Video: I will protect MR and family: Maithri

Video: I will protect MR and family: Maithri Common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena said today that he would not allow international forces or the Tamil diaspora to drag incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family or anyone in the security forces to an International War Crimes Court. He made this pledge on behalf of the opposition at a media briefing this morning. Mr. Sirisena also pledged to have a proper reconciliation plan to heal all divisions among various communities and to bring together all ethnic and religious groups in the country.…

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Comments on JHU leaving government

“Ask this question from the President” – Nimal Siripala de Silva Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Leader of the House, Nimal Siripala De Silva refused to speak on behalf of the government regarding the JHU’s decision.“You should ask this question from the president,” he said before hanging up. “Doors open to put country above positions” – Gayantha Karunathilake Galle District United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Gayantha Karunathilake pointed out the JHU’s decision to leave the government on principle had been made as the UPFA government had failed…

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JHU will give the government another chance

Deputy Secretary of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Udaya Gammanpila, in an interview with Ceylon Today, says the JHU will give the government another chance. Excerpts:By Shalika Wimalasena Q: Can you outline the JHU’s present stand? A: We always take the side of the people. We gave up positions in the government to ensure the people’s success. We don’t have any hatred towards the government. Q: Did the government ill-treat the JHU? A: No. We were treated well. This is not a move taken due to disappointment over treatment. Q:…

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SLMC to stage coup!

By Lakshmi Jayakody The Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) may be dissolved, as its Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Councillors have decided to launch a political coup against the local body’s ruling party. The EPC members representing the SLMC have pressurized the SLMC leadership to leave the government. Reliable sources, speaking to Ceylon Today, said the upcoming EPC budget was likely to be defeated and it was likely that the EPC would be dissolved. The EPC budget is to be taken up for reading from 1-5 December. The All Ceylon Muslim…

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Government fears dissolution of PCs

Government fears dissolution of PCs By Zahrah Imtiaz The Joint Opposition yesterday said the government would not convene any meetings in the Provincial Councils (PC) until after the Presidential Election, as they fear that Councils would face dissolution if they were to meet. “The government has postponed the Uva Provincial Council meeting and they say it is because it is ‘too cold’ to hold a meeting. Looks like Uva is suffering from a fever and several more PCs are going to catch it,” Opposition’s common candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, said. He…

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Maithripala to implement LLRC report

Common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena says he will implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) if he comes to power. Asked at a media briefing today how he will address the accountability issue if he wins the January election, Sirisena said that the LLRC recommendations will be used for this purpose. UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya, JHU MP the venerable Athureliya Rathana and MP Rajitha Senaratne were among those present at the media briefing. Athureliya Rathana said that the JHU will reach a decision over the…

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Rajapaksa Family Controls 56% Of Budget, 16% More Than In 2010

By Niranjan Rambukwella – Out of every rupee spent by our government, 56 cents are directly controlled by members of the Rajapaksa family. Analysis of budgets over the last five years reveals that the share of the budget controlled by the Rajapaksa family, viz Mahinda Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa MP and Nirupama Rajapaksa MP, increased 16 percent – from an already gargantuan 40 percent in 2010 to an eye-watering 56 percent this year. The chart below tells the story. Also, over half the budget is personally controlled by Mahinda Rajapaksa alone – see…

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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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UK MPs propose sanctions on Lanka

British Parliamentarians have proposed imposing sanctions on Sri Lanka if the Government of Sri Lanka does not allow the UN investigating team into the country. The UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has noted that given the time that has passed since the launch of the international inquiry, and the constraints placed on the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) team, they believe that the UK Government should be ready to consider all possible options, including sanctions, to convince Sri Lanka to allow access. “We…

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