59 MP’s Comprising UPFA -54,UNP – 4 and JVP -1 Found Responsible for Disorderly Conduct in Parliament on Nov 14,15 &16 2018: Highest No of Charges Against UPFA Parliamentarians Prasanna Ranaweera and Johnston Fernando.

By Ajith Alahakoon The Parliamentary Committee, appointed to conduct an investigation into the disorderly conduct of MPs in parliament on November 14, 15 and 16 last year has found that 59 MPs acted in violation of the provisions of the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act, sources said yesterday. Among those 59 MPs there were 54 …

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Sinister Attempts at Hatemongering by Rajapaksa Pointmen Using Parliamentary Privileges to Attack Recent Appointments in the Judiciary Must be Stopped Immediately.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene The ongoing war of words in Parliament over the appointment of judges to the superior courts has an increasingly sinister dimension to it that must not be underestimated. Eerily familiar signs Taken together with the push by some politicians and supportive monks to seek a presidential pardon for General Secretary of …

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“Independence Day” on February 4th Should Actually be a Day of Mourning for us Sri Lankans.

By Sharmini Serasinghe An Open letter to Minister Mangala Samaraweera by Sharmini Serasinghe on behalf of the Voiceless & Faceless Citizens of Sri Lanka Dear Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Hope you don’t mind me not referring to you as Hon. Mangala Samaraweera because those of us who know you are honourable don’t need a reminder. Also, …

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Heavy “Security”Presence in Colombo Permanent High Court Premises During “D.A.Rajapaksa Memorial” Trial Revives Memories of Court Environment During Ex-Def -Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Defamation Case Against “The Sunday Leader” Some Years ago.

By Anurangi Singh A heavy security presence in the courtroom as Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘D.A. Rajapaksa trial’ kicked off at the Special High Court this week, caused serious concern for State attorneys and witnesses appearing in the case, but lawyers recalled the tactic has been used before very successfully by the former Defence Secretary, when he …

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SLFP’s Duminda Dissanayake and UNP’s Gamini Jayawickrama Perera Engage in Shameful Exercise of Procuring Presidential Pardon From Maithripala Sirisena for Convicted Bodu Bala Sena Gen -Secy Gnanasara Thero on Feb 4 Independence Day

By Rajitha Jagoda Arachchi Calls are mounting for controversial Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnansara Thera to be granted a presidential pardon ahead of independence day. The requests have come largely from religious quarters, with all four chief prelates of the four Buddhist monastic orders writing separate letters to President Maithripala Sirisena, urging him …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe Defend Commposition and Conduct of Constitutional Council In the Face of Criticism in Parliament.

By Saman Indrajith The Constitutional Council (CC) considered not only the seniority of nominees but also the recommendation of the Chief Justice and their recognition in the field when appointing superior court judges, CC Chairman and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday. The Speaker, making a special announcement in Parliament, at the request of the CC, …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Makes Special Statement Rebutting Issues Raised by Rajavarothayam Sampanthan MP About Issues Related to the Leader of the Opposition Position in Parliament.

by Saman Indrajith Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday, referring to the argument that Mahinda Rajapaksa could not hold the Opposition Leader’s post as he (Rajapaksa) and President Maithripala Sirisena belonged to the same party, told Parliament that there had been precedents. The Speaker said so making a special statement in response to a statement that had …

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Armoured Vehicle Carrying UN Peace Keeping Troops From Sri Lanka Comes Under Remote-Controlled Explosive Devise Attack in Douentza in Mali: 2 Including a Capt Killed;3 Injured.

One Sri Lankan Army Captain and a trooper were killed and three others were injured when their convoy came under an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Mali today, the Sri Lanka Army said. An armoured vehicle, WMZ carrying Sri Lankan Peacekeeping troops on patrol in the general area of Douentza in Mali, came under …

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TNA Leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan Raises Questions of Public Importance On “The Position of the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament”

Honorable Speaker Parliament Jayewardenepura Kotte Sir, I seek your leave to raise the following questions relating to a matter of public importance “The Position of the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament” 1. You made a statement in Parliament on 18th December 2018, pertaining to the position of Leader of the Opposition. …

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Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha Summons British High Commissioner James Dauris and Protests Strongly Against Legal Action Being Taken by Magistrate’s Court in London Against Former Lankan Defence Attache Brigadier Priyankara Fernando Despite Enjoying Diplomatic Immunity

The Sri Lankan government yesterday strongly protested against British legal action in respect of Brigadier Priyankara Fernando, one-time defence attache with the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK. Well informed sources told The Island that at a meeting held at the Foreign Ministry yesterday afternoon between Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and British High Commissioner …

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190 Officials Working at Loss -making Sri Lankan Airlines were Drawing Monthly Salaries of over One Million Rupees Each Reveals COPE report.

By Saman Indrajith There were 190 officers at SriLankan Airlines, each drawing a monthly salary of over one million rupees, and they were one of the reasons why the airline suffered a 40,000 mn-rupee loss during the last nine months, parliament was informed yesterday. Chairman of the parliamentary watchdog committee – COPE (Committee on Public …

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Buddha Sasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera Will Request President Sirisena to Grant Pardon to Bodu Bala Sena Gen-Secy Gnanasara Thero Serving Prison Sentence for Contempt of Court Offence.

By Indika Sri Aravinda Buddhasasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera today said that he will discuss with President Maithripala Sirisena to secure a pardon for Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera as soon as the President arrived in the country.

President Sirisena Cannot Pardon and Release Convicted Prisoner Gnanasara Thero Without Calling For Justice Ministry Report First Points out Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena.

By Chaminda Silva Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Vajira Abeywardena yesterday said if Ven Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera serving a prison term was to be offered a presidential pardon, it was not a task that could only be performed by the President alone. The UNP Minister said so in response …

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US Navy Undertaking Cargo Transfer Operation at Katunayake International airport as Part of Plan to Make Sri Lanka a Military Logistics Hub Due to Island’s Strategic Location.

The United States Navy is doing a cargo transfer operation at Sri Lanka’s main international airport under a plan to use the island’s location to make it a military logistics hub, the U.S embassy in Colombo said. Under the initiative, several U.S. naval aircraft are scheduled to land and depart from the Bandaranaike International Airport …

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Sri Lanka’s Longest Road-side Protest Nears 700 Day Mark as Displaced Residents of Kaeppaapilavu in Mullaitheevu District whose Homes Were Seized by Army Continue Agitation Demanding Release of Their Lands

By Meera Srinivasan As Sri Lanka’s longest road-side protest nears the 700-day mark, agitating residents of Keppapilavu village in the northern Mullaitivu district say they will soon reclaim and occupy their lands, currently held by the military, if the authorities fail to ensure their return by Friday. “Why must we live in model villages like …

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Army Returns Private Lands Converted Into Farms In North Back to Owners But Employed Tamil Civilian Workers Earning Monthly Incomes Face Uncertain Economic Future.

By Camelia Nathaniel Releasing of land is one of the main areas in the reconciliation process and the military is in the process of releasing the lands held under them since the end of the war. However, some of these lands which have been converted to farms, providing employment to many rehabilitated ex-LTTE members and …

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“We are Seeking a Solution Within a United, Undivided. Indivisible Country” – TNA Leader R.Sampanthan Re-iterates to British Officials at Colombo Meeting in Westminster House.

(Text of Press Release Issued by the Tamil National Alliance Media Office on Jan 23rd 2019) A meeting was held between Mr Fergus Auld, Head of South Asia Department and India Coordinator, and Mr Sampanthan the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday (22.01.2019) at the Westminster House in Colombo. The meeting was also …

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” We will be Putting Forward our own Proposals at the next National Election to seek a Direct Mandate from the People for Constitutional Reform” Declares Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa.

(Text of a media release issued by Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa on 23 January 2019 titled “A draft constitution to destroy Sri Lanka”) At the recent meeting of the Constitutional Assembly, the Prime Minister tabled a 187 page report prepared in the form of a draft constitution. Thereafter the PM has been going …

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Dep- Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris Objects to “Militarized Environment” Prevailing in and Around Colombo Permanent High Court Hearing DA Rajapaksa Museum Case Involving Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Create Fear Psychosis Among Witnesses

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General raised objections into the highly militarised environment around the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar yesterday. Peiris appearing for the prosecution in the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum case told the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar that this would adversely affect witnesses expected to testify before …

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Romesh de Silva PC Appearing For Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Raises Preliminary Objection That Special High Court Has No Jurisdiction to Hear Case Under the Judicature (Amended) Act: Courts will Resume on Jan 31.

By Shehan Chamika Silva Raising a preliminary objection in the case filed against former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa the Defense said today the Special High Court had no jurisdiction to hear the case under the Judicature (Amendment) Act. At the outset, President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva appearing for Mr. Rajapaksa said when this Bill was …

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Hirunika Premachandra MP Tells Parliament of Plan to Grant Presidential Pardon to Ex-MP Duminda Silva by Maithripala Sirisena on Independence Day on Feb 4

BY Saman Indrajith UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra yesterday told Parliament that she had received information that there was a plan to grant a Presidential pardon to Duminda Silva who has been sentenced to death, on this year’s Independence Day February. 04 Speaking during the debate on Commissions of Inquiry (Amendment) Bill, Premachandra said that there …

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“We will take legal action against 11 soldiers who have been involved in one of the most heinous, gruesome murders in Sri Lankan history,” -Says Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando.

By Chathuri Dissanayake In an explosive statement, Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando yesterday said 11 soldiers would be prosecuted in the next two weeks over a high profile murder case, and called on the diaspora to submit evidence on crimes committed by any military personnel. “We will take legal action against 11 soldiers who have …

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Recent Visits by US Seventh Fleet To Trincomalee Indicate That Sri Lanka Is Being Rapidly Intergrated Into Washington’s War Preparations Against China.

By Vijith Samarasinghe Recent visits by US Seventh Fleet vessels to Sri Lanka’s eastern port of Trincomalee make clear that the island nation is rapidly being integrated into Washington’s war preparations against China. The Seventh Fleet, which is headquartered in Japan, is an offensive formation geared for war and includes 60–70 ships, 300 aircraft and …

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The Laws We Have Now Dont Work Because of the “Collectively Gross Deceit of Human Beings who Apply and Implement the Law”

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene There is a distinct commonality between corruption investigations and inquiries into grave human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, apart from ordinary Rule of Law dysfunctions. That is the amazing chutzpah with which performers engage in the same evasive dance while at the same time, propagating the myth that the law, as …

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Karthik Subbaraj’s “Petta” is Exactly what he Promised – a Tribute to Rajinikanth with the Director’s Trademark Twists.

By Sowmya Rajendran Before we see Rajinikanth on screen, we hear the song Vantha Naal Mudhal, Indha Naal Varai. It sets the framework for what we’re about to see – Rajinikanth from those days, until now. Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta is exactly what he promised – a tribute to Rajinikanth, with the director’s trademark twists. And …

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“Viswasam” Starring Ajith is no Classic but it Doesn’t Aspire to be Anything more than what it is – a ‘Family Rural Entertainer’

By Sowmya Rajendran After touring Eastern Europe in Vivegam, which didn’t go so well, Siva brings Ajith back to Tamil Nadu and reinstates him in a veshti-white shirt. It’s a wise move, because Viswasam is familiar territory to the director and he appears more sure-footed of what he’s doing than in his previous ambitious venture. …

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Police Probe Uncovers Link to Military Intelligence Unit Operating Out of Giritale Camp in the Case of Abduction and Disappearance of Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda Nine Years Ago But Investigations Stalled as Army Refuses to Cooperate.

By Dharisha Bastians & Aanya Vipulasena From Colombo to Giritale to Akkaraipattu, CID sleuths have pieced together the abduction of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda on January 24, 2010 and linked it to a shadowy military intelligence unit operating out of the Giritale Army camp. But four years after the investigation began, the case has hit a …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa May Announce His Readiness To Be President But There Are Many Issues Blocking His Journey Towards Power.

By Don Manu Just ten days before the newly set up speedy High Court’s judges begin to hear on a daily basis to its final finish the charges levelled against him of misusing public finances for personal use, Gotabaya Rajapaksa put the nation on notice when he announced for the first time his solid intention …

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The most Rabidly Racist and Communal Content – Ranging from Imagery and Photography to Content and Commentary – is to be Found in the Constellation of Pages around Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

By Sanjana Hattotuwa Sirisena, Wickremesinghe, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his brother Chamal and Karu Jayasuriya! The last week saw media frame prospective candidates for an office that the incumbent said, nay, swore on 9th January 2015, he would never seek re-election to and would be the last to occupy. Evidence of Sri Lanka’s sickeningly bankrupt political culture …

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Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan Extends Apology for Non -Use Of Tamil in Projects Undertaken by China in Sri Lanka at Meeting With Cabinet Minister Mano Ganesan and Guarantees Usage of Tamil with Corect Spelling In Signs and Nameboards.

The Sri Lankan Ministry of National Integration, Official Languages and Social Progress will be teaching Tamil to the staff of the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka and other Chinese nationals in the island wanting to learn the language, cabinet minister Mano Ganeshan said in a press release here on Friday. The Chinese Ambassador in Sri …

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Police Claim to Have Seized 100 KG Explosives and 100 Detonators Hidden in Makeshift Warehouse Within Wilpattu Wild Life Sanctuary:4 Persons From Radical Muslim Group Arrested.

Sri Lanka’s police seized a haul of high explosives stashed near a wildlife sanctuary following the arrest of four men from a newly formed radical Muslim group, officials said Friday. Elite police commandos and detectives stumbled on the explosives which included some 100 detonators from a make-shift warehouse near the Wilpattu national park, police said. …

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Legal Experts Dispel Doubts and Fears Of Proposed New Constitution and Explain Merits of Enacting a New Constitution

By Anuranghi Singh Is the new Constitution as bad as it is claimed to be – With many politicians alleging that it calls for Federalism in Sri Lanka and stating that it defeats the military victory earned by the valiant soldiers of the country. The claim is that the zero draft of the proposed new …

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300 Including 23 Children Under 12 Years Identified Up To Jan 18 From Skeletons Excavated From Mass Grave In the Midst of Mannar Town

By Meera Srinivasan From 10 feet away, it looked like a grin, the row of teeth stretching from ear to ear. Freshly dug out from many layers of soil, the mud-covered skeleton lay on its spine, awaiting a number. “That would be 283,” says W.R.A.S. Rajapaksa. He is standing on an elevation inside the site, …

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President Sirisena Praises Philipines President Duterte’s Brutal War Against Drugs and Crime as an “Example to the World and Personally to me”.

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen South east Asia correspondent Sri Lanka’s president has praised his Philippines counterpart Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, which has taken thousands of lives, calling it an “example to the world”. In a speech during a visit to the Philippines this week, Maithripala Sirisena said he intended to replicate Duterte’s ruthless approach …

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Is the Sri Lankan Navy Conducting a Private War Against Indian Fishers Poaching In Our Waters While Spreading False Propaganda Through Newspapers to Evade Culpability ?

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Newspapers of 16 January report Indian poachers turning on our Navy. An earlier incident of 23 December where poachers really used violence was hardly reported. All this mis- and non-reporting raise questions of the veracity of our Navy and the irresponsibility of our press to us reader. These newspapers have …

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TNA Spokesperson MA Sumanthiran M.P. Tells MTV Directly That “They Will Be Taken To Task” for “Continuously Engaging In Dangerous and Deliberate False Reporting”

(Text of a communique released by the TNA Media office carrying excerpts from a speech made by Mr.MA Sumanthiran MP in Jaffna) The media is busy reporting on what various individuals say about the draft Constitution, but don’t look at what draft itself says. The media is intent on reporting deliberately false and misleading news …

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D.A. Rajapaksa Museum Case Against Ex -Def -Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Six Others Will be Heard on a Daily Basis from Jan 22nd by a Special High Court Trial-at-bar Bench Comprising Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President),Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne.

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda The Permanent High Court Trial at Bar has decided to hear the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum case against the former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa from January 22. The case was taken up before the Special High Court three-judge bench comprising Judges Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne, and Champa Janaki Rajaratne this morning(Jan 17).

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Elder Brother and Hambantota District MP Chamal Rajapaksa Says He is Also Ready to Contest Presidential Elections Like His Younger Brother Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

By Sujith Hewajulige Hambantota District UPFA MP Chamal Rajapaksa speaking to the media yesterday said that he too is ready for the forthcoming Presidential Election. He said further that Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that if the people are ready, he is also ready to contest for the Presidential poll. If I am also suitable for the …

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Was the Role Enacted by Jacqueline Fernandez in the film “According to Mathew” Present a True and Fair Portrayal of the Real Ms.Dalrene Ingram?

By Rajitha Weerakoon Was Dalrene Ingram guilty of killing her husband? Was she aware of Mathew Peiris’ criminal designs and the method of killing he carried out? Did she respond to his advances while her husband was still living? The continuous stream of film goers heading to cinema halls to see “According to Matthew” seeks …

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Support pf All Party Leaders to Be Sought to Pass Motion in Parliament Enabling the Holding of Early Provincial Council Elections Under the Old Proportional Representation Voting System.

By Sandun A Jayasekera Non-cabinet Minister Ajith P. Perera yesterday said he would speak to Home Affairs, Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Vajira Abeywardana to see the possibility of presenting a motion in Parliament to hold PC polls under the old system as soon as possible. The Non-cabinet minister who represented the UNF at …

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British Prime Minister Theresa May Suffers Devastating Defeat as House of Commons Votes Against “Brexit Deal” By 432 to 202 .

By Heather Stewart and Daniel Boffey Theresa May has pledged to face down a vote of no confidence in her government, after her Brexit deal was shot down by MPs in the heaviest parliamentary defeat of the democratic era. On a day of extraordinary drama at Westminster, the House of Commons delivered a devastating verdict …

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Pseudo ‘Buddhist monks’ are the Primary Cause of the Morally Bankrupt Sinhala-Buddhist Laity of Sri Lanka.

By Sharmini Serasinghe As a Sri Lankan first, as a member of the predominant ethnic community- Sinhalese, as a follower of the Buddhist philosophy and as a grandmother, I have taken it upon myself to address the youth and young adults of Sri Lanka, amongst them – the future leaders of Sri Lanka – through …

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President Sirisena’s First Four Years in Office Were Most Transformative in Terms of Building Independent Institutions, Restoring Fundamental Rghts and Rolling back the Authoritarianism of the Past.

By Ranga Jayasuriya The election of President Maithripala Sirisena four years ago on January 8 was a watershed moment in Sri Lankan politics. However, since then, it has lost its allure. This year’s anniversary was, by and large, abandoned by its early supporters. As he enters into his final year, the president himself looks as …

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British Labour Party Moves Vote of No Confidence Against Theresa May After She Loses Brexit Deal Vote by 230 Votes But British Premier Expected To Retain Confidence of the House

By Peter Walker After Theresa May’s huge defeat over her Brexit deal, parliament and the country face an uncertain next few days. On Wednesday, a no-confidence motion in the government will be debated. If the government loses there could be a general election. But even if she defeats the motion, the prime minister’s next steps …

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“Thaippongal”a Traditional Harvest Festival of Thanksgiving is Now Celebrated Widely By Urbanised Tamils Disconnected with Soil and Nature while Rural Cultivators Face Hardship and Extinction.

By M.Mahasenan Can the boiling-over the ‘standardised-pasteurized’ milk on a corner of an apartment on a gas stove be considered Thai Pongal in its strictest meaning remains a troubling question for us today. The Pongal sweet rice thus made is offered to the sun that beats down through the high rise window. You are lucky …

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“Since Eastern Province Has No Chief Minister, Ministers or Council, the Governor Can Take Over Powers of the Chief Minister, Ministers or Council To Solve Issues” Says New Eastern Governor MLAM Hizbullah.

By Mirudhula Thambiah Newly-appointed Governor of the Eastern Province, M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, in an interview with Ceylon Today says, “I created a problem by being selected as the Governor of the East. I will find a solution very soon. I know how to tackle them. The protesters will be satisfied when they see my work. I …

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“We know there should be a Presidential election this year. I am ready if you are”:Ex-Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Indicates He Is Ready to Contest Forthcoming Presidential Elections on an Inclusive Nationalist “Jathikathwaya” Platform.

Giving the clearest indication yet of his intention to run in the upcoming Presidential elections, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said he is ready to take up the challenge when polls are called, possibly towards the end of 2019. Speaking at a ‘Viyathmaga’ event at Water’s Edge on Saturday,Rajapaksa argued that he advocates ‘Jathikathwaya’ …

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‘Thai Pongal’ the Harvest Festival of Tamils

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

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Courts Order “Derana TV” to Hand Over Unedited Footage of Interview with Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa By Dilka Samanmali Aired on Aug 19 2007 to CID to Aid Investigations Into Murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge.

By Anurangi Singh The unedited footage of an interview with former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa aired on a private television channel over a year before Lasantha Wickrematunge’s assassination, was ordered into CID custody by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court last week, as friends and colleagues marked a decade since the senior journalist was assassinated in …

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Should Call his Venomous Mouthpieces to Heel if he has a Smidgen of Political Good Sense Left in Him.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene White vans and ‘black media’ aside (which I will return to later), Sri Lanka has seen politicians insulting judges in Parliament under cover of parliamentary privilege in the past. Staggering and scurrilous abuse Each time, these attacks have been discomfiting, indicating the extent to which the ancient law of privilege can …

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The Greatest Defenders of the Worst and most Unprincipled, Partisan Media come from Within Government.

by Sanjana Hattotuwa The appointment of a new Army Chief of Staff. A fresh denial around the use of chemical weapons. The denunciation of a civil society protest against mainstream media supportive of the constitutional coup, not by members of the SLPP, but by those in the UNP and government. A photograph of a former …

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President Sirisena Offered Prime Minister Post to Sajith Premadasa on 71 Occasions; 61 Times After October 26th 2018 and 10 Times Before That.

by Zacki Jabbar Deputy Leader of the UNP and Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa revealed that President Sirisena had offered him the post of Prime Minister on 71 occasions – ten times prior to October 26 and 61 times after that. “However, I declined on a matter of principle as I opposed the President’s …

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Sajith Premadasa Announces Construction of Four New Model Villages in Weeraketiya, Hambantota Named After Journalists Lasantha Wickrematunge, Upali Tennekoon, Keith Noyahr and Poddala Jayantha.

The Ministry of Housing development this week announced the construction of four new villages in honour of journalists who either lost their lives or were attacked in the line of duty. Attending the ground breaking ceremony of four Uda Gammana villages to be created in Weeraketiya, Hambantota in remembrance of four veteran journalists – late …

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Expert Committee “Draft Constitution” Report Tabled in Parliament Abolishes Executive Presidency and Recommends Bi-cameral Legislature with 233 Member Patliament and 55 Member Second Chamber

By P.K.Balachandran The Constitutional Expert Committee’s report, which was tabled in the Sri Lankan parliament on Friday abolishes the powerful Executive Presidency and replaces it by a Westminster style parliamentary system with a powerful Prime Minister and a ceremonial President. As per the report which can be described as the “draft constitution”, the President will …

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Abysmally Low Attendance by MP’s When Constitutional Assembly Convened on Jan 11: Only 28 From Govt, 17 UPFA, 9 TNA and 2 JVP Present When CA Commenced.

By Saman Indrajith Poor attendance at the Constitutional Assembly (CA) meeting was noted yesterday with only 56 MPs being present when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presented reports pertaining to constitutional reforms. The CA met, at 10.00 am at the Parliament chamber after a lapse of over a year. The meeting was convened to table five …

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Time for Public to Demand That Legal action Be Taken Against Those Involved in Covering Up and Suppressing Evidence in the Assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunge Case Like the JMO and Senior Police Officials!

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake We have just completed the tenth anniversary of the assassination of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge. A decade after this political brutality under a government with a bloody record of such violence against society, media freedom and democracy, we still await the killers of Lasantha, and those who wanted it done, caught in the …

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JVP Flays Mahinda Rajapaksa For Spreading Misinformation and Hatred About a New Constitution and Says Ex-president Should be Ashamed of Himself.

By Saman Indrajith Former President and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was spreading hatred and circulating misinformation about the new Constitution among the people, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament yesterday. “Rajapaksa has now become an orb of hatred. He recently visited a temple and said that by April a new Constitution would be introduced …

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Premier Ranil Asks Constitutional Assembly Members To Decide What to do Next as Neither Steering Committee Nor Experts Committee Reach Agreement on Draft Constitution.

By Ashwin Hemmathagama A report prepared by the Panel of Experts for the Steering Committee based on the Interim Report, six Sub Committee Reports, the Report of the ad hoc Sub Committee assigned to look into the relationship between the Parliament and the Provincial Councils were presented to the Constitutional Assembly yesterday. As the Steering …

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UNP Position is that Articles 2 and 9 of the Constitution Relating to Unitary Status and Position of Buddhism Should Remain the Same Declares UNP Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

By Disna Mudalige, Camelia Nathaniel and Amali Mallawaarachchi Drafting a Constitutional Bill depends on the support of the Constitutional Assemblyand any such draft requires the support of a two thirds majority, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Addressing the Constitutional Assembly, the Prime Minister yesterday said public opinion is always respected in proceeding with Constitutional reforms. …

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UNP Issues Special Statement Condemns “Black Media Mafia” Whose Real Faces Were Exposed While Appreciating Media Institutions which Accepted Letters Presented by Protesting Activist Groups.

By Lahiru Fernando The United National Party stressed it had no involvement in the protest carried out by a number of social activists’ groups opposite several media institutes in Colombo on Thursday. Issuing a special statement yesterday, the party said the UNP is committed to promote and protect the freedom of media. The statement also …

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Colombo Commercial High Court Orders NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa to Pay Rs.10 Million to JVP Gen -Secy Tilvin Silva as Compensation for Publishing and Distributing Book Titled “Neththa Venuwata Aththa” in Violation of Intellectual Property Act.

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda The Colombo Commercial High Court yesterday ordered National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa that compensation of Rs. 10 million be paid to JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva. This is for publishing and distributing the book titled Neththa Venuwata Aththa in violation of provisions of the Intellectual Property Act. In his judgment, Commercial …

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Centre for Policy Alternatives Urges President Sirisena to Immediately Review the Appointment of Maj-Gen Shavendra Silva as Sri Lanka Army Chief of Staff in the Light of Serious Allegations Levelled Against Him.

(Text of Media Release Issued by Centre for Policy Alternatives on Jan 11th 2019) The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the recent appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva as the Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and urges President Maithripala Sirisena to immediately review the appointment in light of serious …

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Recent Signs Clearly Indicate Maithripala Sirisena Is Getting Ready to Contest the Presidential Elections Again

By Kelum Bandara That President Maithripala Sirisena desires to be the next presidential candidate surfaced once again when newly appointed General Secretary of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Dayasiri Jayasekara made some utterances to that effect early this week. Jayasekara said that his party wished to field President Sirisena as the candidate for the …

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Sri Lanka Should have a Competent Ambassador Acceptable to the Russians, in Moscow Because the UNF government has Tilted its Foreign Policy in Favour of the West at the Expense of the Country’s Traditional Friends-The Island.

(Text of Editorial appearing in “The Island” of January 10th 2019 under the heading “The hunt begins?) The JVP has torn into Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Russia Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, who, it says, backed the 26 Oct. government change. It has, however, stopped short of explaining how he did so. Is it referring to his …

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New Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa Says Sri Lanka Faces Three Major Dangers After the Change of Govt Four Years Ago on Jan 9 2015.

(Text of a media release issued by Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa on January 9th 2019 under the heading “Four years of misrule and the fate of future generations in this country”) Sri Lanka faces three major dangers as we complete four years since the change of government on 9 January 2015. The first …

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President Sirisena’s Newly Appointed Private Secretary Janaka Ranawaka Indicted at Colombo High Court For Allegedly Gaining Undue Access to the then Deputy Mayor of Kotte on July 13 2013

By Chitra Weerarathne The indictment against Janaka Ranawaka the former Mayor of Kotte was read out to him yesterday in the High Court of Colombo. He has been indicted with undue access to the computer of the then Deputy Mayor. The accused is on bail at present.

ENPGR Amarasekera, S.Thurairaja and Preethi Padman Surasena Sworn in as Judges of the Supreme Court by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed three judges to the Supreme Court, including two whose appointments were delayed following a constitutional coup. Court of Appeal President Preethi Padman Surasena, S Thurairaja and E N P G R Amarasekera were sworn in before the president, his office said.

Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera Tells Parliament that Independent Television Network (ITN) is a “Den of Thieves” Which Needs Institutional Reform to Operate as a “Public Broadcasting Service”.

By Disna MudaligeCamelia Nathaniel and Amali Mallawaarachchi The Independent Television Network (ITN) is a ‘den of thieves’ and the best way to reform the institution is to operate it as a “public broadcasting service,” Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament yesterday. The minister was making a ministerial statement in response to a …

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Maj-Gen Shavendra Silva Appointed as 53rd Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Army.

By Camelia Nathaniel Major General Shavendra Silva has been appointed as the 53rd Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army from yesterday. Major General Silva is currently the Adjutant General and Colonel Commandant of the Gajaba Regiment. A proud product of the Sri Lanka Military Academy he was enlisted on the fifth of March …

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Will Table Expert Panel Reports Outlining Draft Constitution Proposals When Parliament Convenes as Constitutional Assembly on Friday Jan 11 Morning.

By Saman Indrajith The Constitutional Assembly will meet, at 10.30 am tomorrow (11) with Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri presiding. The expert panel report, which contains draft constitutional proposals, will be tabled by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during the sitting. The views of political parties are also given in the report and the report will be …

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JVP’s Bimal Rathnayake Raises Concerns About Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Dayan Jayatilleka Saying “Dr.Jayatilleka May Have the Right Academic Qualifications but he acts more like a Political Campaigner than a Political Scientist”.

By Saman Indrajith Concerns regarding the conduct of Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka had been raised during a recent meeting of the Committee on High Posts, JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake told Parliament yesterday. Participating in the debate on Regulations under the Diplomatic Privileges Act, MP Rathnayake said that Dr. Jayatilleka’s conduct as …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Rules That the Judiciary and Not Legislature Should Decide on Issues Like Validity of Political Party Membership or Eligibility of an MP To Retain Parliamentary Membership.

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Putting the issue of party membership before the Judiciary, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday said it was up to the courts to decide whether any Parliamentarian has resigned from his party membership and reaffirmed United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) lawmaker Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Leader of the Opposition. In the absence of Speaker …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Confirmed as Leader of the Opposition: Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri Informs Parliament that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has Re-affirmed his Earlier Recognition of Kurunegala Dist MP as Opposition Leader.

By Saman Indrajith Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had reaffirmed the recognition of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Opposition Leader of Parliament, Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri told Parliament yesterday. Speaker Jayasuriya is currently attending the Conference of Speakers of Commonwealth Countries in Malta and the Deputy Speaker read out the Speaker’s announcements to the House at …

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President Sirisena’s foreign policy thinking and practice shows a marked pivot towards Greater Eurasia, as the main axis of his Asia-centric Nonalignment.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka President Sirisena’s foreign policy, just as that of any other leader anywhere in the world, must be seen in relation to several factors. These are the success or otherwise of the policy he inherited, the character of his own foreign policy as it evolved, and most importantly, the ‘fit’ or otherwise of …

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“What ‘They’ Did To My Father and Why ‘They’ Did It”- Lasantha Wickrematunge’s Daughter Ahimsa Writes of Her Father and his Assassination.

By Ahimsa Wickrematunge I first came to know of the MiG Deal in August 2007. I was living in Canada with family when my father called me from Colombo. He told me that The Sunday Leader had reported on a shady military contract involving Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Air Force. My father had just watched …

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‘Who is Lasantha?’ He’s just another murder,’ said the country’s former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa incredulously 10 years ago – Sunday Observer Editorial

(Text Of Editorial Appearing in the “Sunday Observer”of January 6th 2019 Under the Heading “Who is Lasantha?) The words are still chilling, a decade later. “Who is Lasantha?” retorted a once all-powerful Defence Secretary angrily, when a BBC journalist dared to question him incessantly on the brutal murder of founding editor of The Sunday Leader, …

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Abducted and Tortured Ex-Associate Editor Keith Noyahr Breaks 11 Year Silence by Writing About Slain Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge to Denote 10th Death Anniversary.

By Keith Noyahr (In some ways, Keith Noyahr’s abduction and assault in May 2008 was the harbinger of the more brutal crime that was to follow. At the time of his abduction, Keith Noyahr was the most senior journalist to be attacked during that dark era for press freedom in Sri Lanka. That dubious honour …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Ably Supported by Sections of the Buddhist Clergy has Set the Course for the Sinhalese Buddhists of Sri Lanka to Self-destruct.

By- Sharmini Serasinghe The leader of a nation is like a parent to one’s children. The children emulate the examples set by the parent, for better or for worse. The morally upright parent sets morally upright examples and standards and ensures the children abide by them. What happens when the leader/parent is immoral, unethical and …

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Strategic Importance of Trincomalee,Colombo and Hambantota Ports Have Seen 450 Naval Vessels From 28 Countries Visiting Lanka Since 2008: India Leads with 90 Visits; 65 Foreign Warships in 2017 Alone.

By Marwaan Macan-Markar In the Great Game being played across the Indian Ocean, the U.S. Navy has its eye on Sri Lanka’s northeastern port of Trincomalee to serve as a logistics hub for South Asian waters churned by India, Japan and China. Western diplomats in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, noted an upping of the …

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Catholic Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith Says if Sri Lanka Could Be Compared to a Tree then Buddhism is The “Stem” and Followers of Other Religions the “Branches”.

By Sawani Sheshadi If there are issues and crises related to religious as well as ethnic co-existence in Sri Lanka, solutions can be solicited through the spiritual guidance taught in religions. Hence, any unwanted foreign involvement should be frowned upon, said Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith attending the launching ceremony of the biography of Ven. …

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Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa Gifted a Car ( Nissan -N16) to His Astrologer Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena in 2007 For Which Mihin Lanka Had Allegedly Paid 8.2 Million Rupees.

By Yoshitha Perera Mihin Lanka has paid a loan of Rs.8.2 million for a car (Nissan- N16) which was gifted to Astrologer Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the year 2007, Astrologer Abeygunawardana informed the SriLankan Airlines Commission yesterday. He informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into irregularities at SriLankan airlines, SriLankan …

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With all its unpleasantness and political crudities 2018 demonstrated that Sri Lanka still has enormous civic resistance Which is something to be proud of

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene When chastened supporters of the Rajapaksa-led ‘Pohottuwa’ (lotus bud) Party bewail the December 2018 decision of the Supreme Court holding that the Presidential dissolution of Parliament was unconstitutional with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa having to step back from a contested Prime Ministerial seat and return to opposition ranks, a frequent lament …

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Air Force Officers Interviewed by FCID Have Made it Clear That There Would Have Been No MiG Deal Without Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Udayanga Weeratunga.

By A ” Sunday Observer” Special Correspondent In 2007, journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge published a series of exposes about a murky arms procurement that has since come to be known as the ‘MiG deal’. The articles resulted in Lasantha and his newspaper being sued for defamation over his reporting on the alleged involvement of then Defence …

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Continuing Character Assassination Without a Factual Basis of Arjuna Mahendran by Certain Political Operatives and Why the Ex- Central Bank Governor Unlikely To Get a Fair Hearing in the Current Political Set-up in Sri Lanka.

by C. Mahendran I spent my entire professional life from 1957- 2004 representing the Sri Lankan government’s interests abroad, heading our diplomatic missions in China, Japan, South Korea and the UN mission in New York. I have worked with Sri Lankan politicians from different parties implementing different policies. So I have watched with bemusement the …

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The Yearning for Democracy in Sri Lanka is Real But The Question Is Can The Non/anti-Rajapaksa Parties Understand This Mood and Respond To It?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” – HP Hartley (The Go-Between) The Iliad begins when the Trojan War is in its ninth murderous and exhausting year. In between trying to breach the famed walls of Troy, the Greeks raid nearby settlements for booty, material and human. Chryseis …

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Those most volubly against the President and Rajapaksa, were those who were not card-carrying supporters of the UNP or Mr. Wickremesinghe.

By Sanjana Hattotuwa New Year. Old problems. Those who have taken a medium or long haul flight in recent years know the feeling. You are promised hundreds of channels of the best entertainment, more than enough to last the length of the flight. In reality, the films and shows are those you have seen before, …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Must Summon President Sirisena Before The Bar of Parliament To Account For His Repeated and Intentional Violations of the Constitution.

By Dr Nihal Jayawickrama Article 33A of the Constitution states that the President “shall be responsible to Parliament for the due exercise, performance and discharge of his powers, duties and functions under the Constitution and any written law”. Parliament, therefore, has a constitutional duty to call upon the President to account for his actions, especially …

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President Sirisena Appoints MLAM Hisbullah, Azath Sally,Maithri Gunaratne, Sarath Ekanayake and Peshala Jayaratne Bandara as Governors of Eastern,Western, Central, North -Central and North -Western Province Governors.

by Shamindra Ferdinando President Maithripala Sirisena has named UPFA MP M.L.A.M. Hisbullah, Colombo Municipal Councillor Azath Sally, who is also the leader of the National Unity Alliance (NUA) and leader of the United National Freedom Front (UNFF) Maithree Gunaratne as Governors of the Eastern, Western and Central Province, respectively. Hisbullah was accommodated in parliament on …

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Graveside Memorial Service to mark 10th Anniversary of Lasantha Wickrematunge’s Assassination On 8 January 9 a.m. at Borella Kanatte

The 10th anniversary of the assassination of The Sunday Leader founder Editor-in-Chief Lasantha Wickrematunge, which falls on 8 January, will be marked with a service at his graveside. Family, friends, former colleagues and others, including those from political and diplomatic circles, will gather at Borella Kanatte at 9 a.m. to mark the anniversary and remember …

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‘10 Years After Lasantha: Whither Investigative Journalism in Sri Lanka?’ Forum on 8 January

A forum titled ‘10 Years After Lasantha: Whither Investigative Journalism in Sri Lanka?’ will be held on 8 January at the Lighthouse Auditorium, No. 24, Horton Place, Colombo 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. The speakers will comprise – The Sunday Morning Editor and former The Sunday Leader Editor Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, Sunday Observer Editor …

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46 Year Old Sri Lankan Woman Sasikala Says she was Stopped by Police From Worshipping at the Sabarimala Ayyappan Temple Shrine in India But Kerala StateChief Minister’s Office Claims She did Enter Temple Precincts.

The Kerala Chief Minister’s Office on Friday claimed that a 46-year-old woman from Sri Lanka entered the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala last night to offer prayers. The woman, however, said that police had stopped her from entering the temple despite her reaching close to the 18 sacred steps that lead to the shrine. The Chief …

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Civil Servant With Distinguished Service Record Dr.Devanesan Nesiah Officially Returns the “Deshamanya” Award Conferred on Him in 2017 In Protest Against President Sirisena’s Chaos Creating Recent Action.

BY Yohan Perera and Sheain Fernandopulle Former civil servant Devanesan Nesiah officially returned the “Deshamanya” award conferred to him by President Maithripala Sirisena today. Dr. Nesiah and his daughter handed it over to the Presidential Secretariat last evening. Talking to journalists, Dr. Nesiah said he decided to return the award as he was disappointed with …

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Signboards in Chinese Funded Development Projects Exclude Tamil Language and are Only in Chinese,English and Sinhala: Official Languages Minister Mano Ganesan Takes Up Issue With Chinese Embassy.

By Yohan Perera Minister of National Integration, Official Languages and Social Progress Mano Ganesan requested the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka to ensure the inclusion of Tamil language in signboards erected at Chinese funded development projects. He said the signboards had been written in Chinese, English and Sinhala only.

The Cuban Revolution Unlike All Other Revolutions “did not devour its own children”.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka January 1st 2019– 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution Jan 1st marks the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution; 60 years of the revolutionary Cuba that we have known. The Cuban revolution was a pure revolution, the purest revolution we have seen. By pure I do not mean a revolution that was …

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The Rise and Fall of Mahinda Rajapaksa Within a Period of Six Weeks

By Don Manu If the year 2018 began with a bang for Mahinda Rajapaksa when his ghost-led Pohottuwa party swept the local polls in February, the year ended for him with a whimper stuck in the sinking sands of his fluctuating political fortunes. Whatever his royal astrologer may have predicted of the rosy things to …

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Does Mahinda Rajapaksa Have “Dual Membership” By Being Both a De-jure Member of the UPFA and a De-facto Member of the “Pohottuwa” Party?

By Gamini Weerakoon It may be good times for some people and bad times for others. But, undeniably, it is interesting times for most of us watching antics of politicians though not necessarily a blessing. Close on the heels of the rowdy Sri Lankan parliamentary ‘comedies’ that brought this island into focus in the international …

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US Authorities Disclosed Details of Legal Cases Against Ex-Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya to Prevent Purported Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Restoring Cousin’s Immunity to Avoid Prosecution.

Sri Lanka’s October coup that brought former president Mahinda Rajapaksa briefly back to power may have backfired on a close relative, ex-ambassador to Washington and fugitive from justice, Jaliya Wickramasuriya. The prospect of a Rajapaksa government in Colombo prompted justice authorities in Washington to publicly disclose money laundering and visa fraud charges against Wickramasuriya, a …

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Political expediency is a peculiarly bitter sauce which, if tolerated for the gander, must equally be so for the goose.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene As a foreboding New Year by way of the Gregorian calendar dawns for Sri Lankans, the choices before us (at least, politically) are not felicitous by any stretch of the imagination. Atavistic demons conjured up by opportunists A cynic may question, ‘when were the choices ever felicitous during the past five …

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Well-Entrenched Democracy Restored in Sri Lanka After Violation of Constitution by President Maithripala Sirisena.

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, December 28: Sri Lanka saw cataclysmic political events in 2018. Democracy, which was introduced way back in 1931 and was thought to be well and truly entrenched in Sri Lanka, was put in danger in October-November when President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and dissolved parliament in brazen …

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Armed Forces Win Hearts and Minds of People in the North By Rescuing Thousands of Families Affected by Incessant rains and Resultant Floods.

BY RAJITHA JAGODA ARACHCHI & RASULA DILHARA GAMAGE Continuous rains in the northern part of the country during the past few days inundated large areas of Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar and Jaffna. Overall, 123,178 people belonging to 39,669 families were displaced by the bad weather. Meanwhile, 474 houses had been fully damaged and another 4,522 houses …

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President Sirisena Retaining Control of the Police By Bringing it Under Defence Ministry Likely to Cause Friction With the Commonwealth of Nations.

President Maithripala Sirsiena has allocated all state media institutions to the ministry of Finance and Media ending speculation that he may keep some of them under his direct control as the country heads for an election year. In an Extraordinary Gazette notification dated December 24, but published Saturday, the President listed the two state television …

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Many of us fought like hell to give you the second chance you got, but you don’t seem to have learnt your lesson.

By Sharmini Serasinghe Sri Lanka is politically bankrupt! The two main players in Sri Lanka’s political arena – the UNP and the SLFP – have outlived their lifespan. Further, each time they form new coalitions and their identities and symbols are changed more frequently than their underwear, the average voter is left so utterly confused, …

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How Is Maithripala Sirisena Able To Continue as Executive President after The Supreme Court Found Him Guilty of Intentionally Violating the Constitution and Fundamental rights Sri Lanka’s Citizens?

By Don Manu Today on the presidential throne of Lanka, there sits a man who gambled with the nation’s heirloom of democracy and endangered the people’s sovereign inheritance, who gambled with the nation’s economy and imperiled it, on Manuwho gambled with the nation’s international image and sullied it, who placed his bets and waged his …

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