22nd April 2015

Two nations one country

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]