28th March 2018

JO alleges MPs offered Rs. 100 mn each to vote against no-faith motion

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Bribing MPs is nothing new in Sri Lanka.  Mahinda bribed the LTTE – Champika Ranawaka – YouTube  Mahinda Rajapaksa Who Stole 83 Million Rupees Of Tsunami Funds … By Shamindra Ferdinando Members of parliament have been offered as much as Rs. 100 mn each to oppose the no-confidence motion (NCM) moved against Prime Minister and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Joint Opposition (JO) heavyweight MP Dallas Alahapperuma alleges. Matara District MP Alahapperuma said so at a public meeting at Verona, organized by the Sri Lanka Pojujana Peramuna (SLPP) in Italy over the last weekend. Parliament is scheduled to debate and vote on NCM on April 4. The JO handed over NCM signed by 55 members, including four of President Maithripala Sirisena’s group to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya […]

Sampanthan’s alma mater

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A large number of family members of the involuntarily disappeared persons staged a protest when President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at St Patrick’s College, Jaffna to declare open the newly built Technology Centre of the school last week. The Old Boys of St Patrick’s College Jaffna who were the students of former Rector Rev. Fr. G. A. Michael Francis Joseph also joined hands with the protestors carrying aloft the portrait of their former Rector who was  among hundreds of people disappeared after surrendering to the Security Forces at the end of the separatist war in May 2009. Rev Fr. G. A. Michael Francis Joseph was the twenty first Rector of St Patrick’s College, which was founded by Catholic Missionaries 168 years ago, in Gurunagar a staunch […]

Accused collapses in ‘Toy pistol case’ to kill UNP MP

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There was high drama at the Hambantota High Court yesterday, when the first accused Pemasiri Paranamanna in the case involving the attack on a group of UNP MPs who were on a fact finding visit to the new Airport and Port in Hambanthota in April 17, 2014 fainted and collapsed on the dock when Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne began to give evidence. The case famously dubbed as the “Toy Pistol Case” against five suspects including the former Hambantota Mayor which came up for hearing before Hambantota High Court Judge Thamara Tennakoon yesterday had to be postponed till May 15 after the first accused in the case fainted and collapsed. In this case former Hambantota Mayor Eraj Raveendra, Premasiri Parnamana, Tuan Ramzan, Madusha Nilan and Bindu […]

Reform Resistance in Sri Lankan Politics

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One serious political question that emerges from Sri Lanka’s current political impasse is the following: why has a reformist democratic regime, with domestic popular support as well as international backing, begun to run out of its political energies, and political options, so early and is facing disintegration half away? In Sri Lanka’s on-going political debate, there are several explanations being offered. Two stand above others. The lack of political will among government leaders, and their shaky commitment to the electoral mandate, is the first. The second is the ruptured nature of the coalition between the two traditionally rival political parties, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by Sirisena, and United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremesinghe. These are obvious reasons, and there is hardly any […]