31st March 2018

NO CONFIDENCE MOTION AGAINST PM THE NUMBERS GAME IS ON!

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It has been reported that the Joint Opposition (JO) and the youngest political party the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramua (SLPP) whose de-facto leader is the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa [MR] has handed over a No Confidence Motion (NCM) against the Prime Minister from the UNP/ UNFGG on Wednesday March 21, 2018 signed by 54 members of the JO /SLPP as well as 3 Junior Ministers of the SLFP/UPFA. It was surprising that the former President who was the prime “mover and shaker” of the NCM had not signed. The reasons given by the JO/SLPP members are very flimsy and does not hold ground. There are some schools of thought the former President will not even participate at the debate on the NCM now fixed by […]

Mangala, Vigneswaran discuss Northern Province development projects

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Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy met Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran in Jaffna yesterday. They discussed the implementation of projects in the Northern Province as proposed by the 2018 Budget. Senior officials of the Ministry and the Central Bank also participated in the discussions on the best possible manner in which the allocated Rs. 1000 million can be spent in the North. The District Secretaries of five districts in the Northern Province also participated in the discussion. Minister Samaraweera explained that the Budget had also made provisions to help resettle former LTTE cadres, provide them with soft loans for businesses and provide help in livelihood opportunities. Chief Minister Vigneswaran had requested that the government work […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Must Now Earn the Gratitude of the Tamils and Muslims By Supporting a Political Solution.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Having Earned The Gratitude Of The Sinhala People By Ending the War and Establishing Peace Must Now Earn the Gratitude of the Tamils and Muslims By Supporting a Political Solution. By Dr. Nirmala Chandrahasan The outcome of the local government elections this year has made one fact evident. Whatever may be the reasons attributed it clearly shows the Peoples’ disappointment with the performance of the present government and the parties in power both in the North and in the South. In the North the TNA lost ground because it was perceived by the voters as not having achieved more in solving the problems of the Tamil people. I would submit that these problems have less to do with the delays in Constitution making […]

TNA may vote against Ranil.

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Sivagnanam Sridharan said, his party has no inclination to safeguard Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe under any circumstances during the no-faith motion that has been brought against him by the Joint Opposition (JO). The MP charged that though his party had extended support to both the President and the Premier to resolve the burning issues of the Tamil people in the North, both Leaders had acted as if they were oblivious to the concerns of the Tamil people.  MP Sridharan alleged that the Government had thus far failed to Resolve issues such as the fate of those detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, Issues of those displaced and missing, Land issues, Jobs, among others. He added that the TNA therefore […]

SLFP fully backs no-faith motion against Premier

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By Maheesha Mudugamuwa The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) yesterday said it would, on April 04, vote for the no-confidence motion, moved by the Joint Opposition (JO) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The SLFP called upon Wickremesinghe to resign as Prime Minister if he wanted to protect the coalition government formed by the SLFP and the UNP. The SLFP would officially announce its decision to vote for the no-faith motion after the party’s Central Committee meeting, scheduled to be held on April 2 with President Maithripala Sirisena presiding, Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha told the media yesterday. Premajayantha assured that the SLFP’s current position on the no-confidence motion would not change and it would be confirmed by the Working Committee. Addressing the media at the SLFP […]

Mahinda winning? President, PM meet to iron out key issues

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The crucial meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on Thursday night at Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne’s official residence had aimed at ironing out some of the contentious issues that have put the unity Government in crisis.  Daily FT learns that to safeguard the coalition there was frank discussion between the two leaders on a host of issues including next week’s no confidence motion on Prime Minister. Sources said the issue of way forward post-no confidence motion also figured during the discussion in addition to best course of action over elections to come . Other matters included restructuring some of the key Ministries and re-alignment of subjects etc. The contentious decision by President Sirisena to transfer some key institutions such as the […]

Sri Lanka asylum seeking applications to UK on the decline

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The number of applications made by Sri Lankans seeking asylum in the UK has been reduced relatively in the recent years, the British Government said. This was revealed according to data presented by Baroness Williams of Trafford who is the Minister of State, Home Department in response to a question asked by Lord Naseby in Parliament on Thursday as to how many Sri Lankans have sought asylum each year since January 2007; and how many were successful. In 2007, some 988 applications had been made and 124 asylum status had been granted during the same year. 1,473 application had been made in 2008 followed by 1,115, 1,357 and 1,756 in the following years respectively upto 2011. However, the number of total applications had been reduced […]

Finding the disappeared in Sri Lanka

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In February, one-and-a-half years after Parliament passed the legislation to do so, President Maithripala Sirisena appointed commissioners to the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). The OMP was the first pillar of the unity government’s reconciliation agenda. Official estimates put the number of disappeared people in Sri Lanka at around 20,000. Many went missing during the final stages of the war in 2009 and in the subsequent IDP camps, while families in the South also have memories of white vans and kidnappings during the two JVP insurrections. The OMP’s eight commissioners are tasked with tracking down information for the surviving families on what happened to their lost loved ones. Attorney Saliya Pieris, PC, is the Chairperson of the OMP. He’s a former member of the country’s […]

Families pray for closure, Missing Person’s Office promises trust

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The daily routine of Mutthan Theiventhiran, 72, involves first praying at the Kilinochchi Kandaswamy Kovil in the morning where he seeks divine help for the return of his missing son and then joining fellow protesters at a temporary shed near the kovil. This has been his routine for at least a year. Theiventhiran’s forehead bears “Vibhooti,’’ the sacred ash he receives after prayers, reflecting his devotion to the cause of finding out about his son who was injured in the last stages of war in 2009 and admitted to hospital by the military but has been missing since. Theiventhiran is one among thousands of relatives of missing people whose protests have continued in five other places in Vavuniya, Maruthankerni and Mullaithivu, is search of answers […]