No connections to killings – Deva

By M. Sasikumar Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader Parliamentarian, Douglas Devananda said his party has no connection to the assassinations of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Former Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj and UNP Jaffna District Parliamentarian Thiyagarajah Maheswaran. He said the truth behind the assassination of Kapilnath in Chavakachcheri will be soon revealed to the people. Therefore, people will very soon know that the EPDP has no connection to any of the murders. Meanwhile, he said it is his attempts and hard work that has resulted in the releasing of lands…

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Air Hostess Released For Namal Unable To Describe Exact Location She Worked: Full Report

The SriLanka airline cabin crew member released for Namal Rajapaksa’s work was unable to describe the exact location where she worked, the Weliamuna report reveals. Cabin crew member Nithya Senanaya Samaranayaka had been released from the SriLankan airline to work at the Presidential Secretariat following a request from the then Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, but she was actually released for Namal Rajapaksa‘s political work. She was paid approximately Rs. 158,000 per month by both the airline and the Presidential Secretariat. She had been paid by the airline including allowances for cabin…

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Winning Sri Lanka’s Peace

COLOMBO – Winning a war or revolution, only to lose the subsequent peace, is one of the grim political truths of our time. In Iraq, a quick military victory over Saddam Hussein’s regime soon gave way to insurgency, civil war, and the rise of the murderous Islamic State. In Libya, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, the hopes unleashed by the Arab Spring have similarly turned into an often-violent despair. Today, a half-decade after the end of its 36-year civil war, Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its own efforts…

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Jaffna University Students Launch Hunger Strike Demanding Clean Water

Students of Jaffna University and members of several organizations launched a hunger strike on Tuesday demanding a satisfactory answer from authorities over the water contamination issue in Jaffna. They started the hunger strike in front of Nallur Kovil after holding a protest march this morning. The protest march started at 9am from Jaffna Town, a student told Asian Mirror. Northern Provincial Council appointed an expert committee to study the water contamination issue in Jaffna. The committee recently said that regional groundwater in and around Chunnakam, Jaffna, does not consist of any dangerous pollutants. However,…

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Mangala Releases Foreign Service Examination Results Buried By Rajapaksas

Reversing the former government’s policy, the new government has recalled political appointee ambassadorsand has released the results of the long-delayed foreign service examinations. “This will enable the many vacancies currently in the foreign service to be filled through a transparent, professional and meritocratic process.” a foreign ministry official told Colombo Telegraph. “The self-serving Rajapaksa regime not only posted political appointees to as ambassdors abroad, they also staffed the second and third tier of missions with their cronies. These incompetent individuals shamed Sri Lanka on the world state – even using…

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Pakistan sold Arms to Sri Lanka with no questions asked!

President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday embarked on a two day visit to Pakistan.This visit coincides with the Sixty-sixth Anniversary of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Friendship Association, one of the oldest of such associations in the country. During the height of Tamil terrorism in the country, beginning with the J.R. Jayewardene era, Pakistan was one of two countries that sold defence stores to the island with no questions asked. The other was China. Their defence stores were of top quality and made available at a reasonable price. The main suppliers of such…

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Sri Lankan Airlines: Paradise for sexual predators

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lankan Airlines was a paradise for sex predators with the top management demanding sexual favours from cabin crew and young employees leading to a breakdown of discipline at virtually all levels, a probe has found. The Board of Inquiry found that Pradeepa Kakulawala, the head of Human Resources adopted a laissez-faire attitude towards sexual harassment that allowed perverts a free run. Kakulawala insisted on evidence “beyond reasonable doubt” to take action against sexual harassment and told investigators that the allegation was “as difficult as proving rape”…

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Tamil Diaspora professionals set up new marriage model – ”all they care for is a beautiful young woman for marriage”

by Sanath Nanayakkare Adopting a new post-war approach, the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora has generated an unconventional model for matrimonial partnerships between local girls and young men working and living overseas, the Island Financial Review learns. “Diaspora bridegrooms are adopting a new post-war approach by passing previous caste, class and wealth stratifications defining an entirely new arrangement for dowry and marriage,” Dr. Kopalapillai Amirthalingam, senior lecturer, Department of Economics, Colombo University revealed last week at a forum held at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) in Colombo. “They write…

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New Sri Lanka govt has not led to anticipated change says Wigneswaran

The chief minister of the Northern province, C V Wigneswaran, told the visiting Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie on Monday that the change in government in Sri Lanka had failed to produce the changes that the Tamils’ had expected. “The ground situation post regime change and issues which were expected to take place after the change of government, but have failed to take place were discussed,” Mr Wigneswaran said speaking to journalists afterwards. “She asked me what kind of advantages and disadvantages had the political change brought among the people,”…

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SC Concludes Hearings, 19A To Be Taken Up For Debate This Week

The Supreme Court hearing on the 19th amendment to the Constitution concluded today during which the Attorney general informed the SC that the amendment can be passed by a special majority in parliament without calling for a referendum as it does not interfere with the basic structure of the constitution. Meanwhile Acting Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera speaking at a media briefing today said if the SC verdict, which would be delivered tomorrow instructs a referendum to be held, they would be omitting the sections that call for a referendum…

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Constructive Engagement By NPC Will Benefit People More

By Jehan Perera – The resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council accusing successive Sri Lankan governments of committing acts of genocide against the Tamilpeople came a few weeks before the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva in March this year. It also asked the UN to set up an investigation into Genocide in various forms alleged to have been perpetrated on the Tamil people from the time of Independence. The resolution also called upon the UN to release the report of its investigation panel into alleged war crimes…

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If 19A fails to secure 2/3 majority

UNP to push for immediate dissolution! Rasika Jayakody If the 19th Amendment failed to secure a two thirds majority in Parliament, the United National Party would push for immediate dissolution of Parliament as it is the last resort, a senior Parliamentarian of the UNP told the Daily News yesterday. The 19th Amendment will be taken for debate in Parliament on April 9 and 10 following the recommendations of the Supreme Court. Parliament is likely to vote on the constitutional Amendment on April 10. However, the SLFP and the JHU have…

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