“I filed a Case Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the USA Because he Seems to be Enjoying Unique Impunity in Sri Lankan Courts” – Lasantha Wickrematunge’s Daughter Ahimsa in Interview

In April this year, Ahimsa Wickrematunge filed a lawsuit against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the District Court of Central California, alleging his involvement in her father Lasantha Wickrematunge’s 2009 assassination. In response, on 27 June, a petition was filed on behalf of Rajapaksa before the District Court, requesting a dismissal of Ahimsa Wickrematunge’s civil suit. In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with Daily FT, Ahimsa dispels some of the assumptions about her motive for filing such a case. Following are excerpts: Q: What are your reasons for filing…

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What Would a Gotabaya Rajapaksa Presidency in Sri Lanka Look Like? – An Analysis by “The Economist” Intelligence Unit

Further increase in anti-minority sentiment across the country Mr Rajapaksa’s administration to halt official efforts to address the war crimes committed during the civil war. Popular with the Sinhalese, but Unpopular with the Minorities Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency would be detrimental to Sri Lanka’s democracy. In late April, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defence secretary and the brother of a past president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, announced that he would contest the presidential election that is due to be held in late 2019. The Economist Intelligence Unit believes that he is likely to win…

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BJP, Cong in epic battle over Sita Mata temple in Lanka

At a time when the nation is debating Ram Mandir, BJP and Congress in Madhya Pradesh have locked horns over construction of ‘Sita Mata temple’ in Sri Lanka – a promise of former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan that never went beyond the planning stage. On Monday, MP minister for religious trusts and endowments, P C Sharma, alleged that the Chouhan government hadn’t done anything about the proposed Sita Mata temple and that the Congress government will bring it fruition. He claimed that Chouhan had announced the temple project to “win…

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Representatives of Sri Lankan Tamils meet BJP leaders

Representatives of Sri Lankan Tamils met BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan and other senior party leaders like Pon Radhakrishnan, L Ganeshan and Vanathi Srinivasan to discuss the prevailing situation in the island nation and the welfare and housing schemes implemented by the Narendra Modi government for the Lankan Tamils. The meeting was held at the party state headquarters. Tamilisai told reporters that the party leaders had discussed various issues and programmes with the representatives of Sri Lankan Tamils. “We will prepare a report and submit the same to the Centre,”…

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No Justice for ‘Trinco 5 Tamil Students killed’ ; Magistrate Acquits 13 Police for ‘Lack of Evidence’

(Lanka-e-News – 15.July.2019, 10.30AM) A magistrate in the northeastern town of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, acquitted all 13 defendants in the execution of five ethnic Tamil students on January 2, 2006, known as the “Trinco Five” case, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said last week. On July 3, 2019, the magistrate acquitted 12 members of the police Special Task Force (STF) and a police officer due to a “lack of evidence.” The global notoriety of the Trinco Five killings has made it a test case for the commitment of successive…

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