31st December 2016

MAHINDA TO TOPPLE GOVT. IN 2017

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By Dharisha Bastians. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday vowed to make it his mission to topple the National Unity Government and regain power in 2017, nearly two years after he was ousted in a shocking election upset. During a meeting with Colombo-based foreign correspondents, the former President said that even though the National Unity Government currently held a two thirds majority, that balance of power could shift given the current political climate. “They are fighting with each other. It can’t go on like this. It is bad for the country,” Rajapaksa told reporters at his official residence at Wijerama Mawatha in Colombo yesterday. Ironically, the old colonial residence was President Maithripala Sirisena’s ministerial residence when he served as Rajapaksa’s Health Minister. For several months following […]

WILL CHINA HELP MAHINDA TO TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENT?

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by Upul Joseph Fernando – The first official statement issued by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after his defeat, appeared in the print media last week. The statement looked to be a sad note from the former President. He regretted that the present government was harassing him and his family members and had added China too, into that sad note. In that statement Mahinda urged the government not to scoff or insult China. Following is the text of what Mahinda included in his statement: “Some say that the main contractor in some projects subcontracts some of the work to others at a lower cost and therefore, the entire project can be done at a lower cost. The usual practice in the construction industry is that sub-contractors […]

Why an international investigation into the alleged war crime is necessary!.

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The Christmas Midnight Mass assassination of Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham eleven years ago on 24 December 2005 in Batticaloa underscored the ‘trigger happy’ barbarism which had slaughtered politicians and journalists who had expressed their views against injustices. Joseph Pararajasingham was a devout Catholic and being an ardent follower of late Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) Leader S.J.V. Chelvanayagam, vociferously expressed his views in defence of the political aspirations of Tamils of the Eastern Province. For the first time in the judicial history in this country a bench sat through past midnight to deliver a verdict on the assassination of a leading Tamil Political icon. No justice 10 years on from Pararajasingham Xm TMVP Leader “Pillaiyaan” Implicated in Assassin Raviraj was assassinated a year […]

Tamil MP Raviraj Killed himself says Ranil & Mathiri?

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Few days after the verdict in the former Lawmaker Nadaraja Raviraj’s assassination case Colombo based civic rights activists expressed that they are not satisfied with verdict. In a press conference held at CSR in Colombo on Dec. 29, Co-convener of Left Circle Chameera Perera said that government should expose that what’s really happened to former Tamil politician Raviraj. “Raviraj was shot dead in a day time. There were several witnesses for his assassination.” He said, “Government should tell that whether Raviraj was killed or suicide?” “We can remember that former government told that Rugby player Thajudeen was died due to an accident. Therefore government should deliver justice to victims.” Civic rights activist Saman Ratnapriya and Journalist Anura Bandara Rajaguru expressed their views at the event. […]

Permanent solution to the national question

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Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, in a message issued for the New Year, said his expectation for the New Year was that Sri Lanka would find a permanent and lasting solution to the national question. He called on political parties, religious leaders, civil society to work together to build a prosperous and peaceful country, forewarning that Sri Lanka should not miss, ‘this golden opportunity.’ The full text of the message is reproduced below: ‘I extend my greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all the citizens of Sri Lanka. 2017 will be a crucial year in the history of our country. Our expectation is that we should find a permanent and lasting solution to the national question. The new Constitution in the New Year, […]

Row over Lanka’s constitution

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The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s efforts to give Sri Lanka a new constitution to address the vexed ethnic issue and strengthen democracy has hit a rough patch. While there were broad-based and transparent public consultations and sub-committees have submitted their reports to the Steering Committee presided over by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe, yet there is no clarity regarding the issues which have plagued the country since independence. Contentious issues like the nature of states, whether it will be federal or unitary; the Unit of Devolution, whether the Northern and Eastern provinces will be united to form a single Tamil-speaking province; and whether Buddhism will retain its “foremost place”; have been left to the Steering Committee. But till date, there is no word from that committee, even though […]

Sri Lanka’s Racist Politics Cost $200 Billion, Death & Destruction

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By Latheef Farook – Latheef Farook Racist politics cost $200 billion, death and destruction: Yet monster of racism begins to raise its ugly head and the country, many fear, is heading towards yet another disaster Two hundred billion US Dollar is a colossal sum of money especially for a tiny country like Sri Lanka though blessed with the best of natural wealth and a literate population. Converted even at the rate of Rs 145 it would be around 29,000 billion rupees. Had this national wealth been utilised to develop and modernise the country by improving education and health care facilities, develop infrastructure, launch industrial and commercial ventures, create jobs, eliminate poverty and raise living standard this island today would have become “Paradise” in all respects. […]

What Did Vijayakala Maheswaran Really Mean By Praising Prabhakaran ?

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State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran raised some eyebrows with her recent speech where she admired the slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran as an exemplary figure. She praised him as someone of a higher calibre than leaders in world politics. Some Sinhalese politicians dismissed this as an immature statement of a person who was making attempt to retain some popularity by a controversial statement on a terrorist leader. However, Vijayakala Maheswaran’s mistake of glorifying Prabhakaran blunted her message’s real meaning. She did not address the Sinhalese community. She was addressing the Tamil community and political leaders.  The key to this can be found in the words she spoke prior to glorifying Prabhakaran. She asks the politicians not to divide people on Jaffna or Kilinochchi basis. She also […]

Mithiri & Ranil has not resolved the killing of Tamil leaders to cover up Rajapakshas

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by Shamindra Ferdinando Civil society grouping Left Centre supportive of the ruling UNP-SLFP coalition yesterday lambasted the administration for its failure to bring those responsible for the wartime assassination of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Nadarajah Raviraj to justice. An unidentified gunman shot dead MP Raviraj in Colombo in Nov, 2006. Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), Maradana, Saman Ratnapriya, Chameera Perera and Anura Bandara Rajaguru alleged that a spate of high profile crimes hadn’t been resolved so far. Ratnapriya cited TULF MP Joseph Pararajasingham’s (Dec, 2005) assassination, disappearance of media person Prageeth Ekneligoda (January, 2010), killing of Wasim Thajudeen (May 2012), killing of Dharmaratnam Sivaram aka journalist ‘Taraki’ (April 2005) and other journalists as the major cases which needed […]

PM presents Draft Bill against Enforced Disappearance to Cabinet

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A draft Bill to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED) has been presented to Cabinet by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. However, the Defence Ministry and the Ministry of Law and Order have proposed amendments that have been sent back to the Prime Minister’s office for consideration. The Ministries of Finance and of Justice had also made observations. Earlier, Cabinet had granted approval for Sri Lanka to ratify the ICPPED and for a law to be drafted that would incorporate the Convention into domestic legislation. The current Bill is part of that process. “At the last Cabinet meeting on December 20, it was decided to request the Secretary to the Prime Minister to have the proposed […]

Federalism addresses minority rights: Prof. R. Sivachandran

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Prof. R. Sivachandran, a Central Committee member of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), in an interview with the Dailymirror by email, advocates the Federal structure of government for the North and East. The ITAK is the dominant ally of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) at the moment. Expressing views at the time a constitution-making process is underway, he says powers cannot be devolved under a unity form of government as in today, fulfilling the aspirations of the Tamil people. Excerpts of the interview. Q. There is a strong demand for Federalism from your end. What do you exactly refer to by a Federal solution? What we mean is two tiers of government. Each acting directly on their citizens. A formal distribution of legislative and executive authority […]

‘A strong Central Govt is foremost’

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Professor Emeritus of University of Peradeniya G. H. Peiris who has done extensive research in contemporary politics speaks about unitary and federal concepts, and the way forward for Sri Lanka. In an email interview with, Dailymirror he says the Eelam struggle remains despite the demise of LTTE leadership in the battlefront.   QThere is confusion in the minds of ordinary people on the unitary character of a constitution and Federalism. How do you define both? An unitary constitution is one which is designed to confine supreme political power of a nation-state to a Central Government, while facilitating sub-national units to exercise only those powers that are delegated to it by the Centre.The term ‘federal’ is applied, somewhat loosely, to refer to systems of government that provide […]