5th January 2015

Exercise your franchise at Jan 8, prez poll – GTF tells Tamil electorate

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has reiterated its call for Tamil electorate to exercise their franchise at the forthcoming presidential election. The following is the full text of the statement issued by GTF’s President Rev Father S J Emmanuel:”I prefer to give only one answer as to why Tamils are asked by GTF to vote and that for the survival of democracy and rule of law. We Tamils of Sri Lanka are unfortunately caught up in a pseudo democracy bequeathed by the British colonials to the then Ceylon, namely a a Sinhalese-Buddhist-majoritarian democracy, which from the beginning was an exclusive sinhala Buddhist nationalism  detrimental to all minorities. For the last 66 years we have been victims of the worst human right violations and our democratic protests […]

Every vote will have an impact and there will be more surprises as election day approaches.

5th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s mostly closely contested presidential election will be held in four days. The campaign leading to the poll has had many twists and turns, right from the inception when incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena announced he would be running for office. With less than a hundred hours before voting begins, political observers, opinion polls and astrologers have but one thing in common with the average voter: their choices are equally divided. As a result, the remaining days may yet be crucial in the final outcome. In two previous polls, the final days were decisive. A bomb blast on the last day of the 1999 campaign swung a close contest in favor of Chandrika Kumaratunga. In 2005, an election day boycott decreed […]

“TNA Will Not Accept Positions In Maithri Govt; But Will Support Advisory Council”

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The Tamil National Alliance today indicated that it would not accept ministerial portfolios under Maithripala Sirisena’s government; but assured to play an active role in the process of making constitutional changes. TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, speaking to media, said the party was yet to make a decision on the role it should play in the new government which would be formed after Maithripala Sirisena’s ascension to power. “Until the party makes a decision on the matter, I would like to give my personal opinion. We should not be part of the government although we support Maithripala Sirisena’s candidature at the presidential election,” Sumanthiran said. “However,” Sumanthiran said, “we will join the advisory council which will be set up under the 100 day programme.” The TNA […]

Racist Bishop’s support to President Mahinda.

5th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The Anglican Bishop of Kurunegala, the Reverend Shantha Francis, a strong supporter of Mahinda Rajapaksha government  has offered to resign saying that  he has been threatened by the Tamil diaspora.  Bishop said that he had been threatened because he openly speaks against the LTTE supporters living overseas and supported the President Rajapaksha and the killing of the minority Tamils and Muslims. The Bishop says he is unable to continue with his work as a Bishop and so has informed the Church of Ceylon that he is keen to step down, this is seen as a political support to President Rajapaksha before election. His drama of accusing the Tamil Diospara who are calling for equal rights to the minority before the election is to get the […]

6-year-old child wounded in SL military assault on civilians in Ki’linochchi

5th January 2015 // 0 Comments

A 6-year-old child was rushed to Ki’linochchi hospital at serious condition on Sunday when SL military soldiers at Paarathi-puram assaulted the Tamil civilians who were protesting against SL military violence on a tailor shop where a 46-year-old man from Paarathi-puram was brutally assaulted by a Sinhala soldier. The SL soldiers attacked the public when the public had gathered in front of the SL military camp demanding the arrest of SL soldier who went amok on the tailor shop. But, the SL military, which has been suppressing and exploiting the poverty-stricken resettled villagers, chose to assault the public in front of the military base. The wounded child was identified as Shatheeskumar Shathusiha. Earlier, a soldier of the occupying Sri Lanka Army, which was waging Rajapaksa propaganda, […]

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 […]