Chandrika the Bomb

A question was asked from the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his final breakfast meeting with media heads last year.  ‘Who is your real opponent, Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe or Chandrika Kumaratunga?’  He did not hesitate in responding: ‘Chandrika!’ This became the lead story in all newspapers the following day.  The headline in almost all newspapers was ‘Chandrika is my real opponent!’ or else versions of that same line.  What happened next is interesting. The Maithripala Sirisena campaign quietly sidelined Kumaratunga.  It must be remembered that it was this lady…

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Champika challenges MAHINDA to debate on bribing LTTE

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of bribing the LTTE at that time, challenged him to prove his innocence if possible. Addressing an election meeting, Mr. Ranawaka, who is contesting the upcoming election on the UNP ticket, said he would challenge Mr. Rajapaksa to make an announcement on the allegation regarding the bribing of the LTTE with money. He alleged the Rajapaksas used the ‘white van culture’ to achieve their personal gains and all would be be exposed before the people. he said…

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I will not engage in political propaganda supporting TNA

I will not engage in any political propaganda supporting the TNA candidates, instead take a neutral stance, NPC Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran said in a communiqué issued in that context. He said that the General Elections was announced when he was on a tour abroad and many a people question about his stance now. “Ten candidates are vying for seven seats in the Jaffna Electoral District while nine candidates are contesting for six seats in the Wanni Electoral District. Hence, there is a contradictory situation among the candidates within the…

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Child Poverty: Who are the Poorest Children in Sri Lanka?

The UN General Assembly has adopted the following definition of child poverty, on 10th  January, 2007 – “Children living in poverty are deprived of nutrition, water and sanitation, access to basic healthcare services, shelter, education, participation and protection, and that while a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human being, it is most threatening and harmful to children, leaving them unable to enjoy their rights to reach their full potential and to participate as full members of the society”. As the definition points out, measuring child poverty can…

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Maithri: From Waterloo to Watershed?

Maithri: From Waterloo to Watershed?   Politics & Society by Prasad Gunewardene The general belief in the country is that most of our politicians are comedians. Most of our politicians do act like comedians time and again. In the previous regime Mervyn Silva was outstanding. He tied a government official to a tree. Later, it was told that the victim performed that act himself. Mervyn staged a drama both inside and outside the Rupavahini Corporation. Finally he won the award titled ‘Minister of Public Affairs and Public Relations’ for his outstanding “public…

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New report names torture camps and perpetrators + Executing surrendered LTTE suspects and sexually violating them

Sri Lanka: New report names torture camps and perpetrators BY ATHULA VITHANAGE Shocking details of sexual torture has been exposed in a report identifying many torture camps and several officers who carried out the systematic persecution of Tamils through torture, rape, illegal detention and killings. In compiling its latest report, “Still Unfinished War: Sri Lanka’s Survivors of Torture and Sexual Violence 2009-2015”, International Truth & Justice Project (ITJP) records details of more than 40 torture sites while naming over 60 rapists and torturers. ‘This is by no means a comprehensive…

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Government will not comment on alleged UN document

The Government today refused to comment on a document a British television station claims could undermine international investigations into the war. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maheshini Colonne said the Government was aware of the British ‘Channel 4′ news report on the document but will not comment on such media reports. Channel 4 News reported this week that it has been supplied with the leaked UN document which it claim could pre-empt and undermine September’s Human Rights Council discussion on a UN’s long-awaited investigation into crimes committed at the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil…

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Police look for Mahinda’s UPFA candidate over abduction and assault

Matale police are looking for Matale District Mahinda’s UPFA candidate and former Deputy Minister Lakshman Wasantha Perera and a group of his supporters for allegedly abducting a man and assaulting him for launching a campaign against the proliferation of ethanol and printing a set of posters to be pasted in public in that regard. The police said the victim had been assaulted allegedly at the UPFA candidate’s house. It is alleged that the supporters of the politician had arrived in a car and abducted the victim near a printing press…

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Three Committees To Probe MR Ads On ITN

By Easwaran Rutnam An investigation launched by the Ministry of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs has revealed that the State owned Independent Television Network (ITN) had violated regulations in place when accepting advertisements for the last Presidential election under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. ITN Chairman, Prof. Dhammika Ganganath Dissanayake told The Sunday Leader that three separate committees had been appointed to investigate the allegations against the former management of ITN. He said that a committee appointed by the Media Ministry, a committee appointed by ITN and a Presidential Commission had…

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“Ours is a country battered by imperialism” – Tilvin Silva

The JVP is for socialism with modern Sri Lankan characteristics Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) General Secretary Tilvin Silva, in an interview with the Dailymirror , said his party opts for socialism with modern characteristics rather than deviating from the party’s original principles, policies and objectives.  Excerpts of the interview:The JVP, played a role in the 100-day government by participating in the deliberations of the National Executive Council (NEC). What would be the JVP role after the General Election? At the January 8th Presidential Election, our focus was to defeat the authoritarian…

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MAHINA insults intellect of voters

Kurunegala district UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is insulting the intellect of the voters by giving very silly promises to voters including youth to deceive them and capture power by hook or crook. People have not forgotten the manner he suppressed student rights without any shame showing his 10 year oppressive rule, State Minister of Defence and Gampaha district UNP candidate Ruwan Wijewardena said in a statement issued yesterday. The statement added that when the student community demanded the previous government to increase the Rs. 2,500 Mahapola Scholarship in proportion to…

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Rajiv Gandhi killers will not be hanged, confirms SC

The Supreme Court dismissed on Wednesday the centre’s curative petition against its 2014 judgment commuting the death sentence of three convicts to life term in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, upholding a verdict that brought into focus the inordinate delays in executions in India. The central government plea had sought a review of last year’s decision when the SC reduced the punishment while saying the prisoners had been on death row for too long. “We have gone through the curative petitions and the relevant documents. In our opinion, no case…

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Sri Lanka must implement some more recommendations of LLRC, before September, to face the UNHRC report on the international probe against Sri Lanka successfully.

Don’t do anything good for the country because people will say the world asked you to do it. INFOGRAPHIC: LLRC Implementation Statistics Sri Lanka must implement some more recommendations of LLRC, before September, to face the UNHRC report on the international probe against Sri Lanka successfully said State Minister of Finance and UPFA Kalutara District candidate Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday (If NOT for the UNHRC pressure non of the LLRC will be implemented by the racist Sri Lankan government). He also said that in order to face the challenges before Sri Lanka,…

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Widespread abuse of State resources by MAHINDA still under probe

Minister of Food Security Gamini Jayawickrama Perera this week said that widespread abuse of State resources by Mahinda Rajapaksa during his tenure as the President is still under probe and recent political statements of the latter are just to hoodwink the masses. “Investigations are proceeding on allegations of fraud and corruption against him and his henchman.  Therefore, it becomes a joke when he makes payment for the use of his official vehicle and boasts of it. It is a political fraud.  However, we can be happy of the fact that…

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Will Maithri make Mahinda prime minister?

All these days Mahinda used the SLFP to establish a ‘Family Kingdom’ and then throw away the party men curry leaves. Maithri and all others fell into the category of curry leaves under Mahinda. In everything the saying goes that every dog has its’ day. Who knows that this is the time that Mahinda would be used and thrown away like curry leaves? by Upul Joseph Fernando ( July 29, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) This is guessing time in the SLFP. All keep their fingers crossed. Some look up…

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Mahinda group Fit for prison, not Parliament – NBF

The National Bhikkhu Front (NBF) explained that they would be supporting the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) at the General Election and called on all to elevate the JVP to a status of power beyond the main Opposition and being its Leader. Secretary of the NBF Ven. Wakamulle Uditha Thera said that in arriving at the said decision, their civil society organization had looked at three criterion primarily revolving round whom the three main political parties, namely, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the United…

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Sri Lanka justice: leaked UN document casts doubts

A leaked UN document raises concerns over the prospects for genuine justice for the Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes, writes Callum Macrae. Channel 4 News has been supplied with the leaked document which critics claim could pre-empt and undermine September’s Human Rights Council discussion on a UN’s long-awaited investigation into crimes committed at the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war. According to the UN tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the closing stages of the Sri Lankan military’s war against the LTTE, also known as…

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MAHINDA and UPFA Losing Steam In The South?

By Nirmala Kannangara in the Southern Province – Pictures by Lalith Perera The Southern Province is yet to feel the election heat with the three main political parties in the province conducting their campaigns on a low profile. Politicians in the Hambantota district have set an example for their counterparts in other districts on how to conduct an election campaign without displaying large cutouts and banners. The situation in Matara and Galle districts are not the same as there were a few hoardings and cutouts in the town centers. Most of the…

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I am pleased to meet you in the courts to tell you the plunders you committed – Anura challenge Mahinda

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that he is pleased to face the court case filed against him and five of his colleagues if the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa alleges to send a demand notice for slandering him. He said if there is a court case filed that he will get an opportunity to tell the former president’s face about his robbing of public funds. Anura Kumara said “The former president is telling that he is going to file a court case. I am too waiting for that opportunity to…

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Mahinda’s racist cat jumps out of its pouch

Reports reaching us confirms that a Lankadeepa photo journalist has been taken into custody by the security personnel of the Kurunegala district parliament contestant Mahinda Rajapaksa for taking pictures of the Buddhist singhalese flags raised during an election campaign in Yatinuwara. The incident was published in the Lankadeepa website as below “Well build security personnel held one of our photographer by his shoulder and took him to a group of securities and took the custody of the camera until the flags were removed from the posts. They pretended they are from the police…

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