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Govt. spends Rs. 500 m to secure 2,000 votes!

10th December 2014 // 0 Comments

The extent of the government’s political bankruptcy is evident by its having spent Rs. 500 million to get the support of a person like Tissa Attanayake, who does not have even 2,000 votes of his own, a group of businessmen at Digana in Kundasale electorate of Kandy district told ‘Lanka News Web.’ People of Kundasale, Attanayake’s electorate, are lighting firecrackers to celebrate the UNP’s freeing from his clutches, said these businessmen as well as UNP voters in Kundasale. ‘Sold himself before losing UNP party position!’ “Had Tissa Attanayake not given the way to a Muslim candidate at the 2010 general election and got himself appointed to parliament on the national list, he would not have been in even a Pradeshiya Sabha by now. Attanayake glowed […]

Rs. 200 million , a vehicle and portfolio

10th December 2014 // 0 Comments

‘‘We gave away a skeleton of a parrot & got a young one” – Ranil in Kandy “Ven. Sir, yesterday we gave away a ‘Naatu Girawa’ (skeleton of a parrot) of ours to the president and got a ‘Hedakara Maala Giraviyak’ (a very beautiful she parrot) from him,” said opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to Mahanayake of Malwatte Chapter, Most. Ven. Tibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera in Kandy today (09). In a very relaxed and friendly tone, the opposition leader also told the Mahanayake Thera, “In foreign countries, rats jump out of sinking ships. But, what our rats do is to jump into sinking ships. We hear that the Broadcasting Corporation has stopped airing ‘Maithri Bhavana’ now. Don’t know who advices these people in that manner? All […]

During Mahinda’s rule, the nation had experienced unexplained murders, disappearances, accidental deaths of opponents…

9th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajasingham Jayadevan – A very thoughtful analysis of Tisaranee Gunasekara: ‘Fake Tales For Elections’ rightly projects the paranoiac, selfish and phony mindset of Mahinda Rajapaksa in prolonging his autocratic governance. The analysis speaks of the degree of the treacherous and dishonest campaign of the Mahinda camp to subterfuge the very people it depends on to prolong the nation’s agony. Sri Lanka, under the autocratic family rule of Rajapaksa & Co., is an epitome of malevolence, unprecedented in the post independence political history of Sri Lanka. The present presidential style of governance was introduced by President J R Jayewardene in 1978 and it was part of his campaign to create a Dharmista (just) society. His much criticised and centralised constitution was the panacea given on […]

Dealing With The Tamil Concern Of Broken Promises

9th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera – The political campaign for the presidential elections will begin in earnest after nominations close on December 8. With a close contest expected the ethnic minority vote can be decisive. However, the main Tamil and Muslim parties have yet to make formal decisions regarding which candidate they will support. They have said that they await the respective political programmes of the rival candidates before making their choice. Those parties that have been in the government coalition would hesitate to make their choice in favour of the opposition. Not only would it lead to an immediate loss of their positions in the government.  The sense of betrayal on the part of the government could lead to retaliation especially in the aftermath of a victory. However, the position of the TNA which is the main […]

“I Left The President”: Hirunika Crosses Over To Support Maithripala Sirisena

9th December 2014 // 0 Comments

LSSP Breakaway Group To Support Maithripala Sirisena Western Provincial Council member of the UPFA, Hirunika Premachandra joined the common opposition a short while ago, extending her support to Maithripala Sirisena. She announced her decision addressing a press conference at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colmbo. Addressing the press conference, Premachandra added that she would support common candidate of the opposition Maithripala sirisena at the upcoming presidential election. “No justice has been done to my father, who was killed three years ago. Perpetrators are walking around freely. They even attend the high profile events attended by the President. I don’t know how it happens,” Premachandra added. “I wanted to step out of the government before. But there was no leadership. The moment we found the right […]

Stop vote-buying

8th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Stop vote-buying Elections are important to voters to elect leaders of their choice. Over the past decade elections have suffered due to impersonation, vote buying and electoral violence. None have been brought to book for committing such offences. There seems to be no accountability process during and after elections to try offenders. A voter will not sell his vote if he is educated on the manifestos of contenders at election fray. He will vote only on his interest or in national interest. That is what is needed at elections to let the voters exercise the right of franchise to better the people and the nation. They must also feel free from threats and intimidation hurled at them by political hooligans………. READ ALL Tragic abuse of […]

Govt: Presidential powers, defence, 13 A: Sirisena contradicts himself

8th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando The SLFP led UPFA yesterday urged the political grouping backing opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena to speak with one voice. Addressing the media at SLFP headquarters, National Freedom Front (NFF) spokesman Mohammed Muzammil alleged that those spearheading Opposition campaign had been pulling in different directions. The NFF split from the JVP several years ago over differences over policy. SLFP Treasurer Dallas Alahapperuma and LSSP leader Prof. Tissa Vitharana, too, joined the briefing. The former parliamentarians was responding to Maithripala Sirisena’s declaration in an interview with BBC’s Sandeshaya on Saturday that he would hold defence portfolio as well as retain constitutional powers required to rein in Provincial Councils. Maithripala Sirisena admitted that abolition of the executive powers pertaining to the 13th Amendment would […]

I was offered 100 million rupees to stay with the govt

8th December 2014 // 0 Comments

I Am Not Afraid Of Any Investigation – Navin Dissanayake Former Public Management Reforms Minister and Chief Organiser United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) for the Nuwara Eliya District Navin Dissanayake who crossed over from the government to support the common candidate to abolish executive presidency said like his father the late Gamini Dissanayake, he too sees how dangerous it is to have executive powers with one person. “Like my father I too had to take certain decision to serve the country. That was why I crossed over with another 17 to strengthen President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government to eradicate terrorism. “Now it’s time for the President to abolish executive presidency as promised in 2005 and 2010. In order to abolish this system, it is a heroic […]

TNA MP refutes crossover rumors

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna District Parliamentarian E. Saravanapavan yesterday (December 6) strongly refuted reports that he would be supporting President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential election. Speaking to The Nation, Saravanapavan, who is also the Managing Director of the Jaffna-based Uthayan Tamil newspaper, described reports of him supporting President Rajapaksa as ‘completely baseless’ and an attempt to create a ‘wrong picture’ in the minds of the people. However, Saravanapavan lightheartedly quipped he was now getting ‘publicity’ among Sinhala media regarding reports of his crossover.  The TNA, Saravanapavan reiterated, has still not taken a decision on supporting a candidate at the presidential election. “There is no need to rush. The candidates have not even presented their manifestos yet,” he pointed out. Stating his personal […]

Speech of Dr. Bahu at Matara relly for Maithree

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -05.Dec.2014, 1.30PM) Let me explain two points. First point, recently I spoke to a higher official in a ministry for his attention on a welfare matter. Before I could speak he asked me whether we are planning to defeat Mara with Maithree. Impulsively I said that in Buddhist terms to defeat Mara one needs Maithree, Karuna, Muditha and Upeksha. He laughed and retorted that what he meant was the defeat of MR and Maithree is enough for that purpose. What this incident shows is that even higher state officials are changing their loyalty and turning to the opposition. Secondly, President Mahinda continuously raises the issue of western imperialist conspiracy behind the common candidate of the opposition. He says that a western imperialist conspiracy has […]

Hidden agenda behind CID inquiry on Navin’s statement: UNP

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Opposition says Govt. is launching witch-hunts against defectors in guise of ‘good governance’  The main opposition United National Party has alleged that there was a hidden motive behind launching a CID investigation into the claim by former Minister Navin Dissanayake, who recently defected to the Opposition, that he was offered Rs. 100 million to remain with the Government. “It is clear the Government has got very agitated about this statement by MP Dissanayake,” the UNP said in a statement yesterday. The Opposition party said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was engaging in play acting to show the public he was acting against corruption. “In reality the Government is simply starting witch-hunts against Ministers and MPs who have left the UPFA,” the statement said. Similar statements about […]

Rajapaksa Is Not A Darling Of Minority Voters Anymore

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Muheed Jeeran – Presidential election 2015 is getting heated now and an unexpected arrival of the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) as the common candidate has shaken the ruling of UFPA and the chance of winning the third term by the incumbent President. Even before the arrival of the popular grassroot man of SLFP’s Maithripala Sirisena’s arrival, analysts were predicting the outcome based on two groups of voters such as important of ethnic minorities and mustering the Sinhalese nationalist voters will be a crucial factor for any presidential candidate to touch the finish line of 50% plus one vote in the upcoming presidential election. The opposition is very much hopeful of getting a better share from the ethnic minority voters but the […]

Sri Lankan catholics urge Pope Francis to put off visit

5th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan catholics urge Pope Francis to put off visit December 4, 2014 ——————————–Source: New York Times A number of prominent Roman Catholic priests and laypeople in Sri Lanka are appealing to Pope Francis to put off a scheduled visit, saying the government is using the occasion as propaganda to imply the pope’s support for President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seeking an unprecedented third term in office. The pope is expected to arrive in Colombo, the capital, on Jan. 13, five days after an early presidential election declared by Mr. Rajapaksa. Francis is expected to canonize Joseph Vaz, a 17th-century priest and missionary, as the country’s first saint. Hector Welgampola, a former editor of The Messenger, a Catholic newspaper, said in a blog post this […]

Embattled Rajapakses suffer defeat in cyber contest : Mody’s lackey paid Rs. 100 million to rescue government

5th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Embattled Rajapakses suffer defeat in cyber contest : Mody’s lackey paid Rs. 100 million to rescue government Embattled Rajapakses suffer defeat in cyber contest : Mody’s lackey paid Rs. 100 million to rescue government (Lanka-e-News- 2014.Dec.03, 4.40PM) The Medamulana Rajapakses who have already faced defeat at the Presidential elections in the cyber battle, have got down an Indian national to the Temple Trees after paying a sum of Indian Rs. 100 million , based on Lanka e news inside information division reports. The name of this Indian is Arvind Gupta , who during the elections of Indian Prime Minister Mody , monitored latter’s social network . Gupta had arrived in Sri Lanka along with four others on the 21 st of November , and undertaken the monitoring […]

Over 2,000 rape cases per year, but only seven convictions

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Although over 2,000 cases of rape are reported from around the country each year, only seven persons have been convicted by Court. This was revealed by Senior Researcher at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Chulani Kodikara. She also stated according to their statistics, the number of rape cases had increased over the years, compared to the low number of the convictions. Police Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana said, the police have already taken action on nearly 99% of the rape cases, but it is the Judiciary that has to decide on prosecuting the suspects. According to the statistics, based on Grave Crime Abstract, of the Sri Lanka Police in 2013, around 2,000 cases were reported of which seven suspects were convicted. The conviction rates […]

FREEDOM FIGHTER Prabakaran still lords over Tamil Nadu politics

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

On November 26, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for stronger ties with SAARC countries at its summit in Nepal and thanked Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa for releasing five Indian fishermen detained in Lanka, MDMK chief Vaiko launched a citywide celebration of slain LTTE chief V Prabakaran’s 60th birthday in Chennai, complete with public meetings, cake cutting at the party office and organised prayers at places of religious worship at different venues in the city.    The LTTE’s status has been prescribed as a terrorist organisation by 32 countries after it was held responsible for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and outlawed in 1992. However the MDMK chief has always maintained his full-fledged loyalty to the cause of Tamil Eelam and Prabakaran, […]

We WILL continue with our agitation for constitutional reform which we have done for last 10 years.

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Susil avoids answering query on abolition of Presidency UPFA General Secretary and Environment Minister Susil Premajayantha evaded answering the question on whether the government will abolish the Executive Presidency if President Mahinda Rajapaksa wins the coming election. “The government is considering constitutional reforms,” he said in reply to the question posed at a press conference on Tuesday (2). The minister then asked a question, “Is the JVP changing their slogan from “Executive Presidency is illegal” to ‘defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa’?” LSSP Terminates Membership Of Six Leaders We WON’T STOP our CALL FOR POLITICAL reform The Daily Mirror sat with the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL), Senior Minister DEW Gunasekara to discuss the current political and social issues in the country […]

Sports Minister Aluthgamage has one of the largest ‘files’ and even his wife knows about his alleged rackets.

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Sports Minister Lodges Police Complaint Against The Anonymous Caller During the ‘Waada Pitiya’ political talk show on Derana TV, an unknown caller alleged that Minister Aluthgamage has one of the largest ‘files’ and even Minister Aluthgamage’s wife knows about his alleged rackets. The caller also added that Aluthgamage was one of the most corrupt Ministers in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government. At this moment Minister Aluthgamage lashed out at the caller and the programme host Chathura Alwis saying that this was the first time Derana TV allowed a caller to insult a Minister on national television. The Minister walked out of the Derana TV studio a short while after the incident. Aluthgamage, before walking out of the TV studio, accused Derana of supporting The campaign of […]

I was warned not to talk of corruption: Maithri

3rd December 2014 // 0 Comments

Stating that he fought against corruption while being in the present government, the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena today revealed that he was warned by state hierarchy for taking up such a struggle.  Addressing a rally organised by the Purawesi Balaya at Hyde Park last evening, Mr. Sirisena said he once cautioned the government on the corruption charges it faced with regard to road construction but the state top brass warned him saying he should not talk about corruption in the government. “I was told that I should not do the job of the Opposition,’ he said.  Coming out with more inside stories in the recent past, Mr. Sirisena said he and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha were also warned for intervening and calming the […]

SL military intelligence gave the option of cross over to UPFA if he wanted his son

3rd December 2014 // 0 Comments

 Colombo threatens TNA civic members to crossover to UPFA [TamilNet, Monday, 01 December 2014, 22:39 GMT] The intelligence and political operatives who operate under the direct command of SL presidential siblings Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the SL defence secretary and Basil Rajapaksa, the economic minister have been trying to woo grassroots Tamil members of the civic bodies in the North and East to the side of the ruling UPFA in the South. US-trained SL military commander in Jaffna, Major General Udaya Perera, who has been transferred to Colombo and promoted to the rank of Director General General Staff at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff is attempting to woo TNA urban Council chairpersons and deputy chairpersons in North to the side of the UPFA through […]

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