21st July 2015

Switzerland sees big jump in asylum seekers

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Almost 12,000 applications for asylum were lodged in Switzerland in the first six months of 2015 with Eritreans accounting for more than half. Mediterranean migrant count surges to 150,000 (10 Jul 15) Ticino threatens closing Italy border to refugees (22 Jun 15) Swiss back shared migrant responsibility (06 May 15)  The latest statistics from the State Secretariat for Migration SEM show 11,873 applications between January and the end of June – up 16 per cent on the same period last year. More people requested asylum in the second quarter than the first, with June registering a bumper 3,805 applications. The SEM said the increase in the second quarter was mainly down to the higher number of Eritreans arriving from southern Italy. Weather conditions also played […]

Rajapaksa deciding to ‘flee’ Habmantota not surprising – UNP

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Former Minister of State for Fisheries, Dilip Wedaarachchi, says that it is not surprising that Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to flee from Hambantota because he failed to provide the much needed water supply scheme, a programme to develop agriculture and improve the livestock industry in his hometown district. Former President Rajapaksa had stated at a meeting held in Mawathagama recently that he decided to contest Parliamentary elections from Kurunegala District because the most number of his trusted temples, loyal soldiers and affectionate Members of Parliament are in Kurunegala District. “This is a grave insult on the people of Giruwapaththuwa who ushered in the Rajapaksa generation and Mahinda Rajapaksa to politics.” “Furthermore, it is a slur on the sacred temples and much respected Venerable Maha Sangha of […]

MAHINDA misleads people by telling lies

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BY SHAAHIDAH RIZA Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who nurtured the LTTE in the latter stages of the war, has the audacity to accuse the UNP Government of doing the same, said the deputy leader of the UNP, and Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Sajith Premadasa. Addressing a crowd at Agunukolapelessa, Hambantota at a campaign meeting, he also said all the subsequent governments since the inception of the LTTE terrorism have done their utmost to contain their brutal activities. “The former President accused the UNP of nurturing the LTTE. He has forgotten that even my father and many other prominent leaders of the country were killed in the most brutal fashion by the LTTE. During the past 20 years, a large part of public funds and […]

No proof China backing MR at polls says Mangala

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The Government says there is no proof to back claims that China is supporting the election campaign of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, responding to a question posed by theColombo Gazette on a live chat over the Facebook page of the BBC Sinhala service, said that he was aware of unconfirmed reports that the Chinese government is funding Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign. “None of these allegations have been substantiated. And I don’t believe that the Chinese government will stoop to those levels,” the Foreign Minister said. Rajapaksa is contesting the August 17 Parliament election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and is being backed by the party to be the next Prime Minister. During his term as President, Rajapaksa was known to have […]

Investigations on former Government not suspended

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The Government says investigations into allegations of corruption and fraud by the former Government are continuing. State Minister of Power and Energy Palitha Range Bandara said that the allegations into some members of the former regime are being closely looked into. He said that more and more information has been unearthed with regards to the alleged large scale fraud committed by the former Government. However Range Bandara said that the law will be strictly followed and the current Government will not take arbitrary decisions like the former Government did when it acted on former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike or former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. Bandaranaike was impeached by a Parliament Select Committee while Fonseka was imprisoned after being found guilty of allegations raised against him. Both rulings were […]

MR misleads people by telling lies

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MR misleads people by telling lies BY SHAAHIDAH RIZA Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who nurtured the LTTE in the latter stages of the war, has the audacity to accuse the UNP Government of doing the same, said the deputy leader of the UNP, and Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Sajith Premadasa. Addressing a crowd at Agunukolapelessa, Hambantota at a campaign meeting, he also said all the subsequent governments since the inception of the LTTE terrorism have done their utmost to contain their brutal activities. “The former President accused the UNP of nurturing the LTTE. He has forgotten that even my father and many other prominent leaders of the country were killed in the most brutal fashion by the LTTE. During the past 20 years, a […]

Champika: MR should have stayed at home without troubling Maithri

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Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka on Sunday said that those who had left the former government to usher in good governance had proved that they were not power hungry. “It was for the sake of democracy we gave up our ministerial positions when we left the Rajapaksa regime to support the campaign of Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. We knew that the leaders who were in the pockets of drug dealers were not capable of ensuring a bright future for our children,” the minister said, addressing an election rally in Homagama. “Some people ask us today what we did to become eligible to seek a mandate again. We sent home a leader responsible for creating an immoral society. We banned toxic chemicals causing chronic […]

Wants Rajiva to resign from UPFA National List and stop his Double act

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Liberal Party breaks silence; no MoU with UPFA Wants Rajiva to resign from UPFA National List Liberal Party Secretary General Kamal Nissanka issuing a press release states that the party has not signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). He further states that though the party supported the Common Candidate at the last Presidential Election, with a resurgence of forces representing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa entering politics through the UPFA, the party was divided in its opinion and was in a dilemma as to choose what sort of a political line to be followed. The release adds: “The Party notes that one of their national committee members in the absence of a MOU has attempted and succeeded in placing […]

North and East should be merged – Suresh

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by P. Krishnaswamy The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will campaign specifically on twin concerns during the election campaign – a just political solution to the Tamil problem and re-unification of the currently de-merged Northern and Eastern Provinces, says TNA Spokesman, Suresh Premachandran. Suresh Premachandran (The Hindu) The senior politician said that the TNA’s manifesto will seek to address several critical issues, including the above two. According to him, the contiguous and preponderantly Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces enjoy historical habitation of the Tamil-speaking peoples and the two provinces should be re-unified as a single administrative unit as was before. The right of the Tamils of the North and East for self-determination should be recognized and a political solution reflecting a proper power-sharing arrangement, based on […]

Derailing former President’s comback

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By Jehan Perera Shortly after his unforeseen defeat at the presidential elections of January 2015 by an alliance of opposition parties, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa began to campaign for a comeback that was backed by more and more members of the UPFA. Although President Maitripala Sirisena made clear his unhappiness, and initially resisted the comeback bid, he finally yielded on the grounds that it was the only way to prevent the division of the former ruling party. President Sirisena’s decision to go along with the former president’s nomination to the UPFA was viewed as a betrayal of all that the joint opposition, civil society and the president himself had campaigned for at the presidential election. They had all highlighted the corruption and abuse of power […]

Rajapaksa’s political project was centered and focused on extremists who hold racist, sexist and homophobic views

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”50% of the UNP National list nominees are not from the Sinhala Buddhist community” claims racist Mahinda group By Krishan Siriwardhana – The downfall of Mahinda Rajapaksa regime is one of the most significant recent political events took place in the south Asian region. Even though Mahinda Rajapaksa was democratically defeated by citizens of this country on 8th of January, we can still see how Rajapaksa ideology is being functioned in the contemporary Sri Lankan society. Unlike other Sri Lankan political leaders, Rajapaksa was quite successful in creating die hard Rajapaksa follower base in every strata of the society. In this article, I identify few key social and political syndromes emerged as a result of the deeply rooted nature of the hegemonic rule of Rajapaksa […]