MODI’s FIRM STAND

Senior politician Jolly who is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP told Ceylon Today that he was “not satisfied” with the answer President Rajapaksa gave,when asked how Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran will function when he had no power over his Chief Secretary. He claimed that the President had replied, “She has held that position for years and they can share the work.” He quipped, “It’s a peculiar bureaucracy when the Chief Minister has no power over his Chief Secretary.”Jolly further pointed out, “I know…

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Muslims concerned over invite to monk

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has raised concerns over reports that the venerable Ashin Wirathu, the dreaded leader of the 969 Movement in Myanmar, has been invited to visit Sri Lanka. The monk is also known as the butcher of the Burmese Muslims and as the leader of the anti-Muslim movement in Myanmar, he has been responsible for the murder of hundreds of Muslims by extremist Buddhists. There are reports that he has been invited by the Bodu Bala Sena to attend their “Great Sangha Council” meeting on the…

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BJP Says Resolution Is Only Possible Through Devolution

India’s Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Muralidhar Rao said that the resolution of Sri Lanka’s Tamil problem is only through devolution. He was addressing a press briefing earlier today.He urged the Sri Lankan government to restart the dialogue with the Tamil leaders immediately.Rao undertook a visit to Sri Lanka with the Global Convener BJP Overseas Affairs Vijay Jolly to participate in the 8th General Assembly of International Conference of Asian Political Parties at Colombo held recently. Rao also said “finishing of terrorism should not be taken as finishing of the…

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Mervyn Says Monk Gnanasara Thera Has A Woman Living In France

Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs Dr. Mervyn Silva has accused Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera of having an affair with a woman living in France and he has purchased a house for the woman from Rajagiriya.In an interview published in a Sri Lankan newspaper, Dr. Silva has stated that people like Gnanasara Thera will not be elected to presidency or other respected office by the people of the country. There were a number of respectable and learned monks in the country than people like Gnanasara…

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India gives backing to Lanka at UNHRC

India today told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) said that Sri Lanka should be given all necessary assistance in a “cooperative and collaborative manner” following the war adding that engaging the country concerned in a collaborative and constructive dialogue and partnership is a more pragmatic and productive way forward. The Indian delegation to the UNHRC also took note of Sri Lanka’s engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, despite its non-recognition of recent resolutions adopted by the Council on Sri Lanka. “My delegation is of the view that it is desirable for…

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All eyes on Bangalore court

Jayalalithaa assets case: verdict postponed to Sept. 27  Case is that Jayalalithaa acquired wealth worth Rs. 66.65 cr. as CM in 91-96 For Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, many of her political crises have emanated from legal tangles. After having decimated the opposition in the Lok Sabha elections earlier in May, she faces her biggest challenge not from political rivals, but a Special Court in Bangalore that will deliver its judgment on an 18-year-old ‘disproportionate assets’ case on Saturday. With the Supreme Court, on Friday, declining to defer pronouncement of…

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Spirit of ‘Black Day’ will stay with people: Karunanidhi

DMK president M. Karunanidhi said on Thursday that the spirit of the ‘Black Day’ observed by the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) to condemn Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the U.N. general council would always stay with the people. “Even if it fails to reach the ears of the Central and State governments, the spirit will remain with the people,” he said. Clad in black along with party treasurer M.K. Stalin and other senior leaders, Mr. Karunanidhi said that even in the past, the TESO had prevailed upon…

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Re-merger Of The North And East

The vexed issue re-surfaces By Nirmala Kannangara The re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces as a single political administrative unit is the only solution to the Tamil issue, along with the right to self-determination, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesman and MP, Suresh Premachandran, said. Premachandran said the re-merger of the North and the East had been their demand right from the beginning, and most Tamil lands in the Northern Province had been taken over by the military after the de-merger. “The lands were taken over for security purposes but…

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