24th December 2014

‘Will not STOP Militarization of Tamil Area’ – Mahinda.

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Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential diaspora group based in London led by Father S.J. Emmanuel, has strongly urged the Tamil people in Sri Lanka to use every vote carefully during the January 8 Presidential Election. In a statement issued today, GTF says Tamil people have a long history of voting based on principled considerations. The upcoming Presidential election is no different. “GTF is fully aware that in the post-independent Sri Lanka, Tamil people have continuously lost their rights under a flawed majoritarian electoral system.  Their desire to have a degree of control in the Tamil majority areas was never granted, despite repeated democratic expressions of their wishes through all available electoral means. Nevertheless, from our perspective, whether Sri Lanka should continue in the same path […]

Sri Lanka Polls 2015 a close contest between Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena

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Colombo,Dec 23 (TruthDive): Sri Lanka goes to presidential polls next year on January 8. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for a snap presidential polls seeking a record third term although left with two more years to complete his second term in power. Rajapaksa has effected this through pushing changes into the Constitution with strong hopes of being re-elected. However, this decision led to the split of his party with coalition partner, the nationalist Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) breaking away from  the president’s party to  form a coalition with the main Opposition United National Party (UNP) and ex-president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Health Minister Maithreepala Sirisena is the candidate representing the main opposition; he was  as well  the secretary-general of Rajapaksa’s own party, the Sri Lanka […]

Hizbullah remains with MAHINDA

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The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) has split over the decision by party leader Rishad Bathiudeen to support common opposition candidate Maitripala Sirisena, party officials said today. Mr. Bathiudeen and recently sworn in MP Ameer Ali had joined the common opposition while the party’s national organiser M.L.A. Hizbullah said he would support ruling party candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr. Hizbullah, who is also the Deputy Economic Development Minister, said he had the backing of party’s Eastern provincial councillor Sibly Farook and Western provincial councillor Mohamed Faize. “All six members of Kattaknkudi Urban Council including the mayor and the five members of Ottamawadi Pradeshiya Sabha will support the President,” he said. Responding to the allegation that the safety of the Muslim community has been compromised under the […]

TNA studying MR’s and MS’s manifestos

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TNA studying MR’s and MS’s manifestos By Ananth Palakidnar The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) claimed they were currently studying the manifestos of the two major candidates and would reveal their stand by 27 December. TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathiraja said the decision would be taken, after their leader R. Sampanthan returns from India this week. Senathiraja said the TNA is currently in the process of having discussions with its regional Party men, represented in the local bodies in the North and East. “We had several discussions in Jaffna, Batticaloa and in Colombo with our party men. But our stance will be announced after the arrival of Sampanthan,” he stated. Sampanthan has been under medication in India for the past two weeks, Senathiraja added.

I will Raise my voice for women of all races – Ananthi Sasitharan

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I will Raise my voice for women of all races – Ananthi Sasitharan Northern Provincial Councillor and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member Ananthi Sasitharan told Ceylon Today that, women in the North were faced with immense problems. “The war is over but the violence and issues against women seem to continue, as teenage rape cases are increasing in the Jaffna Peninsula. All women should be united to solve these burning issues, disregarding racial or religious differences,” she observed. “I have no differences and I will not only serve the Tamil women in the North, but also I have raised my voice for the women in the plantation sector too. I will raise my voice for all women with no difference as Sinhalese or Muslims. Women […]

Sri Lanka president pledges another ‘NEW War Crimes’ probe to fool the people.

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Sri Lanka’s president, under pressure from his main opponent in upcoming elections, on Tuesday promised a judicial inquiry into allegations that his troops killed thousands of Tamil civilians at the end of the civil war. Related Stories UN rights chief accuses Sri Lanka of sabotaging war crimes probe AFP Sri Lanka president accuses Oslo peace envoy of funding rebels AFP Sri Lanka president gets court nod for re-election bid AFP UN rights chief blasts Sri Lankan attacks on probe Associated Press Sri Lanka says papal visit on despite snap polls AFP But President Mahinda Rajapakse reiterated that he would not cooperate with a UN-mandated investigation into the government’s 2009 crushing of the Tamil Tiger rebellion. “If any rights have been violated (during the war), justice […]

Rishard ‘heartbroken’ by attempt to justify racial activities

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In emotional four-page letter to President Rajapaksa, ex-Commerce Minister slams tacit Govt. support of hardline groups Minister Rishard Bathiudeen who quit the ruling alliance yesterday, spelled out a list of grievances to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his letter of resignation, describing his ‘heartbreak’ at the Government’s attempt to justify racial activities by hardline groups.  In a four page letter to President Rajapaksa dated 22 December 2014, the former Industry and Commerce Minister says the incumbent had repeatedly brushed off references to the religious violence in Aluthgama and Beruwela in June this year. “What is more stunning and heartbreaking was the attempt by Your Excellency to justify the racial activities on the basis that they were natural reactions by the public to incidents of criminal nature caused […]

Ensuring Tamil participation in election important to reconciliation effort

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by Jehan Perera The manifesto of the Joint Opposition Candidate reflects the concerns of the different political parties that have formed the opposition alliance.  Some of them have signed agreements with him, others have not.  So, the manifesto reflects those agreements. The main ethnic minority parties representing the Sri Lanka Tamils and Muslims have yet to publicly declare their stance at the election.  Consequently, their input into the opposition mandate is not manifest.   One crucial area of governance that has been left out is the issue of inter-ethnic relations and devolution of power.   However, speaking on the political platform the UNP leader and Prime Minister-designate Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the 13th Amendment will be implemented.  In this context, it is not surprising if the Presidential […]

A War-Time Issue That Is Meaningful To More Than Tamil Voter

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By Jehan Perera The Presidential election campaign has yet to grip the imagination of the Tamil voters in the North and East.  Visitors there report that they see no overt sign of interest in the election there, unlike in the rest of the country. While there is some government campaign there is hardly any opposition campaign.  Most people in the North and East appear to have little idea who the opposition candidate is. Like most politicians from the ethnic majority community, he did not taken any particularly strong interest in the affairs of the ethnic minorities in the past.  However, with regard to the presidential election, the opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena will assuredly need the support of the ethnic minorities if he is to compete with […]

‘Only Mithiri can settle Geneva crisis’

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By Shamindra Ferdinando The UNP-led Opposition yesterday declared that a victory for Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena at January 8, 2015 poll would help settle accountability issues/war crimes charges raised by the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Addressing the media at the Opposition Leader’s Office at Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, UNP strategist MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, stressed that as re-election of incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a third term would be inimical to Sri Lanka’s interests, people should vote for Maithripala Sirisena. MP Rajapakshe was flanked by one-time JVP heavyweight Nandana Gunatilleke and Western Provincial Councillor S.M. Marikkar, who is also UNP organiser for Kolonnawa. MP Rajapakshe said that those struggling to make ends meet would have to face the consequences in case […]