16th July 2015

UK notes improvements but has concerns

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The human rights situation in Sri Lanka improved during the first half of 2015, although some concerns remain, a British Foreign Office report said. The Foreign Office report on human rights said that following the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in January and the appointment of a new government, Sri Lanka took a number of positive steps to address human rights and democracy concerns, including establishing new institutions and undertaking legal reforms. Freedom of expression improved, with exiled journalists invited to return to the country and a number of banned websites unblocked. The democratic space has opened up with travel bans on foreign nationals visiting the north lifted, and the NGO Secretariat moved from the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Policy Planning and […]

There is no support to either the UPFA or MAHINDA

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It’s official, there is no support to either the UPFA or its former leader and the country’s immediately preceding President by the island’s incumbent President. President Maithripala Sirisena who’s also the present Leader of the UPFA coalition and its main constituent party the SLFP, addressing the nation on Tuesday said that he was against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the immediately preceding leader of the UPFA and SLFP, from contesting the 17 August 2015 general election. He however, had ultimately wilted under pressure exerted by a section of his coalition members to accommodate Rajapaksa. (See yesterday’s Ceylon Today) It was only six months ago, in a “home and home” battle, somewhat akin to the “Guttila-Musila Jathaka Katha” in Buddhist scriptures, Sirisena, with the support of the UNP […]

MR should be defeated :JVP

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The government of the SLFP and UNP headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had failed to take effective steps to put an end to ‘Rajapaksa political culture’, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the defeated Rajapaksa politics had been revived, while the new government was focused on achieving their narrow political gains. “They should have wiped out the Rajapaksa politics, when he began the revival, with spreading racism. If this need was accomplished earlier, President Sirisena would not have been pushed into the present political chaos,” he told a news conference. He said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not allow anyone to succeed him and converted the SLFP into a ‘Rajapaksa party’. “After the […]

Many scandals under Rajapaksa regime will be exposed soon

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By Akitha Perera The lid would be blown off many of the former government’s illegal operations within the next three months, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. Addressing a UNP rally in Bulathsinhala, the Prime Minister asked why the supporters of Rajapaksa regime were scared of facing investigations and proving their innocence if they had nothing to hide. The Prime Minister said: “Some of the UPFA candidates have a history of snatching gold chains for a living. We will put an end to the sordid practice of nominating chain snatchers and other such elements to contest elections. When we came to power there were 85 vacancies in the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC). We took immediate action to fill them. Hands […]

Transcript: Read Full Text Of President Maithripala Sirisena’s Speech On Current Political Situation

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The Special Statement of the President Maithripala Sirisena
 on the Current Political Situation 
14-07-2015 at the President’s Office; This is the first time I am making a statement to the media since 21st of November. My main objective today is to make a clarification as to the prevailing political situation in the country. However, in order to do that, I believe it’s pertinent to draw your attention to the election manifesto which paved the path for me to be appointed as the President of this country on the 8th of January. The democratic revolution that occurred on the 8th of January became a reality within a short spell of 42 days between my leaving the then-government in November last year. It is within this short period […]

A Million People & Counting Want Sri Lanka Referred To The ICC

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Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Today we have more than a million people (and counting) wanting Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). That means a million people have now spoken with one voice – a fact that should undoubtedly persuade the UN and members of the Security Council to act decisively – both of whom, according the UN Internal Review Panel’s findings during the final months of the war in Sri Lanka, “failed” Tamil Civilians.[1] In a major blow to Sri Lanka – both to the current Sirisena and previous Rajapaksa regimes who continue to evade accountability and independent scrutiny at all costs, having been steeped in a culture of impunity and what observers […]

We will not join an alliance now – Suresh Premachandran

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We will not join an alliance now – Suresh Premachandran ? There have been rumours that the TNA would join the UNP alliance –The United National Front for Good Governance? A. No. We are actually waiting until the election is over to decide. We will not form an alliance with any political party. After the election we will discuss with the party that comes into power. At the last election we joined the alliance of President Maithripala Sirisena but now I am not sure what has happened to him with him giving Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations. ? Do you think the TNA will have competition in the North and East at the election? A. There is no competition. The TNA will sweep all the districts. We […]

Path Opens for Corrupt Ex-President Mahinda of Sri Lanka to Make Comeback

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Former President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka, who was defeated in January, now has a chance to make a major political comeback after his successor cleared the way for him to run for a seat in Parliament in elections scheduled for Aug. 17. President Maithripala Sirisena said this week that he did not have the power to block Mr. Rajapakse’s run for Parliament, because the alliance of parties he leads is still dominated by people loyal to the former president. But Mr. Sirisena has come under fire from some of his former supporters. “We never thought he would consent to bring the corrupt Rajapakse regime back to power after we defeated him,” said Saman Ratnapriya, a trade union activist whose collective […]

Villages were not developed under SLFP- Mahanayake

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The Malwatte Chapter Mahanayake, the Most Venerable Thibbatuwave Siddartha Sri Sumangala Thera told Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga that, though the Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) led governments had ruled the country for the last 20 years, no proper development had trickled down to the villages. The Mahanayake Thera said the people of Hambantota had pressing needs besides a port and an airport. He said that as a result the people virtually took to the streets to unseat the last government . He said, “Whenever the SLFP contested in alliance with other parties forgetting its hand symbol, the party’s founding policies and principles were compromised over the wishes of others. Therefore, an SLFP-led alliance could not meet the aspirations of the people. The SLFP could […]

What are Rajapaksa’s chances of getting elected?

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How a Rajapaksa comeback would shake up Sri Lankan politics Sri Lanka’s wartime president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is set to contest in the August parliamentary election. But how would the return of the long-time leader impact the nation’s politics? DW spoke to analyst Alan Keenan. A coalition – formally headed by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena – has nominated Rajapaksa to run in the upcoming parliamentary polls, due on August 17. The 69-year-old, considered a war hero by the country’s majority Sinhalese for ending a three-decade civil war in 2009, will stand in the South Asian nation’s third-largest electoral district, Kurunagala, where many voters have relatives in the military. The former president’s allies say he will stand for the post of prime minister. Should Rajapaksa win […]

Majority of people would trust is Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero – provided he is able to jettison his perceived racist baggage on the ethnic issue.

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By Amrit Muttukumaru – This analysis is written in good faith in the interest of the country and the United National Party. Its objective is to demonstrate that all the brouhaha and panic in the aftermath of the Mahinda Rajapaksa nomination is misplaced if only the UNP asserts itself to its potential. For this to materialize its response must be principled. The ‘old fox’ JRJ rightly castigated for foisting on us the monstrous executive presidency, had a lot going for him in some ways. He introduced proportional representation to shield the UNP when out of office with a critical mass of parliamentarians who would function as a powerful opposition. Obviously he did not bargain this will be ruined by the shortcomings of his protégé and kinsman […]

‘Mr Clean’ President Maithri Vs ‘Mr Fraud’ Mahinda

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President Maithripala Sirisena’s speech on Tuesday could not have come at a worse time for the SLFP with a general election only four weeks away. He, however, made no revelations. The President only reiterated the fact that he had opposed the UPFA’s decision to nominate his bete noire, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the loyalists of the latter to contest the August 17 election. That he has no intention of appointing Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister is only too well known. Denying the allegation that he had become a traitor to the good governance cause he sought to justify his efforts to scuttle Rajapaksa’s attempt to make a comeback. Having vented his spleen on Rajapaksa he promised to remain impartial at the upcoming election. Then […]

Prominence Should Be To Ethics And Morality

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Corrupt and immoral political ethic requires drastic change By Saliya Pieris The famous American Senator Daniel Webster, though a courageous politician, was notorious for accepting gifts and favours from different people, so much so that even on his death bed it is said that an old gentleman turned up to offer the household a large roll of dollar bills. In his book Profiles in Courage, John F Kennedy observed that it never occured to Webster that obtaining gifts and favours was unethical or wrong but that he thought that it was his due, for services rendered. Many of our modern day Sri Lankan politicians are not different from Webster, except that the magnitude of gifts and favours have just got bigger. Many modern day politicians, […]