Month: December 2016

MAHINDA TO TOPPLE GOVT. IN 2017

By Dharisha Bastians. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday vowed to make it his mission to topple the National Unity Government and regain power in 2017, nearly two years after he was ousted in a shocking election upset. During a meeting with Colombo-based foreign correspondents, the former President said that even though the National Unity Government …

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WILL CHINA HELP MAHINDA TO TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENT?

by Upul Joseph Fernando – The first official statement issued by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after his defeat, appeared in the print media last week. The statement looked to be a sad note from the former President. He regretted that the present government was harassing him and his family members and had added China too, …

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Why an international investigation into the alleged war crime is necessary!.

The Christmas Midnight Mass assassination of Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham eleven years ago on 24 December 2005 in Batticaloa underscored the ‘trigger happy’ barbarism which had slaughtered politicians and journalists who had expressed their views against injustices. Joseph Pararajasingham was a devout Catholic and being an ardent follower of late Illankai Tamil Arasu …

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Tamil MP Raviraj Killed himself says Ranil & Mathiri?

Few days after the verdict in the former Lawmaker Nadaraja Raviraj’s assassination case Colombo based civic rights activists expressed that they are not satisfied with verdict. In a press conference held at CSR in Colombo on Dec. 29, Co-convener of Left Circle Chameera Perera said that government should expose that what’s really happened to former …

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Permanent solution to the national question

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, in a message issued for the New Year, said his expectation for the New Year was that Sri Lanka would find a permanent and lasting solution to the national question. He called on political parties, religious leaders, civil society to work together to build a prosperous and peaceful country, forewarning that …

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Row over Lanka’s constitution

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s efforts to give Sri Lanka a new constitution to address the vexed ethnic issue and strengthen democracy has hit a rough patch. While there were broad-based and transparent public consultations and sub-committees have submitted their reports to the Steering Committee presided over by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe, yet there is no clarity …

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Sri Lanka’s Racist Politics Cost $200 Billion, Death & Destruction

By Latheef Farook – Latheef Farook Racist politics cost $200 billion, death and destruction: Yet monster of racism begins to raise its ugly head and the country, many fear, is heading towards yet another disaster Two hundred billion US Dollar is a colossal sum of money especially for a tiny country like Sri Lanka though …

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What Did Vijayakala Maheswaran Really Mean By Praising Prabhakaran ?

State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran raised some eyebrows with her recent speech where she admired the slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran as an exemplary figure. She praised him as someone of a higher calibre than leaders in world politics. Some Sinhalese politicians dismissed this as an immature statement of a person who was making attempt to …

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Mithiri & Ranil has not resolved the killing of Tamil leaders to cover up Rajapakshas

by Shamindra Ferdinando Civil society grouping Left Centre supportive of the ruling UNP-SLFP coalition yesterday lambasted the administration for its failure to bring those responsible for the wartime assassination of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Nadarajah Raviraj to justice. An unidentified gunman shot dead MP Raviraj in Colombo in Nov, 2006. Addressing the media at …

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PM presents Draft Bill against Enforced Disappearance to Cabinet

A draft Bill to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED) has been presented to Cabinet by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. However, the Defence Ministry and the Ministry of Law and Order have proposed amendments that have been sent back to the Prime Minister’s office for …

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Federalism addresses minority rights: Prof. R. Sivachandran

Prof. R. Sivachandran, a Central Committee member of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), in an interview with the Dailymirror by email, advocates the Federal structure of government for the North and East. The ITAK is the dominant ally of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) at the moment. Expressing views at the time a constitution-making process is …

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‘A strong Central Govt is foremost’

Professor Emeritus of University of Peradeniya G. H. Peiris who has done extensive research in contemporary politics speaks about unitary and federal concepts, and the way forward for Sri Lanka. In an email interview with, Dailymirror he says the Eelam struggle remains despite the demise of LTTE leadership in the battlefront.   QThere is confusion in …

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All the accused acquitted in Raviraj murder ! Eye witness testimony ignored !!

Raviraj killing: Sufficient evidence for indictment | Charges Filed Against Six Suspects in Raviraj’s M The Gun used for kill Raviraj belongs to SLA | At TMVP Leader “Pillaiyaan” Implicated in Assassin ‘Sinhala Only’ Jury for Raviraj case – UK TAMIL This further confirms erosion of faith in courts : lawyer Sumenthiran   (Lanka-e-News -25.Dec.2016, …

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Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe Plays With Numbers Again, This Time He Lies About The Sinhala Population In Batticaloa

Flanked by two notorious Buddhist monks, Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe once again played with numbers, claiming that there were 28,000 Sinhalese in Batticaloa before the war, even though statistics released by the Department of Census and Statistics very clearly state that that there were only 11,255 Sinhalese in Batticaloa in 1981, in comparison to …

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National War Heroes Front opposes devolution of power to Minority.

Urges govt not to vacate Mailady By Shamindra Ferdinando The National War Heroes Front has taken up with President Maithripala Sirisena a range of contentious issues including the ongoing moves to introduce a new Constitution at the expense of Sri Lanka’s unitary status. The grouping urged President Maithripala Sirisena to ensure national security. The delegation …

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We will not approve Constitution that will harm unitary status: President

President Maithripala Sirisena has told the Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) that the recommendations made by the constitutional sub-committee on Periphery and the Centre Relations were merely proposals, members of the group said on Thursday (22). Coordinator, Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF), a newly formed organization of Sri Lankan expatriates, Nuwan Ballantudawa, told a media …

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Good News – A boy desperately need assistance towards a kidney transplant

Dear friend, I am sure you are aware of the appeal below to help Mr Paradan to undergo a kidney transplant. I am delighted to inform you that the boy had underwent kidney transplant in Colombo on 13 Dec 2016 and now residing in a rented house in Colombo in order to attend follow ups. He is …

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Maithri and Ranil’s Christmas gift to the Tamils – Sinhala Navy accused of Killing Tamil MP Freed!

Sri Lanka at A Crossroads – A Tamil Perspective < http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/12/25/sri-lanka-at-a-crossroads-a-tamil-perspective/  >  THE ISLAND Raviraj murder accused cleared, Sumanthiran faults all-Sinhala jury < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=157748  >  THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS Trial by jury not suitable for politically sensitive cases, says leading Tamil lawyer < http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2016/dec/25/trial-by-jury-not-suitable-for-politically-sensitive-cases-says-leading-tamil-lawyer-1553009–1.html  >  THE HINDU Raviraj murder: Acquittal raises credibility concerns < http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/Raviraj-murder-Acquittal-raises-credibility-concerns/article16943223.ece  >  COLOMBO GAZETTE Sumanthiran …

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Mahinda’s Government Forces involved in killing MP Raviraj

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave 50 Million to kill MP Raviraj Says former police Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian and senior human rights lawyer M.A. Sumanthiran says the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and Attorney-General’s Department had found evidence pointing to the involvement of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) in former Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj assassination. Additionally, …

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