28th October 2014

Presidential Polls SLMC to decide on Friday

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SLMC will meet on Friday to decide on their stand in regard to the forthcoming Presidential Elections. “We are currently gathering comments from the people. On Friday (31), the Party’s high command will meet at our party headquarters to decide on our stand vis-à-vis the forthcoming Presidential Election and we shall most probably state our stand after the official announcement of the election has been made,” SLMC General Secretary Hasan Ali told Ceylon Today. Concerning Budget 2015, Ali said, although the SLMC would be supporting the 2015 Budget in Parliament, they questioned the implementation of it, in particular querying as to how the government proposed to bridge the budget deficit. With regard to the future presidential poll, he said, “The government has signed a memorandum […]

Government lost Muslims’ votes in the Uva Provincial Council elections owing to activities of the BBS.

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Muslims a threat to India as well – Gnanasara Thero Rajapaksa is the ‘genuine’ common candidate: BBS 13 Bodu Bala Sena Goons Arrested over Anti-Muslim … Arrogantly Defiant Gnanasara Thero of Bodhu Bala Sena … BBS abuse monk and Muslim cleric | Colombo Gazette Muslim Council challenges Gnanasara Thero – Sri Lanka … When BBS’s Gnanasara Thero said that all Muslims are bad Fresh anti-Muslim violence erupts in Sri Lanka – World Bulletin Hakeem must be imprisoned- Gnanasara thero Sri Lanka: Anti Muslim Violence by the Buddhist Right in … Muslim-owned store, mosque targeted in Sri Lanka – The … Sri Lankan Muslims’ concerns over violence during Ramadan Neo-fascism on the rise in Sri Lanka | GulfNews.com President Rajapaksa Scolds his Dummy Muslim Ministers at […]

There Is No Reason Why Muslims Shouldn’t Vote For Rajapaksa: BBS

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Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has today stated the Muslim community in Sri Lanka should not hold any reservations in voting in support of the Rajapaksa regime, claiming it is the Muslims who have been benefitted the most since this government was elected into power. “Many have accused the BBS and its activities as the reason behind the loss of votes for the government at the Uva Provincial polls. It is an unfair accusation – what is it that this government has not done for the Muslims?,” BBS General Secretary Galagoda Atte Ganasara had questioned while adding that handing over extremely important portfolios such as the Justice Ministry and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to two Muslims itself has spoken for the current government’s affiliation […]

External Affairs Minister GL Peiris has let himself be Converted into an English Language translator and Sopkesman for Defence Ministry Policies-Dayan Jayatilleka

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By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody The General Court of the European Union (EU) on 16 October annulled measures taken by the Council of the EU by lifting certain restrictions placed against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), namely the designation of them as a terrorist organization and the freezing of their funds. The Court in addition ordered the Council of the EU, which lost the case filed by the plaintiffs, the Tamil Eelamist pro-LTTE Diaspora, to pay its own costs and the costs of the LTTE. Although, the Court decision will come into effect only after three months, the defendants, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission were ordered to bear their own respective costs. Ceylon Today called on former Sri Lankan Permanent Representative […]

Activists petition MPs on the missing

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As Sri Lanka marked its National Day for the Disappeared today, activists petitioned parliamentarians to bring justice for the tens of thousands of disappeared in the country. Sandhya Eknaligoda, wife of disappeared political cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda, together with other mothers of the disappeared today met with parliamentarians to present a poster calling for an end to enforced disappearances. They asked the Government of Sri Lanka to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and invite the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances to visit the country. “The number of disappeared people in Sri Lanka since the 1980s is second only to Iraq globally. The government’s efforts to address this issue – including to investigate cases of enforced disappearances, to […]

Who is the Tiger Diaspora representative Mahinda Rajapakse met secretly in U.S.?

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(Lanka-e-News- 27.Oct.2014, 9.25PM) UNP and opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe challenged the government to reveal details of the Tiger Diaspora representative who Mahinda Rajapakse met with during his recent tour of America. It is President Mahinda Rajapakse who is working on behalf of the tiger Diaspora while falsely fastening the label of ‘Tiger’ on the UNP , and making a hue and cry about it , Ranil accused with supporting evidence. Wickremesinghe while refuting the baseless charges leveled against the UNP , said , despite the people of the country making protests demanding the abolition of the executive Presidency , the President who says he cannot yield to the people’s demands , has announced that he would abolish the executive Presidency if the Tamil Diaspora makes […]

‘Ranil deep in conversation with Tiger Diaspora in London’.

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‘Mawbima’ bomb targeting Ranil explodes in ‘Silumina’s hands! The feature article published in yesterday’s (19) ‘Silumina’ titeld ‘Who is the opposition politician behind the lifting of the LTTE ban?’ written by T. Chandrasekara, has caught attention both locally and internationally due to the picture published along with the article. The picture shows the president and other office-bearers of the UNP branch in the UK in conversation with the opposition leader. The picture had the caption ‘Ranil deep in conversation with Tiger Diaspora in London’.  The office-bearers of the UNP branch have promptly sent a letter of demand to the newspaper, alleging serious insult to their good name, reported weekend media. According to reports, the UNP office-bearers are going to file cases, one in Sri Lanka […]

Who are now running our foreign policy and advising the poor President are worse than idiots.

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By Rajiva Wijesinha – In my student days I had a great friend who simplified Wittgenstein into the theory that people simply created their own mythology. That was a satirical idea, used about the more obsessive amongst us, but I fear it is the most suitable image for what is now happening in government. And the saddest aspect of such personal mythologies is that those who create them begin to believe them, and become enthralled by their own vision of the world, even if it has no connection with reality. This phenomenon seems to lie behind some of the confusion that has beset the country in the last few weeks. And it is compounded by what seems the sheer ignorance of government about the information […]

Why The Northern Tamils Are Not Allowed To Exercise The Devolved Powers

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I think that if devolution is made to work then the demand for secession will decline as has happened in Scotland. The present government although a law exists for devolution of power is not allowing the NPC to exercise its powers under the law. Politically the demand for devolution of power by the Tamil community has been strong for the last fifty years. Such demand will not just go away. By R.M.B Senanayake – The President says he allowed elections to the Northern Provincial Council. But what he has given with the right hand he has withdrawn with the left hand. The NPC is hamstrung because the power is exercised by the Governor. Provision was made legally for it by the Provincial Councils Act of 1987 which […]

Sri Lankan asylum seeker killed in UK

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An asylum seeker who escaped war-ravaged Sri Lanka was mowed down and killed in a hit-and-run on Sunday night just metres from his home in Croydon, England.Jeyaratnam Kandiah, 43, described as “charming” and “much-loved” by friends, fled to the UK 14 years ago but died after being hit by a BMW at a pedestrian crossing in Shirley, Croydon Guardian reported. Kandiah, known as Selvam by friends, was pronounced dead after the crash, which happened as he crossed Wickham Road. Man killed by BMW driver in pedestrian crossing hit-and-run He was mowed down as he walked the short journey from a friend’s house, where had eaten dinner, to his home in Spring Park Road, and died within 40 minutes despite paramedics fighting to save him. His friend […]

Tamils want political solution says TNA

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today told Parliament that the Tamils in Sri Lanka want a political solution to their issues and are not pushing for an Eelam State. Speaking in Parliament today, TNA MP S. Sritharan said that even the Tamil Diaspora are not pushing for a separate Tamil State but a meaningful political solution for the Tamils. “Our political party has made it clear we want a political solution for the Tamils and it should be a meaningful and respectable solution,” he said. The TNA MP said he fails to understand a comment made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently where he had stated that he will abolish the Executive Presidency if the TNA and the Tamil Diaspora give up the demand for Eelam. Speaking […]