15th February 2018

Keep Cool UNP – Just Don’t Over-React! UNP+UPFA secures 46.01% & Mahinda 44.69%

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This was after all only a Local Government Election, primarily to pick who will look after and nurture each Ward, under watchful eye of the local PS, UC or MC, although pre/post elections generated much political heat. Newspapers have concentrated mostly on victories of Pradeshiya Sabhas, mostly ignoring MCs. Municipality Areas [MCs] are pivotal in view of their extents, location and of course the populace they serve – mostly the more educated and discerning public who have unanimously voted with the UNP – examples being Hambantotte, Galle, Kandy, Negombo, Wattala, Panadura, Dehiwela/Mt. Lavinia etc and the plum of Colombo. Reverting to yesterday’s results, no doubt Mahinda Rajapakse and his JO would be elated with the strong showing at yesterday’s LG Elections with his hastily patched […]

Cordial Late Night Talks Between Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe Result in Agreement Being Reached Over Future of Coalition Govt Unity and Re-shuffle of Cabinet Ministers

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By Dharisha Bastians Even as both the UNP and SLFP engaged in major political grandstanding that cast serious doubt on the fate of the Unity Government, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met again for late night talks yesterday. The two leaders discussed the future of the ruling coalition and basic agreement had been reached on the continuation of the unity Government and a cabinet reshuffle in the near future, highly placed sources told Daily FT. No further details were immediately available, but the meeting between the two leaders had been cordial, the sources said, even as rumbles within the UNP-SLFP coalition grew and a split seemed imminent last evening. Courtesy:Daily FT Angered By UNP Threat to Govern Independently,President Sirisena Orders SLFP Ministers To […]

Instead of calling for more elections, Power hungry Mahinda should formulate an action plan to run the LG bodies – Can he?

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Election monitors say there have been a significant number of incidents of post-election violence in different parts of the country. Some members of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), which emerged victorious at Saturday’s local government polls, are alleged to have been involved therein. The SLPP must take serious notice of these complaints. True, thankfully, there have been no large-scale, organised attacks, but it is unfortunate that at least some of the SLPP candidates and their backers have got involved in untoward incidents. The problem with power is that it goes to one’s head in next to no time and makes one’s bestial traits to manifest themselves. One of the main reasons for President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s crushing defeat at the last presidential election (2015) and […]

”Government thinks Tamil people can be bought over by making them powerless” Northern CM rejects economic assistance from Govt

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Northern CM rejects economic assistance from Govt Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran recently said, “The Government thinks Tamil people can be bought over by making them powerless. Even we are behaving in such a way. We should refrain from such behaviour and become powerful. We should change ourselves and they will stop grabbing from us,” he said. The Chief Minister further said, “Sinhala Political Leaders are very clear about their demands. But we are unclear of the ways to execute our demands. Some have even questioned the reasons for our reluctance to gain economic benefits and collaboratively work with the Government. Obtaining economic benefits is equal to vesting our rights with the Central Government. They will claim that economic development is given and then plunder […]

Did Mahinda lose a Presidential Election and Pohottuwa, a General Election, on Feb. 10?

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by Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka I am sorry, but I just don’t get it. I thought what we had was a local government election, specifically for the purpose of deciding which parties assumed control of those local, grassroots, area-based institutions depending on the number of members elected. The electoral results shown on the map of Sri Lanka by the media indicating the administrative areas gained (which is what it was all about), was awash in deep maroon, the designated colour of the new SLPP covering most of its territory, pushing other colours representing other older parties to the margins and a couple of small blobs in the centre. It was quickly described as a ‘landslide’. How that victory could be interpreted as anything but phenomenal […]

Britain’s love for the LTTE and fales Promises by Sri Lankan Gov.

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By Shivanthi Ranasinghe When a foreign delegate lands in Sri Lanka, the Tamil National Alliance wastes no time in lamenting to them about the delay in installing the new Constitution. When Prince Edward, the Earl of Essex, came on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II for the 70th Independence celebrations, it was no different. TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran whined about the snail’s pace at which the “problems of our people” are being sorted by the “lethargic” Government. Prince Edward listened very patiently before responding that the Royal Family would support the British Government’s stand. Hence, it would be pertinent to understand the British Government’s stand. The former British High Commissioner liked to call Britain, Sri Lanka’s traditional friend. Queen Elizabeth’s message, too, articulated her hope that […]

SLFP, UNP avert split, plan reshuffle

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Both parties trying to garner numbers Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have agreed to reshuffle the Cabinet, ending days of uncertainty over their coalition government’s future after a recent local poll debacle. The two leaders met late on Wednesday night. The discussions were “positive”, according to a top source present at the meeting. The source refused to share further details. Neither of the leaders has made known his position after the meeting. Party sources said they were not aware of the specifics of the said Cabinet reshuffle, but saw the late-night talks as an attempt to save the unity government that, earlier in the evening, seemed to be on the verge of a split. The development came on a day […]