22nd November 2014

Defections are rumored to be 46 predicted

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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‘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 […]

Minister Tennakoon lambastes SLFP colleagues, indicates readiness to quit…

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By Saman Indrajith Lands and Land Development Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon yesterday alleged in Parliament that the popularity of the SLFP-led UPFA coalition had been rapidly dwindling primarily due to drug dealers and ethanol businessmen within government ranks. Minister Tennakoon was responding to Anuradhapura District UNP MP P. Harrison’s assertion that some key ministers had been deprived of their powers. MP Harrison said that Deputy Minister Lakshman Wasantha Perera had allocated land in Matale recently though Janaka Bandara was responsible for the land portfolio. The UNP MP said that Minister Tennakoon had been deprived of an opportunity to attend the function and his picture wasn’t on posters put up in the district. Minister Tennakoon said that he wouldn’t be able to deliver his prepared speech […]

SLMC to support candidate providing……………

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Daya Gamage upset over picking Sirisena National Organizer of the United National Party (UNP), Daya Gamage, has strongly criticized the decision taken by UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, to field Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary, Maithripala Sirisena, as the common Opposition candidate at the upcoming Presidential Election. SLMC to support candidate providing solutions The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) yesterday stressed that it will extend its support to a candidate who will provide solutions to problems faced by the Muslim community. TNA decision tomorrow All parliamentarians of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) are to hold a special meeting in Colombo tomorrow…to take final decision on who to support at the Presidential Election to be held in January next year. TNA Leader R. Sampanthan said, […]

Will India toe Vaiko’s line to celebrate birth anniversary of Prabhakaran? or follow Unpopular Swamy to stop it?

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Celebrate Prabhakaran’s 60th birth anniversary: Vaiko Tamil Nadu political leader, the general secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), V. Goplasamy aka Vaiko  called for grand celebrations of the 60th birth anniversary of slain LTTE leader  Velupillai Prabhakaran on November 26. Vaiko, an ardent supporter of the Tamil Eelam, a separate state in Sri Lanka, called for celebrations and prayers in places of religious worship at 7.18 pm on November 26, to mark the time of birth of the former rebel leader, media from India reported. Swamy seeks ban on Prabhakaran’s birth ann celebration in TN BJP leader Subramanian Swamy a close associate of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksha accused of ‘War Crime’ today urged Home MinisterRajnath Singh to issue a directive to the […]

Clinging to power in Sri Lanka?

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Clinging to power in Sri Lanka? President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks an unprecedented third term in office as his popularity dwindles.  Inside Story LISTEN Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called early elections as he tries to extend his decade-long rule.Rajapaksa came to power after narrowly winning the 2005 presidential election, and increased his majority in 2010 after being credited with ending the decades-long separatist war against the Tamil Tigers.But Sri Lanka’s youngest ever member of parliament has seen his popularity fade. In September, his United People’s Freedom Alliance suffered its worst performance in local elections since he took office. Opponents accuse him of changing the constitution so he can hang on to power, and creating a family dynasty. Sri Lanka has enjoyed South Asia’s fastest […]

Maithripala promises to scrap presidency within 100 days

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Maithripala promises to scrap presidency within 100 days * Ranil to be PM    *‘Many govt. MPs, ministers will join me’ Nominations on Dec 8; election on Jan. 8, 2015 By Dasun Edirisinghe Health Minister and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena yesterday declared that he would be the common candidate of the Opposition at the next presidential election to be held on January 8 next year. Addressing the media at the New Town Hall, Colombo Minister Sirisena said that he had sacrificed all positions and privileges for the sake of the country and its people. He was flanked by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Education Services Minister Duminda Dissanayake, Deputy Minister of Buddasasana M. K. A. D. S. […]

Battle of the Blues

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The announcement of Maithripala Sirisena as the common Opposition candidate yesterday came as no surprise. That he wanted to challenge his political boss had been on the political grapevine for quite some time and the differences he had with the Rajapaksas were only too well known. He was also one of the several prime ministerial aspirants in the SLFP. In a strange turn of events replete with irony, the next presidential election will be a contest between the SLFP and the SLFP, so to speak. The UNP lost three presidential elections (in 1994, 1999 and 2005) in a row and has not been able to find its own candidates for two contests (in 2010 and 2015)! It has come to such a pass that it […]

Some run, some crawl and some stand still

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Tilvin Silva of the JVP made an interesting point at the commemoration of comrades slain in 1988-89: ‘Mahinda has already run half the race.’  The constitution favors incumbent.  Authorities turn a blind eye on the abuse of state resources and indeed the institutional arrangement is so poor in terms of checks and balances that this is a ‘given’.  Citizens have, sadly, resolved to shoulder-shrug in a ‘par for the course’ sense.  And then there’s the Opposition: broken, confused and running around in circles.  So yes, Tilvin has a point. Mahinda Rajapaksa has been running for re-election since January 2010.  He had the J R Jayewardena and Chandrika Kumaratunga presidencies to figure out the fate of a lame duck incumbent.  His decline would begin on Day […]