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Neither I nor Ministers Were Kept Informed Says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

22nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

Prior Information on Possible Attacks Was Available With Authorities But “Neither I nor Ministers Were Kept Informed” Says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Statement Deflecting Blame Deftly on President Sirisena. By Meera Srinivasan The government ordered an immediate nationwide curfew “until further notice”, and a “temporary” social media ban. Prior information on possible attacks was available with Sri Lankan authorities ahead of blasts, but “neither I nor the Ministers were kept informed,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday. While it was important to probe why adequate precaution had not been taken, the urgent task ahead was to stabilise the situation in the country, he told media persons at a late evening press conference at Temple Trees, the PM’s official residence located a couple of blocks […]

Gotabaya Rajapaksa confesses of a bribe

22nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

Recently, a confession has been made by former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa that a bribe was obtained, in an interview with ‘Ravaya’ newspaper. According to his view, receiving a fish tank as a gift spending hundred thousands of rupees by a businessman named Pathirana is not a wrongdoing.  “The most famous person to have pet fish business is Mr. Pathirana. Not only for me, he delivered these beautiful fish tanks to the Temple Trees, other secretaries, and many other places. He delivered one to my ministry and said that he will build a tank for me too.” Pathirana, who built a fish tank for hundred thousands of rupees and had it filled with sharks, continued its maintenance for free of charge. “Covered by the heat […]

Sri Lanka attack victims: British mother and son killed while Labour MP’s relative also among dead

22nd April 2019 // 0 Comments

A British mother and son were killed while eating breakfast at a five-star Sri Lankan hotel as a string of suicide bombs ripped through the country on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people. Alex Nicholson, 11, his mother, Anita, 42, were killed while dining at the second-floor restaurant in the Shangri La hotel in the country’s capital, Colombo, on Sunday as it was gutted in one of several explosions which hit the country. The schoolboy’s father, Ben, survived, while The Telegraph was unable to account for the whereabouts of the couple’s youngest daughter. Mr Nicholson is not believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries and was seen at the capital’s Judicial Medical Office with his ear plastered. He was said to be left “completely in shock”. […]

Sri Lanka bombings: All the latest updates

21st April 2019 // 0 Comments

A series of coordinated explosions has rocked churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killing more than 200 people on Easter Sunday in the South Asian island nation. More than 400 people have been injured in the worst attack since the end of civil war 10 years ago. The blasts targeted four hotels, including the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo. Nearly all victims were Sri Lankan. Dozens of foreigners were also killed. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks. CLICK for The latest updates:  British Prime Minister Theresa May, condemning what she called the “truly appalling” attacks, said: “The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this […]

Checkmate: Inside Ahimsa Wickrematunge’s Legal Gambit Against Gota

21st April 2019 // 0 Comments

Court filings obtained by Sunday Observer from the United States District Court for the Central District of California paint a striking picture of how former Defence Secretary was set upon by a legal ambush in the empty car park of a Los Angeles supermarket two weeks ago today (7). Ahimsa Wickrematunge has emerged in recent years as a fierce champion of justice for her father, renowned journalist and founding editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was ambushed and killed a stone’s throw from the Ratmalana High Security Zone on the morning of January 8, 2009. With local CID investigations into her father mired in political interference from all corners of a reluctant Government, and with Rajapaksa seemingly untouchable in domestic courts, the younger […]

Sri Lanka blasts: At least 138 dead and more than 400 injured in multiple church and hotel explosions – Nine Foreign nationals Killed

21st April 2019 // 0 Comments

(CNN)More than 138 people have been killed and more than 400 injured after coordinated bomb blasts hit a number of high-end hotels and churches across Sri Lanka on Sunday morning. The blasts, reported to have occurred at churches in Kochchikade, Negombo and Batticaloa, targeted worshippers as they attended Easter services. Additional blasts ripped through three hotels, The Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel, all in the capital, Colombo, according to state broadcaster SLRC. Bodies of the dead have been received at Colombo National Hospital, according to hospital sources. Most of those injured were also taken there, hospital officials said. There have been “many casualties including foreigners,” tweeted Sri Lankan MP Harsha de Silva. De Silva said two locations of the explosions were Kochchikade church […]

Mahinda’s coup theory –

21st April 2019 // 0 Comments

The UNP rejected a claim by Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa that a planned coup in the UNP had been scuttled due to it being revealed too soon. Rajapaksa made the claim after visiting the Sri Muththu Mariamman Kovil at Hawaeliya in Nuwara Eliya yesterday. A senior UNP Minister said that coup theories would be heard more often in the coming months as the Presidential Election was due by December this year. “We have been hearing of coups and a change in the leadership for a long time, but nothing of the sort happened. This theory is being revived because Mahinda Rajapaksa knows that whichever Podujana Peramuna candidate he backs at the next Presidential Election would not be able to secure 51 percent of the total […]

UNP nominee will win next presidential election with an overwhelming majority – Mangala

21st April 2019 // 0 Comments

The candidate nominated by the United National Party (UNP) will win the next presidential election with an overwhelming majority, Finance Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, predicted. “It is the die-hard UNP membership that will name the next presidential candidate later this year, and no one can prevent the our party from securing the largest landslide victory”, the Minister said, after viewing a photographic exhibition titled ‘Matara’s past three decades’ held at the Cultural Center in Nupe to celebrate his 30 years in politics. “It was in February 1989 that H. G. Sirisena and I were first elected to parliament”, he recalled, and added “I am grateful to the organizers and the people of Matara for giving me the opportunity to rekindle memories”. “Seeing the photographs taken 30 […]

GOTA ENDS HIS US CITIZENSHIP

21st April 2019 // 0 Comments

Awaits Certificate of Loss of Nationality Will civil suits against him delay its release? Major political parties prepare for May Day Retired Lieutenant Colonel Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary, handed in documents to the United States Embassy in Colombo on Wednesday to relinquish his United States citizenship. That included the surrender of his US passport and signing an oath of renunciation. Unlike other aspects of the relinquishment, it is accepted by the US government that the loss of citizenship occurs when the US citizen meets the Consular Officer at the Embassy by prior appointment. This is only for “immigration purposes” or is travel related. However, The Certificate of Loss of Nationality, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sought will take time. Hereafter, he would have to utilise […]

Six Explosions were reported this morning at three Churches and three five-star Hotels in Colombo

21st April 2019 // 0 Comments

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=AwrGHTZuFrxcsZMA6E92BQx.?fr=mcafee&fr2=piv-web&p=EXPLOSION+IN+COLOMBO&vage=day#id=10&vid=9803d650bd5d2701edefbf41ed0ffc3d&action=view Multiple explosions in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka, reports Sri Lankan media. Sri Lanka was rocked by multiple explosions, including THREE churches on Easter Sunday, a police spokesman said. One of the explosions was a St Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade of the capital, Colombo. Another church in Katuwapitiya, katana was also hit. Police also reported explosions at the Shangri-la hotel and Kingsbury hotel in the capital. At least six explosions were reported this morning at three churches in Kochchikade, Katana, and Batticaloa and three five-star hotels in Colombo, police said. Explosions were reported at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, Kotahena and St.Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, Katana. Explosions were also reported at three five-star hotels, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury in Colombo. […]

SLPP’s Anuradhapura Councillor Nalin Siriwardene Was Present at Police Station Meeting as the “Vocal Leader” of Group That Attacked “Adara Sevana” Centre

19th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s Anuradhapura Councillor Nalin Siriwardene Was Present at Police Station Meeting as the “Vocal Leader” of Group That Attacked “Adara Sevana” Centre Alleges Methodist Church Head Rev. Asiri Perera. The President of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka is accusing a Member of the Anuradhapura Municipal Council from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna of leading a group that has repeatedly attacked one of their worship centers in Kumbicchankulama over the past few weeks. Methodist Bishop President Asiri Perera told reporters today (18) that Municipal Councilor Nalin Siriwardene of the SLPP had been present during an attack on the worship center on March 31st. The same person had been the vocal leader of the group at the Police station yesterday when the two […]

Mullaitivu 2009: 400,000 Lived, 290,000 People Came Out, What Happened To The Balance? – Sampanthan Asks

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

By R. Sampanthan – R. Sampanthan The reason why I am reminding the House of these matters is that you cannot sweep everything under the carpet. Your current approach can do immense harm to this country. Much has been said about the fact that there is a complaint that 40,000 people have been killed and as to how that can be accepted. There were at least 350,000 people in this area, probably around 400,000 based on our own investigations, only 290,000 people came out. What happened to the balance? Your estimate was that there were only 60,000 to 70,000 people who lived in this area at this point of time. You sent food, medicine and other supplies only for that number – 60,000 or 70,000. When the number […]

Speculation is Rife in Political Circles That US Citizen Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Acquired Sri Lankan Dual Citizenship May Be Revoked Under Section 2 of Citizenship (Amendment) Act No 45 of 1987.

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returning to Rousing Welcome at Katunayake Airport Tells Media that Necessary Measures have Been Taken to Renounce his US Citizenship Successfully . Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rakapaksa said all necessary measures to renounce his US citizenship have been taken successfully. Rajapaksa made this remark while speaking to the media upon his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning. Rajapaksa indicated that the court cases filed in the US would have no bearing on his ability to run for the presidency in Sri Lanka. A large number of supporters are gathered at the BIA to welcome the former Defence Secretary who is currently facing two court cases in the US. Continue reading ‘Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returning to Rousing Welcome at Katunayake Airport Tells Media […]

Rajapaksa Family and SLPP Top Leaders “Livid” At Gotabaya For Letting a “Controversial Personality” Accompany him to the US and Take Part in all Engagements With Him Despite Warnings by Family Members Not to do so.

13th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Rajapaksa Family and SLPP Top Leaders “Livid” At Gotabaya For Letting a “Controversial Personality” Accompany him to the US and Take Part in all Engagements With Him Despite Warnings by Family Members Not to do so. (Excerpts From Political Column in the “Sunday Times”) The first tweet, surprising enough, came from a power centre within the government. It said that Ahimsa, the daughter of slain editor Lasantha Wickremetunge had filed civil action in a Los Angeles Court against Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Opposition presidential hopeful and former Defence Secretary. Lasantha’s brother Lal Wickremetunga, Sri Lanka’s Consul General in Australia, told the Sunday Times on the telephone from Sydney, “The family had waited for five years under the Rajapaksa government and another five years under the present […]

An Open Letter To The High Commissioner For Human Rights

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

By Brian Senewiratne – Dr. Brian Senewiratne Chaos  in the South I do not need to draw your attention to the chaos in the (Sinhalese) South. I can quote from your report “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” to the Fortieth session, 25 February – 22 March 2019. You say: “On 26 October 2018, President Sirisena removed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe from office and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr Wickremasinghe argued that President Sirisena had no constitutional power to dismiss him given that he still enjoyed the confidence of parliament. Sri Lanka was left with in an unprecedented situation, with two individuals claiming to be the legitimate Prime Minister. On 9 November 2018, President Sirisena dissolved parliament and called parliamentary elections. On 13 […]

GTF calls for victim-centric approach in Sri Lanka

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

GTF Calls For Victim-Centric Actions In Coordination With UNHRC The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has called for a victim-centric approach in Sri Lanka to address allegations related to the war. In a statement today, the GTF said that comments made by the Sri Lankan delegates at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 40th session and again within a week after returning from Geneva are highly disappointing.  The GTF finds it disconcerting, considering Sri Lanka has just taken the positive step of co-sponsoring the HRC Resolution 40/1. “The statements dealing exclusively with macho nationalism and inviolable sovereignty; constitutional scapegoats; and even misrepresentation about private meetings with high-ranking OHCHR officials were clearly aimed at pacifying the Sinhala hard-line elements,” GTF said. GTF notes the merits of the […]

President’s formal approval awaited Sampanthan back in CC

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando A recommendation by the Constitutional Council to accommodate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan as a member of the decision making body is subject to formal approval by President Maithripala Sirisena. The CC, on April 05, at a meeting chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya recommended Sampanthan to fill vacancy created by the resignation of Hambantota District MP Chamal Rajapaksa. Trincomalee District MP 86-year-old Sampanthan lost his place in the CC as an ex-officio member when Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, MP, recognized Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Opposition Leader subsequent to the UPFA quitting the government in Oct 2018. Official sources said that the CC was yet to receive approval from the President’s Office. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s Office on April 5 announced the decision on […]

UK reiterates foreign judges as Killing Fields producers crucify Lanka again

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Army Chief of Staff Major General Shavendra Silva recently received the appointment as the new Colonel of the Commando Regiment at its Ganemulla headquarters. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC, told Geneva sessions that it wouldn’t be fair to deprive security forces commanders of their due rights on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations. Marapana said that as allegations hadn’t been proved officers couldn’t be dealt with on the basis of them. The delegation also pointed out that information supportive of the military had been disregarded. By Shamindra Ferdinando The House of Commons seems far more interested in Sri Lanka’s accountability in respect of war against terrorism than our own parliament. Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Christopher […]

What’s good for Ranil was not good for Gota

10th April 2019 // 0 Comments

By N. Sathiya Moorthy At a time when the Rajapaksas are said to be toying with the idea of fielding former Defence Secretary Gotabaya for the presidential polls in December, they could not have asked for a better and more forceful campaigner on their behalf. Addressing a youth congregation in Weerawila recently, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reportedly declared that “Sri Lanka needs discipline which is instilled in people through military training in addition to economic development and social justice.” It is precisely what the Rajapaksas attempted while in power, or claimed to be attempting post-war, with Gotabaya as then Defence Secretary saying it and doing it more forcefully and directly than a Ranil Wickremesinghe could dream of, now or ever. A country needs disciplined people, […]

Lasantha’s Daughter Sues Gota In LA; “Mr Nandasena, Here Are The Summons

9th April 2019 // 0 Comments

Lasantha’s Daughter Sues Gota In LA; “Mr Nandasena, Here Are The Summons…………………. By Suranimala Umagiliya – The daughter of Sunday Leader murdered Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, Ahimsa filed action against Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the courts of Los Angeles, California requesting a Jury trial and compensation. Gotabaya who was the Secretary of the Defence Ministry was widely known to be single minded and ruthless. His ruthlessness pervaded all he perceived and was not restricted to the LTTE. Unlike strictures that bound other Secretaries of Ministries Gotabaya was not bound to follow any such rules. He was often seen making political speeches on behalf of his brothers and extended family. Any other government servant would have been issued a show cause and summarily dismissed. No, not Gotabaya. Apart from the whispered stories of white van abductions alluded to Gotabaya […]

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