4th July 2018

If Notorious Hawk Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara (retd) Were in the US Military His Washington Nickname Would Probably Be “Mad Dog”.

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Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara (Retd.), a notorious hawk, aggressively anti-13A agitator and Sinhala-Buddhist ultra-nationalist By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ was the title of the best Rod Stewart album! The landmark Viyath Maga event at the Shangri-La Hotel opened with the image in the very first slide, which showed Gotabaya Rajapaksa with only one other person in the frame, leaning over the shoulder of the seated GR. That was Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara (Retd.), a notorious hawk, aggressively anti-13A agitator and Sinhala-Buddhist ultra-nationalist, rejected by the Sinhala voters of Digamadulla in the Eastern Province in favour of the non-racist progressive from the JO, Wimalaweera Dissanayake (who, it was revealed in Parliament, criticized Weerasekara’s demagoguery in Ampara during the local government election campaign). If he were in the […]

Tamil people are unhappy with govt.: TNA

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today said that ‘their’ people were unhappy and that while they had contributed substantially to bring this government to power the government has shown very little progress in the past. Leader of the Opposition and the TNA R. Sampanthan expressed these views when United Nations Resident Coordinator for Sri Lanka Terence D. Jones paid a courtesy call on him in Parliament. “Our young people are being discriminated against in many matters, especially with regard to employment opportunities. Our people are suffering continually. This government accepted the need for certain things to be done and they must take the necessary steps to address those needs,” he said. Raising his concerns on the implementation of the UNHRC resolution, Mr. Sampanthan said many […]

‘AG can be compelled to indict Vijayakala’ Call for reviving LTTE

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Top constitutional lawyer Manohara de Silva, PC, yesterday said that the Attorney General could file an indictment in accordance with Article 157 A against State Minister for child affairs, Vijayakala Maheswaran. President’s Counsel De Silva said so when The Island asked him what action the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government could take against Maheswaran for call for the revival of the LTTE. The senior lawyer emphasised that the Attorney General could act on his own. Vijayakala successfully contested the Jaffna electoral District on the UNP ticket after the LTTE assassinated her husband MP T. Maheswaran on January 1, 2008, at Kotahena. Maheswaran’s assassin was sentenced to death by Colombo High Court Judge Sunil Rajapaksha on Aug 27, 2012. Vijayakala made the declaration in Jaffna in […]

Intimidation directed against foreign journalists who contributed to a recent New York Times report on corruption in Sri Lanka

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Foreign Corespondents Association of Sri Lanka responds to New York Times firestorm July 3, 2018 (LBO) – The Foreign Correspondents Association of Sri Lanka (FCA) has released a statement on their Facebook page in response to the firestorm created by the recent New York Times article on Chinese influence in Sri Lanka.  The statement is reproduced below: FCA Statement on intimidation of journalists who contributed to the recent New York Times report on corruption in Sri Lanka: The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka (FCA) is deeply concerned about a campaign of intimidation directed against foreign journalists who contributed to a recent New York Times report on corruption in the island. We are disturbed that several members of parliament have publicly vilified the authors of the […]

Is Vijayakala’s statement a trap of Mahinda?

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http://www.adaderana.lk/news/48439/is-vijayakalas-statement-a-trap-of-mahinda By Charunya Rajakaruna UNP MP Kavinda Jayawardena questions the motives behind State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran’s statement of wanting the LTTE back for the freedom of Tamil people. Responding to media this morning (03), he stated that he condemns the statement made by the State Minister Maheswaran. He says that the current government has done an immense service to the Tamil citizens of North who suffered from the war and established a democratic frame needed for reconciliation. According to the MP, the minister would not have made a statement as such, if she had known the services done by the government for the people of North. However, questioning the motive behind the statement, MP Jayawardena said that he suspects it to be political gain or the […]

The Rajapaksas devoured the country’s wealth and good name.

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We Need A Clear & Bold Message & It’s Not Coming From The Rajapaksas In the deep conclaves of libraries and reading houses philosophers and great thinkers exchange a vast array of ideas and thought, yet only a rare few of political leaders have come out as shining beacons studying the complex human condition and what cascades from that condition either to a benevolent or destructive effect on the future. While these great philosophers and thinkers are many and sometimes innumerable, those who chose politics as their profession or livelihood are a few and far in between. If the system of government is democratic in structures and processes, the most cynical kind of these politicians travel to unthinkable distances to exploit the weak susceptibilities of […]

Sampanthan Laments Lack Of Political Will To Enact New Constitution

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Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R Sampanthan told the United Nation’s Resident Coordinator Terrence D Jones yesterday that despite a lot of work done regarding a new constitution since 1998, political will and courage is lacking ‘to take it further’. Sampanthan had highlighted the need to adopt a new constitution ‘to ensure the non-recurrence of the past’ and had flagged key concerns of Tamil people when Jones was making a courtesy call on him in Parliament according to a media statement released by the TNA. In a veiled reference to State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran of the United National Party (UNP) bing nostalgic about the LTTE and calling for its resurrection, Sampanthan said ‘when the government overreacts to the extremists its only becomes […]