Avant Guard deal led to a loss of Rs.15 billion – Mahinda Rajapaksa is also among the responsible named for the loss.

23rd January 2019 // 0 Comments

Outspoken JVPer reappointed COPE Chairman;  tells Parliament political apathy is protecting offenders   Recalls multiple investigations by Committees and Commissions with no legal action  Questions why even reports tabled in Parliament have not yielded results  Says both SLFP and UNP complicit in protecting loyalists   By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Newly appointed Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Chairman Sunil Handunnetti yesterday delivered a blistering indictment of top politicians from both the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP),charging they were protecting those responsible for corruption and insisting it was pointless to conduct investigations unless the guilty are punished. Sunil Handunnetti MP Handunnetti, who was unanimously reappointed on Tuesday to beCOPE Chairman for another term, wanted action taken on reports published rather […]

Jaffna International Trade Fair to be held 25-27 Jan

23rd January 2019 // 0 Comments

Jaffna International Trade Fair (JITF 2019), the largest ever trade fair and international exhibition in Northern Sri Lanka, will be held for the 10th consecutive year in the capital of Northern Province, a media release stated. The annual Jaffna International Trade Fair, named the ’Gateway to the North’, will be open from 25-27 January at the Municipal Grounds in Jaffna. The Jaffna International Trade Fair will bring together some of Sri Lanka’s favourite brands and services. The range of products for sale and display will give an opportunity for all stakeholders to enter one of Sri Lanka’s largest untapped markets. The trade fair is organized by Lanka Exhibition & Conference Services (LECS) together with the Yarlpanam Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCIY) with the support […]

Maithiri’s failed Promise and Tamil Land Struggle Reaches Boiling Point after 700 days of protest

23rd January 2019 // 0 Comments

Last year, President Sirisena promised to return occupied lands in the North and East by December 31, 2018. When this promise was broken, Keppapulavu residents marched to the Army camp and demanded their land. The Army refused to speak to them. In subsequent discussions with government officials, an Assistant Government Agent (AGA) had promised them their land would be released by January 25, 2019. “We want to sleep, cook, eat in our own house and farm our own land” 700 days is a long time for a day and night protest outside an Army camp. Since March 1, 2017, the people of Keppapulavu, located in the Mullaitheevu district in Northern Sri Lanka, have been doing just that. They have had to brave intimidation and harassment from the […]

“Militarized Environment” Prevailing in and Around Colombo Permanent High Court Hearing DA Rajapaksa Museum Case Involving Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Create Fear Psychosis Among Witnesses

23rd January 2019 // 0 Comments

Dep- Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris Objects to “Militarized Environment” Prevailing in and Around Colombo Permanent High Court Hearing DA Rajapaksa Museum Case Involving Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Create Fear Psychosis Among Witnesses By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General raised objections into the highly militarised environment around the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar yesterday. Peiris appearing for the prosecution in the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum case told the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar that this would adversely affect witnesses expected to testify before court in due course. Taking into consideration the facts, the Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne announced that they would make an appropriate order on the next hearing date. Continue reading […]

Mahinda and Maithripala will jointly and separately continue to work hard to undermine the Wickremesinghe

23rd January 2019 // 0 Comments

Why Mahinda Is Reluctant To Endorse Maithripala As Presidential Election Candidate For 2019 Polls By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The greatest political surprise or upset in Sri Lankan politics last year was the political re-alignment of President Maithripala Sirisena and Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In a bizarre political twist Maithripala joined forces with his ex-leader to launch an unconstitutional and undemocratic attempt to remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replace him with Mahinda Rajapaksa as Purported Prime Minister. The backdoor bid to grab power failed miserably. The reasons for the debacle are well known. What is of interest now is the prevailing state of political relations between President Sirisena and the recently recognized Leader of the opposition Rajapaksa.The tactical alliance formed last year to oust Ranil Wickremesinghe is yet […]

BREAKING NEWS – Brigadier Priyanka Fernando of SL army found guilty

21st January 2019 // 0 Comments

Brigadier Priyanka Fernando of SL army found guilty of two of three offences under Public Order Act (sections 5 and 4a). That his actions were threatening, caused harassment, and that he intended them to be so. Magistrates court issues an arrest warrant for Fernando. Following this judgement an international arrest warrant is likely to be issued for war criminal and Sri Lanka’s ex defence attache Brigadier Priyanka Fernando. If the Sri Lanakn government refuses to cooperate, its High Commissioner in London will be summoned to appear before the Court Brig. Priyanka Fernando Found Guilty On Three Offences Under Public Order Act: Arrest Warrant Issued Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, a senior officer of Sri Lanka Army, has been found guilty of two of three offences under Public […]

Mahinda Plays racist card again – Lucky Tamil MP Sumathiran is alive!

21st January 2019 // 0 Comments

Lucky Tamil MP Sumathiran is alive and traveling in Colombo now, If the Rajapakshe family was in power he would have been killed by the governments forces like they killed other Tamil MP’s and Journalists during the Rajapaksha rule. Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday vowed not to allow Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran to implement decisions taken by them surreptitiously that would harm the interests of the country. He said this at the opening of the new ‘Wahalkada’ at the Nakulugamuwa, Meddadeniya Sri Shailarama Purana Temple in Beliatta yesterday . Mahinda Rajapaksha as a former President promised to implement 13+ to the constitution which would give some rights to the minority but after loosing the election he opposes any devolution of power […]

Men’s Fashion Week: Jeenu Mahadevan calls out colourism

21st January 2019 // 0 Comments

Jan 20 (BBC) London, Paris, Milan, New York… it has been a frantic January for model Jeenu Mahadevan, as he flies around the world for Men’s Fashion Week. “There’s no such thing as downtime in Fashion Week, it’s just chaos for three weeks straight,” he tells the BBC. Since the 20-year old made his international debut in 2017 in Paris, his profile has skyrocketed. He’s modelled for fashion powerhouses including Versace, Givenchy Alexander McQueen and Burberry. Not bad for someone who was discovered on a bus home in Oslo in March 2016. “It was weird because this lady was just staring at me for like three stops straight – I had no idea what was going on, and I thought it was a joke to […]

Foreign Office admits to destroying hundreds of files from the start of Tamil uprising in Sri Lanka

21st January 2019 // 0 Comments

Jan 21 (Morning Star) Britain’s Foreign Office is being accused of “shredding history” after it admitted to destroying nearly 400 diplomatic files from the start of a Tamil uprising in Sri Lanka. Margaret Thatcher’s government armed Sri Lankan forces against left-wing Tamil independence fighters, but activists including superstar M.I.A. are now warning the full extent of this deadly collusion may never come to light. The Foreign Office has shredded nearly twice as many files on the conflict than it previously admitted, a freedom of information request by the Morning Star has found. Last year the department said it had destroyed 195 files from the late 1970s, when MI5 and SAS personnel advised Sri Lankan spies and commandos how to counter Tamil guerillas. The Star can […]

The blocks on Gota’s road to the Lankan Presidency

20th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Just ten days before the newly set up speedy High Court’s judges begin to hear on a daily basis to its final finish the charges levelled against him of misusing public finances for personal use, Gotabaya Rajapaksa put the nation on notice when he announced for the first time his solid intention to run for the Presidency of Sri Lanka. Presidential Hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa with his sights set on the presidency: ‘Dual citizenship is a personal matter. I can renounce it anytime I choose. America cannot tie me down. They can’t block me’ In a speech delivered last Sunday at the Viyathmaga meeting, in Colombo, he declared — in the manner Seventh Day Adventist and others denominations of the Christian faith are given to quote […]

Maithiri fooled by Rajapakshe again.

20th January 2019 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena seeking re-election is upset at Gothas Entry. Chamal Rajapaksha is upset and said he was a a contender.  Chamal Rajapaksha  Controversial former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa declaring his intention to run for president this year has created sharp divisions within the opposition led by his elder brother Mahinda. Gotabaya’s public pronouncements this week were not taken by his other politically-ambitious brothers lying down, particularly former speaker Chamal who immediately responded saying he will was also be a contender. Mahinda Rajapaksha Rajapakshas have openly said that future presidential candidates can only be from the Rajapaksha family. A two term limit puts Mahinda out as the 19th Amendment says “No person who has been twice elected to the office of President by the People, shall […]

Tamil ancestry of Sinhalas? – Sri Lankan DNA History

19th January 2019 // 0 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb8PZtKWG6Y Tamil ancestry of Sinhalas? – Sri Lankan DNA History The hidden history of Tamil ancestry amongst the Sinhalese based on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence. Important references: Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne – (1) Social base of early Buddhism in south east India and Sri Lanka (PhD thesis) http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/han… (2) Lankan scholar traces common Lankan, South Indian … www.youtube.com

TNA Spokesperson MA Sumanthiran M.P. Tells MTV Directly That “They Will Be Taken To Task” for “Continuously Engaging In Dangerous and Deliberate False Reporting”

18th January 2019 // 0 Comments

(Text of a communique released by the TNA Media office carrying excerpts from a speech made by Mr.MA Sumanthiran MP in Jaffna) The media is busy reporting on what various individuals say about the draft Constitution, but don’t look at what draft itself says. The media is intent on reporting deliberately false and misleading news regarding the Constitution. There are many forces in the South that are hoping to prevent a new Constitution being passed, and the media that support such forces spread such false “news”. “NewsFirst” is one of the worst offenders. They are here today. I hope they report this in full. Continue reading ‘TNA Spokesperson MA Sumanthiran M.P. Tells MTV Directly That “They Will Be Taken To Task” for “Continuously Engaging In […]

Kumar Ponnambalam: A vociferous voice of Tamils

8th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Insisted on the Thimpu Principles to find a political solution within one Sri Lanka “Kumar Ponnambalam’s gallant and heroic life in advancing the legitimate cause of the Tamils amidst all dangers, has earned him the respect and admiration of his people as a true Tamil patriot. Kumar was born into wealth and circumstances. Born and bred and stood first among the equal elites of  Cinnamon Gardens, but his inheritance was that he was proud to say he was a Tamil. He had been proud and delighted in displaying it. Secondly, he being the son of the great Tamil leader G.G. Ponnambalam, father of Tamil nationalism in this country and eminent lawyer, Kumar considered this too a symbol of pride. He used to constantly tell me, “Kumaran, […]

We will continue to discriminate against Tamils – Racist Colombo Archbishop

8th January 2019 // 0 Comments

A strong supporter of former President Mahinda during the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians by the government forces in May 2009, the Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith a well known Sinhala Racist have asked the International community to “mind their own business” without interfering with the affairs of Sri Lanka. Presenting a political package and discriminating on minority Tamils is an internal problem implied the racist Archbishop. The Sinhala government will find solutions ”if there is any problem” regarding the peace and the co-existence of the country said the Sinhala Archbishop who does not know that the minority Tamils are being discriminated by the Sinhala government since independence in 1948 in Sri Lanka.   If there are issues and crises related to religious as well as ethnic […]

TNA bows out of fight to get Opposition Leadership

8th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The TNA would not resort to legal action to retain the post of Opposition Leader in parliament, its MP Mavai Senathiraja said, on Saturday. Addressing the media, in Jaffna, the MP said that his party would not legally contest the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post of Opposition Leader which had been held by TNA MP R Sampanthan. However, the TNA has pointed out to the Speaker and Leader of the House that the appointment of the Opposition Leader should be done in keeping with the constitutional provisions. The TNA has nothing against Rajapaksa or any MP becoming the Opposition leader but that should be done in keeping with the parliamentary traditions, Constitution and Standing Orders of Parliament. The MP said that Rajapaksa was […]

Dr Suren Ragawan – Governor of Northern Province

8th January 2019 // 0 Comments

New governors appointed for three provinces have sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (07). Accordingly, the new governors were appointed for Uva, Sabaragamuwa and Northern provinces. Newly appointed governors are as follows: 1 Mr Keerthi Tennakoon – Governor of Uva Province 2 Senior Lecturer Dr Dhamma Dissanayake – Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province 3 Dr Suren Ragawan – Governor of Northern Province The new governor for the Southern Province is yet to be appointed. Meanwhile, five new governors were appointed for the Western, Central, North Central, North Western and Eastern provinces on January 04. http://www.adaderana.lk/news/52521/three-new-governors-appointed President Maithripala Srisena has appointed five new Governors for five provinces and they were sworn yesterday 04 January, in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the […]

Mahinda’s SLPP supporters disrupting ITN.

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The Police were called in to quell a tense situation at the state-owned Independent Television Network (ITN) earlier today. A group of ITN workers have staged a protest against appointments by the new management of the state TV stations. A tense situation took place when a group of attempted to assault the Deputy General Manager – News, appointed by the current management, within the office premises today. The protesting workers are largely affiliated with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and have formed an organization called “ITN Surakeeme Sanvidhanaya’. The management of the state TV company has already suspended 13 employees for disrupting the day-to-day work of the institution. The management has made it clear that it will take every necessary action to ensure that […]

A slap in the face again to President Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The Constitutional Council today gave President Maithripala Sirisena a slap in the face when it decided to re-confirm the appointments of Justice Gamini Amarasekera and Justice S. Thurairaja to the Supreme Court. Karu Jayasuriya The majority of CC members today decided to stick with the previous decision and disregard any new nominations by President Sirisena. Therefore, when the CC met this morning, it decided to stand its ground and re-confirms the appointments of Amarasekera and Thurairaja. Colombo Telegraph exclusively reported that President Sirisena, in a bid to manipulate the judiciary, had refrained from appointing Justice Amarasekara and S.Thurairajah as Supreme Court judges despite the CC recommending their names in October. Without appointing the two judges with unblemished track records, the President had referred two other names, […]

LASANTHA’S KILLERS PROTECTED BY MAHINDA, RANIL AND MAITHIRI

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Just days before he was due to give evidence against the brother of the country’s then strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse, two assailants on motorcycles blocked the car of the 50-year-old editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper before smashing the windows and stabbing him in the head. The assassination is one of many unresolved killings of journalists carried out during Rajapakse’s decade in power — which also saw a 37-year conflict with Tamil separatists brought to a brutal conclusion, raising other ugly, unanswered questions. Journalists and relatives will hold a vigil at Wickrematunge’s grave on Tuesday, to put a new spotlight on the case that drew US-led condemnation. “Lasantha’s case attracted international attention, his killing was condemned globally, but we have not been able to secure […]

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