Sri Lankan forces only killed 8,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009 says Lord Naseby

Govt yet to capitalise on Lord Naseby’s call to UK parliament Request to lower death toll from 40,000 to 8,000 War crimes: By Shamindra Ferdinando Cabinet spokesman and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday said that the government could act on Lord Naseby’s recent call to Theresa May’s government in the UK to review the much-touted UN allegation that 40,000 Tamil civilians perished on the Vanni front in 2009 in the final phase of the war. Minister Jayasekera said so when The Island asked whether the cabinet of ministers had discussed…

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Sri Lankan constitution: The strategy of doublespeak

It is hard to refute the assertion that the conflict in Sri Lanka between the Sinhala-dominated state and the Tamil people is directly attributable to the unitary constitution under which the island was granted its independence by Britain in 1948. Unitary constitutions crafted on the principle of “one person, one vote” results in political power residing mainly with the majority nation to the detriment of the numerically smaller nations in a multinational state. Faced with disenfranchisement, discrimination and denial of fundamental rights, the beleaguered Tamil leadership demanded a federal constitution,…

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Sri Lanka Politicians and their false promises

by Tassie Seneviratne Much has been published in the media and also shown in TV Talk-Shows about politicians not honouring promises made during election times and rather than wiping out corruption as promised and bringing to book those who have resorted to corruption, there is unprecedented corruption on the part of the present ‘Yahapalanaya Government’. Whilst fully agreeing with these comments, I see another dimension beyond the usual politicians’ promises. The Government we have now in Sri Lanka is not one elected on the merits and trustworthiness of the promises…

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Call to Bomb Sri Lankan Parliament by Mahinda’s associate?

National Freedom Front leader and Joint Opposition firebrand, Wimal Weerawansa, MP, has, true to form, rattled the cage of many a government politician. He said, with his trademark grin, that a bomb should be dropped on Parliament unless at least 76 MPs opposed constitutional reforms, thereby, denying the government a two-thirds majority. The yahapalana leaders have thrown up their hands in horror, asking for protection. At least, that is what Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has told the media; he has threatened action against Weerawansa for issuing what is being described as…

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‘Political Interest Litigation’ by BJP MP Swamy says Delhi HC

Delhi HC Dismisses Swamy’s Plea on Sunanda Pushkar Death Probe, Calls His PIL ‘Political Interest Litigation’ BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had sought a court-monitored probe by a CBI-led special investigation team into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s plea for a court-monitored probe into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. Dismissing Swamy’s plea, the court said it was left with the “distinct impression” that this was…

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