Ranil Wickremesinghe Re-iterates in Parliament His Commitment Towards Achievement of a Political Solution Within an Undivided Country, Abolition of Executive Presidency and Strengthening of Provincial Councils.

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Ranil Wickremesinghe Re-iterates in Parliament His Commitment Towards Achievement of a Political Solution Within an Undivided Country, Abolition of Executive Presidency and Strengthening of Provincial Councils. By Saman Indrajith Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, told Parliament that he would strive to find a political solution to the ethnic problem within an undivided country. Addressing Parliament soon after a motion of confidence in him was passed Wickremesinghe said: “The words of former US President Abraham Lincoln that “government of the people, by the people, for the people” come to mind. The government should be formed by the people and not by the President. There cannot be a government of the President but a government of the people. Continue reading ‘Ranil Wickremesinghe Re-iterates in Parliament His […]

Concerns Rise Over Possible “Biased” Rulings by Supreme Court Judge Wanasundera and her extra ordinary friendship with Rajapaksa.

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Concerns Rise Over Possible “Biased” Rulings as Three -Judge Supreme Court Bench Headed by Eva Wanasundara Along With Buvaneka Aluvihare and Vijithkumara Malalgoda Is Set To Hear Appeal by Mahinda Rajapaksa Against Appeal Court Interim Order On Friday Dec 14th Controversial Supreme Court judge Eva Wanasundera is set to hear an appeal by her law-college pal Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday raising concern among opposing petitioners who fear bias. The appeal filed against a Court of Appeal interim order restraining Rajapaksa and his purported cabinet exercising the powers of their offices is to be taken up by a three-judge bench of the highest court on Friday. The bench headed by Eva Wanasundera includes justice Buvenaka Aluvihare and Vijith Kumara Malalgoda. Continue reading ‘Concerns Rise Over Possible […]

Sirisena Pushed Up Against The Wall As Ranil Wins Numbers Game

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

By Rasika Jayakody –  Rasika Jayakody President Maithripala Sirisena, who triggered the political crisis in Sri Lanka by appointing an MP without a parliamentary majority as the Prime Minister on October 26, is now slowly being pushed up against the wall. Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stamped his authority over Parliament today by demonstrating a clear majority in the House: He emerged the winner of the “numbers game” in Parliament, as his rival, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost it not once, not twice, but six times in a row. With 117 MPs from the UNP and the TNA supporting him, Wickremesinghe has become the sole choice of Parliament for the post of Prime Minister.  While the legislature has repeatedly demonstrated “no confidence” in President Maithripala Sirisena’s chosen Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, it […]

Lyca made India’s Most Expensive Movie

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

This Former Immigrant From Sri Lanka Just Made India’s Most Expensive Movie The man who bankrolled the science-fiction film 2.0, India’s costliest movie, is a former immigrant from Sri Lanka who is now running his family’s telecom, healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment conglomerate in the U.K. Meet Allirjah Subaskaran, 46, who fled Sri Lanka with his family at the height of the ethnic conflict there three decades ago, and moved first to France, and then later settled in the U.K. He said that he loved watching Tamil films while growing up, and that’s why he started Lyca Productions, a production and distribution company based in Chennai, in 2014. It’s part of the privately held Lyca Group, which was named after his sister Leka, with headquarters on […]

Army builds ‘Agraharam’ residential units for Hindu Priests in Jaffna

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Six (06) ‘Agraharam’ residential units intended for Hindu priests built with Army expertise were handed over to the owners during a brief ceremony in Karainagar, Jaffna on Sunday (09). According to Army media, these residences for the priests called ‘Agraharam’ were constructed in response to requests by the Kovil (Temple) priests and local government authorities. Army troops under the Security Force Headquarters-Jaffna provided technical skills and labour for the construction of these six ‘Agraharam’ residential units for the Kurukkal (priests) of the Shivan Kovil in Karainagar, Jaffna. Financial support for the construction was provided by the Karainagar Divisional Secretariat. The house handing over ceremony was attended by religious dignitaries, Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, state officials and Kovil devotees.

British HC visits Mannar Mass Grave : Skeletal remains of 21 children unearthed & Three skeletal have been tied with cable.

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

By Tharindi Pabasara Three skeletal remains uncovered at the mass grave found in Mannar appear to have been tied with some substance, according to the Judicial Medical Officer in charge of the inspection Dr S. Rajapaksa stated yesterday (11). These skeletal remains have been submitted to the Mannar Magistrate and future inspections will be carried out to identify whether the substance that had been tied to the skeletal remains is a metal or part of jewelry item, he said. Accordingly, the skeletal remains will be initially subjected to X-ray tests. Dr Rajapaksa further said that out of the uncovered 279 skeletal remains, 269 have been systematically removed through excavations and currently placed at the Mannar Magistrate’s Court complex. According to him, considerably smaller skeletal remains suspected to belong […]

TNA says its support was conditional to the granting of power devolution to the north and the east

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today that its support for the vote of confidence on United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was conditional to the granting of power devolution to the north and the east, the release of political prisoners and the land. TNA MP for Jaffna district Dharmalingam Sidaththan told Daily Mirror that his party extended conditional support for Mr. Wickremesinghe to get the required majority to become the Prime Minister. Mr. Sidaththan said these were usual demands of the TNA right throughout. “We asked for power devolution. It means the constitution making process should continue,” he said. Also, he said there were lands to be released in the north. “It is not only the lands held by the military but also the private […]

Sri Lanka was forced to surrender the sovereignty of its deep-water port, Hambantota to China

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Asserting that Sri Lanka was forced to surrender the sovereignty of its deep-water port, Hambantota, a powerful US lawmaker on Tuesday sought an end to the Chinese debt trap. China was defrauding small countries with nonviable infrastructure projects and was charging exorbitant rates that the poor countries could not afford, alleged Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. “When countries cannot make their payments, China seizes physical control of the assets, with strategic deep-water ports being its top target,” he said. “This debt trap must stop. We are seeing it across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Sri Lanka is now in a terrible constitutional crisis, in part because the country is drowning in unsustainable debt to the Chinese Communists. Sri Lanka has been forced to surrender its sovereignty of […]

Sri Lanka’s crisis clouds fate of 20,000 missing people

12th December 2018 // 0 Comments

After seven months of digging around the old Sathosa Building in Mannar, a city some 250 kilometers north of Colombo in Sri Lanka, the remains of some 266 people have been pulled from the clinging earth. While these bodies remain unidentified – and, in some cases, likely unidentifiable – few doubt that they are witnessing the exhumation of the first of 16,000 to 20,000 people who disappeared here during more than four decades of civil war. The mass grave is one of several sites uncovered around Sri Lanka in recent years, including another one in Mannar. Further sites have been discovered around the east coast town of Batticaloa, and another in the central town of Matale. How many disappeared? However, Saliya Pieris, chairman of the independent Office […]

Forum in Jaffna calls for people-centred democracy

12th December 2018 // 0 Comments

A forum on democracy held in memory of late Somesasunthary Krishnakumar, University of Jaffna Senior Lecturer in History, was held at the Trimmer Hall in Jaffna on 9 December. Activists, students, academics, journalists, artists and others from different parts of the country, including Akkaraipattu, Kilinochchi, Kandy, and Colombo, discussed the ongoing political crisis, its historical origins, and what democracy should look like in the future. Participants agreed the current crisis was not merely a confrontation between political leaders, parties and the three arms of the State, namely the Parliament, Executive and Judiciary. The discussion focused on what democracy in the country has been throughout its history (particularly for groups on the margins such as minority communities, women, oppressed caste communities and workers) and an exploration […]

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

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

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

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

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.

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

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

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

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

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

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?

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

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?

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

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?

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

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

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

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

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

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 […]

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