29th April 2018

Towards a Common Future: a revitalised and relevant Commonwealth

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By James Dauris  The recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London brought together leaders representing the interests of 2.4 billion people, nearly one third of the world’s population.  Sri Lanka is no stranger to CHOGM.  It hosted the meeting in 2013 and President Sirisena led the delegation to London this year. 46 Heads of Government, over 50 Ministers and 15,000 delegates attended.  Heads of delegations met in London and at Windsor Castle, while Ministers and other participants took part in forums for women, youth, civil society and business, and dozens of side events and multilateral and bilateral meetings. Discussions focused on the theme “Towards a Common Future” for the citizens of the Commonwealth and considered how the organisation needs to change and grow in order to remain […]

Douglas accused of illegally occupying property

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The people of Jaffna fondly remember going to Sridhar Cinema from the 1970s to the early 1990s. It is located close to the railway crossing on Stanley Road. The majestic building was built by Chelliah Sabaratnam Ratnasabapathy and his wife Mrs. Maheswari Ratnasabapathy around 1974. It became a landmark in Jaffna. Ratnasabapathy died intestate in 1974 and by presumption the new owners were his widow and children, Ratnasabapathy Mahendraraviraj of Australia, Mrs. Mahendraravirani Dayalakumar, Mrs. Parasakthy Jeganathan, Ratnasabapathy Devarajah and Ratnasabapathy Sridhar, the latter four of the UK. From on or about 1990 the Sridhar Cinema had to be closed down due to the hostilities in the North. At this time, the Plaintiffs were, as a family, forced to leave their home in Jaffna and […]

Hitler Had His ” Brown Shirts” While Gotabaya Has The Equivalent In The “Saffron Cohorts”

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Hitler Had His ” Brown Shirts” While Gotabaya Has The Equivalent In The “Saffron Cohorts”, Its Lay Fellow-travelers And The ” Rana Viru” Myrmidons. By Anura Gunasekara That is our parliamentary crucible; toads, newts, adders and scorpions being stirred in a poisoned chalice and strained through a kurakkan satakaya. The Diyawanna script is written in Medamulana and offered to the nation, along with Atapirikara and jasmine flowers and couched in sonorous, mock-pious statements, delivered from diverse friendly Aramayas, with open approval from a compliant, complicit and adulatory Sangha. Whilst the most prominent casualty of the unsuccessful no confidence motion was President Sirisena, the outcome has enabled Ranil Wickremesinghe to reunite, perhaps momentarily, a gradually disintegrating UNP and, though he may not acknowledge it publicly, to realistically […]

NO justice for 13 yrs because journalist Sivaram was a Tamil and killed by the government forces?

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Why is the current government covering up the killers of Tamil Journalists by the Mahinda government?  Was President Srisena then minister in Mahinda government involved in giving orders to these these killings? Dharmaratnam Sivaram alias Taraki, writer, journalist and political analyst, was abducted by a group in a van near Bambalapitiya police station on 28 April 2005. On the following day, his body was found near parliament in a high security zone. The perpetrators working with the Mahinda government was so powerful they abducted him near a police station and dumped his body near the country’s parliament? Question remains as to how kidnappers could enter the parliament premises, the most secured zone – and commit such a crime. Mahinda and his government did nothing to arrest […]

Aggrieved Party Wonders If Changing Law & Order Minister Would Effect Thajudeen Case

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By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody – Sources close to the family of murdered ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen said that with the change that had taken place in the portfolio of the Minister of Law and Order, Thajudeen’s family as the aggrieved party in the presently ongoing case before the Magistrate’s Court, expected much in terms of justice despite the lack of faith in the present state of affairs with regard to the case. Wasim Thajudeen The incumbent Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara succeeded Sagala Ratnayake as the Minister of Law and Order. Sources including attorneys connected to the case queried as to whether the change to the helm of the aforementioned Ministerial subject would also reflect in a change in the Thajudeen matter, in a manner akin to the recent developments in […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Was The Undisputed Head Of All State Agencies Handling Military and Civil Intelligence.

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“Capo De Tutti Capi” (Leader Of All Leaders) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Was The Undisputed Head Of All State Agencies Handling Military and Civil Intelligence. By Sarath de Alwis “He who protests is an enemy; he who opposes is a corpse.”  – Pol Pot In a rebuttal of a newspaper report on the investigation into the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunge, the former Defence Secretary and 2020 Presidential hopeful, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is at pains to explain that then Commander of the Army- Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka was in charge of army intelligence and he was above the brawl and broil. That he was and is lily white in his dealings in the shadowy world of intelligence. “The Directorate of Military Intelligence of the Army is a branch within the Army […]