July 2015

Do not be tricked by main political parties – TNA

23rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

BY S. Gurunathan Tamil candidates contesting from national political parties in the Tamil electoral districts are being used by the so called national leaders as vote collecting machines for their parties, said K. Karunakaram, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) candidate contesting in the Batticaloa electorate district addressing a meeting at Mahiloormunai in Batticaloa town. He further stated that according to the ethnic ratio and voter strength in the district over 74 per cent are Tamils. But the main party the UNP had included four Tamil candidates and four Muslim candidates in their list with a Muslim as the leading candidate. Their idea is to use the Tamil votes and to win the election with the support of Tamil voters. Tamil voters should not give into the […]

Mahinda could win a seat to enter Parliament in the 17 August poll, but his chances of winning the premiership remain slim.

23rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s blind soothsayer, Indika Thotawatte, has struck again Unaccustomed to running election campaigns without State power, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa finds himself in an awkward position The boy-like astrologer rose to fame country-wide after he accurately predicted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s electoral defeat in January. Astrologers being a threatened species during the Rajapaksa years, every other soothsayer on a show aired on a private television channel before the January presidential poll predicted a narrow win for Rajapaksa. Thotawatte disagreed. The victory of Maithripala Sirisena on 8 January, the blind fortune-teller said, was a foregone conclusion. In an interview with a State-owned newspaper last weekend, Thotawatte revealed that Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the country’s former Defence Secretary and arguably the most powerful official in the previous administration, […]

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

22nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Where and why did Gotabaya’s bootlicking lackey Major general send Prabhakaran’s white van with bogus number plate and his armed men? (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 […]

White Van culture would return if Mahinda Rajapaksa were re-elected to parliament

22nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Most of those who have been given UPFA (Mahinda) nominations have been summoned by the FCID or the Bribery Commission. In an unexpected turn of events former Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva said he would launch a separate campaign in support of the Ranil Wickremesinghe-led United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG).  He told Daily Mirror that he would never betray the SLFP and pledged his support for President Maithripala Sirisena. The former minister demanded to know from the UPFA why it had refused to nominate him for the general election. “Most of those who have been given nominations have been summoned by the FCID or the Bribery Commission. I don’t have any such charge against me,” he said.   Mr. Silva said the country […]

UK police to recruit Sinhalese speaking officers

22nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

British police are looking to recruit Sinhalese speaking policemen as part of a recruitment drive in the hope of finding more bilingual officers. The Metropolitan Police hopes to increase the number officers able to speak and understand 14 of the languages used across London. A recruitment update on the Metropolitan Police’s careers website states: “Whilst our police officers are able to effectively carry out their duties without the ability to speak a second language, a police constable with this skill is an asset in helping both themselves and their colleagues to more effectively engage with the community and deal with everyday policing situations. “Unless you meet our eligibility criteria, you are unable to submit an application to become a police officer at this stage.” Those […]

The revolver they had with them was owned by former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

22nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

The mystery of the white van with three army personnel on board taken into custody on Tuesday deepened further after a government minister today revealed that it had earlier belonged to the LTTE.UNFGG Gampaha District Candidate and Minister Joseph Michael Perera who revealed more details at a news briefing said the white van had been acquired by the Army later.He said this incident is an achievement of the people and is a step in the direction of revealing more details of the level of crime that had prevailed in Sri Lanka. “For the first time three army personnel have been arrested and the white van they were travelling in taken into custody was a victory for peace-loving people and will help uncover the criminal activities […]

“I can defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa”

22nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

“People in Kurunegala have already rejected Mahinda Rajapaksa. They will not vote for a once-defeated politician who is accused of corruption and malpractice,” said Akila Viraj Kariyawasam Minister of Education and United National Party Group Leader of Kurunegala District. Kariyawasam is confident of defeating Rajapaksa and securing all 14 seats in Kurunegala. “I will defeat Rajapaksa. He is not a challenge. He has been parachuted to Kurunegala. He has no link to this district. He needs to go back to Medamulana.” Following are excerpts of an interview with the Daily FT: Minister of Education and UNP Kurunegala District Group Leader Akila Viraj Kariyawasam Q: How challenging is to compete with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa? A: There is no challenge at all. Rajapaksa is in a disastrous […]

There were many who were corrupt in Mahinda Government says Gotha.

22nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

  There were many who were corrupt in the former president’s government which resulted in his defeat earlier this year, said the former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Addressing a crowd in Colombo, at the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentary election candidate Udaya Gammanpila’s campaign launch yesterday (21) he said, “The former president has a better set of people who will assist him in his campaign. We will correct our mistakes and send decent educated people to represent us in Parliament.” He also made reference to the white van incident which took place in Mirihana the previous night. “Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and I both live in Mirihana. We were at risk. The government accused us of promoting the white van culture. ” he claimed. He […]

”The political campaigns of most (Mahinda) candidates were funded by drug lords” TULF candidate Kindelpitiya drops bombshell

22nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

This Is Why Drugs and Ethanol was famous wh 25 MPs involved in drug rackets. – Info Sri Lanka News … UNP candidates free of drug related offences – News Radio Refusing nominations to a few won’t eradicate drugs: Geetha MR put aside Maha Sanga and brought in movement of … Drugs deliberately introduced to quell desire for liberation of … By Harischandra Gunaratna Western Provincial Councillor and TULF Colombo District candidate at the forthcoming general election, Susil Kindelpiitya yesterday told “The Island” that drug abuse had reached an alarming proportion in the country and in Kolonnawa alone there were 7,000 drug addicts. Kindelpitiya said it was not a new phenomenon as certain elements attempt to portray, but large scale drug trafficking proliferated in the […]

Why they were denied nominations…

22nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Why they were denied nominations… With only a few weeks remaining until the general election, Ceylon Today interviewed several individuals who were once high up on the political totem pole, and now – according to what they say – to the disappointment of their supporters, have been thrown down from it. Nominations to contest the 17 August General Election were denied to several prominent individuals in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United People’s Freedom Alliance, who were constantly in the limelight, due to various reasons. The General Secretary of the SLFP has not given a reason for denying them either nominations or a spot on the UPFA National List, other than stating that it was the party’s final decision. Former MPs Mervyn Silva, […]

End communal politics – Hameed

22nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Rishard Bathiudeen will field candidates in seven districts on the UNP while contesting under its own symbol in the Ampara District, ACMC general Secretary, Y.L.S. Hameed said. The ACMC will collaborate with the UNP in Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Wanni, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala and Puttalam Districts, he added. “A total of 25 candidates will contest from the ACMC. The highest number 10 will be in Ampara,”Hameed said. The ACMC has been working for the welfare of the Muslims whose political issues have been relegated to the political backburner for long, particularly with regard to resettlement needs and livelihood support, he said. The ACMC Secretary General also noted that the entry of BBS into mainstream politics will prove a challenge to […]

“We do not feel safe with Mahinda” Muslim resident from Beruwala

22nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Udara Soysa – This election will be recorded in the history of Sri Lankan politics as an election that was largely fair and balanced in its overall conduct. Can former President Mahinda Rajapaksa make a comeback in the presentpolitical landscape? Mahinda Rajapaksa enters this election without his previous unlimited state resources. He does not have state media or any other state resources in his disposition. In fact, state media has become very critical for the former President as it has become relatively partial towards the United National Party (UNP) campaign. This will be a major setback for the former President. The UNP had been embroiled in an internal conflict from early 2006. Victory in the 2015 presidential election effectively united the party as Prime […]

Switzerland sees big jump in asylum seekers

21st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Almost 12,000 applications for asylum were lodged in Switzerland in the first six months of 2015 with Eritreans accounting for more than half. Mediterranean migrant count surges to 150,000 (10 Jul 15) Ticino threatens closing Italy border to refugees (22 Jun 15) Swiss back shared migrant responsibility (06 May 15)  The latest statistics from the State Secretariat for Migration SEM show 11,873 applications between January and the end of June – up 16 per cent on the same period last year. More people requested asylum in the second quarter than the first, with June registering a bumper 3,805 applications. The SEM said the increase in the second quarter was mainly down to the higher number of Eritreans arriving from southern Italy. Weather conditions also played […]

Rajapaksa deciding to ‘flee’ Habmantota not surprising – UNP

21st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Former Minister of State for Fisheries, Dilip Wedaarachchi, says that it is not surprising that Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to flee from Hambantota because he failed to provide the much needed water supply scheme, a programme to develop agriculture and improve the livestock industry in his hometown district. Former President Rajapaksa had stated at a meeting held in Mawathagama recently that he decided to contest Parliamentary elections from Kurunegala District because the most number of his trusted temples, loyal soldiers and affectionate Members of Parliament are in Kurunegala District. “This is a grave insult on the people of Giruwapaththuwa who ushered in the Rajapaksa generation and Mahinda Rajapaksa to politics.” “Furthermore, it is a slur on the sacred temples and much respected Venerable Maha Sangha of […]

MAHINDA misleads people by telling lies

21st July 2015 // 0 Comments

BY SHAAHIDAH RIZA Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who nurtured the LTTE in the latter stages of the war, has the audacity to accuse the UNP Government of doing the same, said the deputy leader of the UNP, and Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Sajith Premadasa. Addressing a crowd at Agunukolapelessa, Hambantota at a campaign meeting, he also said all the subsequent governments since the inception of the LTTE terrorism have done their utmost to contain their brutal activities. “The former President accused the UNP of nurturing the LTTE. He has forgotten that even my father and many other prominent leaders of the country were killed in the most brutal fashion by the LTTE. During the past 20 years, a large part of public funds and […]

No proof China backing MR at polls says Mangala

21st July 2015 // 0 Comments

The Government says there is no proof to back claims that China is supporting the election campaign of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, responding to a question posed by theColombo Gazette on a live chat over the Facebook page of the BBC Sinhala service, said that he was aware of unconfirmed reports that the Chinese government is funding Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign. “None of these allegations have been substantiated. And I don’t believe that the Chinese government will stoop to those levels,” the Foreign Minister said. Rajapaksa is contesting the August 17 Parliament election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and is being backed by the party to be the next Prime Minister. During his term as President, Rajapaksa was known to have […]

Investigations on former Government not suspended

21st July 2015 // 0 Comments

The Government says investigations into allegations of corruption and fraud by the former Government are continuing. State Minister of Power and Energy Palitha Range Bandara said that the allegations into some members of the former regime are being closely looked into. He said that more and more information has been unearthed with regards to the alleged large scale fraud committed by the former Government. However Range Bandara said that the law will be strictly followed and the current Government will not take arbitrary decisions like the former Government did when it acted on former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike or former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. Bandaranaike was impeached by a Parliament Select Committee while Fonseka was imprisoned after being found guilty of allegations raised against him. Both rulings were […]

MR misleads people by telling lies

21st July 2015 // 0 Comments

MR misleads people by telling lies BY SHAAHIDAH RIZA Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who nurtured the LTTE in the latter stages of the war, has the audacity to accuse the UNP Government of doing the same, said the deputy leader of the UNP, and Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Sajith Premadasa. Addressing a crowd at Agunukolapelessa, Hambantota at a campaign meeting, he also said all the subsequent governments since the inception of the LTTE terrorism have done their utmost to contain their brutal activities. “The former President accused the UNP of nurturing the LTTE. He has forgotten that even my father and many other prominent leaders of the country were killed in the most brutal fashion by the LTTE. During the past 20 years, a […]

Champika: MR should have stayed at home without troubling Maithri

21st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka on Sunday said that those who had left the former government to usher in good governance had proved that they were not power hungry. “It was for the sake of democracy we gave up our ministerial positions when we left the Rajapaksa regime to support the campaign of Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. We knew that the leaders who were in the pockets of drug dealers were not capable of ensuring a bright future for our children,” the minister said, addressing an election rally in Homagama. “Some people ask us today what we did to become eligible to seek a mandate again. We sent home a leader responsible for creating an immoral society. We banned toxic chemicals causing chronic […]

Wants Rajiva to resign from UPFA National List and stop his Double act

21st July 2015 // 0 Comments

Liberal Party breaks silence; no MoU with UPFA Wants Rajiva to resign from UPFA National List Liberal Party Secretary General Kamal Nissanka issuing a press release states that the party has not signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). He further states that though the party supported the Common Candidate at the last Presidential Election, with a resurgence of forces representing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa entering politics through the UPFA, the party was divided in its opinion and was in a dilemma as to choose what sort of a political line to be followed. The release adds: “The Party notes that one of their national committee members in the absence of a MOU has attempted and succeeded in placing […]

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