Act immediately against Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Bill, Vaiko urges Centre

27th January 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Legislation gives sweeping powers to Navy and is detrimental to Indian fishers’ MDMK general secretary Vaiko has urged the Centre to immediately lodge its protest with the Sri Lankan government over the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill, saying it would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. He has also called on the Central government to ensure that the island nation withdrew the ‘controversial’ provisions of the Bill. Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mr. Vaiko said the proposed law, which had the approval of the Sri Lankan government’s Cabinet, would give more powers to the Sri Lankan Navy personnel to arrest Indian fishermen and seize trawlers and fishing nets. Above all, the Sri Lankan officials would impose hefty fines and harsher […]

Presidential Commission to investigate Rajapakse ‘patriot’ rats who sold valuable army headquarters for a song !

23rd December 2017 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News – 21.Dec.2017, 11.35PM)   The sale of the valuable land of the Amy headquarters for a paltry sum of Rs. 125 million dollars by the deposed most corrupt  Rajapakses based on their sudden decision has necessitated the army headquarters to be housed in 15 separate rented buildings . Owing to this a sum of Rs. 5 billion ! has to be spent annually as rent , president Maithripala Sirisena who is also the defense minister revealed to the cabinet. This colossal payment annually for the buildings rented is a huge unnecessary burden on the treasury as a  result of improper planning . Besides , this has  compromised national security  the president lamented. The cabinet decided to appoint a special presidential commission to investigate the  reckless […]

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy the Joker of India!

21st December 2017 // 0 Comments

Moments after a special CBI court exonerated all 19 accused, including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi, in the Rs 30,000 crore 2G scam case, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy,who loves publicity and who made a private complainant and filed a criminal complaint against A Raja and others in the Supreme Court in the case, the multi-crore 2G spectrum allocation scam, on Thursday said the government must immediately file an appeal against the acquittal of all accused in the nearly decade old case. Swamy took to Twitter to air his thoughts on the judgment. “Government must prove its bonafides by filing an immediate appeal in High Court,” he tweeted. If not this verdict will prove that he is the joker of Indian politicians. Swamy loves publicity and will always make issues to create attention, […]

Perumal’s entry into TNA

2nd December 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Leader of the Tamil Socialist Democratic Party Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal has come forward to join the Tamil National Alliance and has pointed out that it was the need of the hour for all Tamil political parties to come together and fulfil the political aspirations of people in the North and the East. Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) which is popularly known as the Federal Party being the premier political organ in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Varatharaja Perumal was enthusiastically involved in the political activities of the ITAK when he was young. He had even been arrested more than once when the Tamil militant activities were taking shape in the early seventies. Later in the early eighties Varatharaja Perumal joined the Eelam People’s […]

Pro Mahinda groups are now on a desperate mission to turn every minor brawl into a Sinhala-Muslim or Sinhala-Tamil clash

19th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between “majority Buddhist extremists”  and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday. Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites. Some Buddhists nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of Muslim asylum seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority. Police said the late Friday violence in the southern coastal town of Ginthota was triggered by rumours and fake messages on social media. “This was a clash between a small fraction of extremists in the both ethnic groups,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said and one […]

How to win the Referendum?

19th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Every country has two Constitutions: a “Legal Constitution” and a “Political Constitution”. To win a referendum and to introduce a new Constitution, Sri Lanka must change both. The focus for the past two years has been on the Legal Constitution. From now, it must be on the Political Constitution. A Constitution answers a series of questions about the State. Is it ‘unitary’ or ‘federal’? Which is more powerful, Parliament or the Executive? What rights do the minorities have? What principles will guide MPs, Cabinet Ministers and Judges have as they serve the people? The answers decide the type of Constitution, and the type of country, we will have. Sri Lanka’s Legal Constitution is the text of the 1978 Constitution. In the new Constitution, these questions […]

‘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 […]


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 […]

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