25th January 2017

Revive Or Revisit Chandrika Package, But…

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Those proposing a second term for Sirisena are possibly floating a trial-balloon of their own By taking the constitutional route the present government has cleverly side-stepped one-on-one negotiations with the Tamil leadership Today, the government of the day has not said anything about what the constitutional package and provisions are President Maithripala Sirisena , Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe , Minister Rajitha Senaratne and Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga At a Colombo news conference recently, former SLFP President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s planned proposals for a new Constitution were based on the famed ‘Chandrika Package’ of 2000. Incumbent President, Maithripala Sirisena, also heading the SLFP, has chosen not to react personally as yet – as has been […]

Fasting Unto Death At Vavuniya – Letter To The President

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By C.V. Wigneswaran – C.V. Wigneswaran – Northern Chief The tremendous expectations and hopes our people placed in Your Excellency seem to be eroding in recent times and Your Excellency must take note of their feelings not only for political reasons but also for ethnical and humanitarian reasons. His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena President Presidential Secretariat Colombo 1 Fasting unto death at Vavuniya Your Excellency, You may be aware of the Fast undertaken by the relatives of those who are Missing and those Political Prisoners in incarceration opposite Vavuniya Police Station. For the third day they have not consumed any water let alone food. Many are quite old and are now looking extremely tired. Soon they would get dehydrated. Unless something is done immediately we may […]

The Tamil Question: The Agony Of An Unsettled Ethnic Inequality

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By Vishwamithra1984 – “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”  ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms Kadiresan woke up early morning, a couple of hours before sunshine, looked up towards the starless skies and let out a deep sigh; he knew it was going to be another scorching, hot day in the peninsula. In the distance, beyond a parched landscape full of palms and groves lay his oasis of land; although it was only a quarter of an acre in area, it was […]

Action Against Bahu Attacker Under Racial Discrimination

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A visibly displeased leader of the Nava Sama Samaja Party Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, has expressed his dissatisfaction after the Kaduwela Magistrate ordered for the bail of a man, who recently vilified him and called him a traitor who should be killed for selling the country to Tamils and Muslims. The culprit had racially discriminated Karunarathne at a restaurant late last year. Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne Detailing the incident, Karunarathne said that in last November when he was having dinner with two of his friends at a restaurant in Thalawathugoda, a man came up to him and asked if he was Vickramabahu Karunarathne, and when he had acknowledged that he was, then the man started hurling various abuses and racial slurs. “He became furious. He shouted abuse […]

Court Of Appeal Reinstates Raviraj’s Murder Trial Appeal

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Following submissions made by the counsel of slain TNA MP Nadaraja Raviraj’s family, the Court of Appeal which dismissed the appeal against the Colombo High Court judgement, today reinstated the appeal against the judgment. Raviraj On January 20, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the verdict delivered by the Colombo High Court filed by the victim’s wife Shashikala Raviraj on grounds that the plaintiffs were not present in court when the case was taken up for consideration. However today, when the counsel of Raviraj’s family, M. A. Sumanthiran made submissions to the Court of Appeal, the bench after considering the submissions decided to reinstate the appeal. In December, the Colombo High Court acquitted all five suspects including three former intelligence officers of the […]

The day Kumar Sangakkara felt humbled Unpardonable failure to capitalize on ‘Spirit of Cricket’ lecture

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lankan cricketer, Kumar Sangakkara earned the wrath of the war-winning President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government for his hour long “Spirit of Cricket” lecture at the July, 2011, Sir Colin Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s. Some politicians and officials depicted the lecture as a frontal attack on the then government. Those who had resented Sangakkara, for being critical of their conduct, cleverly deceived President Rajapaksa. They propagated the lie that the cricketer was challenging the government and was working with the Opposition. Sangakkara received an invitation from the MCC to deliver the CC lecture, shortly after Sri Lanka lost to India, at the World Cup final, in early April, 2011. The stylish batsman had been the first Sri Lankan to receive an invitation from […]

Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again

25th January 2017 // 0 Comments

Disillusionment with the Sirisena regime is running high, giving the Rajapaksa clan a chance to reclaim lost glory By SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda The Diplomat 20 January 2017    “We’re not the same guys who used to tell you various things and then forget about it three days later… We want the world to know that we’re different—that we’re going to do what we say we’re doing.”–Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, National Geographic (November 2016) Politics is shaped by leaders’ ability to deliver. It is all about doing and achieving, “doing what you say what you say you are going to do,” to paraphrase Dr. Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s current deputy minister of foreign affairs. It is not about good intentions; it is about getting results. It […]

Tamils Welcome New US President Donald Trump

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Tamils Welcome New US President Donald Trump and Ask Him to Reverse the Illegal Sinhalese Settlement in Tamil Homeland illegal Sinhalese must leave because they have taken control of everything in the Tamil homeland. This brings chaos and jeopardizes the Tamil culture, resulting in misery and economic suppression” — Tamils fo Trump NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 24, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The letter that sent by the Tamils for Trumporganization to the new president Donald Trump began with a congratulation: “We congratulate you, Mr. President, and wish you the best. The responsibilities and challenges of the presidency make it the biggest job in the free world.” “It is time for every American to accept the election result and embrace Mr. Trump as president. […]