3rd November 2018

”Support Mahinda Rajapaksa to find solution to Tamil issues” jokes Swamy

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Indian BJP MP Dr. Subramanium Swamy tweeting on Thursday night urged the Sri Lankan Tamil Community to work together with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to find a settlement to Tamil issues. But Swamy was unable to answer why Mahinda did NOT implement his promised ’13+ amendment’ a political package which he promised to the world leaders before being allowed to kill more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and thousands of LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender by the Sri Lankan Army (War Crime)  in May 2009. His defence Minister and his brother Gotha said that there was no need for a political package has the LTTE was killed out. Since May 2009 Rajkapaksha turned to use […]

“Desperate People” Can Start Bloodbath, Says Sri Lanka’s Ousted PM

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“Desperate People” Can Start Bloodbath, Says Sri Lanka’s Ousted PM World News | Agence France-Presse | Saturday November 3, 2018 Sri Lanka’s sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has warned time is running out to avert a “bloodbath” while voicing hope that parliament will resolve a damaging constitutional crisis in the coming days. Sri Lankan Legislator Says Was Offered $2.8 Million To Back New PM World News | Reuters | Friday November 2, 2018 A Sri Lankan legislator on Friday said he had been offered $2.8 million and a ministerial post by a telephone caller from the opposite camp to switch his support to new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in a week-old political crisis.

Sirisena Caught Lying About Telephone Conversation With UN Chief

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Sirisena Caught Lying About Telephone Conversation With UN Chief: Secretary-General Informs Sirisena To Hold Parliamentary Vote As Soon As Possible Causing further embarrassment for President Maithripala Srisena, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement this morning stating he urged Sirisena to revert to Parliamentary procedures and hold a vote “as soon as possible” to appoint a Prime Minister. Secretary-General informed the President that he was following developments in Sri Lanka and offered assistance in facilitating a dialogue with all parties to resolve the current situation, the statement also added. “emphasized the government’s responsibility to ensure peace, security, and respect for the rule of law.” Painting a different picture about his telephone conversation with the UN Chief, Sirisena said he had a ‘highly successful” discussion […]

UN urges Sri Lanka to recall parliament amid bribery claims

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Antonio Guterres says assembly must meet to resolve constitutional crisis amid accusations of bribery to back new PM. by Zaheena Rasheed & Rathindra Kuruwita Colombo, Sri Lanka – The United Nations chief has urged Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene parliament and allow legislators decide between the two men claiming to be the South Asian country’s rightful prime minister. A statement from Antonio Guterres‘ office on Friday said the secretary-general called on Sirisena “to revert to parliamentary procedures and allow the parliament to vote as soon as possible” during a phone conversation a day earlier. The appeal came as Sri Lanka’s week-long political crisis showed no sign of abating, with legislators from Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) accusing members of newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party of […]

“Speak out, don’t be afraid”, British envoy tells chartered accountants

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Speak out and play a part in encouraging and fostering a climate favourable for wealth creation and entrepreneurial activity, British High Commissioner James Dauris has told Sri Lanka’s chartered accountants. In more words of advice, he said: “Holding government to account and representing the interest of the business community are critical functions of business leaders in any country. Speak out against things that are not good enough or makes them (accountants) fed up. Speak out about the things that improperly get in the way of your business ambition.” He was speaking as chief guest last week at the 39th National Conference of Chartered Accountants held at the BMICH, Colombo. Prof. Lalith Gamage, Vice Chancellor/CEO, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) making his presentation as […]

China allegedly abets horse trading amid political crisis in Sri Lanka

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China allegedly has thrown its lot in encouraging horse trading in favour of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka’s rival prime ministers battled to seek numbers to swing any parliamentary vote of confidence next week to end the country’s constitutional crisis. Parliament has been suspended since President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as head of government on Oct 26 and nominated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post of PM. While Wickremesinghe has ca .. Read more at: //economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/66472465.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Exclusive: Sri Lanka risks EU trade concessions if any back-sliding on rights

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COLOMBO (Reuters) – The European Union will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on rights, the EU ambassador said, amid worries stoked by the president’s replacing of the elected premier by a wartime nationalist. The European Union is worried the return of Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister, could derail halting progress made toward national reconciliation following a war with ethnic minority Tamil separatists that killed tens of thousands, many during the final stages under his watch as president. “The government got GSP on the basis of certain commitments, if these commitments are not met, then we would consider withdrawal,” EU ambassador to Sri Lanka, Tung-Lai Margue, told Reuters on Thursday. Margue was referring to Generalised System of Preferences […]

”Don’t interfere in Sri Lankas domestic affairs” says Sinhale racist group GSLF

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Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF), today urged the International community not to interfere in Sri Lankan domestic affairs and condemned the recent statements made by USA, UK and European union as a gross violation of UN resolution A/RES/20/2131 of 21 December 1965 adopted by the General Assembly, which Declared on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of Their Independence and Sovereignty. “The resolution categorically condemned that no State has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State,” the GSLF said in a statement signed by its President Sunil Chandrakumara. It also stated; Consequently, armed intervention and all other forms of interference or attempted threats against […]

Mahinda Is Back, and He’s Brought His Family Too

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Mahinda Rajapaksa, who ruled for a decade, resumes power Observers worry about debt repayments, potential rights abuses In a compound secured by the Sri Lankan elite special task force that protects the island nation’s top leaders, beneath framed photos of himself in army uniform, the brother of the country’s newly installed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is mulling a presidential run.  “I’m not interested in actually becoming a minister,” Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who was appointed by his brother to be Sri Lanka’s defense secretary in 2005 just before the climax of a brutal 26-year civil war, said in an interview. “But a lot of people want me to contest for the presidency.” In a country where it is common to appoint family members to run key ministries, […]

TNA and UNP MPs sworn in as Minister & Dy Minister

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A new Cabinet Minister and a new Deputy Minister were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo today (2). Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and several UPFA parliamentarians also arrived at the Presidential Secretariat for the ceremony. A member of the United National Party (UNP) and an MP of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) took oath as a minister and deputy minister respectively. UNP MP S.B. Nawinne has been appointed as the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Internal Affairs and Regional Development. Meanwhile TNA MP S. Viyalendiran has been sworn in as Deputy Minister of Regional Development (Eastern Development). The Batticaloa District MP is the first MP to defect from the TNA. Nawinna, who was the Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom […]

TNA Leader will stand by the Constitution of the country and will not go against the mandate given to the TNA by the people in the North and the East.

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Leader of Opposition: Between `Devil & Deep Blue Sea’! By Manekshaw Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as the main Opposition Party is faced with a difficult situation of being caught between the `devil and the deep blue sea’ in the current crisis situation in the politics of Sri Lanka. The TNA’s role was very significant in ousting Mahinda Rajapaksa regime in January 2015 and creating a unique Government under the banner of `good governance’ bringing together the main National parties, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). It was for the first time in the political history of Sri Lanka, TNA a prominent political alliance from the Tamil dominant Northern and Eastern Provinces with the intention of stabilizing peace and reconciliation […]

Post MR’s Appointment Reserves Bleed by Rs 137.61B

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The country’s foreign reserves have been blown by US$ 791.89 million (Rs 137,614 million) in the four market days to yesterday since the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Premier which took place after the close of markets on Friday, followed by his appointment as Finance Minister as well.. This haemorrhage of the country’s foreign reserves is due to a combination of foreign investors exiting from the country’s Treasury Bond market, Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) meeting huge import bills from the country’s foreign reserves and Government’s foreign debt servicing commitments. Yesterday alone the country’s foreign reserves bled by $ 384.38 million* (Rs 113,292.91 million) due to such commitments. The foreign exchange market is avoided to meet these payments to avoid further pressure on an already […]