29th January 2017

Looks who is talking of corruption.

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By Dharisha Bastians Borrowing several battle-cries from the opposition campaign that ousted his administration two years ago, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressed a massive political rally in Nugegoda yesterday, accusing the national unity Government of corruption and vowing to recover stolen state assets when he regains political power. The Government was guilty of treason, Rajapaksa said, accusing them of selling off state institutions, property and harbours to foreigners. The ex-President turned Member of Parliament for the Kurunegala District also issued a tacit warning to all those looking to invest in state owned assets that a future government he leads would be looking to reclaim them. “When we come back to power, we will reclaim all these state assets,” he warned. President Maithripala accepted that the […]

Overseas LTTE Backed Plot To Assassinate TNA MP Sumanthiran in Jaffna?

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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Nallavan” (not his real name) is a Tamil youth living in a Northern village. He was a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization who had surrendered to the armed forces in May 2009. He was incarcerated for a period of time and released after undergoing a process of rehabilitation. Life in a post-war Northern environment was painfully difficult because Nallavan could not get gainful employment anywhere. Neither did he have adequate financial resources to go abroad. Nallavan lived with an aged aunt and engaged occasionally in manual work as a casual worker whenever possible. Nallavan was approached by a former LTTE cadre called “Master” in November last year. Master asked “Nallavan” to hoist the LTTE flag clandestinely at particular […]

Tracing rip-offs during Mahinda regime unlikely – FCID

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) said it has made no substantial breakthrough in any of the 200 plus high profile overseas financial corruption cases they had filed in Court within the last two years. An FCID official told Ceylon Today that they have written to nearly 70 countries including Ukraine, USA, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, ……the Caribbean Islands including Jamaica and Panama, to name a few, but only 10 countries even acknowledged the letters which asked them to furnish details of the individuals who are believed to have stashed ill-gotten money in their countries. FCID teams have gone to Ukraine, Singapore and Hong Kong and held discussion on several cases but have been […]

NO POLITICAL PACKAGE TO TAMILS

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No Easy Walk to the Constitution Many irons in the fire; President Sirisena is the enigma Some people’s dream ticket “The laws delays, the insolence of office” by Kumar David There is clarity on what the Steering Committee and six subcommittees would like to see in subsidiary aspects of the constitution; however there is a black-hole in the middle regarding the apex. Subsidiary means Fundamental Rights, Judiciary, Law and Order (police and national security), Public Service, Finance, and believe it or not, there has been unanimity in the Centre-Periphery subcommittee. Hooray, but there is a hole in the hub, a lacuna at the central apex. By apex I mean; will the presidency be executive (if yes, what powers?) or ceremonial as in parliamentary systems; what […]

Kiriella asks ex-President Rajapaksa why he is now opposing SAITM

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Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella yesterday in parliament demanded to know from ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa as to how he and Joint Opposition oppose the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine now after giving 600 million rupees to set up the SAITM during the last government. Minister Kiriella said: Mahinda Rajapaksa government gave 600 million rupees to Dr Neville Fernando to commence the SAITM. That is good. Now we all could legalise private university education. Those who started the SAITM today oppose it. How and why are you opposing the SAITM now? Kiriella said so after former President Rajapaksa condemned the government for taking university students who protested against the SAITM into custody. “SAITM problem could not be solved by taking undergraduates into […]

Misery in Mannar for villagers who fled the clutches of terror

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There is no water to drink, no land to build homes, no jobs and very little hope. This is the situation facing hundreds of displaced people who returned to Mannar to find their lives have gone from bad to worse. Many families fled Mannar in the Northern Province in fear of Tamil terrorism 26 years ago to Puttalam, but they came home to find hopelessness, they say. A visit to the village Silawathura in the Musali division reveals the extent of their problems. In Musali, there were 3,044 families made up of 13,215 people in 1990, but now the number has swelled to 53,700 people. Bakery owner, Mohamed Haneefer, 62, fled in fear of Tamil terrorists, who had ordered people to leave within a day […]

No Office of Missing Persons

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By Manekshaw Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera opening the Foreign Ministry’s Regional Office in Jaffna and the Indian Consulate celebrating the 67th Republic Day of India took place on Thursday (26) in the backdrop of the family members of the disappeared persons and the political prisoners staging their hunger strike in Vavuniya. The fast unto death hunger strike by the family members of the disappeared persons and political prisoners in the North which commenced on Tuesday (22) in Vavuniya is the first to be staged with the dawn of this year. The family members of disappeared persons and political prisoners in the North and the East have been agitating in search of their disappeared as well as their detained family members for the past several years […]