13 SLPP members to join the UNP – Range Bandara

By Sanchith Karunaratna State Minister of Irrigation Palitha Range Bandara stated that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party does not possess the strength to break away from the UNP to form a separate government. He further stated that no amount of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) deserter will be enough to bolster the ailing SLFP as 13 members of parliament from the SLPP have already pledged their support to the UNP further reinforcing the political power of the UNP. In such a situation of political instability the SLFP cannot hope to form…

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Justice for the Trinco Five students in Sri Lanka!

  Petitioning President Maithripala Sirisena Justice for the Trinco Five students in Sri Lanka! Ragihar Manoharan, a 20-year-old Tamil youth, and four other Sri Lankan Tamil students were killed by security forces on January 2, 2006 in Trincomalee in northwestern Sri Lanka. The authorities have failed to prosecute anyone for their murder. Their case is emblematic of the thousands of people subjected to human rights violations in Sri Lanka by government forces.  Two police investigations and a commission of inquiry on the case of the “Trinco Five” students have yet to result…

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A Legal Framework for National Reconciliation: The Way Forward

The following speech delivered by Former President Madame Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Chairperson of the ONUR,  at the29th LAWASIA Conference – Golden Jubilee Conference, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 12 – 15 August 2016  It is with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation of the LAWA SIA hosts to address this distinguished gathering. The legal fraternity, both Bench and Bar have a vital role to play, and are playing, in the life of this country. I am aware that LAWASIA is committed to the Rule of Law, Good Governance and the…

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Visiting Prince Edward Urged to Raise Persecution of Tamils with Sri Lankan Leaders and to Meet Tamil Victims

Link: https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/429522130/visiting-prince-edward-urged-to-raise-persecution-of-tamils-with-sri-lankan-leaders-and-to-meet-tamil-victims-tgte LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM , January 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — While His Royal Highness The Prince Edward is visiting Sri Lanka to be the Chief Guest of Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urged him to raise the persecution of Tamils with Sri Lankan leaders and to meet Tamil victims during his visit. He will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence on 4 February. TGTE submitted a memo (Please see below), highlighting the abuses faced by Tamils…

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TGTE Parliament Works out New Political Strategies

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) Parliament which concluded its three-day session in Canada has worked out various political strategies. The eighth direct session of the second tenure of the TGTE Parliament was held on the 19th, 20th and 21st of January at the Town Hall on Vanni Streeet of Markam in Toronto, Canada. Among the participants were TGTE Members of Parliament from various counties of the world along with Senate Members, Members of the Advisory Committee and a multitude of resource delegates. Mr. Rudrakumaran, the TGTE Prime Minister,…

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LTTE New Year wishes on Fb Suspects further remanded

BY Kavindya Perera Colombo Additional Magistrate Dulani S. Amerasinghe on 24 January further remanded, till 7 February, the two suspects charged with posting New Year wishes for 2018 on Facebook accompanied by photos of late LTTE Leader V. Prabhakaran and the LTTE emblem. The two suspects are Dinesh Kumar and Vijaya Kumar. The probe into the complaint, lodged by Pethum Rasanga, a resident of Ratnapura, was conducted by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) who submitted details of the case to the Court. The petitioner had pointed out that the two…

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Act immediately against Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Bill, Vaiko urges Centre

‘Legislation gives sweeping powers to Navy and is detrimental to Indian fishers’ MDMK general secretary Vaiko has urged the Centre to immediately lodge its protest with the Sri Lankan government over the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill, saying it would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. He has also called on the Central government to ensure that the island nation withdrew the ‘controversial’ provisions of the Bill. Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mr. Vaiko said the proposed law, which had the approval of the Sri…

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” Rajapaksa Regime and its Fellow Barbarians at the Gates Once More” – Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera Warns Sri Lanka Before Local Govt Polls

(Text of Statement issued by the Minister of Finance and Media, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP. on January 25th 2018 under the heading ” March to freedom or return to fear?) The National Unity Government ushered in through a historic and revolutionary election in January 2015 has recently marked three years in office. As the Government attains this milestone, our achievements are many, but the road ahead of us remains as long and challenging as ever, and Sri Lanka stands again at the cusp of a crucial election in three weeks…

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Sarath Fonseka and the Assassination Of Lasantha Wickrematunge

It was an open secret then that the hands of Rajapaksa regime were stained with the blood of Lasantha Wickrematunge.  Govt bigwigs talk positively of breakthroughs in probes and of potential indictments from time to time but the ground reality has been a NATO (no action talk only) so far. At present there is a sense of hopelessness at the manner the present administration is handling investigations Rajapaksa govt resorted to several “unorthodox” measures in prosecuting the war. Many were killed in cold blood or white vanned. It soon came…

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‘Sword Sirisena’ secretly invited 2 SC judges to Paget Road to smuggle out Gota ; Judges arrived in minister Mustafa’s car !

(Lanka-e-News – 26.Jan.2018, 10.00AM)  It is no less a person than president ‘Sword Sirisena’ who has halted the arrest of  notorious culprit Gotabaya Rajapakse , while the whole world is aware it is Gotabaya who misappropriated  over Rs. 90 million public funds to build a mausoleum of his parents . The president also  went as far as to   secretly send Gotabaya out of the country when he was about to be taken into custody over the mass murder of prisoners  committed within Welikade prison , Western province chief minister Isuru…

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Sri Lanka President blames Ranil, AG over delay in prosecuting Gotabhaya

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was implicated in Lasantha Wickrematunga’s assassination and was in fact named in a police B report filed at the Mount Lavinia courts. Report said the then head of military intelligence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa operated a killer squad and he reported to Rajapaksa.  The assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunga and national rugby star Wasim Thajudeen were also dragging on despite investigators privately saying that they had completed their work. ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Friday blamed the undue delay in prosecuting high profile criminal suspects of the former regime…

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10 trillion foreign debt but ‘9 Trillion missing’ during last 10 years of MAHINDA regime

Claims out of Rs. 10 trillion foreign debt during last 10 years of MR regime, only Rs. 1 trillion can be accounted for by way of assets and balance missing Alleges Govt. losing revenue due to companies linked to Ministers and MPs getting concessions Blames UNP for disagreeing to SLFP proposal to debate Bond and PRECIFAC Reports before LG Polls Says a coalition of VVIP rogues is scheming to avert legal action against those responsible for bond scam; promises to expose the elite mafia soon  Urges people to support him to…

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Compelling Principal to kneel before Uva CM

A ten hour investigation was carried out by the Human Rights Council on Thursday, over the incident where the Badulla Tamil Girl’s School Principal R. Bhavani was compelled to kneel down before the Uva Chief Minister and later threatening her and obtaining a statement. The Executive Director of the Human Rights Centre Keerthi Tennakoon and the Ceylon Teachers Union General Secretary Joseph Stalin, appeared on behalf of the complainant party. Six respondents were summoned by the Human Rights Commission, including the Uva Province Education Director and the Secretary of the…

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Wigneswaran turns down Bathiudeen’s request

By Manushi Silva Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has turned down the request made by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking for 1000 acres of land for the rehabilitation of Muslims in Mullaitivu district. In his letter addressed to the Northern CM, Minister Bathiudeen had stated that the Muslims who lived in Mullaitivu district abandoned their lands due to the terrorist activities carried out by LTTE. The Minister pointed out 780 such families have been identified, and 1000 acres of land in Mullaitivu district is needed for those families and for the new…

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Difference between British & Sri Lankan

Launching the first Taste of Britain Festival in Colombo yesterday , the British High Commissioner James Dauris said that seasoning and other additives, could be the difference between the curries produced in the two countries. Asked what he thought separated curries cooked in Britain and Sri Lanka , he said ” I am not the best person to answer your question, but I presume its to do with spices and other ingredients.” The High Commissioner observed that historical ties between the United Kingdom and South Asia, meant that there were…

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Is time running out for Sirisena, Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa?

On 8 January 2015, the people of this country exercised their true democratic grit to dispel the rule of President Rajapaksa and his family. The right of the people was exercised in a clear wave of hope to end corruption, inequality and establish justice, which most thought was diminished under the Rajapaksa rule.  The result was unexpected and happened against the series of overwhelming public endorsements received by the Rajapaksa Government in successive elections prior to the people’s presidential verdict. The scenario brings to mind a saying of Niels Bohr,…

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TNA wants draft Constitution presented to parliament soon after LG polls

Leader of Opposition and of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has demanded that the draft Constitution be submitted to Parliament soon after Feb. 10 local government polls. A statement issued by the TNA yesterday quoted Sampanthan as having told European Union Sri Lanka Political Desk Head Paul Godfrey: “Soon after the local government elections the process must be expedited and the draft Constitution must be submitted to Parliament and eventually it must be approved by the people at a referendum”. “We cannot delay anymore these processes. Instead we must…

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Ranil-Maithri-Mahinda clique that took steps to break up the state service has no right to ask for votes from state employees

Ranil-Maithri-Mahinda clique that took steps to break up the state service has no right to ask for votes from state employees and the government has not taken any action to increase the salaries of state employees by Rs.5967.00 according to the increase in the living index up to November 2017 says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this speaking at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta today (22nd). The General Secretary of Lanka Teacher Services Union Mahinda Jayasinghe and…

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PRECIFAC Recommends Legal Action Against Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ex – Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardena Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) which had held former President Mahind Rajapaksa responsible for allegedly causing a financial loss to ITN had recommended filing of legal action against him. The Commission had concluded that former President and three former officials of ITN had been guilty of causing the state TV channel a loss of Rs 102,158,058 by getting it to telecast his advertisements free of charge during…

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Sinhala colony schemed with expansion of Buddha temple at Punaa’nai, Batticaloa

A small worship place with a Buddha statue, which was left behind by the occupying Army of genocidal Sri Lanka in 2016, has now been expanded into a big Buddhist temple establishment at 121st Mile Post on Colombo – Batticaloa Road in Punaa’nai East in Koa’ra’laip-pattu North (Vaakarai) division. The expansion has taken place in an accelerated phase in December 2017. The jungle area without any civilian settlement has been selected for Sinhala colonisation and the Buddhist vihara establishment has become the anchoring point, Tamil civil sources in Batticaloa North…

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