Current Govt will be sent home says TNA Vanni District Parliamentarian

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Vanni District Parliamentarian and central committee member of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Left Front (EPRLF) N. Sivasakthy Ananthan said, southern politicians are of the view that if the recommendations in the interim report are implemented, the country will be divided. This is completely a political drama to safeguard their vote bank. “Southern politicians know very well that the interim report has nothing beneficial for us. These fake campaigns will never affect the people in the South but will definitely affect those in the…

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Buddhist Clergy Opposition To Govt is a Puppet Show With Maestro Puppeteer Mahinda Rajapaksa Pulling Strings

By Ranga Jayasuriya Recently Buddhist High Priests have been showing a rather unholy penchant to torment the government, perhaps making use of the opportunity that no one is now calling from the President’s House to threaten with ‘Sanga Bedaya’ (division among Sanga) unless Maha Nayakas toe the line. However, it is still a lopsided approach on the part of monks who have resolutely kept mum when they ought to have spoken up in the past. Any self-respecting religious leader should have condemned the attack on Rohingya refugees in Mount Lavinia by…

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Gotha opposes any ”Devolution Of Power to Solve Problems Faced By The Tamil Community”

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said further devolution of power won’t solve the problems faced by the Tamil community. Rajapaksa said he wasn’t aware of any country where problems had been solved with the help of devolution of power. Although more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed and Tamil girls were raped in May 2009 alone he said that those who had faulted the Rajapaksa administration for not addressing post-war issues had conveniently forgotten how practical measures were taken to provide relief to the Tamil people who were made to…

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Political promises on ‘war heroes’ offer no warranty internationally – UN expert

By Yusuf Ariff Transitional justice processes are nothing like ‘witch hunts’ and they do not involve massive purges, and do not trade on charges of collective responsibility or guilt by association, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence said. Mr. Pablo de Greiff made these observations at a press briefing held in Colombo today (23), on the conclusion of his 14-day official country visit to Sri Lanka. He also noted with concern the use of rhetoric such as ‘war heroes will never be…

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Mahinda opposes any reconciliation

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa questions as to how to build a reconciliation process through the forcible elaboration of an amendment to the country. The Former President Mahinda made this statement after attending the funeral of Dr. Nagoda Amarawansa today (23). Mahinda was the President who promised the western world that he will implement amendment 13+ to constitution if he was allowed to kill more than 40,000 Tamil civilians with LTTE Leaders in May 2009. Eventually Western world turned a away when more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan…

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‘Govt.’s aim full implementation of 13 A; talk of new constitution a ruse’ UPFA MPs urged to deny 2/3 majority

By Shamindra Ferdinando General Secretary of the Patriotic National Movement (PNM) Dr. Wasantha Bandara has warned of dire consequences unless those who campaigned against moves to introduce constitutional reforms inimical to the country’s interests defeat the government strategy. The civil society activist alleged that controversial constitutional proposals to deprive Buddhism of state patronage and do away with the unitary status of the country could be a ruse to mislead the Opposition. At a crucial moment, the government would declare that it wouldn’t touch those Sections but swiftly bring in constitutional…

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Deepavali again but promised devolution still eludes all Lankans….

After the Unity Government was formed in 2015, the President and Prime Minister on realizing that the Tamil issue needs to be resolved first for the country is to go forward, had turned the parliament into a Constitutional Assembly. Together the legislators have produced an interim report to rewrite the constitution, in spite of the divisive mindset of the representatives of all communities painfully slowing down the progress with many issues such as the unitary state, giving prominence to Buddhism, demand for the removal of executive presidency with powers returned…

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‘Federalism’ made a dirty word by Racist Sinhala Politicians

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Descending from the family that produced Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, C. V. Wigneswaran is also a celebrated Sri Lankan. Lawyer, Supreme Court Judge and now Chief Minister of the Northern Province, he is also a man unafraid to voice his opinion. Recently recovering from minor surgery, Wigneswaran emailed answers to a series of questions around the debate over the proposed new Constitution. Here is the third part of that email: How can you face your Sinhalese friends in Colombo after advocating federalism, since they oppose you and…

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Poverty highest in the North

By Paneetha Ameresekere Sri Lanka’s poverty headcount declined to 4.1 per cent last year, from 6.7% in 2012/13, when the last of such censuses were taken, the Census and Statistics Department (CSD), in a report released on Thursday (19), said. The Official Poverty Line (OPL) for last year was Rs 4,166 per soul per mensem, as opposed to real per capita expenditure per month for a person fixed at Rs 3,624 in 2012/13 to be poverty neutral then. The average shortfall was Rs 620 in real terms per month, per…

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OMP Needed In Jaffna Too: Sampanthan Tells UN

A meeting was held today between the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Pablo De Greiff and the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan in Colombo. Sampanthan highlighted the important issues faced by the Tamil people with regard to the release of Lands belonging to civilians, Missing persons and the political prisoners. Apprising on the land issues to special rapporteur Sampanthan pointed out “that our people have strong attachment to the lands not merely a sentimental but much beyond that…

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President Maithripala Sirisena held successive discussions with two Tamil delegations in Colombo

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj President Maithripala Sirisena held successive discussions with two Tamil delegations in Colombo on Thursday (19) on the issue of Tamils detained in various prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA) in general and the hunger strike undertaken by three such detainees at the Anuradhapura Prison in particular. The focus at both discussions was more on the situation regarding the three prisoners on hunger strike as much as concern expressed with regard to their physical condition. Three Tamil men, 30-year-old Mathiyarasan Sulakshan from Karanavaai, 40-yr-old  Rasathurai Thiruvarul from…

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Despite denial, Gota implicated by ex-STF Chief

The deployment of a staggering number of 798 armed STF personnel to conduct a search of two wards of the Welikada Prisons in November 2012, in violation of all laid down procedure to be followed when Prison premises are searched, led to the riot there which resulted in the death of 27 inmates and caused injuries to many more, the report of a fact-finding committee states. Welikada prison compound The 3-member committee, to look into facts pertaining to the incident that occurred at the Welikada Prison on 9.11.2012, was appointed…

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Diaspora leader upbeat after Sri Lanka visit

The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted. The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told The Sunday Leader there are some ‘good changes’ to be seen in the country, yet a lot more needs to be done.  He also called on the Tamil diaspora to not just visit Sri Lanka for a holiday, but seriously contribute to the rebuilding of the country.…

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CHAUVINISM AGAINST NEW CONSTITUTION

The new Constitution has not yet seen the light of the day. Only an interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly has been presented to Parliament. An interim report is obviously not a final document. It contains only draft proposals. They include ones that has consensus as well as independent individual proposals. All views are presented so that Parliament could choose what the majority desires. This is the democratic way. Yet the so-called Joint Opposition and its boss former President and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa have…

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GL asks if Sirisena, Wickremesinghe have already created a separate state

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L Peiris yesterday alleged that a separate state had already been established in the country’s north with the blessings of Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government. Addressing the Joint Opposition’s weekly media briefing at Borella, former External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris said that the police deployed in the north received orders from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). That was why those breaking court orders were not arrested unlike in the south. Referring to the Presidential Commission appointed to Inquire into the Bond Scam, Prof.…

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Attempts by Racists Mahinda group mislead society regarding a new constitution

All must understand attempts by some to mislead society regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted –President President Maithripala Sirisena says all the citizens of the country must be aware of the attempts by some section of the society to mislead the society regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted. He said that we had to face a nearly three decade long, brutal war as a result of not providing solutions for the issues in the country in a timely and appropriate manner. President Sirisena requested…

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Dispute over prisoners: TNA boycotts President’s functions in the north

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday boycotted a state festival presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena in Jaffna in protest over the failure to resolve an going issue over Tamil prisoners in custody. The boycott came after Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan wrote to President Sirisena on Thursday seeking the release of prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. The President was in the North to take part in state functions in Jaffna and Kilinochchi. In Jaffna, he took part in the Tamil Language Day events to which the Opposition…

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Lord Naseby working on behalf of Sri Lankan Government

Lord Naseby Misleads Lords Over Sri Lanka: He Must Withdraw … www.asianmirror.lk/…/1437-lord-naseby-has-misled-the-lords-over-sri-lanka-he-must… 4 Jun 2014 – Lord Naseby Misleads Lords Over Sri Lanka: He Must Withdraw … Most troublingly he has become an apologist for the Sri Lankan government. … so alleged, who were in fact fully paid-up members of the Tamil Tigers”. Lord Naseby on Sri Lanka – 08.01.2013 – Scribd https://www.scribd.com/document/…/Lord-Naseby-on-Sri-Lanka-08-01-2013 8 Jan 2013 – Lord Naseby: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East” Sri Lanka, … paid to theGovernment’s false claims: The new IDPs in Sri Lanka, … UK: Four Visits And Statements In The Commons…

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TNA seeks fiscal powers in new Constitution N&E PCs should be integrated – Sumanthiran

By Niranjala Ariyawansha The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Sunday stressed that Provincial Councils (PCs) should be given fiscal powers through the new Constitution. At the same time, the TNA has said that devolution of power to Provincial Councils must be done in a manner where the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils could be integrated in a way so that the authority devolved to PCs cannot be taken over by the Government. This was stated by TNA Jaffna District Member of Parliament and President’s Counsel M. A. Sumanthiran, in response…

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Racist Mahinda opposes the devolution of powers and the new constitution

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the government did not receive a mandate to repeal the existing Constitution. He has opposed some of the key proposals made by the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly. Full text of Rajapaksa’s statement: “The government has tabled in Parliament, proposals for a new constitution. The constitutional reform pledges made by the yahapalana coalition at the last presidential election was restricted to changing the system of elections and abolishing the executive presidential system. This government never received a mandate to repeal and replace the existing…

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