14th July 2015

Sinhala-only team by Mahinda

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ECONOMYNEXT – Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa who is opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance in Kurunegala has dropped minority Tamils and Muslims from his list of candidates to head a Sinhala-only team. The former leader was not present at the Kurunegala district secretariat to submit nomination forms leaving the menial task to his deputy and former energy minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa. Kurunegala, the third largest electoral district with a vote base of 1.26 million has a seven percent Muslim population. Political analysts see the total absence of minority candidates in the UPFA list as a sign that Rajapaksa will capitalise on his war credentials to corner votes in a district that would otherwise have no strong links to his family. In the district of Galle too, the […]

Estate workers demand drastic change

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BY Mirudhula Thambiah JVP-led All Ceylon Estate Workers’ Union (ACEWU) Leader Ramalingam Chandrasekaran said, it is time for the plantation community to remain vigilant to bring about a change in the estates through the upcoming General Elections. “Now the people of the plantations have united to struggle against injustice. Similarly, they should struggle to bring in a change in the plantations too,” he said. Following are excerpts: ?: Talks on the Plantation Collective Agreement has been dragging for the past four months. No salary increments have been offered so far. Are those trade unions cheating the plantation employees? A: The collective agreement already expired on 31 March. Therefore, a new collective agreement should be prepared and through which salaries of plantation employees should be increased. […]

Sinhala Buddhist vote

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Sinhala Buddhist vote 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 […]

Monks and murder suspects in Sri Lanka election (In Mahinda’S Group).

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ECONOMYNEXT – A host of Buddhist monks and murder suspects are among over 6,000 candidates seeking election to the 225-seat parliament where members enjoy perquisits, power and pensions. Among the venerable priests seeking an “honourable” title before their names is Galagodaaththe Gnanasara of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) which former president Mahinda Rajapaksa blames for his January 8 defeat. Former deputy minister Premalal Jayaratne who is in remand custody in connection with the killing of a supporter of President Maithripala Sirisena in the run up to the January election was given nominations, by err…Sirisena. Jayaratne had the green light from President Sirisena to sign his nomination papers while in remand custody. Another deputy minister of the former government, Sarana Gunawardena,  who is out on bail did […]

Reconciliation To Play A Key Role At Polls

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Maithri-Ranil government addressed some issues, but more to be done… By Easwaran Rutnam As the Government closes shop and prepares to face what is likely to be a hard fought battle at the Parliament election, the Tamils in the North will be looking back at the past six months to see what President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have done for them before deciding on their vote on August 17. The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition Government had promised to improve the lives of the people who had suffered in the North during a 30-year-war and even later. Reconciliation was the key word used at the election campaign ahead of the January 8th Presidential election in the attempt to gather the support of the Tamils in […]

JVP National List of Professionals & Intellectuals: UPFA National List of Criminals & Fraudsters

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Setting a new trend in the political stratosphere, the Janatha Vimukthi Permuna (JVP) yesterday presented a national list fully comprised of professionals, intellectuals and civil society representatives. None of the front-line members or the party’s ex-Parliamentarians had been given national list slots, unlike in the UNP and the UPFA. Among the national list members of the JVP are former Auditor General S.C. Mayadunne, Chrishmal Warnasuriya, Upul Kumarapperuma, Prof. A.J. Ruhunuhewa, Prof. Susiripala Manawadu, Prof. Kapila Perera and Prof. Piyadasa Ranasinghe. Cartoonist Winnie Hettigoda, Charles Dayananda, writer Anthony Jeewa, Sajeewa Chamikara, Manjula Samarasekera and Anurudhdha Jayasinghe. The UNP has given its Chairman Malik Samarawickrema a national list slot. Former Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya has also been included in the national list along with D.M. Swaminadhan, […]

Upcountry Tamils In Plantations: Politics A Void Situation?

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By Vijayanathan Loganathan – With the nomination saga ending mid-day 13 July both UPFA and UNP are widely covered by the media and political discourses drawing from the drama that unfolded during last few weeks. These ascendancies however have diminished the visibility of minor parties elsewhere in the country. There is attention paid to JVP as a third force covering much of its positions and speeches but seemingly less focus on plantations where there is sizable voters and once termed as a turning point in electoral politics. LateThondaman was often referred to as a ‘king maker’ in the national political front. All such importance diminished with electoral politics being somewhat polarized after 2005 with entry in to active politics by forces playing Sinhala Buddhist pronouncements. […]

Video: Several displaced politicians join UNFGG: JVP

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The newly formed United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) is made up of several politicians who were displaced in the wake of President Maithripala Sirisena deciding to nominate Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today.JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said those who opposed the United National Party (UNP) led government had withdrawn their objections before signing the Memorandum of Understanding for political benefits. He said some of them had put aside their party identities and their party symbol and the leadership because they would not have otherwise been in a position to contest the general election on their own steam. “They are not politically stable because people are aware how they ruined the country during the much hyped 100-day programme. Apart from […]

I will NOT back MAHINDA I am against him says President Maithri

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Sri Lankan voters urged to demand assets of parliamentary candidates EconomyNext – Sri Lankan voters should ask candidates at next month’s parliamentary polls to declare their assets and only vote for those with good education and experience and a national outlook, a minister said. “To get a job you need a real qualification and a character certificate from a referee who is of some social standing,” said Deputy Investment Promotions Minister Eran Wickremeratne………………..  read more  Demand for bribes deterred German investments in Sri Lanka: Eran EconomyNext – German investors like car manufacturer Volkswagen did not invest in Sri Lanka in the recent past because the ousted Rajapaksa regime demanded bribes and commissions to approve investments, a minister said. Foreign investors were now more keen to invest […]

Offense that Rajapaksa committed was turning a blind eye to the activities of his corrupt politicians including Mervyn Silva

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So far, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has failed to execute what it promised in the first place for the goodness of the Buddhism, Advisor to the Bhikku Voice Organization (Pevadi Handa Sanvidhanaya) Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero said. The observation was made at a press conference held at the Sri Abayaramaya Temple in Narahenpita on Tuesday (14). “For political gain, no political party ever used Buddhism as a tool. Apart from the JHU, there is no other political party that harmed the Buddhism this much” Nalaka Thero said. The Thero also went into say that the people of this country will have to make an ultimate decision to choose either Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe or former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the General Election. “There were a number of […]

Kurunegala will be MR’s Waterloo

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Kurunegala will be MR’s Waterloo Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, who leads the UNP’s Kurunegala district team, vowed to defeat former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in Kurunegala similar to that of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was considered invincible but was defeated at Waterloo. ……..READ ALL MR enters Guinness Book History has been repeated in a short space of eight months where a political alliance has once more been formed to try to make certain that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would stay defeated. (See yesterday’s Ceylon Today)…………… read all RW-MR battle Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken up UNP Leader and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s challenge by coming forward to contest the forthco… MR’s PM ambitions Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa after having been given nomination to contest the 17 […]

SLMC to give turbo boost to Ranil’s campaign

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By Shamindra Ferdinando The SLMC has refrained from fielding a Muslim candidate on the UNP nomination list for the Colombo electoral district in a bid to garner the support of the entire community to Premier and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at the August 17 parliamentary polls. An eight-day nominations period for the polls closed at noon yesterday. SLMC leader and Minister Rauff Hakeem said that his party would go flat out in Colombo during nearly five-week long campaign. Hakeem was responding to a query by The Island soon after Premier Wickremesinghe accommodated the Eksath Jathika Yahapalana Peramuna (formerly JHU) and a breakaway faction of the SLFP (Democratic National Movement) in UNP lists. Hakeem said that he would be among 10 candidates receiving UNP ticket from several districts, except Vanni and Batticaloa where the party […]

Government to build two Police Stations in Jaffna

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The Sri Lanka government is of the view that one of the steps to be taken for strengthening the civil administration after ending the conflicts of the war is widening the Police Stations and government offices.  Accordingly, the government plans to expedite the building of two Police Stations in the war ravaged Jaffna. The Cabinet of Ministers has  given approval to expeditiously build  Police Stations in Jaffna and Point Pedro by increasing the estimated expenditure for the Jaffna Police Stations from Rs. 294.8 Million to Rs. 484.1 Million and by increasing the estimated expenditure for the Point Pedro Police Stations from Rs. 119 Million to Rs. 176 Million.