11th May 2016

Taming tension the right way

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The recent spate of arrests of former LTTE leaders and others who were involved with the organization has created quite a bit of ripples in the Northern and Eastern provinces. There have been rumours and concerns of LTTE regrouping that had been making the rounds during the past few weeks, especially after the detection of suicide jackets and ammunitions in Chavakachcheri and Mannar a few weeks ago. The arrests that were made recently were said to be in connection with the detection of these items. The Ministry of Defence and the law enforcement authorities have assured that there was no need for people to be concerned as there were no big threats at the moment. However, on the other hand, terrorism experts such as Prof. […]

MAHINDA loyalist first to benefit from mega tax waiver

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MPs’ Vehicle Bonanza:  MR loyalist first to benefit from mega tax waiver More than Rs. 40 mn tax exemptions for each parliamentarian’s vehicle By Madura Ranwala A UPFA Parliamentarian has taken delivery of his tax free vehicle, a brand new Range Rover Sport Diesel S/Wagon released by paying Customs only Rs. 1,750 as Customs Declaration fee. He had paid about Rs. 8.9 mn as Cost Insurance and freight (CIF) for the vehicle a member of the Sri Lanka Customs Unions told The Island last night. The UPFA MP in the Joint Opposition was among 225 parliamentarians entitled to import luxury vehicles after paying a pittance by way of taxes or charges while the public continued to be burdened with increased new taxes such as VAT […]

Avant Garde features heavily in Panama Papers

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Leaked documents reveal Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi and three others used the Panamanian law firm to incorporate offshore company in British Virgin Islands Senadhipathi rejects claims Panama Papers list 18 individuals resident in Sri Lanka with offshore incorporations International consortium of scribes releases large data trove of information about shadowy offshore operations By Dharisha Bastians Controversial Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi has been named in the Panama Papers, which were released online late Monday.  Senadhipathi, known to be a close associate of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, is one of 18 individuals registered as being domiciled in Sri Lanka that have been  listed in documents leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca by the International Consortium of International Journalists (ICIJ). Mossack Fonseca has become known […]

BBS challenges Wimal, other MPs to debate

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Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera today challenged MP Wimal Weerawansa over the statements he made to the media condemning the organisation. “I will challenge not only MP Wimal Weerawansa but also Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Manusha Nanayakkara, Dilan Perera, Rajitha Senarathne, Mangala Samaraweera and political analysts Gevindu Kumarathunga and Dayan Jayathileke for an open debate to discuss the statements made by them against the BBS,” the Thera said. “They are claiming that BBS is funded by Norway and it is a conspiracy of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). If there’s a CIA conspiracy and if we are funded by Norway, there should be investigations against us to find out the truth. If anyone funded us, there should be bank accounts and bills […]

Maithiri Govt. to be toppled soon? – Rajapaksha meets Major Generals of the Army in secret.

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Why Major Generals secretly met Basil Rajapaksha? Recently the government received a report from the Intelligence sector. The report stated that Basil Rajapaksa had secretly held discussion with several Major Generals of the Army. As soon as this report was received the government became perturbed. Generally, if Army officers are to meet not only politicians of the Opposition, but even government politicians approval has to be obtained from the Army Commander. The Major Generals have met Basil sans any such approval. This meeting took place a while after media reports appeared that Major General Chagi Gallage who was in Jaffna had had a heated exchange of words with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Media had also reported that subsequent to this incident Chagi Gallage was transferred […]

NO Political package for Tamils, only Development!

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Development will not solve ethnic issues BY Mirudhula Thambiah Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Sivagnanam Sritharan said that both governments in the post war period have failed to identify the actual problems of the war affected. “Development will not solve ethnic issues. The war affected Tamil people have been neglected,” he said. Following are excerpts: ?How do you assess the security situation in the North and East? People in certain parts of the region claim they are living in fear. Is that true? A: Security situation in the North has increased fear in people. The recent arrest of former LTTE commanders in the North and East has caused fear and panic among the nearly 10,000 former LTTE combatants who have been released. Also […]

Rajapaksa Grilling Continue At PREFIC, FCID

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and Namal and Yoshitha, the sons of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa continued to be grilled by the Presidential Commission and the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) during the week, over their alleged misuse of power, and money laundering. Gotabaya was summoned to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) on Monday where a statement was recorded over his alleged misuse of aircrafts and helicopters belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force, while functioning as the defence secretary. On Tuesday, Namal was summoned to the Presidential Commission where a statement was recorded from him also over the misuse of helicopters and aircrafts. Speaking to […]

Unfinished Journey Of Sri Lanka’s Pursuit For Ethnic Equilibrium

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By Vishwamithra1984 – “What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?” ~E. M. Forster On to your right is the vast expanse of the deep blue sea. From the South-East tip of this island country, Arugam Bay, all the way up to Point-Pedro, the northern most point of real estate in Sri Lanka, the continuous break of wave after wave on the high waters of the Indian ocean reminds one of the relentless sagas of life represented by a ferocious ocean whose mysteries and splendor never cease to frighten the timid and charm the eternal voyager. When speeding on the highway from Kumana, the birds’ sanctuary bordering on the Yala-east […]

The Question Of Self-Determination & The Demand For A Federal Solution To The National Question

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By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe – Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe It is worth commenting on this issue of self-determination and federalism. It has, once again, become a ‘hot’ issue. These are proscribed words that have been expunged from the common political vocabulary and discourse. Words that can immediately incite feelings of fear, terror, anger and suspicion, even among liberals and moderates. This is because, the concepts self-determination and federalism have come to be equated with ‘separatist terrorism’ and the LTTE, among the broad masses, professionals and intellectuals. Of course, they have become the opening volley of the neo-fascist chauvinist marauders and their ideologues. The issue of self-determination and federalism is most current, with the Chief Minister of the Northern Province- Hon. Vigneswaran – openly declaring his view […]