Amir Ali offered Rs. 50 m instead of deputy ministerial portfolio!

Amir Ali of minister Badurdeen’s group, who is to be appointed to parliament to fill the vacancy created following the resignation of national list government MP A.H.M. Azwer, is refusing to attend parliament until he is given a deputy ministerial portfolio, say government sources. This group’s demand is that they would support the government only if they are given a MP position as well as a deputy ministerial portfolio. However, following Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena’s declaration that it would support the government, Amir’s supporters and mosque representatives have stressed…

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Over 2,000 rape cases per year, but only seven convictions

Although over 2,000 cases of rape are reported from around the country each year, only seven persons have been convicted by Court. This was revealed by Senior Researcher at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Chulani Kodikara. She also stated according to their statistics, the number of rape cases had increased over the years, compared to the low number of the convictions. Police Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana said, the police have already taken action on nearly 99% of the rape cases, but it is the Judiciary that has to…

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FREEDOM FIGHTER Prabakaran still lords over Tamil Nadu politics

On November 26, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for stronger ties with SAARC countries at its summit in Nepal and thanked Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa for releasing five Indian fishermen detained in Lanka, MDMK chief Vaiko launched a citywide celebration of slain LTTE chief V Prabakaran’s 60th birthday in Chennai, complete with public meetings, cake cutting at the party office and organised prayers at places of religious worship at different venues in the city.    The LTTE’s status has been prescribed as a terrorist organisation by 32 countries after…

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We WILL continue with our agitation for constitutional reform which we have done for last 10 years.

Susil avoids answering query on abolition of Presidency UPFA General Secretary and Environment Minister Susil Premajayantha evaded answering the question on whether the government will abolish the Executive Presidency if President Mahinda Rajapaksa wins the coming election. “The government is considering constitutional reforms,” he said in reply to the question posed at a press conference on Tuesday (2). The minister then asked a question, “Is the JVP changing their slogan from “Executive Presidency is illegal” to ‘defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa’?” LSSP Terminates Membership Of Six Leaders We WON’T STOP our…

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Rajapaksas Invested More In One Defence University Than In All Other Universities Combined

Last year the Rajapaksa regime invested more in one Defence Academy than it did in all the universities in Sri Lanka. The Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), was allocated 16.3 billion rupees in capital expenditure last year, while all the other universities in Sri Lanka – Colombo, Peradeniya, Moratuwa etc –  were only allocated 9.7 billion rupees in capital expenditure. To make matters worse. KDU had just under 1500 students, while all other universities had 88,000+ students. “Non-officer cadets studying at KDU must pay fees of multiple lakhs. Therefore, the government…

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Under Rajapaksa rule, dishonour is becoming honour, dishonesty honesty, indecency decency, extremism moderation and indiscipline discipline

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “When crimes begin to pileup they become invisible.” – Brecht (Poems – 1913-56) Last month three members of Shashindra Rajapaksa’s security-detail died when their speeding vehicle clashed into a parked lorry[i]. Why would Shashindra Rajapaksa – or any other chief minister/minister/parliamentarian – need security convoys? The LTTE is no more. The government boasts that the country is at peace and demands that people vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa, again, for this reason. So why the ubiquitous sight of politicians and their massive security details driving at breakneck-speed, signals…

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Hakeem’s Real Problem Is Not BBS Supporting The Govt: But the ‘FILES’ Mahinda holds!

Hakeeem and the clan met the UNP Leader on Wednesday night for crucial talks ahead of another leapfrog. However, many looked at Hakeem’s move with a sympathy of some sort as they knew that Hakeem could not stay in a government of which Gnanasara Thera and Ravana Balaya are stakeholders. Therefore, they thought that Hakeem had no other option but to wear the common opposition hat and support Maithri’s candidature. But, it has now come to the limelight that Hakeem’s reason to head in the common opposition’s direction is not…

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Navin reveals money looting in the government – many irregularities in financial aid received from China.

Former Minister Navin Dissanayake has revealed what he terms as “looting” of money by the government. He told the media that most of the monies taken from Chinese banks as loans are being looted. He explained the plundering of public monies through highway projects. We know and the Urban Development Authority also knows that a kilo meter of road construction costs only Rs.2 million. The President, as the Highways Minister should tell the country how the cost of constructing a kilo meter of road increased from Rs.2 million to Rs.16…

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Sports Minister Aluthgamage has one of the largest ‘files’ and even his wife knows about his alleged rackets.

Sports Minister Lodges Police Complaint Against The Anonymous Caller During the ‘Waada Pitiya’ political talk show on Derana TV, an unknown caller alleged that Minister Aluthgamage has one of the largest ‘files’ and even Minister Aluthgamage’s wife knows about his alleged rackets. The caller also added that Aluthgamage was one of the most corrupt Ministers in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government. At this moment Minister Aluthgamage lashed out at the caller and the programme host Chathura Alwis saying that this was the first time Derana TV allowed a caller to insult…

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VOTE FOR ME – Returning the gold to Tamils after 6 years!

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hand over a part of recovered gold jewellery belonging to over 2,100 Northerners at Temple Trees today. These valuables had been recovered by the army from the ‘Eelam banks’ set up by the LTTE in the North in 2009. Answering our query, the Brigadier said that there were still some gold items left behind sans owners and those would be handed over to the Central Bank in keeping with the law. More than 100,000 family members had deposited in ‘Eelam Bank’ before May 2009. Only 2,000 are receiving…

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TNA-SLMC common stand on Jan. 8 poll likely

by Shamindra Ferdinando SLMC leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem yesterday consulted his members in the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) as well as some members of his parliamentary group regarding the forthcoming presidential election. Minister Hakeem met representatives at a Colombo hotel where they discussed the best course of action for the party and the Muslim community in the wake of both the SLFP led ruling coalition and the joint Opposition seeking the SLMC’s support. The SLMC contested the last parliamentary election in April 2010 on the UNP ticket after…

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SHOULD LSESU CONDEMN SRI LANKA?

Next Thursday (4th December) a UGM will be held to discuss the following motion: Condemn Sri Lanka and support sanctions against the government for violations of human rights. The UGM will take place from 1 – 2 pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building. Read on for a full outline of the motion, plus details on the proposer and seconder. Proposer – Harish Karunalingam, LSESU Tamil Society Campaigns Officer Seconder – Durgesh Prabu, LSESU Tamil Society Tamil Student’s Initiative (TSI) Representative This Union notes: That the Sri Lankan Civil War ended in May…

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