According to the Institute of Health Policy’s opinion tracker survey Ratings , President Ranil Wickremesinghe with 45% rating is less unpopular than Opposition Sajith Premadasa with a net unpopularity rating of 57%.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “Winds don’t blow as ships desire.” Arabic proverb Before Gotabaya Rajapaksa, there was S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike. Before organic only, there was Sinhala only. And the related transformation of Vidyodaya and Vidyalankara from monastic colleges to secular universities. Like Sinhala only, this was an election promise; like Sinhala only, this was implemented with no …

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CID Questions and Records Statements from 23 Persons Regarding the Abduction and Murder of Janashakthi Group Director Dinesh Schaffter

BY Kiara Warnasuriya The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has questioned 23 persons in relation to the abduction and murder of businessman Dinesh Schaffter and has recorded statements from them. According to Police Media Spokesman, Senior Superintendent of Police and Attorney Nihal Thalduwa, two teams of detectives are investigating the available closed-circuit-television (CCTV) camera footage, and …

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‘Democracy Still Born; Lanka’s rejection of Equal Rights at Independence’ by Rajan and Kirupaimalar Hoole offers a reflective introspection on the long road by which a promising nation-state became a bankrupt beggar of South Asia.

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardene When Rajan Hoole requested a review for the book, ‘Democracy Still Born; Lanka’s rejection of Equal Rights at Independence’ (Rajan Hoole and Kirupaimalar Hoole, Perera-Hussein Publishing, 2022) in characteristically succinct style a few months ago, I demurred on seeing the weighty tome (730pp). The twisted creature of the Sri Lankan State ‘How …

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“The CEB and most of the CEB unions are not genuine.There are some CEB officers who have been there for 20 to 30 years and all their family members have crawled into the CEB. Besides that, they try to do the biggest possible harm to the CEB, which is a national asset.” – Ex-Power and Energy Minister John Seneviratne

By Marianne David A cost-reflective tariff system alone is not sufficient to effectively address the current power crisis and the country must simultaneously focus on other areas, especially renewable energy, asserted MP John Seneviratne, a former Power and Energy Minister, in an interview with The Sunday Morning. A large number of renewable energy projects that …

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While Anura Kumara Dissanayake is deservedly the most popular political leader as recent opinion polls show, his party, which includes primitives like Lal Kantha, has no comprehensive philosophy of economic growth.

By Rajasinghe President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) was on a State visit to China. She was entertained at a State banquet by then President Jiang Zemin in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. There was an interesting chatter at the head table because the Chinese President was a good English speaker. While conversing, …

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Investigations into the killing of well-known businessman and Janashakthi Group Director Dinesh Schaffter widened with three police teams probing the death and statements recorded so far of 23 people.

By Chris Kamalendran Investigations into the killing of well-known businessman and Janashakthi Group Director Dinesh Schaffter were widened yesterday with three police teams probing the death and statements of 23 people recorded so far. One of the key questions the investigators were trying to resolve was the person or persons responsible for the killing and …

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Famous Iranian Actress Taraneh Alidoosti Arrested by Authorities on charges of spreading falsehoods about nationwide protests gripping the country, Announces Iran’s state media

Iranian authorities arrested one of the country’s most famous actors, Taraneh Alidoosti, on charges of spreading falsehoods about nationwide protests that grip the country, state media said Saturday. The report by IRNA said Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-winning movie “The Salesman,” was detained a week after she made a post on Instagram expressing solidarity …

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LTTE Political Adviser Anton Balasingham:Up, Close and Personal.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This Article written last year is re-posted here with slight changes to denote the 16th death anniversary of former LTTE political strategist Anton Stanislaus Balasingham on 14 December 2022) The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ‘Arasiyal Madhiuraignar’ (Political Adviser) Anton Stanislaus Balasingham passed away 16 years ago at his South London residence …

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CID Begins Probe into Mysterious Death of Colombo Business Leader Dinesh Schaffter by Pursuing Multiple Lines of Inquiry; Colombo Magistrate Court issueds order Preventing Sri Lankan cricket commentator Brian Thomas from leaving the country, in connection with the ongoing investigation.

By Meera Srinivasan The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police on Friday (Dec 16) began a probe into the death of a well-known Colombo-based businessman, apparently attacked and abandoned in mysterious circumstances. The incident, which has shaken many in Sri Lanka, came to light late on Thursday when Dinesh Schaffter, a noted business …

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Over 16,000 Military Personnel Given Voluntary Early Retirement in a bid to Revive Sri Lanka’s Crisis ridden Economy by reducing Govt Expenditure for the Defence Sector

Sri Lanka’s army has decided to vacate posts of over 16,000 military personnel on a budget proposed by President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the island nation struggling to reduce government spending ahead of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal. President WIckremesinghe last month proposed to give voluntary early retirement for military personnel in order to reduce …

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France is actively working with other members of the Paris Club group of creditors to reach an agreement soon to assist Sri Lanka to overcome its on-going debt crisis says Jean-François Pactet the new French Ambassador to Colombo

By Chandani Kirinde France is actively working with other members of the Paris Club group of creditors to ensure that an agreement is reached as soon as possible to assist the country to overcome its on-going debt crisis, the new French Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jean-François Pactet said yesterday. “We all can agree that it …

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Businessman Dinesh Schaffter (52) of Janashakthi Group dies in The Colombo National Hospital ICU after being found Unconscious in a car at the Borella Cemetery being tied to the driver’s seat with a wire around his neck.

By Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya Fifty two year old businessman, Dinesh Schaffter, a director of Janashakthi Group, who had been found tied inside a car at the Borella General Cemetery with serious injuries earlier this evening has died while receiving treatment at the National Hospital in Colombo. Police said the businessman Dinesh Schaffter had left his …

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22 SLPP Ministers and MPs File Writ in Appeal Court Seeking Order to Probe Whether Ex-Army Chief Shavendra Silva and IGP Chandana Wickremaratne Wilfully Disobeyed Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Directive to Prevent Harm to Property and Persons on May 9 2022

By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Filing a writ petition in Court of Appeal, 22 government Parliamentarians representing SLPP and several others have sought an order directing the authorities to conduct a comprehensive investigation in order to ascertain as to whether former Army Commander General Shavendra Silva, IGP Chandana Wickremaratne or any other respondents have willfully disobeyed the …

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✿ “Roja Malarae Rajakumari” ♛ ♥ ~ Popular Song by PB Sreenivas – P.Susheela Duo ♫

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Favourite Film Songs -4 “Ruritanian Romance” is a genre consisting of stories, novels, dramas and films set in a fictional country. Anthony Hope’s novel “Prisoner of Zenda” based in the imaginary state of Ruritania was the pioneering novel that spawned this popular genre. Literature, theatre and films of this genre are generally about …

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How can the Tamil minority (let us leave aside its conniving and compromising politicians) be asked to accept any talk of ‘reconciliation’ even at face value when the record of the State towards the Sinhala majority has turned so violent?

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardene Truth and Reconciliation is now again in the air, we are sublimely told by the Govern-ment of Sri Lanka. President Ranil Wickremesinghe, along with his merry men and women in Parliament in the Pohottuwa ranks are singing to the eminently hypocritical refrain of truth and reconciliation commissions and the like. ‘Reconciliation with …

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

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

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Southern Sinhalese establishment wary of B’caloa Tamil MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam who not only speaks to the concerns of the Sinhala majority but also does so in their own language.

By Meera Srinivasan In the two years since he was first elected to Parliament, Sri Lankan legislator Shanakiyan Rasamanickam has won many fans within Sri Lanka, including from the Sinhalese majority. But his recent speech in Parliament, threatening to launch a “China go home” campaign, similar to the “Gota go home” people’s movement that dislodged …

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A silent revolution is coming and the old political party leaders must understand that. They must willingly leave and allow the youngsters to take over. Otherwise, in an election, all the old parties will be completely wiped out and new parties will emerge.

By Marianne David “Most of our people are politically savvy and today they are very silent. This silence means that they are going into a revolution. A silent revolution is coming and the old political party leaders must understand that. They must willingly leave and allow the youngsters to take over,” asserted MP Anura Priyadarshana …

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State Minister Chamara Sampath Dasanayake is a people’s candidate and is in great demand among party leaders as a vote-gathering machine.He is an unabashed Ranil Wickremesinghe fan who never fails to sing his mentor’s praises both in Parliament and outside.

By Rajasinghe State Minister Chamara Sampath Dasanayake is a born newsmaker. His pithy statements are a newsperson’s dream. Recently he pulled up the Speaker of Parliament for not addressing him properly as State Minister – a position awarded to him by President Ranil Wickremesinghe overlooking the claims of several seniors – forcing the latter to …

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“Dingiri Dingaaley Meenatchi, Dingiri Dingaaley”- Rocking “Baila”-Type Song ♫♥

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Favourite Film Songs -2 “ Dingiri Dingaale Meenatchi Dingiri Dingaale, Ulagam Poara Poakkaip Paaru Thangamay Chiillaaley” was a song that rocked Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon in 1958-59 and the years after. The rhapsodic song from a Tamil film “Anbu Engey?”was widely popular during my childhood days. It was released in Sri …

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Comfortable Passage of 2023 Budget in Parliament with 45 Vote Majority Boosts President Wickremesinghe’s Economic Recovery Agenda; 123 MPs Vote in Favour and 80 Voting Against with 2 Abstaining

The Budget 2023 was passed in Parliament yesterday with a majority of 43 votes thereby giving a boost to President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s reforms and recovery course. During the vote of the third reading, 123 MPs voted in favour including Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle and Duminda Dissanayake, whilst 80 voted against and two abstentions from MPs C.V. …

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Jaffna -Chennai flights to resume after nearly three years of Disruption Due to Covid Oubtreak;”operations will resume on December 12, with four weekly flights between the two cities,” Says senior Alliance Air official

By Meera Srinivasan Alliance Air will resume its flight services connecting Chennai and Sri Lanka’s northern city of Jaffna next week, after a nearly three-year, pandemic-induced break. “The operations will resume on December 12, with four weekly flights between the two cities,” a senior official of Alliance Air told The Hindu. The airline was earlier …

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Sri Lanka to Commence Negotiations with India soon Regarding the “stalled” Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA)

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka will soon resume talks with India on the stalled Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA), authorities said, as Colombo looks to trade pacts and foreign direct investments to rebuild its crisis-hit economy. “We hope to commence negotiations on the ETCA later this month,” said K.J. Weerasinghe, Chief Negotiator of FTAs …

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Federalism is Not Separatism: Landmark Ruling by Sri lanka Supreme Court

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Last week’s article in these columns about Sri Lankan Tamil nationalist parties seeking a power sharing arrangement based on federal principles or the federal idea resulted in my getting quite a lot of responses from readers. Most of the messages as usual were from Sinhala readers while a few were from Tamil readers …

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Another Aragalaya would be contrary to the interests not just of the President but also the Opposition. On 9 May, Sajith Premadasa might have suffered serious injuries, or worse, had it not been for his military guard. The Aragalaya supporters took their anger against the Govt on the leader of the Opposition, showing that they could be the equal of the Rajapaksas in irrational inanity.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “No matter how powerful a man maybe, he cannot make the moon a piece of cheese, even if he can force everyone to say it is and perhaps even believe it is.” – Roland Barthes (Men and Masks) – Once upon a time there was a woman who adopted a newborn and …

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LTTE’s Abortive Attempt to Assassinate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at “Pithala Handhiya” on December 1st 2006.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This Article written two years ago is re-posted here without any changes) Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the Presidential Elections on 16 November 2019. He was formally sworn in as President two days later at the Ruwanweliseya in Anuradhapura. Today 18 November is the first anniversary of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assuming office. Incidentally the …

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“You are well read and a man of vision. Whilst we do not necessarily agree with your vision, it is essential to have a visionary as a leader.”- Romesh de Silva PC Tells President Ranil Wickremesinghe at Felicitation Event

(Text of peech delivered by senior counsel Romesh de Silva PC at the felicitation of President Ranil Wickremesinghe on completion of 50 years at the Bar) Today we are felicitating our president and deservedly so. The stated purpose is his completion of 50 years at the Bar. As everyone knows, you left us early for …

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“However, the time has come for an election. It’s difficult to say how it will be at present, but as a party, we’re ready to face any election,” says SLPP National Organizer Basil Rajapaksa

The time has come for an election in Sri Lanka and the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is ready to face any election, SLPP national organiser Basil Rajapaksa said, dismissing claims that the party has come to fear elections in the face of growing unpopularity and increased factionalisation. Speaking to reporters at an event …

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Sri Lanka seeks technical assistance from India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and market leader Amul, In a bid to scale up its dairy production to become self-sufficient

By Meera Srinivasan In a bid to scale up its dairy production to become self-sufficient, Sri Lanka has sought technical assistance from India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and market leader Amul, reviving a collaboration that the island attempted in the late 1990s, but failed to take forward. Officials from Sri Lanka’s Agriculture Ministry and …

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“We must consider what steps will be taken by any party that comes to power after overthrowing the Government, to reduce taxes and commodity prices Says Udaya Gammanoila MP

” Members of the public protesting against the Government should make sure that they are fully aware of the plans and policies of the political parties they expect to replace the current Government, or risk exacerbating the crisis in the country, warned “Independent” MP Udaya Gammanpila “We request all the participants of the ‘araglaya’ to …

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Karthigai Vilakkeedu: Devotional Lighting of Lamps of Purity on the day of the November Star

Text and pix by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai The Tamil month of “Kaarthigai” is dedicated to devotion and purity. “Kaarthigai Deepam” or “Vilakkeedu” as it’s popularly known was recently celebrated by the Hindus, which fell on the day of the “Kaarthigai” star. “Kaarthigai Deepam” is celebrated by lighting of ghee or coconut oil lamps and clay lamps …

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“If a deal is being made, a contract is given, and percentages are already allocated. 5 % for the minister, so much for the ministry secretary, so much for somebody else, all of that is established, systemised That is why the youth of the country are saying, “System Change”. -MA Sumanthiran MP

(Text of Speech made in Parliament by Jaffna District TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran on 05th December 2022 ) Thank you Hon. Chairman of Committees. Out of those 26 minutes that I have, I will speak for 20 minutes, the balance 6 minutes will be taken by Hon. Govinthan Karunakaram. I am glad that both Ministers …

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When actress Jayalalithaa reigned as uncrowned Queen of Tamil cinema

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (Former chief minister of Tamil Nadu Ms.Jayalalithaa Jayaram was born on February 24th 1948. The glamorous actress turned politician passed away on 5th December 2016. Though the official statement ussued by the Apollo Hospital said Jayalalithaa died on Dec 5,some media reports stated she died on Dec 4. This article originally written in …

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“Neela Vannak Kannaa Vaadaa” – Uplifting Lullaby Sung By Balasaraswathi Devi ♥ ♫

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Favourite Film Songs -1 This article is the first in an on going series about film songs I have come to love over the years.Watching Tamil movies on screen and listening to Tamil film songs over radio was an integral part of life for me as a child growing up in Colombo. The …

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The President’s strategically aimed barbs against institutions statutorily tasked with protecting citizens’ rights such as the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, portend, the Govt girding its military and law enforcement loins, against public uprisings next year.

By Kishali Pinto – Jayawardene The New Year that beckons in less than a month will not be happy for Sri Lankans. Leaving the land As the unprecedented migration of skilled professionals from medical, legal, information technology and accounting fields gathers strength with financial privations becoming steadily worse for the middle class, a perfect storm …

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“If you look at everyone in the Opposition today, they are all thinking about how they can gain power next time.They are trying to figure out where they can contest from during the next election.” -SLFP National Organizer Duminda Dissanayake

By Marianne David “We will not leave the SLFP for any reason. Even if they remove us, we will not leave. Even if we are beaten and chased away, we will not leave. Doing our duty by the SLFP is our responsibility,” asserted Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) National Organiser MP Duminda Dissanayake, in an …

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“If the Chinese government and Embassy do not look after the interests of our Lankan people…there will be a China go home campaign soon and I will lead it,” warns Shanakiyan Rasamanickam ; “If China was a true friend, it would agree to either write off this debt or at least help restructure it” says TNA Batticaloa District MP

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lankan Opposition legislator Shanakiyan Rasamanickam has threatened to launch a “China go home” campaign, akin to the ‘Gota go home’ movement that ousted the former President in the wake of the island’s painful economic crash. The popular 32-year-old MP, among the few Sri Lankan politicians comfortably trilingual in English, Tamil, and …

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President Wickremesinghe cannot be faulted for dreaming The million-dollar question is, will the nation as a whole rise up to the occasion to heed the call of a President, who does not enjoy peoples mandate?

By Col R Hariharan OVERVIEW President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as finance minister presented the Budget 2023 in the parliament on November 14. His budget address presenting a roadmap for economic recovery was aptly titled ‘Towards a new beginning’. It showed the government’s ambitious target of increasing government revenue, record economic growth rate of …

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The ”Bhumiputra” Doctrine in Malaysia became the charter for Malay ‘crony capitalists,’ who collaborated with the ethnic Chinese capitalists and made lots of money due to State patronage for them as ‘frontmen’.

By Rajasinghe During the regime of Dudley Senanayake, Malaysia was the preferred Southeast Asian state for Sri Lanka. Malaysia’s first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman had taken 10 years in London to pass his barrister’s examination. Even then after 10 years he had to be coached by his friends, including many Sri Lankans, to scrape …

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Nationalism has replaced neoliberalism as the dominant ideology of the age. If, for the past 30 years, economics drove political decision-making, now politics is determining economic decisions,

By Gordon Brown (Gordon Brown is the WHO ambassador for global health financing and was UK prime minister from 2007 to 2010) “There is no longer such thing as the international community,” a prominent African leader recently complained to me, lamenting that this week’s G20 would, like September’s UN general assembly, October’s IMF-World Bank meetings …

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“Sri Lanka is a classic soft State that has been unable to take tough decisions.We cannot do our usual thing this time. it is not possible to avoid taking tough decisions.The country has to push through the structural reform agenda” – Former Central Bank Governor Dr.Indrajit Coomaraswamy

BY Sumudu Chamara Certain reforms and policies that are currently being implemented and those that are due to be implemented in the context of the current economic crisis, such as tax hikes, the appropriate depreciation of the local currency and interest rate hikes, should not be viewed as International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies merely because …

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Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MPs are the most Indisciplined group in Parliament: says Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Time management and discipline of MPs were questioned today by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene saying that Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MPs are the most undisciplined lot in the House. “Some SJB MPs rise and speak by force. This group of MPs are the most undisciplined group in the House,” …

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The National Question in Sri Lanka is an eminently economic one. If we are to consider it, address it, and resolve it constructively, we need to assess its material dimensions better.

By Uditha Devapriya A Budget vote usually shows which parties support the government and which do not. Barring the Dullas Alahapperuma faction, the SLPP voted en masse for the second reading of the recent Budget. Except for MPs like Duminda Dissanayake, the SLFP voted against it. Despite some ambivalent, vague remarks from its MPs, the …

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The Trincomalee Koneshwaram Sivan Temple Issue and Former Senator Murugeysen Tiruchelvam

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Tamil National Alliance (TNA)leader and Trincomalee district MP, Rajavarothayam Sampanthan wrote a politically important letter to President Ranil Wickremesinghe on 14 September 2022. In that detailed missive the veteran Tamil MP pinpointed several measures being enacted under the current regime affecting the Tamil people. Chief among these was the alleged move to construct …

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The Peratugami party has a closer relationship with Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka than it has with the SJB. Sarath Fonseka is a person who has supported the Aragalaya and continues to do so, and thinks that there is nothing wrong in seizing power outside the constitutional framework, if it is possible

By Victor Ivan The political situation of the country is in a state of extreme confusion. It can be said that the nature of the political power struggle in Sri Lanka has assumed a new and awfully complex form since the recent public uprising that caused the two Rajapaksa brothers to lose their positions. The …

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Batticaloa MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam accuses China of stalling Sri Lanka’s IMF deal and “forcing down” unnecessary projects by “paying bribes” to Sri Lankans. “If China is truly Sri Lanka’s friend, ask the Chinese to help with the [debt] restructuring and the IMF programme,” TNA legislator says in Parliament

By Meera Srinivasan As Sri Lanka works hard to obtain financing assurances from its diverse creditors — a pre-requisite for the provisional $2.9 billion-IMF package — the loans obtained from China, the island nation’s largest bilateral lender, have come under sharp focus. Earlier this week, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Nandalal Weerasinghe …

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Sri Lanka is a vital link in the Chinese security scenario. This will be an important consideration in the debt relief discussions with Colombo. But the Chinese are loath to write off debts or take ‘haircuts’ in repayments.

By Rajasinghe In his Budget speech, the President stated that bilateral discussions with China regarding debt relief would start soon since the five-yearly Chinese National People’s Congress was over. Our attention has to be focused on a priority basis since debt relief from China is a precondition for an agreement with the International Monetary Fund …

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Uphill Struggle for Survival by Hill Country Tamils as Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis Worsens Plight of Long Suffering “Malaiahath Thamizhar”

By Meera Srinivasan Sathish Sumithra’s son, barely two years old, is too young to make sense of Sri Lanka’s unrelenting economic crisis, but not to escape it. He must cope with the drastic dietary and lifestyle changes it has brought about. His formula milk intake has halved, he is fed an occasional egg — his …

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Tale of a Tiger: Facets of LTTE Supremo Veluppillai Prabhakaran’s Life.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This article written in May 2020 is re-posted here WITHOUT ANY CHANGES to denote the 68th birth anniversary of LTTE leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran on November 26) The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed 11 years ago in combat with the armed forces of Sri Lanka on 19 May …

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Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalist Parties and a Power Sharing Arrangement Based on he Federal Idea.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj President Ranil Wickremesinghe while addressing Parliament on 10 November 2022 invited all Tamil MPs for a discussion on issues facing the Tamil people and about development plans for the North and East. Jaffna district MP and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson , M. A.Sumanthiran responded positively by telling a morning newspaper that the …

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Resorting to violence with the aim of coercively overthrowing the State cannot be justified under the cover of ‘fighting for the people.The State too cannot suppress lawful protests under the cover of ‘maintaining law and order’ and uphold the police as paragons of virtue. Both are sides of the same coin.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene What is this uncanny fascination that Sri Lankan politicians (and monks) have with the late most profoundly unlamented Adolf Hitler? Military suppression of protests It is almost like the vulgarly cheap reprints of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa that one finds hanging in the drawing rooms of Colombo’s nouveau riche, as …

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“Immediate attention is needed for the land grab issue.It is actively happening in various places. We have highlighted it and brought it to the attention of this President and the former President, but all that still goes on unabated.it must be halted and then reversed. That is crucial” – TNA Spokesman MA Sumanthiran MP

By Marianne David The Budget does not present any way out of this economic crisis and moreover still allocates heavily towards the defence sector, due to which the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is opposed to the Budget, said TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran. However, the party refrained from voting against the Budget because President Ranil Wickremesinghe …

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My hopes for Sri Lanka are based on a slim hope that President Ranil Wickremesinghe is too erudite a man to entirely lose his powers of reasoning and his capacity to be compassionate towards a traumatized people.

By Gamini Akmeemana President Ranil Wickremesinghe is the most literate, widely read and informed president we have ever had, after Chandrika Kumaratunga (CBK), or alongside her. Ranasinghe Premadasa tried hard, and his love of the arts was genuine. But he didn’t have Ranil’s wide reading and erudition. JR Jayewardene had a massive library (now used …

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“Males must be Invited to wear Saris five days a week,Travel to School and Teach for Several Hours and Return Home” says EFSL Co-ordinator Dr.Tara de Mel

By Marianne David ‘Dress code’ for teachers or any public servant should be a personal choice of the wearer and as long as it is respectable and appropriate for the profession, teachers and public servants should be allowed to make their own choice, asserted Education Forum Sri Lanka Co-coordinator (EFSL) Dr. Tara de Mel, in …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Enlightens Sajith Premadasa on the Basics of Buddhism; President says Opposition Leader has Mixed up the “Buddha dharma” (Buddhist doctrine) with the “sangha” (Buddhist clergy/monks),

BY Buddhika Samaraweera Claiming that Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegaya Leader Sajith Premadasa has mixed the “Buddha dharma” (Buddhist doctrine) and the “sangha” (Buddhist clergy/monks), President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Buddha doctrine and the Buddhist clergy should be separated, and that certain acts of monks should subjected to some control. Speaking in Parliament yesterday …

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Ex-President Sirisena Proposes Setting up District Development Councils to Devolve Power Below Provincial Council Level by utilising the District Coordinating Committees; “I am ready to introduce the District Development Councils. We will discuss this.” Says President Wickremesinghe

Following a recommendation by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chairman, independent Opposition MP, and former President Maithripala Sirisena concerning the possibility of devolving governmental power below the Provincial Council (PC) level through District Development Councils using the existing District Co-ordinating Committees, President Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that he was prepared to introduce the same. Speaking in …

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Whatever policy compromises the new Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim may have to make to assemble a stable coalition government, he ,like Abraham Lincoln, will be defined by his ability to remain true to his core principles while governing effectively.

By Krishantha Prasad Cooray Something extraordinary happened in Malaysia this week. After a bitterly fought general election with no clear winner, the King had the wisdom and the courage to appoint Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Malaysia’s 10thPrime Minister. To those observing from the outside, it was a remarkable sight. So, one can only imagine …

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Great Heroes Day (Maaveerar Naal) was a Partisan Event Of, For and By the LTTE.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This article written in 2021 is being reposted without any changes to denote the 33rd LTTE Great Heroes Day of 27 November 2022) ‘Maaveerar Naal’ or Great Heroes Day (GHD) is observed on 27 November by sections of Sri Lankan Tamils regarded as being generally supportive of the Tigers. It is the day …

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Justifies his Invoking Emergency to Control the Protracted Protests and Demonstrations that Gridlocked the Capital and Entry-Exit Points Along Borders;“I am absolutely, absolutely serene and confident that I made the right choice,” says the PM

BY MARIEKE WALSH, MARSHA MCLEOD AND BILL CURRY Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the threats to Canada’s national security from last winter’s convoy protests were both economic and violent and before he invoked the Emergencies Act the premiers were unable to suggest any alternative to using the sweeping powers to end the protracted demonstrations. On …

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“Kaadhal Mannan” Gemini Ganesan: On- screen Romancer and Off-screen Casanova.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Popular Tamil cinema actor Gemini Ganesan whose 102nd birth anniversary was on November 17th , is regarded widely as the greatest romantic lover in Tamil cinema . In a career spanning more than five decades Gemini Ganesan made his mark in Tamil films as the romantic hero par excellence. In fact he was …

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M.N. Nambiar: Legendary “Villain” of Tamil Cinema

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj (Legendary “Villain”actor of Tamil cinema M.N.Nambiar passed away fourteen years ago in Chennai on November 19th 2008. I wrote an article about him then which was published in the “Daily Mirror”of Colombo. I am reproducing a slightly edited version of that article on my blog now to commemorate his 14th death anniversary. …

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When Ranil was Prime Minister a Meeting was scheduled with Bill Gates in the US. But it did not happen because the then President Chandrika Dissolved the Wickremesinghe Govt. Had that meeting taken place Microsoft May have started an Enterprise here and Sri Lanka’s destiny could have been different -Eran Wickramaratne MP

SJB MP Mr Eran Wickramaratne speaking in Parliament on the vote of Ministries of Defence and Technology said that the government needs an institution to facilitate the e- government program to run one government to the whole country. He further said that the present ICT agency – ICTA was created when the President Ranil Wickremesinghe …

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Downfall and Demise of LTTE Deputy Leader “Mahathaya”: How Tiger Chief Prabhakaran got his No 2 Arrested, Interrogated and Executed.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) has ceased to exist as a functioning entity after its military defeat on the shores of Nandhikkadal lagoon in May 2009. The LTTE at its heyday was a very powerful politico-military organization that controlled extensive swathes of territory in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. …

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“If there are plans to initiate another Aragalaya to change the Government, I won’t give space for that. I will get the military and the forces and I will impose the State of Emergency,” states President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament

President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said any unlawful protest movements will not be allowed, warning to deploy military and use emergency powers if necessary. “If there are plans to initiate another Aragalaya to change the Government, I won’t give space for that. I will get the military and the forces and I will impose the State …

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President Wickremesinghe Proposes All Party Meeting in December 2nd week to Discuss Ethnic Issues and Arrive at a Consensus; Lakshman Kiriella(SJB), Mano Ganesan(TPA) and MA Sumanthiran(TNA) Express Consent to the Proposal

President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday affirmed that he will not dissolve the Parliament amidst an economic crisis, whilst extending an open invitation to all political parties to support the efforts to resolve the ethnic crisis. “I will not dissolve the Parliament. There is a huge economic crisis. Do it (dissolve the Parliament) after resolving the economic …

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Now who has the brass to go and ask an Ambassador for a bribe? So you pick the most corrupt minister , to appoint to the Constitutional Council. You have a convicted extortionist as a Chief Government Whip, So so how do we then tell either the IMF or anyone else that we are dealing with corruption? – MA Sumanthiran MP

(Text of Speech made in Parliament by Jaffna District TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran PC on 22nd November 2022) Thank you Honourable member in the chair today. The Budget presented by the Minister of Finance who also happens to be the President, is ending today – the 2nd reading debate. I have consistently recorded my opposition …

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“Though critical of the Budget,the TNA did not Vote against it because President Wickremesinghe has stated he wants to Resolve the Tamil National Question and has invited Tamil Parties to have Discussions with him”- TNA Spokesperson MA Sumanthiran MP

(Excerpt of Speech made in Parliament by Jaffna District MP and TNA Spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran M.P on 23rd November 2022) Thank you Hon. Speaker for the time given to say a few words on the allocation to the Presidential secretariat, Supreme Court, Independent commissions and a long list of 25 institutions. Before I get to the …

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Heated argument in Parliament between TPA leader and Colombo District MP Opposition MP Mano Ganesan and Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles over the collecting of personal details of Colombo residents” Mano says Tamils are being targeted while Tiran says not only Tamils but Sinhalese and Muslims also

BY Mirudhula Thambiah A heated argument occurred in the Parliament yesterday (23) between Samagi Jana Balawegaya Opposition MP Mano Ganesan and Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles over the collecting of personal details of Colombo residents, with Ganesan levelling allegations that the Police is collecting the personal details of Colombo South residents, targeting Tamils in …

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Cabinet Approves proposal by Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles to replace the existing Police Ordinance, No. 16 of 1865, and Include Provisions Covering illicit drugs, social media, human rights, and child abuse.

BY Kiara Warnasuriya A proposal to replace the existing Police Ordinance, No. 16 of 1865, which has been amended 37 times in the past, especially paying attention to areas such as illicit drugs, social media, human rights, and child abuse, was presented by Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles at the Cabinet meeting held on …

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe Equates Frontline Socialist Party Leader and Australia-Sri Lanka Dual Citizen Kumar Gunaratnam With Sri Lanka Podujana Party National Organizer and USA-Sri Lanka Dual Citizen Basil Rajapaksa in Parliament

BY Buddhika Samaraweera President Ranil Wickremesinghe charged that Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Leader Kumar Gunaratnam was behind the “aragalaya” – noting that the latter holds Australian citizenship and should thus be rejected by the public in a manner similar to the public backlash against Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) National Organiser and former Minister Basil …

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President Wickremesinghe Completes Two day Observation Tour of the Vavuniya and Mannar districts on a Positive Note; “President is looking forward to setting up a very modern outlook of the Northern region,” ,says Northern Governor Jeevan Thiagarajah

BY Mirudhula Thambiah President Ranil Wickremesinghe, during his two-day observation tour to the Northern Province, visited the Mannar District yesterday (20) and discussed with State officials to establish a mega hydrogen project, improved water management system, and reforestation projects to mitigate the effects of global warming; inspected the renovation work carried out to revive the …

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Ex-finance minister Basil Rajapaksa Arrives in Colombo from USA to a Warm welcome; party members and MPs line up to greet SLPP National organizer with some bowing down before him;leaves Katunayake Airport in Convoy with Police Jeep and Motor Cycle Escort

By Buddhika Samaraweera Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Founder and National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa yesterday (20) returned to the island to a warm welcome by several SLPP MPs and members at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake. SLPP MPs, including Johnston Fernando, Gamini Lokuge, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Sanath Nishantha Perera, Piyal Nishantha de …

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“I’d like to tell our Leader of Opposition to not do things as if he has no shame. I let you contest through my party when you had nothing and no one; you would not have even had a nomination without me. I know that Sajith is someone with no courtesy or respect, or else he would not behave like this.” Says Tourism State Minister Diana Gamage

BY Kiara Warnasuriya State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage claimed in Parliament last Saturday (19) that she has proven her value to the country through her actions, warning Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa that she will continue to do so despite the Opposition’s efforts to remove her from Parliament. “I know that the Opposition undertook a …

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Frontline Socialist Party to stage Protest Demonstrations Against Budget; FSP “guarantees” to “invade the streets before the Budget is finalised” to express its “disappointment in the newly implemented economic principles” says Duminda Nagamuwa

BY Buwanajee Coralage Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) activist Duminda Nagamuwa, addressing the media yesterday (20), said that, as the workers’ struggle centre, the FSP “guarantees” to “invade the streets before the Budget is finalised” to express its “disappointment in the newly implemented economic principles”. “Before the Budget is approved on 8 December, we guarantee to …

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Tamil Progressive Alliance Leader Mano Ganesan urges visiting UN Political and Peacebuilding Director Peter Due’s intervention in hill country Tamils’ issues

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Leader and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Opposition MP Mano Ganesan told the visiting United Nations (UN) Department of Political and Peacebuilding Director Peter Due last Friday (18) to take up the political issues of the hill-country Tamils, particularly the inhumane conditions prevalent in the plantations, with the highest …

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“We welcome President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to the North and its Positice Outcome. He should show the same gesture to the Indian origin HillCountry Tamil community” says Tamil Progressive Alliance Leader Mano Ganesan

(Text of News Release from the Office of Mano GANESAN Member of Parliament of Sri Lanka for Colombo District and Leader of Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) on November 20, 2022 ) President Ranil Wickremesinghe has travelled to the north, opened up presidential secretariat sub office with expressions of positive notions and has assured to appoint …

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The President cannot escape violations of the law under the direct command of certain senior police officers and responsible ministers, on the basis that they are ‘acting independently.’ On the contrary, he has the responsibility to ensure that these abuses do not happen on his watch.

By Kishali Pinto- Jayawardene Sri Lanka’s Department of the Police should stop piously quoting provisions of the Constitution and the law and instead, declare the truth without fear or shame, “we do not respect the law; we will break the law at every chance we get; who is there to stop us?” Systemic State repression …

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“We are overspending on the armed forces.The defence budget is 10% of our total budget. Except India,every other country in Asia has 3-5% for defence. Some people say Sri Lanka’s situation is special. What’s special? All these countries have the same issues and problems that we have. We respect our armed forces. This is not to be confused with that.” -Eran Wickramaratne MP

By Marianne David The main Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) will not support Budget 2023 as things stand and will vote in favour only if its proposed changes are accommodated, said SJB MP Eran Wickramaratne, in an interview with The Sunday Morning. The banker-turned-politician acknowledged that the Government’s goals in terms of revenue and economic …

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China willing to consider a delay in repayment of the loans, but not a haircut, which is a key requirement of the Sri Lankan Govt.With China holding back on agreeing to a haircut both India and Japan adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude.

By the “Sunday Morning” Political Editor The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed concerns over the Government’s possible deviation from the ongoing debt restructuring programme, following its move to explore a debt-for-nature swap earmarked at around $ 1 billion, The Sunday Morning learns. However, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed his officials to commence the process …

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Will Harsha de Silva sacrifice his integrity and block the good and practical aspects of RW’s budgetary proposals Or will he with a group of his party colleagues, support the Budget proposals , taking the country, , on a new path to rapid economic growth?

By Rajasinghe After the presentation of a budget by the finance minister, the attention of the House, and indeed the country, turns to the first speech made on behalf of the Opposition. In the good old United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) days, this task fell on Dr. N.M. Perera (NM), …

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President and Finance Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Amidst an Economic Crisis,Presents a Budget that Lays the Foundation of a bright Future instead of the traditional measures like Price Reductions,Salary Increases and more State sector Jobs

By Sandun Jayawardana Over the years, Sri Lankans have got used to expecting price reductions, salary increases, and more state-sector jobs in government budgets. This, however, was before the country was plunged into a crippling economic crisis. As such, Budget 2023 presented in Parliament on Monday, had to jettison proposals that went down “the popular …

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President Wickremesinghe Declares open a Presidential Secretariat Sub office of the Northern Province Development Special Unit in Vavuniya ; assures immediate solutions to land, housing, health, irrigation, and agriculture-related issues in the Northern province

By Chris Kamalendran A Presidential Secretariat Sub office of the Northern Province Development Special Unit was declared open yesterday by President Ranil Wickremesinghe with an assurance to resolve the outstanding land and other issues. The sub-office will coordinate with the Presidential Secretariat on development activities and reconciliation matters, Vavuniya District Secretary P.A. Sarathchandra told the …

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“Recovery from the crisis we face is not easy, as the situation is not normal. Through the 2023 Budget, we have some fundamental restructuring of the economy and a recovery plan from the second half of next year. Hopefully, we will reach the GDP level of 2019 within four years, by 2026,” States Sri Lankan President and Finance Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Charumini de Silva Despite many having pessimistic views about economic revival, President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday sounded confident the country would overcome the crisis aided by strong policy reforms and implementation underscored in 2023 Budget. Speaking in first in-person public forum on Budget since presenting the reforms and relief oriented 2023 Budget as Finance Minister …

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Former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa Determined to Ensure the Passage of President and Finance Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s 2023 Budget with Two-thirds Majority; SLPP National Organizer and Dual Citizen Returns to Sri Lanka from the USA on 19th November to Engage ib Politics and Prepare for Local Authority Elections

By JAMILA HUSAIN Former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa who resigned from his parliamentary seat during the recent political crisis will return to Sri Lanka on Saturday after leaving for the United States in September and will now initiate discussions to gain a 2/3rd majority for the budget, the Daily Mirror learns. Political sources said that …

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Slain Feminist Academic and Human Rights Activist Dr.Rajani Thiranagama’s Appears as a Character in Shehan Karunatilaka’s Booker Prize Winning Novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida.

By Narmada Thiranagama (The writer lives in London and does policy work on labour market justice and workers’ rights for a trade union.) “All the most powerful forces are invisible” observes Maali, the narrator of Shehan Karunatilaka’s Booker Prize-winning The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. “Love, electricity, wind. And the waves following a bomb blast.” …

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There is no point in engaging with President Ranil Wickremesinghe unless he openly commits to basing the discussion on a federal constitution says TNPF Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam MP

By Meera Srinivasan Reaching out to Sri Lanka’s Tamil parties in Parliament on November 10, President Ranil Wickremesinghe invited them for a discussion this week, and pledged to resolve their pending issues before the island nation’s 75 th Independence Day falling on February 4, 2023. However Tamil politicians, who are yet to receive a date …

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BJP led Indian Central Govt Moves Supreme Court seeking a review of its order prematurely releasing six convicts serving life imprisonment for the Rajiv Gandhi assassination in 1991: “Granting remission to Duly Convicted terrorists of a foreign nation was a matter which had international ramifications” Says Union Govt

BY KRISHNADAS RAJAGOPAL The Centre on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its order prematurely releasing six convicts serving life imprisonment for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. The Union government contended that the court did not afford it adequate opportunity of hearing before ordering the immediate release …

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Malaysian youth, who are about to vote for the first time in a General Election will want to see politicians push to make Malaysia closer resemble Singapore than Sri Lanka. They will not be swayed by nationalist promises of preferential treatment

By Krishantha Prasad Cooray There is something about Malaysia, something special that you cannot describe unless you have lived there. The people in Malaysia are kind, friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand. There is more natural beauty in every nook and cranny of Malaysia than anyone will ever get to see in …

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Tamil politics has been governed by a” priori” principles rather than a shrewd sense of time and place.No agreement between President Wickremesinghe and the Tamil politicians can stick in a context of economic contraction, austerity and polarising economic policies.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka (Excerpted from the “Lanka Guardian Colu,m” appearing in the “Daily FT” of 17 November 2022 under the heading “Ranil’s ‘Big Bang’ Budget bomb and the tempting of Tamil politicians) President Ranil Wickremesinghe has invited all Tamil MPs for discussions on resolving the problems of the Tamil people before the 75th Independence Day …

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“My “Bappa” Egerton Cooray never held powerful positions, was never ambitious and yet in my opinion he was the finest human being in the Cooray family”

By Krishantha Prasad Cooray Siblings have common traits and but each is nevertheless unique. All my uncles were greatly loved, but loved differently for different reasons. It is the same with Egerton Cooray, my father’s younger brother. Unlike most of his siblings, Egerton Bappa never held powerful positions, was never ambitious and yet in my …

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“Nicaragua Turning into a “One party One Family” State Under President Daniel Ortega and wife Rosario Murillo as Vice President; Of the ruling couple’s nine children, eight have posts in government or help run public companies – The state now looks like a family business!

They were to be a “civic fiesta”, said Brenda Rocha, the boss of Nicaragua’s electoral council. Instead, Nicaragua’s municipal elections on November 6th were a farce. The ruling party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front, took control of all 153 municipalities, after capturing the remaining 12 that were run by other parties. Nicaragua is now, in …

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“Seventy-five years after independence, can we be satisfied with the status quo? Where did we go wrong? How did we go wrong? Queries President Ranil Wickremesinghe while presenting the 2023 Budget Themed “Towards a New Beginning”

(Towards a New Beginning:TFull Text of 2023 Budget Speech – 2023 made by Sri Lankan President and Finance Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament on 14 November 2022) Honorable Speaker, A glimmer of hope on emerging from the economic abyss is currently visible, as a result of the strenuous and difficult policies we have been compelled …

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Dr.Sudharshini Fernandopulle, John Seneviratne and Piyankara Jayaratne Refute Claims that they have joined the SJB Coalition led by Sajith Premadasa: “President Ranil Wickremesinghe is doing something to alleviate the crisis, this is not the right time to upset the apple cart”Says Seneviratne

BY Isuru Panditha Two independent Opposition MPs who were among the five such MPs who are reported to have joined with the Samagi Jana Sandhanaya led by the main Parliamentary Opposition Party, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), namely John Seneviratne and Piyankara Jayaratne, yesterday (15) denied claims of joining any such coalition. In a media …

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Political Party Leaders have a Moral Responsibility to find out if any of their party’s MPs have dual citizenship and if so ask them to resign their posts. Will they do so?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham After the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed by Parliament last month and the Speaker signed and put into force, no one with dual citizenship can enter into the Parliament. It has also become impossible for them to contest any election and come to positions elected by the people. It is …

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Sri Lanka has Avoided a ‘crash-landing’ of economy and Instead Turned it into a Soft Landing at a Lower Point says Central Bank Governor Dr.Nandalal weerasinghe

Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe said yesterday (15) that Sri Lanka was able to avoid the crash-landing of its economy, and turn it into a soft landing, but at a lower point. “If we had not taken those macroeconomic measures, the situation would have been much worse,” he stated. Commenting …

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It appears that the President and his team do not wish the people to express their opposition to the economic reforms, either through elections or public protests.

BY Dr. Jehan Perera (The writer is the Executive Director of the National Peace Council) The primacy being given to the defence budget at a time of cost-slashing in virtually every other area is a pointer to the Government’s reliance on the security forces to maintain and exhibit political stability, and tighten its grip on …

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Veteran Actor Krishna Renowned as the ‘Daring and Dashing Hero’ of Telugu Cinema passes away at 79; father of Actor Mahesh Babu was at one time Described as the James Bond of Telugu films

BY SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO,R. RAVIKANTH REDDY Krishna Ghattamaneni, fondly referred to as Superstar Krishna by legions of Telugu cinema viewers and hailed for his iconic portrayal of Alluri Seetharama Raju, breathed his last at 4:10 a.m. on Tuesday (Nov 15). He was being treated at Continental Hospitals in Hyderabad, reportedly following a cardiac arrest. He …

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Freedom of the press has come under increasing pressure, risk, threat, and targeted assault in India over the past eight years, after a BJP-majority gov came to power at the Centre, setting the stage for a communal-authoritarian offensive that has been termed “the second coming of Hindutva.”

By N.Ram (N. Ram, former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu and Frontline , is currently a Director in The Hindu Group Publishing Private Limited. He is the recipient of several journalism awards and of the Padma Bhushan (for journalism), 1990, and Sri Lanka Ratna, 2005). The military-style “search and seize” raid conducted on October 31, 2022 …

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While their release is no occasion to celebrate, contrary to what sections of the media and the political class seem to believe, it is not one for lamentation either. A sense that 31 years of imprisonment is punishment enough does indeed prevail.

(TEXT OF EDITORIAL APPEARING IN “THE HINDU” OF 14 NOVEMBER 2022 UNDER THE HEADING “A SENSE OF AN ENDING”) The release of the six remaining convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case marks the end of a tragic episode that began with India’s disastrous involvement in Sri Lanka’s internal strife in the 1980s. The assassination …

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President Wickremesinghe presents crucial Budget aimed at ‘recovery and reform’ of Sri Lankan economy;govt plans to achieve economic growth of upto 8%, annual growth of $3 billion from new exports, and over $3 billion in FDIs in the next decade

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka will adopt policies geared towards a “social market economy”, to achieve high growth, increased export revenue and Foreign Direct Investment, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday, presenting his first annual Budget since assuming charge in July. The Sri Lankan economy plunged into its worst ever crisis this year. As the …

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Sensational Capture and “Unofficial” Execution of JVP Leader Rohana Wijeweera.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Patabandi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera known to the world at large as Rohana Wijeweera was killed 33 years ago on 13 November 1989.The revolutionary leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or People’s Liberation Front was 49 years old at the time of his death. The mastermind behind two bloody insurrections – in 1971 …

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“State Terror” in Colombo: The “Officially Sanctioned Unofficial Execution” of Tamil MP Nadarajah Raviraj

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The election of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka’s fifth executive president in November 2005 saw the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) intensifying. The new president appointed his US citizen younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the all-powerful secretary of Defence. Gotabaya retired colonel of the Sri Lankan army his erstwhile …

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While Evading Accountability Issues, Sri Lanka Created “Strange Institutions”like the LLRC in a Strategic Move to Provide “Fig Leaf “Excuses for Countries not wanting to Take a Strong Position on Accountability for Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

By Amanda Taub A decade ago, Kate Cronin-Furman, then a Ph.D. student in political science at Columbia University, noticed something odd. The government of Sri Lanka, which the United Nations and international observers had accused of killing tens of thousands of civilians during the final phases of that country’s devastating civil war, had started creating …

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For the first time since Sri Lanka’s independence from British colonial rule, the “Aragalaya” made the country’s politicians cower in fear. That fact, must be distinguished from the political factions which captured the struggle, polluted the core and led to the near extinction of the ‘Aragalaya.’

By Kishali Pinto – Jayawardene When there is muttering in some quarters as to, ‘what has the Aragalaya achieved?’, an easy answer comes to mind. The gains of the “Aragalaya’ Notwithstanding the predictable corruption of that struggle by the political establishment which is a point that I will return to later, this spontaneous eruption of …

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The Sinhalese are generally inclined to think that their ethnic group is the highest or the best of all ethnic groups in the world. At the same time, they tend to look down upon the people who are not from the Govigama caste It is also a feature found in Tamil society as well.

By Victor Ivan What is the root cause of the great collapse, failure and bankruptcy of Sri Lanka? The most popular belief has been that it was due to corruption of politicians and the bureaucracy. Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda, one of Sri Lanka’sm foremost biodiversity experts in his recent speech at the convocation of the Sri …

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There are enough Basil Rajapaksa loyalists managed by “His Masters Voice” Sagara Kariyawasam in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna to create problems if President Ranil Wickremesinghe wants to be his own man.

By Rajasinghe It all started when Basil Rajapaksa (BR) decided to leave Sri Lanka in a hurry when the Aragalaya had toppled brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) and driven brother Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) to Trincomalee under the care of the Navy to hide in a secure camp to escape a lynching. BR’s attempt to leave Katunayake …

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The Govt had better realise that if it tries to postpone the LG polls again, it will face an even bigger political risk, for the people will pour into the streets demanding a general election. It has a choice between trouble and double trouble!

(Text of Editorial Appearing in “The Island” of 12th November 2022 under the Heading “Govt. can choose between trouble and double trouble”) Government politicians may pretend that they are not scared of anyone or anything, but all it takes to make them head for the hills is to say, “Election”. Such is these worthies’ fear …

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Indian Supreme Court Orders Release of the remaining six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case- Nalini Sriharan, Santhan alias Raviraj, Murugan, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran alias Ravi. Justices B R Gavai and B V Nagarathna ordered that “the appellants are directed to be set at liberty if not required in any other matter”.

by Ananthakrishnan G THE SUPREME COURT Friday set free all the six convicts serving life terms for the assassination in 1991 of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, extending to them the benefit of its order releasing co-convict A G Perarivalan nearly six months ago. Hearing pleas by the six convicts, …

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“We Cant help wondering whether some in the Govt ranks Know that they are going to stay for a long time in Prison and so are creating luxurious apartments in prisons beforehand so that when they go there they can live in comfort.”- MA Sumanthiran MP

(Text of Speech made by TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran in Parliament on 10th November 2022) Thank you Hon. Deputy Speaker for the time given to speak on this very important amendments that have been presented today, I wish to flag just two issues, one is with regard to the amendment to Poisons, Opium …

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Opposition parties and trade unions intent on killing Tax reforms ,instead of negotiating to better them, are no different from the Rajapaksas who bay for positions, perks, and privileges in a dying country.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “Masons, when they start upon a building,Are careful to test out the scaffolding…” – Seamus Heaney (Scaffolding) During the Trump presidency, asked whether his extremely popular wife will be the next Democratic nominee, Barack Obama would say that there were only three certitudes in life, death, taxes, and Michelle not contesting the …

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe Invites all Tamil MPs for Talks Next week to Discuss issues faced by the Tamil people and how to resolve them amicably without any outside interference before the 75th Independence celebrations next year

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Addressing Parliament yesterday (10), President Ranil Wickremesinghe invited all Tamil MPs for a discussion scheduled next week in regard to issues faced by the Tamil people and to resolve them amicably without any outside interference prior to the 75th Independence celebrations. President Wickremesinghe said: “We are discussing issues of the Tamil people …

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