Matthew Lee of Inner City Press (ICP) & TGTE

Sri Lanka is in the middle of a raging controversy at the UN over the world body’s suspension of the media credentials of a US journalist, He has been advocating the rights of the Tamils in his daily blog. V. Rudrakumar, described as the prime minister of the transnational government of Tamil Eelam, has signed a letter, along with six Tamil expatriate organisations asking the UN to restore Lee’s credentials. Following an incident where he tried to record a closed-door meeting of the UN Correspondents’ Association, Lee’s credentials as a…

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Wimal W spent Rs 70m on 68 vehicles

Former Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa had 68 rented vehicles, during his ministerial tenure, brazenly violating the government’s circular and causing a loss of millions of rupees to the then government, Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) sources said. FCID inquiries have revealed that the large fleet of vehicles used by him and his private staff had cost the State Engineering Corporation (SEC) and Presidential Secretariat a whopping Rs. 70 million as rent for two years. “The amount did not cover the expenses for fuel and drivers’ salaries”, a source at the…

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Dinesh hits out at USAID seminar on constitutionalism

Joint opposition MPs are irked over an invitation to attend a USAID-assisted seminar on constitutionalism. Invitations to attend the seminar on March 29 at Water’s Edge Hotel in Battaramulla have been sent to all legislators, but Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena said such moves did little to increase public confidence in the constitution making process. Speaking to the Sunday Times he asked, “Why is the US getting involved in constitution making in Sri Lanka? It’s a domestic process which should be undertaken by Sri Lankans.” The Constitutionalism seminar follows a…

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No one can topple this govt: PM

No one will be able to topple this government prematurely and do not get deceived by false statements made by conspirators, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said on Saturday. Both the President and the Prime Minister were present at the 19th national convention of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) in Ampara where they responded to the rally held by the Joint Opposition on March 17, 2016. Prime Minister Wickremasinghe who took the opposition on said no one will be able to stop the development programs of this government. He said countries…

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What Can Mahinda Rajapaksa Offer?

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has finally declared in the open his burning obsession: He wants to be the president again. Addressing an opposition rally in Hyde Park Colombo, the defeated president had said that he would show the UNP led government how to run the country. “If you can’t run the country, give it to me. I will show you how to run the country”. Of course most people were aware of Rajapaksa’s burning desire although since his defeat he did not lay it down in such clear terms. However, in…

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Stealing was main policy and philosophy of Mahinda’s govt – Chandrika

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says that stealing was the main policy and philosophy of the previous government under Mahinda Rajapaksa and conceded that corrupt individuals still occupy certain sections of the incumbent administration. “There are still thieves in certain sections of even this government. I won’t say no.” However, unlike the previous government stealing is not the main policy and philosophy of this government and we will not allow that to happen, she said. Addressing an event in Kelaniya today, she said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa prohibited all…

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SLFP probes party rebels’ criticism

SLFP probes party rebels’ criticism The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is investigating whether Joint Opposition members criticized the SLFP leadership and the SLFP at their ‘Jana Satana’ meeting at Hyde Park last Thursday. Top brass of the SLFP and UPFA indicated that disciplinary action against SLFP Parliamentarians who attended the ‘Jana Satana’ rally would not seriously jeopardise their parliamentary seat despite speculations to the contrary. UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera who continue to be hopeful of bringing all factions together under the UPFA umbrella said, according to reports…

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MAHINDA’s do or die game to take reins of SLFP

MR’s do or die game to take reins of SLFP Last week was important because of two historic events. First was when Sri Lanka completed 20 years of becoming World Champions in One Day International (ODI) Cricket by beating Australia at Lahore in 1996. Second was, the general public experiencing the worst ever countrywide power failure in 20 years, since 1996. Either of these did not stop the United National Party (UNP) and the Joint Opposition of which the majority comprises Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members from taking the…

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POWER AND HAPPINESS

According to the 2016 World Happiness Report, Sri Lankans have become happier in the past year compared with the previous year. The latest Report, which covers 2015, places Sri Lanka 117th in a list of 157 countries assessed, with Denmark as No.1, the happiest nation and, Burundi as the most unhappy, at 157th. Sri Lankans can take little solace from being just ahead of India, at 118th and war-torn Afghanistan at 154th, because most of South Asia is ahead of us although all are below the mid-level of the Index,…

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