INDIA NEWS

Allirajah Subaskaran’s firm Lyca Productions has made the science-fiction extravaganza 2:0 – at a cost of $75 million (£59m)

2nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

The story behind the most expensive Indian film ever made The science fiction film 2.0 cost $75 million dollars to make, and features some of India’s biggest  By Lucy Cotter, entertainment correspondent A refugee who fled war-torn Sri Lanka and made his home in Britain has told how he turned his life round to become a producer on the most expensive Indian film ever made. Allirajah Subaskaran’s firm Lyca Productions has made the science-fiction extravaganza 2:0 – at a cost of $75 million (£59m), it is directed by one of India’s biggest directors and stars some of its hottest talents. It is a tale worthy of a Bollywood movie in itself. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Subaskaran said: “I got involved in the movie because […]

The Joker Who Got A Jackpot

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Razi Mohmamadh – Raazi Mohmamadh Never had there been a Political mayhem in the post independent history of Sri Lanka as we are witnessing nowadays. Watching the breaking news on television since 26th of October is as if you are watching a horror movie in a 3-D theater, sitting on the edge of the seat bamboozled as to what is going to happen next, making yourself ready for the vertiginous shock. Then a Twitter notification chirps. You are flummoxed and high as a kite, sometimes shaking in your shoes just to open the tweet. Then you read who joined whose camp, what the price for ones defection is and what bomb is in which parcel. It is really unfortunate to witness an artificial, self created dogfight  […]

What happened to Maithiri’s assassination plot?

12th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The People’s Movement for a Just Society says the President can now carry out an extensive investigation over the alleged assassination plot of VVIPs revealed by Namal Kumara. Chairman of the Movement Professor Sarath Wijesuriya speaking at a conference in Colombo said the relevant investigations can be carried out promptly as the Sri Lanka Police is now under the President. Wijesuriya questioned why the matter wasn’t been spoken of now, as the President now has the ability to carry out investigations that were neglected in the past. He added such actions show President Maithripala Sirisena acted in an unethical manner against the law and violated the Constitution. Professor Sarath Wijesuriya further said the President must be defeated with the public mandate as he has violated the Constitution. […]

Intelligence Unit report – Only 68 members in favour of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe before the no-confidence motion against him.

10th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Tamil MP’s offered 35 Million Rupees, while Sinhale MP’s offered over 50 Million Rupees Another two ministers were on an attempt to resign from their positions and join with the opposition party on 10th.  Only 68 members in favour of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe before the no-confidence motion against him.  Mr. Rishard Badurdeen and Mr. Rauf Hakeem stated that hey are not ready to be sold out for money.  Intelligence Unit report received to Prime Minister prior to Parliament’s dissolution Reportedly the decision to dissolve the Parliament by the President yesterday (09) night was taken on the basis of receiving a Government’s Intelligence Unit report. The confidential report has revealed that a group of former parliamentarians sided with Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe by now has decided to stand […]

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Seeks Unscheduled Meeting with Indian Defence Authorities To Discuss Alleged RAW Plot to Assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena.

19th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Seeks Unscheduled Meeting with Indian Defence Authorities To Discuss Alleged RAW Plot to Assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena. By Yohan Perera Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would have a discussion with the Indian authorities on the alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena, a Spokesman from the Prime Minister’s office said yesterday. Continue reading ‘Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Seeks Unscheduled Meeting with Indian Defence Authorities To Discuss Alleged RAW Plot to Assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena.’ » Sri Lankan President Sirisena Telephones Indian Prime Minister Modi Denying he had Accused Indian Espionage Agency RAW of Plotting to Assassinate Him. By Suhasini Haidar & Meera Srinivasan Worried about the fallout of reports emanating from a Cabinet meet, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday […]

Wimal Weerawansa Says Indian National Suspected of Being Involved in Assassination Plot is an Operative of the Indian Espionage Agency Research and Analysis Wing, Named Rajendrakumar Bearing RAW ID Card No – RB317217/VJ.

19th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Wimal Weerawansa Says Indian National Suspected of Being Involved in Assassination Plot is an Operative of the Indian Espionage Agency Research and Analysis Wing, Named Rajendrakumar Bearing RAW ID Card No – RB317217/VJ. By Kalathma Jayawardhane The Joint Opposition (JO) today said the Indian national, who claimed of a plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members, was identified as an India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) member bearing the RAW identity card number of RB317217/VJ. JO member MP Wimal Weerawansa told a news conference that they had investigated on this issue and had found out that the Indian national who was arrested in Sri Lanka was named Rajendra Kumar and he was working for the RAW. Continue reading ‘Wimal […]

Nine years since the end of the war – Reconciliation or the Political solution to the Tamils has not moved even an inch!

16th October 2018 // 0 Comments

India may regret sooner or later!  By S. V. KIRUPAharan, France  “It’s not a mistake to make a mistake, but it is a mistake to repeat the mistake.”  During the 39th session of the Human Rights Council – HRC, on 14 September 2018, I listened to the right to reply by UN member States. In the HRC, the right to reply means a verbal attack either on a State or an NGO.  On 14th September it was between India and Pakistan. During the decades of my participation in the UN Human Rights Forums, I have heard hundreds of ‘wars of words’ between states. But what I heard on 14th September 2018 is very damaging to India.  An Indian rep said the following: “…What is portrayed by Pakistan as self-determination is actually […]

Modi wants SL political parties to have dialogues with the separate Indian states – Douglas

5th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Leader of Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) MP Douglas Devananda, in an interview with , speaks about his recent visit to India along with a parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.    Urges Modi to develop Palali airport and KKS Port There is a lull in Tamil Nadu politics  Urges India to help implement 13 A in full Excerpts of this interview: Q You recently took part in a visit to India as part of a parliamentary delegation and met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. What is your assessment of the visit? As far as a visit to India is concerned, I had two issues. One is that the Tamil opposition accused me of a person barred by India. According to them, I was […]

President Sirisena Drops Political Bombshell On India Saying LTTE Was Planning To Fly From Tamil Nadu And Bomb Targets In Colombo As War Neared End In May 2009.

28th September 2018 // 0 Comments

President Sirisena Drops Political Bombshell On India Saying LTTE Was Planning To Fly From Tamil Nadu And Bomb Targets In Colombo As War Neared End In May 2009. Sri Lanka’s President Friday dropped a bombshell claiming that Tamil Tigers planned a flight from neighbouring Tamil Nadu to destroy targets in Colombo as the separatist war drew to an end. Maithripala Sirisena told Sri Lankan expatriates in New York that he was the senior most politician in the country in May 2009 directing security forces in the absence of all other leaders. He said it was a well-guarded secret that the then president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his prime minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake were out of the country fearing a Tiger air raid. Then secretary to the ministry […]

‘DMK, Congress responsible for genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils and should be booked for War Crimes’

26th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Palaniswami trains guns on former CM Karunanidhi; says both Opposition parties should be booked for war crimes The DMK and the Congress were fully responsible for the genocide of a large number of Tamils during the final phase of the Eelam war in Sri Lanka, and should be booked for war crimes, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said here on Tuesday. Speaking at a protest meeting organised by the AIADMK to highlight what the party alleged was the role played by the DMK and the Congress in the massacre of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka, Mr. Palaniswami said the tragedy occurred only after Karunanidhi, who was then the Chief Minister, ended his fast within three hours, claiming that a ceasefire had been declared in the […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa calls on Narendra Modi

13th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. He was accompanied by his eldest son, MP Namal Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa is in India at the invitation of BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy to deliver a talk in Delhi. He is slated to grace the function of Virat Hindustan Sangam and deliver a lecture on ‘India-Sri Lanka relation: the way ahead’. Subramanian Swamy is the founder of Virat Hindustan Sangam. Rajapaksa’s visit has fuelled speculation about possible thaw between him and the current Indian government. Rajapaksa’s accused that India, the US and European countries had a hand in his humiliating defeat in the January elections Modi had also urged the Sri Lankan government to ensure early and full implementation of the 13th Amendment […]

Six who masterminded the killing of thousands of Tamils in 2009 to work for Mahinda

12th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Release of Rajiv Gandhi convicts: We would’ve had different line, says Mahinda Rajapaksa The former Sri Lankan President says he is ready to put past ‘misunderstandings’ with India behind him, and could lead his party in the 2019 elections   The decision on whether to release those convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by the LTTE is an “internal matter” for India to decide, said former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, he indicated that he might have taken a “different line” from the Tamil Nadu government’s resolution that recommended their release to the Governor.   “I have no view on this. It is up to the government; it is an internal matter for India,” said Mr. Rajapaksa in an interview […]

President Sirisena Will Make Statement in UN General Assembly on Sep 24 That Would Vindicate Lanka’s Security Forces From All Allegations Levelled Against Them.

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

President Sirisena Will Make Statement in UN General Assembly on Sep 24 That Would Vindicate Lanka’s Security Forces From All Allegations Levelled Against Them. President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on September 24 and he would make a statement to vindicate the Security Forces from all allegations levelled against them. President Sirisena was speaking at the SLFP Nivitigala Bala Mandala meeting held at the Nivitigala public fair premises, on Saturday. Continue reading ‘President Sirisena Will Make Statement in UN General Assembly on Sep 24 That Would Vindicate Lanka’s Security Forces From All Allegations Levelled Against Them.’ »

Details of Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Family’s Assets Made Available to Sri Lankan Govt for Due Action by FBI After Conducting Probe.

2nd September 2018 // 0 Comments

Details of Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Family’s Assets Made Available to Sri Lankan Govt for Due Action by FBI After Conducting Probe. A team of Sri Lankan judicial officers visited the United States recently on a US government sponsored tour. The last item on their itinerary was a visit to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters. Continue reading ‘Details of Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Family’s Assets Made Available to Sri Lankan Govt for Due Action by FBI After Conducting Probe.’ »

Subramanian Swamy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Medamulana

24th August 2018 // 0 Comments

India’s ruling BJP party senior member Dr Subramanian Swamy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Medamulana today. Rajapaksa tweeted saying he was invited by Swamy to speak at an event in New Delhi. “It was a hugely enjoyable trip to South Sri Lanka to meet Fmr SL President Sri Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family. He is a man to be admired for his decisiveness to wipe out LTTE terror and incidentally also soothe India’s hurt feelings due to Rajiv’a assassination by LTTE,” Swamy said. He added that while in Colombo he had a chance meet with former Maldives President Naseed. “He is apprehensive of gross rigging in their forthcoming election. India cannot allow that as a neighbour and also since current usurper President Yamin has humiliated Indians recently. We […]

BJP refuses to set free seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts who had been in jail for 27 years

10th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts jailed in Tamil Nadu cannot be released, the Indian Government told the Supreme Court today, asserting that the case involves the assassination of a former Prime Minister, NDTV reported. The CBI, which investigated the case, has opposed the release of the seven convicts, the court was told.  Tamil Nadu had been informed of the decision on April 18, the centre told the court. The seven convicts had been in jail for 27 years.  The court had asked the centre to decide and respond to Tamil Nadu’s request to release them. A constitution bench of top Supreme Court judges had said in 2015 that the convicts cannot be released without the central Government’s consent. The convicts, Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Nalini Sriharan, […]

President Sirisena’s message was personally conveyed to Karunanidhi’s son

4th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today wished ailing 94-year-old DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi a speedy recovery. After offering prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple near here, he had a brief chat with reporters outside the shrine. “The ailing Karunanidhi will soon recover and I wish him a speedy recovery.” Wickremesinghe said he had spoken to DMK working president M K Stalin yesterday about his fathers health condition. Replying to a query on the problem Tamil Nadu fishermen face in the waters bordering the island nation, Wickremesinghe said, “The issue is settling down and we are trying to solve it.” By Manekshaw President Maithripala Sirisena had sent a message for the speedy recovery of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kalagam (DMK) Leader, […]

New Constitution for Sri Lanka : ten experts working on initial draft of Constitution

28th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The Constitution making process is in limbo right now and the ‘Yahapalana Government’ seems quite contended with the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Attempts to introduce a new Constitution has come under much criticism by many in the country. The Daily Mirror spoke to the main architect of the drafting of a new Constitution for Sri Lanka, Parliamentarian and Constitutional expert Dr. Jayampathi Wickramarathna on the issue. They believe that Sri Lanka must be in the control of the Sinhala Buddhists. There is no single example in the world where part of a country has used devolved power to break away. The Executive President can take over all or part of the functions of a Provincial Council under the proposed Constitutional arrangement […]

‘India shouldn’t meddle with our political affairs’ says Rajapaksha

30th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Rajapaksa calls for non-interference India can have the biggest political impact on Sri Lanka’s election, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said, adding that he hoped India will not “meddle with” Sri Lanka’s internal political affairs. He made the comment in an interview to The Daily Mirror on Thursday, responding to a question on the possible influence of the West and India on the Sri Lankan presidential election, likely to be held by the end of 2019. “It is not that big,” Mr. Rajapaksa said, on the West’s ability to determine poll outcomes. India’s role in 2015 Following his election defeat in January 2015 to an eclectic coalition led by his former Cabinet colleague Maithripala Sirisena, Mr. Rajapaksa has, on different occasions, alluded to India’s role in toppling […]

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