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 […]

Counting the dead from the war

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The ITJP is initiating a movement (from Mon 7 Jan 2019 – press releases attached) to start collecting the names of the dead and disappeared/missing from the whole war in Sri Lanka but with a focus on the final war in 2009 because of the upcoming tenth anniversary of Mullivaikkal. We are doing this again jointly with Patrick Ball of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. The idea is for Patrick to come up with an estimate of the total number – and also to create one clean list with no duplicates to be used for memorialisation – that will be shared with those who contribute. For more on Patrick’s work see https://psmag.com/social-justice/using-machine-learning-to-hold-human-rights-abusers-accountable .   First of all if you know of existing casualty lists (in any language) perhaps you could please […]

The Terrifying Rajapaksa Legacy Will Destroy The Sinhalese Buddhists Of Sri Lanka!

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

By Sharmini Serasinghe – Sharmini Serasinghe The leader of a nation is like a parent to one’s children. The children emulate the examples set by the parent, for better or for worse. The morally upright parent sets morally upright examples and standards and ensures the children abide by them. What happens when the leader/parent is immoral, unethical and unprincipled? Obviously, the children/citizens, especially the young and impressionable will naturally follow the examples set by the leader/parent. And they too become immoral, unethical and unprincipled, just like their leader/parent.  This unfortunately is what has happened to an entire generation of the Sinhalese Buddhists of this country, including the academically qualified and some amongst the senior generations, as well as the Buddhist clergy, during and after the decade Mahinda Rajapaksa was the Parent […]

Who has Lassie’s blood on their hands?

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

In some ways, Keith Noyahr’s abduction and assault in May 2008 was the harbinger of the more brutal crime that was to follow. At the time of his abduction, Keith Noyahr was the most senior journalist to be attacked during that dark era for press freedom in Sri Lanka. That dubious honour was claimed by his friend ‘Lassie’ eight months later. Lasantha Wickrematunge and Noyahr were once colleagues at the Sunday Times. Both were acclaimed journalists. Both were hunted for their defiant writing in an oppressive climate for professional journalists. A decade later, investigators have found a thread running through both these attacks, connecting assailants in both cases to a shadowy military intelligence unit operating out of the Tripoli army camp, part of a sinister […]

‘Tamil political parties are fractured, there’s no unity amongst them’

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

By Suresh Perera As long as Sri Lanka remains divided on lines of race, religion, caste, language, regions, poor and rich, the country will be devoid of the ‘balance’ to forge ahead, says Sivaraja Rashasingham, PLOTE’s coordinator based in Norway. “The ‘imbalance’ could open the door to outside forces to take control. It is left to us to decide whether to allow such forces to triumph or to take ‘control’ ourselves without being slaves to external elements, who will have their way, if they succeed”, he said in an interview with The Sunday Island during a visit to Colombo, last week. PLOTE (People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam), a one-time militant group, later worked with the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to crush the LTTE. After […]

Mass graves: The dead tell a tragic tale of delays and disputes

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Within a sprawling plot of bare land near the beach at Kurukkalmadam in Batticaloa is a mass grave that has not been excavated. The bodies buried there are from 1990, according to the Muslim residents of the area. The deceased are members of their community, more than 150, some insist, massacred by the LTTE that year. They can point out the precise location of the site. In 2014, the Kaluwanchikudy courts ordered an exhumation after 66 relatives of the dead wanted the skeletons to give them a proper burial. But it never took place. Like the families of other Sinhalese and Tamil missing persons, these Muslims have gone from pillar to post pleading for closure. The Magistrate asked the office of the Chief Judicial Medical […]

There Would Have Been No MiG Deal Without Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Udayanga Weeratunga.

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Air Force Officers Interviewed by FCID Have Made it Clear That There Would Have Been No MiG Deal Without Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Udayanga Weeratunga. By A ” Sunday Observer” Special Correspondent In 2007, journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge published a series of exposes about a murky arms procurement that has since come to be known as the ‘MiG deal’. The articles resulted in Lasantha and his newspaper being sued for defamation over his reporting on the alleged involvement of then Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the transaction involving mothballed MiG-27 bombers in Ukraine. Friends and family have long suspected that the reporting and legal battle may have cost the outspoken journalist his life. Years later, FCID investigations have vindicated The Sunday Leader editor, proving his reporting was factually […]

SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up, but Rajapaksa’s group lays down conditions Some sections wanted agreement by January 15, but Pohottuwa leaders insist that full procedures must be followed before any alliance is formed Questions of rationale raised as President also seeks thaw with UNF and compromises on subjects given to ministers MoD reaches defence agreement with powerful country, giving it access to Sri Lanka’s facilities  He has etched his name in a controversial chapter of Sri Lanka’s political history with mistakes that stunned a nation and faced ignominy over violating the country’s Constitution. Now, just five days after the dawn of 2019, President Maithripala Sirisena appears set to create more records, be it for good or for worse. It comes in the backdrop of issues […]

Mahinda had gifted his Astrologer Sumanadasa a car worth Rs.8.2Mn belonging to Mihin

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

Mihin Lanka has paid a loan of Rs.8.2 million for a car (Nissan- N16) which was gifted to Astrologer Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the year 2007, Astrologer Abeygunawardana informed the SriLankan Airlines Commission yesterday. He informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into irregularities at SriLankan airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka that in 2007 he had received a call from the ex-Chief Security Officer of former President Major Neville Wanniarachchi to collect the particular car from LOLC at Rajagiriya. “LOLC had only given the key of the car to me and I obtained one-year insurance for the vehicle,” he said. When State Counsel Chathura Gunathilake questioned about why former President had gifted him such a vehicle he said he had […]

Who killed SLFP?

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

by C. A. Chandraprema We once again see the Sri Lanka Freedom Party going through the same stresses and strains that the party went through in the 1980s only this time at a much greater magnitude. There are repeated meetings of the party central committee, stormy meetings of electoral organizers, and MPs holding furtive meetngs at each other’s houses to consider survival strategies. That things were going to come to this pass sooner or later after their ill-advised entry into a national government with the UNP in 2015 was obvious to everyone except those blinded by yahapalana propaganda. On the one hand, the SLFP as represented by the authority wielded from its Darley Road headquarters, is all but dead. But the politics and the policies […]

Mahinda declared in public that he obtained membership of the SLPP but now says ”I am NOT a member of SLPP”

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

”What exists now is a Sumanthiran-Ranil Government” Mahinda  You declared in public that you obtained membership of the SLPP. This was also announced via your Twitter account. Are you now denying that this was not so? By Anuradha Herath Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa says that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has to be held accountable for the Treasury Bonds fraud. “I have no deals with Ranil,” he added. Excerpts: Who is the Opposition Leader of the current Parliament? A: Actually, the person who should be the Opposition Leader is the Leader of the Party that represents the largest number of MPs in the Opposition. Is that you? A: Yes. We had two Prime Ministers in the country for more than 50 days last year. Now there […]

LSSP fought for workers’ rights – Prof. Tissa Vitarana

2nd January 2019 // 0 Comments

The Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) always fought resolutely against racial, religious, caste, gender, and class discrimination. The LSSP stood up for Sinhala and Tamil to be the official languages, when the UNP and SLFP wanted Sinhala as the only official language, Prof. Tissa Vitarana said at the LSSP’s 83rd anniversary. To celebrate its 83rd anniversary, the LSSP held a very well attended meeting at Eheliyagoda on 23 December. All leaders of the Socialist Alliance like Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Raja Collure attended. Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena, being unwell, was represented by Gitanjana Gunawardena, the SLFP by the General Secretary and John Seneviratne, the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) by Douglas Devananda, and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) by MP Wakkumbura, representing […]

Maithri, Mahinda, Ranil: Three Aces or Three Jokers?

2nd January 2019 // 0 Comments

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~ Aristotle   Jawaharlal Nehru wrote thus: ‘Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will’. if one examines how each of these players, Maithripala Sirisena, the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, former President and 50-day Prime Minister (PM) and Ranil Wickremesinghe the current PM, at least on the surface, look more like jokers who did not know when to play and when to quit, except perhaps Ranil Wickremesinghe who chose to wait it out allowing the others to continue to play their suicidal game. Barefaced violation of a country’s constitution is no game of cards. Instead of […]

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