10th December 2018

Monday, December 10th – International Dignitaries Joining TGTE to Commemorate Genocide & Human Rights Day Event in UK Parliament

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International Dignitaries Joining TGTE to Commemorate Genocide & Human Rights Day Event in UK Parliament TGTE TV will Live Broadcast this event Several international dignitaries are joining Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to commemorate 70 years of World Genocide day and Human Rights Day in London on December 10th, Monday at 6:00 pm. When: Monday, December 10th.  Time: 6:00 pm Where: UK Parliament: Westminster Parliament Main Building:Committee Room 10. What: To commemorate 70 years of World Genocide day and Human Rights Day. Contact: Phone: +44-7869-133-073, Email: manip30@gmail.com Note: TGTE TV will Live Broadcast this event Mr Visuvanathan Rudirakumaran, Prime Minister, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)will join via Skype from New York. SPEAKERS: 1) Mr.Peter Haynes, QC -Peter Haynes QC is a British barrister […]

Daily Mirror Removes Video Of Sirisena’s Controversial Statement From Facebook After Pressure From PMD

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Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka’s largest selling privately owned daily newspaper, has removed the video of President Maithripala Sirisena’s controversial video from its Facebook page after increasing pressure from the President’s Media Division (PMD), Colombo Telegraph can now reveal. In the video interview that went viral over the weekend, Sirisena was caught on record saying former President Mahinda Rajapaksa could not show a parliamentary majority, as the MPs demanded higher bribes than expected. “Some MPs even asked for Rs.500 million to cross over. I personally know about such situations. It was like calling for tenders. That is why Mahinda Rajapaksa could not show a majority in Parliament,” Sirisena told Daily Mirror. The video of the interview, however, disappeared from Facebook early this morning and was replaced with a […]

Sri Lankan History That is Taught to Children is Extremely Sinhala-centric, with Only a Few Paragraphs Mentioning the Jaffna Kingdom and the Tamil People.

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Sri Lankan History That is Taught to Children is Extremely Sinhala-centric, with Only a Few Paragraphs Mentioning the Jaffna Kingdom and the Tamil People. By Awahnee Mendis In Grade 3, my Social Studies textbook described Sri Lanka as being a multicultural country, where people of all ethnicities lived together in harmony. What is ironic, and what my eight-year-old self didn’t realise, is that this was what I was being taught while the country was in an ethnic civil war. Fast-forward seven years to Grade 10, when I was learning about the history of the country for O/Levels. In the first chapter, we learn that all the information about the country we have is from the Mahavamsa, inscriptions, tablets and ruins. All found in the different […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa failed because MPs demanded over 500 million rupees each to defect says President Maithripala Sirisena

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Did Mahinda offer money to support him? If so why NO legal action has been NOT taken against Mahinda? ECONOMYNEXT – Mahinda Rajapaksa failed to secure a majority in parliament because MPs demanded over 500 million rupees each to defect, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday acknowledging that his power grab had backfired. President Sirisena in a video interview with the Daily Mirror admitted that the man he controversially installed as Prime Minister on October 26 did not have a majority in the 225-member assembly despite confident claims at the time. Sirisena had told a public rally on November 3 near parliament that he had secured over 113 legislators to support Rajapaksa who was made prime minister after sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe. “Do not fear. We have […]

The discovery of two pieces of human bones, bound by a cable – Move to send mass grave specimens for carbon dating in US hit by a hitch

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The discovery of two pieces of human bones, bound by a cable, has caused serious concern to the experts engaged in excavating the Mannar mass grave; they wonder whether some of the people buried there had been tortured. The two pieces of bone were recovered on Friday (7). Mass graves in Mannar point to further war crimes in Sri Lanka – World … https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/04/crim-o04.html The skeletal remains of 136 individuals were unearthed in northern Sri Lanka … Anothermass grave has been uncovered in Sri Lanka, near Mannar, a town in the … A researcher recoveringa skeleton at the Mannar grave site. Nearly 100 Skeletons Including Those of 8 Tamil Children Retrieved … www.uktamilnews.com/?p=29283 28 Aug 2018 – More skeletal remains emerge from Mannar mass grave (video) … New recoveryfrom Mannar mass–grave – Hiru News – Srilanka’s Number … By Dinasena Rathugamage Plans […]

Presidential bluff and brinkmanship: Who will blink? Who will collapse?

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by Rajan Philips President Sirisena is playing a desperate game of bluff and brinkmanship. He is bluffing when he gives deadlines to resolve the current state of legal non-government and the standoff between himself and the legislature. And he is daring the UNP to dump Ranil Wickremesinghe as party leader. Anyone of the 225 legislators other than Ranil Wickremesinghe is acceptable to him as Prime Minister, but not Ranil Wickremesinghe even if he were to demonstrate unanimous support in parliament. The brazenness of this unconstitutional assertion has shocked even those who genuinely want Ranil Wickremesinghe to make way for a new UNP face in national politics. Even among non-UNPers there is a feeling that Sirisena deserves to be impeached. The JVP has said as much. […]

Why didn’t they tell the President?

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Dr Nihal Jayawickrama The President appears to believe that he still possesses the full executive powers he derived from the Constitution when he was elected to his office in January 2015. Three months later, he sat during a tumultuous session in Parliament and witnessed the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, introduced by the Government of which he was the Head. That Amendment removed all his executive powers except three which he still enjoys: the power to appoint ambassadors, the power to appoint ministry secretaries, and the power to appoint provincial governors. Even these cannot be exercised by him unilaterally. For example, the Foreign Minister has to seek the “agreement” of the receiving state before he could name an ambassador. Why didn’t they […]

Six Weeks Since Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Began: Where Do Things Stand Now?

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It has now been six weeks since the country was thrown into disarray after President Maithripala Sirisena replaced his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with former nemesis Mahinda Rajapaksa. In the weeks that followed, legislators engaged in bitter political warfare, trying to outmanoeuvre each other in support of their candidate for the coveted position of power. But former President Mahinda Rajapaksa faced the toughest obstacle to his political comeback this week, when the Court of Appeal issued an interim order preventing him and his government from functioning. The order, the first of its kind, rendered the country once more effectively government-less, and reinstated the President’s chosen Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as mere parliamentarian. The interim relief was the result of a Writ of Quo Warranto filed […]

President’s logic

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The UNP and its allies accuse President Maithripala Sirisena of having stabbed ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the back, in October. He twisted the knife again the other day. In 2014, what Sirisena did to his boss, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was likened to Brutus sinking his poniard in Caesar’s back up to the cross-guard. President Sirisena claims that there were conspiracies against him in the yahapalana government. If so, what he did to Ranil on 26 Oct., by way of a preemptive strike, was like Caesar stabbing Brutus, while the latter was lying in ambush. In both cases, much to Sirisena’s dismay, his victims have survived! Painting a black picture of his erstwhile yahapalana chum, Ranil, President Sirisena said, on Saturday, in a televised […]

New US Ambassador opens up to Sri Lanka

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In her first interview since assuming duties, Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz shares key insights on her plans, US aspirations on Sri Lanka and US perspectives on some of Sri Lanka’s immediate and medium-term challenges  A career member of the US Senior Foreign Service, the United States’ new Ambassador in Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz describes her job as both “exciting and challenging.” This is because her arrival in Sri Lanka was at a time when the country is at crossroads in terms of democracy and politics, whilst the potential to achieve stability and prosperity is also high. Speaking to the Daily FT in her first ever interview with the local media, Teplitz, who has had extensive experience in Asia, shares key insights to her plans, US aspirations on Sri Lanka, and US perspectives on […]