SRI LANKA NEWS

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 […]

Attempted extra-constitutional capture of political power by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on October 26th 2018 did not come upon us in a vacuum

17th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Attempted extra-constitutional capture of political power by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on October 26th 2018 did not come upon us in a vacuum By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene As former President Mahinda Rajapaksa ignominiously retreated following the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal delivering a richly deserved lesson on constitutional propriety to President Maithripala Sirisena, the nation faces sobering questions close to the dawn of a new year. Betrayal of the electoral compact Euphoria in preventing the President from tossing the Constitution into the waters of the Indian Ocean in front of his Secretariat on the advice of legal ‘experts’ who should be hanging their heads in shame, is understandable. But relapsing comfortably into complacency when the excitement subsides is not an option this time around. […]

Committee probing violence in Parliament inspects CCTV footage

17th December 2018 // 0 Comments

The committee appointed to probe the violent incidents that had taken place during the recent parliamentary sessions, is currently scrutinizing the CCTV footages of the Chamber, stated the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ananda Kumarasiri. He said that the members of the committee have been paired up to inspect the CCTV footages separately. Accordingly, two members of the committee, Parliamentarians Bimal Rathnayake and Mavai S. Senathirajah will be scrutinizing CCTV footages tomorrow (18). More video footages pertaining to the tense situations in the Parliament would be obtained from private media companies, the Deputy Speaker Kumarasiri added. These video clips are slated to be inspected by a senior officer of Parliament and a special group of police personnel. The Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya appointed a committee to probe […]

MAHINDA PLAYING RACIST CARD AGAIN.

17th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that Ministers of the new regime had individually undertaken to monitor the affairs of each and every media institution in a bid to suppress media but the media had a responsibility to act without allowing the country being divided. “Each Minister is appointed to each newspaper for media control according to the information published recently. That is at the time of presenting 20th Amendment, That is their final decision. The media and we have a responsibility to prevent the country from being divided,” he said. Mahinda who came to power through the back door unconstitutionally with the help of president Maithiri on the 26th October and ruled Sri Lanka for 7 weeks even after several no confidence was passed in […]

US, EU, Australia welcome political developments in SL

17th December 2018 // 0 Comments

US, Australia welcome political developments in SL The United States and Australia have welcomed political developments in Sri Lanka. US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz welcomed this weekend’s political developments, which upheld Sri Lanka’s democratic and constitutional norms.  “Sri Lanka is a valued partner in the Indo-Pacific and we look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with the government and people of this country,” She tweeted. Meanwhile, Australian High Commission in Colombo said as a longstanding friend and Indian Ocean neighbour, Australia welcomed resolution of the political uncertainty in Sri Lanka by constitutional means. It said in a statement that as a longstanding friend and Indian Ocean neighbour, Australia welcomed resolution of the political uncertainty in Sri Lanka by constitutional means and the demonstrated resilience […]

Was it all worth it Mahinda?

16th December 2018 // 0 Comments

My dear Mahinda maama, It was only three weeks ago that I wrote to you last, but I feel I must write to you again, especially as much has happened since then, and because of those events, you are likely to go down in history, in the midst of all your other achievements, as the nation’s shortest serving, fifty-day Prime Minister. Please don’t get me wrong, Mahinda maama, until the events of that Friday night in late October, you were by far the most popular and most marketable politician in the country, far ahead of the Green Man, Aiyo Sirisena and any of the ‘rathu sahodarayas’. Even now, you still remain quite popular. That is precisely why we were taken aback when we were told that Aiyo Sirisena had suddenly sacked […]

An anatomy of a political tsunami

16th December 2018 // 0 Comments

A new UNP-SLMC “national government” to be formed A Vote on Account to presented before yearend Mahinda Rajapaksa may be Leader of the Opposition Motion in Parliament on December 18 to expand Cabinet President Sirisena to swear in Ranil Wickremesinghe as Premier today Many are the untold stories during the days when President Maithripala Sirisena held secret talks with his predecessor and arch enemy Mahinda Rajapaksa paving the way for a new government. It ended the same way it began — in chaos. The final stages of such talks took place at the Battaramulla residence of S.B. Dissanayake, the juggler of words that he is. He first denied that such meetings took place. Two weeks ago, however, he was self-congratulatory and took pride that he […]

”The guardian of democracy is JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake” says SLPP

16th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Ranil Wickremesinghe has to seek the help of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to pass the 2019 Budget, Parliamentarian Rohitha Abeygunewardena said, adding that therefore, the TNA has the power and control over the new government. He expressed these views at a Media briefing held yesterday (15) at Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) head office. “Ranil Wickremesinghe should give the post of ‘Chief Government Whip’ to the guardian of democracy, MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, for his support to the United National Front (UNF) during the past 6 weeks,” he said. He added that all appointments which had been made in past six week by Mahinda are legal and therefore no changes will take place in the State sector.  He further stated that the SLFP and the […]

President Sirisena Offers Prime Minister Position to Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa, John Amaratunga and Daya Gamage To Deprive Ranil Wickremesinghe But UNP Stalwarts Stand Firmly Behind Party Leader Who will be Taking Oaths for the Fifth time as Premier

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

President Sirisena Offers Prime Minister Position to Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa, John Amaratunga and Daya Gamage To Deprive Ranil Wickremesinghe But UNP Stalwarts Stand Firmly Behind Party Leader Who will be Taking Oaths for the Fifth time as Premier By the “Daily FT” Special Political Correspondent Lord Denning M. L., the 20th Century British Judge and Jurist, in his famous book ‘The Family Story’, remarked: “Every Judge, on his appointment, discards all politics and all prejudice. You need have no fear. The Judges of England have always in the past – and will – be vigilant in guarding our freedoms. Someone must be trusted. Let it be the Judges.” The principle duty of a Judge, especially of the apex court, is to suppress force and […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Signs a “Resignation Letter” At His Residence After Clinging On to Power For 7 Weeks As the First and Only Purported Prime Minister in Commonwealth History

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa Signs a “Resignation Letter” At His  Residence After Clinging On to Power For 7 Weeks As the First and Only Purported Prime Minister in Commonwealth History Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has signed what was called a ‘resignation’ letter at his residence in the capital Colombo, ending an extraordinary saga in the country’s parliamentary history where he clung on to power despite suffering no-confidence motions. Rajapaksa was appointed Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Rajapaksa Prime Minister on October 26, triggering a constitutional crisis, banking on buying over corrupt or disgruntled members to build a parliamentary majority. However even members of his United National Party who opposed the unpopular actions of Wickremesinghe’s so-called ‘cronies’ as well as a section of the […]

Sri Lanka’s UNF to form own administration, no coalition – A financially disciplined administration

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s United National Front will form its own administration without getting into a coalition, senior party officials said with its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe expected to be appointed Prime Minister as early as Sunday. “We want to go for a United National Front government,” former State Minister of Finance Eran Wickremeratne said. “It will be a financially disciplined administration.” President Sirisena is expected to re-appoint Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister Sunday. Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe, saying he could not work with him and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister plunging the country into a political and economic crisis. Wickremesinghe has poor people skills according to his critics and has weak relations even with members of his own party. President Sirisena had said there was a […]

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