15th August 2015

Ranil to protect country with President Sirisena

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By Akitha Perera Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing the UNP’s final rally at Maradana yesterday said that he had a plan to develop and protect the country with President Maithripala Sirisena. “President Sirisena is ready to work with me as the Prime Minister and no Prime Minister can take the country forward while being at loggerheads with the President,” he said. The international community was ready to help a future UNP government by helping develop the country and they would receive foreign aid along with many investment opportunities and trade facilities, he said. The PM said one hundred and sixty one civic organisations had pledged their support to a future United National Front government and recently an agreement had been signed with Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha […]

Thajudeen’s death The mystery continues

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The death of popular ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen has created enough and more headlines over the past three years that today, there is no one to relate the true story with regard to the incident. Since there had been delays by certain law enforcement authorities at the time of the incident, the mystery continues to date. However, since the incident has now become the ‘hottest’ topic in town, the dailymirror  takes a look at various angles to the story: “I lost trust in the police”  Aisha Thajudeen Giving an exclusive reasoning with regard to the incident, Aisha Thajudeen, sister of the late WasimThajudeen said that at the time of the incident a case was filed by the criminal branch of the Narahenpita police. “The case was […]

Politicians bow before the court of the people: Who told more lies?

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NASA, the United States’ space agency, is turning its telescope towards Sri Lanka. It has found an easy way to send a Rover-like robotic vehicle to Mars. That’s along the nose of our Pinocchio politicians, most of whom have mastered the art of lying to the people so well that they can even outdo the carpenter’s wooden son. Some of these lies find a place in party manifestos. As a result, the manifestos the parties put out with much publicity and media coverage in the presence of religious dignitaries have become largely worthless booklets fit only to be dumped in the dustbin no sooner they are delivered to the voters. Weeks after the presidential poll on January 8, this column called for civil society action […]

UK deputy envoy notes Lanka’s property laws complex

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The Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Laura Davies, notes that Sri Lanka’s property laws are complex and difficult to navigate, especially for foreigners. She said this in a blog posting after a visit to Galle where she spent time with a few of the 5,000 long term British residents in Sri Lanka. Particularly on the South Coast, many are involved in tourism, running small hotels and guest villas that keep Sri Lanka’s tourism figures booming and spread its economic dividends deep into the community. “But Sri Lanka’s property laws are complex and difficult to navigate, especially for foreigners. We can’t offer legal advice, but we can – and did on Friday – set up opportunities for British nationals to speak to legal experts. If […]

Several Tamil disaspora circles abroad to the Tamil voters in the North and the East

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By Manekshaw Strengthen the new found optimism is the call made by several Tamil disaspora circles abroad to the Tamil voters in the North and the East as well as to the Sri Lankan voters at large with regard to the next week’s parliamentary polls. Global Tamil Forum (GTF) from the UK, Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) and Tamil National Alliance’s Canada branch in their respective statements had pointed out specifically to the voters in the North and the East to create a conducive atmosphere to fulfil the political aspirations of the Tamils by strengthening the new found political atmosphere which the three Tamil diaspora organizations claimed to have emerged after this year’s presidential poll in January. The next week’s parliamentary polls being the second since […]

“Don’t fan flames of communalism or cause rift in party” :- Maithripala to Mahinda

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President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as Chairman of UPFA and SLFP has told former president Mahinda Rajapakse not to fan flames of communalism and also cause rift in the party. He also added that Mahinda Rajapakse must listen to dictates of his intellect and not his heart. In a five page hard hitting letter to Mahinda Rajapaske, Maithripals Sirisena has categorically stated that he would not appoint him as Prime Minister in the event UPFA win majority of seats. Instead his choice would be seniors in SLFP such as Nimal Siripala de Silva, John Seneviratne, Chamal Rajapakse, Atauda Seneviratne, A.H.M.Fauzi or Susil Premajayantha. With the foundations of the Rajapaksa kingdom shaking for the first time in a decade, Mahinda’s only hope now seems to be the […]

With the foundations of the Rajapaksa kingdom shaking for the first time in a decade, the race for Hambantota will be an interesting contest to watch

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With Rajapaksa shining less brightly in the family’s home base, Sajith Premadasa making inroads for the UNP in the district and Sirisena loyalist Mahinda Amaraweera emerging as the UPFA strongman in the area, the Hambantota race will be an interesting one to watch    In Murungasyaya, a few villages away from Beliatta, the seat of Rajapaksa power, the king coconut seller scrunches up her face and furrows her eyebrows. Sharmali Subashini is trying to recall which party had been able to muster the bigger crowd at back-to-back rallies in Weeraketiya this week. Finally she decides it’s too difficult. “Mr. Sajith Premadasa had a huge crowd at his rally two days ago. But then yesterday, the sandhanaya rally was also very big. Janadhipathithuma came for that […]

For the UPFA candidates this election is about their political future

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Of that stinker August 14, 2015, 9:15 pm The UPFA lost power in Parliament last January because Mahinda Rajapaksa had refused to appoint Maithripala Sirisena Prime Minister. Sirisena’s all-out effort to shatter Rajapaksa’s prime ministerial dream in retaliation is likely to ruin the UPFA’s prospects of making a comeback. They have been settling their personal scores at the expense of the party. President Sirisena’s stinker to Rajapaksa on Thursday came as no surprise. He drew heavy flak over his last ‘address to the nation’ which was, in effect, a diatribe against Rajapaksa and, therefore, he opted for a letter and leaked it to the media. He stands accused of having thrown a monkey wrench into the UPFA’s campaign again! The President seems to be trying […]

Beyond words to the polls

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Beyond words to the polls BY Zaharah Imtiaz After a month full of television debates, interviews, meetings, rallies, posters and leaflets, election campaigning will finally come to an end at midnight today (14). As the final praises of each party are sung, Ceylon Today interviewed several contenders of the two major parties to find out what their prospects for the next five years are. Excerpts of interviews: Agreement with Volkswagen today – Akila ?. Kurunegala District is the highlight of the General election with the former President deciding to contest from there. You are the district leader for the UNP in Kurunegala and thus the responsibility of beating the former President is on you, can you take on a former President? A. Definitely, Mahinda Rajapaksa will […]

Let’s send good men and women to Parliament

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In a few days Sri Lankan voters will pick the men and women they believe are best able to represent their interest in Parliament.  This will be the seventh occasion that people will be elected through the Proportional Representation (PR) system that came into effect with the 1978 Constitution. Even the once ardent supporters of that piece of legislation and who of course benefited from it have gone on record to condemn it as being terribly flawed and that overall people do not get represented in the way they ought to in a functioning democracy. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was supposed to rectify things.  It was one of the key election promises of Maithripala Sirisena’s election campaign.  Corrective legislation would be seen through […]

Luxury Sri Lanka resort can’t hide country’s divisions

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Luxury Sri Lanka resort can’t hide country’s divisions By Justin RowlattSouth Asia correspondent 14 August 2015 From the sectionAsia Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media captionJustin Rowlatt reports from a hotel run by the Sri Lankan army Sri Lanka has everything a holidaymaker could want: a wonderful climate, friendly people, delicious food and beautiful beaches. But some of its resorts hide dark secrets. The fact that you have to go through a military checkpoint is a warning that the Thalsevana resort is no ordinary hotel. The troops want to see passports and check the car for cameras. I don’t mention that I am a journalist, I know they are not welcome here. […]

“If we lose Hambantota, we lose the election islandwide,” – Who will win Kandy ? Ratnapura? Galle? Hambantota?

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Pitched battle in Ratnapura? The Ratnapura District with its eight polling divisions offers 10 members to be elected from the district to Parliament. In 2010, seven out of t… Who will win Kandy ? The JVP, at its zenith as a standalone party in Parliament, won 16 seats and managed to win one seat from the Kandy District. This time around, … Battle for Galle? The Galle District saw the UNP through to victory until the arrival of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the helm of the SLFP. The UNP continuously lost the … Battle lines drawn in Hambantota? With Rajapaksa shining less brightly in the family’s home base, Sajith Premadasa making inroads for the UNP in the district and Sirisena loyalist Mahinda Amaraweera emerging as the […]

Kurunagala Campaign!

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K’gala campaign: Between the rock and hard politics UNP claims winning converts, says best show of force in decades UPFA’s campaign currency; former president Mahinda Rajapaksa Mahinda Rajapaksa After nine years at the helm as President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, paradoxical enough, is at the crossroads in many aspects. One is geographic but the others are political. This rock city, the capital of the North Central Province, lies at the cross roads between Kandy to Puttalam and Colombo to Anuradhapura. The paddy farming district has just seen a bountiful harvest. With money in hand, the people throng the town. To attract them, candidates have paid premium amounts to hire shops paying premium prices. They have converted them into party offices to showcase their claims […]

Ranil You Can Take Guard & Get Ready To Play A Long Innings

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By Nishthar Idroos – A sense of deja-vu is gripping the resplendent island of Sri Lanka. It’s the eve of another General Election, the many held every five years in the island nation with a nascent democracy. Campaigning is at its peak, so is the level of violence. All projections indicate to one inevitable conclusion. A United National Party led alliance win. It won’t be that monumental landslide of 1977 under JR Jayewardene but good enough to form a government according to latest polls. A Ranil led government seems just hours away. This portends good for the country and to its overhaul health. Recently master-blaster cricketer turned politician Sanath Jayasuriya handed over a cricket bat to one of the candidates in Southern Sri Lanka just […]

“Gang of Four” destroyed the SLFP – They will NOT get in to the parliament!

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By Gamini Jayaweera – In recent political meetings, press conferences, and several articles published in newspapers a number of SLFP seniors and the Chief Minister of Western Province have accused that the former President MadameChandrika Kumaratunga was responsible for attempting to destroy the SLFP from the srilankan political map because her decision not to support the UPFA candidates, especially Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his close supporters. Some senior members of the SLFP publically asked the Central Committee of the SLFP to ban former President Mrs. Kumaratunga’s membership of the party. These allegations and threats to expel Mrs. Kumaratunga, one of the Patrons in the SLFP is a serious issue for the traditional members of the SLFP who are looking for unbiased answers to the problem. […]

General Election 2015 Pre Election Opinion Poll – Top Line Report

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Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives conducted an island wide pre election opinion poll with the objective of identifying Sri Lankan voter perceptions and attitudes on key topics being discussed in the lead up to the election and thereby contribute to the current political discourse. Only 4 % of Sri Lankans believe that the 2015 General Election will not be free and fair and 66.9% believe that it will be. When asked about who they think is best suited to be the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, majority from the Tamil (62.3%), Up Country Tamil (71.1%) and Muslim (62.3%) communities said Ranil Wickremesinghe, with less than 2% from each community saying that it should be Mahinda Rajapaksa. Opinion in […]

Lee Scott Appointed As Ambassador Of Justice For Tamil

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British Tamils are delighted to appoint Lee Scott as Ambassador of Justice for Tamils to move forward our struggle for freedom and justice, says the British Tamils Forum. Issuing a statement the BTF said; “The Island of Sri Lanka was two nations for several centuries. The Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka who constitute a nation have been struggling for the past six decades to reinstate their lost independent sovereignty. The Tamil people have on numerous occasions expressed their will to break free from the genocidal Sri Lankan state in order to preserve their identity and to protect their future generations from annihilation. “The British Tamils Forum which adheres to democratic non-violent path in winning the freedom of the Tamil people has been at the forefront […]

Sri Lanka Parliament Election 2015

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Yet another election for the Sri Lankan parliament is scheduled for the 17 August 2015.  Parliamentary Elections in the Island of Sri Lanka have been of total irrelevance to the Tamil people ever since the island’s independence in 1948. This parliament of a Sinhala Hegemonic state, since 1948, has been systematically destroying the foundations of the Tamil Nation, behind the cloak of a “democracy”.  The very parliament repeatedly orchestrated  anti-Tamil pogroms in which thousands of innocent Tamil people were massacred on the streets and in their own homes, by Sinhalese mobs. It was this parliament that sanctioned the genocidal onslaught, massacring over 70,000 Tamil people in Mullivaikkal.  It executes the systematic colonisation of the Tamil Homeland with Sinhala settlers, in order to destroy the territorial […]

Mahinda On The Defence While Ranil Measures Up To The Winning Post

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By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Chronically underrated all through his career and with no claims to special charisma Ranil Wickremesinghe seems to have found his spot in the scheme of things and he forges ahead in the electoral struggle with the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The situation bears similarity to Maitripala Sirisena when he confronted his one-time cabinet boss at the Presidential stakes last January. Sirisena had no pretence to this elusive quality that we call charisma. He had as his own driving assets- a shrewd common sense, a good nature and the apparent unsophistication of the child of a farmer family. Sirisena decisively trounced his rival who looked King-like and formidable all the time. The term, ‘charisma,’ had been introduced by the great sociologist Max […]