13th July 2017

A Whitewash for Failed Politics

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By Ananda Ariyarathne ‘Organized Chaos’ is the most appropriate definition of the Sri Lankan Political Scene. Chaos is a condition that develops with the absence of objective oriented processes, be it cultural, economic, or political. Culturally, we see a future generation growing into a self centred and therefore selfish one, causing the destruction of the principle of mutual respect and that in turn creates a social creature craving only to grab things totally disregarding the age old ethics that discipline us. The wrong values instilled in the members of the generation make them feel overconfident about competence and freedom. This is the mentality that works even for the politicians who have become a shameless breed of scatterbrains who come up with policies that ruin the […]

Current leaders are following the same path as the corrupt regime of Rajapaksas

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Almost fifty percent of all politicians, as they are far too uneducated, lacking in intellectual depth and foresight on national destiny and uncaring of it, are incapable of understanding the complicated problems confronting the Nation, which have been left as an unenviable legacy by the corrupt regime of the Rajapaksas. The other fifty percent seem to be so self-absorbed that they are more interested in power and privileges that they too are blinded by present enjoyment, even though the people are made to face present and future calamity due to the government’s bad governance, negligence and the ministerial and bureaucratic administration’s incompetence and inefficiency.   It is shocking that the government has made itself a ruling clique that is taking the people for granted. They […]

Rape Pornography Industry “invades” Sri Lanka with Gruesome Murder of Pungudutheevu Schoolgirl Vithya.

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BY FAIZER SHAHEID The gruesome rape and murder of Vithya Sivaloganathan in 2015 is hardly discussed anymore, even among the activists who laboured and campaigned vigorously to have the perpetrators arrested, at least, not outside of the North where the entire ordeal took place. However, the case filed in the Jaffna High Court has progressed steadily, and as if the details of the rape and murder were not already disturbing enough, investigations have unearthed information far more disturbing than originally anticipated. Let me put it in perspective. Imagine that your wife, or daughter, or mother, or sister, or even a close female relative or friend was abducted, raped, and murdered in a gruesome manner. How would you deal with a situation like this? The information […]

Sri Lankan government appeases Buddhist hierarchy

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By K. Ratnayake Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena met with the country’s chief Buddhist priests in Kandy last Friday to assure them no constitutional changes would be made without their consent. The top priests, from all the Buddhist groupings, had issued a series of demands last Tuesday aimed at whipping up Sinhala Buddhist supremacism. Their demands included: a delay in submitting a bill to parliament on the “International Convention for the protection of all persons from enforced disappearance;” no new changes to the country’s constitution except the electoral system; the protection of Buddhist cultural and archaeological sites in the north and east of the island; and a special committee to look into the grievances of Buddhists. Sirisena’s meeting took place against the backdrop of an […]

Foreign Minister makes case for new Constitution

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake yesterday reiterated that the main aim of the Unity Government was to enter a process of constitutional amendment that will form a unitary system of rule where Buddhism is fostered, protected and given its due place and honour. The Minister pointed out that it was our collective duty and responsibility to safeguard and nourish Buddhism. Minister Karunanayake expressed these views to the media after participating in the 44th commemoration of the late former sports minister V.A. Sugathadasa. The 44th V.A. Sugathadasa commemoration ceremony was held yesterday in front of the Sugathadasa Statue near the Sugathadasa Stadium. Addressing the gathering after laying a floral tribute in front of the statue of Sugathadasa, Minister Karunanayake said that the services rendered […]

Mannar delimitation discriminatory, says Bathiudeen

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Minister of Industry and Commerce and Vanni District MP Rishad Bathiudeen (right) joins Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the opening of the Mannar Water Supply Scheme on 7 July The boundary delimitation of Pradeshiya Sabhas in the Mannar District discriminated against its populace and the speedy resettlement of the district’s IDPs is the need of the hour. “I believe that the Prime Minister will be able to help the people of Mannar District to resolve this boundary issue,” said Vanni District MP and Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen on 8 July in Mannar. Minister Bathiudeen, joined by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Minister of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Rauff Hakeem, was speaking at the launch of the Mannar Water Supply Scheme […]

Husband beat his Lankan love rival to death in UK

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Suren Sivanathan was found beaten to death by police outside a parade of shops A jealous husband whose wife was planning to divorce him ‘kidnapped’ the new man in her life and beat him to death, a court heard this week. Gnanachandran Balachandran is said to have recruited two others to help snatch the man he saw as a rival, Suren Sivananthan, while he was shopping at centre:mk. The trio, which included a 17-year-old teenager, then held Suren captive for 12 hours while subjecting him to a series of sustained beatings in various locations around Milton Keynes. They finally dumped the 32-year-old, bleeding from a serious head wound and stripped of his blood-stained clothing, near a pond outside the Co-op at Great Linford, the jury […]

Enforced Disappearances Bill should be enacted forthwith as a step for reconciliation

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP for the Jaffna District M.A. Sumanthiran, in an interview with the Daily Mirror stressed the point that the bill to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance should be enacted. He said enforced disappearance of persons is a crime to be dealt with locally.    Excerpts:   Those responsible for disappearances even at command level should be dealt with locally  There is no provision to extradite them to another country for prosecution   What is obnoxious is opposing action against disappearances  New Constitution needed for reconciliation in full Not against Buddhism being given foremost place   Yet, it is against principles of equality Buddhism should be given foremost place without compromising equal […]

Sri Lanka will be submitted to jurisdiction of ICC & punished for war crime?

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New Enforced Disappearances Bill  Sri Lanka will be submitted to jurisdiction  of ICC -G.L. Peiris Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, in an interview with the Daily Mirror, aired his views on the International Convention for the  Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. Following are excerpts of the interview:    US, UK, Australia and Canada have not signed it Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland etc. haven’t ratified it  It is the most obnoxious piece of legislation  It provides for extradition of persons to be tried in a foreign country if requested  This is even worse than inviting foreign judges here Govt should be ashamed of doing it to place armed forces in jeopardy  Subject Minister is given enormous powers under this bill Govt acts […]