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Buddhist monks march demanding Parliament be reconvened soon

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Maha Sangha yesterday convened to demand President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament soon to end the political crisis which has engulfed the island nation for the past two weeks since the abrupt dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26 October by the President. A large group of Buddhist monks gathered near the Buddha statue at Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo and walked to New Town Hall to hold a rally to “reconvene Parliament and honour democracy”. Prior to attending the convention at Town Hall, the Maha Sangha came to Temple Trees and blessed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Maha Sangha, who chanted Seth Pirith, invoked blessings on Wickremesinghe and proceeded to Colombo New Town Hall where the summit was to be held. President Sirisena […]

UNP claims first battle victory with crossover

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Nanayakkara crosses over, says new Govt. illegal as per Speaker’s statement  Says it’s only the beginning Sends instructions to ministries and IGP quoting Speaker’s statement  Informs Government officials of negative repercussions if orders by new appointees are carried out   By Chathuri Dissanayake In a fresh turn in the maze that is the country’s current political crisis, the United National Party (UNP) yesterday made fresh claims over Manusha Nanayakkara’s support, as the ministers of the Cabinet which existed before 26 October 2018 hurried to reclaim office.  Nanayakkara is said to have resigned from his new post as the Deputy Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment in the Sirisena-Rajapaksa Government. With Nanayakkara failing to come before the media to declare his support to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, […]

Karuna’s support for Mahinda worked against him.

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Vice President Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman says that the discussions held with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which aimed at obtaining TNA members’ support for Mahinda Rajapaksa to form a new government, were unsuccessful. He made this statement responding to inquires about his tweet which said that he’s holding discussions with few TNA members with the support of diaspora. He stated that although he requested TNA members to accept ministerial portfolios and serve Tamil people, they refused it. TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah refuses this statement, and says that they have no political commitment with Karuna Amman and did not hold any discussions.

Mahinda fooling the Tamils again.

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today appealed to Tamils and Muslims in the country to support him. Speaking at a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) rally in Battaramulla today, Rajapaksa assured that he will work towards addressing the issues of the Tamils and Muslims which he refused to do so when he was in power from 2004 to 2015. Mahinda has the President of Sri Lanka in 2009 promised to implement 13+ amendment to the constitution of the country which was more than the current constitution if he is allowed to kill the LTTE. The western world leaders believed him and turned away and more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and more than 1,000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated […]

US envoy holds talks with TNA

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The new US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz, had talks today with the Tamil National Alliance and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on the political crisis in the country. The TNA said that Alaina B. Teplitz met Opposition and TNA leader R. Sampanthan and discussed the political situation.  The Ambassador tweeted that she also met the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya separately to discuss the importance of Parliament reconvening to put an end to the political crisis. She said that the democratic institutions should serve the people of Sri Lanka and let the elected representatives have their say. (Colombo Gazette) Commonwealth tells Sri Lanka to uphold democratic practices  

New Deputy Minister Accept Ranil Wickremesinghe as Legitimate Prime Minister in Accordance With Speaker’s Statement.

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

UNP Crossover Manusha Nanayakkara Who was Appointed Deputy -Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Resigns “New” Portfolio Saying he will Accept Ranil Wickremesinghe as Legitimate Prime Minister in Accordance With Speaker’s Statement. Labour and Foreign Employment Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara has resigned from his portfolio. Nanayakkara is expected to support UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Nanayakkara was first elected to Parliament on the UNP ticket but later chose to support former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In a strongly worded letter of resignation, Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara informed President Maithripala Sirisena that it was Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s recognition of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the lawful Prime Minister of the country that prompted him to leave the Sirisena-Rajapaksa government. Continue reading ‘UNP Crossover Manusha Nanayakkara Who was Appointed […]

ONE more TNA’s MP bought by Karuna-Mahinda group!

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The TNA MP Sivasakthi Anandan who wanted to cross over to Mahinda group said that he will remain independent in the Parliament. It is claimed that due to exposure of ”1 million dollar and ministerial post” offer made by MR-Maithiri to to opposition MP’s in the press TNA MP Anandan who wanted to cross over to Mahinda group had been asked by Mahinda to stay  in TNA and NOT vote in favour of Ranil. Mahinda’s supporter Karuna who is accused of war crime had made statements asking for TNA to support Mahinda or at least stay away from voting in support of Ranil so that Mahinda will gain majority. TNA MP Sivasakthi Anandan is believed working close to Karuna and working against TNA, He will be very […]

Adjournment of Parliament is a serious democratic violation – Back to dictatorship?

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Following is an extract of the interview Rauff Hakeem had with BBC Tamil and Sinhala Services at the Parliament. Q: Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has seven members in the Parliament.What is your position on the current political situation? We have called for an immediate convention of the Parliament. Upon our individual and collective requests, the Speaker had arranged today’s discussion. Meanwhile, we have pointed out to him that we have more majority than the requirement. Q: What are the demands you have placed before the Speaker? We have made a collective request that he should take immediate measures to convene the Parliament in order to control the unpleasant situation that has cropped up in the country at present and also to restore justice. Our prime allegation is that the […]

Sirisena Sinks To New Low And Passes Sexual Innuendos At Ranil During UPFA Rally

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Sirisena Sinks To New Low And Passes Sexual Innuendos At Ranil During UPFA Rally Sirisena’s Conduct Is A Shameless Disregard Of Political Mandate: Friday Forum An Open Letter To President Sirisena By A Young “Samanala” Sri Lankan An Open Letter To The Chinese Ambassador In Sri Lanka Sirisena Caught Lying About Telephone Conversation With UN Chief: Secretary-General Informs Sirisena To Hold Parliamentary Vote As Soon As Possible

China twisted the arms of the PM Ranil or the President or both of them, not to take any action against Mahinda?

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Gamini Dullewe – Every one of the 6.2 mil who voted Yahapalanaya, is in a quandary why PM Ranil Wikremesinghe nor President Maithripala Sirisena, did not take to task the Rajapaksas for Murder and Fraud with an abundance of evidence displayed in the Media, for the last three and a half years. Majority is dismayed and is despondent, why the Rule of Law was not applied to any one of them, thus allowing them to go scot free. It is my belief, that some hand, very, very powerful, restrained them from taking any action against the Rajapaksas, let alone to convict them but even to try them. This is my  conclusion, that possibly, it is a foreign force that twisted the arms of the PM or the President or both […]

”Basil will show 113 MPs” says Maithri & ”Prez Maithiri promised to show 113 MPs” says Basil

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Prime Minister without a majority support in the parliament. Although he stated that he will show the support of 113 MPs after the swearing in ceremony, so far Mahinda’s team has failed to do so. Mahinda’s team attracted several MPs offering Rs 500 million money bags and ministerial portfolios; however, it still has not gained the support of 113 MPs. Rs 500 million money bags will be reportedly increased up to Rs 1000 million bags. An MP, who was recently appointed as a minster of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, asked President Maithripala Sirisena, “Where’re the 113 MPs, sir?” The President angrily responded that he never promised to show 113 MPs’ support. He had further said that […]

Rajapaksa back in power, China already established in Sri Lanka, can be expected to be even more assertive now.

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena in a dramatic move on October 26 installed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, in place of his coalition partner Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the United National Party (UNP). Evidently, political expediency prompted the president to ignore the inconvenient fact that it was the support of Wickremesinghe and the UNP that enabled him to come to power, defeating Rajapaksa in the presidential election. The President’s surprise action was well orchestrated with his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-led United Peoples Front Alliance (UPFA) and the pro-Rajapaksa Joint Opposition (JO) group withdrawing support to the Wickremesinghe government. After sacking the incumbent PM Wickremesinghe, the President prorogued the parliament till November 16, preventing Wickremesinghe from seeking a vote of confidence in parliament. […]

Mahinda has NOT got Majority yet so ”That Parliament Would be Re-convened on November 14th 2018 at 10 am NOT 7th 2018”.

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda has NOT got Majority yet so ”That Parliament Would be Re-convened on November 14th 2018 at 10 am” President Sirisena Announces Via Gazette Notification That Parliament Would be Re-convened on November 14th 2018 at 10 am President has now reneged on his previous words that parliament will meet on the 7th and set a new date which is unlike to please anyone except those in the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp, It is believed that Mahinda group has not yet managed to get the majority 113 MP’s.  It is claimed that Mahinda group is offering one Million dollar and a Ministerial post to any MP from Ranils group to cross over, to date they have managed to buy 5 MP’s. President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday announced, through […]

Speaker Recognises Ranil Wickremesinghe As PM: Full Text Of Karu Jayasuriya’s Statement

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Speaker Recognises Ranil Wickremesinghe As PM: Full Text Of Karu Jayasuriya’s Statement Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Issues Statement Recognizing the “Status Quo” That Existed Before Oct 26th Until a Majority is Proved by a “New” Group. Sri Lanka’s Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has said that he is recognizing the status quo before the political crisis that was triggered on October 26, until a majority is prove by a new group. He said a majority of members had pointed out to him that recent events were unconstitutional and against the traditions of the country and had asked for the situation before the crisis (state quo ante) to be recognized. Until a group “demonstrates a majority in parliament I re-iterate that I am compelled to recognize the situation that […]

MR-MS Controlling Private Media Coverage On Political Crisis: Only Two TV Stations Gave Coverage To Range’s Revelations On Bribing MPs

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

MR-MS Controlling Private Media Coverage On Political Crisis: Only Two TV Stations Gave Coverage To Range’s Revelations On Bribing MPs UNP’s Ajith P. Perera said only two Television stations, gave coverage to the revelations made by UNP State Minister Palitha Range Bandara yesterday, on alleged attempts made by the Sirisena-Rajapaksa camp to bribe him to switch allegiance in Parliament. Palitha Range Bandara Addressing a press conference at Temple Trees this morning, Perera raised doubts if the Rajapaksa camp was influencing private media even before they formed a legitimate government. “The SLRC and ITN are being used in a despicable manner for their own propaganda. And it is now clear that they are exercising control over the private media as well,” he said Perera said both Upali Tennakoon […]

The No Holds Barred Game Of “Grabbing” Sri Lankan Members of Parliament 💰

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The No Holds Barred Game Of “Grabbing” Sri Lankan Members of Parliament 💰 By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The continuing political crisis in Sri Lanka has resulted in a great numbers game being played now. The aim of the game is to gain majority support among members of Parliament. Both Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as well as the purported Prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who was appointed amidst controversial circumstances by President Maithripala Sirisena need to command the confidence of the House when the currently prorogued Parliament is re-convened.The immediate objective of both the Maithripala -Mahinda camp as well as the Ranil Wickremesinghe camp is to win the numbers game.Both sides need the minimum magic number of 113 to gain a majority of at least one in a legislature of 225. […]

Money printing up by 36.61% to Rs 119.46B Since Mahinda’s Appointment

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Paneetha  Ameresekere The Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL’s) lending to the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), commonly known as money printing (MP), increased by 36.61 per cent (Rs 32,014 million) to Rs 119,463.60 million since Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duties as the country’s new Prime Minister and Finance Minister, after markets closed last Friday (26), data showed. In contrast, a year ago on Thursday, 2 November, 2017, MP was a mere Rs 33,822.04 million; a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 253.21 per cent (Rs 85,641.56 million) since. In related developments, in the week ended Friday (2 November), week on week, GoSL’s MP borrowing costs (BCs) increased by 24.35 per cent (Rs 550.26 million) to Rs 2,809.66 million. However, a year ago, GoSL’s MPBCs were a […]

Range Bandara claims bribe offered Produces recordings of offers

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha  Member of Parliament of the Puttalam District, Range Bandara yesterday produced voice tapes containing recordings of telephone conversations with a powerful figure of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), requesting him to join the Government and saying that he will be given Rs 500 million (US Dollars 2.8 million). He produced the recordings at a media briefing held at Temple Trees yesterday. A number of voice tapes containing telephone conversations regarding this deal were produced. The well-known member of the SLFP is a former powerful minister representing the Kandy District. He had telephoned Range Bandara on 1 November. Range Bandara said on this occasion, the powerful SLFP member had offered him, in addition to the Rs. 500 million, a Cabinet post as […]

Sirisena-Mahinda putsch: A step to dictatorship

4th November 2018 // 0 Comments

https://www.facebook.com/akilavirajk/videos/260972684602912/UzpfSTE4ODYyNDkyNDA1OTpWSzoyNjA5NzI2ODQ2MDI5MTI/ There is no denying Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s economic agenda has failed. There is no denying he will have an uphill battle at the next elections. However, far more important at this moment is that there is no denying President Maithripala Sirisena has launched a political coup in brazen violation of the Constitution – specifically 19A – and deserves to be impeached. (Jayampathy Wickremeratne’s video gives a full account of the constitutional position). This column, from the inception of yahapalana, rejected its rightist economic programme and called for a different state-directed mixed (public-private) strategy, an appeal that fell on deaf ears, or more likely, was never read by those in power. Even the Left, till recently, ignored my clamour. However, Sirisena’s flagrant violation of […]

Mahinda tells Thonda ‘NO’ to promised basic wage Rs 1000

4th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda have already started to fool the Plantation workers by not keeping to his promise to increase the basic wages to 1000 Rupees (£5) per day. Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development  Arumugam Thondaman urged the plantation workers to call off the 7 November protest stating that newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed him to hold discussion with the Finance Ministry (FM) to accommodate the Rs 1,000 basic wage request by the workers. The Minister said that he and Minister Vadivel Suresh met the Prime Minister on Friday to remind about the wage hike before the workers’ strike is called. “The Premier suggested that we take the issue up with the Finance Ministry and table a Cabinet Paper requesting the […]

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