Cabinet Minister Mano Ganesan Urges Focus on Increasing Lawlessness in North and Forget about the “Immature, Emotional” Speech of Vijayakala Maheswaran.

Dismissing the controversial statement made by State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran as emotional and immature, National Integration, Reconciliation and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganesan yesterday urged focus on the real issue of the increasing lawlessness in the North. “What we should be doing now is not discussing Vijayakala Maheswaran’s statement but the total breakdown of law …

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There Must be an Unequivocal Statement From the Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Camp Dissociating From the Anunayake’s Inapt and Inept “Hitler” Statement.

By Susirith Mendis The common story on the death of Hitler is that, on 30 April 1945, he killed himself with his own gun while biting on a cyanide capsule, in his Führerbunker in Berlin. In accordance with Hitler’s prior written and verbal instructions, that afternoon his remains and those of Eva Braun were carried …

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Outgoing US Envoy Atul Keshap Tells Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan that the Sri Lankan Govt’s Positive Image On the International Stage Should Not Be Taken for Granted.

(Text of a Press Release Issued by the Tamil National Alliance(TNA_ Media Office) The outgoing United States Ambassador His Excellency Atul Keshap paid a courtesy call on the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance Mr Sampanthan today at the office of the Leader of the Opposition in Colombo. Expressing his views on …

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UNP State Minister of Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran Submits Resignation Letters to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

by Zacki Jabbar State Minister of Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheshwaran yesterday quit her portfolio, pending government and UNP inquiries into her remarks praising the LTTE , during a Presidential Mobile Service event in Jaffna on Monday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, at meeting with Vijayakala, on Wednesday, had called for her explanation, saying that the government …

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Addl Sol-Gen Yasantha Kodagoda Tells Court That Perpetual Treasuries Subsidiary WM Mendis&Co Paid 5 Million Rupees in 2017 to Company Owned by Former MinisterRavi Karunanayake

By A.J. Abeynayake Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda yesterday told the Fort Magistrate court that Perpetual Treasuries subsidiary, W. M. Mendis and Company had paid Rs. 5mn to a company owned by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake in 2017. Making submissions before Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne on behalf of the Attorney General, Kodagoda said that a …

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There is a Large pro-LTTE Constituency in the North Regarding Prabhakaran as a Hero and Leader Which Means There is a Large Fascist or Neo-fascist Sentiment in the North

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?’ – WB Yeats, The Second Coming Though that may change, this island has so far produced only one movement which qualifies as Fascist by international standards. When the LTTE was decisively defeated in May 2009, the …

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Appeal Court Stays Proceedings in Magistrates Court Against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Over Avant Garde Issue Until Tevision Application Filed by Him is Heard and Determined by Superior Court.

By Chitra Weerarathne The Court of Appeal yesterday stayed the proceedings in the Magistrate Court against petitioner, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, in respect of the Avant Garde issue until the revision application filed by him is heard and finally determined by the superior court. The Court of Appeal issued notice on the respondents the Bribery Commission and …

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Vijayakala Maheswaran To Resign Her State Minister Post Voluntarily To Pre-empt Removal by President and Prime Minister Pending Inquiry.

Child Affairs State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran says she has decided to resign from her ministerial position. This comes in the wake of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe requesting President Maithripala Sirisena to remove Maheswaran from the ministerial position pending investigations.

Govt has Decided To Take Action Against State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran States Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana The Government had already decided on the action that was to be taken against State Minister Vijeyakala Maheswaran, who had called for the resurgence of LTTE, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday. “The belief of the Government is that LTTE, which is an organization that is banned internationally, …

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Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran and Northern Provincial Council Chairman C.V.K.Sivagnanam Defend State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran Saying There Was Nothing wrong In Her Comments About Insecurity in the North.

The leadership of the northern provincial council has come to the defence of state minister Vijayakala Maheswaran who is under fire for having said that the province was more secure and free during LTTE control, according to radiogagana.com. The chairman and the chief minister of the NPC say what Maheswaran has said is true. North …

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TNA’s Sumanthiran MP To Move Adjournment Motion Urging Repeal of Provincial Councils (Amendment) Act No. 17 of 2017 Immediately to Ensure Holding Of Provincial Council Polls Without Postponement.

(Text of a Press Release Issued by the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) Media office on July 4th 2018 regarding an Adjournment Motion To be moved by Hon M A Sumanthiran MP on 06/07/ 2018) Adjournment Motion – To be moved by Hon M A Sumanthiran on 06/07/ 2018 Whereas the terms of office of 3 Provincial …

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Vijayakala Mheswaran Tells Ranjan Ramanayake She Got Excited and Made a Slip of the Tongue about Wanting the LTTE Back; Alleges She Refused Mahinda Rajapaksa Offer of One Billion Rupees and Cabinet Portfolio.

By Chaturanga Samarawickrama State Minister of Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran said she had not made any statement with the intention of bringing the LTTE back to life and said that it was a slip of the tongue. She expressed these views during a telephone conversation with the Social Empowerment Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka who called …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Seeks Attorney -General’s Legal Advice Over Jaffna District MP Vijayakala Maheswaran’s Controversial Speech Before Contemplating Appropriate Action.

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has asked the Attorney General whether State Minister Vijayakala Mahsewaran’s controversial statement calling for the resurgence of the LTTE violates the Constitution or any other laws of the country and if so to take appropriate action against her. “A question has arisen as to the type …

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Rising Crime Toll In North Makes UP State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran Lose Control Of Herself and Publicly Call For Return of LTTE Leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran.

Rising crime in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, ranging from armed robbery to rape and murder, coupled with a perceived unwillingness or inability of the police and the military to act, made Vijayakala Maheswaran, the Sri Lankan State Minister of Women and Child Affairs, call for the return of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam …

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In the Absence of Mahinda, Sri Lanka’s Closest Equivalent to Mexico’s Lopez Obrador Example Would Be the Nomination of Ex-Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa as Joint Opposition Presidential Candidate.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Mexico is an important country. It is not only the neighbor of the USA, it is a large and populous nation with a political history that has had an impact on the whole of Latin America. Just as the Right was cheering the receding of the “Pink Tide” that had swept Latin …

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After Asgiriya Anunayake Called For Dictatorial Hitler Type Rule, Jaffna MP and State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran Wants Return of Authoritarian LTTE Leader Veluppilaai Prabhakaran.

A legislator in Sri Lanka has reportedly expressed a preference for feared Tamil Tiger leader Vellupillai Pirabharan who ruled a part of northern Sri Lanka by the gun, shortly after a southern monk called for rule by Hitler, in the latest twist in a country where authoritarianism is worshipped by sections of society. Vijayakala Maheswaran, …

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UNP State Minister In Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Coalition Govt Vijayakala Maheswaran Calls for Revival of LTTE “if the Tamils in the North and East Were To Live Without Fear”

The LTTE had to be revived if the Tamils in the North and East were to live without fear, State Minister of Child Affairs, Vijayakala Maheswaran said, yesterday at the 8th Presidential Public Service programme held at the Weerasingham Hall, Jaffna. “A lot of Northern women face grave difficulties now. A six-year-old girl was killed …

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“We Remember How We Lived Before May 18, 2009.Our Main Intention is to Bring Back the LTTE if We Want To Live” says Child Affairs State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran.

By Romesh Madushanka It is seen that there is a huge need of reorganization of the LTTE in the North and East, State Minister of Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran claimed today addressing the ‘Janapathi Nila Mehewara’ event at the Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna. She said that reports relating to traces of LTTE reorganizing are heard …

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Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Refutes Allegations in “New York Times” Article About China Harbour Company Giving Funds to his 2015 Election Campaign.

(Text of a Media Release Issued By Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Refuting Allegations made by the New York Times) The New York Times published an article titled “How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port” on Monday June 25, 2018 and our political opponents have made quite a carnival of it, marching to …

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Upali Thera’s Anusasana to Gota Was Basically This – “Some people have described you as Hitler. Be a Hitler. Go with the military and take the leadership of this country.”

By Neville de Silva Monks, like others, are not all learned men. While all of them may know the dhamma (though not all of them practise the Buddha’s teaching), their knowledge of history and world affairs, among others, needs to be refreshed. That, of course, is if they had learnt and imbibed such worldly knowledge …

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Buddhist Hitler,Nazi Nirvana and the Saffron – Khaki Collaborative Effort to Set up a Patrimonial Garrison State.

By Sarath de Alwis “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” – Adolf Hitler Shine as they may, there are no kings, adorned with jewellry and pearls, that shine as does a man restrained, adorned with virtue’s ornament. – Visuddhimagga The two quotes – one from …

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Sri Lankan Police Re-Launch Investigation Into Alleged Funding of Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Election Campaign By China Harbour Engineering Company.

Police has been asked to revive an investigation into alleged Chinese funding of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-election bid following a foreign newspaper report that $7.6 million was paid through the Standard Chartered Bank. Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment Ranjan Ramanayake lodged a complaint with the Financial Crimes Investigation Division on Friday after the New York Times …

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Though Done With The Best of Intentions Asgiriya Chapter Anunayake’s Birthday Blessings have Erected a Barrier Between Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the Presidency.

By Don Manu Twenty Twenty presidential hopeful, birthday boy Gotabaya Rajapaksa may have felt somewhat uncomfortable when a monk, no less a personage than the Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter the Venerable Vendaruwe Upali, whom he had invited along with a retinue of other senior monks to his residence for an alms-giving ceremony to celebrate …

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Sri Lanka’s Southern Naval Headquarters Will Be Moved From Galle Harbour to Hambantota Port Leased to Chinese Firm Announces Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lanka will move its southern naval headquarters to the Hambantota port which is leased to a state-run Chinese firm under a billion-dollar deal, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office said. Wickremesinghe has made it clear in his talks with Chinese leaders that Hambantota port will not be allowed to be used for any military purposes, …

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Where The Government Fail To Govern Summary Justice Will Become The Order of The Day

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Competing for top billing for the most ghastly news headlines this week has been public outrage over rampant robberies and murders by notorious underworld gangs along with feverish speculation over the (possibly apocryphal) list of politicians who accepted money from tainted financier Arjun Aloysius and a fracas over Chinese funding of …

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Would Asgiriya Chapter Anunayake Thera’s Birthday Anusasana Advice to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Bring About the Emergence of an “Arya Sinhala Hitler” in Sri Lanka?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa arriving at the FCID on Monday. Picture by Rukmal Gamage Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa arriving at the FCID on Monday. Picture by Rukmal Gamage The twists and turns of politics are moving into fresh confrontations both within the government, and between the government and opposition. The …

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“New York Times” Article About Hambantota Port and Growing Influence of China in the Sri Lanka is a US Warning Bell Regarding the Possible Return of a Pro-Beijing Govt in Colombo.

By Wasantha Rupasinghe On June 25, the New York Times published a lengthy front page article entitled “How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port.” The more than 3,800-word piece repeats the usual allegations manufactured by the Times, and other media conduits for Washington’s foreign policy propaganda, about growing Chinese influence in Sri …

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19 Year Old Loyola College BA(French) Student From Tamil Nadu Anukeerthi Vas Crowned India’s Beauty Queen at Femina Miss India 2018 Pageant.

Anukreethy Vas from Tamil Nadu was declared the winner of the 55th edition of Femina Miss India 2018 pageant held at Dome, NSCI Stadium whereas Miss Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana and Miss Shreya Rao from Andhra Pradesh bagged the first and second runner up positions respectively. The winners were crowned by the previous year winners, …

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Does Financial Discipline Mean Letting the Sri Lankan Rupee Slide Downwards According to International Monetary Fund Dictates?

By Dr. Ranil Senanayake It is with a sense of foreboding that I pen this, returning from Ecuador, to find the rupee tumbling at pace that was once familiar to me back in 1994 in Ecuador. At that time the IMF was giving them the same advice that they are providing us today: “The International …

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JVP Founder-Leader Rohana Wijeweera’s Wife Srimathi Chithranganie Wijeweera Files Habeas Corpus Writ In Appeal Court Seeking Court Order to Produce her Husband Who Was Arrested on November 13th 1969.

By Chitra Weerarathne Srimathi Chithranganie Wijeweera, the wife of the founder of the JVP yesterday filed a Habeas Corpus application in the Court of Appeal requesting the court to issue a mandatory order on the Defence Authorities and the Attorney General to produce Wijeweera before the court. The application also requests the court to order …

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Centre for Policy Alternatives Urges Swift Action in Adherence to the Rule of Law to Address Increase in Violence

29th June 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is alarmed by the recent spate of violence in Sri Lanka, including the custodial death this weekend, the death of a police constable and the inability of the authorities to contain the violence and bring perpetrators to justice. These incidents are evocative of …

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Akila Viraj Kariyawasam Challenges Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Prove He is a True Patriot By Revoking His US Citizenship Regardless of Whether He Contests the Sri Lankan Presidential Election or Not.

The Minister of Education yesterday challenged former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to revoke his American citizenship regardless of whether the latter would contest in a Sri Lankan election. “A true patriot will have no problem revoking the citizenship of another country,” Minister of Education and UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said. Minister Kariyawasam made …

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Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy Refutes Allegations Made By Ex-Minister Ravi Karunanayake Against Senior Deputy Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe.

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy yesterday defended one of the institutions top officials against former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, insisting his record as an economist remains outstanding. The short statement released by the Central Bank is given in full below.

Ranjan Ramanayake Complains to FCID About Mahinda Rajapaksa Receiving Funds From Chinese Company for his Presidential Election Campaign as Reported in New York Times.

By Skandha Gunasekara Social Empowerment Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday lodged a complaint at the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding reports that the latter received campaign funding over $ 7 million from a prominent Chinese company. Referring to a recent New York Times article on the issue, Deputy Minister …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Has Not Been Bold Enough To Categorically Condemn Upali Thera’s “Hitler” Comments Though He Had The Opportunity To do So

By Lakdev Liyanagama The shadow of former Defence Secretary and Rajapaksa sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa looms large these days over the Sri Lankan political firmament. Not yet officially nominated as a candidate for the 2020 presidential elections, he appears to have assumed that role by default. Still, Rajapaksa found out last week that the publicity he …

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China Funded Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 Election Campaign Through Cheques Amounting to US $ 7.6 Million and $ 3.7 M Dollars Issued Via Two Standard Chartered Bank Accounts Operated By Hambantota Port Development Project -NYT

By Maria Abi-Habib HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka — Every time Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, turned to his Chinese allies for loans and assistance with an ambitious port project, the answer was yes. Yes, though feasibility studies said the port wouldn’t work. Yes, though other frequent lenders like India had refused. Yes, though Sri Lanka’s debt …

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Hitler the Architect of the Jewish Holocaust Killed Six Million Jews as Part of his Depraved “Final Solution”

By Sasanka Perera Ven. Endaruwe Upali, Deputy Chief Priest of the Asgiriya Chapter in the Buddhist ecclesiastical order, is in the news. But it is not for his knowledge of the Dhamma or for the erudite delivery of a sermon worthy of Buddhism’s timeless appeal or for his strict adherence to vinaya, the set of …

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Concern Expressed Over Probation Department and National Child Protection Agency (NCPA) Pushing Victimised Children Back Into the Hands of Abusers

Text of Statement Released on June 26th 2018 Expressing Concern Over Probation Department and National Child Protection Agency CPA Pushing Victimised Children Back Into the Hands of Abusers and list of signatories) Probation Department and NCPA pushing children back into the hands of abusers We the undersigned members of civil society condemn the actions of …

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What Will Happen If Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Comes to Power Like Hitler and Establishes Military Rule ?

By Ranga Jayasuriya Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has skeletons though, may not be in his closet, but wherever white vans had dumped victims during his abduction prone tenure as the Defence Secretary. But, not even by a long shot did he go any close to Hitler. Last week, when a high priest publicly urged him to …

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As a Sri Lankan, a Buddhist and a Sinhalese, I find this Man Gnanasara Utterly and Completely Reprehensible, Offensive, and Disgusting!

By Sharmini Serasinghe When it comes to the likes of pseudo religious figures viz,Gnanasara, I refuse to dignify such with revered titles; ‘Thera’, ‘Reverend’ or ‘Venerable’ as others do. To do so, would be a downright insult to all those who are genuinely worthy of it. As a Sri Lankan, a Buddhist and a Sinhalese, …

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Wigneswaran Wont Be the TNA/ITAK Chief Minister Candidate at Next NPC Poll But Sampanthan Will Keep Ex-Judges Hopes Alive By Not Telling Him So Now.

By P.K.Balachandran The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), of which the Ilankai Tamil ArasuKatchi (ITAK) is the single largest constituent, appears to be heading for a split, with the Sampanthan and Wigneswaran factions failing to find a common ground to work together. A likely outcome is the emergence of two new groupings, with the ITAK and …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Says He Understood Everything In The Sermon With References to Hitler Made By Asgiriya Chapter Anunayake and Asks Why Others Who Did Not Understand Should Make Statements About The Comparison To Hitler.

Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Monday announced heeding the counsel of a top Asgiriya chapter monk who urged him to be like a Hitler and form a military dictatorship in the country. Speaking to reporters after making a statement to the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), Rajapaksa said he was surprised by the …

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US Will Not Give Up Its Strategic Objectives In Sri Lanka Despite Leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya The US quit the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday (June 19) with rhetoric intended to assert the moral high-ground, slamming the council and selectively ‘naming and shaming’ council members outside its charmed circle of ‘friends.’ While the statements of US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …

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Why The Indian Govt As Well As The Tamil National Alliance Object To The Chinese Housing Project in the North and East of Sri Lanka

India and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have told the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that his government’s decision to award to a Chinese company a contract to build 40,000 houses for war-displaced people in the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces is flawed, impractical and unsuited to the climate and culture of the area. …

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Over 100 Individuals and a Dozen Organizations Send Petition to High Posts Committee Protesting Nomination of Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Designate to Moscow

Civil society representatives and several rights organisations asked President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday to withdraw his controversial nomination of Dayan Jayatilleka as ambassador to Moscow and protect the country’s international image. Nearly 100 individuals and over a dozen organisations signed a petition to the High Posts Committee of parliament arguing that they must reject Jayatilleka’s nomination …

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India Expresse Concern Over Chinese Company Being Awarded Contract Without Tenders Being Called For 40,000 Pre-fabricated Housing Project in North-East Sri Lanka.

By Namini Wijedasa India has raised concern at the highest levels of the Sri Lankan Government about the manner in which a contract to build 40,000 houses in the North and East was recently awarded without tender to a Chinese company that has no history of building houses in the country. The Resettlement Ministry last …

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Real Threat Posed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the Replacement of the Present Weak Democratic Regime by a Hard Authoritarian Regime, with Popular Support

By Jayadeva Uyangoda Is Sri Lanka ready for an elected dictator? This is the latest question to enter the country’s current political debate. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s preparations to contest the next presidential election in 2019 have already precipitated a potentially explosive controversy that can last weeks and months. An admirer of Gotabaya Rajapaksa has echoed as …

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No Other Religious Order in This Country or the World Would Have Tolerated the Outrages Committed by This Monk Gnanasara Thero

by C.A.Chandraprema The monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara who was serving a six month sentence handed down by the Homagama Magistrate’s court for threatening and intimidating a witness in the court premises has now been released on bail pending his appeal. The reason why he is in this sorry situation today is because of the inability of …

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Asgiriya Chapter Anunanayake Says His References To “Hitler” and “Military” Were Misinterpreted and Cites Lord Buddha’s Preaching In His Defence.

Ven Vendaruwe Upali Thera, the Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter, yesterday urged critics not to politicise or misinterpret his Anushasanawa (sermon) given at the almsgiving to mark the 69th birthday of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In a statement, the Anunayake said it was regrettable that the words ‘Hitler’ and ‘military’ used in his 30-minute …

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Celebration Over “Sri Lanka Being Let Off The Hook” in Geneva Due To The US Pull-out from UNHRC May Be Premature Because Of Lanka’s Obligations Under the 30/1 UN Resolution

By the “Sunday Observer” Political Editor Last week’s decision by the United States to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council created ripples in Sri Lanka where the parting words of America’s top diplomat that the Council was a “cesspool of political bias” resonated strongly with politicians and bureaucrats aligned with former President Mahinda …

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“If Someone Said “Be Like Hitler” In My Presence I would Have Condemned The Statement Then and There” Says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday joined in the criticism against remarks by a senior member of the Buddhist Clergy, calling on former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to “be like Hitler”, saying he would have condemned the statement immediately if it had been made in his presence. “There is no way Buddhism and Hitler’s brutality can …

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Sandya Ekneligoda Has Been Facing Harassment and Intimidation After Her Tormentor in Court Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero Was Sentenced to 6 Months Rigorous Imprisonment.

By Indunil Usgoda Arachchi After the sentencing of Galagodaththe Gnansara Thera to six months rigorous imprisonment for criminal intimidation earlier this month, his victim Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of missing journalist, Prageeth Ekneligoda has been facing harassment and intimidation, largely via social media networks. Speaking to the Sunday Observer, Sandya Ekneligoda complained about receiving continuous …

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Without Determined Leadership It Is Uncertain Whether Sri Lanka Will Survive, Even in its Flawed Republic- State

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene On a visit to Myanmar last year, reputed Buddhist lay leaders who disapproved of incendiary anti-minority rhetoric engaged in by nationalist monk U Wirathu, were emphatic in their conversations with me that, ‘making him a martyr of the State’ would be the best possible media boost that he could get. ‘Marginalising …

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Asgiriya Anunayake Thero’ Comparing Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Adolf Hitler Has Seriously Undermined Ex -Def Secy’s Bid To Become President of Sri Lanka.

A senior Buddhist monk counselling former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to emulate Hitler and establish a military dictatorship may have seriously hurt his bid for the presidency, according to close associates. A chief priest of the Asgiriya chapter, Vendaruwe Upali, blessed Rajapaksa on his 69th birthday Wednesday by urging him to follow the German dictator …

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“Asking Gotabhaya To ‘Be a Hitler’ is the Most Dangerous and Morally Debased Public Statement I Have Ever Heard Uttered In This Country” -Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka I was more alarmed by what I saw and heard on TV news last evening than by anything I have seen or heard in the Sri Lankan media throughout my life. What I saw and heard was the most dangerous and morally debased public statement, i.e. a statement made in public and …

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Ven.Venduruwe Upali Thero Said Gotabhaya Must Become a “Hitler Like” Leader of Sri Lanka In the Presence of Rajapaksa Siblings Mahinda, Chamal and Basil.

A top Buddhist monk has asked Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to become another “ Hitler” who is known to have killed up to six million Jews in the Holocaust. A chief priest of the Asgiriya chapter, Venduruwe Upali, blessed Rajapaksa on his 69th birthday Wednesday by encouraging him to return to power …

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“Do Not Jeopardize The Lives Of Web Journalists Under The Pretext Of National Security”- National Movement of web Journalists

(Text of Press Release Issued by National Movement of web Journalists ) The national movement for web journalists strongly urges the president, prime minister and the responsible stakeholders in the government to immediately cease the effort taken to put the lives of web journalists into risk in disguise of national security. According to reports the …

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Mervyn De Silva’s Political Ideas and Values

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka 19TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY June 22nd “Mervyn’s career as a journalist, as a literary critic, as a satirist, as a political commentator, as a broadcaster, both within the country and abroad, is without peer, either before or since and is not likely to be equaled for a long time to come, if at …

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Anunayake of Asgiriya Chapter Ven Vendaruwe Upali Thera Advises Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Launch Military Rule Like Adolf Hitler and Build Up The Country.

A senior Buddhist monk yesterday advised former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to launch into a military rule ‘like Hitler’. The monk, Ven Vendaruwe Upali thera, made this remark while speaking at a religious ceremony to mark the birthday of the former Defence Secretary. He is an Anunayake of the Asgiriya Chapter, in Kandy.

US Exit From UNHRC Will Not Cause a Decline In International Concern Over the Sri Lankan Tamil Issue As UK and Canada Will Continue To Show Interest.

The Sri Lankan Tamil issue, which has been the subject of very aggressive US-backed resolutions in the UN Human Rights Council (UHRC) against Lankan regimes since 2009, will not be swept under the carpet in the international arena because the US has quit the UNHRC, observers here feel. Former Lankan Ambassador in Geneva and now …

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US Will Continue To Engage With Sri Lanka Over US – Sri Lanka Co-sponsored UN Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1 – UN Envoy Atul Keshap assures Sri Lanka Govt.

In the wake of US quitting the UNHRC, US embassy in Colombo said that the US would continue to closely follow progress made by Sri Lanka in respect of the Geneva Resolution 30/1. The following is the full text of statement issued by the US embassy last night: “Secretary Pompeo has announced that the United …

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“18 Clergy Including 15 Buddhist Monks Are in Jail. If Gnanasara Thera is Pardoned Or Given Any Special Treatment Then the Others Would also want Similar Relief” Says Cabinet Spokesman Dr.Rajitha Senaratne.

By Zacki Jabbar The Mahanayakes have raised the issue of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) leader Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera, imprisoned for threatening the widow of cartonist Prageeth Ekneligoda with President Maithripala Sirisena, but the government said yesterday that special treatment for one prisoner could lead to others demanding same. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, addressing the …

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Justice and Prisons Reforms Minister Thalatha Atukorale States Bodu Bala Sena Gen Secy Gnanasara Thero Would Be Treated Like Any Other Prisoner In Terms Of the Prisons Ordinance.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Justice and Prisons Reforms Minister and attorney-at-law Thalatha Atukorale has informed Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Sri Dharma Sangha Sabhawa that Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara would be treated like any other prisoner. In her letter, dated June 19, 2018, Minister Atukorale has insisted that the Commissioner General of Prisons …

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US Calls the United Nations Human Rights Council a “Cesspool of Political Bias” and Quits the UNHRC Calling it a “Hypocritical and Self-Serving Body” which “Makes a Mockery of Human Rights”.

The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) calling its anti-Israel and a “cesspool of political bias,” the BBC reported. US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said the “hypocritical and self-serving” body “makes a mockery of human rights.” Ms Haley last year accused the council of “chronic anti-Israel …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Becoming President Would Trigger International Repercussions With Far-reaching Implications, Which a Small State Like Sri Lanka Cannot Afford.

By Ranga Jayasuriya Perhaps the most decisive intervention of America’s Ambassador in Colombo, Atul Keshap during his three-year span seems to be a parting shot at a farewell meeting with ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa. During the tete-a-tete, Mr Keshap had cautioned the ex-President against fielding his younger brother as the next Presidential candidate. According to the …

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Next Election Could Be The Last Free Election We Have If It Results In The Victory Of Extremist Fundamentalist Forces In The North And The South

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka “The proper functioning of a pluralist democracy presupposes the free interplay of diverse opinions. The freer and more active, the better…” —Mervyn de Silva, Inaugural editorial, Lanka Guardian May 1st 1978 The very last thing this island needs is to slide into another cycle of conflict. But that’s where we are headed …

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Almost All The Alleged Atrocities Committed By The Rajapaksa Regime Could Be Attributed To a Particular Member Of The Rajapaksa Family

By Vishwamithra 1984 “One’s days were too brief to take the burden of another’s errors on one’s shoulders. Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it.” ~Oscar Wilde Mahinda Rajapaksa and his clan have fine-tuned that aspect of political dynamic that could be solely responsible for delivering an ailing …

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Does Foremost Place Given to Buddhism in Constitution Enable Govt to Set Up Special Courts to “Hear” Cases Against Buddhist Monks Accused Of Breaking the Law?

There are indications that the Sri Lankan coalition government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinhe of the United National Party (UNP), will accede to the demand for special courts to try cases against Buddhist monks. There has been a growing demand from influential sections …

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Despite Competition Among His Brothers For The Sri Lankan Presidency, Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wants His Son Namal Rajapaksa To Become President.

Sri Lanka’s uneasy coalition is expected to hobble along till the presidential elections next year, but it is not only the government that is in trouble. The opposition too is in trouble, trying to choose a candidate. The uncertainty over the contender at the 2019 vote is at the nub of wrangling between President Maithripala …

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Every Pygmy Step Taken By the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Govt Towards Reconciliation Would Be Abandoned Under a Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Presidency

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “The arc of the universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own.” Barrak Obama (Speech on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington) Violence has no place in the teachings of the Buddha. Yet when violence was unleashed on Kandy’s Muslims, in the name of Sinhala-Buddhism, only …

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Please Write to Your Elected Official Asking them to Stop Immediately the Inhuman Detention of More Than 11,000 Children Being Held Separate From Parents in the USA

By Bhadri Durgabakshi · Life has a strange way of teaching lessons to those fortunate enough to have one. At 28 years, I was suddenly faced with the prospect of raising a baby on my own, in a new country, and carve a path to independence. This meant that I had to leave my infant …

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Importance of Establishing an Office For Reparations in Sri Lanka.

By Bhavani Fonseka This week the Cabinet of Ministers approved draft legislation to establish an Office for Reparations in adherence to the commitments made by the Government in 2015. Unfortunately, there is a lack of public knowledge about what reparations are, despite successive Governments providing various forms of reparations over the years. At the time …

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USA and Western Nations Wont Allow Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Become President of Sri Lanka;Outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap Bluntly Tells Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has reportedly shattered the political ambition of former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to become the next President of Sri Lanka. The US envoy who is scheduled to leave Sri Lanka shortly after having completed his term of office in Sri Lanka is reported to have told Former …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Must Correct His Many Mistakes For The Sake Of The Country If and When He Returns To Power.

By N.A.De S. Amaratunga Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa is undoubtedly the most popular political leader at present, and therefore has the potential of coming back to power. If people want him back in power it cannot be stopped and it should not be stopped. Let the people decide. It should not be decided by the US, …

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Re-visiting the Communal Conflagration in Polonnaruwa of May 1958 Sixty Years After

By K.K.S.Perera When a government, however popular, begins to help racial or religious emotionalism merely because it is a harsh and loud-noised demand made on it, and then interferes in the management and enforcement of law and order for the advantage of its favourites or to win the applause of a crowd, however out of …

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Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Up in Arms Against Bill to Amend the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act No 25 of 2002 Saying it will Substantially Change Character of Original Act.

(Text of Media release Issued by Former sri Lanka president Mahinda rajapaksa on June 17th 2018) The government has introduced in Parliament, a Bill to amend the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, No. 25 of 2002. The purpose of the original law was to facilitate cooperation between Sri Lanka and specified foreign countries in …

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Judicial Proceedings Concerning Ex-Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Make Franz Kafka’s Novel “The Trial” a Current Reality in Sri Lanka.

By Sarath de Alwis “Traitors in Black Coats Flocked Together,” was the caption of a news item that appeared on July 9, 2009 in the official website of the Ministry of Defence. The news story identified the five lawyers who represented the Sunday Leader newspaper at a July 9 hearing in a Mount Lavinia court …

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Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara Quoting Martin Niemöller Makes Brilliant Submissions in Court to Secure Conviction of Bodu Bala Sena Gen Secy Gnanasara Thero in Landmark Case.

by Maneshka Borham In many ways, last Thursday, June 14 was an extraordinary day. Controversial Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, the firebrand monk who has been the face of fear-mongering and hate speech against minority communities living in Sri Lanka over the past six years, strolled into the Homagama Magistrate’s Court with …

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Novel Proposal To Introduce Two Dometicated Cow Elephants Into Sinharaja Forest To Provide “Company”To Last Two Male Elephants Being Suggested By Rain Forest Conservators

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi ‘Unique’ within an already ‘unique’ group – this is what the last of the two Sinharaja elephants are! As there was a deadlock, with President Maithripala Sirisena issuing instructions that moves to translocate (take from one place to another) the pair of elephants be halted forthwith and Wildlife Minister Field Marshal Sarath …

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Does Article 9 of Constitution Giving Buddhism Foremost Place Exempt Abusive Monks Exemption From the Rule of Law?

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene When irrepressible British satirist, soldier and spy Malcolm Muggeridge said, ‘never to forget that only dead fish swim with the stream’, that warning beautifully underscored the tediousness of drifting in comforting safe shallows without challenging the odds in deeper waters. A woman who challenged the odds This week, the jail term …

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Are Norochcholai Residents Being Afflicted With Respiratory Illness and Skin Rashes Due to the Coal Power Generating Plant Situated in the Area?

By Dimuthu Attanayake Shashikala Harshani is a young mother living in the village of Illanthadiya, Norochcholai, bordering the Coal Power Plant that has been subject to much controversy. When Shashikala’s little girl was born, there was a patch that appeared on her skin, which looked like a kind of rash, on her hand. “We have …

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Tamil Civilians and Rehabilitated Ex-LTTE Cadres Bid “Piriyaavidai” Tearfully at Vishwamadhu in Mullaitheevu District to Col.Bandula Rathnapriya Transferred out to Ambepussa.

By by Maneshka Borham Recent tearful scenes to bid farewell to a military officer serving in Vishwamadu, Mullaitivu underscores immediate needs in the impoverished and war-torn region, the continuing stigmatisation of rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadre, and the desperation for humanity and respect in a vulnerable community In the backdrop of militarisation fatigue and continuing calls for …

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Addl Solicitor -General Viraj Dayaratne Assures Appeal Court That Ex -Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Wont be Arrested by CID Over Weeraketiya DA Rajapaksa Memorial Construction Issue

By Chitra Weerarathne The Attorney General yesterday assured the court of appeal that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa would not be arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in connection with the construction of D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial at Weeraketiya. The assurance was given by Additional Solicitor General Viraj Dayaratne.

US Ambassador Atul Keshap Appears To Have Started the Gotabhaya Game Dispute or “Gota Keliya Aragalaya” in Sri Lanka

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Just as President Donald Trump appears to have got over his fire and fury fighting with North Korea’s Rocket Man Kim Jong Un, the US Ambassador Atul Keshap appears to have started a presidential battle issue in Sri Lanka or the Gotabhaya Game Dispute or Gota Keliya Aragalaya. Many have seen the …

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Atul Keshap’s Talks With Mahinda Rajapaksa Has Brought a New American Twist Into the Politics of Sri Lanka

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The politics of division bothering the governing coalition made worse by the two key politicians associated with questionable donations from Perpetual Treasuries and its associate companies, the focus of political debate in the past three weeks, has been pushed back by the reports of the US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s reported critical comments …

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Bodu Bala Sena Gen Secy GalagodaAththe Gnanasara Thero Sentenced to 6 Months Rigorous Imprisonment , 1500 Rupee Fine and Also Ordered to Pay 50,000 Rs Compensation to Sandhya Eknaligoda.

Sri Lanka’s highly controversial Buddhist monk, Galagodaatte Gnanasara, was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday for his criminal conduct outside a court house where he threatened violence against Sandya Eknaligoda. Gnanasara was found guilty on two counts under the penal code which carried a maximum sentence of two years in prison, an unspecified fine …

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Outgoing US Envoy Atul Keshap Asked Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa About Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Recent Visit to China says “NewsIn Asia” Website

Mystery surrounds what transpired during outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap’s courtesy call on former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa last Sunday. On Wednesday, The Island daily quoted a source close to the former President to say that Ambassador Keshap told Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR for short) that his younger brother and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa …

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Unnamed “Spokesman” for Mahinda Rajapaksa Denies Outgoing US Ambasador Atul Keshap Discussed Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Presidential Candidacy with his Brother the EX-president.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap has told former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that his brother, Gotabhaya was very unpopular. Indian American Keshap has based his assessment on information received by him, a spokesperson for the former President’s Office told The Island yesterday.Career diplomat Keshap succeeded Michele J. Sison in March 2015. He took …

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US Embassy Non-Committal About Meeting Between Atul Keshap and Mahinda Rajapaksa Saying Ambassador Meets Routinely With Leaders and Honours Confidence of Private Meetings By Not Discussing Contents of Those Publicly

By Lahiru Pothmulla In response to the news report published on a Tamil daily newspaper in Jaffna regarding a content of a meeting held between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap, the US Embassy today remained non-committal. When the Daily Mirror inquired about the meeting, the Embassy said that the Ambassador …

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Two State Ministers and Five Deputy Ministers from the UNP and UPFA Sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Two new State Ministers and five Deputy Ministers were sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on the morning of June 12th 2018 Ranjith Aluvihare was sworn in as State Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs while Lucky Jayawardana was sworn in as Hill Country New Villages Infrastructure and Community …

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US Citizenship Issue Wont be an Obstacle for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to Contest the Presidential Elections Says Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Leader Udaya Gammanpila.

By Sheain Fernandopulle The United States (US) citizenship was not a barrier for former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to contest the upcoming Presidential Election, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader and MP Udaya Gammanpila said yesterday. Addressing a news conference, he said Mr. Rajapaksa had requested him to explain the true legal position and the procedure …

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Will Mahinda Rajapaksa Ever Forgive Those of the SLFP Who Crossed Over With Maithripala Sirisena and Helped Defesat Him in the 2015 Presidential Poll?

By The “Sunday Observer” Political Correspondent The year was 2007. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his 35-member entourage were returning from a private visit to London, having travelled there in winter to attend his second son Yoshitha’s graduation from Britannia Royal Navy College, Dartmouth. SriLankan Airlines, fully booked for holiday traffic in peak tourist season, found it …

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The Troika and the Truth: A Constructive Commentary On Lalith Weeratunga’s Testimony

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka I was delighted to read Lalith Weeratunga’s revelatory article ‘The Troika’ (Counterpoint, Daily FT). I regard him as a friend and I respect him as one of the finest public servants we have had. President Rajapaksa could not have had a better Secretary to the President at a crucially testing time in …

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The Troika- How Crucial Relations With India Was Managed In The last Phase Of The Separatist War

By Lalith Weeratunga Background It is no secret that foreign ministries work in water tight compartments and often under immense pressure. As a result, they cannot be flexible, and quite obviously cannot think out of the box. Even the most experienced foreign service officers have to be cautious when dealing with their counterparts due to …

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Statement in Parliament About His Relationship With Ex-Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran Lacks Authenticity

By Narada The Prime Minster has assured Parliament that he has no clue on the whereabouts of Arjuna Mahendran. On Thursday last week, this paper reported the story with an interesting profile of the Prime Minister that betrayed him experiencing his Pontius Pilate moment of truth. Just as the procurator of Rome failed in washing …

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Dayasiri Jayasekara and Sujeewa Senasinghe Are Both Lawyers Professing Ignorance as Their Defence In Charges of Taking Money from Arjun Aloysius

By Don Manu If SLFP MP and former Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera found himself in the public dock three weeks ago for accepting a million bucks from Bond Scam Godfather Arjun Aloysius, it was the UNP State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe’s turn this Thursday to make his less than grand entrance to the …

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Four Supreme Court Judges Recusing Themselves From Hearing Case Concerning Gotabhaya Rajapaksa May be Preventing the Arrest of Ex – Defence Secretary

By A “Sunday Observer” Special Correspondent In 1992, gunmen shot and killed a Colombian judge who was investigating a charge of murder conspiracy against the fugitive drug lord Pablo Escobar. The victim, the Associated Press reported at the time, was 38 year old Miriam Rocio Velez, one of Colombia’s faceless judges whose identities were kept …

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Nonsensical Excuses by Politicians Funded by Aloysius Confounds the Imagination But Provides Entertainment Galore to Sri Lankans

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene In retrospect, one of the greatest missed opportunities of the now doomed Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Unity Government was its failure to grab Sri Lanka’s legal system by its ears (metaphorically speaking), cleanse the Bench of corrupt and politically compromised judges against whom files were stacked up aplenty and demonstrate the power of criminal …

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Sri Lanka Podu Jana Party Lindula Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Asoka Sepala and SLPP Councillor Anuruddha Manchanayake Arrested Over Suspected Involvement in Abduction of Children and Child Trafficking

by Maneshka Borham Earlier this week, Lindula Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman and Pohottuwa politico, Anagipura Asoka Sepala found himself embroiled in a child abduction controversy which led to the eventual arrest of the politician along with several others by the Police. Among the six arrested was also Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Councillor Ishara Anuruddha Manchanayake. …

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Ex -Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Attends Grand “Ifthar”Ceremony at Galle Face Hotel Organized by an Organization Named “National Muslim Collection”.

As the holy season of Ramadan winds down former Defence Secretary and Viyath Maga Chairman Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week continued to woo the Muslim community for what observers say is a likely presidnetial bid last week, attending a grand Ifthar ceremony at the Galle Face Hotel Colombo on Friday, organised by loyalists. The Galle Face …

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President Sirisena Summons UK High Commissioner James Dauris for 30 Minute “Discussion” and “Requests” British Envoy To Have London Based “LankaeNews”Website Editor Sandaruwan Senadheera Arrested Or Deported to Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday requested Britain to have London-based LankaeNews Editor Pradeep Sandaruwan Senadheera arrested or sent back to Sri Lanka. He made the request during a 30-minute meeting with British High Commissioner James Dauris whom he summoned to his Paget Road residence. Among those present at the discussion were the President’s Coordinating Secretary Shiral …

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“Forgetfulness” of Ex-Minister and Ministers Ravi Karunanayake, Dayasiri Jayasekara and Sujeewa Senasinghe about Financial Help from Sources Linked to Arjun Aloysius.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake President Sirisena recently said Members of Parliament having an Honour prefix before their names should not be charged PAYE tax, because of the honourary nature of their duties. This is certainly confused thinking, not flowing from the 100-day programme he now knows nothing about today. Let’s get this straight. The “Hon.” Or …

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Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Will Not Have even a Single Scheduled Flight in the Future as “FlyDubai” Airline also Stops Flying Via Hambantota from June 8th.

Sri Lanka is set to establish another world record as its second international airport was left without a single scheduled flight from today (June 8) after the only airline using the jinxed facility scrapped its daily service. Dubai’s Flydubai announced the sudden withdrawal from the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) and offered to refund tickets …

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Ex- South Eastern University Vice-Chancellor Seeni Mohamed Ismail Being Investigated by UGC for Allegedly Misusing Varsity Funds for Maintaining Private Residence Appointed UNP National List MP.

by Saman Indrajith Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa yesterday raised concern over former Vice Chancellor of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, who was under fire for allegedly misusing university funds, being sworn in as an MP. Seeni Mohamed Ismail was sworn in before Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as a …

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Political Fall-out of Shutting Down TNL TV Owned By PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Brother Is Causing Serious Damage to President Sirisena Whose Credibility is Increasingly Undermined by his Own Public Statements

President Maithripala Sirisena may have crossed a red line in shutting down the TNL network owned by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s brother in a worsening power struggle that undermines the government. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) which is directly under Sirisena had obtained an order from the Polgahawela magistrate to seal a TNL transmitter alleging …

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Ex-Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran Got Three Cheques in January,April and May 2016 Amounting to Rs.3.2 Million From Perpetual Treasuries Ltd Owned by Son in Law Arjun Aloysius and Paid Off His Credit Card Bills Alleges Addl Solicitor -General.

By A.J. Abeynayake State Minister for International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe had received Rs. 3 mn from W. M. Mendis Company, a subsidiary of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL), the Criminal Investigation department (CID) informed Fort Additional Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, yesterday. The CID said that Rs. 3 mn had been received in three cheques between Aug 24, …

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President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Facing ‘Dhitta Dhammavedaniya Karma’ For Calling Him A Rogue Says Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the current government had faced ‘Dittadhamma Wedaniya Karma’. The former President said those who called him a rogue previously are now divided and they accuse each other of corruption. “The President calls the Prime Minister a thief and the Prime Minister calls the President a thief. This is nothing but …

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State Minister Sijeewa Senasinghe Received Three Cheques of One Million Rs Each From W.M.Mendis &co a Subsidiary of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd

By Yoshitha Perera According to a B report filed in Court today by the prosecution in connection with the inquiry into the CB bond scam, State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe had received three cheques of Rs.1 million each in 2015 and 2016 from W.M. Mendis & Company Ltd., a subsidiary of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. The report …

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Facebook Teaching its Staff How to Identify Inflammatory Posts in Sinhala after Anti-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka.

By Amal Jayasinghe AFP – Three months after Sri Lanka was rocked by deadly anti-Muslim riots fuelled by online vitriol, Facebook is training its staff to identify inflammatory content in the country’s local languages. The social network has been seeking penance in Sri Lanka after authorities blocked Facebook in March as incendiary posts by Buddhist …

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“Common Candidate” Dr.Sudarshini Fernandopulle’s Defeat at Deputy – Speaker Election Due to Failure of Attempt to Unite Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa Factions of SLFP/UPFA.

An attempt by dissidents in the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to unite rivals Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa, received a setback on Tuesday when they failed to get “common candidate” Dr.Sudarshani Fernandopulle elected to the post of Deputy Speaker of Parliament or even get a decent number votes. Dr.Sudarshani should have got 90 …

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Hindu Outfit “Siva Senai” Stages Demonstration in the Nothen Town of Chavakachchei Demanding Ban on Sale of Beef and Cow Slaughter in the “Land of Hindus and Buddhists”.

By Meera Srinivasan Last week, members of a Hindu outfit, ‘Seva Senai’, based in northern Sri Lanka, staged a protest in Jaffna, calling for a ban on cow slaughter and the sale of beef in the town of Chavakachcheri. “This is the land of Hindus and Buddhists. We worship the cow. Our tradition must be …

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