19th September 2018

MP Vasudewa Nanayakkara emphasizes that neither Basil Rajapaksa nor Gotabaya Rajapaksa has revoked their US citizenship, and therefore they cannot be considered for presidential election prior to revoking their citizenships.

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Following a statement made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his interview with the Hindu newspaper that he will select a member of Rajapaksha family to contest the next presidential election, a tense situation has arisen in the Joint Opposition (JO). Are the other politicians in the Joint Opposition NOT fit to be a President of Sri Lanka? Mahinda Rajapaksa did not specify which member, and only said it would be only a member of the Rajapaksa family who will be the next presidential candidate. In a context where several prominent members of the JO are backing to field former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the next presidential candidate, the former President did not mentioning Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name, has become a topic of discussion in […]

WAR CRIMINALS and Tamil prisoners not equal: Sumanthiran

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In reference to the request by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka to grant a general amnesty to the LTTE cadres and military personnel involved in war-related crimes, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today that the two groups could not be equated at all. Making his remarks on this matter, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that Tamil political prisoners had been arrested and held up for long years. He said their cases were not over. “They are being dragged on,” he said. He said these prisoners had been arrested on confessions made by them and detained for a long time. However, he said the unidentified atrocities perpetrated by the military could not be equated with those of Tamil political prisoners. MP Sumanthiran said […]

Release Tamil political prisoners-Sampanthan

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Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan has requested President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to grant an opportunity to discuss the release of Tamil political prisoners. The Opposition Leader made this request in a letter directed to the President and the Prime Minister. The letter stated that decisions reached during the last meeting with the President have not been implemented yet. The Opposition Leader accordingly claimed another round of talks should be held and agreements should be reached to ensure the release of Tamil political prisoners. The Opposition Leader’s request also came after a group of political prisoners at the Anuradhapura Prison launched a hunger strike demanding their release.

Sri Lankan Politics: Scramble for power and bane of people

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By Rev. Fr. Leopold Ratnasekera OMI., Ph.D., Th.D. The great bane of many third-world countries looms in the craftily orchestrated dramas of greed and struggle for power in the political arena. Formerly Ceylon, beginning from 1956 and now Sri Lanka, in the course of the last four decades or so, has provided an ideal oasis for power-hungry politicians to play their astute games and political trickery at the expense of often misinterpreting people’s choices and oppressing them with their high-flown imaginary visions. There comes a time when an entire country and a nation can turn so corrupt and cock-eyed that they just are not able to see any other wiser way of thinking and deciding. The recent three elections country-wide, the Presidential election, the parliamentary […]

Tamils should fight to death against Sinhala colonization – Sridharan

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By Rasadi Gamage, Vavuniya Correspondent The Tamil people must wage a war unto death against forcible colonization by the Sinhala people  as well as the setting up of Buddhist temples in the North, said TNA Kilinochchi District MP S. Sridharan. He was speaking at a programme, on 15 September, to commence a voluntary organization at village level in the North against forcible colonization and constructing of Buddhist temples. The first group was launched at Sridharan’s office in Kilinochchi. He pointed out that a group, including Bhikkhus, who came to the Kurundumal village first, on the pretext of archeological  development activities, installed a Buddhist statue and sought to build a Vihara, which was thwarted, because of the alertness  of the ordinary people. Already 480 acres of […]

Army executed some LTTE cadres who surrendered

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MP Dissanayake, a Cabinet member of the previous Rajapaksa administration said that the media, too, were aware of some of those executed after they had surrendered (with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender) though they remained silent. “Both you and we don’t talk about those who had been executed,” the National List MP said. MP Dissanayake revealed that he knew LTTE Comander Ramesh and received a telephone call from him about ten minutes before he surrendered to the Army (With White Flag)  on the Vanni east front. Ramesh was Executed  by the Sri Lankan Army with hundreds of other LTTE Leaders who surrendered with with their family members with White Flags after UN negotiated the surrender. SRI LANKA WAR episode The Killing of LLTE Colonel Ramesh who surrendered with White Flag. Rebel […]

Economist signals another defeat for Rajapaksa

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is set for another humiliating defeat at next year’s presidential elections, according to the track record of the London-based Economist Group. The subscription-based Economic Intelligence Unit, an arm of the Economist Group, in its latest report on Sri Lanka has predicted that Rajapaksa’s SLPP, a breakaway faction of the SLFP, will win both the next presidential and parliamentary elections. The research and analysis arm of the London publication made an identical prediction in December 2014, just three weeks before the presidential election. “Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to win the presidential election,” the EIU said on December 18, 2014. Three weeks later, Maithripala Sirisena, a politician who had been written off by the EIU, […]

War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander?

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War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander? Editor’s Note: This piece responds to ‘In Defence of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka’, a report published by the the Global Sri Lanka Forum that appraises a report released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka. “The international community] wants Sri Lanka’s armed forces to face up to the stain on their reputation, so that they can once again play a constructive role in international peace-keeping operations, and command the full respect that so many of their members deserve. – Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights[1] “….. the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights…has said there is a stain on the honour of the armed […]

I’m happy to be designated as a ‘War Criminal.’

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By Shamindra Ferdinando “Gajaba was engraved in golden letters of the annals of the history of the Sri Lanka Army, if not in the history of Sri Lanka … and I’m certain it will never to be reversed by any. “So, I’m happy to be retired being a tiny particle of that proud chapter of the history, though designated as a ‘War Criminal.” In a few lines, Major General Chagie Gallage (retired) delivered a devastating attack on all those who had shirked their responsibility for countering lies propagated by interested parties until sections of the Army were categorised criminal. Gallage’s was a case in point. The Gajaba veteran retired on Aug 31, 2018. A week after retirement, Gallage delivered his farewell speech at Gajaba home […]

SLFP decries TNA and SB

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP Vice President Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday alleged that the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) always sought international intervention here in the wake of the successful conclusion of the conflict almost a decade ago. Addressing the regular weekly media briefing at SLFP office at T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Samarasinghe condemned the TNA’s stand, alleging that the party was pursuing a hostile policy towards successive governments. Samarasinghe emphasized that the TNA’s call for international judicial mechanism was nothing new. The SLFPer said so when The Island sought his response to TNA spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran’s call for international role in the accountability process due to President Maithripala Sirisena obstructing investigations into the alleged wartime abduction and disappearance of 11 persons. Samarasinghe […]

Speaker says he will take action on MP Vijayakala

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By Saman Indrajith Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday, said that he had been informed by the Attorney General that the latter would initiate legal action against former State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran on her statement calling for the revival of the LTTE. He said so in response to a query raised by NFF leader MP Wimal Weerawansa. Weerawansa raising a point of order said: “The Speaker gave an assurance to Parliament that he would seek information from the Attorney General’s Department with regard to deputy minister Maheswaran’s statement which amounted to a violation of the Constitution. Months have elapsed since that undertaking. What action the Speaker will take in that regard?” The Speaker: The Attorney General will file a case against her. He has informed me of […]