31st October 2018

Int’l community continues to recognize Ranil as legitimate PM – UK MP

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U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Tuesday that they are watching the situation in Sri Lanka, which plunged into turmoil when its prime minister was replaced with a former president, with a “great deal of concern”. The Foreign Secretary made these comments in response to a question from Conservative MP Sir Hugo Swire at the House of Commons today (30). Swire inquired as to whether Hunt would point out to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena that his recent actions are a direct contravention of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and also that the international community continues to recognize Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister of the island nation. “When my friend speaks to the President of Sri Lanka later on in the week, […]

Gota ‘blasted’ from Basil’s operation!

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Internal sources of the Joint Opposition inform that the supporters of Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakshe have been devastated with the political game pulled by Mr. Basil Rajapakshe, the founder of the ‘Pohottu’ Party, for making Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe as the Prime Minister using President Maithreepala Sirisena. Accordingly, the sources further inform that the effort, in which Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakshe worked in effect to present Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe as the Presidential Candidate acquiring retired Army personnel and businessmen, has been totally drained off. That is because Mr. Basil Rajapakshe has made a promise that Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena will be presented as the Presidential Candidate in the upcoming Presidential Election. Accordingly, the group of media, who operated in promoting Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe as the Presidential Candidate, led by […]

Another UNP MP joins Sirisena -Mahinda camp (Total : 5)

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Another United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian joined the Maithripala Sirisena – Mahinda Rajapaksa camp today. UNP MP Dunesh Gankanda was sworn in as the Minister of State for Environment before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today.  Since last Friday five UNP MPs have joined Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette)

UNP MPs bought by China for Mahinda

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United National Parliamentarian (UNP) Ranjan Ramanayake today claimed that some UNP MPs have been bought over by China to support Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at the UNP rally in Colombo, Ramanayake warned China not to interfere in the political crisis by funding politicians to switch sides.  He said that the UNP Parliamentarians who switched sides for money should be ashamed. UNP Parliamentarians Vasantha Senanayake and Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday joined the caretaker Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

11.4 billion rupees Case against Gotabhaya over Avant Garde allegations postponed (and will be closed soon?)

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The case filed by the Bribery Commission against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others has been postponed until February 26th, as ordered by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court. The talk of the town is that this case will be closed soon has Mahinda is back in power has the new PM. Eventually all the cases against the members of Mahinda family and his friends will be closed. When the case called before Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage, the attorney representing the Bribery Commission informed the Magistrate’s Court that an interim order has been issued by the Court of Appeal to suspend the hearing until 5th December. Accordingly, the Chief Magistrate postponed the hearing until February 26th. The Bribery Commission had filed this case against the former Defense Secretary and […]

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended nearly a decade ago, but Maithili Thamil Chilwen’s barren plot of land still resembles a battlefield.

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There is only a mound of dirt where her home once stood in Keppapilavu village in the country’s northeast; the rest is just dirt, gravel, and broken shards of doors and windows from her demolished home. Sri Lanka’s military occupied thousands of hectares of land during and after the country’s bitter 26-year civil war, which came to a brutal end in 2009 when the military crushed remaining Tamil fighters here in the north. Almost a decade later, rights groups say reconciliation between the country’s majority Sinhalese community and its Tamil minority is at a standstill, and occupied land is one glaring example. Thamil Chilwen, an ethnic Tamil, said the military seized her property at the end of the war. It took almost nine years, until earlier this […]