May 2016

Remembering Sivaram (Taraki)

3rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

Today’s event focuses on one man. Today morning, there was a protest in Colombo, organized by a coalition of media freedom groups and others, demanding accountability for Sivaram’s murder. It is fitting that events to remember Sivaram are held in both North and South, as he had also worked and lived in South and had many friends in the South. Although the events today focuses on one man, we can also reflect on broader issues related to free expression, democracy and human rights. I will share brief thoughts on some of these. The man Much has been said and written about Sivaram. I have never met him or his family, and have read only few of his writings. So I have little to share about […]

‘MS-Ranil govt. on firm ground: time to focus on getting things done’

3rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

‘MS-Ranil govt. on firm ground: time to focus on getting things done’ By Dinesh Weerakkody To those public servants, businessman and politicians sitting on the fence waiting for the unexpected, President Maithripala Sirisena at the breakfast meeting with the editors on Wednesday fired on all cylinders at certain MPs and the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, exposing the latter’s intentions and warned any comeback bid would be a pipe-dream and strongly thwarted. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has expressed similar views publicly many times that the government is here to stay and would complete the full term. President had further observed that there is no room for a parliamentary coup and even if Rajapaksa conspires and secures 50 MPs out of 95, he cannot get the 113 […]

Of taxation, Inland Revenue and Panama Papers

3rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

Court vacation always permits that little bit of extra time to pen something down and the occasion arose when former Dep. Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Wijewardene, Island Editor Shamindra Ferdinando and I were invited by Sirasa TV last Monday for a dialogue on this general theme. Immediately the following evening (Tuesday) our good friend Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. De Silva, an expert in the area of fiscal policy was heard to complain, during a debate on the same channel, of the appallingly low rate of registered tax payers as opposed to our income earning population; thus this discussion is too much of a temptation to just leave it there, hence these thoughts accompany my (belated) wishes to you for a peaceful and relatively […]

”13th amendment should be fully implemented to reach a suitable political solution” says Douglas Devananda

3rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

BY Mirudhula Thambiah General Secretary of Eelam People’s Democratic Party(EPDP) K.N. Douglas Devananda commenting on the new political stand taken by one of his party hierarchy members Murugesu Chandrakumar said, political decisions in the EPDP were reached with the contribution and involvement of Chandrakumar until recently, thus there cannot be any divergence between the party and Chandrakumar in political stands. “I would say that all decisions and political stands so far have been reached with the consent of Chandrakumar. He had jointly taken decisions with us and we have travelled in that path until today,” he said. Following are excerpts: ? Recently one of the founder leaders of your party, Murugesu Chandrakumar stepped down from the EPDP. As you are the General Secretary of the […]

Which Party had the most numbers on May Day? – Sri Lanka’s political numbers game at May Day

3rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT, Sri Lanka’s political parties used this year’s May Day rallies to demonstrate their strength in a spirited contest to woo audiences, but the real winner appears to be the state Transport Board (SLTB). Unlike in previous years, the state-run bus giant chartered some 3,800 busses for political rallies and all had to pay up front at commercial rates. “If May Day is celebrated on the first of every month, the SLTB will return to profit within a year,” a news editor who was monitoring all May Day rallies across the country told Economynext. There are no reliable estimates for the number of people at the respective rallies of the rival parties and factions, but unofficial police estimates are about the closest, yet with a […]

MAHINDA predicts his arrest

2nd May 2016 // 0 Comments

Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday vowed to continue with the ongoing campaign against the government regardless of consequences. The former SLFP leader was addressing the Joint Opposition rally at Kirulapone. In spite of dire warnings by President Maithripla Sirisena, over 46 UPFA members of parliament joined the rally. MPs Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Shalinda Dissanayake were overseas and MP Niroshan Premaratna could not attend the rally due to a family funeral. Addressing the rally before the arrival of former President Rajapaksa, Ven. Murutthetuwe Ananda declared that the government could be defeated if people took to the streets. He said they could adopt tactics used against the Thai government. Former President Rajapaksa claimed that he was facing the threat of arrest. Turning towards […]

TN Congress wants more powers for Lanka’s NPC

2nd May 2016 // 0 Comments

The Tamil Nadu Congress in its State Assembly election manifesto has stated it would emphasize on devolving more powers to the Northern Provincial Council. The election manifesto of the Tamil Nadu Congress led by E.V.K.S. Illankovan was released in Chennai on Wednesday (27). The manifesto, outlining the Tamil Nadu Congress’ stance on solving the Tamil question in Sri Lanka, has pointed out that it was through the 13th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution, which was introduced as a result of the Indo-Lanka Accord, a durable solution can be found for the Tamil crisis. The manifesto pointed out that at present the democracy was established in the Northern parts of Sri Lanka with the formation of the Northern Provincial Council. Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and the […]

Prime Minister sets the record straight – Sambanthan did not enter Army camp!

2nd May 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has set the record straight with regard to the issues such as certain political elements coming hard on the Leader of the Opposition, R. Sampanthan, saying that he had forcibly entered an Army camp in Kilinochchi recently, as well as on taking some of the rehabilitated former senior LTTE cadres into custody in recent weeks. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Chief Guest at the 20th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum (SLMMF) on Saturday (30). The Prime Minister also emphasized on the need of media institutions playing a responsible role towards safeguarding the unity and integrity of the country, without rousing racial disharmony. The address made by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe at the SLMMF event was timely and it […]

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