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Maithri, Ranil, CBK In Special Discussion

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga have had a special discussion on matters related to the state. Well informed sources said that the meeting took place at the Presidential Secretariat. One of the issues discussed at the meeting was a claim that investigations into the allegations against the family [...]

Criticism Of Murali: Barking At The Moon

by Gamini Weerakoon Muttiah Muralitharan, who brought unparalleled fame and glory in cricket to Sri Lanka not so long ago, was last week being accused by this country’s cricketing nincompoops, fanatical nationalists and bookie associates of treason! It was indeed ironic that while this baying at the moon was continuing, the supreme body for Cricket, [...]

Alleged Police Torture Exposed In Court

by Easwaran Rutnam Alleged police torture was taken up at the Mallakam court last week where it was alleged that the Chunnakam police had assaulted and killed a suspect in 2011 and later turned the murder into suicide. Witnesses identified the policemen involved in the murder and the court later ordered the arrest of the [...]

Making Sri Lanka A Prime Destination For FDIs

by Dinesh Isuru Although Sri Lanka’s ministry tasked with the tedious task of attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country and making the Indian Ocean island a prime destination for FDIs – Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade promised to present the much-awaited Agency for Development (AfD) Bill to Parliament last year, unfortunately [...]

Jaffna University – When Entitlement Is Rejected

On the 16th of July, a clash happened between students at Jaffna University over the inclusion of Sinhalese cultural spectacles in the welcome event. Below is a brief of the events but a more in-depth report of the goings-on can be found on DBS Jeyaraj’s blog. The background to this skirmish is a freshers’ welcome [...]

Military Intelligence Chief Replacement Inevitable

by Chamila Tissera Demands for Army Commander, General Crishantha De Silva to replace Director of Military Intelligence (DMI) Brigadier Suresh Sallay have grown to a fever pitch after the master spy’s top aide, Warrant Officer Prema Ananda Udalagama, was picked out last week in an identification parade for complicity in the assassination of founding editor [...]

And Then ‘They’ Came For Him

Army’s top spy accused at identity parade 2 IGPs, 3 DIGs interrogated for complicity in Editor’s murder Wickrematunge lends clues in “letter from the grave” CID evasive on questions of means and motive by Vimukthi Yapa But who is “they”? One household employee of Wickrematunge had harboured a suspicion that “they” were sent by former [...]

Ban On Russian Athletes Revives Memories Of Cold War Era

by Gamini Weerakoon Politics with a dash of nationalism added to sports go to make a bitter decoction. Last week we saw the Olympic Games dating back to the golden days of Greece once again being besmirched by the hangover of the Cold War that we thought ended 27 years ago. The attempted blanket ban [...]

AG’s Advice Sought To Acquire Two Houses Of Basil

by Ranjith Gunawardena The advice of the Attorney General (AG) has been sought by the government to acquire two luxury houses belonging to former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa. The two houses, including one located in Kelaniya, had been acquired by Rajapaksa illegally when he was a Minister. The government is now looking at options [...]

‘‘Overruling A Judgement Not PM’s Right”

Singarasa Case by Hafsa Sabry The Singarasa case is being challenged in court with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe requesting the Speaker of Parliament to overrule a judgment given by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka which is a clear violation of the laws vested upon the Constitution. The Prime Minister has requested the Speaker to [...]

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