February 2016

Rajapaksa held the view that he should be the President for life.

18th February 2016 // 0 Comments

National Integration and Reconciliation State Minister A. H. M. Fowzie said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political life was destroyed after he brought the 18th Amendment. All former Presidents retired after their second term. but, former President Rajapaksa got the 18th amendment passed to remain in the power for a third term. He(Rajapaksa) held the view that he should be the President for life. But the people rejected this. Minister Fowzie made these observations addressing the media on the current situation of the country, in Colombo yesterday. “My self and several other senior SLFP members were appointed as senior Ministers during the former regime and we were fed up. MP Faiszer Musthapha was brought down to Colombo Central to undermine me and the former President […]

President invites expatriates to return home

18th February 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena extended an open invitation to all Sri Lankan people, who went to Germany as refugees during the conflict era, to return to the motherland to enjoy the freedom as now Sri Lanka has been turned into a country, where all people can live freely. The President extended this invitation responding to a question by a journalist at the media briefing held following the official talks with the Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, today (17). The President commended the assistance given by the Government of German for the development works of Sri Lanka over the past five decades and said that his aim is to develop the long –standing partnership between the two countries into new areas of cooperation. Addressing the press briefing […]

China Still In The Lead Despite Regime Change Construction of a building in Sri Lanka

18th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Despite many speculations by various parties, China still seems to be leading the race in Sri Lanka’s donor funding framework. Being responsible for well over US$ 487 million disbursements in 2015, China is still maintaining its position as the leading funder for development and infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. Many raised concerns over the former regime’s close association with the government of China, and now with the change of regime, many expected that the new government would not be able to continue the relationship that China had with the former government. However, that does not seem to be so as the most recent statistics by the Department of External Resources shows that China still sits comfortably at the top with a good margin among Sri […]

Who is hiding files of Rajapaksas in AG’s Department?

18th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Who is hiding files of Rajapaksas in AG’s Department? The Attorney-General’s Department disappeared from the Gazette notification in the lists which were in the Gazette relating to the respective ministries, when the ministers were sworn in after the 2010 general election. When the media inquired about it from then Justice Minister John Seneviratne, the minister said he too was searching where it was located in the Gazette notification. But John was unsuccessful in all attempts to locate the AG’s Department in the Gazette. Alas! President Mahinda Rajapaksa had taken it under his purview. That was the first time the AG’s Department which functioned under the Justice Ministry was plucked out to be placed under the Chief Executive. ‘ When Mahinda grabbed the AG’s Department, the […]

TULF moots Indian model

18th February 2016 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has suggested incorporation of the Indian Model and the South African Bill of Rights into the proposed new Constitution for Sri Lanka as a solution to the ethnic problem. The proposals effectively dispel fears of many who… …expected the TULF to adopt a hard-line federal approach to proposals for incorporation in the Constitution. TULF General Secretary and former Parliamentarian V. Anandasangaree has reiterated that a federal solution will be the best but considering emerging scenarios the TULF feels that the Indian Model is the best option as an alternative to a federal solution. The TULF yesterday released its proposals for the new Constitution. Anandasangaree, drawing on his vast experience in Tamil politics and his association with the […]

CM Wigneswaran raises objections over Palaly airport expansion

18th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Northern Province’s Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran has raised objections over the renovation of the Palaly airport in the Northern Province, one of the many large infrastructure projects proposed in Sri Lanka with the funding of the Indian Government, The Hindu newspaper reported. He has conveyed his position to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at a meeting early this week in which chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Governor Reginold Cooray and Ministers of the Northern Province took part. The meeting was held to discuss issues concerning the Province. In February 2014, the Northern Provincial Council adopted a resolution, demanding the operation of direct flight services from Palaly to destinations in southern States of India. Two […]

UK committed to help Sri Lanka strengthen democracy

18th February 2016 // 0 Comments

The British Government says it remains committed to help Sri Lanka strengthen democracy in the country. The UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK’s visit to Sri Lanka this week is a reflection of the important and long standing Parliamentary relations that the two Parliaments enjoy. The UK Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) participated in a three day workshop in Sri Lanka on ‘Sectoral Oversight Committees for Members of Parliament’. The workshop, which ran from 15th to 17th February, was attended by many Sri Lankan MPs and parliamentary officials. British Members of Parliament Fiona Mactaggart, Richard Bacon and Julie Elliott, representing the Conservative and Labour Parties, worked together with Sri Lankan Parliamentarians to support Parliament’s […]

Chandrika surprised at MR’s participation at Vijaya Kumaratunge commemoration

17th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Former President Chandrika Bandranaike Kumaratunge yesterday said that it was strange to see former President Mahinda Rajapaksa participating at an event to commemorate late politician and artiste Vijaya Kumaratunge, as Rajapaksa did not even participate at Vijaya’s funeral. Former President Rajapaksa participated in a event at the New Town Hall in Colombo to commemorate the 28th death anniversary of politician and famous actor Vijaya Kumaratunge yesterday. The commemoration ceremony was organized by the Mahajana Party. Answering a question from a journalist at a similar event held in the Gamapaha district, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge said Rajapaksa was the only SLFP leader who did not participate at the Vijaya Kumaratunge’s funeral. Former President Kumaratunge said that Rajapaksa always had issues with her late husband and […]

Geneva demands less intrusive and intimidating military presence in N & E

17th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Geneva demands less intrusive and intimidating military presence in N & E February 16, 2016, 6:21 pm By Shamindra Ferdinando Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has interpreted the first step in security sector reform as withdrawal of a section of security forces from the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The Northern Province comprises the administrative districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya. The Eastern Province consists of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, didn’t mince his words when he called for the reduction of the military force, deployed in the two provinces, to a less intrusive and intimidating (emphasis mine) as first step in security sector reform. The declaration was made in the […]

War violations probe is Sri Lanka’s decision

17th February 2016 // 0 Comments

War violations probe is Sri Lanka’s decision Says Prince Zeid who believes victims on all sides must have faith in mechanism : Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, may have been relieved that the kind of Sri Lankan hospitality that his delegation received during his visit here last week was quite unlike the abusive ‘welcome’ extended by some pro-government activist groups and ministers of the previous government when his predecessor, Ms. Navi Pillay, visited Sri Lanka. Indeed, at the press briefing in Colombo at the end of his visit, Prince Zeid remarked on it. Interestingly, the demonstration outside the gates of the UN compound in Colombo, the venue of his media briefing, was not by a group against the […]

Permission Sought To Commemorate LTTE ‘Mahaviru Day’

17th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms received a proposal seeking legal permission for the commemoration of the dead LTTE soldiers on ‘Mahaviru Day’. The proposal was presented before the committee yesterday at the Jaffna District Secretariat by a resident of Sulipuram, Jaffna East. Chairman of the committee, Lal Wijenayake said that the commission was accepting public views and comments on new constitution at Jaffna, today as well. In addition, he stated that a special committee, headed by Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, has also been appointed, to push for people’s rights in Northern Province. Their opinions and suggestions would be considered regarding the matter as well, Wijenayake said. http://www.asianmirror.lk/news/item/14855-permission-sought-to-commemorate-ltte-mahaviru-day

President visits Holocaust Memorial & Jewish Museum

17th February 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena who arrived in Berlin this morning (Feb. 16) visited the Holocaust Memorial and the Jewish museum in the evening. The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin has been built to memorize the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. This, which has been designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims. The Building began on April 1, 2003, and was finished on December 15, 2004. It was inaugurated on May 10, 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, and opened to the public two days later. Ministers Ravi Karunanayake, Daya Gamage, Malik Samarawickrama and Mahinda Samarasinge also joined the President in this visit. http://www.president.gov.lk/news/president-visits-holocaust-memorial-jewish-museum/

From Middlesex to Mayor

16th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Krishna Suresh’s inspiring journey from international student to mayor of Harrow Middlesex alumnus and Mayor of Harrow Krishna Suresh is not your average politician. Alongside chairing council meetings and visiting local schools, this part-time actor, director, dancer and singer, known as ‘London Baba’ by the Tamil community, has starred in no fewer than six Sri Lankan movies. His education and career to date have been as varied as his hobbies, with account management for Samsung and computer-aided design for a chemical engineering firm on his CV alongside his political endeavours for the Labour party. Born and bred in Nelliady, Sri Lanka, Krishna left his homeland in the 1980s to join his brothers in London. Upon arriving, he first took a language course before enrolling in […]

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16th February 2016 // 0 Comments

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Sri Lankan Tamil issues likely to resurface

15th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Two crucial issues that played a major role in the defeat of the DMK in the 2011 election may be resurrected as poll propaganda by opposing parties after it entered into an alliance with the Congress on Saturday. Just minutes after Ghulam Nabi Azad confirmed the DMK-Congress tie up at Gopalapuram, BJP Tamil Nadu president Tamilisai Soundararajan came down heavily on the DMK. Speaking to reporters, she said the DMK quit the UPA accusing the Congress of letting down Tamils in Sri Lanka. “The DMK has to explain what has changed since 2013. Has the Congress done anything to wash its sins off? The DMK thinks it could take the memory of the people for granted. People of Tamil Nadu are not suffering from collective […]

Asian workers making M&S clothes paid less than living wage

15th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Workers making clothes for Marks & Spencer in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India are still not being paid sufficiently, six years after the retailer promised to support the payment of a living wage in those countries. Under the British chain’s Plan A environmental and social policy, it promised to “implement a process to ensure our suppliers are able to pay workers a fair living wage” in the three south Asian countries. M&S said its target was achieved in 2015. But a report by the workers’ rights group Labour Behind the Label said workers from three factories in Sri Lanka, another three in India, and two in Bangladesh were all being paid well below the amount required for a decent standard of living. In Sri Lanka, […]

DMK, Cong join hands for TN polls

15th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Burying differences on the Lankan Tamils issue that had rocked their nine-year-old alliance in 2013, Congress and DMK today decided to come together to fight the upcoming Assembly polls in the state. The national party described the regional outfit as the “most dependable partner” as senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad formalised the alliance with DMK President M Karunanidhi here, three years after the latter snapped ties accusing the Congress of betraying the Sri Lankan Tamils. “The party has decided at our national level and also at Karunanidhi ji’s level and other esteemed leaders of the DMK that we will be fighting this election together; we will have an alliance,” Azad told reporters after meeting the DMK chief at his Gopalapuram residence. The leader of Opposition […]

Once Again Sri Lanka Cheats The International Community

15th February 2016 // 0 Comments

By S. V. Kirubaharan – Over the last year, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon has become an international playground for China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, USA, UK and EU countries. Except for two or three, all the others supported regime change and now they are competing to have their share of gain. Some are progressing well! Unfortunately, neighbouring India, accused by the former President as being a country in favour of regime change, has not received its reasonable dividend. India is not happy about the recent developments in Sri Lanka. Regarding the ethnic conflict, they took a very lenient path but that trick didn’t work with the new government. The new government prefers to deal equally with China and India. […]

CID Sitting On Vital CCTV Footage Of Thajudeen Killing

15th February 2016 // 0 Comments

Questions are being asked as to why the CID has still not sent the vital CCTV footage to a foreign forensic laboratory seeking expert opinion which showed the vehicle in which popular ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen was travelling, despite an order given by Colombo Additional Magistrate over a month back who directed the CID to dispatch the CCTV footage overseas as local experts did not have the necessary expertise to determine the cause behind the blast. Local experts were unable to determine the cause behind Thajudeen’s car blast which resulted in his death, even though it was captured by the CCTV footage. However, due to poor quality of the image as it had happened during night time local experts said they couldn’t come to a conclusion, […]

Sirisena Appoints Left-Liberal Reginald Cooray as Northern Province Governor

14th February 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: In a progressive step welcomed by Tamil leaders, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday appointed Reginald Cooray, an acclaimed leftist liberal and a veteran Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) politician, as Governor of the Tamil-majority Northern Province. The 1947-born Cooray succeeds former civil servant HMGS Palihakkara, who voluntarily demitted office last week on completion of his short term fixed by an  agreement between him and the Sirisena government. Cooray was Minister of Minor Crops Export Promotion during the Rajapaksa regime. The Kalutara district politician had also been Governor of the Western Province twice. He did not contest the parliamentary elections held in August 2015 saying that he lacked the financial resources to contest successfully. Cooray’s re-entry into political life as Governor of the […]

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