Will Maithripala Contest Against Gotabhaya At Presidential Poll? Wll Mahinda Rajapaksa Serve As Prime Minister Under President Sirisena?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Leading politicians of all hues anointed with the auspicious Avurudu oil are moving to the New Year, taking them to new challenges in national and party politics, and facing the realities of a unity government having members seated both in the Government and Opposition. The prorogation of Parliament, coming after many years when this tradition was ignored or was not required by the realities of day-to-day politics and governance, did bring about some quiet and helped give a bigger focus to Avurudu festivities. The departure of President Maithripala…

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Racist Mahinda wants Sambanthan to be his foot licker like his JO MP’s.

No-Confidence Motion against the Leader of the Opposition Then it was Amirthalingam and now it is Sampanthan, both of whom happen to be Sri Lankan Tamils.   This is the second NCM against Opposition Leader in Sri Lanka; Amirthalingam faced an NCM in JR’s Govt. The No-Confidence Motion against the Leader of the Opposition seems inevitable unless saner counsel prevails within Opposition   The JO decided to submit a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya demanding that R. Sampanthan be removed as the Opposition Leader    JO to agitate nationally and internationally for…

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They thought he was hiding

Kajendthiran Shanmuganathan knew from the moment he saw the photograph. He’d first met the man on the grounds of a Sri Lankan elementary school. Years later, they shared arduous days aboard a rickety cargo ship on a perilous journey to Canada. To much of the world, the man in the unsettling photograph — bearded, with unkempt hair, partially shut eyes and slightly parted lips — was nameless. As the image circulated for weeks on the news and in social media, he was known for the singular dark fact of when…

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Iranaitheevu; a year of continuous protests to regain Navy-occupied land

Iranaitheevu; a year of continuous protests to regain Navy-occupied land After the election of the new government in 2015, the people of Iranaitheevu, forcibly displaced since 1992, finally thought they would be able to return home. Yet a flurry of letters and high-level meetings with government officials and politicians in 2016 and 2017 didn’t bring any results. In desperation, the community took the difficult decision to begin a continuous roadside protest on 1st May 2017. Almost a year later, they are still fighting. History Iranaitheevu is a pair of twin islands…

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“CHARGE GOTA!” Says Nambuwasam CoI On Welikada Massacre

“CHARGE GOTA!” Says Nambuwasam CoI On Welikada Massacre By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody, Kavindya Chris Thomas and Kavindya Perera – CoI into the 2012 Welikada Prison Incident/Nambuwasam Committee on Welikada riots/massacre Recommends charging Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chandra Wakishta, Indika Sampath, Kodippili, Shantha Dissanayake The prosecution of six high ranking officials previously attached to the Ministry of Defence, the State Intelligence Service, the Prisons Department and the Sixth Gajaba Regiment of the Army in relation to the Welikada Prisons incident of November 2012, has been recommended by a Committee of Inquiry which probed into…

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Suspend Sri Lanka from Commonwealth Until it Fully Implements UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1: TGTE

Failing, Sri Lanka should be referred to ICC & and a Referendum for Tamils to decide their future destiny, to ensure a peaceful, permanent political solution. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM , April 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today urged the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth, until the Government fully implements the recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Council Resolution L 30/1 (due by March 2019). Failing this, Sri Lanka should …..Read More… more

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Some in the JO used good governance to cover up their wrongs – Ravi

Deputy leader of the UNP Ravi Karunanayake says some in the joint opposition hid behind good governance to cover up their fraud and corruption. He made the comment in response to questions raised by the media after a sports equipment distribution at the UNP’s Thotalanga office yesterday (18), also attended by the party’s councilors in the Colombo municipal council. The corrupt that infiltrated the government caused inconveniences to the UNP ministers too, he charged. Therefore, the government had to focus on its internal disputes, rather than on serving the public.…

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SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail

SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail An unidentified operative with alleged paramilitary background violently threatened the mothers of enforced disappeared Tamils in Mullaiththeevu on Thursday when the protesters were marking 400 days of continuous protest. The agent, armed with a knife, entered the hut of the protest around 7:00 p.m., cut the main placard, destroyed a chair and smashed the simmering stock pots. He was pointing the sword-like knife at the protesters and demanding them to “end the protest once and for…

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SL Government Failed to Take Step on regain the Tamil Properties from Sinhalese: CV.Vigneshwaran

The Chief Minister of the North East Province, C V Wigneswaran, has alleged that the Sri Lankan Government had not taken steps to retrieve the land, houses and other properties belonging to Tamils that were illegally occupied by Sinhalese during the ethnic crisis when thousands of Tamils fled the island nation, the Times of India reported. Wigneswaran said this during an informal interaction with reporters at Old Courtallam in Tirunelveli, India after taking part in a book release function on Saturday. According to the CM, Tamils who chose to live…

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A ‘No-Confidence Motion’, Or What It Means To Have ‘No Faith’

By Roel Raymond Hot on the heels of the ‘no-confidence’, or ‘no-faith’ motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month, the ‘Joint Opposition’ (JO), the largest opposition group in Parliament, is in talksto bring a no-confidence motion against Opposition leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, on charges he sided with the government during the  no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister. The JO is of the opinion that as the leader of the Opposition in the government, Sampanthan is duty bound to vote against the government. A final decision…

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If Constitution process stalled, Sampanthan’s Opp. leadership meaningless: Mano

If new Constitution process was stalled permanently, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP R. Sampanthan’s holding of Opposition leader’s post would be meaningless, Minister Mano Ganesan said today. He said in a tweet that the issue between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had put the Constitutional process to back seat. “Not the issue of the UNP and the SLFP but the new constitution as solution to national issue topped Sampanthan’s priority list. If new Constitution process is stalled permanently, Sampanthan’s holding of Leader of…

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Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit Apologises to Journalist Lakshmi Subramanian of “The Week” for Patting Her Cheek at a Press Conference.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit Apologises to Journalist Lakshmi Subramanian of “The Week” for Patting Her Cheek at a Press Conference. In the wake of criticism of his action of patting a woman journalist’s cheek after she posed a query at a recent press conference, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has said it was an “act of appreciation Continue reading ‘Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit Apologises to Journalist Lakshmi Subramanian of “The Week” for Patting Her Cheek at a Press Conference.’ » Don’t know the accused woman, says Tamil Nadu…

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Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is hoping to form a new political party?

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is hoping to form a new political party as an alternative to the Ilankai Tamil Arachu Kachchi (ITAK) to contest the upcoming provincial council elections, a source close to him said yesterday. He contested the 2013 elections under the banner of the ITAK-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) though however, he fell out with the ITAK leaders later. The source said the chief minister would form a new party move for a broad political alliance as an alternative to the TNA to contest the elections.…

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Rajapaksa who amended the Constitution allowing him to contest any number of times now backs end to Executive Presidency because he can never be reelected

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected twice as President, Under executive presidency, head of the state possesses all relevant executive powers. In 2010, he adopted an amendment to the Constitution allowing him to contest any number of times. Mr. Sirisena’s present government restored the two-term limit in 2015 through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Hence Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is constitutionally barred from contesting again to become President, has opted to support a proposal to abolish the executive presidency. Bandula Gunawardena, chairperson of Mr. Rajapaksa’s ‘Joint Opposition’, told…

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AFTER 9 YEARS – ONLY Half of IDPs can be resettled with latest land release

Sri Lanka’s army commander warns Tamils: as we give to you, we can take back Sri Lanka’s army commander warned Tamils that the army was able to take back what it ‘granted’ to the Tamil people, whilst … parents who are gathered here today. What I ask of you as an army commander is that for your children, your siblings, the upcoming With the latest release of lands in Thelippalai recently, 50 percent of those currently in IDP centres would be able to return to their rightful lands, Commander, Security…

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UNHRC Cannot Rely On Sri Lanka To Prosecute Its Armed Forces – Part III

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah – Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah As the search for justice for victims of the Tamil genocide continues. – While the application of ‘universal jurisdiction’ by individual states to prosecute war criminals must be pursued rigorously, the way forward for member states of the UN Human Rights Council is to lobby the UN Security Council for an ICC referral or for the establishment of an international special criminal tribunal for Sri Lanka. This is part 3 of a series of articles showing the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) cannot rely anymore on…

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Fear of Rajapaksa’s return among the Tamils will work well for the government, Government will not concede anything to the Tamils in the upcoming two years.

Fear of Rajapaksa’s return among the Tamils will work well for the government. Although the drift was halted to a certain degree under the new unity government, reconciliation did not take place and the communities did not come together.  ”The government was saved by the LTTE and Tamil diaspora groups” This is a racist theory and reflects the fact that we, as a nation, have not moved away from conflict paradigms.  The new unity government did not concede anything to the Tamils to the utter disappointment of the Tamil people. …

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Gotha’s Leadership and possibility of Sri Lanka going the way of Pakistan to Military rule

By P. Soma Palan –  P. Soma Palan I refer to Mr. Kelum Bandara’s Interview with Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa(GR), which appeared in the Daily Mirror of 10th April, prominently under large bold heading “People want Non-Traditional Politicians”. Although it covered diverse matters of interest, I was amused by his response to the question, “How would you fit into the shoes of a politician”. He answered by saying that “people want non- traditional Politicians”. His statement is reflective of his super ego to be the new Messiah to rescue the Nation; a self-claim to an uncommon, extraordinary, innovative and…

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Sri Lankan refugee couple is set for multi-million-pound NHS payout

Sri Lankan refugee couple are set for multi-million-pound NHS payout after their baby suffered irreversible brain damage at birth because midwives couldn’t understand them Sinthiya Rajatheepan was not properly instructed on how to feed her new baby Her son Nilujan, eight, suffered  devastating brain damage from malnutrition  The High Court  ruled midwives at King George’s hospital failed the baby Judges will determine the level of compensation due during a later hearing  Catastrophic injuries suffered by a baby boy were the direct result of his refugee mother’s poor grasp of English, a top…

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Welikada Prison incident 2012 CoI recommends prosecution of 6 high-ranking officials

The 2015 Committee of Inquiry which probed into the Welikada Prisons incident of November 2012 has recommended that six high ranking officials previously attached to the Ministry of Defence, the State Intelligence Service, the Prisons Department and the Sixth Gajaba Regiment of the Army be prosecuted under the Penal Code. The Committee of Inquiry into the Welikada Prison Incident – 2012 (C.I.P.I.) has recommended charging six leading figures of the previous regime, under Section 162 of the Penal Code,……which deals with public officers who disobey the directions of the law…

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