11th August 2015

open discussion on alleged LTTE deal.

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UPFA Colombo district candidate Udaya Gammanpila on Tuesday (11) threw a challenge to former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka for a debate about an alleged deal by the former President with the LTTE during the last presidential election. The observation was made at a press conference held at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headquarters. Responding to a question raised by a reporter, Gammanpila also said that he invites the former Minister for a debate, in this regard, Mahinda was not ready for this debate. Patali Chambika had previously invited Mahinda for an open discussion on alleged LTTE deal. This came after Patali Champika Ranawaka, at a press conference, claimed that he would testify against the former President on the alleged deal as he possesses enough evidence prove […]

Rajapaksa’s main aim is to become PM and make the President’s life as difficult as possible.

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COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan parliamentary elections slated for August 17 will go down in history as one of the most unusual. President Maithripala Sirisena is featured in the posters and ads of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), the ruling party, as well as the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the opposition party. Both the UNFGG and UPFA are claiming Sirisena because as Executive President for the next five years, he could play a critical role. Sirisena is the chairman of the UPFA, and yet, he declared in a televised address that the UPFA will not win, and  even if it wins, he will not make his rival, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister. Sirisena has put his loyalists in the UPFA list to deny […]

Champika says MAHINDA may lose civic rights if guilty FOR FUNDING LTTE!

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United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said today that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa would be stripped of his civic rights if he was found guilty of misappropriating Tsunami funds. “Mahinda Rajapaksa will have to face the charges levelled against him with regard to the misappropriating of Tsunami funds and assisting a terrorist organisation. He had presented a Cabinet note instead of a proper Cabinet paper to release funds for the LTTE. Since he had taken measures in his capacity as the then finance minister when asking the Treasury to release the funds to the LTTE, the legal immunity of a president will not be able to protect him,” the minister told a news conference. He said according […]

Postwar Domination By Other Mean: Militarism, Buddhism & Tourism In The North Of Sri Lanka

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By Nimanthi Perera-Rajasingham – Jaffna in the postwar context remains a troubled space. Yes indeed, there is no longer an embargo, and one can take the train, bus or fly easily. Yes, there are new super markets and people can walk around more freely. However, the scenario of domination and oppression continues in other ways. During a recent visit, forms of violence and domination were clear not only in the large number of Navy and military camps still there, in the ways they have become permanent installations in the North, but also in the ways in which new forms of postwar Buddhism and Tourism function with close ties the military apparatus. The first example is the Sangamitta Buddhist Temple built in Madagal at Dambakola Patuna […]

BBS slams Mahinda’s conspiracy allegations

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The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) slammed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, over allegations he had made in a television interview regarding the BBS. Rajapaksa had claimed that the BBS was part of a conspiracy created with international backing to remove him from power. He accused Norway of being part of the conspiracy and said that details regarding this have been made public in a book released in the market. However BBS General Secretary Galaboda Athe Gnanasara thero rubbished the claims and said that this was the thanks they got for backing him at the last Presidential election. The BBS, which is contesting the Parliamentary election next week under the Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP), said that it had worked tirelessly for Rajapaksa’s bid to win the polls in […]

State sponsored terrorism continued during the last 10 years under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.

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Despite winning the so-called second Independence by eradicating terrorism in 2009, the worst and most brutal form of terrorism ever experienced in Sri Lanka – state-sponsored terrorism – continued to raise its head unscathed and unhindered during the last 10 years under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Although the regime was defeated on January 8, the tentacles of the power-hungry and corrupt dictators along with their monarchy-worshipping bandwagon are still visible in order to resurrect their glorious leader. Meanwhile, a peaceful election campaigning carried out was hindered by the shooting incident in Kotahena on July 31.. Ill-omened July 31 The history has proved time and again that the month of July is notorious; it continues to garner that dubious reputation at present. It was 11.30 a.m. […]

Those who did not fulfil their promises are now making seemingly great promises.

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President Abraham Lincoln had said “The Ballot is stronger than the Bullet.   Sri Lankans using the ballot elected the present President – for a change – to establish good governance and rule of law as a “peace dividend”   for the betterment of the people. The President has already taken certain steps to fulfill some of the pledges given during the Presidential election campaign – 19th Amendment is a major step in that direction. It looks some voters do not seem to understand the implications with regard to endemic corruption,   arbitrary abuse of power etc.   Due to autocratic style, freedom of speech,   democratic mechanisms for accountability,  independence of the judiciary did not exist during the previous regime. What is happening right […]

’We have a trip to go with him,’ said Major Siriwardena and taken Prageeth along with him. Since that point of time , Prageeth WENT MISSING.

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(Lanka-e-News- 11.Aug.2015, 10.30PM) The suspect sergeant major Ran Banda who was arrested day before yesterday(09) at Kurunegala in connection with journalist Prageeth Ekneliyagoda abduction and murder case, has  in his confession to the CID stated, the latter was detained in the Girithale army camp and questioned for three days pertaining to the book he wrote about the Rajapakse family. After the abduction of Prageeth on 2010-01-04 night at Rajagiriya by two Tamil nationals attached to the intelligence division of the Girithale camp , he was taken to Girithale camp , and there Prageeth was questioned by him , Ran Banda confessed. This interrogation went on for three days , and the primary question centered on two issues: the book written about Rajapakse family by Prageeth […]

Statement of Dr Vickramabahu on attack on vijitha sadu

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http://epaper.dailynews.lk/art.asp?id=2015/08/05/pg04_3&pt=p&h=  Backed by several power hungry multinational companies. We have warned that the election will be polluted with violence, because fascistic political movements do not know any other form of political engagement. Their method is to use mobilization of supporters on chauvinist basis to confront peaceful political actions. That is, undermining political debates and dispersing democratic campaigns using thugery and violence should be expected. Many political leaders who are opposed to Mahinda regime were not happy with, calling Mahinda’s political moment as a fascistic power. However what they reveal about the activities of Mahinda regime strengthens our analysis of that political entity. Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of bribing the LTTE at that time, challenged him to […]

Sri Lanka’s UNP likely to get most seats in August polls: scenario analysis

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ECONOMYNEXT – In a scenario analysis by our political correspondent on the 2015 parliamentary polls, the United National Party is leading on three probable outcomes but without a simple majority of 113 in the 225-member parliament. Our political correspondent has analysed three scenarios covering the best case for the United People’s Freedom Alliance, the best case for the United National Party and a conservative view. In each model, the ruling UNP is in the lead, but without a simple majority of 113. However, given that the 13 to 14 seats that will go to the Tamil National Alliance, will remain neutral in a future parliament without siding with any national party to form a government, any party securing 106 seats will have a comfortable working […]

Tamil Nationalism Under The Scanner

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By Mahendran Thiruvarangan – The election campaign of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) in the Tamil-majority regions in the Northern and Eastern provinces has re-animated the discussions on the political solution to the national question. While the major political parties in the south have rejected national self-determination and federalism, the solutions presented by the two major Tamil political groups are, for the most part, in line with the fundamental principles of Tamil nationalism put forward by the collective of Tamil groups during their peace negotiations with the Sri Lankan government in Bhutan’s capital Thimpu in 1985. These fundamentals include the recognition of the Tamils as a nation, their right to self-determination and the merged northern and eastern regions […]

Small parties challenge TNA’s hold among Tamils

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which won a majority of parliamentary seats in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in the last three general elections, is facing a stiff challenge from multiple players this time. Five years ago, the fight was essentially between the TNA and the United People’s Freedom Alliance, which had the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) as a major constituent in the provinces. At that time, the UPFA was in power and Mahinda Rajapaksa had just begun his second spell as Executive President. But in the coming elections, the UPFA and the EPDP are contesting separately. Apart from the United National Party, which had contested separately in the past, too, the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) or the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), […]

Ready to give explanation for war crime charges against LTTE

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Ready to give explanation for war crime charges against LTTE – CFD By Mirudhula Thambiah Former LTTE cadres led Crusaders for Democracy (CFD) Media Coordinator Ganeshalingam Chandralingam said his party members are ready to give an explanation for the charges on war crimes against the LTTE if there is an international war crimes probe. Speaking to Ceylon Today Chandralingam added: “Being former LTTE cadres, now we have stepped on to the democratic path to serve the people as some main Tamil political parties in the North and the East have failed to address the issues of the people, thus the party also will take up the responsibility to give an explanation regarding the struggle and the allegations during war crimes probing. “We would like to […]

Parties, Policies And Poll-Time Promises

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By N Sathiya Moorthy During the run-up to the 2005 presidential polls, candidate former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, promised to find half a million more overseas jobs for Sri Lankan women, if elected. Less than a week later, UNP leader and Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe told Sri Lankans that he would create double that many jobs promised by his competitor. No one asked either of them how with their kind of governmental experience, they had thought that it is fit to make poll promises that could not be kept. Or, if they were serious about it, what was their proposed plan of action. Anyway, the two candidates were not promising jobs of scientists and CEOs, but as housemaids. To think that they could get away with […]

Namal had the power exceeding that of a minister

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Thibiriyagama Bandara Documents exclusively obtained by the Daily News show the manner in which ministers and deputy ministers of the previous government requested Ex-Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa’s permission to recruit workers for government jobs. The ministers had requested ex-Parliamentarian s to recruit SLFP activists for government jobs in violation of standard procedures of the government. When the UPFA government was in power, Rajapaksa did not hold any official position that allowed him to take measures to recruit workers for government. In addition to his role as a Parliamentarian, Rajapaksa headed the now defunct youth organization “Nil Balakaya” and “Tharunayayata Hetak” organizations. “Nil Balakaya” functioned as the youth front of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party when the previous government was in power. The letters also showed that […]

Sgt. Major confesses to grilling Ekneligoda

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Ekneligida was questioned about “family tree” publication and his alleged affiliations with Sarath Fonseka The Criminal Investigation Department’s investigations into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda made a vital breakthrough with the Sergeant Major who was arrested by the Police on Sunday confessing that he interrogated Eknaligoda at the Girithale Army camp. The Sergeant Major believed to have been involved in the mysterious abduction of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda was taken into custody at Kurunegala on Sunday. The officer, who was attached to the Army intelligence unit, had said he questioned Eknaligoda on a publication titled “the family tree” (pawul gaha) and his alleged affiliations with former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who was then the Common Candidate of the opposition. He had said a senior […]

Two Leading Politicians and 40 Military men will be charged for War Crime.

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Fielding a question on the upcoming Geneva UNHRC session and the war crimes report on Sri Lanka, Mahinda’s stunt man Wimal Weerawansa had said that two Politicians and 40 Military men will be charged for War Crime. ‘Two Political leaders and over 40 Military officers involved in the Killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians and killing of more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender in May 2009 would face ‘War Crimes charges’ says Wimal. This is according to Erik Solheim, who had spoken to the media hinted Wimal. Stunt Man Weerawansa was speaking a UPFA press conference attended by the coalition’s Prime Ministerial Candidate and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Weerawansa said the only […]

”Sinhalese In South Will Have To Obtain Visa’s To Visit North And East” says Mahinda

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that Sri Lankan’s in the South will have to obtain Visa’s in future to visit North and East if a United National Party (UNP) led government comes to power after the August 17 general election. Addressing several meetings in the Puttalam district Rajapaksa charged that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was planning to set up a government with the help of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which has plans to divide the country. Rajapaksa said that fishermen in the Puttalam and Chilaw coastal belt will not be able to fish in the northern seas if Ranil becomes Prime Minister in a UNP led coalition. The former President said that Wickremasinghe also had plans to rope in the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) […]