Many fear the government could resort to violence – through a staged incident, perhaps designed to redirect popular anger against Muslims

Curfew in Sri Lanka as protesters try to storm president’s house | News | Al Jazeera “With anger growing and inhibitions against violent protest falling away, the current situation is a very dangerous one, even as it contains potential seeds of democratic change,” Keenan said. “Many fear the government could resort to violence – either directly or through a staged incident, perhaps designed to redirect popular anger against Muslims. Vigilance from influential governments and international bodies like the United Nations is thus essential.” Curfew in Sri Lanka as protesters try…

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Massive protests erupt as people converge near President’s House in Sri Lanka

Police were seen on premises attempting to curb the situation, and the people have initiated the protest against the rising cost of living, gas shortage and the fuel shortage, in addition to the electricity crisis. Many were seen holding boards and participating in the protest. Heavy traffic in the area has been reported due to the protest, while Police have set up obstacles. People were seen jeering at the scene demanding for immediate solutions for the issues. Massive protests erupt as people converge near President’s House in Sri Lanka (newsfirst.lk)

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Police curfew imposed in several areas in Colombo

Police curfew has been imposed in Colombo North, South, Colombo Central and Nugegoda Police Divisions until further notice due to the tense situation that erupted outside the private residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today evening. Also, the curfew has also been imposed within Kelaniya and Mount Lavinia Police Divisions. Curfew imposed police areas: Colombo Central Police Division Pettah Keselwatta Dam Street Wolfendhal Street Fort Slave Island Maradana Maligawatta   Colombo North Police Division Police Station Colombo Harbour Fore shore Modara Kotahena Mattakkuliya Bluemandal Grandpass Dematagoda   Colombo South Police Division Kollupitiya Bambalapitiya Kirulapone Wellawatta…

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Is this the end of the road for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the powerful Rajapaksa Family which dominated Sri Lankan politics for decades?

By Seema Guha Is this the end of the road for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the powerful Rajapaksa brothers that had dominated Sri Lankan politics for decades? Going by the anger in the streets triggered by financial mismanagement and the near melt down of the island’s economy, the Rajapaksa family firm is running out of steam. Protest marches are now a daily occurrence. “Go back Gota” slogans and placards are held out by the same people who not long ago hailed the Rajapaksas as heroes. The Russia-Ukraine war which has…

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Rajapakshe fired me for my support and advocacy of the 13th amendment.

Indian inroads, GR-TNA talks and errors of political economy The Indians agreed, while factoring in an add-on to ensure that they aren’t double-crossed by the Rajapaksas who could back-flip to their preferred primary partnership with China. The add-on was that the Indians built themselves into the projects, making them ‘joint’ and inserting their own personnel. Any Big Power would do the same if given the opportunity, but who gave them this opportunity? It was the Sri Lankan side that made the requests, so the opening was provided by the Rajapaksa…

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Alleged War crimes: Lord Naseby: UK dispatches have cleared Sri Lanka of five major accusations

By Shamindra Ferdinando Member of House of Lords, Michael Naseby, has assured that he will try very hard to convince the UK to make public the sections of the Colombo British High Commission dispatches censored by London, pertaining to the last phase of the Vanni offensive. Lord Naseby gave this assurance at the launch of his memoirs, ‘Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained’ at the BMICH on Tuesday (29). Among those present on the occasion were Foreign Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General Kamal Gunaratne…

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Now President Gotha has agreed to grant 13+ under the new constitution.

Tamil Diaspora allows billions of dollars in funding for North and East..! (Lanka-e-News-25.March.2022, 8.35 pm) President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has agreed to set up a multi-billion dollar fund from the Tamil Diaspora for development in the North and East. The fund is not for repaying loans in Sri Lanka but only for development activities in the North and East. At the same time, all those detained without trial under the Prevention of Terrorism Act can be released and the lands taken over by the government during the war can be released…

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Hindus complain against religious conversions

Hindu devotees in the Polonnaruwa District Secretariat area said that illegal religious conversions were rampant in the area and legislation should be enacted immediately to prevent such happenings. Ven Kantale RahulaThera, Ven Medirigiriye Seevali Thera, Ven Aluthwewe Pemarathana Thera, Ven Dompe Shanthi Vihari Thera and Ven Dimbulagala Rahula Thera along with a group of people, including Gnanaratnam Kurukkal, who represented Hindu devotees, expressed their concerns when the Presidential Task Force for ‘One Country, One Law’ held public consultations in the North Central Province, on 27 March, at the Polonnaruwa District…

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India will set up Three Hybrid Power Projects in the Northern Islands of Nainatheevu, Analaitheevu and Neduntheevu

India will set up Three Hybrid Power Projects in the Northern Islands of Nainatheevu, Analaitheevu and Neduntheevu that are Close to Tamil Nadu Cost; China Effectively Removed From Project Following MOU Signed by Indian External Minister Dr.S.Jaishankar and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Prof GL Peiris in Colombo Posted by Administrator on 29 March 2022, 1:11 amhttps://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?app_id=&channel=https%3A%2F%2Fstaticxx.facebook.com%2Fx%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter%2F%3Fversion%3D46%23cb%3Df3026053ef8e8bc%26domain%3Ddbsjeyaraj.com%26is_canvas%3Dfalse%26origin%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fdbsjeyaraj.com%252Ff134e557de6e31%26relation%3Dparent.parent&container_width=730&font=arial&href=https%3A%2F%2Fdbsjeyaraj.com%2Fdbsj%2Farchives%2F76744&locale=en_US&ref=above-post&sdk=joey&share=true&show_faces=true&width=325 By Meera Seinivasan India will set up hybrid power projects in three Islands off Jaffna, effectively replacing the Chinese venture cleared by Colombo last year.The MoU for the project was among those signed during a meeting between…

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God help the Tamils

By Kumar David – Prof. Kumar David Rajavarothiam is an honourable gentleman and Abraham is bright, maybe one of the best in Hulftsdorp though competition in recent decades is crummy. I know both personally and I like them. But the FP and its many subsequent avatars survived for years in lockdown mode and today’s TNA is in the pits! What necromancy, what death-wish persuaded it to grovel to President Gotabaya’s All-Party Confabulation (APC) and to bring humiliation on the heads of the Tamils? Why did it choose to hug a corpse when…

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Minister Weerasekera attacks newspaper for fact checking him

Minister of Public Security, Sarath Weerasekera, attacked a leading newspaper today for fact checking him over claims he had made on laws against disrespecting the National flag. Weerasekera had tweeted earlier saying that no one will be allowed to distort and disrespect the national flag of Sri Lanka. “Anyone found so shall be thoroughly investigated and charged accordingly under the provisions of our Penal Code,” he had said. The Daily Mirror then published a FactCheck.lk report which found that his claims were false. To evaluate this claim, FactCheck.lk examined the provisions of…

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India Scores a Strategic Victory Over China in Sri Lanka

India has signed an agreement to set up power plants in northern Sri Lanka months after China suspended its plans for similar projects.By Krishan FrancisMarch 29, 2022    India signed an agreement to set up hybrid power projects on northern Sri Lankan islands Tuesday in a deal seen as a strategic victory in its competition with China for influence in the Indian Ocean. India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who was visiting Colombo, witnessed the signing along with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Peiris, the Indian embassy said. In December, China announced…

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Suresh alleges forceful eviction of upcountry people

By Eunice Ruth General Secretary of the Lanka Jathika Estate Workers’ Union, Vadivel Suresh said the Ministry of Plantation Industries cannot send eviction notices to residential areas which have been registered on or before 27 October 1989. “At present, plantation companies and the Ministry of Plantation Industries are planning to invade lands of upcountry people where they have cultivated and lived for a long period of time. The upcountry people are being cheated on a daily basis by given fake promises and their basic rights are violated continuously.  An agreement…

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Sri Lanka rupee traded at 330 to the US dollar

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee was traded at 325 to 330 to the US dollar on Wednesday, market participants said as the rupee failed to establish a float, amid a low policy rate and a surrender requirement that took money out of the economy. The rupee was quoted around 325/340 to the US dollar in late trading, but offers petered off later, dealers aid. Sri Lanka attempted to float the currency but with a low policy rate and a surrender requirement. The policy rate is only 7.5 percent but inflation…

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MP’s who supported to keep dual citizens wants it removed now.

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s recently sacked energy minister Udaya Gammanpila on Tuesday (29) said he and other government dissidents will present to parliament a draft 22nd amendment to the constitution in April to prevent dual citizens holding high political office. Speaking to reporters, Gammanpila addressed opposition allegations that he and the band of dissidents were party to a conspiracy to divert the disillusioned Rajajapaksa vote bank to the account of current sports minister Namal Rajapaksa at the next presidential poll. “Unfortunately for Mr Namal Rajapaksa, with the end of this government…

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Who created the crisis, coming out of it, and IMF danger

The cause for Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange crisis is something that could be understood by anyone. It’s not something to be commented on only by economists, experts and the like.  The root cause To put simply, Sri Lanka has been buying more goods and services from the rest of the world, compared to what it sells to the rest of the world. Around $ 2 billion every year (the average over the last 5 and 10 years), which is effectively financed through foreign debt. Figure 1 and Figure 2 present…

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The economic woes we are experiencing have their origins not only in corrupt leadership but also communal and racist politics Politicians

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene How does an All Party Conference (APC) comprising precisely of the same men whose actions have precipitated Sri Lanka into financial, social and regulatory collapse, help the country, one may ask? Arrogant and incompetent decision-making The APC’s first sitting this week prompted howls of rude laughter from the citizenry, no less. Grist for cruel social media mills and no more, the exercise illustrated heedless showmanship, the same games being played by the same conmen while the country burns – literally. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s apology to former…

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Americans can take Basil Rajapakshe into custody on money laundering charges at any time says Wimal

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Hell hath no fury as two Sri Lankan ministers ejected unceremoniously from the cabinet by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa! Both the sacked ministers wrathfully lay the blame for their ouster on Presidential sibling and finance minister Basil Rajapaksa. Wimal Weerwansa and Udaya Gammanpila who held the portfolios of Industries and Energy respectivey are now industiiously energetic or energetically industrious in berating dual citizen Basil Rajapaksa on account of his US citizenship. The essence of accusations levelled by Weerawansa and Gammanpila against Basil Rajapaksa is that the dual citizen…

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Crucial Recommendations Of UNHR High Commissioner On Sri Lanka: Need For The Implementation By Member States

By Thambu Kanagasabai – Thambu Kanagasabai UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Madam Michael Bachelet’s Report on Sri Lanka submitted on 24th February 2022 for discussion is fully welcome which is also endorsed by the Sri Lankan Tamils and Tamil politicians due to its frank and forthright exposure with no mincing of words. This article analyses  some of her recommendations and observations to justify and support her findings. Her call for Universal Jurisdiction is appropriate and just as it is exercisable  by member countries which have accepted it officially and a member…

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