Articles by Karu

There Would Have Been No MiG Deal Without Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Udayanga Weeratunga.

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Air Force Officers Interviewed by FCID Have Made it Clear That There Would Have Been No MiG Deal Without Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Udayanga Weeratunga. By A ” Sunday Observer” Special Correspondent In 2007, journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge published a series of exposes about a murky arms procurement that has since come to be known as the ‘MiG deal’. The articles resulted in Lasantha and his newspaper being sued for defamation over his reporting on the alleged involvement of then Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the transaction involving mothballed MiG-27 bombers in Ukraine. Friends and family have long suspected that the reporting and legal battle may have cost the outspoken journalist his life. Years later, FCID investigations have vindicated The Sunday Leader editor, proving his reporting was factually […]

SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up, but Rajapaksa’s group lays down conditions Some sections wanted agreement by January 15, but Pohottuwa leaders insist that full procedures must be followed before any alliance is formed Questions of rationale raised as President also seeks thaw with UNF and compromises on subjects given to ministers MoD reaches defence agreement with powerful country, giving it access to Sri Lanka’s facilities  He has etched his name in a controversial chapter of Sri Lanka’s political history with mistakes that stunned a nation and faced ignominy over violating the country’s Constitution. Now, just five days after the dawn of 2019, President Maithripala Sirisena appears set to create more records, be it for good or for worse. It comes in the backdrop of issues […]

Mahinda had gifted his Astrologer Sumanadasa a car worth Rs.8.2Mn belonging to Mihin

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Mihin Lanka has paid a loan of Rs.8.2 million for a car (Nissan- N16) which was gifted to Astrologer Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the year 2007, Astrologer Abeygunawardana informed the SriLankan Airlines Commission yesterday. He informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into irregularities at SriLankan airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka that in 2007 he had received a call from the ex-Chief Security Officer of former President Major Neville Wanniarachchi to collect the particular car from LOLC at Rajagiriya. “LOLC had only given the key of the car to me and I obtained one-year insurance for the vehicle,” he said. When State Counsel Chathura Gunathilake questioned about why former President had gifted him such a vehicle he said he had […]

Who killed SLFP?

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

by C. A. Chandraprema We once again see the Sri Lanka Freedom Party going through the same stresses and strains that the party went through in the 1980s only this time at a much greater magnitude. There are repeated meetings of the party central committee, stormy meetings of electoral organizers, and MPs holding furtive meetngs at each other’s houses to consider survival strategies. That things were going to come to this pass sooner or later after their ill-advised entry into a national government with the UNP in 2015 was obvious to everyone except those blinded by yahapalana propaganda. On the one hand, the SLFP as represented by the authority wielded from its Darley Road headquarters, is all but dead. But the politics and the policies […]

Mahinda declared in public that he obtained membership of the SLPP but now says ”I am NOT a member of SLPP”

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

”What exists now is a Sumanthiran-Ranil Government” Mahinda  You declared in public that you obtained membership of the SLPP. This was also announced via your Twitter account. Are you now denying that this was not so? By Anuradha Herath Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa says that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has to be held accountable for the Treasury Bonds fraud. “I have no deals with Ranil,” he added. Excerpts: Who is the Opposition Leader of the current Parliament? A: Actually, the person who should be the Opposition Leader is the Leader of the Party that represents the largest number of MPs in the Opposition. Is that you? A: Yes. We had two Prime Ministers in the country for more than 50 days last year. Now there […]

LSSP fought for workers’ rights – Prof. Tissa Vitarana

2nd January 2019 // 0 Comments

The Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) always fought resolutely against racial, religious, caste, gender, and class discrimination. The LSSP stood up for Sinhala and Tamil to be the official languages, when the UNP and SLFP wanted Sinhala as the only official language, Prof. Tissa Vitarana said at the LSSP’s 83rd anniversary. To celebrate its 83rd anniversary, the LSSP held a very well attended meeting at Eheliyagoda on 23 December. All leaders of the Socialist Alliance like Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Raja Collure attended. Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena, being unwell, was represented by Gitanjana Gunawardena, the SLFP by the General Secretary and John Seneviratne, the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) by Douglas Devananda, and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) by MP Wakkumbura, representing […]

Maithri, Mahinda, Ranil: Three Aces or Three Jokers?

2nd January 2019 // 0 Comments

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~ Aristotle   Jawaharlal Nehru wrote thus: ‘Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will’. if one examines how each of these players, Maithripala Sirisena, the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, former President and 50-day Prime Minister (PM) and Ranil Wickremesinghe the current PM, at least on the surface, look more like jokers who did not know when to play and when to quit, except perhaps Ranil Wickremesinghe who chose to wait it out allowing the others to continue to play their suicidal game. Barefaced violation of a country’s constitution is no game of cards. Instead of […]

Playing game in order to save Mahinda’s seat in parliament.

2nd January 2019 // 0 Comments

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa says the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna is being guided by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking to staff at the SLPP office in Battaramulla, Basil Rajapaksa said that the SLPP was formed with the backing of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s links to the SLPP has created controversy with some political parties saying he cannot continue in Parliament as he had obtained SLPP membership despite being elected to Parliament as a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Mr. Basil Rajapaksa said SLPP was formed and guided by Mahinda Rajapaksa, while Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa said he was not a member of SLPP. Then a question arises, how did Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa form and guide a party while he is a member of another political party? […]

”Mahinda Rajapaksa is promoting extremism” says JVP

2nd January 2019 // 0 Comments

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today warned the public of extremist groups operating in the North and South. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake urged the media not to promote comments being made by those extremist groups.  He said that while in the South former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is promoting extremism, in the North former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran was promoting extremism. Dissanayake also said that the new Constitution will not be ready by February as claimed by some Parliamentarians.  He said that there is a long process to finalise a new Constitution and that process is not yet complete. He told reporters today that the JVP supports drafting a new Constitution.  However he said the draft Constitution has not yet been finalised so it cannot […]

Sirisena Kicks out Chandrikas Supporters From SLFP Headquarters

2nd January 2019 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena has informed all caretakers of the SLFP headquarters at Darley Road that former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her supporters should not be allowed to enter the premises under any circumstances. Chandrika Sirisena has made the order upon his return to the country from a private holiday in Thailand, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns. The decision has been made due to fears that Kumaratunga will engineer an internal revolt in the party challenging Sirisena’s party leadership. A section of SLFP members have expressed strong opinions against Sirisena’s decision to enter into an alliance with the Rajapaksa group who caused irreparable damage to the party by forming the Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP). Colombo Telegraph exclusively reported that Sirisena ordered to close down the Darley Road headquarters until his return from […]

Hidden flames beneath friendship of Prez and MR

2nd January 2019 // 0 Comments

Former minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said they were not aware of the fact that President Maithreepala Sirisena was about to swear Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse in as Prime Minister until the last point. He made these comments addressing a function held in Badulla yesterday (30). The former minister said that behind the good smiles between Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse and Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena, SLFP and SLPP supporters in rural areas are bitter enemies. “Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe was dismissed and had Mr. Rajapakshe in within less than a half an hour. However, the SLPP supporters in the rural areas are not accepted on the same level. Supporters of SLFP and SLPP in rural areas are bitter enemies, like Cobra to Mongoose. I am aware that your hearts […]

Verdict of 5 cases against Johnston to be delivered on Jan 29

2nd January 2019 // 0 Comments

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court today (2) stated that the verdicts of the cases filed by the Bribery Commission against former Minister Johnston Fernando, will be delivered on 29th January. The Bribery Commission had filed five cases against Johnston Fernando under the Bribery Act for failing to declare his annual assets and liabilities from 2010 to 2014. When the cases were taken up before Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today, the Magistrate stated that the verdicts will be delivered on 29thJanuary.

Two Naval Intelligence Officers Sitting Among Litigants at Fort Magistrates Courts While Being Supposedly on Duty at Welisara Base Were Arrested By Police On Suspicion of Conspiracy to Murder Chief Investigator Nishantha Silva the Key Witness in Case Against Navy Personnel on Ransom and Murder Charges.

22nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

Two Naval Intelligence Officers Sitting Among Litigants at Fort Magistrates Courts While Being Supposedly on Duty at Welisara Base Were Arrested By Police On Suspicion of Conspiracy to Murder Chief Investigator Nishantha Silva the Key Witness in Case Against Navy Personnel on Ransom and Murder Charges. Sri Lanka’s police detained two navy intelligence officers at the Fort magistrate’s court Wednesday amid fears of a threat to the life of a key detective investigating the abduction and killing of several people allegedly by navy officers. Police spotted two navy men identified as N. M. W Janaka (38190) and A.S.N. Tony (103183) sitting among litigants and were reported to the magistrate who ordered their questioning. The men were duly detained and their statements were recorded at the […]

Tamil National Alliance Makes Written Submissions to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Outlining Several Reasons as to why Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa Should not be Recognized as Leader of the Opposition.

22nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance Makes Written Submissions to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Outlining Several Reasons as to why Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa Should not be Recognized as Leader of the Opposition. (The Tamil National Alliance has made written submissions urging the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya not to recognize Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa as Leader of the Opposition. The TNA Outlining several reasons fir taking up yhis position has requested that a Parliamentary Select Committee be appointed to go into the matter and arrive at a final decision. The full text of the submidsion sent on behalf of the TNA by Jaffna district MP and party spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran PC is reproduced here) December 19, 2018 Hon Speaker, Parliament, Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte. Hon Speaker, Post of Leader of […]

UK responds to petition calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to ICC

22nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

UK responds to petition calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to ICC Responding to a petition signed by over 10,000 British citizens calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court, the UK government said that “international criminal justice and accountability is a fundamental element”, however maintained that the UN Human Rights Council resolutions were the best way of acheiving accountability. The petition urged “Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court, if it continues to fail to implement its commitment made to the UNHRC Res. [A/HRC/RES/30/1] by March 2019”. Read more here. In its response, the UK noted however that more needs to be done” by Sri Lanka and it should establish a “credible mechanisms for transitional justice.” Read full response below […]

Former LTTE cadres scapegoated while police killers roam free – TNA MP

22nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

Former LTTE cadres scapegoated while police killers roam free – TNA MP The former LTTE cadres currently detained in connection with the murders of two police officers in Batticaloa are being scapegoated while the real perpetrators roam free, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP has said. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, Batticaloa representative G Sirinesan said those being targeted by police and security forces were innocent, while the killers were still at large. Earlier this month, Sirinesan had said that the killings in Vavunathivu was an act to incite racism and create problems for the Tamil people. The two former cadres arrested over two weeks ago in connection with the killings are being held under a 3 month detention order granted by the Sri Lankan […]

Crisis at Sri Lanka’s Core

22nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

Crisis at Sri Lanka’s Core https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/crisis-sri-lanka’s-core Almost four years into the ‘good governance’ government, Sri Lanka’s image of stability and progress unravelled last month in a day. President Sirisena’s sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa followed by the dissolving of parliament and call for fresh elections, ended any semblance of stability. Revealed instead was disregard for the country’s constitution and rule of law, bribery, violence and an entrenched racism which habitually blames Tamils for the state’s woes. Sri Lanka’s latest descent into turmoil highlights once again the simmering crisis of unresolved ethnic conflict that remains at the island’s core. Whilst the timing was surprising, the implosion of the coalition government was not. Formed only from a shared dislike of Rajapaksa, the coalition’s promises of land release, accountability and resolving […]

The Crucial March 2019 Session of UNHRC

22nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

Judging Sri Lanka’s Credibility & Commitments to Human Rights By: Thambu Kanagasabai – LLM [Lond.] Former Lecturer in Law University of Colombo, Sri Lanka UN Human Rights Council’s March 2019 Sessions is poised to debate and discuss the Council’s Final Reports on Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing its 30-01-2015 Resolution which had more than 25 core recommendations. A Resolution as to Sri Lanka’s record of performance and its obvious failings with appropriate recommendations is also expected to be passed, and later to be forwarded to United Nations and UN Security Council if warranted for further steps and action. This Session is particularly crucial for the victimized Tamils who have pinned their hopes only on UNHRC and United Nations to deliver justice and remedy their political […]

We are in a situation some what similar to the civil war in America where Abraham Lincoln was challenged by racist white Americans

22nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

ARTICLE OF BAHU DAILYNEWS 22nd DEC. 2018 The gigantic mass uprising for Ranil and democracy that happened last week is probably unique in the third world. It is unique with national unity abandoning racism and communalism. In the Gale face green, it was inspiring to see people of all kind in a spirit of solidarity. They expect the arrival of Lankan nation and defeat of fascism. Free and fair elections are, no doubt, central to a democracy; but when conducted in the wake of the questionable sacking of Parliament, they may be anything but.  Lanka is at a crossroads where it has to make a crucial choice between democratic consolidation and a retreat to authoritarianism. The judiciary has a crucial task at hand; so far […]

President Sirisena Re-appoints Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister and then Tells him and UNP that in his Opinion Ranil Should Not Have Been Appointed Premier Again.

17th December 2018 // 0 Comments

President Sirisena Re-appoints Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister and then Tells him and UNP that in his Opinion Ranil Should Not Have Been Appointed Premier Again. President Maithripala Sirisena, yesterday, told newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other UNP MPs at a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat, that he was still of the view that Wickremesinghe should not have been appointed Prime Minister. A media statement issued by the President Secretariat, yesterday quoted President Sirisena as having said: “When I said that I would not appoint Wickremesinghe PM even if all 225 MPs supported him that was my personal opinion. That hasn’t changed. But as someone who respects parliamentary traditions and democracy I have decided to appoint him Prime Minister. Neither Parliament nor courts, to […]

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