July 2015

Chandrika the Bomb

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

A question was asked from the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his final breakfast meeting with media heads last year.  ‘Who is your real opponent, Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe or Chandrika Kumaratunga?’  He did not hesitate in responding: ‘Chandrika!’ This became the lead story in all newspapers the following day.  The headline in almost all newspapers was ‘Chandrika is my real opponent!’ or else versions of that same line.  What happened next is interesting. The Maithripala Sirisena campaign quietly sidelined Kumaratunga.  It must be remembered that it was this lady who flanked Sirisena when he announced his presidential bid.  Many who were close to Candidate Sirisena expressed the view that she did more harm than good.  Her entire speech was full of invective and littered […]

Champika challenges MAHINDA to debate on bribing LTTE

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of bribing the LTTE at that time, challenged him to prove his innocence if possible. Addressing an election meeting, Mr. Ranawaka, who is contesting the upcoming election on the UNP ticket, said he would challenge Mr. Rajapaksa to make an announcement on the allegation regarding the bribing of the LTTE with money. He alleged the Rajapaksas used the ‘white van culture’ to achieve their personal gains and all would be be exposed before the people. he said the people would come to know who was responsible for the disappearance of journalist Pradeep Ekneligoda and the assassination of newspaper editor Lasantha Wickramatunga. “All will be revealed before the people’s court on August 17,” […]

I will not engage in political propaganda supporting TNA

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

I will not engage in any political propaganda supporting the TNA candidates, instead take a neutral stance, NPC Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran said in a communiqué issued in that context. He said that the General Elections was announced when he was on a tour abroad and many a people question about his stance now. “Ten candidates are vying for seven seats in the Jaffna Electoral District while nine candidates are contesting for six seats in the Wanni Electoral District. Hence, there is a contradictory situation among the candidates within the party to secure the highest number of preferential votes.I was chosen as the common candidate for the post of Chief Minister at the NPC in the year 2013. When I assumed duties as Chief Minister […]

Child Poverty: Who are the Poorest Children in Sri Lanka?

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

The UN General Assembly has adopted the following definition of child poverty, on 10th  January, 2007 – “Children living in poverty are deprived of nutrition, water and sanitation, access to basic healthcare services, shelter, education, participation and protection, and that while a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human being, it is most threatening and harmful to children, leaving them unable to enjoy their rights to reach their full potential and to participate as full members of the society”. As the definition points out, measuring child poverty can no longer be lumped together with general poverty assessments, which often focus solely on income levels. It is also necessary to take into consideration, the access to basic social services, such as education, healthcare facilities, […]

Maithri: From Waterloo to Watershed?

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Maithri: From Waterloo to Watershed?   Politics & Society by Prasad Gunewardene The general belief in the country is that most of our politicians are comedians. Most of our politicians do act like comedians time and again. In the previous regime Mervyn Silva was outstanding. He tied a government official to a tree. Later, it was told that the victim performed that act himself. Mervyn staged a drama both inside and outside the Rupavahini Corporation. Finally he won the award titled ‘Minister of Public Affairs and Public Relations’ for his outstanding “public performances.” Not only Mervyn, many others also played brief comedy roles at regular intervals. No wonder the world would say that Sri Lankan politicians are the best comedians in the world. From day one Maithri […]

New report names torture camps and perpetrators + Executing surrendered LTTE suspects and sexually violating them

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka: New report names torture camps and perpetrators BY ATHULA VITHANAGE Shocking details of sexual torture has been exposed in a report identifying many torture camps and several officers who carried out the systematic persecution of Tamils through torture, rape, illegal detention and killings. In compiling its latest report, “Still Unfinished War: Sri Lanka’s Survivors of Torture and Sexual Violence 2009-2015”, International Truth & Justice Project (ITJP) records details of more than 40 torture sites while naming over 60 rapists and torturers. ‘This is by no means a comprehensive list,’ says ITJP. A vast number of the identified torture camps are located in the pre-dominantly Tamil speaking North. Two thirds of them are military sites while the rest are police stations and government designated […]

Lankan-Born International Drug Kingpin Is Gota’s Buddy: Karu Jayasuriya

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

“I will be dedicated to the task of totally eradicating the drug menace presently experienced in Sri Lanka. I will do so within a period of three years through a coordinated effort covering the implementation of laws, the actions of police and other social institutions”. The above paragraph is quoted from the fancy document titled Mahinda Chinthana under the heading “An end to the drug menace”. Accordingly, the drug menace in Sri Lanka should have been totally eradicated by 2008. What really happened is just the opposite. *Mohamed Mubarak Mohamed Mujaid and Gotabaya The Ministers and parliamentarians connected to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government even with the intervention of the Prime Minister, wholesale consignments and container loads of drugs were brought into Sri Lanka. It is an […]

Drug baron & Gota….

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka is preparing to issue a red notice through Interpol to arrest Mohamed Mubarak Mohamed Mujahid, A Sri Lankan living in Malaysia states police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera. It has gone viral that this drug baron has had very close relations with former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Police Narcotics Bureau has revealed that the suspect has sent seven container-loads of drugs to the country from 2009 to 7th July, 2014 containing 750 to 1000 kilograms of drugs. He pretends to be a high-class entrepreneur in Malaysia while in Sri Lanka he appears as a film producer. Heroin sent in containers with machinery, furniture has been distributed in Sri Lanka by local agents Mohammed Hamsa and Ahamed Sabrik Naijudeen who were arrested last year. […]

Government will not comment on alleged UN document

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

The Government today refused to comment on a document a British television station claims could undermine international investigations into the war. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maheshini Colonne said the Government was aware of the British ‘Channel 4′ news report on the document but will not comment on such media reports. Channel 4 News reported this week that it has been supplied with the leaked UN document which it claim could pre-empt and undermine September’s Human Rights Council discussion on a UN’s long-awaited investigation into crimes committed at the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war. According to the UN tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the closing stages of the Sri Lankan military’s war against the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers. The UN says most […]

Police look for Mahinda’s UPFA candidate over abduction and assault

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Matale police are looking for Matale District Mahinda’s UPFA candidate and former Deputy Minister Lakshman Wasantha Perera and a group of his supporters for allegedly abducting a man and assaulting him for launching a campaign against the proliferation of ethanol and printing a set of posters to be pasted in public in that regard. The police said the victim had been assaulted allegedly at the UPFA candidate’s house. It is alleged that the supporters of the politician had arrived in a car and abducted the victim near a printing press along with the consignment of posters. After beating him, the victim had been dumped on the road, a senior officer said. The victim has lodged a complaint with the police.  

Three Committees To Probe MR Ads On ITN

31st July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Easwaran Rutnam An investigation launched by the Ministry of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs has revealed that the State owned Independent Television Network (ITN) had violated regulations in place when accepting advertisements for the last Presidential election under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. ITN Chairman, Prof. Dhammika Ganganath Dissanayake told The Sunday Leader that three separate committees had been appointed to investigate the allegations against the former management of ITN. He said that a committee appointed by the Media Ministry, a committee appointed by ITN and a Presidential Commission had been tasked to investigate claims that irregularities had taken place when accepting advertisements to be telecasted and the cost for those political advertisements. Apart from ITN, State owned Rupavahini, Vasantham TV, Lakhanda and Vasantham FM […]

“Ours is a country battered by imperialism” – Tilvin Silva

30th July 2015 // 0 Comments

The JVP is for socialism with modern Sri Lankan characteristics Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) General Secretary Tilvin Silva, in an interview with the Dailymirror , said his party opts for socialism with modern characteristics rather than deviating from the party’s original principles, policies and objectives.  Excerpts of the interview:The JVP, played a role in the 100-day government by participating in the deliberations of the National Executive Council (NEC). What would be the JVP role after the General Election? At the January 8th Presidential Election, our focus was to defeat the authoritarian family rule of then President Mahinda Rajapaksa.  A large force rallied behind the move to unseat him.     We also made a contribution to it. More than Mr. Rajapaksa as an individual, we defeated […]

MAHINA insults intellect of voters

30th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Kurunegala district UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is insulting the intellect of the voters by giving very silly promises to voters including youth to deceive them and capture power by hook or crook. People have not forgotten the manner he suppressed student rights without any shame showing his 10 year oppressive rule, State Minister of Defence and Gampaha district UNP candidate Ruwan Wijewardena said in a statement issued yesterday. The statement added that when the student community demanded the previous government to increase the Rs. 2,500 Mahapola Scholarship in proportion to the high cost of living the Rajapaksa regime replied witht tear gas and water canon and baton charges without increasing the scholarship even by a rupee. Mahinda Rajapaksa who ruled for 10 years thought of […]

Rajiv Gandhi killers will not be hanged, confirms SC

30th July 2015 // 0 Comments

The Supreme Court dismissed on Wednesday the centre’s curative petition against its 2014 judgment commuting the death sentence of three convicts to life term in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, upholding a verdict that brought into focus the inordinate delays in executions in India. The central government plea had sought a review of last year’s decision when the SC reduced the punishment while saying the prisoners had been on death row for too long. “We have gone through the curative petitions and the relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this court (in the Rupa Hurra case laying down the principle of curative petition),” read the order from the bench of chief justice HL […]

Sri Lanka must implement some more recommendations of LLRC, before September, to face the UNHRC report on the international probe against Sri Lanka successfully.

30th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Don’t do anything good for the country because people will say the world asked you to do it. INFOGRAPHIC: LLRC Implementation Statistics Sri Lanka must implement some more recommendations of LLRC, before September, to face the UNHRC report on the international probe against Sri Lanka successfully said State Minister of Finance and UPFA Kalutara District candidate Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday (If NOT for the UNHRC pressure non of the LLRC will be implemented by the racist Sri Lankan government). He also said that in order to face the challenges before Sri Lanka, it was important to bring Right to Information Act, fully implementation of 19th Amendment. Interestingly if not for the international pressure even he would have NOT recommended his government and his former boss Mahinda to do […]

Widespread abuse of State resources by MAHINDA still under probe

30th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Minister of Food Security Gamini Jayawickrama Perera this week said that widespread abuse of State resources by Mahinda Rajapaksa during his tenure as the President is still under probe and recent political statements of the latter are just to hoodwink the masses. “Investigations are proceeding on allegations of fraud and corruption against him and his henchman.  Therefore, it becomes a joke when he makes payment for the use of his official vehicle and boasts of it. It is a political fraud.  However, we can be happy of the fact that Kurunegala District candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa has now accepted the need to follow examples set by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,” Perera said. Following is the full text of his statement: Good governance today has become the […]

Will Maithri make Mahinda prime minister?

30th July 2015 // 0 Comments

All these days Mahinda used the SLFP to establish a ‘Family Kingdom’ and then throw away the party men curry leaves. Maithri and all others fell into the category of curry leaves under Mahinda. In everything the saying goes that every dog has its’ day. Who knows that this is the time that Mahinda would be used and thrown away like curry leaves? by Upul Joseph Fernando ( July 29, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) This is guessing time in the SLFP. All keep their fingers crossed. Some look up the sky wondering while others seem to be at crossroads. Their guess is; who would be the next Prime Minister in case the SLFP/UPFA wins. Many voices are heard within these two entities. Who decides? […]

Mahinda group Fit for prison, not Parliament – NBF

30th July 2015 // 0 Comments

The National Bhikkhu Front (NBF) explained that they would be supporting the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) at the General Election and called on all to elevate the JVP to a status of power beyond the main Opposition and being its Leader. Secretary of the NBF Ven. Wakamulle Uditha Thera said that in arriving at the said decision, their civil society organization had looked at three criterion primarily revolving round whom the three main political parties, namely, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the United National Party (UNP) led United National Front for Good Governance and the JVP, had nominated as candidates for the Parliamentary Election and the attention and care paid to the process of nominating by Party General […]

Sri Lanka justice: leaked UN document casts doubts

29th July 2015 // 0 Comments

A leaked UN document raises concerns over the prospects for genuine justice for the Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes, writes Callum Macrae. Channel 4 News has been supplied with the leaked document which critics claim could pre-empt and undermine September’s Human Rights Council discussion on a UN’s long-awaited investigation into crimes committed at the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war. According to the UN tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the closing stages of the Sri Lankan military’s war against the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers. The UN says most of those civilians died in government shelling as they were crammed into ever-diminishing “No Fire Zones” – though the Tamil Tigers are also alleged to have committed grave […]

MAHINDA and UPFA Losing Steam In The South?

29th July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Nirmala Kannangara in the Southern Province – Pictures by Lalith Perera The Southern Province is yet to feel the election heat with the three main political parties in the province conducting their campaigns on a low profile. Politicians in the Hambantota district have set an example for their counterparts in other districts on how to conduct an election campaign without displaying large cutouts and banners. The situation in Matara and Galle districts are not the same as there were a few hoardings and cutouts in the town centers. Most of the UPFA supporters in the Hambantota district are saddened as they have lost the opportunity to elect their leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to the next parliament. They believe that the UPFA will get a landslide victory at […]

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