20th August 2015

NO War Crimes had been committed by the Sri Lankan forces says US

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US exonerates SL of war crimes? Copy of UN War Crimes report to President By Sanjaya Dassanayake It is learnt that a copy of the report on war crimes, alleged to have taken place in Sri Lanka, which has been prepared by a special committee of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena tomorrow (22). If such a report on human rights is prepared by the UNHRC against a certain country, it is the general tradition to make arrangements to hand over a copy of the report in confidence to the President of the relevant country prior to submitting it to the sessions of the Council. Although Opposition politicians mentioned on the election stages during the […]

OHCHR report names ‘43 individuals complicit in war crimes’

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BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody The report by the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) contains the names of 43 individuals including those in the Army, Air Force and Navy as being allegedly complicit in war crimes, human rights abuses and violations. It is reliably learned that a report from the United States of America is going to clear Sri Lanka of war crimes by stating that Sri Lankan forces followed the Fourth Protocol of the Geneva Convention, which is relative to the protection of civilian persons in the time of war, stating that innocent people had been used as human shields for four to six months by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and thus the Sri Lankan forces […]

Ranil equals his position to British Premier William Ewart Gladstone

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Leader of the United National Party (UNP) and the leader of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) Ranil Wickremasinghe succeeded in polling 500,566 preferential votes. It is the highest number of votes polled by a candidate in Sri Lanka’s elections history. Ranil Wickremasinghe who contested from the Colombo District in the General Election which drew to a close on Tuesday(17) consolidated his victory polling 500,506 votes. Ranil Wickremasinghe who has served as the Prime Minister on three occasions, is slated to take oaths in this position for the fourth occasion. He will equal his position to that of Sri Lanka’s second Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake who held the premiership four times and with British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone of Liberal Party who […]

Mahinda misfires

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The new government has every chance to improve Sri Lankan lives Aug 22nd 2015 | COLOMBO | From the print edition Mahinda’s setback: whisper it quietly AT THE height of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary campaign, footage taken with a mobile phone went viral. It showed Mahinda Rajapaksa, an authoritarian former president running to become an MP, lunging at a member of the public, his fists clenched, before aides pulled him away. The short film suggested that Mr Rajapaksa already knew things were going badly for his group, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Sure enough, his hopes of forming a government and becoming prime minister were dashed in the election on August 17th. Admittedly, he won a place for himself in parliament. But his alliance got […]

What made Vass Gunawardena use fake number plates for government vehicles?

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Sajin In Remand Mastermind At Large By Nirmala Kannangara Questions have emerged as to why only former Galle District parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena was brought before the law for misusing public property, whilst the alleged mastermind VVIP who gave blessings to carry out the alleged frauds is still at large. Although Vass Gunawardena is now languishing in remand custody over the past two months for the alleged misuse of a fleet of vehicles from the Presidential Secretariat, questions have been raised why his boss and the main suspect, who allowed Vass Gunawardena to misuse Presidential Secretariat vehicles for personal benefit, has been permitted to go scot free. The Sunday Leader therefore presents to its readers details on how vehicles that belonged to the Presidential […]

JVP Arrives At Compromise: Appoints Handunnetti, Mayadunne As National List MPs

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The JVP named former Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti and former Auditor-General Sarath Chandra Mayadunne as its national list MPs. Mayadunne led the list submitted to the Elections Commissioner by the JVP on July 13. Handunnetti contested the election from Matara District and but failed to enter the parliament. There was a strong campaign by some JVP supporters demanding the appointment of Handunnetti through the national list. There was another demand to appoint K.D. Lalkantha through the list. The party politburo was reportedly divided over the matter and ended up in a compromise. JVP National List: Chrishmal Warnasuriya Hits Back At Anura Dissanayake 20-08-2015 Prominent lawyer Chrishmal Warnasuriya expressed his frustration at the decision… JVP Decided To Appoint Handunnetti Following Strong Demands, Says Bimal Rathnayake 20-08-2015 Janatha […]

Weerawansa blames President Sirisena for the defeat

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by Dasun Edirisinghe Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) and MP elect Wimal Weerawansa yesterday said that if President Maithripala Sirisena had not slapped obstacles in its path, the UPFA would have secured more seats and defeated the UNP at Monday’s election. He said now the UPFA would function as a strong opposition as it had 95 seats in Parliament. Weerawansa vowed not to betray the people’s mandate by supporting the UNP in Parliament. The people had voted for the UPFA to look after their interests. He blamed President Sirisena for having issued statements against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who led the UPFA general election campaign. A letter sent to Rajapaksa in the closing stages of the election had repeated that even if the […]

Internal squabbles of TNA intensify

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Having consolidated its position in the Northern Province, the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is seeking to neutralise an influential section within the coalition. TNA candidates contested the recently concluded Aug. 17 parliamentary polls on the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) ticket. The TNA alleged that certain persons had tried to sabotage its propaganda campaign, thereby depriving them of the opportunity to win all seven seats in the Jaffna peninsula at the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls. The TNA secured five seats in the Jaffna peninsula while the EPDP and the UNP shared one seat each. Sources said that the TNA leadership had been strongly critical of its Northern Province Chief Minister former Supreme Court judge C. V. Wigneswaran for not throwing his […]