10 December 2018
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I believe Prageeth is still alive – Sandhya

sandyaAlthough it is now over five years since he went missing, wife of Prageeth Ekneligoda says: ‘I believe he is still alive; to me, he is still alive’ .  She says it is this hope that helpes her remain relentless in her pursuit to find her husband and ensure justice is delivered. Read more...

Sri Lanka must address its past before it can move on - Basil Fernando

 

basil fernandoProminent Sri Lankan rights lawyer Basil Fernando was effectively forced from his homeland amid mounting death threats. Now, 13 years after he left, Fernando has returned to Sri Lanka following last month’s surprise ouster of strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was defeated in a January 8 presidential election by Maithripala Sirisena.

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“JVP Will Be Watchful Of CID” – JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake

anura 01Speaking to The Sunday Leader on the on-going investigations into bribery and corruption, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake maintained that ‘it was up to the CID to accelerate the investigations and carry out the process in a proper way’. “It is up to the Internal Affairs Minister John Amaratunga to look into the matter and ensure that drug and ethanol menace is wiped out from the country. We cannot rest assured that the CID investigations will be accurate but we as a party, keep an eye wide open to see how the investigations are carrying out and whether it is acceptable,” he added. Read more...

Government Must Act Regardless Of Political Affiliations – Tilvin Silva

tilvinWith the new developments of political environment where the former members of the government have been crossing over to the new government conveniently for political protection or advantages, the Janatha Vimukthi Peremuna (JVP) as observed by many has taken over the role of the opposition. Read more...

Krishantha speaks his heart out on national politics and media

 

drgThe Daily FT spoke with UNP Working Committee Member, Media Director and Political Strategist for the Opposition, Krishantha Cooray about what led to the fall of a seemingly-invincible President Mahinda Rajapaksa and what the new political regime in the country under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe could herald for Sri Lanka’s beleaguered and suppressed media fraternity. Following are excerpts:

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“No Opposition MP Can Stay Away From Supporting Us” – Wijedasa Rajapaksa

1546162455wijedasa1The newly appointed Justice Minister, President Counselor Wijedasa Rajapaksa in his first interview after his appointment said that the former President did not consider the capacity of the Judges when they are appointed but their blind loyalty to him and said that when appointing incompetent people with political patronage to the hallowed Judiciary, the Judges are bound to oblige to the Executive. Read more...

Sri Lanka - An Unexpected Shift

 

ms aothLast Friday, the Presidential elections in Sri Lanka concluded with surprising results. The decade-long rule of President Mahinda Rajapaksa ended. Once immensely popular, Rajapaksa government was increasingly accused of repression, nepotism and corruption.

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Won’t let ISI use Lanka for anti-India operations: Sarath Fonseka

sf 13Tipped to be the new defence minister in the Sirisena cabinet, former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka said the new regime will never allow the Pakistani spy agency ISI to use Lankan soil to mount attacks on southern India. In an exclusive and wide ranging interview to TOI, Fonseka said he was prepared to face any international inquiry into his role as the army chief during the operations against the LTTE. Rajapaksa was largely ignorant of ground operations conducted by the army against the LTTE and in his election manifesto in 2005 had even proposed peace talks with Prabhakaran. Read more...

People Have Rejected Racism – Tilvin Silva

tilvinDespite not being directly involved in the political campaign of the newly appointed President, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) played a pivotal role in getting the votes of the grass root and the working class in support of the campaign. According to the JVP, their support was extended to establish good governance and democracy and to reject family bandyism and dictatorship. Read more...

Regime Is Blatantly Violating All Ethical Politics – Champika Ranawaka

champika 04The General Secretary of the JHU Patali Champika Ranawaka urged all voters to use their vote irrespective of to whom they vote for, or what their political preferences are. He said that the Rajapaksa regime is blatantly violating all ethical politics and abusing their powers and manipulating the state media for their election campaigning. In an interview with The Sunday Leader he pointed out that even the security force personnel and thugs are being deployed in order to threaten the opposition supporters and frighten them and preventing them from casting their votes. Read more...

The present regime is not just anti-Tamil, it is anti-people. - Prof. Paul Newman,

paul newmanDr. Paul Newman is a Professor of Human Rights at the University of Bangalore, India. He is one of very active intellectual form India, Who are very concerning about Tamil Nation Issue in Sri Lanka. He was express his views about Sri Lanka's  Presidential Election in 2015.   Read more...

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