11th February 2016

‘President will never accept foreign judges’ Mahinda accused of raising Geneva bogey

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‘President will never accept foreign judges’ Mahinda accused of raising Geneva bogey By Shamindra Ferdinando President Maithripala Sirisena and the government would never accept foreign judges in the proposed court to be established in accordance with Oct. 1, 2015 Geneva Resolution to inquire into accountability issues during the final phase of the Vanni offensive, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Musthapha, PC, said yesterday. The Minister was answering a query raised by The Island at yesterday’s media briefing at SLFP party office, T. B. Jayah Mawatha. Minister Musthapha insisted that foreign judges wouldn’t be accommodated in the proposed court under any circumstances. One-time staunch Rajapaksa ally ignored the reference in Geneva Resolution in respect of Commonwealth and other international judges as well as defence […]

Rajapaksas official income doesn’t match investment in CSN – Ashu Marasinghe ….. totals Rs. 20.4 million since 1970

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By Zacki Jabbar The government yesterday demanded to know how the Rajapaksas had acquired Rs. 340 million investment in Carlton Sports Network as their total official incomes since 1970 had been only Rs. 20,839,630. National List UNP MP, Ashu Marasinghe, addressing a press conference in Colombo said that Mahinda Rajapaksa since the national legislature in 1970 had earned a total salary of Rs.13, 550, 255 while the official incomes of his sons Yositha and Namal as naval officer and parliamentarian was Rs.3,184,720 and Rs. 4,104,385 respectively. The Financial Crimes Investigation Department’s (FCID) inquiries into the activities of the Carlton Sports Network(CSN) revolved around money laundering charges, he claimed, adding that it was a legally constituted body mandated to investigate financial crimes against the State. Media […]

Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing’s embrace

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By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) – Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lanka’s business ties with China came under close scrutiny, Colombo is reversing course by resuming a stalled port project and naming Beijing as the front runner for a new special economic zone. India is nervous about losing influence over the island nation off its southern tip, while China’s push into the Indian Ocean, and the possibility of dual purpose civilian-military facilities in Sri Lanka, are raising alarm further afield. The ouster of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who steered Sri Lanka toward China until 2015, was a setback for ties, as his successor reviewed projects to check if they were fair and legal. Now Maithripala Sirisena’s government, faced with […]

‘No salvation for constructionists, fraudsters’ is a joke by PM Ranil

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Inside Story: Ranil, AG’s Dept Buckled Gota’s Case … https://www.colombotelegraph.com/…/inside-story-ranil-ags-dept-buckle… 15 May 2015 – Earlier the Colombo Telegraph reported that Prime Minister Ranil … the AG’s department acting hand in glove in order to protect the political interests of ….This Gotha arrest is trying to teach one thing again to the world Tamils. Video: I will protect MR and family: Maithri ::: Dailymirror.lk … www.dailymirror.lk/57653/i-will-protect-mr-and-family-maithri 28 Nov 2014 – Video: I will protect MR and family: Maithri … if you win,the possibility is there,that you would be the pet dog of cbk and ranil.protect yourself. Video: Mahinda put in place & Ranil knocked over www.lankatruth.com/…/index.php?…id…mahinda…ranil… 17 Jul 2015 – Mahinda has been put in his place and Ranil has been knocked on the head. … […]

Three Security Officers Of Rajapaksa, Including Captain Tissa, Investigated For Money Laundering

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Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya the General Managers of 79 commercial banks and financial companies to submit a report to the CID regarding three security officers of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, including Captain Tissa Wimalasena. The other two security officials investigated are Damith Gomin Ranasinghe and Wanniarachchi Neville. The reports are to inform the CID if the three individuals have deposited money in their institutions or acquired property through them.  The CID made a request from the Magistrate regarding an investigation into alleged money laundering by the three individuals. The investigation is being conducted over a complaint filed by the Anti-corruption Secretariat. Captain Tissa is said to be connected several murders under the former regime, and is the alleged mastermind of the murder of rugger […]

The principle of sharing power does, in no way, reduce the powers and privileges enjoyed by the majority Sinhalese.

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Unity Govt must go full five years To benefit country and re-build democratic parties says former President Chandrika Bandaranaike KumaratungA: by Lakshman Gunasekara “… … a body should regularly review and verify the politicians’ declared assets. I predict that if such an oversight mechanism is implemented, the unseemly rush to contest for power will decline drastically! We can then stop politics from becoming the business that it is today.” As the nation prepared – with much fuming over road closures in central Colombo – to celebrate Independence Day on February 4, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who has re-emerged into national prominence with her pivotal role in last year’s dramatic regime change, was deeply reflective on key national problems. Interviewed by the Sunday Observer at […]

Money Laundering – ‘dirty money’ appears clean

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What does ‘Money Laundering’ mean to you? It sounds a white-collared crime alright, but what does it really denote? Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (http://fiusrilanka.gov.lk/) defines money laundering as ‘the process by which proceeds from a criminal activity are disguised to conceal their illicit origin. Money launderers send their illicit funds through legal channels in order to conceal their criminal origin and convert them into legitimate assets.’ First, the illegitimate funds are furtively introduced into the legitimate financial system. Then the money is moved around to create confusion, sometimes by wiring or transferring through numerous accounts. Finally, it is integrated into the financial system through additional transactions until the ‘dirty money’ appears clean FIU is the national agency ‘for […]

Well Done, His Excellencies, The President & The High Commissioner!

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By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – At the 68th Independence Day on the 4th Feb. 2016, His Excellency the President declared: “There are incorrect interpretations given about the resolution presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council. I clearly state that we are facing these resolutions in order to protect the pride and dignity of our country, our people and our security forces, and also to make our tri forces to be internationally renowned armed force.  We should face these resolutions with patience, discipline and decorum so that our country could be respectfully recognized by all international organizations including the UNO and all states in the world.” The clear and courageous statement of President Sirisena on Independence Day, goes a long way to dispel doubts and […]

NPC Passes Unanimous Resolution Against Its Agriculture Minister

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By Rajasingham Narendran – The Uthayan newsper reported yesterday (09/02/2016) that a unanimous resolution has been passed in the Northern Provincial Council against its Agriculture Minister Ayngaranesan, at its monthly meeting. The reasons given are in summary : His actions relating to the, Irranaimadu water supply scheme. Parthenium weed eradication program. Pallai wind power generation scheme. Well water problems in Chunnakam. The scheme to desalinate sea water in Maruthankerni. The tree planting scheme of Karthikai (November-December). Distribution of disaster relief. Farmers day (Thaipongal). Flower Exhibition. Agriculture day. Soil day and, No action being taken to prevent the excess water from Irranaimadu tank running off into the sea at Maruthankerni. No action being taken to direct the run off water into the Jaffna lagoon system. Not keeping […]