Vavuniyaa Judge warns SL Attorney General against delaying tactics on TPP cases

Vavuniya High Court Judge Balendran Sasi Mahendran on Tuesday gave a strong message to SL Attorney General’s Department questioning the absence of its representative at the hearing of the case of three Tamil political prisoners on Tuesday. The case was taken up at Vavuniyaa High Court after it was transferred back following firm pressure from the prisoners and their people against the transfer the case from Vavuniyaa to Anuradhapura last year. Fixing a new date for the hearing the Judge said the AG should not miss representation next time and…

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It was the President who decided to sit on the fence and allow a free vote for his MPs.

Racism and Hollow Populism Seem to be the Only Ideologies Attractive to the New Breed of Professional Politicians . By Jayaeva Uyangoda Amidst so many stories about the ever – exciting twists and turns in the crisis faced by our Government, we seem to ignore so many other significant political questions. One such question is: what is happening in Sri Lanka’s political parties? As visible from the unfolding power struggles, Sri Lanka’s two main parties – the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) – are in…

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Another crude bid to capture national political power by Rajapaksha Family

Crude Attempt of Joint Opposition Disgracefully Aided And Abetted By Sections of Sirisena’s SLFP To Capture Political Power Ends In Failure By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene A crude bid to capture national political power by the so-called Joint Opposition, disgracefully aided and abetted by a section of President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) failed this week. Given the political configurations on the floor of the House, perhaps this failure was inevitable but nothing is certain after all, in this dirty, rotten game of scoundrels beating their chests like patriots, as…

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Mahinda’s SLPP Racist party opposes land release to Tamil civilians by military.

Mahinda’s new Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party today claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had made a deal with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to get its (16 MP’s) support to defeat the no-confidence motion against him. New Sinhala racist party SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris said according to the agreement 650 acres of land illegally occupied by the Sinhale Armed forces in the North was to be released to their owners. Appoint officers of Tamil speaking as district secretaries in the North and East where Tamil is used by the majority. This will…

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Rs 16M to restore 72 Hindu temples

Hindu places of worship, in the Eastern Province, that were damaged during the separatist war are to be restored after more than 12 years. Funds for the renovation of damaged Hindu temples, in the Batticaloa and Ampara Districts, were distributed to the trustees of the temples at the Navatkuda Cultural Hall in Batticaloa on Saturday (07). At a ceremony presided over by the Director of the Department of Hindu Cultural Affairs, Uma Maheswaran has said every year these allocations are made to temples affected by the conflict for renovation. Rupees…

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NPC member to protest illegal settlements

Provincial Councillors in the North are set to stage a mass protest, outside the Mullaitivu District Secretariat tomorrow (10), against creating new settlements by bringing outsiders in the Mahaweli development area of the Mullaitivu District. The protest, to create awareness on illegal settlements in the district will commence at 3p.m. tomorrow according to Northern Provincial Councillor T. Raviharan. The Provincial Councillor also said that memorandums urging to stop the illegal settlements in the district would also be handed over to the Mullaitivu District Secretary to be sent to the President…

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Tamil Pre-school teachers ordered to attend training at Military camp

The Civil Security Department has ordered teachers working at its pre-school in the Vanni region to attend 20 days of ‘leadership training’ at the Theravil military camp.  Teachers were given military uniform with instruction to arrive at the camp tomorrow dressed in this attire.  “When we joined the pre-schools to work, they assured us that no military training would take place, but now they are ordering us to attend military training under the name of ‘leadership training’,” a pre-school teacher who has been ordered to attend the training told Tamil…

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ASP, HQI laughingly watched thugs accosting Opposition MPs

State Minister Ajith P. Perera told Court that he witnessed an Assistant Superintendent of Police and the Headquarters Inspector of the Hambantota Police, standing and laughing while thugs accosted a group of United National Party MPs on a visit to the Hambantota port in 2014. The minister was giving evidence in the case filed in the Hambantota High Court (HC) over criminal intimidation of UNP MPs, then in the Opposition, during a field visit. State Minister Perera told Judge Thamara Tennakoon he feared for his life at the time of…

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JO MP’s blame the TNA for exposing the abductions and killing by former government.

 The Nation Deputy Editor Noyahr was abducted and assaulted in late May 2008, an normal act by the Mahinda government which is accused of abducting and killing any one who opposes the Rajapaksha family members and its government through its famous white van culture. JO calls it as execution of military operations by Rajapapaksha government.  The island nation saw abductions and killings of high-profile journalists and rights defenders during the final months of the war that ended with the defeat of Tamil Tiger separatists in May 2009. The previous government headed by…

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