Sri Lanka Podujana Party Backbencher MP’s ask President Rajapaksa whether he plans to request Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign to pave the way for an all-party interim govt; Gotabaya Replies that he has not made such a request so far, and does not intend to do so in the future either.

Following queries made by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Parliamentarians, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stated yesterday (28) that he has not asked Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign, and neither does he have any intention of doing so, The Morning learnt. This had been communicated by the President to the SLPP MPs during a meeting …

Continue reading ‘Sri Lanka Podujana Party Backbencher MP’s ask President Rajapaksa whether he plans to request Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign to pave the way for an all-party interim govt; Gotabaya Replies that he has not made such a request so far, and does not intend to do so in the future either.’ »

Prominent Capitalists and Big Businesses in Sri Lanka are Shedding their Customary Caution and are Openly Criticising Rajapaksa Govt and Extending Support for the AntiGovt Protests

By Meera Srinivasan It is not just Sri Lanka’s angry citizens and political Opposition who are challenging the Rajapaksa administration’s “failed” response to the country’s dire economic condition. Increasingly, prominent capitalists and big businesses are shedding their habitual caution and openly criticising the political impasse that is further threatening the country’s crashing economy. MAS Holdings, …

Continue reading ‘Prominent Capitalists and Big Businesses in Sri Lanka are Shedding their Customary Caution and are Openly Criticising Rajapaksa Govt and Extending Support for the AntiGovt Protests’ »

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Tells Govt MP’s that he never wanted Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Resign as Prime Minister and States that he Values his Elder Brother More than anything

The government group meeting presided over by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa held this evening ended inconclusively over remarks made by certain politicians. The President has spoken about the current issues plaguing the country and allowed the floor to the others. Parliamentarian Tissa Kuttiarachchi, at this stage, fired a few salvos at Dulla Allahapperuma for allegedly conspiring …

Continue reading ‘President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Tells Govt MP’s that he never wanted Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Resign as Prime Minister and States that he Values his Elder Brother More than anything’ »

Kaluwaanchikkudi Police Obtain Court Order Restraiing TNA Parliamentarian Shanakiyan Rasamanickam and his Associates from Participating in Anti-Govt Protests in the Btticaloa District for 14 Days

By Neshella Perera A Sri Lankan opposition legislator has been prohibited from taking part in anti-government protests for a period of two weeks, a court ordered on Thursday (28) as protests in the crisis-hit island nation continued across the country demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Local police in the Eastern district of Batticaloa …

Continue reading ‘Kaluwaanchikkudi Police Obtain Court Order Restraiing TNA Parliamentarian Shanakiyan Rasamanickam and his Associates from Participating in Anti-Govt Protests in the Btticaloa District for 14 Days’ »

One-day token strike Launched by Over a thousand trade unions in Sri Lanka demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his govt over the country’s worsening economic crisis effecively shuts down the country on Thursday (28)

Over a thousand trade unions in Sri Lanka effectively shut down the country on Thursday (28) in a one-day token strike, demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government over the country’s worsening economic crisis. Unions representing ports, railway, petroleum, health, banking and education sectors are taking part in the strike across the …

Continue reading ‘One-day token strike Launched by Over a thousand trade unions in Sri Lanka demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his govt over the country’s worsening economic crisis effecively shuts down the country on Thursday (28)’ »

“The Rajapaksas have always been as thick as any Sicilian family. Whatever their differences, they knew they needed to stand together. From now on, it seems, the Rajapaksas stand separately.”- The Economist

As the sun goes down the numbers swell on Galle Face Green, a promenade facing the Indian Ocean in downtown Colombo where families and lovers typically come to stroll and fly kites. These days it hosts a more purposeful crowd. Families are there, but so are farmers, students and their professors, Buddhist monks, Catholic nuns, …

Continue reading ‘“The Rajapaksas have always been as thick as any Sicilian family. Whatever their differences, they knew they needed to stand together. From now on, it seems, the Rajapaksas stand separately.”- The Economist’ »

MPs who were Shameless Lackeys of the Rajapaksa Regime and Voted for 20 A are now in desperation posturing as independent groups, making a show of crossing over to the opposition and pretending to distance themselves from the Rajapaksa family The bottom line is that those who have been part of the problem can never be part of the solution.

By Prof. Asoka N.I. Ekanayaka Nothing is more ludicrous and laughable than desperate government politicians who voted for the monstrous 20th amendment like Charitha Herath and Alahaperuma, now proposing that the Prime Minister and cabinet (but strangely not the President!) should resign with the formation of an all party coalition government of some kind in …

Continue reading ‘MPs who were Shameless Lackeys of the Rajapaksa Regime and Voted for 20 A are now in desperation posturing as independent groups, making a show of crossing over to the opposition and pretending to distance themselves from the Rajapaksa family The bottom line is that those who have been part of the problem can never be part of the solution.’ »

President Rajapaksa Says he is Willing to Form an All -Party Govt after Prime Minister and Present Cabinet Resign but Mahinda says Gota has not and will not ask him to resign

In two seemingly contradictory statements yesterday (27), President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that he is, in principle, willing to form an all-party government with the political parties represented in the Parliament, following the resignation of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers, while Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had never asked him …

Continue reading ‘President Rajapaksa Says he is Willing to Form an All -Party Govt after Prime Minister and Present Cabinet Resign but Mahinda says Gota has not and will not ask him to resign’ »

A Powerful Dynasty Bankrupted Sri Lanka in Just 30 Months; policy mistakes led to shortages of food, electricity and medicine for the poor prompting angry protesters to hit the streets yelling “Go home Gota!” and “Gota is a madman!”

.By Kai Schultz — With assistance by Asantha Sirimanne, and Anusha Ondaatjie Ahead of the November 2019 election, Sri Lankan presidential challenger Gotabaya Rajapaksa proposed sweeping tax cuts so reckless the incumbent government thought it must be a campaign gimmick. The finance minister at the time, Mangala Samaraweera, called a briefing to assail the “dangerous” …

Continue reading ‘A Powerful Dynasty Bankrupted Sri Lanka in Just 30 Months; policy mistakes led to shortages of food, electricity and medicine for the poor prompting angry protesters to hit the streets yelling “Go home Gota!” and “Gota is a madman!”’ »

Nearly 1,000 state, semi-government, and private sector trade unions Launch joint token strike and hartal on April 28 in support of the ongoing protests across the country demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna-led Govt.

BY Buddhika Samaraweera and Dinitha Rathnayake Nearly 1,000 state, semi-government, and private sector trade unions are to engage in a joint token strike and hartal today (28) in support of the ongoing protests across the country demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the current Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna-led Government. …

Continue reading ‘Nearly 1,000 state, semi-government, and private sector trade unions Launch joint token strike and hartal on April 28 in support of the ongoing protests across the country demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna-led Govt.’ »

“At this moment I still hold the majority seats in Parliament. But I do not know if this would change. That is politics. If a majority of the MPs feel I must go, then I must go. There is no question about this.”- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Jamila Husain Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is presently facing one of his toughest challenges in his political career with certain sections of the population calling on him to step down with the present crises. In an exclusive interview with Daily Mirror, Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the people to be patient, stating it was not …

Continue reading ‘“At this moment I still hold the majority seats in Parliament. But I do not know if this would change. That is politics. If a majority of the MPs feel I must go, then I must go. There is no question about this.”- Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’ »

Governance Comes to a Standstill in Sri Lanka With President Gotabaya and Premier Mahinda Stubbornly Remaining in Office Despite Public Pressure While Ruling Coalition Gets Fragmented and MP’s are divided in their loyalties between the two brothers.

By Meera Srinivasan The Rajapaksa administration has lost public confidence, going by citizens’ persistent calls for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and their government. However, neither of the ruling brothers appears inclined to step down, and Mr. Gotabaya’s move appointing a new Cabinet, without three other Rajapaksas [two of his …

Continue reading ‘Governance Comes to a Standstill in Sri Lanka With President Gotabaya and Premier Mahinda Stubbornly Remaining in Office Despite Public Pressure While Ruling Coalition Gets Fragmented and MP’s are divided in their loyalties between the two brothers.’ »

Govt Decides to Bring 21st Amendment to the Constitution;Cabinet SubCommittee to be Appointed to Liaise with Legal Draftsman’s Dept; Parliamentary Select Committee will be set up to Approve Final Draft

Cabinet Co-Spokesman Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said yesterday (26) that the Cabinet of Ministers has approved two key proposals to prepare the 21st Amendment to the Constitution Bill. “The Cabinet approved the appointment of a subcommittee to immediately assist the Legal Draftsman’s Department to draft an initial Bill for the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. This …

Continue reading ‘Govt Decides to Bring 21st Amendment to the Constitution;Cabinet SubCommittee to be Appointed to Liaise with Legal Draftsman’s Dept; Parliamentary Select Committee will be set up to Approve Final Draft’ »

Speaker “Delays” Passage of SJB Proposed 21st Amendment for Constitutional Change by Sending Private Members Bill to Govt for Cabinet Approval instead of Forwarding it to Attorney -General as Required

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said yesterday that a copy of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution Bill submitted by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has been forwarded to the Cabinet along with other proposals for amending the Constitution to the Cabinet of Ministers to expedite the process. The Party leader’s meeting to has been scheduled …

Continue reading ‘Speaker “Delays” Passage of SJB Proposed 21st Amendment for Constitutional Change by Sending Private Members Bill to Govt for Cabinet Approval instead of Forwarding it to Attorney -General as Required’ »

Southern Nightingale S. Janaki and the Story of Her Popular ♫ Singaara Velanae Deva ♫ Song

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj ( Versatile South Indian Playback singer S.Janaki Celebrates her 84th Birth Anniversary on April 23rd 2922. This article written six Years ago is re-posted here without changes to commemorate the popular artiste on this joyful day) Sishtla Sreeramamurthy Janaki popularly known as S. Janaki celebrates her 80th birthday on April 23rd 2018. …

Continue reading ‘Southern Nightingale S. Janaki and the Story of Her Popular ♫ Singaara Velanae Deva ♫ Song’ »

Sri Lanka’s Economic Meltdown Triggers Popular Uprising and Political Turmoil

By Alan Keenan Sri Lanka is embroiled in nationwide protests amid deepening economic woes and increasing political volatility. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Alan Keenan analyses the implications of the crisis, which could have lasting political and economic effects. What has been happening in Sri Lanka? Protests, which had been building from late February …

Continue reading ‘Sri Lanka’s Economic Meltdown Triggers Popular Uprising and Political Turmoil’ »

IMF talks have affected $2.5 bn Chinese assistance says Qi Zhenhong; Chinese envoy says debt restructuring would impact future loans and that Sri Lanka is yet to settle $ 390 mn in fuel payments to China

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema Sri Lanka approaching the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has had an impact on the ongoing discussion for a $ 2.5 billion assistance sought by the Government of Sri Lanka, as well as future loans, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong said yesterday (25). “The Sri Lankan Government going to the …

Continue reading ‘IMF talks have affected $2.5 bn Chinese assistance says Qi Zhenhong; Chinese envoy says debt restructuring would impact future loans and that Sri Lanka is yet to settle $ 390 mn in fuel payments to China’ »

President’s Gazette Notification deploying the Tri-Forces to maintain public order in 25 specified districts in the context of the ongoing turmoil is another example of Gotabaya Rajapakse’s inflexible mind-set in which there is no space for basic common sense,

By Anura Gunasekera Chaminda Lakshan, an unarmed 41-year-old father of two, a member of a group of anguished citizens, waiting for days for a meagre fuel ration, at a price they could ill afford, was shot dead by the police, at Rambukkana, on the 19 April. He joins a long list of citizens, who have …

Continue reading ‘President’s Gazette Notification deploying the Tri-Forces to maintain public order in 25 specified districts in the context of the ongoing turmoil is another example of Gotabaya Rajapakse’s inflexible mind-set in which there is no space for basic common sense,’ »

Neither the JVP nor the SJB must sully Sri Lanka’s peoples protests. To do so will only enable the Government to claim that this is not an apolitical struggle but ‘engineered’ by opposition saboteurs.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene From the young girl who handed out a red flower to a policeman at a barricade at Galle Face Green to the actor who walked with a cross on his back from Katuwapitiya, one of the sites of the infamous attacks by homegrown jihadists on Easter Sunday in 2019, to the …

Continue reading ‘Neither the JVP nor the SJB must sully Sri Lanka’s peoples protests. To do so will only enable the Government to claim that this is not an apolitical struggle but ‘engineered’ by opposition saboteurs.’ »

If the opposition continues to quibble and meander, this historic opportunity to save and remake Sri Lanka will be dissipated and the current stalemate will end in a Rajapaksa or a Rajapaksa-Shavendra or – the worst possibility – a Shavendra solution.

BY Tisaranee Gunasekara “Beyond the barricade Is there a world you long to see?” Do you hear the people sing (Les Misérables) “I’m 89 years old,” the grandmotherly protestor holding a hand-drawn placard says. “For the last…89 years I have not gone through so much misery. Every time in the night when the light goes …

Continue reading ‘If the opposition continues to quibble and meander, this historic opportunity to save and remake Sri Lanka will be dissipated and the current stalemate will end in a Rajapaksa or a Rajapaksa-Shavendra or – the worst possibility – a Shavendra solution.’ »

IMF Staff Report on Sri Lanka Sheds Light on Five Policy Actions Recommended for Sri Lanka to Address Economic Challenges and Work Together with IMF to Map Pathway for Country’s Economic Recovery

. By W.A. Wijewardena The Sri Lankan team headed by Finance Minister Ali Sabry has been in negotiation with the officials of the International Monetary Fund, popularly known as IMF, for a credit facility to overcome Sri Lanka’s acute Balance of Payments or BOP problem. The team had been jubilant over its success as revealed …

Continue reading ‘IMF Staff Report on Sri Lanka Sheds Light on Five Policy Actions Recommended for Sri Lanka to Address Economic Challenges and Work Together with IMF to Map Pathway for Country’s Economic Recovery’ »

Police place Barricades on Roads to Block Inter – University Students Federation March from Fort to “Gotagogama” at Galle Face but undergrads circumvent Obstruction by taking longer route through Maradana,Borella, Cinnamon Gardens,Colpetty to reach Destination Instead of Clashng with Cops

Despite several barricades, including those with hidden spikes, along most roads leading to “Gota Go Gama” at Galle Face Green, the Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) protest march managed to reach the Green by using alternative routes yesterday (24), attracting national attention in the process. Even though the IUSF had originally planned to march to Galle …

Continue reading ‘Police place Barricades on Roads to Block Inter – University Students Federation March from Fort to “Gotagogama” at Galle Face but undergrads circumvent Obstruction by taking longer route through Maradana,Borella, Cinnamon Gardens,Colpetty to reach Destination Instead of Clashng with Cops’ »

TNA Parliamentarian Sumanthiran Initiates Move to Pass a No Confidence Motion Against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Parliament While Group of 39 “Independent”MP’s get ready to Present No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Government

By “The Sunday Morning”Political Editor Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran is initiating a move to present a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) in Parliament against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, it is learnt. Sumanthiran told The Sunday Morning that he, together with several lawyers, were engaged in drafting an NCM against the President. “The idea to present …

Continue reading ‘TNA Parliamentarian Sumanthiran Initiates Move to Pass a No Confidence Motion Against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Parliament While Group of 39 “Independent”MP’s get ready to Present No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Government’ »

“Abolition of 20th Amendment is of no use because it just takes away some of President Gotabaya’s powers and share it with Prime Minister Mahinda . Again it will be just a family affair. That is not going to solve the current issues. The Executive Presidency must be abolished in toto” – TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran in Interview

By Marianne David President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has to resign for someone else to take over in order to ensure political stability, which is an important factor in Sri Lanka’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other lenders, asserted Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran in an interview with The Sunday Morning. “So …

Continue reading ‘“Abolition of 20th Amendment is of no use because it just takes away some of President Gotabaya’s powers and share it with Prime Minister Mahinda . Again it will be just a family affair. That is not going to solve the current issues. The Executive Presidency must be abolished in toto” – TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran in Interview’ »

The Multitude of Humanity Engaged in the “Aragalaya” (Protest)at Galle Face wants Gota to Go Home with his Entire Cabinet.They are not Demanding a Change of Cabinet or Abolition of the Executive Presidency

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka With the law enforcement authorities under the new Cabinet having resorted to lethal violence against unarmed civilian protestors for the first time in this protest, the very day after its appointment, every word uttered in Parliament which delays or distracts from the process of relieving the President and his regime …

Continue reading ‘The Multitude of Humanity Engaged in the “Aragalaya” (Protest)at Galle Face wants Gota to Go Home with his Entire Cabinet.They are not Demanding a Change of Cabinet or Abolition of the Executive Presidency’ »

The Rambukkana Tragedy points to the deadly process of bad governance that has been the hallmark of bad Rajapaksa Governance under Gotabaya Direction. This is the stuff of deadly misgovernance which has brought the call for “Gota Go Home”.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The President’s new appointments as Cabinet and State Ministers has caused some political confusion and issues of power sharing. But, he must be glad that one woman, State Minister, Geetha Kumarasinghe, with whatever her performance abilities, has asked the people to quickly stop the call for “Gota Go Home”. These words keep …

Continue reading ‘The Rambukkana Tragedy points to the deadly process of bad governance that has been the hallmark of bad Rajapaksa Governance under Gotabaya Direction. This is the stuff of deadly misgovernance which has brought the call for “Gota Go Home”.’ »

Ranil Wickremesinghe MP states in Parliament that he had requested the postponement of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the Govt till Finance Minister Ali Sabry finished his discussions to get emergency funding for the country and briefed Parliament on its outcome. “There is no point bringing a no confidence motion before that”says UNP Leader

By Chandani Kirinde UNP MP Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that he had requested the postponement of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the Government till Finance Minister Ali Sabry finishes his discussions to get emergency funding for the country and briefs Parliament on its outcome. “There is no point bringing a no confidence motion before that,” …

Continue reading ‘Ranil Wickremesinghe MP states in Parliament that he had requested the postponement of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the Govt till Finance Minister Ali Sabry finished his discussions to get emergency funding for the country and briefed Parliament on its outcome. “There is no point bringing a no confidence motion before that”says UNP Leader’ »

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith States that the 2019 Easter Sunday attack was used by a Presidential Election candidate to garner support by putting forth promises of upholding national security. raps President Gotabaya for not bringing perpetrators of Easter attacks to book, failure to fulfil his promises and concealing facts revealed in the PCoI report

Catholic Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith yesterday charged that the 2019 Easter Sunday attack was used by a Presidential Election candidate to garner support by putting forth promises of upholding national security. “The 2019 Presidential Election was focused on national security, whilst creating an unrest and instilled fear among citizens, where people pitted against …

Continue reading ‘Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith States that the 2019 Easter Sunday attack was used by a Presidential Election candidate to garner support by putting forth promises of upholding national security. raps President Gotabaya for not bringing perpetrators of Easter attacks to book, failure to fulfil his promises and concealing facts revealed in the PCoI report’ »

Ex-Mass Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma writes letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the cabinet of ministers and the appointment of a new all-party interim government for a one year period to help manage the country’s economic crisis.

By Ruwani Fonseka Former Minister of Mass Media Dullas Alahapperuma has written a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the cabinet of ministers to make way for an all-party interim government in order to manage the country’s economic crisis. In the letter dated today, Alahaperruma suggested …

Continue reading ‘Ex-Mass Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma writes letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the cabinet of ministers and the appointment of a new all-party interim government for a one year period to help manage the country’s economic crisis.’ »

There are strong signals now that in the course of their vehement turning against the Rajapaksas even the Sinhalese voters who so gleefully ushered them in have awoken to the treachery embedded within majoritarian politics.

By Andrew Fidel Fernando ( Colombo-based journalis,t Andrew Fidel Fernando, is the author of ‘Upon a Sleepless Isle’) Having swept to power in a landslide victory in late 2019, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wasted no time declaring unequivocally that his would be a Sinhalese ethno-nationalist state. He chose to be inaugurated at the island’s …

Continue reading ‘There are strong signals now that in the course of their vehement turning against the Rajapaksas even the Sinhalese voters who so gleefully ushered them in have awoken to the treachery embedded within majoritarian politics.’ »

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and independent groups of over 40 MPs in Parliament Intensify calls for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Government to step-down immediately for an-all party interim arrangement to be set up to resolve economic and political crises.

By Chandani Kirinde The main Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and the independent group of over 40 MPs in Parliament yesterday stepped-up calls for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Government to step-down first for an-all party interim arrangement to be set up to resolve economic and political crises. Lawmakers of the two groups intensified their …

Continue reading ‘Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and independent groups of over 40 MPs in Parliament Intensify calls for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Government to step-down immediately for an-all party interim arrangement to be set up to resolve economic and political crises.’ »

The Galle Face protest has marked a defining moment in Sri Lankan politics. What the Galle Face protest signifies is the failure of not only the government but also the Opposition to live up to people’s expectations all these decades.

By Vishvanath All the signs are that the countrywide anti-government protests are getting out of control. One person has already been killed in an incident, where the police opened fire on a group of protesters who blocked a level crossing at Rambukkana, for nearly 15 hours, on Tuesday (19). What sparked the latest wave of …

Continue reading ‘The Galle Face protest has marked a defining moment in Sri Lankan politics. What the Galle Face protest signifies is the failure of not only the government but also the Opposition to live up to people’s expectations all these decades.’ »

Pressure Increases Within Parliament on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa,Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and SLPP Govt to Step Down.

By Chandani Kirinde A breakaway group from the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday joined other parties in Parliament, calling on the Government to step down immediately while warning that a delay in doing so could lead to violence as public anger over increasing shortages and rising costs worsen each day. Former President Maithripala …

Continue reading ‘Pressure Increases Within Parliament on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa,Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and SLPP Govt to Step Down.’ »

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena Has Said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has conveyed his willingness to step down if all party leaders make a unanimous call for his resignation States Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has conveyed to the Speaker of Parliament his willingness to step down if all party leaders make a unanimous call for his resignation, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said. Premadasa told parliament on Wednesday (20) that Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had made this pronouncement at a party leaders’ meeting earlier that …

Continue reading ‘Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena Has Said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has conveyed his willingness to step down if all party leaders make a unanimous call for his resignation States Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa’ »

Justifying brutal way of controlling a protest Sri Lanka’s Minister of Public Security Prasanna Ranatunga tells Paliament the police shooting and killing of a protester in Rambukkana saved 300 to 400 lives.

By CHANKA JAYASINGHE Justifying brutal way of controlling a protest, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Public Security Prasanna Ranatunga said on Wednesday (20) the police shooting and killing of a protester in the island nation’s central town of Rambukkana saved over 300 lives. A protester was shot dead in a clash when a protest turned into …

Continue reading ‘Justifying brutal way of controlling a protest Sri Lanka’s Minister of Public Security Prasanna Ranatunga tells Paliament the police shooting and killing of a protester in Rambukkana saved 300 to 400 lives.’ »

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says “Sri Lankan citizens’ right to peacefully protest won’t be hindered,” and urges “all citizens to refrain from violence as they protest.” while Promising “impartial and transparent inquiry”in the Aftermath of the Rambukana Police Shooting Incident

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the right to peacefully protest will not be ‘hindered’ following an outcry over the first shooting to death of a protestor by police. “Sri Lankan citizens’ right to peacefully protest won’t be hindered,” he said in a twitter.com message. ” I urge all citizens to refrain from violence as …

Continue reading ‘President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says “Sri Lankan citizens’ right to peacefully protest won’t be hindered,” and urges “all citizens to refrain from violence as they protest.” while Promising “impartial and transparent inquiry”in the Aftermath of the Rambukana Police Shooting Incident’ »

A bail-out from the IMF will also require unpleasant economic reforms. The IMF’s stipulations designed to return the country to a sustainable fiscal state in the long term would probably make life even more painful for ordinary Sri Lankans in the short term.

Sri lanka has suffered multiple crises and nearly three decades of civil war since it won independence from Britain in 1948. But it had never failed to pay back its debts. That changed on April 12th, when the South Asian island nation’s finance ministry said in a statement that it would suspend payments on all …

Continue reading ‘A bail-out from the IMF will also require unpleasant economic reforms. The IMF’s stipulations designed to return the country to a sustainable fiscal state in the long term would probably make life even more painful for ordinary Sri Lankans in the short term.’ »

Sri Lankan authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent use of excessive force by police who fired on protesters demonstrating against rising fuel prices in Rambukkana says Human Rights Watch

The Sri Lankan authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent use of excessive force by police, who fired on protesters demonstrating against rising fuel prices in Rambukkana, a town near Kandy in central Sri Lanka on April 19, 2022. One person was killed and at least 14 wounded. Those responsible for abuses should be …

Continue reading ‘Sri Lankan authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent use of excessive force by police who fired on protesters demonstrating against rising fuel prices in Rambukkana says Human Rights Watch’ »

Speaker and Leader of the Opposition Call Each Other “LIAR”” in Parliament: Sajith claims Speaker said President ready to quit but Speaker Denies it and says says Prez ready to handover Govt to party with majority

BY Buddhika Samaraweera Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Leader Sajith Premadasa and Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena engaged in a heated argument yesterday (20) in Parliament, with Premadasa claiming that Abeywardena had stated that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was willing to resign if all party leaders in Parliament make a unanimous request, and Abeywardena …

Continue reading ‘Speaker and Leader of the Opposition Call Each Other “LIAR”” in Parliament: Sajith claims Speaker said President ready to quit but Speaker Denies it and says says Prez ready to handover Govt to party with majority’ »

United National Party Leader Ranl Wickremesighe tables proposal in House to strengthen Parliament ment oversight over public finance

UNP Leader MP Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday tabled in Parliament a draft proposal to revive the economy and strengthen the role of Parliament in the exercise of its powers over public finance. These include directing the Committee on Public Finance to inquire and report on the state of public finance including amending the Appropriation Act 2022 …

Continue reading ‘United National Party Leader Ranl Wickremesighe tables proposal in House to strengthen Parliament ment oversight over public finance’ »

“On their own, with no political leadership, our people are showing the world that they were not beholden to the government or the opposition, and that they are way ahead of them. When it is over, the world will look to Sri Lanka as a textbook example of the power of civic activism.”- Krishantha Prasad Cooray

By a Special Correspondent Both a political activist and a corporate and media personality, Krishantha Prasad Cooray is not known to mince words and is quite forthright. He was former Chairman of Hotel Developers (Lanka) Plc, which owns Hilton Colombo, Lake House and Independent Non-Executive Director at DFCC Bank as well as a Working Committee …

Continue reading ‘“On their own, with no political leadership, our people are showing the world that they were not beholden to the government or the opposition, and that they are way ahead of them. When it is over, the world will look to Sri Lanka as a textbook example of the power of civic activism.”- Krishantha Prasad Cooray’ »

Police Open Fire on Protesters Blocking Railtrack in Rambukkana; One Killed,Over 20 Injured ,12 Hospitalised; Cops fired because Protesters Attacked with Stones says Police Spokesman. Police Curfew Declared. STF Deployed.

BY Buddhika Samaraweera One person was killed and more than 20 others injured when the Police opened fire on protesters engaged in a protest in the Rambukkana area yesterday (19) evening, with Police curfew declared within the Rambukkana Police area and STF personnel deployed, as public anger grew over the shooting. The protestors were engaged …

Continue reading ‘Police Open Fire on Protesters Blocking Railtrack in Rambukkana; One Killed,Over 20 Injured ,12 Hospitalised; Cops fired because Protesters Attacked with Stones says Police Spokesman. Police Curfew Declared. STF Deployed.’ »

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is Forced to Live in a Bunker now Cant Rule the Country from a Bunker states Anura Dissanayake; Ex- Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa is Staying at Shangri-La Hotel is Ready to Leave Sri Lanka says JVP-NPP Leader

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)-led National People’s Power (NPP) Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday (19) claimed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is now forced to “live in a bunker” due to the people’s dissatisfaction with his rule, and urged the President to therefore resign immediately. “Gotabaya Rajapaksa, you cannot live with the public today. You have …

Continue reading ‘President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is Forced to Live in a Bunker now Cant Rule the Country from a Bunker states Anura Dissanayake; Ex- Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa is Staying at Shangri-La Hotel is Ready to Leave Sri Lanka says JVP-NPP Leader’ »

Outcry Over Rambukkana Shooting; Envoys of UN, US and Canada Chung, Singer -Handy and McKinnon Voice Concern; Bar Association Calls for Independent Probe;SL Human Rights Commission Launches Investigation;TNA MP Shanakkiyan Rasamanickam Calls for Resignation of new Public Security Minister Prasanna Ranatunga

Following the death of an anti-Government protestor after Police opened fire on the protestors in Rambukkana, the envoys of the United Nations (UN), the US, and Canada have voiced their concern about the incident, while the Government and relevant authorities have come under criticism from both the political Opposition and the Bar Association of Sri …

Continue reading ‘Outcry Over Rambukkana Shooting; Envoys of UN, US and Canada Chung, Singer -Handy and McKinnon Voice Concern; Bar Association Calls for Independent Probe;SL Human Rights Commission Launches Investigation;TNA MP Shanakkiyan Rasamanickam Calls for Resignation of new Public Security Minister Prasanna Ranatunga’ »

Widespread People Protests Erupt in many places after Fuel Price Increase by LIOC and CPC; Protesting Citizens block Roads,Highways and Railway Tracks;Police Open Fire in Rambukkana.

BY Buddhika Samaraweera Citizens islandwide took to the streets in protest, obstructing roads and railway tracks in several areas yesterday (19), over the recent increase in fuel prices by the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), with the protests turning fatal following the Police opening fire on protestors in Rambukkana. …

Continue reading ‘Widespread People Protests Erupt in many places after Fuel Price Increase by LIOC and CPC; Protesting Citizens block Roads,Highways and Railway Tracks;Police Open Fire in Rambukkana.’ »

Amidst continuous protests against him, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa admitts that his Government had erred by banning the use of chemical fertiliser and should have sought assistance from the International Monetary Fund

Amidst continuous protest against him, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday admitted that his Government had erred by banning the use of chemical fertiliser and should have sought assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “I believe that we should have gone for a program with the International Monetary Fund earlier. Also, I think the decision not …

Continue reading ‘Amidst continuous protests against him, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa admitts that his Government had erred by banning the use of chemical fertiliser and should have sought assistance from the International Monetary Fund’ »

By appointing a new Cabinet Gotabaya Rajapaksa has thrown a firecracker into the tinderbox of Sri Lankan politics; The president has shown yet again, that he would not go down, without dragging the country with him.

By Ranga Jayasuriya Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the president who is facing mass protests demanding his and his government’s resignation, yesterday appointed a new Cabinet, showing scant regard for public mood. That 17-member new Cabinet is a sham, devoid of legitimacy, and would be a source of further political instability. With the elder brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa remaining …

Continue reading ‘By appointing a new Cabinet Gotabaya Rajapaksa has thrown a firecracker into the tinderbox of Sri Lankan politics; The president has shown yet again, that he would not go down, without dragging the country with him.’ »

Colombo Fort Police submits Preliminary report to Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court About On Going “Occupy Galle Face”Protest Movement; report Cites day and night disturbances to public using the Galle Road and its pavements,. Alleged environmental harm and sound pollution from the loudspeakers.

BY Pamodi Waravita The Colombo Fort Police submitted an initial report to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday (18) about the “Occupy Galle Face” movement at the Galle Face Green, which reached its 10th consecutive day yesterday. The report noted that on 9 April 2022, social media messages called the public to come to the …

Continue reading ‘Colombo Fort Police submits Preliminary report to Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court About On Going “Occupy Galle Face”Protest Movement; report Cites day and night disturbances to public using the Galle Road and its pavements,. Alleged environmental harm and sound pollution from the loudspeakers.’ »

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Proposes to Present 21st Amendment to the Constitution Bill to Parliament that would Repeal Controversial 20th Constitutional Amendment and Re-introduce Salient Provisions of the 19th Constitutional Amendment Brought in by the “Yahapalanaya” Govt

The Government has agreed to repeal the 20th Amendment to the Constitution and reintroduce the 19th Amendment as the 21st Amendment, according to Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Leader and Samagi Jana Balawegeya (SJB) Opposition MP Mano Ganesan, while the Prime Minister’s Media Division has announced that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa would introduce a constitutional amendment …

Continue reading ‘Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Proposes to Present 21st Amendment to the Constitution Bill to Parliament that would Repeal Controversial 20th Constitutional Amendment and Re-introduce Salient Provisions of the 19th Constitutional Amendment Brought in by the “Yahapalanaya” Govt’ »

President Rajapaksa Appoints 24 New State Ministers Including SJB’s Diana Gamage, TPA’s Aravindkumar and SLFP’s Suren Raghavan; Actress Geetha Kumarasinghe is State Minister of Culture and Performing Arts While Lohan Ratwatte Gets Urban Development

A total of 24 new State Ministers were also sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (18) evening, following the swearing in of 17 new Ministers amidst the political turmoil in the country. Accordingly, Prof. G.L. Peiris, who is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, was appointed as the State Minister of Defence, Rohana Dissanayake as …

Continue reading ‘President Rajapaksa Appoints 24 New State Ministers Including SJB’s Diana Gamage, TPA’s Aravindkumar and SLFP’s Suren Raghavan; Actress Geetha Kumarasinghe is State Minister of Culture and Performing Arts While Lohan Ratwatte Gets Urban Development’ »

“The public’s anger, pain, and discomfort of having to stay in queues to obtain essential items when they are already unable to bear the cost of living is extremely justified.” Says President Rajapaksa While Addressing Newly Sworn n Cabinet Ministers; admits Folly of Fertilizer Ban and IMF Delay

In his address to the newly sworn-in Cabinet of Ministers yesterday (18), President Gotabaya Rajapaksa admitted that the Government should have entered into a programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at an earlier date, while the chemical fertiliser ban was a mistake. “We faced huge challenges in the past two years. With the Covid-19 …

Continue reading ‘“The public’s anger, pain, and discomfort of having to stay in queues to obtain essential items when they are already unable to bear the cost of living is extremely justified.” Says President Rajapaksa While Addressing Newly Sworn n Cabinet Ministers; admits Folly of Fertilizer Ban and IMF Delay’ »

Beleaguered President Rajapaksa While Refusing to Yield to Extra-Constitutional Methods of Removal, Extends Olive Branch to Utterly Confused and Disunited Oppostion By Asking it to Join him to Solve Problems Faced by the Country

By P.K.Balachandran. The beleaguered Sri LanUtterlykan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on Monday held out an olive branch to the opposition parties and people wanting him to quit for the economic mess he has allegedly created. But he firmly stated that he will not quit yielding to extra-constitutional methods of removal, including the continuous demonstrations in front …

Continue reading ‘Beleaguered President Rajapaksa While Refusing to Yield to Extra-Constitutional Methods of Removal, Extends Olive Branch to Utterly Confused and Disunited Oppostion By Asking it to Join him to Solve Problems Faced by the Country’ »

President Rajapaksa Swears in 17 New Cabinet Ministers Leaving Out Many “Seniors” and Elevatng “Juniors”;With Gota,Mahinda,GL and Ali Sabry the Number of Ministers is now 21 with room for 9 more Cabinet Ministers

A total of 17 new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (18) amidst continuous public protests demanding the resignation of the President, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the incumbent Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna-led Government. The Presidential Media Division (PMD) announced that the relevant Ministers were sworn in at the President’s house …

Continue reading ‘President Rajapaksa Swears in 17 New Cabinet Ministers Leaving Out Many “Seniors” and Elevatng “Juniors”;With Gota,Mahinda,GL and Ali Sabry the Number of Ministers is now 21 with room for 9 more Cabinet Ministers’ »

Debt-ridden Sri Lanka begins Negotitions this week in Washington with the International Monetary Fund for a relief program against the backdrop of protests at home and the decision to stop paying its overseas debts

By Marwaan Macan -Markar Debt-ridden Sri Lanka has stepped into uncharted waters. Negotiations begin this week in Washington between government officials and the International Monetary Fund for a relief program, against the backdrop of protests at home and the decision to stop paying its overseas debts. It is the 17th time the Indian Ocean nation …

Continue reading ‘Debt-ridden Sri Lanka begins Negotitions this week in Washington with the International Monetary Fund for a relief program against the backdrop of protests at home and the decision to stop paying its overseas debts’ »

Lawyers Backing Gotabaya Govt are Allegedly Engaged in Legal Moves to Obtain Court Order Authorising Demolition of “Gotagogama” Protest Village at Galle Face and Confine “Gota Go Home” Demonstration within Demarcated “Agitation Zone” in Front of Shangri La Hotel

By Dinitha Rathnayake A group of lawyers will today (18) alert the Judicial Services Commission, which is entrusted with safeguarding the independence of judges, about an attempt being made to remove the protestors in front of the Presidential Secretariat at “GotaGoGama” through a court order provided by a magistrate who was appointed recently, The Morning …

Continue reading ‘Lawyers Backing Gotabaya Govt are Allegedly Engaged in Legal Moves to Obtain Court Order Authorising Demolition of “Gotagogama” Protest Village at Galle Face and Confine “Gota Go Home” Demonstration within Demarcated “Agitation Zone” in Front of Shangri La Hotel’ »

New Cabinet of 15 Ministers Likely to be Appointed by President Rajapaksa on April 18;Chamal,Basil, Namal and Shasheendra Along with Most Seniors to be Dropped While Younger Ministers will Get Preference in “New Look” Govt

By “The Morning” Political Editor Several former Ministers and State Ministers, including Sarath Weerasekara, Johnston Fernando, Dullas Alahapperuma, Bandula Gunawardena, Gamini Lokuge, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, and Jeevan Thondaman would not be part of the new Cabinet of Ministers, which political sources indicate would be youth-heavy and sworn in today (18). In addition, our sources …

Continue reading ‘New Cabinet of 15 Ministers Likely to be Appointed by President Rajapaksa on April 18;Chamal,Basil, Namal and Shasheendra Along with Most Seniors to be Dropped While Younger Ministers will Get Preference in “New Look” Govt’ »

Though Hard – pressed Politically and Economically the Rajapaksa Regime May Still Survive Due to Six Critical Factors Working Favourably for the Government

By P.K.Balachandan The Rajapaksa regime in Sri Lanka, extremely hard-pressed though it economically and politically, might still survive thanks to disunity among the Opposition parties and the massive infusion of financial and material aid to the country from abroad. The fact that the politically savvy Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has come out of his shell …

Continue reading ‘Though Hard – pressed Politically and Economically the Rajapaksa Regime May Still Survive Due to Six Critical Factors Working Favourably for the Government’ »

Sri Lanka is on the brink of either a historic political revolution that would end autocratic rule or a catastrophic break down of law and order that could have grave consequences.

By Arjuna Ranawana Sri Lanka is on the brink of either a historic political revolution where45 years of autocratic rule will end or a catastrophic break down of law and order that could have grave consequences. The nation is angry. It has stomached months of deprivation of the very basics of life, food, fuel,electricity, and …

Continue reading ‘Sri Lanka is on the brink of either a historic political revolution that would end autocratic rule or a catastrophic break down of law and order that could have grave consequences.’ »

The Constitution has triumphantly come to the Sri Lankan streets away from dusty corridors of the law where justice is manipulated at will. It would be foolish on the part of politicians, in the Government or in the Opposition to ignore this fierce national solidarity across ethnic, racial and communal lines.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene As ominous lines of shrouded police trucks lined up near Colombo’s Galle Face Green on Saturday April 16th 2022 are removed amidst Sri Lankans calling for an end to catastrophic political leadership resulting in a slide to bankruptcy, this is perhaps the most critical moment of this nation in post-independence history. …

Continue reading ‘The Constitution has triumphantly come to the Sri Lankan streets away from dusty corridors of the law where justice is manipulated at will. It would be foolish on the part of politicians, in the Government or in the Opposition to ignore this fierce national solidarity across ethnic, racial and communal lines.’ »

The Opposition is collecting signatures for two parliamentary motions. One seeks to express its lack of confidence in the Government while the other seeks to impeach the President. Both these are clearly misconceived.

By Dr Nihal Jayawickrama With every passing day, the demand for the resignation of the President is gathering momentum, becoming more strident, and more widespread, and echoing even beyond the borders of this country. The President’s response has been to secure the resignation of his Cabinet of Ministers while retaining his brother as Prime Minister, …

Continue reading ‘The Opposition is collecting signatures for two parliamentary motions. One seeks to express its lack of confidence in the Government while the other seeks to impeach the President. Both these are clearly misconceived.’ »

Why are the People in the Northern Province not Protesting over rising prices and shortages of essential items? The answer : Economic hardships are not new to them!

By’ S.Rubatheesaan With Additional reporting by N. Lohathayalan Why aren’t the northern people protesting over rising prices and shortages of essential items? The answer: Economic hardships are not new to them. When the war was raging in the Northern Province just over a decade ago, electricity was a luxury for many families in the region. …

Continue reading ‘Why are the People in the Northern Province not Protesting over rising prices and shortages of essential items? The answer : Economic hardships are not new to them!’ »

“Sri Lanka’s economic recovery will depend on reforms undertaken with the IMF’s support, but the government will not ignore the country’s poor”Says Finance Minister Ali Sabry Prior to Discussions with IMF

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s economic recovery will depend on reforms undertaken with the IMF’s support, but the government will not ignore the country’s poor, Finance Minister Ali Sabry said. The recently appointed Minister spoke to The Hindu ahead of his departure to Washington DC, where he will lead the Sri Lankan delegation in negotiations …

Continue reading ‘“Sri Lanka’s economic recovery will depend on reforms undertaken with the IMF’s support, but the government will not ignore the country’s poor”Says Finance Minister Ali Sabry Prior to Discussions with IMF’ »

An IMF program will give Sri Lanka the best chance of stabilizing its economy even as it carries significant political risks for the govt. But without help from the IMF, the economy will go into a tailspin and tear apart the social fabric of the country.

By Dushni Weerakoon (DUSHNI WEERAKOON is the Executive Director and Head of Macroeconomic Policy Research at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka.) Sri Lanka is facing an economic meltdown. The COVID-19 pandemic hurt many low- and middle-income countries, but the island nation of 22 million people stands out as one of the hardest …

Continue reading ‘An IMF program will give Sri Lanka the best chance of stabilizing its economy even as it carries significant political risks for the govt. But without help from the IMF, the economy will go into a tailspin and tear apart the social fabric of the country.’ »

For the first time Gotabaya must be feeling lonely at the top. Having been accustomed to fawning public hailing him as a national hero for over a decade, it must be a rude shock to see ‘Go back Gota’ as the unifying cry of the people protesting all over the island.

By Col. R.Hariharan Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s presidency probably reached the point of no return, after 41 members of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) coalition partners withdrew their support to the government on 5 April. Two days earlier, the President had disbanded his cabinet, in a bid to form an all-party government to tide over …

Continue reading ‘For the first time Gotabaya must be feeling lonely at the top. Having been accustomed to fawning public hailing him as a national hero for over a decade, it must be a rude shock to see ‘Go back Gota’ as the unifying cry of the people protesting all over the island.’ »

The Democratic Moment Today: A Call for Action and Reflection.

A group consisting of academics,Professionals, researchers,activists and creative artistes has in a statement issued said that the origins of the present crisis are political, having been brought about by authoritarian policies of successive governments. Such authoritarian rule has been consolidated for decades through Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian mobilisations, one of the most recent one being mandatory …

Continue reading ‘The Democratic Moment Today: A Call for Action and Reflection.’ »

“Subhakiruthu” April New Year Celebrated by Thousands of Sri Lankans Protesting Day and Night at “Gotagogama” near Presidential Secretariat; Milk Boiled,Sweets Shared, Singing ,Dancing, and Traditional Games Played

By Meera Srinivasan Scores of Sri Lankans on Thursday marked Sinhala and Tamil New Year at their agitation site in Colombo, as they relentlessly protest the Rajapaksa government’s “failed response” to the country’s crushing economic depression. Some boiled milk, shared sweets, sang, danced, and played games associated with the country’s biggest festival at ‘Gotagogama’ or …

Continue reading ‘“Subhakiruthu” April New Year Celebrated by Thousands of Sri Lankans Protesting Day and Night at “Gotagogama” near Presidential Secretariat; Milk Boiled,Sweets Shared, Singing ,Dancing, and Traditional Games Played’ »

From each ruinous step to another, it is Rajapaksa governance that is responsible for the multiple crises that the country faces today regardless of the part played by previous political regimes.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Minister of Foreign Affairs GL Peiris’s badly argued brief to Colombo based diplomats this week, describing peoples’ protests in Sri Lanka targeting the Rajapaksa Government as mass based protests against the country’s ‘entire political establishment,’ is a not-so-subtle masterpiece in deception, to put it mildly. False premises and ‘political spin’ Peddled …

Continue reading ‘From each ruinous step to another, it is Rajapaksa governance that is responsible for the multiple crises that the country faces today regardless of the part played by previous political regimes.’ »

Sri Lanka declares bankruptcy: Announces temporary suspension of repayment of all external debt as of 12 April; New credit facilities and any amounts disbursed under existing credit facilities after 12 April are excluded and will be serviced normally

By Nisthar Cassim The Government yesterday signaled Sri Lanka was bankrupt, announcing a temporary suspension of repayment of all external debt as of yesterday, saying the country can no longer honour its commitment owing to poorer financial position caused by external and internal shocks. The move puts an end to Sri Lanka’s outstanding track record …

Continue reading ‘Sri Lanka declares bankruptcy: Announces temporary suspension of repayment of all external debt as of 12 April; New credit facilities and any amounts disbursed under existing credit facilities after 12 April are excluded and will be serviced normally’ »

By defaulting on all payments on its $ 51 billion external debt after running out of foreign exchange to import desperately needed goods, Sri Lanka battling its worst economic downturn since independence in 1948 joins a small club of countries that have failed to repay their debts.

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka said yesterday it was defaulting on all payments on its $ 51 billion external debt after running out of foreign exchange to import desperately needed goods. The Indian Ocean island, which is battling its worst economic downturn since independence in 1948, joins a small club of countries that have failed to repay …

Continue reading ‘By defaulting on all payments on its $ 51 billion external debt after running out of foreign exchange to import desperately needed goods, Sri Lanka battling its worst economic downturn since independence in 1948 joins a small club of countries that have failed to repay their debts.’ »

Finance Ministry requests holders of all Affected Debts to capitalise any amounts of principal or interest falling due during this interim period at an interest rate not higher than the normal contractual rate applicable to that credit, until a restructuring proposal can be presented to the creditors for their consideration.

Finance Ministry said yesterday holders of all Affected Debts are being requested to capitalise any amounts of principal or interest falling due during this interim period, at an interest rate not higher than the normal contractual rate applicable to that credit, until a restructuring proposal can be presented to the creditors for their consideration. This …

Continue reading ‘Finance Ministry requests holders of all Affected Debts to capitalise any amounts of principal or interest falling due during this interim period at an interest rate not higher than the normal contractual rate applicable to that credit, until a restructuring proposal can be presented to the creditors for their consideration.’ »

Sri Lanka announcs a pre-emptive default on all its foreign debt totalling $51 billion as an emergency measure to prevent a further deterioration of the country’s financial position pending full discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a omprehensive debt restructuring programme

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced a pre-emptive default on all its foreign debt totalling $51 billion as a “last resort” while the island nation struggles to cope with a grave economic crisis. The Government is taking the “emergency measures”, pending full discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from whom it has …

Continue reading ‘Sri Lanka announcs a pre-emptive default on all its foreign debt totalling $51 billion as an emergency measure to prevent a further deterioration of the country’s financial position pending full discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a omprehensive debt restructuring programme’ »

“Occupy Galle Face’: A tent city of resistance beside Colombo’s seat of power The protesters have one simple message to the country’s most powerful man — ‘we will not go home unless you do’.

By Meera Srinivasan It is their fourth consecutive day at Galle Face, a stretch of Colombo’s breezy sea front, as they agitate incessantly, asking Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down. Scores of young men and women are now staying put day and night, right next to the Presidential Secretariat, in what looks like …

Continue reading ‘“Occupy Galle Face’: A tent city of resistance beside Colombo’s seat of power The protesters have one simple message to the country’s most powerful man — ‘we will not go home unless you do’.’ »

Sri Lanka announces suspension of debt servicing of selected debts for an indefinite period amidst the worst economic crisis the country has ever endured;unblemished track record of timely servicing its external financing obligations since independence tainted;

By Madhusha Thavapalakumar Tainting its unblemished track record of timely servicing its external financing obligations ever since it gained independence, the Sri Lankan Government yesterday (12) announced that it is suspending debt servicing of selected debts amidst what is considered the worst economic crisis the country has ever endured. With international media reports having mentioned …

Continue reading ‘Sri Lanka announces suspension of debt servicing of selected debts for an indefinite period amidst the worst economic crisis the country has ever endured;unblemished track record of timely servicing its external financing obligations since independence tainted;’ »

Today Sri Lanka is a broken nation. But Gotabaya Rajapaksa is insisting on business as usual. He has backtracked on a number of previous appointments of cronies.Gota would throw any of his cronies under the bus for his political survival and embrace any accommodating old nemesis. But he would not give up power

By Ranga Jayasuriya If you are depressed, like many millions of Sri Lankans are, by the perilous state of the country, everyday shortage of essentials and the nepotistic regime that hangs on to power, you might need something to feel positive. Look no further than protests in the Galle Face Green, and indeed, across the …

Continue reading ‘Today Sri Lanka is a broken nation. But Gotabaya Rajapaksa is insisting on business as usual. He has backtracked on a number of previous appointments of cronies.Gota would throw any of his cronies under the bus for his political survival and embrace any accommodating old nemesis. But he would not give up power’ »

There is always the possibility that President Rajapaksaa might try to follow the post-Chavez Venezuelan model with the help of the army. But, unlike Venezuela, Sri Lankans are politically trained to ask for and get change periodically. Trying any emergency rule would be a very unwise and tragic move

By Gamini Akmeemana It was incredible but true. The government imposed an island-wide curfew from Saturday evening to Monday morning to stop protests planned for Monday, April third. It backfired. There were small scale protests even during the curfew. Monday evening, they had become island-wide. They were peaceful, and the police stayed away. Someone must …

Continue reading ‘There is always the possibility that President Rajapaksaa might try to follow the post-Chavez Venezuelan model with the help of the army. But, unlike Venezuela, Sri Lankans are politically trained to ask for and get change periodically. Trying any emergency rule would be a very unwise and tragic move’ »

” Gota – Go – Gama” Makeshift Village with Tents,Toilets and first aid centre set up near Presidenial Secretariat by Protesters Occupyng Galle Face ; Free Food and Water Offered to people as thousands demonstrate since April 9th Demanding “Gota Go Home”

Protestors, who have occupied Galle Face and its surroundings since Saturday (9), in a massive protest against the President and the current Government, have set up a camp in the Agitation Site close to the Presidential Secretariat dubbed “Gota-Go-Gama”, with dozens of tents. “Gota-Go-Gama” offers free food, water, toilets, and a makeshift medical camp for …

Continue reading ‘” Gota – Go – Gama” Makeshift Village with Tents,Toilets and first aid centre set up near Presidenial Secretariat by Protesters Occupyng Galle Face ; Free Food and Water Offered to people as thousands demonstrate since April 9th Demanding “Gota Go Home”’ »

Sri Lanka is on a dangerous trajectory. Only a rapid easing of the economic situation and significant political reform will help — that’s when protesters will see a potential end to this crisis, and leave the streets in peace

By Ruth Pollard Protesters defied a curfew and state of emergency and took to the streets, chanting, “Go home Gota,” referring to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a member the powerful clan of strongmen who have led the island nation into this mess. The crowds forced police to abandon barricades outside the president’s residence in the capital, …

Continue reading ‘Sri Lanka is on a dangerous trajectory. Only a rapid easing of the economic situation and significant political reform will help — that’s when protesters will see a potential end to this crisis, and leave the streets in peace’ »

“No matter how honorable the notion of organic fertilizer is, it is not the time for it to be implemented. As such, we will be reinstating the fertilizer subsidy to once again equip our farmers to optimize their craft.” – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Special Address to the Nation

(Text of Special address to the Nation delivered by Former Pesident and present Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on pril 11th 2022) Friends and citizens of Sri Lanka. I speak to you at a crucial time as we grapple with many challenges that have overcome our people. These challenges are not new to me having overseen …

Continue reading ‘“No matter how honorable the notion of organic fertilizer is, it is not the time for it to be implemented. As such, we will be reinstating the fertilizer subsidy to once again equip our farmers to optimize their craft.” – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Special Address to the Nation’ »

Unbowed and Unafraid, Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge Spoke Truth to Power

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj ( “The Sunday Leader” Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge was born on April 5th 1958. This Article Published in Janury 2021 is reposted here without any changes to denote the 64th Birth anniversary of the brilliant and beloved Journalist) Twelve years ago on 8 January 2009, Lasantha Manilal Wickrematunge, the Editor of The Sunday Leader …

Continue reading ‘Unbowed and Unafraid, Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge Spoke Truth to Power’ »

Tamil Progressive Alliance Wants a Non-Territorial Community Council for “Malaiahath Thamizhar” (Hill Country Tamils)

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) has taken the initiative in seeking a new representative body for the pre-dominantly Tamil people of recent Indian origin or Indian Origin Tamils(IOT). In recent times the community has become known as the “Malaiyahath Thamizhar” (Hill Country Tamils/Up Country Tamils). Although called Hill Country Tamils because they are …

Continue reading ‘Tamil Progressive Alliance Wants a Non-Territorial Community Council for “Malaiahath Thamizhar” (Hill Country Tamils)’ »

TNA and TPA While Thanking Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin for his “Wonderful Gesture” Offering Food and Medical Aid to Tamils in Sri Lanka also Appeal to him not to restrict it to Tamils alone but to Extend it to all People of the Island Because “Every one is Suffering” and are unitedly protesting against the Ruling Rajapaksas

By E.T.B. Sivapriyan Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka, including the influential Tamil National Alliance (TNA), on Sunday appealed to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin not to limit food and medical assistance from the state only to Tamils but all citizens of the island nation , arguing that “everyone is suffering” TNA spokesman …

Continue reading ‘TNA and TPA While Thanking Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin for his “Wonderful Gesture” Offering Food and Medical Aid to Tamils in Sri Lanka also Appeal to him not to restrict it to Tamils alone but to Extend it to all People of the Island Because “Every one is Suffering” and are unitedly protesting against the Ruling Rajapaksas’ »

“The people have woken up. That’s why they are saying “Go Gota, go home This is the people’s movement; this is something unprecedented; This Country has never seen this before. That is why you are in shock. This is happening organically and people will not relent until Gota goes home”- MA Sumanthiran MP

(Text of Speech made in Parliament by Jaffna District MP Mathiaparanan Abraham Sumanthiran on April 6th 2022) Thank you Hon Presiding member Hon. Harin Fernando, I am sorry if you were to speak next, but the tradition is that the second largest party in the opposition gets to speak second in the opposition side. From …

Continue reading ‘“The people have woken up. That’s why they are saying “Go Gota, go home This is the people’s movement; this is something unprecedented; This Country has never seen this before. That is why you are in shock. This is happening organically and people will not relent until Gota goes home”- MA Sumanthiran MP’ »

“I voted for Gota thinking he was a lion, now I can see that he is worse than a dog. I love my country but don’t know if there will be a country left for my children. The only thing we can do now is drink poison, we are finished”

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Colombo While thousands of angry cries and anti-government slogans filled the streets of the Sri Lankan city Colombo on Saturday, Chanda Upul stood quietly nearby, desperately pushing his wares of soft drinks and bottled water on protesters. But in his heart he was chanting along with them. Sri Lanka has descended …

Continue reading ‘“I voted for Gota thinking he was a lion, now I can see that he is worse than a dog. I love my country but don’t know if there will be a country left for my children. The only thing we can do now is drink poison, we are finished”’ »

The people who are protesting with the call for ‘Gota Go Home” are seeking a true democracy in Sri Lanka. They are calling for a big move away from the JR Jayewardene constitution which enabled Gotabaya to bring the Country o this position.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake “Gota Go Home” – goes far beyond a simple call to go home. It is a combination of the evils of power and family bandyism that has moved him and the Rajapaksa family to the evils of both politics and governance. The crowds in their hundreds and thousands, with no political party …

Continue reading ‘The people who are protesting with the call for ‘Gota Go Home” are seeking a true democracy in Sri Lanka. They are calling for a big move away from the JR Jayewardene constitution which enabled Gotabaya to bring the Country o this position.’ »

The SJB and the NPP can disagree on the IMF. Can they at least get together to tell us – how will they pressurise Gotabaya to go? Whom would they like as an interim president? What immediate constitutional reforms do they want before a new election? After that, they can duke it out on how to salvage our economy!

By Sanjayan Rajasingham (The writer is a visiting researcher at Thammasat University, Thailand and a doctoral student at Yale Law School. He was formerly a lecturer in law at the University of Jaffna) We’ve never seen protests like these, and they make you wonder: could this be our moment, a turning point, where we start …

Continue reading ‘The SJB and the NPP can disagree on the IMF. Can they at least get together to tell us – how will they pressurise Gotabaya to go? Whom would they like as an interim president? What immediate constitutional reforms do they want before a new election? After that, they can duke it out on how to salvage our economy!’ »

I wonder whether the urban elite is aware that the poorer man is unable to go to work, feed his family or run his micro enterprise. They are not just inconvenienced like us, they just cannot find a way to survive the day. So, that needs to be solved immediately.

By Dr.Janaki Kuruppu (The writer is the Chairperson of Mother Sri Lanka.) Have you noticed the attire, the language used and the style of the latest protestors on the streets of Colombo and other cities? Even the slogan ‘Gota-Go-Home’ sounds very Western to me. They are not the typical protestors that we have seen every …

Continue reading ‘I wonder whether the urban elite is aware that the poorer man is unable to go to work, feed his family or run his micro enterprise. They are not just inconvenienced like us, they just cannot find a way to survive the day. So, that needs to be solved immediately.’ »

Worsening economic crisis forces the Monetary Board to effect a historic monetary tightening with the new Central Bank Governor Dr.Nandalal Weerasinghe justifying the move as critical to ensure macroeconomic stability.

By Nisthar Cassim The worsening economic crisis has forced the Monetary Board to effect a historic monetary tightening with the new Central Bank Governor justifying the move as critical to ensure macroeconomic stability. The Monetary Board at its meeting under new Governor Dr. P. Nandalal Weerasinghe decided to increase the Standing Deposit Facility Rate (SDFR) …

Continue reading ‘Worsening economic crisis forces the Monetary Board to effect a historic monetary tightening with the new Central Bank Governor Dr.Nandalal Weerasinghe justifying the move as critical to ensure macroeconomic stability.’ »

The only answer to Empire brutality is human solidarity. Together, humans can dismantle Empire. This is the story of our common human past

A Lenten Reflection By Bishop Duleep de Chickera “I wandered between two worlds; one dying and the other powerless to be born” – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru While Jesus was on the cross a vile drama was taking place at his feet. Roman soldiers sat dividing his garments. Each took a portion and then they drew …

Continue reading ‘The only answer to Empire brutality is human solidarity. Together, humans can dismantle Empire. This is the story of our common human past’ »

Supreme Court grants leave to proceed with four Fundamental Rights petitions challenging the legality of the proclamation issued on April 1 by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declaring a state of emergency and fixes four petitions for argument on July 15.

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda The Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed with the four Fundamental Rights petitions filed challenging the legality of the proclamation issued by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declaring a state of emergency on April 1. The Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Murdu Fernando, Justice Achala Wengappuli and Justice Mahinda Samayawardena granted leave to …

Continue reading ‘Supreme Court grants leave to proceed with four Fundamental Rights petitions challenging the legality of the proclamation issued on April 1 by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declaring a state of emergency and fixes four petitions for argument on July 15.’ »

What President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will do now with so many of his crew jumping ship is the million-dollar question now. Will he resign seeing the writing on the wall or will he hang on regardless of his growing unpopularity? Most political observers, who know his mindset expect him to stay put and fight!

By P.K.Balachandran The beleaguered Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revoked the Public Emergency late on April 5, following the defection of 42 MPs from the ruling coalition which had reduced the government’s majority in parliament to two. The government has to have at least 113 MPs in the House of 225. At the end of …

Continue reading ‘What President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will do now with so many of his crew jumping ship is the million-dollar question now. Will he resign seeing the writing on the wall or will he hang on regardless of his growing unpopularity? Most political observers, who know his mindset expect him to stay put and fight!’ »

Much Creativity Displayed in Online Protests Against the Gotabaya Rajapaksa Govt; innovative, funny, and sometimes vulgar slogans and methods being used by today’s protesters

BY Sumudu Chamara The ongoing protests demanding a plethora of actions by the Government including the resignations of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa continue, and they are being joined by people from all walks of life and ages, every day. As protests began on the streets, protests on online platforms also intensified, …

Continue reading ‘Much Creativity Displayed in Online Protests Against the Gotabaya Rajapaksa Govt; innovative, funny, and sometimes vulgar slogans and methods being used by today’s protesters’ »

What is imperative is that the struggle of the Sri Lankan citizen is not distorted or used as an excuse by a failing regime to censor, use violence against, or control a country that is fighting for an end to its authoritarian rule

By Harindrini Corea A mother stands at a peaceful protest with her baby. The struggle for basic necessities is the story of citizens in Sri Lanka today under the regime of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Shortages of essential items, including fuel and other goods, and rolling blackouts for up to 13 hours a day have brought …

Continue reading ‘What is imperative is that the struggle of the Sri Lankan citizen is not distorted or used as an excuse by a failing regime to censor, use violence against, or control a country that is fighting for an end to its authoritarian rule’ »

Crucial Talks with IMF in April 2nd Week but Sri Lanka has no Finance Minister,Treasury Secretary or Central Bank Governor; Govt MP’s Reluctant to Accept Finance Minister Post Under Prevailing Situation;President Appoints Impressive Advisory Group on Multilateral Engagement and Debt Sustainability, Comprising Dr Sharmini Coorey ,Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy and Prof. Shanta Devarajan

By JAMILA HUSAIN Following the resignation of Ali Sabry as the Finance Minister in less than 24 hours, the position still remains vacant with many MPs hesitant to take it up amidst the economic mess Sri Lanka has been plunged into and the rising public anger against the President and government. The Daily Mirror learns …

Continue reading ‘Crucial Talks with IMF in April 2nd Week but Sri Lanka has no Finance Minister,Treasury Secretary or Central Bank Governor; Govt MP’s Reluctant to Accept Finance Minister Post Under Prevailing Situation;President Appoints Impressive Advisory Group on Multilateral Engagement and Debt Sustainability, Comprising Dr Sharmini Coorey ,Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy and Prof. Shanta Devarajan’ »

Parliament meets to discuss the economic crisis at a time when there is no Finance Minister in the country nor a Secretary to the Treasury: . “No Minister, no Secretary and no money in the Treasury. You have brought this country to bankruptcy,” Says TNA MP Sumanthiran

By Chandani Kirinde Parliament yesterday began a two-day debate on the worsening economic and political crisis but there was no consensus on the way forward despite an appeal from Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and several MPs on both sides of the House to work together in this time of need. The House also met to …

Continue reading ‘Parliament meets to discuss the economic crisis at a time when there is no Finance Minister in the country nor a Secretary to the Treasury: . “No Minister, no Secretary and no money in the Treasury. You have brought this country to bankruptcy,” Says TNA MP Sumanthiran’ »

“Nearly 6.9 million people have voted for the President. Therefore, we make it very clear that President Rajapaksa will not resign under any circumstances” States Highways Miinister Johnston Fernando in Parliament

BY Buddhika Samaraweera Amidst mounting islandwide protests demanding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation, Chief Government Whip and Highways Minister Johnston Fernando stated in Parliament yesterday (6) that the President will not resign under any circumstances.

JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath alleges that Avant Garde Security Services (Pvt.) Ltd. Chairman Nissanaka Senadhipathi sent 200 people to infiltrate the Mirihana protest near President Rajapaksa’s private residence, on March 31 night

National People’s Power (NPP) Opposition Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath yesterday (6) alleged that Avant Garde Security Services (Pvt.) Ltd. Chairman Nissanaka Senadhipathi had sent 200 people to be among the protesters at Mirihana, near President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s private residence, on the night of 31 March. “When the people were protesting that night, Defence Secretary (Retd.) Gen. …

Continue reading ‘JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath alleges that Avant Garde Security Services (Pvt.) Ltd. Chairman Nissanaka Senadhipathi sent 200 people to infiltrate the Mirihana protest near President Rajapaksa’s private residence, on March 31 night’ »

One of the most encouraging features of the ongoing protest movement is its secular nature. Yellow robes are conspicuous by their near-total absence as are the garbs of other religions. Is this non-racial/religious political moment ephemeral or can it last? Will this moment help lay the groundwork of the necessary separation between all religions and politics/state?

by Tisaranee Gunasekara “Nemesis, the goddess of measure and not of revenge, keeps watch. All those who overstep the limits are pitilessly punished by her.” – Albert Camus (Helen’s Exile) We are in the twilight hour, a luminal time hovering between a better day and a darker night. The protests are peaceful, largely, so far. …

Continue reading ‘One of the most encouraging features of the ongoing protest movement is its secular nature. Yellow robes are conspicuous by their near-total absence as are the garbs of other religions. Is this non-racial/religious political moment ephemeral or can it last? Will this moment help lay the groundwork of the necessary separation between all religions and politics/state?’ »

Govt MP’s Reduced from 156 to 114 in 225 Member Parliament; Gota Govt Hangs on to Simple Majority as 42 MPs from SLPP’s constituent parties function as independent MPs

By Chandani Kirinde Forty-two MPs yesterday decided to break away from the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuma (SLPP) and function as independent Members of Parliament as the Government fights for survival amidst growing public protests against its mismanagement of the economy, corruption and nepotism. The Government which enjoyed the support of 156 MPs or over …

Continue reading ‘Govt MP’s Reduced from 156 to 114 in 225 Member Parliament; Gota Govt Hangs on to Simple Majority as 42 MPs from SLPP’s constituent parties function as independent MPs’ »

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe proposes an aid Sri Lanka consortium consisting of India, China,Japan, South Korea, the Europe Union and others willing to assist the country be formed to address the country’s immediate economic needs: Says World Bank and Asian Development Bank have agreed to assist the country with short-term loans to buy urgent requirements such as medicine.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday proposed that an aid Sri Lanka consortium consisting of India, China,Japan, South Korea, the Europe Union and others willing to assist the country be formed to address the country’s immediate economic needs. He also said both the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have agreed to assist the …

Continue reading ‘UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe proposes an aid Sri Lanka consortium consisting of India, China,Japan, South Korea, the Europe Union and others willing to assist the country be formed to address the country’s immediate economic needs: Says World Bank and Asian Development Bank have agreed to assist the country with short-term loans to buy urgent requirements such as medicine.’ »

Newly Appointed Finance Minister Ali Sabry Resigns within 24 Hours and Offers to give up his National List seat if President Rajapaksa wants to seek competent and credible person even from outside Parliament to be Finance Minister

Top lawyer Ali Sabry yesterday stepped down as Finance Minister as well as offered to give up his National Listseat, giving options to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to appoint a suitable and credible successor. Sabry who was appointed only on Monday became the shortest serving Finance Minister via his voluntary action. He resigned after tabling the …

Continue reading ‘Newly Appointed Finance Minister Ali Sabry Resigns within 24 Hours and Offers to give up his National List seat if President Rajapaksa wants to seek competent and credible person even from outside Parliament to be Finance Minister’ »

Plans afoot to Launch Huge public sector strike demanding Resignations of President and Prime Ministers:Trade unions discussing a strike involving all public servants

BY Buddhika Samaraweera Trade unions within the public sector are currently engaged in discussions about launching a massive strike in which all public servants would participate, with one of the main demands set to be the resignations of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, The Morning learnt. A leading public service trade union …

Continue reading ‘Plans afoot to Launch Huge public sector strike demanding Resignations of President and Prime Ministers:Trade unions discussing a strike involving all public servants’ »

“No more should majoritarian mobilisation be allowed to cover up political and economic failures. An inclusive outlook has to be fostered. The people will have to realise that voting on emotional issues related to race and religion only helps the ruling class and seldom benefits them.”-The Hindu

(Text of Editorial appearing in “The Hiindu” of April 6th 2022 under the Heading “ At a crossroads: On Sri Lanka’s economic recovery”) The widespread public unrest in Sri Lanka has taken on the dimensions of a political revolution of great import. It is apparent that it is driven by popular anger and a collective …

Continue reading ‘“No more should majoritarian mobilisation be allowed to cover up political and economic failures. An inclusive outlook has to be fostered. The people will have to realise that voting on emotional issues related to race and religion only helps the ruling class and seldom benefits them.”-The Hindu’ »

GOTA came to power spreading ethno nationalism/ racism and unfortunately 6.9 million knowingly or unknowingly fell into that trap! I hope the 6.9 million learn the dangers of ethnic politics and voting racists into power.

By Chandula Kumbukage I remember that day very well when Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected as “THE PRESIDENT”, my facebook newsfeed was filled with posts by his voters and supporters spreading “HATE” against the minorities for not voting for GOTA, labelling them as “traitors” and among them was an award winning actor who has acted in …

Continue reading ‘GOTA came to power spreading ethno nationalism/ racism and unfortunately 6.9 million knowingly or unknowingly fell into that trap! I hope the 6.9 million learn the dangers of ethnic politics and voting racists into power.’ »

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Revokes Emergency With Effect From April 5 Midnight After Regime Loses Majority in House Due to 42 MP’s Withdrawing Support for SLPP Govt; Extension of Emergency by Vote Became Impossible as Govt Lost Parliamentary Majority

Under pressure from the public to resign, Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajpaksa revoked the Emergency Law he declared on April 1 after frustrated protesters attempted to enter his private residence. “I.. do hear by with effect from midnight of April 5, 2022, revoke the proclamation issued by me in terms of powers vested in me,” …

Continue reading ‘President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Revokes Emergency With Effect From April 5 Midnight After Regime Loses Majority in House Due to 42 MP’s Withdrawing Support for SLPP Govt; Extension of Emergency by Vote Became Impossible as Govt Lost Parliamentary Majority’ »

To think that a president can be ousted by surrounding his office or his home, to believe that the Rajapaksa regime is a house of cards that will collapse at a touch, would be as unintelligent as believing in the myth of “Our Hero who Labours”.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “Actually time itself is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively.”- Martin Luther King (Letter from Birmingham Jail) In November 2019, 6.9 million Sri Lankans overestimated the intelligence, capacity and compassion of the Rajapaksa brothers. That mistaken assessment was the root cause of the tragedy we are living through today …

Continue reading ‘To think that a president can be ousted by surrounding his office or his home, to believe that the Rajapaksa regime is a house of cards that will collapse at a touch, would be as unintelligent as believing in the myth of “Our Hero who Labours”.’ »

Ruling SLPP Govt Likely to Lose its Simple Majority of 113 in Parliament while President Rajapaksa says he is willing to hand over the Government to any party that commands the support of the majority of members in the House.

By Chandani Kirinde President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Government faces a crucial day in Parliament today with the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) likely to lose its majority in the House with both its constituent parties as well as dissident groups within it slated to function as independent MPs. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which …

Continue reading ‘Ruling SLPP Govt Likely to Lose its Simple Majority of 113 in Parliament while President Rajapaksa says he is willing to hand over the Government to any party that commands the support of the majority of members in the House.’ »

Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi and his family members leave Sri Lanka on SriLankan Airlines flight UL-102 bound for the Maldives; security camera system at Katunayake airport ws allegedly jammed as group Boarded the Fliight

By T.K.G. Kapila It was reported that Avant-Garde Company Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi and his family members had left the Katunayake Airport for the Maldives this morning. They had left the airport on a SriLankan Airlines flight UL-102 bound for the Maldives at 08.20 am today.

Sri Lankans are calling on the Rajapaksas to go home, instead, they have sent their cabinet of ministers home in what smacks of a zombie sacrifice. An interim govt controlled by the Rajapaksa brothers is hardly a solution because the Rajapaksas are the crux of the problem. They are the magnet of justifiable public anger.

By Ranga Jayasuriya On Sunday night, the Cabinet of Ministers resigned en masse after the public took to the streets for yet another day of countrywide protests, this time, defying the curfew. They demanded the resignation of the president and the government; “Gota go home” was the rallying cry. Yet another family cabal had finally …

Continue reading ‘Sri Lankans are calling on the Rajapaksas to go home, instead, they have sent their cabinet of ministers home in what smacks of a zombie sacrifice. An interim govt controlled by the Rajapaksa brothers is hardly a solution because the Rajapaksas are the crux of the problem. They are the magnet of justifiable public anger.’ »

More than the resignation of ministers , it is the President’s and the Prime Minister’s resignations that the people demand, mostly due to the unwise decisions taken by the duo during the past two years.

(Text of Editorial Appearing in “The Morning” of April 5th 2022 Under the Heading “The Interim ‘change’ of Government faces”) The spate of independent and organised protests taking place throughout the country demanding the Government, especially President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, to resign, continue to grow. This is in a context where …

Continue reading ‘More than the resignation of ministers , it is the President’s and the Prime Minister’s resignations that the people demand, mostly due to the unwise decisions taken by the duo during the past two years.’ »

The People of Sri Lanka Unitedly Engage in Multiple Protests as the 36 Hour Curfew Ends;Police Use Tear Gas and Water Cannon to Disperse 2000 plus Crowd Storming Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Tangalle Residence “Carlton House” while Artistes Stage Demonstration Outside “ShangriLa Hotel” Where Basil Rajapaksa is Reportedly staying; Crowds also Surround Residences of Several Govt Ministers,State Ministers and Deputy Ministers

By Shaheen Vishak Sri Lanka’s ears are still ringing. The sounds of chanting crowds could be heard all over the nation, as the curfew imposed at 6 p.m. last Saturday (2) came to an end at 6 a.m. yesterday (4), and people swarmed the streets islandwide to resume their large-scale protests against the Government. From …

Continue reading ‘The People of Sri Lanka Unitedly Engage in Multiple Protests as the 36 Hour Curfew Ends;Police Use Tear Gas and Water Cannon to Disperse 2000 plus Crowd Storming Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Tangalle Residence “Carlton House” while Artistes Stage Demonstration Outside “ShangriLa Hotel” Where Basil Rajapaksa is Reportedly staying; Crowds also Surround Residences of Several Govt Ministers,State Ministers and Deputy Ministers’ »

“The armed forces of Sri Lanka would always comply with the Constitution, and the Army is no exception. The Army as a professional outfit is always prepared to provide security and protection to the State as necessary,” states Army Commander and Chief of Defence Staff Gen.Shavendra Silva at Briefing with Defence Attches and Defence advisers of Diplomatic Missions in Colombo

“The armed forces of Sri Lanka would always comply with the Constitution, and the Army is no exception. The Army as a professional outfit is always prepared to provide security and protection to the State as necessary,” stated Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Gen. Shavendra Silva, addressing a gathering of defence advisers and …

Continue reading ‘“The armed forces of Sri Lanka would always comply with the Constitution, and the Army is no exception. The Army as a professional outfit is always prepared to provide security and protection to the State as necessary,” states Army Commander and Chief of Defence Staff Gen.Shavendra Silva at Briefing with Defence Attches and Defence advisers of Diplomatic Missions in Colombo’ »