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Police urged to act on SJB’s Easter Sunday revelations

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By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) yesterday (28) scoffed at police headquarters request for a report on the Easter Sunday carnage the party had handed over to the representatives of the Catholic Church on Monday (26) at St. Anyhony’s Church, Bambalapitiya.

Colombo District SJB lawmaker Dr. Harsha de Silva emphasised that there was absolutely no basis for police headquarters claim that a confidential report had been handed over to the Executive Director of the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), Maradana, at the Bambalapitiya Church.

Responding to another query, MP de Silva said that he accompanied the SJB delegation led by Chief Opposition Whip attorney-at-law Lakshman Kiriella. According to the former non-cabinet minister, the document contained issues at hand pertaining to the Easter Sunday mystery raised in parliament by SJB lawmakers, Manusha Nanayakkara, Harin Fernando and others.

DIG (Legal) attorney-at-law Ajith Rohana yesterday revealed that Director, CID requested Executive Director, Center for Society and Religion (CSR), Maradana, to hand over the copy received on Monday.

DIG Rohana refrained from naming the SJB as the party responsible for the so called confidential report. DIG Rohana said that the CID believed the report could be quite helpful to their ongoing investigations.

Lawmaker de Silva said that he was quite amused by the move made by the police. Reiterating the report contained what the SJB said in and outside parliament, MP de Silva requested the police to listen to statements made by Manusha Nanayakkara and Harin Fernando in parliament last week.

The meeting between the SJB and the Catholic clergy took place at Bambalapitiya in the wake of authorities prohibiting the gathering scheduled to take place at CSR, Maradana.

The SJB has told the Catholic clergy that an attempt was made to arrest MP Harin Fernando who challenged the alleged government bid to save those who perpetrated the Easter Sunday carnage. The main Opposition party has urged the Catholic Church to step up pressure on the government on the basis of several pertinent questions raised by the SJB in parliament.

MP de Silva said that the government never answered the questions raised by SJB members in parliament. The former UNPer questioned the rationale in the police adopting delaying tactics regardless of continuing concerns expressed by the Catholic Church.



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Information Dept. media release: EC Chief asks public not to be misled

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by Priyan de Silva

Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Nimal Punchihewa, asked to comment on a special news release, purportedly issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information, on Sunday (29), told  The Island  that preparations for the 09 March local government elections were going ahead, as planned, and that the media statement at issue was misleading.

The media statement says: “The gazette notice with signatures of the Chairman and other members of the Election Commission required for the commencement of the Local Government election process has not been sent to the Government Press for printing.”

Punchihewa requested the public not to be misled by any misinformation being spread in an attempt to create doubts in their minds.He also  reiterated that the EC would not be deterred by any acts of intimidation.

Three of the EC members have been threatened with death by an unidentified caller to resign from their posts. They are S. B. Divaratne, M. M. Mohamed and K. P. P. Pathirana. The Opposition has accused the government of trying to sabotage the LG polls.

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Cardinal urges Catholics to fight for justice

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 By Norman Palihawadane

Today’s Church does not need ‘sacristy Catholics’ but a laity who fight for justice, says Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.

Addressing a gathering at a ceremony to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Deva Dharma Nikethanaya, at Archbishop’s House auditorium, at Borella, last week, the Cardinal said that turning every layperson into a mature Christian, fit for leadership, should be the foremost duty of the Catholic Church. “Once the Catholic Church functioned as a Bishop-priest centered church and did only what the Bishop of the priest would say. We have to change the outlook of the Church. Today, we no longer need such sacristy Catholics. We need a laity who are ready to get down to the streets and fight for justice and do what is right for society,” the Cardinal said.

“The Church needs Christians who will commit themselves for Christ and follow his example. We do not need spoon-fed babies,” he said.

He said that the Bishops and Priests should not be afraid of handing over the responsibilities to the laity. “We should share our responsibilities with joy. The Church cannot continue otherwise. Understanding this situation, Pope Francis wants to change the priest-centres position that has become a theoretical doctrine in the church and to study how the church should change in a way that suits the present world.”

Apostolic Nuncio to Sri Lanka Rev Dr Brian Udaigwe and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference President Rt Rev Dr Harold Anthony Perera also addressed the gathering.

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Protests against 13A used to arouse communal feelings – SJB

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Protests against the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution are being used to arouse communal feelings among people ahead of an election, says the main Opposition SJB.

Addressing the media on Saturday, at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo, Chief Opposition Whip, SJB Kandy District MP Lakshman Kiriella, said:

“This country has witnessed many instances in the past. This time, too, the same old slogan of the country being divided is heard again.

“The 13th Amendment is part of the Constitution. All parties have contested elections under the 13th Amendment. The UNP, SLFP, SLPP and JVP have contested provincial council elections. It shows that they have accepted the 13th Amendment. Those in such parties now opposing the 13th Amendment must first explain how they oppose it directly while accepting the same indirectly by sending their members to the provincial councils set up under the 13th Amendment,” Kiriella said.

“The claim of the country being divided by the 13th amendment is made to arouse the communal feelings.

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