April 2015

CORRUPTION UNDER MAHINDA’S RULE EXPOSED!

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Basil Rajapakse arrested and remanded along with two others over staggering Rs. 6000 million fraud ! – poor people cheated (Lanka-e-News- 23.April.2015, 3.35PM) The ex minister of economic development Basil Rajapakse ( a sibling of deposed ex president Mahinda Rajapakse ) who was in charge of the Divi Neguma program meant for the benefit of the poor , was arrested and remand Read more >> Court wants CID Report on Sajin’s Case probes Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday to expedite investigations into the case against Parliamentarian Sajin de Vaas Gunawardena who is accused of earning money through improper channels and having purchased houses, lands, vehicles and aircraft using those monies. The CID had launched investigations under the Money […]

Basil Rajapaksa now under arrest had committed irregularities says Wimal Weerawansa’s party

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Divineguma Additional  DG also remanded The Kaduwela Magistrate yesterday remanded till May 05 Additional Director General of Divi Neguma Bandula Thilakasiri over financial misappropriation alleged to have taken place during his tenure.  He was produced before the court by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID), the Police Media Unit (PMU) said.  On Wednesday evening, FCID arrested former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa over alleged misappropriation of Divineguma funds and the police charged him under the Public Property Act……………..  READ ALL NFF says Basil committed irregularities National Freedom Front (NFF) is a political party in Sri Lanka is led by Wimal Weerawansa A CLOSE ASSOCIATE OF MAHINDA. National Freedom Front Propaganda Secretary and Media Spokesman Mohamed Muzammil yesterday admitted that former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa now under arrest had committed […]

Transparency International Salutes Bribery Commission

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), the local chapter of the global movement against corruption, salutes the proactive nature in which the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) is currently operating, after years of suppression and political interference. Based on an increasing number of complaints, the CIABOC has initiated several investigations and probes against allegations of large scale corruption running into billions of rupees by high ranking officials and politicians, some of whom have already been summoned for further inquiry and questioning. Issuing a statement today the TISL said; ” The Bribery or Corruption Commission is a fundamental tool required in an active democracy to ensure transparency in transactions, accountability of those who are in positions of authority and the good governance of […]

19th Amendment opposed by crook politicians!

24th April 2015 // 0 Comments

President calls for unanimous passage of 19A President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appealed to all political parties represented in parliament to vote for the 19 Amendment to the Constitution. The President emphasized the importance enacting the 19 Amendment in accordance with the ruling given by the Supreme Court recently. The President was addressing the nation on television to mark his government completing 100 days in power. The following is the full text of the statement released by the President’s Office last night: “On this occasion that marks 100 days since my election as President, I think it is proper that I address you as your first servant, appointed by you. Following the results of the Presidential Election on January 8 this year, you gave me the […]

Rajapaksa First Cousin’s Illegal Arms Deals

23rd April 2015 // 0 Comments

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera met Ukranian Ambassador Oleksandr Shevchenko, who is based in New Delhi, at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo. The meeting was held in the late evening yesterday. During the meeting they discussed the possibility of Sri Lanka sending an investigation team to the Ukraine in early May to inquire into allegations levelled against the former Ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga, says the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Weeratunga, first cousin of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had allegedly involved in arms sales to separatist rebel fighters in Ukraine.

Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese & Tamils: Historical Myths & Realities

23rd April 2015 // 0 Comments

By Thambu Kanagasabai – There is the popular but mistaken belief among Sri Lankans and elsewhere that “Mahavamsa”, a chronicle composed and written by Mahanama Thera in the sixth century is a record of the history of Ceylon. Anyone who reads Mahavamsa will find, besides various historical data, stories of miracles and supernatural happenings on various auspicious occasions, like instant earthquakes, floods, storms etc. However, discarding these fables, one will notice the author devoting nine chapters, (out of thirty three chapters) on Dutugamini, the Naga Buddhist king who defeated the Tamil king Elara in Anuradhapura in BC 101. While concentrating on Buddha’s visits to Sri Lanka, it has to be pointed out that Mahavamsa’s author Mahanama Thera concluded each chapter by stating, “ that this […]

Basil Rajapaksa and Dr. Jayatilake arrested over alleged fraud

23rd April 2015 // 0 Comments

By Madura Ranwala The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) yesterday evening arrested former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa over alleged misappropriation of Divineguma funds. The police took him into custody after having recorded his statement at FCID, Kollupitiya. The former minister returned to the country on Tuesday afternoon from the US after FCID sought a statement from him. Rajapaksa reported to FCID yesterday morning. The police also arrested former Economic Development Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilaka and former Director General of the Divineguma Department, R.R.K. Ranawaka. After having recorded statements from suspects, the police produced them before Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala last night. The Magistrate ordered them remanded till April . Earlier the Kaduwela Magistrate ordered the former Minister arrested immediately after his return from the US. The […]

Missing Sri Lankan diplomat linked to Ukranian rebels

23rd April 2015 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lanka is likely to send an investigation team to Kiev early next month to inquire into the alleged involvement of Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga in the supply of small arms to pro-Russian Ukranian rebels. Alleging that Weeratunga had been involved with rebels during the previous UPFA administration, External Affairs Ministry sources told The Island that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday night (April 21) discussed with the visiting Ukranian ambassador accredited to Sri Lanka Oleksandr Shevchenko the possibility of sending a team to Kiev. Shevchenko is based in New Delhi. Foreign Secretary Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara was associated in the discussion. Government sources said that Lanka lacked the wherewithal to carry out an international manhunt. Sources acknowledged that the government wasn’t aware […]

At least 50% of MP’s in Sri Lanka are corrupt!

23rd April 2015 // 0 Comments

Ensuring good governance a challenge – Fonseka Government protecting Mahinda By Shaahidah Riza The government has basically protected the former President. If the Bribery Commission as an independent institution summons him based on whatever information they have, he should adhere to the requirements which will not be an issue if he has nothing to hide, said the Deputy Minister of Highway and Investment Promotion, Eran Wickremaratne. He made these comments to Ceylon Today in response to the pro Mahinda Rajapaksa, parliamentarians who protested yesterday (21) indicating their objection to the decision made by the Bribery Commission to question the former President. Wickremeratne also stated that good governance is not measured in terms of individuals but by the implementation of good legislation. This comment was in response […]

Two nations one country

22nd April 2015 // 0 Comments

All Ceylon Tamil Congress Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said, a federal arrangement that recognizes Tamils as a distinct nation would solve the ethnic problem within a united Sri Lanka. “Why is it extremism to say that Sri Lanka is not a Sinhala-Buddhist country, it is not only for the Sinhalese but the Tamils, Muslims and the Up Country Tamils. Why is insisting that Sri Lanka belongs to its entire people considered extremism? We are not asking for a separate state, we are asking Sri Lanka to recognize its entire people and particularly the Tamils for the identity as a distinct nationality in a distinct nation,” he said. In an interview with Ceylon Today Ponnambalam aired his views: ? We understand that a Tamil Organisation based in […]

Don’t use Parliament to protect thieves – PM

22nd April 2015 // 0 Comments

The Prime Minister said the people in the country demand to reveal the names of those engaged in corruption. He said the people wanted to know this since the cost of living in the country has come down after 10 years as corruption has been eliminated under President Maithripala Sirisena’s regime. The Prime Minister said Bandula Gunawardena and other opposition members were attempting to prevent the investigations against corruption. He added that these MPs would come to Parliament, remain day and night in the House, drink whiskey and stand against investigations against corruption. “Shame on you,” the Prime Minister said. “You should not use the Parliament to protect the thieves and those who engaged in corruption.” He also questioned if those engaged in corruption should remain […]

Ven. Sobitha Thera cautions President, Govt. about saboteurs

22nd April 2015 // 0 Comments

Don’t use Parliament to protect thieves – PM CHAMIKARA WEERASINGHE Cautioning the government and President Maithripala Sirisena that some Parliamentarians are all set to sabotage the implementation of 19 Amendment, the Chief Incumbent of the Kotte Naga Vihara and Chairman of the National Movement For a Just Society Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera yesterday insisted that a General Election must go ahead. The Thera said that a country cannot move forward with Parliamentarians who undermine the people’s aspirations and act without any regard or respect to their expectations or basic democratic principles. He said some Parliamentarians are trying to nip the 19 Amendment in the bud. They are using every ounce of their energy to prevent it from coming to Parliament leave aside the scheduled vote […]

SLFP battle-lines drawn for May Day showdown

22nd April 2015 // 0 Comments

This New Year dawns on a note of uncertainty for many politicians, with an extremely fluid situation prevailing in parliamentary politics. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is up for debate tomorrow (20th) and the day after (21st) but it seems unlikely that a vote on it will be taken. Party leaders who met on Friday were unable to reach agreement on the electoral reforms which, the SLFP insists, should be introduced at the same time as the 19A. Electoral reforms The Parliamentary Select Committee on electoral reforms headed by MEP leader Dinesh Gunewardena, started its work as far back as in 2003 and proposed a mixed electoral system that combined proportional representation (PR) with the first-past the-post (FPP) system. The formula proposed by that […]

Detectives have released this photo of a man they want to speak to about a robbery and assault

22nd April 2015 // 0 Comments

Detectives have released this photo of a man they want to speak to about a robbery and assault in Mitcham last year. The photo is of Arvindan Ravindran, 24, who officers would like to speak to about a robbery in Montrose Gardens, Mitcham, on Wednesday, July 30, and for an assault in Belmont Avenue on Sunday, September 7. Mr Ravindran is described as an Asian man, approximately 5ft 3ins tall, of medium build with short black hair. He has a long scar on his left forearm. Ravindran previously lived in Middleton Road, Morden and Cedars Avenue, Mitcham and has connections to Croydon and Coventry and police say he may be in those areas. Police would like to hear from anyone who may know of his whereabouts. […]

An unwanted battle

22nd April 2015 // 0 Comments

Blunders of the Rajapaksa government, more than anything else, enabled Maithripala Sirisena to become President. The incumbent administration has, through its ill-advised action, facilitated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s comeback! A decision by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) to summon former President Rajapaksa jolted UPFA parliamentarians into staging a fast in Parliament on Monday. Protests spilled over into the streets yesterday. More than 110 MPs have pledged their solidarity with Rajapaksa and sent a letter to President Sirisena condemning the CIABOC action. This is a worrisome proposition for the government all out to keep Rajapaksa at bay. The CIABOC has been a malleable tool in the hands of politicians under successive governments and the public has lost faith in it. The […]

Rajapaksa as PM in Sirisena Govt will Boost SL : Gotabaya

22nd April 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s once powerful Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, wants President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join hands to give the island nation a “functioning government” and lift it from the abyss of political confusion and economic stagnation. “Maithripala Sirisena has been elected President for six years. Therefore, he will have to continue. But he can quickly call for parliamentary elections and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister. Together, they should put the country back on its feet by providing a functioning government with people committed to achieving goals,” Gotabaya told Express in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. A sibling of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya claimed that Sri Lankans want Rajapaksa back. “Support for him has grown beyond the 5.8 million votes he […]

Too many calendars – ‘Sinhala and Hindu New Year’ (Tamil removed and Hindu added!)

21st April 2015 // 0 Comments

How many calendars does one country need? There is the globally-accepted Gregorian calendar, the Chinese calendar, solar and lunar calendars. But Sri Lanka is probably the only country that makes use of three calendars. We work by the Gregorian calendar, observe the lunar calendar for religious purposes, there is that added advantage of poya holiday and we observe the solar calendar just so we could celebrate the Sinhala, recently christened ‘Sinhala and Hindu New Year’. The New Year marks the sun’s transits from Pisces to Aries. In fact most Sri Lankan festivals have an astronomical significance. The exact timings of neketh are determined by astrological calculations. The movements of celestial bodies are monitored in order to calculate the various auspicious times for customary rites and […]

Requirements for Tamil contribution to sustainable national change

21st April 2015 // 0 Comments

by Jehan Perera The inability of the government to force through its decisions, and the appearance of opposition forces supportive of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa gaining ground, has generated concerns about the government’s long term stability. The defeat of the government’s money bill in Parliament has highlighted the structural weakness of the government. The difficulty that the government has been experiencing in fulfilling its main election promises, catching the corrupt and passing the 19th Amendment, has eroded public confidence in the government’s strength. Currently the SLFP has a majority in Parliament with 126 seats while the UNP plays the role of a ‘minority government’ with 41 Parliamentary seats from a total of 225 seats. Without the assistance of the SLFP, the government is unable to […]

TNA wants more aid for IDPs

21st April 2015 // 0 Comments

By M. Sasikumar Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian and Spokesman, Suresh Premachandran said the Ministry of Resettlement should make arrangements to provide basic needs to the people who were permitted to resettle recently in Valikamam-North. “Simply releasing the lands is not enough. The government should consider providing the people being resettled with some basic facilities to the people to enable them to pick up the threads of life once again” he said. He added, those who were allowed to resettle are ready to clear the jungle areas with their own money, but the government is yet to provide aid for those who are looking forward to resettle in the recently released lands. “Government should consider providing temporary huts for those who are resettling until they […]

Chief Minister of the merged North and East Province Perumal meets demerged Northern Province’s first Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswarn

21st April 2015 // 0 Comments

The first Chief Minister of the merged North and East Province, Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal and the demerged Northern Province’s first Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswarn met in Jaffna on Friday (17). Varatharaja Perumal who had arrived from India has expressed his intention of entering politics by stating that he would act independently without aligning any political party during his meeting with Chief Minister Wigneswaran. The meeting between Wigneswaran and Varatharaja Perumal lasted for nearly one hour at the office of the Northern Chief Minister. Wigneswarn also expressed his views on the present political atmosphere in the country as well as on the governance of the Northern Provincial Council to the former Chief Minister. Varatharaja Perumal, who was one of the founding members of the Eelam […]

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