Japan to collect funds to cover up money laundering -A damp squib (photo)

Pitiful plight of the ‘three racketeers’ who visited Japan to collect funds to cover up money laundering -A damp squib (photo) (Lanka-e-News -21.March.2016, 10.00AM) Lanka e news on the 11 th revealed to the world a conspiracy hatched by Rajapakses and their unlimited crooks to get down their hidden black monies from the foreign countries (money laundering) . The plan was for the crooks and cronies of Rajapakses to go overseas , and send those hidden monies to Sri Lanka ostensibly as  donations received from Sri Lankans abroad. In pursuance…

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Govt. is ours – Is police Gota’s?’ asks PM!

The mediation of prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ensured true national reconciliation by deed, rather than word, over the matter of Kilinochchi police having tried to stop the launch on the coming 19th of the autobiography of the deceased LTTE women’s political leader Subramaniam Sivagami alias Thamilini, who had been rehabilitated and freed. The organizing of the launch was halted after police told Thamilini’s widower Jeyakumar that permission could be given only if certain pictures in the book are removed and the cover page changed.  After getting to know about…

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‘If I’m not given premiership, I will end Maithri’s presidency too’ – Mahinda

Following the joint opposition’s rally at Hyde Park in Colombo on the 17th, president Maithripala Sirisena sent a team of his loyalists to meet with Elle Gunawansa Thera, say reliable sources. Speaking to the Thera via a mobile phone of one of them, the president had a lengthy review of the prevailing political situation and said in the end, “had Mahinda Rajapaksa given me the premiership, he would still have been the president.”   Immediately, Gunawansa Thera telephoned Mahinda and related to him everything he was told by the president.…

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Exclusive: UK Strongly Snubs Sri Lanka Over Visa Requests For Daham Sirisena Whilst President Orders News Blackout

Sri Lanka demanded an explanation from the United Kingdom government why the request of President Maithripala Sirisena’s son Daham and his three friends to travel to UK was subject to long delays. This unusual protest received a right royal snub and a strong telling off from UK officials. This is while PresidentSirisena, who speaks of press freedom, telephoned newspaper editors and proprietors to request them not to print any news report in this regard. Like the power blackout, there is also news blackout in the Sirisena era that is ordered…

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Sri Lankan refugee alleges illegal detention at camp

K. Dhayabararaj, a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee lodged at the Tiruchi special camp who is on an indefinite fast since Thursday, has alleged that his family is under illegal custody at the Special Quarantine Camp in Mandapam, Ramanathapuram district. When contacted, his wife Udayakala claimed that she was suffering without money and food for her three little children and officials were not extending any help even as her health condition was deteriorating. The camp was closed to visitors and the family is held there for five months. However, police officers…

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Drop move to forcibly send back Eelam tamil youth to Lanka : Vaiko to Centre

MDMK General Secretary Vaiko today urged the Centre to immediately drop its move to forcibly send back Sri Lankan refugee and eelam Tamil youth Dayanraj from the Trichy Refugee camp. In a statement here, he said following a request from the Sri Lankan government that some criminal cases were pending against him, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre has decided to forcibly send back Dayanraj to Lanka. Alleging that there was a conspiracy to take out his life by branding him as a member of the banned…

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Disappearances in Sri Lanka & Role of Civil Society

This is an expanded text version of a talk at a forum organized by the Law & Society Trust (LST) on “Recognizing the Struggle: State’s responsibilities towards families of the disappeared”, on Friday 18 March 2016. It is significant for me to talk about civil society’s role on disappearances at an event organized by Law and Society Trust (LST) because it was at LST that I was thrust into working with families of disappeared persons. Families have always been and will remain central to the struggle against disappearances. They remain my primary…

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A Rudderless Government

Almost 15 months under the present Sirisena-Wickremesinghe rule, the economy is in no good state. Defeating Rajapaksa at the 2015 January 08 presidential polls was not meant to merely abolish the Executive Presidency (which wasn’t done) but also to lift the country out of the economic abyss. In the Maithripala Sirisena manifesto for the presidential elections, he therefore promised I will put right development priorities that are now upside down. I will suspend all wasteful expenses and establish a National Economic Planning Council comprising learned personnel, who would act not on…

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Geopolitics Of Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka Postwar Challenges In Reconciliation

By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera – President Sirisena who survived an assassination attempt several years ago, created the first sign towards true reconciliation by forgiving the LTTE rebel who was a key suspect. He even got the National Anthem to be sung in both languages Sinhalese and Tamil. These are positive signs of reconciliation. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe setup an advisory council for Young Global Leaders to advise him recently. From a close administration we have moved into an administration more outward and now we have media freedom restored fully, there are no…

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President presides over ‘Bharat Natyam Arangethram’

President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest at the Bharat Natyam Arangethram of the daughters of the State Minister of Child Affairs, Vijayakala Maeshwaran, which was held yesterday (March 20) at the Kadiration Hall in Bambalapitiya. Miss Bhawatharani Maheshwaran and Bhavithra Maheshwaran demonstrated their dancing skills at this show. They presented a souvenir to President Sirisena at the end of the show. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader R. Sambandan, Ministers; Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Ravi Karunanayake, D. M. Swaminadan and former member of Provincial Council Asad Sali were among those participated…

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”Let the Rajapakshas rob the country” UPFA MPs

The inquiry against 27 individuals including some UPFA MPs over the Contempt of Court by staging a protest outside the Bribery Commission violating a court order in April last year, was postponed for June 27, seeking Attorney General’s opinion on the matter, by the Colombo Chief Magistrate today. The Cinnamon Garden Police told Court that they seek Attorney General’s opinion regarding this. Earlier, the Magistrate ordered the other suspects to appear before Court only when they were noticed, but the suspect UPFA Western Provincial Councillor Upali Kodikara was ordered to…

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Australian govt. seal on ‘gifts’ given to Sri Lankan refugees

Aussie department not working with the NGO in India, says official Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living outside camps in Tamil Nadu were reportedly given gifts and offered assistance in getting medical insurance and Aadhaar card by an NGO before it launched a controversial survey seeking their personal details and future plans. The Hindu has accessed photographs of the gifts and pamphlets given by Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the NGO, to refugees a few months ago. Interestingly, the gifts had the logo of ADRA and the seal of the…

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New government Vs Racist Rajapakshas

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday said he is considering devolving powers to provinces through a new constitution which is now under discussion, President Sirisena said he supports devolving powers to provinces within a united Sri Lanka. He noted that several issues faced by the people can be addressed by strengthening provincial councils. The president said the government is keen to give more powers to the provinces through the new constitution and said it is important that the government and the provincial councils reach an understanding on the issues at hand. The…

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