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The Hambantota Port Deal

By Mahinda Rajapaksa – Since the future of the Hambantota port is now under discussion, I wish to explain to the public, my position on this matter. The loans taken for the construction of this harbour were 450 million USD for the first phase, 70 million USD for the bunkering facility and 802 million USD […]

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Joint Opposition Urges Sirsena To Review Hambantota Port Deal

The Joint Opposition today urged President Maithripala Sirisena to delay the signing of any agreement in connection with the lease of the Hambantota Port citing severe misgivings with regard to the deal. In a letter addressed to Sirisena today, the Joint Opposition MPs warned of grave national and financial consequences to the country owing to […]

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Hambantota Fiasco & Implications For Future

By Laksiri Fernando – Fiasco might be a strong word, but it is fitting at least considering the Navy handling of the Journalist. For a while, because of this ‘fiasco,’ the bigger issue or the bigger Fiasco got blurred. The leasing of the Hambantota Port for 99 years at this stage of Sri Lanka’s economic […]

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Sirisena Gives Gun Trotting Former Hambantota Mayor Top SLFP Post

President Maithripala Sirisena who came to power last year with a good governance pledge, has fallen back on his promise once again after giving the gun trotting former Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Ravindra Fernando a top position in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). In 2014, armed with a pistol, Fernando led a gang of […]

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Presidential Commission To Probe Why Hambantota Opening Ceremony Cost Rs. 140 Million

The Presidential Commission appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena will carry out a fresh investigation into the exorbitant costs spent for the opening ceremony of the Hambantota Port in November 2010, which was completed during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term. It is learnt that the organizers have spent a staggering Rs. 140 million of which Rs. […]

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Ravi K Says Actual Cost Of Hambantota Cricket Stadium Is Rs. 852 Million, And Not Rs. 4.5 Billion As Claimed By Rajapaksa

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has disclosed that the actual cost of the infamous Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota is only Rs. 852 million, contrary to claims made by the former Mahinda Rajapaksa led government which said that the stadium was built at a cost of Rs. 4.5 billion. Karunanayake said that the […]

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Rotten Political Culture In Hambantota Needs To Be Changed

By Don Alwin Kularatne – We need to examine the nature of Sri Lanka’s election system with a focus on ‘the party nomination procedures’, who get the nominations at electoral and district levels, and whether the electors are disempowered by electing representatives from major parties to the parliament? The average electors have many concerns about the […]

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MS Wants Rajapaksa To Contest From Hambantota: Rajapaksa Still Silent Over District

President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly insisted that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should only contest from the Hambantota district under the UPFA ticket. He has also added that Rajapaksa will not be appointed as the Prime Ministerial candidate or the head of the UPFA election campaign. In addition, he had denied nominations for some close allies […]

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Alien Sinahalese Re-Settlers From Hambantota Given Three Acres In Wilpattu… But Half Acre To Muslims Is An Environmental Disaster!

The 2860 Sinhalese families settled in the Wilpattu area have been provided with three acres of land each compared to the half an acre for the Muslims, says the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka. From where did the land for these settlers come from?, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has asked. Writing to the JVP […]

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Are Laws Of The Country Inapplicable In Hambantota? – CSM

The Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM) has called upon the law enforcement authorities to investigate into the brutal attack on the Veediye Virodaya street drama group, by the Hambanthota Mayor Eraj Fernando on Sunday (21), while vehemently condemning the incident. Releasing a statement expressing their concern over the assault on the group led by senior artiste […]

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