3rd July 2015

300 Ex-LTTErs to contest GE

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Ceylontoday, 2015-07-03 02:03:00 Read 145 Times 300 Ex-LTTErs to contest GE By Ananth Palakidnar A group of former members of the now defunct LTTE’s political wing is exploring the possibility of contesting the upcoming general election. They are expected to hold a special meeting in Jaffna today (3) to discuss their entry into mainstream politics. Former Uthayan Editor N. Vithyatharan, who had been closely associated with the late LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham, told Ceylon Today that the former cadres of the LTTE’s political wing had expressed their intention of entering the political mainstream at the forthcoming general election.   “I have been coordinating with the ex LTTE cadres. All of them have been rehabilitated after they surrendered to the Security Forces at the end of the […]

UNP warns not to “rouse” the elephant

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Dismisses Rajapaksa’s re-entry as “Medamulana drama”     Says ready for rest of good governance battle Condemns election violence that claimed life of one supporter Wants free and fair polls, over 16,000 applicants seek nominations UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim at yesterday’s briefing – Pic by Ishanka Sunimal By Uditha Jayasinghe A confident United National Party (UNP) yesterday pledged to continue its battle to regain good governance in the country and warned its political opponents not to “rouse the elephant” in what is shaping up to be a close election battle. UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and stalwart Lakshman Kiriella kicking off the post-Rajapaksa announcement battle of words insisted the UNP together with its supporters would complete the battle begun with President Sirisena under the swan symbol in […]

President orders reinstatement of Wickramabahu with back wages from 1982

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By Jayasuriya Udukumbura President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to reinstate leader of the NSSP Dr Wickramabahu Karunaratne in his previous position of senior lecturer of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at the University of Peradeniya with back wages from 1982. Dr. Karaunaratne, addressing a press conference, at the NSSP office in Colombo yesterday said that he had been sacked from the university for fighting against the executive presidency by former President J. R. Jayewardene in 1978. Following an appeal he had been reinstated but was removed again in 1982 when he fought against holding of a presidential election. He said that he had been forwarding appeals to be reinstated since then. “In 2001, the then Minister of Higher Education Dr Sarath Amunugama gave a directive […]

TNA mulls over contesting outside N-E

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TNA mulls over contesting outside N-E The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is considering contesting the forthcoming general election outside the North and East.TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathiraja addressing a press conference at the Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) office in Jaffna on Wednesday said the suggestions have been made to the TNA to contest outside the North and East. “The suggestions will be taken into consideration and the TNA will make its decision after consulting the key political figures such as the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Leader Mano Ganesan in Colombo. Since the DPF maintains good relations with the TNA, the possibilities of contesting in the Colombo and the Gampaha Districts will be discussed extensively with the DPF and other progressive political outfits,” Senathiraja said. […]

We’ve incriminating info about 25 MPs of last parliament

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‘We’ve incriminating info about 25 MPs of last parliament’ Dangerous Drugs Control Board to deprive narcotic suspects of nominations ‘Of 225 members, 95 have failed  GCE O/L and 145 GCE A/L’ by Shamindra Ferdinando The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board yesterday urged all political parties contesting the Aug. 17 general election to clear all nominations lists with it before being submitted to the Election Secretariat. The 10-day nomination period commences on July 6. The NDDCB head Dr. Chamira Nilanga Samarasingha yesterday told The Island that letters had been delivered to general secretaries of all registered political parties seeking their co-operation. The official said that once political parties had shared proposed nomination lists with the NDDCB, they would be able to brief them as regards those whose names had transpired […]

The new president may have outwitted his old rival, but their fight is far from over

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UNTIL this year Mahinda Rajapaksa had seemed invincible: a war-winning president who had changed the constitution to give himself the right to stand for unlimited terms. Then in January, to almost universal surprise, he was beaten at the polls by a renegade member of his own party. It was a stunning defeat for Mr Rajapaksa, who was expected to take it as his cue to retire. Instead, in the six months since Maithripala Sirisena took office as president, Mr Rajapaksa has emerged as his principal headache. On Wednesday he blossomed into a throbbing migraine. With an elaborately staged appearance broadcast from his hometown, Mr Rajapaksa (pictured above) declared his intention to re-enter politics. He says he will lead his loyalists in a snap general election called […]