10th July 2017

New Constitution To Determine The Fate Of The Displaced

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by Melanie Manel Perera If the people’s right to live and the right to protect their environment is constitutionally accepted, the issues of the ‘displaced’ will only be a temporary thing. The people’s dignity and rights will also be safeguarded. In such an environment, not only will the country’s development progress, but a sense of pride about our country will also be developed.  It is the new Constitution that will decide if environmental degradation and displacement will forever be a thing of the past and if people can live peacefully or not. The lands and homes they grew up in, played, laughed and cried is precious to anyone no matter how rich or poor. In the event these lands are lost for some reason, it could […]

Ranil protecting Mahinda family from being punished for frauds and crimes.

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Rajapaksa Family Members to Face Indictments in Ten Selected “Strong” Cases of Alleged Corruption Within next Three Months. BY GAGANI WEERAKOON The most heated Cabinet meeting ever since the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in 2015 took place last Tuesday at the President’s Secretariat with the impatient President cracking the whip against his UNP coalition partners for inaction or rather lethargy shown in taking action against the former First Family. As for the reasons he gave for his sudden anxiety over this wait for justice to be meted out against alleged corruption and other crimes which are said to have been committed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and members of his family, seemed to be more on personal grounds than in the interest of the […]

Sinhala politicians and Buddhist monks cheating the minority again.

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New Constitutional reforms ensure prime place for Buddhism: Sajith No threats of any kind would affect Buddhism under the proposed new constitution the contents of which are yet in deliberating stages. Instead, the foremost place of Buddhism would be lawfully well-preserved and precisely upheld, Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa said. The minister said so at the public gathering that followed the inauguration of ‘Suramayagama,’ the 33rd housing project launched under the revived ‘Village Awakening Model’ programme. The new housing project established at Mahakurunda, Miriswatte in Bentota, Galle, is the first such village-awakening scheme launched in Galle district…………….. read more New Constitution: New clause to safeguard Buddhism : Ranil Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Saturday he would come up with a new proposal shortly […]

Constitution making process: Racists in JO to quit or not to quit?

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Constitution making process: To quit or not to quit: JO still dilly-dallying Mahinda: decision depends on consensus MP Weerawansa displays copy of a report which he claims was submitted by Premier Wickremesinghe on behalf of the Steering Committee spearheading constitutional making process. NFF WPC member Lalantha Gunasekara sits next Weerawansa. By Shamindra Ferdinando National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and Joint Opposition (JO) heavyweight Wimal Weerawansa, MP, yesterday acknowledged that the JO was divided over his demand to quit the UNP-led constitutional making process. MP Weerawansa alleged that the JO, too, had contributed to the political project inimical to the country’s interests as part of the 20-member Steering Committee spearheading the operation. MP Weerawansa said so in response to query raised by The Island at a […]

Wigneswaran Fronting For Ananthi?

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In  hindsight, the question now arises if the entire Northern Provincial ministers-sack drama was enacted only to bring in the controversial and even more rebellious Ananthi Sasitharan into the Government, that too over the head of the ruling TNA-ITAK’s moderate leadership? If that was not the case, still the fact remains, Ananthi is now the Minister for Women and Social Welfare, in charge of Rehabilitation and Food, other areas of common concern for all women in the North, though to varying degrees. Wife of the ‘missing’ LTTE commander, Sinnathurai Sasitharan, better known as ‘major’ Ezhilan, Ananthi was a Government servant who took bold to go on record that she saw her husband surrender to the armed forces at the end of the war in May […]