12th April 2018

US, UK, Canada, Norway, India and the TNA saved PM Ranil

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by Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA So now we know. We know the truth about the no-confidence motion and what happened behind the scenes. We know that the no-faith move could have succeeded. We know who decided to save Ranil. We know why. We know which foreign powers encouraged and backed that operation to rescue him. We know what Ranil signed—yes, actually SIGNED in reciprocity. We know the role Mangala played. We know what to expect in the coming weeks and months. We also know the plan behind the new Constitution. We know all this thanks to an in-depth piece of extended political reportage by DBS Jeyaraj, one of the most eminent Sri Lankan journalists and certainly the most authoritative analyst of Tamil affairs as well as […]

16 SLFP ministers voted in favor of no-confidence motion quit unity govt

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SLFP ministers’ failed bid to oust PM: Buckling under pressure, Prez accepts resignations Sirisena to go abroad on April 15 SLFP CC will meet after his return By Saman Indrajith and Rathindra Kuruwita President Maithripala Sirisena, yesterday, accepted the resignation letters tendered by 15 SLFP ministers, including six Cabinet members, and the Deputy Speaker, who voted for the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week. Their resignations would take effect from midnight yesterday, former State Minister of Public Enterprise Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said. The UNP called for the resignation of the SLFP ministers who had turned against their leader and PM. Co-Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told the media yesterday that a new Cabinet would be appointed shortly without the SLFP ministers […]

Wigneswaran Speaks His Mind out on ITAK’s Attitude & Thambu on High-time United Nations Acts on Sri Lanka

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CM C.V Wigneswaran said he wouldn’t expect ITAK to invite him as the next CM, as he will not let down the Tamils to support the Sinhalese parties. For the first time he frankly spoke his mind in public.http://tamildiplomat.com/invitation-will-not-come-itak-contesting-cm-post-says-wigneswaran/Thambu Kanagasabai, in his article in Ilankai Tamil Sangam, highlighted the statements made in Geneva by the participants and echoed the feelings of the Tamils that it is high-time for UN to act on Sri Lanka. At a time the Tamil leaders had let the voters down, the Tamils have no choice, but to look for the international bodies to act. Please read on.  http://sangam.org/hightime-acts-sri-lanka/NPC members visited and inspected the Sinhalese colonisation and building viharas on Tamil lands in Mullaitheevu District. Then they demonstrated in front of Mullaitheevu […]

World-wide Campaign Launched Calling for Referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka. Dignitaries Joining Event in Canada: TGTE

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Referendum is for Tamils to decide their political destiny through peaceful and democratic means to find a permanent solution TORONTO , CANADA , April 10, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — World-wide campaign calling for Referendum for Tamils in Sri Lanka to decide their political destiny through peaceful and democratic means to find a permanent solution is to be launched in Canada on April 15th by Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). Several renowned international dignitaries, including Adrianus (Ad) Melkert, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Dutch cabinet minister are joining the event titled “Yes to Referendum”. This launch will be followed by several actions and conferences in different countries, highlighting the importance of holding a Referendum to decide Tamils’ political destiny thus finding a permanent solution to the protracted […]

Remembering The Brave Young Tamil Doctors 9 Years On

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By Arujuna Sivananthan Many of us who worked hard to shine the spotlight on Sri Lanka that includes;  Convincing the first head of a foreign government to visit Jaffna,  Keeping it on the international agenda, Working to secure an unprecedented resolution setting up an independent international (OISL) inquiry into war crimes, crimes against humanity and mass atrocities committed by all parties to the conflict,  Helping build a consensus to pressure Sri Lanka to co-sponsor a resolution accepting the findings of the OISL inquiry, and,  Through significant remittances sustain the Northeastern economy of Sri Lanka, supporting families and charities such as schools, hospitals, orphanages and local NGOs to create work-life opportunities for war victims, were appalled and shocked by pages 66 and 67 […]

Sri Lanka’s debt burden is higher than Ethiopia, Uganda & Ghana

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Sri Lanka’s government revenue as a share of GDP is lower than many peers, while the government debt-to-GDP ratio is much higher, Moody’s Investors Service said in a statement. Debt-to-GDP ratio in Ethiopia, Uganda and Ghana among other countries is lower than Sri Lanka even though revenue-to-GDP ratio in these countries higher than Sri Lanka. Moody’s Investors Service said Sri Lanka’s very large debt burden and weak debt affordability weighing on country’s sovereign credit profile. Moody’s Investors Service, however, said new Inland Revenue Act which took effect on 1 April, will rationalize the existing income tax structure and help broaden the income tax base by removing exemptions, a credit positive. The government expects the removal of tax exemptions and the introduction of new taxes, including […]

Sri Lankan Army’s Flouting of Vetting Agreement for UN

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His Excellency Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix Under Secretary General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Office of Peacekeeping Operations United Nations New York, NY 10017, USA Dear Mr. Lacroix, Re: Sri Lankan Army’s Flouting of Vetting Agreement for UN We write to draw your attention to allegations that the Sri Lankan Army has deployed UN peacekeepers in violation of the vetting agreement reached with the national Human Rights Commission. If the failure to abide by these commitments is true, it constitutes a mockery of the whole process. The complaint regarding the failure to vet comes from the country’s national Human Rights Commission (HRCSL), a body appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka. The complaint has been sent in a letter in Sinhala from the HRCSL to the President of Sri Lanka […]