11th October 2018

Minister Rajapakshe claims plot hatched by elements in South to trigger racial and religious tensions

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By Saman Indrajith Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe told Parliament yesterday that a well-organised plan was underway to instigate racial and religious tensions by certain unscrupulous elements publicising false reports to the effect that heritage monuments of the country were being destroyed by minorities. Making a ministerial statement, the Minister said that there were serious allegations and news reports regarding the destruction of archaeological sites in the country. “In response to these allegations I made several inquiries and found that reality was different from what is being described in media and social media,” he said. The Minister presenting the data pertaining to the destruction of archaeological sites, under the Antiquities Ordinance from January 01, 2016 to July 2018, said during that two-and-a-half […]

Subramaniyam Swamy wants formation of provincial councils and adoption of a unitary Constitution with subsidiary federal principals like in India must be followed in Sri Lanka

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When it comes to Indo-Lankan ties, a political solution to the problem in the north and the east takes the centre-stage. Subramaniyam Suwamy feels formation of provincial councils and adoption of a unitary Constitution with subsidiary federal principals like in India must be followed in Sri Lanka. But his close associate Mahinda Rajapaksha is known for his racist political views in Sri Lanka and is known as liar who promised the western leaders in May 2009 that if he is allowed to kill the LTTE he will implement a political package to solve the Minority Tamil problem which has been existing since independence from British for 70 years. The Western leaders turned a blind eye to the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians with more than […]

British newlyweds got so drunk on luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka they bought their own HOTEL

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British newlyweds got so drunk on luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka they bought their own HOTEL Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, from London, decided to purchase a rustic hotel after drinking rum on the beach while on holiday – and have renamed it ‘Lucky Beach Tangalle’ A pair of newlyweds got so drunk on their honeymoon they bought their own hotel. Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, wed in June 2017 and went on a three week backpacking honeymoon to Sri Lanka in December. During their trip, the London-based couple checked into a rustic hotel on the beach and immediately hit it off with some of the staff members there. On their first night, they took to the beach with several bottles […]

A constitutional settlement relating to inter- nationality power sharing is missing – Rajapaksa too gave false promises, to mobilize Sinhala racist votes

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President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the return of all land in the Northern and Eastern provinces that are owned by the people of those areas, soon after his return from New York where he made the notorious speech to the UN General Assembly.  He issued these instructions during a meeting of the Presidential Task Force overlooking the development of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The President eagerly, has instructed the Presidential Task Force to plan out a speedy time frame and a proper structure in order to implement the project. He expected to present its progress at the next meeting.  This certainly, is in keeping with the letter and spirit of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of October 2015. When the president announced that he […]

Namal ready to obtain SLPP membership

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By Shamindra Ferdinando MP Namal Rajapaksa yesterday said that he would take the membership of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa accepted the leadership of that party at its convention later this year. The MP said that not only him but the entire group loyal to the former President would take up membership of the SLPP Rajapaksa said so in response to The Island query whether he would take up the SLPP leadership at the party convention. The issue was raised yesterday in the wake of 41 SLFP MPs elected on the UPFA ticket at the last parliamentary election in August 2015 meeting at the residence of SLPP Chairman and former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris to charter a future course […]

SLPP to attempt a caretaker government because it was the only way to overcome the court cases they were currently facing

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Says The Present Govt Will Be Toppled Before the Next Poya Day (Oct 24) But Party Re-un ification Bid Faces Snags. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced he will topple the government before the “next poya day,” but the controversial bid to reunite their splintered Sri Lanka Freedom Party has led to more fissures. Speaking to reporters after a closed-door meeting with his loyalists at the home of Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) chief G. L. Peiris, Rajapaksa said their credibility was being questioned after failing to topple the government despite issuing deadline after deadline. “Every time we say we will bring the government down by this poya (full moon), next poya… you also keep asking me when we will do it. At […]

U.S. Embassy Launches Cultural Heritage Preservation Project in Jaffna

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JAFFNA, October 5:  Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton today inaugurated a two-year project to preserve pre-historic artifacts in the collection of the University of Jaffna.  The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and totals more than 23 million Sri Lankan rupees ($140,000). The project will rescue artifacts such as clay pots, brass and copper items, temple statues, coins, coral stones, and ceramic objects that are on the verge of irreversible decay.  Most of the collection was excavated in the Northern Province.  The project will involve both undergraduate and post graduate archaeology students of the University of Jaffna.  Professor P. Pushparatnam, a senior professor and the Project Director, submitted the successful proposal to the U.S. Embassy and AFCP.  […]

If there is no Eelam in the North, why is it that your Party members are saying that there are Tiger activities going on in the North

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By Prageeth Sampath Karunatillaka United People’s Freedom Alliance, Hambantota District Parliamentarian D. V. Chanaka says if the government is providing proper security, Tamil people will not ask for Eelam, “They are asking for jobs and development.” Excerpts of the interview: It seems as if the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna(SLPP) which is seeking to govern, after setting up the new Party, doesn’t have any plan at all. As a young Parliamentarian, how do you view this situation? A: We asked to govern with a plan in mind. Actually, all along we had a plan on how we were to run the government. We had a plan based on the Mahinda Chinthanaya on raising the economy and developing the country. What this government should have done was […]

New law to compensate Tamil War victims in Sri Lanka – Former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s followers voted against the Bill

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Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Wednesday passed legislation to pay compensation to victims of the island’s brutal civil war, nearly a decade after the end of the conflict which claimed 1,00,000 lives. The legislature voted 59-43 to approve a broad reparations Bill, which seeks to establish an independent office that will compensate survivors as well as victims’ next of kin. Former strongman President Mahinda Rajapakse’s followers voted against the Bill, arguing that it amounted to compensating separatist Tamil rebels who were crushed in a no-holds-barred military campaign in May 2009. Key demand The long-delayed legislation had been a key demand of international observers urging reconciliation in the island nation, where divisions between minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese persist. The office will decide on potentially tens of […]