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    Government Loses Rs. 1200 Billion In Four Years Due To Fraud

    The government has lost a staggering 1200 billion rupees due financial frauds at various state sector institutions in four years between 2010 – 2014, a local newspaper report said, citing a government spokesperson. Furthermore, the media report said that ministers, parliamentarians and government officials were implicated in these underhand dealings. It was also claimed in this report by ‘Divaina’ newspaper that some of those politicians were now in the present government. The government has taken steps to activate the Bribery Commission and bring those responsible to justice, the government spokesperson has also said. Meanwhile, Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka has told ‘The Nation’ newspaper that prompt action should be taken by the…

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    “Maithripala Government Did Not Agree To Protect MR” – Rajitha

    Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said there was no agreement between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to protect the latter and his family members from prosecution. It was widely reported in media that the present President had promised Rajapaksa, when they met teach other at the Speaker’s residence to negotiate transition of the SLFP leadership, that the former President or his family members would not be prosecuted. Minister Senaratne however, in an interview with a weekend English newspaper said, no such agreement has been reached and all wrong-doers will be prosecuted regardless of their positions. “There was no such agreement. Any person who has done corruption, involved in corruption or any other…

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    Shocking revelations of deep security state within the State

    Defence Ministry-sponsored private army links up with private maritime company supplying arms Huge armouries of private firms kept in Galle Navy camp and at BMICH; potential threat to C’wealth leaders and Pope President calls for explanation from new Defence Secretary for trying to defend predecessors actions Revelations of corruption, abuse of power and a multitude of other illegal acts under the reign of the previous UPFA Government are unfolding day by day. In this midst, the role of a private security company which ran a veritable army in a controversial tie-up with a Defence Ministry sponsored security agency, is now under investigation by the Police and has raised some alarming questions. Police sought the advice…

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    BASL Cries Foul

    The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) alleged that Chief Justice Mohan Peiris is attempting to get the support of some of the lawyers by way of obtaining their signatures in a bid to cling to his position. President of the Bar Association Upul Jayasuriya said that the Chief Justice had not realized that no lawyer will go against the Bar Association in order to support him. “The chief justice was taking part in a political discussion in the middle of the night with politicians and a candidate of the election to impose curfew and emergency when in fact those instances could be challenged before him. So no lawyer will condone that conduct which is…

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    TNA, SLMC Fight For EPC

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) expects the President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to safeguard the democratic process with reference to the issue on taking control of the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC). TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that the TNA met the President and the Prime Minister recently to seek their support in favour of TNA to obtain the chief ministerial position of the Eastern Provincial Council and form the provincial government. “Right now the TNA is the single largest party in the Eastern Province and we have 11 seats whereas the SLMC has only 8 seats. Therefore even the President agreed that the TNA can claim to hold the chief ministerial position…

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Government Loses Rs. 1200 Billion In Four Years Due To Fraud

The government has lost a staggering 1200 billion rupees due financial frauds at various state sector institutions in four years between 2010 – 2014, a local newspaper report said, citing a government spokesperson. Furthermore, the media report said that ministers, parliamentarians and government officials were implicated in these underhand dealings. It was also claimed in this report by ‘Divaina’ newspaper that some of those politicians were now in the present government. The government has taken steps to activate the Bribery Commission and bring those responsible to justice, the government spokesperson has also said. Meanwhile, Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka has told ‘The Nation’ newspaper that prompt action should be taken by the…

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“Maithripala Government Did Not Agree To Protect MR” – Rajitha

Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said there was no agreement between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to protect the latter and his family members from prosecution. It was widely reported in media that the present President had promised Rajapaksa, when they met teach other at the Speaker’s residence to negotiate transition of the SLFP leadership, that the former President or his family members would not be prosecuted. Minister Senaratne however, in an interview with a weekend English newspaper said, no such agreement has been reached and all wrong-doers will be prosecuted regardless of their positions. “There was no such agreement. Any person who has done corruption, involved in corruption or any other…

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Arms

Shocking revelations of deep security state within the State

Defence Ministry-sponsored private army links up with private maritime company supplying arms Huge armouries of private firms kept in Galle Navy camp and at BMICH; potential threat to C’wealth leaders and Pope President calls for explanation from new Defence Secretary for trying to defend predecessors actions Revelations of corruption, abuse of power and a multitude of other illegal acts under the reign of the previous UPFA Government are unfolding day by day. In this midst, the role of a private security company which ran a veritable army in a controversial tie-up with a Defence Ministry sponsored security agency, is now under investigation by the Police and has raised some alarming questions. Police sought the advice…

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BASL

BASL Cries Foul

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) alleged that Chief Justice Mohan Peiris is attempting to get the support of some of the lawyers by way of obtaining their signatures in a bid to cling to his position. President of the Bar Association Upul Jayasuriya said that the Chief Justice had not realized that no lawyer will go against the Bar Association in order to support him. “The chief justice was taking part in a political discussion in the middle of the night with politicians and a candidate of the election to impose curfew and emergency when in fact those instances could be challenged before him. So no lawyer will condone that conduct which is…

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TNA@SLMC

TNA, SLMC Fight For EPC

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) expects the President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to safeguard the democratic process with reference to the issue on taking control of the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC). TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that the TNA met the President and the Prime Minister recently to seek their support in favour of TNA to obtain the chief ministerial position of the Eastern Provincial Council and form the provincial government. “Right now the TNA is the single largest party in the Eastern Province and we have 11 seats whereas the SLMC has only 8 seats. Therefore even the President agreed that the TNA can claim to hold the chief ministerial position…

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Fonseka To Contest Next Polls

Former army commander Sarath Fonseka says he will contest the next general election having been acquitted of all charges filed against him under the previous government and has been granted complete amnesty by President Maithripala Sirisena. Fonseka lost his civil rights in 2010, including the right to vote, after a military court found him guilty over allegations raised against him and in 2011 the Supreme Court upheld the decision. Fonseka was instrumental in leading the army during the final battle against the LTTE which eventually led to the defeat of the rebels in May 2009. Subsequently in 2010 he resigned from the military and decided to contest the 2010 Presidential elections but he lost. Meanwhile,…

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Key Talks With EU

The new government has begun talks with the European Union (EU) on the ban on Sri Lankan fish imports and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will travel to Brussels this week in an attempt to get the ban reversed. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed Niranjan Deva Aditya, a Member of the European Parliament, to mediate between the EU and the government. The ban on Sri Lankan fish imports took effect on January 15 after the Sri Lankan government failed to comply with international rules on illegal fishing. However, the new government under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had decided to submit to Parliament an urgent bill which will look to ensure fishing…

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Delayed Recalling Of Rajapaksa DPL Henchmen Begins

Some 30 Rajapaksa henchmen and close associates appointed as diplomats during the previous regime have been recalled with immediate effect. Among those who have been recalled are non-career diplomats who have been appointed to the service without fulfilling the required criteria as well as those who have been serving in a single station for a prolonged period. Among those who have been recalled is the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia who has been serving in the station for close to eight years now. One of the pledges made by the President during the campaigning period was to free the diplomatic service of political influences. The process was due to begin just a few days after…

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Zeid’s March report notes Lanka

The annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March, takes note of the investigations on Sri Lanka. The report notes that during the period under review, which is between January and December last year, the Council had requested the High Commissioner to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations of human rights by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. He notes that in 2014 his office continued to support or established five commissions of inquiry mandated by the Human Rights Council or the Security Council, and initiated…

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Somaratne Bans All Astrology Programmes On Rupavahini

Chairman of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Somaratne Dissanayake said that all astrology programmes were removed from programme line-up of the state TV station with immediate effect. High prominence was given to astrology programmes by Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation under its previous administration. Most of them were designed in a manner that would benefit the political agenda of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family. Dissanayake added that one of the first changes he made as soon as he assumed duties as the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka  Rupavahini Corporation was to stop all Astrology related programmes. “It has been proved that the majority of Astrologers who appear in state media are merely story-tellers and…

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Abolish PTA – MER

Calling for the immediate release of political prisoners stating that they had already served their sentences, the Movement for Equal Rights (MER) also demanded that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) be immediately abolished and the military be relegated to barracks. Convener of the Movement for Equal Rights Ravindra Mudalige said that steps must be taken to resettle all remaining internally displaced persons. The extra army personnel recruited must be given training and the necessary support so as to employ them as the work force in various sectors, he explained, adding that the militarization and the neo-liberal capitalism practised (by big investors) in the North and East under the guise of national security and economic…

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Military training for principals to stop

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariwasasm today said a circular will be issued within the next few days that would call-off the controversial leadership training programs that were held for Principals in military camps. “We are presenting in the process of preparing the circular and in order for the program to be cancelled it has to be authorized by the President. We will be carrying out the necessary processes within the next few weeks,” he added. Principals were given leadership training in military camps under the previous government where following the two-week program, they were awarded military titles. Over 4000 Principals received military titles through this program and it came under heavy criticism by education sector…

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29 diplomats recalled

Some 29 diplomats who were political appointees have been recalled with immediate effect. A spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that the process for recalling political appointees in the diplomatic service has commenced. “This is a usual occurrence following a government change,” the official stated. He said among those who have been recalled are officials who have been appointed through political influences without fulfilling the necessary criteria as well as diplomats who have been serving in one station for a prolonged period.

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Duminda, Sajin and Rohitha to be kicked out

Tainted politicians Duminda Silva, Sajin Vaas Gunawardena and Rohitha Abeygunawardena along with several others will not be given nominations by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to contest the upcoming Parliamentary election. The Party will be guided by its patron former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga and its leader current President Maithripala Sirisena. However it is not known who will be the Party’s candidate for the Prime Minister’s post. The United National Party (UNP) under the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will contest under the Elephant symbol.

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Sri Lanka’s Marxist party to contest next general election on its own

Sri Lanka’s Marxist party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has decided to contest on its own at the next general election under its bell symbol. JVP politburo member, K.D. Lalkantha said the party has decided to contest on its own at the elections. He explained that the JVP, without joining the government and accepting portfolios, is playing a key role in the National Executive Council to bring about welfare measures of the people and ensure that pledges that would benefit the nation would be implemented by the government. The JVP has commenced a series of island wide rallies to create awareness among the public on the changes that need to take place following the transition…

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EU to fund Euro 14 million housing project to resettle Sri Lanka war displaced

The European Union (EU) has initiated a programme for a housing project to resettle people displaced in the North and East and provide them with necessary facilities. The programme will grant Euro 14 million for an indicative 3,000 incremental owner driven houses, supporting also livelihood measures such as community infrastructure, also through securing land tenure, facilitating grievances mechanisms, improving the local construction supply chain. Manger of the Infrastructure and Reconstruction programme of the delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Jaime Royo-Olid and Ms. Libuse Soukupova of International Cooperation and Development of EU disclosed the EU assistance during a meeting with the Sri Lankan Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious…

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Beginning of a new era By Mangala Samraweera

January 9th was the beginning of a new era for Sri Lanka, domestically and significantly, also internationally. After my first week as the Foreign Minister and following my first diplomatic visit, I feel encouraged at the level of warmth, openness and goodwill shown to the new Government of Sri Lanka by an overwhelming number of representatives of the international community. I thank the many nations who have reached out to congratulate us, to invite us on formal state visits, and to wish us good luck for the challenging but riveting days ahead. I now also invite them to be participants and beneficiaries in our anticipated successes in the future. “Our first steps as a new…

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India to promote investment, joint ventures in Jaffna

With  around fifty percent of the  companies participating in the ongoing Jaffna International Trade Fair(JITF), being Indian affiliated, India yesterday assured that  more of its industrialists and entrepreneurs  would participate at next year’s edition of the exhibition. Addressing the opening ceremony of the sixth edition of JITF at the Jaffna Library auditorium, India’s Consul General in Jaffna, A.  Natarajan said that he would encourage more businessmen in his country to individually or in partnership with their Sri Lankan counterparts, invest in the Northern Peninsula. The three day exhibition is being held at the Municipal Ground, which is in close proximity to the Jaffna Library. They were also working towards strengthening the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement, which would be mutually beneficial for both…

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Mahinda May Lose SLFP Position Due To Coup Charges: CBK Tightens Grip

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to lose his position as a Patron of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party if the ongoing investigations prove his involvement in the attempted election night coup, a group supporting President Maithripala Sirisena says. The SLFP Central Committee met last evening with President Maithripala Sirisena at the chair and the party sources told Asian Mirror that the President was tightening his grip on the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. If the ongoing investigations into the attempted coup bring forth a substantial outcome, the former President will be accused by the party of conspiring against a democratically elected SLFP President. “Such a development, “the SLFP sources said,” will cost him all the…

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Ex-UPFA allies break ranks with SLFP New Opp. alliance in the making ahead of parliamentary polls

A new opposition alliance is in the making with former constituents of the SLFP-led UPFA distancing themselves from the SLFP, the largest single party in parliament.  With the new government pledging to call for fresh parliamentary polls soon after 100 days in power, former UPFA constituents are now pushing for an understanding to pave the way for an electoral pact.  Well informed sources told The Island that they would function in parliament separately consequent to the SLFP parliamentary group unanimously accepting President Maithripala Sirisena as its leader.  Leaders of ex-UPFA constituents have met in Colombo to discuss post-presidential poll strategy. The SLFP however hadn’t been represented at the first formal meeting of the grouping ahead…

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