June 2018

‘India shouldn’t meddle with our political affairs’ says Rajapaksha

30th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Rajapaksa calls for non-interference India can have the biggest political impact on Sri Lanka’s election, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said, adding that he hoped India will not “meddle with” Sri Lanka’s internal political affairs. He made the comment in an interview to The Daily Mirror on Thursday, responding to a question on the possible influence of the West and India on the Sri Lankan presidential election, likely to be held by the end of 2019. “It is not that big,” Mr. Rajapaksa said, on the West’s ability to determine poll outcomes. India’s role in 2015 Following his election defeat in January 2015 to an eclectic coalition led by his former Cabinet colleague Maithripala Sirisena, Mr. Rajapaksa has, on different occasions, alluded to India’s role in toppling […]

Places In Jaffna You Can Visit In A Day

30th June 2018 // 0 Comments

From stretches of pristine coastline, to an archaeological museum and several churches built by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, Jaffna has much to offer curious visitors.  Below we have made note of the lesser known places of interest, which are located a short distance away from the main town and they can all be visited within a day’s travel. 1. St. James Church 2. Kadurugoda Archaeological Site 3. Nilavarai Well 4. Kankesanthurai Beach 5. Keerimalai Pond 6. Casuarina Beach https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g2467801-Activities-Northern_Province.html

PM and President fight to protect Mahinda of his corruptions

30th June 2018 // 0 Comments

FUNDS ALLEGEDLY USED FOR MAHINDA’S ELECTION CAMPAIGN Following the recommendations made by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC), the Attorney General last week filed indictments against those who have misappropriated public funds to conduct an election rally in Negombo in the run up to the 2015 Presidential Elections. The indictments were filed against former Acting Fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, his Private Secretary/ son-in-law Upul Chaminda Perera Kumarasinghe, former Chairman CFHC Upali Liyanage, former General Manager Galapitagedara Piyal Abeysekara, former Deputy General Manager Chandana Pelpita and former acting Supplies Manager Lakmina Munidasa under the Public Property Act for misappropriation of public money to build the image of the presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa in the guise of a ceremony […]

Govt. asks UAE whether Rajapaksa’s Chinese funds deposited there

30th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella yesterday told The Island yesterday that Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC, had officially sought inquired from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) whether funds received by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from China in the run-up to the last presidential polls in January 2015 had been deposited there. Minister Kiriella said that Sri Lanka had raised the issue after receiving reliable information. Minister Kiriella said that the government had received information as regards funds in UAE following the revelation made by The New York Times in respect of the Chinese funding the Rajapaksa campaign.

China funding MR’s campaign: Ranjan complains to FCID

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Social Empowerment Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake today lodged a complaint with the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) against former president Mahinda Rajapaksa over the recent allegations revealed by the New York Times. The New York Times in an article published on Monday (25) exposed that at least $7.6 million was dispensed from China Harbor’s account at Standard Chartered Bank to affiliates of Mr. Rajapaksa’s campaign, according to a document, seen by The Times, from an active internal government investigation. Speaking to journalists outside the FCID, Deputy Minister Ramanayake said that he contacted the Times journalists who exposed the allegations before making the complaint. (TK) Video by Sanjeewa China Funded Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 Election Campaign Through Cheques Amounting to US $ 7.6 Million and $ 3.7 M […]

President sought my support for No-faith Motion against PM

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

SITUATION HAS TAKEN A TURN FOR THE WORSE FOR THE UNP GOVT IS COMPELLED TO CONDUCT POLLS IN THE NORTH BY DECEMBER NO CHANGES IN US POLICIES IN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THEY TALK ABOUT GAMPeRALIYA WHEN ELECTIONS ARE NEAR I HAD ONLY A ROUTINE MEETING WITH US ENVOY ATUL KESHAP AGRICULTURE SECTOR IS IN TATTERS WITH NO FERTILIZER FOR FARMERS WILL DECIDE ON PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AT RIGHT TIME I WILL NOT DECIDE IT ON MY OWN; I GAUGE PUBLIC OPINION FALSE PROPAGANDA CARRIED OUT AGAINST US LAST TIME SOME SAY GOTABHAYA IS THE SUITABLE CANDIDATE TO CONTEST POLLS INDIA IS THE COUNTRY THAT CAN MAKE THE BIGGEST POLITICAL INFLUENCE ON SRI LANKA WE HAVE TO WELCOME THOSE DEFECTING FROM GOVT IN PARLIAMENT       Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in an interview with Daily Mirror, speaks about the presidential candidate, the political rifts within the Joint Opposition (JO), the development in world politics and India’s political influence on Sri Lanka. Besides, he responds to questions about his meeting with US Ambassador Atul Kehsap. The excerpts: Q  There are reports about rifts within the JO over the move to accommodate the 16-member SLFP group. What is your view as the leader of that camp? […]

MISSING ACCOUNTABILITY for ATROCITY CRIMES in SRI LANKA VNR to UN HLPF 2018

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is going to present its Voluntary National Review (VNR) during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will take place from 09 to 18 July 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York.  The GoSL has submitted the Report of Sri Lanka Voluntary National Review on 18 June 2018. The VNR is a critical component of the review and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).  Report of Sri Lanka VNR has blocked out the entire UNHRC process and information related to UNHRC resolution 30/1. It has totally ignored its earlier commitment to the international community regarding the implementation of transitional justice mechanisms.  “No Sustainable Development without Transitional Justice”  Through the resolutions 30/1 – the […]

Sri Lanka: Deplorable threats against human rights defender

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan authorities must urgently take action against those threatening human rights defender Sandhya Eknaligoda, Amnesty International said today. Over recent days, Sandhya Eknaligoda, a distinguished campaigner against enforced disappearances and the wife of disappeared cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, has been subject to a barrage of hate, abuse, intimidation, harassment and death threats on social media. “The threats against Sandhya Eknaligoda are extremely worrying. The Sri Lankan authorities must urgently and effectively take appropriate action against those who seek to cause her harm,” said Dinushika Dissanayake, Deputy South Asia Director at Amnesty International. The threats against Sandhya Eknaligoda have escalated ever since the Homagama Magistrate’s Court convicted prominent Buddhist nationalist monk, Galagodatte Gnanasara Thero, on 24 May 2018 for threatening her outside the court building […]

Sri Lanka sleepwalking into a Rajapaksa dynasty: Prof. Sally

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka is sleepwalking into a Rajapaksa dynasty characterized by illiberal democracy, state-dominated inefficient capitalism and ethnic chauvinism, after a failed test of good governance by an unholy coalition of left and right wing parties for three years, according to Prof. Razeen Sally, Chairman of Colombo-based think tank, the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). Delivering a public lecture last week on the topic ‘Capitalism in Asia and what it means for Sri Lanka’, organised by Advocata Institute – an open market advocacy – Prof. Sally said the present government is doing its best towards a Rajapaksa restoration. “It can sleepwalk its way back to a combination of illiberal democracy, state-led very inefficient capitalism and ethnic chauvinism or in other words, it can walk its way […]

China gave $7.6 million for Mahinda’s re-election bid: report

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT –A Chinese company paid $7.6 million for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s relection bid in 2015, the New York Times reported this week raising the possibe payments to more than six times what was originally thought. The NYT said it found evidence showing that the $7.6 million had been paid from the China Harbour’s account at Standard Chartered Bank to affiliates of Rajapaksa’s campaign, much more than the $1.14 million reported by the state-run Daily News in July 2015. The Daily News had reported that 149 million rupees was given by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to the Rajapaksa campaign and also named some of the people who accepted cheques. The local newspaper also gave details of the Standard Chartered Bank account that was used to transfer the cash. In its […]

MAHINDA’s group opposes special status for Northern CM, demands early PC polls

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman and top Joint Opposition spokesman Prof. G.L. Peiris on Monday (June 25) strongly opposed any special arrangement between the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government and the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to put off elections to the NPC. Prof. Peiris emphasized there couldn’t be such an exclusive agreement between the government and a particular provincial administration especially against the backdrop of postponement of elections scheduled for Sabaragamuwa, Eastern and North Central Provincial Councils polls last year. SLPP Chairman said so at a media briefing at Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla office of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Wigneswaran recently declared that he had no objection to the postponement of the elections to his provincial council provided that his term of […]

What Will Happen If Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Comes to Power Like Hitler and Establishes Military Rule ?

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Ranga Jayasuriya Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has skeletons though, may not be in his closet, but wherever white vans had dumped victims during his abduction prone tenure as the Defence Secretary. But, not even by a long shot did he go any close to Hitler. Last week, when a high priest publicly urged him to become a Hitler, it was not clear whether the aspiring presidential candidate took it as a compliment or as a personal affront. The Anunayake of the Asgiriya Chapter, Ven Vedaruvey Upali Thera has reportedly told Mr. Rajapaksa: “if they call you Hitler, even become a Hitler and establish the military rule and develop the country.” Those were unusual birthday blessings reportedly delivered at an alms-giving to mark the 69th birthday of […]

”Gotabhaya Rajapaksa cannot contest the 2020 presidential election” says US

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

US ambassador Atul Keshap has told ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa to look for another option as Gotabhaya Rajapaksa cannot contest the 2020 presidential election. Meeting him a few days ago at his Wijerama Mawatha home, Keshap briefed Mahinda about the US government stand with regard to Gotabhaya and the presidential polls. The ambassador was making a farewell call, as he is to end his term in a few days’ time. The US Interior Ministry has initiated an investigation against its citizen Gotabhaya over a financial crime. Therefore, he cannot abandon his UN citizenship. But, he is misleading the public by saying that he will do so within two months.   Mahinda is looking for a reason to prevent Gotabhaya from contesting, and the US has now […]

‘Yellow murder mania’ –conspiracy hatched in devil incarnate Gota’s house! (video)

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News -24.June.2018, 11.25PM)  A ‘yellow murder mania’ which is a challenge to laws , justice and pristine Buddhism  is most  dangerously rearing its monstrous head across the entire country. This  group of blood lusty yellow monsters  under the pretext of helping  the hooligan monk  Gnanassara who was in jail  wearing the ’jumper’ met at the residence of Gotabaya the devil incarnate most stealthily and conspiratorially. This most dangerous  mad contagion  is being spread by Asgiriya chapter Anunayake (deputy prelate ) , a robed monk by the name of Upali. This mad maniacal monk despite wearing the sacred saffron robe and professing to follow Lord Buddha the prince of peace and non violence  had shockingly preached to Gotabaya to become another  Hitler  the demented […]

”What we need is a leadership that is linked with Buddhism, the Buddhist Order and the Sinhalese” says Buddhist Monk

28th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Gotler Or Hitler, Two Sides Of The Same Coin By Vishwamithra – “Democracy; the fools have a right to vote. Dictatorship; the fools have a right to rule” ~Bertrand Russell  The whole of Sri Lankan society, at least the rumor-prone Colombo pukka sahibs, went berserk when they heard a ‘sermon’ of some sort from a so-called highly-placed Buddhist Monk of the Asgiriya Chapter asking a notorious sibling of Mahinda Rajapaksa to take control of the country and rule like Hitler, who is really the personification of ‘man’s inhumanity to man’.  A widely read online news site reported thus: ‘Venerable Vendaruwe Upali Thero, the Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter delivering an anusasana (sermon) on the occasion of an almsgiving marking the 69th birthday of Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that he should opt for military rule […]

Hitler’s brother would not have any difficulty in bringing back Weeratunga to Sri Lanka as he is still associated with the latter,” PM Wickremesinghe

27th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would not have any difficulty to get former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga, who was alleged to have involved in MiG deal, to return to Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today. “Hitler’s brother would not have any difficulty in bringing back Weeratunga to Sri Lanka as he is still associated with the latter,” PM Wickremesinghe told UNP Ministers at Temple Trees today. He had referred to former President as Hitler’s brother. “The Sri Lankan Government had made arrangements to bring Mr Weeratunga back to the country with the help of the Interpol, even if former President did not ask him to come back to Sri Lanka,” Mr Wickremesinghe had said. The Prime Minister had expressed these sentiments, while chatting with the […]

TNA set to split as elections approach

27th June 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), of which the Ilankai Tamil ArasuKatchi (ITAK) is the single largest constituent, appears to be heading for a split, with the Sampanthan and Wigneswaran factions failing to find a common ground to work together.    A likely outcome is the emergence of two new groupings, with the ITAK and its adjuncts being on one side and a conglomerate or congeries of groups headed by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran being on the other side.    The two factions have been on the verge of a split several times before but have stayed together in an uneasy relationship either because there was no alternative path in sight; or because there was no immediate need to part ways; or because of pressure […]

Threatened Sri Lankan priest wins rights prize

27th June 2018 // 0 Comments

The work of Father Nandana Manatunga and his team has helped secure convictions against perpetrators of rape and torture Father Nandana Manatunga was awarded the 2018 Gwangiu Prize for Human Rights by South Korea’s May 18 Memorial Foundation. (Photo supplied) Quintus Colombage, Colombo  Sri Lanka Father Nandana Manatunga champions families of political prisoners as well as victims of torture, rape and other abuses. He visits police stations and army camps seeking justice, including for the loved ones of ethnic Tamils who disappeared after being taken into military custody during the nation’s 1983-2009 civil war. Women come to Father Manatunga’s office, some in tears, telling of male relatives — mostly sons, husbands or brothers — abducted by military or paramilitary groups. “His office, work and programs are constantly observed by […]

HIS LORDSHIP JUSTICE WIGNESWARAN’S MULLAIVAIKAL SPEECH THAT SHOOK THE WORLD

27th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Let us not continue to be pawns in the hands of scheming individuals or institutions. Let us agitate in a systematic, organized way for Justice for our affected people. Let us move forward together to reach our political objectives. I make this request of you on this emotive day.  Let us identify ourselves as a determinable group of people, the Tamil People, who were subjected to genocide in this 21st century where human civilization has reached great heights. By C.V. Wigneswaran – Mullivaikal Commemorative Programme 18.05.2009 – 18.05.2018 – Remembering the dead during the conclusion of the war at Mullivaikal, Meeting at 11am at Mullivaikal on 18.05.2018 My beloved people! This is the fourth Mullivaikal Commemoration organized by us. Even though we have not been able to seek justice for our affected […]

Sri Lanka is misleading the UN General Assembly

27th June 2018 // 0 Comments

H.E. Ambassador Miroslav Lajčák, Permanent Representative of Slovakia President of UN General Assembly(2017/2018) Your Excellency Sri Lanka is misleading the UN General Assembly Please share the following with all UN members: Sri Lanka Representative: ”Sri Lanka had emerged from a long conflict and embarked on a process of peacebuilding. …. By addressing the hearts and minds of the Sri Lankan people, the Government had endeavoured towards a peaceful and prosperous country. ….……”, 25 April 2018, https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/ga12013.doc.htm The war was brought to an end in May 2009, but the root causes of the conflict remain unaddressed. On the contrary the-then government heavily militarised  the North/East region and let the military have political, socio-economic, cultural and psychological control over the people. A multitude of reports by various entities of the UN in […]

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