Monday, December 10th – International Dignitaries Joining TGTE to Commemorate Genocide & Human Rights Day Event in UK Parliament

International Dignitaries Joining TGTE to Commemorate Genocide & Human Rights Day Event in UK Parliament TGTE TV will Live Broadcast this event Several international dignitaries are joining Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to commemorate 70 years of World Genocide day and Human Rights Day in London on December 10th, Monday at 6:00 pm. When: Monday, December 10th.  Time: 6:00 pm Where: UK Parliament: Westminster Parliament Main Building:Committee Room 10. What: To commemorate 70 years of World Genocide day and Human Rights Day. Contact: Phone: +44-7869-133-073, Email: manip30@gmail.com Note: TGTE…

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Daily Mirror Removes Video Of Sirisena’s Controversial Statement From Facebook After Pressure From PMD

Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka’s largest selling privately owned daily newspaper, has removed the video of President Maithripala Sirisena’s controversial video from its Facebook page after increasing pressure from the President’s Media Division (PMD), Colombo Telegraph can now reveal. In the video interview that went viral over the weekend, Sirisena was caught on record saying former President Mahinda Rajapaksa could not show a parliamentary majority, as the MPs demanded higher bribes than expected. “Some MPs even asked for Rs.500 million to cross over. I personally know about such situations. It was like calling…

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Sri Lankan History That is Taught to Children is Extremely Sinhala-centric, with Only a Few Paragraphs Mentioning the Jaffna Kingdom and the Tamil People.

Sri Lankan History That is Taught to Children is Extremely Sinhala-centric, with Only a Few Paragraphs Mentioning the Jaffna Kingdom and the Tamil People. By Awahnee Mendis In Grade 3, my Social Studies textbook described Sri Lanka as being a multicultural country, where people of all ethnicities lived together in harmony. What is ironic, and what my eight-year-old self didn’t realise, is that this was what I was being taught while the country was in an ethnic civil war. Fast-forward seven years to Grade 10, when I was learning about…

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Mahinda Rajapaksa failed because MPs demanded over 500 million rupees each to defect says President Maithripala Sirisena

Did Mahinda offer money to support him? If so why NO legal action has been NOT taken against Mahinda? ECONOMYNEXT – Mahinda Rajapaksa failed to secure a majority in parliament because MPs demanded over 500 million rupees each to defect, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday acknowledging that his power grab had backfired. President Sirisena in a video interview with the Daily Mirror admitted that the man he controversially installed as Prime Minister on October 26 did not have a majority in the 225-member assembly despite confident claims at the time.…

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The discovery of two pieces of human bones, bound by a cable – Move to send mass grave specimens for carbon dating in US hit by a hitch

The discovery of two pieces of human bones, bound by a cable, has caused serious concern to the experts engaged in excavating the Mannar mass grave; they wonder whether some of the people buried there had been tortured. The two pieces of bone were recovered on Friday (7). Mass graves in Mannar point to further war crimes in Sri Lanka – World … https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/04/crim-o04.html The skeletal remains of 136 individuals were unearthed in northern Sri Lanka … Anothermass grave has been uncovered in Sri Lanka, near Mannar, a town in the … A researcher recoveringa skeleton…

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Presidential bluff and brinkmanship: Who will blink? Who will collapse?

by Rajan Philips President Sirisena is playing a desperate game of bluff and brinkmanship. He is bluffing when he gives deadlines to resolve the current state of legal non-government and the standoff between himself and the legislature. And he is daring the UNP to dump Ranil Wickremesinghe as party leader. Anyone of the 225 legislators other than Ranil Wickremesinghe is acceptable to him as Prime Minister, but not Ranil Wickremesinghe even if he were to demonstrate unanimous support in parliament. The brazenness of this unconstitutional assertion has shocked even those…

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Why didn’t they tell the President?

Dr Nihal Jayawickrama The President appears to believe that he still possesses the full executive powers he derived from the Constitution when he was elected to his office in January 2015. Three months later, he sat during a tumultuous session in Parliament and witnessed the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, introduced by the Government of which he was the Head. That Amendment removed all his executive powers except three which he still enjoys: the power to appoint ambassadors, the power to appoint ministry secretaries, and the power…

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Six Weeks Since Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Began: Where Do Things Stand Now?

It has now been six weeks since the country was thrown into disarray after President Maithripala Sirisena replaced his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with former nemesis Mahinda Rajapaksa. In the weeks that followed, legislators engaged in bitter political warfare, trying to outmanoeuvre each other in support of their candidate for the coveted position of power. But former President Mahinda Rajapaksa faced the toughest obstacle to his political comeback this week, when the Court of Appeal issued an interim order preventing him and his government from functioning. The order, the first…

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President’s logic

The UNP and its allies accuse President Maithripala Sirisena of having stabbed ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the back, in October. He twisted the knife again the other day. In 2014, what Sirisena did to his boss, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was likened to Brutus sinking his poniard in Caesar’s back up to the cross-guard. President Sirisena claims that there were conspiracies against him in the yahapalana government. If so, what he did to Ranil on 26 Oct., by way of a preemptive strike, was like Caesar stabbing Brutus, while…

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New US Ambassador opens up to Sri Lanka

In her first interview since assuming duties, Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz shares key insights on her plans, US aspirations on Sri Lanka and US perspectives on some of Sri Lanka’s immediate and medium-term challenges  A career member of the US Senior Foreign Service, the United States’ new Ambassador in Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz describes her job as both “exciting and challenging.” This is because her arrival in Sri Lanka was at a time when the country is at crossroads in terms of democracy and politics, whilst the potential to achieve stability and prosperity is also…

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