Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Posted: December 30, 2014 12:05 am | Updated: December 30, 2014 11:37 am AS Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa campaigns for the presidential election, his son, Namal Rajapaksa, on Monday got his “friend”, Bollywood actor Salman Khan, to visit the island country for a “social cause”. (See Pics: Salman, Jacqueline off to Sri Lanka) Salman Khan, was who was accompanied by Sri Lanka-born actress Jacqueline Fernandez, donated lens for cataract operations in Sri Lanka. They were participating in a health camp organised by the Sri Lankan ruling party’s youth wing, headed by Namal, and Being Human Foundation, a charity promoted by Salman Khan. Their pictures with Rajapaksa and his son went viral on social media throughout Monday. Within hours […]
30th December 2014
A short while ago TNA officially announced that it will support common candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the presidential election. The Northern Provincial Council is ruled by the TNA and it received 78.48% of the votes at the election held to elect members for the NPC. Mahinda is supported by Karuna Amman, Pillayan, KP, Thaya Master and Douglas Devananda. Maithiri is supported by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP’s, Sri Lanka Muslim Party (SLMC) MP’s, Mano Ganesan MP, All Ceylon Muslim Congress Leader and Minister Rishard Bathiudeen and MP Ameer Ali, Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Deputy leader Udayakumar.
By C P Thiagarajah – Uthayan newspaper reported that Mannar Catholic Bishop Rev Rayappu Joseph in his Christmas night mass had stated that what the country needed was a President who would be sympathetic or supportive of the political aspirations of the Tamils. We could infer from this sermon that a Tamil cannot be a president in the near future and that Tamils have to depend on the good sympathies of a Sinhala president. With all my 30 years government service in Sinhala areas I have my serious doubts that such a Sinhala president will ever be found for another fifty years. The two main contestants in the forth-coming election in Jan 2015 are unsympathetic to Tamil problems and any solutions. Their manifesto simply exposes […]
Hitting out at Bollywood actor Salman Khan for allegedly campaigning for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko today dubbed him as a ‘betrayer.’ “He is also a betrayer,” Vaiko told reporters here when asked about this. Earlier, reports had suggested that the Indian superstar, along with actor Jacqueline Fernandez, had been roped in to campaign for the Lankan leader, who is testing his electoral fortunes for a third time in the coming Presidential elections, due next month in the island republic. Rajapaksa is under fire from political parties in Tamil Nadu, especially MDMK, as he was at the helm of affairs in 2009 when civilian casualties in the Tamil-dominated areas in Sri Lanka’s northeast reportedly peaked during the last […]
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has today decided to support the opposition common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, the TNA announced a short while ago. Full statement issued by the TNA; The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has given careful consideration to the positions and pronouncements of the two main candidates at the upcoming Presidential election and has also undertaken an extensive process of consultation to hear the views of the Tamil speaking people, particularly those in the North and East. As the political leadership of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, we have a historical duty to guide our people and the wider citizenry in the choice they will be called on to make at the election. The values of democracy, good governance and rule of law […]
(Lanka-e-News- 29.Dec.2014, 11.30PM) There is one thing common among to all living beings who trod this planet earth. That is every one of them have a date of birth or birthday. That should not and cannot be changed by anyone. Hence, to ensure this, civilized human societies have introduced laws that make such changes as heinous crimes . In Sri Lanka (SL) too this is true. The Penal code of SL under section 455 , anybody who has altered the date of birth or that in the registers of government records , that individual is punishable with a 7 years jail sentence. In addition to the laws, a civilized human being (unless of course he is a beast by birth behaving as a human with […]
“I as a Candidate in the Elections to the Post of the President therefore, demand the Elections Commissioner to immediately arrange for the army to be removed to barracks from midnight 05 January and detail the police to enforce rule of law in both North and East.” says the Uinted Socialist Party Presidential CandidateSiritunga Jayasuriya. Issuing a statement he pointed out that despite the feeling of insecurity and possible intimidations prevail very strongly in the Northern Tamil psyche with armed security and para military groups moving freely in those areas, Tamils will go to polls this time unlike in 2005 November. “Elections Commissioner will therefore have to make certain very soon that the military remains in the barracks, at least from midnight 05 January till […]
By Ifham Nizam Bringing in Bollywood actor Salman Khan to campaign for President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a disgrace to the Sri Lankans, says UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva. MP Silva said: “How can one go that low. As a Sri Lankan I am ashamed to see people are being fooled and treated like a bunch of idiots.” The president should have asked Sri Lankan artistes like Amaradeva, Malini Fonseka to help him with electioneering without disgracing Sri Lanka as a nation. Khan was accompanied by former Miss Sri Lanka turned Bollywood actress, Jacqueline Fernandez. They are said to be close friends of Hambantota District Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. Meanwhile, Common Candidate’s Media Unit yesterday said that a number of artistes, including Samanali Fonseka […]
By Madura Ranwala Wife of former UPFA Mullariyawa-Kollonnawa Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Prasanna Solaarachchi Thiwanka yesterday told media in Colombo that she was pregnant and she fears for her husband’s life. “Do not harm my husband,” she said adding that the Colombo Crime Division personnel, (CCD), come in search of him every five minutes. She showed some pitucres to media the vehilces STF personnel used to come to her house in Kollonnawa. Thiwanka said that her husband’s life was at a risk. “I don’t know why the government is doing this to us. My husband does not use weapons and don’t kill him. Don’t we have a freedom to support anyone according to our convictions?,” said Solangaarachchi’s wife. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said last night […]
By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday denied the allegations made by the government that the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) had decided to support Maithripala Sirisena as he been promised a separate administrative unit based on ethnicity. Addressing the media in Colombo, Ranawaka said that they had not agreed to give such a separate administrative district in Amapara based on ethnicity as claimed by the government, but it was the SLMC that agreed with the Sirisena’s election manifesto and that was why it had decided to support the common opposition candidate. “We never tolerate separatism. Therefore there is no such agreement between SLMC and Maithripala Sirisena,” Ranawaka said. Former Minister Ranawaka assured that there were no plans under […]
While Bollywood star Salman Khan is making headlines in the Sri Lankan media due to appearance at an election rally supporting President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Asian Mirror thought it was timely to reproduce an article that was carried on Hindustan Times in 2012 – which gave a comprehensive picture on prices of Bollywood stars – including Salman Khan. These prices may have changed over the past three years. However, the article still gives an idea about exorbitant prices of Bollywood starts for public appearances and movies. The prices given in the article deal with Indian rupees (SLR 2.06 as of December 29) Under his usual rates in 2012, Salman Khan charged approximately Rs. 30 000 000 (SLR) per day for public appearance. The shocking truth about […]
MDMK cadre on Monday staged an agitation in front of the office of a private TV news channel in Chennai, which is scheduled to broadcast an interview of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Earlier, party founder Vaiko garlanded the statue of the founder of the news organisation and claimed that the ideals the founder had protected were not being adhered to by the present management of the organisation. Later, MDMK cadres raised slogans against the news channel holding placards which read, ‘Don’t telecast Rajapaksa interview.’ An MDMK release said party cadres raised slogans at the news channel’s office at Egmore. Meanwhile, Madras Reporters Guild and Chennai Press Club issued statements condemning political leaders, including Vaiko, who have protested against the telecast of Rajapaksa’s interview scheduled tonight.