November 2014

Video: I will protect MR and family: Maithri

29th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Video: I will protect MR and family: Maithri Common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena said today that he would not allow international forces or the Tamil diaspora to drag incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family or anyone in the security forces to an International War Crimes Court. He made this pledge on behalf of the opposition at a media briefing this morning. Mr. Sirisena also pledged to have a proper reconciliation plan to heal all divisions among various communities and to bring together all ethnic and religious groups in the country. He appealed for a level playing field for the presidential election. (Yohan Perera and Lahiru Pothmulla) WATCH – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/57653/i-will-protect-mr-and-family-maithri#sthash.Q2gfZiag.dpuf

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, […]

Maithripala to implement LLRC report

29th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena says he will implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) if he comes to power. Asked at a media briefing today how he will address the accountability issue if he wins the January election, Sirisena said that the LLRC recommendations will be used for this purpose. UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya, JHU MP the venerable Athureliya Rathana and MP Rajitha Senaratne were among those present at the media briefing. Athureliya Rathana said that the JHU will reach a decision over the next couple of days on if it will back Sirisena at the election or not. He said that if a decision is taken to back the former SLFP General Secretary then the JHU will sign a […]

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 […]

Harsh repression of dissent and policies which have continued to alienate the country’s ethnic minorities, the Rajapaksa government just isn’t a popular as it used to be.

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

High-level defections are troubling developments for President Mahinda Rajapaksa. By Taylor Dibbert Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has just announced that the country will hold a presidentialelection two years early. The move had been expected for some time. The election will be held on January 8, 2015. In light of this development, there are other issues that merit attention. As mentioned in the New York Times, “Rajapaksa’s second term officially ends in November 2016, but he can legally seek re-election after completing four years in office, a marker his office said he passed on Nov. 19.” Essentially, he couldn’t have called the election any earlier than he has. Additionally, Sri Lanka is expecting a visit from Pope Francis from January 13-15. In spite of the […]

British lawmakers urge EU to stop Sri Lanka trade perks if UN probe not given access

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Leading British lawmakers urged the European Union on Thursday to remove preferential trade tariffs from Sri Lanka if it fails to address human rights concerns. Sri Lanka has refused to cooperate with a United Nations Human Rights Council investigation into war crimes allegedly committed by both state forces and separatist Tamil rebels during a conflict that ended in 2009, despite mounting international pressure. The United Nations has estimated about 40,000 civilians were killed in the final weeks of the 26-year conflict, mostly by the army, but Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has dismissed the probe as politically motivated. The EU is Sri Lanka’s largest export destination, accacounting for 36 percent of Sri Lanka’s total exports, according to EU figures. “Our government must negotiate with EU […]

Files on SLMC – Attempt through CID to stop SLMC Hakeem to cross over!

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

A plan is underway to keep SLMC leader, justice minister Rauff Hakeem in the government by silencing him through the CID, internal sources at the department told ‘Lanka News Web.’ Investigations are to be launched into three files existing against minister Hakeem. Sergeant Bandara, under the supervision of chief inspector Indunil, has been appointed for the purpose. One file relates to his breaching of financial and administrative regulations by purchasing a tug from a Muslim businessman without following tender procedures when he was the minister of ports and shipping. Another deals with the state sector jobs given by obtaining money through his coordinating officer Hassen Faiz, while the third is about pushing, not preventing, his paramour Kumari Cooray to commit suicide. The CID has already […]

Tamils’ support determines the Underdog in SL elections

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

As Srilankan presidential elections took a sudden twist as few ‘outside powers’ decided to split the Rajapaksa regime , it has created so many opportunities as opinions which are limited to the imaginations within Tamils and as usual trend Tamils are spearheaded. In the recent past we countered the Tamil UNPers who tried market on top of general Tamil hatred on Rajapaksa regime. UNPers are trying to manipulate the stories so we all begin to believe they will bring us the justice by punishing Rajapaksa regime. We highlighted that this is fooling Tamils as we know UNP will not get us anything. There is another consequence that if UNP wins , we will begin to see west weill push us to agree ‘One Srilanka’ concept […]

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 […]

Video: India’s World On Sri Lanka’s Presidential Poll

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Video: India’s World On Sri Lanka’s Presidential Poll During a political discussion that was hosted yesterday on Rajya Sabha TV – an Indian cable TV network run by the Indian government, experts on political and international relations have pointed out that that reasons that drove President Rajapaksa to hold the Presidential polls two years ahead of schedule would have been a combination that includes the erosion of the political coalition he built to come into power, to remain better protected from international pressures and to avoid running the risk of losing the elections two years later. It was pointed out by the experts however that the polls would hardly provide concrete solutions to any of the issues he seeks to find remedies for. The program […]

Emerging Common Opposition

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda – The factors which are forging unity among the opposition political parties and the civil society organizations are the immediate need to change the constitution and to abolish the Executive Presidency. This includes also ending the rule of one corrupt family. We have seen the results of the18th Amendment to the constitution. How true is Edmund Burke for us today who said, the greater the power, the more dangerous will be the abuses. Undoubtedly, the preoccupations of the opposition movement reflect some urgent needs of the ordinary people and focusing on them is extremely important. However it is also important to raise the question – will a mere change in the political leadership and the abolition of the Executive Presidency be a […]

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 […]

NDP MP commemorates event honouring fallen Tamil Tigers, likens it to Remembrance Day in parliament

28th November 2014 // 0 Comments

TORONTO — Canada’s public safety minister said Thursday he was “shocked and appalled” after a New Democratic Party MP rose in the House of Commons to commemorate Tamil Heroes Day, which honours fallen Tamil Tigers rebels. Steven Blaney urged Rathika Sitsabaiesan, a Sri Lankan-born rookie MP, to apologize “to veterans and all Canadians” for her statement that called the day “an important event” and likened it to Remembrance Day. Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s statement “Mr. Speaker as Canadians of Tamil heritage in November we commemorate two important events, Remembrance Day and the Tamil Heroes Day. This month symbolizes the beauty of life because we remember all those who sacrifice their lives for the rest of us to live in peace and freedom. We remember that each and […]

UK MPs propose sanctions on Lanka

27th November 2014 // 0 Comments

British Parliamentarians have proposed imposing sanctions on Sri Lanka if the Government of Sri Lanka does not allow the UN investigating team into the country. The UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has noted that given the time that has passed since the launch of the international inquiry, and the constraints placed on the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) team, they believe that the UK Government should be ready to consider all possible options, including sanctions, to convince Sri Lanka to allow access. “We recommend that the Government negotiates with its EU partners to remove GSP status from Sri Lanka, if the Government of Sri Lanka does not allow the OHCHR investigating team into the country and uphold the […]

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