13 Protesters Arrested by Maharagma Police for llegedly Obstructing at Entrance Road to Parliament in Kotte and Enlarged on Personal Bail after Being Produced Before Kaduwela Magistrate

BY Buddhika Samaraweera and Dinitha Rathnayake The arrest of 13 protestors in front of the entrance road to the Parliament in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte yesterday (4) has been criticised by Amnesty International, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), and the Parliamentary Opposition. A total of 13 persons were arrested by the Maharagama Police while …

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Interim Government or all-parties Govt, any arrangement that permits the Rajapaksa’s hold onto the levers of power will worsen the crisis and drag Sri Lanka to a new low.

by Tisaranee Gunasekara “Ain’t it nice to fly? You’re waving as soft clouds go by But peace won’t be still of its own free will” – Gil Scott-Heron (Free Will) The Rajapaksa’s, an immovable object; the popular resistance, an unstoppable force; their meeting has created an impasse. Can it be unblocked constitutionally and peacefully before …

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It would be a betrayal of the Galle Face mandate, as it stands, to ignore legitimate concerns, like minority rights, on the pretext that they tend to dilute what the protesters are targeting, namely the removal of the Rajapaksas.

by Uditha Devapriya What happens to a mass scale uprising when it loses its radical potential? It loses direction, focus, and the will to continue. The protests unfolding in the country have cut across ethnic and social divisions, unifying disparate classes and groups that once warred with each other. One middle-class protester, a private university …

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The People said ‘Gota Go Home’. They said ‘MR Go Home’ The People expect the Rajapaksas to vacate forthwith so the country could be saved from plunging further into the abyss

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka It’s The People vs The Political Class, in the Aragalaya. The People are winning because they are clearer, more intelligent and are way ahead of the politicians. The parliamentarians who can’t seem to get what the people have made crystal clear, can play silly buggers only until the people stop …

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Lester James Peries and the Double Gold Winning “Gamperaliya”

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj This column focuses this month on my favourite Sinhala film director Lester James Peries and his award winning film “Gamperaliya” . Lester’s 103rd birth anniversary was celebrated on April 5 while his 4th death anniversary was commemorated on April 29 this year.The Gamperaliya film was based on the famous novel of the same …

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JVP- led NPP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake Presents Over a 100 Files pertaining to Allegations of Corruption Against Politicians such as Maithripala, Basil, Namal, Mahindananda, Cabraal, Sajith, Ranil and Yoshita at Conference Organized by “Dooshana Virodi Handa”( Voice against Corruption)

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)-led National People’s Power (NPP) Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday (3) presented over 100 files pertaining to various alleged cases of corruption in Sri Lanka, implicating a string of high profile politicians including the ruling Rajapaksa family, Government MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegaya Leader Sajith Premadasa, and United …

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Even if Mahinda Rajapaksa Steps down as Prime Minister in Deference to the Maha Sangha’s Request, the SLPP will Nominate Mahinda again for the Post of Interim Govt Premier says Basil Rajapaksa

BY Ruwani Fonseka and Dinitha Rathnayake Despite intense speculation and statements that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa would be resigning from his post today (4) after making a special statement in Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office maintains that Rajapaksa will not be stepping down today, and that the special statement will be about the current situation …

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Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) Alleges that activities Concerning “Sinharaja Green Eco Lodge” Linked to Yoshita Rajapaksa is Damaging Sinharaja Rain Forest Environment but Yoshita and Hotel Owner Deny any Connection .

BY Dinitha Rathnayake Sajeewa Chamikara of the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) has alleged that a hotel named Sinharaja Green Eco Lodge is causing great damage to the Sinharaja environment through the development of a road leading to the hotel, and that the hotel project is linked to Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff …

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Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Submits two separate no-confidence motions against the incumbent Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)-led Government and against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana on May 3

The main Parliamentary Opposition, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), handed over two no-confidence motions (NCMs), one against the incumbent Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)-led Government and the other against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana yesterday (3). A group of SJB MPs led by SJB and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa presented …

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa proved to be not just ignorant but criminally liable for the self-made disaster of the agricultural sector through his idiotic ban on chemical fertilizer.

By Ranga Jayasuriya Soon after the military victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a nihilistic terrorist group of its right, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the then-president embarked on cultivating a full-pledged personal cult. That was not a fantasy that was exclusive to MR himself, many of his peers, and predecessors here and abroad had similar …

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Prime Minister Mahinda Raiapaksa is obviously having friction with his brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and is not ready at all to relinquish office

By Kelum Bandara Political unrest still prevails in the country, with the chorus urging President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down. An interim government representative of all the parties with MPs in Parliament has been proposed by some parties and groups in the meantime to run the country for a short period –may be one year- …

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President Rajapaksa in a Private Conversation Urges Prime Minister Rajapaksa to Resign but Mahinda tells Gotabaya that he wont resign because he is engaged in an economic recovery project and that the executive President could use his powers and sack him if he so desired.

By Jamila Husain Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in a conversation with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said the President, under the 20th amendment, has the authority to make decisions to resolve the ongoing political crisis and he would extend his fullest cooperation to any decisions made by the President. The Daily Mirror learns that Prime Minister …

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How Sri Lanka’s Milk Powder Importers, Trade Unons and Govt Politicians Sabotaged the “Kiriya” Joint Venture Dairy Project Between India’s NDDB and Lanka’s MILCO Initiated by the “Milkman of India” Dr.Varghese Kurien to make the Island Selfsufficient in Milk.

By Nirupama Subramanian It was sometime in 1997. In Colombo, in the basement banquet hall of a five-star hotel, the “milk man of India” was addressing a press conference to announce a $20 million joint venture between the National Dairy Development Board and Sri Lanka’s state-owned MILCO. It would be called Kiriya — kiri being …

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How and Why the DMK Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M.K. Stalin took the Initiative in Sending Humanitarian Aid to Sri Lanka in General and the Island’s Tamil People in Particular

By Arun Janardhanan The Tamil Nadu Assembly’s move to pass a resolution Friday urging the Centre to allow the state Government to send humanitarian aid to the people of Sri Lanka came in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central Government not responding to its similar requests made earlier. The resolution was brought …

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India must guard against being identified in the eyes of ordinary Sri Lankans as propping up an unpopular regime whose legitimacy is increasingly being questioned on the streets.

By Nirupama Rao (Nirupama Rao, a former Foreign Secretary, was India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. She is the author of The Fractured Himalaya: India Tibet China 1949 to 19aaa62, Penguin Viking, 2021) India is Sri Lanka’s only neighbour. It follows that what happens in Sri Lanka, especially if it involves the suffering of Sri …

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Sri Lanka Will not Give Preferential Treatment to China in Debt Restructuring says Central Bank Governor; “We have made it very clear. If we offer a concession to one creditor, then we have to give the same concession to all the creditors.” Says Dr.Nandalal Weerasinghe

China will be treated equal to all other external creditors and will not be given any preferential treatment when Sri Lanka carries out its debt restructuring, the island nation’s Central Bank Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe said on Friday (29). Sri Lanka on April 12 announced that it was suspending all foreign debt repayments as it had …

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When the “Temple of Democracy” was Relocated 40 Yeas ago from the side of Beira Lake at Galle Face to an Island in the Diyawanna Oya at Kotte

By Chandani Kirinde The Sri Lanka Parliament marks the 40th anniversary of its move to Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte today. It comes at a particularly tumultuous and trying time for parliamentary democracy in the country with the public focused on their elected representatives more than ever before. When the country’s first executive president J.R. Jayewardene declared …

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Buddhist Monks Threaten to Shun all Politicians if Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa does not resign forthwith to make way for the appointment of an interim government comprising parties represented in Parliament.under resident Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Hundreds of Buddhist monks called on the President and the Government to immediately implement the Mahanayaka Theras’ proposals to resolve the prevailing economic crisis. The monks who gathered at Independence Square warned that if the proposals were not implemented, the Mahanayaka Theras would issue a Sangha Convention edict calling on monks to shun politicians. The …

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Buddhist Clergy Intervenes in Politics Again; Sangha Convention Passes Decree Demanding the Resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Setting up of an all party Interm Govt; threatens rejection of all politcians if Mahnda Does not step down

A Sangha Convention held at the Independence Square yesterday (30 April) called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to step down to facilitate a smooth transition of power to an all-party interim government, aimed at creating political stability, rebuilding public faith in governance, and facilitating economic recovery. The decree of the Sangha Convention calling for the …

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The Government and the Presidency have to bear responsibility for the decimation of the nation and for its shameful regression, socially, financially and legally, with worse to come.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene There is a trace of helplessness and more than a touch of cruel ridicule to dramatic protest scenes being played out this week in front of Temple Trees, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The State has become a satire The loud chanting of ‘pirith’ by Buddhist …

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Two No Confidence Motions Against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as well as Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to be Submitted to Parliament on the same day this week

By The “Sunday Morning” Political Editor No Confidence Motions (NCMs) against the President and the Government are to be submitted to Parliament this week, it is learnt. The NCM against the President was drafted by a team of legal experts led by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran PC while the NCM against the …

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The 113 votes in parliament have become the real “Gota Go Home” battle, the emerging drive against Mahinda Rajapaksa as well as the political number against the Rajapaksa Rajapavula.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake This is just after the first ever single day, countrywide, strike action in Sri Lanka.As the protests against the Rajapaksa Brotherhood continue, we may be moving to the next big Hartal in this country. After the historic Hartal in 1953 – which saw country-wide civil-disobedience and strike, where 10 people were killed, …

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As the chief executive of the country, elected to provide strong and decisive leadership Gotabaya Rajapaksa has failed miserably. Forcing Gotabaya to go is the immediate issue. Once he is gone Parliament can act to install a head of state and an interim government which will bring in the necessary reforms

By Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu The situation in the country is one of dynamism as well as stalemate. Dynamism on account of the determination, creativity and resilience of the Gotagogama demonstrators, the extension of their efforts to the Mainagogama demonstration outside Temple Trees to the sheer celebration of Sri Lanka’s diversity and the unity of its peoples, …

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Economic Crisis Causes Sri Lanka’s Tea and Apparel Export Sectors to Lose Orders to Competitors with Big Neighbour India Being the Major Beneficiary

By Arundathie Abeysinghe The worst fears of Sri Lanka’s tea and apparel sectors have become a reality as they are losing their orders to competitors, and India, Sri Lanka’s neighbour, is a major beneficiary. As Sri Lanka is facing a severe dollar crisis, its capacity to import food, gas, fuel, medicine, and essential items has …

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Former President Sirisena’s Claim that President Rajapaksa had agreed to form an interim government under a new Prime Minister for a short period is denied by senior officials in the President’s office who attended the meeting with dissident SLPP MPs

By Jamila Husain Former President Maithripala Sirisena today said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had agreed to form an interim government under a new Prime Minister for a short period, but this was denied by senior officials in the President’s office who attended the meeting.

Maithripala Sirisena says Gotabya agreed to interim setup with new Prime Minister and Cabinet but President’s office says no such undertaking was given and that Mahinda still has majority support in Parliament

Confusion reigned yesterday disappointing many as political leaders failed to deliver and be sincere to a protesting nation. A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and a group of dissident SLPP MPs ended yesterday with plans to nominate five representatives from the group to devise the modalities of setting up an all-party Government but all main …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa to Continue as Prime Minister with the Support of 117 MPs of the SLPP – led Government.

By Jamila Husain In a meeting held with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government parliamentarians last evening, 117 MPs said Mahinda Rajapaksa should continue as the Prime Minister and further informed the President and Prime Minister both should continue. 109 MPs were physically present while 8 MPs could not attend due …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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” …

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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. …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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,” …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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, …

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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. …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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” 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 …

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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, …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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