December 2014

”Arab Muslims are uneducated, wear turbans and shout slogans on the streets’ says Sri Lankan Muslim

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

SLMC Won’t talk to BBS “We’re always on losing side” By Kavindya Chris Thomas and Cassendra Doole The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will not hold talks with the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) as they do not consider the BBS as a political party, besides, the challenges posed by the BBS being trivial National Organizer to the SLMC Shafik Rajabdeen said. BBS said Tuesday (16) they will take legal action against SLMC if their Deputy General Secretary, Nizam Kariapper does not withdraw his statement that there will be a repetition of Buddhist-Muslim riots, if the common candidate wins the election. However, Rajabdeen said that SLMC will not pay attention to what the BBS says, as BBS is not a political party. “If anyone is going […]

‘Mahinda is a liar’ – Open challenge by TNA

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

TNA Challenges MR To Release Proof Of Their Deal With Common Opposition TNA MP MA Sumanthiran has challenged President Rajapaksa to publicize the proof he claims to possess of the deal that the TNA has allegedly struck with the common Opposition movement. MP Sumanthiran while vehemently refuting the claim made by President Rajapaksa at his campaign rally in Chilaw regarding a ‘secret’ deal the TNA has made with the Opposition said that if the President possesses proof of this alleged deal that they never made, he should publicize its details without any hesitation. Commenting on the allegations made by the President against the TNA, the MP said that they are claims he is making to mask his agitation concerning his growing unpopularity. “These are statements […]

Defence Ministry Constantly Intimidates Our Local Level Politicians: Champika

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Members of the common Opposition movement gathered before the Elections Department this afternoon and urged the Elections Commissioner and the IGP to vacate their positions if they are not ready uphold election laws. The protesting politicians and their supporters staged a sathyagraha and a protest campaign before the Elections Department this afternoon as they expressed their objection to the lack of action against election law violations that are being committed by President Rajapaksa‘s campaigners. JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka speaking at the sathyagraha said, “Our local level politicians are not able to actively engage in campaigning for the upcoming Presidential elections because the Defence Ministry is constantly interfering through the area police to intimidate them. . .” He said if immediate action is not […]

Family First; Country Second – Rajapaksa Family Tree

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa has betrayed the people. He has put family before country. Instead of creating a merit based society with equal opportunities for all, he has handed-over the people’s taxes and wealth to his own family and cronies. By appointing family members to all major decision-making posts Mahinda Rajapaksa has caused the country’s decline towards dictatorship, ever rising corruption and mismanagement. The Rajapaksa family alone controls over 56 percent of the entire country’s annual budget and all the key ministries are in their corrupt hands. Sri Lanka needs a system where no one family or person can centralize power in such a fashion. We need a system where power is distributed between the legislature, judiciary and executive. But that is not enough – each of […]

Presidential candidates not offered anything constructive to Tamils or Muslims

18th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Muslims lose interest in polls Muslims lose interest in polls By M. Sasikumar The Muslims in the North have lost interest in casting their vote at the forthcoming presidential election, according to Muslim Federation Vice President K. M. Nilam. He made this comment, when asked about the current situation of the Muslim vote at the upcoming poll. “Ever since the presidential election was announced, Muslim parties have regularly met, but decisions have not been announced as yet,” he added. “In the meantime, the Muslim community has shown disinterest in voting at the upcoming election. After the three-decade cold-blooded war, the resettled people’s fundamental requirements have still not been met. Proper lands have not been allocated for their livelihood. Even in the Indian housing plan, discrimination is […]

Video: Champika in a mega deal: Minister Wimal

18th December 2014 // 0 Comments

The National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader and Minister Wimal Weerawansa today accused the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and former Minister Champika Ranawaka of publishing fake statistics to change peoples’ opinion on the economy. According to the minister, MP Ranawaka had said the present government was acquiring foreign loans for higher interests such as seven per cent. “This is not true. The government had obtained all the loans for interest lower than seven per cent. However, previous governments had obtained loans for high interest.  The loan acquired for the Nilwala Ganga Project was 23.8 million Francs from France and the interest was 10.85 per cent,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla and Sanath Desmond) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/59159/champika-in-a-mega-deal-wimal#sthash.wxs7xK68.dpuf

Sri Lanka the first country to close its doors to European Union observers!

18th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Lanka another first – shuts out EU monitors BY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY Elections monitoring bodies blamed the government for making Sri Lanka the first country to close its doors to European Union observers. “Apart from seven countries including China, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Albania, is Sri Lanka going to be the eighth country that does not even allow local monitors?” Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) queried. It was Sirima Bandaranaike who first invited foreign polls observers. CaFFE also chastised SLFP General Secretary and Petroleum Industries Minister, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa for his recent remark that some election monitoring bodies were biased. “Is this the official version of their belief? We believe that this is the personal view of the SLFP General Secretary, because […]

Minister Badurdeen assaults MP Ranga

18th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister Badurdeen assaults MP Ranga Minister Rishad Badurdeen is reported to have assaulted government parliamentarian J Sri Ranga at Temple Trees yesterday (December 15). Ranga is also a media man and works for Shakthi TV’s “Minnel” programme. Minister Badurdeen is said to have questioned Ranga over his comments in the TV programme which led to the attack. Efforts made by SriLankaMirror to reach out to Minister Badurdeen Opposition elections campaign under attack The stage set up in Vanduramba for a meeting organized by Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena’s campaign has been set on fire by a group of unknown persons. Sirisena was scheduled to address the people in Vanduramba today (17). A vehicle had also been damaged in the attack while three persons who were fixing […]

Using prisoners for election propaganda is HR violations- Transparency International

18th December 2014 // 0 Comments

The governing United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has been accused by election monitors of using prisoners for election propaganda work, Transparency International balmed today. Transparency International strongly condemns this activity and sent letter to election commissioner on uring to hold further investigations this regard. Transparency International also sent letters towards ministry of transport and to the secretary on urging to stop using public transportation for ruling party conversing activities. Government uses CTB buses for transportation activities of their supporters.

Lankan schoolboy dies in UK

18th December 2014 // 0 Comments

A father today paid tribute to his “amazing” son who died from an injury in a freak incident when he was hit in the stomach by a football cleared by a goalkeeper during a PE lesson at his north London school Sugenth Jeyakumar, 14, was admitted to hospital and died in front of his dad Arumugam a day later. The teenager received the blow during a game at Whitmore school in Harrow last Tuesday and complained of feeling pain after having played on for a few minutes. He was taken to nearby Northwick Park hospital but after a scan was transferred to the intensive care unit at St Mary’s in Paddington on Tuesday evening and died unexpectedly the following day. He had been conscious and […]

”Even if the TNA were to back President Rajapaksa it wouldn’t get anything in return” says Gotha!

17th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, taking part in an interview on Derana TV on Monday, defended the government much better than most ruling party politicians who make a lot of noise in dramedies that are political debates but leave the viewers unconvinced and disappointed in the end. He, as usual, tore into the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which, he said, remained committed to a separate state and had a visceral antipathy towards President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Interestingly, a discerning viewer phoned in to inquire from the Defence Secretary whether the government, having raked the TNA over the coals, would not find itself in a dilemma if that party ever decided to offer its support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Gotabhaya, who usually pulls no punches or minces no […]

BBS fear eastern terror groups

17th December 2014 // 0 Comments

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today warned of terror groups operating in the eastern province and urged the government to take action to curb their activities. BBS General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thero told the media today that the government has ignored intelligence reports with regards to these groups in the east. He said that allowing these groups to remain unchecked could result in similar incidents to that seen in Australia and Pakistan this week. The BBS monk noted that even international agencies have warned of a threat from terrorist groups based in the east but yet nothing has been done to address this threat. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thero also claimed that the government is in part ignoring some of the concerns as a result of attempts to […]

Racist Mahinda says Maithri, TNA have deal

17th December 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today alleged that the opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena has signed a secret deal with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Speaking at an election rally in Chilaw, the President claimed that the secret deal was formulated by a team which includes TNA Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran. “We are watching these things very closely. These things need to be revealed,” the President added. He urged the public not to forget what the LTTE did and the fact that they have been defeated militarily. The President said that pro-LTTE groups operating overseas now want to see him defeated at the Presidential elections next month and want to take him to the Hague. “As long as the Sri Lankan public are here they will not allow me to be taken to […]

‘No devolution possible under Rajapaksa’

17th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Northern Tamils cannot expect powers to be devolved as long as President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in power, according to Rajitha Senaratne who was, not very long ago, a Minister in his cabinet. On November 21, he left the ruling coalition along with his colleague Maithripala Sirisena, now the principal challenger of President Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential polls. “The President never wanted to give anything to the northern people,” he said, alleging that even the development taken up there was solely for the purpose of commissions. “The development has not benefitted the people of the area. They have not been given employment,” he said, less than a month ahead of the January 8 elections. So far neither the joint opposition he is […]

Burning issues facing Tamil’s ahead of January polls

17th December 2014 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO, 16 décembre 2014 (IRIN) – As Sri Lanka gears up for a presidential election five years after the end a long separatist rebellion, the country, especially the war-scarred North, faces a raft of unresolved chronic problems. Analysts regard many of them as long-term drivers of conflict. The front-runners in the January poll are incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seeking an unprecedented third term (thanks to a constitutional amendment passed by the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), and his former minister of health, Maithripala Sirisena. Both are southerners. Neither candidate has released his campaign platform. In Sri Lanka’s former war zone in the North, there is widespread apprehension that post-war issues are unlikely to take top-billing. Articles Associés How disaster preparation broke down […]

Presidential Election And The TNA

17th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By S. I. Keethaponcalan – The ongoing presidential election campaign in Sri Lanka seems to have downgraded the Tamil community, or to be precise, their main political party the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to the status of an outcast. Both major political formations, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the National Democratic Front (NDA) headed by common opposition candidateMaithripala Sirisena, are not interested in a formal alliance with the Tamil party, despite the fact that Tamil votes are a crucial factor in the electoral equation. President Rajapaksa knows very well that a majority of the Tamils will not vote for him and the TNA cannot formally endorse him. He openly maintains the position that the government will not seek […]

Tamils Between the Devils and Deep Blue Sea

17th December 2014 // 0 Comments

The bill-board cartoon of Mr Shanmugasunderam shown above reflects accurately the current plight of Eelam Tamils in today’s Sri-Lankan politics. The Tamils had to trek a long tortuous path to come to this blind end. The Tamils were led to a tragic demise by the international community under the pretext of ending terrorism without fully studying the Tamils struggle for freedom since independence in 1948. After Sinhala genocide of nearly 150000 Tamils in Mullivaikal in May 2009 UN admitted that it failed in preserving human rights of Tamils and failing to give them even the basic political rights of the Tamils. After Sri-Lanka, (it was called Ceylon during nearly 400 years of Western colonial rule) got freedom from the colonialist in 1948 Tamils were denied […]

Mahinda supporters EPDP panicking on Mahinda’s unpopularity in North

16th December 2014 // 0 Comments

EPDP is a strong supporter of the President Mahinda Rajapaksha who is very unpopular in North for killing more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in month of May 2009 alone. Due to the Presidential election to be held on the 8th of January the EPDP are trying to create uncomfortable situation in the North and make the public NOT to vote on the 8th as the public will vote for Mithiri if they go to vote as they don’t like Mahinda or his supporters of EPDP. The Tamil and Muslim voters of North East are seen as the king makers on the 8th January 2015. The unpopular Mahinda supporters are indirectly creating fear in the minds of the public and are trying to make the public […]

Pakistan Taliban kill 126 School Children like the Sri Lankan forces killed Tamil school Children

16th December 2014 // 0 Comments

At least 126 people, mostly children, have been killed in a Taliban assault on an Army-run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials say. Five or six militants wearing security uniforms entered the school, officials said. Gunfire and explosions were heard as security forces surrounded the area. The Army says most of the school’s 500 students have been evacuated. It is not clear how many are being held hostage. A spokesman for the militants says the school was targeted in response to army operations. Hundreds of Taliban fighters are thought to have died in a recent military offensive in the North Waziristan and the nearby Khyber area. The attack is being seen as one of the worst yet in Pakistan.  Many of the casualties were reportedly caused […]

8 More Councillors desert Mahinda for Maithri

16th December 2014 // 0 Comments

More desert UPFA for Maithri By Zahrah Imtiaz and Rathindra Kuruwita Eight Local Government councillors, from the United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA), crossed over to the common Opposition yesterday (16) to extend their support to Maithripala Sirisena, citing corruption and nepotism as the main reason for their decision. SLFP member of the Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, Municipal Council (MC) Ranjan Ponnamperuma, SLFP Chairman of the Ja-Ela Urban Council, Anju Perera and Athula Senaratne, former SLFP Kandy Municipal Council Member and campaign organizer for Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga crossed over. Ponnamperuma, speaking at a media briefing, held at Solis Resturant, said he was on the verge of retiring from politics as he could not stand the corruption that was going on at the Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte MC. Along […]

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