Australian Sinhala Racist Elements Mounted a Vicious Campaign in Melbourne Against Renowned Sri Lankan Movie Director Dharmasena Pathiraja.

Australian Sinhala Racist Elements Mounted a Vicious Campaign in Melbourne Against Renowned Sri Lankan Movie Director Dharmasena Pathiraja. by Channa Wickramasekera (Renowned Sri Lankan Film Maker Dharmasena Pathiraja passed away n January 28th 2018 exactly two months before his Birthday which falls on March 28th. If Pathi were alive today he would have celebrated his milestone 75th birthday) Dharmasena Pathiraja (Pathi) is best known in Sri Lanka for his movies. In Melbourne where he studied for his PhD. he is also known for his courageous activism. I came to know…

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The underworld, Rajapaksa and ‘yahapalanaya’ power games

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, now busily wrapping the reformist garb of a changed political persona around him, has had the audacity to complain this week that the underworld is now more active than during his Presidency. Criminals and the Rajapaksa ‘project’ But the truth is that the underworld was ‘managed’ and ‘used’ at the time to protect the Rajapaksa political project. Those inconvenient to the family in power were disposed of while ‘favorites’ were nurtured for use whenever the occasion presented itself. Discomforting details of involvement of senior police officers…

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No-faith motion: Game changer or end of the game?

President directly enters fray by stripping PM of some of his key subjects UNP frontliners insist Ranil must remain as premier; committee to study party reforms after April 5 President Maithripala Sirisena appears to have joined the fray in his own way as the countdown for the vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is just three days away. He has virtually stripped Wickremesinghe of some powers he enjoyed as both, Prime Minister and National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister preventing him, from dealing with all key aspects of…

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Now Pakistan asks President Sirisena to protect Muslims from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s thugs

Pakistan has expressed serious concern over recent mob attacks by some extremist Sinhalese politicians and organizations on Sri Lankan Muslims in Ampara and Digana leading to a substantial loss of life and property.  Pakistan, supplied arms and helped Sri Lankan forces led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa government in killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 alone when the Tamils were fighting to live as equal citizens and free from harm in their motherland. After killing the Tamils the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa supporters turned their eyes on the Muslims claiming…

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After Lanka’s diplomatic battle, EU relists LTTE as terror outfit

The Council of the European Union has relisted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation. The decision came into effect on March 21, 2018, continuing the “specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities with a view to combating terrorism”. The LTTE is among 20 organisations named. The relisting is the result of a protracted diplomatic battle that involved Sri Lanka’s mission in Brussels, where the EU has its headquarters. The President, the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and the Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and Defence…

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THE NO CONFIDENCE MOTION AND ITS POLITICAL STAKES

Is there a low – cost way out from the present crisis boiling within the Maithripala Sirisena – Ranil Wickremesinghe administration? During the past few days, a number of well – wishers of the present government posed this question to me in personal conversations. All of them are people who have contributed in a variety of ways to the political change of January 2015. They are now deeply worried about the inevitable disintegration of the yahapalanaya regime, with two other inevitabilities – rendering irrelevant the reform mandate of 2015 and…

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No confidence motion : UNF in unique position – win or lose, it is a winner !

(Lanka-e-News – 21.March.2018, 6.45PM)  The no confidence motion against the government aimed at ousting  Ranil Wickremesinghe  the prime minister (P.M.)  of the United National front supported by  the government group  of president Sirisena together with the  Rajapakses’ alliance including Weerawansa and other groups is to be handed over to the speaker in a day or two. Though various views are being expressed in connection with collection of all the signatures  by those who are engineering this ,the factual situation is ,  just one single charge  by a single individual would…

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President Maithiri the Looser – Whether Premier Wickremesinghe Wins Or Loses the No Confidence Vote

Whether Premier Wickremesinghe Wins Or Loses the No Confidence Vote,It will Be President Sirisena Who will Have Nowhere to Go After The Motion is taken Up On April 4. by Rajan Philips “What an anomalous position! The Prime Minister and other Ministers are collectively responsible to Parliament except one member of that Cabinet, the chief whose policy the whole Cabinet is carrying out. The Prime Minister and the other Ministers can be pilloried and thrown out for no fault of theirs, but the fountain-head of the faults and deficiencies in…

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Those For And Against Ranil In Prediction-Game Regarding SLFP Position

With just five days to go for the debate on the no-confidence motion brought by the Joint Opposition (JO) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, elements from both the SLFP and the UNP are vying with each other making claims on the position that the SLFP would take on the matter. Although President Sirisena has snubbed Wickremesinghe, relieving him of ministerial supervision of the Central Bank disregarding his protests, UNP MP Kavinda Jayawardena has insisted that ‘sources say the President is backing the Prime Minister.’ Meanwhile State Minister Dilan Perera (SLFP) has opined…

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