4th July 2015

Don’t let Rajapaksa make a comeback – Sobitha Thera

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By Harischandra Gunaratna The President of National Movement for Social Justice and Chief Incumbent of Naga Viharaya, Pita Kotte, Ven. Madululuwawe Sobhitha yesterday said people had no trust in former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had betrayed the masses on two occasions as by creating a political culture of rampant thuggery, corruption and mayhem and he wanted to return to the political arena to continue his dirty game. The Thera, addressing a news conference at Naga Viharaya, Pita Kotte said a corrupt, power hungry Rajapaksa was trying to take the masses for another ride. “He was President for two terms and if he really wanted to correct his mistakes he could have done it then,” the monk said. Rajapaksa was shamelessly trying to make a come […]

US restores GSP on Sri Lanka

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The United States has restored Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) on Sri Lanka with effect from 26 June 2015, the Department of Commerce said in a news release yesterday. The release said “the Department is pleased to inform that the US President signed into law HR 1295 on 29 June 2015 re-authorizing the US GSP Programme until 31 December 2017 providing preferential duty free entry into US market for nearly 5,000 products from 122 designated beneficiary countries and territories, including Sri Lanka.” The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC was an active member of the Alliance of GSP countries which joined other US stakeholders in advocating early renewal of the USGSP Programme. In 2014, the United States has imported US$ 178 million worth of […]

Why MR, Is He The Only Person Among The 1.5 Million Voters?

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By Thangamuthu Jayasingam – There has been so much in press about Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting the election or not? Little is being discussed on its implication to the political governance of the country. History has many lessons to all even to those who wish to re write history, rules apply. Simple rule of life suggest ‘never contest for a lower position’ if you lose you lose the recognition for the former position. Another simple rule suggests ‘one on the hand is worth two in the bush’, you may lose it all Another rule says ‘do not put all eggs in one basket’. You may lose it all. MR has to know all these before he really decides to make his bid for the election, and […]

Sri Lankan Fishermen Attack TN Fishermen, Damages Rs 6 Crore Nets

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NAGAPATTINAM: About 30 to 40 fishermen were attacked allegedly by their Sri Lankan counterparts off Kodiakarai coast, who damaged their nets worth Rs 6 crore and threw the catch into the sea, a fisheries department official said. However, none of them were injured in the attack and the group of 180 fishermen returned to shore safely today, District Assistant Director of Fisheries Sivakumar said. Quoting one of the fishermen who returned, he said 15 Sri Lankan fishermen in five fast craft surrounded their boats, attacked them with wooden logs and threatened to blow up the boats with some petrol bombs they were carrying. The Sri Lankan fishermen threw the entire catch into the sea, damaged 15 tonnes of fishing nets worth Rs 6 crore and […]

Mahinda to contest on UPFA ticket

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Video: Medamulana villain attempting a come back Not only former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated but the vile, despotic villain of Medamulana that is hidden in his body too was beaten at the election held on 8th January. However, this villain is making another effort to make a comeback said Ven. Dambara Amila Thero at a press conference held at the auditorium of the Public Library in Colombo today (2nd). The conference held under the theme ‘Don’t betray mandate – Mahinda has no place again!’ was organized by Trade Union Collective, civil organizations, university teachers and a group of artistes. Ven. Dambara Amila Thero, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, Dharmasiri Bandaranayaka, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Jayatilleke Bandaranayaka, Saumya Liyanage, Deepani Silva, Gamini Viyangoda, Sita Ranjani, W. Jayasiri, Sarath […]

UNHRC told to maintain scrutiny on Lanka

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Human rights groups, have in a letter to Ambassadors of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), urged them to maintain the fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka on questions of justice and accountability. In the letter, released by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, the human rights groups noted that although it is to be acknowledged that since January Sri Lanka’s government has induced some positive change in easing the abusive human rights climate of the previous Presidency, it must also be recognised that many challenges still remain unaddressed. In the hurry to acknowledge changes, member states of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN as a whole should not let go of the many fundamental challenges that remain. The human rights groups […]