Maithiri-Ranil-Mahinda: Who will take whom for a ride in 2017

Donald Trump won the US electoral college vote last week this driving the final nail into the coffin of the liberal mafia that had spread its tencacles throughout the globe extending into Sri Lanka as well. This was a mafia that destroyed everything it touched, as we in Sri Lanka are now experiencing on a daily basis. Even after Trump won the election, the Clinton camp did not give up. They tried to change the result by asking for recounts in certain key states. When that failed to produce the…

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War Crimes in Allepo: Sri Lanka Yesterday, Syria Today – TGTE

The brutal war crimes committed in recent days against residents of Allepo, Syria by Russian and Syrian government forces are painfully reminscent of the genocide of Eelam Tamils carried out by the Sri Lankan regime in 2009. And this time too the international community has abjectly failed to protect the lives of innocent civilians and uphold global conventions and rule of law in any manner. According to a document submitted to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria by several human rights groups Russian air strikes in the Aleppo region…

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JO EXTENDS CONDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE CONSTITUTION

The so-called joint opposition today announced that it will extend conditional support to the Constitution proposed by the unity government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The government commenced the process to enact a new Constitution for the country last year. The Constitutional reforms process commenced with the appointment of the public representation committee. Parliament was also transformed into a Constitutional Assembly for the process of the enacting the new constitution. At present, a Parliamentary Steering Committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed…

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Cheating Sinhalese in proposal and Tamils through outcome

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has made two statements regarding reconciliation via constitutional reform. Firstly, he has said that a referendum on a new constitution should not be approached the way the Presidential Election was fought. In that election, the Northern and Eastern Provinces voted overwhelmingly for President Sirisena, who was the default candidate of the United National Party and as such was backed to the hilt by the coalition led by that party. What Anura K is saying, then, is that in this instance voters should not back a…

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Sri Lanka in danger of falling back into Rajapaksa tyranny

Despite the progress made over a few minor matters, since the silent revolution on January 8, 2015, which established the coalition government, no good governance has been established thus far and Sri Lanka is dangerously getting closer to relapsing into a “Rajapaksa dictatorship”, a renowned economist warned this week. According to Institute of Policy Studies Chairman Prof. Razeen Sally, Sri Lanka is currently just drifting without making much progress in any of the crucial fronts, which will soon make the whole landscape unstable, risking the country relapsing into “a Rajapaksa-like…

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Constitution making process: JO spells out non-negotiable conditions

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Joint Opposition yesterday stressed that its participation in the ongoing constitutional making process would be subject to 14 non-negotiable conditions. The JO grouping comprises 51 members of parliament elected on the UPFA ticket at Aug 17, 2015 parliamentary polls. JO leader Dinesh Gunawardena and former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris said that the JO had explained its position to the government, which, they said, was divided over the proposed constitutional reforms. Prof. Peiris highlighted the sharp differences between the UNP and the SLFP on…

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Proposed constitution won’t endanger security – Prez

President Maithripala Sirisena who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces has assured a delegation of ex-servicemen led by retired Rear Admiral and former UPFA Deputy Minister Sarath Weerasekera that the proposed Constitution wouldn’t be inimical to national security. President Maithripala Sirisena also emphasised that he would always look after the interests of the armed forces. The assurance was given when the ex-servicemen met the President at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. A spokesperson for the Presidential Secretariat told The Island that they had discussed problems faced by ex-servicemen and…

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President Obama Urged to De-list Tamil Tigers from the US Terrorism List: Tamils for Obama

WASHINGTON DC, USA, December 20, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — A spokesman for Tamils for Obama urged President Obama to delist the Tamil Tigers from the US Terrorism list. Many Tamils are suffering from the listing of Tamil Tigers . Because of the listing of Tamil Tigers, it creates pain for many US Tamils when they travel to abroad and when they return to US. They have to go through many hours of interrogation. Some US Tamils have asked us to convince President Obama to help us by removing Tamil Tigers from…

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Sri Lanka At A Crossroads – A Tamil Perspective

By Suren Surendiran – January 2015 saw one of the worst tyrannies in the history of Sri Lanka come to an abrupt end. The unexpected was realised through the ballot and not through bullet. President Maithripala Sirisena swept to power with 51.2% of the vote compared with his rival who mustered 47.6%. Although there were pockets in the South where Maithripala managed to edge over Rajapaksa, the minorities, particularly the Tamils, in their areas of domination overwhelmingly rejected Rajapaksa, in some districts voting for Maithripala by 4 to 5 times more, which…

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Sri Lanka Navy chases away 3,000 TN fishermen, threatens to shoot them

Rameswaram: Over 3,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were forced to return without their catch after Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly intercepted them and snapped fishing nets of ten mechanised boats off Katchatheevu islet.  The Lankan naval personnel cut the nets and chased away the fishermen on charges of entering their territorial waters yesterday, Rameswaram Fishermen’s Association president P Sesuraja said. The fishermen who had ventured into the sea from this island town in more than 600 boats were intercepted by the naval men, who also threatened to shoot them, he added.…

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Rajiv’s killer pens to defend husband

CHENNAI:  Nalini Sriharan is one of the longest serving women prisoners in the world. Accused of hosting two female suicide bombers, Suba and Dhanu from Sri Lanka, along with her husband Sriharan alias Murugan, another convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Nalini has been languishing in Vellore jail for 25 years now. In a recently released book, Rajiv Kolai: Maraikkapatta Unmaigalum, Priyanka-Nalini Santhippum (Rajiv assassination: Suppressed facts and Priyanka-Nalini meeting), compiled by journalist Ekalaivan, Nalini opens up on what transpired in the meeting between her and the slain prime…

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Why Mahinda asked his fellow Joint Opposition members to take a break

By Gagani Weerakoon President Maithripala Srisena arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Thursday (15) afternoon kicking-off his three-day State visit to Malaysia. Upon being warmly received on arrival by Malaysian Human Resource Development Minister Dato Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem and senior officials in the presence of the staff members of the Sri Lanka High Commission, President Sirisena was received with State honours that included a guard of honour at the Airport. During his visit, the President signed several bilateral Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the Government of…

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TNA, NPC want powers of governors reduced

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) had requested the government to reduce the power vested in the governors of the Provincial Councils.   “We wanted to reduce the powers vested with the governors because it is known that the governors have extreme powers as he was a representative of the Executive President”, TNA MP M.K.Sivajilingam. He said the TNA and the NPC had presented this proposal because the council members couldn’t do anything without the approval of the governor. He said this situation was equal…

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From Jayalalithaa to Trump:Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities

From Jayalalithaa to Trump:Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities and new distractions by Rajan Philips Jayalalithaa and Trump in one article title might seem farfetched. Ordinarily so, but we are not living in ordinary times; even though our times are not extraordinary for any particularly heroic reason. The Jayalalithaa-Trump nexus is appropriate to discussing Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities and new distractions. My purpose in discussing Sri Lanka’s missed opportunities vis-a-vis Tamil Nadu is to explore if things could and would be different in the future. As for new distractions, President Sirisena’s reported…

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Alarming fall in fertility rate in North and East

Alarming fall in fertility rate in genocide-affected nation of Eezham Tamils [TamilNet, Sunday, 11 December 2016, 23:39 GMT] The district with largest number of Eezham Tamil population in the entire island is Jaffna district. But, it is the district with lowest fertility-rate registered in the whole island. If Tamils fail to take proper measures to address the issue, their status will decline as the third ethnicity, ranking below Tamil-speaking Muslims by the year of 2028, according to the projection by Murali Vallipuranathan MBBS, who holds expertise in population studies. A…

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impossible to reconcile in SiLanka

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and leader of Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan have sought former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s support for the ongoing constitutional reform efforts in Sri Lanka. In the first instance of reaching out to the former President, ousted in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2015, the leaders asked Mr. Rajapaksa, as “a senior and respected leader”, to back the national unity government and other political parties working with it to remake the country’s Constitution, The Hindu learns. The meeting held at the Prime Minister’s…

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Don’t see MR making a comeback: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a recent interview with The Hindu had said people would realise, as new policies succeed, that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was a failure and that he couldn’t see Rajapaksa making a comeback. When asked whether he was concerned over the possibility of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s comeback, the Prime Minister said Mahinda Rajapaksa couldn’t afford to be out of the SLFP and he would lose his base and the party could take disciplinary action. “In my view, as time goes on he will lose the base support…

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Mangala says protesters were not Lankan Tamils, but those of Indian origin

By Dasun Edirisinghe reporting from Kuala Lumpur Tamils who protested in Malaysia against alleged war crimes were not Sri Lankans, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. He said Tamils of Indian origin had organised demonstrations against Sri Lanka without knowing the new government’s commitment to reconciliation. Ruling out Lankan Tamil diaspora carrying out protests against Sri Lanka in Malaysia, Samaraweera asked them to visit Sri Lanka to see for themselves the change that had taken place. “I am not blaming Tamil diaspora for organising protests. They were…

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Gotabaya and joint opposition seek support in Japan

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the joint opposition are in Japan for talks with the Sri Lankan community in Japan. Rajapaksa met a group of Sri Lankans in Japan, including the Buddhist clergy. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in Japan on an invitation extended to him by the Sri Lankan community in Japan who are supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

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Post-January 2015 US-Lanka military relations Background

By Shamindra Ferdinando Three recent events marked the rapidly growing US – Sri Lanka relationship in the wake of the recently concluded US presidential poll which brought Republicans back to power. Republicans lost the White House in January, 2009. * The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit engaged in what the US called theatre security cooperation (TSC) project with the Sri Lankan Navy’s newly formed marine force. The exercise took place in Trincomalee from 23 to 25 Nov., 2016. * The unprecedented exercise was followed by the first US four-star officer to…

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