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We too have files says Champika and SB

1st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and former Minister Champika Ranawaka claims he too has files on the Government and will make them public. His comment comes after President Mahinda Rajapaksa had said recently that he has files on those who left the Government, but will not make them public. Ranawaka accused the Finance Ministry of stealing from the public through the price of petrol. He said that taxes on fuel and electricity is being used to pay for the construction and maintenance of the new highways. The former Minister said that three-wheel drivers and motorbike riders should surround the Finance Ministry for stealing from their purse. “It is the three-wheel driver and motorbike rider who pay for the highway through the cost of fuel but […]

Minister Navin resigns, joins opposition

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister of State Management Reforms Navin Dissanayake has sent his letter of resignation  from his Ministerial post, to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In the letter, Dissanayake explains the reasons behind his resignation adding among them was that he was unable to carry out his responsibilities and meet the needs of the people in Nuwara Eliya District, who he represents. While also resigning from the Nuwara Eliya electorate coordinating council, Dissanayake says he hopes join hands with the forces mobilising to abolish the executive presidency. Extracts from his resignation letter: “I never got the opportunity to serve the rural people of Nuwara Eliya despite being their MP and Minister. I was never able to achieve those goals. Although some ministers were granted unlimited funds and the approval to create […]

FILES? – SLMC and MR hold talks

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

SLMC and MR hold crucial talks The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has had crucial talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the party looks to decide who it will support at the Presidential elections next year. An SLMC delegation led by SLMC leader and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem met the President and a government delegation which included Minister Basil Rajapaksa, and detailed to them the core issues faced by the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, an SLMC source said. The SLMC had also noted some concerns with regards to the Eastern Provincial Council and also discussed other political issues at the talks with the President……………   read more   BBC News – Sri Lanka Muslims killed in Aluthgama clashes … www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27864716 16 Jun 2014 – At least […]

‘Muslims Have Already Decided On The Election’ : Azath Salley

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Former Deputy Mayor of Colombo and Muslim Tamil Unity Alliance leader Azath Salley has stated that the Muslim people have already decided which side to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Speaking to BBC during a visit to London, he has added that Bodu Bala Sena’s decision to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa has put not only the minorities but even the Buddhists in a difficulty to vote for the president. The government has a standard formula of four terms namely, ‘diaspora, NGO, external forces and contractors” but the people has had enough of hearing it and the government does not have anything else to say, Salley has added. He has also said that finding a common candidate was the difficult part of the campaign and […]

JVP Stresses The Need Of Regime-Change

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

JVP Stresses The Need Of Regime-Change Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said that the JVP could never be a hundred percent certain that Maithripala Sirisena will abolish executive presidency. Speaking at the “Satana” political talk show on Sirasa TV last night, he mentioned that promises of abolishing the executive presidency has been given before but not kept. There is always the risk of a repeat of that scenario once again, he added. Herath said that this is the reason for the JVP to formally keep out of endorsing Maithripala Sirisena officially. He added that a people’s movement should be created to apply pressure on Sirisena to deliver his promise when he is elected adding that he should give the promise not to the […]

Despite evidence police neither see nor hear Govt. supporters’ evil

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

20 School Children Tested HIV Positive By Indika Sri Aravinda As Sri Lanka joins the world to observe World AIDS Day tomorrow, statistics have revealed that several children have been tested positive for HIV in Sri Lanka. The National STD/AIDS Control Programme said that 20 children had been identified this year as being HIV positive. Director of the programme, Sisira Liyanage told The Sunday Leader that a survey had found that some school children had contracted HIV as a result of having unsafe sex. He said that other ways in which the deadly disease had been transmitted to children was by way of mothers who are HIV positive. Overall, in Sri Lanka between 1997 and September 2014 health officials have identified 2,014 people with HIV of which 331 […]

‘BEST BLACK FRIDAY OFFER IN SRI LANKA’ – Rs 450 million per Govt MP and Opposition MPs who cross over

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Rs 450 million per Govt MP and Opposition MPs who cross over The Sri Lanka Government is to allocate funding for over 150 special development projects using the carry forward allocations of the earlier 2014 budget, top government sources said. High level government authorities have issued a directive to immediately allocate Rs.450 million per head as development funds to selected parliamentarians. The sources, who declined to be named, said that the allocation (Rs. 450 million each) would also apply to MPs who cross over to government ranks. While this emergency allocation is part of the 2014 budget’s unutilised money for around 80 expenditure proposals, the money allocated for these projects have been already utilised for other urgent work and may now have to come from […]

We Have Yet Not Decided -TNA

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Will Discuss On A Third Candidate – Udaya Gammanpila The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has decided to submit three proposals to the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.  The JHU proposals are to abolish the dictatorial powers of the President, establish independent commissions to guarantee good governance and amend the election system to be answerable to people. Speaking to The Sunday Leader the JHU MP Udaya Gamanpila said that they have exhausted all avenues of discussion with the government. However, he said that they had not held any discussions with any other party prior to relinquishing their ministerial portfolios as his party considered it unethical. Asked why his party had submitted a complete set of proposals to the government but only three to the common opposition, he said that […]

“limit” former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s role in the presidential campaign

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Maithripala’s campaign hits ‘CBK snag’ The ‘common opposition’ has been compelled to “limit” former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s role in the presidential campaign of Maithripala Sirisena due to pressure from the Jathika Hela Urumaya, The Nation learns. The JHU, which has expected to play an active role in Sirisena’s campaign, has indicated – through various channels – to the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that Kumaratunga’s role in the presidential campaign should be reduced, at least in open forums…………………  read all – See more at: http://www.nation.lk/edition/latest-top-stories/item/35786-maithripala%E2%80%99s-campaign-hits-%E2%80%98cbk-snag%E2%80%99.html#sthash.oB6c6kte.dpuf Flagrant violation of polls laws, elections already not on a level field – CMEV by Maheen Senanayake The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) is currently in the process of recruiting field staff for the 160 polling divisions and field […]

Maithripala Sirisena would obtain 59% of the vote compared to just 41% for Mahinda.

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Ravaya lead rubbished ‘We stand by our story’ — Ravaya  Election Predictions Despite the State Intelligence Service (SIS) stating that it would sue the Ravaya newspaper for publishing a ‘false’ and defamatory article, the newspaper emphasized that it stood by its story.  News Editor of Ravaya, Lasantha Ruhunage, told The Nation yesterday (November 29) that the paper stood by its story and had no intention of apologizing. “As for legal action (by SIS), we’ll have to wait and see what happens,” he said. Ravaya’s lead story last week claimed that the Head of SIS, DIG Chandra Wakishta, had been removed from his post after the intelligence service had informed the President that the opposition’s common candidate Maithripala Sirisena would obtain 59 percent of the vote […]

Catholic Bishops were promised by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa BUT He like his brother has gone back on his promise!

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Catholic Bishops were promised by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa last month that he would take all such posters down. He has, however, gone back on his promise,” Earlier, this week, the Catholic Church issued a statement requesting the authorities to remove all political posters and cutouts with the Pope’s image. The Church also urged political parties to refrain from using the Pope’s visit for the political campaign ahead of the presidential election. “We feel our request is quite enough. If the people involved have any ethics and morals they will adhere to our request. And we have faith that they will,” Fr Gamini said. Mannar’s Bishop Rt. Rev. Rayappu Joseph said he was against the use of the Pope’s visit for political campaign. “The Catholic […]

700,000 strong vote base in the North. Will that be the deciding factor at the January polls is a pertinent question?

30th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Confusion confounded in country’s ‘colour’ politics However, India seems to be closely monitoring the development in Sri Lanka with a Presidential Poll in January. Colombo views the Maithripala defection to challenge Rajapaksa as an international conspiracy backed by the West. Government Ministers repeatedly level that accusation against Western greats, Britain and the United States of America. The two big nations are yet to respond to that charge. Meanwhile, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which represents the majority Tamil vote in the North and a considerable segment in the East appears to back common candidate Maithripala. There is a 700,000 strong vote base in the North. The TNA commands the majority of that sizeable vote. Will that be the deciding factor at the January polls is […]

I’m the ONLY one who can abolish the Executive Presidency, but will NOT do it as I promised!

29th November 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said ONLY he could abolish the Executive Presidency because his government already possessed the two-thirds majority in Parliament. “If the only reason to campaign against me is the abolishment of the executive presidency, what they should know is that I’m the ONLY one who can do that, (and will not do it although I have promised to do so)” he said. He expressed these views today while addressing a ceremony held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre to offer the credentials assigning sacred lands for Buddhist Monks of the Sasanaraksan Bala Mandalaya. He said two-thirds majority in parliament was necessary for the Constitutional amendments to abolish the executive presidency and only his government was capable of doing it. Five years ago he […]

Comments on JHU leaving government

29th November 2014 // 0 Comments

“Ask this question from the President” – Nimal Siripala de Silva Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Leader of the House, Nimal Siripala De Silva refused to speak on behalf of the government regarding the JHU’s decision.“You should ask this question from the president,” he said before hanging up. “Doors open to put country above positions” – Gayantha Karunathilake Galle District United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Gayantha Karunathilake pointed out the JHU’s decision to leave the government on principle had been made as the UPFA government had failed to honor its promise to abolish the executive presidency. He said the UNP saw the JHU’s move as a positive initial step in a wide-ranging effort to defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa and abolish the executive […]

JHU will give the government another chance

29th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Deputy Secretary of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Udaya Gammanpila, in an interview with Ceylon Today, says the JHU will give the government another chance. Excerpts:By Shalika Wimalasena Q: Can you outline the JHU’s present stand? A: We always take the side of the people. We gave up positions in the government to ensure the people’s success. We don’t have any hatred towards the government. Q: Did the government ill-treat the JHU? A: No. We were treated well. This is not a move taken due to disappointment over treatment. Q: You will soon have to use public transport if you continue this. A: It doesn’t matter. Minister Champika and I don’t own private vehicles. Q: Why do you still say that you will remain in […]

SLMC to stage coup!

29th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Lakshmi Jayakody The Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) may be dissolved, as its Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Councillors have decided to launch a political coup against the local body’s ruling party. The EPC members representing the SLMC have pressurized the SLMC leadership to leave the government. Reliable sources, speaking to Ceylon Today, said the upcoming EPC budget was likely to be defeated and it was likely that the EPC would be dissolved. The EPC budget is to be taken up for reading from 1-5 December. The All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) members; M.M.S Amir Ali, Sibli Farook and M. S. Zubair who were part of the UPFA have left the… .. Alliance and currently function as independent members in the council. The ruling party […]

Government fears dissolution of PCs

29th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Government fears dissolution of PCs By Zahrah Imtiaz The Joint Opposition yesterday said the government would not convene any meetings in the Provincial Councils (PC) until after the Presidential Election, as they fear that Councils would face dissolution if they were to meet. “The government has postponed the Uva Provincial Council meeting and they say it is because it is ‘too cold’ to hold a meeting. Looks like Uva is suffering from a fever and several more PCs are going to catch it,” Opposition’s common candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, said. He said the government would try its best to postpone meetings of all PCs in order to avoid major crossovers in the local bodies. The meetings of two other PCs are expected to be postponed. Sirisena, […]

Rajapaksa Family Controls 56% Of Budget, 16% More Than In 2010

29th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Niranjan Rambukwella – Out of every rupee spent by our government, 56 cents are directly controlled by members of the Rajapaksa family. Analysis of budgets over the last five years reveals that the share of the budget controlled by the Rajapaksa family, viz Mahinda Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa MP and Nirupama Rajapaksa MP, increased 16 percent – from an already gargantuan 40 percent in 2010 to an eye-watering 56 percent this year. The chart below tells the story. Also, over half the budget is personally controlled by Mahinda Rajapaksa alone – see the table below. Its also worth remembering that the chair of the primary body charged with ensuring that no hank-panky occurs, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, is Sarath Amunugama MP – a minister who serves at […]

A.H.M. Azwer resigns from Parliament

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

UPFA National List MP A.H.M. Azwer has resigned from Parliament today. Speaking to Ada Derana, the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake stated that Azwer tendered his resignation a short while ago. Azwer is a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which nominated him on its National List to the Sri Lankan Parliament in 2010. BBS to support President Rajapaksa Most issues raised by BBS are rational Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana Video: No more talks with MR: JHU Thursday, 27 November 2014 18:47 Our doors are closed and all the opportunities we offered President Rajapaksa to work with us have run out, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka today said. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/#sthash.XInrR62l.dpuf Mihintale PS […]

Muslim vote is significant in the election – Mahinda In Dire Straits

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajasingham Jayadevan – President Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken a calculated gamble when odds were seriously against him to call the Presidential election on 8 January 2015. Intoxicated with power, greed and destined by his fate, the President could not imagine or visualise the predicament he could face at the forthcoming presidential election. For those who believe in astrological predictions, the major Saturn change on 2 November 2014 for his Aeris Raasi is definitely not helpful for him.  According to general predictions- Overview: ‘Sani Bhagawan is moving from the 7th house to the 8th house. You are coming out of Kandaka Sani but entering onto the worst part of Asthama Sani. Right now things are bad, but going forward it will become worse and terrible. […]

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