July 2015

TNA reiterates demand for Tamils’ self-determination

26th July 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of four parties in Sri Lanka, on Saturday reiterated its adherence to the right to self-determination of Tamils and the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces under the federal structure. While pointing out that Tamil-speaking Muslims would be entitled to the benefits of “all power-sharing arrangements in the North-East”, the Alliance, in its manifesto released on Saturday, said “this will no way inflict any disability on any people.” Asked whether the main political formations would accept TNA’s demands for self-determination and federalism, R. Sampanthan, the coalition’s leader, said “there is no way out”. “I am hopeful that they will realise that majoritarianism is not a solution to the country’s national problem,” he said.However, he replied in the […]

UK diplomats advised against using Helitours

26th July 2015 // 0 Comments

British diplomats have been advised against using Helitours after it was revealed that the domestic passenger airline was operating with an expired air safety certificate. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that staff at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka have been advised not to use the airline Helitours due to concerns about its safety certification Helitours is the commercial air arm of the Air Force and is established as a company under the companies act. Helitours utilizes turbine engine aircraft for touring and it claims it is compliant with civil aviation regulations applicable to a civil airline operator and has been issued an Air operating Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL).

I Saved MAHINDA From The Electric Chair and ICC (International Criminal Court) – Ranil

26th July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Santhush Fernando The upcoming August 17 General Election would solidify the historic people’s revolution won on January 8 and the government-hopeful United National Front’s Five-fold Plan (Pancha Widha Kriyawaliya) gives the much-needed boost to make Sri Lanka a global knowledge economy, emphasized UNP Party Leader and United National Front for Good Governance prime min50isterial candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe, in an interview with The Sunday Leader.   Following are excerpts of the interview: Q: How do you see the success rate of your government during the 100-Day Programme? A: The 100-Day Programme has been mostly successful as we were able to kick start most of the initiatives envisioned in it. Of course some of its projects are long-term, the benefits of which we would see in the […]

Ruwan launches broadside against MR

26th July 2015 // 0 Comments

State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, yesterday issued a statement condemning the recent outburst of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his campaign for the upcoming general election. “The people of this country on 17 August should take the decision to make sure that people of this calibre who make such uncivilised statements in the form of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cohorts are permanently swept away from the political arena of this country,” claimed Wijewardene. Following is his full statement. We are used to a saying in Sinhala that “utterances lead us to situations both good and bad.” The truth of this is amply proved by the statements that are being made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Recently, he had given an interpretation to the position […]

Tamil people and all citizens of Sri Lanka need to consolidate the recent progressive changes in the country

25th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) strongly urges the Tamil people and all citizens of Sri Lanka to do their historic duty at the upcoming Parliamentary elections by carefully voting for the parties and candidates with the main objective of consolidating the progressive changes and gains made during the recent past. The presidential election of the 8th January 2015 was a turning point in the recent political history of Sri Lanka where the voters overwhelmingly rejected the undemocratic, corrupt, intolerant and violent political culture practiced at that time. Undoubtedly that election outcome brought welcome changes that included the adoption of the progressive 19th amendment to the constitution, the expansion of the democratic space available for freedom of expression and rule of law, and the reduced fear for […]

The White Van Drama by Mahinda to gain Votes.

25th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Election posters  of  MAHINDA group inside White Van  with fake army plates, 2 arrested Police today arrested two persons and seized a vehicle with two difference number plates, including an army number plate, along with a stack of more than 4,500 election posters of a UPFA candidate in Kebithigollewa.  A group of police officers on routine patrol discovered the posters, of a former Deputy Minister contesting from the Anuradhapura District, upon searching the white cab at around 2.00am this morning. ……..Read all The focus has shifted from Medamulana to Mirihana. It was expected that Kurunegala, and the many other important towns in that district, would draw the larger interest with the parachute leap of Mahinda Rajapaksa from Hambantota to Kurunegala, in the search for an […]

We were frightened when the white van and the armed army officials were arrested

25th July 2015 // 0 Comments

We were frightened when the white van and the armed army officials were arrested, said Cabinet Spokesperson Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne. Addressing journalists at a media briefing held yesterday (23) the Minister clarified the details behind the much discussed white van incident that took place Monday (20). According to him there are 667 similar vehicles which were confiscated by the army in 2010 from the LTTE and were used for army operations. The order to use the vehicles had been given by former secretary of defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, he added. “When these 667 vehicles were confiscated in 2010 from the LTTE, they were ordered to be used in army operations by the former secretary of defence. These officials, who are part […]

Pay-offs demanded during MR regime kept top investors away from Sri Lanka

24th July 2015 // 0 Comments

With restoring the rule of law and forming a clean administration by the Maithripala Sirisena Government, Sri Lanka is now on the radar of some top foreign investors, who had abandoned the idea of investing in the country during the previous regime, Deputy Minister of Highways and Investment Promotions Eran Wickramaratne said. In an interview with the Daily FT, he said that investors like Volkswagen, a German car manufacturer, which didn’t invest in Sri Lanka as the previous Government was corrupt and expecting pay-offs, were now in negotiations to invest in the country. “There is some recognition that this Government is providing a clean administration, particularly when it comes to investments,” he said. Wickramaratne, who is contesting from Colombo District at the August 17 Parliamentary […]

Rajapaksa comeback bid checked by Sri Lanka bribery probe

24th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka is investigating a Chinese firm on suspicion of offering a bribe to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s failed presidential re-election campaign, a source close to the investigation said, weeks before he seeks to pull off a comeback in a general election.  Ousted by erstwhile ally Maithripala Sirisena in January, Rajapaksa is now seeking to turn the tables at the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls but continues to be dogged by allegations of sleaze that led to his defeat after two terms as president. At the center of an investigation by the police and central bank is China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), which under Rajapaksa landed a $1.4 billion deal to build a port city in Colombo that has been suspended by the current government. CHEC, a subsidiary […]

Weerawansa Ally In Trouble Over Forged Army Number Plate

24th July 2015 // 0 Comments

UPFA Anuradhapura district candidate Weerakumara Dissanayake, a key ally of Wimal Weerawansa, is now under investigation as the Police have found nearly 3000 posters of the candidate being transported in a vehicle that had a fake army number plate. Police are conducting inquires to find out whether this had been done with the knowledge of the candidate. Dissanayake, a stalwart of the National Freedom Front, was a deputy minister of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa government. Police Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara told media yestersya that two individuals were also arrested with the cab. The rear number plate of the vehicle was forged as an Army number plate, Gunasekara said. The incident happened two days after Weerawansa’s made a statement on white van with an “altered number […]

Karuna forced to ‘Shutup’ or face the White Van by Gotha’s friend?

24th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan, commonly known as Karuna Amman, today completely denied reports quoting him as saying that slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was captured alive and tortured by Sri Lankan troops before being killed. Certain websites and Facebook pages had recently carried articles quoting Karuna Amman as saying that Sri Lanka Army arrested Prabhakaran, handed him over to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and also that he was tortured. However, Muralitharan rejected the reports as attempts to discredit him and gain political mileage. It is reported that he was warned by the Sri Lanka’s top military and Gotha to shut up or face death as he can be killed and blame can be easily planted saying ”LTTE did it” and the world will accept […]

Major general send Prabhakaran’s white van with bogus number plate and his armed men?

24th July 2015 // 0 Comments

New defense secretary suppresses white Van cri (Lanka-e-News- 21.July.2015, 11.30PM) Major general Prasanna De Silva who carried out the murder contracts of brutal corrupt coward Gotabaya  Rajapakse during the Rajapkse regime , and who was a criminal stooge of theirs , has got trapped with Prabhakaran’s white Van to the Mirihana police when trying to repeat the same conspiracies and criminal activities during the run up to the upcoming  elections ,in much the same way as he did  during the Rajapakse era. This white van that sped away yesterday night unheeding police orders, turning in all directions to avoid the police was finally stopped by the police that gave chase. When the  police inspected  the vehicle they were  shocked to see three armed men inside […]

White Van story by the Rajapaksas to gain political mileage with an election ahead

24th July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Harischandra Gunaratna Cabinet spokesman and Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said that Maj General Prasanna Silva, who was being accused by Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, of planning to assassinate them was a close confidant of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and he was the most feared officer in the Sri Lanka Army according to LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran. Senaratne said: “Maj. Gen. Silva is a war hero and he will not stoop to the level of planning the assassination of a former President and his former boss. It was a concocted story by the Rajapaksas to gain political mileage with an election ahead and dismissed the allegation as baseless.” Two soldiers and a driver working under the senior Military officer were […]

Gota blows hot and cold – Mirihana white van saga

24th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Where and why did Gotabaya’s bootlicking lackey Major … Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday said he was only quoting the government when he said the white van found in Mirihana belonged to the LTTE. “I am only quoting the official statement of the government. How else would I know?  And I live in that area, they should be more careful,” said Rajapaksa. On Monday (20) night three soldiers, one of whom had a pistol, were arrested by the Mirihana Police while travelling in a white van. Minister Home Affairs, Joseph Michael Perera on Wednesday (22) stated that the white van in question was one of the many unregistered LTTE vans. The Army however denied this statement and said it was a vehicle registered under […]

Gotha misusing Mirihana incident: ‘Api Ranaviruwo’

24th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Gotha will drive these war heroes towards the guillotine An organization calling itself ‘Api Ranaviruwo’ yesterday that the recent incident involving the arrest of three army soldiers in Mirihana was been used by some politicians to gain a political advantage in the run up to the polls. Speaking at a media briefing that was organised by several retired senior officers of the forces, Colonel (Retd) Jayavi Fernando of ‘Api Ranaviruwo’ said that the unwarranted remarks made by some politicians had caused much frustration among the members of the army.“Statements of this nature should not have been made in this manner to ridicule the war heroes, Major General Prasanna Silva had done a yeoman service to the country during the war. He was among those summoned […]

In Trincomalee One seat to a Muslim candidate – Sampanthan

24th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader, the leading candidate from the Trincomalee District R. Sampanthan, declared that if the TNA captures three seats in the Trincomalee electoral district one seat would be allocated to a Muslim. He further stated, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) was formed by its late leader to ensure political stability of Muslim people in the East and not to beg for ministerial posts and concessions from the main national political parties. Today the SLMC leader is contesting in Kandy electorate and not in the North and Eastern Provinces. Muslims would not get anything from the government by joining them. The political future of the Muslim community in the North and East Provinces solely lies in the provincial government, Sampanthan stated. “Muslims from […]

The UPFA is harping on a warped record UNP speaks the people’s lingo

24th July 2015 // 0 Comments

BY W. K. PRASAD MANJU United National Party (UNP) Gampaha District candidate Harshana Rajakaruna in a brief chat with Ceylon Today says that Media personnel were attacked and taken away in white vans during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. “Media institutions were destroyed. We are fearful of another administration led by Mahinda Rajapaksa being given the reins again, for one family ruling the country, using State property as though their personal booty and isolating Sri Lanka from the international community.” Here are some excerpts: ?Leaders of the Alliance are saying that the UNP has gotten scared after seeing the huge crowd that attended the inaugural rally of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), in Anuradhapura? A: There are no two words about that. We are scared […]

Our Struggle Will Continue Until There Is Justice To Tamils

23rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Visvanathan Rudrakumaran – Signature Campaign Surpasses a Million! Campaign marches forward to September session of UNHRC! It has been a heartening moment for World Tamils to see that the Million Signature Campaign launched by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) calling for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) has reached its goal. This Campaign has played a significant role in internationalizing the Tamil struggle for Justice and in galvanizing Tamils around the world and their international civil society counterparts on the path to justice. With a strong sense of solidarity, we grasp the hands of all who participated in this campaign and all those who worked hard to make this Campaign such a resounding success. An impressive 1.2 […]

Bring Back Mahinda, Bring Back Lawlessness

23rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Helasingha Bandara – Bring back Mahinda The bring back Mahinda campaign cries out loud that they will bring back Mahinda as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka but fails to explain why and how. The speakers who flank MR are Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Tissa Vitharane, and Udaya Gammanpila, the leaders of the insignificant constituent parties of the UPFA, the same coterie that stood by Mahinda at the previous election. The previous election results do not seem to have made them learn that the voters have advanced in their understanding of politics, far beyond the comprehension of those politicians. The voters today attend rallies not wishing to listen to insults aimed at opponents, speeches that lack substance, promises that have been repeatedly kept unfulfilled, […]

Rajapaksa treads a different path

23rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

The way Rajapaksa got tickets for himself and his supporters has shown who the “boss” is in the SLFP History is not kind to those who seek a second innings in electoral politics after defeat. Neither Winston Churchill, as the U.K.’s Prime Minister in the early 1950s, nor Indira Gandhi, as India’s Prime Minister in the 1980s, had a glorious second spell. Yet, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has decided to contest in the next month’s Parliamentary elections, is making a determined bid to succeed where the other two leaders could not. In Sri Lanka, none of his predecessors contested in the Parliamentary elections and returned to Parliament, after completing their terms as President. If Mr. Rajapaksa succeeds, he can claim to have […]

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