It is this President and this Government alone that is responsible for avoidable deaths of Sri Lankans and for worse calamities that will inexorably follow.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Confounding its claim to an ancient and painfully established legal heritage of some note in South Asia, Sri Lanka is degenerating to a primordial nation-state, where the very meaning of ‘law’ is reduced to a farce. Letters cannot restrict constitutional rights Ad hoc statements of officials, from the Army Commander to …

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Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekra Unaware of Training of Sri Lankan Police by Scotland Police Being Suspended Due to Alleged Human Rights Abuses by Lankan Cops

Scottish Police are reported to have put on hold an ongoing scheme to train Sri Lankan Police officers but is yet to officially inform the authorities in Colombo. Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara said yesterday that he was unaware of reports that Police Scotland had put the long-running programme to train Sri Lankan police officers …

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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says the president’s office has not answered questions he raised in a letter last month over allegations that officials in state intelligence agencies knew and met with the Easter Sunday Suicide Bomb attackers.

By Krishan FrancisThe Associated Press Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church said Friday that 25 people charged this week in connection with the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed 269 people could be “smaller fish,” and accused the government of still not taking steps to identify the true conspirators. The head of the archdiocese of Colombo, …

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The finding of Buddhist places in the Jaffna peninsula creates tension because Sinhalese Equate Buddhism as Being Exclusively Sinhala While ​forgetting that the majority of Tamils were Buddhists at one tim

By P.K.Balachandran Unsustainable claims put forward by the Sinhalese and the Tamils on language, religion and ethnicity, have muddied Sri Lankan politics in the post-independence era. The Sinhalese loudly proclaim that Buddhism is quintessentially and exclusively, a “Sinhala” religion. The Tamils, on the other hand, claim with equal vehemence, that they have always been unalloyed …

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Vijaya and Chandrika Kumaratung’s only Son Vimukthi States Clearly that he has”no intention whatsoever of engaging in Sri Lankan Politics”; requests Sri Lankan media and public to respect his privacy.

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunge’s son Vimukthi Kumaratunge said he had no intention whatsoever of engaging in Sri Lankan Politics and refuted recent media reports of him entering the local political arena. He said in a statement that he appealed to everyone to disregard any statement alleging his aspirations to become a Sri Lankan politician.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa likely to reshuffle Cabinet with Key changes to Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Tourism, Education, Media, and Power.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to reshuffle the Cabinet with changes likely to key Ministries, including Foreign Affairs and Health. The others set to undergo portfolio changes include Education, Tourism, Power, and Media, the Daily FT learns. Education Minister G.L. Peiris is slated to be the new Foreign Minister while Dinesh Gunawardena, who currently holds the …

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Attorney-General Files Indictments Against 25 Persons for Alleged Involvement in the Easter Sunday Bombings Conspiracy; Seeks Trial at bar Proceedings to be instituted by the Chief Justice to go into the 23,270 Charges filed

By Azzam Ameen Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam has sent indictments to Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya this afternoon (10) seeking the appointment of a Trial-at-Bar against 25 suspects indicted for conspiracy over the Easter Sunday terror attacks. According to reliable sources, The Morning learns that the suspects are to be tried before Court for 23,270 charges …

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Former Cabinet Minister Rishad Bathiudeen who was Detained Under the PTA for Allegedly Aiding and Abetting Easter Sunday Terror Bombings is Remanded Until August 17th by Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage

By Shavini Madhara Former Minister Rishard Bathiudeen who was arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act was remanded till August 17 by Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage yesterday. The investigators had conducted a comprehensive probe into funding of the Easter Sunday suicide bombers and a range of financial transactions that had taken place in …

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“No Govt Permission to Import Chemical Fertilizer for Local Agriculture”: Decision Taken By President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to Use Only Organic Fertilier for Local Agriculture Remains and Will Not Be Changed in the Future says President’s Media Centre Statement.

The President’s Office yesterday insisted that there was no U-turn in the Government’s policy on promoting organic fertiliser and that the latest gazette only aims to facilitate the importation of “specialised fertilisers”. “The Government has not granted permission to import chemical fertilisers for local agricultural purposes, neither has it made any changes to the decision …

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If the Kotelawala Defence University Bill is Passed ,future members of civilian bureaucracy would be trained to honour and obey Rajapaksa orders as if they are divine truths; It will be ‘Yes, Sir, No, Sir, Three bags full, Sir.”

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “If mankind commits suicide, it will be because people will obey…the archaic passions of fear, hate, and greed…” – Erich Fromm (On Disobedience: Why Freedom Means Saying “No” to Power) Sri Lanka is in transition into becoming the Pearl of the Silk Route politically. But America still haunts the imitation dreams of …

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Sri Lanka is heading for its worst health disaster in the coming weeks due to risk of the Delta variant spreading beyond control; leading medical experts say hospitals across the Western Province re full with 2/3rd of the patients being oxygen-dependent.

By Jamila Husain Sri Lanka is heading for its worst medical tsunami in the coming weeks as there is a risk that the Delta variant is spreading beyond control, leading medical experts told Daily Mirror yesterday. Senior physicians at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic said that hospitals across the Western Province were filled to …

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Harsha De Silva MP Calls Govt Reversal of Fertilizer Ban a Farce Saying “they have removed chemical and mineral fertiliser from the banned list and included them in the licensed list. So we are going back to what it originally was.”

By Aazam Ameen The gazette published on 06 May which detailed the ban of imports of chemical fertiliser was fundamentally flawed, The Morning learnt. Speaking exclusively to The Morning on the matter, Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Dr. Harsha De Silva explained that the gazette contained a mistake where both chemical fertliser and mineral fertiliser were …

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Finance Ministry through gazette notification 2238/45 of 31 July 2021 relaxes regulations on the import of chelated (a type of bonding of ions and molecules to metal ions) minerals and micronutrients for the purpose of producing fertiliser.

BY Buddhika Samaraweera The Finance Ministry, through the gazette notification number 2238/45 of 31 July 2021, has relaxed regulations on the import of chelated (a type of bonding of ions and molecules to metal ions) minerals and micronutrients for the purpose of producing fertiliser. Accordingly, nitrogen (N) fertiliser, phosphate (PO₄³⁻) fertiliser, potassium (K) fertiliser, fertilisers …

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Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa Removes Ban on Import of Chemical and Mineral Fertilizer; bn relaxaion likely to be a temporary measure to help ffeced Farmers During Maha Paddy Cultivation Season

New Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa has lifted the ban imposed on chemical fertilisers import. The relaxation has been published via Gazette No. 2238/45 of 31 July. The move is following recommendations of the Agriculture Department and the Fertiliser Secretariat and will be a big boon for farmers during the upcoming Maha paddy cultivation season, officials …

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Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe Sends Letter of Demand for Rs 2 Billion to Nissanka Senadhipathy Following Administrative Appeals Tribunal Ruling that the Avant Garde Chairman had “Doctored” the Telephone Conversation Tape on the Basis of Which the Former Solicitor -General ws Interdicted

By Ranjith Padmasiri The tape recording of a telephone conversation between former Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe and Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadipathi which resulted in the interdiction of the senior state prosecutor had been edited and doctored, an Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has established. Ms. Wickramasinghe was interdicted and sent on compulsory leave by …

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Amendments to Sri Lanka’s Code of Criminal Procedure Act (1979) and Convention against Torture (CAT) Act (1994) are an insult to the victims bloodied and battered by torture at the hands of law enforcement agents.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Amendments certified on the 15th of July 2021 to Sri Lanka’s Code of Criminal Procedure Act (1979) and to the Convention against Torture (CAT) Act (1994) are, to put it baldly, an insult to the hundreds if not thousands of victims bloodied and battered by torture at the hands of law …

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Is Gotabaya Raajapaksa aiming at creating a hybrid structure of administration — part military and part civilian — like an electric-fossil fuel powered automobile?

By Gamini Weerakoon A raging debate on ‘militarisation of academia’ has been sweeping through the ‘Paradise Island’ for weeks. Paradoxically, indications of ‘militarisation’ of government for over a year and half, since former Lt. Col. Gotabaya Rajapaksa (Retd.) was elected the president, appear not to have been taken as seriously as the move — as …

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UN Human Rights Council Ready to Crack Down on Sri Lanka at the September Session in Geneva with the UN Human Rights Commissioners Office Getting $ 2.8 Million to Set Up 13 Member Special Secretariat to Monitor Human Rights Abuses in the Island and Collect Evidence to Facilitate Accountability Mechanisms

(Excerpts from the “Sunday Times”Political Column of August 1st 2021) The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is set to crack the whip on Sri Lanka at its 48th sessions just six weeks ahead. It is not only on issues arising from the March sessions of the damning Resolution on Sri Lanka caused by dismal …

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Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner Designate to India,Milinda Moragoda,to Assume Stint in New Delhi After One Year Delay With “Integrated Country Strategy” Blueprint to Establish Better Relations Between Both Counries by Building Bridges of Connectivity on Multiple Fronts

By Suhasini Haidar and Meera Srinivasan After months of strain over a number of issues including the cancelled port project in Colombo , Sri Lanka is preparing to send its High Commissioner designate to Delhi, along with a ‘roadmap’ to restore ties that includes resolving fishermen’s issues, building connectivity, trade and investment, as well as …

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“The Tragedy is that it is Becoming Harder in 1983 for Sinhala Christians to Acknowledge that what was done is a Moral Crime than in 1958.:- Bishop Lakshman Wickremesinghe

(Text of the final Pastoral letter written by the Anglican Bishop of Kurunegala , Rt. Rev. L Wickremasinghe, in September 1983 after the July 1983 Violence.Bishop Lakshmn passed away some weeks after this on October 23rd 1983.) Dear Church Members and Citizens assembled in Council We are in the midst of our worst national crisis …

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Unabashedly Unbowed and Unfailingly Unafraid, “Killi”Rajamahendran was a “Maharaja” from head to toe in the truest sense of the word

By Krishantha Prasad Cooray It was early 2005, a few months after I had been made the CEO of Rivira Media Corporation. I had been warned that the media industry was a cutthroat one, and to expect little help for a fledgling newspaper like Rivira. Still I decided to reach out to the heads of …

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The ghastly tale of the killing of Tamil prisoners at Welikada in 1983;Witnesses told the Commission that soldiers were heard shouting ‘Jayawewa’ when news broke of the killings of the Tamil prisoners

By Chandani Kirinde All stories have their heroes and villains. During the Welikada Prison massacre of July 1983 in which 53 Tamil prisoners lost their lives, there were few prison officials who put their lives on the line to protect the Tamil inmates while there were the others, who by their complicity, encouraged the attackers …

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Mangala Samaraweera spearheads launch of an apolitical movement called ‘Radical Centre’ by a group of multifaceted multi-ethnic youth based on the principles of democracy, freedom, equality and justice as the four pillared-foundation for a just, caring and prosperous society.

Former Minister and Parliamentarian Mangala Samara-weera yesterday spearheaded the launch of an apolitical movement called ‘Radical Centre’ by a group of multifaceted multi-ethnic youth calling themselves as true patriots. The middle path or ‘Radical Centre’ is based on the principles of democracy, freedom, equality and justice as the four pillared-foundation for a just, caring and …

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Sri Lanka yesterday completed the groundwork towards the settlement of $ 1 billion worth of International Sovereign Bonds (ISBs) maturing today states Nivard Cabral; State Minister for Money, Capital Market and Public Enterprises Reform Says SRi Lanka “has proved all the doomsayers and sceptics both globally and locally wrong”

By Nisthar Cassim Against widespread fears and claims of default sans multilateral donor help, Sri Lanka yesterday completed the groundwork towards the settlement of $ 1 billion worth of International Sovereign Bonds (ISBs) maturing today. The move, according to Money, Capital Market and Public Enterprises Reform State Minister Nivard Cabraal, has proved all the doomsayers …

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Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) Executive Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu files Petition in Supreme Court (SC SD 28/2021) challenging the proposed Finance Bill Providing amnesty from tax, penalty or interest, or from any investigation or prosecution for ” Special foreign currency deposits”

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu yesterday filed a Petition in the Supreme Court (SC SD 28/2021) challenging the proposed Finance Bill, which was placed on the order paper of Parliament on 20 July. The bill seeks to provide an amnesty from tax, penalty or interest, or from …

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“For how long should citizens of this country pay for the grievous sins of their political rulers?And when will we ever learn from our tortuous history?

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene To a protesting (Sinhalese) Stalin, (or for that matter, a Marx or Lenin), who is released along with comrades following public outrage and street anger after unjustifiable detention by the police using Sri Lanka’s covid-19 health protocols, there are a hundred others who languish in squalid detention under the country’s savagely …

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Sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 patients seeking treatment at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka this week may be an “early signal” of what to expect from other parts of the country.

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi A sharp rise has been seen in the number of COVID-19 patients seeking treatment at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) this week and many warned that it may be an “early signal” of what to expect from other parts of the country. This week, the NHSL saw more than 200 …

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Sri Lanka has no immediate plan to seek financing from the International Monetary Fund says Presidential Secretary P.B. Jayasundera; “The IMF coming won’t bring tourism here. The IMF coming won’t bring exports back.”

By Namini Wijedasa Sri Lanka has no immediate plan to seek financing from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Presidential Secretary P.B. Jayasundera has said. “Right now, it is not a question of whether we want the IMF or not,” the former Finance Ministry Secretary explained in an interview. “The IMF coming won’t bring tourism here. …

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President Premadasa Backed Off From Taking on the IPKF When Its Chief Gen.Kalkat Indicated That The Indian Army Would Retaliate by Seizing Anuradhapura in Phase One and Possibly Move to Colombo in Phase Two

By Lt Gen A.S. Kalkat (Retd) I was on a sabbatical in London, United Kingdom for a fellowship with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) when I received a message from Brigadier (now Lt Gen) Satish Nambiar, the Military Attaché in London to call the Army Headquarters. I did so from his office and …

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Rishad Bathiudeen’s Wife and Father in Law Detained by Police for Further Investigations Regarding Death of 16 Year Old Girl from Dyagama Working as Domestic Aide; Rishad’s brother in law also arrested in separate incident for allegedly raping a former domestic aide now aged 22.

By Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya Three persons including the wife and father-in-law of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen have been arrested in connection with the death of a 16-year old domestic aide at the former minister’s house, police said. Police Spokesman SDIG Ajith Rohana said that 46-year old Sheyabdeen Ayesha, her father 70-year-old Mohammed Sheyabdeen and the …

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Senior Lawyer and well-known crusader for human rights and justice Manouri Muttetuwegama (85) passes away in Colombo;her husband was Communist Party Leader Sarath Muteuwegama while Father was Trotskyite Leader Dr.Colvin R de Silva

The death occurred yesterday of senior Attorney-at-Law and Human Rights activist Manouri Muttetuwegama (85), wife of the late MP and Attorney-at-Law Sarath Muttetuwegama. A former Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka,she was also the Chairperson of the All Island Commission on Disappearances and Chairperson of the Consultation Taskforce on Reconciliation Mechanisms.She was …

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Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa dynasty is not as secure as it appears Because the family that runs everything is running out of cash – The Economist

(This article appeared in the Asia section of “The Economist “ under the headline “Rajapaksa Raj”) Since winning the presidency in a landslide nearly two years ago, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has worried not that he has too many relatives in government, but that he has too few. One of the 72-year-old’s elder brothers, Mahinda, himself president …

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Opportunities for investments from India in the Eastern Province as well a Potential joint efforts for economic development of the region Discussed at Meeting Between Acting Indian Envoy Vinod Jacob and Batticaloa MP and State Minister S.Viyalendran

(Text of Press Release Issued by the High Commission of India in Colombo on July 21st 2021) Acting High Commissioner of India, Mr. Vinod K Jacob had a productive meeting with Hon’ble S. Viyalanderan, State Minister of Backward Rural Areas Development and Promotion of Domestic Animal Husbandry & Minor Economic Crop Cultivation and Batticaloa District …

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No-confidence motion Presented by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya against Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila is defeated in Parliament by a Majority of 91 Votes with 152 Voting against and 61 Voting in favour of the NCM

The no-confidence motion against Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila was defeated by a majority of 91 votes, with 152 voting against the motion and 61 in favour. The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), which moved the motion, along with other Opposition party members, including UNP MP Ranil Wickremesinghe, voted in favour of the motion. All SLPP MPs, …

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UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Speaks Out in Parliament on Behalf of SJB MP’s Harin Fernando and Rishad Bathiudeen;says arrest/interrogation of MPs without informing Speaker breach of their parliamentary privileges and that Police Should keep House informed in such cases

There are no plans to arrest SJB MP Harin Fernando, but he is duty bound to provide information he has regarding the Easter Sunday attacks to the CID, Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekera said yesterday. Responding to a privilege issue raised in the House by UNP MP Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Minister said Fernando had …

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“Let us Unite with Patience and Perseverance for Peace and Justice “-SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem

(Eid- ul-Alha Message from Rauff Hakeem Leader, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress) On this holy day of Eid-ul-Alha, let us celebrate with patience and perseverance for peace and justice to prevail for all in Sri Lanka. We join the Muslims all over the world marking this year’s festival under challenging circumstances and trying conditions in their …

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa states he would seek a second term in office thereby shifting from his earlier position to serve only one Term;”President wanted to tell the people of the country and party workers who is really in charge,” says a senior govt official

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday said he would seek a second term in office, shifting from his earlier position to serve only one term. Mr. Gotabaya, in a meeting with owners of local media institutions, spoke of having not just three years of his remaining term, but an additional five …

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Can the Newly Changed “Pillows” of Basil and Shasheendra Rajapaksas Cure all the Political, Economic and Health Sector “Headaches” Plaguing Sri Lanka?

By Gamini Weerakoon Sri Lankan rulers think that they have found a permanent cure for headaches, having rejected the ancient wisdom: You can’t cure headaches by changing pillows. Paradise Island is not only beset with the global pandemic crisis that all countries are attempting to ward off but has many more crises — a billion-dollar …

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Will the appointment of Mr. Basil Rajapaksa as Finance Minister bring about a radical change in policies that could save the country from the several economic crises facing the country?

By Nimal Sanderatne The country is in a multiplicity of inter-related and intertwined crises and widespread social upheavals. Apart from solutions to the specific grievances, drastic changes in economic policies are required to ensure financial and economic stability. Social unrest Protests and social upheavals due to severe economic difficulties, unavailability of fertiliser, protests against the …

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ACMC Leader and Wanni District MP Rishad Bathiudeen Being Held in CID Custody Under the PTA Suffers Suspected Heart Attack and is Warded at Colombo National Hospital Cardiology Unit Under Police Guard

By Chris Kamalendran All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Leader Rishad Bathiudeen, who is in Criminal Investigation Department (CID) custody, was admitted to the National Hospital in Colombo yesterday due to a suspected heart attack. Mr Bathiudeen had complained to CID officers last morning that he was feeling ill. They had, thereafter, taken him to the …

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Death Row Murder Convict Duminda Silva Who was Given “Poson Poya Pardon” by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is Appointed as Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority With Presidential Endorsement

Former MP Duminda Silva, who was serving a death sentence over the killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra but was released from jail on a special presidential pardon last month has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority.

The Kotelawala Defence University Bill directly violates the principles of critical thought in higher education that, despite manifest travails, our Universities have protected for decades.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Friday (July 16th) was an eventful day for Sri Lanka. Just as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was holding forth to obediently head-nodding members of the Maha Sangha comprising the Government’s Buddhist Advisory Council gathered at the Presidential Secretariat, on his firm intent to proceed with enactment of the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) …

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22 Trade Unionists and Political Activists Including Joseph Stalin and Duminda Nagamuwa Woho Were Forcibly” Quarantined” by Police for Protesting Against KDU bill released after 9 days of “Quarantine” on July 16

By Imesh Ranasinghe Just over a week after they were sent to quarantine camps under legally questionable circumstances, 22 trade union members in Sri Lanka including Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) general secretary Joseph Stalin were released Friday (16) afternoon. The union members had been arrested for engaged in protests that police said were in violation …

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The prestige of the Gotabaya Government that walks the walk, as well as it talks the talk, on military-related matters is at stake on the Kotelawala Defence University Bill issue

By Rajpal Abeynayake The forced quarantining of those protesting the contemplated passage of the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) Bill was rather dramatic, and has created a ruckus about the propriety or otherwise of disallowing dissent on the basis of health considerations. As interesting as this debate may seem, it’s a temporary problem. The protestors may …

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“Continuous delay in investigations into the Easter Sunday terror attacks could create some suspicion among the public that the present Government may also have had some involvement in the bombings.”-Rev. Cyril Gamini Fernando

BY Buddhika Samaraweera While claiming that the current Government is continuously delaying the investigations into the Easter Sunday terror attacks on 21 April 2019, the Catholic Church alleged that this continuous delay would create some suspicion among the public that the incumbent Government may also have had some involvement in the said bombings. The National …

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa orders an investigation of allegations that some members of state intelligence agencies knew and met with people who carried out Easter Sunday bombings in 2019

By Krishan Francis/The Associated Press Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered an investigation of allegations that some members of state intelligence agencies knew and met with people who carried out Easter Sunday bombings in 2019 that killed more than 260 people, a government official said. The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka wrote to the …

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Why do I still call myself a Catholic given the Catholic Church’s official face, generally dispiriting history and the inevitability of more and worse revelations to come?

By William J Grimm (William Grimm is a missioner and priest in Tokyo and is the publisher of the Union of Catholic Asian News). One of the fastest-growing religious affiliations, or more accurately disaffiliations, is the large number of people who declare themselves to be former Catholics. Departures from the Church are especially pronounced among …

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UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Wants Govt to discuss with the International Monetary Fund and find the money needed to sustain the country’s economy;” Once we get the IMF certificate, we will be able to get money from countries like India, China and Japan” says EX-Prime Minister

By Asiri Fernando Former Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called for a parliamentary debate on the financial crisis the country is facing, urging the Government to seek IMF assistance to better navigate the difficult times ahead. MP Wickremesinghe stated that Sri Lanka is facing a major foreign exchange crisis, …

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Courtesy Calls Paid on New Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa by the Ambassadors of the USA,European Union, Germany, Russia and China and the High Commissioners of India and the UK

Ambassadors of the US, Germany, China, Russia, the European Union and the High Commissioners of the UK and India called on Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa at the Ministry yesterday (July 14). This was the first time the foreign envoys had met Rajapaksa since taking office as the Minister of Finance. US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz, German …

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Widespread condemnation in Sri Lanka of govt’s brazen, unconscionable and partisan use of the pandemic containment regulations to quell public display of dissent

By P.K.Balachandran There is widespread condemnation in Sri Lanka of the government’s brazen, unconscionable and partisan use of the pandemic containment regulations to quell public display of dissent. The immediate issue is the forced 14-day quarantining of a small group of demonstrators after they were bailed out by a court. The Minister of Public Security …

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Over 90 academics affiliated to the State university system Issue Joint Statement Raising concerns regarding the arrest and continued detention of Lawyer Hejaz Hizbullah and Poet Ahnaf Jazeem and calling for the Immediate Release of Both.

A press conference organised by a group of university academics yesterday called for the release of Hejaaz Hizbullah and Ahnaf Jazeem. At the press conference a statement signed by over 90 academics affiliated to the State university system was released. The statement highlights a number of concerns we have with regard to the arrest and …

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Basil Rajapaksa Refutes Social Media Reports that he would Allow Import of Chemical Fertilizer again: :this is an attempt to derail the government’s organic fertiliser campaign,” Alleges the Finance Minister

By Shyam Nuawan Ganewatte Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa yesterday said that there were false reports circulating in social media that he would allow chemical fertiliser imports in an attempt to scuttle the government’s organic fertilizer campaign. Minister Rajapaksa said that there was no truth in the claims being made on social media that the government …

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With the Appointment of Basil Rajapaksa as Finance Minister In Sri Lanka the Government Looks Increasingly Like a Family Firm

By Mujib Mashal The first attempt by a Rajapaksa to return to power in Sri Lanka was brief. In 2018, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as prime minister, even though the man he was supposedly replacing said he still held the job. Mr. Rajapaksa eventually backed down, though not before chairs were smashed …

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Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella seeks legal advice pertaining to what he calls the conduct of Sirasa TV:“I consulted our lawyers regarding a section of the media brazenly abusing their privileged status,” says Media Minister

By Shamindra Ferdinando Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says he has recently sought legal advice pertaining to what he calls the conduct of Sirasa TV. Denying Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa’s accusations that the government was conspiring to suppress Sirasa, Rambukwella, who is also the co-cabinet spokesperson, told The Island, the Samagi Jana Balavegaya couldn’t challenge his …

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Basil is Trapped in a Catch -22 Situation Between a crumbling economic system and the dogmatic rule of his siblings: , his ‘seven brains’ might be of little use when his hands are tied!

By Ranga Jayasuriya Sri Lankan politics has been a good deal of family business. It was not even the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the progenitor of the SLPP that started it; D.S. Senanayake, the first prime minister flouted an implicit understanding of the succession and undercut two party seniors, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sir John Kotelawala …

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With Basil joining the govt. as Finance Minister, the Sri Lankan Cabinet has five Rajapaksas, four brothers and one from the next generation.

by Meera Srinivasan To track the Rajapaksa family tree is to track the most important positions in the Sri Lankan government. With the recent appointment of Basil Rajapaksa, the youngest of the Rajapaksa brothers, as the country’s new Minister of Finance, Sri Lanka’s first family has further fastened its clasp on power. The Cabinet has …

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The “Basilaagamanaya” or the New Rise of Basil Politics has Established a Monarchial system of “Familarchy” by which the family is totally dominant in the government, economic management and social organisation of the country.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The Basilaagamanaya or the New Rise of Basil Politics is having its immediate impact on the Rajapaksa Power Display. Here is a clear warning to protest politics. Covid-19 is the new tool of Rajapaksa Power, with quarantine being the system of dominance. Leading trade unionists and student protesters are the showpieces of …

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Sri Lanka will apply to obtain up to USD 800 million worth of reserves from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) facility during August-September.

By Damith Wickramasekara Sri Lanka will apply to obtain up to USD 800 million worth of reserves from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) facility during August-September. A senior Treasury official said that under the current allocation, Sri Lanka should obtain reserves amounting to about USD 800 million. The SDR …

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Waves of brutal police violence directed towards trade union leaders, students, fishermen and farmers was a Chilling Message Sent to Dissenters by the Rjapaksa Regime

By Kishali Pinto Jayawaardene Waves of brutal police violence directed towards trade union leaders, students, fishermen and farmers in Sri Lanka this week underscored a deadly purpose on the part of the State. It was no accident that the clothes of female protestors were torn, that the media was shoved while covering these ugly scenes …

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Police Widely Condemned for Brutal Suppression of Democratic Protest in Bataramulla While the Army Earns Praise on the same day Through Effiicient Vaccination of People

By Susitha Fernando On July 8 (Thursday) we saw diametrically opposite results because the security forces are apparently being used for the government’s objectives. In a number of security forces camps around the country vaccination programmes were conducted with the participation of security personnel. With the true to life security forces discipline we saw how …

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“At times we will have to take certain unpopular decisions, just like how a father would for the betterment of his children and family. Therefore, I urge you all to support our efforts in these trying times,” -New Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa Appeals to the People.

Amidst internal and external challenges, seasoned political campaigner and results-oriented Basil Rajapaksa yesterday assumed the key portfolio of Finance Minister, promising to deliver economic growth and prosperity to people. After much speculation and reservations among some, the all-important Ministry of Finance was handed over to Basil by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a subject most of the …

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“ There are numerous issues with regard to the Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA). Hon. Minister I can tell you very responsibly, you can’t amend the PTA, you have to repeal the PTA.- MA Sumanthiran MP

(Text of Speech made by TNA Jaffna District MP Mathiaparanan Abraham Sumanthiran in Parliament on the 06th of July 2021 on amendments made to the Convention Against Torture Act) Thank you Hon. Deputy chairman of committees for the opportunity to speak a few words at the very important debate when the Hon. Minister of Justice …

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“Current economic, public health and governance crisis is so profound that it is beyond the capacity of a skillful Political and Economic deal maker like Basil Rajapaksa”

By Meera Srinivasan Basil Rajapaksa, brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, was on Thursday sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance, becoming the fourth Rajapaksa brother and fifth member of the first family to enter the Cabinet. The eldest of the brothers, Chamal Rajapaksa, is a Cabinet Minister, as is …

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Appointment of Mr. Basil Rajapaksa as Nationl List MP undermines the sovereignty of the people and violates the Constitution of Sri Lanka – Centre for Policy Alternaatives

(Text of Centre for Policy lternaatives Statement on Constitutionality of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna National List Appointment , 7th July 2021). The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is concerned by several media reports that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has appointed Mr. Basil Rajapaksa to fill the National List seat which fell vacant …

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Can Basil Rajapaksa put a temporary stop to the puerile words and deeds of the regime’s more doltish actors and buy the dynastic project much-needed breathing space?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “It is like a tricycle. Mahinda Rajapaksa is the front wheel, and Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa are like rear wheels. If only one of the wheels is missing the tricycle will not run. That is the reality” – Namal Rajapaksa (Newswire – 5 July 2021) – Basil Rajapaksa, the economic superman, …

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Newly Sworn in Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa Becomes the fourth Rajapaksa Siblin and fifth member of the family to enter the Cabinet: Ex-Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Given Newly Creted Ministry of Economic Policies and Planning.

By Meera Srinivasan Basil Rajapaksa, brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, was on Thursday sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance, becoming the fourth Rajapaksa brother and fifth member of the first family to enter the Cabinet. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa is also a Cabinet Minister. His appointment, …

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Justice Ministry Proposal to Amend the Convention Against Torture Act is Intended as a “Window Dressing” For the Benefit of the European Union States TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran PC

By Aazam Ameen Responding to the amendments proposed to the Convention Against Torture And Other Cruel, Inhuman Or Degrading Treatment Or Punishment Act and the Code of Criminal procedure act by Minister of Justice Ali Sabry in Parliament today (06), MP M. A. Sumanthiran of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) stated that while on …

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SLPP National List MP Jayantha Ketagoda Resigns Seat for Basil Rajapaksa to be Nominated in his Place as MP: SLPP Gen -Secy Sagara Kariyawasam Tells Media that Basil Would be Sworn in as MP on July 8th and be assigned Cabinet Ministerial Responsibilities in Finance and Economic Development

By Sandasen Marasinghe and Amali Mallawarachchi The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna has nominated Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation Presidential Task Force Head and former Minister Basil Rajapaksa to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of MP Jayantha Ketagoda, the National Election Commission (NEC) said. He said the relevant Gazette would be sent for publication …

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Indian Envoy Gopal Baglay reiterates India’s support for devolution in Sri Lanka on the basis of full implementation of the 13A and early conduct of Provincial Council elections at meeting with Tamil Progressive Alliance elegation led by Mano Ganesan MP

(Text of a Press Release Issued by the High Commission of India in Colombo) A five member Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) delegation led by Hon. Mano Ganeshan Member of Parliament called on the High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Gopal Baglay today (6 July 2021) at India House. T PA Members of Parliament Hon. Radha Krishnan, Hon. …

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Chinese Gui Lan (Pvt) Ltd, registered as a private limited liability company Takes Over Acres of Sea Lands in the North for sea cucumber hatchery and sea cucumber nursery in Ariyalai and Poonagary Without a permit from the National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (NAQDA).

. By S. Rubatheesan Northern fishing communities are up in arms against a Chinese joint venture company because it has taken over acres of sea-land to harvest sea cucumber, severely limiting the space for local fishermen to engage in the same business. As part of an extension to its sea cucumber hatchery, the Chinese joint …

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Basil is Entering Parliament “with the knowledge and consent of the Prime Minister and myself. Whatever some may say, the Rajapaksa brothers take decisions together and work together.” Says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

By Gajaba During a meeting with some of his close associates this week, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa claimed there was an organised attempt via social media and some mainstream media organisations to foster a view that there was a split within the ranks of the Rajapaksa family. The main thrust of this operation was being conducted …

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57 schools and seven universities in Sri Lanka offering Chinese language courses;”Interest among students and the general public in Sri Lanka towards learning the Chinese language has grown over the past few years saays China’s Envoy Qi Zhenhong

Interest among students and the general public in Sri Lanka towards learning the Chinese language has grown over the past few years, China’s Ambassador Qi Zhenhong says. There are now 57 schools and seven universities in Sri Lanka offering Chinese language courses, Zhenhong said on Friday as he addressed the awards ceremony of the Sri …

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The seething fury of Sri Lanka’s farmers is genuine. It transcends party divisions and party loyalties. What drives that movement is the hunger of their families and the despair of agricultural communities left adrift by a disastrously mismanaged policy decision by this Govt

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene As the seething fury of Sri Lanka’s farmers spills over onto village roads and sets the country ablaze with war cries of ‘give us fertilizer to farm our crops, our paddy lands and our vegetable fields,’ the best role that an utterly inept and incompetent Opposition can play is to refrain …

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33 Govt Backbench MP’s Meet at Matale MP Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon’s Residence and Resolve to Extend Collective Invitation Requesting Basil Rajapaksa to Enter Parliament as National List MP

By Gajaba Government backbenchers, meanwhile, are intensifying their efforts to ensure that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) architect, Basil Rajapaksa, enters Parliament. Spearheading the campaign are mainly first-time MPs. They met last Sunday evening at MP Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon’s residence at Anderson Road in Dehiwala for what was termed as a decisive discussion on …

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Sri Lankan author Kanya D’Almeida is the Overall Winner of 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for ‘I Cleaned The – “; Kanya is the first Sri Lankan to win the overall prize and the second to win for the Asia region.

Thirty-four-year-old Kanya D’Almeida has been announced as the overall winner of the world’s most global literature prize. The Commonwealth Foundation announced D’Almeida’s win in an online award ceremony which featured readings from Zambianauthor Mubanga Kalimamukwento, Sri Lankan actress Ranmali Mirchandani, British actress Lyndsey Marshal, Jamaican author Kei Miller and Australian actress Francesca Savige. D’Almeida, from …

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Speaking at Tiananmen Square on July 1st, the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party China’s leader Xi Jinping pledges that any foreigner who tried to bully China would “dash their heads against a Great Wall of steel, forged from the flesh and blood of over 1.4 bn Chinese people”.

For all who believe that people are endowed with inalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that just governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, it was alarming to hear the loud applause and cheers that greeted Xi Jinping on July 1st, the 100th anniversary of the Communist …

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The Colombo Port City Act could well end up being a modern-day Trojan horse or a Nanjing Treaty for Sri Lankans in the years ahead.

By Mangala Samaraweera “Reflect continually on the fact that all things as happen now, also happened before, and on the fact that they will happen again. The whole dramas and the comparable scenes… from history of the past… All these were similar only the actors were different” – Marcus Aurelius The Sunday Times of 27 …

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British Conservative Party Human Rights Commission’s report on the human rights situation in China titled “The Darkness Deepens. The Crackdown on Human Rights in China 2016-2020” discusses evidence of serious human rights abusesin China

By Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab “Let China Sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world” so states a quote often attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte. Whether or not these words were spoken by Napoleon Bonaparte, in recent years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has created a very concerning reality to this statement. In recent …

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Sri Lanka Eagerly Awaits a $1 billion currency swap from India to meet its debt repayment obligations this year and tide over the current economic crisis

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka is “banking on” a $1 billion currency swap from India to meet its debt repayment obligations this year and tide over the current economic crisis, a senior official of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said. The island nation has already serviced part of its debt this year, and is …

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General Cyril Ranatunga : A Soldier For All Seasons

By Krishantha Prasad Cooray Wilfred Owen, among English poets in the early part of the 20th Century, wrote about war’s futility. More importantly he had in his sights the point of view of the soldier — it is theirs not to reason why but merely to do and die. The declaration of war is the …

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Living in Crowded Line Rooms Make Plantation Sector Families Highly Vulnerable to Spread of Corona Pandemic

By Jeeva Sathasivam This is the time of Corona. The virus that hit the world in 2019 is still shaking the entire planet. Although it was expected that the impact of the virus would gradually subside after one year, it did not occur. The impact of the virus in the early days is now greatly …

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Dredging of Tissawewa With Heavy Machinery and Removal of Sand and Clay for Profit by Chinese Company Halted Due to Protests by Enviromentalists and Archaeologists; Chinese Joint Venture Project Introduced by Irrigation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa Being Criticised Widely

By Ifham Nizam Environmentalists yesterday welcomed Archaeology Director General Senior Professor Anura Manatunga’s intervention to halt the removal of soil and mud from the Tissawewa at Tissamaharama, by a Chinese company Social Scientist and environmentalist Dr Ravindra Kariyawasam told The Island that be it an American or Chinese company, they were here for a reason …

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The Chinese Communist Party Celebrating it’s Centenary on July 1st has been able to maintain its grip on power for 72 Years Due to ruthlessness, ideological agility and mot letting China become a straightforward kleptocracy -The Economist

On july 1st China’s Communist Party will celebrate its 100th birthday. It has always called itself “great, glorious and correct”. And as it starts its second century, the party has good cause to brag. Not only has it survived far longer than its many critics predicted; it also appears to be on the up. When …

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Lanka to issue Coin to Mark the Centenary of the Chinese Communist Party:For the First Time in Sri Lankan History the Central Bank Will Issue a Special Commemorative Coin to Honour a Foreign Political Party

In an unprecedented move, Sri Lanka will be issuing a special coin to commemorate a foreign political party, the Communist Party of China (CPC), in view of its centenary celebrations. A senior Central Bank (CB) official confirmed the decision but did not give details. The Central Bank’s practice of issuing commemorative coins to mark significant …

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The Chinese manufacturer of Sinovac vaccines which Sri Lankan plans to procure in the millions, has placed a condition that if the price of the jab is disclosed or even spoken about in public, the deal is off and there could be legal trouble.

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi The Chinese manufacturer of Sinovac vaccines, which Sri Lankan plans to procure in the millions, has placed a condition on its purchase contract: if the price of the jab is disclosed or even spoken about in public, the deal is off and there could be legal trouble. “They [Sinovac Lifesciences Co. Ltd.] …

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Frightening disconnect between perception and reality that emerged from President Rajapaksa’s Address to the Nation

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena Stirring scenes of Sri Lanka’s ancient grandeur in the backdrop of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s speech to a nation in tumult this Friday does not minimise the frightening disconnect between perception and reality that emerged from what the President thought it fit to speak (or rather, fulminated) about. Limits of presidential powers …

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The Shocking Pardon of Duminda Silva on Poya Day Shows that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa gives far greater weight to his personal “IOU’s” than what he owes the country.

by Rajan Philips June 24 was Poson Poya Day. The Daily Mirror and the Daily News editorially reminded Sri Lankans of the significance of Poson, the most important Buddhist festival after Vesak. It was on this day, 2300 years ago, King Devanampiya Tissa encountered Emperor Asoka’s son Arahat Mahinda in the jungles of Mihintale. Their …

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From the “Mahindagamanaya” to this Island on THAT Poson Poya to the “Dumindagamanaya” in Sri Lanka on THIS Poson Poya

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The questions posed by Arahat Mahinda to King Devanampiyatissa on the historic Poson Poya day, in the 3rd Century BC, keeps ringing in the minds of our people to this day. The questions about a mango tree and the kinsmen of the king were to gauge the king’s intelligence and capacity to …

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Full Text of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Televised Address to the Nation Delivered on June 25th 2021

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (25) said that he wouldn’t change his policies and strategies to please those trying to depict his government as a failure. He assured the people he would fulfill his promises and ensure a better future for all Sri Lankans. The President emphasised that the ban on the importation of chemical fertiliser, …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is Widely criticised for pardoning former MP Duminda Silva who was Convicted of Murder for the Slaying of politician Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra in October 2011.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday came under a volley of criticism for pardoning convict and former MP Duminda Silva, a move which dwarfed the positive and country’s international profile-boosting development of the release of 16 former LTTE cadres jailed for years without trials. Strong rejection of the Presidential pardon on Silva was across the board, ranging …

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“Some people angry with the Govt for not fulfilling their personal demands are now criticising the Govt as a failutre in order to discredit it. I will no change my policies to please a fe” States President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his 70 minute address to the Nation.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday reassured the nation to deliver socio-economic prosperity without fail despite unprecedented challenges, including the pandemic. In his address to the nation of one hour and 10 minutes, he laboriously listed multiple challenges faced since assuming office, as well as success achieved amidst the pandemic, and a host of measures in motion …

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” Were report of the trial Judges, the opinion of the Attorney General and the recommendation of the Hon. Minister of Justice Obtained in Terms of the Constitution Before Murder Convict Duminda Silva was Given a Presidential Pardon?- Bar Council of Sri Lanka asks President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to make the public aware whether the due procedure was followed when granting pardon to Duminda Silva. The BASL said in a statement that although article 34(1) of the Constitution allows the President to grant such a pardon, either free or subject to …

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“The killer has been set free. The sun will not shine on a country that does not respect justice.” Says Slain Ex-MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra’s Widow Sumana After Dumind Silva’s Release

By JAMILA HUSAIN Widow of former parliamentarian Bharatha Premchandra today vented her anger on social media after the release of Duminda Silva who received a presidential pardon. Sumana Premachandra stronngly condemned the government’s decision to release Silva who was convicted in 2016 over the murder of Bharatha Premachandra and sentenced to life in prison. She …

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94 Persons Including 16 Tamil Political Prisoners and Dumida Silva an ex-MP Convicted of Murdering Another Ex-MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra Released on Poson Poya Following Pardon Issued by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

By Meera Srinivasan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday pardoned 94 persons, including 16 ‘political prisoners’ and one prominent murder convict on death row, on the occasion of the ‘Poson Poya [full moon]’ day that bears religious significance, marking the arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. While Tamil parties and human rights defenders welcomed the release …

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The Current Govt which promised to renew English teaching and English medium education has shelved plans. Once again, the anti-English education lobby has won the battle.

By Dr.Tara de Mel Discussions on English medium education have surfaced, once again. Every few years, or if ever a government decides on touching this topic, rumblings begin on the merits or demerits of such an initiative. It’s perhaps pertinent to trace events from recent history. Rewind to the Education Reforms of 1998 The emphasis …

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The UNHRC Core Group for Sri Lanka echoing sentiments articulated by UNHRC Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet expresses concern over the lack of progress on human rights and further developments causing concern.

The UNHRC Core Group for Sri Lanka yesterday expressed concern and regret over the lack of progress on human rights, with a number of further concerning developments. Delivering the statement on behalf of Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Malawi, Montenegro and the UK, the Core Group on Sri Lanka referred to the UN Human Rights Council …

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Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe returns to Sri Lanka Parliament as National List MP and Slams Rajapaksa government’s economic policy and ‘militarisation

By Meera Srinivasan Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday returned to Parliament, ten months after his United National Party (UNP) suffered its biggest electoral defeat in history. In the first intervention by his party in the current legislature, Mr. Wickremesinghe slammed the Rajapaksa government on its economic policy that, he said, …

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17 Ex-LTTE Members Imprisoned for Many Years to be Released Following Presidential Pardon Issued by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for Poson Poya Says Prisons Minister Lohan Ratwate

By W.K. Prasad Manju The sentences of 216 prisoners, who have been sentenced to death for more than 20 years, will be commuted to life imprisonment, on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, State Minister of Prisons Management and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Lohan Ratwatte told Ceylon Today.

The furore about Ranil Wickremesinghe’s re-entry to Parliament speaks volumes about the man’s reputation among friends and foe alike, to shape political events.

( Text of Editorial Appearing in the “Daily Financial Times” of June 22nd 2021 under the heading “Ranil’s Return”) The United National Party (UNP) decision to nominate its Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to the party’s sole parliamentary seat, one secured through the National List, has ruffled many political feathers. The furore about Wickremesinghe’s re-entry to Parliament, …

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Pushing Farmers From Poverty Fringes Into Abject Poverty through the Dimwitted Presidential Directive Banning Chemical Fertilzer is a crime worse than white vans.

By Ranga Jayasuriya Farmers across this paradise isle are raging against a man-made disaster courtesy of a presidential directive. Holding placards in their starving paddy lands and hollowed out cash crops, they protest against a crippling shortage of fertilizer, the reason for that being a dimwitted presidential order to ban chemical fertilizer. Worst still, the …

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Army Commences Probe Into Incident where Soldiers Assaulted and Publicly Humiliated Muslim Civilians For Reportedly Violating COVID Lockdown Rules in the Eastern Province Town of Eravur.

By Meera Srinivasan A widely-shared image on social media, showing a row of men kneeling in front of soldiers for reportedly violating Sri Lanka’s current lockdown, has prompted the Army to probe the incident. Issuing a media statement on Sunday, the Army said “it immediately removed” the personnel from their duties, “after an alleged improper …

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Epidemiology Unit Disregarding Recommendation to Vaccinate Persons Over 60 Years Against COVID Caused Hundreds of Avoidable Deaths Charge Reputed Medical Specialists in Letter to Health Ministry

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi The COVID-19 vaccination programme has come under fire from senior medical specialists who are part of the independent expert panel of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA), calling for an immediate probe on major flaws that could have prevented deaths. The eight professionals are – Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama (physician), Prof. Neelika Malavige …

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European Parliament resolution on the situation in Sri Lanka Urges using the GSP+ as a leverage to push for advancement on Sri Lanka’s human rights obligations and assess whether there is sufficient reason to initiate a procedure for the temporary withdrawal of Sri Lanka’s GSP+ status

Text of European Parliament resolution of 10 June 2021 on the situation in Sri Lanka, in particular the arrests under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (2021/2748(RSP)) The European Parliament, – having regard to its previous resolutions on Sri Lanka, – having regard to the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human …

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Election Commission gazettes the name of United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the party’s sole National List Member of Parliament

The Election Commission has gazetted the name of United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the party’s one and only National List Member of Parliament. The extraordinary gazette notification was published today (June 18) by the Chairman of the Election Commission Nimal G. Punchihewa and the members of the election body, S.B. Divaratne, M.M. …

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Ranil Echoes Rajapaksas in Praising Chinese Communist Party:”Countries like ours have many lessons to learn from the leadership given to China by the Chinese Communist Party”Says UNP Leader

Leader of the United National Party and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says countries like Sri Lanka have much to learn from how China has progressed under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC). “We should appreciate the leadership given to China by the Chinese Communist Party. Because it is very important for …

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India reiterates support for devolution within a united Sri Lanka on the basis of full implementation of the 13A which would be in line with Tamil aspirations for equality, justice, peace & reconciliation and strengthen Sri Lanka.

(Text of a Press Release issued by the High Commission of India in Colombo) A five member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation led by Hon. R. Sampanthan, Member of Parliament called on the High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Gopal Baglay. The prescheduled meeting took place today (17 June 2021) at India House. Leader of Ilangai Tamil …

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Court of Appeal grants bail to Shani Abeysekara while delivering a stinging rebuke of the Police Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) case against the former CID chief and three other police officers and strongly suggesting that the allegations against Abeysekara were falsified to cause harm to the former CID chief.

The Court of Appeal order granting bail to Shani Abeysekara delivered a stinging rebuke of the Police Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) case against the former CID chief and three other police officers. In its order, the Court of Appeal noted the six-year delay in making the complaint about the cops who investigated the 2013 contract …

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Despite Court of Appeal Granting Bail to both, Gampaha Magistrate further remands SSP Abeysekara and SI Mendis until 30 June Because the higher court order is yet to be delivered to the Magistrate and the High Court from the Court of Appeal registrar.

By a Special Correspondent The Court of Appeal decision to grant bail to former CID Director Shani Abeysekara sparked a torrent of reactions from human rights groups, victims, and opposition activists yesterday, who have long viewed the arrest and incarceration as a reprisal against his investigations into high profile human rights abuses. Making an order …

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“Speculation is rife that the nationalist forces within and outside the Government disapproval of planned meeting may have resulted in the postponement of the meeting.”-The Morning

(Text of Eitorial Appearing in “The Morning” of June 17th 2021) The year 2021 was rather special to Sri Lanka as far as its international relations and the international community’s stance on Sri Lanka’s social and political atmospheres were concerned. Dealings with India and China, most of which revolved around Sri Lanka’s Ports, loans and …

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