Weekend Roundup
Posted on July 7th, 2018

  A.A.M.NIZAM

This is a roundup of news published in the Sinhala newspapers and Sinhala news websites this werk

Vijayakala episode

UNP MP Vijayakaa’s statement for the revival of the LTTE for ensuring peace and harmony in th North and East had been given wide publicity in almost all Sinhala newspapers and news websites. They published statements and comments made by various Buddhist and social organizations condemning Vijykala’s statement and calling for the highest possible punishment to her including disenfranchising her and at the same time deplored the UNP leadership and the speaker for safeguarding her. Several newspapers also published legal opinion from legal luminaries on the need and the possibility of prosecuting her. It had also been pointed out that this was not the first time that she has made statements of this nature, she carried an Eelam map of LTTE in one of her election campaign vehicles and promised to close down all Police stations in the North and demilitarize North if they come to power.

It was also reported that the Chief Minister of the Northern Province Mr C.V.Wigneswaran, many politicians in the North have endorsed her speech and following her speech a Black Tigers Day was held in several areas of Jaffna and the North and many posters appeared in Northern towns with her photograph saying that Vijayakala is their leader thereby she has become a leader of the Northern Tamils overnight..

Only in the pro-Tamil Vikalpa.org website there was an article supporting her titled Taking Vijayakala as a symbol and the atrocity of Chauvinism”.It said that although the need for the revival of the LTTE terrorism remains only as a dangerous dream o f the Sinhala chauvinism. It says that MPs behaved wildly for the sporadic immature statement made by Viijtayakala and asserted that this type of chauvinism cannot get rid for several decades.

Meanwhile, the pseudo Marxist and the Sinhala Tiger Terrorist Vickremabshu Karunaraatne endorsing Vijayakala’s statement has said that such demands can be curbed only by granting Police powers to the Northern Province.  He says that it was a great folly for the government to further delay the promise devolution of power to the North and East..

 

Another issue that got wide publicity in the Sinhala media was the New York Times allegation about China funding the former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 presidential campaign.  The media unit of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa alleged that a letter sent by MP Namal Rajapaksa in this connection has not been published by the New York Times.  The Media Director of the firmer President Mr. Rohna Weliwita in a media message points out that the New York Times which extensively supported neo liberals Obama and Clinton clan and deliberately antagonized the incumbent American President Donald Trump without meting out due justice cannot be expected to mete out justice for the former President of Sri Lanka..The Sinhala media also carried out the text of the lengthy statement issued by Mr. Weliwita in this connection which was published in some English newspapers as well.

Pruning Military presence in the North

Wide publicity had also being given to a statement made by the National Freedom Front Parliamentarian from the Kalutara district Mr. Jayantha Samaraweera that steps have been taken to remove several army camps in the North including the Nandikadal camp.Addressing a media conference at their party headquarters MP Samaraweera has said that from July onwards 33 army contingents,, 938 officials and 23,264  members of the forces will be removed from the North as per an order that had been issued by the Major General P.D.I.Karunaratne on 14th June, 2018.   Accordingly he said that more than 100 army camps including the Nandikadal camp will be removed. He has also given details of a plan to send prominent army officials on retirement under various pretexts in order to appease the diaspora and foreign elements.

Sambandan to topple this government!

There was a news item saying that TNA leader R.Sambandan has said that this government will be toppled by joining with anti government forces.  He was reported to have said that if the government failed to fulfil the promises made to the people of the North in any of the future election the TNA would join with any of the opposition forces and topple the government.  He has stated that although the people of the North gave their wholehearted support to Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena in the 2015 presidential election, that they are very much disappointed that the promises given to them have not been fulfilled yet.  He has said even in the local government elections it was the anger with the government that was displayed by the people in the North.

Increase of Fuel prices

The government increased the prices of fuel and in the Very next day it cancelled the price increase.  Now the Finance Ministry has issued a notice saying that price increase of fuel will remain as it is and there will be no reduction and every two weeks prices will be revised.  The Finnce Ministry spokesman has said that the price increase has been made by the Price Formulae Committee approved by the Cabinet and a representative of the Secretary to the Ministry of Petroleum Industry is also a member of this committee.  He has said that sale of fuel should be carried out in accordance with the recommendations of the committee and attention would be focussed to revise fuel prices once a week in the future.

Pohottuwa aaround the country with Popular Tide”

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramun (SLPP) has planned to hold a series of massive seminars on an electoral level basis to compel holding of the Provincial Council election and against anti people measures being taken by  the government.

This series of seminars named ass Popular Tide” will b held throughout the country under the theme of Anti Government National struggle”

The first stage of the seminar series will be held on July 14.15.21. 22. 28 and 29 under the leadership of Mr. Basil Rajapaksa.   The seminar series will be held giving priority to North Central, Sabaragamuwa and the East provincial council areas the terms of which have already lapsed and North West, Central and North PCs terms of which are due to end in  October.

Parliamentarians Dallas Alahapperuma, KumaraWelgama, Rohita Abeygunawardene, Bandula Gunawardene, Pavithra Devi Wanniaratchi, Prasanna Ranatuga, and Indika Anurudda and the former Governo of the Central Bank Mr. Ajith Nivad Cabraal and Dr. Nalaka Godahew will be addressing these seminars.

All those owning a vehicle should pay Income Tax.  Open Tax Files for them urgently   –  Government.

The Commissioner of Inland Revenue Ivam Dissanayake says that all those who own a vehicle should pay income tax.  He said that all those who owns a vehicle is considered as people with income.

The Commissioner pointed that a lot of people visit overseas for holidays and they should also pay income tax and they should immediately open tax files.

A Muslim has been appointed for the first time as 6the Government Agent in the North

Mr. I.M.Haniffa, a Muslim has been appointed as the Government Agent of Vavuniya district which is the first appointment of a Muslim to this position in the North. He assumed duties after attending an all religious blessing function.   He is from Sammanthurai area in the Batticaloa disttrict and earlier served as the Divisional Secretary of Sainthamrudu.

Sandya Ekneligoda;s appeal

Dayapala Thiranagama reported in the Vikalpa.org website that Mrs. Sandya Ekneligoda has written to President Maithripala Sirisena asking to ensure safety to her life from his close confidante and valued advisor.

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