19th November 2017

Leader of the Opposition Rajavarothayam Sampanthan Asks Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Not to Stir Up Communal Unrest in Order to Come Back to Power.

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By Saman Indrajith Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday asked former President Mahinda Rajapaksa not to stir communal unrest in order to come back to power. Participating in the final day of the second reading debate on Budget proposals in Parliament, the Opposition Leader also requested Rajapaksa to support the new Constitution. Former President Rajapaksa’s position on national issues promoted disharmony amongst the people, the Opposition Leader said Sampanthan said that if Rajapaksa was against devolution he should frankly say whether power should only be exercised by Colombo just as he sought to do through 18 Amendment to Constitution. Such arrangements might be beneficial to individuals in power but not to the public, he said. “Rajapaksa makes out that there are efforts to divide the country, […]

Pro Mahinda groups are now on a desperate mission to turn every minor brawl into a Sinhala-Muslim or Sinhala-Tamil clash

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Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between “majority Buddhist extremists”  and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday. Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites. Some Buddhists nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of Muslim asylum seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority. Police said the late Friday violence in the southern coastal town of Ginthota was triggered by rumours and fake messages on social media. “This was a clash between a small fraction of extremists in the both ethnic groups,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said and one […]

Rs.11.4 billion loss to the government – Gotapaya and 7 others to be tried on Feb.26 and Mar.26

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The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today refused to put off for another date the reading of the charges to the accused and fixed the trial on the corruption case against former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and seven others. The Bribery Commission (BC) filed 19 charges against the suspects for causing a Rs.11.4 billion loss to the government by permitting Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Limited to operate a floating armoury. The BC named 60 witnesses in the case. When the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara, he rejected the preliminary objections raised by defence counsel on an earlier occasion and the charges were read out to the suspect. Earlier, when the matter came up before the Chief Magistrate, President’s Counsel […]

How to win the Referendum?

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Every country has two Constitutions: a “Legal Constitution” and a “Political Constitution”. To win a referendum and to introduce a new Constitution, Sri Lanka must change both. The focus for the past two years has been on the Legal Constitution. From now, it must be on the Political Constitution. A Constitution answers a series of questions about the State. Is it ‘unitary’ or ‘federal’? Which is more powerful, Parliament or the Executive? What rights do the minorities have? What principles will guide MPs, Cabinet Ministers and Judges have as they serve the people? The answers decide the type of Constitution, and the type of country, we will have. Sri Lanka’s Legal Constitution is the text of the 1978 Constitution. In the new Constitution, these questions […]

”British woman should Die and Go to Hell” – Sri Lankan Buddhist

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A British woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm says she had to leave Facebook after being abused by Sri Lankan Buddhist extremists. Ms Naomi Coleman, 41, from Coventry, was detained in Sri Lankan Prison for four days, in April 2014 and deported for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm. In 2014 the country was ruled by former President Mahinda Rajapaksha and his family members who encouraged Buddhist extremism so that Rajapaksha family can rule Sri Lanka for ever as Buddhists are the majority voters. Muslims, Christians and Hindus were abused by these Sinhala Buddhist extremists led by Buddhist Monks with the fullest support of Mahinda government. Defence secretary Gotha was the chief guest and unofficial leader of […]

Full Speech: Economic Affairs Deputy Minster Dr. Harsha De Silva in Geneva

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Sri Lanka considers investment in peace as sound economic policy – Dr. Harsha De Silva at Geneva summit Featured Published inPolitical & Current Affairs Addressing a gathering at the third cycle of universal periodic review of Sri Lanka held in Geneva, National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minster Dr. Harsha De Silva said: “For the very first time in our history, a section of the National Budget for 2018 has been expressly dedicated to reconciliation. We consider investments in reconciliation and peace as sound economic policy as they strengthen security and stability and foster a fertile environment to attract investment. Likewise, sound economic policy that fosters income growth and employment helps us to build the conditions necessary for long-term peace, security, stability and reconciliation.” The […]