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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. […]

Chandrika: The King Maker

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Premachndra S. Salgado – I’m a retired public servant who worked under Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratnga. The article which you find below was written 9 years ago, a small part of the large diary that I have maintained. Now that Chandrika B. has decided to reengage in politics, I am thinking of writing an article, suitably edited against libel laws. The former President Chndrika Kumaratunge, has merged again into the spotlight as the king maker, in seeking the appointing the Common candidate of the opposition. In this process she has assured, it seem toRanil Wickremesinghe, that she will manipulate and instigate the cross over 60 Ministers and M.Ps from the governing coalition. Her recent movers are a culmination of manoeuvres she hatched since she gave […]

Nagamuwa to be Leftist Front common candidate

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

LSSP, left parties support President Mahinda Rajapaksa – Prof. Tissa Vitharana Minister of Science and Technology and Leader of the LSSP, Prof. Tissa Vitharana told the Sunday Observer that his party decided to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa running for a third term because he was sworn-in as Executive President on his second term only after the 18th Amendment was incorporated to the constitution and there were constitutional impediments. He said that sections of the international community, led by the US and other conservative forces of the world, are endeavouring to make the forthcoming Presidential election an opportunity for regime change. Their main representative in Sri Lanka is none other than leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe whether in the guise of a common candidate or […]

MR’s third-term bid SC Opinion controversial – Lawyers

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

MR’s third-term bid SC Opinion controversial – Lawyers BY Ruwan Laknath  Jayakody Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) and Lawyers’ Collective (LC) claimed the Supreme Court (SC) Opinion that said there was no legal impediment for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest for a third- term was written in ‘political’ language instead of ‘judicial’ language. The SC Opinion, which was recently tabled in Parliament by the Opposition, despite repeated requests by the Opposition for Leader of the House, Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to do so, falling on deaf ears, the language, i.e. that of the SC Opinion, was described by LfD and LC Convener J.C. Weliamuna as ‘shocking.’ Article 129 of the Constitution talks of matters of public importance requiring an open Court hearing and not […]

TNPF office surrounded by Sri Lankan military personnel

27th November 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National People’s Front’s office has been surrounded by Sri Lankan military personnel since this afternoon at 4pm local time, the party said. The military surveillance comes on the day before the Tamil national remembrance day, Maaveerar Naal, and on the day of the birthday of the LTTE leader, V. Prabhakaran. Intelligence officers have been stationed at the office door, the party said, adding that as a result local residents are afraid to leave their houses due to the overwhelming military presence. Earlier this week, the TNPF issued a statement calling on the international community to provide protection for Jaffna University students and staff facing death threats by unidentified persons, thought to be connected to the Sri Lankan military. Related articles: TNPF condemns death […]

MR gets challenged from the Left as well

27th November 2014 // 0 Comments

General Secretary of United Socialist Party – Siritunga Jayasuriya states that he will contest as the presidential candidate of his party. Addressing a press briefing held in Colombo today (26) he stated that discussions between left wing political parties over appointing a common candidate, had fallen through. Several left wing parties including the Frontline Socialist Party and Nawa Sama Samaja Party have held discussions on this regard, he revealed. He further stated that he decided to contest, as an agreement could not be reached in those discussions. Siritunga Jayasuirya contested the 2005 presidential election as well. Lawyers pledge to back Maithripala The 4,000-strong Lawyers’ Collective (LC) pledged their unstinted support for the common candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, adding that they would also be speaking at every […]

After FIVE years ”More Gold Jewellery to be Returned to Northern Owners” before Presidential election.

27th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on Wednesday (26) at the Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, announcing the release of another stock of gold jewelleries to 1960 more identified rightful owners in the North at a ceremony on December 4, headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, spelt out the painstaking efforts and the time-consuming verification process that had been undertaken by the Army for accelerated return of those stocks on a special directive of the President. The media briefing was further told that another total of remaining 419 owners of those recovered jewelleries, is yet to be traced for return as early as possible after making every effort in that direction, in close coordination with officials of state agencies, […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa vs. The Rest

27th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Saturn has made its mischief and the January presidential contest now looks poised to become a hard-fought battleIt all began with the stars. It was apt therefore that less than 24 hours after President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared he would be seeking a third term in office two years ahead of schedule, certain celestial bodies began to wreak all manner of mischief inside his ruling party. Believers in astrology put last week’s political dramas down to the influence of the planet Saturn, the ‘Great Malefic’ of the astrological firmament. There was a major movement of the planet on 2 November 2014, which astrologers say could result in sudden deaths, bad luck and punishing circumstances. The planet is known to be the great obstructer, moving slowly during […]

Why tolerate all this to sustain one single family in power.

26th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Vishwamithra 1984 “Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.” ~Matthew Prior There is no escape. Not for anyone who continues to be part and parcel of this administration. The story begins way back in 2009. No. I’m not talking about the war. Over the last thirty years, of course, many hands have been stained with blood; blood of our countrymen and women. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam and their bedfellows of the Tamil ilk on the one hand and Sri Lankan security forces, the Police, Rohana Wijeweera-led Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in the nineteen eighties were all embroiled in an orgy of violence […]

Vanni UPFA MP Farook joins the UNP

26th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Vanni District United People’s Alliance (UPFA) MP Hunais Farook today joined the opposition United National Party (UNP). UPFA Vanni District Parliamentarian Hunais Farook joined the United National Party (UNP) a short while ago, during a meeting held at Sirikotha. Hunais Farooq said that he has decided to join the UNP during a meeting held at Sirikotha where Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe participated. Hunais Farook represents the Vanni multi-member electoral district and was a member of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance and he was elected in the 2010 Parliamentary elections. Only the Rajapaksa govt. capable of abolishing ex. presidency – Dilan Only the UPFA government could abolish the executive president as it had a two-thirds majority in Parliament, Foreign Employment Promotion […]

Mahinda, the problem of the west

26th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who defied the west by not allowing them to send a ship to rescue Prabhakaran The thirteenth amendment though linked with India or rather Gandhi family is the product of the west, mainly England and US as well Rajapaksa there will be no more devolution in the sense of the thirteenth amendment and the west is not happy with it. by Nalin de Silva How to solve a problem like Mahinda must be a question asked in London, Washington and may be a few other cities in the west. However, it is a major problem in London and a problem to a great extent in Washington, which will be solved by the west in their usual “democratic” way of good governance and what […]

The political need of the hour: Transformational approach to constitution making

26th November 2014 // 0 Comments

A long awaited concerted action has now been initiated by the opposition parties in their identification of a common candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, and the agenda for action. Understandably, the opposition needs a simple yet mass rallying slogan for their campaign. The abolishing of the executive presidential system has been designated by them as the call and the cause. In his first press conference as a proposed presidential candidate, Mr Maithripala Sirisena spelt out this agenda as abolishing the executive presidency within 100 days of his being elected as the executive president, and appointing Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Prime Minister. Perhaps, for a short 50 day election campaign this agenda would suffice. Leaving aside the arguments on whether a person contesting for […]

Remembrance Day on 27th November in ExCel must be stopped – Lord Naseby friend of President Rajapaksha.

26th November 2014 // 0 Comments

The British House of Lords, yesterday (Monday), discussed Sri Lanka, including the lifting of EU sanctions on the LTTE and the Presidential elections. In response to a question, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, a cabinet spokesman at the House of Lords, said that the British Government and others are talking about the best way in which to make sure that there is effective monitoring of the elections. Full discussion Lord Naseby: What action they are taking in response to the European Court of Justice verdict on 16 October and its conclusions in respect of restrictive measures currently in place since the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was proscribed by the European Union in 2006 and by the United Kingdom in 2000. Lord Naseby (Con): My Lords, I beg […]

X Files, Cold Case Files And Rajapaksa’s Bambu Files

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Helasingha Bandara – The most famous files are X files and cold case files. Next will be MR files. The ‘Files’ story has more significance than most people realise. It is a double edged sword. Mahinda Rajapaksha (MR) can use ‘Files’ story to intimidate the remaining Ministers, MPs and lesser politicians to think twice before crossing over and can use it to prevent the ones who  have already crossed from revealing certain truths. On the other hand the opposition coalition can use the files story to topple MR if they use it wisely. This writer predicted last week that Suren Surendiren’s unwise and out of place comment would be used by the regime to deceive the masses. By today every Minister, every MP and […]

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