November 2014

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 […]

Maithripala, a good governance challenge from within to Mahinda Rajapakse

26th November 2014 // 0 Comments

This analyst has always maintained that the formulae for the defeat of the Rajapakse regime, was a divided government and a unified opposition. Given the absolute fragmented disarray in which the main opposition United National Party was in, only a very short while ago, it was nearly impossible to imagine a situation in which the opposition could coalesce around a single candidate and a common program. However, due to the astute political coalition building of a few key national political leaders, including opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, we have today what was thought the near impossible, a common opposition presidential candidate, in Maithripala Sirisena, around whom everyone can rally. So seasoned were the key leaders, that despite all the phone […]

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 […]

Maithripala still expecting crossovers

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

While the Government says no one else will crossover to the opposition from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena says more will join him. Speaking to the media after he visited the Bandaranaike Memorial Monument in Horagolla today, Sirisena said that some people had asked him why more Government Ministers and Parliamentarians did not join the opposition as expected in Parliament yesterday. He said that his response was that more can be expected over the next few weeks. There was strong speculation that several Government parliamentarians will join the opposition yesterday before the final vote on the budget. However no one joined the opposition and the budget was also passed by a majority vote with 152 members of Parliament voting […]

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, […]

I was the mastermind behind making Maithripala the common candidate

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

“I was the one who approached Mr. Sirisena and suggested to Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe that Mr. Sirisena would be the suitable candidate to lead the common opposition. “ “If he has files, he can reveal them and take necessary action. We don’t know what he is referring to. As for me, I don’t know what kind of file he has on me and am not concerned”  “We will not let anyone take Mahinda Rajapaksa to international war crimes courts or let any international forces harm him. We will defend him, stand by him and support him.” ast week, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) stalwart and its General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to cross over to the opposition and his nomination as the common opposition candidate […]

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 […]

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