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Mahinda going to take action against the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for its active involvement with the LTTE.

24th November 2018 // 0 Comments

LTTE-enforced boycott lost Ranil the presidency in 2005 – Daily Mirror … Tamil Tigers block voters as Sri Lanka chooses new president | The … Tamil Tiger Supporters Win Vote in Sri Lankan Town – The New York … In 2005 Presidential election LTTE blocked the Tamils who were going to vote for Ranil and due to this Mahinda won. It is claimed Mahinda group paid large some of money to LTTE to stop the Tamils from voting for Ranil. Housing and Social Welfare Minister Wimal Weerawansa yesterday admitted that he, on behalf of the previous Rajapaksa government, accepted responsibility for the then administration’s failure to initiate action against the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for its active involvement with the LTTE. Minister Weerawansa said so […]

Follow UK House of Commons when Constitution unclear: Kiriella

22nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Coming up with a fresh argument on what should be done to resolve the present political crisis, the United National Party (UNP) yesterday said Sri Lankan Parliament was bound to follow the tradition of House of Commons of the UK when the Sri Lankan Constitution is unclear about certain situations. This was expressed by UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella at a media briefing last morning. Mr Kiriella said the House was bound to follow Section 7 of Parliament Powers and Privileges Act where it said the House was bound to follow the tradition of the House of Commons when the local constitution was unclear on certain situations. “Parliament and members thereof shall hold, enjoy and exercise, in addition to the privileges, immunities and powers conferred by […]

It’s Official Now! There is No Legitimate Govt in the Country.

22nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

It’s Official Now! Parliament Releases Hansards With Records of Two No Confidence Resolutions Passed With a Majority and Speaker’s Declaration That There is No Legitimate Govt in the Country. Sri Lanka’s parliament Wednesday released the official record of proceedings when two no-confidence motions were passed, on the disputed government of Mahinda Rajapaksa clearing the way to mount legal challenges. The Hansards on November 14 and 16 contain the two resolutions that were passed by a voice vote of the majority of the 225-member assembly. The November 15 Hansard has the Speaker’s declaration that there is no legitimate government in the country. Continue reading ‘It’s Official Now! Parliament Releases Hansards With Records of Two No Confidence Resolutions Passed With a Majority and Speaker’s Declaration That There […]

Mahinda and Ranil must not be selective in calling for action against the offenders who went berserk in the House. Will they?

22nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

There has been much opposition to the executive president’s legal immunity. But MPs enjoy impunity as regards serious offences committed inside Parliament. They seem to believe that they can get away with blatant violations of the law in the House, where they apparently think the writ of the state does not run. It may be this mistaken belief that has led them to behave like Neanderthals and even assault police personnel who are called in during brawls in the Chamber. The situation has gone out of hand, so much so that some MPs have apparently realised the need to bring the lawbreakers in the garb of lawmakers to justice. A group of UNP MPs, on Tuesday, lodged a complaint with the Welikada police against some […]

We think what happened on October 26 is a conspiracy, says Anura Kumara Dissanayake

22nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

The party moved two No Confidence Motions against him last week that were passed with a majority in the House. Sri Lanka’s Leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or the People’s Liberation Front has been a crucial dissenting voice in the wake of the political crisis persisting for a month now. Its six MPs in Parliament, including party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, have been both emphatic and strategic in their resistance to Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was questionably installed as Prime Minister on October 26 by President Maithripala Sirisena. The party moved two No Confidence Motions against him last week that were passed with a majority in the House. All the same, the JVP’s fight is only for democracy and not intended to back ousted Prime Minister […]

Sri Lankan Crisis a Threat to National Reconciliation and Accountability

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Prominent Int’l Crimes News Op-ed Warns Sri Lankan Crisis a Threat to National Reconciliation and Accountability Lead Story on JusticeInfo.com penned by the Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel(MAP),a Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam(TGTE)Established Body NEW YORK, USA, November 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bringing a big win to the movement for international recognition of and accountability for the Tamil Genocide, JusticeInfo.com, one the most respected international crimes news resources, has published on its front page the op-ed “Sri Lanka: A Threat to Reconciliation and Accountability,” written by three renown Read more….. The Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) is an independent body established in 2015 by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam to monitor the implementation of UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, “Promoting reconciliation, accountability […]

Eight Western diplomats shun meeting with Sri Lanka minister on political crisis

12th November 2018 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Eight Western countries stayed away from a meeting with Sri Lanka’s government on Monday to register their protest against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, diplomatic and government sources said. Japanese officials have said they will halt a $1.4 billion soft loan for a light rail project while the United States is holding off on a $480 million infrastructure grant until the political crisis is resolved and democratic rights are restored. The EU has warned it could withdraw trade concessions if Sri Lanka backs off commitments on rights. Sri Lanka has been in political turmoil since Sirisena fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month and appointed a pro-China former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his place.   Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama called […]

Mahinda fooling the Tamils again.

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today appealed to Tamils and Muslims in the country to support him. Speaking at a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) rally in Battaramulla today, Rajapaksa assured that he will work towards addressing the issues of the Tamils and Muslims which he refused to do so when he was in power from 2004 to 2015. Mahinda has the President of Sri Lanka in 2009 promised to implement 13+ amendment to the constitution of the country which was more than the current constitution if he is allowed to kill the LTTE. The western world leaders believed him and turned away and more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and more than 1,000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated […]

Sirisena Caught Lying About Telephone Conversation With UN Chief

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Sirisena Caught Lying About Telephone Conversation With UN Chief: Secretary-General Informs Sirisena To Hold Parliamentary Vote As Soon As Possible Causing further embarrassment for President Maithripala Srisena, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement this morning stating he urged Sirisena to revert to Parliamentary procedures and hold a vote “as soon as possible” to appoint a Prime Minister. Secretary-General informed the President that he was following developments in Sri Lanka and offered assistance in facilitating a dialogue with all parties to resolve the current situation, the statement also added. “emphasized the government’s responsibility to ensure peace, security, and respect for the rule of law.” Painting a different picture about his telephone conversation with the UN Chief, Sirisena said he had a ‘highly successful” discussion […]

China allegedly abets horse trading amid political crisis in Sri Lanka

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

China allegedly has thrown its lot in encouraging horse trading in favour of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka’s rival prime ministers battled to seek numbers to swing any parliamentary vote of confidence next week to end the country’s constitutional crisis. Parliament has been suspended since President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as head of government on Oct 26 and nominated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post of PM. While Wickremesinghe has ca .. Read more at: //economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/66472465.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Exclusive: Sri Lanka risks EU trade concessions if any back-sliding on rights

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (Reuters) – The European Union will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on rights, the EU ambassador said, amid worries stoked by the president’s replacing of the elected premier by a wartime nationalist. The European Union is worried the return of Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister, could derail halting progress made toward national reconciliation following a war with ethnic minority Tamil separatists that killed tens of thousands, many during the final stages under his watch as president. “The government got GSP on the basis of certain commitments, if these commitments are not met, then we would consider withdrawal,” EU ambassador to Sri Lanka, Tung-Lai Margue, told Reuters on Thursday. Margue was referring to Generalised System of Preferences […]

The Citizen’s coverage of the current political crisis in Sri Lanka

2nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Citizen’s coverage of the current political crisis in Sri Lanka  COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), has unofficially decided not to claim any place in the Council of Ministers to allow the distribution of slots to those MPs from the opposition United National Front (UNF) who may cross over to give the government a majority in parliament. Revealing this on Wednesday, two informed source said that the SLPP has informally  agreed to take portfolios only if there are vacancies. “It is a sacrifice to attain the main objective of preventing the return of Ranil Wickremesinghe and his government,” one source said. According to SLPP sources parliament will meet, as declared by President Maitrhipala  Sirisena, only on […]

Sri Lanka’s MPs for SALE – Can be purchased by the Highest Bidder (Currently offered US$2.8 million and a ministerial portfolio by Rajapakshe)

2nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Latest Offer – UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara revealed today that he was offered US$2.8 million and a ministerial portfolio to join the government. * According to SLPP sources parliament will meet, as declared by President Maitrhipala  Sirisena, only on November 16. This gives Sirisena and his newly appointed Prime Minister Rajapaksa time to ‘BUY’ MPs from the UNF. * So far, FIVE United National Party (UNP) MPs  have joined: Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Wasantha Senanayake, Dunesh Gankanda, Ananda Aluthgamage and Vadivel Suresh. * The Muslim parties are presently with the UNP-led UNF, but they could switch at any time, even at the last moment as they did before the January 2015 Presidential election. * The Indian Origin Tamil parties are currently with the UNF but could change over time […]

UNP MPs bought by China for Mahinda

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

United National Parliamentarian (UNP) Ranjan Ramanayake today claimed that some UNP MPs have been bought over by China to support Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at the UNP rally in Colombo, Ramanayake warned China not to interfere in the political crisis by funding politicians to switch sides.  He said that the UNP Parliamentarians who switched sides for money should be ashamed. UNP Parliamentarians Vasantha Senanayake and Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday joined the caretaker Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

Sirisena has become an agent of the attempted comeback of the man he replaced, Mahinda Rajapaksa – NYTIMES

30th October 2018 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (NYTIMES, AFP, REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – When Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in 2015, he was given a sweeping mandate from voters to investigate accusations of war crimes and graft against his predecessor’s government and to cancel deals with China that had plunged the country into debt. Now, Mr Sirisena has become an agent of the attempted comeback of the man he replaced, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr Sirisena has unilaterally suspended Parliament and the Cabinet and declared that Mr Rajapaksa would immediately become the new prime minister. The Parliament and public that once rallied around Mr Sirisena are now bitterly divided over what his critics call an unconstitutional attempt to consolidate power. The country is split down the middle, with parliamentarians slightly tilted toward Prime Minister Ranil […]

Sinhalese dominated state is seeking to diminish the rights of Tamil’s through continued militarisation and territorial aggrandisement

17th October 2018 // 0 Comments

A latest report issued by an international organization reveals that the government security forces are making profits in occupied areas in the North and East with commercial ventures. Human Rights Watch (HRW), headquartered in US, through one of its latest reports alleges that the government has failed to keep the promise of returning the lands in the North and East to their original owners. HRW states that the aforementioned report, titled ‘Why Can’t We Go Home? – Military Occupation of Land in Sri Lanka’, has been drafted after discussions with more than one hundred people between June 2017 and August 2018, and the Tamils constitute the majority of people who have lost their lands. According to the report, even though all three major ethnic communities […]

A constitutional settlement relating to inter- nationality power sharing is missing – Rajapaksa too gave false promises, to mobilize Sinhala racist votes

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the return of all land in the Northern and Eastern provinces that are owned by the people of those areas, soon after his return from New York where he made the notorious speech to the UN General Assembly.  He issued these instructions during a meeting of the Presidential Task Force overlooking the development of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The President eagerly, has instructed the Presidential Task Force to plan out a speedy time frame and a proper structure in order to implement the project. He expected to present its progress at the next meeting.  This certainly, is in keeping with the letter and spirit of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of October 2015. When the president announced that he […]

U.S. Embassy Launches Cultural Heritage Preservation Project in Jaffna

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

JAFFNA, October 5:  Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton today inaugurated a two-year project to preserve pre-historic artifacts in the collection of the University of Jaffna.  The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and totals more than 23 million Sri Lankan rupees ($140,000). The project will rescue artifacts such as clay pots, brass and copper items, temple statues, coins, coral stones, and ceramic objects that are on the verge of irreversible decay.  Most of the collection was excavated in the Northern Province.  The project will involve both undergraduate and post graduate archaeology students of the University of Jaffna.  Professor P. Pushparatnam, a senior professor and the Project Director, submitted the successful proposal to the U.S. Embassy and AFCP.  […]

New law to compensate Tamil War victims in Sri Lanka – Former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s followers voted against the Bill

11th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Wednesday passed legislation to pay compensation to victims of the island’s brutal civil war, nearly a decade after the end of the conflict which claimed 1,00,000 lives. The legislature voted 59-43 to approve a broad reparations Bill, which seeks to establish an independent office that will compensate survivors as well as victims’ next of kin. Former strongman President Mahinda Rajapakse’s followers voted against the Bill, arguing that it amounted to compensating separatist Tamil rebels who were crushed in a no-holds-barred military campaign in May 2009. Key demand The long-delayed legislation had been a key demand of international observers urging reconciliation in the island nation, where divisions between minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese persist. The office will decide on potentially tens of […]

90,000 Northern families in shanties or homeless. What happened to Govt. promised housing?

28th September 2018 // 0 Comments

90,000 Northern families in shanties or homeless. What happened to Govt. promised housing? By Jekhan Aruliah In October last year I had the privilege of participating in the blessing of a new water well in the Killinochchi District of the Northern Province. Its construction had been funded by the UK based charity Child Aid Lanka. The family on whose land the well is built, together with neighbours who also benefit from the new well’s water, had gathered to join in. We were all looking forward to the ceremony and snacks. It was a happy occasion, with the children smartly dressed as if for the well’s birthday party. As we arrived the father of the family came to greet us, walking easily on his artificial leg. He […]

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