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Sirisena dissolves SL parliament as Rajapaksa fails on numbers game

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 November 2018, 23:06 GMT]
Maithiripala Sirisena, the executive president of the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka, dissolved the SL Parliament on Friday. Mr Sirisena was citing a mixture of constitutional clauses to justify his decision. The move comes as the newly appointed SL Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa reportedly failed to secure the majority needed to justify his appointment. There were widespread allegations that the Rajapaksa brothers were investing ‘Chinese money’ to buy over the parliamentarians. However, such buy-overs have not taken place to the alleged extent. Tamil political observers, not aligned to any of the geopolitical camps, believe that both the USA and China, who are the leading global actors as well as India which has emerged as the main ally of the Trump administration in the Indian Ocean Region, seem to be at a wait-and-see mode at the moment.
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SL Police blocks memorial monument for 1984 massacre victims in Vanni

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 07 November 2018, 11:04 GMT]
The police of the unitary state of genocidal Sri Lanka, stationed at Oddu-chuddaan has blocked the resettled Tamil families of Othiya-malai village from proceeding with erecting a memorial monument for civilians who were massacred by the occupying Sinhala military in 1984. Only 50 of 110 families living in the village in 1984 managed to resettle after 27 years in 2012. Since then, they use to mark the massacred victims at the Rural Development Society building, where the massacre took place. This year, the families resolved to put up a small memorial monument in remembrance of their loved ones. However, the SL Police has warned the families against erecting the memorial.
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SL military defies court order, erects Buddha statue in Mullaith-theevu

[TamilNet, Monday, 05 November 2018, 09:28 GMT]
Emboldened by the recent re-emergence of Rajapaksa brothers in the South, the occupying Sinhala Army has erected a Buddha statue at Neeraavi-eattam (Neeraaviyadi) on Friday. The SLA 593 Brigade was openly violating a stay order on converting Pazhaiya-Chemmalai Pi'l'liaayar temple into a Buddhist vihara, Karai-thu'raip-pattu Divisional Secretariat officials told TamilNet on Monday. The SL Army soldiers were having a Buddha statue covered in a glass box inside their camp. On Friday, they moved it to the disputed Neeraaviyadi temple, the sources said. Both the UNP regime, which was controlling the SL Archaeology Department until recently, SL President Maithiripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa's SLPP have been competing to Sinhalicise Neeraaviyadi, the Tamil officials said.
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Wickramasinghe worse in China dealings: Namal Rajapaksa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 04 November 2018, 23:21 GMT]
“If you look at the agreements that honourable Ranil Wickramasinghe got into with certain countries [China], it is far worse than [what my father did in] getting them to invest in our country,” Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of Mahinda Rajapaksa, said as his response to a direct question posed by the Indian NDTV correspondent in Colombo. His question was that there was a fear in Indian quarters that the return of Rajapaksa would lead to a pro-China tilt.
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UN late to demand Sirisena to honour Geneva commitments: ICP

[TamilNet, Saturday, 03 November 2018, 23:02 GMT]
The United Nations was late to demand SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, whom the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has previously praised, to respect its commitments made in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, reported Inner City Press (ICP), which covers the U.N. activities in New York, on Friday. To a question posed by the ICP on 29 October, the UN system was responding that its Resident Coordinator met with the SL Speaker of Parliament and the reply only mentioned the UN representative as stressing respect to constitutional provisions. There was no mention on upholding commitments made by the SL State in Geneva. Only on 01 November the UN Secretary-General spoke with SL President and encouraged Sirisena's Government to uphold its “earlier commitments to human rights, justice and reconciliation, in line with Human Rights Council resolutions,” the ICP observed.
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Sirisena's ‘Sri Lanka’ with biggest decline in Internet freedom in 2018

[TamilNet, Friday, 02 November 2018, 23:07 GMT]
Internet freedom declined dramatically in ‘Sri Lanka’ in 2018 following major restrictions to connectivity and social media platforms during communal violence in March, says a comprehensive global study of internet freedom in 65 countries. The study was carried out by the Washington DC based Freedom House, which said its study covered 87 per cent of the world’s internet users. Of the 65 countries assessed, 26 have been on an overall decline since June 2017, compared with 19 that registered net improvements. The biggest score declines took place in Egypt and Sri Lanka, followed by Cambodia, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Venezuela, the report said.
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US think tank: Rajapaksa unlikely to deal with China as before

[TamilNet, Thursday, 01 November 2018, 23:51 GMT]
“Rajapaksa learned hard lessons from his last experience dealing with China on Belt and Road investments,” Andrew Small, a senior Fellow with Washington-based German Marshall Fund (GMF), was quoted as saying by New York-based Bloomberg on Thursday.  “Although Beijing will be happy to see his return – and was expecting it in the next round of elections anyway – it is unlikely that the dynamic will be the same as the last time he was in power,” the Asia expert has further said.
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