2nd August 2015

The last thing Sri Lanka needs today is the return of MAHINDA!

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “Did this ever happen?” – Homer (The Iliad) It was the defining moment of a decisive election. Mahinda Rajapaksa tries to plunge into a crowd of supporters in Akuressa to hammer a man who grabbed his hand. The video shows a visibly angry Mr. Rajapaksa, his other hand balled into a fist, ready to take on the perpetrator of lèse majesté. Soon after the video went viral, some Rajapaksa acolytes tried to depict the incident as a dry run for a future assassination attempt. Had the alleged finger-puller been a real or suspected enemy, he would not have escaped unscathed from the crowd. He was unharmed because the rest of the audience recognised him as a kindred spirit. Mr. Rajapaksa said that […]

Sri Lanka Justice: Callum Macrae On The Leaked UN Document

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Callum Macrae, director of No Fire Zone, on the leaked UN document that suggests UN officials have been working “behind the scenes” on a plan for a purely domestic inquiry into allegations of war crimes at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war. The UN says it “supports accountability mechanisms that meet international standards”. Channel 4 News video; The current Sri Lankan government has also rejected an international inquiry saying it can be trusted to carry out the truth and reconciliation process itself. The UN said it “supports accountability mechanisms that meet international standards”. “Whether that should be a domestic or international process or comprise elements of both… will need to be determined,” a statement said. “The UN will await the High Commissioner’s reports and […]

Central Bank Chief Arjuna Mahendran had been cleared of his allegations

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By Cyril Wimalasurendre KANDY: Central Bank Chief Arjuna Mahendran had been cleared of his allegations by the Supreme Court, but Opposition kept on accusing him of a fraud, Plantation Industries Minister Lakshman Kiriella told a news conference on Thursday (20). Three persons filed action in the Supreme Court but they could not prove the charges against the Central Bank Chief, the minister said. Minister Kiriella told the media conference in Kandy that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was making the promises that he had failed to implement while he was in power and the most ludicrous among them was the promised salary increase to public servants and financial assistance to youth. “Why couldn’t Rajapaksa do that for them through the 11 budgets he presented as President?” Mahinda Rajapaksa […]

Children, women suffer most in war – envoy

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The harsh reality in a conflict is that children and women suffer the most, Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Shelly Whiting said. She said although the physical impact of the war on property is less, the social impact and certain social issues are severe. Whiting said the number of war widows is comparably large when compared to experiences of other countries. She said addressing their issues was a challenge. Whiting said a political solution to the issue and willingness to embrace each other would build trust and understanding that would bring strong reconciliations. She made these observations delivering the keynote speech at the programme ‘Voices of Strong Women’ held at the BMICH. The event was organised under the theme ‘The Untold Stories of War […]

Maithri loyalists to skip UPFA rallies due to hooting

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By Kushan Subasinghe   A group of SLFPers who are supporting President Maithripala Sirisena have decided to skip the UPFA election campaign led by its Prime Ministerial candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa for fear of being booed.   They made the decision as they had observed a tendency of party supporters Maithripala loyalists during the last couple of weeks and not allowing them to speak.   Party supporters booed Nandimitra Ekanayake last week when he tried to address a UPFA election rally at Naula in Matale. A similar incident occurred at a UPFA rally in Moneragala on July 30 put with Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa and Jagath Pushpakumara, both of whom obtained portfolios from the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration being at the receiving end.   Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe addressing a […]

UPFA candidates with corrupt allegations………… What Is Going To Happen Next?

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By Asoka Abeygunawardana The political arena was churned on November 21, 2014 when the Minister of Health and General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Maithripala Sirisena resigned from his Ministerial portfolio.  Since then, things have taken a drastic and uncertain tack through the political landscape of the country. Every single incident that followed was a new experience to Sri Lankan society. Then incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated; Maithripala Sirisena became the president; Ranil Wickremesinghe became the Prime Minister; Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from the leadership of both SLFP and UPFA; Maithripala Sirisena became the new leader of both the SLFP and UPFA; a half-baked National Government was formed; the powers of Executive President were diluted with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution; reforming the […]

August 17th: Will We Ever Learn From History?

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By Lukman Harees – “In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from the past errors and infirmities of mankind.” – Edmund Burke ‘You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all of the time’; This has been said before and it still rings true today. As Sri Lanka prepares itself once again to choose its’ next parliament, political parties -mega and minor and of various hues are at their usual old game of presenting hastily fashioned manifestos to the electorate which look laudable in print but are mere fairy tales in action. However, it is expected that the […]

Will the TNA(ITAK) be able to Unmake and Make Govts in 2015 as the FP(ITAK) did in 1960?

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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Election mania spreads rapidly in the country with Parliamentary polls being scheduled for August 17th 2015 and the Tamil inhabited areas of the Northern and Eastern provinces are also afflicted. Currently the premier political configuration of the Sri Lankan Tamils is the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) consisting of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front(EPRLF), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization(TELO)and Peoples Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam(PLOTE). The TNA contests elections under the House symbol of its chief constituent ITAK. At the 2010 Parliamentary elections the TNA contesting as ITAK won 13 seats in both provinces and was entitled to a national list seat also.The TNA hopes to increase its parliamentary tally in the 2015 poll. Veteran politician and TNA leader Rajavarothayam […]