6th December 2014

TNA MP refutes crossover rumors

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna District Parliamentarian E. Saravanapavan yesterday (December 6) strongly refuted reports that he would be supporting President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential election. Speaking to The Nation, Saravanapavan, who is also the Managing Director of the Jaffna-based Uthayan Tamil newspaper, described reports of him supporting President Rajapaksa as ‘completely baseless’ and an attempt to create a ‘wrong picture’ in the minds of the people. However, Saravanapavan lightheartedly quipped he was now getting ‘publicity’ among Sinhala media regarding reports of his crossover.  The TNA, Saravanapavan reiterated, has still not taken a decision on supporting a candidate at the presidential election. “There is no need to rush. The candidates have not even presented their manifestos yet,” he pointed out. Stating his personal […]

GTF On The Hague

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The spokesman of the Global Tamil Forum Suren Surendiran recently made a statement to Al-Jazeera that the President Rajapaksa would be taken before the War Crime Tribunal if he loses the election. While UNP Parliamentarian Harsha De Silva denies making such a statement and adds such a twist of facts is done by “repulsive people” just to sling mud for political advantages, a few politicians express their views on the matter. I Said No Such Thing Harsha De Silva – UNP Parliamentarian What I can say is I said no such thing. Anybody with brains would know that. People are repulsed by people who are trying to throw mud. These are absolutely all bonkers.     ————————————-     There Is Nothing You Can Do Sunil […]

Cross Overs In A Parliamentary Democracy

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Cross over is the name of the political game that is being played fast and furious right now. It is not a new game in Sri Lankan politics. Some governments have stood firm despite the so called pillars propping it up having walked away. Other governments have collapsed almost instantly. Carried away by prevalent political winds, the Sri Lankan voter does not seem to realise the impact of such a cross over at the moment it occurs. However laudable the motives of an MP walking from one side of the political divide to the other may be, it still amounts to a gross betrayal of the confidence voters had placed in him in electing him to office. The front benches of our parliament on both […]

US rejects Minister’s allegations

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The United States has denied allegations raised by a Government Minister who had said that former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison had offered him a bribe. The US Embassy in Colombo in response to a question raised by the Colombo Gazette, said that the allegations on Sison, who left Sri Lanka yesterday to take up a post at the UN, were “baseless”. According to media reports today, Resettlement Minister Guneratne Weerakoon had told a political meeting in Aranwela on Thursday that he had recordings of the discussion where the bribe was offered to him, to which he says the Secretary to his Ministry was also privy. The Minister had said that his experience had shown that this was how foreign ambassadors were buying Government ministers. “They […]

Speech of Dr. Bahu at Matara relly for Maithree

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(Lanka-e-News -05.Dec.2014, 1.30PM) Let me explain two points. First point, recently I spoke to a higher official in a ministry for his attention on a welfare matter. Before I could speak he asked me whether we are planning to defeat Mara with Maithree. Impulsively I said that in Buddhist terms to defeat Mara one needs Maithree, Karuna, Muditha and Upeksha. He laughed and retorted that what he meant was the defeat of MR and Maithree is enough for that purpose. What this incident shows is that even higher state officials are changing their loyalty and turning to the opposition. Secondly, President Mahinda continuously raises the issue of western imperialist conspiracy behind the common candidate of the opposition. He says that a western imperialist conspiracy has […]

Hidden agenda behind CID inquiry on Navin’s statement: UNP

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Opposition says Govt. is launching witch-hunts against defectors in guise of ‘good governance’  The main opposition United National Party has alleged that there was a hidden motive behind launching a CID investigation into the claim by former Minister Navin Dissanayake, who recently defected to the Opposition, that he was offered Rs. 100 million to remain with the Government. “It is clear the Government has got very agitated about this statement by MP Dissanayake,” the UNP said in a statement yesterday. The Opposition party said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was engaging in play acting to show the public he was acting against corruption. “In reality the Government is simply starting witch-hunts against Ministers and MPs who have left the UPFA,” the statement said. Similar statements about […]

UPFA MMC member joins Maithripala onstage

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UPFA MMC member joins Maithripala onstage By M.C. Dushantha UPFA Matara Municipal Council (MMC) Member Raj Chandralal has extended his support for common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena. at the forthcoming presidential elections. The Councillor joined Sirisena at a rally held in Matara yesterday (4). Chandralal, who was onstage at the election rally yesterday pledged that he would commit himself to ensure the victory of Sirisena at the coming election. Maithripala Sirisena, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Democratic Front Leader Sarath Fonseka, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, Arjuna Ranatunge and many others participated in the rally.

Rajapaksa Is Not A Darling Of Minority Voters Anymore

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By Muheed Jeeran – Presidential election 2015 is getting heated now and an unexpected arrival of the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) as the common candidate has shaken the ruling of UFPA and the chance of winning the third term by the incumbent President. Even before the arrival of the popular grassroot man of SLFP’s Maithripala Sirisena’s arrival, analysts were predicting the outcome based on two groups of voters such as important of ethnic minorities and mustering the Sinhalese nationalist voters will be a crucial factor for any presidential candidate to touch the finish line of 50% plus one vote in the upcoming presidential election. The opposition is very much hopeful of getting a better share from the ethnic minority voters but the […]

Sri Lanka’s Secrets, by Trevor Grant is chronicle of genocide

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SRI LANKA’S SECRETS: How the Rajapaksa Regime gets away with murder By Trevor Grant Monash University Publishing, $29.95 Sri Lanka’s Secrets is a must-read, particularly for Australian politicians and officials involved in the formulation of foreign and immigration policy toward Sri Lanka. Moving: Trevor Grant’s tightly-written history details the final days of Sri Lanka’s thirty-year civil war. The author, Trevor Grant, details the final cruel days of the thirty-year civil war in Sri Lanka during which the Sinhalese armed forces murdered tens of thousands of innocent Tamil men, women and children. The tightly written and moving text is supported by graphic photographs conveying their own reality of the horror. This was a war progressively forced on the minority Tamils. Initial discrimination in work and educational […]

S African Tamils Slap War Crime Charges Against Lankan General

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A South African Tamil group has filed criminal charges against a visiting former Sri Lankan general for alleged war crimes during the civil war with LTTE. General Srilal Weerasooriva is in South Africa as part of an international delegation attending the Association of Military Christian Fellowships – Global Interaction 2014 at the naval base of Simonstown. The general and his wife Dilhani led a worship and evening session at the event. In a statement, South African Tamil Federation (SATF) confirmed charges were pressed against him with the Commissioner of the Special Unit for Foreign Crimes in South Africa for alleged violation of human rights during his tenure as the Commanding Officer of the Sri Lankan Army in the 1990s. “We call on the South African […]