12th November 2016

Police to investigate Keith Vaz over alleged drug offences

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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. […]