India’s Subramanian Swamy meets Rajapaksa’s

Senior Indian politician Subramanian Swamy has met former Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo. Subramanian Swamy was accompanied by a group of Indian lawyers and businessmen during his meeting with the former President.  The Bharathiya Janatha Party politician is expected to call on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena tomorrow.   Subramanian Swamy had called on former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the sidelines of his visit to attend the 15th International Research Conference organized by the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU). Known to be a close ally of…

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While President Wickremesinghe blunders and the opposition exists in a parallel universe where their electoral victory is written in the stars, the Rajapaksas are back to weaving their web of lies and deception.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “Was there then no essential difference between the ruler and the ruled?” Salman Rushdie (The Enchantress of Florence)> Sri Lanka, unravelled and unravelling, is mesmerised by a new wonder: the Lotus Tower. When that monumental symbol of Rajapaksa folly was opened to the public last week, people thronged to pay the entrance fee, ride to the top and gaze down. A monk enthused that he felt close to the highest of Buddhist heavens. Women thanked Mahinda Rajapaksa for enabling them to have this wondrous experience.It was as if…

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How and Why Buddhist Monk Talduwe Somarama Thero Shot and Killed Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandarananaike Sixty-three Years ago

ByD.B.S.Jeyaraj Sixty-three years ago on September 25th 1959 the Prime Minister Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (SWRDB) of Sri Lanka known as Ceylon then was shot and seriously wounded by a Buddhist monk. Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike succumbed to his injuries and passed away the following day. Thereafter September 26th 1959 got etched as an important date in the post-independence history annals of Sri Lanka. In later years , political assassinations became a regular feature in Sri Lanka.These killings proliferated when the armed secessionist conflict in the North –East and…

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The return of the prodigal and the flight of the other

The Rajapaksa saga continues: As Gota flies in, Basil flies out with SC ok Like a thief in the night, he flees the island state, furtively sneaking out past midnight’s godless hour aboard a military jet, deserting his presidential office and leaving his country in the ruins he wreaked. In dereliction of duty as Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces and Executive President, he leaves his burning country at the mercy of unknown fates. He transgresses his vow, repeated oft, that, come what may, he will not run away, and…

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Gnanasara Thera unfazed by Saudi event criticism

By Buddhika Samaraweera Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera said that he would not take any notice of the criticism and sarcasm on social media platforms, particularly on Facebook, regarding his participation in an event to mark the Saudi National Day on Friday (23). Commenting on the social media posts in question to The Morning, he said: “Anyone can criticise or use sarcasm, but who cares about them? When they think they have had enough, they will stop. People in this country only know to sarcastically…

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Freedom of expression must be within the constitutional order -SL tells UNGA

While claiming that Sri Lanka unconditionally recognize the fact that one has a fundamental right to freedom of expression, foreign minister Ali Sabry however told UN General Assembly’s 77th session that this freedom must be within the constitutional order “Freedom of expression is sacrosanct and must be exercised within the confines of the law., he said. The minister also said that confronted with overlapping challenges, developing countries and their economies are at extreme risk with Governments facing debt-default and financial collapse due to a lack of access to adequate capital,…

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32 Lankans migrate every hour

Claiming that a recent report indicated that at least 32 Sri Lankan citizens go abroad every hour, Chairman of the National Movement for a Just Society Karu Jayasuriya said it was a sign of a country’s rapid decline. He told a an even held in Chilaw recently that more than 500 doctors have left the country in the last eight months. “Hundreds of intellectuals including engineers are going abroad. Facing severe disillusionment and disappointment, they are now leaving the country hoping to at least provide their children with the best…

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How Rajapakshe activities were boosted using public funds

It’s on record that Gotabhaya had 17.5 million in cash at the time he fled and Basil had paid for his travel to us in cash amounting to 5 million for a first class ticket to get home Mr. Editor I was swept off my feet having read a news item in ‘The Sunday Times’ of the 14th that the Pohottuwa after a unique performance from 2019, which culminated in their President fleeing the country, that they were attempting to twist the arm of the incumbent to pay 117 million to…

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Gota to return on Saturday

Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will return to the country on Saturday, a source close to him said.   He fled the country following mass agitations calling for his resignation on July 9. He is currently in Thailand.   President Ranil Wickremesinghe made arrangements for his return upon request by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).     https://www.dailymirror.lk/print/front_page/Gota-to-return-on-Saturday/238-244190

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Assets of Sri Lankans with LTTE links seized in India over money laundering charges

India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday said that they have attached three immovable properties worth INR 337 million belonging to Sri Lankan nationals, linked to the banned LTTE in connection with a Prevention of Money Laundering case. The official said that a bungalow on the ECR and two agricultural lands in Thiruvannamalai district, owned by Gunasekaran alias Perama Kumar, and his son Dileep alias Thileep were attached. http://www.adaderana.lk/news/84696/assets-of-sri-lankans-with-ltte-links-seized-in-india-over-money-laundering-charges

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Political Parties Trying Hard to Share the Spoils by Forming an Alternative Govt After Protests by the People Result in Resignation Announcements by President Rajapaksa and Premier Wickremesinghe

By Meera Srinivasan Political parties in Sri Lanka are scrambling to form an all-party government, a day after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledged to resign in the wake of a historic citizens’ protest. Sri Lankans are living through a harrowing economic collapse, where anti-government protests persisted for three months over the government’s failure to address or arrest the long-simmering crisis In a culmination of people’s agitations spanning months, massive crowds on Saturday thronged Colombo’s seafront, where anti-government protests persisted for three months over the government’s failure…

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The Victory Of Aragalaya: What Actually Happened To Gota & Ranil?

By W A Wijewardena – Dr. W.A Wijewardena Ranil’s revelation in Parliament Two weeks ago, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament and the country that Sri Lanka’s economy had collapsed. This was widely quoted in local as well as foreign media. Probably, he had been asking for forgiveness for his failure because he was not able to deliver anything that he had promised, or his close supporters had expected of him. Valid reasons for the assertion that economy had collapsed But he had valid economic reasons to make that…

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa returns

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who had reportedly fled on a ship after thousands stormed his official residence in Colombo, has now returned to shore. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had said earlier that the President left to a “nearby” country. He later withdrew his statement saying he had made a mistake. However, some media reports said that the President had boarded a ship soon after the incidents on Saturday and remained in Sri Lankan waters before returning today. He is expected to leave Sri Lanka soon after resigning on Wednesday. The President…

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GotaGoGama activists issue 6 immediate demands

The GotaGoGama activists on Saturday issued six immediate demands from all political parties and a future President, Prime Minister and Government.  They proclaimed their demands addressing the people and media from the President’s House. In their statement GGG activists said the following. The following Action Plan articulates the supreme purpose archived by the historic Sri Lankan people’s uprising, launched on the demand that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his entire brutal Government resign with immediate effect; drafted with deep respect for the various views of the multitudes who have joined the…

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GOTHA leaves the country

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left the country for overseas, the Daily Mirror learns. Rajapaksa who was aboard a naval vessel within the territorial waters of Sri Lanka following the July 9 protest, left the country today.  Rajapaksa will resign from the Presidency on July 13 following which Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be sworn in as the President for a temporary period of time. (Jamila Husain)

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India must give military help to Sri Lanka

Both Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa were elected in a free election with a thumping majority If Rajapaksa wants India’s military help, we must give Rajya Sabha MP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart Dr Subramanian Swamy said India must give military help to Sri Lanka. Dr. Swamy who is well versed in Sri Lankan politics and a close friend of the Rajapaksa family, asked in a Twitter message how India could allow a mob to overturn a legitimate election. “Both Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa were elected in a free election…

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Swamy wants Indian military to save Rajapaksas

Senior Indian BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has suggested to send Indian Military to support Rajapaksa family in Sri Lanka. “Both Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksha were elected in a free election with thumping majority. How can India allow a mob to overturn such a legitimate election?” he questioned on Twitter. “Then no democratic country in our neighbourhood will be safe. If Rajapaksa wants India’s military help we must give” he added. Subramaniam Swamy is a close friend of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (NewsWire)

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Sri Lanka uprising: A new social contract

July, as a month in the modern history of Sri Lanka, had a different meaning altogether until July 9, 2022. Previously, it either brought back dark memories of the 1983 July pogrom against Tamils or the ethnically and politically divided sentiments of the blood-stained end of the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE in July 2009. However, July 9, 2022, now appears as a moment that victoriously marked a new civic beginning of the history of the island nation. I must say it was not an…

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Sri Lankan opposition parties in talks after protesters ransack capital

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Sri Lanka Latest: Succession in Focus After Tumultuous Weekend

By Anusha Ondaatjie and Asantha Sirimanne11 July 2022 at 04:17 BSTUpdated on11 July 2022 at 07:13 BST Share this article Follow the authors+ Get alerts forAnusha Ondaatjie+ Get alerts forAsantha Sirimanne In this article IOCLINDIAN OIL CORP72.45INR-0.25-0.34%INRIndian Rupee Spot79.4138INR+0.1600+0.2019%1864111DLANDEDPrivate CompanyCL1WTI Crude102.59USD/bbl.-2.20-2.10%Open Sri Lanka’s opposition parties are trying to cobble together an all-party government and pick candidates who can take over after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed to step down, giving in to popular pressure in a country struggling to pay for essentials.   Rajapaksa will step…

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