No Answer From Attorney-General Jayasuriya When Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Asks Him What Happened to the Investigation File on Corruption Complaint Against Mahindananda Aluthgamage MP.

21st November 2017 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the bond commission Monday that the former regime had kept big-ticket government expenditure out of the budget to project a robust balance sheet to the International Monetary Fund. Defending his decision to scrap the system of private placements and go for public auctions of bonds, Wickremesinghe said it was difficult to assess the actual cash needs soon after coming to power in 2015. He said even a week ago, the government was confronted with an unspecified bill from a Singaporean company which had carried out road construction work between 2013 and 2014. The government still kept getting claims for work carried out during the former regime and there was no record of these liabilities and no provision had been made […]

Sri Lanka PM speaks of secret debts of former regime at bondscam inquiry

21st November 2017 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the bond commission Monday that the former regime had kept big-ticket government expenditure out of the budget to project a robust balance sheet to the International Monetary Fund. Defending his decision to scrap the system of private placements and go for public auctions of bonds, Wickremesinghe said it was difficult to assess the actual cash needs soon after coming to power in 2015. He said even a week ago, the government was confronted with an unspecified bill from a Singaporean company which had carried out road construction work between 2013 and 2014. The government still kept getting claims for work carried out during the former regime and there was no record of these liabilities and no provision had […]

Dappula and Sumanthiran battle at bond commission

21st November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Senior Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera strongly objected to President’s Counsel M. A. Sumanthiran, MP, representing S. Pathumanapan, a Central Bank employee recently interdicted over his alleged involvement in the treasury bond scam, at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into controversial transactions in Feb. 2015 and March 2016. SASG de Livera, seated next to Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya, raised objections on the basis that Jaffna District TNA lawmaker Sumanthiran, who was a member of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), which summoned Pathumanapan during D. E. W. Gunasekera’s tenure as its Chairman, was representing him (Pathumanapan) at the commission. De Livera pointed out that as the current Parliament had accepted the previous COPE report Sumanthiran being Pathumanapan’s counsel at the commission […]

UNHRC adopts the 3rd UPR outcome on Sri Lanka

21st November 2017 // 0 Comments

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted the outcome of the third Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka at the 28th session of the Universal Periodic Review. At the session the President of the Human Rights Council Joaquín Alexander Martelli proposed to the working group to adopt the recommendation section of the draft report and the UPR of Sri Lanka was adopted. The review of Sri Lanka was held on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva. Sri Lanka accepted 177 out of the 230 recommendations made by the 3rd UPR and noted 53. Sri Lanka has also undertaken 12 voluntary pledges. Deputy Minister Dr. de Silva delivering the final remarks […]

Racist Mahinda stirring communal tension in order to return to power – Sambanthan

21st November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Gagani Weerakoon & Methmalie Dissanayake In an unusually emotional speech given in Parliament by a political leader, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday pleaded with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to be a party to the Constitution making process without stirring communal tension in order to return to power. Participating in the final day of the second reading debate on the Budget proposals in Parliament, the senior Tamil politician said, the position that has been taken by the former President both in Parliament and in the country promotes disharmony amongst the people. Even though the Kurunegala District MP Rajapaksa was not present in the chamber at the time the Opposition Leader started expressing his strong views, he took his seat once the senior politician started accusing […]

People clearly did NOT want Mahinda be elected as President or Prime Minister – Sampanthan

21st November 2017 // 0 Comments

Mahinda should have opposed resolution when it was brought to Parliament – Sampanthan If Mahinda Rajapaksa was opposed to the creation of a new Constitution, he should have expressed his opposition at the time it was suggested without trying to stir communal tensions now by interpreting it as an effort to divide the country, Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan said in Parliament yesterday. Joining the debate on the Second Reading on the budget proposals for the fiscal year 2018, Sampanthan appealed to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to cooperate in ensuring reconciliation in the country. “You are a very senior politician, who commands much respect from the people of this country and we want you to be a party to the making of a new Constitution,” the Opposition […]

Leader of the Opposition Rajavarothayam Sampanthan Asks Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Not to Stir Up Communal Unrest in Order to Come Back to Power.

19th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday asked former President Mahinda Rajapaksa not to stir communal unrest in order to come back to power. Participating in the final day of the second reading debate on Budget proposals in Parliament, the Opposition Leader also requested Rajapaksa to support the new Constitution. Former President Rajapaksa’s position on national issues promoted disharmony amongst the people, the Opposition Leader said Sampanthan said that if Rajapaksa was against devolution he should frankly say whether power should only be exercised by Colombo just as he sought to do through 18 Amendment to Constitution. Such arrangements might be beneficial to individuals in power but not to the public, he said. “Rajapaksa makes out that there are efforts to divide the country, […]

Pro Mahinda groups are now on a desperate mission to turn every minor brawl into a Sinhala-Muslim or Sinhala-Tamil clash

19th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between “majority Buddhist extremists”  and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday. Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites. Some Buddhists nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of Muslim asylum seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority. Police said the late Friday violence in the southern coastal town of Ginthota was triggered by rumours and fake messages on social media. “This was a clash between a small fraction of extremists in the both ethnic groups,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said and one […]

Rs.11.4 billion loss to the government – Gotapaya and 7 others to be tried on Feb.26 and Mar.26

19th November 2017 // 0 Comments

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today refused to put off for another date the reading of the charges to the accused and fixed the trial on the corruption case against former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and seven others. The Bribery Commission (BC) filed 19 charges against the suspects for causing a Rs.11.4 billion loss to the government by permitting Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Limited to operate a floating armoury. The BC named 60 witnesses in the case. When the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara, he rejected the preliminary objections raised by defence counsel on an earlier occasion and the charges were read out to the suspect. Earlier, when the matter came up before the Chief Magistrate, President’s Counsel […]

How to win the Referendum?

19th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Every country has two Constitutions: a “Legal Constitution” and a “Political Constitution”. To win a referendum and to introduce a new Constitution, Sri Lanka must change both. The focus for the past two years has been on the Legal Constitution. From now, it must be on the Political Constitution. A Constitution answers a series of questions about the State. Is it ‘unitary’ or ‘federal’? Which is more powerful, Parliament or the Executive? What rights do the minorities have? What principles will guide MPs, Cabinet Ministers and Judges have as they serve the people? The answers decide the type of Constitution, and the type of country, we will have. Sri Lanka’s Legal Constitution is the text of the 1978 Constitution. In the new Constitution, these questions […]

”British woman should Die and Go to Hell” – Sri Lankan Buddhist

19th November 2017 // 0 Comments

A British woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm says she had to leave Facebook after being abused by Sri Lankan Buddhist extremists. Ms Naomi Coleman, 41, from Coventry, was detained in Sri Lankan Prison for four days, in April 2014 and deported for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm. In 2014 the country was ruled by former President Mahinda Rajapaksha and his family members who encouraged Buddhist extremism so that Rajapaksha family can rule Sri Lanka for ever as Buddhists are the majority voters. Muslims, Christians and Hindus were abused by these Sinhala Buddhist extremists led by Buddhist Monks with the fullest support of Mahinda government. Defence secretary Gotha was the chief guest and unofficial leader of […]

Full Speech: Economic Affairs Deputy Minster Dr. Harsha De Silva in Geneva

19th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka considers investment in peace as sound economic policy – Dr. Harsha De Silva at Geneva summit Featured Published inPolitical & Current Affairs Addressing a gathering at the third cycle of universal periodic review of Sri Lanka held in Geneva, National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minster Dr. Harsha De Silva said: “For the very first time in our history, a section of the National Budget for 2018 has been expressly dedicated to reconciliation. We consider investments in reconciliation and peace as sound economic policy as they strengthen security and stability and foster a fertile environment to attract investment. Likewise, sound economic policy that fosters income growth and employment helps us to build the conditions necessary for long-term peace, security, stability and reconciliation.” The […]

Sampanthan slams Racist Mahinda, accuses him of duplicity

18th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and opposition leader R Sampanthan today slammed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and accused him of being a dishonest man. In a speech in Parliament, Sampanthan said that Rajapaksa had supported devolution of power when he was President but was now opposing it. The minority Tamils have suffered discrimination under Racist Sinhala leaders since independence from British rule Former President Mahinda promised to implement the 13+ amendment to the countries constitution in May 2009 which will give some rights to the minority if he was allowed to kill more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and Ltte Leaders in final fight in Mullivaikal. The Western leaders foolishly trusted Mahinda and looked away and the Sri Lankan forces killed more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and killed more than […]

President Maithiri thanks Lord Naseby and offers better Holiday package than he got from Mahinda?

18th November 2017 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed his deep appreciation to Lord Naseby for the efforts he has continued to take to cover up the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender in May 2009 which is a War Crime. Lord Naseby has said that only 8,000 Tamil Civilians were killed in May 2009 by Sri Lankan forces and not 40,000 as claimed by UN. He refused to talk about the killing of more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with white flag after UN negotiated the surrender. Even the Lord Naseby who is a close associate of Former President Mahinda knows that […]

Naseby’s defence was a victory for Sri Lanka.

18th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Lord Naseby Misleads Lords Over Sri Lanka: He Must Withdraw … www.asianmirror.lk/…/1437-lord-naseby-has-misled-the-lords-over-sri-lanka-he-must… 4 Jun 2014 – Unfortunately Lord Naseby has failed to be accurate in his recent attack on Channel 4’s harrowing documentaries: Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, …  ‘Sri Lanka apologist Naseby must withdraw allegations’ – Telegraph … www.tamilguardian.com/…/sri-lanka-apologist-naseby-must-withdraw-allegations-–-te… 3 Jun 2014 – He went on to detail Naseby’s allegations in the British parliament, … “Lord Naseby has given misleading testimony to the House of Lords, and … Baron Nasby trying to mislead the British politicians again. – NewsDog newsdog.today/a/article/59f1228212313a007636fc8c/?d=false The British parliament was told, on Oct 12, 2017 that Velupillai Prabhakaran killed Jaffna … Baron Naseby referred to the Chola invasion of Sri Lanka and the … “My noble friends Lord Naseby and Lord Sheikh talked about the numbers killed. Paid LTTE members act in Channel 4 documentaries; says Lord Naseby www.hirunews.lk/…/video-paid-ltte-members-act-in-channel-4-documentaries-says-lo… 27 Feb 2014 – UK Conservative party member Lord Nazabi says […]

Premachandran’s withdrawal will not affect TNA’

16th November 2017 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan says Former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran’s resignation is not a grave concern for the party. Speaking at a media briefing held in Jaffna, the Leader of the Opposition referred to the former MP as simply another individual. The Opposition leader said he believed that the youth and other parliamentarians within the party will not be influenced by Premachandran’s resignation. R Samapanthan further said the true result will be made clear through the results of the upcoming Local Government election. The Opposition leader extended his faith in the President and the Prime Minister adding that he is not expecting to gain any political benefits. Opposition Leader R Sampanthan also explained his stance on the 2018 budget. He said […]

Sampanthan appeals to Rajapaksa and ‘genuine’ SLFPers

16th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Yusuf Ariff Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan today called on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to support the making of a new Constitution as it is his fundamental duty and to refrain from using the Constitution as a means to capture power. Addressing the Parliament today (16), the TNA leader urged the Prime Minister and members of the Steering Committee to ensure that the draft constitutional proposals are put before the Constitutional Assembly within the next three months at least and are made available to the public. “Why is former President Mahinda Rajapaksa opposing what he himself proposed? I want to ask President Mahinda Rajapaksa if you are opposed to the framing of a new Constitution why did you not come to the Parliament and […]

Removal of Thondaman’s name India to take up issue with SL

16th November 2017 // 0 Comments

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, on 15 November, promised to look into the removal of Sri Lankan Tamil leader Savumiamoorthy Thondaman’s name from the name boards of the country’s Government institutions. “Thiru @mkstalin – We will take up this matter with the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL),” tweeted Swaraj in response to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Leader M.K. Stalin’s request that she raise the matter with the neighbouring country. “Sri Lankan politician Thondaman fought for the rights and the dignity of Tamil workers of the country,” Stalin said in his letter to the Minister. Stalin added that though the politician had contributed to the welfare of Indian Tamils during his tenure as a Minister in various Sri Lankan Governments, they had miserably failed to […]

Accommodative and conciliatory approach of TNA

16th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw The speech made by Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan at the Constitutional Assembly debate on the Steering Committee Interim Report in Parliament was more accommodative and inclusive in his approach with a broader outlook than the stance taken by the first Tamil Leader of the Opposition and Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) the late Appapillai Amirthalingam during his parliamentary days. Nothing but a separate Tamil state of Eelam had been the ‘manthra’ of the TULF from the time the Vaddukoddai Resolution was adopted in May 1976. As the only surviving incumbent Tamil parliamentarian of the era of A. Amirthalingam along with his position of national importance as Sampanthan in his speech in Parliament last Wednesday had categorically […]

PTA detainees Jaffna Uni students march to UN office

15th November 2017 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar Jaffna University students handed over a petition yesterday to the United Nations (UN) Office urging the release of all 132 detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), transfer of Court cases of three PTA detainees to Vavuniya and the repealing of the PTA. Hundreds of students carrying placards marched through the main streets of Jaffna to the UN office. The procession which commenced from the University premises, headed through Palaly Road to the UN office in Jaffna. Students from all faculties of the University as well as non academic staff took part in the protest that was conducted peacefully. They had also handed over a similar petition to the Northern Province Governor Reginold Cooray’s office to be sent to President […]

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