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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 […]

Maithri cannot make Ranil PM

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Anuradha Herath Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Western Provincial Councillor, K. D. Lal Kantha said, even if the common Opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, is elected the Executive President, he has no powers to appoint United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. “That powers lies with Parliament,” Lal Kantha said adding the JVP will not field a candidate in the coming Presidential Election, as it would give it legitimacy for Rajapaksa’s contest. “We don’t want to take part in this farce. But we are committed to bringing an end to the Rajapaksa Government at the upcoming election,” he said. The Western Provincial Councillor said the party could not vouch for anyone. “I can only guarantee what the JVP can do. We have […]

Govt Has Offered Rs.100 Million Each To Disgruntled MPs” : UNP Parliamentarian

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

A senior UNP Parliamentarian today charged that the ruling party had allegedly offered Rs. 100 million to government MPs whose names were mentioned in connection with crossovers. “In addition to offers,” he said, “the government has intensified its spy-missions and surveillance operations: even their telephones have been tapped,” the Parliamentarian told ‘Asian Mirror’ this morning. He made these remarks when asked whether the ‘crossover’ plans of the government MPs had backfired on the United National Party and the common opposition. “It is a ‘public’ secret that the majority of Cabinet ministers of the government are utterly disappointed with the present state of affairs in the country. But, they are still not in a position to challenge the powers that be. When the time comes they […]

Will Suren of GTF Help Electing Mahinda Again?

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Helasingha Bandara – Prabhakaran’s infamous boycott at the 2005 election backfired and paved the way for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s emergence which did not help the separatists’ course. The country as a whole benefited from the boycott that time as MR played the lead role in vanquishing Prabhakaran and his murderous marauders. Instead he chased an unrealistic dream to become an uncrowned king of modern times. The chasing of glory only for himself and his family became the order of the day and as a result he discarded all the rest who played vital parts of defeating the Tigers. The best example was the imprisoning of Sarath Fonseka, the former army commander who played not any lesser role than what MR played. Being surrounded by opportunists […]

JHU To Tie ‘Maithripala Knot’ On November 27

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), which is already an unofficial member of the common opposition, will officially announce on November 27 whether they would support the common candidate at the upcoming Presidential Election. JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the JHU will announce their decision at a press conference in Colombo. “We will always work towards ensuring  democracy and JHU has already taken steps to educate the people about our policies”, Ranawaka said. Earlier this month Patali Champika Ranawaka and Udaya Gammanpila stepped down from their ministerial positions of the government and declared their support to the common candidate. Even though the two former Ministers stepped down from their ministerial positions, the JHU did not officially break away from the government party. Meanwhile, […]

SL military raped conscripted Tamil women after Rajapaksa meeting

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

SL military raped conscripted Tamil women after Rajapaksa meeting [TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 09:07 GMT] 47 Eezham Tamil women from Mullaiththeevu, recently conscripted to the occupying SL military and put under the Civil Security Department (CSD), were taken to Mihintale on 22 Saturday when SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on a trip to the ‘sacred city’. After the president of genocidal Sri Lanka requested the Tamil women to engage in campaign supporting him, the SL soldiers were having a party. Some of the 47 Tamil women were raped by the Sinhala soldiers and the others were subjected to sexual harassment, one of the victims told TamilNet on Monday. The women were also sexually harassed in the bus on their way back to Mullaiththeevu. When […]

“I will exposed you if you cross over,” President

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka: Mr. President, We Have Your Files Too  MR says he has files on the defectors – BLACK MAIL BY PRESIDENT? | by Nilantha Ilangamuwa   ( November 25, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Dear Mr. President we are no longer a nation based on the ideology of the cancer cell which, as Edward Abbey, a priceless man of our times who speaks out against the unjust in the United States, described as growth for the sake of growth. It is true that many politicians and bureaucrats including you attempted to make this nation of ostriches, people quite happy to hide their heads in the sand when confront by injustice, but the times are changing, Sri Lanka now is eager to see the positive […]

Gotabaya’s Ploy To Suspend The Constitution & Impose Martial Law

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Muhammed Fazl – “He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War When I wrote about a possible Coup d’état in Sri Lanka to the Colombo Telegraph few months back, I was actually referring to a possible scenario where an ambitious and a rare military officer takes matters in to his own hands. But little did I expect loathed and dreaded characters to take a cue from it.  Having come to know of the mobilization of para-military forces by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa to unleash violence against any and all forms of dissension against the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, I find myself jolted out of […]

Govt. offering massive bribes to MPs – JVP

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dasun Edirisinghe The JVP yesterday asked the government to reveal from where it had obtained money for bribing its parliamentarians to prevent them from crossing over to the Opposition and to poach opposition members came. Party Propaganda Secretary and MP Vijitha Herath alleged that there were several ministers and MPs who had been ready to crossover with former Minister Maithripala Sirisena but they had been bribed into changing their mind MP Herath alleged that the government had offered Rs. 500 million to get Jaffna District TNA parliamentarian Appathurai Vinayakamorthy, but he had turned down the offer. “We need to know whether the government buys MPs from public funds or black money spent by racketeers,” MP Herath said. President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently said in his […]

Maithiri is too honest to be my Prime Minister – Mahinda

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Who is Maithripala? Maithripala had a chance to cut the throats of both Kadirgamar and Mahinda, and become the Prime Minister. But he opted to give the chance to Mahinda. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) went to Rajarata from Horagolla before it went to Medamulana. After the death of Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, Prime Minister W. Dahanayaka contested the 1960 March election from a separate party. The SLFP was led by C.P. de Silva, an MP from Rajarata. Sirima Bandaranaike who took reins of the SLFP in the July 1960 election wanted C.P. de Silva to take the lead. Therefore, C.P. de Silva appeared as the Deputy Prime Minister. He was the MP for Polonnaruwa By Upul Joseph Fernando The Sri Lanka Freedom Party […]

Nothing beyond the implementation of the 13th Amendment says UNP and Chandrika!

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

It is alleged that Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan had discussions with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday (23) asking beyond the 13th Amendment. The TNA is asking for implementing the 13th Amendment, bringing in changes in the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) and in changing the governors of the North and East. Kumaratunga in reply, had told Sampanthan not to seek anything beyond the implementation of the 13th Amendment as per the countries constitution.. UNP has already announced that they will NOT go anything beyond 13th amendment and would not allow government leaders to be hauled up before any international war crimes tribunal. It is claimed that few diaspora organisations are debating  “Whether TNA should support any of the Presidential contesters of the genocidal State […]

Some ministers say they won’t quit the Govt.

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Some ministers said today they were in favour of abolishing the executive presidency or to at least prune its powers and would continue the struggle to bring these about. At a media conference held Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) head office, the ministers — many of whom were mentioned in the media as possible crossovers to the opposition when asked by a journalist about the President’s statement that he held the files of several ministers to be used if and when necessary — said it was not the correct thing to do or to say. However, they said this was not the right time to abolish the executive presidency or prune its powers because of the international conspiracy against the government and added that while […]

Budget Passed With A Majority Of 95: Sumedha Sends A Message

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Third reading of the Budget 2015 passed in Parliament with a majority of 95 votes. Of the 225 MPs in the house, 152 members voted for the Budget while 57 voted against. Fifteen MPs, including the government MPs supporting Maithripala Sirisena, were absent today. With the vote on the third reading, the debate on the budget which took place for over 24 days came to an end. Minister Sumedha Jayasena was absent in the Parliameny when the vote was taken. It was widely speculated that she was going to cross over, supporting common candidate Maithripala Sirisena. The JHU MPs too were absent during the vote which was taken by name. Some UNP Mps, including Karu Jayasuriya and Lakshman Kiriella, were not present in the house […]

Why was NO action on the files?: JVP

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

MR says he has files on the defectors – BLACK MAIL BY PRESIDENT? UNP’s who’s  ‘Files’ are with President to CROSS OVER next week? SLPE’s who’s […] ‘I HAVE YOUR FILES’ President warns betrayers Don’t throw stones from glass houses Those who left the party were always doomed Chandrika promised to scrap EP but ruled[…] Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake today questioned why President Mahinda Rajapaksa was not taking any action if he had files on the illegal activities of government members. President Rajapaksa, on Sunday said he had files on all who left the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) recently to join the main opposition but said he was not going to open them. “Soon after the terrorism was defeated, the […]

Sri Lanka: Rajapksa’s move to remove Bandaranaike name from SLFP revealed

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka: Rajapksa’s move to remove Bandaranaike name from SLFP revealed ( November 24, 29014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) “Former general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (… Sri Lanka: Battle lines drawn | by Manik De Silva ( November 23, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The battle lines are drawn and the coun… A short profile of honourable Maithirpala Sirisena | by A Special Correspondent ( November 22, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Today is a historical day in S… Tamil must be more widely used for true national integration | by Eran Wickramaratne( November 23, 2014,Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) During the colonial period the Sinhal… Let democracy win | by Mano Ratwatte ( November 21, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I read […]

Left parties in the government to reconsider stance – Queue on both sides to cross over

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Left parties in the government to reconsider stance Lanka News Web on Sunday, 23 November 2014 05:21 Left parties in the government are to hold a separate discussion to reconsider their stance on the next Presidential election. Desperate MaRa offers bribes up to Rs. 1000 million: nation implores politicos not to sell their souls or betray country (Lanka-e-News- 23.Nov.2014, 9.45AM) With the exit of SLFP general secretary and Minister Maithripala Sirisena from the government ably supported by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunge , and after becoming the opposition common candidate Read more >> Queue on both sides to cross over Political sources reveal that a number of members in the government and a number of opposition members are in a queue to cross over in […]

A budget defeat and parliament dissolution ?

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

The fate of Budget 2015 hangs in the balance with speculation rife of more crossovers when it is taken up- for vote today in Parliament at 5.00 p.m., political sources told Ceylon Today. If the Budget is defeated, the Parliament stands dissolved automatically under the provisions of the Constitution and the President’s will, under powers vested in him, issue a proclamation directing the Commissioner of Elections to call a General Election. A budget defeat and parliament dissolution ? by Ravi Ladduwahetty,  J.t. De silva and Daya Perera The fate of Budget 2015 hangs in the balance with speculation rife of more crossovers when it is taken up- for vote today in Parliament at 5.00 p.m., political sources told Ceylon Today. If the Budget is defeated, […]

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