Hang them not, or hang them?

2nd February 2019 // 0 Comments

While President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated very sternly that he would carry out the death penalty for major convicted drug offences who continue the illicit drug trade while in the death cell. He declared that he had entrusted the Armed Forces, Police and the Civil Defence Force with the task of eradicating the narcotics menace the way they had destroyed the LTTE. While the President’s decision to carry out the fight against drugs on a war footing did not face any adverse response, some human rights activists expressed alarm about his references to the strong arm tactics adopted successfully by President Duterte of the Philippines. Furthermore, the Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners (CPRP) came out with a most surprising statement that they would take […]

Unitary State only means ‘Sinhala Administration’.

1st February 2019 // 0 Comments

I will not accept the Unitary State concept – Wigneswaran Former Chief Minister of Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran states that he does not accept the concept of a Unitary State. He mentioned this commenting to the media near the Colombo Complex. Wigneswaran says that the Unitary State concept is not a solution for the issue of the North and that Unitary State only means ‘Sinhala Administration’. Further commenting, he said that various statements are being made to trick the public. The word ‘Orumiththanadu’ in Tamil means ‘a unified country’ and not a ‘unitary state’, he pointed out.

Another national govt. not unconstitutional-JVP

1st February 2019 // 0 Comments

The JVP says the establishment of a national government is in no way unconstitutional. Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath speaking at a media breifing this morning said the party with a majority seats can form a national government with another party. He stressed it is not unconstitutional as there is an article in this regard in the Constitution, adding it does not determine the number of MPs. He said a national government comprises of the party or independent group that has acquired the highest number of seats in Parliament, forming a government with another accepted political party or several parties. Herath stated there is a sentence that is not applicable to the law. Responding to a statement by President Maithripala Sirisena that 2019 will be a year […]

SLFP Endorses Sirisena As Presidential Candidate: Duminda Presents Proposal To A’Pura Convention

1st February 2019 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today endorsed President Maithripala Sirisena‘s name as the party’s candidate for the next Presidential election. The President’s name was proposed by SLFP National Organizer Duminda Dissanayake and seconded by former Minister Tissa Karalliyadda. The proposal was presented at the Anuradhapura district convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party which was conducted as part of the party’s restructuring drive. The move comes amidst ongoing negotiations between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) to form an alliance to contest together at future elections. UPFA Parliamentarian Vasudewa Nanayakkara told the media earlier this week that the new alliance would be formed within the next few weeks. However, several candidates of the Rajapaksa camp, including former Defence Secretary […]

President says Another new government will be formed in 2019

1st February 2019 // 0 Comments

Everyone who loves the country should gather to make Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) a strong public force to defeat the drives against the country, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President stated this addressing the event held to declare open the new SLFP Colombo District office this evening (31). Under the programme initiated to reorganize the SLFP, establishing new district offices for the party across the country is currently underway. The newly opened SLFP Colombo District office is located on Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha in Colombo 10. Addressing the event, President Sirisena further said 2019 is a year of elections as well as the year in which a new government would be formed for the country. President emphasized the responsibility of preparing the SLFP, a populist […]

Ex-parliamentary official reveals Govt.- Opposition collusion

1st February 2019 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando One-time top official in parliament Lacille de Silva, yesterday, alleged that there was an understanding among political parties represented in Parliament not to raise the contentious issue of quorum though in the recent past the UNP had acted contrary to that consensus. All those lawmakers in Parliament should be ashamed of their disgraceful conduct, De Silva said, alleging that political parties fiercely guarded various corrupt systems though there were differences among them on many issues. Responding to a query by The Island, De Silva said leaders of all political parties were responsible for deterioration of parliament. Had parliament adhered with the rule as regards the minimum number of lawmakers 20 required to be present at any given time, parliamentary sittings would have […]

Arrest Warrant On Brigadier Priyanka Fernando Withdrawn due to Political Interference and Pressure! : ICPPG Expresses Severe Disappointment

27th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The International Centre for Prevention and Prosecution Genocide today expressed severe disappointment with the Westminster Magistrate’s Court’s decision to withdraw the arrest warrant on Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, former Defence Attachè of the Sri Lankan High Commission in the United Kingdon, due to “increasing political pressure.” The organization, issuing a statement, said, “The Public Interest Law Centre was contacted by Westminster Magistrates’ Court and was informed that the arrest warrant had been withdrawn and the matter relisted on 1 February 2019. The Court did not relist the matter before withdrawing the arrest warrant which is entirely unacceptable.” “After the 21st January 2019 hearing, it has come to our attention, that the Sri Lankan Government acknowledged the proceedings in November 2018 and elected not to participate in the […]

Refugee Kamzy Gunaratnam to Mayor

27th January 2019 // 0 Comments

By Harim Peiris Meeting President Maithripala Sirisena, earlier this month, for a courtesy call, which lasted longer than originally anticipated, was Jaffna born, Deputy Mayor of the Norwegian capital city of Oslo, Kamzy Gunaratnam. Born in Jaffna, to parents who both hailed from the peninsula, her parents took their young family and fled the fighting up North and the country as refugees, when she was three years old and eventually ended up in Norway. A little over a decade later, Kamzy as a teenager got actively involved in the youth movement of the left of center Labor party and rose up the ranks of its youth movement. As a politically conscious teenager, she was also active in the Tamil Diaspora politics. She sang and danced […]

There’re still over 16 refugee camps in Jaffna

27th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Facebook12TwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppShare12 Share Even though the war ended almost ten years ago, there are still over 16 refugee camps in Jaffna, said National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) Coordinator Anthony Jesudasan. Around 200 families have been sheltered in some camps, but they only have two lavatories, he added. Addressing a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday (22), he said not only the South, but also lecturers of the Jaffna University are unaware of the fact that there are still refugee camps in Jaffna. At the press briefing, civil organization representatives severely criticized the statement made by the President that 90 per cent of military occupied lands in the North and East have been released. They further pointed out that government forces and a number of state institutions […]

MAHINDA cannot come out of the swamp of racism – Dr. Rajitha Senaratne

25th January 2019 // 0 Comments

By Anuradha Herath Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said the Bond Commission Report does not mention fraud, but a loss only. Following are excerpts of the interview: During the 52-day period, you mentioned on platforms that you were going to abolish the Executive Presidency. Was that view restricted only to those 52 days? A: No, there was a procedure that commenced from the beginning within the amendment to the Constitution programme. Now, it has reached a certain stage. There is a Constitution Compilation Board to compile the Constitution. The Parliament was made a Constitutional Council. There are proposals brought by various factions there. Those were publicised. From here onwards, those proposals will be considered and drafted. Who will be the Presidential Candidate from the […]

Tamil Diaspora welcomes Hemasiri’s offer but won’t co-operate until Geneva obligations are met

25th January 2019 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), yesterday, welcomed Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando’s recent controversial request for the Tamil Diaspora groups to furnish information, if any, of the atrocities committed by armed forces personnel. UK-based GTF spokesperson uren Surendiran told The Island that the grouping was really encouraged by Defence Secretary Fernando’s declaration. Responding to a query, Surendiran pointed out that in spite of Fernando’s encouraging statement, some members of the administration were pulling in different directions. Defence Secretary Fernando incurred the wrath of some political parties and organisations for seeking Diaspora organisations’ support to initiate investigations. Surendiran said: “This is encouraging that a senior civil servant has publicly said this. However, the mixed messages that come from very senior members of the government, including the […]

UK HC will convey GoSL concerns – Aryasinha

25th January 2019 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday (24) said that British High Commissioner James Dauris had assured that he would promptly convey the concerns raised by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to his Government, and that it was his understanding that the warrant against former Minister Counsellor Defence, attached to the Lankan diplomatic mission in the United Kingdom (UK), Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, will be withdrawn. Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha yesterday requested the British High Commission to take necessary steps to ensure a review of the process including the order of the Magistrate’s Court … of Westminster, Manchester to correct the Court’s misunderstanding of International Law with regard to the arrest. At a meeting, held at the Ministry premises in the afternoon, between Aryasinha […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa, is one of the MPs with the worst attendance record to Parliament

25th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The government has drawn heavy flak over the constitutional reform proposals prepared by an expert panel appointed by the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly (CA). The UPFA and the SLPP maintain that the document, presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the CA, recently, is a draft constitution, which Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has condemned as part of a campaign to divide the country. The Opposition has stopped short of questioning the legitimacy of the CA against the backdrop of crucial changes in Parliament during the last several months. One of our columnists has put forth some cogent arguments, in his article published on this page today. One is that the two post-Independence governments which introduced new constitutions (in 1972 and 1978) had a […]

Who will be SLPP presidential candidate?

25th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Who will be our presidential candidate? This is the question on the minds of the rank and file of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), or ‘Pohottuwa’ party, that has, since the recent constitutional crisis quietly shed its earlier moniker ‘the Joint Opposition’. It is no secret that many senior leaders of the movement whose last names, not least the residents of No. 117 Wijeyarama Mawatha, are wary of nominating a candidate who cannot be relied upon to use the Executive Presidency as a vehicle to restore former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to his throne. The idea of a candidate with his own ‘sunlight’ or ‘erudite path’ blazing his own trail and leaving the former President in the lurch has long perturbed members of the former […]

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

24th January 2019 // 0 Comments

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

24th January 2019 // 0 Comments

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

24th January 2019 // 0 Comments

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

24th January 2019 // 0 Comments

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 […]

British Court case against Brigadier; Not informed: Army

23rd January 2019 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lanka Army said today that neither the Army nor Brigadier Priyanka Fernando had been informed with regard to any court case filed against the Brigadier in Britain. News reports said the Westminster Magistrate’s Court has issued an arrest warrant on Brigadier Fernando for allegedly violating the British Public Order Act. The case has been filed against the Brigadier, who was the then Defence Attache in the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, for allegedly making a threatening gesture at a group of pro-LTTE protesters outside the High Commission on February 4 last year. When contacted, Army Spokesperson Sumith Atapattu said they contacted the Sri Lankan High Commission in London over the incident after seeing media reports. “The High Commission said a case had […]

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