A.H.M. Azwer resigns from Parliament

UPFA National List MP A.H.M. Azwer has resigned from Parliament today. Speaking to Ada Derana, the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake stated that Azwer tendered his resignation a short while ago. Azwer is a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which nominated him on its National List to the Sri Lankan Parliament in 2010. BBS to support President Rajapaksa Most issues raised by BBS are rational Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana Video: No more talks with MR: JHU Thursday, 27 November 2014 18:47 Our doors…

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Harsh repression of dissent and policies which have continued to alienate the country’s ethnic minorities, the Rajapaksa government just isn’t a popular as it used to be.

High-level defections are troubling developments for President Mahinda Rajapaksa. By Taylor Dibbert Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has just announced that the country will hold a presidentialelection two years early. The move had been expected for some time. The election will be held on January 8, 2015. In light of this development, there are other issues that merit attention. As mentioned in the New York Times, “Rajapaksa’s second term officially ends in November 2016, but he can legally seek re-election after completing four years in office, a marker his office…

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British lawmakers urge EU to stop Sri Lanka trade perks if UN probe not given access

Leading British lawmakers urged the European Union on Thursday to remove preferential trade tariffs from Sri Lanka if it fails to address human rights concerns. Sri Lanka has refused to cooperate with a United Nations Human Rights Council investigation into war crimes allegedly committed by both state forces and separatist Tamil rebels during a conflict that ended in 2009, despite mounting international pressure. The United Nations has estimated about 40,000 civilians were killed in the final weeks of the 26-year conflict, mostly by the army, but Sri Lankan President Mahinda…

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Files on SLMC – Attempt through CID to stop SLMC Hakeem to cross over!

A plan is underway to keep SLMC leader, justice minister Rauff Hakeem in the government by silencing him through the CID, internal sources at the department told ‘Lanka News Web.’ Investigations are to be launched into three files existing against minister Hakeem. Sergeant Bandara, under the supervision of chief inspector Indunil, has been appointed for the purpose. One file relates to his breaching of financial and administrative regulations by purchasing a tug from a Muslim businessman without following tender procedures when he was the minister of ports and shipping. Another…

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Tamils’ support determines the Underdog in SL elections

As Srilankan presidential elections took a sudden twist as few ‘outside powers’ decided to split the Rajapaksa regime , it has created so many opportunities as opinions which are limited to the imaginations within Tamils and as usual trend Tamils are spearheaded. In the recent past we countered the Tamil UNPers who tried market on top of general Tamil hatred on Rajapaksa regime. UNPers are trying to manipulate the stories so we all begin to believe they will bring us the justice by punishing Rajapaksa regime. We highlighted that this…

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Muslim vote is significant in the election – Mahinda In Dire Straits

By Rajasingham Jayadevan – President Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken a calculated gamble when odds were seriously against him to call the Presidential election on 8 January 2015. Intoxicated with power, greed and destined by his fate, the President could not imagine or visualise the predicament he could face at the forthcoming presidential election. For those who believe in astrological predictions, the major Saturn change on 2 November 2014 for his Aeris Raasi is definitely not helpful for him.  According to general predictions- Overview: ‘Sani Bhagawan is moving from the 7th…

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Chandrika: The King Maker

By Premachndra S. Salgado – I’m a retired public servant who worked under Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratnga. The article which you find below was written 9 years ago, a small part of the large diary that I have maintained. Now that Chandrika B. has decided to reengage in politics, I am thinking of writing an article, suitably edited against libel laws. The former President Chndrika Kumaratunge, has merged again into the spotlight as the king maker, in seeking the appointing the Common candidate of the opposition. In this process she has…

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Video: India’s World On Sri Lanka’s Presidential Poll

Video: India’s World On Sri Lanka’s Presidential Poll During a political discussion that was hosted yesterday on Rajya Sabha TV – an Indian cable TV network run by the Indian government, experts on political and international relations have pointed out that that reasons that drove President Rajapaksa to hold the Presidential polls two years ahead of schedule would have been a combination that includes the erosion of the political coalition he built to come into power, to remain better protected from international pressures and to avoid running the risk of…

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Emerging Common Opposition

By Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda – The factors which are forging unity among the opposition political parties and the civil society organizations are the immediate need to change the constitution and to abolish the Executive Presidency. This includes also ending the rule of one corrupt family. We have seen the results of the18th Amendment to the constitution. How true is Edmund Burke for us today who said, the greater the power, the more dangerous will be the abuses. Undoubtedly, the preoccupations of the opposition movement reflect some urgent needs of the ordinary…

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Nagamuwa to be Leftist Front common candidate

LSSP, left parties support President Mahinda Rajapaksa – Prof. Tissa Vitharana Minister of Science and Technology and Leader of the LSSP, Prof. Tissa Vitharana told the Sunday Observer that his party decided to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa running for a third term because he was sworn-in as Executive President on his second term only after the 18th Amendment was incorporated to the constitution and there were constitutional impediments. He said that sections of the international community, led by the US and other conservative forces of the world, are endeavouring to…

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MR’s third-term bid SC Opinion controversial – Lawyers

MR’s third-term bid SC Opinion controversial – Lawyers BY Ruwan Laknath  Jayakody Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) and Lawyers’ Collective (LC) claimed the Supreme Court (SC) Opinion that said there was no legal impediment for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest for a third- term was written in ‘political’ language instead of ‘judicial’ language. The SC Opinion, which was recently tabled in Parliament by the Opposition, despite repeated requests by the Opposition for Leader of the House, Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to do so, falling on deaf ears, the language,…

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NDP MP commemorates event honouring fallen Tamil Tigers, likens it to Remembrance Day in parliament

TORONTO — Canada’s public safety minister said Thursday he was “shocked and appalled” after a New Democratic Party MP rose in the House of Commons to commemorate Tamil Heroes Day, which honours fallen Tamil Tigers rebels. Steven Blaney urged Rathika Sitsabaiesan, a Sri Lankan-born rookie MP, to apologize “to veterans and all Canadians” for her statement that called the day “an important event” and likened it to Remembrance Day. Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s statement “Mr. Speaker as Canadians of Tamil heritage in November we commemorate two important events, Remembrance Day and the…

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