November 2017

Premachandran’s withdrawal will not affect TNA’

16th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan says Former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran’s resignation is not a grave concern for the party. Speaking at a media briefing held in Jaffna, the Leader of the Opposition referred to the former MP as simply another individual. The Opposition leader said he believed that the youth and other parliamentarians within the party will not be influenced by Premachandran’s resignation. R Samapanthan further said the true result will be made clear through the results of the upcoming Local Government election. The Opposition leader extended his faith in the President and the Prime Minister adding that he is not expecting to gain any political benefits. Opposition Leader R Sampanthan also explained his stance on the 2018 budget. He said […]

Sampanthan appeals to Rajapaksa and ‘genuine’ SLFPers

16th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Yusuf Ariff Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan today called on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to support the making of a new Constitution as it is his fundamental duty and to refrain from using the Constitution as a means to capture power. Addressing the Parliament today (16), the TNA leader urged the Prime Minister and members of the Steering Committee to ensure that the draft constitutional proposals are put before the Constitutional Assembly within the next three months at least and are made available to the public. “Why is former President Mahinda Rajapaksa opposing what he himself proposed? I want to ask President Mahinda Rajapaksa if you are opposed to the framing of a new Constitution why did you not come to the Parliament and […]

Removal of Thondaman’s name India to take up issue with SL

16th November 2017 // 0 Comments

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, on 15 November, promised to look into the removal of Sri Lankan Tamil leader Savumiamoorthy Thondaman’s name from the name boards of the country’s Government institutions. “Thiru @mkstalin – We will take up this matter with the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL),” tweeted Swaraj in response to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Leader M.K. Stalin’s request that she raise the matter with the neighbouring country. “Sri Lankan politician Thondaman fought for the rights and the dignity of Tamil workers of the country,” Stalin said in his letter to the Minister. Stalin added that though the politician had contributed to the welfare of Indian Tamils during his tenure as a Minister in various Sri Lankan Governments, they had miserably failed to […]

Accommodative and conciliatory approach of TNA

16th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw The speech made by Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan at the Constitutional Assembly debate on the Steering Committee Interim Report in Parliament was more accommodative and inclusive in his approach with a broader outlook than the stance taken by the first Tamil Leader of the Opposition and Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) the late Appapillai Amirthalingam during his parliamentary days. Nothing but a separate Tamil state of Eelam had been the ‘manthra’ of the TULF from the time the Vaddukoddai Resolution was adopted in May 1976. As the only surviving incumbent Tamil parliamentarian of the era of A. Amirthalingam along with his position of national importance as Sampanthan in his speech in Parliament last Wednesday had categorically […]

PTA detainees Jaffna Uni students march to UN office

15th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar Jaffna University students handed over a petition yesterday to the United Nations (UN) Office urging the release of all 132 detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), transfer of Court cases of three PTA detainees to Vavuniya and the repealing of the PTA. Hundreds of students carrying placards marched through the main streets of Jaffna to the UN office. The procession which commenced from the University premises, headed through Palaly Road to the UN office in Jaffna. Students from all faculties of the University as well as non academic staff took part in the protest that was conducted peacefully. They had also handed over a similar petition to the Northern Province Governor Reginold Cooray’s office to be sent to President […]

TNA: Disgruntled Wijeyadasa trying to scuttle efforts to introduce new Constitution

15th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance lawmaker M.A. Sumanthiran yesterday told The Island that former Justice Minister Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, was making a despicable bid to sabotage the ongoing constitution making process. MP Sumanthiran said so in response to MP Rajapakse’s controversial request to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to rescind a motion passed in Parliament to set up the constitutional assembly to prepare a new Constitution. Having spearheaded the constitution making process on behalf of the UNP as well as the coalition the government since the inception of the new administration, MP Rajapakse had suddenly found the whole exercise to be in violation of the present Constitution, The President’s Counsel faulted the media for not immediately seeking an explanation from the former Justice […]

Prez rattled by denial of visas to Army

15th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Maithripala Sirisena, has explained his position pertaining to post-war accountability issues and alleged attempts made by his opponents to exploit the situation at the expense of political stability. It would be pertinent to mention that the President addressed the Army top brass at the auditorium of the Army Hospital, Narahenpita, last Thursday afternoon, as his Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera delivered the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration’s third budget. President Sirisena’s absence in parliament during the presentation of the budget raised many an eyebrow as he was present on previous presentations by the then Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake. Among the audience were Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva and Director General, Infantry, Maj. Gen. Chagi Gallage, both of the […]

The 13th Amendment on watch

15th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The Thirteenth Amendment has introduced a new conception of a unitary – decentralized State based on a system of Provincial Government at a sub-national level. This description is of extreme importance, since the Constitution specifically provides that the Republic of Sri Lanka is a Unitary State and the majority of the people attach much sentiment to the unitariness of Sri Lanka. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution provides for the establishment of Provincial Councils. Basic to the structure of devolution is the competence jurisdiction – the separation of subjects and functions assigned to the Provincial Council and the Centre. This separation is set out in the three lists under the Ninth Schedule to the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution: Provincial Council List (List I), Reserved […]

Minister accused of blocking probes and informing Rajapaksas

15th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Three senior ministers meet Sirisena to express concern over PM being summoned by the Bond Commission Senior civil society activist attacks Government for delaying probes on major corruption President also asks why action was not taken and says he is ready to quit at anytime Arjuna, Dhammika widely blamed for petrol crisis; while minister blames Indian company, President and PM ask Modi for oil A well-known Sinhala adage refers to the plight of those who went to seek solace at a temple but found the roof collapsing on their heads. That in essence appeared to be the dilemma of a high-powered three-member United National Party (UNP) delegation which had a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena just last week. It was brief but had the undesired […]

President reiterates he won’t accept foreign judges to save Rajapaksa!

15th November 2017 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena, who had previously maintained that Sri Lankan troops never committed excesses, acknowledged at the weekend that some troops were responsible for crimes at the behest of politicians. Addressing military officers at the army hospital auditorium, the President said no one will be punished for prosecuting the war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, but those who carried out excesses  will be punished. Deviating from his earlier stance that he will not allow a single soldier to be tried for war-time atrocities, the President drew a distinction between battling Tigers and carrying out criminal acts at the instigation of politicians. “There is something that you should accept according to your conscience. There were things outside the control of the military. They were […]

Next SLFP President?

13th November 2017 // 0 Comments

19A IS WHAT STANDS IN THE WAY Few would shed tears for the exit of Geetha Kumarasinghe from Parliament last week, sent home by the Supreme Court which upheld a decision of the Court of Appeal that held that Kumarasinghe was a dual citizen at the time of the last general elections and thus ineligible to be an MP. Sure, Geetha is an accomplished actress and won many awards and admirers for her performances. As a parliamentarian though, her performances were pathetic. Instead of being hysterical and hilarious she could have learnt a lesson or two from her rival United National Party organiser in the Bentara Elpitiya electorate, Gayantha Karunathilaka who is more measured and mature as a politician. Of course, Kumarasinghe’s ticket to fame […]

Sri Lanka President shifts gear on war crimes

12th November 2017 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena, who had previously maintained that Sri Lankan troops never committed excesses, acknowledged at the weekend that some troops were responsible for crimes at the behest of politicians. Addressing military officers at the army hospital auditorium, the President said no one will be punished for prosecuting the war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, but those who carried out excesses  will be punished. Deviating from his earlier stance that he will not allow a single soldier to be tried for war-time atrocities, the President drew a distinction between battling Tigers and carrying out criminal acts at the instigation of politicians. “There is something that you should accept according to your conscience. There were things outside the control of the military. They were […]

UN’s Sooka questions Coca Cola, Why did it sponsor War Criminals?

12th November 2017 // 0 Comments

UNSG’s Panel of Experts (PoE) Yasmin Sooka called wartime General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the celebrated 58 Division Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva a notorious war criminal. The PoE comprised former Attorney General of Indonesia Marzuki Darusman, Steven Ratner of the US and Sooka. The 58 Division led by General Officer Commanding (GoC)  Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva led the Sri Lankan Army from northwestern Mannar to the final battlegrounds across the Vanni and had killed thousands of Tamil Civilians. The 58 Division is accused of Rape and taucher on the Tamils during this battle which fales under War crime and human rights violations. ITJP questions Coca Cola’s Gajaba Super Cross sponsorship www.srilankamirror.com/…/5721-itjp-questions-coca-cola-s-gajaba-super-cross-spons…  Moreover the media in Sri Lanka has quoted Major General Silva as saying the funds … In addition, Shavendra Silva’s alleged role in war […]

‘Lanka E News’ website ‘blocked’ in Sri Lanka

12th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Access to a dissident website that often publishes articles critical of Sri Lanka’s government has been blocked in the country, the portal’s administrators said Thursday, as activists expressed alarm over deteriorating press freedom on the island. The popular London-based Lanka E News became inaccessible in the country on Thursday, a day after publishing an expose alleging graft within the office of President Maithripala Sirisena in the procurement of state vehicles. A source at a private service provider told AFP that Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has ordered internet service providers “to block Lanka E News” across the island, but requested anonymity for fear of repercussions. The website’s administrators posted on their home page that readers in Sri Lanka had been blocked from accessing their content. “The […]

After the Assembly debate – How do we continue to cheat the Tamils?

12th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The marathon opening session of the Constitutional Assembly was extraordinarily important and successful, most certainly NOT in the political sense, but in the pedagogical and psychological senses. It was an airing, an outpouring, of opinions covering 60 years of our post-Independence history. These cathartic benefits apart, the political exercise is quite badly damaged, almost certainly deadlocked, because the real dynamics of politics are about to crash into and carve through the Constitutional process. The UNP (and most UNF) speakers arrogantly and uniformly argued for a new constitution which abolished the executive presidency. There was no daylight between the UNP and TNA speakers (except perhaps for Ajith P. Perera) and the country saw a UNP-TNA axis, a minoritarian bloc reminiscent of the […]

LG polls: Maithiri to discuss Mahinda’s 7 conditions

9th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Main condition of the JO which has more Sinhala racist political parties and led by Mahinda family members is to stop giving any political powers to Minority, hence they demand UPFA to stand against the current constitutional proposals. The JO which counts on Sinhala extremist votes has always opposed any political proposals to be implemented. During Mahinda regime Tamils, Muslims and Cristians were treated badly to gain Sinha extremists votes. Mahinda who promised to implement 13+ to the constitution went back on his word and refused any political package to give equal rights to the minority thinking that such racists policies will get the Sinhala majority votes and he wanted his son to become the next president of Sri Lanka. Seven conditions laid down by the Joint […]

Society must correct political culture distorted by Mahinda regime: Prof. Wijesooriya

9th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The present society is struggling to correct the political culture distorted by the Rajapaksa regime, Professor Sarath Wijesooriya said yesterday. Wijesooriya made these observations at an event held to commemorate the second death anniversary of Reverend Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, which took place at Ape Gama, Battaramulla. Professor Wijesooriya said that it is important to reflect as to why the majority of the country decided to defeat the Rajapaksa regime. “This is a question we should always go back to. It is equally important to consider the answer to this question. It is but a mere dream to build a proper governance without being sensitive to this answer,” he said. “It is the responsibility of this government to build the world that Ven.Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera anticipated. […]

Speeches by Sampanthan and Sumanthiran In Constitutional Assembly Debate Emphasises Need to Resolve The Tamil National Question.

9th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw The speech made by Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan at the Constitutional Assembly debate on the Steering Committee Interim Report in Parliament was more accommodative and inclusive in his approach with a broader outlook than the stance taken by the first Tamil Leader of the Opposition and Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) the late Appapillai Amirthalingam during his parliamentary days. Nothing but a separate Tamil state of Eelam had been the ‘manthra’ of the TULF from the time the Vaddukoddai Resolution was adopted in May 1976. As the only surviving incumbent Tamil parliamentarian of the era of A. Amirthalingam along with his position of national importance as Sampanthan in his speech in Parliament last Wednesday had categorically […]

Federalism is not Separatism: the Supreme Court de-demonizes Federalism

8th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The Supreme Court determination in the Chandrasoma Vs Senathirajah case (SC Spl 03/2014 -Decided on 04/08/2017), this August, did not receive the public attention it deserved. The silence speaks volumes for a society that chooses to languish in ignorance by choice. The ongoing political debate on a new constitution does not seem to have absorbed the nutrition the judgment offers for a discourse on constitutional making. Yet for a national political psyche hegemonized by Unitarism for decades, the finding is unparalleled. The declaration that Federalism is not the same as separatism marks a paradigm shift in terms of judicial interpretation of what it is. I hardly wish to go into detail to the particulars of the case or the technical points of the judgement as […]

Even new amendments to LG Polls Law are flawed – EC member Prof.Hoole

8th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Election Commission’s Member Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, in an interview with the Daily Mirror, shares his thoughts on the Commission and the upcoming local authorities’ elections     They will make us violate some law somewhere Those who voted for the PC Elections Act do not know what they voted for Our laws are full of mistakes We are always in violation of something It came to a matter of choosing which laws we would violate   Q How is the Election Commission getting ready for the local government elections in the wake of  Government announcing they would be conducted in January?   Your question shows how wrong the general assessment is on this matter. It is not the business of Government to announce the date. Yet, […]

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