Articles by Karu

Post MR’s Appointment Reserves Bleed by Rs 137.61B

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

The country’s foreign reserves have been blown by US$ 791.89 million (Rs 137,614 million) in the four market days to yesterday since the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Premier which took place after the close of markets on Friday, followed by his appointment as Finance Minister as well.. This haemorrhage of the country’s foreign reserves is due to a combination of foreign investors exiting from the country’s Treasury Bond market, Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) meeting huge import bills from the country’s foreign reserves and Government’s foreign debt servicing commitments. Yesterday alone the country’s foreign reserves bled by $ 384.38 million* (Rs 113,292.91 million) due to such commitments. The foreign exchange market is avoided to meet these payments to avoid further pressure on an already […]

The Citizen’s coverage of the current political crisis in Sri Lanka

2nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Citizen’s coverage of the current political crisis in Sri Lanka  COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), has unofficially decided not to claim any place in the Council of Ministers to allow the distribution of slots to those MPs from the opposition United National Front (UNF) who may cross over to give the government a majority in parliament. Revealing this on Wednesday, two informed source said that the SLPP has informally  agreed to take portfolios only if there are vacancies. “It is a sacrifice to attain the main objective of preventing the return of Ranil Wickremesinghe and his government,” one source said. According to SLPP sources parliament will meet, as declared by President Maitrhipala  Sirisena, only on […]

The Sirisena-Rajapaksa Govt Wants ti Sabotage Investigations Into Several High Profile Accountability and Mega-Corruption Cases by Rajapakshe family.

2nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

“Purawesi Balaya” Co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda Alleges That the “Illegally Constituted Sirisena-Rajapaksa Govt Wants ti Sabotage Investigations Into Several High Profile Accountability and Mega-Corruption Cases. By Shamindra Ferdinando Purawesi Balaya co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda alleges that what he calls the illegally constituted Sirisena-Rajapaksa government wants to sabotage investigations into several high profile accountability and mega corruption cases. Dismissing President Maithripala Sirisena’s claims that he had invited his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to take over premiership due to alleged conspiracy targeting him, Viyangoda insisted that both parties wanted to derail investigations. Viyangoda alleged that President Sirisena had conveniently forgotten why he had been fielded as common candidate at the January 2015 presidential polls by a coalition comprising the UNP, the JVP, the SLMC and a collective of civil society […]

Mahinda says there will be NO parliament vote on rival PMs

2nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda unable to buy more MP’s? – New twists in Sri Lanka’s political crisis fuel uncertainty Week-long turmoil shows no sign of abating as president’s party says there will be no parliament vote on rival PMs. by Zaheena Rasheed & Rathindra Kuruwita Colombo, Sri Lanka – For a brief moment on Thursday, it appeared as though Sri Lankan politicians might be able to return soon to the country’s suspended parliament to thrash out their differences over who should be prime minister – and thus end an acrimonious power struggle that has shaken the South Asian nation. The idea took shape in the morning when newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told academics at his office that President Maithripala Sirisena had decided to lift the suspension and resume sessions on […]

Change of govt. aimed at derailing high-profile probes

2nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Civil Society activist: Change of govt. aimed at derailing high-profile probes … accepts Prez criticism of UNP over bond scams By Shamindra Ferdinando Purawesi Balaya co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda alleges that what he calls the illegally constituted Sirisena-Rajapaksa government wants to sabotage investigations into several high profile accountability and mega corruption cases. Dismissing President Maithripala Sirisena’s claims that he had invited his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to take over premiership due to alleged conspiracy targeting him, Viyangoda insisted that both parties wanted to derail investigations. Viyangoda alleged that President Sirisena had conveniently forgotten why he had been fielded as common candidate at the January 2015 presidential polls by a coalition comprising the UNP, the JVP, the SLMC and a collective of civil society organizations. The civil society activist alleged […]

Rajapakshe trying to sweep the Avant-Garde Fraud case under the carpet.

2nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who was highly critical on the newly appointed Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said what he said about him in the recent past had come true today. “I disclosed in Parliament that Mr Rajapakshe was trying to sweep the Avant-Garde case under the carpet. I also told the people in Maharagama not to vote for him as his heart was with Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa. Therefore what I have said about him had come true,” Fonseka said. He refuted the statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena that North and East were to be merged. “There was never such a move; no one has even spoken about merging the Northern Province and the Eastern Province,” he said Responding to a question on the allegation that […]

Sri Lanka’s MPs for SALE – Can be purchased by the Highest Bidder (Currently offered US$2.8 million and a ministerial portfolio by Rajapakshe)

2nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Latest Offer – UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara revealed today that he was offered US$2.8 million and a ministerial portfolio to join the government. * According to SLPP sources parliament will meet, as declared by President Maitrhipala  Sirisena, only on November 16. This gives Sirisena and his newly appointed Prime Minister Rajapaksa time to ‘BUY’ MPs from the UNF. * So far, FIVE United National Party (UNP) MPs  have joined: Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Wasantha Senanayake, Dunesh Gankanda, Ananda Aluthgamage and Vadivel Suresh. * The Muslim parties are presently with the UNP-led UNF, but they could switch at any time, even at the last moment as they did before the January 2015 Presidential election. * The Indian Origin Tamil parties are currently with the UNF but could change over time […]

UK must halt deportations to Sri Lanka – Freedom From Torture

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

UK must halt deportations to Sri Lanka – Freedom From Torture The British government must immediately halt all deportations to Sri Lanka and review their asylum policy following the escalating political crisis on the island, said UK-based charity Freedom From Torture. “We are deeply troubled by this political crisis in Sri Lanka and the prospect of escalating brutality by the military, police and intelligence services,” said Sonya Sceats, Chief Executive of Freedom from Torture.

British Cross party British MPs urge action over Sri Lanka’s political crisis

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

Cross party British MPs urge action over Sri Lanka’s political crisis A cross party group of British MPs, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) have urged the UK government to take urgent action over the… Read More British MPs probe UK govt’s commitment to accountability in Sri Lanka British parliamentarians today fielded questions to Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministers, including the Foreign Secretary, on the current political crisis in Sri Lanka, following the sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe and the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP asked: UK acknowledges concerns about safety of ‘Prime Minister’ Wickremesinghe The British government acknowledges concerns “about the safety of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe”, the UK’s Foreign Secretary said on Tuesday. Answering questions […]

Sirisena To Convene Parliament On November 05 Amid Severe International Pressure To Uphold Democracy

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

After discussions with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday, President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to convene Parliament on November 05, reversing his earlier order to convene it on November 16. President Sirisena – Leader of the SLFP Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a statement to media a short while ago, confirmed that the President conveyed the decision to him. Before the President ordered probation of Parliament until November 16, the House was scheduled to convene on November 05 for the second reading of the Appropriation Bill. ‘At the next sitting of Parliament, Rajapaksa will take up the chair of the Prime Minister as his name has been gazetted as the Prime Minister’, the Speakers Office said. The decision to convene Parliament on Monday has been made amid […]

Proposal for a UNP-TNA-JVP Probation Government!

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

A senior member of the United National Party told with ‘Lanka News Web’ that a proposal to form a Probation Government based to the grounds of fulfilling the promises made to the public by abolishing the Rajapakshe rule in 2015, with appropriate conditions, has been recommended by several civil organizations. These civil organizations have recommended that the Probation Government, supposedly formed on the basis of achieving people’s expectations of January 08, at an appropriate political target, should be limited into an appropriate period of time. The UNP member further informed that in regard to these recommendations, they hope to carry out discussions with the TNA and the JVP. Nevertheless, the JVP has already made clear in terms of their policies that they will be not […]

Mahinda is politically destroyed, Ranil is not

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

Did Maithripala Sirisena, who put Mahinda Rajapksa in a greater trouble, do everything for the needs of the country? Or for personal political objectives? The only thing everyone living in Sri Lanka or interested in Sri Lanka’s politics must request from the citizens of the country is to refrain from engaging in any form of violent activity. The number of people who are waiting to take political advantages by triggering violence in the country is gradually increasing. Also, President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision has unexpectedly started to severely damage the country as he took an abrupt decision which should have been taken in several months. This political decision could have been taken completely differently and stealthily, or, in Mr. Sirisena’s words, gentlemanly. One cannot become a […]

Defiant Ranil Steps Out of “Temple Trees” Clad in Bullet-proof Vest

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

Defiant Ranil Steps Out of “Temple Trees” Clad in Bullet-proof Vest To Address Huge Crowds Demonstrating Against “Attempted Coup” By Maithripala and Mahinda to Retain Power Through Extra-Constutional Means Thousands of protestors yesterday Oct (30) thronged the Liberty Roundabout in an unexpectedly massive show of support for mounting calls on the Speaker of Parliament to reconvene the House and end the constitutional deadlock, even as Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was controversially deposed as Prime Minister last week, stood his ground for a fifth straight day. Speaking to the large crowds gathered outside his official residence, Wickremesinghe used the words “attempted coup” for the first time to speak of his removal,which many legal experts have called illegal and extra-constitutional. “The attempted coup is not a threat to […]

I won’t stay even one hour if Ranil comes back says President

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he would neither let the North and East to be merged nor allow the country to be a federal state. He told the SLFP electoral organizers who met him in Colombo that he would have to be killed to get those two done. The President has told the organizers that some groups had been adamant about the merger of the North and East and the formation of a federal state. He has said he would not remain as President even for an hour if Ranil Wickremesinghe was reappointed the Prime Minister. The President has said that he took a bold decision after winning the Presidential election on January 8, 2015 and that the steps he took today were even stronger […]

Sri Lanka’s Tamils are at imminent risk after Rajapaksa’s return – PEARL advocacy director

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

Article Author:  Mario Arulthas Writing in Al Jazeera, the Advocacy Director for the Washington DC-based People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), and a Human Rights Fellow at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, Mario Arulthas, urged the international community to take urgent action to protect Tamils in Sri Lanka following the former president’s return to power last week. On October 26, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This sudden challenge to Sri Lanka’s regime blindsided some political observers and members of the international community. To those for whom the political upheaval matters the most, however, it came as no surprise. Mahinda Rajapaksa was feared by political opponents, his critics and the Tamil-speaking people on […]

Int’l community continues to recognize Ranil as legitimate PM – UK MP

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Tuesday that they are watching the situation in Sri Lanka, which plunged into turmoil when its prime minister was replaced with a former president, with a “great deal of concern”. The Foreign Secretary made these comments in response to a question from Conservative MP Sir Hugo Swire at the House of Commons today (30). Swire inquired as to whether Hunt would point out to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena that his recent actions are a direct contravention of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and also that the international community continues to recognize Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister of the island nation. “When my friend speaks to the President of Sri Lanka later on in the week, […]

Gota ‘blasted’ from Basil’s operation!

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

Internal sources of the Joint Opposition inform that the supporters of Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakshe have been devastated with the political game pulled by Mr. Basil Rajapakshe, the founder of the ‘Pohottu’ Party, for making Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe as the Prime Minister using President Maithreepala Sirisena. Accordingly, the sources further inform that the effort, in which Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakshe worked in effect to present Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe as the Presidential Candidate acquiring retired Army personnel and businessmen, has been totally drained off. That is because Mr. Basil Rajapakshe has made a promise that Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena will be presented as the Presidential Candidate in the upcoming Presidential Election. Accordingly, the group of media, who operated in promoting Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe as the Presidential Candidate, led by […]

Another UNP MP joins Sirisena -Mahinda camp (Total : 5)

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

Another United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian joined the Maithripala Sirisena – Mahinda Rajapaksa camp today. UNP MP Dunesh Gankanda was sworn in as the Minister of State for Environment before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today.  Since last Friday five UNP MPs have joined Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette)

UNP MPs bought by China for Mahinda

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

United National Parliamentarian (UNP) Ranjan Ramanayake today claimed that some UNP MPs have been bought over by China to support Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at the UNP rally in Colombo, Ramanayake warned China not to interfere in the political crisis by funding politicians to switch sides.  He said that the UNP Parliamentarians who switched sides for money should be ashamed. UNP Parliamentarians Vasantha Senanayake and Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday joined the caretaker Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

11.4 billion rupees Case against Gotabhaya over Avant Garde allegations postponed (and will be closed soon?)

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

The case filed by the Bribery Commission against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others has been postponed until February 26th, as ordered by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court. The talk of the town is that this case will be closed soon has Mahinda is back in power has the new PM. Eventually all the cases against the members of Mahinda family and his friends will be closed. When the case called before Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage, the attorney representing the Bribery Commission informed the Magistrate’s Court that an interim order has been issued by the Court of Appeal to suspend the hearing until 5th December. Accordingly, the Chief Magistrate postponed the hearing until February 26th. The Bribery Commission had filed this case against the former Defense Secretary and […]

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