12th August 2015

White Van and police came home when I asked for my money from Mahinda’s Minister.

12th August 2015 // 0 Comments

Gampola Vidanage Samantha Kumara alias ‘Wele Suda’ today told the Colombo High Court that he loaned Rs.2 million to former UPFA MP Duminda Silva for his election campaign and that white vans and the police had turned up at his home when he asked Mr. Silva to repay the loan. “I worked with Duminda Silva and he demanded a loan of Rs.2 million. I gave it to him and when I asked for the money, white vans and police turned up at my residence,” Mr. Kumara said.   Former UPFA parliamentarians Duminda Silva, Mervyn Silva, Sarana Gunawardena and Sajin de Vass Gunawardena have been denied nominations from the UPFA for the Colombo district. UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha noted that former UPFA parliamentarians who have […]

Rajapaksa’s racist brand of politics should be defeated

12th August 2015 // 0 Comments

Minister Joseph Michael Perera says that it is very necessary to continue with the newly established atmosphere of communal and religious harmony in the country. The former UNP Parliamentarian stated that the UPFA is unfortunately engaged in spreading racism and religious extremism by making false statements. “Therefore, on the 17th of August Mahinda Rajapaksa’s racist and extremist brand of politics should be defeated in order to prevent the re-surfacing of an uncivilised era against the present day civilised society, an era where a single family holds the reigns of the government instead of an administration of people and the re-emergence of a society of Ethanol, drugs and Casino as against the righteous society that we live in today.” “We should not pave the way for […]

Maithri-Ranil combination best for Sri Lanka:

12th August 2015 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is the ideal politician to work with President Maithripala Sirisena for the next five years and take Sri Lanka forward based on a strong foreign policy and meaningful development, UNP candidate Rosy Senanayake said today.She told a news conference in Colombo, that the unique and unparalleled combination of the two politicians President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremeisnghe who would able to work together prudently for a better country. “The only person who is capable of collaborating with our President Sirisena during the next five years and carry out the development plans is the Prime Minister. He has the confidence of the people and the President. This has been clearly shown in the President’s address to the nation where he said Mr. […]

TNA will support next Govt

12th August 2015 // 0 Comments

TNA will support next Govt By Madhawa Kulasooriya Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan says that the Alliance will support the government that will be elected depending on what solutions it provides for the North-East crisis. Sampanthan said yesterday in Vavuniya that the TNA had decided to support the … government that will be elected based on the actions taken by it to solve the North-East problem and that, if a solution is to be found, the government that will be established should negotiate such issues with every party and reach a decision based on a common consensus. The former Parliamentarian made these comments while addressing a meeting at the Kalaimagal Sports Grounds in Vavuniya in support of the team of candidates from the TNA standing […]

Devolution: TULF calls for solution based on Indian model

12th August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando TULF General Secretary V. Anandasangaree yesterday said that the August 17 general election would give the electorate an opportunity to choose those who could strengthen the post-war national reconciliation. Colombo District TULF candidate Anandasangaree said that TULF was in the fray in Colombo, Northern Province and Eastern electoral districts, except Digamadulla. Responding to a query by The Island, the veteran politician said that a sizeable vote for the TULF in Colombo would greatly strengthen his efforts to restore genuine peace and national reconciliation. Anandasangaree said that the country was at a crossroads with two major coalitions vying for control. With the parliamentary polls just less than a week away, Tamil speaking people wherever they lived should examine ground realities, Anandasangaree said. Strongly condemning attempts […]

General Election 2015: Unitary status, re-merger of EP with NP and other critical matters

12th August 2015 // 0 Comments

Issues beyond depriving tainted candidates from entering parliament By Shamindra Ferdinando Former SLN radioman, Wijitha Rohana Wijemuni is in the fray in the Colombo District at the August 17 parliamentary polls, on the Janasetha Peramuna ticket. Wijemuni contested the Oct. 2000 general election on the Sihala Urumaya ticket. Wijemuni, who had been punished by a military court for swinging his rifle at the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in July, 1987, polled the third highest number of preferences received by the Sihala Urumaya in Colombo. Champika Ranawaka topped the Sihala Urumaya list in Colombo. Unfortunately, the Sihala Urumaya split over the appointment of a sole National List nominee to parliament. Sihala Urumaya President and leading lawyer, S.L. Gunasekera quit the party over him being […]

Election gimmicks, manifestos and ‘The Liars of Sri Lanka’

12th August 2015 // 0 Comments

The history of the word ‘manifesto’ begins in Italy and the accepted belief is that the word was derived from the Latin ‘manifestum,’ which means ‘clear’ or ‘conspicuous.’ Dictionaries define the word as “a public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate.” In another place, it says “A published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government.” We Sri Lankans are mostly familiar with election manifestos.  Regardless of whether the promises highlighted in the manifestoes were delivered or not, political parties keep presenting manifestoes once an election is announced. Personal pledges being made by politicians is common in Sri Lanka. It was former […]

There are ”Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power” accused among those contesting in south.

12th August 2015 // 0 Comments

by Dhaneshi Yatawara The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to Investigate and Inquire in to Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges is investigating in to nearly 220 large scale frauds, according to its Secretary Lacille de Silva. “Whether minor or major, the cases are investigated giving equal priority while taking serious consideration of issues where there is a huge loss to the government,” de Silva told the Sunday Observer. Adding that considering the magnitude of the bribery and corruption that occurred within the past five years, finalising investigations is time consuming, despite the expeditious investigations of the CoI. Excerpts: Q: What is the mandate of the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Large Scale Corruption and Fraud? A: […]

This will be an acid test for the TNA and Tamil’s.

12th August 2015 // 0 Comments

The talk of the town is TNA’s demands mentioned in their manifesto. This is not only a controversial matter, but these demands go against the present Constitution of the country too. Given this situation, how can a registered political alliance ask for something which not supported by the constitution? Therefore, this gives clear signs of a conspiracy to disrupt the democratic system of this country. This also can be termed as another attempt to cheat innocent Tamils and grab their votes. TNA Leader R. Sampandan said the problems faced by Tamils will be completely solved in 2016 with the establishing of a federal power sharing model. How many times can Sampandan cheat the Tamils in way? ( There is a famous tamil  old song – […]