December 2014

TNA-SLMC common stand on Jan. 8 poll likely

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando SLMC leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem yesterday consulted his members in the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) as well as some members of his parliamentary group regarding the forthcoming presidential election. Minister Hakeem met representatives at a Colombo hotel where they discussed the best course of action for the party and the Muslim community in the wake of both the SLFP led ruling coalition and the joint Opposition seeking the SLMC’s support. The SLMC contested the last parliamentary election in April 2010 on the UNP ticket after having backed common candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka fielded by a coalition comprising the UNP, JVP and the TNA at January 2010 poll. Subsequently, the SLMC switched its allegiance to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Well informed sources […]

SHOULD LSESU CONDEMN SRI LANKA?

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Next Thursday (4th December) a UGM will be held to discuss the following motion: Condemn Sri Lanka and support sanctions against the government for violations of human rights. The UGM will take place from 1 – 2 pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building. Read on for a full outline of the motion, plus details on the proposer and seconder. Proposer – Harish Karunalingam, LSESU Tamil Society Campaigns Officer Seconder – Durgesh Prabu, LSESU Tamil Society Tamil Student’s Initiative (TSI) Representative This Union notes: That the Sri Lankan Civil War ended in May 2009 after a 26 year long military campaign by both Tamil rebel groups and the SL government That Sri Lanka is one of the top “red alert” countries at risk for genocide (Genocide Prevention Project), […]

Pope and Leaders of the Main World Religions Sign Declaration to Eradicate Slavery by 2020

3rd December 2014 // 0 Comments

Today Amma, Pope Francis, and other leaders of the world’s religions made history. They came together in one voice to declare that modern slavery is a crime against humanity. They called on all people, irrespective of gender, faith and culture, to work together to eradicate human trafficking and all other forms of slavery from the face of the earth by 2020. History was made in the Vatican today when Pope Francis and other leaders of the world’s main religions—Christianity Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism—signed a joint declaration to work together to eradicate modern slavery in its various forms by the year 2020. Pope Francis was the first to sign this “Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery,” in which they pledged “to do all […]

I was warned not to talk of corruption: Maithri

3rd December 2014 // 0 Comments

Stating that he fought against corruption while being in the present government, the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena today revealed that he was warned by state hierarchy for taking up such a struggle.  Addressing a rally organised by the Purawesi Balaya at Hyde Park last evening, Mr. Sirisena said he once cautioned the government on the corruption charges it faced with regard to road construction but the state top brass warned him saying he should not talk about corruption in the government. “I was told that I should not do the job of the Opposition,’ he said.  Coming out with more inside stories in the recent past, Mr. Sirisena said he and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha were also warned for intervening and calming the […]

Paid politicians and their cohorts in the state dedicated to only enriching themselves

3rd December 2014 // 0 Comments

Poverty, unemployment, youth disillusionment, social and Institutional degradation and disintegration, and environmental despoliation continue relentlessly to haunt the world and our country. All this takes place in the back drop of widening gaps between the super-rich and rich, rich and the middle class, and, the middle class and the desperately poor, neglected, lower class. Let’s not be ambiguous and blinkered; we do not live in a world that is economically and socially just and fair, information, knowledge, and ultra modern technologies, notwithstanding. Unsurprisingly, in the prevailing global socio-economic scenario where the dominating ethos is one of selfish arrogance, self-centeredness, and self-absorption, many countries still flirt about with a never ending cycle of elections, of course, purported to register the voice of the people, the very […]

SL military intelligence gave the option of cross over to UPFA if he wanted his son

3rd December 2014 // 0 Comments

 Colombo threatens TNA civic members to crossover to UPFA [TamilNet, Monday, 01 December 2014, 22:39 GMT] The intelligence and political operatives who operate under the direct command of SL presidential siblings Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the SL defence secretary and Basil Rajapaksa, the economic minister have been trying to woo grassroots Tamil members of the civic bodies in the North and East to the side of the ruling UPFA in the South. US-trained SL military commander in Jaffna, Major General Udaya Perera, who has been transferred to Colombo and promoted to the rank of Director General General Staff at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff is attempting to woo TNA urban Council chairpersons and deputy chairpersons in North to the side of the UPFA through […]

Rajapakse regime facing imminent defeat seeks solutions via murders and blame on the LTTE

3rd December 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -02.Dec.2014, 11.30PM) A conspiracy has been hatched to murder a very special VIP or a group by Sri Lanka ‘s (SL) criminal defense secretary during the run up to Presidential elections , and to blame it on the LTTE , in order to prove that the LTTE is back in action, according to reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division. This is a ploy to win the elections by hook or by crook , or to postpone elections, Lanka e news inside information division reports. Gotabaya had enlisted his advisor Hendavitharane , and the LTTE cadres, Karuna Amman and ‘Nilupan Sethiran’, to execute this plot. The LTTE identified ‘Nilupan Sethiran’ at that time by the symbol E-803. He is now kept hidden as […]

LTTE ban: SL praises EU decision

3rd December 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka today welcomed the Decision taken by the European Union (EU) to appeal the judgement of its General Court that lifted sanctions on the LTTE, the External Affairs Ministry said. The Full Statement Sri Lanka welcomes the decision of the Council of the European Union to appeal the judgement of the General Court of the European Union of 16 October 2014, which annulled measures taken by the Council to designate the LTTE as a terrorist organization and the freezing of LTTE funds. The action taken by the Council of the European Union demonstrates commitment for the fight against terrorism at a time when this threat is increasingly posing a significant challenge to global peace and stability, necessitating a collective and vigorous international effort to […]

President, having promised the Indians that he would implement the 13th Amendment, was heard to say as they were leaving that he had fooled them again.

2nd December 2014 // 0 Comments

Presidential insecurities BY PROF. RAJIVA  WIJESINHA Nearly two months back the Liberal Party wrote to the President urging that he should not hold elections in haste, and indicating that he should proceed first with the various reforms he had pledged. We got an acknowledgment, but not a response, though I suspect a call from a close relation urging that I support the President was a consequence of the letter. The refusal to consider issues seriously, while simply providing assurances that things will improve, is not however something that can be accepted ad nauseam. Indeed, while in India I was told by a political scientist who had been fully supportive of our destruction of the Tigers in Sri Lanka, that the President, having promised the Indians […]

Rather than empty promises, the Jaffna people now expect genuine deeds

2nd December 2014 // 0 Comments

Total Freedom Still Eludes The Tamil People With the presidential elections around the corner and Colombo buzzing about the possible front runners in the race, Jaffna people show indifference. The northern Tamil people feel that irrespective of who comes into power, their grievances will be the same. While thanking for ending the war, the Tamils in the North say that total freedom still eludes them. The people complain that while roads are being developed, the living condition of the Tamils has been stagnant or perhaps, in some areas, deteriorated. There is a clear breakdown of law and order. It is alleged that criminals can get away from anything by simply bribing the law enforcement officials. While crime rate in the North is increasing drastically, released […]

Israeli approach to ensuring control of a recalcitrant minority.

2nd December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajiva Wijesinha – Enemies of the President’s Promise: Grumpy 2  So his attitude seemed to harden with the passing years. Also, sadly, even though he might not have been ambitious himself, he seemed to see himself as the principal guardian of the victory the forces had won, with an obligation therefore to block the way of those who were anxious to give more political powers to Tamil politicians. Though, under threat from the LTTE, some of these had seemed to subscribe to the LTTE ideology, in fact most Tamil politicians were moderates who were relieved that the LTTE had been vanquished. They were prepared to disavow terrorism as well as separatism, but they were anxious to exercise political power in predominantly Tamil regions, at least in […]

EC Should Demand Asset Disclosure From All Candidates And Their Families

2nd December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Kusal Perera – 01st December, 2014 Commissioner of Elections election@slt.lk Election Secretariat, Sarana Mawatha, Rajagiriya.  Right to access assets & liability declarations of Candidates – Citizens’ right I believe, you are much more conversant with the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Act No. 01 of 1975 amended in 1988 as Act No. 74 than me, which requires candidates for the upcoming presidential election to hand over declarations of their assets and liabilities along with those of their families when they submit nominations on 08 December 2014. Yet with the Act as to date not making it mandatory to hand over such declarations at the time of submitting nominations, we are aware this legal requirement is not carried out effectively. The sole objective of this […]

Group Of UPFA MPs Give A “Strange” Assurance To CBK To Cross After The Election

2nd December 2014 // 0 Comments

A group of ruling party MPs has given a “strange” assurance to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga saying they would join the common opposition, led by Maithripala Sirisena, immediately after the presidential election, Asian Mirror reliably learns. They have cited various difficulties in joining the government before the election – including the ‘files’ that can suddenly come out in the face of such a crossover. However, this assurance has earned the ire of a certain section of the common opposition who claim that this assurance demonstrate nothing but the cowardliness on the part of the ruling party MPs. However, the possibility of dissolving the Parliament within three months after the election has put a damper on their post-election crossover plans. Therefore, the group of ruling party […]

DO NOT GO TO SRI LANKA UNTIL THE ELECTION IS OVER – UK cautions visitors to Sri Lanka

2nd December 2014 // 0 Comments

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has warned visitors to Sri Lanka to avoid any political gatherings or rallies adding that political rallies and election campaigns in Sri Lanka have occasionally turned violent. In an updated travel advice on Sri Lanka issued today as a result of the upcoming Presidential elections, British citizens visiting Sri Lanka have been told by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to be vigilant. “Political rallies and election campaigns in Sri Lanka have occasionally turned violent. Several meetings organised by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have also been disrupted in a violent manner recently. You should avoid any political gathering or rally and be wary of spontaneous large gatherings. Carry a form of official photographic identification with you at all times. You should follow local […]

Uthayan in Jaffna: All the news that’s fit to print, and then some

2nd December 2014 // 0 Comments

RELATED POSTS: An appeal from a Sri Lankan Catholic to Pope Francis: Please don’t come Archive of #AskChampika: Twitter Q&A with Champika Ranawaka On backing Maithripala Sirisena: Beyond critical support and resigned endorsement OPEN AND SHUT: ANOTHER LETTER TO OUR MAJESTY Collective awakenings and watershed changes in society: Are they in the offing? JAFFNA. “Even though the war is over and the guns are silent…it doesn’t change a thing. We still face threats. We are still feeling the fear,” said 35 year old Thevanayagam Premananth, the editor of Uthayan newspapers. We talked in his office, part of the compound that had once been the torture chambers of the Tamil Tigers. A mug with “Happy birthday to the best editor in the world” printed on it […]

President is challenged – Reveal contents of my file: Naveen to Govt. offered 100 Mn.

2nd December 2014 // 0 Comments

Former State Management and Reforms Minister Naveen Dissanayake who crossed over to the opposition today challenged the government to reveal within 24 hours the contents of his file if there was one and if it contained any details of corrupt deals. Mr. Dissanayake posed this challenge during a news conference held at the United National Party (UNP) headquarters Sirikotha last afternoon. He said he his first priority was to extend his support to the common opposition candidate and would later decide on whether to obtain UNP membership and on the direction of his future political journey. Mr. Dissanayake was welcomed by UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa and several other MPs Mr. Premadasa said Mr. Dissanayake and himself have something common because they both followed the […]

Vasu against Exec. Presidency but supports MR to keep his Minister post?.

2nd December 2014 // 0 Comments

Prominent leftist, National Languages and Social Integration Minister, Vasudeva Nanayakkara stressed that they do not approve of the executive powers held by president Mahinda Rajapaksa and have been fighting to abolish the Executive Presidency, ever since it was created. For last 10 years he had been with Mahinda Rajapaksha who had always promised to abolish the system. Nanayakara is known for releasing statements and non had been implemented to date by President Mahinda. His DLF  party members fears they will loose their Minister posts if they do not support the President Mahinda. Nanayakara had said that he asked the President to delay the Presidential Election and go for a General Election with Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister after abolishing the Presidential system and vesting […]

President of the Sinhala Buddhists only on his 3rd term? Mahinda Can Win Without Minority Votes.

1st December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Granville Perera – A strange phenomenon on the streets of Colombo! It was the morning of 29th of November; I was at the wheel at a busy intersection, waiting for the light to turn green. There were groups of people (many) distributing election propaganda material to people in passing vehicles and pedestrians. Someone walked up to my vehicle and offered a booklet. He turned towards the vehicle parallel to mine, and stopped, turned and walked away to give those booklets to other vehicles waiting for the green light. I noticed that the vehicle that was not given the booklet had a man and a woman inside, and the woman had her head covered, a Muslim. This intrigued me very much and as the lights […]

Swiss ​couple assaulted at a night-club

1st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Foreign ​couple assaulted at a night-club A Swiss couple who had been assaulted at a nightclub located in Cinnamon Gardens last night, has lodged a complaint w… – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/#sthash.yJxBV0Pg.dpuf Australia accused of ‘secrecy’ over Sri Lankan asylum-seekers The Australian government was Saturday accused of secrecy over an operation with Sri Lankan authorities in which a boat carrying asylum-seekers was intercepted and all but one of its passengers sent back. MORE… Three Chinese arrested over ruckus at nightclub Three Chinese nationals have been arrested in the Kollupitiya area for allegedly behaving in an unruly manner and causing disturbance at a nightclub, the Police Spokesman’s Office said. MORE..  

BUYING TNA, SLMC AND COMMUNIST PARTY LEADERS.

1st December 2014 // 0 Comments

More are to come from the government- Maithripala Common candidate Maithripala Sirisena today said that more members of the government were due to defect and pledge support to him in the run-up to the Presidential polls. Speaking at his inaugural rally held in Polonnaruwa today, Sirisena said that the government has been shattered after he quit and added that he was expecting more members from the government side to join him in the next few days. In his speech he had further stated that it is unfortunate that the government did not succeed in introducing people friendly policies despite having a 2/3 majority in parliament, which they instead exploited to bring in constitutional amendments to build their power base by abusing the 18th Amendment which […]

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