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ONLY RAJAPAKSHA FAMILY MEMBERS CAN BE A CANDIDATE, OTHERS ARE NOT FIT TO BE THE PRESIDENT.

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

We have it from the leader himself. Family is the very stuff of Rajapaksa politics and governance. It is the Rajapaksa family that matters. Mahinda Rajapaksa said this in India, when asked by the Hindu whether a member of his family or an outsider would be considered a candidate for the presidency in the coming presidential election. He left no room for doubts about the family way in politics. His response was: “My son can’t be a presidential candidate since they have now raised the minimum age to 35 years, instead of 30, so he can’t be considered in 2019. My brother is certainly a contender, but the party and the coalition will have to decide who the people want.” What party and what coalition […]

President Sirisena, Playing With Fire, Must Take Note That Smoke Will Get Into His Eyes

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – ෂ්‍යාමන් ජයසිංහ “This time President Sirisena’s sword is  nearing his own neck; not mere smoke flooding his eyes.” Penchant for Playing with Fire President Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Sirisena has always had a penchant for playing with fire. He did fire-play at the local government elections when he made a disastrous U-Turn and went round country blasting the party and its leader that put him into power. He, next, flopped in an attempt to join his former political enemies and oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Unscathed by these foolish moves, the UNP and its leader managed damage control without saying a word. Ranil acted with Buddhist restraint and upekka.  Sirisena should have learned a lesson and turned a new leaf. But no, he must continue to play with fire […]

”Devolution of Political authority, has been ongoing since 2016 but a way forward has NOT been found” says UK

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

PRESIDENT TO COVER UP THE WAR CRIME BY SL FORCES   Concerned by recent reports of harassment and attacks on human rights defenders Resolution 30/1 – urged the Government to implement it before March 2019 when the Council meets next The UK in its statement delivered at the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council during the Sri Lanka Core Group expressed its concerns over the non-establishment of Sri Lanka’s national accountability mechanism based on the Resolution 30/1 and urged the Government to implement it before March 2019 when the Council meets next. The Core Group also noted that they hope the GoSL will establish an Office for Reparations quickly. “We also welcome the return of further private land in the North, and commitments to […]

Rajapaksa Family Politics and Gotabaya’s Presidential Candidacy

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Another option is to announce a candidate acceptable to all The 19th Constitutional amendment reversed the 18th constitutional amendment by restricting the Presidential terms of office to two By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s interview to the influential Indian English daily “The Hindu” has caused quite a splash among political circles in Sri Lanka. The ex- president was interviewed by Suhasini Haidar and Amit Baruah for the newspaper which has acquired a reputation over the years of being the most authoritative voice on Sri Lanka related issues in the Indian media. Incidentally Suhasini Haidar is the daughter of maverick Indian politician Dr. Subramanian Swamy who displays consistent interest in the affairs of the Island nation. She is the diplomatic affairs and deputy resident […]

Sri Lankan diplomat arrested in Italy for aiding illegal migration

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

In Sri Lanka anyone who supports the Government are given priority in the diplomat list. Most of the Members of the forces who are accused of War Crime  in 2009 were given diplomat posts by Mahinda Government. It is said that the commanders were ordered to kill thousands of Tamil civilians in 2009 by the Political Leaders in power and diplomat posts were given to keep their mouths shut. The officers of the Malpensa Airport Border Police Bureau, Milan, Italy arrested a Sri Lankan diplomat who attempted to bring four youths into Italy by aiding illegal migration last weekend, Italy’s Varese7press reported. The male, a fifty-year-old diplomat who arrived from Doha together with his wife and four others — two girls and two boys of […]

Crooks of the Mahinda Gov. make themselves out to be victims of a Political witch-hunt.

15th September 2018 // 0 Comments

The police have made President Maithripala Sirisena see red. He has taken exception to the manner in which high ranking military officers are treated when allegations against them are probed and legal action instituted. There have been quite a few ‘show arrests’ under the yahapalana government. Some cantankerous government politicians publicly predict arrests, and their predictions invariably come true. This has lent credence to the Opposition’s claim that the police work according to a political agenda, as in the past. The failure on the part of the present-day leaders to ensure that justice is seen to be done has helped even the crooks of the previous regime make themselves out to be victims of a political witch-hunt. Last Sunday, the police themselves told the media […]

True story behind Mahinda and Namal Sept.12 th Indian tour..! Mahinda burns his own cash on workshop in India..!!

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Both the regional development and power devolution have to be done for Tamils & If there is NO Good Candidate in JO then I will Contest says Mahinda. (Lanka e News – 12.Sep.2018, 6.45PM) Indians are well noted for fattening on others’ deaths and despair. They will eat, drink and rejoice even right in the midst of ‘three deaths ’ . It is a well known fact that there exists an endless conflict over India’s territorial borders with Pakistan and China. In order to continue its business monopoly it also has conflicts with Nepal and Bhutan. There is also the issue of Bangla Deshis jumping over the fence . Catching them is like catching frogs . Following the exit of Congress party of Manmohan Singh, it […]

Both the regional development and power devolution have to be done for Tamils & If there is NO Good Candidate in JO then I will Contest says Mahinda.

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

When asked about the issues faced by the people of Tamil Community in Sri Lanka, Mr.Rajapaksa said both the regional development and power devolution have to be done. The amount of loans Sri Lanka obtained from China is only about 8 per cent from the total loan amount and the rest of the loans are from the Western and other countries, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is in India said. In an interview with News X, Mr.Rajapaksa said if he is not mistaken, Chinese loans only amounted to 8 per cent. He said Sri Lankans today complained of lack of development in the country and the previous government was able to initiate many development projects. When asked whether the Hambantota Port’s feasibility study proved to […]

TNA admits Lt. Commander Hettiarachchi not ‘Navy Sampath’

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Admiral Wijegunaratne’s involvement with murder suspect: TNA alleges President interfered in CID probe. TNA admits Lt. Commander Hettiarachchi not ‘Navy Sampath’ By Shamindra Ferdinando Continuing controversy over Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravi Wijegunaratne, wanted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with allegedly aiding and abetting Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, a suspect in two major wartime cases, leaving for Mexico on Sept. 10 has taken a dramatic turn with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) demanding that the entire range of accountability issues here should be subjected to international judicial process. Jaffna District MP and TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran, PC, yesterday morning told The Island that President Maithripala Sirisena’s direct intervention in the matter left the TNA with no alternative but to call for international […]

TNA Spokesperson MA Sumanthiran Charges President Sirisena of Interference With the Judicial Process

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

TNA Spokesperson MA Sumanthiran Charges President Sirisena of Interference With the Judicial Process in Letting CDS Wijegunaratne Leave the Country and Says Party will Seek International Scrutiny Over the Issue. By Shamindra Ferdinando Continuing controversy over Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravi Wijegunaratne, wanted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with allegedly aiding and abetting Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, a suspect in two major wartime cases, leaving for Mexico on Sept. 10 has taken a dramatic turn with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) demanding that the entire range of accountability issues here should be subjected to international judicial process. Jaffna District MP and TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran, PC, yesterday morning told The Island that President Maithripala Sirisena’s direct intervention in the matter […]

Cat-And-Mouse Games & The Political Implications Of MAHINDA-MODI Meeting

14th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Rasika Jayakody – Rasika Jayakody China’s entry into the rural infrastructure and plantation sector in Sri Lanka is an indication of what the Asian superpower is becoming, or has already become, to Sri Lanka: a rich friend slowly buying you over by throwing money at your every problem. In the first three years of this government, China’s involvement in Sri Lanka was confined to several mammoth development projects in Colombo and down south. China also acquired operations of the newly constructed port in Hambantota on a 99-year lease. Although China’s move to acquire Hambantota alarmed India, there wasn’t any explicit show of resentment by New Delhi, at least on diplomatic and political levels. This year, however, China advanced into two other sectors in Sri Lanka – […]

Gota’s dream to become president goes up in smoke ! US Supreme Court delivers verdict …

13th September 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 2018.Sep.13, 9.10PM) It was just yesterday (12) Mahinda Rajapakse announced while he was in India that if he cannot contest at the next presidential election , it will be one of his brothers who will be the presidential candidate. However based on a Supreme court decision delivered in 1999 in the U.S . neither Basil nor Gota , both of whom are dual citizens can be a presidential candidate in Sri Lanka(SL) . Under the new laws in SL ,because a dual citizen cannot contest a parliamentary election , he/she cannot be a presidential candidate. Hence , if Basil or Gota is to contest the presidential election they must divest themselves of the dual citizenship . According to the 1999 US […]

In Sri Lanka the Term “Patriot” is Defined as one who Defends Military Heroes Whatever the crime they do, and a “Traitor”as One Who Dares to Scrutinize Their Actions.

13th September 2018 // 0 Comments

In Sri Lanka the Term “Patriot” is Sometimes Defined as one who Defends Military Heroes Whatever the Charges Against Them and a “Traitor”as One Who Dares to Scrutinize Their Actions. By Priyan Dias Much rhetoric has been used in various media over the years, and recently too, on the subject of patriots and traitors. I feel constrained to express my views as well. Samuel Johnson in his Dictionary (1755) defined a patriot as “One whose ruling passion is the love of his country.” This is certainly a laudable goal and worthy of emulation by all citizens; it suggests a cause bigger than one’s self and hints at a sacrificial character. Why then did he also say that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”? […]

Mass Graves, Disappearances, OMP, PTA – Justice for Tamil Victims?

12th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kumarathasan Rasingam The culture of impunity to the security forces under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act [PTA] and their licence to kill, especially the Tamils, caused several disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Sri Lanka. It is to be noted that the Mass Graves, Disappearances and the Prevention of Terrorism Act [PTA] are all inter-connected. The Office of the Missing Persons is toothless in powers and the clauses in this Act seem to be protecting the criminals and denying justice to the victims. The victims have no confidence in this Office and are reluctant to give evidence due to this flaw. It is strongly suspected that the Government and the Security forces are afraid of releasing the lands occupied by them and to release the […]

Powers appeasing SL State risk future instability in the island: Gajendrakumar

12th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Tue, 11 Sep 2018, 22:12 GMT] The Tamil people value the sacrifices made by their liberation movement with the highest respect. However, the SL State and its military show relentless intolerance against every attempt by the Tamils in the North-East to honour the sites of their destroyed monuments. The attitude is counter-productive, not only to the SL State but also to the global actors, who continue to appease the SL government, which refuses to reform itself, alluded Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, the leader of Tamil National Peoples’ Front, in a recent interview to TamilNet. His comments come after witnessing the hostile acts of the SL military and the SL CID during the annual festival of Nalloor temple in Jaffna this month against the move to preserve the […]

CID wants to question Gota and Fonseka again

12th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kavindya Perera The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday (10), informed Additional Magistrate Mount Lavinia (MTL), Lochana Abeywickrema that they will need to once again record statements from former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and former Army Commander Field Marshal and Minister Sarath Fonseka in connection with the journalist Keith Noyahr, abduction and assault case. The CID informed the Court that they will need to record the statements from Rajapaksa and Fonseka in relation to statements obtained from the eighth suspect in the case,former Army Intelligence Director Major General Amal Karunasekera, as per Court orders. The Magistrate also ordered the remanded eighth suspect in the case, Karunasekera to be released on bail in three sureties of Rs 100,000 each. The Magistrate also ordered the suspect’s passport […]

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 […]

How can such a Racist police force offer Tamils protection?

12th September 2018 // 0 Comments

A father, mother and two of their three children were mercilessly attacked by police who went to inquire about a Muslim man’s land lease and the dispute arising with a Tamil man named Vasanthakumar over that. The two children, Vasanthakumar Kirubaharan aged 16 years and Vasanthakumar Kiriya aged 13 years have been admitted to the Mankulam hospital this evening (9 Sept.). The mother, Vasanthakumar Sharmila, stated that “the land in Kanakarayankulam where the Dhas hotel stands belongs to us. And of the two acres we gave only an acre on lease for two years in 2010 to a Muslim man. The lease has been renewed again and came to an end in August 2017. Even though we have given in writing for lessee to leave […]

Sri Lanka conflict: ‘Why can’t you find our sons?’ – About 20,000 Tamils, are thought to be missing.

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Kandasamy Ponnamma is still haunted by the sight of her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren waving as they were taken away by Sri Lankan troops in May 2009. Ms Ponnamma wept helplessly as the bus carried off her loved ones, soon after security forces defeated Tamil Tiger rebels. She was among tens of thousands who had fled a tiny coastal strip near the north-eastern town of Mullaitivu, where the final stages of the 26-year conflict took place. That was the last time she saw her relatives. “The army promised a general amnesty to all those who had links with the Tamil rebels. That’s why my son and several others surrendered. “I still don’t know where they are or what happened to them,” says Ms Ponnamma, […]

Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne Could not Have Left For Mexico Without the Knowledge of President Sirisena Who Is the Minister of Defence Charges NMSJ Co-convenor Sarath Wijesuriya.

11th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne Could not Have Left For Mexico Without the Knowledge of President Sirisena Who Is the Minister of Defence Charges NMSJ Co-convenor Sarath Wijesuriya. President Maithripala Sirisena should take the responsibility for Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne leaving the country to participate in 208th Independence Commemoration Ceremony of United Mexican States, Sarath Wijesuriya, co-convener of the National Movement for Social Justice told the media yesterday. Continue reading ‘Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne Could not Have Left For Mexico Without the Knowledge of President Sirisena Who Is the Minister of Defence Charges NMSJ Co-convenor Sarath Wijesuriya.’ »

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