Power hungry Mahinda Rajapakshe failing to become the PM now after ‘Opposition leadership’.

The Joint Opposition (JO) announced that they would apply pressure on the Speaker to hand over the position of the Leader of the Opposition to them. They would also canvass heavily in this connection within the Parliament, and elsewhere, both locally and internationally. The JO is presently in discussions to …embark on a series of protests calling for the removal of the Leader of the Opposition, Rajavarothiam Sampanthan from the post owing to the JO’s lack of confidence in him, United People’s Freedom Alliance Matara District Parliamentarian Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena…

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Two soldiers arrested over Kandy violence but MP’s involved walk free

The Sinhale MP’s who support Mahinda Rajapakshe and who were involved in the riots were identified and statements were issued by the government MP’s to press soon after the riots, it is believed no action will be taken against them and the cases will be wiped under the carpet due to orders from President and PM. President Maithiri and PM Ranil as usual protected Rajapakshe family members and their ministers who were accused of frauds and abuse of powers, although they came to power promising to take action against them to…

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SLFP ministers to boycott Cabinet meeting today

Stormy CC meeting: SLFP ministers to boycott Cabinet meeting today * Amaraweera, Duminda, CBK want unity govt. to continue * Those seeking end to joint administration in majority * Some MPs demand ouster of UPFA, SLFP General Secretaries By Rathindra Kuruwita The SLFP Central Committee, following a stormy session last night, resolved that all SLFP ministers boycott today’s Cabinet meeting. It, however, didn’t take a final decision on whether to remain in the unity government or not. President Maithripala chaired the meeting at the President’s House, Colombo 01. Minister Anura…

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Largest business delegation off to London

This year Sri Lanka will despatch its largest-ever business and trade delegation targeting the Commonwealth. Sri Lanka is also scheduled to unveil its new country branding and slogan for its ICT sector in London next week. “Sri Lanka is one of the Strategic Partner Countries of 2018 CBF. Therefore the Department of Commerce is organising many informative country presentations, B2Bs and roundtables on Lankan sectors of investment for CBF in London,” said Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen on 9 April. Bathiudeen was addressing a preparatory meeting organised by…

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Muslims In Sri Lanka: A new strategy for engagement

Scores of Muslim mosques, homes and businesses were destroyed as mobs ran amok for three days in Kandy. Thousands of Muslims are disillusioned and uncertain about their safety and security for the future. Well-meaning majority Buddhists have made fresh pledges and called on the government to investigate the violence. As this is being investigated and persons of interest apprehended, fresh revelations emerge every day. This article is not about what went wrong but about what needs to be done. I was in Sri Lanka when the news of the racial…

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Geneva 2018 and its aftermath

By Neville Ladduwahetty Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana opened his address to the UN Human Rights Council at the 37th Secession by referring to a section from President Sirisena’s 100 Day Programme; he stress, inter alia: “… the government’s firm commitment to the advancement of reconciliation, the rule of law, good governance, human rights, justice, equality, and dignity for all our citizens …” He concluded his address, stating: “Sri Lanka’s judiciary and law enforcement mechanisms are fully capable and committed to the processes of advancing justice to all concerned.…

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SLFP Party Is Heading For Split With One Faction Wanting To Quit Govt And Another Opposing it

Stormy Session of SLFP Central Committee Meeting Shows Party Is Heading For Split With One Faction Wanting To Quit Govt And Another Opposing it By Rathindra Kuruwita The SLFP Central Committee, following a stormy session last night, resolved that all SLFP ministers boycott today’s Cabinet meeting. It, however, didn’t take a final decision on whether to remain in the unity government or not. President Maithripala chaired the meeting at the President’s House, Colombo 01. Minister Anura Priyadashana Yapa proposed that the SLFP leave the government with Minister S. B. Dissanayake…

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