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Tamils Leader Prabhakaran’s Birthday Celebrated Widely – Defying Confusing Magisterial Orders

27th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Confusion reigns supreme in Jaffna and the North-East today as thousands of people came forward defying magisterial orders to celebrate the birthday of the Tamils Leader Prabhakaran, The North was a sea of red and yellow flags symbolizing the Tamil National colour. Jaffna is at its noisiest today.  The LTTE Graveyards (called Maaveerar Thuyilum Illam, or Great Heroes’ Sleeping House) in Kopay, Uduthurai and Chaati are all places of great celebration of the “Great Heroes of the LTTE”.  In addition 7 LTTE Graveyards in Mullaitivu, 2 in Kilinochchi, 2 in Mannar and 1 in Vavuniya are locations seeing a sea of people gathering to celebrate. The University of Jaffna has been decorated as if it is a huge cemetery. Loudspeakers blaring LTTE songs are so noisy that they can […]

Constitutional Crisis – ” Only four or five diplomats are making a fuss. All the others are silent.”

27th November 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena claims that only a few diplomats are concerned about the political situation and constitutional issues in Sri Lanka. Then it was pointed out that no country had officially recognised the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, President Sirisena during a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents Association at his Paget Road residence in Colombo 7 on Sunday, said, ” Only four or five diplomats are making a fuss. All the others are silent”, so Mahinda is recognised. He also alleged that former Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake had interfered with police investigations into certain cases, as a reference to the claim that ”President Maithiri interfered with police investigations and protected members of Rajapaksha family”. The President said that in the case of the EAP transaction, a […]

Sri Lanka illegal PM Rajapaksa, coup masters face direct EU, US sanctions

27th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The European Union and US are seriously considering “Individual” type sanctions on Sri Lanka coup plotters as a start before possible economic sanctions arrive next, according to sources close to Western Diplomats in Colombo. EU’s “Individual Restrictive Measures” type of sanctions involves visa restrictions and asset freezing of individuals who destabilized the target country. In Sri Lanka’s case, visa restrictions and freezing of assets of new PM Rajapaksa, that of all his cabinet ministers, as well as all MPs, officials and individuals who backed Rajapaksa, likely to be initial salvos in a series possible other sanctions, said sources close to the Diplomats on November 20. If imposed on Rajapaksa’s, Sri Lanka will become the 24th in the EU’s “Individual Restrictive Measures” country-list, having both restrictions. […]

Entrepreneurs in Jaffna? – Sri Lanka as a whole’s exports are heavily weighted to unsophisticated products & North will be pretty low on the priority list.

27th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Jekhan Aruliah Soon after I moved to Jaffna in 2015 I heard rumours of this fantastic food court run by war widows. Friends driving North from Colombo said they found it somewhere on the A9 near Killinochchi in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. It was a year before I actually got round to visiting the place in Killinochchi, about 1.5 hours drive (depending on who is driving, I know someone who can do it in an hour) from Jaffna Town, only to find some months later there is one within 15 minutes in a 3-wheeler from my place in Jaffna. Called “Ammachi”, I can confirm it is fantastic. The food and drink, all vegetarian and zero percent proof, are very good despite the lack of […]

SLMC says it will never support Mahinda

26th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) says it will never support newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa because of the violence which took place in Digana when he was President. SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem said that Rajapaksa is feared by the minorities.  “Under no circumstances will we allow the return of the Rajapaksa regime which was inherently corrupt and intrinsically evil. Feared much by the minorities’ they remind us of the horrors of the past. We all know who were behind the Digana incidents and how they have got released,” he said. Hakeem tweeted saying when the Government, with Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister, was in office, steps were taken to ensure justice to those affected by the Digana incidents  “There were several briefings summoned by PM and Law […]

Sirisena interfered in high-profile probes

26th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Rejects statements made by President on UNP slowing corruption investigations Sagala insists Sirisena interfered in high-profile probes  Says if allegations continue he would be forced to reveal all    Kiriella insists RW only option as PM, charges Sirisena attempting to divide UNP By Chathuri Dissanayake  Issuing a swift rebuttal to President Maithripala Sirisena’s accusations that the United National Party (UNP) was behind stalled corruption investigations, MP Sagala Ratnayake yesterday rejected the statements and insisted that it was the President who was responsible for the delays and disruptions. MP Sagala Ratnayake “As a responsible Cabinet Minister I have never spoken in public about instances in which @MaithripalaS interfered with high profile investigations. But if these wild allegations continue, I will be forced to divulge details on who […]

Church advises against children seeing rowdy conduct of parliamentary proceedings

26th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Parish priest of St Anne’s Church, Kurana, Negombo, Rev Father Cyril Gamini Fernando yesterday lashed out at power hungry parliamentarians causing constitutional crisis at the expense of the country. The former Catholic Church spokesman, in his Sunday sermon, alleged that the country was in a sorry state for want of national leadership. Referring to allegations pertaining to some lawmakers switching allegiance to rival political parties for personal benefit, Rev. Father Fernando called for urgent remedial measures. Commenting on incidents in parliament during the third week of Nov following the reconvening of the House on 14, the priest said such rowdy conduct should be rejected by all. He advised against children seeing parliamentary proceedings while urging lawmakers to mend their ways or face the consequences. Meanwhile, […]

Has Mahinda lost his Midas touch?

26th November 2018 // 0 Comments

No economic miracle, no numbers in the House: only the folly of jumping the gun when he could have shouted ‘Bingo’ next year and truly had it all Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brazen boast that he had the Midas touch to turn the country’s economy around and turn, through his own personal designer brand of alchemy, Lanka’s copper to gold is, it seems, now in peril of being proved false. Four weeks after he had been surreptitiously sworn in as Lanka’s new Prime Minister in the twilight hours of October 26 by President Sirisena, ousting, in the process, the incumbent legitimate Prime Minister Wickremesinghe in a dramatic constitutional coup which took all by surprise, it is apparent now that the state of the Lankan economy […]

Probe on alleged plot to throw acid at Speaker

26th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Police are probing an alleged plot to throw acid at Speaker Karu Jayasuriya during the commotion in the well of Parliament on November 16, a top parliamentary source said yesterday. Speaker Jayasuriya was informed of the event and he took additional precautions when he was escorted into the well of the House by a group of policemen, the source said. Asked for his response, Mr Jayasuriya said, “I do not want to comment on that since investigations are under way.” He said there were also investigations into two other incidents — the alleged wielding of knives by MPs Palitha Thevarapperuma and Ranjan Ramanayake. The other, he said, is the throwing of red chilli water on policemen. This hit some MPs too. The source said information […]

Prabhakaran: Powerful symbol of Tamil armed struggle

26th November 2018 // 0 Comments

http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/3016 by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Hello Friends Today November 26th is the birthday of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)Leader Thiruvengadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran. Had he been living Prabhakaran would have celebrated his 64th birthday today. Incidently today is also the birthday of former National Security minister Lalith Athulathmudali. He would have been 82 if he were living. Prabhakaran was killed in battle on May 18th 2009 and body discovered on May 19th. I have written extensively about Prabhakaran in the past. I wrote an article a week after he died. This was for my weekly “DBS Jeyaraj Column” published on Saturdays in the Colombo English daily”Daily Mirror”. This article was first posted on my blog on May 29th 2009. As today is Prabhakaran’s birthday many readers have been […]

Racists Rajapaksas have turned their guns on the Tamils

25th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Namal Baby’s Twitter Trolls Spread Fake News Targeting TNA After Fourth Defeat In Parliament Pro Rajapaksa websites and Twitter trolls have turned their guns on the Tamil National Alliance whose 14 MP bloc has voted to defeat fake Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament four times and remain unwavering in their determination to defeat the October 26th Coup. CMC SLPP councillor Senani Samaranayakewho is a former SriLankan Airlines stewardess of dubious fame after Namal Rajapaksa ‘outsourced’ her services at the Presidential Secretariat while getting the bankrupt national carrier to foot the bill has attacked TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran on Twitter using a video of Friday’s parliamentary sittings out of context. “UNP’s new boss Sumanthiran behaviour in parliament” Senani tweeted highlighting the video which shows Sumanthiran leaving his […]

“Kill all Muslims, don’t even save an infant.” – Sinhalese monks unleash a new brand of nationalism in Sri Lanka

25th November 2018 // 0 Comments

There is a trend among some Buddhist monks to rage against Muslims on social media By Sonia Sarkar Lately, Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka have been losing their temper a little too often. There was that incident from March this year, when a young monk raised a battle cry against Muslim Sri Lankans. “The sword at home is no longer to cut jackfruit; so, kindly sharpen it and go,” he exhorted. In September, when three men bared their bottoms at the sacred Buddhist site of Pidurangala Rock, had pictures taken and posted them on Facebook, the Buddhist clergy erupted. The flashers were eventually arrested. In the first case, the violent message was put out on YouTube and Whats-App. In the second, social media seethed with hate […]

Namal lying like his father!

24th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda’s son Namal Rajapaksha is following the same steps of his father who is a pathological liar. The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Joern Rohde, revealed today that United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had talks with the western diplomats. The SLPP Namal Rajapaksahas been accusing the United National Party and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of dancing to the tune of the West by meeting diplomats and getting them involved in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs. He never expected that the Western leaders who are fed up with the undemocratic behaviour of the Sri Lankan parliamentarians and their continues lying to the world and expose the meetings of his party leaders with the Western leaders.  However now the German envoy has revealed that four leading UPFA Parliamentarians, including an unknown number […]

”Mahinda and Ranil must join hands for country’s sake” says Former Tamil Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran

24th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Thambithurai Pratheepan Former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran told the Australian Deputy Ambassador, Victoria Coakley, on Wednesday, that the current political crisis in the country can be solved by both, newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, entering into an agreement to form a national government for the remaining two years. He added that if a national government can function since January 2015, both current and former Prime Ministers should form a national government for the betterment of the country and people. Coakley asked how this suggestion could be possible, to which Wigneswaran explained that after forming the national government both parties can table a framework to uplift the economy of the country by stabilizing the rupee. Both […]

Ranil if you can have secret deals with Rajapaksas, I can do the same better – Maithiri

23rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

“There is a danger of the current Rajapaksa government failing to pass any Bill or motion in the House” It is interesting to note that the conflict between President Maithripala Sirisena and the ousted Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe over the latter’s purported hesitance to take action on allegations of acts of high profile corruption against the leaders of the Rajapaksa regime, had ended up in the President teaming up with the same Rajapaksas.    The recent turn of events and the new political alignments were as if the President telling Wickremesinghe that if you can have secret deals with Rajapaksas, I can do the same better.    As we have explained in our earlier columns, it is the United National Party (UNP) that pushed the […]

Mahinda group today insisted it will continue to operate all state institutions by force.

23rd November 2018 // 0 Comments

Vote on PSC nominations passed with 121 votes Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told reporters today that the Government will not accept the ruling of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya taken in Parliament on the cabinet. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was speaking to reporters after the Government walked out of Parliament today. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today appointed 12 members to the Parliament Selection Committee (PSC) which included five members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). The Speaker also named five members from the United National Front (UPF) and one each from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and one from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). The UPFA however objected to the nominations saying it wants seven members in the PSC. Parliament to meet again on November 27th Government MPs […]

3 Cardiology Clinics (between 12/11 & 16/11 2018) and Donation of Medical Equipment in Vanni

22nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

3 Cardiology Clinics in Vanni between 12th & 16th Nov 2018 Assist Resettlement & Renaissance – Assist RR conducted three cardiology clinics simultaneously in Mannar, Killinochchi, and Mullaittivu, in Sri Lanka.This was made possible by the generous volunteer service of Dr Mayooran Shanmuganathan, Dr Khalda Halim & Dr Andy Morley-Smith, all from Harefield Hospital in UK. They performed echocardiogram scans on >250 patients and exercise treadmill ECG tests on 20 patients in 5 days. This ensured early diagnosis and management for patients with heart disease who otherwise face long waiting times and travel to see a cardiac specialist in the neighbouring districts. Unlike the previous trips, they spent a considerable amount of time during the past week training local doctors and technicians in various aspects of cardiology medical practice.  Assist RR have so far conducted eight cardiology clinics in Sri Lanka […]

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 […]

Policeman in Parliament who Stood His Ground Unflinchingly Doing his Duty after Being Struck on the Face by a Cowardly MP.

22nd November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Teaching of Christ Was Reflected in the Courageous Conscientiousness of the “Anonymous” Policeman in Parliament who Stood His Ground Unflinchingly Doing his Duty after Being Struck on the Face by a Cowardly MP. By Bishop Duleep de Chickera In the midst of the recent legislative vandalism, an anonymous policeman stood tall above the chosen 225. Struck on the face by a cowardly law maker, he unflinchingly stood his ground to perform his duty. In a moment he become an image of courageous conscientiousness. The moment added a lesson. Regular replays also replayed the teaching of Christ on offering the other cheek. Struck once, the anonymous policeman refused to retaliate or withdraw, remaining within reach of the next slap. Continue reading ‘The Teaching of Christ […]

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 […]

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