12th January 2015

UK seeks strong ties with new SL govt

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Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire said that Britain looked forward to build strong relations with the new Sri Lankan government. Hugo Swire Just congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe SriLanka’s new PM. Look forward to building stronger relations with new Sri Lankan government,” Swire tweeted after congratulating Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today.  – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/61079/uk-seeks-strong-ties-with-new-sl-govt#sthash.UJXeWvep.dpuf

Pope Francis can “push” reconciliation in Sri Lanka but will he?

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis was scheduled to leave on Monday evening for the 7th Apostolic Trip of his Pontificate.  The first stop of his two-nation journey is Sri Lanka. Welcoming him will be the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith, and the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena. Sirisena was elected on January 8th, beating incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who held office for nearly 10 years. “Strange enough, all three Popes who came to Sri Lanka – Pope Paul, Pope John Paul, and Pope Francis – the government that invited is not the government to receive him,” commented Cardinal Ranjith. Listen to the full interview by Fr. Louis Xystus Jerome with Cardinal Ranjith: The newly elected President has promised to works towards reconciliation on […]

Pillayan under attack

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The leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) and former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, says TMVP members and supporters have come under attack in the eastern province. Pillayan says since election day, the houses of TMVP members based at several locations in the east had been attacked with stones while several TMVP members and supporters were also threatened. Pillayan and his group members had been threatening the public when President Mahinda was in power and had the backing of the President and the Police who turned away when Pillayans men threatened the public who were against Presidents racist policies. Pillayan and his TMVP members were used as paramilitary by the government forces against the Tamils and Muslims in the East. Pillayan’s […]

Harin Fernando – SF Threaten To Resign Over KARUNA Defections

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Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and Opposition Leader of the Uva Provincial Council Harin Fernando have threatened to resign from the UNP-led coalition and form an independent group in protest of the latest defections from the UPFA. They have strongly expressed their disappointment over defections of Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan (KARUNA), Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, Anura Vidanagamage and Udith Lokubandara. It is learnt that Fernando has personally contacted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeisnghe to show his displeasure over the recent developments. Wickremesinghe, in response, had told Fernando to remain calm as it was a problem within the Sri Lanka Freedomn Party (SLFP). However, Fernando and Fonseka had alarmed the government that they would immediately resign if government posts were given to post-election defectors such as Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, Uditha […]

New cabinet ministers take oath

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New cabinet ministers take oath January 12, 2015  07:16 pm President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed 27 Cabinet Ministers, ten State ministers and eight Deputy Ministers at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, where the parliamentarians took oath. President Maithripala Sirisena announced he will call General Elections in three months and that the task of the Cabinet will be to implement his campaign pledges over the next 100 days before the parliamentary polls are held. He warned the ministers of stern action if they are involved in corruption. Some ministers and deputy ministers who served under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had defected and pledged to support President Sirisena, yesterday. Former President Rajapaka’s cabinet had more than 110 Ministers, Deputy Ministers and State Ministers. Cabinet […]

How Ranil Pre-empted a Coup Attempt by Mahinda and Facilitated a Peaceful Transfer of Power to Maithripala

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By The “Sunday Times”Political Editor Millions of Sri Lankans learnt only by late Friday morning that the major thrust by Opposition political parties brought an end to the near ten year rule of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As the counting began in centres countrywide after polls ended on Thursday, families and friends sat around their television sets for the results. There was fear in the minds of most. Only a day earlier, in the main cities, shops and supermarkets were crowded by people panic buying stocks of food to cope with a possible post-poll curfew on Friday, marred by violent incidents. There was no cause for such a move. The reason – there were brave men in the security forces, the judiciary, the Department of Elections […]

We All Have To Accommodate Each Other – M. A. Sumanthiran

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When looking at the victory, it is evident that the new president has received a clear mandate from the minority in the North and the East. Even though the Tamil National Alliance initially had several concerns, they finally came forward to support the New Democratic Party (NDP) campaign which clearly strengthened the support of the Tamil voter-base in the North.   TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran told The Sunday Leader that the minority votes played a decisive role in this election and therefore the weight of the minority votes is equal to the weight of the majority votes. – Excerpts of the interview: By Waruni Karunarathne Q: What is the part the TNA played in the victory of the new president? A: I think it was […]

The North Factor In The Presidential Pools

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By R. Jeevan – The Tamil Community was placed in an uncomfortable situation from the time when it was announced the 2015 Presidential Elections. Unable to enter into any kind of discussion with the then opposition the TNA saw any of its efforts to support Maithiripala Sirisena a wild goose chase. At the prima faciae, TNA was unlikely to call for a boycott or leave the decision up to the people. TNA members were very cautious in making any statement since there was a high possibility in the south to be misinterpreted any of its stands or even upset the Tamils in the North. The amalgam of Tamil academics and intellectuals, the Tamil Civil Society Forum(TCSF) argued reasonably on the issues pertaining to the Tamils […]

HSZs must stay, give back other lands – Ranawak

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Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Champika Ranawaka says that essential High Security Zones in the North and East must be maintained and lands used for other businesses such as entertainment, tourist hotels and golf courses etc. should be returned to people. Q: What have you to say about the results of the presidential election? A: This is clearly a people’s victory. State power was used in an unprecedented corrupt manner at this election. Mahinda Rajapaksa spent about Rs. 250 billion for his victory. They allocated Rs. 140 billion from the budget and spent about Rs. 100 billion, additionally. Those who depended on State contracts amassed massive wealth. The cost for the propaganda of this election was more than the expenses of the all previous […]

Govt. To Nab Former Minister Weerawansa Over Sexual Assault Charges?

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The newly appointed government is planning to nab a former Minister Wimal Weerawansa over sexual assault charges, reliable source said. Record From The History: Wimal Weerawansa accused of sexual harassment We are re-publishing the following report on the former Minister Wimal Weerawansa, who is responsibility for sever sexual assaults on an innocent women. The article was originally published by the Sunday Leader, when late Lasantha was editing it, on November 2006.  Lake House employee transferred to Anuradhapura following revelations Complaint made to President Rajapakse in writing Weerawansa accused of abusing girl in filth for alleged leak Wimal’s wife is alleged to have told victim she is aware of husband’s weakness for phone action Wimal Weerawansa then a minister under the Former President Rajapaksa, attending the […]

Rajapaksa Princes’ Crimes To Be Exposed Including Rape Of Young Girls

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Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today said they will be revealing corruptive actions and crimes committed by theRajapaksa princes within the coming months and added that necessary legal action will be taken against them. JHU National Organizer Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe speaking at a media briefing this morning had said that they have received detailed information on the crimes that were committed by the Rajapaksa princes –Namal, Yoshitha and Rohitha to which includes rape and sexual harassment of young girls. “The eldest prince Namal’s Blue Brigade was operating as an alternative armed force in this country. Within the coming weeks we will be exposing the details of the illegal activities that were carried out by this Blue Brigade under Namal’s leadership,” he said. Warnasinghe also said that they have […]

Time to stand by the faith of North East voters!

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By Ananth Palakidnar Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) Spokesman Guruparan Kumaravadivel commenting on the outcome of the Lankan Presidential poll to India’s The Hindu newspaper, has stated since the people in the North are skeptical about the new the President, Maithripala Sirisena, delivering on Tamil demands, the Tamil vote was against Rajapaksa and not an endorsement of Maithripala Sirisena. The statement by the TCSF Spokesman was somewhat correct to a certain extent as on the polling day on Thursday (8), the voting in the Jaffna Peninsula was lousy in the morning and there were even intimidations in certain areas of the peninsula. A grenade was thrown at a deserted house in the area, despite the stringent security measures adopted by the Elections Department Officials and […]

Where did Rajapaksa go wrong ? – ”Addressing the issues of the minorities of the country who are more than one million voters”

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Election analysis Where did Rajapaksa go wrong ? By Umesh Moramudali In what appears to be one of the most eagerly followed presidential elections in the country’s history, which made an incumbent Executive President a loser for the first time in Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena was elected the sixth Executive President of Sri Lanka on Thursday (8). The new President received 6,217,162 votes – 51.28% of the total votes polled – with a majority of 449,072 votes than his main opponent, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who received 5,768,090 votes (47.58%). According to the 2014 Electoral Register, 15,044,490 people were eligible to vote in the 2015 presidential election. Out of that number, 12,264,377 voters exercised their franchise, which is 81.52% of the total number registered. It […]