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Seven sentenced to death over Sri Lanka’s Vidya’s abduction, rape and murder.

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The incident where 17 years old schoolgirl Vidya studying at Punkudithi Maha Vidyalaya in Jaffna was kidnapped in the year 2015 and was subjected to collective rape being murdered subsequently which was an incident that created a big uproar. Today three-judge bench of Jaffna High Court hearing the case filed over the abduction, gang rape and murder of schoolgirl Sivaloganathan Vidya gave the death penalty to the 7 suspects including the chief suspect in the case ‘Swiss Kumar’.  Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheliyan while sentencing them said the first and the seventh accused should be released because of the lack of evidence against them.

The seven men found guilty were also sentenced to 30 years rigorous imprisonment and ordered to pay Rs.1 million as compensation to Vidya’s family. 18-year-old Sivaloganathan Vidya of Pungudutivu in Jaffna was abducted, sexually abused and murdered in May 2015

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Shalila Moonasinghe’s British Citizenship leads to deeper controversies and legal complications of 2015 presidential election nominations.   

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Sri Lanka’s President Sirisena was nominated for the 2015 presidential election by the NDF founded in 2009.

Shalila Moonesinghe, is the leader of the New Democratic Front (NDF) under whose nomination President Maithripala Sirisena won the January 2015 Presidential election under the symbol of the ‘swan’. It is currently a constituent partner of the United National Front.

Now that “Shalila Moonasinghe” – Also the former CEO of “Litro” Gas who is accused of USD 1.1 million fraud and  is in remand is suspected to be a British Citizen who has brought more complications on the election process of the current President who was nominated by the New Democratic Front in which “Moonasinghe” is the President of the party.

In December 2014 presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena deposited his bond for the 2015 presidential Elections, under the “symbol of the swan” of the New Democratic Front. On January 8th of 2015, Sirisena won the presidential election and was sworn in as the new President of Sri Lanka on 9 January 2015 after defeating the incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

According to the constitution of Sri Lanka: 

Any citizen who is qualified to be elected to the office of President may be nominated by a recognized political party (Article 31) elected by the people (Art (30-2) and hold office for a period of six years. Citizenship is described in Article 26 as the entitlement of one who has exclusive rights to be a member of the legislature and the Executive. Voter is defined in the Constitution and the subsidiary legislation as a citizen qualified with restrictions which indicate the intention of the legislature that it is only citizens of Sri Lanka who have the exclusive right to be members of the legislature and the Executive which is further qualified in the 19th Amendment repeatedly.

As a result of that what is the validity of the election process of the nominated candidate by a political party led by a foreigner? According to this incident we need to see the legal background and the validity of  British Citizen nominate a candidate for the presidential election in year 2010 and 2015.  As we have learnt, It is illegal and immoral and unsafe for a foreigner to be a leader of a political party recognized based on a statute and/or by the Election Commission/Commissioner. Then election commissioner’s department and legal experts should need to investigate this matter thoroughly as this lead to deeper controversies and legal complications.

 

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Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena had no right to contest the presidential election again.

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Sri Lanka’s one of leading political party called Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), one of the party played major role to defeat previous government and Maithripala Sirisena brought into the power now pledged to defeat President Sirisena just as the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa if he contest the presidential election again breaking his pledge to the people. Party further says that President Maithripala Sirisena had no moral right to contest the presidential election again.

Party MP Vijitha Herath said the President should reveal his stance on the abolishing of the executive presidency immediately.

“President Sirisena said there would be no presidential election again. He reaffirmed it at the cremation of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera. Therefore he has no moral right to contest the presidential election again whatever the SLFP stance would be. He should keep the promise made to the people,’ he further stated.

 

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Rising cost of living in Sri Lanka : Minister of Disaster Management in Sri Lanka warns.

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According to the local media reports revealed, Minister of Disaster Management in Sri Lanka was critical of the government’s current mechanisms established to contain the rising cost of living, at last Cabinet meeting.

The Cabinet of Sri Lanka met with President Maithripala Sirisena in the chair 17th evening in Colombo.

During the cabinet meeting minister Anura Yapa  had informed the president and cabinet, the mechanism had not yielded, and therefore new measures had to be worked out soon to prevent from increasing cost of living. The Minister also stated that SATHOSA, the state-owned retail chain, was not able to make an impact in bringing down the prices of essential items.

“SATHOSA alone cannot address the issue. There should be a system involving all the stakeholders to control the prices. The price is determined according to the supply and demand. When there is a shortfall in supply of any item, it has to be increased. We need a mechanism for it,” he further stated.

 

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