Ghosts Of Mullivaikkal Will Continue To Haunt The Rajapaksas Till They Depart To The Other World!

By Veluppillai Thangavelu – Veluppillai Thangavelu The whereabouts of thousands of persons missing after arrest by the armed forces during the war remain unresolved. The government continues to give the stock answer that there are no persons in custody and, therefore, presumed to be dead and not among the living. The mothers and relatives of the missing persons have been holding demonstrations and rallies for the last 4 years or more. The last one was held on 29 August, 2020 to mark International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. They are crying for justice. 

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Batticaloa monk threatens Government officials

A controversial monk in Batticaloa threatened Government officials over a delay to demarcate archaeological reservation land in Chenkalady. The Venerable Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thero threatened officials of the Department of Archaeology yesterday (Monday) in the presence of the media saying their delay to demarcate the land has resulted in part of the land being acquired for cultivation. The Venerable Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thero told reporters that he hopes Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will address the issue instead of attempting to send him to jail. Video footage showed the monk telling one official…

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Clause on dual citizenship should be retained: Vasu

The clause relating to the dual citizenship which was introduced in the 19th Amendment should be retained in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, Democratic Left Front (DLF) Leader Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said today. He said he could not totally reject the 19A as there were several positive aspects in the 19A which could be retained. “Some aspects such as provisions guaranteeing Right to Information, limiting the term of President to five years, limiting the number times one can contest for Presidency to two and preventing dual citizenship holders contesting at…

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Sri Lanka minister claims constitutional changes meet people’s aspirations

While Attorney General Dappula de Livera said earlier this month that the draft of the 20th amendment could be passed in parliament and did not require a referendum, Sabry said that people’s opinions would be respected “at all costs.” “Separation of powers will be enshrined and the proposed amendment will be discussed at all levels before it is enacted,” he added. https://www.arabnews.com/node/1736596/world

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Sirisena didn’t want immediate action against Muslim extremists for political expediency

Former defence secretary by Rathindra Kuruwita Former President Maithripala Sirisena has not allowed immediate action against the Sri Lankans who had returned after fighting for the Islamic State (IS) and extremist foreign preachers because he feared upsetting Muslim politicians, former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, on Friday, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks. Fernando told the PCoI that he had informed Sirisena of the Sri Lankans who had returned after receiving weapons training from terrorist organisations such as the IS and Al Qaeda, and extremist…

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UN cannot interfere in domestic affairs of Sri Lanka says President Gotha.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that Sri Lanka expects that the United Nations will place due emphasis on non-interference in the domestic affairs of other states. The President expressed these views in a pre-recorded statement, at the High-Level Meeting to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations today (21). “At a time when the world is facing a common and an unrivaled threat, the “United Nations We Need”, I am certain, will place due emphasis on the sovereign equality of States, respect for territorial integrity and non-interference in their domestic…

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And Then They Ruled Happily Ever After?

Think of it as the Rajapaksa fairy tale. Mother Lanka is captured by the messy and wobbly monster called Democracy. The Rajapaksa brothers and sons rescue her by slaying the Democracy monster with the magic sword called 20th Amendment. Then they all live happily ever after. If anyone is still confused about the why and what of the 20th Amendment, they should muse on the words of Namal Rajapaksa. Addressing a media conference on September 15th, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s eldest son said, “During the election season we said 19 will be…

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UNHRC: To be or not to be?

On September 16, media reports revealed that United Nations (UN) investigators had emphatically stated the government of Venezuela committed egrarious (outstandingly bad or shocking in normal parlance) Crimes Against Humanity.    In a damning report quoted by the BBC, UN investigators said that cases of killings, torture, violence and disappearances were investigated in a fact-finding mission for the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UN team identified Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro and other top officials as being implicated.  According to the BBC, the Mission’s Chairperson, Marta Valiñas in a statement said…

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Did the people really vote for a constitutional one-man show?

Sometimes it is hard to believe that not even six years ago the late Venerable Sobitha Thera had given  fiery voice to the war cry ‘Down with the Executive Presidency,’ and had stirred, inspired and galvanised the people into battle to bring down President Mahinda Rajapaksa from his presidential throne and drag his draconian 18th Amendment to the dust. And today, it is even harder to believe that it is these  same people who had so overwhelmingly voted this year not only to restore the executive presidency to its own…

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