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Adjournment of Parliament is a serious democratic violation – Back to dictatorship?

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Following is an extract of the interview Rauff Hakeem had with BBC Tamil and Sinhala Services at the Parliament. Q: Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has seven members in the Parliament.What is your position on the current political situation? We have called for an immediate convention of the Parliament. Upon our individual and collective requests, the Speaker had arranged today’s discussion. Meanwhile, we have pointed out to him that we have more majority than the requirement. Q: What are the demands you have placed before the Speaker? We have made a collective request that he should take immediate measures to convene the Parliament in order to control the unpleasant situation that has cropped up in the country at present and also to restore justice. Our prime allegation is that the […]

Sirisena Sinks To New Low And Passes Sexual Innuendos At Ranil During UPFA Rally

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Sirisena Sinks To New Low And Passes Sexual Innuendos At Ranil During UPFA Rally Sirisena’s Conduct Is A Shameless Disregard Of Political Mandate: Friday Forum An Open Letter To President Sirisena By A Young “Samanala” Sri Lankan An Open Letter To The Chinese Ambassador In Sri Lanka Sirisena Caught Lying About Telephone Conversation With UN Chief: Secretary-General Informs Sirisena To Hold Parliamentary Vote As Soon As Possible

China twisted the arms of the PM Ranil or the President or both of them, not to take any action against Mahinda?

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Gamini Dullewe – Every one of the 6.2 mil who voted Yahapalanaya, is in a quandary why PM Ranil Wikremesinghe nor President Maithripala Sirisena, did not take to task the Rajapaksas for Murder and Fraud with an abundance of evidence displayed in the Media, for the last three and a half years. Majority is dismayed and is despondent, why the Rule of Law was not applied to any one of them, thus allowing them to go scot free. It is my belief, that some hand, very, very powerful, restrained them from taking any action against the Rajapaksas, let alone to convict them but even to try them. This is my  conclusion, that possibly, it is a foreign force that twisted the arms of the PM or the President or both […]

”Basil will show 113 MPs” says Maithri & ”Prez Maithiri promised to show 113 MPs” says Basil

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Prime Minister without a majority support in the parliament. Although he stated that he will show the support of 113 MPs after the swearing in ceremony, so far Mahinda’s team has failed to do so. Mahinda’s team attracted several MPs offering Rs 500 million money bags and ministerial portfolios; however, it still has not gained the support of 113 MPs. Rs 500 million money bags will be reportedly increased up to Rs 1000 million bags. An MP, who was recently appointed as a minster of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, asked President Maithripala Sirisena, “Where’re the 113 MPs, sir?” The President angrily responded that he never promised to show 113 MPs’ support. He had further said that […]

Rajapaksa back in power, China already established in Sri Lanka, can be expected to be even more assertive now.

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena in a dramatic move on October 26 installed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, in place of his coalition partner Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the United National Party (UNP). Evidently, political expediency prompted the president to ignore the inconvenient fact that it was the support of Wickremesinghe and the UNP that enabled him to come to power, defeating Rajapaksa in the presidential election. The President’s surprise action was well orchestrated with his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-led United Peoples Front Alliance (UPFA) and the pro-Rajapaksa Joint Opposition (JO) group withdrawing support to the Wickremesinghe government. After sacking the incumbent PM Wickremesinghe, the President prorogued the parliament till November 16, preventing Wickremesinghe from seeking a vote of confidence in parliament. […]

Mahinda has NOT got Majority yet so ”That Parliament Would be Re-convened on November 14th 2018 at 10 am NOT 7th 2018”.

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda has NOT got Majority yet so ”That Parliament Would be Re-convened on November 14th 2018 at 10 am” President Sirisena Announces Via Gazette Notification That Parliament Would be Re-convened on November 14th 2018 at 10 am President has now reneged on his previous words that parliament will meet on the 7th and set a new date which is unlike to please anyone except those in the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp, It is believed that Mahinda group has not yet managed to get the majority 113 MP’s.  It is claimed that Mahinda group is offering one Million dollar and a Ministerial post to any MP from Ranils group to cross over, to date they have managed to buy 5 MP’s. President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday announced, through […]

Speaker Recognises Ranil Wickremesinghe As PM: Full Text Of Karu Jayasuriya’s Statement

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Speaker Recognises Ranil Wickremesinghe As PM: Full Text Of Karu Jayasuriya’s Statement Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Issues Statement Recognizing the “Status Quo” That Existed Before Oct 26th Until a Majority is Proved by a “New” Group. Sri Lanka’s Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has said that he is recognizing the status quo before the political crisis that was triggered on October 26, until a majority is prove by a new group. He said a majority of members had pointed out to him that recent events were unconstitutional and against the traditions of the country and had asked for the situation before the crisis (state quo ante) to be recognized. Until a group “demonstrates a majority in parliament I re-iterate that I am compelled to recognize the situation that […]

MR-MS Controlling Private Media Coverage On Political Crisis: Only Two TV Stations Gave Coverage To Range’s Revelations On Bribing MPs

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

MR-MS Controlling Private Media Coverage On Political Crisis: Only Two TV Stations Gave Coverage To Range’s Revelations On Bribing MPs UNP’s Ajith P. Perera said only two Television stations, gave coverage to the revelations made by UNP State Minister Palitha Range Bandara yesterday, on alleged attempts made by the Sirisena-Rajapaksa camp to bribe him to switch allegiance in Parliament. Palitha Range Bandara Addressing a press conference at Temple Trees this morning, Perera raised doubts if the Rajapaksa camp was influencing private media even before they formed a legitimate government. “The SLRC and ITN are being used in a despicable manner for their own propaganda. And it is now clear that they are exercising control over the private media as well,” he said Perera said both Upali Tennakoon […]

The No Holds Barred Game Of “Grabbing” Sri Lankan Members of Parliament 💰

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The No Holds Barred Game Of “Grabbing” Sri Lankan Members of Parliament 💰 By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The continuing political crisis in Sri Lanka has resulted in a great numbers game being played now. The aim of the game is to gain majority support among members of Parliament. Both Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as well as the purported Prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who was appointed amidst controversial circumstances by President Maithripala Sirisena need to command the confidence of the House when the currently prorogued Parliament is re-convened.The immediate objective of both the Maithripala -Mahinda camp as well as the Ranil Wickremesinghe camp is to win the numbers game.Both sides need the minimum magic number of 113 to gain a majority of at least one in a legislature of 225. […]

Money printing up by 36.61% to Rs 119.46B Since Mahinda’s Appointment

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Paneetha  Ameresekere The Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL’s) lending to the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), commonly known as money printing (MP), increased by 36.61 per cent (Rs 32,014 million) to Rs 119,463.60 million since Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duties as the country’s new Prime Minister and Finance Minister, after markets closed last Friday (26), data showed. In contrast, a year ago on Thursday, 2 November, 2017, MP was a mere Rs 33,822.04 million; a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 253.21 per cent (Rs 85,641.56 million) since. In related developments, in the week ended Friday (2 November), week on week, GoSL’s MP borrowing costs (BCs) increased by 24.35 per cent (Rs 550.26 million) to Rs 2,809.66 million. However, a year ago, GoSL’s MPBCs were a […]

Range Bandara claims bribe offered Produces recordings of offers

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha  Member of Parliament of the Puttalam District, Range Bandara yesterday produced voice tapes containing recordings of telephone conversations with a powerful figure of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), requesting him to join the Government and saying that he will be given Rs 500 million (US Dollars 2.8 million). He produced the recordings at a media briefing held at Temple Trees yesterday. A number of voice tapes containing telephone conversations regarding this deal were produced. The well-known member of the SLFP is a former powerful minister representing the Kandy District. He had telephoned Range Bandara on 1 November. Range Bandara said on this occasion, the powerful SLFP member had offered him, in addition to the Rs. 500 million, a Cabinet post as […]

Sirisena-Mahinda putsch: A step to dictatorship

4th November 2018 // 0 Comments

https://www.facebook.com/akilavirajk/videos/260972684602912/UzpfSTE4ODYyNDkyNDA1OTpWSzoyNjA5NzI2ODQ2MDI5MTI/ There is no denying Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s economic agenda has failed. There is no denying he will have an uphill battle at the next elections. However, far more important at this moment is that there is no denying President Maithripala Sirisena has launched a political coup in brazen violation of the Constitution – specifically 19A – and deserves to be impeached. (Jayampathy Wickremeratne’s video gives a full account of the constitutional position). This column, from the inception of yahapalana, rejected its rightist economic programme and called for a different state-directed mixed (public-private) strategy, an appeal that fell on deaf ears, or more likely, was never read by those in power. Even the Left, till recently, ignored my clamour. However, Sirisena’s flagrant violation of […]

Mahinda tells Thonda ‘NO’ to promised basic wage Rs 1000

4th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda have already started to fool the Plantation workers by not keeping to his promise to increase the basic wages to 1000 Rupees (£5) per day. Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development  Arumugam Thondaman urged the plantation workers to call off the 7 November protest stating that newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed him to hold discussion with the Finance Ministry (FM) to accommodate the Rs 1,000 basic wage request by the workers. The Minister said that he and Minister Vadivel Suresh met the Prime Minister on Friday to remind about the wage hike before the workers’ strike is called. “The Premier suggested that we take the issue up with the Finance Ministry and table a Cabinet Paper requesting the […]

Global Tamil Forum urges the international community to do all that is needed to swiftly restore constitutional processes in Sri Lanka

4th November 2018 // 0 Comments

01 November 2018, London Global Tamil Forum (GTF) urges the international community to do all that is needed to swiftly restore constitutional processes in Sri Lanka President Sirisena while addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 26th, urged the world to look at Sri Lanka with ‘a fresh pair of eyes’ considering the “tremendous progress” made by his government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedom, human rights and the rule of law. He went on to announce, “I am pleased to state that I was able to relinquish these emperor-like excessive powers and transfer them to the Parliament of Sri Lanka, fulfilling the utmost duty of an elected leader.” It is indeed an irony of the highest degree, exactly a month later, on October […]

Two from Badurdeen and one from Hakim ‘PURCHASED @ 35 Million Rupees each’ by Rajapakshes?.

4th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Current Rate: Sinhale MP’s  offered  50 Million Rupees + Ministerial post Tamil or Muslim MP’s offered 35 Million Rupees + Ministerial post MP Range Bandara makes startling revelations Political sources inform that two members of the United National Party member Rishard Badurdeen’s All Ceylon People’s Congress have decided to support Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe. Meanwhile, one from Hakeem’s Muslim Congress is reportedly on attempt to switch the parties as well. Both Mr. Rishard Badurdeen and Mr. Rauf Hakeem stated yesterday (02) that since they do not recognize the new Prime Minister’s appointment they are not ready to be sold out for money, and will continue to remain in the United National Party. However, it is reported that over 35 Million Rupees have been bid for these members.   There […]

”Support Mahinda Rajapaksa to find solution to Tamil issues” jokes Swamy

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Indian BJP MP Dr. Subramanium Swamy tweeting on Thursday night urged the Sri Lankan Tamil Community to work together with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to find a settlement to Tamil issues. But Swamy was unable to answer why Mahinda did NOT implement his promised ’13+ amendment’ a political package which he promised to the world leaders before being allowed to kill more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and thousands of LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender by the Sri Lankan Army (War Crime)  in May 2009. His defence Minister and his brother Gotha said that there was no need for a political package has the LTTE was killed out. Since May 2009 Rajkapaksha turned to use […]

“Desperate People” Can Start Bloodbath, Says Sri Lanka’s Ousted PM

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

“Desperate People” Can Start Bloodbath, Says Sri Lanka’s Ousted PM World News | Agence France-Presse | Saturday November 3, 2018 Sri Lanka’s sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has warned time is running out to avert a “bloodbath” while voicing hope that parliament will resolve a damaging constitutional crisis in the coming days. Sri Lankan Legislator Says Was Offered $2.8 Million To Back New PM World News | Reuters | Friday November 2, 2018 A Sri Lankan legislator on Friday said he had been offered $2.8 million and a ministerial post by a telephone caller from the opposite camp to switch his support to new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in a week-old political crisis.

UN urges Sri Lanka to recall parliament amid bribery claims

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Antonio Guterres says assembly must meet to resolve constitutional crisis amid accusations of bribery to back new PM. by Zaheena Rasheed & Rathindra Kuruwita Colombo, Sri Lanka – The United Nations chief has urged Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene parliament and allow legislators decide between the two men claiming to be the South Asian country’s rightful prime minister. A statement from Antonio Guterres‘ office on Friday said the secretary-general called on Sirisena “to revert to parliamentary procedures and allow the parliament to vote as soon as possible” during a phone conversation a day earlier. The appeal came as Sri Lanka’s week-long political crisis showed no sign of abating, with legislators from Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) accusing members of newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party of […]

“Speak out, don’t be afraid”, British envoy tells chartered accountants

3rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Speak out and play a part in encouraging and fostering a climate favourable for wealth creation and entrepreneurial activity, British High Commissioner James Dauris has told Sri Lanka’s chartered accountants. In more words of advice, he said: “Holding government to account and representing the interest of the business community are critical functions of business leaders in any country. Speak out against things that are not good enough or makes them (accountants) fed up. Speak out about the things that improperly get in the way of your business ambition.” He was speaking as chief guest last week at the 39th National Conference of Chartered Accountants held at the BMICH, Colombo. Prof. Lalith Gamage, Vice Chancellor/CEO, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) making his presentation as […]

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

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