Shocking sky-high Extravagance: Rajapaksas’ Billion-rupee Travel Bills

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Eye-watering amounts of public money have been splurged on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visits abroad, documents obtained by the Sunday Times show. Between 2012 and 2014, the Presidential Secretariat spent Rs. 2,344,228,641.68 (more than Rs. 2 billion) on expenses incurred

Island Re-convicted Criminal also Aboard Rebel Hijacked UPFA Train

‘Innocent till proven guilty’ sham rogue defence blastedThe United People’s Freedom Alliance’s shocking decision to nominate an island reconvicted criminal as a fit and proper person to contest the forthcoming election was revealed last Thursday by UNP heavyweight John Amaratunga,

Italian Jobs Scam: Lanka Faces Blacklisting, 480 of 594 Visas Sold in Blackmarket for Rs. 500 Million,

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480 of 594 visas sold in blackmarket for Rs. 500 million, former regime officials suspected. Italy has threatened to blacklist Sri Lanka in the job market following a scandal involving the alleged sale of 480 officially sanctioned employment visas to

UN Financially Supporting Domestic Mechanism

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“Inner City Press: yesterday I’d asked you about Sri Lanka and this memo that’s emerged where the UN appears to be working for a purely national mechanism. And the foreign ministry spokesman there has spoken today about Mr. Feltman’s trip

Rumblings in Jaffna: War was Won, Not Yet the Hearts and Minds of the People

Govt. needs to act more pro-actively to maintain normalcy. TNA and other parties playing hardline politics while Wigneswaran avoids meetings and plays different card. Poll-Corr-Cartoon JAFFNA – The crowded restaurant of a luxury hotel in town tells the story of

North Awakens to Adulthood Sans a Childhood it Never Had

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(President Maithripala Sirisena participated in a pooja at Kailasapillayar kovil in Jaffna on Tuesday) From the ruins of war the north is up and running, throwing caution to the winds of change the Parliamentary polls will decide. That the mainstream

UN Yet to Decide on Domestic or International Accountability Process For Sri Lanka Says Sec-Gen’s Office

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  The UN is yet to decide whether there will be a domestic or international accountability mechanism to deal with the findings of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) investigation into Sri Lanka’s atrocities, said a

Sri Lanka: Back to the Future?

Sri Lanka’s authoritarian former president is on the brink of a political resurgence. His electoral success would put a halt to the country’s already troubled political reform process. By Taylor Dibbert After months of intense speculation, it has become official:

Sri Lanka: Muslim Racism – Izeth Hussain

I have been frequently berated for writing about Sinhalese and Tamil racism but never about Muslim racism. This charge has been made not only by Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists, whose ranting and ravings need not be taken too seriously,

Attackers Were Clad in Black and Had Arrived in 2 Black Hybrid Cars – CMEV

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(After the shooting, Lankadeepa photo) At 11.30 am today (31 July 2015), shooting was reported at Bloemendal Road in front of the St. Benedict College grounds in Kotahena. Rajiv Seneviratne the Campaign Manager for the United National Party speaking to

Army Responsible for Deaths at Rathupaswela: SLHRC

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( Army on the rampage in Rathupaswela) Investigations conducted by the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission had revealed that the Sri Lanka Army was responsible for the shooting and assaults that took place while dispersing the crowd at Rathupaswela. The

Drug Baron & Gota….

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Sri Lanka is preparing to issue a red notice through Interpol to arrest Mohamed Mubarak Mohamed Mujahid, A Sri Lankan living in Malaysia states police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera. It has gone viral that this drug baron has had

550 Families Remain Displaced in Kilinochchi as Security Forces Occupy Homes

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(IDP family; file photo) Six years since the end of the armed conflict, 550 families remain displaced in Kilinochchi due to the military and police occupying their homes, said the district secretariat this week. In Karachi divisional secretariat 181 families

Wigneswaran Says He Will Remain Neutral And Non-Partisan at Sri Lanka Election

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Tamil Guardian 30 July 2015 The chief minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran said he would remain neutral and non-partisan during next month’s general election, despite being elected to his seat by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). “I

UN Moves to ‘Ignore’ Sri Lanka’s War-Crimes Victims Condemned

A network of Tamil Civil Society activists from Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged North-East on Tuesday vehemently condemned the alleged moves by the UN to help Colombo to set up a domestic accountability mechanism, completely ignoring the survivors of the brutal war.

MR Likely to Be Questioned Over RADA Allegations!

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“Former President will be questioned after election”; RADA has spent Rs. 2,431 m when it was operational. Former President and UPFA Kurunegala District candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to be questioned in connection with alleged financial misappropriations involving Reconstruction and

Rohitha Rajapaksa & His Caucasian Shepherd

The 112th All Breeds Championship dog show was held at Excel World last week by the Ceylon Kennel Club. Among its participants was the former President’s third son, Rohitha Rajapaksa. He was proudly exhibiting a Caucasian Shepherd, an expensive breed

Broad front for Good Governance; Agreement With a Collective of 110 Civil Orgs

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A collective of over 110 civil society organisations, political parties and trade unions yesterday signed an agreement with the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) to defeat the reactionary forces striving to reverse the victories gained by the people

Balloon-Based Internet, Thanks to Google

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by Rafi Schwartz . The island nation of Sri Lanka has just signed a major contract to become the first country on earth to enjoy complete, nationwide 3G internet coverage, and they’re doing it all with balloons. Yes, balloons. Specifically, 13 of them,

The Death and Rebirth of the Sri Lanka Model

In the early part of this decade the phrase “the Sri Lanka model” gained popularity among both Sri Lanka watchers and influential figures in the security forces of nefarious regimes. It doesn’t get thrown around as much these days, but nor has

BASL, Calls Upon All to Ensure Free And Fair Elections

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The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is committed to the rule of law and democracy. In keeping with its objectives, the BASL calls upon all persons to ensure a free and fair Parliamentary Election to be conducted on August

UPFA’s Negative Election Will Not Win Votes – Jehan Perera

 The nascent rejuvenation of institutions since the change of government was demonstrated in an unexpected manner with the apprehension of a white van. These vehicles have obtained a notoriety that peaked during the last years of the war with the

Sinhale Only Flag Raised At UPFA Meeting; Journalist ‘Detained

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Several Sinhale flags were raised at the site of UPFA rally in Yatinuwara this afternoon, prior to the begining of the rally. A report by Lankadeepa said that its photo journalist had been ‘detained’ by a group claiming to be

Let Us Apply Pressure and Change the Value Commitments of Our Next Set of Leaders-Chandra Jayaratne

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I trust that most of you will no doubt hope, agree and commit to ensure, that the next parliamentary election in August 2015, will elect “fit and proper” leaders and legislators, committed to maintain the democratic and pluralistic values we

Democracy in Sri Lanka Will Soon Confront Its Second Moment of Truth – Jayadeva Uyangoda

With fresh parliamentary elections scheduled for August 17, Sri Lanka’s politics has once again entered a phase of some uncertainty. The fate of the ‘silent revolution’ of January 8, 2015, which saw the autocratic regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa being replaced,

We Must Promote Peace – Rishad Bathiudeen

  ishak The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, which is now a part of the UNP led alliance, has decided to contest six districts under the UNP’s elephant symbol and one district separately under their

UNFGG’s For Greener pastures; JVP Leads for Economic Liberation, Welfare

DSC_0020 The United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) released their manifestos this week, outlining their plans for the development of many sectors in the country, if they are elected to power. The UNFGG,

Activists Commemorate ‘Black July’ in Sri Lanka

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( Jayathilaka Bandara singing at the Commemoration) No true reconciliation without justice for victims, priest says. As Sri Lankan Tamils mark the anniversary of the “Black July” riots, which triggered a quarter-century of civil war, activists say the lines of

CIPI Report Handed Over to IGP: Fresh Probe Into Welikada Riots

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The report on the 2012 Welikada prison riots has been handed over to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to launch fresh criminal investigations into the incident, Minister of Justice, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told the Sunday Observer. The Committee of Inquiry

The Tamil National Alliance; 2015 Parliamentary Election Manifesto

The Tamil National Alliance – Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi . Parliamentary Election – 2015 Manifesto. At the time of independence from colonial rule in 1948, Ceylon was foisted with a unitary type constitution with simple majoritarian rule. In 1949 a