April 2015

Gnanasara Thera Challenges Mahinda To Produce ‘Files’ Against BBS

25th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera slammed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa for claiming that BBS is a Western-backed conspiracy to alienate the Muslim community against him. Speaking to Asian Mirror, Gnanasara Thera said that the former president must produce evidence to prove his statement. “He said he has many files with details of everyone. He can use those files to prove the allegations against us, if he has any,” Gnanasara Thera said. The BBS General Secretary also claimed that Rajapaksa’s is not entirely his voice but that of the people he deals with these days. Many of them have no true love towards the country or Sinhala Buddhists, he stressed. Furthermore, they have some personal issues with BBS CEO Dilantha Withanage, revealed […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa is suffering from selective myopia?

25th April 2015 // 0 Comments

By Uditha Devapriya – In an interview with AFP last Wednesday, Mahinda Rajapaksa has denied any involvement with the Bodu Bala Sena. He has called the organisation a Western conspiracy that alienated Muslims. We can assume it wasn’t just the Muslims it alienated, but let’s leave that for later. For now, we can take this statement in either of two ways. We can think Rajapaksa is suffering from selective myopia, given that he didn’t make any statement like this while in power. We can also think he’s gaining humility. Now in politics humility rarely counts. This we know. It’s only natural that this statement will be greeted with disbelief, not just by his detractors but by his supporters as well. That’s what makes it all the […]

Racist Gota’s Flag: Desecrating The National Flag

25th April 2015 // 0 Comments

By Hilmy Ahamed – The racist discards of the Rajapaksa era have opened a new front in their chauvinistic march to create further ethnic turmoil in our nation by desecrating the National Flag. The protesters against the Sirisena government are now carrying a new National Flag that does not have the Orange and Green stripes that denote the minorities in the country. This was witnessed at the protests held both on Parliament Drive on 21st April 2015 when Mahinda Rajapaksa was summoned by the Bribery Commission and the illegal protest in support of Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 23rd April 2015 outside the premises of the Bribery Commission. This flag was first seen in some protests against the Muslims and other minorities that were organized by the Bodu Bala […]

Pope admires President’s simple lifestyle – Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith

25th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Colombo Archbishop, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, told the President that His Holiness Pope Francis I, had told him that the “Pope admires the simple lifestyle and the law abiding traits of the Sri Lanka President, more than in any other leader.” The Archbishop said His Holiness told him: “Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena is a leader who has the same traits and temperament as I do. He is a simple leader who is worth emulating.” His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith passed on the Pope’s comments to the President when members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka led by Colombo Archbishop His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. His Eminence and the Bishops representing dioceses expressed […]

Basil claimed parliamentary immunity – Govt.

25th April 2015 // 0 Comments

by Zacki Jabbar Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa had claimed parliamentary immunity while shifting the blame on officials when he was questioned by police on Wednesday night over allegedly siphoning off Divineguma funds running into billions of rupees. Government Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne speaking to a group of journalists after the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing in Colombo on Thursday said ” When Basil was questioned by the Financial Crimes Investigation Unit (FCIU) of the Police for allegedly using billions of rupees in Divineguma funds to finance former President Rajapaksa’s politicial activities,he had boldly replied that he was answerable to the legislature and the officials involved should be asked to explain their actions.” Basil, who was interogated by the FCIU for around six […]

Ranil Wickremesinghe Says Parliament will be Dissolved if it Continues to Protect the Corrupt and Scuttle Constitutional Reform.

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hit out against factions in Parliament that were trying to scuttle the 19th Amendment its key constitutional reforms, saying it was the same group that was also trying to prevent action being taken against corrupt officials. Addressing a meeting of UNP members at his offices in Temple Trees yesterday, the Prime Minister said moves were afoot to scuttle the Government’s 100-day program, to ensure the people’s aspirations were not met. “If a Parliament that wants to protect the corrupt won’t allow us to complete our 100 day program of work, we will go back to the people and ask them to elect a Parliament that will,” the Premier charged during the meeting. “We cannot permit any mischievous forces to rob this […]

Dark days of racism witnessed under Rajapaksa rule TO BE REPEATED.

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

By Hilmy Ahamed – The racist discards of the Rajapaksa era have opened a new front in their chauvinistic march to create further ethnic turmoil in our nation by desecrating the National Flag. The protesters against the Sirisena government are now carrying a new National Flag that does not have the Orange and Green stripes that denote the minorities in the country. This was witnessed at the protests held both on Parliament Drive on 21st April 2015 when Mahinda Rajapaksa was summoned by the Bribery Commission and the illegal protest in support of Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 23rd April 2015outside the premises of the Bribery Commission. This flag was first seen in some protests against the Muslims and other minorities that were organized by the Bodu Bala […]

Number of MP’s to be increased to 255

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

by Zacki Jabbar The National Executive Committee which met yesterday in Colombo had discussed proposals on electoral reforms submitted by both President Maithripala Sirisena and Pivithuru Hetak Convenor Rathana Thera. Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne addressing a news conference said that in terms of the Presidents proposal the number of seats in the national legislature would increase from the current 225 to 255. Jaffna and Kandy Districts comprised 11 and 13 electorates , but were represented by only seven and 12 Members of Parliament respectively. Accordingly each of the electorates would be represented by an MP.In addition there would be MPs representing electorates on the basis of multi ethnicity as was the practice prior to 1977. Sixty Six would be elected based on […]

UPFA politicians summoned on contempt charges

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court today issued notice on 27 persons including 10 UPFA Parliamentarians to appear before the court on May 8 on contempt of court charges, after they violated a court order and staged a protest opposite the bribery commission. Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilipitiya issued notice on the individuals after considering a report presented to the court by the Cinnamon Gardens Police. A protest was organized in front of the Bribery Commission yesterday (23) condemning the decision to summon former Defence Secretary for questioning despite a court order issued the previous prohibiting such a gathering at the location. The ten UPFA MPs issued notice include Dullas Alahapperuma, Bandula Gunawardena, Janaka Priyantha Bandara, Roshan Ranasinghe, Sarath Weerasekara, Udith Lokubandara, Jayantha Ketagoda, Weerakumara Dissanayake, Gamini […]

The racist rallying cry that has been marking the “bring –back MR campaign”

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Oh! What an era we live in! Gotabaya Rajapaksa, most powerful sibling of the most powerful President Sri Lanka ever had, on a journey to the Bribery Commissioner’s Office! On the first of January this year did you, reader, ever imagine this journey? Even on the 8th of January Maitripala Sirisenahad no clue that Gota will have to make his way to the Bribery Commissioner’s Office under his watch as President. Maitri was hiding that fateful day in a secret place fearing that Mahinda Rajapaksa would have Gota’s men get him and his family. Everybody feared Gota. Such are the insecurities of politics. The Buddha had said that everything emerges, stays for a while and passes away. But nothing passes away […]

Sri Lanka nationalist BBS a Western conspiracy

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Colombo (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s Sinhala nationalist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) was a Western-backed conspiracy to alienate minority Muslims and defeat his government, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has said. In an interview with the French news agency, AFP, the former leader said on Wednesday that neither he nor his defence secretary brother had anything to do with the BBS despite popular belief that the Rajapaksas were behind the group. “Look at where the BBS travelled (Norway and the US),” Rajapaksa said. “It is clearly a (then) opposition project.” He accused JHU leader Patali Champika Ranawaka of defending the BBS at a time when he wanted to take action against the group widely held responsible for a string of attacks against minority Muslims. A BBS office […]

New govt’s policies have created positive environment: Ban Ki-moon

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Welcoming the new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated that a positive environment has been created by the policies of the new government in Sri Lanka for a greater collaboration with the United Nations and the international community. The new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, Dr. Rohan Perera presented his credentials to the Ban Ki-moon, at a credential ceremony held at the UN Headquarters on Wednesday (22). After the presentation of Credentials, Dr. Perera held discussions with the Secretary General on matters of mutual interest. The one-to-one meeting was held in a very cordial manner, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to UN said in a statement. “The Secretary-General assured of his support […]

For whose desire that Chemmani mass grave case was closed

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

For whose desire that Chemmani mass grave case was closed Investigations revealed that 18-year-old Krishanthi Coomeraswamy, a student of Chundikuly Girls’ High School, was abducted at the Kaithadi military checkpoint on 07 September 1996, gangraped and murdered. The suspects in this crime were several officers and a soldier of the Army. However, the entire blame was placed on the shoulders of the soldier, Somaratne Rajapakse, as the rapist and the murderer in the end. Now imprisoned, he says he is suffering this fate due to the betrayal of his senior officers. Later, a mass grave was found at Chemmani. No one was found guilty over this mass grave, and the case was relegated to the dustbin of history. That is due to whose fault?, we […]

“ Basil came and destroyed all my plans” – Mahinda

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

“I told Basil not to come but he never listened to me and trusted Johnny. Johnny only told him to come without fear. Rajitha too had told him that he will look after. Can you see what has happened now after trusting them? Now Rajitha is telling that he would make me to wear jumper. I have made up my mind. I am used to the life in remand. I came to my mother’s funeral from the remand” said the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday night following the news of his brother’s remand. The former president further said with a humour that “Basil completely destroyed all the plans what we made with Wimal and Bandula. Basil does such type idiocy. I am paying for his sins. […]

NO place for Minorities – Gotha on his racist act again!

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

I will be electric-chaired if I go to US: Gota (Video) Investigations commenced on flags owned by the protesters arrived to cast their support towards former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in front of the Bribery Commission this morning. Protesters owned red flag with lion and bow leaves, orange and green colours which representate the minority community such as Tamil and Muslim communities were not included in this flag. Evacuating these colours clearly proves that some racist rulers are attempting to spread racism among Sinhala community and legal action should be taken against leaders took part in this protest.Parliamentarians Dullas Allahaperuma, Sarath Weerasekara, Western Provincial Councilor Udaya Gamanpila and several other protesters owned this flag. Colombo police currently conducting investigations on this matter and will submit […]

Sirisena defends return of land to minorities

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday night defended the new government’s policy of returning private land, once used by the security forces, to legitimate owners, especially in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, where Tamils and Muslims are present substantially. In his 30-minute-long address to the nation through the electronic media to coincide the completion of 100 days of the government, Mr Sirisena, who spoke in Sinhala, said “the 30 year conflict” [with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] should not raise its head again. “We have to ensure amity among all communities.” Rebutting the campaign of his political rivals that the security forces were being withdrawn from high security zones; their strength was being reduced; lands in Sampur had been given to LTTE terrorists […]

Gunning for Gota and Gotha playing Racist card!

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Gota’s lawyers seek postponement to answer allegations Ex-all-powerful official summoned over questionable transaction at Mihin Lanka during his tenure as Chairman Alleges ‘Sri Lanka has become a police state’ Pro-Gota supporters defy Court order and demonstrate at Bribery Commission Rajapaksa has also been summoned to the Bribery Commission on 27 April to record a statement with regard to allegations pertaining to the floating armoury controversy By Dharisha Bastians The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption became the site of dramatic scenes again, when the former Defence Secretary and ex-Presidential sibling Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived at its offices on Bauddhaloka Mawatha last morning. Waving distorted versions of the National Flag and defying a Court order by the Colombo Chief Magistrate banning demonstrations in front of the Commission, crowds […]

Hunt for black money: Sri Lanka says Mahinda Rajapaksa’s men stashed over $2 bn in Dubai

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan investigators have located more than $2 billion that was secretly transferred to accounts in Dubai by figures close to the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the government said on Thursday. Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the funds represented about of fifth of the total amount of so-called ‘black money’ that the authorities suspect was illicitly stashed abroad. “We have information that more than $10 billion, more than our country’s foreign reserves, is kept outside the country by those closely related to the last government,” he told reporters. A former top official in Rajapaksa’s administration dismissed as “nonsense” the government’s suggestion that the money found was evidence of corruption. President Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated Rajapaksa in a January election, has ordered an investigation […]

92 Lankans hold 129 accounts in Swiss Banks

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Gretta Fenner, a Swiss expert, has arrived in Sri Lanka to assist the Sri Lankan government in its investigations into “clandestine” Swiss bank accounts belonging to Sri Lankans, informed government sources told the Daily News. The Swiss expert has visited the country following a request made by Sri Lankan authorities to the government of Switzerland. This issue drew the attention of Sri Lankan authorities in February, this year, when a cache of leaked Swiss bank files analysed by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) contained information linked to 92 Sri Lankan clients holding 129 accounts with a total value to the tune of approximately US $ 58.3 million (approx. Rs.7.7 billion). The ICIJ said the maximum amount of money associated with a client linked to […]

‘I will not allow a handful to hinder govt’s progressive steps’ – PM

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he would not allow a handful of persons to hinder the progressive steps initiated by the government. He was addressing a meeting with Colombo District UNP organisers at Temple Trees yesterday. The Prime Minister observed the people gave a mandate for President Maithripala Sirisena on January 8 to produce the thieves before court, investigate corruption charges and implement the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. He said if those in the current Parliament are against these moves, the people would be given the chance to elect a fresh Parliament to carry forward these missions. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the government is not ready to halt moves initiated by the government to strengthen good governance and democracy in the country. He said […]

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