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“I Urged Rajapaksa to Implement the 13th Amendment which Created Provincial Councils but met with no Success”.

17th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. There were many firsts in the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka: An incumbent president was defeated; parties specifically representing different races and religious groups — the Jathika Hela Urumaya for the Sinhalese, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress along with the All Ceylon Muslim Congress — came together on a common political platform; corruption was a major issue in the pre-poll campaign; and now a specific timeframe has been set for reforms. However, the most important responsibility of the new government will be settling the national question. While the country owes him a debt of gratitude for eliminating terrorism from the country, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did nothing about the commitments he made in […]

New civilian Governor for North a ‘progressive step’ – TNA

17th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have commended the new government’s decision to remove Maj. Gen. (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri from the post of Northern Province Governor, and his replacement by a civilian, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, terming it as a “progressive step”. “On the one hand we are happy that one of our key demands, that the Governor should be a civilian and not one with a military background, has been met. But on the other, we are not very optimistic that the change will be for the better. We hope Palihakkara will cooperate with us,” said C.V.K. Sivagnanam, Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). However, Sivagnanam conceded that the Sirisena government has taken “some positive first steps” such as the appointment of a civilian […]

Money & Jewelry Hoarded by Mahinda at Temple Trees is Exposed

17th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The Temple Trees Presidential Palace was in the control of the former Srilankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Now in these Temple Trees huge amount of money and jewelry is found yesterday. Apart from this new buildings were also constructed inside the Temple Trees. After taking over as the New Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe started his duties at the Temple Trees yesterday. Last evening the Prime Minister had a discussion with his party ministers, cabinet ministers and ministers without portfolios and yet to be appointed as ministers. In that meeting the media persons were also allowed. An opportunity was given to everyone to visit and see the entire Temple Trees complex towards the end of the meeting. At this point of time, huge amounts of jewelry, 500 […]

Several commodities banned from North and East

17th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Several commodities banned from North and East The ban on foreign nationals visiting the former war zones have been lifted with immediate effect, the Ministry of Defence said. This decision has been taken at the inaugural meeting of the National Security Council which was held yesterday. The meeting which was held at the Presidential Secretariat was chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena. The list of items which were banned from being transported to North also has been shortlisted as follows. Northern Province Arms/ Ammunition Explosives Clothing similar to those used by security forces Telescopes Eastern Province Arms/ Ammunition Explosives

UK is ready to work with Maithri

17th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The British Government says it is ready to work with President Maithripala Sirisena and welcomed his early commitment to good governance and to working with all international partners. Lord Wallace of Saltaire, the spokesperson in the Lords for the Cabinet Office and Whip responsible for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, told the House of Lords, that he hopes the new Government, as they get under way, will take a more generous approach to the UN investigations on Sri Lanka. Lord Wallace of Saltaire was responding to a question posed by Lord Naseby and follow up questions, on the British Government’s assessment of the conduct and result of the presidential election in Sri Lanka, and of the policy statement made by Maithripala Sirisena, the newly elected […]

President Kumaratunga and President Sirisena – winning the battle for the SLFP

17th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Harim Peiris President Maithripala Sirisena‘s election victory at the head of the National Democratic Front (NDF), was an amazing democratic exercise of a beleaguered Opposition which only a few weeks before the elections, no one would have believed would ever be a politically viable alternative to the mighty Rajapaksa regime, came from behind to topple a deeply entrenched and authoritarian regime. The credit for the victory and this amazing turn of events has to largely go to the political foresight and adroit hard work of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who quite early on realised that the simple but near impossible formula to defeat the Rajapakse regime, was a united opposition, a divided regime and a high turnout. It was President Kumaratunga who had […]

Pope’s visit hoodoo in power politics

17th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The third visit of a Pope to Sri Lanka is certainly important to Catholics here, and is also an event of historical importance in the relations between Sri Lanka and the Holy See. Apart from its religious and historical importance, this Papal visit also underscored an important political lesson to future national leaders of Sri Lanka. It is the reality that if one wishes to continue in office as the national leader, it is best not to invite the Pope to this country or support such an invitation. The proof of this is that the visit of Pope Francis is the third time the leader who invited the Pope was not the leader who received him in the country. It is strange and almost funny, […]

Sri Lanka isn’t the same island that MIA left behind many moons ago

17th January 2015 // 0 Comments

MIA is an incredible artist, but she is not the spokesperson that Sri Lanka needs right now Sri Lanka isn’t the same island that MIA left behind many moons ago I’ve just re-watched MIA’s interview on Channel 4 News about the recent Sri Lankan elections. I love her music, and being a British Sri Lankan myself, I think it’s great that she’s been so successful. But I’m cringing. Why? MIA (real name Mathangi Arulpragasam) has a lot of valid concerns over the make up of Sri Lanka’s newly elected administration. But she refers to “the Tamils” as a unified minority race, and claims that there’s an “ethnic conflict” that still needs to be resolved. According to her, it’s a conflict that dominates the future of […]

Sri Lanka new govt lifts travel ban on foreigners to Tamil Area

17th January 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka’s new government Friday announced lifting a ban on foreign nationals visiting to the island’s former war zones and scrapped an economic embargo on minority Tamil regions. President Maithripala Sirisena, just a week after taking office, removed the travel ban introduced by his predecessor three months ago, the defence ministry said. “Since there is no war situation in the country and the life of the community is normal, it was decided to remove restrictions imposed on foreigners,” the ministry said in a statement. It said a ban on transporting unspecified goods to the minority Tamil- dominated Northern province, of which Jaffna is the capital, was also lifted with immediate effect. An economic embargo on the Eastern province too was remove, said the […]

Major General (Retd) GA Chandrasiri removed from ‘Governor of the North’ post

16th January 2015 // 0 Comments

A prominent Sri Lankan diplomat and former Foreign Secretary H M G S Palihakkara has been appointed as the Governor of the Northern Province, the Government said in a statement. The statement said that the new Government has appointed a non-military civil servant as the Governor of the North. Palihakkara replaces Major General (Retd) GA Chandrasiri. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had been calling for the removal of Chandrasiri as Governor. Palihakkara was former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations. He has served on the Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. He retired as the Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka in December 2006 after 38 years of civil and diplomatic service. Since the 1990s, he has served on a number of assignments […]

North land issue: President directs Defence Secy ‘Release private lands’

16th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Ifham Nizam President Maithripala Sirisena has advised armed forces chiefs to act fast to release private lands that have no security concerns in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, Defence Ministry Secretary, B.M.U.D. Basnayake disclosed yesterday.  Basnayake told The Island the tri-forces Commanders had already appointed a committee in that regard and work was underway to ascertain the legitimate land owners of those areas.  He said President Sirisena had advised him and the three Commanders that apart from sensitive and vulnerable areas and lands that had a direct relevance to the three forces, remaining plots should be returned to the rightful owners. The Island reliably learns shortly there would also be major changes in the Administrative channels in the north and east.  The newly appointed […]

Austin Fernando appointed as Presidential advisor

16th January 2015 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed former senior civil servants Austin Fernando, Tilak Ranaviraja and W. J. S. Karunaratne as Presidential Advisors. Austin Fernando, a senior Administrative Service officer was a former Secretary to the Defence Ministry. Tilak Ranavirajah was also a senior administrative officer who held several important positions in the government as well as international organisations was secretary to the Public Security, Media, Health and Indigenous Medicine, Mahaweli and Power and Energy Ministries. Retired Senior Administrative Service Officer W.J. S. Karunaratne was the President’s Secretary during the Chandrika Kumaratunga regime and was a former Ambassador to Canada. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/61321/austin-ranavirajah-karunaratne-new-presidential-advisors#sthash.kx3U4R5I.dpuf

A TIME TO REJOICE OR BE FEARFUL?

15th January 2015 // 0 Comments

A TIME TO REJOICE OR BE FEARFUL? The spectacular yet narrow victory for the Sri Lankan Presidential challenger Maithripala Sirisena over the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa (51 to 48%) provokes more questions than answers.In the short run, The Tamil’s nemesis (MR), the man who presided over their genocide in 2009, an unprecedented militarization of the north, and turned a blind eye (at best) to countless abductions of Tamils, political opponent’s, and journalists, has bitten the dust. There is now more chance that his legacy will end up being a seat in a war crime trial in the Hague. In the long run, however, will the new President bring relief to Tamils? The main Tamil party in Sri Lanka, a coalition called the Tamil National Alliance, with […]

Minister Mangala complains to CID on coup attempt

14th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Minister Mangala Samaraweera has lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today in connection with an alleged coup attempt by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whilst the election results were been released on 9 January. Minister Samaraweera in his complaint said “It has been brought to our notice that in the wee hours of 9 January there has been a serious attempt by former President MAhinda Rajapaksa, and brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, G.L. Peiris and Udaya Gammanpila have been discussing and conspiring to subvert the due process of law when the results of the Persidentail election were becoming known, which were not favorable to one of the candidates, namely Mahinda Rajapaksa. The discussions were based around an attempt to impose a […]

Weerawansa charged with fraud & corruption

14th January 2015 // 0 Comments

A complaint has been filed at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption against former Minister of Housing and Construction of Mahinda Rajapaksa government Wimal Weerawansa and his wife. The complaint filed by Attorney at Law Namal Rajapaksa states Wimal Weerawansa and his wife led very ordinary lives when Mr. Weerawansa joined Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government but during the last 6 years they have become millionaires and owners of luxury houses, lands and businesses. The manner they possessed such wealth is suspicious states the complaint and requests the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption to carry out an investigation and to take legal action if they had been involved in frauds and corruption.

Release Tamil political prisoners, urges TNA

14th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The release of Tamil political prisoners with a general pardon would pave the way for reconciliation, says Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesman and Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran. “Tamil people have shown their goodwill by voting for the new government. They have cast their votes, placing trust in the new government, when the TNA campaigned in the North and East to vote for a change, without any precondition,” he said. He added that the new government has received an opportunity to express its goodwill to the people of the North and East. “These political prisoners have been spending almost 10-15 years in the prisons without any proper cases filed against them or investigations conducted. There are a large number of young women and men, who have been […]

Racist groups rewarded by MR regime – NDF

14th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Some political religious groups, who spread racism under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, were rewarded with land, vehicle permits and protection by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, the New Democratic Front’s Anti-Corruption Front said. Front, Member, Ven. Ulapone Sumangala Thera alleged that former Minister of Construction, Housing, Engineering Services and Common Amenities and Leader of the National Freedom Front, Wimal Weerawansa was operating websites which were offensive to the peaceful coexistence of the people who belong to diverse races and religions. There were monks involved in commercial, business enterprises, he said. National Organizer and Media Spokesman of the Jathika Hela Urumaya, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe told Ceylon Today that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s actions had been adverse to reconciliation and unity among the county’s varied […]

Racists Wimal’s brother-in-law arrested over attack on Army camps

13th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Former minister Wimal Weerawansa’s brother-in-law was arrested at Nattarampotha in Kundasale for spreading false news to embarrass and inconvenience the Government, Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana said. He said the suspect, Ranasinghe Randuwa Mudiyaselage Ajith Kumara had spread false news that army camps in the North were attacked and national flags were lowered in the North. SSP Rohana said the suspect was produced in the Homagama Magistrate’s Court and released on a surety bail of Rs. 100, 000. He was also ordered to report to the Colombo Crimes Division between 9 am and 12 pm every Sunday. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/61175/wimal-s-brother-in-law-arrested#sthash.SNxPlmr9.dpuf

Jaffna Uni Teachers Up In Arms: Governor Chandrasiri And Douglas Not To Be Seen

13th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Jaffna academics are up in arms after the Vice Chancellor Vasanthi Arasaratnam tried to force them to sign a statement in favor of re-electing Mahinda Rajapaksa and sending out tweets to the same effect on election-day. A public meeting is being organized by them tomorrow13 Jan., 2015 at 11:00 AM to express anger over the VC repeatedly ignoring their protests over highly qualified academics being turned down to appoint her favourites. The Governor, Major General G. A. Chandrasiri, has been replaced by civilian H.M.G.S. Palihakkara of the LLRC. Douglas Devananda has closed his Sridhar Theatre offices where people once used to stand in queues for favors. The only sign of him is his newspaper Thinamurasu which is still coming out. Said a very senior academic: […]

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