“Rear Admiral Weerasekara is Not Merely a Sinhala Buddhist Ultra-nationalist.He and His Co-thinkers Are Quite Simply, Dangerous Fascists” – Dayan Jayatilleka

12th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara writes that “After the 2015 Presidential elections, for reasons better known to DJ, he approached GR and joined Viyath Maga.” That’s a blatant lie. As Dullas Alahapperuma and Matale mayor Mohammed Hilmy will attest, “After the 2015 presidential election” I met ex-President Rajapaksa at Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s residence of January 10th and rolled out a recovery strategy centered on Dinesh Gunawardena in Parliament. Furthermore, as Dinesh Gunawardena, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dullas Alahapperuma, Udaya Gammanpila MP and Wimal Weerawansa would attest, I spent weeks meeting them at my home and that of others, working out the revival of the Opposition. It was at such a working dinner that the idea of the Nugegoda meeting was arrived at. I still recall Wimal […]

Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Opts Out of Presidential Task Force on North -Eastern Economic Development saying Political Solution is Necessary Before Economic Development.

12th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has opted out of the Presidential Task Force on economic development of the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces, saying that the Tamils need a political solution for their long-standing problems before they embark on economic development. In a letter to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dated July 9, Wigneswaran said that the Task Force is useless also because it does not include the elected representative of the people or ministers of the Provincial Administration barring the Chief Minister. Putting economic development before a political settlement is like putting the cart before the horse, and so, the development plan will be non-starter, Wigneswaran said. He added that with the government in Colombo being wedded to […]

Those Sinhale MP’s in parliament who vilified Vijayakala are silent about the allegations made against Mahinda who provided finances to the LTTE

12th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Jude Fernando – Jude Fernando If they call you a Hitler, then be a Hitler and build this country.—Ven. Vendaruwe Upali Thero (Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter), advising Gotabaya Rajapaksa Now we remember how we lived before May 18, 2009. In the present conditions our main intention is to bring back the LTTE if we want to live, if we want to walk freely, if we need our children to attend schools and return back.—Vijayakala Maheswaran The timing of these two, ill-thought-out and irresponsible, or perhaps, misspoken statements, and the stark difference between the public and political responses to them, are evidence of the harsh and uncomfortable realities of this country. The statements are an indictment of the yahapalanaya (“good governance”) regime for failing to fulfill its promises. […]

With brother Mahinda’s blessings, Gota was veritably our own home-made Hiltler

12th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Shyamon Jayasinghe “It is from weakness that people reach for dictators and concentrated government power. Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong.” We have been talking about Turkey’s Erdogan who recently won electoral support to be the country’s first Executive President. At the elections, Turkey began digging its grave. The country abandoned the Parliamentary system according to which decision-making is participatory and collaborative. Under the Parliamentary system there is a Prime Minister but the latter is subject to Parliamentary support. By this simple mechanism the Prime Minister is someone watched. Since Parliament is supreme, the law is supreme and every power holder has to perform within a country’s legal framework. And so, we see Erdogan at the […]

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

by Rear Admiral (Retd) Dr Sarath Weerasekera VSV RWP USP There was a swollen headed Brahmin called “Akkosha Bharadvaja” who, after studying a few Vedic stanzas and theories, thought that he was the only brilliant intellect in the country. This man, festered with venom and ill will, once unleashed his wrath on the Buddha. Buddha smiled and asked him “ Bharadvaja, if you give some food to a person and if that person refused to accept it, what would you do ? “Bharadvaja said” I will eat it myself”. Then Buddha said “ I refuse to partake of all what you said about me”. Bharadvaja felt ashamed and vanished. Going by the moral of that story, when Dayan Jayathilaka (DJ) called me a “notorious hawk” and […]

Case against Namal postponed to July 31st

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The trial against MP Namal Rajapaksa and six others over the alleged purchase of stocks using misappropriated money has been postponed until July 31, on the orders of the Colombo High Court. The case was slated to be taken up before the Colombo High Court Judge Sampath Abeykoon, today (09). As the prosecution informed the court of the absentia of a witness due to health reasons, the case was postponed to July 31, and the Magistrate Abeykoon ordered the prosecution’s witness to appear at the next hearing. This case was filed by the Attorney General under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act over the alleged invest of Rs. 30 million in the stocks of Gowers Corporate (Pvt) Limited , supposedly misappropriated by MP Namal Rajapaksa […]

First female Muslim mayor in England hails from political family in Sri Lanka

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The first thing you notice in Kareema Marikar’s personality is her bubbly nature, infectious smile and down-to-earth simplicity. Despite creating history as the first female Muslim mayor in England, she is not yet ready to rest on her laurels, judging by an interview she gave to the BBC recently. “I am a Marakkala woman from Sri Lanka,” Marikar told Saroj Pathirana of the Sinhala Service of the BBC in the interview conducted in a quaint, leafy British park on a bright Spring day, clad in a white ‘osari’, a traditional sari originated among the nobility in her native area of Kandy about a century ago. Marikar, who was elected on the Labour Party ticket in north London’s Harrow city in May, hails from a well-known […]

Mahinda : Here, there, but nowhere!

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Gagani Weerakoon The Joint Opposition, which now has 71 members in Parliament, with the 16 SLFP members who in May 2018 left President Maithripala Sirisena-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe led unity government joining them, has renewed their call to be identified as a separate independent group in Parliament. The JO, which comprises majority MPs of the United People’s Freedom Front (UPFA) who have pledged their allegiance to former President, Kurunegala District UPFA MP Mahinda Rajapaksa, was fighting for recognition as an independent group in Parliament since early 2016 and agitates that the post of the Opposition Leader be given to them. Repeated calls to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to do so have fallen on deaf ears so far, as the Speaker awaits them to first resign […]

Violence against Northern children increasing – ananthy sasitharan

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Minister of Women’s Affairs, Ananthy Sasitharan, commenting on former State Minister of Women and Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran’s statement, said, “We must first consider curbing the escalating crimes against women and children in the North. These incidents have risen due to the increase in alcohol and drug consumption in the region. We should first consider these social issues rather than just harping on her statement.” Following are excerpts of the interview: There had been on and off, hints that Chief Minister Wigneswaran will contest at the upcoming Provincial Council elections from an alternative coalition party. He even had indirectly mentioned this at various events. You being one of his supporters, are you aware of any such development? A: I’m aware through the media […]

GL accuses govt. of jeopardising relations with China, Russia by exposing the corruption.

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday alleged the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government had caused irreparable damage to Sri Lanka’s relations with China and Russia. Russia had been accused of helping MP Namal Rajapaksa run a special propaganda operation targeting the government. Prof. Peiris, who is also the Chairman of Mahinda led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said that now Russia had been accused of helping MP Namal Rajapaksa run a special propaganda operation targeting the government. Prof. Peiris said so at a media briefing at the Nelum Mawatha Office of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Battaramulla. Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who previously held the foreign ministry portfolio recently alleged that the government was aware of clandestine Russian operation involving Namal Rajapaksa. His name was […]

MAHINDA defended the corrupt -Duminda

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Minister Duminda Dissanayake charges that former President Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa defended the corrupt. Speaking at an event in Anuradhapura the Minister claimed the former President’s intent was made clear in a statement he made regarding Former Sri Lanka Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weerathunga. Minister Dissanayake noted a search operation is underway for Udayanga Weerathunga in connection to the MiG deal adding his accomplice died in Russia and his body was sealed. He added Udayanga and the accomplice who died maintained a joint account. The Minister further noted the parents of the deceased complained and search operations were launched in search of Udayanga. Minister Duminda Dissanayake questioned what former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa meant when he said he is willing to bring Udayanga back to Sri […]

It was a call to the government to act fast and resolve the problems of the people and not for the revival of the LTTE

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera Just as in the south in the Sinhalese-majority areas where ethnic nationalism is being used for political advantage, a similar phenomenon is taking place in the north and east of the country in the Tamil-majority areas. It is being used in the north, among others, to protest against the increase in criminal activities that most recently included the rape and murder of a six year old child. The rise in ethnic nationalism is taking place with a corresponding decline in the electoral strength of those who are taking moderate and non-racist positions. This was visible at the recently concluded local government elections where nationalist parties improved their performance at the cost of moderate parties both in the north and south. Former […]

Revolt against rape

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Six-year-old raped and murdered in Jaffna. It led to an uncharacteristic public outburst by the Deputy Minister whose portfolio included protecting women and children. * Rape and murder of 18-year-old Sivaloganathan causing massive public outcry in Kilinochchi, Batticaloa, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Mullaitivu and Jaffna. The accused allegedly filmed the gang rape. * Seya Sadewmi was a four-year-old Sri Lankan child who was abducted, raped and murdered. * Colombo High Court imposes death sentence in Kirulapone rape case on an accused who raped and killed a six-year-old girl who was said to be his niece. * 14-year-old girl gang raped in Tissamaharama. “I’m dying…If I had done wrong to my family, relatives or friends, I’m sorry. I love my friends and family.” Letter written by a 14-year-old […]

Rise of Inter- Religious Tensions In the Multi-Ethnic eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

9th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Meera Srinivasan After Sinhalese mobs carried out a spate of attacks targeting Muslim eateries and shops in Ampara in the Eastern province, in February, Kandy in the Central province saw violence too. A vandalised mosque in Digana, located between Kandy and Teldeniya. After Sinhalese mobs carried out a spate of attacks targeting Muslim eateries and shops in Ampara in the Eastern province, in February, Kandy in the Central province saw violence too. A vandalised mosque in Digana, located between Kandy and Teldeniya. | Photo Credit: Getty Images The Eastern province sees a divide as sections of the Tamil community object to Muslim women embracing the abaya, a full-length, gown-like dress of Arab origin. Meera Srinivasan reports on the widening fault lines in the island nation’s […]

VIJAYAKALA UNDER FIRE FOR LTTE REMARKS; HAILED AS HERO IN JAFFNA

9th July 2018 // 0 Comments

After widespread condemnation from all quarters in the south following her controversial statement about the LTTE, former State Minister of Children’s Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran was forced to resign her portfolio late last week, but all over the streets of Jaffna, posters appeared hailing her ‘sacrifice for the Tamil people.’ Nearly a decade after the end of the war and the defeat of the LTTE by Government troops, the hot button issue highlighted deep ethnic divisions and polarisation within Sri Lankan society. Posters in Jaffna read “Selfless Politics: Then, Maheswaran sacrificed his life for the Tamil people’s peace. Now, ‘Female Tamil Leader’ Vijayakala resigns her post.” Last Monday, addressing a public function held at the Weerasingham Hall, the State Minister said, “a six-year-old innocent child has […]

SRI LANKA’S NEW RACIST RIGHT-WING POLITICS

9th July 2018 // 0 Comments

There are two new developments in Sri Lanka’s contemporary politics which is getting crystalized and clearer these days. They are: (a) the consolidation of a hard right-wing alternative to a weak and shaky democratic regime option, and (b) the projection of an ex-military officer as the embodiment of the new right-wing agenda. At the core of the first are groups of Buddhist monks, and retired military and navy officers who took part in the final phase of the war against the LTTE. This essay comments on the first of the two right-wing political formations, the new movement of Buddhist monks, that has openly expressed its desire to see a ‘Hitler’ type military ruler winning Sri Lanka’s next presidential election due in late 2019. The new […]

Sri Lanka buries China-related corruption probes?

9th July 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has publicly called for a fresh probe into alleged foreign funding of former president’s re-election bid, but several other high-profile China-related investigations remain in limbo. At least three mega corruption cases involving Chinese state-owned firms have either been moth-balled or deliberately put on hold, according to officials familiar with the cases. These graft cases are in addition to the alleged campaign funding by the Chinese. In July 2015, both the police and the Central Bank’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) investigated ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa allegedly receiving billions of rupees in funding for his 2015 election campaign, but the investigation stalled due to political pressure. The investigations began after unusual payments were made from a Standard Chartered Bank account of China […]

ANOTHER PAYOUT TO RAJAPAKSA FAMILY RESURFACES

8th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Allegations have resurfaced regarding large payouts to the former ruling family by another Chinese ports company, after Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, who is becoming a lone crusader against corruption, revealed a copy of a cheque to the tune of Rs. 19.41 million made out to the Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation in 2012. The transaction has been previously reported, with a B report filed in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court, but Ramanayake’s exposes has brought new documents about the payment into public domain for the first time. Pushpa Rajapaksa is the wife of then Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and the sister-in-law of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) cheque (No 594691), was issued by ‘Colombo International Container’ and dated May […]

Rajapaksas Should Recall That the “New York Times” Once Defied the US President and Executive by Publishing “The Pentagon Papers” in a Landmark Achivement in Journalism.

8th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Rajapaksas Should Recall That the “New York Times” Once Defied the US President and Executive by Publishing “The Pentagon Papers” in a Landmark Achivement in Journalism. By Sarath de Alwis The phrase ‘Cough up a Port’ held the essence of the New York Times story. It compacted the global perception of the Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port and its progression to date, into the finite space of the simple phrase – Sri Lanka coughed up a port to China. The ‘cough’ metaphor made Mahinda Rajapaksa acolytes puke an unbelievable quantity of vitriol and venom at two Sri Lankan journalists who professionally assisted the NYT journalist to carry out her assignment in the form of logistical support and background material. Reasonable minds are baffled by the incendiary indignation […]

Ranjan Ramanayake Revives Issue of Chinese Company Allegedly Paying 19.41 Million Rupees by HSBC Cheque No 594691 to Pushpa Rajapaksa Trust.

8th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Ranjan Ramanayake Revives Issue of Chinese Company Allegedly Paying 19.41 Million Rupees by HSBC Cheque No 594691 to Pushpa Rajapaksa Trust. By the “Sunday Observer”News Desk Allegations have resurfaced regarding large payouts to the former ruling family by another Chinese ports company, after Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, who is becoming a lone crusader against corruption, revealed a copy of a cheque to the tune of Rs. 19.41 million made out to the Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation in 2012. The transaction has been previously reported, with a B report filed in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court, but Ramanayake’s exposes has brought new documents about the payment into public domain for the first time. Pushpa Rajapaksa is the wife of then Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and the […]

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