9th July 2015

Zeid notes UN failed to protect killing of thousands of Tamil civilians in May 2009

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says the UN had failed to protect the lives of civilians in Sri Lanka in 2009. Al Hussein made the comment via a video link to the United Nations Security Council, when it met to discuss the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that if the UN is going to make commitments on protecting civilians, then it must be resolute, undivided and clear about its intentions. “Had this been the case with Sri Lanka in 2009, or now in Sudan, Burundi or even Myanmar, the consequences for the lives of millions of people would be immense,” he said. His remarks were made as the Security Council prepared to table a vote on a […]

MR from Kurunegala; Chamal from Hambantota

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would be contesting the August 17 Parliamentary elections from the Kurunegala District, while the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa would be contesting from the Hambantota District, a reliable SLFP source told the Daily Mirror yesterday. He said both would contest as group leaders of the UPFA of their respective districts and the former President would also campaign island wide for the alliance. The source added Chamal Rajapaksa had decided against retiring from politics as speculated by certain media recently. Meanwhile, the SLFP yesterday admitted that there were mistakes and lapses when the UPFA ruled the country, but there would be no repetition of those omissions in the new UPFA. government formed after the August 17 polls, General Secretary of the SLFP Anura Priyadharshana […]

‘CM adopting double standards on LTTE issue’

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Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko accused Chief Minister Jayalalithaa of adopting double standards on the Intelligence Bureau reports with regard to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). He was addressing a demonstration organised by the party here on Tuesday. The protest was organised to condemn the State government for filing the affidavit in the apex court stating that the Periyar dam should be protected by the Central Industrial Security Force, instead of the Kerala police as “it faced threat from among others the supporters of LTTE.” He wanted the Chief Minister to clarify whether the affidavit was filed without her knowledge. The Chief Minister has ordered to withdraw the affidavit in the Supreme Court only after she realised that the government would have […]

Another poll of a voter hell-hole!

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President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to finally dissolve Parliament sounded  like a clash of cymbals without  the customary fanfare of trumpets, heralding its demise. Not that the move came as a surprise to anyone because it was expected at any moment within the month. Yet, if not for the dissolution, the Parliament could have remained until April 2016.President Sirisena, no doubt, would have had no objections to have continued boxing on with his hastily-cobbled Cabinet and play for more time. It became patently clear that the crevices were becoming too deep to plaster over within his fractured-interim administration. But with the way things were unraveling, he didn’t seem to have many options either. The result of the recent change in leadership had brought about a precariously […]

The Nomination Imbroglio & A Question Mark

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By Shyamon Jayasinghe – “Shilling Demons in the Shadows.” There is hardly a dull moment in dear Mother Lanka. The country has a plethora of unsolved problems; yet. it has time and opportunity to witness the comedy drama that politics is, over there.This time, it is the furore over the President’s apparent decision to give nomination from the UPFA to his arch rival, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mahinda fans and parasites went jubilant. As when a wicket falls on the opposite side how the fielding side flock around together in the mesmeric moment Mahinda’s men went overboard and even made announcements that President Maitripala Sirisena would be on the stage with Mahinda at the planned Anuradhapura bring-back rally. Veteran Mahinda-supporting journalists like H. L. D. Mahindapala jumped […]

Sri Lanka – The Comedy Of Asia!

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By Sharmini Serasinghe – Once again, we see yet another version of a ‘Comedy of Errors’ unfolding on the political stage of Sri Lanka. Over the years, this stage has seen many a comic performance, enacted by comedians of all hues, but the current scene takes the cake. Its title ‘Good Governance’ aka ‘Yahapalana’ is a joke in itself, and seemed fanciful, right from the start. In a country where daylight robbers, drug lords, rapists, child molester, murders et al call the shots, and are seemingly above the law, with many masquerading as politicians, how on earth can there be Good Governance? Civil society, the clergy, the media and a handful of honest citizens are shouting themselves hoarse, calling to rid the stage of these […]