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President Sirisena Dismissed Muslims, When He Gazetted Lands Around Wilpattu-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

March 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

President Maithripla Sirisena’s Friday 24 March 2017 gazette notification, declaring nearly 100,000 acre lands adjacent to Wilpattu National Park as “forest reserve” has not surprised anyone as he has been pampering the very Sinhala racists whom he pledged to contain.

In fact this has been racists wish and President Maithripala has fulfilled it.

Killing Lasantha And Attacking Journos: Was It Gota Or Fonny Or Both?-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

March 29, 2017 at 6:17 pm

Torture survivor journalist Keith Noyahr informed the Sri Lankan government via Interpol that he would not participate in the ongoing investigations until they arrest the persons who gave the orders for his abduction out of fear for his life, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.

The Keith Noyahr abduction in 2008 took a decisive turn when the journalist made a written complaint to the Criminal Investigation Department a few months ago. Noyahr fled the country with his family to Australia no sooner he was released from hospital without making a detailed statement of his abduction and assault.

The political hypocrisy of President Maithripala Sirisena:

March 29, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Muslim IDPs tossed out


President Maithripala Sirisena

A Tamil saying goes thus: “Stealing the neighbour’s chicken for the mother’s almsgiving.”

Malik tears down ‘Joint Opposition’

March 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm


  • In far-reaching interview, reiterates national unity here to stay; Govt. to lift Lankans to new socioeconomic heights


Under constant watch by the Joint Opposition and the country at large, Malik Samarawickrama is one of the most powerful ministers of the unity Government and a close confidante of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Apart from being Chairman of the UNP, Samarawickrama holds the crucial portfolio of Development Strategies and International Trade, on which rests the responsibility of shaping proper policies and championing projects of strategic and national importance. The Daily FT met up with Samarawickrama to get his insights on the success of the Yahapalanaya unity Government so far as well as its response to current issues and some of the allegations of the Joint Opposition. The following are excerpts. 

War crime probes will hinder Sri Lanka’s reconciliation: Gota

March 29, 2017 at 5:47 pm


IN-2Reuters: War crime investigations backed by some Western countries and the United Nations will exacerbate the differences between Sri Lanka’s two main ethnic groups instead of uniting them, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Monday.

As Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the brother of former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, oversaw the defeat of the separatist, predominantly Hindu Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) by the Government military in a 26-year war.

SL must come to terms with past tragedies: Mangala

March 29, 2017 at 5:43 pm



Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera – Pic by Upul Abayasekara

Van believed to have been used in Noyahr’s abduction found

March 29, 2017 at 5:41 pm


A van believed to have been used in the abduction of former journalist Keith Noyahr has been found in Piliyandala.

Noyahr was abducted in May 2008 and was severely assaulted before being set free.

Counsel seeks CA to direct CID to discover absconding accused

March 29, 2017 at 5:39 pm


By S.S. Selvanayagam

Counsel Sumathiran on Tuesday pleaded the Court of Appeal to issue directive to the CID to trace out the whereabouts of three accused including a Navy Officer Sambath and report to Court.

Bangladesh Bank heist was ‘state-sponsored’: US official

March 29, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Reuters: The heist of $ 81 million from the Bangladesh Central Bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve last year was “state-sponsored,” an FBI officer in the Philippines, who has been involved in the investigations, said on Wednesday.

US presents Sandya Ekneligoda with International Woman of Courage award

March 29, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Untitled-4Washington, DC: US first lady Melania Trump presents the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to Sandya Ekneligoda in Washington, DC. The award honours women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength and leadership in acting to improve the lives of others – Getty Images/AFP

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