21st August 2015

GTF to push for political solution for Tamils

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) says it will seek the full support of the international community, including India, to help implement the legitimate demands of the Tamil people through a negotiated political solution. The London based leading diaspora group said  the Tamil people are anxious to see a political solution on the basis of the Tamil National Alliance’s manifesto commitments to the long standing Tamil national question GTF says the Tamil people have given the TNA, and its leader R. Sampanthan, a strong mandate to negotiate a political solution. “The Tamil people have also sent a clear message to the new Sri Lankan government and to the international community that they are firmly behind the TNA and its leadership.  It is clear that the Tamil […]

Monk, murder suspect, mistress in Sri Lanka’s new parliament

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s new parliament will have a motely collection that will include a monk, a murder suspect, a mistress and even a couple of MPs who once shared the same wife.  The lone Buddhist monk in the new parliament will be Athuraliye Rathana who is piggy-backing on an elephant to re-enter the House this time through the backdoor known as the National List. The honourable venerable MP’s National Heritage Party has a legacy of going to pieces before and after every vote. Former UPFA deputy minister Prmalal Jayaratne is in remand custody after being arrested on a murder charge, but he secured the highest number of preferential votes in the Ratnapura district.  His election underscores how undesirables are desirable to a UPFA constituency which […]

solve Lankan Tamils problem

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CPI today said that the Centre should take efforts to find a solution to the problems of Tamil population Sri Lanka, considering the changed political equation in that country. Though there were high expectations after the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksha and installation of Sirisena as President last year, no no development had taken place either with regard to Tamils or giving equal status on par with Sinhalese to them, CPI Tamil Nadu Secretary R Mutharasan told reporters here. With Ranil Wickramesinghe taking charge as Prime Minister of Island Nation for the fourth time, NDAgovernment should take serious efforts from the word go to find an amicable solution to the contentious issue, he said. On the killing of Tamil labourers in Seshachalam in Andhra Pradesh, he […]

Sri Lankan investigators recommence corruption probe against former regime

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COLOMBO, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka’s new United National Front (UNF) government on Friday re-started a corruption probe against the former government headed by Mahinda Rajapakse by questioning a former senior minister. Wimal Weerawansa, the previous health minister, was questioned by officers of the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) on Friday over the misappropriation of funds when he was in power. His wife Sashi Weerawansa was also summoned to the FCID on Thursday to make a statement regarding the assets she owned. The UNF government who was temporarily sworn to power following the victory of Maithripala Sirisena in a January presidential election had begun a corruption probe against Rajapakse, his family and former senior ministers for alleged misappropriation of funds amounting to billions during […]

Majority community rejects racist politics

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M.M. Zuhair The National United Front (NUF) led by M. M. Zuhair PC, former Member of Parliament has welcomed the victory of the United National Front (UNF) at the general election 2015 as a rejection by the Sri Lankans of communal and racist politics. “This rejection is further reinforced by the majority community in particular defeating the anti-minority Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) sponsored BJP, in every one of the 16 electoral districts it contested. The message of the people is clear: “No more racist or communal politics.” The NUF has said in a media statement: “The time has come for minority political parties, too, to shed communal politics and work for national development and for the advancement of the country as a whole. It would […]

Extremists on both sides of ethnic divide defeated

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by Dilanthi Jayamanne The Trade Union Alliance for a Just Society (TUAJS) yesterday said that certain extremist groups that contested Monday’s general election had been defeated by the people.  Addressing a media briefing in Colombo, Convenor for the TUAJS, Saman Ratnapriya said the number of votes received by Bodu Bala Sena and extremist Tamil groups comprising former members of the LTTE, had shown that people preferred to live in harmony.  Ratnapriya, who is also the Chairman of the Government Nursing Officers Association (GNOA), campaigned with several other government and private sector trade unions for the victory of the UNP. They also played a major role during Jan. 8 presidential election.  He maintained that they were all apolitical trade unions which had realised the need for a change of government and […]

Alternative Tamil political parties and ‘clean’ politicians

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Already Tamils in the North have started to protest against the “FEDERAL” system which does not promote reconciliation at all. Instead, it draws division lines in terms of boundaries. A good example to these divisions is the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) does not represent the common Tamils’ grievances. It addresses the politician’s grievances. The rise of Crusaders for Democracy (CFD) under the co-ordination of Nadesapillai Vithiyatharan has changed the whole political picture in the North. The TNA should be blamed for the rise of CFD (a new political group). The TNA was riding high in the North and East for the last three decades. Tamils did not have alternative parties to vote, as a result whether the TNA delivers the goods or not, Tamils used […]

The Sihala Urumaya is dead

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n October 10, 2000, there was a parliamentary election. Two days later, a newly-formed party split over its National List seat. The Central Committee had selected one person for that seat. This person had later resigned over the split, a problem given that he was the party’s president. Worse still, the split had been a tug-of-war between him and a younger rebel, who was apparently hell-bent on forcing everyone into selecting him. In the end, that rebel got what he wanted. He got the seat. SL Gunasekera, the president, had commented on him and his faction: “A set of intolerant Talibans.” The Sihala Urumaya got 1.48 percent of the votes that year. In 2001, when another parliamentary Plection was called (one which saw the defeat […]

Gota’s Death Squad Likely Killers Of Thajudeen

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The murder of popular ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen was likely carried out by former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘death squad’, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns. According to a group of ruggerites who were part of ‘Rajapaksa prince’ Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s entourage on the night of Thajudeen’s death – following a heated exchange of words between the two, an angry Yoshitha had met Gotabaya Rajapksa in person later that night and demanded for ‘Thajudeen to be done away with’. At this point, Yoshitha had been egged on by several other players of the Navy rugby team who had urged him to ensure Thajudeen’s removal, pointing out he had always ‘disrespected’ the Rajapaksa brothers. Sources claim the ‘Rajapaksa princes’ attempted to recruit Thajudeen to the Navy team on several occasions, but […]

Chandrika Kumaratunga Attending SLFP Central Committee Meeting After Absence of 10 Years Greeted with Thunderous Applause.

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By Chaminda Perera The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is to sign an MoU with the United National Party for the formation of a national government for a period of at least two years with the objective of solving burning issues faced by the country. The SLFP Central Committee which met under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the latter’s official residence yesterday, approved the formation of a national government with the United National Party led United National Front for Good Governance which bagged 106 seats at the 2015 parliamentary election. According to UPFA Acting General Secretary Professor Viswa Warnapala, a six member committee was appointed to discuss the formation of a national government. He said that this committee will discuss on the formation of national […]