MAHINDA cannot come out of the swamp of racism – Dr. Rajitha Senaratne

By Anuradha Herath Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said the Bond Commission Report does not mention fraud, but a loss only. Following are excerpts of the interview: During the 52-day period, you mentioned on platforms that you were going to abolish the Executive Presidency. Was that view restricted only to those 52 days? A: No, there was a procedure that commenced from the beginning within the amendment to the Constitution programme. Now, it has reached a certain stage. There is a Constitution Compilation Board to compile the Constitution. The…

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Tamil Diaspora welcomes Hemasiri’s offer but won’t co-operate until Geneva obligations are met

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), yesterday, welcomed Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando’s recent controversial request for the Tamil Diaspora groups to furnish information, if any, of the atrocities committed by armed forces personnel. UK-based GTF spokesperson uren Surendiran told The Island that the grouping was really encouraged by Defence Secretary Fernando’s declaration. Responding to a query, Surendiran pointed out that in spite of Fernando’s encouraging statement, some members of the administration were pulling in different directions. Defence Secretary Fernando incurred the wrath of some political parties and organisations for seeking…

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UK HC will convey GoSL concerns – Aryasinha

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday (24) said that British High Commissioner James Dauris had assured that he would promptly convey the concerns raised by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to his Government, and that it was his understanding that the warrant against former Minister Counsellor Defence, attached to the Lankan diplomatic mission in the United Kingdom (UK), Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, will be withdrawn. Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha yesterday requested the British High Commission to take necessary steps to ensure a review of the process including…

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Mahinda Rajapaksa, is one of the MPs with the worst attendance record to Parliament

The government has drawn heavy flak over the constitutional reform proposals prepared by an expert panel appointed by the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly (CA). The UPFA and the SLPP maintain that the document, presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the CA, recently, is a draft constitution, which Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has condemned as part of a campaign to divide the country. The Opposition has stopped short of questioning the legitimacy of the CA against the backdrop of crucial changes in Parliament during the last several months.…

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Who will be SLPP presidential candidate?

Who will be our presidential candidate? This is the question on the minds of the rank and file of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), or ‘Pohottuwa’ party, that has, since the recent constitutional crisis quietly shed its earlier moniker ‘the Joint Opposition’. It is no secret that many senior leaders of the movement whose last names, not least the residents of No. 117 Wijeyarama Mawatha, are wary of nominating a candidate who cannot be relied upon to use the Executive Presidency as a vehicle to restore former President Mahinda…

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