All Parties,Groups and Individuals in Oppostion sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Pledging to work together and defeat the Government’s alleged attempt to delay local Government Elections further

Parties and organisations representing the country’s Opposition have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together against the Government’s alleged attempt to further delay local Government Elections The recent announcement by President Ranil Wickremesinghe of the need to implement electoral reforms prior to holding polls has been slammed by Opposition parties. They have accused …

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The Ranil Wickremesinghe Govt’s “Strategic Plan “for Trincomalee district and Eastern Province is to ‘Sinhalise’ and ‘de-Tamilise’by subtracting the Tamil percentage and proportion of the populace and the land through administrative re-structuring of areas

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka ‘…Unable to summon the full resources of its vaunted intelligence or its political will to meet the formidable challenges issued by an unprecedented crisis, the elite presented other bizarre exhibitions of helplessness, bewilderment and naivete…Various theories were put forward like… “For God’s sake give them Trinco” …’ – The Marooned Elite, Crisis …

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe Justifies Hike in Income Tax as being Necessary to Garner Much Needed Financial Support from International Community and go Forward for the Greater Good of the Country

Amidst growing criticism President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday justified a hike in income tax for both corporate and personal saying it was for the greater good of the country going forward and critical to garner much needed financial support from the international community. In an address to the nation, the President said the International Monetary Fund …

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TNA Spokesperson Sumanthiran wants International Involvement in Truth Seeking Mechanism but SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem Wants Purely Domestic Mechanism

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Tamil and Muslim political representatives in the Parliamentary Opposition are divided over the nature of the proposed truth-seeking mechanism, specifically on whether it should be solely a domestic mechanism or whether it should have international involvement. Expressing his party’s stance on the proposed truth-seeking mechanism, Tamil National Alliance Spokesman and Opposition MP …

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“Now that Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared that the SLPP is capable of winning elections, let the government be urged to hold the local government polls without further delay and prove his claim.”- The Island

(Full Text of Editoria; appearing in “The Island”of 19 October 2022 under the geading “Mahinda’s Labour”) Most political leaders in this country tend to live in the past. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is one of them. He seems to be labouring under the delusion that his theatrics can still yield enough votes for the SLPP …

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Shehan Karunatilaka’s Booker Prize Winner “The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida” is narrated by a dead man: ‘Only the dead could offer plausible explanations of the Sri Lankan tragedy, as the living clearly did not have a clue’ … Shehan Karunatilaka

By’ Justine Jordan The remarkable thing about this violence-soaked novel narrated by a dead man is how full of life it is. Shehan Karunatilaka’s The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida comes a decade after his rollicking debut Chinaman, which combined the love of cricket with the horror of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Set at the …

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Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka wins 2022 Booker Prize for his second novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida about a journalist murdered amid the country’s sectarian strife.

Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka on October 17 won Britain’s Booker Prize for fiction for his work The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, about a journalist murdered amid the country’s sectarian strife. “My hope for Seven Moons is this… that in the not-so-distant future… that it is read in a Sri Lanka that has understood …

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UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara Unaware of Telephone Conversation Between President Ranil Wickremesinghe and SLPP National Organizer Basil Rajapaksa

BY Buddhika Samaraweera Despite reports to the effect that incumbent President and United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Founder and former Minister Basil Rajapaksa recently discussed an alliance between the SLPP and the UNP in a forthcoming Parliamentary election, UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara stated that he …

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Suresh Goonesekere Played an exemplary innings in the Game of Life; it was a privilege to witness his time at life’s crease – a sight to behold!

By Krishantha Prasad Cooray Suresh Goonesekere would have turned 50 today (Oct 17), just over a year after his tragic death left his family and friends bereft of his kindness, generosity, strength of character and permanent grin. Being one of those friends, who knew him from childhood, it is still hard to believe that he …

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Sri Lankan Govt Should Withdraw Draft ‘Rehabilitation’ Law that Would Spur Great risk of abuse Abuse by Proposing Detention Without Judicial Review at Military-Run Centers States Human Rights Watch

The Sri Lankan government should withdraw a draft law that would give the authorities broad powers to detain people in military-run “rehabilitation” centers, placing them at great risk of abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. The Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill, submitted to parliament on September 23, 2022, would allow the compulsory detention in centers of …

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Police Ban SJB led Protest Against “Ekwa Nagitimu” SLPP Rally in Nawalapitiya to Prevent Potential Breach of Peace; Protesters Gather in Town Chanting Slogans Calling Mahinda and Rajapaksas “Hora,Hora”;15 Including SJB Organizer Arrested

By Buddhika Samaraweera A total of 15 persons were arrested by the Police during a protest held in Nawalapitiya town against the rally organised by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) under the theme “Let’s Rise Together” (Ekwa Nagitimu), and former Prime Minister and incumbent MP Mahinda Rajapaksa, who arrived to participate in the said …

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President Wickremesinghe Expresses Confidence on Successful Restructuring of External debt Following Discussions Between SL delegation led by State Minister of Finance and International Monetary Fund, China, India and Japan

President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday expressed confidence on successful restructuring of external debt following talks with Chinese Finance Minister. The President said that the delegation headed by the State Minister of Finance, who is currently in Washington, held initial discussions on Saturday with the International Monetary Fund and the three main countries, China, India and Japan …

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5.7 million Sri Lankans require urgent humanitarian assistance States latest Economic Survey Report released by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross Societies; “The numbers are very likely to multiply” says report

By Darshana Abayasingha The economic crisis has impacted 96% of households with food, health costs and livelihoods at the top of listed concerns, reveals the latest Economic Survey Report released last week by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The psychological wellbeing …

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We cannot invoke only the LTTE’s atrocities against children while overlooking the State’s raining down of shells on bunkers where (Tamil) children sheltered. Majority or minority alike, the Sri Lankan State’s list of grievous sins against its own children are many.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene When President Ranil Wickremesinghe uses gut wrenching imagery to equate Sinhalese mothers and fathers taking their children to protest sites with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) using Tamil children as human shields against state forces, it is deliberate and premeditated. Two unsettling sides of the same coin The President’s …

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“Ranil Wickremesinghe is our President but he will have to bear the shame of defeat if he does not accept our proposals and rushes the 22nd amendment through with Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.” Threatens SLPP Gen Secy Sagara Kariyawasam

By Damith Wickramasekara The fate of the Constitution’s 22nd Amendment (22A) hangs in the balance with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) laying down two “mandatory” conditions to ensure its passage—including a clause to make members of independent Commissions accountable for their actions. The SLPP also wants the clause prohibiting dual citizens from holding membership …

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India’s stand during voting at the UN is nuanced to serve its national interest while maintaining its focus on core issues. In other words, it is an expression of realpolitik.

By Col R Hariharan India’s abstention from voting on a draft resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to debate on the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on October 6, has surprised many at home and abroad. The draft resolution, moved by a core group of eight nations—Canada, Denmark, …

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Ponniyin Selvan: I (PS-1) could have helped in removing the “anti-Chola perception prevalent among sections of Sinhalese” states Sri Lankan Writer Ayathurai Santhan “The Pandyas and the Sinhalese were traditionally close allies” he says

By T. Ramakrishnan Ponniyin Selvan: I (PS-1) the star-studded Tamil feature film based on the novel of Tamil writer of yesteryear Kalki, could have helped in removing the “anti-Chola perception prevalent among sections of Sinhalese”, according to Ayathurai Santhan, a Jaffna-based veteran bilingual Sri Lankan Tamil writer. Pointing out that the Pandyas and the Sinhalese …

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The Tamil language flourished under the Cholas but not all Chola subjects were Tamils in an ethnic or racial sense. Did the Cholas or their subjects retain any notion of a unified Tamil ethnicity or race?

By Elijah Hoole Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan-1, or PS-1, is billed as a pan-India movie. The story, based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s historical fiction by the same name, unfolds in the early years of the Chola dynasty of 10th century CE. Speaking at a promotional event in Mumbai, Vikram, a lead actor in the film, told …

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Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa denies accusations that the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) led by him and other parties in the Opposition are blocking the adoption of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa denied accusations that the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) led by him and other parties in the Opposition are blocking the adoption of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution. Premadasa said the Opposition would have had a favourable response regarding the 22A prepared had the Prime Minister provided satisfactory answers to several …

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“Taking children to protest demonstrations should be stopped. They are taking children to protests, not because they cannot be left alone at home, but to be used as a human shield, similarly to what Prabhakaran did.”- President Ranil Wickremesinghe

BY Buddhika Samaraweera While equating those who take their children to protest demonstrations as being akin to slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s use of children as human shields, President Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that all measures will be taken in consultation with Attorney General (AG) Sanjay Rajaratnam (PC) to prevent young …

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Hindi Film SuperstarAmitabh Bachchan Celebrates 80th Birth Anniversary:: How “Brand Bachchan” has stood the test of time in the Advertising World

By Krishna Gopalan Be it films, advertising, public messaging, Amitabh Bachchan remains a credible voice and much sought after; it is a case of getting better with age Vivek Sharma, Founder, Altivyst Advisors and former CMO Pidilite & Philips, thinks one of the biggest strengths of Bachchan is his credibility with all sections of people. …

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Arjuna Mahendran, Arjun Aloysius and Eight Others accused in the first Bond Scam case of 2015 released from the charges filed under the Public Property Act, by the Colombo Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar in a 2/3 Majority Verdict

Central Bank former Governor Arjuna Mahendran, and nine other individuals who were accused in the first Bond Scam case of 2015 were released from the charges filed under the Public Property Act, by the Colombo Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar yesterday. The court ruled that it cannot proceed with the charges filed under the Public Property …

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Urban Poverty Triples in Sri Lanka with the On-going Economic Crisis Creating More “Newly Poor Families”: World Bank Urges Govt to Devise a Social Protection Strategy and Increase Financing for Social Assistance

By Meera Srinivasan As Sri Lankans continue braving their worst economic crisis since Independence, urban poverty on the island has tripled in the last year, from 5% to 15 %, according to a recent World Bank report. Sri Lanka is experiencing “its highest poverty rate since 2009 [when the civil war ended], and an erosion …

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We need a Govt that the people trust, one that enjoys their confidence and one that will speak with them in terms of why we have to make the sacrifices and bear the burden necessary to get us out of the horrendous mess we have allowed ourselves to get into.

By Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Yet another resolution on Sri Lanka has passed in the UN Human Rights Council, 20 member states voting for it, seven against and 20 abstaining. This resolution will facilitate the continuation of the Accountability Project to collect and preserve evidence in respect of the allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity …

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“I intend to reduce before the next election , the number of council members for local Governing bodies such as Pradeshiya Sabhas, Municipal Councils, and Urban Councils from the current 8,000 to 4,000,” States President Ranil Wickremesinghe

President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday announced a raft of amendments to the electoral system, noting that the existing political system was a major cause for the current economic crisis. “A referendum will be called to decide on the parliamentary electoral system if the Select Committee which is proposed to be established fails to decide on the …

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TNA Leader and Trincomalee MP Sampantha writes to President Wickremesinghe Regarding Issues Concerning the Thirukkoneshwaram Temple and Attempts to Interdict the Territorial Contiguity of the Predominantly Tamil Speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces

(Full Text of Letter Dated 14 September 2022 sent by Tamil National Alliance(TNA) Leader and Trincomalee district MP Rajavarothayam Sampanthan to President Ranil Wickremesinghe Regarding Issues relating to the Thirukkoneshwaram Temple) THIRUKONESHWARAM – “DAKSHANA KAILASH” RENOWNED HIND U TEMPLE IN TRINCOMALEE AND TRINCOMALEE HARBOUR I am informed that in recent times certain meetings have been …

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“We can engage in our daily debates, but we need to make one national policy. If we continue with that national policy, we will never fail. We made the mistake of changing policies with every change of Government,” states President Ranil Wickremesinghe

President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday reiterated the need for a stable national policy to rebuild Sri Lanka, insisting on the importance of an export-oriented economy. “A strong economic policy and political stabilisation are essential to improve Sri Lanka’s economy and place it in the international sphere,” he said, opening Sri Lanka’s first life-saving pharmaceutical manufacturing plant …

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Geopolitics and National Interests Determined the Ayes,Nays and Abstentions during the Vote on the Resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva

By P.K.Balachandran Looking at the voting on the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on Sri Lanka on October 6, it appears that the decisions taken by the 47 members were determined by their respective positions in geopolitics and their national interest. The 20 members who voted for the resolution castigating Sri Lanka for alleged human …

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No Elections Until Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) Formulates new System of Voting by July 2023 ; If PSC does not Deliver by July a Country wide Referendum will be held to Decide on Electoral system says President Wickremesinghe

According to a press release issued by the Presidential Media Division (PMD) yesterday (9), President Ranil Wickremesinghe is to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to decide on the Parliamentary voting system by July next year, with the next General Election to be held under the new system. This virtually rules out the possibility of …

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Colombo District MP Mano Ganesan Requests President Wickremesinghe to Direct IGP to Discontinue the Gathering of Personal Details from Residents in Colombo by the Police

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Samagi Jana Balawegaya Opposition MP and Tamil Progressive Alliance Leader Mano Ganesan yesterday (9) said that he brought to President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s attention that the collection of personal residential details carried out by the Police in the city of Colombo had caused disturbance among residents, and noted that he believes that President …

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Police Disperse Event at Galle Face Green to Commemorate Persons Involved in the “Aragalaya” who lost their Lives due to Various Reasons, Police Personnel Deployed in Large numbers Remove Men,Women and Children Forcibly

By Buddhika Samaraweera The Police yesterday (9) obstructed a peaceful protest to commemorate those who lost their lives during the “aragalaya” (people’s struggle), which began by demanding the resignation of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Galle Face Green in Colombo in April, and arrested several persons who attended the said protest. The Police had …

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Can Southern communities reduced to scraping for daily existence due to reckless decisions taken by corrupt ‘kings’ on whom they lavished unstinted adoration, ‘eat’ the political propaganda of the ‘magnificent Sinhala majority,’ which they and their unfortunate children have been nourished on, for most of their lives?

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardene There is a deep tragedy at the heart of Sri Lanka’s constitutional, financial and legal paralysis that we must understand. ‘Eating’ political propaganda Some years ago, infuriated supporters of a drug baron turned vassal of the Rajapaksas lashed out at a courageous forest officer who protested against the destruction of the environment …

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Wimal Weerawansa claims the debate on 22 A is being held up due to the opposition of 10-15 government MPs whose strings were being pulled by “Mola Hathano” (The one with seven brains), a term he frequently uses to refer to Basil Rajapaksa.

By Sandun Jayawardana The passage of the 22nd Amendment (22A) to the Constitution, widely considered as a key component in the political reform process, was delayed in Parliament this week amid sharp divisions between the government and opposition over the draft amendment. Differences of opinion regarding the content of the draft amendment were far more …

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“You all hold different political views. But you can achieve your political goals only if the country recovers from this economic crisis.At a time when no other political party or leader of the opposition would accept this risk, I accepted the risk for the country and embarked on a dangerous journey. We have progressed gradually, but steadily. We know that the majority of people in our country support this journey”. – President Ranil Wickremesinghe

(Full text of President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Special statement in Parliament on October 6, 2022) I got the opportunity to exchange views with the state leaders during the visits to the United Kingdom and Japan recently. I also got the opportunity to meet the Finance Ministers of the countries where the Asian Development Bank operates during …

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TNA Jaffna MP Sumanthiran Tables in Parliament the Confidential Document signed by Irrigation Minister Roshan Ranasinghe Outlining Plans to Bi-furcate the Tamil Linguistic Contiguity of the Northern and Eastern Provinces by Altering the Ethnic Composition of Mullaitheevu South and Trincomalee North

(Text of Speech made by Tamil National Alliance Jaffna District Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran during the adjournment debate in Parliament. on 06.10.2022) Thank you for the time that’s given to speak on this adjournment debate today. However, as I begin to speak I must note, that this is an anti–climax. The country has been waiting for serious …

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Sri Lankan actor Shyam Fernando Plays the Role of King Mahinda V in the Blockbuster Tamil Movie “Ponniyin Selvan” (Son of the Ponni River)

Sri Lankan film actor Shyam Fernando has made his debut in Indian Tamil cinema by enacting the role of a Sinhala King in the much awaited Tamil mega movie “Ponniyin Selvan” -1. The film directed by legendary film director Maniratnam hit the screens on September 30th 2022. The film is produced by Allirajah Subashkaran who …

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“I appealed to critics on Social Media to suggest a better person if there was one who could have been chosento lead the Country and Solve the Economic Crisis instead of Ranil but no one has responded to my request”

By Victor Ivan A statement I made on Ranil Wickremesinghe that he was the most suitable person for Sri Lanka to have been chosen from among the current politicians to solve the balance of payments crisis facing the country has caused strong opposition from some critics; and I must say that I was amused by …

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Sri Lanka Categorically Rejects UNHRC resolution as being divisive and polarising: . “This resolution is not helpful to Sri Lanka,” Said Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Sabry while addressing the Council

The new resolution on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, sponsored by the Core Group on Sri Lanka and supported by 30 other countries in total, was taken up for action at the concluding segment of the 51st Regular Session of the UNHRC yesterday where it was adopted by a majority vote. 20 countries …

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President Wickremesinghe unveils a fourfold strategic plan for Sri Lanka to recover from the economic crisis in a Special Statement to Parliament;“It will be possible to make this journey stronger and faster only with the support of all of you” Ranil tells MPs

President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday, making a special statement in Parliament, reiterated that the Government is ready to overcome the worst economic crisis in history even amidst shocks. He also invited all parties to join the country’s rebuilding program irrespective of their personal grudges of the past. During his speech, the President unveiled a fourfold strategic …

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Rresolution titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ Passed by the 47 Member UN Human Rights Council with 20 Countries Voting in favour;7 Including China and Pakistan Vote Against;India and 19 Other Countries Abstain

By Meera Srinivasan India on Thursday abstained from voting on a resolution on Sri Lanka at the U.N. Human Rights Council, while observing that Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing commitments on the 13 th Amendment, meaningful devolution, and early provincial elections remains “inadequate”. “Achieving prosperity for all Sri Lankans and realising the legitimate aspirations of …

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Is Gotabaya Rajapaksa Planning to Return to Politics? Secret Campaign Launched by Business Tycoon and Media Personailty to Ascertain Whether the Former President Continues to Retain Public Trust

By JAMILA HUSAIN Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who returned back to the country recently after countries failed to give him asylum, has now begun a secret PR campaign to clear his failed image within the masses, to persuade the villages that he was misguided in making crucial decisions by those close to him, the Daily …

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Decreasing Support for Sri Lanka in Combatting Resoltion at the UN Human Rights Council 51st Session in Geneva;“The number of votes will be significantly lesser. We have to be realistic,” Says Foreign Minister Ali Sabry,

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka will get a “significantly lesser” number of favourable votes at the U.N. Human Rights Council, Foreign Minister Ali Sabry on Wednesday said, apparently resigned to reduced international support at the Geneva forum whose 51 st session is underway. “The number of votes will be significantly lesser. We have to be …

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President Wickremesinghe Asks Prime Minister Gunawardena to inquire from political parties in the Opposition about their formal position on the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to inquire from political parties in the Opposition regarding their final stance on the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution. The President has asked the PM to seek their opinion and inform him of their decision immediately. Wickremesinghe has instructed Gunawardena after it was revealed that various …

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“People’s Councils can become a vehicle for mobilizing people around the country, at the national and regional levels, for democratic action.”- Rajani Thiranagama Memorial Committee Jaffna People’s Forum for Peaceful Co-existence

(Text of a declaration unanimously adopted at the Commemoration of Rajani Thiranagama’s 33rd Death Anniversary held in Jaffna on 2 October, 2022.) Democracy is enshrined in People’s Sovereignty. Democratic governance upholds people’s sovereignty. But the current economic and political crisis has raised questions about the exercise of people’s sovereignty in the representative forms of governance …

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SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa Says he Utilised the Central Cultural Fund to Uplift Buddhism by Constructing Dhamma Schools and Dagobas when he was a cabinet Minister in the UNP Govt; opposition leader lready to go around Country to Refute Allegations of misusing CCF

By Buddhika Samaraweera Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Leader Sajith Premadasa said that he will travel around the country to show the public the projects implemented using the Central Cultural Fund, in response to allegations from parties related to the Government who claim that he had misused the money of the said fund. Speaking …

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Does a President flippantly sign gazettes, so clearly ultra vires the principal enactment,on matters of high national security in the same manner as hurriedly grabbing a cup of coffee while dashing out of the house for work?

By Kishali Pinto – Jayawardene The recent declaration of several High Security Zones in Colombo under Sri Lanka’s virtually obsolete Official Secrets Act has continued to raise feverish speculation in regard to the motivations behind the bizarre Presidential act. Have we lost our collective legal wit? Amidst rumours that the contested gazette will be withdrawn, …

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President Wickremesinghe’s resolve to undertake an “unprecedented fiscal effort, as part of the government’s commitment to restore the country’s debt sustainability,” may face severe political, economic and social opposition that make it difficult to implement.

By Nimal Sanderatne President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s brilliant address to the Annual Sessions of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila on September 29, was a strong commitment to undertake economic reforms and an exhortation to the international community to assist Sri Lanka in her quest for economic recovery. He also referred succinctly to the global …

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“Democracy Stillborn” – a Book written by Rajan and Kirupaimalar Hoole traces the present plight of Sri Lanka to the battles of the 1920s over the championship of labour by Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam.

“DEMOCRACY STILLBORN”” written by Rajan Hoole and Kirupaimalar Hoole is a recent Perera- Hussein publication. The book focuses on the past,present and future of politics in Ceylon/Sri Lanka from a Labour movement perspective. The backpage of the book summarises the essence of its contents and the point of view articulated by the husband and wife …

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President Wickremesinghe Orders Withdrawal of Gazette Declaring Certain Areas in Colombo as High Security Zones under the Official Secrets Act

The controversial gazette issued declaring High Security Zones (HSZs) in Colombo under the Official Secrets Act was withdrawn with effect from yesterday (1). A senior Government minister told The Sunday Morning that the President had directed the Attorney General and relevant officials to make the necessary arrangements to withdraw the gazette notification.

It seems that the political strategy of the leader of the opposition is to politically destroy President Ranil Wickremesinghe, his main political rival by making him a political prisoner dependent on the Pohottuwa party.

By Victor Ivan The picture of Sri Lanka is still not clear; it is in a state of chaos. Apparently the most difficult phase of the balance of payments crisis is moving towards a point where it could be resolved for the common good of the country; but the most difficult era of this crisis …

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Police Launch Investigation Into Alleged Role of Politicians in Encouraging Protest Groups to “overthrow the government by forcefully occupying Parliament and preventing a vote to elect a new President following the resignation of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in July”.

By Jamila Husain The police have launched extensive investigations over the involvement of some politicians who had encouraged some ‘protester’ groups to overthrow the government by forcefully occupying Parliament and preventing a vote to elect a new President following the resignation of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in July. Highly placed sources told Daily Mirror that …

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The danger of the proposed ‘Bureau of Rehabilitation: Arbitrary detention and torture by another name?

BY Ambika Satkunanathan Undeterred by the economic crisis, the Government continues its attempts to enact regressive, repressive, and counterproductive laws, the most recent being the Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill. Lack of legal definitions Persons to whom the proposed law applies include former combatants, individuals who have “engaged in extreme or destructive acts of sabotage” (“members …

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If the country needs the help from the diaspora which President Wickremesinghe is trying hard to attract, then he should be given the political strength to challenge the Rajapaksa cabal

By Neville De Silva President Wickremesinghe’s first official visit as head of state was on a sad occasion here in the United Kingdom. The country was mourning the death of a much beloved Queen who had been the longest reigning monarch in England and had endeared herself to her subjects so much that many people …

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“We will ask the petroleum minister to give an explanation to the country as to why the government imports the Russian oil at a higher price from a third party when there is an opportunity to import at a lower price directly from Russia.” – Eran Wickramaratne MP

While there is so much of poverty in the country, with loss of employment, loss of income malnourishments, children going to schools have been disrupted, certain people continue to steal and rob the country. It was recently exposed about exorbitant prices being paid to import of coal and petroleum into the country said Mr Eran …

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246 Children Admitted by Parents in Northern Province to Child Care Foster Homes; increase in numbers due to current economic crisis, which has resulted in parents facing financial instability being unable to provide for their children.

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Due to the severity of the economic crisis and the lack of household finances, there has been an increase in the number of children being admitted by their families to children’s homes in the Northern Province. Statistical data provided by the Child Care and Probation Department of the Northern Province has revealed …

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While President Wickremesinghe blunders and the opposition exists in a parallel universe where their electoral victory is written in the stars, the Rajapaksas are back to weaving their web of lies and deception.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “Was there then no essential difference between the ruler and the ruled?” Salman Rushdie (The Enchantress of Florence)> Sri Lanka, unravelled and unravelling, is mesmerised by a new wonder: the Lotus Tower. When that monumental symbol of Rajapaksa folly was opened to the public last week, people thronged to pay the entrance …

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MA Sumanthiran PC Citing Mavai Senathirajah vs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge (SC FR 646/2003) Case says Interim Order Issued by Courts in 2006 Upholds TNA Position Challenging the Legality of Setting up High Security Zones

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesperson MP M.A. Sumanthiran PC yesterday (25) observed on social media that the demarcation of high-security zones (HSZ) two days ago in Colombo was not a new practice, charging that such illegal demarcation has been conducted over many thousands of acres of lands in the North and East …

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Senior Health Ministry Allegedly Allocating expensive.acutely scarce pharmaceutical drugs and other medical supplies received as donations from various parties to specific patients with connections to themselves being treated in certain hospitals,

By Buddhika Samaraweera Certain senior officials of the Ministry of Health are working to allocate expensive and acutely scarce pharmaceutical drugs and other medical supplies received as donations from various parties, due to the prevailing shortage of such, to specific patients with connections to the former who are being treated in certain hospitals, The Morning …

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Trade Union Co-ordination Committee (TUCC) and the Socialist Youth Union (SYU) challenge President Ranil Wickremesinghe by Asking him to expand the holding capacity of prisons in the country and stating that they will continue their protest movement on an even larger scale in the coming days,

BY Buwanajee Coralage The Trade Union Co-ordination Committee (TUCC) and the Socialist Youth Union (SYU) yesterday (25) challenged President Ranil Wickremesinghe to expand the holding capacity of prisons in the country, stating that they will continue their protest movement on an even larger scale over the coming days, and that a substantially larger number of …

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Infamous Anti- Islam Monk Gnanasara Thero Participating in Saudi Arabian National day Celebration as Special Guest of Saudi Ambassador is Widely Criticized but Bodu Bala Sena Gen Secy Remains Unfazed

By Buddhika Samaraweera Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera said that he would not take any notice of the criticism and sarcasm on social media platforms, particularly on Facebook, regarding his participation in an event to mark the Saudi National Day on Friday (23). Commenting on the social media posts …

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S.P. Balasubrahmanyam won the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs by a singer:Sang over 40,000 songs in 16 languages

By S. Murali Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam (4 June 1946 – 25 September 2020), also referred to as S. P. Balu or SPB, was an Indian musician, playback singer, music director, actor, dubbing artist and film producer who worked predominantly in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam. Affectionately called as ‘Balu’ in his friends’ circle, SPB …

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Using the Archaic Official Secrets to Demarcate Some Areas as High Security Zones: is there fear that the ‘Aragalaya’ may spirit away ‘secret documents’ from places declared as High Security Zones?

By Kishali Pinto – Jayawardene Whatever the motivations for the Ranil Wickremesinghe Presidency to drag the Official Secrets Act (1955) out of cold storage and employ its provisions to declare certain places as ‘High Security Zones,’ that decision is both foolish and counter productive. Waving of the red flag to an enraged bull The Wickremesinghe …

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The Bar Association of Sri Lanka says the Official Secrets Act’s Section 2 oes not provide the Minister the authority to designate a sizable portion of the country as a High Security Zone; BASL declares it will carefully review the provisions and take necessary legal measures to protect people’s Fundamental Rights

Any offence committed in the newly declared High Security Zones (HSZ) will enable police to take up the case in the High Courts, a senior official of the Public Security Ministry said. He said the measure was taken to ensure that administration was continued without interruption. “All locations declared as HSZs are required to maintain …

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Police use tear gas and water cannonsto disperse protesters in Maradana; Video on Social media shows Eranga Gunasekara, national organiser of the Socialist Youth Union (SYU) and a Buddhist monk being beaten by cops;83 Protesters Arrested,

By Yoshitha Perera Police have detained 83 demonstrators, including Eranga Gunasekara, national organiser of the Socialist Youth Union (SYU), the youth front of the JVP, during a protest march yesterday. Members from the National People’s Power (NPP) along with the SYU yesterday staged a protest in front of the Lipton roundabout demanding the release of …

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Prime Minister’s Motion to set up “National Council” representing all recognised political parties in Parliament passed without a vote but Opposition Parties are Critical of Govt’s move

By Sandun Jayawardana A “National Council” (NC) with a key responsibility of guiding short, medium, and long-term national policies and representing all recognised political parties in Parliament was passed this week without a vote. Opposition parties though, were critical that the government had diluted the NC and that its original purpose has been lost. Prime …

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Ukraine President Zelensky’s Announcement about Rescuing 7 Sri Lankans Held as Captives by Invading Russian Forces Shocks Sri Lanka and Entangles Colombo and Moscow in a Potential Diplomatic Wrangle

By Meera Srinivasan Last week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reportedly said seven Sri Lankans, who were held by the “invading Russian forces since March” in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, had been rescued from “torture chambers”. Mr. Zelenskyy drew attention to the “seven citizens of Sri Lanka”, who were “students of Kupiansk Medical College”. “Back …

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First List of MPs Representing Recognized Political Parties in Parliament Nominated to the “National Council” released by Speaker; Second list of nominees to be announced shortly, Number of MPs in Council Restricted to 35 or less

The Speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament on Friday (sep 23) presented the first list of Members of Parliament, who have been nominated to the ‘National Council’, which had been established according to the proposal presented by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. Presenting an amendment, the chief Government Whip said that the ‘National Council’ chaired by …

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe says Queen Elizabeth II Looked Exhausted After spending half a day with outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Incoming Premier Liz Truss

President Ranil Wickremesinghe says anyone spending half a day with outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and new PM Liz Truss will be exhausted. He said that the late Queen Elizabeth II looked exhausted after meeting Johnson and Liz Truss two days before she passed away.

If the Opposition had adopted a policy of supporting Ranil at least on a short-term basis with the view to overcoming the crisis facing the country, it would have been possible undoubtedly, to bring about a positive change in the Country

By Victor Ivan “The Aragalaya had a sensitive heart, but it lacked a mature brain and intellectual prowess” In what sense does the Aragalaya become important to us? What expectations has it generated? Has it been successful in achieving them? It can be considered as the biggest and the most popular uprising that erupted since …

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A 25-point common framework for a re-founding of the center-left.

BY DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA 1. The last time the Sri Lankan citizenry suffered materially in a manner remotely similar to the current suffering was in 1970-1977. The leader of the day never led the nation again. It took 17 years and her rebellious daughter, who was not associated with the suffering of the past and …

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President Wickremesinghe Designates Several areas Within and around Colombo as High Security Zones by Gazette Proclamation; Public Gatherings and Protest Demonstrations Banned Within HS Zones;Parking Restricted

Several areas in and around Colombo have been declared as High Security Zones by President Ranil Wickremesinghe. Accordingly, areas around the Parliament Complex, Supreme Court Complex, High Court Complex in Colombo, Magistrate Court Complex in Colombo and Attorney General’s Department, Presidential Secretariat, President’s House, Sri Lanka Navy Headquarters and Police Headquarters have been declared as …

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Archaeology Dept’s Illegal Attempts to Construct New Structures in Krunthoormalai and Allocate Land in Koneshwaram Temple area to “outsider”traders must be stopped immediately states TNA MP Sumanthiran in Parliament;also requests Palaly Airport taxes to be Waived as in the case of Mattala

(Text of Speech made by TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran M.P. in Parliament on 22nd September 2022) Thank you Hon. Deputy speaker for the opportunity to speak a few words at today’s debate. The Hon. Minister for aviation was here for a moment ago, I want to raise a matter with regard to Palali air …

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The “Repeal PTA” mobile signature collection campaign Vehicle that began its Journey from Northern Kankesanthurai reaches Galle Face Green; Several Politicians from Different Parties other than the SLPP address Multi-ethnic gathering;Opposition MPs Argue with Police Over Attempts to Obstruct Campaign

BY Buddhika Samaraweera The “Repeal PTA” mobile signature collection campaign reached Colombo’s Galle Face yesterday (22), after travelling across the country from Kankesanthurai, resulting in an argument with the heavy police presence in the area about the purpose and result of the gathering at the iconic venue. Organised by the youth organisation of the Tamil …

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How can you withdraw from the UNHRC 30/1 resolution that you yourself co-sponsored and agreed to when you were the Justice Minister and the Incumbent President the Prime Minister in Sep 2015 ? MA Sumanthiran MP asks Justice Minister Dr.Wijedasa Rajapakshe.

(Text of Speech made by TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran M.P. in Parliament on 22nd September 2022) The Government is now facing a challenge in the UN Human rights council, Hon. Minister of Justice is here, and that’s good, I want to refer to some matters that concern him as well. In September 2015, the …

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ITAK President “Maavai” Senathirajah Refutes Media Reports of Party Pressure being Exerted on TNA Leader Sampanthan to Resign as Trinco MP; “We have not taken any decision nor do we request our Leader to resign. We cannot remove him either,” says Maavai

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Denying news reports to the contrary, Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Leader Mavai Senathirajah yesterday (21) said that the party has not taken any decision nor requested the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader and Trincomalee District MP R. Sampanthan to resign from his Parliamentary seat. Speaking to The Morning yesterday, Senathirajah noted …

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Sri Lanka keeps pressing China for a $4 billion loan but talks dragging on for several months appear to have not yielded an agreement. Rather than restructure Sri Lanka’s existing debt, Beijing has indicated it would prefer to instead extend new loans to an already heavily indebted economy.

By Ananth Krishnan and Meera Srinivasan China has offered Pakistan’s visiting Army Chief technical help as the country deals with record floods, but did not announce any substantial financial assistance which its “all-weather” ally has been seeking. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, facing financial stress, have been engaged in long-running talks with Beijing for assistance, …

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“Beware of officials who mislead the parliament with distorted figures” Eran Wickramaratne tells the President and Govt. “Launch investigation on excise tax leakage during yahapalana regime” suggests SJB MP

SJB, MP Eran Wickramaratne warned the new President and the government not to get caught up in corruption, theft and irregularities and said that if they get caught up in them, the country will never be able to be rebuilt. Speaking in Parliament today (21) he also emphasized the importance of being careful about officials …

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“A country needs to uphold its culture and religion, but not at the expense of its growth. The so-called preachers of Buddhism are not aware of its philosophy” says Tourism State Minister Diana Gamage

BY Buwanajee Coralage In Sri Lanka, all fruitful initiatives for national growth have always been blocked by antiquated cultural arguments, claimed State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage while addressing Parliament yesterday (21). “A country needs to uphold its culture and religion, but not at the expense of its growth. The so-called preachers of Buddhism are …

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Though Mangala has left this earth, his radical centrist ideology still exists in the hearts of the Sri Lankan youth and clear-minded citizens. And if our country is to truly ever thrive again, Mangala’s ideology must be protected, it must blossom, it must become our national ideology.

By Krishantha Prasad Cooray In many ways, the economic collapse of Sri Lanka became a near certainty in the weeks after Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected President. In hindsight, it is clear to all that his government’s number one priority was consolidating their power and punishing those it saw as their enemies. Its next priority was …

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The People’s Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists at The Hague in Netherlands issues indictment against the Govt of Sri Lanka (GoS over the murder of editor and Attorney-at-Law Lasantha Wickrematunge in 2009.

BY Mirudhula Thambiah The People’s Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists at The Hague, the Netherlands, yesterday (19) issued an indictment against the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), which it found guilty over the murder of editor and Attorney-at-Law Lasantha Wickrematunge. Judge Eduardo Bertoni, who is part of the panel of judges of the Tribunal, …

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Farewell Queen Elizabeth II: Ceremonial splendour in London gives way to a quiet burial in Windsor as Britain says goodbye to its longest-reigning monarch

By Caroline Davies After the majestic funeral pomp and military spectacle, unsurpassed in the nation’s living memory and watched across the world, the final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II would belong only to her family. Night had fallen as she was laid to rest next to the Duke of Edinburgh in the George VI Memorial …

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Six Tamil Parties to Submit Joint Letter to President Ranil Wickremesinghe about Alleged Attempts by Eastern Province Governor to Engineer Demographic Changes Affecting the Tamil people in Trincomalee District

BY Mirudhula Thambiah A letter signed by the political parties of the North and the East opposing the demographic changes in the Trincomalee District will be handed over to President Ranil Wickremesinghe upon his arrival from the UK. Tamil Makkal Thesiya Kuttani (TMTK) Leader and MP C.V. Wigneswaran, Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Leader Mavai …

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Queen Elizabeth was vested with a sacred duty to hold together a country which, in the ensuing decades, became more diverse, fissiparous, irreverent and distracted than it had ever been before. And so she did!

For the millions who watched on June 2nd 1953—for it was the first time in history that a British coronation had been televised—the most moving part of the ceremony came near the end. It was then that the imperial state crown, encrusted with 2,868 diamonds and weighing more than a kilogram, was placed on the …

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Tamil Progressive Alliance Leader Mano Ganesan Notes Appreciatively that upcountry Tamil Sri Lankans are, as a minority ethnic community are being gradually given due recognition by the international community.

BY Mirudhula Thambiah While appreciating the stance taken by United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Tomoya Obokata regarding the labour conditions of plantation workers at the ongoing 51st UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session last week, Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Leader and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Opposition MP Mano Ganesan noted …

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe and USAID Chief Samantha Power Have One on One Meeting Prior to Official Meeting but US envoy Juiie Chung Exerts Pressure and gets “permission” to sit in one what was Supposedly a one on one Conversation.

(Excerpted from the Political Column spearing in the “Sunday Morning”of September 18th 2022) USAID Chief Power during her brief visit to Sri Lanka met with President Wickremesinghe, Opposition legislators, farmers, civil and business communities and the PTA was also a focal point in her discussions. Wickremesinghe and Power had a one-on-one meeting as well. When …

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President Wickremesinghe Issues Directive to set up an accelerated national multi-sector combined programme to ensure that no citizens should starve due to lack of food and children should not be victims of malnutrition;president’s Office sends out Circular to ministries, provincial council chief secretaries, district and divisional secretaries for Implementation

The President’s Office has directed state institutions to ensure that no citizens should starve due to lack of food and children should not be victims of malnutrition. A circular has been sent out to ministries, provincial council chief secretaries, district and divisional secretaries to implement a series of decisions and an accelerated national multi-sector combined …

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State agents are acting with impunity against public figures with no fear of popular reprisal. That signifies a change in the methods of the Deep State. Evidently, all pretences have been dropped. What we are up against now is a fully fledged police state and these words are not used lightly either.

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardene Hawks may cry till the cows come home (to horribly malign that popular idiom) but as another ‘Geneva session’ takes place with the customary trumpeting, a few home truths must be recognised, as unpalatable as those may be. Geneva promises defeated by action at home Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Minister who also …

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Sri Lanka having a president of the calibre of Ranil instead of Gotabaya can be considered an accidental outcome of the Aragalaya, which is beneficial for the country

By Victor Ivan After Ranil Wickremesinghe became the President, the dominance the Aragalaya had gained over the Government was suppressed by the police and the security forces without causing loss of lives or major injuries to the protestors. If it was not done, the authority of the Government would have collapsed completely, and the country …

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Inebriated State Minister from Political Family pulls out Personal Pistol and Shoots in air Bringing Part of the Ceiling down Injring one at Party hosted for new State Ministers by President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Brother Channa Wickremesinghe

(Excerpted from the “Ceylon Politics”Column in “Ceylon Today” by Gagani Weerakoon) Channa Wickremesinghe, younger brother of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, hosted a party for State Ministers who recently assumed duties. A majority of the invitees were in attendance. As the night grew many State Ministers who attended the wine and dine session appeared overly inebriated. A …

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Former Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena named as a suspect by Colombo Magistrate Courts in a case pertaining to the 2019 Easter terror bombings; Mr. Sirisena asked to appear in Colombo court in October

By Meera Srinivasan A Sri Lankan court on Friday named former President Maithripala Sirisena a suspect in a case pertaining to the 2019 Easter terror bombings and directed him to appear in court this October. The Magistrate Court in Colombo’s Fort area gave the orders in response to a private plaint filed by Fr. Cyril …

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Tamils Detained Under Prevention of Terrorism Act to be Released soon, President Ranil Wickremesinghe tells Samantha Power, Administrator, US Agency for International Development (USAID);“We have agreed on a formula that will set off the period in detention against the judgement, and since they have all had more than ten years, no judgement will be more than ten years”says Ranil

By Gagani Weerakoon President Ranil Wickremesinghe said if Parliament fails to reach an agreement on electoral reforms, he will hold a referendum and ask the country which system they prefer. He said he will convene Parliament to state unequivocally that they must agree on electoral reform, despite the fact that the parties are arguing among …

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‘We will revive and upgrade the Free Trade Agreement with India into a comprehensive economic and technological partnership’ states Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka will revive its Free Trade Agreement with India and upgrade it to a “a comprehensive economic and technological partnership”, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said, signalling Colombo’s willingness to revisit a stalled pact. Addressing the Sri Lanka India Society on Thursday, Mr. Wickremesinghe said his government would take steps for better …

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Geopolitics of the Indian Ocean has turned Sri Lanka into the regional ‘punching bag said President Ranil Wickremesinghe while addressing the irst ever graduation ceremony of the National Defence College in Colombo

By Gagani Weerakoon Addressing the first ever graduation ceremony of the National Defence College in Colombo, President Wickremesinghe said the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean has turnedSri Lanka into the regional ‘punching bag’. He pointed out that there are around 17 ports operated by the Chinese in the Indian Ocean and they are all commercial …

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Frontline Socialist Party Education Secretary Pubudu Jayagoda tells Press Conference that “people had no option but to take to the streets to chase out the incumbent govt”; Jagoda says “Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he has no home to go. He should not go home, he should be sent to a prison for the crimes he had committed”

By Saman Indrajith The Frontline Socialist Party, on Tuesday, said that people had no option but to take to the streets to chase out the incumbent government. “The government has not learnt that people engage in protests because they no longer can put up with hardships. We have no other option but to beat off …

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Newly drafted resolution on Sri Lanka, co-sponsored by the Core Group of countries on Sri Lanka, Comprising the UK, Canada, Germany, Malawi, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and the US presented at the ongoing 51st United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva

BY Mirudhula Thambiah A fresh draft resolution on Sri Lanka, which was co-sponsored by the Core Group of countries on Sri Lanka at the ongoing 51st United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session, noted the need for power devolution, the conduct of polls, addressing the plight of missing persons, replacing the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary …

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How a 22 Year old Sri Lankan Journalist Became Famous in his Family Circle as “The boy who shook hands with the Queen of England, and the Duke of Edinburgh”.

By Shavindra Fernando It was on October 22 in 1981 in Colombo. I was 22, the youngest of the Sri Lanka Press Corps of around a dozen reporters, who were afforded an audience with the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh in Colombo. I was a reporter for the Ceylon Daily Mirror of …

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Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup Winning Cricket and Netball Teams Embody the Resolve of a Nation that has seen Adversity, Suffered untold Horrors and yet Overcame all Challenges, Smiling Through it all.This Self-belief is in Sri Lankan DNA

By Krishantha Prasad Cooray World champions they are not. In times gone by, Sri Lankan teams secured silverware on the world’s premier cricketing podiums. But not since 2014 when they won the Asia Cup. Since then, not even close. The glory days of the 1990s and the first decade of the new millennium were stuff …

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WELL WON::Even in the desert sands, Dasun Shanaka’s men felt at home and during Sunday’s final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka defied the odds to defeat Pakistan by 23 runs. -THE HINDU

Originally pencilled in as the host, it was fitting that Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup even if the championship was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The debilitating economic crisis in the island-nation meant that Sri Lanka had to shift the continental tournament’s base to the UAE but even in the desert sands, …

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Outgoing UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michele Bachelet’s Up to date Report on Sri Lanka presented to the Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka concludes that the current administration “appear[s] to reflect a continuity with the past.”

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka The Sunday papers in Colombo gave a heads-up on the new resolution (currently at the stage of the ‘Zero Draft’) on Sri Lanka reportedly being negotiated at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, revealing that “the Zero Draft resolution seeks to recommend action against political leaders and state …

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India Voices concern at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva over the “lack of measurable progress” in Sri Lanka’s Committed political solution to the ethnic issue “through full implementation of 13th Amendment of the Constitution, delegation of powers to Provincial Councils and holding of Provincial Council elections at the earliest”

By Meera Srinivasan India on Monday voiced concern over the “lack of measurable progress” in Sri Lanka’s promised political solution to the long-pending Tamil national question, while making an unusual reference to the crisis-hit island nation’s “debt-driven” economy in the context of its current crisis. In its statement at the 51 st session of the …

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Sri Lanka Muslim Expatriates’ Council will Take up issue of Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA) related Human Rights Violations Affecting Muslims in Sri Lanka During UN Human Rights Council Sessions in Geneva

By Mirudhula Thambiah Sri Lankan Muslim expatriates yesterday (11) voiced disappointment over the current implementation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) against muslims in Sri Lanka, and stressed that they would take up the human rights violations in relation to this rigid law at the 51st United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions scheduled …

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“The United States stands ready to participate in the restructuring of Sri Lanka’s debt. It is imperative that all of Sri Lanka’s creditors, most notably the People’s Republic of China cooperate in this process openly and on comparable terms with each other.” Says Samantha Power, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID

By Meera Srinivasan China must cooperate with Sri Lanka in its debt restructure process, Samantha Power, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Sunday, while assuring Colombo of the U.S.’s support. Sri Lanka, which opted for a preemptive sovereign default in April amid a rapid downturn, must negotiate with its …

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NPP Parliamentarian Dr. Harini Amarasuriya and former MP Hirunika Premachandra accuse prison authorities of mistreating actress cum “Aragalaya” activist Damitha Abeyratne after visiting her at Welikada Jail

By Buddhika Samaraweera National People’s Power (NPP) MP Dr. Harini Amarasuriya and former MP Hirunika Premachandra accused the prison authorities of mistreating actress Damitha Abeyratne, who was arrested and then placed in remand custody for allegedly forcibly entering the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo during the massive public protests in July. Dr. Amarasuriya, after visiting the …

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Several key “Aragalaya” activists Arrive in Geneva to voice out against what they claim is Govt repression and raise awareness about the arrest of Inter-University Students Federation (IUSF) Convenor Wasantha Mudalige. During UN Human Rights Council Sessions

By Dinitha Rathnayake Several key activists of the “aragalaya” are in Geneva, Switzerland to participate in the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UNHRC will hold its 51st regular session starting today (12) until 7 October at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Social activist Shehan Malaka, Attorney-at-Law Nuwan Bopage, …

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Sri Lanka’s political leadership must learn that, by forsaking the lessons that the first wave of protests have taught us, they risk second and third waves of far deadlier agitations.No one can say that they were not forewarned.

By Kishali Pinto – Jayawardene It is entirely fitting that, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, while swearing in an obscene number of State Ministers including those who assaulted peaceful protestors at the Galle Face Green on May 9th 2022, had the profound gall to issue a directive this Friday instructing the ‘frugal’ manner in which state funds …

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The SLPP-led coalition is shattered and now the SLPP itself has suffered a schism. The ruling party, no longer a ruling coalition, is barely clinging to a simple majority in Parliament. In a clearly positive development, a significant centre-left space has reopened in Sri Lankan politics.

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka When President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whose political support base the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and its allies secured a two-thirds majority in Parliament and leveraged it to pass the hyper-centralising 20th Amendment to the Constitution, Sri Lanka had its most unipolar political moment since 1977-’78, which resulted in two civil wars …

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Sparks fly in Parliament as Opposition Raised the Issue of \ The arrest of award-winning actress Damitha Abeyratne who had been at the forefront of the ‘aragalaya’ (struggle),

By Sandun Jayawardana The arrest of a prominent ‘aragalaya’ activist and a contentious debate on malnutrition among the country’s mothers and children saw sparks fly between the government and opposition benches in Parliament this week. The arrest of award-winning actress Damitha Abeyratne, who had been at the forefront of the ‘aragalaya’ (struggle), saw opposition MPs …

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) may be the new divinity, saint, aacharya, sacred preacher or teacher in this fight against corruption in Sri Lanka.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has brought us to a crisis that seems worse than what the politicians did by bringing us to bankruptcy. It is the process of recovery – with that shaky pledge of US $ 2.9 billion in four years, to overcome the unprecedented economic turmoil.Among the IMF aims …

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Island-wide signature campaign calling for the repeal of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to Commence from Kankesanthurai in the North to Hambantota in the South

(Text of Press Release Issued on Behalf of the Ilankai Thamilarasu Katchi (ITAK)Youth Front, Justice for All and the Alliance of Trade Union & Mass organisations) An island-wide signature campaign has been launched calling for the repeal of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) brought in 1979 as a temporary provisions Act for six …

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How can the Government delegation to UNHRC now refuse UNHRC mechanism to gather evidence of human rights violations in Sri Lanka having in 2019 allowed foreign agencies to investigate 21/4 Easter Sunday attacks?

By M.M.Zuhair At a time when the country is increasingly dependent on the assistance of foreign countries to tackle the deepening economic crisis and the steeply rising cost of living, the Government must objectively address the human rights concerns alleged against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) commencing sittings in Geneva. …

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President Wickremesinghe Imposes Strictures on all 37 newly Appointed State Ministers in a bid to Utilise Public Fubds Frugally amidst Economic Crisis; separate Expenditure Head will not be Allpcared to State Ministries

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has emphasised that all authorities should make every effort to utilise public funds spent by the Government in a frugal and efficient manner, taking into account the severe economic difficulties that the Government has to face in the current economic and social climatallocated e of the country. President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake has …

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