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‘Political Interest Litigation’ by BJP MP Swamy says Delhi HC

26th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Delhi HC Dismisses Swamy’s Plea on Sunanda Pushkar Death Probe, Calls His PIL ‘Political Interest Litigation’ BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had sought a court-monitored probe by a CBI-led special investigation team into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s plea for a court-monitored probe into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. Dismissing Swamy’s plea, the court said it was left with the “distinct impression” that this was perhaps a textbook example of “political interest litigation” being dressed up as PIL.   According to the HC, Swamy appeared to have concealed data or information which he should have disclosed at the first instance. “Courts need […]

Poverty highest in the North

21st October 2017 // 0 Comments

By Paneetha Ameresekere Sri Lanka’s poverty headcount declined to 4.1 per cent last year, from 6.7% in 2012/13, when the last of such censuses were taken, the Census and Statistics Department (CSD), in a report released on Thursday (19), said. The Official Poverty Line (OPL) for last year was Rs 4,166 per soul per mensem, as opposed to real per capita expenditure per month for a person fixed at Rs 3,624 in 2012/13 to be poverty neutral then. The average shortfall was Rs 620 in real terms per month, per poor person, last year, the CSD said. Last year 843,913 individuals were in poverty as opposed to 1.3 million as per the immediately preceding survey conducted for the year 2012/13. The total poor households were […]

Can Sri Lanka Take That Giant Step Forward?

8th October 2017 // 0 Comments

Despite a multiplicity of contentious proposals some with obviously malicious objectives, crass political opportunism and other negative features evident in the process of making a new constitution, the realization by three main political parties to overcome the bogey of racism that has been holding us back is a giant step forward for Sri Lanka. The UNP and a faction of the SLFP coming together with the backing of the TULF on many issues, despite the incendiary cry that stalled this country’s progress: ‘Menna rata bedanna hadanawo’ (They are trying to divide the country) has isolated the alarmists still riding the hobby horse of communalism. There is still a long way to go for the three main Sri Lankan parties to reach consensus on a new constitution […]

Federal system will create local governments

23rd September 2017 // 0 Comments

The Constitutional Operations Committee’s Interim Report submitted to Parliament has been prepared to construct a federal system, said Mawbima Janatha Party Leader Governor Hemakumara Nanayakkara. He said that the country needs one government and the federal system will create local governments. Therefore, it is sufficient to decentralize the administration instead of devolving it Mr. Nanayakkara said. Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council  Mr.C.V. Vigneshwaran spoke of a right, but  Mr. Hemakumara Nanayakkara   says any citizen  can live anywhere in the country. However, the interim report has been based on  national unity The devolution of power can raise issues among communities, he adds. Ashika Brahmana  

Ethnic Cleansing of Myanmar – India, israel and China fully support

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

“Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing of Myanmar Muslims” Says  UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Al Hussein India, israel and China fully support Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s gnocide of Rohingya Muslims Written by Latheef Farook Two weeks after Myanmar armed forces and their murderous thugs led by saffron butcher Ashin Wirathu began ethnic cleansing   Rohingya Muslims, the United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on 11 September that “the situation in Myanmar is a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.  “This was predicted and could have been prevented,”  said Zeid Al Hussain who, told the UN Human Rights Council “the current situation cannot yet be fully assessed, as Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators.” The UN has documented mass gang rapes, killings – including […]

LTTE-regrouping in the North? Why?

14th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Former combatants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were linked to recent incidents of unrest in the North, giving rise to fresh speculations of an LTTE-regrouping in the North. Claims that these former cadres, some rehabilitated, are involved raise more questions than concerns over the progress of the government. Eight years have gone since the end of war and promises by the Sri Lankan government run by the Sinhalalese to implement a acceptable political package to solve the discreminations towards the minority cannot be seen. From day one of the post war period, the government initiated a programme to rehabilitate some cadres who were arrested and those some who surrendered to the military during the final phase of fighting. Thousands of the senior LTTE […]

After Three Decades: Provincial Councils and ownership

2nd August 2017 // 0 Comments

By Jayasri Priyalal On the 25th July 2017, Sri Lanka marked the 30th anniversary of the infamous Indo-Lanka accord which paved the way for setting up provincial councils in Sri Lanka. Although there was no legitimate request then, from any citizen either in Northern or Southern Sri Lanka, policy makers believed in the devolution model imposed under the accord, as a solution to the racial dis-harmony that prevailed in the country. The irony is, the Provincial Councils do not have the authority to impose taxes, yet they are free to spend the money provided by the government. Hence non-of the politicians demonstrate ownership to their political constituencies; as they are not accountable neither to the tax payer nor to the electorate. Yet, the government appoints […]

Sri Lanka ink a deal with China on the 30th anniversary of Indo-Lanka Accord

2nd August 2017 // 0 Comments

BY GAGANI WEERAKOON On 29 July 1987, Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene and Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi sat together at old Parliament building (now Presidential Secretariat) facing Galle Face Green to ink the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord with the objective of resolving the Sri Lankan War by enabling the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Councils Act of 1987. The unspoken objective at the time however, was keeping America away from gaining a foothold in Sri Lanka. Those who were involved in active politics and well-versed in political history say when J.R. Jayewardene asked J.N. Dixit (Indian envoy in Colombo at the time) to be specific about India’s concern, J.N.Dixit said that Sri Lanka should assure India reduction and Mphasing […]

NO Political package on site despite popular support for such reforms and pledges made by President and PM to win elections

28th July 2017 // 0 Comments

The most significant contribution of the much-maligned Indo-Sri Lanka Accord has been the restructuring of the island nation’s postcolonial state Jayadeva Uyangoda Thirty years have passed, not so quietly, since President J.R. Jayewardene of Sri Lanka and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India signed the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in July 1987. The accord’s story has become part of history in India as well as Sri Lanka. However, has Sri Lanka’s politics changed since the advent of the accord? The answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ In Sri Lanka, the most important political change since 1987 has been the total military defeat and demise of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The accord was one of the early attempts to bring Sri Lanka’s ethnic civil […]

Thirty years of soul-searching

28th July 2017 // 0 Comments

M.A. Sumanthiran The Accord offered the best chance to resolve the Tamil national questionbut was undermined by successive governments in Colombo July 29, 1987 was a watershed in Sri Lanka’s history. That was the day Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi signed an accord with Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene in Colombo, in which Sri Lanka promised to share power with the Tamil people. One cannot also forget the attack on the Indian Prime Minister later that day by a Naval Rating at a Guard of Honour. If not for his quick reflexes, the rifle butt that was swung at him would most certainly have cracked his skull. The history of Sri Lanka would have been very different had he not survived that assault, as also […]

NO North-East merger

8th July 2017 // 0 Comments

Cabinet Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan spoke to the Nation regarding the state of the proposed merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the Uma Oya crisis, President Maithripala Sirisena’s comments about the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) and whether any changes can be expected in this regard, the future of the Government beyond September, the garbage problem, the dengue epidemic, the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue, and the maligned Local Government elections. Q : What is the view of the Government with regard to the proposed merger of the North and the East? The stance, or more accurately the mood within the Steering Committee responsible for drawing up a New Constitution, which has received responses […]

Sri Lanka to say ‘enough is enough’? No, never!

12th June 2017 // 0 Comments

BY GAGANI WEERAKOON UNITED KINGDOM With back to back terror attacks rocking London and Manchester, British Prime Minister Theresa May called that time has come to say ‘enough is enough’.Britain came under three terrorist attacks in the last three months. Premier May said that as terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack, not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalized online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack. “We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change and they need to change in four important ways. “First, while the recent attacks are not connected […]

VAIKO SAYS SRI LANKA BEHIND HIS DETENTION AT KUALA LUMPUR AIRPORT; WILL SEEK PM NARENDRA MODI’S HELP

10th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Chennai: MDMK General Secretary Vaiko said the Sri Lankan government is behind his detention at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Friday. Vaiko, who has raised the Sri Lankan Tamils issue at the European Parliament in Brussels, felt that Sri Lankan government does not want issues relating to killing of innocent Tamils during its war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to be raised in international forums. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Vaiko said he was shocked when immigration officials at Kuala Lumpur airport stopped him from entering Malaysia. He informed the officials that he was invited for the wedding reception of Penang Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy’s daughter on Saturday. To back his claim, he produced the wedding invitation, a letter written by […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Nocturnal Rendezvous With Narendra Modi

25th May 2017 // 0 Comments

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Vesak festivity in Sri Lanka acquired an international dimension this year with the Island nation hosting the United Nations International Vesak day. The icing on this Vesak event cake was the participation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as chief guest in the celebrations. Even though President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe basked in the glow of Narendra Modi’s brief trip described officially as a “religious visit”, the political highlight of the Indian premier’s stay in Sri Lanka was the nocturnal rendezvous with former Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The meeting between Modi and Rajapaksa was held late at night on Thursday May 11th 2017. The meeting came as a surprise to many because it was not part of the original itinerary […]

8th year candle light vigil will happen as planned

21st May 2017 // 0 Comments

PM Modi  wants all protests in Tamil Nadu against Sri Lankan government stopped, and Weak Tamilnadu government agrees after a deal of NOT dissolving the current government NOT taking any action against corruption by MP’s.  MAY 17 MOVEMENT Remembering and paying homage to the dead is a cultural event. It’s the basic right of the Tamils. All the ethnic groups in the world have the right and pay respect to their departed. The political charters around the world ensure the rights of the people to carry on the birth and death rites which are long embodied in their culture. The UN defines this as a natural right that has to be protected. Based on this an event is conducted every year, for the past 7 years in […]

‘Black flag clique’ SECRETLY met Modi at night

18th May 2017 // 0 Comments

Despite MPs of the Mahinda faction calling masses to hoist black flags on the Wesak Day to protest against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka, certain MPs of that faction SECRETLY visited him at 11.00 p.m. says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President said before they met Mr. Modi the Indian High Commissioner had told him that the ‘Black flag clique’ had requested to meet the Indian Prime Minister and had asked what should be done. The President had told him to allow them to meet Mr. Modi. They had met Mr. Modi at 11.00 p.m. said the President. This was said by the President at a ceremony held at Polonnaruwa yesterday (15th) expressing his views regarding the retired president Mahinda […]

Sri Lanka received assurance from UK over GSP Plus

18th May 2017 // 0 Comments

By Yusuf Ariff Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that Sri Lanka has received an assurance from the United Kingdom that despite it leaving the EU, the trade preferences already enjoyed by other countries would be maintained. “The day after we will get the tariff concessions to enter the European Union market, which is the GSP Plus.” “We have also been assured by the UK that while they will leave the union, the trade preferences already enjoyed by the countries would be maintained,” he said, addressing the Women Leadership Summit of the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council in Colombo. He stated that the EU is the richest market and that it’s not just the question of entry into a market for Sri Lanka. “It is a […]

PLANTATION TAMILS AND MODI’S ROLE

17th May 2017 // 0 Comments

Indian Premier Narendra Modi’s visit to the country last week drew attention to the wider political dimensions sandwiched in the so-called Plantation Tamils’ issue. Current Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has been at great pains to drive home his several ‘justifications’ to demand a merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces by citing the Muslims in that province as being ‘Tamil Speaking People.’ Just a fortnight ago we heard Ceylon Workers Congress President MP Muthu Sivalingam make reference to plantation Tamils settled in the Vanni District, mainly Vavuniya, who are said to be facing all sorts of discrimination, whose votes have been assiduously, and hitherto unsuccessfully, sought by the TNA. The discrimination might be stemming from that as a lever to persuade them to […]

Tamilnadu politicians on Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit

15th May 2017 // 0 Comments

The Tamil parties fell silent yet again as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sri Lanka on May 12 — his second trip to the island nation in two years, to reinforce the traditional connect between the two nations. His two-day visit to Sri Lanka to attend the biggest Buddhist festival ‘Vesak Day’ as its chief guest at Colombo from May 12 to 14, and not visiting the Tamil areas saw no strong opposition in Tamil Nadu Modi’s second visit comes at a time when China is trying to make inroads in the island nation. “Sri Lankan Minister Mano Ganesan feles Indian origin Tamils feel assured and confident under President Maithripala’s government but will the Eelam Tamils here agree?” asks BJP national secretary H. Raja. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s […]

Lankan Govt. settling Sinhalese in Tamil-dominated areas

14th May 2017 // 0 Comments

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], May 13 (ANI): Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced construction of 10,000 houses for Tamils in Sri Lanka, noted Tamil activist Pazha Nedumaran on Saturday said that there were already 4000 houses built, but the government in Colombo has been settling Sinhalese people in those colonies. “Already 4000 houses have been built in Tamil areas. They are supposed to be given to the Tamils in Sri Lanka, but the Singhalese government allocated these houses to Sinhalese. They were settled at Tamil areas with the help of Indian government. The problem is that Sinhalese wanted to annihilate Tamils,” Nedumaran told ANI. He alleged that local people were being settled in Tamil areas with the help of the Sri Lankan Army. Addressing […]

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