Clacton by-election: Douglas Carswell becomes Ukip’s first ever elected MP after a sensational victory

The UK Independence Party scored a sensational victory early this morning when Douglas Carswell became the first MP ever elected under the party’s colours. He romped home in a by-election in Clacton, in Essex, with 21,113 votes, trouncing his Tory opponent, Giles Watling, who scored 8,709. Labour came third with 3,959, while the Liberal Democrats trailed with a humiliating 483. In his acceptance speech, Mr Carswell said that if Ukip remained true to its principles, “there is nothing that we cannot achieve, in Essex, East Anglia, in England, and in…

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VACATE and implement the provisions of the 13th Amendmen

By Ananth Palakidnar The Northern Provincial Council yesterday introduced a resolution, at a special session, urging the Security Forces to vacate from the private buildings and private lands in all five districts of the Northern Province before 31 December this year. The Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council, C.V.K. Sivagnanam, who had tabled the resolution at the special session told Ceylon Today that the resolution was passed unanimously. Sivagnanam said the leader of the NPC Opposition S. Thavarasa brought to the notice of the Council, that the Security Forces had…

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Will the curtains remain lowered for Amma?

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party supporters cry and react following news of party leader and India’s Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, was convicted of corruption at a Bangalore court, in Chennai on September 27, 2014 (AFP) | In this photograph taken on September 27, 2014 India’s Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram sits in the front passenger seat of a government vehicle as she heads to a court in Bangalore. Former film star Jayalalithaa Jayaram, one of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians, held…

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Robust and Independent Judiciary behind Jayalalithaa conviction…

“The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing”. —Caroline Kennedy Extremists of both corners of the political spectrum, in India as well as in Sri Lanka, must still be celebrating the conviction of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. While in power, Jayalalithaa Jeyaram managed to rouse the base instincts of both Tamils in India and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. But moderates in the two neighbouring…

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TNA complain to US officials President planning to launch campaign in North

By Mirudhula Thambiah Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesman and Jaffna District Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran pointed out that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was planning to kick off his Presidential Election campaign with his tour of Jaffna on 13 October. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Jaffna next week is not focussed on addressing the humanitarian problems of the people, such as resettling the Internally Displaced, in their original places and freeing the region of the military presence. But the arrangements made for the Presidential tour in the region indicate that President Rajapaksa is…

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What of the rational Tamil voice?

A development will be meaningful when it is done within a peaceful atmosphere. The previous governments never had an opportunity of initiating massive development drives in a post – war era, because those governments could not end the war. The present government had that opportunity to carry out massive development projects in a real post- war period. The Rajapaksa Government is the one and only Government which saw the post war era of Sri Lanka. This is an historical period in this country. Some revolutions can be justified, but most…

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Why did Mahinda say US had changed?

Diplomatic circles focused attention on President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent view that, following his talks with United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, he (Rajapaksa) felt that the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka. It is not known that Mahinda took such a view due to the cordiality of Kerry or what was prompted to him by External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP, Sajin Vass Gunawardena, who spearheads the effort to change the US stand on Sri Lanka through a PR firm employed by Colombo at a heavy cost. Chris…

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