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Another national govt. not unconstitutional-JVP

1st February 2019 // 0 Comments

The JVP says the establishment of a national government is in no way unconstitutional. Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath speaking at a media breifing this morning said the party with a majority seats can form a national government with another party. He stressed it is not unconstitutional as there is an article in this regard in the Constitution, adding it does not determine the number of MPs. He said a national government comprises of the party or independent group that has acquired the highest number of seats in Parliament, forming a government with another accepted political party or several parties. Herath stated there is a sentence that is not applicable to the law. Responding to a statement by President Maithripala Sirisena that 2019 will be a year […]

Ex-parliamentary official reveals Govt.- Opposition collusion

1st February 2019 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando One-time top official in parliament Lacille de Silva, yesterday, alleged that there was an understanding among political parties represented in Parliament not to raise the contentious issue of quorum though in the recent past the UNP had acted contrary to that consensus. All those lawmakers in Parliament should be ashamed of their disgraceful conduct, De Silva said, alleging that political parties fiercely guarded various corrupt systems though there were differences among them on many issues. Responding to a query by The Island, De Silva said leaders of all political parties were responsible for deterioration of parliament. Had parliament adhered with the rule as regards the minimum number of lawmakers 20 required to be present at any given time, parliamentary sittings would have […]

Hirunika Makes Fiery Speech In Parliament: Severely Criticises Sirisena For Attempting To Grant Presidential Pardon To Duminda Silva

24th January 2019 // 0 Comments

UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra made a fiery speech in Parliament today severely criticising President Maithripala Sirisena over his alleged attempts to grant a presidential pardon to Duminda Silva who is convicted of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra’s murder. Premachandra said Silva’s supporters were signing public letters in the Kolonnawa area requesting a pardon for the former MP. “They had told the people in the area that they were signing the letter on the advice of the President. I this because they have even visited the houses of my father’s former supporters. I cannot say Silva’s supporters are lying about the President’s advice, as I am not privy to the discussions between President Sirisena and Duminda Silva’s brother.” The Parliamentarian also said there was no reason to believe that the same President […]

“Militarized Environment” Prevailing in and Around Colombo Permanent High Court Hearing DA Rajapaksa Museum Case Involving Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Create Fear Psychosis Among Witnesses

23rd January 2019 // 0 Comments

Dep- Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris Objects to “Militarized Environment” Prevailing in and Around Colombo Permanent High Court Hearing DA Rajapaksa Museum Case Involving Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Create Fear Psychosis Among Witnesses By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General raised objections into the highly militarised environment around the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar yesterday. Peiris appearing for the prosecution in the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum case told the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar that this would adversely affect witnesses expected to testify before court in due course. Taking into consideration the facts, the Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne announced that they would make an appropriate order on the next hearing date. Continue reading […]

Mahinda Plays racist card again – Lucky Tamil MP Sumathiran is alive!

21st January 2019 // 0 Comments

Lucky Tamil MP Sumathiran is alive and traveling in Colombo now, If the Rajapakshe family was in power he would have been killed by the governments forces like they killed other Tamil MP’s and Journalists during the Rajapaksha rule. Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday vowed not to allow Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran to implement decisions taken by them surreptitiously that would harm the interests of the country. He said this at the opening of the new ‘Wahalkada’ at the Nakulugamuwa, Meddadeniya Sri Shailarama Purana Temple in Beliatta yesterday . Mahinda Rajapaksha as a former President promised to implement 13+ to the constitution which would give some rights to the minority but after loosing the election he opposes any devolution of power […]

Men’s Fashion Week: Jeenu Mahadevan calls out colourism

21st January 2019 // 0 Comments

Jan 20 (BBC) London, Paris, Milan, New York… it has been a frantic January for model Jeenu Mahadevan, as he flies around the world for Men’s Fashion Week. “There’s no such thing as downtime in Fashion Week, it’s just chaos for three weeks straight,” he tells the BBC. Since the 20-year old made his international debut in 2017 in Paris, his profile has skyrocketed. He’s modelled for fashion powerhouses including Versace, Givenchy Alexander McQueen and Burberry. Not bad for someone who was discovered on a bus home in Oslo in March 2016. “It was weird because this lady was just staring at me for like three stops straight – I had no idea what was going on, and I thought it was a joke to […]

Mahinda’s SLPP supporters disrupting ITN.

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The Police were called in to quell a tense situation at the state-owned Independent Television Network (ITN) earlier today. A group of ITN workers have staged a protest against appointments by the new management of the state TV stations. A tense situation took place when a group of attempted to assault the Deputy General Manager – News, appointed by the current management, within the office premises today. The protesting workers are largely affiliated with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and have formed an organization called “ITN Surakeeme Sanvidhanaya’. The management of the state TV company has already suspended 13 employees for disrupting the day-to-day work of the institution. The management has made it clear that it will take every necessary action to ensure that […]

Counting the dead from the war

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The ITJP is initiating a movement (from Mon 7 Jan 2019 – press releases attached) to start collecting the names of the dead and disappeared/missing from the whole war in Sri Lanka but with a focus on the final war in 2009 because of the upcoming tenth anniversary of Mullivaikkal. We are doing this again jointly with Patrick Ball of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. The idea is for Patrick to come up with an estimate of the total number – and also to create one clean list with no duplicates to be used for memorialisation – that will be shared with those who contribute. For more on Patrick’s work see https://psmag.com/social-justice/using-machine-learning-to-hold-human-rights-abusers-accountable .   First of all if you know of existing casualty lists (in any language) perhaps you could please […]

SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up, but Rajapaksa’s group lays down conditions Some sections wanted agreement by January 15, but Pohottuwa leaders insist that full procedures must be followed before any alliance is formed Questions of rationale raised as President also seeks thaw with UNF and compromises on subjects given to ministers MoD reaches defence agreement with powerful country, giving it access to Sri Lanka’s facilities  He has etched his name in a controversial chapter of Sri Lanka’s political history with mistakes that stunned a nation and faced ignominy over violating the country’s Constitution. Now, just five days after the dawn of 2019, President Maithripala Sirisena appears set to create more records, be it for good or for worse. It comes in the backdrop of issues […]

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 […]

Dissolution of Parliament unconstitutional – Supreme Court

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

The Supreme Court announces that the gazette notification dissolving the parliament is not in accordance with the constitution.  The seven member judge bench unanimously made this judgment stating that it was illegal to dissolve the parliament before its 4.5 year term limit. The Supreme Court delivered its judgment on the petition on the President’s decision to dissolve the parliament, a short while ago. The verdict was delivered by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera. Accordingly, the Supreme Court quashed the gazette notification published on the 9th November dissolving the parliament. Meanwhile, Justice Sisira De Abrew declared that the parliament cannot be dissolved in any way until the minimum term of 4.5 years passes.  According to De Abrew, a proposal voted for by two-third of MPs in […]

New US Ambassador opens up to Sri Lanka

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

In her first interview since assuming duties, Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz shares key insights on her plans, US aspirations on Sri Lanka and US perspectives on some of Sri Lanka’s immediate and medium-term challenges  A career member of the US Senior Foreign Service, the United States’ new Ambassador in Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz describes her job as both “exciting and challenging.” This is because her arrival in Sri Lanka was at a time when the country is at crossroads in terms of democracy and politics, whilst the potential to achieve stability and prosperity is also high. Speaking to the Daily FT in her first ever interview with the local media, Teplitz, who has had extensive experience in Asia, shares key insights to her plans, US aspirations on Sri Lanka, and US perspectives on […]

American and Worldwide Tamil Diaspora Organizations Respond to Sri Lanka Constitutional Crisis

8th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Political reform must include restoration of Tamil rights ensured by international guarantees of implementation WASHINGTON, LONDON, and SYDNEY, Dec. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Responding to the current constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, leading Tamil diaspora organizations issued a call to the international community to support a permanent political solution to the country’s ethnic problem that goes beyond current or proposed constitutional arrangements and provides international guarantees and safeguards. The US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC), British Tamils Forum (BTF), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), and World Thamil Organization (WTO) jointly issued the statement. The collapse of the Sri Lankan government on October 26th, 2018 has exposed the inconsistency and instability of Sri Lanka’s ethnocracy. A blatant disrespect for constitutional law and the failure to preserve promises made toward […]

MS, MR, RW should form national govt.- Wiggy

3rd December 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said yesterday that the current political crisis could be resolved by forming a national government with the involvement of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. He expressed his views while participating at a programme to present awards to regional artistes held at the Cultural Theatre Hall in Vavuniya. “There is a conflict between the Executive and the Legislature. It is not constitutional. We have to resolve this. I have made a suggestion for it. There are other ways to do it. I will expand on this later. Unless we resolve this now, we do not know what will happen in the future,” he said. He said he had no intention to contest […]

If there was corruption in the past 3 ½ years as the President says, the President has equally to share the blame -Kabir Hashim M.P., Chairman, UNP

3rd December 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News -26.Nov.2018, 12.45PM) President Maithripala Sirisena, at a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo has yet again tried to justify the illegal removal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the 26th of October 2018 by saying, it was due to corruption and that a Presidential Commission of inquiry will be established to look into cases of corruption between Jan 2015 and Oct 2018. The government that operated during this period was in no way “A Ranil Wickremesinghe Government”. President Maithripala Sirisena who headed the National Unity Government was not only the Head of State but also the Head of Government. All decisions were made by a Cabinet chaired by the President. If there was corruption in the past 3 ½ years […]

Leaders Like Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa who have Neither Shame nor Justice can Plummet to the Lowest of Depths, Because for them Everything is Permissible

2nd December 2018 // 0 Comments

Leaders Like Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa who have Neither Shame nor Justice can Plummet to the Lowest of Depths, Because for them Everything is Permissible By Tisaranee Gunasekara “The history of madness is the history of power.” Roy Porter (A social history of madness: The world through the eyes of the insane) The current crisis is a contestation about the nature of Sri Lanka and her future. Will the country continue along the path of democracy or will she re-embrace some form of autocracy? Will rule of law prevail or will it be replaced by the law of the rulers? Will justice remain a possibility or will impunity become sovereign again? Is Sri Lanka a country of free men and women or a land yearning […]

Racists Rajapaksas have turned their guns on the Tamils

25th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Namal Baby’s Twitter Trolls Spread Fake News Targeting TNA After Fourth Defeat In Parliament Pro Rajapaksa websites and Twitter trolls have turned their guns on the Tamil National Alliance whose 14 MP bloc has voted to defeat fake Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament four times and remain unwavering in their determination to defeat the October 26th Coup. CMC SLPP councillor Senani Samaranayakewho is a former SriLankan Airlines stewardess of dubious fame after Namal Rajapaksa ‘outsourced’ her services at the Presidential Secretariat while getting the bankrupt national carrier to foot the bill has attacked TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran on Twitter using a video of Friday’s parliamentary sittings out of context. “UNP’s new boss Sumanthiran behaviour in parliament” Senani tweeted highlighting the video which shows Sumanthiran leaving his […]

Whoever has the majority of 225 member House will be the Prime minister

25th November 2018 // 0 Comments

“Whoever has the majority of 225 member House will be the Prime minister…………….. I have no possibility of appointing Mr Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister again. I will stick to that principle” -President Sirisena in Interview With “Sunday Times” Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has granted an exclusive interview to the Political Editor of the “Sunday Times” which appears in the latest issue of the paper dated November 25th 2018. The following excerpts are from the “Sunday Times” interview. Q; You have caused a serious political crisis in the country by your actions. Why did you do it? A; The person responsible is Ranil Wickremesinghe. Not I. After the January 8, 2015 Presidential elections, both of us were sworn in. One minute after I was sworn in […]

Namal lying like his father!

24th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda’s son Namal Rajapaksha is following the same steps of his father who is a pathological liar. The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Joern Rohde, revealed today that United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had talks with the western diplomats. The SLPP Namal Rajapaksahas been accusing the United National Party and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of dancing to the tune of the West by meeting diplomats and getting them involved in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs. He never expected that the Western leaders who are fed up with the undemocratic behaviour of the Sri Lankan parliamentarians and their continues lying to the world and expose the meetings of his party leaders with the Western leaders.  However now the German envoy has revealed that four leading UPFA Parliamentarians, including an unknown number […]

”Mahinda and Ranil must join hands for country’s sake” says Former Tamil Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran

24th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Thambithurai Pratheepan Former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran told the Australian Deputy Ambassador, Victoria Coakley, on Wednesday, that the current political crisis in the country can be solved by both, newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, entering into an agreement to form a national government for the remaining two years. He added that if a national government can function since January 2015, both current and former Prime Ministers should form a national government for the betterment of the country and people. Coakley asked how this suggestion could be possible, to which Wigneswaran explained that after forming the national government both parties can table a framework to uplift the economy of the country by stabilizing the rupee. Both […]

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