2nd September 2014

Sri Lanka should become a part of the federated state of India

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By S. Sivathasan – The susceptibilities of Tamils are now under constant laceration.  The man who has earned the ire of all Tamils is Swamy. From the day Modi was elected Prime Minister, this man thinks he has come into his own. By himself of no consequence, of miniscule weight and without credibility, he has purportedly attached himself to Modi and the BJP government. So he prates and behaves in Sri Lanka. It is very unfortunate that the new government has taken kindly to his scheming ways. His malevolence erodes the image of governance by the day. Lanka should be “A FEDERATED STATE OF INDIA”. So asserted Swamy not so long ago. Unable to put up with his unsolicited advice the Sunday Times of August 31, 2014 quoted him to […]

Presidential Election: Polls Chief can reject MR’s nomination papers – Wijeyadasa

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By Zacki Jabbar The UNP said yesterday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was disqualified from contesting for a third term and the Election Commissioner was legally empowered to reject his nomination papers. Member of the UNP Leadership Council and Constitutional Lawyer Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa MP addressing the media in Colombo, noted that when the 18th Amendment was introduced in September 2010, the incumbent President according to the Constitution had already been elected for two terms and was debarred from seeking re-election. He said that the law was quite clear and any amendment was applicable to a future President and not the incumbent, who in this case was Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Election Commissioner could obtain the Attorney General’s advice and reject President Rajapaksa’s nomination paper if he decided […]

Mahinda ditches human rights

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by Dasun Edirisinghe Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday declined to answer questions on the fallout of the UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka, claiming that the human rights issues were now entirely handled by the Ministry of External Affairs. Minister Samarasinghe asked the media to contact External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris for information about the present situation of the UNHRC investigation. Asked to comment on the preparations being made for the next UNHRC session in his capacity as the Special Envoy of the Sri Lankan President on Human Rights, Samarasinghe said he no longer held that post. Samarasinghe said that he was only the Minister of Plantation Industries and, therefore, could not comment on the issue. Asked for his personal opinion of […]

Sri Lanka to continue with its poor Human Rights policy on Tamils but Pays the British Bell Pottinger firms to cover it up.

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Hiring PR Firms And Our Public Relations Will Not Be Able To Help Us PR man was almost as ignorant as the large American he brought with him. Bell Pottinger strongly advised against the President visiting Britain in late 2010 to address the Oxford Union. Stream of useless public relations firms that our Ambassador in Washington was playing with. Even the best Public Relations firm, even if handled professionally, will not be able to help us By Rajiva Wijesinha – A Presidency Under Threat – Public Relations Much has been reported recently about the various Public Relations firms government – or rather elements in government, since it seems that there has been no Cabinet approval for these ventures – have hired to raise our profile in countries which […]

Girl teaches pervert a lesson (Full Video)

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A video of a girl slapping a man at the Wariyapola bus stand went viral on social media sites recently. In a country where many women’s rights activists are active, so far none of the activists or such organizations had commented on the event. Instead of having an open discussion, the girl who slapped the man was highly criticized through the social media.  The entire incident was marketed in many ways.  So far no one has been bold enough to open the floor to discuss about the harassment which women face on a daily basis. Today the  Dailymirror opens the floor. Wariyapola Girl Slap Boy at Bus Stand (Full Video) he Dailymirror   first spoke to the victim, Thilini Amalka, about the incident as she claims the media have […]

UNP does not see change by Prince the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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The main opposition United National Party (UNP) does not expect a change of policy on Sri Lanka by the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. UNP MP Wijedasa Rajapakse told reporters today that the unlike policies and laws changing in Sri Lanka when a new Minister or Government takes office, internationally the same practice is not followed. The Government had said yesterday it hopes the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, will take note of the concerns Sri Lanka had on the former High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, and carry out his duties in an unbiased manner. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein took over from Pillay yesterday and Government spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters in Kandy […]

UK envoy John Rankin on north tour

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British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, visited the north today and had talks with Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP and Managing Director of the Uthayan newspaper E. Sarawanabavan and also visited a demining site in Muhamalai. The demining site is operated by the UK based demining agency, The Halo Trust. Commenting on the visit to the site, the British High Commissioner said the UK is a long-time supporter of demining in Sri Lanka. “We have provided 3.5 million pounds from 2010-2014. The latest funding programme – which was announced by our Prime Minister David Cameron during CHOGM last year – is worth 1.6 million pounds (3.5 billion rupees). It began in July this year and will continue for 18 months,” he said. John […]

”It is distressing that a senior member of the BJP Dr Subramanian Swamy has advised the Sri Lankan government NOT to release the boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen” Jaya Writes To Modi

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Jayalalithaa Strengthens Her Position Within AIADMK Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has further strengthened her position and reiterated her supremacy within the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam with her unanimous re-election as its general secretary. Expressing concern over the “alarmingly” increasing frequencies of arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking Centre’s immediate intervention to resolve the issue.       Colombo’s “inhumane and cruel strategy” of not releasing the boats of Indian fishermen was causing great loss of livelihood to them and their families”, she said in her letter.      Jayalalithaa also took exception to the reported remarks of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on the issue of release of […]

Going overseas, not a protest – Mangala

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UNP leadership council member Mangala Samaraweera says that his going abroad early yesterday (August 31) was not a mark of dejection or protest in any way. Noting that he had gone on a private trip which was planned a few months back, MP Samaraweera said that he had obtained the approval of the UNP leadership ahead of his departure. He was responding to queries by ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ with regard to a news report published on Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s ‘Lanka C News’ website. The website had reported that MP Samaraweera, the chief of the UNP media unit had suddenly gone to London as a mark of protest against the party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s decision to appoint Sjith Premadasa as party deputy leader. Speaking further, MP […]