Month: July 2020

Murder accuse Pillayan assured Ministerial post by Rajapakshe

By Easwaran Rutnam Former LTTE fighter and leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan has been assured a Ministerial post if he wins the Parliamentary election. Pillayan, who is currently in remand prison, is contesting the polls in the East on the TMVP ticket in some areas and under the …

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KP and former LTTE Eastern Commander Karuna Amman are working for the SLPP.

Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today accused the Government of using Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias KP, a key LTTE leader, for its election campaign. Speaking at an election rally today, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya candidate at the Parliamentary election said that KP is carrying out the election campaign of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in …

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Economic mismanagement by Gotabaya Rajapaksa govt is the main cause for the suffering people were undergoing and not the Coronavirus pandemic says UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe

by Zacki Jabbar Former Prime Minister and leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe is hoping there will be a high voter turnout at the forthcoming general election, which, he believes, will prove advantageous to the UNP. “The higher the number of votes cast, the better for the UNP,” Wickremesinghe said in an interview with The …

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“Do we want this ‘new normal’ of unchecked power, ‘authoritarian leadership’ and militarisation to facilitate or ensure economic growth and the sustainable development of our country? – Friday Forum.

( Text of a Media Release Issued by the ” FRIDAY FORUM” on 29th July, 2020 Under the Heading “VOTING IN THE ELECTIONS 2020: FOR PUBLIC OR RULERS’ WELFARE?) On August 5th 2020, we as citizens will choose the people who may join the President in governing this country for the next five years, if …

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Tamils Desiring a Silk “Verti” May Lose Even Their Cotton “Verti”.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Rajapalsa regime is all out to get a two-thirds majority in Parliament through the forthcoming elections on August 5. The avowed objective of such a steam -roller majority is to promulgate a new Constitution or enact Constitutional amendments unilaterally. According to Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna(SLPP) ideologue Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris a strong …

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TGTE never showed any remorse over child soldiers: Lord Naseby

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), which has started legal action in the UK to lift the proscription on the LTTE, has never shown any remorse over child soldiers, Lord Naseby, the President of the All Party British Sri Lanka Parliamentary Group said yesterday. Speaking during the debate on Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 in the …

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Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections will shape its political future—likely for the worse and validate the Rajapaksas’ Buddhist nationalist agenda at the expense of minorities.

Sri Lanka’s upcoming parliamentary elections will serve as an indicator of the island’s future political direction, potential executive power buildup, and future geopolitical stance. With complications from the coronavirus pandemic, during which the Sri Lankan election commission has struggled to ensure that voting will be free, fair, and safe for all, the twice-delayed election may …

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JVP vows to fight moves to abolish 19A

Will join opposition forces in new Parliament to block any repeal of 19A Says repealing 19A will roll back democratic gains  Cites independent commissions and CC scrutiny of senior State-level appointees as positives Expresses concern about too many ex-military personnel appointments under new administration Wants more robust COVID-19 Govt. support for companies and employees By …

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In 1995, under the Liam Fox agreement, both the main parties agreed to introduce Federalism.

Karuna is doing politics for the Rajapaksas. We ask TNA to join hands with us to form the Government and accept portfolios as the Tamil parties in the estate sector and the Muslim parties do.    Q  Pragmatism and a new innovative economic model are concepts you espoused for a long time.  You said the SJB follows …

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Mahinda can make fools dance to his tune and educated men listen to him

Mahinda’s aggressive subordinates in politics must be told that ‘violence’ and ‘thuggery’ have no place in present politics.  We like Mahinda Rajapaksa for many reasons. The veteran politician can turn the tide when the ships are down. He can make fools dance to his tune and educated men listen to him. This upcoming election is vital …

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TNA is trying to achieve what the LTTE failed to gain by firepower says Mahinda

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the Tamil National Alliance was trying to achieve what the LTTE failed to gain by firepower. He said that the government will not give into TNA demands to divide this country on ethnic lines and there will be no room for a separate State in Sri Lanka under his …

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The State should play a critical role in fostering inter-communal relations

When the month of July comes around there are many reflections on the incidents of July 1983 and the pogrom that targeted the Tamil community. The incidents of that month will always evoke a collective sense of shame for all Sri Lankans when a section of its citizens, the Tamil community, was targeted by organised …

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A case against 2/3 majority

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the fellow travellers of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) are asking for a two-thirds majority in the general election. For what? They want to abolish the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, one of the few progressive constitutional provisions to be adopted in the independent history. (It moderated the excesses …

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