Gotha don’t tell lies..! – Mangala Samaraweera

Gotha don’t tell lies..! – Mangala Samaraweera (Lanka-e-News -17.Oct.2019, 5.35PM) At a Press Conference on 15 October 2019, Presidential Candidate of the SLPP, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, dismissed Sri Lanka’s commitments to our citizens on human rights, rule of law, and processes for truth-seeking, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence including Resolution 30/1. He also dismissed the need to address the grievances of families from all parts of our country whose loved ones including security forces personnel are missing. With the arrogance of an authoritarian regent, he remarked that the “people in the…

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A Botched Airport Opening Ceremony: Sri Lanka Cries

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Last Thursday (16.10.2019) was a great day for Sri Lanka. Jaffna international Airport was opened. It offered great opportunity for integrating Jaffna with the rest of Sri Lanka; for tourists from Tamil Nadu (having the largest number of tourists in India) to hop over to Jaffna and visit – besides Jaffna – Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polannaruwa, Trinco, etc.; and for industrial collaboration with India and industrial powerhouse Tamil Nadu. It was an event I could not miss. Being from Jaffna, I felt elated that…

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New turn in northern Tamil politics

By C.A.ChandrapremaThe 13 demands put forward by five Tamil political parties in the north want marks a watershed in northern Tamil politics. The five political parties involved in the process were the Ilangei Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Peoples Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) ), the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) faction led by Suresh Premachandran and the Thamil Makkal Koottani led by C.V.Vigneswaran. A sixth political party, the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam participated in the process but did…

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Army releases 150.15 acres of land in Kilinochchi

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva today released 150.15 acres of land in Kilinochchi belonging to the State and private owners. The Army said the release was done in line with the Presidential Secretariat’s policy of releasing military acquired land in the North and East. According to the Army the release of the mentioned land has not compromised national security interests. Accordingly, documents, related to 139.56 acres of state land and 10.59 acres of private land, being used by 57 Division and 3 Gajaba Regiment troops in Kilinagar Grama Seva sector of…

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SL must step up progress on reconciliation: Dutch FM

Stresses it is key to sustainable development Says SL has improved its human rights record and rule of law since 2015 though progress slower than expected Hopes this trend continues after next month’s elections The Kingdom of the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday on a brief visit. In an email interview with Daily FT ahead of his  visit, Blok shared his views on the historic ties between the two countries and the importance of accountability and rule of law as well as economic engagement. Here are…

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TNA’s demands recipe for disaster-UPFA MP Abolition of presidency shouldn’t be an issue at prez poll

By Shamindra Ferdinando UPFA MP Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday said that abolition of the executive presidency shouldn’t be an issue at the Nov 16 presidential poll. One-time Deputy Speaker Sumathipala emphasized that abolition of the executive presidency posed a grave danger to Sri Lanka’s unitary status. The Colombo District lawmaker said so at the regular Friday morning briefing at his Ananda Rajakaruma Mawatha residence/office. The National List MP was flanked by attorney-at-law Keerthi Udawatte and Sumith Vijithamuni Zoysa, both former Provincial Council members. MP Sumathipala said that the SLFP wouldn’t under…

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Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera Issues Statement in Response to Comments Made by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Media Conference.

(Text of Press Release Carrying Statement Issued by the Minister of Finance,Mangala Samaraweera, MP) At a Press Conference on 15 October 2019, Presidential Candidate of the SLPP, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, dismissed Sri Lanka’s commitments to our citizens on human rights, rule of law, and processes for truth-seeking, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence including Resolution 30/1. He also dismissed the need to address the grievances of families from all parts of our country whose loved ones including security forces personnel are missing. With the arrogance of an authoritarian regent, he remarked…

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TNA Parliamentarian Shanti Sriskandarajah Files Petition at Appeal Court Seeking Ruling Against Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thero on Contempt of Court Charges for Directly Violating Mullaitheevu Magistrate Court Order

By Anurangi Singh Fresh contempt of court papers have been filed against controversial Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera, over his actions in violation of an order by the Mullaitivu Magistrate’s Court, involving a contentious burial on Hindu temple grounds. The controversial monk is facing contempt of court charges again, only four months after being freed from prison on a presidential pardon, following a conviction for contempt of court that was upheld by the Supreme Court. The monk was serving a prison sentence of six years on the…

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Former Parliamentarian J. Sri Ranga granted bail

Former Parliamentarian J. Sri Ranga and five others have been granted bail over a fatal accident in 2011. The Attorney General (AG) had this week instructed the Police to arrest Sri Ranga and five others over the fatal accident in 2011 in which a policemen was killed. The Police Special Investigations Unit had been instructed to records statements from the suspects over the incident. The incident in Settikulam on the afternoon of 30 March 2011 left Ranga’s bodyguard – a Police sergeant, dead. At the time, police records said the…

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Sri Lanka defends Brigadier facing legal action in UK

The Government has defended Brigadier Priyanka Fernando against who a fresh trial has commenced in the UK. The retrial in the case of Majuran Sathananthan vs. Brigadier Andige Priyanka Indunil Fernando commenced at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 18 October 2019. During the proceedings, the Court heard the private prosecution’s case with prosecution witnesses giving evidence. At the end of the days hearing, the Chief Magistrate adjourned Court until 19 November 2019, when the defence case would be further heard by the Court. The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said today that on…

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