Investigations commence on 3000 acres under Rishad’s wife’s & brothers’ names

Investigations in connection with the complaint received by the Presidential Commission appointed to probe frauds and corruption committed in State entities from 2015 to 2018 that 3000 acres of lands in Mannar have been obtained to a business owned by Mr Rishad Bathiudeen’ wife and also in his brothers’ names using fake deeds have commenced say reports.According to the initial investigations, it has been confirmed that the lands belong to the state and those who had been living in those lands had abandoned them during the war.After the war, those…

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The Blundering Racist Cardinal

The Blundering Cardinal By George Braine (Lanka e News -16.June.2019, 5.40PM)  Sri Lanka’s first Cardinal, Thomas Cooray, passed away in 1988, and for decades, he was not replaced. In 2007, President Rajapakse and his wife Shiranthi, a Catholic, visited the then Pope, who asked Rajapakse what he could do for Sri Lanka. Rajapakse replied. “Give us a Cardinal”. (I heard this from a trustworthy source.) The appointment of a top cleric, such as a Cardinal, to a non-Catholic country like Sri Lanka, has to be weighed carefully. When a suitable…

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Answer to Asgiri..! Dr. Wickramabahu Karunarathna

(Lanka e News – 24.June.2019, 6.10PM)  In today’s world, television and movies made by giants in the industry dominate and have taken the centre stage. Images and stories are inevitably exaggerated, caricatured or fantasized far from what actually exists. In fact, a purposeful analysis of what is shown on television with regard to Islam and Muslims indicate a disproportionate exaggeration of war, attacks and violence identified with Islam. To drive the message home, such news or documentary subtly maligning Islam and/or Muslims are repeated several times. As a result, people…

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President Sirisena Says the 19th Constitutional Amendment He Helped to Pass in Parliament was Drafted to “Please NGO’s” by “Political Ignoramuses” and Refers to MP’s Jayampathy Wickramaratne and MA Sumanthiran by Name.

By Uditha Jayasinghe President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday expressed stern views regarding the 19th Amendment, describing it as a “curse” on the country and insisting abolishing it should be done before the Presidential elections or that must be the first task undertaken by the new President. President Sirisena, addressing media heads in Colombo, was repentant of his role in getting Parliamentary approval for both the 18th and 19th Amendments. He was, however, more critical of the 19th Amendment, and claimed he was not aware of the full legal complications it could…

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Gota Faces More Damage Claims In The U.S.

Torture victims who suffered appalling predicaments during Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s reign of terror from 2008 – 2013, have filed ten new claims for damages in the U.S. district court in Central California. The papers filed on June 26 speak of appalling human rights and right to freedom from torture violations, as the plaintiffs describe the way in which they suffered at the hands of Police officers and military personnel who enjoyed protection of the Rajapaksas. The case has been led by the International Truth and Justice project. Among the counts of torture…

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Current political leaders must retire to make way for new leadership (Gotha?)- Cardinal

Current political leaders should retire to make way for new leadership, says Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. The Cardinal stated this delivering a special sermon at Sant’Antonio Abate Church in Milan, Italy on Sunday (23). Many political leaders who have governed the country have proven themselves to be failures, Cardinal Ranjith said addressing the devotees. “What have our political leaders done throughout history? They had always been greedy for power and put the blame on the others,” the Cardinal commented. Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Milan…

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Gunarathana Thero praises Sinhala Racist Cardinal Ranjith for calling Sri Lanka ”Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country”

By E. Weerapperuma The incumbent Monk of the Ashwaththaraama Historical Temple at Thalgasyaaya, Akmeemana, Galle Ven. Matugama Gunarathana Thero last week heaped praise on Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith for his leadership following Sri Lanka’s worst tragedy in recent history on Easter Sunday.  “Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith had the guts, the courage, not any politician, to declare without any hesitation that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country,” said Ven. Matugama Gunarathana Thero speaking at an award presentation ceremony held to mark 45th anniversary of Ashwaththaraama Historical Temple at Thalgasyaaya, Akmeemana, Galle. “I was…

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Sirisena In Election Mania Mode, Says 19A Must Be Abolished

President Sirisena has entered election mania, full on; despite being a party that actively endorsed and sponsored the implementation of 19th Amendment,he now says it dragged the country into political instability and called for it to be abolished. Speaking an event at the BMICH Sirisena told media while 18th Amendment was full of dictatorial ambitions, the 19A dragged the country into complete political instability. He says if 19A wasn’t implemented, the past four years would have been more fruitful and victorious for the government. He adds what appears to be a…

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24 Hours Of Terror; What Was The Prime Minister Doing?

By R.T. Samarasinghe – Two months have passed since the deadly Easter Sunday attacks, and as life slowly returns to normal in Sri Lanka attention now turns to what exactly happened on that fateful day. With President Maithripala Sirisena holidaying in Singapore, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was the acting head of state. On Easter Sunday, when the devastating terror attacks struck 3 Churches and 3 hotels, the Prime Minister who was out of Colombo, rushed back to take control of a situation that was threatening to boil over. Upon his return to the capital, the Prime Minister…

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“Lack of action against Warakagoda Sri Gnanrathana Thero’s Hateful and Harmful Speech Reflects the Sinhala Buddhist Hegemonic Majoritarianism that Prevails in the Country” Says TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran

“Lack of action against Warakagoda Sri Gnanrathana Thero’s Hateful and Harmful Speech Reflects the Sinhala Buddhist Hegemonic Majoritarianism that Prevails in the Country” Says TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran Muslims in Sri Lanka say they fear new attacks after a top Buddhist monk called for violence against members of the religious minority, claiming a Muslim doctor had sterilised thousands of Buddhist women. Activists, politicians and members of the Muslim minority said Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero’s speech last week was likely to fan communal tensions, weeks after Buddhist mobs attacked scores of…

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Documents related to Arabic school found at Kingsbury bomber’s home: CID tells court

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed the Fort Magistrate Court that several documents including an application form to open an Arabic school in Sri Lanka were found from the Kolonnawa house of Azzam Mohammed Mubharak alias Abdullah, who blew himself at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. The CID also informed acting Magistrate Jayantha Dias Nanayakkara that the suicide bomber Abdullah and several other suspects had undergone weapon training in Nuwara Eliya, while residing in Enderamulla and Ninthavur areas. Submitting the progress report of the investigations into the Eastern Sunday attacks,…

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Bombers got weapons training since 2014 – CID

By Amila Abeyratna The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday (12) informed Colombo Fort Acting Magistrate Jayantha Nanayakkara, that the suicide bombers who were involved in the Easter Sunday terror attacks in April had been taking part in National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) activities since 2014. The CID told Court that these suicide cadres of the NTJ had also taken part in weapons training camps held in Nuwara Eliya. They made these submissions when the case in connection with the Easter Sunday blast at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo was taken for…

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Hizbullah received USD 100 million from Saudi Arabia

Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero has lodged a complaint against the Batticaloa Campus yesterday (12). The complaint was filed with the Office of the Superintendent of Police in Batticaloa. Ven. Rathana Thero on 11th June had visited the Batticaloa Campus but denied entry to the university by its security officials. Rathana Thero, speaking to media yesterday, said that the complaint was filed pertaining to the activities of former Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah. According to the former governor, he has received USD 100 million from Saudi Arabia, says Ven. Rathana Thero. “Was this…

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Cardinal blunders should worry the Catholics

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith seems to be loving the limelight and the glow, however spooky, of politics. I have pointed out before how His Eminence has a penchant for popping up in public affairs when he shouldn’t and avoiding intervention when he should intervene. In terms of timing and appropriateness His Eminence doesn’t fare well.  This time, the Archdiocese in Colombo has, perhaps, realised the Cardinal needs defence and it issues a statement refuting Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s charge. That isn’t enough to cover what seems evidently clear was an intervention that should…

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Mahinda loyalist Hizbullah began Arabization in Kattankudy

Arabization was started and fostered in Kattankudy during the tenure of former Eastern province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, member of the federation of Kattankudy mosques and institutions Aboosali Uvais yesterday told the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to probe Easter Sunday attack. Testifying before the PSC, he said the Arabization was not the cultural value of Muslims and that it was a concept started in Saudi Arabia to expel other nationals from Saudi Arabia. Responding to a question raised by committee chairman Jayampathy Wickramaratne, he ruled out that Arabization would not…

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I asked the President why Abdul Razik is not being arrested? CID officer whispered something in his ear and that was it nothing happened.

We have now reached a situation where we are forced to ask ourselves whether there is a President in this country, Sirisena loyalist Azath Salley said while testifying before Parliamentary Select Committee probing Easter attacks last evening. A visibly irked Salley speaking before the PSC members said he had continuously tipped off law enforcement and intelligence agencies regarding activities of the National Thawheed Jamath (NTJ), other Thawheed groups and its leaders including Abdul Razik of the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamath to no avail. “If a proper investigation was done into Zaharan’s activities and…

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Police and Muslim Terrorists (NTJ) were working together since as early as 2005.

Sirisena loyalist Azath Salley in his testimony before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing Easter attacks, said the Police and National Thawheed Jamath (NTJ) were working in cohorts since as early as 2005. Salley implied terrorist Zaharan and NTJ members were protected by someone in the top brass of the Police leadership or was being protected by a powerful political hand, when he noted NTJ members were enjoying unconditional immunity from arrests and were not taken into custody even after they rioted in Kattankudy in 2017. “Zaharan and his gang set fire…

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“If Terrorism that has Emerged from Within the Muslim Community is to be Crushed, Muslim Individuals will Have to be Arrested, Muslim Homes and Mosques will Have to be Searched” – Mahinda Rajapaksa

( This is the text of a media release issued by the office of the Leader of the Opposition. It is a Translation of a speech made by the Leader of the Opposition Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday, 11 June 2019 at his official residence on Wijerama Mawatha Colombo.) Venerable members of the Maha Sangha, clergymen of all other faiths, citizens of Sri Lanka and friends, The terrorist attack that took place on the 21st of April is a watershed in the history of this country. Today, a fear of…

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Parliament Select Committee Continues Public Hearings of Testimonies Relating to Easter Sunday Terrorism In Defiance of President Sirisena Who Displays his Pique by Cancelling weekly Cabinet Meeting.

Parliament Select Committee Continues Public Hearings of Testimonies Relating to Easter Sunday Terrorism In Defiance of President Sirisena Who Displays his Pique by Cancelling weekly Cabinet Meeting. Sri Lanka’s parliament Tuesday defied President Maithripala Sirisena and resumed investigations into security lapses surrounding the Easter suicide bombings that killed 258 people, officials said, as a political crisis in the country deepened. The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) began hearing testimony from Muslim leaders who claimed they repeatedly alerted the authorities to dangerous radicalisation, a parliamentary official said. In what appeared to be…

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Muslim MP’s Quit Govt En Masse! Four Cabinet Ministers, Four State Ministers and One Deputy Minister From the Muslim Congress, Makkal Congress and the UNP Resign Together.

By Chathuri Dissanayake Eight Muslim members of the Government, including three Cabinet Ministers, resigned from their posts yesterday, along with Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, whose removal was demanded to enable impartial investigations on the Easter Sunday terror attacks. Along with Industry and Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Co-operative Development and Vocational Training and Skills Development Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, four State Ministers and one Deputy Minister also resigned, giving the Criminal investigations Department (CID) one month to complete investigations on any allegations against any of them. The Muslim…

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