26th July 2015

KIDNAPING AND KILLING BY WHITE VAN – GOTHA AND SUPPORT OF MAHINDA.

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is contesting the upcoming General Election as a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate from the Kurunegala District, pledged to punish even his sons and brothers if they are found to have violated the law. Rajapaksa made this statement during an interview with The Nation conducted at his residence in Tangalle. Mahinda acknowledging the failure to implement the law against certain persons close to him had cost him in the end. It seems that he was aware of the White Van kidnapping and Killing, Dug dealing, abusing Women, Commissions taken by Ministers for Government contracts and other wrong doings by his former Ministers, his former MP’s, his friends and his relatives but did nothing to stop it. In January before the […]

Ex-LTTE cadres would secure at least five seats in the forthcoming election.

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Former LTTE cadres contesting the upcoming general election under the banner ‘Crusaders for Democracy’ have engaged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in a head-on collision in 17 August election in the Northern Province. Intelligence reports have revealed that the new party of ex-LTTE cadres would secure at least five seats in the forthcoming election. They have become more popular among youth in the Northern Province than traditional TNA members since CFD men fought for the rights of Tamils. The CFD has become a major threat to the TNA, Northern Province sources revealed. The TNA rejected the CFD when they requested for nominations on 6 July to contest on the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) ticket. Speaking to Ceylon Today one of the main Party members […]

Global Tamil Forum Roots For Sirisena, Ranil and TNA

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COLOMBO: Without explicitly naming any political party or leader, the UK-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), has clearly indicated its support for President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and opposition to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the run up to the crucial August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections. In a statement highlighting the vital issues at stake for all Sri Lankans, the GTF said on Saturday that it “strongly” urges the Tamil people and all Lankans to do their “historic duty” by voting for parties and candidates with the main objective of consolidating the “progressive changes and gains” made during the “recent” past. “The presidential election of the 8th January 2015 was a turning point in the recent political […]

TNA election manifesto notes 13-A flawed

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says the 13th Amendment to the constitution, which was part of the Indo-Lanka accord, is flawed as power is concentrated at the Center and its agent, the Governor. In its election manifesto released in Jaffna today, the TNA said that the Tamil people are entitled to self-determination in keeping with United Nations International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, both of which Sri Lanka has accepted and acceded to. TNA leader R. Sampanthan, reading out from the TNA election manifesto at the launch event, said that power sharing arrangements must continue to be established as it existed earlier in a unit of a merged Northern and Eastern Provinces based on a federal structure. “The […]

”Giving nominations to murderers and hooligans” From the horse’s mouth

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One of the former LTTE top commanders and the outfit’s leader Prabhakaran’s one time bodyguard Vinayaga-moorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna had made some startling revelations with regard to some of the atrocities committed in the past. Karuna, who claims that he was instrumental in bringing an end to the three decades of civil war by deserting the LTTE and entering the political mainstream, is furious over not being given an opportunity to take part in the forthcoming general election in August. The onetime LTTE big wig Karuna, who was a strategist behind several successful attacks carried out against the armed forces by the LTTE had expressed his fury for not accommodating him in the forthcoming polls by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), has even pointed […]

Sri Lanka’s ruling party promises justice for war victims

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Sri Lanka’s ruling party pledged justice Thursday for thousands of victims of the island’s separatist war as it released its manifesto ahead of next month’s general election.  The United National Party (UNP) promised to work with the UN to ensure accountability for war crimes committed during the conflict that ended in 2009, a longstanding demand of ethnic minority Tamils. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged support for his party to strengthen gains made at January presidential elections when Maithripala Sirisena ousted longtime strongman Mahinda Rajapakse. “The voters have a clear choice,” Wickremesinghe said as he presented copies of the manifesto to influential Buddhist monks at a ceremony in Colombo. “Either vote for my party to prevent the division of the country (on ethnic lines) and end […]

TNA reiterates demand for Tamils’ self-determination

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of four parties in Sri Lanka, on Saturday reiterated its adherence to the right to self-determination of Tamils and the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces under the federal structure. While pointing out that Tamil-speaking Muslims would be entitled to the benefits of “all power-sharing arrangements in the North-East”, the Alliance, in its manifesto released on Saturday, said “this will no way inflict any disability on any people.” Asked whether the main political formations would accept TNA’s demands for self-determination and federalism, R. Sampanthan, the coalition’s leader, said “there is no way out”. “I am hopeful that they will realise that majoritarianism is not a solution to the country’s national problem,” he said.However, he replied in the […]

UK diplomats advised against using Helitours

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British diplomats have been advised against using Helitours after it was revealed that the domestic passenger airline was operating with an expired air safety certificate. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that staff at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka have been advised not to use the airline Helitours due to concerns about its safety certification Helitours is the commercial air arm of the Air Force and is established as a company under the companies act. Helitours utilizes turbine engine aircraft for touring and it claims it is compliant with civil aviation regulations applicable to a civil airline operator and has been issued an Air operating Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL).

I Saved MAHINDA From The Electric Chair and ICC (International Criminal Court) – Ranil

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By Santhush Fernando The upcoming August 17 General Election would solidify the historic people’s revolution won on January 8 and the government-hopeful United National Front’s Five-fold Plan (Pancha Widha Kriyawaliya) gives the much-needed boost to make Sri Lanka a global knowledge economy, emphasized UNP Party Leader and United National Front for Good Governance prime min50isterial candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe, in an interview with The Sunday Leader.   Following are excerpts of the interview: Q: How do you see the success rate of your government during the 100-Day Programme? A: The 100-Day Programme has been mostly successful as we were able to kick start most of the initiatives envisioned in it. Of course some of its projects are long-term, the benefits of which we would see in the […]

Ruwan launches broadside against MR

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State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, yesterday issued a statement condemning the recent outburst of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his campaign for the upcoming general election. “The people of this country on 17 August should take the decision to make sure that people of this calibre who make such uncivilised statements in the form of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cohorts are permanently swept away from the political arena of this country,” claimed Wijewardene. Following is his full statement. We are used to a saying in Sinhala that “utterances lead us to situations both good and bad.” The truth of this is amply proved by the statements that are being made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Recently, he had given an interpretation to the position […]