13th January 2015

Racists Wimal’s brother-in-law arrested over attack on Army camps

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Former minister Wimal Weerawansa’s brother-in-law was arrested at Nattarampotha in Kundasale for spreading false news to embarrass and inconvenience the Government, Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana said. He said the suspect, Ranasinghe Randuwa Mudiyaselage Ajith Kumara had spread false news that army camps in the North were attacked and national flags were lowered in the North. SSP Rohana said the suspect was produced in the Homagama Magistrate’s Court and released on a surety bail of Rs. 100, 000. He was also ordered to report to the Colombo Crimes Division between 9 am and 12 pm every Sunday. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/61175/wimal-s-brother-in-law-arrested#sthash.SNxPlmr9.dpuf

Jaffna Uni Teachers Up In Arms: Governor Chandrasiri And Douglas Not To Be Seen

13th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Jaffna academics are up in arms after the Vice Chancellor Vasanthi Arasaratnam tried to force them to sign a statement in favor of re-electing Mahinda Rajapaksa and sending out tweets to the same effect on election-day. A public meeting is being organized by them tomorrow13 Jan., 2015 at 11:00 AM to express anger over the VC repeatedly ignoring their protests over highly qualified academics being turned down to appoint her favourites. The Governor, Major General G. A. Chandrasiri, has been replaced by civilian H.M.G.S. Palihakkara of the LLRC. Douglas Devananda has closed his Sridhar Theatre offices where people once used to stand in queues for favors. The only sign of him is his newspaper Thinamurasu which is still coming out. Said a very senior academic: […]

Letter To President Sirisena From Diaspora

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By Romesh Hettiarachchi – Dear President Sirisena, I write to you as a member of the Sri Lankan diaspora; a multi-ethnic and multi-faceted community identifying as Sri Lankan but living outside the country. At the outset, let me join many others in congratulating and wishing you the very best on beginning your term as the 6th President of Sri Lanka. As President, I recognize neither you nor your Government owe any obligations to me, a member of the diaspora, especially since you are likely deluged with so many requests and suggestions from your own constituents so early in your presidency. I am also acutely aware that many if not most Sri Lankans have strong reservations about the Diaspora, arising in part from the continuing support […]

Reading election results 2015

13th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Reading election results 2015 It is natural to interpret phenomena in the way the interpreter likes it. Maithripala Sirisena’s victory at the presidential election held on January 8, 2015 has been subjected to multiple interpretations. Most pronounced one is that it was a victory for democracy. My friend Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda, who has a better understanding of democracy, thinks the election result was a victory for good governance. Some have even interpreted it as a victory for women. Of course, in social science one may not definitely propose that these multiple interpretations are incorrect even though they are sometime contradictory. I would like to ask somewhat a provoking question.   Do the election results reflect democratic reawakening in the country as a whole? Do the […]

FIVE Demands put forward by TNA to President Maithiri.

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Committees to examine militarization, land issues By Mirudhula Thambiah President Maithripala Sirisena has assured the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that he will appoint two separate committees to look into the land acquisition and militarization in the Northern Province and to find suitable political solution for the national question. Speaking to Ceylon Today, TNA Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran said the committee will include the Defence Secretary, Army Commander and other officials. We spoke with him regarding FIVE important, burning issues of the people in the North and East. We prioritized land acquisitioned and occupied by the military, where our people are unable to resettle. They have constructed hotels in private lands,” he said. He added that it was clearly mentioned that the TNA has no objections in […]

President Sirisena can make Sri Lankans of all ethnicities feel relatively free and safe.

13th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The fact that the Sinhalese vote was disinterested in Rajapaksa’s social polarisation has created space for Sirisena, to resolve the ‘national question’ of ethnic accommodation and justice The defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s presidential election is good riddance for the troubled island. It opens up possibilities of a hopeful future for its people and for the Indian Ocean Region. That a man of absolutist dictatorial intentions compared by lackeys to the legendary Sinhalese warrior king Dutugamunu, could finally be ousted through the ballot box is an indicator of the corrective power of democracy, which had gone into deficit in Sri Lanka over the last decade. What is most heartening about Mr Rajapaksa’s shocking loss is that the Sinhalese community in Sri Lanka, which […]

Ranil works out peaceful pre-dawn transition of power with Mahinda

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Brave officials in Elections Department and security forces ensure a free and fair poll Last minute effort to telecast ‘Janapathi Janahamuwa’ programme stalled by UNP lawyers and court Voting patterns clearly show that the minority vote gave Sirisena the big push for victory 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 […]

TNA won’t accept Cabinet posts

13th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The JVP and the TNA will not accept Cabinet portfolios in the Government of new President Maithripala Sirisena. The JVP which supported President Sirisena’s campaign yesterday said it had no intention of taking Cabinet portfolios, but would extend its cooperation in Parliament to implement the 100 day programme. JVP frontliner Vijitha Herath said the party would not tolerate any attempts by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former ministers to sabotage the 100 day programme. TNA Spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran said his party had declined an invitation to be part of the Cabinet. However, he refused to give reasons for the party’s decision. Meanwhile, the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), a coalition partner of United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), has sought an appointment with President Sirisena to discuss policy […]

Parliamentarians who failed to deliver

13th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Nadia Fazlulhaq A number of parliamentarians from both the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and United National Party (UNP) failed to secure victory in their respective electorates on behalf of the presidential candidates they supported at the recently concluded Presidential Election. Several top ministers in the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration were defeated in their own areas even though the former president managed to win the majority of the electorates in the Southern, North Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces. In the Gampaha district, the electorates of Wattala, Negombo, Katana and Ja-ela were won by candidate Maitripala Sirisena despite the UPFA having several high profile parliamentarians from the district including, Sarath Kumara Guneratne, Felix Perera, and Dr. Mrs. Sudharshini Fernandopulle. Mr. Sirisena also won the Kelaniya electorate which […]

Tough task ahead for Sri Lanka’s new president

13th January 2015 // 0 Comments

SINCE he was easily the most powerful politician Sri Lanka has had since independence, six months ago it was impossible to dream that Mahinda Rajapaksa could be defeated at a presidential election. With the 18th amendment to the constitution, he introduced safeguards that enabled him to remain in power with term limits removed. He held a two-thirds majority in parliament and controlled the state media, judiciary, security apparatus and the economy. His extended family held all key posts. He believed, and his supporters and political appointees believed, he was invincible. Rajapaksa was confident of the support of the majority Sinhala-Buddhist voters, who considered him their saviour for militarily defeating the minority separatist rebels, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and ending a 30-year war. The […]

Interim Cabinet appointed for 100-day sprint

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President warns Ministers not to get too addicted to power  Strict action against anyone engaging in corruption, irrespective of rank Sirisena tells Cabinet to earn back the respect of the people  Ministers warned to bear in mind that they must face election in three months  Sajin, Karuna defections cause ripples in common alliance A spate of defections from the UPFA to President Maithripala Sirisena’s Government caused a furore in the ranks of the common alliance yesterday, with several high profile members threatening to walk out if former regime acolytes were granted positions in the new administration. News that UPFA MP and former Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin Vaas Gunewardane and Haputale District MP and Namal Rajapaksa loyalist Udith Lokubandara had pledged support […]