2nd December 2014

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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?.

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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 […]