August 2015

Ranil hopeful of political solution to Tamil question

24th August 2015 // 0 Comments

A day after he assumed office, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to N. Ram, former Editor-in-Chief of “The Hindu”, on a wide range of issues. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is confident and hopeful that the political situation in Sri Lanka following the August 17 general election, although complex, is favourable for forging an enduring political solution to the Tamil question. Noting that the two main national parties, his United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, and the Tamil National Alliance were “the three key players” in formulating the proposals for an enduring solution, he said he had “tried to keep the UNP position flexible so that we can bridge the differences.” Responding to a question on former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, he […]

We Are Looking At A Federal System Within A United Sri Lanka

24th August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Waruni Karunarathne The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which contested under the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) at last week’s general election secured a landmark victory in the North and the East with 515,963 (4.62%) votes and bagged 16 seats – including two national list slots. The TNA has been considering extending conditional support to the United National Party (UNP) to form a national government. However, speaking toThe Sunday Leader, newly elected TNA MP E. Saravanabavan said they are yet to discuss whether the TNA will join the new government. However, he said that they would support the reconciliation process if the new government is ready to address their concerns. Following are excerpts of the interview: Q: How do you view the results of the […]

New UNP govt. should give priority towards promoting trade opportunities Between Sri Lanka and Britain

24th August 2015 // 0 Comments

by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London Chairman, British Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce, Jayampathi Perera urged the newly-elected government in Sri Lanka to give due priority to promoting trade opportunities between the two countries. “Previous governments missed the bus and this resulted in the country losing out on the deal”, he told The Sunday Island. As a bilateral trade body, the British Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce wants the new government to give prominence to international trade and foreign investment, he noted. Perera said that since the elections, and especially with the UNP-led government in place, many UK-based businesses are looking seriously towards Sri Lanka as a viable trading partner. “I urge the government to give them credible support”. The time is now opportune for the […]

UK says its interest is for a stable Sri Lanka

24th August 2015 // 0 Comments

The British Government says its interest is for Sri Lanka to be stable, united and prosperous. Laura Davies, the Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, in a blog posting said that last week’s general election was very tight. “It was also remarkably peaceful. From the President and Elections Commissioner down, all involved have commented positively on the conduct of the election, many describing it as Sri Lanka’s best in decades. It’s not for the UK to support one party over another. Our interest is for Sri Lanka to be stable, united and prosperous. Elections that reflect the will of the people – and campaigns that do not seek to distort that will – are an essential element of this. That’s why we […]

Vickramabahu seeks greater autonomy to provinces

24th August 2015 // 0 Comments

The new government in Sri Lanka should take up, as its immediate priority, the full implementation of the 13 Constitutional Amendment and recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, Vickramabahu Karunarathne, general secretary of the Nava Sama Samaj Party, has said. Apart from these measures, he favoured the setting up of a credible domestic investigation mechanism to probe alleged war crimes by adhering to principles acceptable to the international community. “We have enough resources, enough people to carry out this task.” These steps would mark the beginning of the process of resolving the Tamil question. In an interview with The Hindu at his party office on Sunday, Mr. Karunarathne, known as a strong critic of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said “when you say the […]

TNA Says It Overcame Challenges

24th August 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it achieved a resounding victory at the 2015 General Election, successfully overcoming the challenges and fierce opposition it faced. For the second time this year, the Tamil People have shown a clear intention to strengthen the hand of the Tamil National Alliance, TNA member M.A. Sumanthiran said. “They have done so keeping intact the goal of their long term political struggle, and with hope that their lives will be restored. Our People’s clear recognition of the crucial nature of this election, and their overwhelming response in casting their vote thus ensuring the victory of the Tamil National Alliance, once again reflects to the world the great political wisdom of the Tamil People. Let me take this opportunity to first […]

Elections are not a green light for international community to ignore torture – FFT

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

A UK based charity called on the international community not to ignore human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of parliamentary elections held on the island earlier this week.Sonya Sceats, Director Policy and Advocacy at Freedom from Torture, a charity which works with the victims of torture, said in a statement that the group hopes the conclusion of the elections “creates a climate for a concerted effort by the new government to deliver root and branch reforms after decades of abuses, including the entrenched torture that we highlight in our report Tainted Peace”.“However the international community should not interpret the election as a green light that all is well on human rights.” Speaking on the changes that have happened in Sri Lanka since […]

Gajen branded as ‘Racist’ – ‘Two state one country’ concept

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

Gajen branded as ‘racist’ – ‘Two state one country’ concept BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN Leader of Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) – main constituent of All Ceylon Tamil Congress Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam could not mange to win a single seat at the last week’s parliamentary elections  which he claims that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)  ‘misled’ the people and robbed his chances of winning at least two seats. The Tamils are ‘happy’ in the North, that they have finally given into the TNA ‘fully’ when from its usual song of 13A and a unitary state went further calling for a federal government. The opinion per se is that the South welcomed the new  regime’s come back after 8 January, rejecting Mahinda Rajapaksa for his strong communal […]

Rosy Senanayake tipped to be SL’s HC in London?

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Sujeeva Nivunhella  in London Former State Minister for Child Development Rosy Senanayake, who failed in her re-election bid in the August 17 parliamentary poll, is tipped to be appointed Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to London. The Sri Lankan mission in the British capital has remained headless since the resignation of Dr. Chris Nonis in October 2014 following the incident of alleged assault involving then External Affairs monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardane. Acting High Commissioner in London, Dr. Chanaka Talpahewa, has been transferred to the Maldives with effect from October 1, 2015. The Sunday Island learns that a respected career diplomat, who served as the Deputy High Commissioner in London at one time, will be posted back to London to work with Senanayake. […]

Dual citizenship? – Sri Lanka’s main opposition party risks losing TWO seats

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main opposition party risks losing seats in two districts as it transpired that foreigners or dual citizens had been among its candidates in violation of a newly enacted constitutional provision. In the district of Galle, Geetha Kumarasinghe who was elected as a member of the UPFA is a Swiss national according to several recent newspaper interviews she herself had given. The 19th amendment to the constitution bars “a citizen of Sri Lanka who is also a citizen of any other country” from holding elected office in the island. Another UPFA candidate from Matara district, Manoj Prasanga Hewagampalage (son of H. G. Sirisena), is reportedly an Australian citizen and his candidacy was challenged by the JVP. However, the Matara returning officer maintained […]

Extend Positive But Critical Supp To The RW-MS Administration

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Kumar David – Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR), his posse of crooks and gangsters and the cohorts of racist rabble rousers incited by Wimal, Gamanpilla, Dinesh and heaven knows why Vasu, have been seen off. MR energised the UPFA campaign but his presence steeled an opposition that ensured its downfall. Every Muslim in Lanka voted him down; the Negombo, Colombo North and West and Nuwara Eliya results illustrate total consolidation of anti-MR sentiment in the Catholic and Tamil communities; the liberal middle classes vomited en mass. A nightmare has been averted but the next step in Lanka’s voyage has not begun. The way ahead is daunting and dimly lit but it would be wrong to greet the new government with cynicism. We must step forth in […]

Election Results, Political Reforms & The Process Of Reconciliation

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

A national govt. for peace and unity If any facet of the 2015 August general election augured well for all of Sri Lanka, it was unarguably the fact that the populace shunned all app… Challenges before new Govt Considering the massive human dimensions alone involved in the immediacy of delivering to the huge mass of voters who reposed their trust in the… Priorities of new Govt The market-friendly UNP led UNF/UNFGG coalition won the majority of seats at Monday’s general election, winning 93 of the 196 seats. By Dinesh D. Dodamgoda – The recently concluded Parliamentary Election has created a ‘kind of hostile politics of the enemy-friend bi-polarity’ in terms of intended political reforms and the proposed reconciliation agenda of the new government. An analysis […]

Chauvinism down, not out

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

 A national govt. for peace and unity If any facet of the 2015 August general election augured well for all of Sri Lanka, it was unarguably the fact that the populace shunned all app… Challenges before new Govt Considering the massive human dimensions alone involved in the immediacy of delivering to the huge mass of voters who reposed their trust in the… Priorities of new Govt The market-friendly UNP led UNF/UNFGG coalition won the majority of seats at Monday’s general election, winning 93 of the 196 seats. Chauvinism down, not out Yesterday was the second time for the year that the country’s two major parties, the UNP and the SLFP entered in to an agreement to form a National Government. The first occasion was on […]

Thajudeen Mystery Buried For Three Years

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Nirmala Kannangara – Pictures by Nishantha Priyadharshana The exhumation of Sri Lanka rugby player and Captain of Havelock Sports Club, Wasim Thajudeen’s body is expected to provide answers to many questions that have remained unanswered since his death in 2012. Senior Attorney-at-Law Misbah Sathar, who appears for the Thajudeen family in the ongoing case before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court (Case No: B 849/12/03) said that he is surprised at how certain persons tried to prevent the remains of the deceased being exhumed claiming various reasons. “We have never pointed fingers at anyone, so why have some got scared and tried to coerce the family to ask the court not to exhume the body. I am looking after the interests of the Thajudeen family and whose […]

The Rajapaksa factor made a difference – An analysis of the 2015 General Election

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

An analysis of the 2015 General Election  The fifteenth parliamentary election on Monday was clearly a referendum on deposed President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political comeback. Everything ranging from President Maithripala Sirisena’s actions towards the election, behaviour of various ethnic groups and political parties to campaign themes seemed to have been centred on the possibility of Rajapaksa’s assumption of premiership after the election. It was the minority communities- Tamils, Muslims and  Christians- who were decisively instrumental in ousting Rajapaksa from office in January in the presidential election. Despite the gradually plummeting support base for Rajapaksa among the majority community since 2013 he could have survived the last presidential election, if he had stolen another 200,000 votes from his main contender, Maithripala Sirisena. However, his vacillation in handling […]

Bankrupt Mahinda and his politicos – TNA tells them off !

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

Bankrupt Mahinda and his politicos eat humble pie trying to secretly enlist TNA to form Govt.- TNA tells them off ! (Lanka-e-News- 21.Aug.2015, 3.25PM) A most disgraceful , deplorable and disdainful   attempt had been made by Kurunegala district M.P. Mahinda Rajapakse the notorious most bankrupt politician in recent times ,after discarding the people’s mandate to enlist the assistance of the TNA to form a government . Unfortunately for him this conspiratorial move was  rejected in toto by the TNA, based on reports reaching Lanka e news. The dejected and defeated  group comprising Mahinda Rajapakse , Vasudeva Nanayakkara ,Dallas Alahaperuma, Wimal Weerawansa ,Tiran Alles and Dinesh Gunawardena in a desperate attempt like a drowning man clutching even at a straw had met with TNA parliamentarians […]

Mr. and Mrs. Weerawansa , Cabraal , Gammanpila questioned again

23rd August 2015 // 0 Comments

Continue investigations and purge SLFP of the criminal and corrupt : Dr. Amunugama – Mr. and Mrs. Weerawansa , Cabraal , Gammanpila questioned again (Lanka-e-News- 21.Aug.2015, 11.50AM)    ‘Continue with the investigations into the frauds and corruption of the previous government members who have been elected at the recent elections , without interruption , and duly punish them , with a view to purging the SLFP of the undesirables and criminals ,’ Dr. Sarath Amunugama has requested to president Maithripala Sirisena. Amunugama made this request when the Central committee of the SLFP met yesterday morning, chaired by the president. It is to be noted that nobody obstructed or objected to Amunugama’s request . Menwhile , the FCID (police financial crimes investigation department ) and the CID […]

GTF to push for political solution for Tamils

21st August 2015 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) says it will seek the full support of the international community, including India, to help implement the legitimate demands of the Tamil people through a negotiated political solution. The London based leading diaspora group said  the Tamil people are anxious to see a political solution on the basis of the Tamil National Alliance’s manifesto commitments to the long standing Tamil national question GTF says the Tamil people have given the TNA, and its leader R. Sampanthan, a strong mandate to negotiate a political solution. “The Tamil people have also sent a clear message to the new Sri Lankan government and to the international community that they are firmly behind the TNA and its leadership.  It is clear that the Tamil […]

Monk, murder suspect, mistress in Sri Lanka’s new parliament

21st August 2015 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s new parliament will have a motely collection that will include a monk, a murder suspect, a mistress and even a couple of MPs who once shared the same wife.  The lone Buddhist monk in the new parliament will be Athuraliye Rathana who is piggy-backing on an elephant to re-enter the House this time through the backdoor known as the National List. The honourable venerable MP’s National Heritage Party has a legacy of going to pieces before and after every vote. Former UPFA deputy minister Prmalal Jayaratne is in remand custody after being arrested on a murder charge, but he secured the highest number of preferential votes in the Ratnapura district.  His election underscores how undesirables are desirable to a UPFA constituency which […]

solve Lankan Tamils problem

21st August 2015 // 0 Comments

CPI today said that the Centre should take efforts to find a solution to the problems of Tamil population Sri Lanka, considering the changed political equation in that country. Though there were high expectations after the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksha and installation of Sirisena as President last year, no no development had taken place either with regard to Tamils or giving equal status on par with Sinhalese to them, CPI Tamil Nadu Secretary R Mutharasan told reporters here. With Ranil Wickramesinghe taking charge as Prime Minister of Island Nation for the fourth time, NDAgovernment should take serious efforts from the word go to find an amicable solution to the contentious issue, he said. On the killing of Tamil labourers in Seshachalam in Andhra Pradesh, he […]

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