May 2015

Mahinda begging to be the PM candidate!

9th May 2015 // 0 Comments

The begging bowl is what’s least associated with power politics. The sword, the gun, white vans, and all that wealth provides are much closer to it. Yet, the meeting between current President Maithripala Sirisena and the ousted president Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier this week saw much focus on this utensil of the powerless. There is much being said today by the PR drummers of Hambantota strategy that Mahinda Rajapaksa remains unquestionably the most popular politicians among the Sinhalese today. This was stated most vehemently by Mahindananda from Nawalapitiya who earlier led our sports to disaster, at a political TV debate this week. It is no accident that he was part of the MR team to meet with MS. If such is the popularity of this defeated […]

From The Final Nail In The Coffin To The 19A

9th May 2015 // 0 Comments

By M.A. Sumanthiran – Five years ago, on the 8th of September, 2010, the lot fell on me to open the Debate for the Opposition on the Eighteenth Amendment and I remember the words that I spoke then. I said, “Within six months of me coming into Parliament, I am confronted with this Bill, which was a final nail on the coffin in which democracy had been laid in this country for some time”. On that day, I did not expect that another Bill like the Nineteenth Amendment would be presented to the same Parliament within the period of five years, within the same term of office as a Member of Parliament for myself, wherein that Amendment would be repealed. So, this is indeed a […]

Mangala: Four countries helping trace USD 18 bn stashed away overseas

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the media yesterday at Sirikotha that the governmnet had been working closely with four foreign governments to trace ill-gotten funds amounting USD 18 billion stashed away overseas by the Rajapaksas. Responding to a query, the Foreign Minister said funds amounting to USD 2 billion allegedly stashed away in Dubai had been found and the investigations were continuing. The government has claimed that the US, India, the World Bank, the UN etc. are helping it track ill-gotten wealth stashed away by the members of the previous regime. Asked whether he could name the countries involved in the operation, Minister Samaraweera said that investigations were continuing and they could not be named. Comparing the asset recovery operations undertaken by […]

GTF News Update – 08th May 2015

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

THE HINDU **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** ‘War crimes panel to be in place soon’ <   >   THE HINDU **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Lanka promises to meet deadline for probe into war crimes <   >   THE ISLAND Alleged killing of 40,000 civilians on Vanni front: Mangala, too, wants truth established <   >   THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Further Sirisena-Rajapaksa Talks Doubtful <   >   BLOOMBERG China Gets Spurned in Sri Lanka <   >   GROUND VIEWS **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** The Right To Information Act: Finally a reality? <   >   DAILY MIRROR **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** US working with SL to oppose intimidation to assert territorial claims <   >   COLOMBO PAGE Sri Lanka to have a domestic mechanism […]

Alleged killing of 40,000 civilians on Vanni front: Mangala, too, wants truth established

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday blamed the previous government for not having a credible investigative mechanism to disprove unsubstantiated allegation that 40,000 civilian had been killed during the last phase of offensive action on the Vanni east front. Minister Samaraweera was responding to a query by The Island whether the new government would make an effort to establish the truth in the wake of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe strongly disputing much touted figure of 40,000 civilian deaths. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe recently told H.A. Hariharan of Tamil Nadu’s famous Thanthi TV that accusations had to be verified because of discrepancy in estimates made by various parties. The Foreign Minister endorsed the Prime Minister’s stand. The previous government had failed in its duty to act […]

Why did The Australian’s Greg Sheridan fail to investigate the war crimes of former Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa?

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Why did The Australian’s Greg Sheridan fail to investigate the war crimes of former Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa? When prominent journalists choose a path of cosy promotion rather than rigorous investigation, we are all in trouble, writes Trevor Grant. WHEN A government is engaged in the grubby business of trying to launder the blood-drenched image of an accused war criminal and people smuggler as well as an accused child murderer who became an alleged gun-runner for Islamist terrorists, it’s always handy to have a national newspaper to assist with the task. Such was the good fortune of the Australian government when The Australian and its foreign editor, Greg Sheridan, stepped up to the plate in August, 2013 and accepted an all-expenses paid trip to Sri […]

Rajapaksas Siphon Off 18 Billion Dollars: Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

“According to some of the people we’ve been working with, they feel that the assets that have been siphoned off from this country by the Rajapaksa family at large may amount to 18 billion dollars” says the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera. “In fact, we have done a little better than the Libyans and the others because at least we know where 2 billion is, but it is not an easy task and we are getting help and support to negotiate and get access to these funds.” Samaraweera further said. Minster Samaraweera made above remarks today at Siri Kotha. The spreadsheet below compares the budgets of several key ministries to the sum of stolen assets. Notably, 18 billion is equal to the annual Samurdhi […]

BBS invites gota to join party

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

BY Rashini Mendis The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) invited former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to join their new political party. National Organizer of the BBS Ven. Witharandeniye Nanda Thera said that while Rajapaksa had expressed his desire to enter politics, he has yet to make a final decision. The Thera added that the BBS was having talks with several persons regarding the party, adding that they had discussed registration of the party and other associated matter with Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya. The party would most probably be fielding candidates at the General Election, he said. The party was also working on a party symbol and name and will be continuing its work as a party whilst awaiting registration from the Elections Department, Nanda Thera explained.

Ranil Jayawardena becomes UK MP

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments team congradulates Mr Ranil Jayawardena a hard working man and wishes him great success in his duty as the Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire. Ranil Jayawardena of Sri Lankan origin romped to victory in North East Hampshire constituency, taking a near-30,000 vote majority over the Liberal Democrats, the Get Hampshire said. Conservative candidate Mr. Jayawardena will take the reins from James Arbuthnot, who bowed out after nearly 30 years as MP for North East Hampshire. During Thursday’s vote (May 7), Mr Jayawardena took 35,573 votes in total, a staggering 29,916 votes ahead of Liberal Democrat candidate Graham Cockarill. Mr Cockarill received 5,657 votes, Amran Hussain (Labour) 5,290 votes, Robert Blay (UKIP) 4,732 votes, Andrew Johnston (Green Party) 2,364 votes and Max Bobetsky (Monster […]

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been summoned to appear at the Police

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Ada Derana reliably learns that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been summoned to appear at the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) on May 1.  It is also understood that Rajapaksa has been asked to visit the FCID for questioning regarding the controversial MiG deal and a share issuance by Lanka Hospitals.  A complaint had been filed recently alleging financial fraud at the Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC under the chairmanship of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa between 2009 and 2014.  Mr. Rajapaksa was appointed as the Lanka Hospitals Chairman after Sri Lanka Insurance reverted to government ownership after 65.14% shares were acquired by the state. The complainant claims that the former Secretary of Defence took control of the affairs of the hospital and was responsible […]

when Rajapaksa threatened to walk out of the talks, Sirisena said he could walk out if he wanted to.

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

STOP INVESTIGATION ON MY BROTHERS OR ELSE I WILL WALK OUT. Presently Rajapaksa’s brother and former Minister  Basil Rajapaksa is in remand, albeit in a hospital bed.  Rajapaksa’s other brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and his Secretary, Lalith Weeratunga, are also under investigation. The CID is investigating Rajapaksa himself. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who met here on Wednesday to iron out differences between them, are unlikely to meet again because the differences are too wide to be bridged, an informed source in the Sirisena camp told Express. “At one point, when Rajapaksa threatened to walk out of the talks, Sirisena said he could walk out if he wanted to”, the source said. “Sirisena’s going for the talks has created a very bad […]

No more MS-MR meets.. President will go on with FCID probes..

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

By Rathindra Kuruwita It is unlikely that there would be a repeat meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for further discussions, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera said. He also denied statements by MPs who took part in Wednesday’s (6) discussions, representing Rajapaksa, that the Gazette Notification on Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) will be rescinded. “President Sirisena will not agree to anything of that nature. Investigating the corrupt individuals and punishing them is one of the main promises Maithripala Sirisena made during the election campaign. He will not go back on his word,” Samaraweera said. He added that by attempting to prevent the FCID from carrying out its mandate, supporters of Rajapaksa are in fact confirming that they are guilty […]

COURT ORDER defied… Dullas, 18MPs, top monks in Court today

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

By Ishara Rathnakara Former Minister Dulles Alahapperuma and 18 Members of Parliament and 9 Buddhist monks, including Venerable Muruttetuwe Ananda Thera, have been ordered to be present in Court …today (8) by Chief Magistrate of Colombo Gihan Pilapitiya. They were ordered to be present in Court for engaging in a protest in violation of a Court Order issued on the occasion when former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa reported at the Bribery Commission offices to give a statement. All 27 defendants are ordered to be present in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court this (8) morning according to the Court Order. Venerable Muruttettuwe Ananda Thera, Ven. Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera, Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera, Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, Ven. Vitharandeniye Nanda Thera, Ven. Ahungalle Siri Jinananda Thera, Ven. […]

Wimal’s house sales probe… Court calls full report

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

By Ishara Rathnakara Additional Magistrate of Colombo Nishantha Peiris ordered the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) yesterday (7) to conduct an extensive investigation into former Minister of Housing, Engineering Services and Common Amenities, Wimal Weerawansa illegally selling houses of the Haritha Kedella Housing Schemes in Mattegoda and Kahatuduwa worth more than Rs 10 million each to five of his close relatives. The Police informed the Court that in allocating houses to his closest relations, in the Mattegoda and Kahatuduwa Housing Schemes, former minister Wimal Weerawansa has illegally sold a house worth Rs. 14,544,546 to Waadachcharige Hemasiri, a house worth Rs. 9,434,187 to Palleperuma Gamage Ananda Priyadharshana, a house worth Rs. 11,374,689 to Hewa Geeganage Wathsala Kumarasinghe, a house valued at Rs. 10, 361,698 to Vilane […]

Sri Lankan aircraft with Pak horses makes emergency landing in Pune

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Engine of the C-130 military transport flight developed a snag mid-air around midnight. A special aircraft, belonging to the Sri Lanka defence forces, carrying eight horses from Pakistan to Sri Lanka made an emergency landing at the Pune International Airport on Thursday due to a technical snag. Intelligence agencies and police swung into action within minutes and the horses and their Pakistani handlers were stationed at the Pune Race Course. As per the information given by sources from the Pune airport’s security division, the eight horses were being sent to Colombo from Islamabad as part of a friendly exchange between the Pakistan Army and Sri Lanka Army. The engine of the C-130 military transport aircraft developed a snag mid-air and the plane had to make […]

Gotabaya seeks Rs 1 billion in damages from Watagala

8th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sent a letter of demand to JVP Western Provincial Councillor Attorney-at-Law Sunil Watagala, seeking Rs 1 billion in damages over alleged malicious and defamatory remarks made by the latter against him. Rajapaksa has sent the letter of demand to Watagala, through his attorney Sanath Wijewardane. In the letter Wijewardane states that his client, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had served as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development and that he had provided decisive assistance to military operations carried out to defeat LTTE terrorism and unite the country. “Therefore my client has become the number enemy to separatist groups and various parties assisting separatists,” he says. On Wednesday (6), Watagala had filed a complaint against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and several […]

NPC member summoned by Sri Lanka police for involvement in commemorating Tamil war dead

5th May 2015 // 0 Comments

A Northern Provincial Council Member T Ravikaran, on Monday, was summoned by Sri Lankan police to be investigated regarding his actions on Maveerar Naal, which is used by Tamils across the world to commemorate their war dead. A police notice, written out in Sinhalese was given to Mr Ravikaran by two policemen who visited his house. The instruction came from Colombo and requested that the Northern Provincial Council member visited the Mullaitivu police station for investigation.   Ravikaran Member of NPC called by mullaitivu police for investigation today.#LTTE — shalin (@uthayarasashali)May 4, 2015 Maaveerar Naal 2014 commemorated worldwide (Nov 27 2014)

Four Possible Areas; Our Offer To Sri Lanka

4th May 2015 // 0 Comments

By John Kerry – Mangala, thank you very, very much. Thank you for a wonderful introduction, notwithstanding that you reminded me that I disappointed you in 2004. (Laughter.) I disappointed myself and a few other people. I am really happy to be here (inaudible) and I’m very happy to welcome all of you here. No, you are welcoming me – it’s a mutual welcome, admiration, effort. And I can’t thank Mangala and Sri Lanka enough for the very generous welcome that you gave me this morning when I first came here. I came over to that historic building that is now the foreign ministry. Thank you for that, my friend. I also want to thank you for your remarkable efforts – yours and the president’s […]

Housing Remains Critical For Indian Origin Tamil Plantation Workers

4th May 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Housing remains a critical issue for Sri Lanka’s Indian Origin Tamil (IOT) plantation workers, though there has been some improvement in the last ten years due to the vigorous efforts of IOT political leaders and the liberalism of Lankan Presidents Chandrika Kumaratunga and Maithripala Sirisena. R.Yogarajan, MP and a leader of the IOT, told Express that in 1996, a Presidential Committee which surveyed 178,000 IOT estate families had found that only 1.7 percent owned their house and only 2 percent of the houses were in good condition. Nearly half were overcrowded. Sixty percent of the households were forced to share toilets. Half of them had no water sources within 100 meters. However, by 2005, 23,000 new houses had been built. But a study done […]

High expectations from Maithri-Mahinda meeting on May 06

4th May 2015 // 0 Comments

SLFP Media spokesman and State Minister Dilan Perera says that the scheduled meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Wednesday (May 06), will be “a slap in the face” to those wishing to see the party split. A senior SLFP delegation is also expected to attend the meeting, which will be the first time that the two leaders meet since Sirisena defeated Rajapaksa at the January 08 election. Speaking to Ada Derana, Perera said that President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to the meeting, which was put off several times due to various complications, and that it will take place this Wednesday in Colombo. He stated that, despite the continues reporting on the proposed meet, the event should not be of such […]

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