‘I am better qualified than any other politician to contest polls’ – CBK

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga says that she has a right and qualifications to contest elections more than many other politicians.  Addressing a Bodhi pooja ceremony at Siriwardhanarama Vihara in Henepitamulla, Yakkala organised by Gampaha Deputy Mayor Ajith Basnayake to mark her 70th birthday, former President Kumaratunga said: “I have not done anything wrong. I have not committed theft. I don’t have blood on our hands. Therefore, I am better qualified than anyone else to contest elections.”  She said some politicians were boasting that they had made Sri Lanka the miracle of…

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“TNA is the only party fighting for the rights of the Tamil people”

Before contesting the election, Mahinda Rajapaksa needs to prove that he and his family are not corrupt, notes Tamil National Alliance strongman Suresh Premechandran. “If he (Rajapaksa) comes to power, he will safeguard his entire family and protect them from all the allegations against them,” Premechandran said, adding, “We supported Sinhalese people to bring a change in the government. Now it is up to the Sinhalese people to decide whom they want to rule the country.” Following are excerpts: Q: What are your plans for the upcoming election? A: We…

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TNA MP condemns rehab for GNs

Former Kilinochchi Parliamentarian of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Sivagnanam Sritharan, condemning the rehabilitation programme for 11 Grama Niladaris of the Jaffna and Kilinochchi Districts said, they were sent there accusing them of having links with the LTTE. He further said that they were sent for rehabilitation without any Court Order but on an order from the Secretary to the Defence Ministry. It is not known whether they will be taken back to service after rehabilitation, he said. The 11 Grama Niladaris who served in Kilinochchi and Jaffna Districts were…

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If UPFA nomination foils; Mahinda (and his fraudulent group) prepared to contest through ‘budding flower’

In case former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is unable to contest the upcoming General Election under the UPFA due to a breakdown in the Mahinda-Maithri collaboration, Rajapaksa is scheduled to contest under the Our Sri Lanka Freedom Front (Ape Sri Lanka Nidahas Peramuna) with the symbol of a budding flower. The party which was formerly named Sri Lanka National Front with the symbol cricket bat recently changed its name to ‘Ape Sri Lanka Nidahas Peramuna’ and symbol to a budding flower. A release was recently published with the signature of UPFA…

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MAHINDA’s Aide Faces Money Laundering Charges

CID files B report against Gamini Senarath at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court The Chief of Staff of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to face legal action shortly for alleged money laundering, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said. Highly reliable sources at the CID who wished to remain anonymous told The Sunday Leader that the CID has filed a ‘B’ report in the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court against former president’s Chief of Staff, Gamini Senarath. The Sunday Leader is in possession of the B report filed by the CID in…

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In memory of Mr Vallipuranathan Theebaraj

In memory of Mr Vallipuranathan Theebaraj CLICK TO DONATE : http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/raj ‘Raj’  – Born: 19/04/1973 – Passed away: 25/06/2015 The family and friends of the late Mr.V Theebarajah very much appreciate and touched with the support during this difficult time. A worthy project has been initiated developing the J/Velanai Saivapiragasa Vidyalayam where he had his primary education. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to this project in lieu flowers.  

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Cricketer Mr Bavalan Pathmanathan 22 dies after being struck on chest!

 Middlesex Tamil Sports and Social Club (MTSSC) It’s very sad news for cricket we all shocked and saddened by death of this young all rounder the MPSCUK talented cricketer Bavalan Pathmanathan 22, has been passed away while playing Cricket in BTCL Legend League game yesterday Sunday the 5th July. This tragic accident happened while he was batting the fatal ball hit his chest and everyone was on the ground tried to resuscitate and tragically he was pronounced dead at the hospital. It was a sad day for everyone and especially…

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China pressurizes to bring Mahinda back

The Chinese government is exerting pressure to bring Mahinda Rajapkasa back to power, ‘Sathhanda’ newspaper claims. Political affairs chief of the Chinese embassy Ren Faqiang is behind this campaign and is making arrangements for his government to fund Rajapaksa’s campaign, it says. In the past few months, Faqiang had fabricated falsehoods in order to create divisions between president Maithripala Sirisena and prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. This Chinese diplomat also has had close connections with top government politicians. Now, he is printing and distributing an astrology paper and a tabloid newspaper,…

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TNA, SLMC to announce candidates

TNA, SLMC to announce candidates The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) are expected to release the names of candidates who will contest the five electoral districts in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in the forthcoming general election from today……………. READ MORE An Aimless TNA & The Disillusioned Tamils TNA, after getting the mantle of Tamil leadership from June 2009, has failed miserably to advance the causes of the defeated and traumatized Tamils. Instead, they have been prodding and plotting to set up an agenda…

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TNA rejects nominations for Anandi

TNA rejects nominations for Anandi The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has rejected nominations for TNA Provincial Council member Anandi Saseetharan to contest the August 17 Parliament elections. Saseetharan had requested nominations to contest and enter Parliament but the TNA had today rejected that request. The TNA had noted that Saseetharan has already been given several privileges by the party and so a policy decision was taken not to give her nominations. Meanwhile, TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that the TNA hopes to secure at least 20 seats in Parliament through the August election. At…

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Nomination To Mahinda: Betrayal Of Good Governance

Nomination To Mahinda: Betrayal Of Good Governance Inevitably the only choice is between the two major political parties-United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party- both of which, with their racist politics, brought the country to today’s shameful state of affairs. These two parties were solely responsible for dividing communities to promote the majority Sinhalese at the expense of the minorities to either remain in power or capture power. The daily disclosure of crime, corruption, plundering of nation’s wealth by the former President Mahinda Rajaaksa, his family members, his ministers…

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YES? or NO? – The MAHINDA nomination saga

The MAHINDA nomination saga None of the heavyweights of the SLFP- including SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva – were present at the Medamulana rally, despite widespread speculation. When contacted by MPs of the Rajapaksa group, they said they were busy at the SLFP headquarters, finalising nominations. However, the low turnout of MPs for the Medamulana meeting came as a disappointment not only for the former President but also for his supporters…………………  READ MORE CBK Strikes: President Agrees…

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Minister Harrison says Mahinda committing political suicide

Minister Harrison says Mahinda committing political suicide Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is planning to commit political suicide by coming forward to contest the forthcoming general elections as an ordinary candidate, says Social Services and Live stock Development Minister P Harrison. Minister Harrison, addressing a press conference at the Ashok Hotel in Anuradhapura, yesterday (05) said that the former president was in that predicament because of the corrupt politicos around him. “These elements entered politics without a cent in their pockets. They amassed billions of rupees through fraudulent means while in…

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‘Mass exodus of MPs expected if MR gets nomination under UPFA or SLFP ticket’

Chamikara Weerasinghe If President Maithripala Sirisena had taken a decision to give nomination to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest under the United People’s Freedom Front (UPFA) or the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ticket, he will not be able to prevent a mass exodus of UPFA and SLFP MPs from joining other political parties to contest the forthcoming general election, Constitutional lawyer and Transparency International Executive Director J.C. Weliamuna yesterday told the Daily News. Waliamuna said, “there is no element of doubt about it. A sizable number of UPFA…

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