10th April 2015

Canadian court halts deportation of former LTTE tax collector

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A federal judge has stopped the Canadian government from deporting a Sri Lankan war criminal, ruling the former member of the Tamil Tigers could be at risk if forced to return to his home country. In a ruling released on the Federal Court website Friday, Justice Sean Harrington set aside Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s assessment that the man did not face any risk in Sri Lanka. The case concerns Puvanesan Thurairaja, who worked as a tax collector for the Tamil rebels before traveling to the United Kingdom. After Britain rejected his asylum claim, he arrived in Canada on a false passport. Canadian authorities ordered his deportation on the grounds he was a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who had collected taxes imposed […]

Johnny, Namal planned Chandrika booing!

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Johnny, Namal planned Chandrika booing! Amarawathi Restaurant down Palmyrah Avenue in Kollupitiya was the place where the plan to boo at former president Chandrika Kumaratunga at the Kurunegala SLFP Bala Mandala meeting at Maliyadeva Girls’ School yesterday (09) was made on the previous day. This restaurant is owned by former minister Johnston Fernando. On the night of the 08th, present at the restaurant at the invitation of the ex-cooperatives minister were MP Namal Rajapaksa and several persons from certain media institutions, who, together, had plotted the plan. North western province chief minister Dayasiri Jayasekara has joined in over the phone from time to time. Namal advised Dayasiri not to dodge, as it was a project by Johnny. Namal handed over the implementation part to Kurunegala […]

Pack your bags and leave: BBS tells President

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The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) said today President Maithripala Sirisena should pack his bags and leave so as to allow a leader with a backbone to administer the country which was fast heading towards anarchy. BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera told a news conference that the people were confused about political situation which has become a mockery when considering the manner in which some of the politicians are behaving. “The country needs a leader with a backbone and leadership qualities. Mr. Sirisena is a good person. But he is unable to administer the affairs of this country and neither has he been capable of fulfilling the elections promises he made. So we kindly request him to leave,” the Thera said. He said even […]

Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse regime used Rs375mn state lottery money for election campaign

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By Anushika Kamburugamuwa Apr 10, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s former rulers, the Rajapakse regime has used 375 million rupees from the state lottery board to fund the presidential election campaign, National Lottery Board said. “We have started an audit at the National lottery board,” Shyamala Perera, newly appointed Chairperson of National Lottery Board told reporters at a press briefing held in Colombo.“When we were investigating as per the request from the Ministry, we identified unusual expenditure stating from November 2014 to January 2015 the three months, targeting election campaign,” The former Sri Lankan President in November 2014 signed a proclamation declaring his intention to hold a Presidential Election seeking another term. However, the Presidential candidate of the New Democratic Front, Maithripala Sirisena defeated Rajapakse […]

The Solution To The Ethnic Problem

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By Izeth Hussain – The situation on the ethnic front seems to be very confused, but we can be certain, absolutely certain, on one point: the solution to the Tamil ethnic problem stares us in the face. I have the temerity to use the definite article “the” rather than “a”, meaning the solution with the emphasis on “the” and not a solution which would imply one possible solution among others. The solution I have in mind can be encapsulated in the following formula: 13A-+ (13A minus plus). It means 13A minus police and land powers plus a fully functioning democracy. In this formula the plus factor of a fully functioning democracy is more important than anything else. But first let me comment on the confused situation […]