Articles by Karu

Economist signals another defeat for Rajapaksa

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is set for another humiliating defeat at next year’s presidential elections, according to the track record of the London-based Economist Group. The subscription-based Economic Intelligence Unit, an arm of the Economist Group, in its latest report on Sri Lanka has predicted that Rajapaksa’s SLPP, a breakaway faction of the SLFP, will win both the next presidential and parliamentary elections. The research and analysis arm of the London publication made an identical prediction in December 2014, just three weeks before the presidential election. “Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to win the presidential election,” the EIU said on December 18, 2014. Three weeks later, Maithripala Sirisena, a politician who had been written off by the EIU, […]

War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander?

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander? Editor’s Note: This piece responds to ‘In Defence of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka’, a report published by the the Global Sri Lanka Forum that appraises a report released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka. “The international community] wants Sri Lanka’s armed forces to face up to the stain on their reputation, so that they can once again play a constructive role in international peace-keeping operations, and command the full respect that so many of their members deserve. – Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights[1] “….. the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights…has said there is a stain on the honour of the armed […]

I’m happy to be designated as a ‘War Criminal.’

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando “Gajaba was engraved in golden letters of the annals of the history of the Sri Lanka Army, if not in the history of Sri Lanka … and I’m certain it will never to be reversed by any. “So, I’m happy to be retired being a tiny particle of that proud chapter of the history, though designated as a ‘War Criminal.” In a few lines, Major General Chagie Gallage (retired) delivered a devastating attack on all those who had shirked their responsibility for countering lies propagated by interested parties until sections of the Army were categorised criminal. Gallage’s was a case in point. The Gajaba veteran retired on Aug 31, 2018. A week after retirement, Gallage delivered his farewell speech at Gajaba home […]

SLFP decries TNA and SB

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP Vice President Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday alleged that the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) always sought international intervention here in the wake of the successful conclusion of the conflict almost a decade ago. Addressing the regular weekly media briefing at SLFP office at T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Samarasinghe condemned the TNA’s stand, alleging that the party was pursuing a hostile policy towards successive governments. Samarasinghe emphasized that the TNA’s call for international judicial mechanism was nothing new. The SLFPer said so when The Island sought his response to TNA spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran’s call for international role in the accountability process due to President Maithripala Sirisena obstructing investigations into the alleged wartime abduction and disappearance of 11 persons. Samarasinghe […]

Speaker says he will take action on MP Vijayakala

19th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday, said that he had been informed by the Attorney General that the latter would initiate legal action against former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran on her statement calling for the revival of the LTTE. He said so in response to a query raised by NFF leader MP Wimal Weerawansa. Weerawansa raising a point of order said: “The Speaker gave an assurance to Parliament that he would seek information from the Attorney General’s Department with regard to deputy minister Maheswaran’s statement which amounted to a violation of the Constitution. Months have elapsed since that undertaking. What action the Speaker will take in that regard?” The Speaker: The Attorney General will file a case against her. He has informed me of […]

ONLY RAJAPAKSHA FAMILY MEMBERS CAN BE A CANDIDATE, OTHERS ARE NOT FIT TO BE THE PRESIDENT.

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

We have it from the leader himself. Family is the very stuff of Rajapaksa politics and governance. It is the Rajapaksa family that matters. Mahinda Rajapaksa said this in India, when asked by the Hindu whether a member of his family or an outsider would be considered a candidate for the presidency in the coming presidential election. He left no room for doubts about the family way in politics. His response was: “My son can’t be a presidential candidate since they have now raised the minimum age to 35 years, instead of 30, so he can’t be considered in 2019. My brother is certainly a contender, but the party and the coalition will have to decide who the people want.” What party and what coalition […]

President Sirisena, Playing With Fire, Must Take Note That Smoke Will Get Into His Eyes

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – ෂ්‍යාමන් ජයසිංහ “This time President Sirisena’s sword is  nearing his own neck; not mere smoke flooding his eyes.” Penchant for Playing with Fire President Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Sirisena has always had a penchant for playing with fire. He did fire-play at the local government elections when he made a disastrous U-Turn and went round country blasting the party and its leader that put him into power. He, next, flopped in an attempt to join his former political enemies and oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Unscathed by these foolish moves, the UNP and its leader managed damage control without saying a word. Ranil acted with Buddhist restraint and upekka.  Sirisena should have learned a lesson and turned a new leaf. But no, he must continue to play with fire […]

”Devolution of Political authority, has been ongoing since 2016 but a way forward has NOT been found” says UK

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

PRESIDENT TO COVER UP THE WAR CRIME BY SL FORCES   Concerned by recent reports of harassment and attacks on human rights defenders Resolution 30/1 – urged the Government to implement it before March 2019 when the Council meets next The UK in its statement delivered at the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council during the Sri Lanka Core Group expressed its concerns over the non-establishment of Sri Lanka’s national accountability mechanism based on the Resolution 30/1 and urged the Government to implement it before March 2019 when the Council meets next. The Core Group also noted that they hope the GoSL will establish an Office for Reparations quickly. “We also welcome the return of further private land in the North, and commitments to […]

Rajapaksa Family Politics and Gotabaya’s Presidential Candidacy

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Another option is to announce a candidate acceptable to all The 19th Constitutional amendment reversed the 18th constitutional amendment by restricting the Presidential terms of office to two By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s interview to the influential Indian English daily “The Hindu” has caused quite a splash among political circles in Sri Lanka. The ex- president was interviewed by Suhasini Haidar and Amit Baruah for the newspaper which has acquired a reputation over the years of being the most authoritative voice on Sri Lanka related issues in the Indian media. Incidentally Suhasini Haidar is the daughter of maverick Indian politician Dr. Subramanian Swamy who displays consistent interest in the affairs of the Island nation. She is the diplomatic affairs and deputy resident […]

Sri Lankan diplomat arrested in Italy for aiding illegal migration

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

In Sri Lanka anyone who supports the Government are given priority in the diplomat list. Most of the Members of the forces who are accused of War Crime  in 2009 were given diplomat posts by Mahinda Government. It is said that the commanders were ordered to kill thousands of Tamil civilians in 2009 by the Political Leaders in power and diplomat posts were given to keep their mouths shut. The officers of the Malpensa Airport Border Police Bureau, Milan, Italy arrested a Sri Lankan diplomat who attempted to bring four youths into Italy by aiding illegal migration last weekend, Italy’s Varese7press reported. The male, a fifty-year-old diplomat who arrived from Doha together with his wife and four others — two girls and two boys of […]

Crooks of the Mahinda Gov. make themselves out to be victims of a Political witch-hunt.

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

The police have made President Maithripala Sirisena see red. He has taken exception to the manner in which high ranking military officers are treated when allegations against them are probed and legal action instituted. There have been quite a few ‘show arrests’ under the yahapalana government. Some cantankerous government politicians publicly predict arrests, and their predictions invariably come true. This has lent credence to the Opposition’s claim that the police work according to a political agenda, as in the past. The failure on the part of the present-day leaders to ensure that justice is seen to be done has helped even the crooks of the previous regime make themselves out to be victims of a political witch-hunt. Last Sunday, the police themselves told the media […]

True story behind Mahinda and Namal Sept.12 th Indian tour..! Mahinda burns his own cash on workshop in India..!!

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Both the regional development and power devolution have to be done for Tamils & If there is NO Good Candidate in JO then I will Contest says Mahinda. (Lanka e News – 12.Sep.2018, 6.45PM) Indians are well noted for fattening on others’ deaths and despair. They will eat, drink and rejoice even right in the midst of ‘three deaths ’ . It is a well known fact that there exists an endless conflict over India’s territorial borders with Pakistan and China. In order to continue its business monopoly it also has conflicts with Nepal and Bhutan. There is also the issue of Bangla Deshis jumping over the fence . Catching them is like catching frogs . Following the exit of Congress party of Manmohan Singh, it […]

Both the regional development and power devolution have to be done for Tamils & If there is NO Good Candidate in JO then I will Contest says Mahinda.

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

When asked about the issues faced by the people of Tamil Community in Sri Lanka, Mr.Rajapaksa said both the regional development and power devolution have to be done. The amount of loans Sri Lanka obtained from China is only about 8 per cent from the total loan amount and the rest of the loans are from the Western and other countries, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is in India said. In an interview with News X, Mr.Rajapaksa said if he is not mistaken, Chinese loans only amounted to 8 per cent. He said Sri Lankans today complained of lack of development in the country and the previous government was able to initiate many development projects. When asked whether the Hambantota Port’s feasibility study proved to […]

TNA admits Lt. Commander Hettiarachchi not ‘Navy Sampath’

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Admiral Wijegunaratne’s involvement with murder suspect: TNA alleges President interfered in CID probe. TNA admits Lt. Commander Hettiarachchi not ‘Navy Sampath’ By Shamindra Ferdinando Continuing controversy over Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravi Wijegunaratne, wanted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with allegedly aiding and abetting Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, a suspect in two major wartime cases, leaving for Mexico on Sept. 10 has taken a dramatic turn with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) demanding that the entire range of accountability issues here should be subjected to international judicial process. Jaffna District MP and TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran, PC, yesterday morning told The Island that President Maithripala Sirisena’s direct intervention in the matter left the TNA with no alternative but to call for international […]

President Sirisena’s Effort to Prevent Arrest of Chief of Defence Staff For Allegedly Helping Naval Officer Implicated in Abduction and Murder Racket of 11 Tamil Youths.

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Cabinet Ministers Refuse to Go Along With President Sirisena’s Effort to Prevent Arrest of Chief of Defence Staff Ravi Wijegunaratne For Allegedly Helping Naval Officer Implicated in Abduction and Murdedr Racket to Evade Arrest. President Maithripala Sirisena summoned an emergency cabinet meeting to defend the country’s senior-most military officer who is facing imminent arrest for allegedly shielding a mass murder suspect, but failed to secure agreement. The noon meeting of the cabinet ended after heated exchanges, sources close to the administration said adding that the President failed in get support and the issue was put off until the return to the island of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Cabinet ministers had been told to maintain silence over the issue until the return of Wickremesinghe who is […]

TNA Spokesperson MA Sumanthiran Charges President Sirisena of Interference With the Judicial Process

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

TNA Spokesperson MA Sumanthiran Charges President Sirisena of Interference With the Judicial Process in Letting CDS Wijegunaratne Leave the Country and Says Party will Seek International Scrutiny Over the Issue. By Shamindra Ferdinando Continuing controversy over Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravi Wijegunaratne, wanted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with allegedly aiding and abetting Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, a suspect in two major wartime cases, leaving for Mexico on Sept. 10 has taken a dramatic turn with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) demanding that the entire range of accountability issues here should be subjected to international judicial process. Jaffna District MP and TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran, PC, yesterday morning told The Island that President Maithripala Sirisena’s direct intervention in the matter […]

Cat-And-Mouse Games & The Political Implications Of MAHINDA-MODI Meeting

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Rasika Jayakody – Rasika Jayakody China’s entry into the rural infrastructure and plantation sector in Sri Lanka is an indication of what the Asian superpower is becoming, or has already become, to Sri Lanka: a rich friend slowly buying you over by throwing money at your every problem. In the first three years of this government, China’s involvement in Sri Lanka was confined to several mammoth development projects in Colombo and down south. China also acquired operations of the newly constructed port in Hambantota on a 99-year lease. Although China’s move to acquire Hambantota alarmed India, there wasn’t any explicit show of resentment by New Delhi, at least on diplomatic and political levels. This year, however, China advanced into two other sectors in Sri Lanka – […]

Gota’s dream to become president goes up in smoke ! US Supreme Court delivers verdict …

13th September 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 2018.Sep.13, 9.10PM) It was just yesterday (12) Mahinda Rajapakse announced while he was in India that if he cannot contest at the next presidential election , it will be one of his brothers who will be the presidential candidate. However based on a Supreme court decision delivered in 1999 in the U.S . neither Basil nor Gota , both of whom are dual citizens can be a presidential candidate in Sri Lanka(SL) . Under the new laws in SL ,because a dual citizen cannot contest a parliamentary election , he/she cannot be a presidential candidate. Hence , if Basil or Gota is to contest the presidential election they must divest themselves of the dual citizenship . According to the 1999 US […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa calls on Narendra Modi

13th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. He was accompanied by his eldest son, MP Namal Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa is in India at the invitation of BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy to deliver a talk in Delhi. He is slated to grace the function of Virat Hindustan Sangam and deliver a lecture on ‘India-Sri Lanka relation: the way ahead’. Subramanian Swamy is the founder of Virat Hindustan Sangam. Rajapaksa’s visit has fuelled speculation about possible thaw between him and the current Indian government. Rajapaksa’s accused that India, the US and European countries had a hand in his humiliating defeat in the January elections Modi had also urged the Sri Lankan government to ensure early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment […]

In Sri Lanka the Term “Patriot” is Defined as one who Defends Military Heroes Whatever the crime they do, and a “Traitor”as One Who Dares to Scrutinize Their Actions.

13th September 2018 // 0 Comments

In Sri Lanka the Term “Patriot” is Sometimes Defined as one who Defends Military Heroes Whatever the Charges Against Them and a “Traitor”as One Who Dares to Scrutinize Their Actions. By Priyan Dias Much rhetoric has been used in various media over the years, and recently too, on the subject of patriots and traitors. I feel constrained to express my views as well. Samuel Johnson in his Dictionary (1755) defined a patriot as “One whose ruling passion is the love of his country.” This is certainly a laudable goal and worthy of emulation by all citizens; it suggests a cause bigger than one’s self and hints at a sacrificial character. Why then did he also say that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”? […]

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