24th January 2018

Wigneswaran turns down Bathiudeen’s request

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Manushi Silva Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has turned down the request made by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking for 1000 acres of land for the rehabilitation of Muslims in Mullaitivu district. In his letter addressed to the Northern CM, Minister Bathiudeen had stated that the Muslims who lived in Mullaitivu district abandoned their lands due to the terrorist activities carried out by LTTE. The Minister pointed out 780 such families have been identified, and 1000 acres of land in Mullaitivu district is needed for those families and for the new generation that emerged. Further, the Minister through his letter pointed out the former residents of Mullaitivu District who lost their lands during the time of war had resettled in Puttalam and other areas temporarily. However, […]

Difference between British & Sri Lankan

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Launching the first Taste of Britain Festival in Colombo yesterday , the British High Commissioner James Dauris said that seasoning and other additives, could be the difference between the curries produced in the two countries. Asked what he thought separated curries cooked in Britain and Sri Lanka , he said ” I am not the best person to answer your question, but I presume its to do with spices and other ingredients.” The High Commissioner observed that historical ties between the United Kingdom and South Asia, meant that there were some similarities in food , with curries being an important part of the menu. Wishing the Festival which runs until January 28, a successful inaugural performance, he hoped that it could be made an annual […]

Is time running out for Sirisena, Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa?

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

On 8 January 2015, the people of this country exercised their true democratic grit to dispel the rule of President Rajapaksa and his family. The right of the people was exercised in a clear wave of hope to end corruption, inequality and establish justice, which most thought was diminished under the Rajapaksa rule.  The result was unexpected and happened against the series of overwhelming public endorsements received by the Rajapaksa Government in successive elections prior to the people’s presidential verdict. The scenario brings to mind a saying of Niels Bohr, “The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.” High expectations were set on the coalition Government formed with the advent of Maithripala […]

TNA wants draft Constitution presented to parliament soon after LG polls

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Leader of Opposition and of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has demanded that the draft Constitution be submitted to Parliament soon after Feb. 10 local government polls. A statement issued by the TNA yesterday quoted Sampanthan as having told European Union Sri Lanka Political Desk Head Paul Godfrey: “Soon after the local government elections the process must be expedited and the draft Constitution must be submitted to Parliament and eventually it must be approved by the people at a referendum”. “We cannot delay anymore these processes. Instead we must give priority to this in order to find a lasting solution to the national question”, Sampanthan has said adding that “it is important that the new Constitution must be a reasonable and an acceptable one […]

Ranil-Maithri-Mahinda clique that took steps to break up the state service has no right to ask for votes from state employees

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Ranil-Maithri-Mahinda clique that took steps to break up the state service has no right to ask for votes from state employees and the government has not taken any action to increase the salaries of state employees by Rs.5967.00 according to the increase in the living index up to November 2017 says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this speaking at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta today (22nd). The General Secretary of Lanka Teacher Services Union Mahinda Jayasinghe and the President of State Administrative Assistants Service U. Palihawadana were also present. Speaking further Mr. Tilvin Silva said, “At the election, the JVP, the UNP, Maithri clique as well as Mahinda’s new party are contesting […]

PRECIFAC Recommends Legal Action Against Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ex – Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

24th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardena Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) which had held former President Mahind Rajapaksa responsible for allegedly causing a financial loss to ITN had recommended filing of legal action against him. The Commission had concluded that former President and three former officials of ITN had been guilty of causing the state TV channel a loss of Rs 102,158,058 by getting it to telecast his advertisements free of charge during the presidential election. It has held that the defendants have committed a crime under section 70 of the Bribery Act. The Commission had also recommended that ITN should be converted into an independent institution. PRECIFAC […]