1st January 2015

Mahinda got Salman Khan’s and Jacqueline’s Files?

1st January 2015 // 0 Comments

After all the attacks on Muslims and Mosques by the Mahinda’s Buddhists extrimists and his supporters with the help of the government why is Salman Khan supporting Mahinda? How come Salman Khan is betraying Muslims? A day after Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s public endorsement of President Mahinda Rajapaksa that infuriated opposition parties in Sri Lanka as well as Tamil Nadu, former Miss Sri Lanka and Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandez yesterday said, “If Salaman wants to drum up support for Rajapaksa that’s his choice and nobody can question it.” Speaking up for the actor, Jacqueline said that it was she who insisted that Salman extend the efforts of his Being Human charity to parts of her home country too. “That was the main purpose of this […]

Will Mahinda go if he is defeated?

1st January 2015 // 0 Comments

Will Mahinda go if he is defeated? “If Sirisena wins poll, President and his brothers may try to retain power by resorting to compliant Court or military…” – International Crisis GroupMahinda’s fears must be doubled and trebled in his march towards the Presidential Election. The reason is that Chandrika is behind Maithri. Mahinda having won the 2005 Presidential Election ousted Chandrika from the SLFP leadership on her birthday. Hence, Mahinda fears that Chandrika will not only destroy his political future but also of his kith and kin. That was why even international organizations predict that Mahinda will not give up power even if he is defeated Last week it was revealed that Mahinda Rajapaksa had met the Bishops’ Conference and assured that he would step […]

Will Tiger Diaspora back TNA decision

1st January 2015 // 0 Comments

Will Tiger Diaspora back TNA decision In the backdrop of yesterday’s decision by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to support common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the upcoming January presidential election, it is appropriate to recall events and incidents within the TNA which happened behind the curtain. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was the party which brought tremendous pressure on UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to stay out of the presidential contest. TNA leader R. Sampanthan delivered this message direct to Ranil’s face several times and it was no secret in the political scene. Ranil decided to withdraw from the presidential race following tremendous pressure from Sampanthan. The TNA leader was of the opinion that Ranil cannot muster the Sinhala Buddhist vote. He knew that if […]

LTTE war films shown to boost Mahinda votes in Colombo

1st January 2015 // 0 Comments

LTTE war films to boost one candidate BY NIRANJALA ARIYAWANSHA The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is up in arms against the screening of LTTE war films shown on digital screens in many places in Colombo. The digital screens imported at around Rs 100 million per screen is meant to boost the image of a particular presidential candidate. It had been continuing for more than a week, BASL President Upual Jayasuriya told the media yesterday. Government had erected digital screens at prominent locations in and around Colombo to screen LTTE war scenes. On 15 digital screens in various locations in Colombo, these war scenes are being screened over and over again, while the police watch on, the BASL lamented. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya told […]

Polonnaruwa: Polls monitor’s camera snatched during clash

1st January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Madura Ranwala An officer attached to the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), was threatened and his camera allegedly snatched by a supporter of a UPFA minister in the Polonnaruwa District, while he was observing two election campaigns led by two groups of Buddhist monks in support of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Common Opposition Presidential Candidate (COPC) Maithripala Sirisena in close proximity to each other on Tuesday evening in Polonnaruwa. He had been threatened by Buddhist monks supporting both presidential candidates while he was photographing a clash between the two groups. He had retrieved his camera from an office put up for President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the UPFA minister there. The photographic evidence of clash had been deleted, alleged Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of […]

MR trying to replace Muslim leadership with Salman Khan – Ranil

1st January 2015 // 0 Comments

Faizer Mustapha, Nirosha Virajini, Damayanthi Fonseka, Renuka Balasuriya join Maithripala   by Zacki Jabbar With the Muslim leadership deserting the government in hordes, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had brought down Indian actor Salman Khan in an attempt to replace them, but it was a futile attempt, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. Addressing the UNP Eksath Lanka Vanitha Convention at the Vihara Maha Devi Park Open Air Theater in Colombo, he noted that Salman Khan would not be able to reverse the massive Maithri Wave that was spreading throughout the country with members of all communities uniting as never before. The slide was irreversible and no foreign actor or actress could save Rajapaksa from losing the January 8, Presidential Election, Wickremesinghe said, adding that the President’s […]

Mahinda vs. Maithri: Frenzied contest races to final week

1st January 2015 // 0 Comments

A few months ago, President Mahinda Rajapaksa quipped that faced with a lack of opposition, his Government had to step into play the role. Supremely confident of victory, he sought re-election two years ahead of schedule. How does he come to be fighting tooth and nail for survival against an Opposition that was in all kinds of disarray only four weeks ago?  At the Bambalapitiya junction, a larger-than-life silhouette of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is illuminated with hundreds of tiny blue, red and white fairy lights. It’s a strange depiction because his hair and facial features are covered in tiny blue lights. Behind the giant light spectacle is an entire façade of presidential portraits and signatures. Last week, a large screen television was mounted upon the […]

Thuggery (Chandikama) as a Method of Intimidation, Bullying and Harassment in the South

1st January 2015 // 0 Comments

Use of thugs ‘chandiyas’ or ‘marayas’ by those in authority has its roots in the colonial period. Later, Sinhalese politicians adopted this method in village level politics spreading into urban locales. It is a method used to control public opinion and behaviour, more importantly to submerge alternative viewpoints and behaviour and divert the popular will in the direction of those in authority by using physical force, fear and the like. The only way to counter such acts of intimidation, thuggery, bullying and harassment is to organise those with alternative viewpoints into collectives or action-groups and resist while educating the public. This paper argues that perhaps it is time to set up a Nelum Balakaya (NB) to spread the message about the need for democratic freedoms, […]

Tamil’s fundamentally anxious for democracy and change

1st January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha When I began this column, over seven months ago, I did not think that the threat to President Rajapaksa would come to fruition quite so quickly. Until the incidents at Aluthgama, I thought it unlikely that anyone would be able to defeat him in a Presidential Election. After that I thought any reasonable candidate would probably win, if there was unity in the opposition, but it seemed unlikely that that would be achieved. And after Uva, when it seemed that the government was on a slippery slope, I assumed Mahinda Rajapaksa would have the sense to back down if he was unable to make the few simple reforms and tough decisions that would have restored his popularity. But he failed to […]

Frank and upfront with Zuhair

1st January 2015 // 0 Comments

Frank and upfront with Zuhair While many point out that the manifesto of the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena does not address the issues of the minorities specifically, National United Front, Leader M. M. Zuhair who is part of the common opposition said, such mention was left out on purpose, as it was time to move beyond ‘100 years of communal politics’. He advocated that a country with good governance and rule of law would solve the problems of all regardless of ethnicity and that was more important than the interests of communal parties that fired up ethnic differences amongst the people for their own personal gains.Following are excerpts of an interview CT had with him… Q. You were one of the founding members of the […]