Day: 17 May 2020

The Guardian takes down quiz question after Sri Lanka government objects to the use of “Eelam”

ECONOMYNEXT – The on-line edition of the Guardian newspaper has taken down a question it asked about islands around the world after the Sri Lankan government objected. Colombo’s envoy to London High Commissioner Saroja Sirisena wrote to the editors of the newspaper after seeing a question in a travel quiz which read ‘Eelam is an …

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TNA Seeks Release of Tamil “Political” Prisoners:Party spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran hands over a list of the detainees under Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) Act to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa For Potential Action

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought the release of “political prisoners” who were arrested — some convicted — for their alleged association with or role in the rebel LTTE during the civil war. On Tuesday night, TNA spokesman and former Jaffna parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran handed over a list of the …

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TNA Scores Politically By Responding To PM Mahinda’s Invitation Positively

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj When Seven major opposition parties made an offer of responsible cooperation in return for restoration of Parliament to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa they were rudely rebuffed. When his brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa invited all former MP’s of the dissolved Parliament for a political conference, he was rebuffed (but not rudely) by all opposition …

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I Have No Confidence in the A-G” – EC Member Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole

“As an Election Commission Member, I Refused to let the Attorney -General Represent me in the Supreme Court Because I Have No Confidence in the A-G” – EC Member Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole By Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole On 11 and 12 May, several newspaper and websites quoted the Attorney General as stating in Court …

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Sumanthiran has been frank and forthright in his answers

TNA Leader Sampanthan Commends Party Spokesperson Sumanthiran for Providing “frank and forthright i answers” to “questions that were asked with the deliberate purpose of promoting mischief and disunity amongst the people of this country” (Text of Statement Issued by R Sampanthan Leader of the Tamil National Alliance and former Member of Parliament) My attention has …

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President Rajapaksa Puts Soldiers in Charge of Everything

Sri Lanka Lurches Further Away From Liberal Democracy as President Rajapaksa Puts Soldiers in Charge of Everything Thereby Creating “Normalisation” of Military Influence in the Civilian Sphere- The Economist Posted by Administrator on 16 May 2020, 6:46 pm BEFORE THE presidential election he won last November, Gotabaya Rajapaksa laid out for Banyan his vision for Sri Lanka. It was …

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Malaria Created The LSSP, Covid-19 Is Showcasing The Military

By Rajan Philips – Rajan Philips “Even in those cases in which political and military leadership is united in the same person, it is the political moment which must prevail over the military.” ~ Antonio Gramsci Honestly, when I started this short series of articles comparing the malaria epidemic to the current pandemic, I did not foresee it …

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Record 14,617 soldiers to be promoted to mark War Heroes’ Day

A record 14,617 soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army are to be promoted on 19 May to mark the National War Heroes’ Day, the Army said today. The promotions will take place concurrent with the pinnacle of the day’s state commemoration scheduled to be held at the National War Heroes’ Monument at Battaramulla, Sri Jayawardenepura, headed …

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Malaysian Muslim organisation calls on Sri Lanka to approve Islamic practice

A Malaysian Muslim organisation has called on Sri Lanka to allow the bodied of Muslims who died of Covid-19 to be buried according to the Islamic practice. The Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations (MAPIM) said that the current religious slur on the minority group of Muslims does not augur well to the pluralistic make-up …

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Tamils urged to act strategically by forming partnerships with stakeholders by GTF

Tamil people and their leaders have been urged to take stock of the challenges and opportunities in the present political climate and act strategically by forming partnerships with all relevant stakeholders in Sri Lanka and in the international community. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential diaspora group based in the UK said that the …

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Foreign Secretary has called on migrant workers as well as students and parents, to carefully calibrate the effect repatriation

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has called on migrant workers as well as students and parents, to carefully calibrate the effect repatriation at this time could have on their jobs and education, before making decisions to seek to return to Sri Lanka, availing of the limited flights being operated by the Government for those facing compelling …

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UNP, SLFP share common ground on feasiblity of holding General Election on schedule

by Zacki JabbarThe SLFP, which is contesting the Parliamentary Polls on the Podujana Peramuna ticket, shared common ground with the UNP, on the feasibility of holding the elections as scheduled on June 20 when the two parties along with 32 others met the Elections Commission in Colombo, last week. General Secretaries of the UNP and …

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