December 2017

President Maithiri expects to win more votes in Vanni?

29th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will contest 24 Local Government bodies in the Vanni Distinct, fielding 341 candidates, Minister Susil Premajayantha said yesterday. Addressing a press conference at SLFP Head Quarters, he added that the party expects to make significant gains in the district, which it had not previously attempted to do. The current government had not done anything better than then the former President Mahinda who has promoted Sinhala Buddhist in the Tamil area, Maithiri-Ranil who promised to change the constitution to give equal rights to the minority has not done it for the last three years in power. Mahinda Rajapaksha who promised to implement the 13+ to the constitution has not event implemented the current constitution in full. Meanwhile, over 9,000 candidates who […]

GTF news update for 28th December 2017

28th December 2017 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO GAZETTE Key briefing on Sri Lanka at UNHRC by rights chief set for March 21 < http://colombogazette.com/2017/12/28/key-briefing-on-sri-lanka-at-unhrc-by-rights-chief-set-for-march-21/  >  TAMIL GUARDIAN Dhinakaran pledges solidarity with merged North-East, says Sumanthiran < http://www.tamilguardian.com/content/dhinakaran-pledges-solidarity-merged-north-east-says-sumanthiran  >  CEYLON TODAY Army releases 133 acres in Keppapilavu < http://www.ceylontoday.lk/article20171001CT20180331.php?id=7145  >  THE ISLAND Army compensated for vacating Mullaitivu land < http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=177249  >  SRI LANKA GUARDIAN Corruption in The Judiciary In Sri Lanka – Can The United Nations Intervene? < https://www.slguardian.org/2017/12/corruption-judiciary-sri-lanka-can-united-nations-intervene/  >  SUNDAY TIMES Reflections on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and our collective future < http://www.sundaytimes.lk/171210/columns/reflections-on-the-universal-declaration-of-human-rights-and-our-collective-future-272318.html  >  COLOMBO TELEGRAPH DA Rajapaksa foundation owes SLRDC Rs 47 million for Rajapaksa memorial < https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/da-rajapaksa-foundation-owes-slrdc-rs-47-million-for-rajapaksa-memorial/  >  CEYLON TODAY SLFP expects strong showing in Vanni < http://www.ceylontoday.lk/print20170401CT20170630.php?id=37195  >  FIRST POST Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena adds loyalist to govt, makes bid to strengthen party ahead of local polls < http://www.firstpost.com/world/sri-lankan-president-maithripala-sirisena-adds-loyalist-to-govt-makes-bid-to-strengthen-party-ahead-of-local-polls-4278887.html  >  SUNDAY OBSERVER ‘Unity […]

Jaffna Hindu College Students poor performance – A/L Results.

28th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The North and East Students have performed poorly as per the A/L results. The Jaffna Hindu College students who have released good results in the passed has shown poor results this year. The diaspora Hindu College Old boys Associations must spend their time and funds to help the current students achieve better results. Jaffna schools have produced good results in the past years which made the then PM Srimavo Bandaranajake government to introduce the injustice standardization to reduce the University entrance by the Tamil students in Sri Lanka and create better chances of Sinhala students to enter university who got lower marks than the Tamil students. Even after the Standardization was introduced the the Tamil students made the head lines with best results in the island but […]

Who is more popular? Mahinda or Wimal?

28th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Lanka News Web yesterday reported that ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa and MP Wimal Weerawansa had a heated exchange of words. We have the details. Normally, Wimal does not argue with Mahinda. But, two days ago, he claimed that he was the creator of the wave of supporters around Mahinda. “I made this wave. No one dared to get out after losing the January 2015 election. I myself made the Mahinda wave in February. It was after the Nugegoda meeting I held that those who were scattered got out without any fear.” Angered by that, Mahinda said, “You didn’t make any wave. People have been with me always. People like me. What you did was to rob and tarnish my image. See, how many cases are there […]

Wife of the Eastern province Governor scolded and threatened a group of Hindus in Sampur.

28th December 2017 // 0 Comments

http://lankanewsweb.net/news/item/7699-governor-s-wife-threatens-to-do-it-for-hindus Sampur villagers are angered by the wife of the eastern province governor who scolded and threatened a group of Hindus in the presence of state officials and tarnished Tamil cultural symbols at a religious site in Trincomalee.  Deepthi Bogollagama accompanied her husband to the Skandakumara Kovil at Maddalamalai mountain at Sudaikudah, Kunithivu in Muttur. Regional correspondents voided how she trampled on the traditional ‘Kolam’ decoration there with her footwear. As the women cried out, ‘Muruga, Kali Amma’, the governor’s wife pointed her finger at the women and threatened to ‘do it’ for them, video footage show. Policewomen accompanying her had their footwear removed. As angry women demanded that she be taken away, policemen and policewomen took her away, reports say. Governor Rohitha Bogollagama was there […]

Army compensated for vacating Mullaitivu land

28th December 2017 // 0 Comments

A 300 day protest staged by  a group of Tamil villagers from Mullaitivu demanding that the army vacate their 133 acres home land at Keppapilavu in the former LTTE stronghold Mullaitivu had been brought to an end by relocating troops stationed there, Rehabilitation Ministry spokesperson told The Island. The group of villagers had launched the protest early this year demanding their land back. Rehabilitation Minister D. M. Swaminathan following consultations with relevant authorities, paid Rs. 148 mn for the relocation of troops. The land would be officially handed over today (Dec 28) to the Tamil villagers who owned it, he said. The Rehabilitation Ministry announced the latest arrangement with the Army amidst efforts by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to return the land to its owners. TNA leader and […]

Dhinakaran meets Lankan Tamil leader

27th December 2017 // 0 Comments

On the eve of his R.K. Nagar byelection victory, T.T.V. Dhinakaran had a chance meeting with Sri Lankan Tamil leader M.A. Sumanthiran, when he enquired about the current situation of Sri Lankan Tamils in the island’s war-battered north and east. The Tamil politicians from either side of the Palk Bay met in Kanyakumari on Friday, ahead of the ‘Arumanai Christmas Vizha’, an annual celebration held in the southern district that has a near-50 per cent Christian population. The organising committee had invited Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan, Leader of Opposition in Sri Lanka, but the senior politician could not travel following a respiratory illness. Mr. Sumanthiran, a Jaffna district parliamentarian and a spokesperson of the TNA, attended the event, in which Mr. Dhinakaran […]

Funeral of Naga Vihara Chief Incumbent conducted in Jaffna public ground with Army protection.

27th December 2017 // 0 Comments

The funeral of Jaffna Naga Viharaya Chief Incumbent and Northern Province Chief Sanghanayaka, the late Most Ven, Meegahajandure Gnanarathana Thera was held at the Jaffna Mutraveli park on Saturday with the participation of Maha Sangha and the members of the armed forces. Traditionally no funeral services will be allowed to be held in a public park and it should be held in a public hall but the Army and the Buddhists monks in Jaffna wanted to show the Jaffna public there power. The organising committee went ahead with the arrangements after a petition filed in the Jaffna Magistrate Court seeking an order to prevent the funeral ceremony had been rejected by Jaffna Magistrate S. Sadeeskaran as legally there was no law to stop a funeral being held […]

Tamils lost Great Leader Prabakaran due to 2005 polls boycott says UNP.

26th December 2017 // 0 Comments

State Minister for Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran (Jaffna District MP) has claimed that the Tamil community wouldn’t have lost their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran if they had voted for UNP candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe at 2005 presidential election. Maheswaran said so outside Jaffna District Secretariat last Friday (Dec 22) after handing over UNP nomination lists. Mahinda won the Election due to the Tamils being stopped from voting for UNP, It was claimed that Mahinda paid millions of US Dollars if Tamils were to be stoped from voting as the Tamils were going to vote UNP Leader Ranil. The world leaders firmly changed there sympathy away from LTTE due to this. State Minister Maheswaran as having claimed had the people of the North voted for Wickremesinghe, they wouldn’t have […]

”Mahinda does not understand the game being planned by Basil together with India” says Namal

25th December 2017 // 0 Comments

MP Namal Rajapaksa says he is a supporter of the SLFP, not the SLPP, and that he well knows what the SLPP is. He has told his closest friends recently, “Father says he is not a political baby to accept advice from me. But, father does not understand the game being planned by Uncle Basil together with India. We should identify the foreign forces within the flower bud (SLPP).” He also said India got Basil to launch the SLPP in order to divide the SLFP because it does not like what president Maithripala Sirisena does. “One Day, the flower bud will join with the elephant. The elephant will take the flower bud from its trunk. See, SLPP chairman G.L. Peiris is an original UNPer. Its […]

Why the Sinhala leaders don’t like Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran?

24th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Outspoken and an Honest Ex Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and the current Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is known to be the most popular Tamil living in Sri Lanka today and is the most unpopular among the Sinhala political leaders who have continuously cheated the Minority Tamils since independence from British on 4th February 1948.  Since independence Successive Sinhala governments have promised to implement a political package to give equal rights to all but always failed to do it once the election was over, this led the Tamil youths to take arms against the government. The Tamils arm struggle was brought to an end in May 2009 with  the then President Mahinda promising the world leaders that he will implement a 13+ political package if […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa got (74,454) 22% of the total votes in the Jaffna District IN 2015.

24th December 2017 // 0 Comments

by C.A.Chandraprema The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s woes with the nomination lists continued in the second round as well though at a lesser level than during the first round. The biggest blow to the fledgling political party during the second round was the rejection of the SLPP list for the Tirappane Pradesheeya Sabha in the Anuradhapura district which many in that party consider a sure win. In addition to Tirappane, the SLPP nomination lists for the Jaffna Municipal Council, the Valikamam North, Valikamam East, and Delft Pradeshiya Sabhas were rejected in the second round. In comparison to the lists rejected in the first round, the rejection of some lists in Jaffna where national political parties cannot hope to win, may seem to be a minor […]

SLFP gives Maithri powers to take legal action against members campaigning for or contesting from another party

24th December 2017 // 0 Comments

BY GAGANI WEERAKOON Unblemished diplomatic relations maintained between Russia and Sri Lanka have reached a threatening juncture, allegedly, due to a beetle which was said to be found in one carton carrying famous Ceylon Tea. President Maithripala Sirisena is said to have contacted Russian President Vladimir Putin requesting to end the temporary ban on Sri Lanka’s tea imports. President Maithripala Sirisena addressing a public rally in Haputale announced his decision to write to President Putin, requesting him to end the temporary ban that resulted following the discovery of a beetle in a consignment of tea that had been imported from Sri Lanka. However, it was noted that the beetle is a pest of grain crops such as rice, and has never been associated with tea. […]

Beyond the Sinhalese-Tamil ethnic binary

24th December 2017 // 0 Comments

Considering Sri Lanka’s battle-scarred history, provoked in good measure by the politics of language, news of a Telugu-speaking candidate contesting polls would seem unlikely. However, a careful look at the past shows us the layers within the Sri Lankan society that seldom get captured in the Sinhalese-Tamil ethnic binary that the country is often portrayed in. A new political outfit — Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) — formed by the supporters of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has nominated a Telugu-speaking candidate from Anuradhapura for the local polls scheduled for February. An ancient capital city with heritage sites, Anuradhapura is now an important district in the North Central Province, sandwiched between the Tamil-majority north and the Sinhala-majority south. According to a 2017 government report, Sri Lanka […]

Sri Lanka President hints at ditching UNP-dominated govt

24th December 2017 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), has strongly hinted at a possible split of their coalition mid-way of its five-year term. The President told his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) loyalists that he has decided to carry out the “second stage” of his daring political bravery of defecting  from the then strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government in November 2014. A rank outsider, Sirisena quit his Health ministry portfolio and challenged his former boss at the snap presidential election of January 2015. He won spectacularly with the support of a UNP-led rainbow coalition clamouring for good governance after a decade of autocratic rule. On Friday evening, Sirisena said the way to save the country […]

Presidential Commission to investigate Rajapakse ‘patriot’ rats who sold valuable army headquarters for a song !

23rd December 2017 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News – 21.Dec.2017, 11.35PM)   The sale of the valuable land of the Amy headquarters for a paltry sum of Rs. 125 million dollars by the deposed most corrupt  Rajapakses based on their sudden decision has necessitated the army headquarters to be housed in 15 separate rented buildings . Owing to this a sum of Rs. 5 billion ! has to be spent annually as rent , president Maithripala Sirisena who is also the defense minister revealed to the cabinet. This colossal payment annually for the buildings rented is a huge unnecessary burden on the treasury as a  result of improper planning . Besides , this has  compromised national security  the president lamented. The cabinet decided to appoint a special presidential commission to investigate the  reckless […]

19.1% of boys and 11.6% of girls reporting that they had been forced to participate in sex.

23rd December 2017 // 0 Comments

No sex please, we’re Sri Lankan There is no gainsaying my assertion that Sri Lankans are prudes when it comes to sex, especially sex outside of marriage. Whether on Galle Face Green or in Peradeniya Gardens, the local constabulary make it their business to go around harassing youngsters making out beneath the minimum of privacy an umbrella offers. Private refuges for those wanting to get some action are few: the back row of a cinema, a room by the hour in a decrepit ‘hotel’, a deserted classroom after school. While one might have got up to a little premarital mischief oneself, one naively assumes no one else has. Sex, like so much else swept under the carpet during Victorian times, is yet to emerge as […]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena declared that “There won’t be International tribunals or Foreign judges. That book is closed.”

23rd December 2017 // 0 Comments

Why Is Sri Lanka Defying the United Nations? Sri Lanka’s strategy of defiance, denial, and delay might be designed to evade the charge of genocide. Lately, Colombo has intensified its defiance of UN resolutions calling for investigations into war crimes committed during the latter stages of the civil war. In late November, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena declared that “There won’t be electric chairs, international tribunals or foreign judges. That book is closed.” Earlier, in October, Colombo sought and obtained the help of British parliamentarian Lord Naseby to downplay a report by the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts, which in March 2011 found “credible allegations” that as many as 40,000 civilians may have been killed in the final months of the civil war, mostly as a result of […]

Sri Lankan president blames NGOs for calling for foreign judges

23rd December 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena once again reiterated his opposition to foreign judges being involved in an accountability mechanism for violations of international law, blaming “NGOs affiliated to the LTTE” for calling for international involvement. The Daily FT reported the president as stating he was “of the strict view that foreign judges should not be brought to the country at any time”. The Sri Lankan President went on to blame “some LTTE members living abroad and members of some organisations as well as NGOs affiliated to the LTTE”. He went on to claim that the UN Human Rights Council and other foreign governments had not raised the issue of international judges, stating, “I consider it a victory Sri Lanka received as an independent sovereign country”. Mr […]

Unplanned development Projects of Rajapaksa

23rd December 2017 // 0 Comments

We have not sold anything but only leased out. If you take Hambantota after seventy years we will become the major share holder The inflows of foreign investments are increasing. The export sector is also now on the correct path. The export of goods and services has increased. Next year it will improve much more The situation regarding rice would improve, but Coconut scarcity would last some more time We did not sell the country. It was Rajapaksas who sold the land in Galle Face outright, we took over the power and changed it During the past two years we were able to pull the country out of the mess. We took over the government with a mountain of loans The following discussion with Minister of […]

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