Case against Namal postponed to July 31st

The trial against MP Namal Rajapaksa and six others over the alleged purchase of stocks using misappropriated money has been postponed until July 31, on the orders of the Colombo High Court. The case was slated to be taken up before the Colombo High Court Judge Sampath Abeykoon, today (09). As the prosecution informed the court of the absentia of a witness due to health reasons, the case was postponed to July 31, and the Magistrate Abeykoon ordered the prosecution’s witness to appear at the next hearing. This case was…

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First female Muslim mayor in England hails from political family in Sri Lanka

The first thing you notice in Kareema Marikar’s personality is her bubbly nature, infectious smile and down-to-earth simplicity. Despite creating history as the first female Muslim mayor in England, she is not yet ready to rest on her laurels, judging by an interview she gave to the BBC recently. “I am a Marakkala woman from Sri Lanka,” Marikar told Saroj Pathirana of the Sinhala Service of the BBC in the interview conducted in a quaint, leafy British park on a bright Spring day, clad in a white ‘osari’, a traditional…

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Mahinda : Here, there, but nowhere!

By Gagani Weerakoon The Joint Opposition, which now has 71 members in Parliament, with the 16 SLFP members who in May 2018 left President Maithripala Sirisena-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe led unity government joining them, has renewed their call to be identified as a separate independent group in Parliament. The JO, which comprises majority MPs of the United People’s Freedom Front (UPFA) who have pledged their allegiance to former President, Kurunegala District UPFA MP Mahinda Rajapaksa, was fighting for recognition as an independent group in Parliament since early 2016 and agitates…

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Violence against Northern children increasing – ananthy sasitharan

Northern Province Minister of Women’s Affairs, Ananthy Sasitharan, commenting on former State Minister of Women and Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran’s statement, said, “We must first consider curbing the escalating crimes against women and children in the North. These incidents have risen due to the increase in alcohol and drug consumption in the region. We should first consider these social issues rather than just harping on her statement.” Following are excerpts of the interview: There had been on and off, hints that Chief Minister Wigneswaran will contest at the upcoming Provincial…

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GL accuses govt. of jeopardising relations with China, Russia by exposing the corruption.

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday alleged the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government had caused irreparable damage to Sri Lanka’s relations with China and Russia. Russia had been accused of helping MP Namal Rajapaksa run a special propaganda operation targeting the government. Prof. Peiris, who is also the Chairman of Mahinda led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said that now Russia had been accused of helping MP Namal Rajapaksa run a special propaganda operation targeting the government. Prof. Peiris said so at a media briefing at the Nelum Mawatha Office of…

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MAHINDA defended the corrupt -Duminda

Minister Duminda Dissanayake charges that former President Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa defended the corrupt. Speaking at an event in Anuradhapura the Minister claimed the former President’s intent was made clear in a statement he made regarding Former Sri Lanka Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weerathunga. Minister Dissanayake noted a search operation is underway for Udayanga Weerathunga in connection to the MiG deal adding his accomplice died in Russia and his body was sealed. He added Udayanga and the accomplice who died maintained a joint account. The Minister further noted the parents of…

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It was a call to the government to act fast and resolve the problems of the people and not for the revival of the LTTE

By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera Just as in the south in the Sinhalese-majority areas where ethnic nationalism is being used for political advantage, a similar phenomenon is taking place in the north and east of the country in the Tamil-majority areas. It is being used in the north, among others, to protest against the increase in criminal activities that most recently included the rape and murder of a six year old child. The rise in ethnic nationalism is taking place with a corresponding decline in the electoral strength of those who…

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Revolt against rape

Six-year-old raped and murdered in Jaffna. It led to an uncharacteristic public outburst by the Deputy Minister whose portfolio included protecting women and children. * Rape and murder of 18-year-old Sivaloganathan causing massive public outcry in Kilinochchi, Batticaloa, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Mullaitivu and Jaffna. The accused allegedly filmed the gang rape. * Seya Sadewmi was a four-year-old Sri Lankan child who was abducted, raped and murdered. * Colombo High Court imposes death sentence in Kirulapone rape case on an accused who raped and killed a six-year-old girl who was said to…

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