23rd May 2015

India’s iron lady back as Chief Minister

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India’s iron lady back as chief minister AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa was today sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu chief minister, nearly eight months aft… Jayalalithaa sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa today sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu chief minister, nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges. Governor K Rosaiah gave oath to Jayalalitha at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium. Actor Rajinikanth, ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan attended the ceremony. Along with Jaya, 28 others were sworn in as Ministers. Jayalalithaa will hold the portfolios of home, police, public, all India services, general administration and district revenue officers. A day ago, 67-year-old Jayalalithaa was re-elected as legislature party […]

Arrest the sharks

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Yesterday this newspaper reported of a Rs 80 million heroin haul off the Marawila beach in the Puttalam District (See also yesterday’s Mawbima edition). According to the authorities the stash comprised eight kilograms and 528 grams of heroin. It’s suspected that the narcotic was smuggled in by boat from India. Such detections have been common in Sri Lanka. They are not something new. As has been reported in this newspaper, Wele Suda, an alleged drug kingpin, whom this government made a big hue and cry after his recent arrest, seemingly due to his connections with the previous government, has been cleared of being involved in this drug peddling racket. This (i.e. yesterday’s detection) is another ring, Police Spokesman, ASP Ruwan Gunasekera is reported to have had […]

Finding a path to true democracy in Sri Lanka

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“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”- Abraham Lincoln. Through historical narratives and human experiences mankind witnesses the shift from the power of one individual to a wider representational body. As colonial empires imposed draconian rules, it became impossible to govern the natives as the public believed in strengthening the representative system for their economic freedom and further political rights. Sri Lanka experienced historical political achievement with the passing of the 19th Amendment with a parliamentary majority. Such political progress will cut down the centralized power of the executive and moved towards the Prime […]

Sri Lankan strides in ‘post-colonial Britain’

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The recent parliamentary elections in Britain saw the election of a UK citizen of Sri Lankan origin as a member to the British legislature. This piece of news made the front page news in many a newspaper in Sri Lanka. Ranil Jayawardena MP from North East Hampshire who is of Sri Lankan paternity has certainly marked a ‘moment’ for Sri Lanka’s postcolonial journey. Interestingly, it was 200 years ago –in 1815 that the British Crown entered into the Kandyan Convention of 1815 to consolidate an island-wide administration in our country which established the British Monarch as our sovereign until we became a republic in 1972. And now in 2015, a son of Sri Lankan descent secures representation by a constituency in England. How times have […]

SL Government to get the EU ban on fish exports lifted

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The government is to take measures to strengthen the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development in order to get the ban imposed by the European Commission on fish exports from Sri Lanka lifted immediately. It has been noted that Sri Lanka has lost a market of approximately US$ 100 million due to the ban on importing fisheries products from Sri Lanka enacted by the European Union in October 2014. The ban went into effect from January 2015. The government said that initial steps have already been implemented for the withdrawal of this ban such as processing the basic legal framework, strengthening the capacity of law enforcement, train and educate partners, and establishment of the craft supervision system. Cabinet of Ministers has granted approved to […]

Multi-Million Dollar Swiss Property deal…Foreign sleuths monitoring local politico

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Multi-Million Dollar Swiss Property deal…Foreign sleuths monitoring local politico A powerful political personality in Sri Lanka is to purchase a property in Switzerland. A powerful politician in Colombo is negotiating the purchase a multi-million dollar property in Switzerland, a report in our sister paper, Mawbima says. It is reported that this politician has held several rounds of talks last month with the……prospective seller to finalize the price, mode of transfer and other details. Reliable sources said the entire deal has been monitored by Lankan and foreign sleuths specializing in corporate sector deals. Meanhwhile, the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has released a report disclosing the names of 40 Sri Lankan businessmen who have deposited more than 50 million US Dollars in Swiss Banks. US […]

The police wink at School kids drinking and consuming drugs in Jaffna after the War

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Rape incident turns into a political row Reacting to the reports of violence, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after a function in the Uva Province on Thursday, said it had symptoms of revival in militancy. He also called upon the police to take quick action against those responsible for the violence. On Friday, Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksha termed the former President’s reported statement as “malicious.” To a query, he described the protest as “spontaneous,” a view also held by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), even though the Alliance leaders condemned the violence………………….  READ ALL Post-War Systemic Breakdown Blamed For Jaffna Rape and Mayhem ‘The root cause of the crime and the mayhem that followed was the breakdown of traditional structures, norms and systems of support and […]

Racist Mahinda – Government calls for vigilance over conspiracies and bans protests in Jaffna

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Court bans protests in Jaffna The Jaffna Magistrate has issued a stay order banning all types of protests in the Jaffna town, the police media unit said. The stay order was issued as a result of the violence which erupted in Jaffna this week during a protest against the alleged rape and murder of a girl in Jaffna. The police had to use tear gas to disperse the protesters who had damaged public property and had also pelted stones at the Jaffna court building…………………   READ ALL Top cops in Jaffna transferred following violence Top police officers in Jaffna have been transferred with immediate effect, a day after violence broke out between protes… Government assures law and order after protest The Government says it has taken all […]