”All communities should feel equal to each other and walk with dignity and pride as children of mother Lanka” says Wignewswaran.

By Gagani Weerakoon The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Government which is as powerful as the UNP regime of 1977 should be wise not to follow the latter’s example and end up as they have in the present day with only a sole Parliamentary seat, instead learn from past mistakes to steer the country forward, Thamizh Makkal Tesiya Kootani (Tamil People’s National Alliance) Jaffna District Parliamentarian C.V. Wigneswaran noted. He expressed these sentiments yesterday (20) in Parliament while congratulating MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on him being elected Speaker of Parliament.  “There…

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In today’s Sri Lanka, more political space is occupied and power wielded by a single family than in any other country on the planet, since the end of monarchic rule in history.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka The Cabinet appointments and those of the State Ministers and Secretaries, ranging in the main from the unexceptionable to the positive, nonetheless leave me analytically pessimistic about the prospects of this regime and the experiment upon which it has embarked. Despite the fact that several of the appointments are good and the rest aren’t too bad—with a few exceptions—the reasons for my pessimism are not those of personality, but of structure and strategic direction. It has been noticed that the strikingly successful election results of 2019-2020 are…

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”One country, One law for all the people” – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

(Full text of the Inaugural Address of the 9th Parliament, August 20, 2020 by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa) Honourable Speaker,Honourable Prime Minister,Honourable Leader of the Opposition,Honourable Ministers, State Ministers,Honourable Members of Parliament, At the outset I would like to congratulate newly appointed Speaker Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene. I also extend my congratulations to Deputy Speaker Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Deputy Chairman of Committees Hon. Angajan Ramanathan as the as well as all the elected Members of Parliament.The election held on August 5th marked a turning point in the history of Parliamentary…

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”Will support all efforts to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution” says Pillayan.

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) Parliamentarian Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, alias Pillayan, today told Parliament that he has embraced democracy despite being a former member of the LTTE. He said that he joined the LTTE as a teen but later entered the democratic process. Speaking in Parliament today, Pillayan said that his party will support all efforts to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. He said that he will support the Government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in its efforts to develop the country. Pillayan is in remand prison and…

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Sri Lanka-born Canadian flown to US to face human smuggling charges

A Canadian man is facing human smuggling charges in the United States after serving a prison sentence in the Turks and Caicos Islands for what authorities there have said may be the most complex criminal case in that country’s history, CTV news reported. The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RT&CIPF) said Tuesday that Srikajamukan Chelliah, a Sri Lanka-born Canadian citizen, was flown to the U.S. on Monday following an extradition request from the American Government. Chelliah was arrested in October 2019 when authorities in the Turks and Caicos came upon…

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MP demands Speaker to remove ”recognition of Tamil rights” parts of Wigneswaran’s speech

A Parliamentarian today demanded Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to remove parts of a speech made by former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran from the hansard. Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Parliamentarian Manusha Nanayakkara accused Wigneswaran of expressing an opinion which could harm Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. He said that Wigneswaran took a pledge when entering Parliament to protect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty yet made comments which promoted dividing the country. The Speaker responded saying he will look into the matter. In his first speech as a Member of Parliament (MP), former Northern Province Chief…

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Ranil to enter legislature through National List

By Upatissa Perera The UNP is planning to name its Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as its National List Parliamentarian to the Ninth Parliament, sources from Sirikotha, revealed yesterday (20). A proposal mooted by a sizeable number of UNP Members attached to its Working Committee (WC) that Wickremesinghe should be nominated as its National List MP to the Legislature is set to be further mulled by a group of Party seniors today (21). The Party General Secretary has already sought a seven-day period to name the Party’s national list pick to Parliament.…

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President spells out Government priorities, sets sights on prosperity

Says massive endorsement for SLPP at General Election show people impressed with governance of last 9 months Out-of-the-box thinking to revitalise economy with more people-centric approach to development Removal of 19A to be followed with drafting of new constitution Changes to electoral system on cards while retaining salutary aspects of proportional representation Vows to enforce law against those involved in fraud and corrupt actions irrespective of status of perpetrators Advises Ministers, State Ministers, MPs not to lose touch with their electors Extends hand of friendship to all to join him…

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No show by murder convict MP Jayasekara, Pillaiyan takes oaths as MP

SLPP Ratnapura District MP-elect Premalal Jayasekara, who was convicted of murder last month, could not attend the inaugural session of the House yesterday. Parliament officials granted him permission to attend sittings and takes oath as a MP, after he submitted documents relating to an appeal he filed against his conviction. However, Prison officials did not bring him to Parliament. The Daily FT learns that the Attorney General did not give the go ahead for him to attend Parliament.  Serjeant at Arms Narendra Fernando informed the Prison Chief that Parliament will…

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Case of female law student being molested in court complex office by monk suppressed?

By A. J. A. Abeynayake Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday ordered the OIC of the Children’s and Women’s Bureau of the Maradana police to detail an officer to explain to court how a female law student had been molested in an office complex of the Colombo High Court by a Buddhist monk on August 7. Counsel appearing for the victim Attorneys-at-law Manju Sri Chandrasena, Achala Seneviratne and others told court that the OIC of the Bureau failed to make submissions to the court with regard to the particular incident.…

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Whitewashing Fascism & Appeasement -A Final Rejoinder To Mark Salter

By Dayan Jayatilleka – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka One good turn deserves another. Just as Mark Salter commends his book to me, I’d like to return the favor and commend one of mine that would provide a different perspective on the war and negotiations, namely ‘Long War, Cold Peace’ (Vijitha Yapa, 2014). Salter is guilty of more than one category error. One is confusing terrorism with fascism. All terrorism is not fascist, but all fascism is terrorist. As Prof Walter Laqueuer, a world-renowned expert on fascism observed in his book The New Terrorism, which I…

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Gota, The Cabinet & The Expectations

Interestingly, four members of the Rajapaksa family found their places in the new cabinet. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa bagged a few ministries (Finance, Urban Development and Buddhist Affairs) while the oldest of the brothers Chamal Rajapaksa was appointed as the Minister of Irrigation, and Shasheendra Rajapaksa as the state minister for agriculture. If the expertise and the knowledge is to be taken use of fully, should this portfolio not have been given to the State Minister for National Heritage, Performing art and Rural Art Promotion, Vidura Wickramanayaka, who has a…

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Which way Sri Lanka?

This ‘new dawn’ was scripted by a Sinhala-majoritarian political party, the SLPP, whose leaders, in an earlier avatar, were notorious for human rights violations during the debilitating war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam that ended in 2009. The Tamils were at the receiving end of this war, caught between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lanka Army, which progressed by culling anyone standing in its path. In his analysis of the Sri Lankan elections, Alan Keenan, senior consultant, International Crisis Group, said: “The explicitly pro-Sinhala and anti-minority rhetoric…

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