Mahinda Decides to Protect his MP Post and give up ‘Opposition Leader’ post

The Joint Opposition (JO) is planning to give up the fight for the post of Opposition Leader. Speaking to media after an event held in Negombo on 15 August, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said even if the JO becomes independent in the parliament, it will not get the post of Opposition Leader. “I am confident that even if we become an independent party, they will not accept it since we were elected to the parliament in the first place through another party. Therefore we will not be able to get…

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Keith Noyahr was released by his abductors after Mahinda was conducted.

CID questions Mahinda over assault on Keith Noyahr The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) questioned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today over the assault on journalist Keith Noyahr. Rajapaksa was questioned at his Colombo residence in Wijerama.  The CID informed Rajapaksa that they were told Keith Noyahr was released by his abductors after current Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the then Editor of The Nation newspaper Lalith Alahakoon had telephoned Rajapaksa following the abduction.  The former President told reporters outside his home today that he could not recall receiving a telephone call from Jayasuriya at the time. However he asked…

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For more than 30 YEARS, NO government has implemented the 13th Amendment

By C. A. Chandraprema   Under the provisions of Appendix I of the 9th Schedule, which was introduced by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, police and public security are a subject devolved to the provincial councils. However, for more than three decades, no government has implemented these provisions due to the fear that the country would be rendered ungovernable. Despite this history of non-implementation, the proposed draft constitution also has provisions relating to the devolution of police powers which are, if anything, even worse than the provisions brought in…

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Half a million rupees in cash has been given from the accounts of the Navy to help the killer of Tamil MP Raviraj flee the country

Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff  Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne gave half a million rupees in cash has been taken from the accounts of the Navy  to help the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest, the Colombo magistrate was told Wednesday. It is learned that powerful politicians of Mahinda government who had given full blessing to such abductions and killing are now protecting the suspects with the support of current PM or the President. The Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate’s Court had previously issued an open warrant for…

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