December 2014

The Incident at Kumbukgate: Reflections on the Attack on Young Artists and Activists

31st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Artistes tell of horrors in MR ‘Disneyland’  Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:49 A large number of the artistes today condemned the attack on a group of young artistes by political goons in Kurunegala … Read More…– See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/#sthash.9v00XYDl.dpuf The chilling news came in the afternoon – our friends, colleagues and comrades who had been holding a small scale meeting in Kumbukgate, Kurunegala, were under attack, surrounded by a group of goons clad in blue t-shirts of Nil Balakaya. ‘What on earth can we do’ was the question that we both silently shared but were frightened to ask out loud. We could call our friends in the media, of course, and alert them of the horror unfolding there. But all that could only have […]

Faizer Mustapha joins Maithri

31st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Investment Promotion Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha said this morning that he had decided to support Opposition Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena for the January 8 election.   He announced his decision at a function held in Colombo. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/60083/faizer-musthapa-joins-maithri#sthash.PnxsKgLi.dpuf

Pot calling the kettle Black. – Buddhist extremist BBS says TNA joined Maithri to spread extremism

31st December 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksha who is expected to loose the election on the 8th January after the main Minority parties TNA and the SLMC have asked their supporters to vote for the common candidate has got his Sinhala and Buddhist extremist associated parties to release racist statements to gain Sinhala votes. Mahinda and his associated parties calls all minority parties who do not support him has extremists and terrorists and ask the Sinhala majority to support him. In real term President Mahinda and his associated parties are the only parties who are racists in Sri Lanka who wants to stay in power by creating division among the community. The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation a well known Buddhist Extremist organisation which had attacked Muslims and Mosques with […]

A Congregation by National Youth front Uk towards democracy in Sri Lanka

31st December 2014 // 0 Comments

UNP national youth front UK branch is organising a multi religious awareness meeting in London on the forthcoming presidential election in Sri-Lanka. The meeting will be held in Rayners Lane, London on Sunday , 4th of January 2015 @ 446 Rayners Lane HA55DX, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Its is imperative all Sri-Lankans living in the UK voice their concerns regarding the current situation in Sri-Lanka and to establish a democratic society free from violence and intimidation, hence the reason why a decision has been made by the UK UNP youth front to organise this event. The main objective of this awareness meeting is to assemble all democracy loving Sri-Lankans in the UK to exert pressure on the current government of Sri-Lanka to hold […]

Postwar Sri Lanka’s Awkward Peace

31st December 2014 // 0 Comments

KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka — Two men were riding the train known as the Queen of Jaffna as it rattled through the haunted battlegrounds of Sri Lanka’s civil war. One of them, Nisal Kavinda, a 20-year-old man from the Sinhalese ethnic group, was jubilant. He had wanted to ride this train since 2009, when President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared victory over separatist rebels in the Tamil north, an event he called “the most happiest thing in our lifetime.” As the train approached Elephant Pass, the site of three pivotal battles, Mr. Kavinda jumped down onto the platform with his camera. A burned-out rebel tank stands as a memorial to a government soldier who, famously, carried out a suicide mission by clambering up its side and throwing grenades […]

Muslim Leader is a “political prostitute”- Gnanasara Thera

31st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization has accused former Justice Minister and Sri Lanka Muslin Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem of being a “political prostitute” who stood up against the government at all the Presidential elections. Gnanasara Thera said that Rauff Hakeem had defected to the opposition at the Presidential elections in 2005 and 2010, however, later joined the government once again. “This time he is halfway through, and repeated the same move,” he added. The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo, this morning. Gnanasara Thera also charged that Rauff Hakeem has signed a secret and harmful agreement with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. “The BBS urges the relevant parties to disclose the […]

Regime Is Desperate

31st December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Helasingha Bandara – Election campaign strategy and tactics of the President seem a desperate attempt to keep the head above water. It is normal that people resort to ineffective tactics in desperate situations not knowing that they always backfire. Rajapaksa campaign shows signs of dying. Masses seem to have resolved to make a change. From the ordinary villager to the sophisticated urbanite, everyone seems to be coming together to restore, peace, democracy, law and order and fairness and justice. Rajapaksa rule has shown scant respect for any of those or for human dignity. This piece attempts to scrutinize some of the ineffective tactics that the current regime is employing to give Mahinda a third term. People in the forefront Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent the […]

Salman, Jacqueline campaign for Mahinda Rajapaksa

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Posted: December 30, 2014 12:05 am | Updated: December 30, 2014 11:37 am AS Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa campaigns for the presidential election, his son, Namal Rajapaksa, on Monday got his “friend”, Bollywood actor Salman Khan, to visit the island country for a “social cause”. (See Pics: Salman, Jacqueline off to Sri Lanka) Salman Khan, was who was accompanied by Sri Lanka-born actress Jacqueline Fernandez, donated lens for cataract operations in Sri Lanka. They were participating in a health camp organised by the Sri Lankan ruling party’s youth wing, headed by Namal, and Being Human Foundation, a charity promoted by Salman Khan. Their pictures with Rajapaksa and his son went viral on social media throughout Monday. Within hours […]

Who is with LTTE? Mahinda or Maithiri?

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

A short while ago TNA officially announced that it will support common candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the presidential election. The Northern Provincial Council is ruled by the TNA and it received 78.48% of the votes at the election held to elect members for the NPC. Mahinda is supported by Karuna Amman, Pillayan, KP, Thaya Master and Douglas Devananda. Maithiri is supported by Tamil National Alliance  (TNA) MP’s, Sri Lanka Muslim Party (SLMC) MP’s, Mano Ganesan MP,  All Ceylon Muslim Congress Leader and Minister Rishard Bathiudeen and MP Ameer Ali, Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Deputy leader Udayakumar.

8th Jan: Eelam Tamils Make A Choice Take A Stand

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By C P Thiagarajah – Uthayan newspaper reported that Mannar Catholic Bishop Rev Rayappu Joseph in his Christmas night mass had stated that what the country needed was a President who would be sympathetic or supportive of the political aspirations of the Tamils. We could infer from this sermon that a Tamil cannot be a president in the near future and that Tamils have to depend on the good sympathies of a Sinhala president. With all my 30 years government service in Sinhala areas I have my serious doubts that such a Sinhala president will ever be found for another fifty years. The two main contestants in the forth-coming election in Jan 2015 are unsympathetic to Tamil problems and any solutions. Their manifesto simply exposes […]

Salman Khan a betrayer: Vaiko

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Hitting out at Bollywood actor Salman Khan for allegedly campaigning for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko today dubbed him as a ‘betrayer.’ “He is also a betrayer,” Vaiko told reporters here when asked about this. Earlier, reports had suggested that the Indian superstar, along with actor Jacqueline Fernandez, had been roped in to campaign for the Lankan leader, who is testing his electoral fortunes for a third time in the coming Presidential elections, due next month in the island republic. Rajapaksa is under fire from political parties in Tamil Nadu, especially MDMK, as he was at the helm of affairs in 2009 when civilian casualties in the Tamil-dominated areas in Sri Lanka’s northeast reportedly peaked during the last […]

TNA Supports Maithri: Full Statement Issued By The TNA +VIDEO

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has today decided to support the opposition common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, the TNA announced a short while ago. Full statement issued by the TNA; The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has given careful consideration to the positions and pronouncements of the two main candidates at the upcoming Presidential election and has also undertaken an extensive process of consultation to hear the views of the Tamil speaking people, particularly those in the North and East. As the political leadership of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, we have a historical duty to guide our people and the wider citizenry in the choice they will be called on to make at the election. The values of democracy, good governance and rule of law […]

Name, date and place of birth altered many times fraudulently- Minister Weerawansa and wife guilty

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News- 29.Dec.2014, 11.30PM) There is one thing common among to all living beings who trod this planet earth. That is every one of them have a date of birth or birthday. That should not and cannot be changed by anyone. Hence, to ensure this, civilized human societies have introduced laws that make such changes as heinous crimes . In Sri Lanka (SL) too this is true. The Penal code of SL under section 455 , anybody who has altered the date of birth or that in the registers of government records , that individual is punishable with a 7 years jail sentence. In addition to the laws, a civilized human being (unless of course he is a beast by birth behaving as a human with […]

Keep Army In Barracks To Conduct Free And Fair Elections In North & East: Jayasuriya

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

“I as a Candidate in the Elections to the Post of the President therefore, demand the Elections Commissioner to immediately arrange for the army to be removed to barracks from midnight 05 January and detail the police to enforce rule of law in both North and East.” says the Uinted Socialist Party Presidential CandidateSiritunga Jayasuriya. Issuing a statement he pointed out that despite the feeling of insecurity and possible intimidations prevail very strongly in the Northern Tamil psyche with armed security and para military groups moving freely in those areas, Tamils will go to polls this time unlike in 2005 November. “Elections Commissioner will therefore have to make certain very soon that the military remains in the barracks, at least from midnight 05 January till […]

UNP says bringing Bollywood actor for campaigning a disgrace

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Ifham Nizam Bringing in Bollywood actor Salman Khan to campaign for President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a disgrace to the Sri Lankans, says UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva. MP Silva said: “How can one go that low. As a Sri Lankan I am ashamed to see people are being fooled and treated like a bunch of idiots.”  The president should have asked Sri Lankan artistes like Amaradeva, Malini Fonseka to help him with electioneering without disgracing Sri Lanka as a nation.       Khan was accompanied by former Miss Sri Lanka turned Bollywood actress, Jacqueline Fernandez. They are said to be close friends of Hambantota District Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa.  Meanwhile, Common Candidate’s Media Unit yesterday said that a number of artistes, including Samanali Fonseka […]

Wife fears for Solangaarchchi’s life

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Madura Ranwala Wife of former UPFA Mullariyawa-Kollonnawa Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Prasanna Solaarachchi Thiwanka yesterday told media in Colombo that she was pregnant and she fears for her husband’s life. “Do not harm my husband,” she said adding that the Colombo Crime Division personnel, (CCD), come in search of him every five minutes. She showed some pitucres to media the vehilces STF personnel used to come to her house in Kollonnawa. Thiwanka said that her husband’s life was at a risk. “I don’t know why the government is doing this to us. My husband does not use weapons and don’t kill him. Don’t we have a freedom to support anyone according to our convictions?,” said Solangaarachchi’s wife. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said last night […]

No secret pact with Hakeem, says Champika

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday denied the allegations made by the government that the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) had decided to support Maithripala Sirisena as he been promised a separate administrative unit based on ethnicity. Addressing the media in Colombo, Ranawaka said that they had not agreed to give such a separate administrative district in Amapara based on ethnicity as claimed by the government, but it was the SLMC that agreed with the Sirisena’s election manifesto and that was why it had decided to support the common opposition candidate. “We never tolerate separatism. Therefore there is no such agreement between SLMC and Maithripala Sirisena,” Ranawaka said. Former Minister Ranawaka assured that there were no plans under […]

Shocking Star Prices Of Salman Khan: Rs. 30 Million Per Day For Public Appearance

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

While Bollywood star Salman Khan is making headlines in the Sri Lankan media due to appearance at an election rally supporting President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Asian Mirror thought it was timely to reproduce an article that was carried on Hindustan Times in 2012 – which gave a comprehensive picture on prices of Bollywood stars – including Salman Khan. These prices may have changed over the past three years. However, the article still gives an idea about exorbitant prices of Bollywood starts for public appearances and movies. The prices given in the article deal with Indian rupees (SLR 2.06 as of December 29) Under his usual rates in 2012, Salman Khan charged approximately Rs. 30 000 000 (SLR) per day for public appearance. The shocking truth about […]

Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s interview

30th December 2014 // 0 Comments

MDMK cadre on Monday staged an agitation in front of the office of a private TV news channel in Chennai, which is scheduled to broadcast an interview of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Earlier, party founder Vaiko garlanded the statue of the founder of the news organisation and claimed that the ideals the founder had protected were not being adhered to by the present management of the organisation. Later, MDMK cadres raised slogans against the news channel holding placards which read, ‘Don’t telecast Rajapaksa interview.’ An MDMK release said party cadres raised slogans at the news channel’s office at Egmore. Meanwhile, Madras Reporters Guild and Chennai Press Club issued statements condemning political leaders, including Vaiko, who have protested against the telecast of Rajapaksa’s interview scheduled tonight.

Batticaloa district Hindu Youth Forum seeks urgent support for flood victims

29th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Batticaloa district Hindu Youth Forum seeks urgent support for flood victims in the Eastern Province For the past two weeks heavy thunder showers hits downs the area and sluice gates of several tanks were opened, villages submerged with flood water.At present 12012 families including 41419 individuals are residing in 103 welfare camps while 38329 families including 136184 individuals are displaced in and residing in their relatives houses. Government organizations provide three times foods to people resides in the welfare camp. Hindu Forum seeks milk powder for children, milk power packets for elders, bed sheet, dresses, soap, and towel, health products for children, mosquito net, tooth paste, brush, cooking pots and pans. People are requested to hand over their relives towards: Hindu Forum, District Secretariat No.4 […]

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