November 2014

Will Defections from UPFA Govt Affect Rajapaksa Regime in Third Reading of Budget Vote?

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Chandani Kirinde When President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the United Peoples Freedom Alliance’s (UPFA) 10th consecutive Budget to Parliament on October 24, a month ahead of the usual Budget period, it was obvious it was intended to win favour with voters at an early Presidential poll. What was not so obvious were the rumblings within the President’s own Party, which would spill over just days before the Budget was set for final approval. The discontentment within the Ruling Party first came to light when two members of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), one of the UPFA’s constituent Parties, decided to stay away during the vote at the end of the Second Reading of the Budget. It did not seem more than a hiccup at the time, […]

President, After The Poll

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Lanka – Land Of Election Promises » Some may call our country, the Land of the Lotus Eaters; others the Pearl of the Orient, it has always been the Resplendent Isle and to cynics the Enter Maithripala Sirisena » Common Candidate to contest under our national front with telephone as symbol – Mangala’s party   The chocs are off: President Rajapaksa asked the Elections Commissioner to set the date… By N Sathiya Moorthy By naming incumbent Health Minister and ruling SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena as the common Opposition candidate in the January polls to the nation’s highest office, the Opposition may have surprised President Mahinda Rajapaksa. If not to the same extent, it might also many a liberal in the UNP, who are averse […]

LTTE Heroes’ Week Events Banned

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

The police and the military said it would not allow events glorifying the LTTE to be held this week to mark the LTTE heroes week. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya also denied allegations that surveillance centres were being set up to prevent the university students and other activists from staging activities glorifying terrorism. “The LTTE is a terrorist organisation proscribed in Sri Lanka, in the name of heroes or otherwise we will not allow anyone to glorify terrorism, we will prevent it. However the alleged report that we have established surveillance centres and that we have intensified military activities in Jaffna simply to curtail the celebrations is baseless. With the current deployment we are able to ensure that peace and harmony in the Jaffna peninsula […]

How Colombo released the fishermen

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Actor Salman Khan appears to have, perhaps unknowingly, played an indirect role in the release of the five Indian fishermen on death row in Sri Lanka, The Hinduhas learnt. His friend, journalist Rajat Sharma, was in Colombo to invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his son Namal Rajapaksa for the wedding of Arpita Khan, the actor’s sister. During the visit Mr. Sharma is said to have raised the issue of the fishermen’s release. Sri Lanka released the fishermen on Wednesday and spared them of any further jail term in India, signalling a huge diplomatic victory for New Delhi. Around 10 p.m. on Thursday Mr. Modi, who had just returned from his three-nation tour, telephoned President Rajapaksa to personally thank him for the gesture, a top source […]

Sri Lanka Faces Isolation

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

The External Affairs Minister Professor G. L. Peiris at several occasions has accused the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein alleging that he maintains double standards when it comes to dealing with Sri Lanka. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, several civil society and human rights activists expressed their views on these remarks.  Being Offensive Not The Best Forward Defence Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu,  Executive Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives The High Commissioner for Human Rights has said very categorically that the Sri Lankan government is behaving in a quite unreasonable fashion. His point is simply that in the UN resolution there is a committee of investigation set up under the office of the High Commissioner and I think it would be appropriate […]

Sirisena revolt: Presidential race gets on the road

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Our Political Editor Ranil and CBK playing crucial role in formulating strategy for the common opposition candidate; Sajith to handle grassroots campaign Mangala, Ven. Athureliya and Rajitha to spearhead campaign; Ven. Sobhitha attends meeting More crossovers soon; Chandrika says 31, Kiriella 60, but Temple Trees restricts it to 11 There are neither permanent friends nor permanent interests when it comes to politics in Sri Lanka. The players involved keep changing roles and shift their solemnly declared ideals from time to time. The search for a presidential candidate by the main Opposition United National Party (UNP), for a second time in four years, lays bare this fragility of a recurring political drama. It had the shades of the January 2010 presidential poll where former Army Commander, […]

Govt. may consider dissolution if there is mass defection

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Government seniors were this week considering the possible early dissolution of Parliament, the Sunday Times learns. Consultations at the highest levels were held on the pros and cons of dissolving Parliament. This comes against the backdrop of the revolt by a section of ruling UPFA Ministers and MPs who have opted to back the opposition’s common candidate, former SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8th presidential election against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr. Sirisena’s party post was handed over to Petroleum Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and the Health Ministry was taken over by President Rajapaksa. The thinking behind the move for an early dissolution of Parliament was to strip dissident UPFA MPs of their positions in government and parliamentary privileges […]

MASS CROSSOVERS TOMORROW

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

MASS CROSSOVERS TOMORROW Mass scale crossovers are expected from both the government to the Opposition and vice versa on Monday, coinciding with the vote on the Third Reading of the 2015 Budget. A large number of Ministers and Members of Parliament will be crossing over, from the government, to the Opposition following Friday’s announcement that former SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister, Maithipala Sirisena would be the Opposition’s common presidential candidate, authoritative political sources told Ceylon Today. MASS CROSSOVERS TOMORROW By Ravi Ladduwahetty Mass scale crossovers are expected from both the government to the Opposition and vice versa on Monday, coinciding with the vote on the Third Reading of the 2015 Budget. A large number of Ministers and Members of Parliament will be crossing over, […]

First stage of struggle successful-Sobitha Thera

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Head Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera who campaigned for the abolishment of the Executive Presidency told The Nation yesterday that the first phase of their struggle has been successful, as the common opposition candidate has already agreed to abolish the executive presidency. Ven Sobhitha Thera said that the NMSJ wanted it to be repelled within a six months period after the new president takes office. “We have three main issues; abolishment of the Executive Presidency, reinstatement of the 17th amendment to the Constitution and changing the electoral system. We have no doubts this time. It will definitely take place,” Ven Thera said. However, Ven. Sobitha Thera said that no MoU nor any agreement has been signed between the parties. When […]

SLMC and ACMC likely crossovers

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

SLMC and ACMC likely crossovers The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) are likely to cross over to support the common candidate of the Opposition at the forthcoming Presidential Election. The SLMC is awaiting a call from the UNP to discuss their proposals. “If the Opposition welcomes the minority proposals, then of course we are ready,” said SLMC General Secretary, Hasan Ali. SLMC and ACMC likely crossovers By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) are likely to cross over to support the common candidate of the Opposition at the forthcoming Presidential Election. The SLMC is awaiting a call from the UNP to discuss their proposals. “If the Opposition welcomes […]

Defections are rumored to be 46 predicted

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Defections are rumored to be 46 predicted  JVP has the network, capacity and capability to undertake a grass-roots campaign as they did in the 2005 presidential bid of President Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has very little choice but to join the bandwagon, as the Muslims are most likely to vote anti-Rajapaksa Ranil Wicremesinghe has been hailed as the “Hero” of our times that he probably richly deserves, Maithri Threat – Will It Translate In To Votes Against Rajapaksa? By Hilmy Ahamed – The threat posed by Maithripala Sirisena and Co. to the popular war-winning President is the biggest pre election political upheaval since the defection from the Chandrika Kumaratunga government by SB, GL and eleven others that gave the crown to Ranil Wicremesinghe in […]

CBK, Sirisena asked for UNP approval before going public

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

CBK, Sirisena asked for UNP approval before going public – Announcement of common candidate: By Shamindra Ferdinando Dissident SLFPer Maithripala Sirisena publicly announced his decision to switch allegiance to the Opposition yesterday soon after the main Opposition UNP unanimously accepted him as the Common Candidate. Both Sirisena and twice-President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga had insisted that UNP officially approve Sirisena’s candidature before they went public.  Well informed sources told The Island that members of the Parliamentary Group, Working Committee as well as recently formed G20 had unanimously accepted UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s proposal that Sirisena be named the Common Candidate. Among those who had strongly backed Wickremesinghe’s move was Matara District MP Mangala Samaraweera. Responding to a query, sources said that the UNP had also decided that […]

Indian HR activist Prof Avdesh Kaushal tells President Release the three convicted TAMIL Lankan fishermen

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

A member of the international advisory panel of experts, appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to probe alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka Forces and the LTTE and the missing persons, says the President should not be ‘selective’ in releasing the five convicted fishermen while leaving out the three (Tamil) Sri Lankan fishermen, who were sentenced to death on the same day…and charges, due to pressure applied by the Indian Government. Indian HR activist Prof Avdesh Kaushal tells President Release the three convicted Lankan fisherme by Sulochana  Ramiah Mohan A member of the international advisory panel of experts, appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to probe alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka Forces and the LTTE and the missing persons, says the President […]

Exclusive: Full Text Of The Rajapaksa’s Secretive Third Term Supreme Court Opinion

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

The full text of the secretive ‘Opinion’ obtained by the President to legitimize a potential third term for him, Colombo Telegraph can exclusively reveal today. The full text of the Opinion given by a 10 member bench of the SC has not been made public so far or even submitted to the Parliament. On November 11th, the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva announced in Parliament that the Supreme Court had given a unanimous opinion that there was not impediment to President Rajapaksa contesting for a third term. The Supreme Court on November 10,  communicated its opinion to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the constitutionality of contesting for a third term under the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. “Please note that no appearances of lawyers […]

A rough journey for refugees in Malaysia

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Tightly clutching her Sri Lankan identity cards, 41-year-old Mala struggled to hide her fear as she told her story. In her shaking hand she held an eight-page appeal, written in a curvy Tamil script that detailed her family’s troubled life in Sri Lanka’s once war-ravaged north, caught between government forces and rebel Tamil groups, scared of the military and fearful of retribution. The appeal was meant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and was their last chance to secure UN recognition as refugees; a status that would give Mala and her three children a measure of stability in their lives. “Every single day I feel scared,” Mala said through an interpreter at a community centre set up by fellow Tamils […]

Maithripala Is The Seventh General Secretary To Leave SLFP

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Maithripala Sirisena, who gave up his positions in the government yesterday, was the seventh General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to leave the party. Prior to Maithripala Sirisena, S.B. Dissanayake, who was the General Secretary of the party, during former President Chandrika Bandaramaike Kumaratunga’s time, also left the party and joined the UNP. Maithripala was elevated to the position of General Secretary after S.B. Dissanayake’s crossover. Former Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayake too distanced himself from the party in the mid 80 and stepped down from the party due to internecine battles in the SLFP which was then in the opposition. J.R.P. Sooriyapperuma, who is now a national list Parliamentarian of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), was the General Secretary of the […]

A historic defection and a political thunderbolt

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

by Rajan Philips The defection of Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, the Minister of Health and the SLFP General Secretary, from the Rajapaksa government is historic and momentous on several counts. As a political party, the SLFP is not unaccustomed to defections. The founding of the party itself was the result of the defection of SWRD Bandaranaike, himself a Minister of Health and Local Government, from the first UNP government after independence. But his defection was a personal statement of political frustrations as well as aspirations that had no immediate impact on the (DS Senanayake) government of the day. In the election that followed in 1952, the newly formed SLFP did not fare well at all while the UNP romped to a landslide victory. Mr. Sirisena’s defection, […]

UPFA MP Perumal Rajathurai joins UNP – Another dozen SLFPers identified as potential defectors

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Nuwara Eliya District parliamentarian Perumal Rajathurai joined the United National Party (UNP) a short while ago, sources said. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/57115/slfp-mp-perumal-rajathurai-joins-unp#sthash.kNBCboPI.dpuf UPFA MP Perumal Rajathurai defects to UNP by Zacki Jabbar Nuwara Eliya District UPFA MP Perumal Rajathurai joined the United National Party(UNP) yesterday. Assistant Leader of the UNP Ravi Karunanayake told “The Island” that Perumal who was a member of the CWC on receiving his membership from UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had pledged to work for the victory of the Joint Oppositions candidate at the Presidential Election scheduled for January 8. He, predicted that the UPFA MPs defection would be the first of many from Up County parties affiliated to the government, despite it claiming their unstinted […]

UNP Mayor of the Gampola Municipal Council crossed over to the UPFA!

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Chathushika Wijeyesinghe A UNPer for 25 years from the Gampola area, Sarath Gamini Hettiarachchi who was also holding the prestigious position of the Mayor of the Gampola Municipal Council recently crossed over to the UPFA government. While insisting that he continues to be a UNPer Mr. Hettiarachchi says that he will support President Mahinda Rajapaksa to win the upcoming election. In the following interview he explains why he crossed over to the government.  Why did you decide to join UPFA, being a strong UNPer? I have been an organiser for the United National Party (UNP) for twenty five years. First I was the organiser for Nawalapitiya and later I was appointed as the organiser for Gampola. I was appointed as the Mayor of the […]

List of group that leaves govt. along with Maithri!

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

‘Lanka News Web’ is revealing the group that is leaving the government along with Maithripala Sirisena, who will contest as the common opposition candidate. Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, Salinda Dissanayake, Siripala Gamlath, Duminda Dissanayake, S.B. Nawinna, Nilwala Wijesinghe, Neranjan Wickremasinghe, Sumedha Jayasena, Jagath Rohana Pushpakumara, Navin Dissanayake, T.B. Ratnayake, Vidura Wickremanayake Former prime minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Gunaratne Weerakoon, Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, Rajitha Senaratne, Reginald Cooray, Sunny Rohana, Risath Bathurdeen, Faizal Cassim (Ampara), M.H.M. Haris, Hassan Ali, M.M.M. Aslam, Rauff Hakeem, Rajiv Wijesinghe, C.B. Ratnayake, M.K.D.S. Gunawardhana, Tikiri Kobbekaduwa Achala Jagoda will leave the government as the first group to join the opposition President abuses Maithri in filth, turns him away! Lanka News Web on Friday, 21 November 2014 11:39 Acting like a civilized […]

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