Ranil Does A Gandhi

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Strange things sometimes happen with canny drama. It was only two days ago- last Wednesday evening (20th November)-that I played the DVD of theGandhi movie to educate my young grandson. Just as India was about to get independence after the long Gandhi-led struggle Ali Jinnah, one of the leaders of the national struggle, expressed his decision to go for a separate Pakistan explaining that “Muslims cannot have the British removed in order to be ruled by Hindus.”  Throughout the campaign for Indian independence the Muslim-Hindu mutual tension had…

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Maithripala Sirisena the Common Candidate

I hope to serve the country more in future – Maithripala SLFP defectors stripped of posts and party membership Sri Lanka’s ruling party today said all Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs who defected from the government with the Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena have been stripped of their ministerial portfolios and party membership with immediate effect. MORE.. I will contest as the Common Candidate – Maithripala Sirisena Dealing a massive blow to the ruling UPFA alliance ahead of the presidential polls, Minister Maithripala Sirisena, who is the General Secretary…

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Great news for No Fire Zone

Dear All Great news for No Fire Zone is that we have won a Britdoc Impact Award  …to make it even better you can also vote  for a “Netflix High 5” award which –  would be worth $5000 for the campaign.  You have to be on twitter to vote for us.   Either go to   http://www.britdocimpactaward.org/films/nofirezone      – and hit the Netflix Hi 5 button (half way down on the right hand side ) Or send a tweet containing these words  #NetflixHi5 to @nofirezonemovie http://britdocimpactaward.org via @C4BRITDOC     BUT PLEASE ADD A…

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2015 January presidential election will be decided by the 1.5 million Tamil and Muslim votes, if 60% of them go to polls.

By Kusal Perera – We would not be talking of a decent and a free election this 2015 January. Minister Maithripala Sirisena was once heard saying he could even go back to the village in a bus and stay in his old house. But most would not feel comfortable taking such decisions and that makes this election a very decisive election. Especially to those who are in the regime or decide to remain with the regime. A total voting population of around 15 million as of now would decide if…

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Truth or falsity, or is it the communal divide?

Any intelligent person will agree that communal politics have been the bane of this country. Instead of looking at issues from a national point of view, the communal perspective encourages a narrower approach, each group claiming as large a piece of the pie as an entitlement, indifferent to the consequences to the whole. It reduces men to the lowest definition; their particularities are emphasised while ignoring commonalities with the rest. The idea of a nation ought to bind people together in a common identity. Communal politics on the other hand…

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UK brothers orphaned in tsunami repay Sri Lankan support

Orphaned by the 2004 tsunami, two British brothers have told their story in a book out this week and unveiled plans to build a Sri Lankan children’s home, using funds from their flip-flop business. Rob and Paul Forkan were aged 17 and 15 when the giant wave hit their hotel in Weligama, southern Sri Lanka, and survived by clinging onto a roof. Their two younger siblings, Rosie and Matty, also survived the disaster, but there was no sign of parents Sandra and Kevin. After being told by hotel staff that…

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More to be arrested

The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) yesterday (19) revealed that investigations are being conducted to arrest more suspects, in connection with the assault and sexual harassment of a Scottish couple at a night club, by Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka and his associates. By Isahra Ratnakara The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) yesterday (19) revealed that investigations are being conducted to arrest more suspects, in connection with the assault and sexual harassment of a Scottish couple at a night club, by Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka and his associates. Seven suspects, including…

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Protesters want 3 Lankans also freed

A protest was staged in Jaffna today calling for the release of the three Sri Lankans who were sentenced to death together with five Indians. The five Indians were yesterday pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa but the three Sri Lankans are still in jail serving a life sentence. The family members of the Sri Lankans and others staged a protest walk in Jaffna which began from opposite the Jaffna prison this morning. The five Indians were freed following protests in India and the intervention of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Indians…

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Land grabbing and pricing

Land grabbing and pricing This precipitates a situation where the vegetable and paddy farmer has to get into debt during the period (in paddy, the Yala and Maha seasons) of production. They either have to obtain loans through banks or privately, failing which they resort to pawning jewellery and possessions………….READ ALL Minister promises CEB manpower workers to be made permanent Minister of Power and Energy, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, assured yesterday that nearly 5,000 manpower contract employees working in the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) will be absorbed into the permanent cadre with…

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Who is the Liar? Solheim or Mahinda?

Govt. brands Solheim a liar The government today branded the Development Assistance Committee (OECD) Chairman and former Norwegian Sri Lanka peace negotiator Eric Solheim ‘a liar and a supporter of terrorists’ who was in cahoots with the LTTE.  Responding to a journalist at todays’ weekly cabinet news briefing, Cabinet spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said Eric Solheim who had a soft spot for separatist terrorists always acted against the Sri Lankan government and armed forces.  “It was he who arranged to transport high-tech communication equipment to the North for the…

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Minister Navin to CROSS OVER?

My dad armed Mahattaya says Sajith United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa says his father armed Gopalaswamy Mahendraraja, also known as Mahattaya, in an attempt to split the LTTE. Speaking at an event in Tissamaharama today, Premadasa said that his father, former Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa, had not armed Mahattaya to split the country but split the LTTE………………  READ ALL Of that elephantine dilemma Everybody knew there would be a snap presidential election early next year and now President Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced it officially. The SLFP has unanimously decided that…

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20 to quit govt. with Minister Maithri – Wimal Weerawansa

At the United National Party (UNP) working committee meeting tomorrow (Nov 21) it is to be decided whether UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe or Minister Maithripala Sirisena is to be fielded as the ‘common candidate’ at the upcoming presidential election. If Minister Maithripala Sirisena is to be fielded as the common candidate, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) have agreed to extend their support, reports say. According to UNP internal sources, the contesting of the presidential election by a common front and under a common symbol…

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