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The “Pohottuwa” party’s presidential hopeful, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has once again returned to his plans of militarizing the country, which was cut short when his brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated at the last presidential election in January 2015.

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Author Shakthika Sathkumara, who was arrested and remanded under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act, was granted bail by the Kurunegala High Court yesterday (5).

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s chief of staff, Minister Sagala Ratnayake has been discovered while having a secret discussion with former Defence Secretary and “Pohottuwa” party’s presidential candidate, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

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 The issue of former Defence Secretary and presidential hopeful Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s dual citizenship has taken a new twist with revelations that he had obtained his new Sri Lankan passport sans the “dual citizen” stamp without appearing in person and by applying after hours to the Immigration and Emigration Department.

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 Despite claims being made to the effect by the leadership of Islamic State (IS) of its involvement in the Easter Sunday attacks in April, a panel appointed by the UN has noted that the IS was not involved in the April attacks in Sri Lanka.