June 2018

US repeating Lanka’s allegations against UNHRC

22nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Having had brazenly used the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to adopt an anti-Sri Lanka Resolution in Oct 2015 on the basis of unsubstantiated war crimes allegations, the US has endorsed what we have been saying with regard to the inherent bias and lack of objectivity on the part of the UN agency, former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris says. Responding to a query by The Island, Prof. Peiris, yesterday, alleged that the Geneva body always treated Sri Lanka with preconceived notions and shuts its eyes to compelling evidence contrary to the conclusions which they wished to reach. Prof. Peiris pointed out that US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley was quoted in the international media as having […]

Northern education system gets bad report

10th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) led by Joseph Stalin early this week alleged that the Northern Education System is highly politicized and there is large-scale misuse of power. The Union has now taken up the issue with Northern Governor Reginold Cooray who had promised to call up Provincial Education Ministry officials on 26 June for an explanation regarding the allegations. Ministerial level representatives as well as CTU will be present at this meeting. In a statement released early this week, CTU’s General Secretary Stalin pointed out that education in the North has been highly politicized with politicians and those holding responsible positions in the Education sector ruining the system. “Politicians and education directors are acting against rules and regulations and thereby ruining the administrative system of […]

Stop Gotabaya-Rex!

10th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Choice of candidate a significant factor in defeating Gotabaya Kumar David Gotabaya’s candidature for the presidency has been announced with much fanfare. All the backward forces of Sri Lankan society gathered at a great event organised by an elitist-chauvinist outfit called Viyathmaga in a resplendent hall to greet their new champion. Narrow nationalists and Sinhala chauvinists were there; leaders of the Joint Opposition attended; a sprinkling of the Dead Left deserted geriatric beds to put in a showing. Vasudeva did not attend but tied himself in knots saying one thing and then another according to the Daily Financial Times; goodly numbers of businessmen salivating for spoils were there. Understandably some fed up with Ranil’s pluperfect incompetence, stunned by Sirisena’s treachery and mystified by the venality […]

Missed opportunities

10th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Sanjana Hattotuwa I was around 25 when the ceasefire agreement by the United National Front government, with Ranil Wickremesinghe as PM, was freshly inked. Some of the most visible checkpoints in Colombo, for the first time in my life, were removed. I was part of a group of journalists who were the first to go up North on the newly re-opened A9, to meet with the LTTE; journalists in the North – including some of the first on the ground to use digital video and photography to document inconvenient truths – as well as activists in the region. Our minibus was regularly checked by young boys, facial hair just barely evident, cocking T-56s, and absolutely fascinated with the workings of the CD player. I remember […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa pushed up SL’s debt to Rs. 7,391bn

10th June 2018 // 0 Comments

The new bridge that was opened by the premier. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who created a world record through unfettered borrowings, should tell the country how he proposes to make his claim to reduce taxes by 20% a reality, if he is returned to power. During the Rajapaksa era, Sri Lanka’s debt burden zoomed to Rs. 7,391 billion, which meant a ‘record’ of pushing up the country’s borrowings three-fold, he noted. “Now the people have to repay this enormous debt”. The premier was addressing a meeting after opening the new Ranwala, Aswatte bridge on Friday. In 2005, when Sri Lanka celebrated her 58th year of independence, the country’s debt was Rs. 222 billion. After that Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected […]

President requests Britain to arrest or deport editor of LankaeNews

10th June 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday requested Britain to have London-based LankaeNews Editor Pradeep Sandaruwan Senadheera arrested or sent back to Sri Lanka. He made the request during a 30-minute a meeting with British High Commissioner James Dauris whom he summoned to his Paget Road residence. Among those present at the discussion were the President’s Coordinating Secretary Shiral Lakthilaka and Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne . The website has been blocked since November last year by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), headed by Presidential Secretary Austin Fernando. The ban was imposed after the website published articles critical of Mr Sirisena. Information obtained under the Right to Information Act by the website Groundviews revealed that the President’s office issued a letter to the TRCSL Director General […]

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Cannot Ignore the Tamil Nationality Question and/or Omit Proposing a Solution.

6th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Cannot Ignore the Tamil Nationality Question and/or Omit Proposing a Solution. The foreign policy component of the Viyathmaga sessions completely-omitted the main challenges: how do we successfully combat – not merely decry and denounce – the threat of universal jurisdiction and unilateral sanctions? How do we reverse the diminution of our “soft power”? Sri Lanka’s international relations cannot be insulated from Sri Lanka’s nationalities question. The Tamil question was globalised decades ago and is now more globalised than ever. No serious discussion on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy can ignore this problem and omit the political solution we propose, which is vital in managing our relations with India — without which we lose international space and are strategically-vulnerable. In 2015, Sri Lanka […]

Sri Lanka’s oldest Italian Fiat car in Jaffna

6th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By. N. Parameswaram, Jaffna correspondent JAFFNA: What an opportunity- the chance to own Sri Lanka’s oldest Italian Fiat car in Jaffna – and that too, one that is only functional, old Italian car. Sixty-year old Kumarasamy Ravichandran, a resident of No. 906/12 Point Pedro Road, Jaffna, is the owner of this car. K.Ravichandran and the Fiat Car Mr. Ravichandran says the car has manual horn and lights and still in running condition. It has two engines, two gear boxes and two differentials. This car was made on 1926 and first purchased in 1932 by the first owner from Colonial Motors; He purchased the car in 1990 for Rs.225,000. This is the only car with “A” serial number in Sri Lanka, he said. The car’s hood […]

Mahinda govt. took USD 20 million as commissions from N’cholai contractor – Who will save them PM Ranil or President Maithiri?

6th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith More than USD 20 million had been obtained as commissions from foreign companies involved in the constructing of Norochcholai Power plant by the leaders of the former government, Power and Renewable Energy State Minister Ajith P. Perera told Parliament yesterday. State Minister Perera said evidence had surfaced from international investigations into certain irregularities involving the power plant, he said. The State Minister claimed that there had been no irregularities recorded in the 11 tenders awarded by the present government for supplying coal to the CEB. Answering a question from UNP MP Nalin Bandara with regard to a company named Nobel Resource Limited which was involved in supplying coal to CEB, State Minister Perera said that USD 366.353 mn had been paid to […]

TNA deserves a positive response

5th June 2018 // 0 Comments

by N Sathiya Moorthy In a recent interview to a Tamil newspaper, M A Sumanthiran, TNA parliamentarian and international spokesman, has made an offer that sections of the Sinhala polity truly desirous of a political solution to the ‘ethnic issue’ cannot resist. Unless the idea of a new Constitution is to use the omnibus content to deny the Tamils their due post-war, the ruling UNP-SLFP duo should take the TNA ‘offer’ seriously and act accordingly. Going by the interview, Sumanthiran’s exposition is very much a part of the continuing proceedings of the Constituent Assembly. Though not being made for the first time, there has not been any favourable, or not-so-favourable reaction from any section of the majority/majoritarian Sinhala polity, to the TNA proposal when first […]

Tamil CM Wiggy’s ‘cold war’ with Sri Lanka’s PM Ranil!

5th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe travelled to Jaffna last week and when the Sri Lanka Air Force VIP helicopter touched down at the Jaffna Municipal Council grounds, he was received by one of the leading business magnates in Jaffna T. Thuvarakeswaran who is the brother of the late UNP Parliamentarian T. Maheswaran and the brother in law of State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe descended from the SLAF chopper amidst heavy showers and tight security, to once the location of the Jaffna Municipal Council, where stood a building very much similar to the Jaffna Public Library building in architecture. However, the LTTE demolished the majestic Jaffna Municipal Council building, which even housed a cinema, by detonating dynamites, when there were moves by the […]

Gotabaya is suspected of corruption, fraud and even murder….

5th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Gota A Devout Buddhist, Vegetarian, Feeds Flesh To Pet Sharks By Suranimala Umagiliya – The mainstream Sinhala media is awash with news of Gotabaya Rajapaksa being the front runner from the Lotus Bud party at the next Presidential election. That sums up the pathetic state of the media. The fourth estate must educate and guarantee the citizens right to information. Such information must be disseminated with great responsibility. Information presented with clarity will educate the masses in making judicious decisions concerning their future and that of the next generation. Gotabaya for President? Sri Lankans must be out of their minds or plain looney to even give it a second thought. Here is a man who is suspected of grave crime dodging appearing in Court to clear himself. An educated public will insist that he goes through a legal […]

OMP MEETS FAMILIES OF THE MISSING IN MULLAITIVU

4th June 2018 // 0 Comments

Commissioners of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) held their third session with families of the disappeared in the war-affected district of Mullaitivu yesterday, as it sets about designing its operations and approach to tackling one of the biggest caseloads of enforced disappearances in the world. The Commissioners’ arrival in a region that was the final theatre of battle between the LTTE and Government forces in 2009, was also met with protests by families of the disappeared who have engaged in roadside demonstrations for the better part of a year, demanding answers about missing loved ones. The protestors claimed they lacked confidence in the OMP because it had not shown results on its operations to find missing persons. They did not want to be hoodwinked […]

Death threat to Iqbal Athas – People urinate when frightened they say but I saw that with my own eyes at ‘SundayTimes’ office

4th June 2018 // 0 Comments

By a former Intelligence officer of the forces (Lanka e News -03.June.2018, 11.45PM) In order to pay the debts incurred owing to 1965 elections the name of late D.A. Rajapakse was sold. On another occasion , the ancestral abode- Medamulana house had to be leased out. As Medamulana house could not be saved after the leasing out, the Rajapakse family was evicted by the Fiscal. It was a close pal of D.A. who came to the rescue of the destitute and desperate Rajapakse family at that time . He paid the arrears   and got the house released for Rajapakses. In November 1967  , D.A. breathed his last. When he died nine children were left in the lurch within  Medamulana house. With the sudden demise of […]

Sri Lanka top defence official risks arrest in mass-murder probe

4th June 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s senior-most defence official, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, faces imminent arrest following allegations that he shielded the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that Admiral Wijegunaratne during his term as navy commander had repeatedly protected the chief suspect known as “Navy Sampath.” The magistrate told the CID that there was no impediment to arresting anyone obstructing the course of justice. The court has also called for a parallel case against those blocking the arrest of the main suspect. Former navy chief Wasantha Karannagoda’s aide, Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath, is the main accused in the abduction and murder of 11 children between 2008 […]

Not just about books- it all happens at the new British Council Colombo Library

2nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

For years, the British Council Colombo Library has challenged the traditional perception of a library. While being home to the best selection of books and learning resources in Colombo the venue is also well known as a gathering space for artists, thinkers and thought leaders. On June 3 the British Council Library will reopen as a space that embodies this role it plays as both a repository of knowledge and convener of people and ideas. To celebrate, an open day will present an exciting programme of events that capture the library’s vibe- ‘It all happens here’! The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities. In Sri Lanka, they have been active for almost seven decades in the spaces of […]

Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran Boycotts Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Visit to North

2nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran Boycotts Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Visit to North And Sends Letter With Demands To the Govt Instead of Facing PM Directly. By Manekshaw Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe travelled to Jaffna last week and when the Sri Lanka Air Force VIP helicopter touched down at the Jaffna Municipal Council grounds, he was received by one of the leading business magnates in Jaffna T. Thuvarakeswaran who is the brother of the late UNP Parliamentarian T. Maheswaran and the brother in law of State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe descended from the SLAF chopper amidst heavy showers and tight security, to once the location of the Jaffna Municipal Council, where stood a building very much similar to the Jaffna Public Library building in architecture. […]

Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu to be developed after three years in power?

2nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

A progress review meeting was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Kilinochchi District Secretariat to evaluate the progress of the development projects carried out in the area. Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray, Ministers D.M. Swaminathan, several other Ministers, Parliamentarians, Provincial Council members and state officials participated. Here the Prime Minister noted that the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts will be incorporated to the country’s overall development process. He issued this pledge when he addressed public officials at a discussion held at the Kilinochchi Kachcheri during his visit to the Kilinochchi and Jaffna districts to review the progress of development work yesterday. The Prime Minister said the development strip encompassing Hambantota, Kandy and Moneragala would be extended to Jaffna to incorporate […]

Rajapaksa loyalists accused Sarath Fonseka and Maithiri as LTTE Agents to gain Sinhale votes.

2nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

LTTE bogey came to a head when the Rajapaksa loyalists accused Sarath Fonseka, being an LTTE agent when challenged Rajapaksa Sri Lankan politicians have a habit to look for a nexus between the ethnic issue and anything under the sun, in order to convince their community   The constitutional issues such as the mode of governance are the ones having far-reaching effects on the future of the country as well as its people   It is interesting and in a way puzzling to note that the political parties and leaders who agitated to scrap the Executive Presidential system of Governance during the height of the separatist war, are now expressing fear to do so, on the grounds that the country would be divided. The Sri Lanka […]

SRILANKAN PRESIDENTS WHO LIE!

2nd June 2018 // 0 Comments

Rajapaksa Ordered Helicopters, Sirisena’s Attempt To Implicate Ranil Falls Flat It was Mahinda Rajapaksa and no one else that called for and used a helicopter to fly to Hambantota the day after he lost the Presidential Election in January 2015, according to sources close to the Rajapaksa family. ‘Sirisena took oaths on the evening of January 9th and until then Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President of the country. As was usual practice he had asked a member of his security detail, Captain Tissa Wimalasena to call for helicopters,’ sources pointed out, stating that Sirisena was distorting facts and making unfair accusations. Although Sirisena claimed ignorance and hinted that it was Ranil Wcikremesinghe who was responsible for this, he is on record having stated on April 09, 2016 […]

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