‘President will never accept foreign judges’ Mahinda accused of raising Geneva bogey

‘President will never accept foreign judges’ Mahinda accused of raising Geneva bogey By Shamindra Ferdinando President Maithripala Sirisena and the government would never accept foreign judges in the proposed court to be established in accordance with Oct. 1, 2015 Geneva Resolution to inquire into accountability issues during the final phase of the Vanni offensive, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Musthapha, PC, said yesterday. The Minister was answering a query raised by The Island at yesterday’s media briefing at SLFP party office, T. B. Jayah Mawatha. Minister Musthapha insisted…

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Rajapaksas official income doesn’t match investment in CSN – Ashu Marasinghe ….. totals Rs. 20.4 million since 1970

By Zacki Jabbar The government yesterday demanded to know how the Rajapaksas had acquired Rs. 340 million investment in Carlton Sports Network as their total official incomes since 1970 had been only Rs. 20,839,630. National List UNP MP, Ashu Marasinghe, addressing a press conference in Colombo said that Mahinda Rajapaksa since the national legislature in 1970 had earned a total salary of Rs.13, 550, 255 while the official incomes of his sons Yositha and Namal as naval officer and parliamentarian was Rs.3,184,720 and Rs. 4,104,385 respectively. The Financial Crimes Investigation…

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Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing’s embrace

By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) – Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lanka’s business ties with China came under close scrutiny, Colombo is reversing course by resuming a stalled port project and naming Beijing as the front runner for a new special economic zone. India is nervous about losing influence over the island nation off its southern tip, while China’s push into the Indian Ocean, and the possibility of dual purpose civilian-military facilities in Sri Lanka, are raising alarm further afield. The ouster of…

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‘No salvation for constructionists, fraudsters’ is a joke by PM Ranil

Inside Story: Ranil, AG’s Dept Buckled Gota’s Case … https://www.colombotelegraph.com/…/inside-story-ranil-ags-dept-buckle… 15 May 2015 – Earlier the Colombo Telegraph reported that Prime Minister Ranil … the AG’s department acting hand in glove in order to protect the political interests of ….This Gotha arrest is trying to teach one thing again to the world Tamils. Video: I will protect MR and family: Maithri ::: Dailymirror.lk … www.dailymirror.lk/57653/i-will-protect-mr-and-family-maithri 28 Nov 2014 – Video: I will protect MR and family: Maithri … if you win,the possibility is there,that you would be the pet dog…

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Three Security Officers Of Rajapaksa, Including Captain Tissa, Investigated For Money Laundering

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya the General Managers of 79 commercial banks and financial companies to submit a report to the CID regarding three security officers of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, including Captain Tissa Wimalasena. The other two security officials investigated are Damith Gomin Ranasinghe and Wanniarachchi Neville. The reports are to inform the CID if the three individuals have deposited money in their institutions or acquired property through them.  The CID made a request from the Magistrate regarding an investigation into alleged money laundering by the three individuals. The…

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The principle of sharing power does, in no way, reduce the powers and privileges enjoyed by the majority Sinhalese.

Unity Govt must go full five years To benefit country and re-build democratic parties says former President Chandrika Bandaranaike KumaratungA: by Lakshman Gunasekara “… … a body should regularly review and verify the politicians’ declared assets. I predict that if such an oversight mechanism is implemented, the unseemly rush to contest for power will decline drastically! We can then stop politics from becoming the business that it is today.” As the nation prepared – with much fuming over road closures in central Colombo – to celebrate Independence Day on February…

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Money Laundering – ‘dirty money’ appears clean

What does ‘Money Laundering’ mean to you? It sounds a white-collared crime alright, but what does it really denote? Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (http://fiusrilanka.gov.lk/) defines money laundering as ‘the process by which proceeds from a criminal activity are disguised to conceal their illicit origin. Money launderers send their illicit funds through legal channels in order to conceal their criminal origin and convert them into legitimate assets.’ First, the illegitimate funds are furtively introduced into the legitimate financial system. Then the money is moved…

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Well Done, His Excellencies, The President & The High Commissioner!

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – At the 68th Independence Day on the 4th Feb. 2016, His Excellency the President declared: “There are incorrect interpretations given about the resolution presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council. I clearly state that we are facing these resolutions in order to protect the pride and dignity of our country, our people and our security forces, and also to make our tri forces to be internationally renowned armed force.  We should face these resolutions with patience, discipline and decorum so that our country could…

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NPC Passes Unanimous Resolution Against Its Agriculture Minister

By Rajasingham Narendran – The Uthayan newsper reported yesterday (09/02/2016) that a unanimous resolution has been passed in the Northern Provincial Council against its Agriculture Minister Ayngaranesan, at its monthly meeting. The reasons given are in summary : His actions relating to the, Irranaimadu water supply scheme. Parthenium weed eradication program. Pallai wind power generation scheme. Well water problems in Chunnakam. The scheme to desalinate sea water in Maruthankerni. The tree planting scheme of Karthikai (November-December). Distribution of disaster relief. Farmers day (Thaipongal). Flower Exhibition. Agriculture day. Soil day and, No…

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