13th December 2014

How Can A Parliament Of Cross-Overs Deliver On The Promises Of The Opposition?

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By Rajan Philips – Depending on who is saying it, there have been half a dozen or more characterizations of the forthcoming presidential election. I for one called it a presidential referendum and drew an uneasy parallel to the 1982 referendum. Two former Peradeniya academics with deep roots in the left movement have offered different takes on the election. According to one of them the coming election could be the most historic since the island’s first ever election under universal franchise way back in 1931. The other is not at all optimistic, and calling a pox on all of the country’s political houses, he sees nothing worthwhile happening after the election. Given a reactionary and chauvinistic choice between majoritarian Tweedledum and Tweedledee, he longs not […]

Hirunika Preamachandra Leaves The Country Due To “Security Threats”

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Sources from the common opposition confirmed Asian Mirror that Western Provincial Councilor Hirunika Premachandra and her mother, Sumana Premachanda, have left the country due to “security threats”. The Provincial Councilor and her mother, as Asian Mirror learns, are presently in Singapore. However, sources close to her family said she would return to the country in a few days when “the dust is settled”. The family source also confirmed that Premachanda would be available for the final phase of the common opposition’s presidential campaign. Hirunika Premachandra extended her support to the common opposition, led by Maithripala Sirisena, last Monday. The Provincial Councilor’s move to leave the country comes in the aftermath of the revelations made by former Chairman of Kotikawatte Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha Prasanna Solangaarachchi that […]

Why Not A MoU With The TNA?

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By Laksiri Fernando – Nominations for the premature presidential elections closed three days back and less than a month is left for the decisive decision on 8 January 2015. The competition is polarized between two candidates and the result will be crucial for the future of the country. This is perhaps the most significant election ever held in this island nation since the introduction of adult universal franchise in 1931. To put it mildly, the result will decide whether the country would continue in the direction of ‘constitutional dictatorship’ or whether it would open up a ‘widow of opportunity’ to halt the democratic deterioration and reinstate democracy. No one can expect miracles and it is up to all actors in the political arena to utilize […]

Answer Please For Us To Decide

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By Helasingha Bandara – Mahinda, you ask us to vote for you on the claim that you have defeated terrorism and you have given us roads.  Yes we agree that your claim is well founded. Yet we have numerous other questions for which we are desperate to get answers before deciding to vote you in for an unprecedented third term. We cannot do it just because Dayan Jayatilieka says that you deserve a third term. He has lost our respect a long time ago. We held him at high esteem during the time he showed his ability to defend Sri Lanka at UN battles. His greed for positions at the cost of his self-esteem and dignity has made us change our minds. So whatever he […]

Presidential Poll And The Danger Of Being A Gentleman

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By S. Sivathasan – People’s Power, Good Governance and the Opposition’s Target in Proper Balance If the announcement of Presidential election ignited the fire for regime change, the next one month will fan the flame. In the first fortnight it will reach a crescendo and never diminish in the next. In the fever heat of the baptism of fire, a new political order wished for and prayed about can emerge. It is anticipated that the resounding will of the people and the decisive force of the international community will help bring it about. The forces that labored for the protection of the good, the destruction of evil and for the establishment of righteousness are coalescing into a single entity. With this hope, the vote that […]

Video: Country Is Being Plundered To Fund Rajapaksa Mega Deals: Champika

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JHU front-liner Patali Champika Ranawaka says the Rajapaksas are plundering the country on a massive scale to fund their mega deals as the country is now bankrupt. Speaking at a common Opposition rally in Kirulapone on Thursday, Ranawaka listed out several development projects the Rajapaksa regime has been highlighting to showcase the progress in the country, in which large-scale financial misappropriations have been carried out. “The cost to lay the railway line from Beliatte – Matara has been estimated at Rs. 1430 million per km. At this absurd cost the railway line can be laid upto Beliatte in gold!” he remarked while adding unlike previous governments where the swindling of finances were only about 5 – 10%, theRajapaksa regime’s mega deal economy has pushed for […]

The EP, 13A, PC And The Presidential Poll Campaign

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By Chandre Dharmawardana – Although the executive powers of the President have become pivotal to the agenda of the “common candidate” of the opposition, the even more emotional question of the 13th amendment has been kept out of the limelight. While the incumbent can claim the status quo as his working model, the supporters of the “common candidate” do not seem to have any common ground to stand on. In 1987 Rajive Gandhi was reeling from exposures in the Indian press regarding kick-backs from arms purchases. Twenty million from Sweden, fifteen million from a German subma rine deal, and other allegations of high corruption were coming to light. Meanwhile, military operations in Sri Lanka against the LTTE, a group that the Indians had nurtured as their jagular -hold on […]

DMK, AIADMK members clash in Rajya Sabha over fishermen issue

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With Prime Minister Narendra Modi present, there was a demand from members belonging to the DMK, the CPI(M) and the CPI that he should respond to their concern. Members from various political parties in Tamil Nadu on expressed concern in Rajya Sabha over arrest of Tamil fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, an issue that saw a clash between the DMK and the AIADMK members. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi present when the issue was being raised, there was a demand from members belonging to the DMK, the CPI(M) and the CPI that he should respond to their concern. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, T. Siva (DMK) said that despite the issue having been raised in Parliament several times, it continues to happen regularly and […]

Five-member gang held for stealing data and cloning credit, debit cards

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CHENNAI: The Central Crime Branch police on Thursday arrested a five-member gang, including four Sri Lankan Tamils, in Madipakkam for stealing credit and debit card data and producing cloned cards to swindle money from accounts of card holders in foreign countries. Laptops, computers, Electronic Data Capture (EDC) machines, more than 100 debit and credit cards and encoders were seized from the arrested — Reuban aka S Anandan, 45, Sri Thishok Kumar, 28, Dineshkumar, 27, and M Krishnadas alais Murugan, 52, all from Sri Lanka, and Thaslin, 24, of Nagore in Nagapattinam district. A house taken on rent in Madipakkam, ostensibly for a packaged water business, became the hub of the racket, police said. Police said Reuban, who had been jailed thrice before for cloning cards […]

Pakistan officials in Sri Lanka wanted 26/11 return in Bangalore

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NEW DELHI: Two Pakistani High Commission officials posted in Sri Lanka had conspired to send terrorists to India via the sea route, for an attack on the US consulate in Chennai and Israel mission in Bangalore in a re-run of the 26/11 Mumbai raid, the National Investigation Agency claimed in a charge-sheet. The plan was to send the terrorists to a landing spot between Rameshwaram and Tuticorin in a rowing boat, the NIA said in its startling disclosure in the 28-page charge-sheet accessed by ET. The charge-sheet was prepared after the arrest and questioning of a Sri Lankan national, who the agency said was in India do the groundwork for the attack. According to the agency, the two Pakistani officials – Amir Zubair Siddiqui who worked […]