If Azad Salley is a terrorist in the making

Of course Azad is something of a firebrand, just as Mahinda Rajapaksa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardena and Mavai Senadirajah were at the same age (and stage of their politics). His rhetoric was certainly no more militant than that of Cabinet Ministers Wimal Weerawansa and Champika Ranawaka. Azad did punch back rhetorically when Islamophobia was recently unleashed in our public domain. He was a spirited young man and may have felt compelled to speak out by the conspicuous silence and pusillanimity of more established Muslim politicians. Never has the absence of Ashraff been…

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Time Has Come To Banish The Rajapaksa; It’s Now

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and its breakaway groups like Pohottuwa Cabal have been in power from 1994 up till now, barring on two occasions from 2001 to 2003 and 2015 to 2019. All what is apparent today in the national scene should be owned by them. Defeating Prabhakaran and his deadly forces of Tigers does not give a license to the Rajapaksas, nor to the SLFP and the Pohottuwa cabal to plunder the country’s coffers. It does not offer excuses to displace the Northern Tamils from their traditional land;…

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The Rajapaksas failed because they were ignorant and did not know the level of their own ignorance

“The road to self-deception is narrow to begin with, but there’s always someone ready to broaden it out…it’s all a matter of beginning” – José Saramago (Cain) Call it a metaphorical warning shot. Several parliamentarians, including a presidential nephew, were at a public meeting in Hakmana (Matara) when a monk invaded the stage and made a speech. “What did this Government do for the country?” he asked in a purely rhetorical spirit. Commenting on the regime’s failure, he proffered his answer: “Not this nonsensical (bahubootha) democracy, but if (you) love the…

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Time Has Come To Banish The Rajapaksa; It’s Now

The morning dew has created a psychedelic design on the grass. Each drop is perfectly circular and varying in circumference; when sun rays are reflecting off its minuscule summit of the drop, the patterns that the dew generates are swaying to the morning breeze like an immaculately choreographed ensemble. The moist touch must be bringing heavenly feel to any rough-skinned under-feet. Pages of ‘Grass for my Feet’ by Jinadasa Vijayatunga bring back fondest of memories, read almost eons ago. The sun has already risen above the distant horizon, at extremity…

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“Internal” & “External” Self-Determination

Successful federal states are the USA, India, China, Germany, Malaysia, and for that matter de facto the United Kingdom today. Successful federal states are the USA, India, China, Germany, Malaysia, and for that matter de facto the United Kingdom today. Actually not just successful, these are very successful in that there is stability of the national constitutional structure as opposed to Sri Lanka’s endless bickering, rioting, racial hatred, a 30-year civil war and three constitutions. The pending fourth will be the nastiest on many counts, so my dear countrymen of…

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Report had found Ratwatte guilty over the incident?

State Minister Lohan Ratwatte says the report on the prison incident has not been made public or even handed over to the Cabinet. He said this in response to claims made by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha in Parliament today that the report had found Ratwatte guilty over the incident. Ratwatte said that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) must be asked to investigate how Jayamaha got a hand to the report. Jayamaha urged the Government to table the report in Parliament so it is clear if Ratwatte…

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‘One Country, One Law’ – No Tamil-speaking official at Eastern Pre-School Edu Bureau

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Trincomalee District MP M. Imran yesterday (7) claimed that pre-school teachers and the employees attached to the Pre-School Education Bureau of Eastern Provincial Council, who are not fluent in Sinhala, are struggling to work with the officials who don’t speak Tamil.  Imran added that nearly 75 per cent of pre-schools in the Province function in the Tamil medium. “The Government should recruit Tamil-speaking officials to this Bureau considering the issue of Tamil-speaking people in the Province who don’t know any other language except Tamil.” He said…

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Pakistanis will not go to heaven, but to hell

Sri Lanka Minister slams Pakistani Defence Minister Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara, while condemning the brutal killing of Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot, Pakistan, also expressed his discontent over the statement of Pakistani Defence Minister about the lynching, where he said the killing was committed by enraged kids.   Pakistani Defence Minister Pervez Khattak said kids do such things in passion, which doesn’t mean things are bad, he said over the ghastly killing of Priyantha Kumara, a father of two. “We also heard that the Defence Minister of…

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Sri Lanka dollar salary earners protest as banks force convert forex

ECONOMYNEXT – Resident Sri Lankans who earn dollar salaries and deposited them in forex accounts in the past are calling banks to protest against conversion of their earnings in to rupees against their wishes, multiple customers said. Customers were warned of forced conversion of forex after the central bank issued a gazette ordering merchandise and service exporters to convert their dollars. Merchandise exporters were allowed to invest 10 percent of their money in Sri Lanka Development Bonds. But banks have told individuals, they are force converting every cent of salaries.…

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Passport Office collaborates with banks to boost international monetary transfers from migrants – The Island

by Sanath Nanayakkare People’s Bank, National Savings Bank , Sampath Bank, Hatton National Bank and Commercial Bank of Sri Lanka yesterday established new banking counters at the Department of Immigration and Emigration, at ‘Suhurupaya’, Battaramulla. The initiative is intended support the Central Bank’s ongoing effort to boost the country’s foreign reserves by offering migrant workers access for safe, official remittance channels from the time they obtain new passports or renew their passports for international jobs. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka who was the chief…

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Finance Ministry to brief the Cabinet on Yugadanavi power plant deal

The Ministry of Finance will brief the Cabinet of Ministers on the issue concerning the Yugadanavi Power Plant in Kerawalapitiya and the agreement signed with the US-based company. Accordingly, the briefing will take place at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers scheduled for next Monday. Meanwhile, the Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions filed against the Yugadanavi Power Plant deal have been fixed for consideration on December 16 and 17 by the Supreme Court. The petitions had been filed by several parties seeking a court order revoking the decision taken by…

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Signs of milk powder shortage to occur again due to dollar crisis

The Milk Powder Importers’ Association says that the import of milk powder has become problematic again due to the shortage of dollars in the country. The union says that the money related to the importation of milk powder has not been paid to those foreign companies since last January. The Milk Powder Importers’ Association stated that they have requested the Ministry of Finance to provide the required US dollars for this purpose. Meanwhile, consumers say that certain types of milk powder are already in short…

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