Easter Sunday carnage: Cardinal reiterates possibility of grand plot

Easter Sunday carnage: Cardinal reiterates possibility of grand plot Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, delivering a Special Message at St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, Kotahena to commemorate the third anniversary of the Easter Sunday Attack, said yesterday that there had been a plot to ensure that the attacks took place. “That the attempt made by the then President of Sri Lanka to prevent the arrest of Zahran Hashim and his group had played a big role in ensuring that the attacks did take place. The story of the arrest of…

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Cardinal claims Presidential candidate used Easter attacks to gain power in 2019

Asserts 2019 Presidential candidate got election support promising to uphold national security Says PCoI report reveals creating conflicts between ethnicities was part of the ploy Accuses former President Maithripala Sirisena for negligence, failure to fulfil his civic duty  Questions if Govt. is fearful of former President and his security on revealing truth about attacks and creating of unrest Condemns procedure in which Easter Sunday investigations were conducted  Expresses deep concern and disappointment over release of former Defence Secy, IGP Opines individuals linked to attacks will face repercussions of their actions…

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Sumanthiran accuses police of using excessive force

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M. A. Sumanthiran told Parliament on Wednesday (20) that he had not seen any protesters unleashing violence. The MP said that it had been only the police who used excessive force which was quite blatant, and that had resulted in the death of one person in Rambukkana. “I saw a message from the President via twitter, in which he says “I urge all to refrain from violence as they protest”. Now I have not seen any protesters indulging in violence. It has been only the…

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Basil attends Parliament amidst being tested Covid positive?

He was seen seated in a back seat at the party leaders meeting By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana    Former Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa who was tested COVID-19 few days ago attended Parliament yesterday.    Sources said he was spotted at the party leaders meeting, which was held with Speaker at the chair. He was seen seated in a back seat at the party leaders meeting.    However, the former Minister did enter the chambers.

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Constitutional amendments won’t resolve country’s political crisis: SF

Constitutional amendments will not resolve the country’s political crisis, a Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka told Parliament yesterday. “You have to take action against a school principal whenever he abuses a child in the school rather than abolishing the principal’s post,” he said. “I don’t see how a constitutional amendment would help Sri Lanka. What we need is a change in the political culture. Neither a constitutional amendment nor the appointment of an interim government is going to help Sri Lanka at that moment. Also, we…

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Sri Lankans must not complain, in Ethiopia people get LP gas only once a week

The entire world is facing an economic crisis, not just Sri Lanka and citizens must be thankful that Sri Lanka, as a nation is not like other countries such as Ethiopia that distributes LP gas just once a week, says Former Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawadhane. He made this statement while speaking in Parliament today (22). “This economic crisis is all over the world. In Pakistan and Nepal people have taken to the streets as well. But Sri Lankans must be thankful that unlike other countries like Ethiopia, that distributes…

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Does Government fear top officials’ links to Easter attacks being revealed?: Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith

Archbishop queries why Government is protecting Sirisena Suspects ‘the superior person who has all the powers’ is behind cover-up On the third anniversary of the Easter Sunday attacks, which was marked yesterday (21), Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith questioned whether the present Government is protecting former President Maithripala Sirisena due to the fear of links between top government officials and the Easter Sunday attacks being revealed. “When some officers asked Sirisena to arrest Easter Sunday bomber Zahran Hashim and his team, Sirisena disagreed, saying the Sinhala phrase…

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Why no protests in the north? War time survival techniques back in use

Why aren’t the northern people protesting over rising prices and shortages of essential items? The answer: Economic hardships are not new to them. When the war was raging in the Northern Province just over a decade ago, electricity was a luxury for many families in the region. To survive and overcome life’s difficulties,  people were forced to look for alternatives and innovative techniques during the war. When the war ended, bringing in its wake normality, a change in lifestyle and development activities in the region, the northern people would not…

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It’s the Executive Presidency, stupid!

All politicians who are out of power pledge to abolish the executive presidency. They follow Machiavelli’s advice when there occurs a rebound in their political fortunes; then, they renege on their promise. The SJB has submitted a draft 21st constitutional amendment (21-A) to the Secretary General of Parliament. It wants the executive presidency scrapped and Parliament strengthened. The proposed amendment also seeks to prevent crossovers from receiving ministerial posts. It says the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court (SC) in cases concerning the MPs expelled from their parties for defection should be…

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Journalists Rise During Protest Wave

Since late March, spontaneous street protests have been held across Sri Lanka calling for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his brother and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and several others from the Rajapaksa family who held ministerial positions before resigning in the wake of protests. Triggered by massive price hikes and shortages of gas, fuel, electricity, food, medicine and fertilizer, social media has also been an important battle ground for protestors. Journalists injured, obstructed, threatened and penalised for joining protests On the night of March 31 and in the early hours of…

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The Curse on Sri Lanka’s Bloodstained Leaders

The Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, knows exactly why most Sri Lankans are living through the worst times ever experienced in recent history. It’s the curse on the bloodstained leaders of the land. “The true faces of the people behind the ruthless Easter Sunday attacks are evident. Although the conspirators could gain power, they could not sustain it, as their power was cursed by God. Maybe it is one of the main reasons why the country has not moved forward in any direction during the past two years,”…

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Govt. can go ahead as things stand at the moment-PM tells DM

PM optimistic that the current problems could be resolved soon Public protests and demonstrations take place in different places urging the government to step down  ruling party’s parliamentary group passed a resolution pledging support to the government By Kelum Bandara Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday the government can press ahead without any problem as things stand at the moment. The Prime Minister told Daily Mirror the government had the required number behind it, but did not specify it. “We can move ahead as things stand at the moment,” he said…

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Has Rajapaksa regime failed to ensure National security?

Although the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa boasts to have ensured National Security in the country, it is not the reality Economic security is the ability of people to consistently meet their needs The United Nations has recognized the significance of economic security for wellbeing Pervasive economic insecurity generates popular discontent and imperils political stability Sri Lanka has been categorised as a lowest performer in terms of overall economic security The Government Authority in the Defence sector has failed to understand the co relation between National security and national economy which is…

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Gogotagama and family rule: The price of our servile silence

Although #GoHomeGota and #GoHomeRajapaksas are trending Twitter hashtags today, the mood in the country was totally opposite around this time of the year in 2009 ,with days to go for the Sri Lankan military’s final and decisive war victory against the separatist rebels in the north.In the south of the country, the people hailed the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the then Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as saviours of the nation and held them in awe.  A few days before the war victory, a state television film crew was seen shooting…

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