26th January 2015

On Behalf Of Returning Exiles

26th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – Invitation for Exiles to return Now we have the dawn of a new era for exiles – in my case after almost 4 years abroad. The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the Wall Street Journal and Ministers such as Mangala Samaraweera, Rajitha Senaratne and Gayantha Karunatilake have invited those of us writers in exile to return. White vans have been stopped. Thank you. Concrete Steps Required from the Attorney General But a lot more is required besides open invitations. In my own case I wrote of election malpractices of the previous regime in Kayts on election day – not allowing opponents to campaign, Rajapaksa posters at the polling booth, police and other vehicles running around Kayts without number plates, polling […]

SF: Unlawful military deployment is military coup

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“If they are not denying there is the question. If you asked me if I was involved in a coup, I would say no. If someone was not involved or if such an attempt never took place, he or she could always deny it. The inability to deny leaves a big question mark.” Democratic Party Leader General Sarath Fonseka in a candid interview with the Daily Mirror spoke on his role in the new government, the security situation of the country, the LTTE and on their plans to proceed at the upcoming General Elections. Excerpts: QWhat is your role in the new government? I cannot be directly involved in the processes since I am not an MP but am a member of the National Executive […]

Take A Stand For Justice At Jaffna Uni And Everywhere In Sri Lanka

26th January 2015 // 0 Comments

y Arulkumaran Subajini – University of Jaffna is full of wrongdoings. Every appointment from the VC’s down to that of Labourer is based on political loyalty rather than excellence. The most senior persons from whom we expect leadership have no backbone. The Council – both internal and external members – simply sit back and endorse these improper appointments. As an Acting Dean awaiting regular appointment confessed to a friend, “I need to go along with the VC in everything to survive.” I was wrongfully denied an appointment as Computer Applications Assistant. Many friends have advised me not to complain and suggest that my husband Mahalingam Arulkumaran who works as a Technical Officer under the Vice Chancellor will pay dearly if I pursue a complaint. As […]

Election night coup What really happend?

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Earlier this week, Indian media quoting new External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera reported there was a  fear of a real coup in Sri Lanka during the early hours of January 9, when it was becoming evident to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the poll results were not in his favour. However, as the first light of the day hit the city of Colombo on January 9, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa accepted his defeat and left Temple Trees, assuring a smooth transfer of power to the incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena. This came as a surprise to many, and mostly to those who foretold the 2015 Presidential election would record the highest election violence in the history of polls in Sri Lanka. However, these claims of the […]

With Maithri, Ranil & Mangala – Real Change Should Occur For Tamils Too

26th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Would Tamils be forced to play the ‘waiting game’: Examining some legitimate questions and concerns that Tamils have about their future in the uncertain world of Sri Lankan politics that they are inexorably tied to. Part 1 I would like to offer my congratulations to President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Co and wish them the very best towards restoring this island paradise, with a rich heritage, now known as Sri Lanka, to its original glory, where all its inhabitants, living there since pre-historic times and having their distinct traditional homelands in the island, are treated with equality, their distinct socio, political, cultural, ethnic and religious identities and rights preserved and furthered; […]