Wiggy May Outwit GR-MR & TNA: Tamil Buddhism & Oldness Of Sinhala Lingo Are Beside The Point

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran is not laying traps to snare GR-MR or the TNA; that’s not the import of my title. I am suggesting is that wily old Wiggy is calculating that these worthies will snare themselves in traps of their own making, and then his line will pay off. His expectation is that the regime will turn explicitly anti-Tamil and his second calculation is that the TNA is too deeply mired in compromises to extricate itself. Of course, I am attributing motives to him; but in politics it’s ok for analysts to make…

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To be or not to be on 13-A, India’s Sri Lanka moment again?

JS Narang’s read-out said, “Prime Minister Modi called on the new Government in Sri Lanka to work towards realising the expectations of Tamils for equality, justice, peace and dignity within a united Sri Lanka by achieving reconciliation.” According to the joint statement, PM Rajapkasa “expressed the confidence that Sri Lanka will work towards realising the expectations of all ethnic groups, including Tamils, by achieving reconciliation nurtured as per the mandate of the people of Sri Lanka and implementation of the Constitutional provisions”. So much so that, present-day incumbent Gotabaya Rajapaksa skipped campaigning…

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Sirisena found fault with investigating officers for arresting military officers

Former President Maithripala Sirisena exerted continuous pressure on investigating officers, especially CID sleuths when they investigated military officers allegedly involved in wrong doings, former Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka yesterday informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks.  Ratnayake said that when CID officers made some arrests, the former President had called him and the investigating officers to the Presidential Secretariat and shouted at them.  “Sirisena found fault with investigating officers for arresting military officers and exerted pressure on them to release the suspects.

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Re-arrest Bathiudeen!

A group of Government MPs have sent a written request to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to have Riyaj Bathiudeen, the brother of All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Leader MP Rishad Bathiudeen, who had allegedly helped National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) Leader Zaharan Hashim  to flee to India in 2018, rearrested and launch a fresh probe into the allegations levelled at him.  Riyaj Bathiudeen, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on 14 April, allegedly in connection with the Easter Sunday 2019 terror attacks, was released from the Department’s custody after…

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China takes bilateral relations with Lanka to a higher level

The seven-member Chinese delegation led by Jiechi arrived in Colombo, on Thursday night, for meetings with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa. Having met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at the Presidential Secretariat, the Chinese delegation met Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees, where they discussed matters of mutual interest. All major Chinese investment projects were launched during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency.

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Namal Kumara, who exposed an alleged plan to assassinate former President Maithripala Sirisena and current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2018, had been paid by former President Sirisena’s office

Namal Kumara, who exposed an alleged plan to assassinate former President Maithripala Sirisena and current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2018, had been paid by former President Sirisena’s office, said former IGP Pujith Jayasundara. A Commissioner again questioned him as to whether Sirisena was lying in that manner, to which the witness said that Sirisena used to lie as a habit. He added that there are many examples of such instances. “He said that I had gone to wish him for the Sinhala and Hindu New Year and that I had…

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MPs now saddled with the responsibility of carrying the 20A through are the same who supported 19A

It appears that the Government is hell bound towards a goal best known to it with least regard to the concerns expressed not only by rival political groups but deflecting even their ardent supporters and promulgators. To the independent onlookers this confrontational approach has become a worrying factor as to why things could not have been dealt with more harmoniously, causing less friction. In such a context the constitutional tangle has to be perceived and focused from a different intersection. Many have come forward opposing 20A totally. Elements politically hostile…

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“Leaked” Supreme Court determination on 20A

ECONOMYNEXT – In an unprecedented event, a document purporting to be the determination of the Supreme Court on the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution is available on the internet and has appeared on several news sites since this afternoon. The determination, a document which contains the decision of the Supreme Court in response to 39 petitions filed by political parties, human rights activists, the Bar Council and other groups, was sent to the office of the Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene on Friday. The Speaker was to announce…

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