Mahinda’s friend Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith rules out supporting Gotha

Rajapkshas thinking that they could remain in power forever and do whatever they wanted. It is such mentality that has led to the emergence of white vans, heinous crimes and massive corruption. by Zacki Jabbar Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says that he is not supporting any party or candidate in the Presidential Election, scheduled for November 16. Addressing an event to promote good governance in Colombo last week, the cardinal said that  an attempt was being made to interpret some of his sermons and  speeches to project an impression that he…

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Firms venture abroad owing to high risks in SL

Increasingly local firms are eyeing investment opportunities beyond Sri Lankan borders to rise above the many risks – especially political – that are increasingly more difficult to discern and deal with, observers say. After all, volatility in Sri Lanka may not affect stocks and bonds in Asia, or in industries in Africa, so investing in that part of the world may minimise and offset the risks of investing at home. With high-speed Internet and social media access around the world, it’s easy for entrepreneurs to treat the world as just…

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Where is the money behind our politicians from?

Election campaigns tend to be one of the driving forces behind corrupt practices even after candidates are elected. Therefore, with a monumentally significant presidential election just over a month away, conversations around the issue of campaign finance and corruption in public office should be gathering steam. Running a campaign in Sri Lanka is a costly affair; an aspiring candidate needs to connect with people on a grassroots level as well as a policy level. This exercise requires a great deal of manpower, posters, social media engagement, travel, and lots of…

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Malaysian Counter Terrorism Officials Arrest Seven Suspects For Allegedly Promoting and Raising Funds for LTTE; Melaka State executive Councillor G. Saminathan and Negri Sembilan Assembly man P. Gunasekaren Arrested for Participation in LTTE “Maaveerar Naal” (Great Heroes Day)Celebrations

By Emmanuel Santa Maria Chin Seven suspects, including two state lawmakers from Melaka and Negri Sembilan, were arrested by Bukit Aman(Royal Malaysia Police Headquarters) counterterrorism operatives today for their alleged involvement in promoting, supporting and sourcing funds meant for the now-defunct terror group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-terrorism Division (E8) principal assistant director, Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, confirmed during a press conference today that the two assemblymen were arrested for participating in an LTTE “Heroes Day” celebration in Melaka last year. “They attended…

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Pledge That He Would Release all ”Sinhale Soldiers” in Custody on Nov 17th Morning After Being Elected President.

BY MANESHKA BORHAM AND ANURANGI SINGH A pledge made by SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at his maiden rally in Anuradhapura last week, that he would acquit and release ‘war heroes’ being held on ‘baseless’ charges on the morning of November 17, has left victim families reeling from shock and fear that already painfully slow investigations will be scuttled or scrapped. Legal experts also insisted that any attempt to influence an ongoing investigation through the courts of law or law enforcement agencies would be tantamount to executive overreach and abuse…

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