2nd July 2015

Sri Lanka’s UPFA slams door on Mahinda

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s party today firmly rejected a bid by smaller allies to make his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa the coalition’s prime ministerial candidate. Former MP, Vasudeva Nanayakkara said talks among leaders of the United People’s Freedom Alliance ended in failure a short while ago as Sirisena did not favour a comeback by Rajapaksa. “Our talks this evening were a complete waste of our efforts,” Nanayakkara said. “We wanted to the UPFA to face the general election with Mahinda Rajapaksa  as our leader, but we failed to get that proposal approved.” Rajapaksa himself had hoped that he could be the UPFA prime ministerial candidate and had even asked close friends to arrange yesterday’s rally at his village of Medamulana to make an […]

Sri Lanka’s ruling party rejects invitation from ex-president

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Sri Lanka’s ruling party rejects invitation from ex-president COLOMBO, July 2 (Xinhua) – Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party (UNP) on Thursday rejected an invitation from former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to work with him at the upcoming parliamentary elections. Rajapakse had invited the UNP and other political parties to join him after he announced his candidacy for the August 17 Parliamentary Elections. However, UNP senior parliamentarian John Amaratunga told Xinhua that the UNP would not consider such a request and were confident of gaining a majority at the polls. “The vote base of the UNP will not change even if Rajapakse contests or not. We are confident we will continue with a majority in government,” Amaratunga said. Rajapakse on Tuesday announced that he […]

Imminent MAHINDA faction exit a blessing for SLFP

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Alluding to a certain split within the SLFP led UPFA, Minister Sarath Amunugama said the SLFP felt the situation came as a miserable pleasure because the gap created by the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction’s exit, could be filled with educated youth in the nomination lists at the upcoming Parliamentary elections.He said when Parliament was dissolved last Friday, the SLFP had 127 members in Parliament. The SLFP had initially decided to give nominations to all sitting SLFP MPs. Therefore, it would have been problematic for the party’s nomination board to accommodate all of them if the SLFP faction led by former President Rajapaksa remained with the SLFP led by President Sirisena. He said that young and educated youth, professionals and educated women have shown enormous enthusiasm to […]

SLMC to contest with UNP

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The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is planning to contest the general election with the United National Party ( UNP) , its leader Rauff Hakeem said today. Mr. Hakeem who was approached by a few journalists when he was coming out of UNP headquarters Sirikotha last afternoon said he was on his way after a meeting with UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his party had decided to sign an MOU with the UNP soon. The SLMC was originally planning to contest alone but Mr. Hakeem said the SLMC later decided that it was advantageous for the party to contest with the UNP. (Yohan Perera) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/78275/slmc-to-contest-with-unp#sthash.oKbxNkXx.dpuf

Rejected Mahinda ready to contest under another party

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa may look at contesting the parliamentary elections under another political party if President Maithripala Sirisena fails to nominate him as the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate. An opposition parliamentarian close to Rajapakse said on the grounds of anonymity that negotiations were still underway between the two groups loyal to Rajapakse and Sirisena in order to reach a settlement for Rajapakse to contest under the opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). However he said that if the negotiations fail, then the former president along with his supporters would be forced to contest under another party. “Still we have not finalized anything as negotiations are underway with senior UPFA members on behalf of President Sirisena. The President has already said that the will accommodate Mahinda Rajapakse in […]

Following stiff opposition from the SLFP, the President has now decided to fully reject nominations to Rajapaksa.

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President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to contest the upcoming Parliament elections. The decision paves the way for a major split in the UPFA which will see several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members joining Rajapaksa to contest the polls. The SLFP, which is part of the UPFA, and UPFA party leaders had key talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today. A decision was to be taken at the meeting with regards to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections. The President has said at the meeting that he, as chairman of the SLFP and UPFA, will not give nominations to Rajapaksa. Earlier Sirisena had agreed to […]

TULF seeks to form Tamil common front

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]