Mahinda’s SLPP supporters disrupting ITN.

The Police were called in to quell a tense situation at the state-owned Independent Television Network (ITN) earlier today. A group of ITN workers have staged a protest against appointments by the new management of the state TV stations. A tense situation took place when a group of attempted to assault the Deputy General Manager – News, appointed by the current management, within the office premises today. The protesting workers are largely affiliated with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and have formed an organization called “ITN Surakeeme Sanvidhanaya’. The…

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A slap in the face again to President Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda

The Constitutional Council today gave President Maithripala Sirisena a slap in the face when it decided to re-confirm the appointments of Justice Gamini Amarasekera and Justice S. Thurairaja to the Supreme Court. Karu Jayasuriya The majority of CC members today decided to stick with the previous decision and disregard any new nominations by President Sirisena. Therefore, when the CC met this morning, it decided to stand its ground and re-confirms the appointments of Amarasekera and Thurairaja. Colombo Telegraph exclusively reported that President Sirisena, in a bid to manipulate the judiciary, had…

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LASANTHA’S KILLERS PROTECTED BY MAHINDA, RANIL AND MAITHIRI

Just days before he was due to give evidence against the brother of the country’s then strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse, two assailants on motorcycles blocked the car of the 50-year-old editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper before smashing the windows and stabbing him in the head. The assassination is one of many unresolved killings of journalists carried out during Rajapakse’s decade in power — which also saw a 37-year conflict with Tamil separatists brought to a brutal conclusion, raising other ugly, unanswered questions. Journalists and relatives will hold a vigil…

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Counting the dead from the war

The ITJP is initiating a movement (from Mon 7 Jan 2019 – press releases attached) to start collecting the names of the dead and disappeared/missing from the whole war in Sri Lanka but with a focus on the final war in 2009 because of the upcoming tenth anniversary of Mullivaikkal. We are doing this again jointly with Patrick Ball of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. The idea is for Patrick to come up with an estimate of the total number – and also to create one clean list with no duplicates to be used…

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The Terrifying Rajapaksa Legacy Will Destroy The Sinhalese Buddhists Of Sri Lanka!

By Sharmini Serasinghe – Sharmini Serasinghe The leader of a nation is like a parent to one’s children. The children emulate the examples set by the parent, for better or for worse. The morally upright parent sets morally upright examples and standards and ensures the children abide by them. What happens when the leader/parent is immoral, unethical and unprincipled? Obviously, the children/citizens, especially the young and impressionable will naturally follow the examples set by the leader/parent. And they too become immoral, unethical and unprincipled, just like their leader/parent.  This unfortunately is what…

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Who has Lassie’s blood on their hands?

In some ways, Keith Noyahr’s abduction and assault in May 2008 was the harbinger of the more brutal crime that was to follow. At the time of his abduction, Keith Noyahr was the most senior journalist to be attacked during that dark era for press freedom in Sri Lanka. That dubious honour was claimed by his friend ‘Lassie’ eight months later. Lasantha Wickrematunge and Noyahr were once colleagues at the Sunday Times. Both were acclaimed journalists. Both were hunted for their defiant writing in an oppressive climate for professional journalists.…

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‘Tamil political parties are fractured, there’s no unity amongst them’

By Suresh Perera As long as Sri Lanka remains divided on lines of race, religion, caste, language, regions, poor and rich, the country will be devoid of the ‘balance’ to forge ahead, says Sivaraja Rashasingham, PLOTE’s coordinator based in Norway. “The ‘imbalance’ could open the door to outside forces to take control. It is left to us to decide whether to allow such forces to triumph or to take ‘control’ ourselves without being slaves to external elements, who will have their way, if they succeed”, he said in an interview…

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Mass graves: The dead tell a tragic tale of delays and disputes

Within a sprawling plot of bare land near the beach at Kurukkalmadam in Batticaloa is a mass grave that has not been excavated. The bodies buried there are from 1990, according to the Muslim residents of the area. The deceased are members of their community, more than 150, some insist, massacred by the LTTE that year. They can point out the precise location of the site. In 2014, the Kaluwanchikudy courts ordered an exhumation after 66 relatives of the dead wanted the skeletons to give them a proper burial. But…

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There Would Have Been No MiG Deal Without Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Udayanga Weeratunga.

Air Force Officers Interviewed by FCID Have Made it Clear That There Would Have Been No MiG Deal Without Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Udayanga Weeratunga. By A ” Sunday Observer” Special Correspondent In 2007, journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge published a series of exposes about a murky arms procurement that has since come to be known as the ‘MiG deal’. The articles resulted in Lasantha and his newspaper being sued for defamation over his reporting on the alleged involvement of then Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the transaction involving mothballed MiG-27 bombers in Ukraine.…

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SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up

SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up, but Rajapaksa’s group lays down conditions Some sections wanted agreement by January 15, but Pohottuwa leaders insist that full procedures must be followed before any alliance is formed Questions of rationale raised as President also seeks thaw with UNF and compromises on subjects given to ministers MoD reaches defence agreement with powerful country, giving it access to Sri Lanka’s facilities  He has etched his name in a controversial chapter of Sri Lanka’s political history with mistakes that stunned a nation and faced ignominy over violating…

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Mahinda had gifted his Astrologer Sumanadasa a car worth Rs.8.2Mn belonging to Mihin

Mihin Lanka has paid a loan of Rs.8.2 million for a car (Nissan- N16) which was gifted to Astrologer Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the year 2007, Astrologer Abeygunawardana informed the SriLankan Airlines Commission yesterday. He informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into irregularities at SriLankan airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka that in 2007 he had received a call from the ex-Chief Security Officer of former President Major Neville Wanniarachchi to collect the particular car from LOLC at Rajagiriya. “LOLC had only given the key…

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Who killed SLFP?

by C. A. Chandraprema We once again see the Sri Lanka Freedom Party going through the same stresses and strains that the party went through in the 1980s only this time at a much greater magnitude. There are repeated meetings of the party central committee, stormy meetings of electoral organizers, and MPs holding furtive meetngs at each other’s houses to consider survival strategies. That things were going to come to this pass sooner or later after their ill-advised entry into a national government with the UNP in 2015 was obvious…

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Mahinda declared in public that he obtained membership of the SLPP but now says ”I am NOT a member of SLPP”

”What exists now is a Sumanthiran-Ranil Government” Mahinda  You declared in public that you obtained membership of the SLPP. This was also announced via your Twitter account. Are you now denying that this was not so? By Anuradha Herath Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa says that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has to be held accountable for the Treasury Bonds fraud. “I have no deals with Ranil,” he added. Excerpts: Who is the Opposition Leader of the current Parliament? A: Actually, the person who should be the Opposition Leader is the Leader…

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