21st February 2016

Racism And Religious Fanaticism: Hope And Prayer Of The Mahinda’s New Party?

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said last week that a new party was required because those in the Opposition were supporting the government and that there was no real Opposition today. Politicians have short memories. President Rajapaksa would undoubtedly like to forget many of his actions when he was ‘lord and master’ over Sri Lanka for nine years. However hard he tries to forget, he cannot erase from his memory the state of the Opposition during his term as president. Many will question whether there was an Opposition during his heyday. He bought over 17 UNPers by offering ministerial portfolios with many enticing perquisites such as a thumping income, free housing in Colombo’s residential areas, luxury limousines, secretaries, chauffeurs , body guards, furloughs to world […]

Ghosts From The Past Haunt MR And SF

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New political party at a standstill following issues over leadership MR announces decision not to leave the SLFP SLFP leadership to carry out discussions in electorates about current issues Fonseka likely to be questioned over Lasantha’s murder The grand plan of the joint opposition led by former President, MP Mahinda Rajapaksa of forming a new political party is currently at a standstill owing to several issues. Although the group during the early part of the week tried to gain some momentum through the meeting of local government representatives held in Negombo last Sunday, the emergence of the true details of the participants at the meeting resulted in the Rajapaksa clan failing to achieve the anticipated mileage from the programme. Key among the issues is the […]

Top Official Of Mahinda Regime Faces Arrest?

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Eknaligoda Probe enters final stage Atop defence official of the former regime is facing imminent arrest as the investigations into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda enters its final stage. Several top military officers and soldiers have already been arrested in relation to the case and with the investigations in the final stages, top defence officials of the former regime, who gave orders to detain Eknaligoda, are the only remaining suspects to be arrested. A staff sergeant of the Sri Lanka Army was arrested last Wednesday over his alleged involvement in the disappearance of Eknaligoda. Two Colonels are among the members of the defense establishment arrested so far over the disappearance of Eknaligoda and they have made some key revelations over those who had given […]

Army to probe Capt. Tissa’s role

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha A top ranking official of the Army told Ceylon Today that Captain L.M.T. Wimalasena, alias Captain Tissa, was summoned twice by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for questioning in connection with the murder of popular ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen. He said the Army was awaiting information from the CID in order to commence a Military Investigation into Captain Tissa’s alleged connections to the murder. The source added that since the CID is carrying out an investigation into the connection Captain Tissa had with the murder of Wasim Thajudeen, the Army cannot get involved in it simultaneously. However, he also said that the Army has geared itself to provide all available information regarding Captain Tissa to the CID.He confirmed Captain Tissa was still under detention […]

Tamil prisoners reject parole terms

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by P. Krishnaswamy The release of Tamil prisoners in detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) hit a snag as the prisoners refused to accept the flexible terms of parole the government has offered, Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan told the Sunday Observer. The government offered a one-month commuted prison term and one year rehabilitation to over 60 of the 108 prisoners, apart from those charged by the court, but they refused the offer in the High Court, pleading not guilty and seeking a general presidential amnesty on the advice of their lawyers, the Minister said. They had earlier agreed to the arrangement of parole during discussions the Minister and other judicial authorities had with them, the Minister said. Leaders […]

Ban on animal sacrifice in the offing

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Prevention of Animal Sacrifice in Hindu Shrines Bill being drafted: Minister Swaminathan to present Bill in Parliament: Significant milestone in promoting Hindu religious concepts: by P. Krishnaswamy Animal sacrifice in all Hindu shrines in the island will be banned under a new law that is to be introduced soon, Resettlement, Reconstruction, Hindu Religious Affairs and Prison Reforms Minister D.M. Swaminathan told the Sunday Observer. He said he will present the Bill in Parliament at the end of this month. The ‘Prevention of Animal Sacrifice in Hindu Shrines’“ Bill is now being drafted by the Legal Draftsman’s Department, he said. This would be a significant milestone in promoting Hindu religious concepts, since animals sacrifice in Hindu shrines and temples was a controversial issue, disliked by a […]

Ganja is smuggled by a Sri Lankan living in France and holding dual citizenship & Money for Liquor and Drugs comes from relatives living overseas.

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Most of the existing provisions in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution as well as Provincial Councils are to remain. proposed constitution will not contain drastic changes. With rapid development, the evils also come; North a hub for Kerala Ganja, liquor consumption on the rise Div. Commander transferred after exchange with Mangala over Geneva issue Review Group wants Army committee to monitor implementation of the UNHRC resolution amid fears of action against top brass. A diplomatic source then explained “it is those who did so, (gave orders), politicians, officials and military leaders who will become liable and not the hundreds who carried it out. One of the major issues now playing out here is the demand for release of more land that come under the […]