November 2016

Chandrika Exposes Mahinda Rajapaksa Lock, Stock And Barrel

13th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga exposed as to how her immediate successor former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had demanded and received bribes from Chinese companies. Chandrika Kumaratunga In a candid interview named ‘Sambhasana’ aired by the Independent Television Network on the 8th of November 2016, the former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga stated as to how her immediate successor and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa demanded monies to the value of 50% from all six projects she had signed with the Chinese government prior to her departure from office. She also stated that the Chinese Ambassador personally visited her at home in Colombo and complained that all six projects such as the Norochchali Coal Power Plant, Magampura Hambantota Port, Nelum Pokuna Theatre and the Katunayake Airport Highway were in […]

You Tamil Dog, I Will Kill You with the support of Police – Racist Buddhist Monk

13th November 2016 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 November 2016, 23:31 GMT] More than 200 Sinhala colonists led by extremist Sinhala Buddhist monk Ampitiye Sumanarathna Thera in Batticaloa took to the streets on Friday with an intention to accelerate the demographic genocide against Eezham Tamils in the southwestern part of Batticaloa district. A systematic ‘hate campaign’ is being taken up by the Sinhalese monks and the colonists as a tool to threaten Tamil administrative officials in the East. The behaviour of the extremist monk captured in video is being released with this news for the perusal of the nature of the hate campaign under the genocidal ‘Sri Lanka’ paradigm, which accords ‘foremost place to Buddhism’ in its constitution with a genocidal intent against the sovereignty of the nation of Eezham […]

Police to investigate Keith Vaz over alleged drug offences

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Former chair of home affairs select committee to be investigated after allegations that he paid for male escorts and offered to pay for cocaine Police are investigating suspected drug offences after allegations were made against the former chair of the influential home affairs select committee, Keith Vaz. A Sunday Mirror article on 4 September this year said he had paid male escorts and had been secretly recorded offering to pay for cocaine if it was brought to a future meeting, though he stressed that he did not want any himself. He was also accused of encouraging others to use poppers. The select committee he formerly chaired has criticised moves to ban the legal high and has investigated prostitution, leading to accusations of a conflict of […]

CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY RECEIVES 6 SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

The Constitutional Assembly says it received the reports of the six sub committees pertaining to Constitutional reforms. Member of the Board Parliamentarian Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne said the Steering Committee of the Board will table a compilation of the reports in Parliament prior to the conclusion of the 2017 Budget debate. Dr. Wickramaratne said the Constitutional Assembly will convene next week to observe the six reports. He added the reports are not the finalised recommendations for the new Constitution and are just recommendations by various committees. MP Wickramaratne said prior to the conclusion of the Budget debate, the Steering Committee will table its report in Parliament based on several subjects. He also highlighted that the subcommittee reports are not the same as the reports of the […]

Trump Winning in USA Boosts Hopes of an ” Ethnic Majority Based” National Victory Sans Minority Support in Sri Lanka

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Convenor of Federation of National Organization (FNO) Dr Gunadasa Amarasekara on Thursday (Nov 10) said that Republican candidate Donald Trump’s comfortable victory at the recently concluded US presidential election had proved a national level polls could be won without the overwhelming support of minorities as well as those promoting false values. Veteran writer/dentist Amarasekara emphasized that billionaire Trump victory had really cheered them up and justified their strong belief that major elections could be won primarily on the strength of the majority community. “Those who had been running behind politicians involved with the LTTE should study Trump’s victory.” Dr Amarasekara was addressing the media at the National Library Documentation Services Board where the FNO condemned Western powers-India led efforts to undermine Sri […]

No Provision in new Budget to Provide Livelihoods for War Devastated Tamil People States TNA Spokesman Sumanthiran MP

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

By P.K.Balachandran The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which accounts for sixteen of the eighteen Members of Parliament from the Tamil-speaking north and east, said Sri Lanka’s annual budget ignores the pressing issue of ethnic reconciliation. TNA MP and spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran told Express on Saturday, that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to have consulted the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), but did not consult the TNA. The absence of consultation with the TNA is reflected in the lack of concern for reconciliation in the budget, Sumanthiran added. The island nation’s budget was present by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government on November 10. In the war-devasted Northern Province, people are struggling to make ends meet. But there is nothing in the budget for providing them with livelihoods, he said. […]

Solving problems of Tamils is my obligation: President

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Emphasising his commitment to resolving Sri Lanka’s Tamil question, President Maithripala Sirisena has said he has an obligation to address the concerns of the island’s Tamils, most of whom had voted for him.  About 90 per cent of the people in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated north voted for him in the January 2015 elections, he said. “They have confidence in me that I will solve their problems. So it is not only my responsibility, but also my obligation to solve their problems,” he told The Hindu in an exclusive interview on Wednesday at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. Amid growing concern over the apparently slow-paced reconciliation efforts, President Sirisena said: “Reconciliation is not something that can be done in a few days.” The government’s endeavour must […]

Observations On The US Elections

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole I was fortunate to be invited to study and observe the US Elections of 8 Nov. 2016. So here I am in Washington, DC, thanks to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. The US election result is out. We have Republican Donald Trump as President-Elect who boasts that “when you are a star, [women] let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by [their genitals]. You can do anything.” He is vitriolically against Muslims, immigrants and Mexicans. Losing the popular vote – 47% against his classy Yale-educated Democratic rival Hilary Clinton’s 48% – he won partly because of Clinton’s vote for the Iraqi war, her support for unrestricted abortion rights even for […]

DO NOT ELECT MAHINDA BACK – Gota Wants Sri Lanka To Follow In The Footsteps Of US And Elect A Non-Politico As President

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Amidst reports that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is hoping to contest the next Presidential Election, Rajapaksa has justified the recent victory of US President Election Donald Trump on grounds that people took the decision because they are sick of career politicians. In a tweet on his official Twitter account, Rajapaksa said that Trump’s victory was a lesson for even Sri Lanka to consider. “One reason Donald Trump won: People are sick of career politicians delivering rhetoric instead of results. A lesson for Sri Lanka to consider,” he tweeted. In an interview with the Sunday Lankadeepa in October, Rajapaksa reportedly said that if he gets the opportunity to serve his country, then he will ‘certainly do so.’ However Rajapaksa had said that he had still […]

“You Tamil Dog, I Will Kill You” Buddhist Monk Tells Grama Sevaka In Batticaloa

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

A Buddhist Monk from Batticaloa has threatened to kill a grama sevaka for filing several court cases against Sinhalese living in the district. Using absolute filth in Sinhala, Ampitiye Sumana, a monk from the Batticaloa Mangalarama said, “You are a bloody tiger. My blood boils when I see you. You are a bloody dog. You are a Tamil Grama Sevaka. You have been filing case after case against our Sinhalese. Stop filing cases against the Sinhalese. Go and take action against what is happening in Wilpattu and Siripada. If you even send out one Sinhalese from their lands, I will end the rule by the Thambiyas and the Demalas. I will smash you. This is my last warning to all of you,” the monk said. The […]

US Presidential Election: From Planting Cleveland Trees to dashing coconuts!

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw First Principal of Jaffna College, Vaddukoddai Rev. E.P. Hastings planted Mahogany trees in the school premises to celebrate when his brother-in-law Grover Cleveland (wife’s brother) was elected 22nd President of the United States of America in 1885. Jaffna College, Vaddukoddai, was one of the oldest schools to be started by American Missionaries in 1871. Some of the Mahogany saplings planted by Rev. Hastings to celebrate his brother-in-law’s victory stand to this day, and are popularly known as Cleveland Trees. Nearly a hundred and thirty years after the planting of Cleveland Trees to mark the victory of President Grover Cleveland, Northern Provincial Councillor M.K. Sivajilingam dashed 1008 coconuts at the Nallur Kanthaswamy Kovil in Jaffna, last week, to seek blessings for Hillary Clinton’s victory. […]

TRUMP’S POLICIES WILL BENEFIT SRI LANKA

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne says the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States will benefit Sri Lanka and developing countries in the future. Joining the debate on the second reading of the 2017 Budget, Deputy Minister Wickramaratne said, if the economic policies proposed by US President-Elect Trump were implemented, developing countries will receive several benefits. Commenting on the statement made by Donald Trump on the re-evaluation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne said it will help other countries to penetrated untouched economies. However, the Deputy Minister said several other policies of Donald Trump will be detrimental. Meanwhile, commenting on the 2017 Budget, Deputy Minister Wickramaratne said the government has focused on job creation through new proposals. Deputy […]

SC proposed on the lines of Constitutional Court

12th November 2016 // 0 Comments

SC proposed on the lines of Constitutional Court TNA-led House Committee recommendations out By Shamindra Ferdinando An eleven-member parliamentary Sub-Committee has recommended the setting up of a Constitutional Court to settle disputes between the government and the regions (Provinces) as well as among the regions (Provinces). The Sub-Committee headed by TNA MP Dharmalingam Siddarthan has asserted that Constitutional Court was required as powers currently enjoyed by Governors would be abolished. The Sub-Committee on Centre-Periphery Relations has proposed the Constitutional Court to be represented by all communities, the Federation of National Organizations (FNO) alleged yesterday. The Sub Committee led by the former PLOTE leader is one of the six set up to facilitate a Steering Committee headed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to formulate a Draft Constitution. […]

To Honor Our Moms, Vote for Hillary Clinton: Tamils for Clinton

8th November 2016 // 0 Comments

After the right to vote for women was ratified on August 18, 1920,the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote. It has been 94 years since the women voting rights have been amended. At least tomorrow on November 08, 2016, we have the chance to elect a woman candidate as our next president. We have seen very successful women such as Janet Yellen (Chair, Federal Reserve, Washington, United States), Mary Barra (CEO, General Motors) and Christine Lagarde (Managing director, International Monetary Fund). Also, we have seen very successful women in politics, including leaders like Britain former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Israel’s’ Golda Meyer, India’s Indra Gandhi and Germany’s Angela Merkel. We have seen many women achieve important positions such […]

GTF Call for autonomous unit in North-East renewed

8th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Call for autonomous unit in North-East renewed GTF seeks talks on proposal though not being included in Wijenayake Report By Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) on behalf of the Sri Lankan Tamils resident overseas has called for the creation of an ‘Autonomous Tamil Region’ (ATR) in a re-merged Northern and Eastern Province to address their grievances. The two provinces comprise eight administrative districts. The GTF has acknowledged that a consensus among Tamil and Muslim leaders is a prerequisite for creating an autonomous unit. The proposal has been included in four separate proposals dealing with contentious issue of power sharing. In addition to them, the GTF has made ten specific recommendations regarding administrative autonomy exercised by what it called ATR government, division of powers […]

‘AAVA’ Sword group in the North was the brainchild of the former Mahinda regime and its mentors were senior military officials to terrorize the Tamils.

5th November 2016 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw A few days ago at Kokuvil in Jaffna Police caught two young men coming on a motorcycle carrying swords. When they were questioned about the swords they were carrying, the two men had replied that they were returning after a drama practice. However, Policemen who are now on high alert to get rid of the ‘AAVA’ group menace on the directive of the Inspector General of Police have nabbed the two men with their swords and took them into custody for further investigation. As the sword wielding ‘AAVA’ group has become a threat to law and order, the pertinent question Northerners ask is, “If a well armed LTTE outfit could be rooted out, why cannot the ‘AAVA’ group be disarmed and wiped out?” In […]

High level European Union team visits Eastern Province

5th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Parliament, together with United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)  Director and Representative Francoise Jacob, Eastern Province Chief Minister Z. A. Nazeer Ahamed and Government Agent P. S. M. Charles this week officially inaugurated the newly built Cluster Engineered Landfill in Chenkalady. The event also witnessed the handing over of the facility to the Provincial Council and Local Authorities. The landfill, built at a cost of over Rs. 275 million, is an important component of the integrated solid waste management system being implemented in the Batticaloa district. Technical and operational support for this initiative was provided by UNOPS with funding from the EU. The facility also includes a composting plant within the premises for processing biodegradable waste. The landfill and larger waste management system is […]

New party claims 1 million membership

5th November 2016 // 0 Comments

The newly formed political party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) informed that they already possessed the capacity to achieve a party membership of one million by the beginning of next month. The SLPP highlighted that the two main parties in the country, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had continued to neglect the aspirations of the people. The party had been formed to fill the void created as a result and in order to fulfill the expectations of all those who had voted for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential Election on January 8 last year.   Speaking to the Weekend Nation, General Secretary of the SLPP, Attorney-at-Law Sagara Kariyawasam further said that the target of possessing […]

No paradise for the dragon

5th November 2016 // 0 Comments

In Sri Lanka’s political folklore, no two countries can be friendlier than China and Sri Lanka. Indeed, for six decades from 1952 to 2014, Sino-Lankan relations could not have been warmer. But in the last two years, the two countries have drifted apart, with hot words exchanged between Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang and Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake recently. The contentious issues have their roots in the extraordinary influence China enjoyed in Sri Lanka in the second phase of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime, an influence which in the view of the present government, casts a heavy financial burden on Sri Lanka. The Rajapaksa government, which fought the Tamil militants with Chinese weapons, and got USD 15.5 billion from China for post-war development projects when […]

Tamils in Sri Lanka offer prayers for Hilary Clinton’s victory

5th November 2016 // 0 Comments

Tamils in the Northern town of Jaffna in Sri Lanka offered prayers at a famous Hindu temple for Hilary Clinton’s victory in the upcoming Presidential elections in the US. Led by two Northern Province Council members, Mr. Sivajilingam and Ms. Ananthi Sasitharan – whose husband disappeared seven years ago – broke 1008 coconuts as per Hindu tradition to fulfill their wishes. These prayers took place at one of the famous Hindu Temples called Nallur Kandasamy Kovil close to Jaffna town. Another worship at a Cathedral also took place. They were holding a banner “Tamils for Clinton.” Tamils for Clinton is leading a campaign in the US to gather support for Hilary Clinton. Tamils for Clinton is a political activist group comprised of Americans with the […]

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