January 2015

Presidential Election: 13th A & The Dilemma Of Politicians

5th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Presidential Election: 13th A & The Dilemma Of Politicians By Ayathuray Rajasingam – The President Mahinda Rajapaksa and common Candidate Maithiripala Sirisena have not given a clear solution for on the implementation of the13th Amendment, strengthening of the country’s economy, Press freedom, and Constitutional Reforms so far. What Mahinda Rajapaksa asserts is about development while Maithiripala Sirisena asserts about curtailing the powers of the Executive President without a clear explanation. Rajapaksa kept on dodging on the above issues while Maithiripala Sirisena has just ignored the 13th Amendment and had not spelt about the required Constitutional Reforms for the betterment of the country. Mahinda Rajapaksa as usual avoid answering the implications of the 13th Amendment. Since the 13th Amendment has provided Land & Police powers for the Provincial Councils, one […]

Minority supporting opposition candidate would be enough to send the vast majority of the Sinhala voters in the opposite direction.

5th January 2015 // 0 Comments

As the presidential election campaign draws to a close, both sides have been claiming imminent victory. The common opposition candidate has been saying that there is a massive surge of public opinion against the government which in his view is greater than the political upheavals of 1970 and 1977. However, in actual fact, the only heat at this election is in the media with reports of crossovers from one side to another taking place on a daily basis. No political party can rely on crossovers to boost their votes. Up to the point of writing this column, none of the Sinhala politicians who crossed over from the government to the opposition had any certainty of getting elected to parliament the next time if they contested […]

”Cluster Bombs Were used to kill Tamil Civilians by the SL Army in May 2009” says Minister Douglas Devananda

5th January 2015 // 0 Comments

”Cluster Bombs Were used to kill Tamil Civilians by the SL Army in May 2009” says Minister Douglas Devananda Douglas Devananda, Member of Sri Lankan parliament Strongly Accuses The Sri Lankan Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena, That He is The Guy Who Have Ordered to Throw Cluster of Bombs on Tamil Civilians in May 2009. The Human Rights had been protesting that the Use of Cluster bombs on Civilians were against the UN resolution and it was a war crime. Since May 2009 to date the Sri Lankan government and Minister Douglas Devananda had repeatedly said that they never used Cluster Bombs and accused the Human Rights activits as lying and even went to the extend of accusing the Human Rights activits as ‘White Tigers’ and […]

Rajapaksa facing defeat in Sri Lanka elections?

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka north ‘not just for Tamils’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes to be re-elected to a third term in Sri Lanka’s election on Thursday. But what sort of a country has Sri Lanka become under Mr Rajapaksa and his brothers? One day last month six astrologers were brought onto government television to discuss the prospects for the presidential election. All six declared that not only would President Rajapaksa “secure a fabulous victory” but “nature” would “completely work against” anyone challenging him. For nearly a decade Mahinda Rajapaksa has been the undisputed leader of Sri Lanka – perhaps I should really say “king” because that’s how many of his fans refer to him. He is frequently compared to a conquering Sinhalese monarch of ancient […]

Concerns Over Troops Withdrawl

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

There have been concerns over the idea of troops withdrawal from the North if the opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena comes to power. Some claimed that the Tamil parties extended their support to the common opposition candidate based on a promise to withdraw troops from the North. However, the election manifesto of the the opposition common candidate Maithripala Sirisena does not include any such policy or addressing concerns related to Tamil national issue. He had also clearly stated in a rally that he would not withdraw army from the North that would threaten the national security. Upon that statement, some questioned as to why Tamil political parties extended their support. Speaking to The Sunday Leader several politicians including a few politicians from minority political parties expressed […]

UK Envoy Discusses Polls

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Megara Tegal British High Commissioner, John Rankin, visited Jaffna on Friday (Jan 02) six days ahead of the presidential elections. The High Commission said that meetings were scheduled with the Jaffna Security Forces Commander, the Jaffna Deputy Inspector General of Police, the Government Agent and the Northern Province Chief Minister regarding the upcoming presidential elections. Meanwhile the team of nine Commonwealth election observers arrived in Sri Lanka on Friday as well. In a statement released earlier this week, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma stated, “Genuine democratic elections are an expression of sovereignty, which belongs to the people of a country, their free expression will provides the basis for the authority and legitimacy of a government. “Sri Lanka has among the oldest democratic traditions in the […]

‘Surveying’ The Ground For Victory

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka is four days away from it seventh presidential election and it is clear that it would be the closest and tightest presidential contest in the country’s electoral history. Both candidates, namely President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena have expressed full confidence over the victory of the presidential election and the ‘election heat’ has already reached its zenith. Just a week away from the election, two of Sri Lanka’s prominent state universities released survey results on the possible outcome of the presidential election. One survey was conducted by the University of Colombo and the other by the University of Kelaniya. According to the two survey reports, the winner of the race will obtain a percentage of 53%. However, according to the University […]

”I have ‘NO’ Files on any one” says Confused Mahinda

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Interviewed by the “Sunday Island” and other weekend newspapers at “Temple Trees” last Wednesday shows that the President Mahinda is Confused and not telling the truth He has no idea of what’s in HIS Manifesto He required his Secretary Weerathunga and Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal to answer the questions. ”What Independent Commissions? When did we have Independent Commissions in Sri Lanka?” asks President. President Defends ”Cross overs of MP’s” President Defends ”building mansions and developing his family at the expense of the country” President with 2/3 majority says that reason for the delay in implementing his promised ‘Political reforms’ was because of the opposition. ”I have no files on anyone” (Was trying to blackmail the MP’s?) says President. Jaffna Votes is not a big deal, Opposition candidate got […]

TNA extending its fullest support to the evolution of a just and reasonable solution within the framework of a united and undivided Sri Lanka.

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Major parties and civic action groups rally behind Maithripala, while crossovers continue MR confident of victory, says good governance means good results Opposition expresses concern over ‘computer jilmart’ and police powers being given to armed forces The month long campaign for Thursday’s presidential poll ends at midnight tomorrow (Monday) and the main contenders are equally confident of victory. “It is likely my victory this time would be with a larger majority than in 2010,” President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the Sunday Times. He said, “People know I have an impeccable record of conduct and results. This has led to a large number of undecided voters to shift towards me.” Equally confident is his rival and former Cabinet colleague Maithripala Sirisena who heads the main Opposition coalition, […]

Will Sri Lanka Stick To Its “Known Devil”?

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

(The writer is a political columnist, a lapsed historian and a committed conservative.)There is a section of the ubiquitous “international community” that has thrived on the misfortunes of Sri Lanka. At the risk of sounding heartless, I would suggest that a tribe of human rights activists, aid workers and an ever-swelling diaspora have developed a vested interest in keeping the bitter conflict that devastated the island for 30 long years alive. If not the civil war, they sense an advantage in keeping the memories and post-war recriminations alive.   You only have to peruse the social media or surf through the web pages of the Colombo media to realise that there is suddenly an extra bounce in their steps. They have convinced themselves that after […]

Tamil Vote: Disaster For Rajapaksa With Low IQ UPFA Propaganda Admitting Mass Murder

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – Bad News for the UPFA. The TNA has decided to support the Common Candidate, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena. It is good news indeed for all of us who are excited about a common opposition to the Rajapkse family regime that is built on a return to democracy, good governance, an independent judiciary, etc. Mr. Sirisena is expected by TNA analysts to get 75% of the vote in the North. The EPDP has a fixed vote bank of about 30,000 voters, most of whom will vote. For the rest of the North, of the 450,000 registered voters, about 200,000 to 250,000 are expected to turn up to vote based on the best turnout so far at the Provincial Council elections. Thus the […]

Tamil Nadu extends ban on LTTE

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tamil Nadu Government has extended the ban on the LTTE following the opinion of a Tribunal which found that the LTTE is still active overseas. According to the Tamil Nadu media, the Tribunal had found that the LTTE demand for a separate Tamil State in Sri Lanka remains and the LTTE is looking to gather support for this goal in Tamil Nadu. The ban on the LTTE first took effect in 1991 following the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and has been extended since then. The Indian government had last month noted that the LTTE has links to other anti-national organisations, like the UK chapter of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Kesari Lehat Movement, Sikh Activist Network, etc. While seeking to extend the ban […]

Sri Lankan Presidential Elections 2015 – Deception, Dishonesty And Disbelief

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe – We believe that the Presidential Election in January 2015 is an opportunity given to all people in Sri Lanka to make an important, significant and a creative decision, in respect of the future of their own country and her people. The run up to the election thus far has not been satisfactory or acceptable at all, from the point of view of the people of the country. It appears that the people have been taken for granted and are being treated as objects with no sense of intelligence or ability to understand the reality. Deception, dishonesty and disbelief are all around them. Therefore we believe that there is an urgent need for a creative code of conduct on the part […]

Presidential Candidate wants army in baracks in North.

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Presidential Candidate Siritunga Jayasuriya has urged the Elections Commissioner to ensure that the military remains in the barracks, at least from midnight tomorrow till the election is over. Jayasuriya said that during a visit he had undertaken to the North, he found that a 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. “Their past traumatic and frightening experiences with the military occupying North and East do not allow them to feel secure and safe. It is known and was discussed openly how the Rajapaksa regime used both the security forces and para military groups to intimidate, threaten and stop people voting during the Northern PC elections. Northern […]

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa’s Eelam Delusion

4th January 2015 // 0 Comments

by Nilantha Ilangamuwa   ( December 31, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) We were all ‘happy’ when the long term civil war which nearly destroyed the country, came to end in 2009. We all applauded despite the fact that it left thousands of civilians dead that even today, cry out for justice. Despite the general jubilation at the end of the war there was one man who was not quite so happy. The war was a cause for fear that he was happy to use to justify extra-judicial methods of law enforcement. And with the cessation of hostilities he had to find another source of ‘fear’ to justify his means. Of course, he never actually stated this in public but was happy to ‘suggest’ the […]

Pro-LTTE groups call for polls boycott – Tigers want Mahinda to return to power by forcing the Northerners not to vote, as they did in 2005

3rd January 2015 // 0 Comments

Pro-LTTE groups call for polls boycott By Upul Joseph Fernando They want Mahinda to return to power by forcing the Northerners not to vote, as they did in 2005 “Did you read Tamilnet?” A Sri Lankan diplomat recently asked this from a journalist. “Why?” “You read and call me.” The journalist replied, “I read Tamilnet. The Tigers appear to be on the stand they were in 2005.” He sounded as if terrified by a nightmare. The diplomat laughed without saying a word. It is not difficult to understand the LTTE’s position when Tamilnet is read. They want to defeat Maithri through a boycott of voting in the Northern Province. They want to see Mahinda win the election. “Tamil people must defeat both Mahinda and Maithripala,” […]

Diaspora split on the Tamil vote

3rd January 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tamil diaspora is split on if the Tamils should vote at the Presidential election next week and who they should support. Most diaspora groups refused to openly back the decision taken by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to support common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8 election. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a very influential diaspora organisation based in London, which had earlier called on the Tamils to vote, today clarified its stand and said it wants Tamils to vote for the survival of democracy and rule of law. Reverent Father S. J Emmanuel, President of Global Tamil Forum said that the Tamils of Sri Lanka, for the last 66 years, have been victims of the worst human rights violations and […]

GL alleges SLMC-TNA project threatens stability

3rd January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday alleged that Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena had accommodated the TNA and SLMC in his camp at the expense of national interest. Prof. Peiris warned that the country was facing an unprecedented crisis due to the SLMC joining Maithripala Sirisena’s camp after having quit the government over President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s refusal to amalgamate Kalmunai, Sammanthurai and Pottuvil electorates. The SLMC sought cabinet approval for the appointment of an Additional Government Agent for Digamadulla electorate under Section 3 of the Administrative District Act to exercise jurisdiction over the proposed unit. The SLMC sought what it called required financial autonomy for the proposed unit. Prof. Peiris told The Island that the SLMC move should be examined […]

More Crossovers In Next 72 Hours: Gearing Up For “Final Onslaught”

3rd January 2015 // 0 Comments

Multiple sources from both political camps told ‘Asian Mirror’ that there will be more crossovers in the next 72 hours ending with the midnight of January 05. Opposition sources told Asian Mirror that several heavyweights of the ruling party, who hold cabinet portfolios, have agreed to join the Common Opposition before January 05. Some are expected to join the final election rally of Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena which will take place on January 05. A sizable proportion of Cabinet Ministers and seniors of the ruling party have distanced themselves from the national level campaign of the United People’s Freedom Alliance. Former Deputy Minister Nandimithra Ekanayake, who crossed over to the opposition two days back, told media that a senior Cabinet minister will cross over to […]

Sri Lanka’s Violent Buddhists

3rd January 2015 // 0 Comments

BANGALORE, India — When I met Watareka Vijitha Thero in early 2014 in a suburb of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, he had been in hiding for nearly five months. The gentle-voiced monk had spoken out against anti-Muslim fearmongering by a hard-line group called the Buddhist Power Force, known by its Sinhalese initials B.B.S. Mr. Vijitha’s car was attacked in retaliation, and he narrowly escaped. “What does it mean for Buddhism if those that speak for communal harmony have to hide in fear?” he asked me. “What does it mean for my country that the government lets these lawless thugs have a free run?” Six months later, Mr. Vijitha was found on a road near Colombo stripped naked and bloody, his hands and legs bound. […]

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