Sirisena tells Easter Attacks PCoI: I did not appoint an Acting President or Defence Minister

Sirisena did not feel the need to appoint an Acting Minister of Defence when he went abroad on 16 April 2019, especially since it was the Sinhala and Hindu New Year season. Sirisena responded by saying that while in some cases Acting Ministers are appointed, often however, they are not. Also, a member of the Commission again queried him as to whether it did not seem to be a violation of the Constitution to not act in accordance with the appointment of an Acting Minister as mentioned in the Constitution. …

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IP Nishantha’s probes backed by LTTE sympathisers

Sirisena also said Jayasundara had sent a letter to the National Police Commission in this regard and in it had stated that “it was in accordance with the instructions received at the NSC.” Sirisena had subsequently blamed Jayasundara for this. He further said Jayasundara was not invited to the meetings of the NSC for that reason. Meanwhile, when the Commission inquired as to why IP Silva, who had been transferred to Negombo, was called back to the CID, Sirisena said former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, various Ministers and NGOs had…

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PM’s son is new Chief of Staff to PM – Family Business started.

Yoshitha Rajapaksa has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Prime Minister’s Office said Yoshitha assumed duties in the new post yesterday. Meanwhile, Chargé d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy, Hu Wei, congratulated Yoshitha for assuming office as new Chief of Staff to PM. “Bilateral friendship and follow-ups of recent high-level visit were discussed,” the Embassy said in a tweet. http://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/Yoshitha-new-Chief-of-Staff-to-PM/155-198059 more

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Why Sri Lanka jailed a Muslim lawyer without charge for 6 months

Sri Lankan authorities said he had been detained for links to the perpetrators of the 2019 Easter Bombings, which left more than 250 people dead and injured more than 500 – the Indian Ocean island nation’s worst attack since the end of civil war in 2009. Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said the police had not presented “any credible evidence” against Hizbullah, adding that he was denied his due process rights and kept in custody despite calls from UN experts “that prison populations must be reduced…

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Karuna Amman appointed district coordinator of Prime Minister

by M. A. Kaleel Karuna Amman alias Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, former Eastern Province LTTE commander, has been appointed the District Coordinator of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for Ampara and Batticaloa.  Karuna received his appointment yesterday from the Prime Minister at Temple Trees.  Muralitharan contested the last parliamentary election from the Ampara District as a coalition party of SLPP, but was unsuccessful. Having mustered around 30,000 votes, he had asked the Prime Minister for a position to serve the people who voted for him. The TNA lost its Tamil representation in the…

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‘Indian agencies alerted Sri Lanka three or four times about attack’

Local intelligence agencies had no reason to doubt the intelligence information received in advance from an Indian source about a possible terror attack, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) Probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks on Tuesday (13). He said a responsible Government like India would not issue such critical alerts in vain, as it is possible to have bad consequences for the bilateral relations if such an incident did not take place. Wickremesinghe was testifying before the PCoI for the second time. “Although…

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