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How the Current political instability has impacted the economy so far

21st November 2018 // 0 Comments

How the Current political instability has impacted the economy so far  • IMF funding stopped    Value – USD  – 1.85 Bn • USA 🇺🇸Funding Stopped    Value – USD  – 490 Million • Japan 🇯🇵Funding Stopped    Value – USD  1.4 Billion • Investments taken out from the       Sri Lankan Share market  Value – Rs . 30 Billion and counting • The losses due to Deprecating Rupee against the Dollar   Value – Easily over Rs 100 Billion in just one month. • Losses to the Tourism industry due to booking cancellations  Value – USD  50 Mn and counting in just 1 Month. • High risk of loosing the GSP Concession • High risk of EU sanction for Fish exports • The UN human rights and […]

Sri Lanka is on the brink of economic anarchy and chaos: Mangala

21st November 2018 // 0 Comments

Nov 20, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that Sri Lanka is on the brink of economic anarchy and chaos as never experienced before. Releasing a statement, Samaraweera says the cavalier and irresponsible actions starting on October 26th places at risk Sri Lanka’s ability to meet its immediate debt obligations. “In early January 2019, we have to repay US$ 1 billion of Rajapaksa debt taken in January 2014, the repayment of which is also under the purview of Parliament,” “The actions of 26th October have irreversibly undermined Sri Lanka’s credibility in global markets – risking our ability to service future debt as well,” “All payments of government from 1st January 2019 are illegal and cannot be affected by public servants. Some […]

If Mahinda was keen on fresh General Elections, why did he accept the post of PM?

21st November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Mass l. Usuf As I sit to write this column, I am reminded of an article that I wrote to a website titled, ‘Pre-And Post-2015 Rajapaksa And The Road To 2020’ dated 15 February. I quote: ‘Pre-2015 His post-war victory speech in May 2009 still reverberates in our ears. The then President Mahinda Rajapaksa went on to say, “There are no minorities… We are one nation… We must live like children of one mother…All people in this country must live without fear and suspicion…To protect the Tamil speaking people is my responsibility.” Maha Rajanano Unfortunately, this euphoria did not last long. Seemingly, the noble expressions turned out to be despicable political rhetoric. In contrast to the humbleness of winning the hearts and minds of […]

Mahinda Gang charged with serious crimes ranging from murder, financial embezzlement, money laundering, and corruptional abuse

21st November 2018 // 0 Comments

A Politico-Criminal Gang Battling The Constitution By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Shyamon Jayasinghe “Officials who carry out illegal orders will have to learn from the  plight of Lalith Weeratunge who is behind bars while the boss is safe in the arms, not of Jesus, but of Legal Immunity.” The Profile of the Gang Evidently clear, Sri Lanka now is the unfortunate scene of a politco-criminal gang running a government by sheer force against a democratically mandated government that is trying hard to save the constitution from the ravage of the monsters.  This isn’t a surprise to political observers. With hindsight, at least, we know it had to happen. Look at the key front-liners of the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led joint opposition – Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa, Wimal Weerawansa, Gammanpila, Johnston Fernando, […]

Sacking RW, Appointing MR & Dissolution Of Parliament Are Unconstitutional

20th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Suri Ratnapala – Prof. Suri Ratnapala This Opinion addresses the following questions presented by Mr Upul Jayasuriya, Attorney-at-law. 1. Is the purported dismissal Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe from the office of Prime Minister by the President constitutionally valid? 2. Is the purported appointment of Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister constitutionally valid? 3. Is the Presidential Proclamation of November 9, 2018 purporting to dissolve the Parliament constitutionally valid? For the reasons herein stated, the answer to each question is negative. 1. Purported dismissal of the PM and the appointment of another person as PMThe President has no power to dismiss Mr Wickremasinghe as Prime Minister. The argument that the power to appoint the PM carries an inherent power to remove the PM is incorrect. There is no such power […]

Parliamentary democracy in the gutter as Mahinda’s MPs run amok

20th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Chandani Kirinde- Lobby Correspondent The events of this week in Sri Lanka’s Parliament will no doubt be remembered for a long time to come for its infamy, but it will also be remembered for the extreme courage with which Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Parliamentary officials who, in the face of unprecedented violence directed at them, braved it all to ensure that Parliamentary democracy did not bow down to thugs and hooligans who masquerade in the guise of elected representatives. Through three trying days, both the Speaker and the officials were subjected to violence and intimidation by MPs loyal to Mahinda Rajapaksa, as they fought to prevent a vote in Parliament that would have shown clearly that President Maithripala Sirisena’s Prime Ministerial appointee did not […]

President Maithiri and PM Mahinda seem to think the masses are asses.

20th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Disputant as arbiter – Tuesday 20th November, 2018 Parliamentary proceedings lasted only six minutes or so yesterday, and the House adjourned till next Friday (23). Thankfully, the government MPs did not have enough time to work themselves up into a frenzy and go berserk. However, another Rs. 4.5 million, being the cost of one parliamentary sitting, went down the gurgler. Chaos in the House has apparently become the new normal. Regrettably, the party leaders meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena ended inconclusively, on Sunday evening. A negotiated settlement of the dispute is likely to elude the country as the parties thereto are practising brinkmanship with no heed for the country’s democratic wellbeing and political stability. President Sirisena, who is mainly responsible for the present crisis, is now […]

Any movement opposing Mr. Sirisena and Mr. Rajapaksa must advance a political and economic vision for all Sri Lankans, including the country’s minorities.

20th November 2018 // 0 Comments

A renewed power play by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who ran the country for a decade, has reignited fears of majoritarianism and trouble for the minorities. By Kitana Ananda and V.V. Ganeshananthan Ms. Ananda is an anthropologist. Ms. Ganeshananthan is a novelist and teaches at the University of Minnesota. Over the past few weeks, Sri Lanka has faced a moral and political crisis that threatens to undermine hope for democracy. On Oct. 26, Maithripala Sirisena, the president of Sri Lanka, appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa, the polarizing former president who ran Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2014, to replace the incumbent prime minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe. At the heart of the crisis is Mr. Sirisena’s seeking to strengthen his political future through an alliance with Mr. Rajapaksa, who is making a bid for power. The prospect of Mr. […]

Sirisena days that He Did not Know About Police Action While Being the Law and Order Minister in Charge of the Police.

20th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Hirunika Premachandra MP Mocks Maithripala Sirisena for Telling Bodu Bala Sena That He Did not Know About Police Action While Being the Law and Order Minister in Charge of the Police. UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra said President Maithripala Sirisena’s habit of passing the bucks had not changed even after the appointment of his chosen Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa “When Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Prime Minister was the Prime Minister, President Sirisena often said he got to know things from the newspapers. The remark he made today, during a meeting with Bodu Bala Sena monks, show that his habits still remain the same,” Premachandra said addressing a press conference at Temple Trees. Continue reading ‘Hirunika Premachandra MP Mocks Maithripala Sirisena for Telling Bodu Bala Sena That […]

Sri Lankan asylum seeker in UK awarded £19,500 in damages

20th November 2018 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker who says he was tortured in his home country has been awarded nearly £20,000 in damages from the Home Office for his unlawful detention, Asian Age reported. The man, referred to only as KG for legal reasons, was unlawfully held in immigration detention for 30 days between January and February 2016 because of a failure to arrange a medical examination within 24 hours of his admission.  A judge sitting at the High Court in London has now awarded him a total of £19,500. Ruling on the sum to be paid to the 29-year-old, Judge Alison Foster QC said there was “independent medical evidence consistent with what he says about his treatment in Sri Lanka” and found that KG was “vulnerable […]

Speaker Promises Stern Action On MPs Who Breached Discipline In Parliament

20th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, addressing a party leaders meeting earlier today, had raised grave concerns over the developments that took place in parliament, last week. Issuing a statement a short while ago, the Speaker’s Office said Jayasuriya promised strict action on those who breached discipline in the House by launching chilli powder attacks, bringing knives into the chamber, damaging public property and misusing the Speaker’s Chair. ACTION ON Bringing sharp objects into the Chamber, Using chilli powder in the Chamber, Misusing the Speaker’s Chair. NO ACTION ON ? VIDEO EVIDENCE IS AVAILABLE (These actions are punishable by law) Assaulting police officers Breaking Speakers mike Breaking Chairs and throwing at others Rs. 4.5 million, being the cost of one parliamentary sitting, went down the gurgles.  The Speaker added he […]

President’s parely with party leaders ends inconclusively

19th November 2018 // 0 Comments

by Rathindra Kuruvita Yesterday’s party leaders’ meeting, convened by President Maithripala Sirisena to break the political deadlock, in parliament ended inconclusively. “We told the President that we could show a majority again but the President didn’t show much interest,” UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said last night. MP Ajith P Perera added that the UNP had requested a meeting with the President at 10 am today at the Presidential Secretariat to hand over affidavits from 113 MPs pledging their support for ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “However he evinced little interest in our request,”Perera said. Sources said that UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa was scheduled to lead the delegation, however his party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had, at the eleventh hour, decide to attend the meeting. MP Premadasa, […]

The Truth is out – Why did Mahinda & Maithiri get together?

19th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Criminal Investigations Department OIC Nishantha Silva HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED Chief investigator on  investigations into attacks on journalists during the tenure of the Rajapaksa’s  ‘White Van’ administration  Abduction and assault of Nation Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr Assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge  He was also the main officer on the 11 youth abductions case by an alleged Navy abduction racket – a high profile case that nearly resulted in the arrest of Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne. Officer in Charge of CID , Nishantha Silva who Headed Probes Into Many Cases Including Murders of Lasantha Wickrematunge and 11 Abducted Youths by Navy in Trincomalee Transferred Out After Maithripala Took Over Law and Order Ministry Under Which the Police Dept Functions. Criminal Investigations Department OIC – Gang […]

Sirisena Cold Shoulders Wickremesinghe at All Party Meeting

19th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Sirisena Cold Shoulders Wickremesinghe at All Party Meeting and Refrains From Responding to Submissions made by Ranil; Maithripala Shows no Interest in Accepting Affidavits from MP’s Expressing Support to Ousted PM. by Rathindra Kuruvita Yesterday’s party leaders’ meeting, convened by President Maithripala Sirisena to break the political deadlock, in parliament ended inconclusively. “We told the President that we could show a majority again but the President didn’t show much interest,” UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said last night. MP Ajith P Perera added that the UNP had requested a meeting with the President at 10 am today at the Presidential Secretariat to hand over affidavits from 113 MPs pledging their support for ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “However he evinced little interest in our request,”Perera said. […]

President Sirisena has gone on record as saying that some MPs were paid huge sums of money, ranging from Rs. 100 mn to Rs. 500 mn. Why dint he take action against the culprits?

19th November 2018 // 0 Comments

President Sirisena has gone on record as saying that some MPs were paid huge sums of money, ranging from Rs. 100 mn to Rs. 500 mn. Why dint he take action against the culprits? Is it because the bribe was done by his friend Mahinda group? UNP MP had gone on record that he was offered bribe and he has got records to prove it. More questions than answers – Monday 19th November, 2018 No party could muster a working majority in the House on its own at the 2015 general election; the UNP had 107 seats including one MP, who contested on the SLMC ticket, the UPFA 95, the TNA 16, the JVP 06 and the EPDP 01. Neither the UNP nor the UPFA can […]

Mahinda’s SLPP MP’s justify their unacceptable behaviour in parliament

18th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapakshes new party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today urged the public to blame Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and not SLPP Parliamentarians for the disgraceful incidents witnessed in Parliament over the past few days. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) member and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the public outrage at the events which took place in Parliament over the past few days should be directed at the Speaker and not them for Throwing water bottles, a wastepaper basket and a copy of the Constitution at Speaker Jayasuriya  Occupying the Speaker’s podium with the portly Arundika Fernando brazenly sitting on the Speakers High Chair. Johnston Fernando, of the UPFA  grabbing the chair and others with him then proceeded to use the chair, […]

No One Can Achieve Anything By Discussing With Creator And Instigator Of Current Political Crisis: JVP Responds Strongly To Sirisena’s Invitation

18th November 2018 // 0 Comments

In a strongly-worded letter to President Maithripala Sirisena, the JVP has said the party does not wish to ‘discuss’ the current political crisis with the President, as the latter has to demonstrate his resolve to address the issue by action. The JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, in his letter, has explained why it decided to boycott the all-party meeting convened by President Sirisena this evening. The party, describing Sirisena as the ‘creator’ of the political crisis, says Sriisena instigated the turmoil by appointing a Parliamentarian who did not command the majority support in the House as the Prime Minister. The JVP also said the President then triggered a culture where Parliamentarians were traded off to prove an artificial majority for a chosen Prime Minister. The JVP also criticized […]

Sri Lanka Deteriorates From Genocide To Religiocide

18th November 2018 // 0 Comments

In Chemmalai in the Mullaitivu Distrct, after the army took over the lands, the Buddhist Priest at the army camp removed the Paillaiyar Temple there in 2009–2013, and attempted to construct a Buddhist Temple in its place. An Arasa Maram (Bodhi Tree) was planted with a small foot or so high Buddha Statue. The Tamil people there raised objections. The attempt was given up. In 2016 the military vacated the lands it was occupying. However, the Monk continued to stay. The Archaeology Department declared the land as under its purview and named Chemmalai an Chettimalai. As opposition mounted from locals, the Buddha Sasana Ministry asked the District Secretary to describe the area and the issues. The DS said there is no place called Chettimalai and […]

Sirisena’s only strategy is resorting to ad hocism

18th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Crisis meetings today in bid to end political turmoil that has engulfed the country President’s move brings unity to the once divided UNP; Sajith again refuses offer to be PM Numbers issue showing signs of friction between Sirisena and Rajapaksa groups Be it for good or bad, right or wrong, there is perhaps no other political leader in independent Sri Lanka, than President Maithripala Sirisena, who has touched the lives of almost all his compatriots in so short a span of just three weeks. With the stroke of a proclamation on October 26, he fell his onetime Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and foisted his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa. That galvanised a United National Party (UNP), which has long been in dissension mode within the party. The […]

”Why should we stay in the government by force without the support of 113 members?” says MP Kumara Welgama

18th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan public had wondered after witnessing the unacceptable behaviour of politicians in parliament, if no MPs in Mahindas UPFA group were genuine and accepted the democracy?. One had the guts to speak against the party and its leaders stand in holding on to power. He said ”Nobody listens to us, we cannot even approach them”. UPFA Kalutara District Parliamentarian Kumara Welgama said yesterday that it was questionable for the UPFA to remain in the government by force without the support of 113 members of the House. Speaking to the media yesterday while leaving the Parliament where pandemonium reigned, Welgama said the UPFA must leave the government if it did not have the support of the majority members of the House. “we are used to […]

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