24th January 2019

Hirunika Makes Fiery Speech In Parliament: Severely Criticises Sirisena For Attempting To Grant Presidential Pardon To Duminda Silva

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UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra made a fiery speech in Parliament today severely criticising President Maithripala Sirisena over his alleged attempts to grant a presidential pardon to Duminda Silva who is convicted of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra’s murder. Premachandra said Silva’s supporters were signing public letters in the Kolonnawa area requesting a pardon for the former MP. “They had told the people in the area that they were signing the letter on the advice of the President. I this because they have even visited the houses of my father’s former supporters. I cannot say Silva’s supporters are lying about the President’s advice, as I am not privy to the discussions between President Sirisena and Duminda Silva’s brother.” The Parliamentarian also said there was no reason to believe that the same President […]

Sirisena Openly Attacks Human Rights Activists: Signals Approval For Extra-Judicial Killings

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President Maithripala Sirisena openly attacked Human Rights activists today for standing in the way of the law enforcement process. “A country cannot be disciplined if we follow what the Human Rights activists preach. If that is the case, we should hand everything, including the government and the law enforcement system to the human rights activists and wash our hands off, ” Sirisena said addressing a Police diploma presentation event. “Especially, when dealing with the underworld, the Police have to take certain actions, ” Sirisena said signaling he had no issue with extra-judicial killings. Ironically, in the same speech, Sirisena explained how he was nearly killed by the Police during the 1971 uprising to which he had no real connection. Sirisena said a Police officer forced him to […]

Gota Must Lie And Will

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By Suranimala Umagiliya – Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s recent interview where he attempted to deflect his involvement with the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge is but a futile attempt made to a supine journalist who never asked him any follow up questions. At one point Gotabaya states that he knows who murdered Lasantha and the late Editor’s daughter Ahimsa, who lives overseas must come to him in Sri Lanka to find out who murdered her father. Every once in awhile Gotabaya wakes up to deflect charges against him when there is a gap in the Presidential stakes within the Pohottuwa Group or when a court case against him is set for hearing. This is rich coming from a man, who under oath in the Mt Lavinia Courts said that the MiG deal was a “Government […]

FCO informs Westminster MC of Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry’s objections

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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has informed the Westminster Magistrate’s Courts of the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry’s objections in the case filed against Brigadier Priyanka Fernando in the UK court. The Foreign Ministry has pointed out that Brigadier Fernando is no longer a resident of the UK and that during his tour of “duty in the UK, a diplomatic agent, and thus entitled to the immunities and the privileges extended to a diplomat under the Vienna Convention”. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Saroja Sirisena speaking to the Daily News explained that they had conveyed their objections against the ruling of the court with the above submissions. This week, the Westminster Magistrates Courts issued an arrest warrant against the Brigadier having ruled that he was guilty […]

Cracking down corruption crucial to attracting investment: EU

24th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Anti-corruption is important to get FDI, make maximum use of GSP+ Stability, transparency and incentives would attract more investors European investments could help Govt. tackle debt Diversification of SME’s is a must to attract more EU investors By Ruwandi Gamage Putting in place anti-corruption policies would assist in attracting investors to Sri Lanka and also encourage maximum use of GSP+, said the European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Tung-Lai Margue on Tuesday. Sri Lanka and Maldives European Union Ambassador Tung-Lai Margue – Pic by Lasantha Kumara Speaking at the Breakfast Meeting hosted by the European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL), he said he believed Sri Lanka has room for improvement. “There’s still too much corruption in the country, and there’s room […]