Rajapaksa’s Backdoor Entry Into PM Chair Wrong, His Popularity is Going Down, Says Arjuna Ranatunga

Rajapaksa’s Backdoor Entry Into PM Chair Wrong, His Popularity is Going Down, Says Arjuna Ranatunga Sri Lanka’s former Minister for Development of Petroleum Resources Arjuna Ranatunga says the controversial appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister was a ‘wrong decision’ as the government at that time was anyway getting unpopular. New Delhi: Sacked Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe may not be the most popular leader at present, but he is still giving tough competition to current the PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, says Sri Lanka’s former Minister for Development of Petroleum Resources…

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Tamils Leader Prabhakaran’s Birthday Celebrated Widely – Defying Confusing Magisterial Orders

Confusion reigns supreme in Jaffna and the North-East today as thousands of people came forward defying magisterial orders to celebrate the birthday of the Tamils Leader Prabhakaran, The North was a sea of red and yellow flags symbolizing the Tamil National colour. Jaffna is at its noisiest today.  The LTTE Graveyards (called Maaveerar Thuyilum Illam, or Great Heroes’ Sleeping House) in Kopay, Uduthurai and Chaati are all places of great celebration of the “Great Heroes of the LTTE”.  In addition 7 LTTE Graveyards in Mullaitivu, 2 in Kilinochchi, 2 in Mannar and 1 in…

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Constitutional Crisis – ” Only four or five diplomats are making a fuss. All the others are silent.”

President Maithripala Sirisena claims that only a few diplomats are concerned about the political situation and constitutional issues in Sri Lanka. Then it was pointed out that no country had officially recognised the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, President Sirisena during a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents Association at his Paget Road residence in Colombo 7 on Sunday, said, ” Only four or five diplomats are making a fuss. All the others are silent”, so Mahinda is recognised. He also alleged that former Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake had interfered with…

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Sri Lanka illegal PM Rajapaksa, coup masters face direct EU, US sanctions

The European Union and US are seriously considering “Individual” type sanctions on Sri Lanka coup plotters as a start before possible economic sanctions arrive next, according to sources close to Western Diplomats in Colombo. EU’s “Individual Restrictive Measures” type of sanctions involves visa restrictions and asset freezing of individuals who destabilized the target country. In Sri Lanka’s case, visa restrictions and freezing of assets of new PM Rajapaksa, that of all his cabinet ministers, as well as all MPs, officials and individuals who backed Rajapaksa, likely to be initial salvos…

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Entrepreneurs in Jaffna? – Sri Lanka as a whole’s exports are heavily weighted to unsophisticated products & North will be pretty low on the priority list.

By Jekhan Aruliah Soon after I moved to Jaffna in 2015 I heard rumours of this fantastic food court run by war widows. Friends driving North from Colombo said they found it somewhere on the A9 near Killinochchi in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. It was a year before I actually got round to visiting the place in Killinochchi, about 1.5 hours drive (depending on who is driving, I know someone who can do it in an hour) from Jaffna Town, only to find some months later there is one within…

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