July 2015

TULF seeks to form Tamil common front

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has called on Tamil Political Parties including those of the South and the Upcountry to get united under one banner to form a common front, as an alternative to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the interest of the Tamil speaking people. TULF General Secretary V. Anandasangaree said that the TULF is the only Political Party that has the moral right to represent the Tamil people in all their activities. Anandasangaree said that the time has now come for all Tamils to get together and demand the dissolution of both the Illangai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) and the TNA. “The TNA took the Tamil people for a ride without any progress made with regard to our problems. The youths in prison […]

Chamal Rajapaksa to be named as PM candidate?

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Chamal Rajapaksa to be named as PM candidate? A request has been made to nominate former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Higher Education and Research Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said. The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo on Thursday (02). “However, the former Speaker has apprised the President that he is about to retire from politics,” said Amunugama. The Minister also pointed out that the request was made by several Parliamentarians who represent neither pro nor anti-Mahinda Rajapaksa clan. He also went into say that the crucial decision to name the PM candidate is stuck in a rut as the SLFP is yet ask the opinion of the other political parties […]

Sirisena, Wickremasinghe & Rakapaksa Dilemmas

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Sarath Wijesinghe – Political maize in Sri Lanka has further complicated after the dissolution of the Parliament without passing 20A which is a demand and a promise by Sirisena to the people agitated for a change. Whose decision was the snap elections and who runs the country is a mystery and known to few. Some say people now need a change for the changes made due to dissatisfaction and disappointment of the state of affairs today. Sirisena is in a dilemma sandwiched between UNP SLFP (m) SLFP(R) and other minority parties and may have realized that trying to satisfy all stake holders is impossible. Sirisena’s amazing and unexpected victory on 8th January 2015 and the sudden decision to call for snap elections on 17th […]

Crucial talks today on Rs 1000 per day wage demand by tea trade unions

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Steve A. Morrell Trade union sources in the tea plantations pressed their demand for a Rs. 1000 per day wage as the jump – off point for for further negotiations with the respective managements. This is to be granted irrespective of plantation losses. Crucial negotiations between the parties today would either continue a period of relative industrial peace or end in confrontation. The Planters’ Association of Ceylon ( PA) said prices for plantation commodities, tea and rubber and rubber based products have reduced. The tea price debacle for plantation crops was that tea prices realized were reduced by over Rs. 100 per kilo. Currently the Colombo net sales average ( NSA) is about Rs.350 per kilo. Plantation companies’ cost of production ( COP) is […]

Rare conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

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The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter are visible after sunset pass extremely closer to each other from July 1, Astronomy and Space Applications, Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies Dr. Chandana Jayaratne said. “This rare conjunction event is visible from July 1 onwards provide a spectacular view in the Sky just after sunset on the western horizon as two bright objects which are closer to each other,” he said. “These objects are none other than the brightest that we see from the earth. One is Jupiter, the biggest planet of the solar system while the other is Saturn. Jupiter is slightly Northwards from Venus and less brighter. This is visible for a week or more,” he further said. This is visible to Sri […]

MS must defeat MR – United Leftists

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Members expelled from the Leftist parties attached to the United People’s Freedom Alliance urged President Maithripala Sirisena to give leadership to the civil society struggle and the victory achieved on 8 January. The United Left Front comprising members expelled from the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (amounting to around 75% of the LSSP), the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and the Democratic Left Front called on Sirisena to get out of the corner he had got himself trapped in, in his attempt to save the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Attorney-at-law and expelled member of the LSSP Lal Wijenayake said, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the biggest threat to reversing the gains obtained on 8 January. Rajapaksa resorting to the communal cry […]

Monk Vs agents of Satan

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

I once read an article written by Prof. Kumar David in The Island. He says that the interview given by Ven. Maduluwave Sobitha, to the Sunday Thinakural, was the most significant political interview in the last six months. Prof. David says that the interview was a stunner when Sobitha Hamuduruwo said that, if he got elected, within six months he would abolish the executive presidency and the electoral system and step down from the position of President. Prof. David, who has written extensively about the Tamil Diaspora and the LTTE, has said, “Let us not waste time pussyfooting with Ranil, Fonseka, Anura Kumara, Karu, Sajith and Shirani (in order of credibility), they are all nonstarters. I will bet a 12-bottle case of Scotch against any […]

President CBK – A reflection on her politics of Inclusivity and Tolerence

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

In 1994, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, at the age of forty nine years, was elected as the youngest and first ever female President of Sri Lanka. Twenty one years later, in June 2015, as she celebrates her 70th birthday, it is appropriate to look back at the legacy of this amazing lady, who has so significantly impacted and helped shape the contemporary history of our nation. Epilogue The epilogue to the politics of President CBK, is surely her single handed leadership in crafting the politics and creating the rainbow coalition of the National Democratic Front, which defeated the populist but corrupt, divisive and authoritarian rule of her successor and one time Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapakse, in his bid for an unprecedented third term, in January 2015. As […]

NM at 110

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This year marked the 110th birth anniversary of Nanayakkarapathirage Martin Perera, better known as Dr. N.M. Perera; Leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party, popular labour leader, one-time Mayor of Colombo, outstanding Parliamentarian, Marxist, intellectual, sportsman, sometime film actor and above all a man whose life and contribution to our political evolution is commemorated with respect even today, nearly four decades after his death. The life and career of N.M. Perera, that young student from far-away Ceylon, surely made his teachers proud! It will be difficult for those born after independence to adequately comprehend the full meaning of being a colony; of a people on whom another had imposed. A ruler may impose his will on the ruled, a neighbouring tribe may hold sway for […]

Campaign issues revolve around leadership

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Dr.Vickramabahu Karunaratne Ranil the Prime Minister placed his UNP Working Committee on a serious footing by explaining the difficulties that should not be under estimated. As a leader in full control, he need not neglect anybody with a possible important contribution. Now there are no such complains and all have accepted his leadership. On the other hand there is evidence that a wide split is growing in the SLFP and in the United People’s Freedom Alliance. Hence the general belief in the UNP leadership is, that they could return to power, is inevitable. However for the UNP, the short term minority rule has created several corruption and mismanagement issues which are heavily publicized by the opposition which includes several media organizations. Such things are […]

I am not coming – Chandrika

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Can UNP win without Maithri? When the election results were announced in the 1994 general elections, Chandrika Kumaratunge was in hiding at a secret location. She felt there were threats on her life. Only her confidantes were permitted to visit her. Those confidantes who were with her when the results were announced saw tears in her eyes. “See, having done such a massive campaign and the people’s swing towards us we’ve got only 105 seats in Parliament,” she lamented with deep pain of mind. She only wanted 113 seats to form a strong Parliament. She was then forced to seek the support of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC)……………………  READ ALL I am not coming – Chandrika Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday denied reports […]

Mahinda will be leading opposition group

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Stakes At The Parliamentary Elections At a personal level, it would be foolish for MR to contest. He would soon be a septuagenarian. He entered parliamentary politics in 1970 and completed 45 years. He was a MP, a Leader of the Opposition, a PM and then the President. If not for his attempt for a third term, he could have ‘ruled the country’ until next year. He has certain things for his credit, and certain other things for his discredit. The best thing for him would have been to gloriously retire. But some people cannot obviously change their ‘genes’ or habits. MR apparently is such a person. However, if the President Sirisena embraces Mahinda Rajapaksa and makes him the prime ministerial candidate or the leader […]

Not the PM post, they should be in jail by now, says Chandrika

1st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Not the PM post, they should be in jail by now, says Chandrika Despite our lives are in danger, we will fight any battle for the sake of the country, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said. The observation was made at a special event held in Negombo today (01). “It is the responsibility of the people to safeguard the freedom of this country. Despite our lives are in danger, we will fight any battle for the sake of the country,” she said.  Kumaratunga also pointed out that there is no political party in Sri Lanka, other than the SLFP, which never used ‘violence’ as a weapon to promote a political propaganda, expect during the past decade.  “If the judicial system functioned correctly, some persons who demand […]

Push To Free Tamil Detainees

1st July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Waruni Karunarathne The issue about Tamil political prisoners has remained a question for sometime now. Many Tamil political parties including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have been calling upon the previous government and even the present government to address this issue meaningfully. Speaking in parliament last week TNA Batticaloa District Parliamentarian P. Ariyanenthiran called upon the government to free Tamil political prisoners before holding a festival for the Sri Lankan Diaspora which is proposed to be held in December in Sri Lanka. According to him, the government has kept saying that they would take necessary measures to release the Tamil political prisoners yet they have failed to free those prisoners as yet.  He insisted that the Tamils cannot accept holding a festival for the Tamil Diaspora before […]

People will consign Mahinda to the dustbin

1st July 2015 // 0 Comments

People will consign MR to the dustbin: Navin In a response to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech today, Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake said people would reject Mr. Rajapaksa and consign him into the dustbin of history. The minister in a message posted in his Facebook page said  the speech was an old tape and was nothing new for the people. “Mahinda same old stuff…old tape…nothing new for the people…people will put you in dustbin of history…sad to see you fall step by step like this…,” the post said. MR not party leader so can say anything: CBK Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge commenting on her successor Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech at Medamulana today said he could say anything he wished because he was not the […]

Sri Lankan voters urged to shun ‘candidates of disrepute’

1st July 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s business community and professionals organisations have thrown their weight behind calls for voters to elect only ‘candidates of repute’ and against those involved in frauds, violence and crime at forthcoming polls.  A statement said they plan to launch an islandwide campaign asking political parties “to refrain from nominating candidates of disrepute’. They also endorsed the ‘March 12th Declaration’ an initiative of PAFFREL (People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections) and the ‘Citizens’ Collective’, which identifies a set of minimum criteria that the political parties should use, in selecting candidates for all future elections. Sri Lanka’s parliament was dissolved last week and fresh elections are to be held on August 17 with the new parliament convened on September 2. The call […]

We will go it alone unless threat from MR arises: SF

1st July 2015 // 0 Comments

UNP to hold talks with Fonseka on polls The United National Party (UNP) is to hold talks with Fie… While claiming they would contest alone at the upcoming General Election, Democratic Party Leader, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka said they would only join a common political front if there was a real threat of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa returning to power. “If a threat arises where Mahinda Rajapaksa and his associates could return to power, we will join an alliance that would defeat it. That is the only scenario that would compel us to change our stance,” he said at an event held yesterday to appoint new organisers of the party. Commenting on requests from others parties to join other alliances, he said he had received an […]

Looking to Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Election

1st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently dissolved parliament. The election will be held on August 17; a new parliament will gather on September 1. Yet what happens next is still far from clear. To complicate matters, Mahinda Rajapaksa could contest in the country’s upcoming parliamentary election. Rajapaksa has stated that he’d only be interested in contesting as a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and has indicated that he’d like to become prime minister. There’s also been talk of Rajapaksa forming a new political party, but a clear SLFP split would likely guarantee that the United National Party (UNP) wins the most seats in the parliamentary contest. We can expect to hear more about this in the days to come. Besides, even if […]

More than 100,000 persons jobless in Eastern Province

1st July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Ifham Nizam, reporting from Batticaloa More than 100,000 people of the Eastern Province, of some 600,000 persons categorized as the working class, do nothing for a living, which is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the development of the area, a senior politician said. However, Eastern Province Chief Minister Naseer Ahamed praised the timely initiative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and National Geographic Society to develop a comprehensive online guide for tourism attractions and services in the Eastern Province, which he strongly believes would give the province the much needed economic boost. He stressed that they would go all out to take advantage as a new destination which has tremendous resources and opportunities, with the backing of various stakeholders. “The objective of […]

General election 2015: The Diaspora factor, foreign policy issues

1st July 2015 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando President Maithripala Sirisena has set the stage for an early general election, ahead of the next session of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), in early September. The UNHRC holds three regular sessions a year, for a total of ten weeks. The sessions take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks) and September (three weeks). However, in case, one third of the 47-member nations requested for a special session to address accountability issues, there is provision for that. Nominations will be accepted from the 6th of July to the 15th of July for parliamentary election scheduled for August 17. New parliament will meet on September 1. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare his future plans today (July 1). Rajapaksa […]

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