3rd February 2016

She was concerned about the sexual relationship they had both formed with a teenager

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Dr Chamari Liyanage and Dinendra Athukorala. Picture: 7 News A Geraldton doctor decided to kill her husband because she was concerned about the sexual relationship they had both formed with a teenager, a court has been told. Chamari Rasika Denuwanthe Gunathilaka Liyanage is on trial in the Supreme Court accused of murdering her doctor husband, Dinendra Athukorala, at their Shenton Street home in June 2014. It is alleged Dr Liyanage fatally injured Dr Athukorala when she repeatedly hit him with a 1.79kg hammer as he lay on their bed. In his opening address, prosecutor Nick Cogin said Dr Athukorala engaged in unusual sexual practices, wanted to have sex with other women and wanted to involve his wife in these activities. He said the Sri Lankan […]

Fonseka’s Democratic Party To Join UNP today

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Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s Democratic Party will join the United National Party on Wednesday, political sources said. A MoU is expected to be signed between the two parties on Wednesday, formalising the joining of the DP to the UNP.  Fonseka is likely to be appointed as a national list MP in the coming days. He will occupy the seat left vacant by the demise of the former Minister of Lands MKADS Gunawardena.

Deputy Ministers to push President to abolish FCID

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Several Deputy Ministers from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have decided to push President Maithripala Sirisena to abolish the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID). The Deputy Ministers visited Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the Welikada remand prison today. Later speaking to the media, the Deputy Ministers said that they will demand from the President that he abolish the FCID saying it is illegal. The Deputy Ministers said that if the President fails to agree to their demand they are prepared to resign from their Ministry posts. Sumedha G. Jayasena, Susantha Punchinilame, Nimal Lansa, Anuradha Jayaratne and Nishantha Muttuhettigama are among the Deputy Ministers who visited Yoshitha Rajapaksa today. Yoshitha Rajapaksa was arrested by the FCID and produced in court on Saturday and remanded […]

Tamil council calls for federalism

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The Tamil People’s Council, a forum of different Tamil political parties and groups, has proposed that Sri Lanka be converted into a federal republic. It has also suggested that a state of emergency be declared in the event of any State seeking to secede itself from the proposed Federation. The Governor of the State concerned would take over executive functions and powers of the Chief Minister and the Board of Ministers. These are among the salient features of a proposal worked out by the TPC’s sub-committee on the Tamil question. A document in this regard was released at an event in Jaffna on Sunday. The TPC, headed by C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Northern Province and P. Lakshman, a Jaffna-based cardiologist, includes representatives of […]

Racist Mahinda slams decision to sing National anthem in Tamil, must be sung in ‘Sinhala Only’.

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today slammed the decision to sing the National anthem in Tamil during the independence day celebrations on Thursday. Rajapaksa claimed that the Government had decided to sing the National anthem in Tamil to please India. Rajapaksha used China to keep India away from him and cheated the world leaders with the false promise of implementation of 13+  amendment if he is allowed to kill the LTTE Leaders and more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009. He was in power until 2015 but refused to implement his promised 13+ or even implement the current constitution in full and started to use racist policies to please the majority Sinhala community so that he an stay in power, but failed to win in the 2015 […]

Lankan Tamils seek right to sing national anthem in their language

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COLOMBO: The controversial issue of Lankan Tamils singing the Tamil version of the national anthem has cropped up again as Sri Lanka gets ready to celebrate its Independence Day on Feb 4. As both Sinhalese and Tamil are official languages in the country, the Tamils of Sri Lanka have asserted that they would like the Tamil version to be sung at the Independence day function along with the Sinhalese version. Some of those with loyalties to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa contend that singing the anthem in Tamil will be unconstitutional because the constitution mentions only the Sinhalese version. However, the cabinet sub-committee on developing a composite Sri Lankan identity based on the concept of unity in diversity has suggested that people be given the right […]

Special treatment? – Mahinda’s son declines prison meals; now given special ”Mutton Buriyani” from home.

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Yoshitha Rajapakse today declined to eat from the prison canteen anymore after being informed by the head chef that some of his favourite meals including Quinoa, Avocado and Cous Cous are not available. Four suspects including Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second son Yoshitha Rajapaksa, who were remanded over alleged financial irregularities at the CSN, had declined the food provided by the Welikada Prison, Prisons Spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya said. He said that permission was given for Yoshitha and four others to get all three meals from their home from yesterday morning. “Declining food provided by the Prisons Department and bringing them from outside is a privilege for any prisoner. As such, the approval was given to bring food from outside for Yoshitha and four others since […]

I have not been invited and I will not attend even if I am invited – Mahinda

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Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that, though the government had finalised arrangements to hold the 68th Independence Day celebrations at the Galle Face Green, he had not yet been invited to the event.  “Even if I am formally invited I will not participate in it,” he said. Speaking to the media at the Abhayaramaya temple in Narahenpita, he also said that the joint opposition had decided to boycott the event. “The revenge taken on me has now gone beyond the limit. The government is trying to get revenge from all the Rajapaksas including my children,” he said. “Today I visited my son Yoshitha Rajapaksa and the five others at the Welikada Prison and I am awaiting the decision of the court,” he said. “As we […]