24th December 2017

Why the Sinhala leaders don’t like Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran?

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Outspoken and an Honest Ex Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and the current Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is known to be the most popular Tamil living in Sri Lanka today and is the most unpopular among the Sinhala political leaders who have continuously cheated the Minority Tamils since independence from British on 4th February 1948.  Since independence Successive Sinhala governments have promised to implement a political package to give equal rights to all but always failed to do it once the election was over, this led the Tamil youths to take arms against the government. The Tamils arm struggle was brought to an end in May 2009 with  the then President Mahinda promising the world leaders that he will implement a 13+ political package if […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa got (74,454) 22% of the total votes in the Jaffna District IN 2015.

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by C.A.Chandraprema The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s woes with the nomination lists continued in the second round as well though at a lesser level than during the first round. The biggest blow to the fledgling political party during the second round was the rejection of the SLPP list for the Tirappane Pradesheeya Sabha in the Anuradhapura district which many in that party consider a sure win. In addition to Tirappane, the SLPP nomination lists for the Jaffna Municipal Council, the Valikamam North, Valikamam East, and Delft Pradeshiya Sabhas were rejected in the second round. In comparison to the lists rejected in the first round, the rejection of some lists in Jaffna where national political parties cannot hope to win, may seem to be a minor […]

SLFP gives Maithri powers to take legal action against members campaigning for or contesting from another party

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BY GAGANI WEERAKOON Unblemished diplomatic relations maintained between Russia and Sri Lanka have reached a threatening juncture, allegedly, due to a beetle which was said to be found in one carton carrying famous Ceylon Tea. President Maithripala Sirisena is said to have contacted Russian President Vladimir Putin requesting to end the temporary ban on Sri Lanka’s tea imports. President Maithripala Sirisena addressing a public rally in Haputale announced his decision to write to President Putin, requesting him to end the temporary ban that resulted following the discovery of a beetle in a consignment of tea that had been imported from Sri Lanka. However, it was noted that the beetle is a pest of grain crops such as rice, and has never been associated with tea. […]

Beyond the Sinhalese-Tamil ethnic binary

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Considering Sri Lanka’s battle-scarred history, provoked in good measure by the politics of language, news of a Telugu-speaking candidate contesting polls would seem unlikely. However, a careful look at the past shows us the layers within the Sri Lankan society that seldom get captured in the Sinhalese-Tamil ethnic binary that the country is often portrayed in. A new political outfit — Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) — formed by the supporters of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has nominated a Telugu-speaking candidate from Anuradhapura for the local polls scheduled for February. An ancient capital city with heritage sites, Anuradhapura is now an important district in the North Central Province, sandwiched between the Tamil-majority north and the Sinhala-majority south. According to a 2017 government report, Sri Lanka […]

Sri Lanka President hints at ditching UNP-dominated govt

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ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), has strongly hinted at a possible split of their coalition mid-way of its five-year term. The President told his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) loyalists that he has decided to carry out the “second stage” of his daring political bravery of defecting  from the then strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government in November 2014. A rank outsider, Sirisena quit his Health ministry portfolio and challenged his former boss at the snap presidential election of January 2015. He won spectacularly with the support of a UNP-led rainbow coalition clamouring for good governance after a decade of autocratic rule. On Friday evening, Sirisena said the way to save the country […]