5th May 2016

There are extremists in North as well as South

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By Dilanka Gunatillaka Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan says some people want the Tiger Leader Prabakharan because the politics of those people are based on the Tiger mentality. Excerpts: ? Some are saying that the tigers’ stripes are reappearing. Is that story true? A: Those who are scare-mongering have a need for the tiger. They want separatism. They want terrorism. In short, some want the Tiger Leader Prabakharan. It is because the politics of those people are based on Tiger actions. ?However, by the recent adoption of a federal proposal at the Northern Provincial Council, haven’t their statements been confirmed? A: A proposal has been adopted at the Northern Provincial Council that a Federal System is required. But that is […]

Top Lankan team heading to Brussels next week to secure GSP+

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By Shehana Dain In the backdrop of the Government’s successful attempt to lift the European Union (EU) fisheries ban, a top team of officials from Sri Lanka is now scheduled to depart for Brussels for decisive talks on the matter, a top official said. The Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives Political, Trade and Communications Section Deputy Head Roshan Lyman told the Daily FT that the Lankan team leaving next week is set to be headed by the Department of Commerce (DOC) Director General Sonali Wijeratne. Lyman who made these remarks at the launch of BIZMEET organised by the Junior Chamber International said: “There is an important meeting on 11 May in Brussels between the Sri Lankan Government representatives and the […]

Reconciliation and Unity: Warnings

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Recent developments in the North and East have raised concerns on the one hand of a purported LTTE revival and on the other about the continued use of the PTA to arrest Tamil citizens and of the modalities of the arrests being reminiscent of the Rajapaksa era.  Some 23 Tamil civilians have been arrested in connection with the discovery of explosives and the suicide jacket in Chavakachcheri. Three arrests by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID), particularly of former high ranking LTTE cadres, who had undergone rehabilitation after 2009, namely Ram, Nagulan and Thalayan, have aroused media attention. Sivakaran, who was Secretary of the Youth Wing of the ITAK and suspended from that post in the run-up to the 2015 presidential election on account of his […]

A crisis of the ‘deep state’

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After the success of his dissident May Day rally that drew huge crowds to Kirulapone at the beginning of the week, former President and Kurunegala District lawmaker Mahinda Rajapaksa was on the receiving end of a rude shock on Monday (2) morning. Hundreds of buses had entered the capital Colombo from remote districts across the island carrying thousands of supporters eager to see the back of the Sirisena administration and ensure Rajapaksa is re-anointed king and commander-in-chief. The Baseline Road and High Level Road, strewn with piles of litter, were testament to the success of the pro-Rajapaksa rally. The ruling United National Party gathered the largest crowd at its rally in Campbell Park on May Day, with Police estimating a crowd of nearly 80,000 in […]

Secret behind Gota’s sudden US visit

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa left for America several weeks ago. It was to be known that Mahinda had told his close associates that he had gone to America to visit his mother-in-law and inquire into her state of health. It was reported that the Tamils For Obama organization had requested that he be taken into custody because of accusations of war crimes against him. However, there is no mention of Gotabaya’s visit to America or that a request was made for him to be taken into custody on the website of Tamils For Obama. Once, Gotabaya said that if he goes to America LTTE friendly organizations will file legal action against him, and that rather than being in prison in America it would be better to remain […]

What happened at Galle – Campbell – Kirulapone – BRC?

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SLFP (Maithiri) : Far more successful than expected – – Mahinda Amaraweera UNP : We won and Mahinda lost – – Sujeewa Senasinghe  SLFP (Mahinda) : The largest crowd was for us – – Prasanna Ranatunga  JVP : The best rally was ours – – Tilvin Silva Far more successful than expected – – Mahinda Amaraweera By Charmika Munasinghe ?Did the SLFP May Day Rally keep to your hopes and expectations? A: Better than we even expected! More than the expected crowd participated. More than the estimated number of buses arrived in Galle. ?Will disciplinary action be taken against those parliamentarians who went to Kirulapone? A: That decision is not to be made by either me or the President. A decision will be taken by the Central Working Committee. When the […]