Author Archive for Politics

UNHRC Resolution: Govt. in trap of its own making

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Courtesy The Island March 25, 2017, 8:02 pm The UNHRC resolution which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka and passed without a vote last Thursday has given the government two years to deliver on the commitments made in UNHRC Resolution No: 30/1 of October 2015. Unlike in previous years, this year’s UNHRC resolution did not generate much […]

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Peraliyaka Peramaga: Joint Opposition holds anti-govt rally in Galle ආණ්ඩුවට එරෙහිව පෙරළියක පෙරමග ගාල්ලෙන්

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Joint Opposition holds anti-govt rally in Galle ආණ්ඩුවට එරෙහිව පෙරළියක පෙරමග ගාල්ලෙන්

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The law is helpless today – Mahinda Rajapaksa

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

By Yusuf Ariff  Courtesy Adaderana March 25, 2017  07:54 pm Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the reason for soaring rice prices and cost of living is due to the ‘stupid’ decisions and carelessness of the government. “Do you get rice for Rs 45 – 60 now? How much is it now? It is Rs 110 […]

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GMOA’s DOUBLE GAME ruins Sri Lanka’s reserves

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

By The Nation The saga over the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) continues. It has already seen the good and the bad. Now it is seeing the ugly. This week police alleged that the reported shooting of the Chief Executive Officer of SAITM was apparently stage managed. A Pradeshiya Sabha member, police […]

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‘I went to Geneva to fulfill my responsibility’ Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara says

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

By Waruna Abeysekera – Courtesy The Nation Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara is a high level naval officer who played a major role during the civil war. The former Deputy Minister and former MP recently became a much talked about figure because he went to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland to counter […]

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U.S. CONGRESS MEMBERS SIGNAL GREATER ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT FOR SRI LANKA

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C. March 24, 2017 In the month of February, two congressional delegations of U.S. House of Representatives visited Sri Lanka.  The first was a bipartisan four-member delegation of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) Committee led by Chairman Peter Roskam and Ranking Member David Price.  An eight-member bipartisan delegation led by […]

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No point telling Parliament, must go to Geneva – Rajapaksa පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ කියලා වැඩක් නෑ… ජිනීවා ගිල්ලා කියන්න ඕනේ… හිටපු ජනපති පවසයි.

Friday, March 24th, 2017

No point telling Parliament, must go to Geneva – Rajapaksa

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THE CRISIS IN PARLIAMENT:TWILIGHT OF A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY

Friday, March 24th, 2017

by PROFESSOR G.L. PEIRIS March 23, 2017, 9:31 pm What is evident for all to see is that Yahapalanaya has deteriorated today into the expression of a totally autocratic culture, in Parliament as well as in the country at large. Across the country vital elections at grassroots level are postponed indefinitely on the flimsiest of […]

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Government’s five unpatriotic documents

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

By Magamputhra Courtesy ceylon Today “Although the government tried to cover up things, now everything is being revealed gradually.” The doings of the government are coming to light, so much so that the above can be said. Although certain media are trying to hide this information, Mahinda did not allow them to be concealed and released […]

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Gotabaya responds to AFP’s “death squad” article

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

By Yusuf Ariff  Courtesy Adaderana Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued a letter via his attorney to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) an international news agency headquartered in Paris, complaining over the “false and distorted” publication carried out under the heading ‘Ex-leader’s Brother Led Death Squad in Sri Lanka’. He states that the news item […]

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ETCA සහ ආර්තික ඝාතක භූමිකාව පිළිබඳව මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාව

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

මාධ්‍ය සාකච්ඡාව අද (23) දින කොළඹ ජාතික පුස්තකාල ශ්‍රවණාගරයේදී තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ වෘත්තීයවේදීන්ගේ සංසදය (SITP) විසින් මාධ්‍ය හමුවක් කැදවා තිබිනි. එහිදී එට්කා ගිවිසුම පිටුපස ඇති ආර්ථික ඝාතක භූමිකාව, ලෝකයේ වෙළද ගිවිසුම් පිළිබදව ඇති අත්දැකීම් සහ මහජන අදහස් ලබා ගනිමින් වෙළදාම පිළිබද ජාතික ප්‍රතිපත්තියක් සකස් කරන්නට පිහිටවූ මහජන කොමිසම පිළිබඳව අදහස් දැක්වුනි. ලේකම්, ලසන්ත වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා.. අපි […]

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Selection criteria for prospective MPs

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Somapala Gunadheera March 22, 2017, 9:39 pm I wish to draw the attention of all public-spirited citizens to the following extract in The Island editorial of March 13, under the topic, Speaker’s plight, “The most effective way of addressing the problem of the deterioration of political institutions is to end the deplorable practice of nominating […]

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Govt stalling war crimes issue to use as trump card against MR යුධ අපරාධ චෝදනා කල්දමනවා – Gammanpila

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

 

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A Report Against OISL Handed Over to UNHRC in Geneva by GSLF

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

sinhalanet.net A report compiled by eminent legal professionals under the theme of ‘A factual appraisal of the OISL report: A rebuttal to the allegations against the armed forces’   had been handed over to UNHRC head office in Geneva by Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera on behalf of Global Sri Lankans Forum, GSLF. The project has been initiated and […]

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‘ProNats’ class adores Gotabaya

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Uditha Devapriya Courtesy Ceylon Today The problem with political nationalists is that they are qualitatively and temperamentally inferior to other nationalists. I neither subscribe to nor do I oppose elevating a nationalist campaign through Parliament, but I am wary of career politicos who seem to use rhetoric to get power and then belittle those who helped them. […]

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Mangala & MR cross swords over latter’s statement

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

BY SHIVANTHI RANASINGHE Courtesy Ceylon Today Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera crossed swords with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa over his recent statement. The latter called for politicians in Sri Lanka Freedom Party and United National Party in government to protect our country from dangerous amendments to the Constitution. Samaraweera disagrees. Ex-President’s statement titled, ‘Constitutional and Legal Reforms […]

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Huge tax relief may hurt palm arrack manufacturers: SLFP YF

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

 Yoshitha Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror If the distillery owned by Arjun Aloysius is given a huge tax concession it would have serious repercussions on palm arrack manufactured in the Northern Province, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Youth Front (SLFPYF) said today. SLFP Youth Front President Shantha Bandara said the Excise Department and the Finance Ministry […]

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OISL report: Mangala accepted it sans Govt. consent: JO

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Thilanka Kanakarathna Courtesy The Daily Mirror  Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has accepted the report on the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka and had co-sponsored the resolution on Sri Lanka without the consent of the President and the Cabinet, the joint opposition told the UN Human Right Council (UNHRC). JO member Sarath Weerasekara who spoke to […]

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GL wants President to strike off sixth clause of resolution

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

By Roosindu Peris Courtesy Adaderana Professor G.L.Peiris stated that President Maithripala should be able to cross off the sixth operative clause in the Geneva resolution, without acting like a spineless individual. He further added that the commissioner of the Human rights council in Sri Lanka will be presenting a report on the current situation to the […]

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ජිනීවා යෝජනාවේ විදෙස්‌ විනිසුරුවන් ගැන ඡේදය ඉවත් කර ගැනීමට තාමත් කල් ඇති – ජී. එල්. පීරිස්‌

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

අනුර බාලසූරිය උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජයට පිටකොන්දක්‌ සහ අවංකභාවයක්‌ තිබේ නම් ජිනීවා යෝජනාවේ විදේශ විනිසුරුවන් පිළිබඳව සඳහන් වන 6 වැනි ඡේදය ඉවත් කරගැනීමට තවමත් අවස්‌ථාව ඇතැයි හිටපු විදේශ ඇමැති ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොදු ජන පෙරමුණේ සභාපති මහාචාර්ය ජී. එල්. පීරිස්‌ මහතා සඳහන් කළේය. දෙවන වරටත් ඉදිරිපත් කෙරෙන අලුත් යෝජනාවට කිසිසේත් සම අනුග්‍රයක්‌ නොදක්‌වන ලෙසත්, එම […]

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Our Patriotic Leader -කොන්දක් නැති මිනිසුන් අතර දෙවියෙක්

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Dr IMRC Iriyagolle(Not a coward) “Honour and Duty Bound With compassion and Righteousness” We the Sinhalese are the honoured and privileged custodians of our sacred Buddhist cultural Heritage and traditional homeland Sinhale(Sri Lanka-Eelam-The land of the Sinhalese).  We are therefore truly blessed.  Enshrined in our hearts and minds is the glorious and sacred legacy bestowed […]

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TAKING SIDES: THE REAL CHOICES BEFORE SRI LANKA

Monday, March 20th, 2017

 By Dayan Jayatilleke Hafeel Farisz confuses what I have said about Gotabaya and Gunaratnam, both of whom are the most interesting figures I find in the Sri Lankan public arena today, because they come from two different streams of struggle of our conflicted contemporary history—two different civil wars. Farisz tries to impose on me a choice […]

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The Gotabhaya Project: a strong, modern nation

Monday, March 20th, 2017

by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Island March 19, 2017, 12:00 pm US-based Hafeel Farisz has written a double-barreled critique of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and me, though as he says, I am the primary target because of the intellectual dimension or pretensions that I bring to bear. It is quite tempting for me to respond at the […]

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Geneva bungling

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Editorial The Island March 20, 2017, 8:01 pm A determined effort is being made in some quarters to dupe the public into believing that the 2015 UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka, co-sponsored by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime, does not call for a hybrid war crimes tribunal. This claim, based on some perverted logic, does not stand […]

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රනිල් කියන බටහිරයා ළඟ මෛත්‍රි අද නිවටයකු වෙලා..

Monday, March 20th, 2017

– මව්බිම මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ යනු ජාතික නායකයෙක්. එතුමා කිසිම පක්ෂයකට අයිති නැහැ. මේ රටේ බෞද්ධ, ඉස්ලාම්, ක්‍රිස්තියානි, හින්දු යනාදී සියලුම ආගම් අදහන මිනිසුන්ගේ ජාතික නායකයා එතුමායි. එතුමා තරම් සියලු ආගමිකයන්ගේ පිළිගැනීමට එක සේ ලක්වූ වෙනත් කිසිදු නායකයකු මේ දිවයිනේ නැහැ. දේශප්‍රේමී භික්ෂු පෙරමුණේ ලේකම් සහ ජාතික හිමිකම් සංවිධානයේ සභාපති බෙංගමුවේ නාලක හිමියන් මේ අදහස් ප්‍රකාශ […]

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අද හැමතැනම ආණ්ඩුවට කුණුහරුපෙන් බනින එක වස්දොස් යන්න හොදයි…- අගමැති

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

අද වන විට ආණ්ඩුවට අන්තර්ජාලයේත් හැමතැනමත් කුණුහරුපයෙන් බනින බව අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතා පවසයි. ගාල්ල නෙළුව ප‍්‍රදේශයේ පැවති රැස්වීමක් අමතමින් ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේය. කුණුහරුපයෙන් බනින එක වස් දොස් යන්න හොද දෙයක් බවද ඔහු එහිදී පැවසීය.

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අලූත් විගණන පනතින් විගණකාධිපතිගේ බලතල විශාල ලෙස කපලා..කෝප් කමිටුවට වාර්තා දෙන්නත් බෑ..

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

යසවර්ධන රුද්රිගු– Deshaya.lk සංශෝධිත විගණන පනත මගින් විගණකාධිපති ආණ්ඩුවේ වෛරක්කාරයකු ලෙස සලකා කටයුතු කර ඇති බව පෙනෙන්නට තිබෙන නිසා තමා සංශෝධිත විගණන පනතට නිරීක්ෂණ ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමෙන් වැළකී සිටි බව විගණකාධිපති ගාමිණී විජේසිංහ පැවසුවේය. තමාගේ නිරීක්ෂණ සඳහා එවා ඇති සංශෝධිත විගණන පනතේ අවසාන කෙටුම්පත පිළිබඳ තමා කිසිදු මතයක් ඉදිරිපත් නොකරන බව වාචිකව දැනුම් දුන්නේ යැයි ඔහු […]

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Western Remedies for Lanka’s Ills: Lessons From History

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

By Dr Palitha Kohona (Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN) Courtesy Ceylon Today Sri Lanka commemorated a dark day in its long and proud history earlier this month. We recalled the cession of our sovereignty to King George III of Britain following the signature of the Kandyan Convention on 2/3 March […]

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Dr P .Saravanamuttu at the Military Academy

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

RANJITH SOYSA Any person with an iota of IQ would have hidden his head in utter shame seeing garlanded Dr Pakiyasothi Saravanmuttu being welcomed to the John Kothalawala Military academy as a guest of honour by the Principal of the institution. To recognize Dr PS is simply a case of Sri Lanka military authorities leaping […]

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Parliament has 94 MPs without O/Ls

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Irangika Range Courtesy The Daily News Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Ninety four MPs have not passed their GEC (O/L) examination while there are only 25 graduates among the 225 legislators in the present Sri Lankan Parliament, former Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya, Prof. M O A de Zoysa said yesterday. He observed that MPs who […]

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