13th April 2015

Fonseka commends Senaka for offering his party to Gota!

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Lanka News Web on Sunday, 12 April 2015 05:26 Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has taken a totally different view from other Sri Lankan politicians who are expressing displeasure and condemnation over the now controversial interview ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ has carried with former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. This should be an eye opener for all those who are interested in Sri Lankan politics. On one hand it is heartening to note that Democratic Party leader Fonseka has called his personal secretary Senaka Haripriya Silva and praised him for offering to give his party, Apey Jathika Peramuna, to Gotabhaya if he enters politics. On the other hand, it shows the level of political maturity Fonseka has gained in the past six years. Fonseka’s own words of praise […]

Indian RAW flights flewed one thousand meters above of Lankan air limit

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M.M. Nilamdeen, who is the Senior Political Analyst and Advocate says, “With regard to the War Crimes Committed by the previous Sri Lankan Government all the necessary evidences are available with the U.N. Officials. Apart from this important evidence is available with the Indian Spy Agency RAW. In the recent past, the U.N. Officials were visiting Sri Lanka many a times. How these U.N. Officials did have the detailed information about the war crimes committed by the previous Sri Lankan Government”. M.M. Nilamdeen is revealing many important details and startling facts, with regard to the above, which has been not revealed so far in the Lankasri FM Radio Program “Arasiyal Kalam-Vatta Mesai”.

Constitutional games and a nation’s expectations

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National Govt. on the rocks as 19A hangs over dissolution of House Sirisena, Ranil struggling for good governance with backs to the wall Police grill Alles on alleged provision of Rs. 800m to LTTE 19A: The good, the bad and the unknown Even if we give the most compassionate rendering of the extraordinary sequence of events that served as constitution-making by the Wickremesinghe government during recent weeks, there is much to be perturbed about. Secrecy to be deplored However let me follow this up by acknowledging that even the necessity for this discussion would have been redundant in the discordant era of the Rajapaksas. Government parliamentarians would have fallen over themselves in supporting any Bill that was proposed, rather like sheep following a suicidal shepherd […]

“CAN MUSTER A 2/3 MAJORITY” – AJITH PERERA

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Mahinda Samarasinghe Acknowledges President’s Integrity Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says that while in possession of all executive presidential powers, President Maithripala Sirisena has said that presidential powers should be reduced. We should praise President Sirisena for that. I have not seen any world leader, who of his own volition, has sought a reduction of his powers. This actually translates into a huge victory for the people of this country who voted for him……….. read all BY UMESH MORAMUDALI New Year festivities not- withstanding Sri Lanka’s political landscape has captured unprecedented public interest as the debate on the 19 Amendment and electoral reforms picks up steam. Ceylon Today interviewed the Deputy External Affairs Minister Ajith Perera about the current political situation. Excerpts of the interview. ? :The […]

Let’s dissect the ‘Mahinda-Resurgence’

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It’s an inauspicious number.  That’s ‘13’.  The Maithripala-Ranil Regime (or Ranil-Maithripala Regime if you will) is in its 13th week.  It’s the worst so far for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the United National Party (UNP). First, a proposal for obtaining 400 billion rupees through Treasury Bills was defeated in Parliament. According to some constitutional experts the defeat of this kind of ordinance amounts to a no-confidence motion.  Tradition, thankfully for Ranil and the UNP, is (conveniently) not the strongest suit of our Parliamentarians.  Fortunately too, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), headless (in Parliament), is so confused that it doesn’t know if it is in the Government or the Opposition.  It was left for Dinesh Gunawardena to make the point. Tellingly, the SLFP, the […]

Constitution faces critical juncture next week

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As the Maithripala Sirisena government’s self-imposed deadline of April 23 nears, both the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are flexing their political muscles as they vie for power at the general elections that could be called as in two weeks’ time. The SLFP is insisting that it would support the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that seeks to prune the powers of the Executive Presidency only if electoral reforms aimed at combining the first past the post (FPP) system with the proportional representation (PR) system are incorporated into it. The UNP contends that limiting the powers of the Executive Presidency takes precedence and that electoral reforms can wait until after this election is concluded. It wants parliament dissolved no […]

Sri Lanka, if not for an ‘independent’ judiciary

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COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka would have returned to a parliamentary system of government from April 22 if not for the Supreme Court striking down the 19th amendment which was drafted in line with President Maithripala Sirisena’s election manifesto. The Supreme Court effectively shot down all proposed provisions to reduce the powers of the president and left only a few minor reforms such as the reduction of the presidential and parliamentary terms to five years from the previous six. However, those reforms will apply from the next elections and there is no move to trim President Maithripala Sirisena’s term which ends in 2021. Sirisena could exercise all the powers he himself claimed were excessive without having to deliver on his election promise spelt out clearly […]

Western intelligence services looking for ex-SL ambassador to Russia

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Supplying small arms to Ukrainian rebels By Shamindra Ferdinando The US Embassy declined to comment on the Sri Lankan government’s request for its help to track down former ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga alleged to have supplied weapons to pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels. The alleged transactions had taken place during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure as the President, the Ukrainian government has alleged. The US embassy suggested that The Island obtain a clarification from the Sri Lankan government. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera yesterday said that external assistance hadn’t been sought so far to track down Weeratunga, a close relative of former President Rajapaksa. “We’ll catch him,” the Deputy Minister said. Authoritative officials, however, said that Sri Lanka lacked the wherewithal to carry out an international manhunt. Sources […]

Details of SL refugees sought from Australia

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The Puducherry government has written a letter to the Australian authorities seeking details of investigations into the illegal trafficking of Sri Lankan refugees from Puducherry to Australia, Inspector General of Police Praveer Ranjan said. The 157 asylum seekers (50 children) comprising Sri Lankan Tamil refugees residing in camps in Tamil Nadu set sail by a boat from Puducherry to Australia in mid-June, 2014 in a bid to seek asylum in Australia. They are now residing off shore in the island of Naaru near the Australian coast. Puducherry Police are investigating the case and require the details of the investigations done in this regard by the Australian authorities and statements given by the refugees to the Australian authorities, Ranjan said. Seeking the details of the investigation […]