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Minister Rishard Bathiudeen Apologizes To Court

Minister Rishard Bathiudeen, who intimidated the Manar Magistrate in 2012 October leading to the first ever strike in the Sri Lankan judiciary tendered an apology to the judiciary and the Magistrate of Mannaer.  After the attack, senior lawyers filed a contempt of court application in the Court of Appeal moving to deal with the Minister […]

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Bathiudeen Slaps PRECIFAC, Appoints Tainted Officer To Top Post At Ministry

In a shocking case showcasing gross abuse of ministerial powers, Lanka Sathosa Chief Engineer K Ariyawansha, whose services was terminated over a multi-million rupee fraud has been re-appointed to a top-post in the Industry and Commerce ministry by minister in charge of the subject Rishard Bathiudeen. Lanka Sathosa too comes under the same ministry. Ariyawansha […]

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Minister Bathiudeen Files Lawsuit Against Bodu Bala Sena

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has filed a lawsuit against Bodu Bala Sena today claiming 500 Million rupees (US $ 3.82 Mn) compensation for defamatory statements made by the BBS in Colombo District courts. The statement issued by Minister Bathiudeen is reproduced below in full: Minister of Industry and Commerce Hon. Rishard Bathiudeen filed action […]

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Maithri’s Gazette On Lands Adjacent To Wilpattu National Park

By Latheef Farook – Calculated Move to Prevent Muslim Refugees from returning to their lands? On Friday 24 March 2017 President Maithripala Sirisena signed a gazette notification, during his official visit to Russia, declaring around 100,000 acre lands adjacent to Wilpattu National Park as “forest conserves”. The inevitable question is why it was signed in […]

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Plight Of Northern Muslim IDPs In Sri Lanka

By Mohamed Shareef Asees – It has been 27 years since the Muslims were forcibly evicted from their homes in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. It is reported that around 15,000 Muslim families were forcibly expelled by the LTTE from their homes in five districts: Jaffna 3,475, Mannar 8,200, Vavuniya 1,800, Mulaitheevu 1,000 and […]

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The Political Hypocrisy Of President Maithripala Sirisena – Muslim IDPs Tossed Out

By Hilmy Ahamed – A Tamil saying goes thus “Stealing the neighbour’s chicken for the mother’s almsgiving“. President Sirisena in his total betrayal of the Muslims did just that with one stroke of his pen from Moscow on 24th March, 2017, when he signed the gazette notification declaring Mavillu, Weppal, Karadikkuli, Marichchikadi and Vilaththikulam forests […]

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The Farce That Is Yahapālanaya – Two Years On And Failing

By Hilmy Ahamed – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will do well to remember the deceit of Madame Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga in April 2004. The current President Maithripala Sirisena could repeat history as pressure mounts on him to save his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP-M). The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (Maithri Faction), as per media reports […]

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Resettlement Of Muslim IDPs & Issues Of Wilpattu

By Mohamed Shareef Asees – It has been 27 years since the Muslims were forcibly evicted from the Northern Province by the LTTE and have been living in the Puttalam district in many IDP camps in vulnerable conditions. The end of conflict in May 2009 brought a new hope for the resettlement of Muslim IDPs. […]

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The ‘Double Talk’ Of President Sirisena, A Betrayal Of The Muslim IDPs

By Hilmy Ahamed – President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Muslim IDPs have encroached and destroyed land belonging to the Wilpattu National Park (June 2015). President Sirisena says Muslims have not cleared one inch of Wilpattu Land (December 2016) President Sirisena orders the expansion of the forest reserve by taking over the land allocated to […]

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Political & Religious Leadership Crisis Of Sri Lankan Muslims

By Latheef Farook – Who represent the Muslim community in the government? The shocking answer is “NONE”. One may ask “how could the Muslims complain as there are several Muslim ministers and deputy ministers in the government”. Yes there are many Muslim ministers, but they do not represent the community as most of them entered […]

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