22nd January 2018

Sinhala colony schemed with expansion of Buddha temple at Punaa’nai, Batticaloa

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A small worship place with a Buddha statue, which was left behind by the occupying Army of genocidal Sri Lanka in 2016, has now been expanded into a big Buddhist temple establishment at 121st Mile Post on Colombo – Batticaloa Road in Punaa’nai East in Koa’ra’laip-pattu North (Vaakarai) division. The expansion has taken place in an accelerated phase in December 2017. The jungle area without any civilian settlement has been selected for Sinhala colonisation and the Buddhist vihara establishment has become the anchoring point, Tamil civil sources in Batticaloa North said. In the meantime, more than 150 Sinhala families have been settled near Punaa’nai Railway station three years ago. The settlement near the railway station was also commenced with the establishment of a similar Buddhist […]

Pillayan’s TMVP contests LG polls in bid to regain lost ground

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By Easwaran Rutnam The Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) led by Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, alias Pillayan, is contesting the Local Government (LG) elections in a bid to regain lost ground in the political arena. TMVP spokesman Azath Maulana told The Sunday Leader the TMVP will be contesting the LG polls in Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amapara. The TMVP says the main focus of the party will be Batticaloa, an area it once dominated politically when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President. “Our campaigning for the election is going well and we have good support from the public,” Maulana said. Maulana said that the political activity of the TMVP is continuing despite Chandrakanthan remaining behind bars. Chandrakanthan was arrested on October 11, 2015 when he arrived at the CID office in Colombo to give a […]

Mahinda arrives by helicopter to pay last respects to MP’s daughter

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Polonnaruwa district MP and former Deputy Minister Siripala Gamlath’s eldest daughter Ranjala Gamlath Illeperuma passed away yesterday (16) morning. She was said to have contracted Dengue. She was a mother of two and 35 years of age at the time of her death. She had passed away while receiving treatment for Dengue at the National Hospital in Colombo. Ranjala is a graduate of Monash University specializing in Interior Design. Several political leaders attended the funeral of Ranjala Gamlath Illeperuma, the daughter of businessman and MP of Polonnaruwa Siripala Gamlath, who died of dengue fever. Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived by helicopter provided to him by wealthy businessman Arthur Senanayake, whose son too, died about a year ago of dengue fever. Among the other participants were Chaturika, daughter […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Would be a Dictatorial Racist

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Maithripala Sirisena is a Weak and Brittle President, but Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Would be an Infinitely Worse one, a Dictatorial Racist, a Deadly Cross Between Benito Mussolini and Donald Trump By Tisaranee Gunasekara “…questioning honestly and reflecting upon the truth of what has been lived through, what has been done.” – Nadine Gordimer (Living in Hope and History: Notes from our Century) The 19th Amendment was the greatest achievement of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration. President Maithripala Sirisena played an active role in making it happen. He helped craft it and spearheaded it through a fractious parliament in a 12-hour marathon session. Without his committed and tireless efforts, the Amendment would not have garnered the SLFP’s support and would have failed to pass for that reason. It was the finest […]