19th July 2015

Gypsies Sunil Fears Mahinda Will Kill Him If Elected

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Sunil Perera the famous musician and leader of the band Gypsies said that he fears for his life if the Mahinda Rajapaksa led UPFA party wins the upcoming General Elections and comes back into power. The ‘bring back Mahinda movement” has only one objective ‘Paliganeema’ or ‘revenge’ said musician Sunil Perera in an interview with Swarnavahini, a local television station. The famous musician fearlessly went on a tirade against the former President Rajapaksa’s party members, even calling them thieves and murderers who are protected by a man who is greedy for power and who even made every attempt to continue to stay in power forever. He in fact praised the good work done by Anura Kumara Dissanayake and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna for factually exposing […]

TNA to push for permanent political solution

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will continue to push for a permanent political solution for the Tamils. TNA member Suresh Premachandran said that the TNA will be seeking support for two main issues during its election campaign. He said that a resolution for the Tamil issue is what the Tamils have been calling for, over a long period of time and that will be one of the key issues raised at the polls campaign. Resettling the war displaced, releasing Tamil political prisoners and providing answers over the hundreds missing during the war will also be focused on during the election campaign of the TNA. Asked if the TNA will work with other political parties and independent groups ahead of the polls, Premachandran said […]

169 million missing Treasury allocations for tsunami reconstruction in LTTE controlled areas in 2006

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The case filed in the Supreme Court by the police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) against former parliamentarian and RADA Chairman Tiran Alles and others will be taken up on July 22. In this case, the SIU sleuths are investigating the Rs. 169 million missing Treasury allocations for tsunami reconstruction in LTTE controlled areas in 2006. The SIU sleuths said the funds may have ended up in LTTE coffers with the connivance of a middleman. Four suspects including the then Finance and Administration Director of RADA Jayantha Dias Samarasinghe are still in remand in connection with the case and former RADA Chief Operations Officer Dr. Saliya Wickremasuriya was released on bail. The SIU sleuths had arrested six suspects but two were released on bail earlier. Among […]

If’s and But’s of ”Back to Mahinda Family”

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Will former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ambitious comeback bid succeed? He has not waited long after he lost the presidential elections in January 2015 and he is contesting from Kurunagala parliamentary seat for the August 17 Parliamentary elections as a candidate of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the coalition that he headed when he was president from 2005 to 2015. The current president Maithripala Sirisena had no choice but to allow his predecessor’s nomination because the majority of the party demanded it. Although he is not contesting as a prime ministerial candidate, ironically should Rajapaksa become the country’s next premier, he will have more powers than his predecessors, after Sirisena transferred more powers in April 2015 to the prime minister. Significantly, with this […]

The Man Who’s Disrupting Politics As Usual in Sri Lanka Read more: The Man Who’s Disrupting Politics As Usual in Sri Lanka | Provocateurs | OZY

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For much of the past decade, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was more or less a family business — one that happened to be run on an island just 22 miles off the coast of the second-largest country in the world and astride a key shipping lane to the largest. By one estimate, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his two high-ranking brothers controlled up to 70 percent of the nation’s budget, while 29 members of their extended family held senior positions in the government, civil service or industry. Desperate to end Rajapaksa’s clan rule and break from Sri Lanka’s troubled past, including a devastating civil war, opposition forces in the island nation of over 20 million united behind an unlikely challenger […]

Britain amongst top ten investors in Sri Lanka – High Commissioner

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By Steve A. Morrell The promotion of trade between and the UK is on a firm footing, British High Commissioner in Colombo, James Dauris, said last week. Addressing the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Council for Business with Britain (CBB), convened at the British High Commission, he said that at present 150 British companies are operative in Sri Lanka. The quantum of trade, in financial terms, was at 850 million Pounds Sterling, and at that level trade relations between both countries were good. Britain is among the top 10 investors in Sri Lanka and trade possibilities are growing, the High Commissioner noted. Commenting on recent political changes in Sri Lanka, he said projections were that bi-lateral trade and government–to– government relationships improved significantly. “I […]

TNA confident of winning 20 seats – General election 2015

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TNA confident of winning 20 seats – General election 2015 By Ananth Palakidnar Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader and Trincomalee District chief candidate R. Sampanthan says the TNA would be able to settle all political and humanitarian issues by 2016 if the Tamils in North and East ensure a massive victory for the TNA in the coming general election. Sampanthan’s assurance came in an address to party members and supporters at an event in Trincomalee last Thursday on the imminent parliamentary election. Sampanthan said: “The Tamil National Alliance is willing to wind up its political aspirations with a massive victory at the Parliamentary poll and to achieve a solution to the Tamil question by 2016. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam of the Tamil National People’s Front says that it […]

MAHINDA and his clan of ROGUES will be rejected

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One of the main architects of the ‘January 8 silent revolution,’ the outspoken Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne is noted for his advocacy on democratic rights and plural politics. He asserts that his interest always lies in the country and not the party which comes second to him. The former President may be somebody in the UPFA but not in the SLFP, which is headed by President Maithripala Sirisena. Nobody can take action within the party without consulting him. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, the Minister said President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent speech would have a crippling impact on the UPFA’s election campaign as the President has explained his stance clearly to the nation. Dr. Senaratne who predicts the imminent defeat of former President […]

Secret pacts won’t solve Tamil problems – Douglas

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by Ranil Wijayapala The problems of the Tamils cannot be solved through secret pacts signed with other political parties like the TNA had done and the attempts to address the Tamil issues should always be open to the Sinhala community in the South if such attempts are to be successful, EPDP leader and former Minister Douglas Devananda said. He said that none of the attempts to solve the ethnic problem through secret pacts and deals by political parties had ever been successful as they had no people’s backing. The EPDP leader said though the TNA had promised to solve the Tamil problems in the North based on the secret deals they had reached with the southern political parties they will never become a reality as […]

Presidential Commission to expose mega frauds

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by Dhaneshi Yatawara Government funds may have been used to organize a public rally in support of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidential bid in December last year, according to evidence now being led at the hearings of the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Large Scale Corruption and Fraud, which began hearings in Colombo, last Thursday morning. No proper procedure seems to have been followed in these dealings, according to testimony. With over 600 complaints received of massive fraud, the Special Presidential Commission probe is expected to expose a number of corrupt politicians and public officials. Already, in its first day of hearings, the Commission took up a series of transactions reported as ‘corrupt’ in which the government’s Procurement Guidelines have been breached. The Special […]

Spent Rs 13.2 M on MR’s presidential campaign? Gunaratne to be grillled for fraud

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha The special presidential commission investigating large scale fraud and corruption has summoned former Deputy Minister of Fisheries Sarath Kumara Gunaratne to question him about spending a sum of Rs 13.2 million belonging to the Fisheries Corporation on the presidential election campaign of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Gunaratne is the Chief Organizer of the United People’s Freedom Alliance for Negombo. Secretary of the Commission, Lascille de Silva told Ceylon Today that Gunaratne was summoned to the Commission on a complaint that the former Deputy Minister of Fisheries had fraudulently obtained from the Fisheries Corporation a sum of Rs 13.2 million for printing and distribution of t-shirts and caps during the election campaign of the former President stating that it was for the development […]

Rajapaksa’s sky jack of Sri Lankan flights : Rs 785M for three years

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By Namini Wijedasa The Sunday Times obtains documents showing expenses of the former President Former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, spent more than Rs. 785 million within three years to charter SriLankan Airlines aircraft for his visits abroad, documents obtained by the Sunday Times show. The airbuses would often remain idle in various airports until Mr Rajapaksa finished his tours. SriLankan has billed his office a total of Rs 785,079,185 for 90 aircraft movements in 2012, 2013 and 2014. This figure does not reflect other multiple costs such as crew accommodation. These expenses were often met by Sri Lanka’s diplomatic missions abroad. Mr Rajapaksa usually flew on one of two Airbus A340s owned by SriLankan. Their registration numbers are 4R-ADG(a 243-seater) and 4R-ADE (a 299-seater). These long-haul […]

President battles with his own party amid suspense and turmoil

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Ecstasy and agony over Sirisena’s mes sage to the nation: UNP overjoyed, SLFP and UPFA furious For the first time party leader gets enjoining order to prevent special meeting of his party;rumours of plans to expel him Heated arguments over nominations and national list: UPFA list was handed over minutes before deadline It was an epochal, rare and historic moment in Sri Lanka’s three decade old executive presidency.A President heaped both agony and ecstasy to his fellow countrymen on the eve of a parliamentary election. Just one sentence in a 62 minute address to the nation said it all. President Maithripala Sirisena declared that he would urge “the people to select those who are suitable to march forward with the January 8 mandate.” The message […]

Cannabis in CM’s police vehicle Mahipala Herath claims the jeep was stolen

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A surprise Excise raid on an official vehicle of Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Mahipala Herath at Polgahawela yesterday revealed that it was transporting cannabis or Kerala Ganja. But the Chief Minister told the Kegalle Police three hours later that the jeep was stolen, Police and Excise officials said. The vehicle belonging to the inner security detail of the Chief Minister was carrying two kilograms of imported cannabis (ganja). The vehicle was a police jeep with a siren. The vehicle was taken into custody by the Excise Department’s Special Crime Branch sleuths who were acting on a tip-off. A spokesperson at Police Headquarters confirmed that the vehicle belonged to the security detail of the chief minister but did not reveal the identity of the driver. Meanwhile, Mr. Herath […]

Sirisena Checkmates MR, Supports Good Governance

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Inaugural UPFA rally held without its leader’s photograph  Pro-Good Governance forces vow to defeat Rajapaksa elements President Maithripala Sirisena, last week, broke the deafening sound of silence he maintained for several weeks by re-aligning himself with the mandate and forces that voted him to office at the January 8th Presidential polls in hope of a positive change in the country. Last week, it seemed like Sirisena had managed to checkmate Mahinda Rajapaksa. This column, last week, stated that Sirisena is scheduled to make a statement after the conclusion of nominations on the 13th, in which he would distance himself from the UPFA election campaign that is being dominated by pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa group. Sirisena’s fiery statement, last week, albeit a few weeks late, did manage to […]

UPFA nominations drama at Keppetipola Mawatha

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The United People’s Freedom Alliance, with the launch of its election campaign, had a tumultuous week with the party leader, President Maithripala Sirisena, making a fiery statement over the party’s nomination. Apart from the President’s statement, the party had to deal with a myriad of issues with regard to nominations for the Parliamentary election. The party was divided into various factions internally and every group tried to increase its ‘quota’ in every district. While loyalists of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga wanted to ensure nominations for their members in several districts, the pro-Rajapaksa group too attempted to gain control of the nomination process. Interestingly, the UPFA General Secretary, who was supposed to take a middle path, tilted the playing field in favour of the pro-Rajapaksa group at […]

Basil and Susil removed my name – Karuna

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan A close confidant of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, former National List MP and Vice President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan aka Karuna Amman says the UPFA cheated him, the man who helped immensely to win the war. “If not for me, the people in the South would not be able to walk about freely, as I was the one who contributed mostly to win the war,” former LTTE militant told Ceylon Today. Following are excerpts: ?What are you doing these days? A: Nothing. ?You recently attended a function that Mahinda Rajapaksa was also in attendance and wowed that you would continue to support him. Why are you silent now? A: I liked former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a person. He […]

EPDP: The counterpoint to TNA- Douglas

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by Ranil Wijayapala Leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), former Minister Douglas Devananda says that his party has decided to go solo at the forthcoming general election, without contesting the election under UPFA as done earlier. Douglas Devananda (The Hindu) Claiming that there are a number of outstanding issues affecting the people in the North and East, Devananda said that the party would remain committed to working for the people’s welfare. The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) is a North-based political party with strong leanings towards India. Founded by its current head and former minister Douglas Devananda, himself a former paramilitary who was propelled into revolutionary Tamil politics through the Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students (EROS), the EPDP has been consorting with the […]