29th June 2015

Tamils on a vital journey to fulfil aspirations – Sampanthan

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BY S. Gurunathan Leader of the Tamil National Alliance and former Trincomalee district TNA Parliamentarian R.Sampanthan said the international community has given first priority to the problems of the Tamil speaking community in Sri Lanka. Hence the Tamil people in the North and East will give vital attention when voting at the forthcoming parliamentary elections. We would have made a historical blunder if we failed in our utmost duty in this regard. He further appealed to the Tamil people to strength the TNA to capture more parliamentary seats according to the manifesto of the TNA that would give a concrete political solution to the problems Tamils face in future. Tamils are on a vital political journey towards achieving their political aspirations with the support of […]

Mirusuvil Massacre

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By Zahrah Imtiaz Fifteen years is a long time, it was going on for so long but we are thankful to God that justice is finally served, said Gnanachandran Parameswari, the wife of Kathiran Gnanachandran and mother of Gnanachandran Santhan. Kathiran and Santhan along with Gnanapalan Raviveeran, Sellamuttu Theivakulasingham, Vilvarajah Pratheepan, Sinniah Vilvarajah, Nadesu Jeyachandran, and Vilvarajah Prasath were allegedly massacred by five members of the Army on 19 December 2000 at Mirusuvil, Jaffna. Prasath was only five years of age at the time of his death. On Thursday (25) Army Staff Sergeant R.M. Sunil Ratnayake was found guilty of murdering the eight civilians by slashing their necks and was sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court. He was found guilty on15 counts. The […]

Crossovers Begin: 1000 TNA Members Join UNP

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Merely days after the announcement of the general election, one thousand Tamil National Alliance members in the Ampara District joined the United National Party. They accepted membership of the party from its National Organizer Daya Gamage. Accordingly, 400 TNA members joined the UNP at a function in Thirukkovil and 600 others joined at a function in Vinayagapuram. The election will be held on August 17. The TNA will contest alone from the electoral districts in Northern and Eastern Provinces. Meanwhile, the UNP will also contest alone.

Ranil’s Challenge to Mahinda & Mahinda to announce future plans tomorrow

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will announce his future plans tomorrow (July 1). The former President’s office yesterday invited the media to Weeraketiya, Medamulana for the first official media briefing given by the former President since his defeat at the January, 2015 presidential election. A spokesperson said that a special announcement would be made regarding the former SLFP leader’s strategy.  President Maithripala Sirisena met his predecessor late last week at the President’s Wijerama Mawatha residence though both parties denied having had a one-on-one at the official residence of the Speaker. SLFP seniors remained tight-lipped about the former President’s strategy. (SF) Ranil challenges MR to defeat him Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe challenged former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to defeat him if possible after securing the prime ministerial candidature. Unless […]

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena ‘under strong pressure’ for new polls

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President Maithripala Sirisena recently dissolved parliament, paving the way for fresh elections in mid-August. DW speaks to Sri Lankan political analyst Jehan Perera about the reasons behind the move. Sirisena issued the notice at midnight on Friday, June 26, announcing the election for the 225-member Parliament for August 17, some 10 months ahead of schedule. The new parliament would be convened on September 2, officials said. Sirisena’s decision came after PM Ranil Wickremesinghe pressed for elections because the ruling United National Party (UNP) lacked sufficient majority to pass reforms. Sirisena won the January presidential election against Mahinda Rajapaksa on promises of full-scale political reforms, which included reducing powers of the presidency and changes to the electoral system, but he has faced resistance from lawmakers in […]

Political leapfrogs ahead of nominations?

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Ahead of nominations for the 2015 Parliamentary election that concludes on 15 July, several politicians are expected to change allegiances, political observers and analysts predict. Major splits are expected during election season, especially within the SLFP, with several senior party members expected to throw in their lot with the former President if he decides to contest elections separately. The SLFP is in frantic negotiations to keep the party together at the forthcoming polls, but speculation was rife yesterday that UPFA General Secretary and Kaduwela MP Susil Premajayantha would join the ‘Mahinda faction’ of the party. Premajayantha, as General Secretary of the former ruling alliance, holds the rights to the UPFA party registration and betel leaf symbol. The Mahinda faction is also in possession of the former People’s Alliance registration and chair symbol, and could also field a list of candidates […]

Parliament Dissolved: An Initial Assessment

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By S. I. Keethaponcalan – Parliament was dissolved on June 26, 2015 and the general election has been scheduled to take place on August 17. Under normal circumstances, attention would have turned to strengths and weaknesses of the ruling and opposition parties. This time, however, everyone wants to know what would be the next move of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, because his decisions and actions could very well determine the outcome of the election and the next government. Rajapaksa wants to be nominated as the prime ministerial candidate because he believes that he has the popular support to win the election. Indeed, he seems to have the capacity to win this election as a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) candidate. He has been supporting the […]