5th July 2015

“Our” War Heroes Of Mirusuvil & The Tamil Terrorists

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By V. Kanthaiya – Warning & Disclaimer: This article may cause increased blood pressure, increased adrenaline rush, and tooth grinding and tantalization to type in filth in the comment section, to those who identify themselves based on their ethnicity and not as an individual. They are kindly advised not to proceed below this line. It was in 1991. I don’t remember the month or the day. I was just 5 years old then. In the morning about 7.00 am, shells started to land in our village from the Palali Military Base, with the distant gun fire sound. It was a routine pre-emptive attack by the Sri Lanka army. My mother was going to uncle’s home, just to check whether they were moving away. Their home […]

‘Do not betray minorities’

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By Ananth Palakidnar The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said, the government of President Maithripala Sirisena should not betray the minorities who brought him to power, by granting nomination to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. TNA spokesman Suresh Premachandran said the TNA was confused about the decision by the UPFA to grant nomination to Mahinda Rajapaksa. “More than anybody, President Sirisena criticized the entire Rajapaksa clan as corrupt. He also said that he was elected the President to free the country from the grip of the Rajapaksa regime and to create good governance. It was not only President Sirisena, the whole country, irrespective of race, religion and region, especially the Tamils and Muslims, played a key role in electing President Sirisena with the expectation of creating good […]

TNA faces dispute over nominations

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and its coalition partners are locked in a dispute over nominations for smaller parties in the alliance, party sources said. The dispute arose after smaller parties asked that at least two members from each smaller party be given nominations in the Northern and eastern Provinces. These parties include the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF-Suresh wing) and the Democratic People’s Liberation Front which is the political wing of the PLOTE. The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), the main party of the alliance, is to nominate four prominent members for each district in the two provinces, thereby minimising chances for the election of members from smaller parties, the sources said. TNA Leader R. Sampanthan said they would […]

Azath Salley to contest Parliament polls

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Muslim Tamil National Alliance (MTNA) leader Azath Salley says he will be contesting the Parliament elections from the Kandy District. Speaking to reporters in Kandy today after meeting the Chief Prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwattu chapters, Salley said that he will contest the election either with the UNP or as an independent candidate. Salley said that the people of Kandy have requested him to contest the election from Kandy and represent the people of Kandy in Parliament. He also said that at talks held with UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe he was told that the UNP had proposed that only two Muslims contest in Kandy on behalf of the UNP. Salley said that the UNP had in the past fielded more Muslim candidates from Kandy but […]

Gotabaya to enter parliament through the National List?

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabya Rajapaksa said the recent news that he is about to contest at the forthcoming General Election is a hoax. “This has nothing to do with my citizenship issue,” he said, adding that however he has already taken measures to cancel his dual citizenship. “I’ve already handed over the relevant documents to the US embassy, in this regard” he said.   He told Ada Derana that he has no intention to contest at the election and enter the parliament. “There is no need to get elected as a parliamentarian to serve the country,” he added. Earlier, the former Defence Secretary also dismissed media reports that he would enter parliament through the National List and be a minister in the Rajapaksa government. Gotabaya […]

Arjuna Ranatunga Initiates Discussions With UNP

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Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga has initiated negotiations with the United National Party and other parties on contesting the election from a front against Mahinda Rajapaksa.    Ranatunga, a strong critic of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, was elected to parliament in 2010 from the Democratic National Alliance. Following the election of Maithripala Sirisena as President, he was appointed SLFP Chief Organizer in Attanagalla, the traditional stronghold of the Bandaranaike family. He continuously opposed giving nomination to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the UPFA.   Once the UPFA decision to grant Rajapaksa nomination became apparent, Ranatunga initiated negotiations on possible alternatives.   Ranatunga was among over thirty prominent SLFP members who had earlier threatened to walk out of the party if Rajapaksa was given […]

Mahinda team accused of severe corruption and brutal authoritarianism.

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STANDING UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT (for them not the Country) We, Sri Lankans, love to show off our country as the ‘Light of Asia’, the Dhamma Dveepa, the ‘Thrice Blessed Isle’, the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ and sundry other self-laudatory epithets. Amid all this syrupy self-labelling, we also had to face up to labels applied by others – labels quite denigratory. After the 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom, for example, we became known the ‘tear drop’ in the Indian Ocean. A little earlier we became known as the country with a Constitution that was (is) like a periodical journal with constantly changing content. More recently, we became known as a country suspected of genocide, or, at least, a brutal, counter-insurgency massacre. On January 8, 2015, […]

Fraud, waste, malpractices – Mahinda and top officials should be held responsible!

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by Uditha Kumarasinghe S. B. Dissanayake (Pic. File photo) Senior politician S. B. Dissanayake’s chequered political career is dotted with success and failure. Endowed with the unique talent of being able to wriggle out of temporary setbacks, he has made his place in politics secure. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, the Minister of Rural Economic Affairs called for a clear majority for the SLFP-led UPFA coalition at the upcoming General Election to form a stable Government under President Maithripala Sirisena. Excerpts: Q: What is the exact situation regarding SLFP nomination for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa? Will he be the UPFA prime ministerial candidate? A: President Sirisena, at a UPFA party leaders meeting on Thursday (2) agreed to accommodate former President Rajapaksa on the […]

Sinhala Buddhist vote

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With the battle lines at this juncture drawn between Sri Lanka’s two main parties, namely the SLFP-led UPFA and the UNP, where both parties derive their strength from Sri Lanka’s overwhelmingly strong 75% Sinhala majority, it was the UPFA which won the majority of the electorates at the 8 January 2015 presidential poll, data published in this newspaper’s 10 January 2015 edition showed. The leader of the UPFA then was Mahinda Rajapaksa, defeated by Maithripala Sirisena at that poll. Though Sirisena, the new SLFP-UPFA Leader won the presidential election, of the 160 electorates captured as per that edition of this newspaper, Rajapaksa won 94 of those electorates, as opposed to Sirisena’s 66, giving the former a clear majority, electorally. Yesterday, the lead story of this […]

MR’s Polls Campaign Team Owes Millions

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By Waruni Karunarathne The Mahinda Rajapaksa campaign team has overdue payments for several public institutions for the election campaign carried out during the last Presidential election. Sources from the Sri Lanka Transport Board and the Rupavahini Corperation said that the Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidential election campaign used the services of the state institutions but has failed to settle the overdue bills. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, General Secretary of the All Ceylon Transport Workers Union (ACTWU) Sepala Liyanage said that Rajapaksa’s presidential campaign used SLTB buses for the presidential election campaign but has not yet paid the overdue amount of Rs. 140 million. According to him, the SLTB has lodged a complaint with the Bribery and Corruption Division regarding this matter and the investigations are pending. […]

Mahinda And His Crooks!

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MR And His Men! » A group of former parliamentarians have gathered around former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to support his candidature at the next general election. Interestingly, most of the prominent pro-Rajapaksa members are accused with various allegations of fraud and corruption. While some of the members are under investigation… Read More » Could It Be Lust For Power? » Trying To Hold On To Power Following Defeat After Two Terms In Office By Easwaran Rutnam and Ashanthi Warunasuriya Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attempt to return to power and seek a third term in office, though not as President, has raised eyebrows both here and…  Read More » MR’s Aide Faces Money Laundering Charges » By Nirmala Kannangara CID files B report against Gamini Senarath […]

Interim Govt Failed To Meet Tamil Aspirations – — Sumanthiran

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Drawing The Battle   Line For The Hustings By Waruni Karunarathne As the politicians have fiercely entered their political campaigns ahead of the upcoming general election, some seem to have changed their stance merely based on party politics neglecting the interests of the country. After a series of internal discussions and plotting, everybody is determined to play the best trump with less in mind for people. While the two main political parties are targeting to form the next government in whichever way they possibly can, the minor parties are determined to secure more seats in parliament in order to gain more power. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, several political party members, including the UNP, SLFP, JVP and TNA expressed their views on the upcoming election and […]

Muslim alliance in the making

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In a new turn of events, within the political scenario, Muslim political leaders are contemplating on forming a new alliance to contest the general election. One of the main mediators in this effort told Ceylon Today that they had already discussed the matter with the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) of Minister Rishad Bathuideen. “We plan to discuss the matter with other Muslim politicians in the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. This will be something similar to the Tamil National Alliance. We have already received positive responses from many while some others have expressed their concern about the matter” he said. Explaining as to what led them to take such a decision, he noted that […]

No US visa for Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya

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Retired Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya, has reportedly not been granted a visa to visit the United States although his wife had been granted one in May this year. The visa applications had been sent to the US Embassy in May and the duo was scheduled to leave the country on a private visit on June 30,the Daily Mirror learns. However, the passport of the former CDS was still at the embassy and had not been returned as yet. Lt. Gen Jagath Jayasuriya took over as Commander of the Army after the end of the civil conflict and was thereafter appointed Chief of Defense Staff. He retired from the position a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, when contacted by Daily Mirror on the […]

UK Parliament’s APPG For Tamils Agrees A New Set Of Objectives

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A large number of MPs congressed together for the first AGM of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils(APPGfT )in the new Parliament, including Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers MP. The group agreed on a series of objective including promoting reconciliation through supporting the UN investigation into war crimes, and advocating for a publication of a full list of those who have disappeared. They also intend to campaign against the Sri Lankan Government’s ban on legitimate diaspora organisations and for the demilitarisation of Tamil areas. The APPGt’s Executive is made up of MPs from across the political divide (Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat) who will work together on these shared objectives James Berry, Conservative Member of Parliament for Kingston and Surbiton, was elected as the […]

UN Lacks Credibility: Tamil Civil Society

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“How could the UN system decide on supporting a domestic mechanism in abstraction when there has been no proposal or consultation about one?” ask civil society organisations from the North-East of Sri Lanka 15 civil society organisations from the North-East of Sri Lanka have yesterday written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; “As you are well aware the credibility of the UN in the eyes of the Tamil people remains very low. The withdrawal of the UN during the height of the war in 2008, the lack of action on the part of the UN in drawing the attention of the international community for abuses being committed by all parties to the conflict, as they were being committed during the war and the deferral […]