Now, SJB lawmaker accused of being a UK citizen

EC Chairman denies allegations By Shamindra Ferdinando Election Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has denied accusations that controversial SJB National List lawmaker Diana Gamage is a dual citizen, and therefore not eligible to be a member of parliament. Responding to a spate of allegations, the EC Chairman has said that both the Registrar of Persons and the Immigration and Emigration Department confirmed she was born at Kalubowila in 1965 and carried a Sri Lankan passport and not registered as a dual citizen. In terms of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution…

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Don’t build a wall around Sri Lanka; build bridges to connect us with the world

SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva says in adjournment debate in Parliament on ‘International Agreements’ that mixed messaging has left people confused with the economic development model Govt. envisages Says country should have clear and unified vision to achieve in terms of socio-economic development Says international agreements today is not cast in terms of comparative advantage of mutual benefit, but cast in terms of conspiracy theories Discloses Mahinda Rajapaksa, when he was President wrote directly to US President Bush asking him, “Please give us the MCC” Says he was called…

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US wants SL to be successful, sustained, but China has a different vision – Pompeo

The United States wants the people of Sri Lanka to be successful and sustained in development, but China has a very different vision, says US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. He mentioned this speaking at the joint press conference held with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena, today (28). Pompeo says that the US seeks to strengthen our partnership with democratic, peaceful, prosperous, and fully sovereign Sri Lanka. “A strong sovereign Sri Lanka is a powerful strategic partner for the US on the world stage. It can be…

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Those who voted for 20A betrayed the people – Bakeer Markar

By Udeni Saman Kumara  With the Government having passed the 20th Amendment to the Constitution with a two-thirds majority, the Opposition has been defeated again. As the main Opposition what have you got to say about this? A: It has to be said at the outset that it was not the Opposition that was defeated but the people. With the ratification of this new Bill, its consequences would be there for all to see before long. With eight SJB MPs voting for the Bill does it not indicate that cracks…

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There’s something fishy when voting for free

Sri Lanka’s voters do have short memories. Just turn the pages of time in the history of local politics and we will see how former heads of state Sirimavo Bandaranaike and JR Jayewardene abused power with the intention of becoming ever so powerful. Mrs Bandaranaike who came to power with a 2/3 rd majority extended her reign from five to six years sans a referendum. President Jayewardene brought in the executive presidency and prevailed over the rest of the ministers of his Cabinet. Mahinda Rajapaksa brought in the 18th Amendment…

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The Decline Of ‘Arabu-Tamil’ Language: A Great Loss To The Sri Lankan Muslim Heritage!

“I have four Arabu-Tamil books — Noor Nama (an account of Prophet Muhammad’s life), Simt-us-Sibyan,Mubarak Maalai (poems of the life of our Prophet) and Penn Puththi Maalai (advice for Muslim women). Though nobody wants to learn Arabu-Tamil anymore, I still read these books as they are part of our heritage. We need to preserve our traditions” (View of a Muslim lady) As Meelad un Nabi, the commemoration of the birth of Prophet of Islam (OWBP) dawns, it is heart-warming to listen to many melodious and emotional songs of praise in his great memory, written in a language which may be…

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CID Officer tells Easter Attacks PCoI: NTJ maintained eight safe houses in East

By Buddhika Samaraweera The National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) had maintained eight safe houses in the Eastern Province, in which a large quantity of explosives was stored, to carry out a second wave of attacks in August 2019. This was revealed on 27 October when an Officer attached to the CID testified before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the bombings on Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019.  According to him, Mohamed Azam Mohamed Mubarak and Atchchi Muhammadu Muhammadu Hastun, who bombed the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in…

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UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka’s bonds hammered as U.S. dubs China “predator”

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s government bonds fell heavily on Wednesday as the United States ratcheted up pressure on the country’s government over its ties with China. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was visiting Sri Lanka as part of a four-nation Asian tour, said the Chinese Communist Party was operating as a “predator” in the country and had brought “bad deals” and “lawlessness”. Worries that the COVID-19 crisis will make it hard for Sri Lanka to pay its debts have already seen its bonds lose over…

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Plaudits and pre-warning from Pompeo

Pompeo labels Chinese Communist Party a predator, says US stands for a democratic, peaceful, prosperous and fully sovereign Sri Lanka Says bad deals, violations of sovereignty and lawlessness on land and sea, show CCP is a predator In contrast, says US comes as friend and partner Asserts strong, sovereign Sri Lanka is a powerful and strategic partner for US   Says American companies like Coke, Oracle and IBM operating here are most reliable partners on the planet Says good governance, transparency in policy consistency will attract even more American investment Notes that…

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