15th March 2017

DMK dares Subramanian Swamy to prove charges on Katchatheevu

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Karunanidhi received money from Indira Gandhi to give Katchatheevu to Srilanka – Subramanian Swamy DMK had convened an all party meeting against the agreement immediately after the pact was signed and passed a resolution against the move, he said. DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangoan on Tuesday challenged BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to prove his allegation that DMK president M. Karunanidhi received money from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to agree for the granting of Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka. Citing Karunanidhi’s statement on 18 April last year, he said the DMK had never agreed to part with Katchatheevu and the party had opposed it very strongly. DMK had convened an all party meeting against the agreement immediately after the pact was signed and passed a resolution against […]

Lycamobile still keen to buy Hutch

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Lycamobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operating in 21 countries worldwide from London is still keen to purchase Hutch mobile in Sri Lanka. “We have made a very sound offer to the company and we were about to go ahead with the deal,” an official from Lycamobile said. He said they are still keen to go ahead. Lycamobile owned by a Sri Lankan first made an offer to buy the local company last year. While the deal was about to the inked Sri Lanka Telecom Mobile came forward with an offer which was US$ 8 million more than the quoted price of Lycamobile. This offer was hotly challenged by the some of the board members saying it was not realistic. This controversy led to […]

Talking Ethnic Reconciliation With Tongues Still Tied To The Past

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by N. Sathiya Moorthy The problem is that the West does not have the courage to accept that were wrong on and in Sri Lanka If anything, now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of Sri Lanka The more they all think of any possible return of Mahinda R greater are the compulsions for them to stick together The Sinhala, Tamil and the unmentioned Muslim voters all want a permanent end to the ‘national question’ Yet another UNHRC session has come and gone. As always, nearer home and afar, Sri Lankan stake-holders to the ethnic issue have said their periodic piece(s). It means nothing to anyone concerned, or anyone who is concerned. There is a difference, though. Over the […]

Is The New Constitution A New Con?

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The Government has pledged us a new constitution, an inclusive constitution, an openly drafted constitution, a referendum approved constitution. Last year, the whole Government seemed to be participating in a thorough reshuffle of attitudes, principles, and expectations, with a minimum of stubbed toes. As  Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, stated at the 30th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), “The best guarantee for non-recurrence, a political settlement that addresses the grievances of the Tamil people,” seemed to be well on its way to meet us. This article would not need to proceed any further had not the symptoms of cognitive dissonance set in. Now we have Mangala Samaraweera and President Maithripala Sirisena assuring the public that there will be and will not be a new […]

Can foreign judges et al be avoided? Debate over Geneva Resolution 30/1

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Amidst mounting pressure, on the political front, with the Joint Opposition (JO) relentlessly undermining his authority, President Maithripala Sirisena has apparently ended his ‘honeymoon’ with those who had brought him to power, just over two years ago. President Sirisena has thrown a coalition that had helped him to defeat war-winning President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the January 2015, presidential polls, into disarray. The President made his move at the onset of the 34th sessions of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Obviously, the change of the President’s stance was meant to consolidate his position, both in and outside parliament. The Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces assured loyalists that foreign participation in war crimes probe wouldn’t be allowed, under any circumstances. President […]

Dual citizenship Geetha cannot be an MP: AG

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The Attorney General today informed the Court of Appeal that MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was still a citizen of Switzerland and according to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, a person who has dual citizenship cannot be an MP. Deputy Solicitor General Janak De Silva informed Court that, according to clause 91(1) of the Constitution, she was not entitled to Parliamentary privileges and could not be a Member of Parliament. J.C. Weliamuna, counsel for the petitioners informed Court that the respondent Geetha Kumarasinghe had requested the Swiss authorities to relinquish her Swiss citizenship on August 25. But there was no documentary evidence to prove that they had revoked her Swiss citizenship. DSG de Silva said that though the respondent Kumarasinghe had asserted that she had given […]

ITAK’s arbitrary actions cause conflict in TNA – Sivasakthy Ananthan

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BY Mirudhula Thambiah Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Secretary and Vanni District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian N. Sivasakthy Ananthan said both leaders Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are taking the most crucial decisions in the TNA. They rarely discuss and obtain the opinions of others of the constituent parties. “We obtained a people’s mandate assuring a suitable political solution within a merged North-East; solution for enforced disappearances, political prisoners and lands. However, since of late the ITAK is arbitrarily making use of this mandate that we managed to obtain with the contribution of other parties; as the ITAK is taking decisions on their own it has caused conflicts within the coalition. They have forgotten their policy obligations,” he said. Following are excerpts of the interview: […]

Sellamma returns home after Army occupation

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We first met 83 year old grandmother Sellamma when she was part of a protest fast outside the Puthukudiyiruppu Divisional Secretariat. At that time, her land and house across the road had been occupied by the Army for eight years. She was protesting along with her neighbours, mostly women, whose lands and houses had also been occupied by the Army. Even after a meeting with the Prime Minister in the early stages of the protest, they had vowed not to give up their protest, until their houses and lands were handed back to them. After a month’s protest, Sellamma and some of her neighbours, were successful in forcing the Sri Lankan government and its’ Armed forces to return some parts of their village back to […]