SLFP: A house divided

SLFP: A house divided On Saturday this newspaper carried an article which said that former UPFA/SLFP Matale District MP and Provincial Councils and Regional Development Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon resigned from the government. He had said that the recent speech of President Maithripala Sirisena who is also the SLFP/UPFA Leader and the activities of the SLFP’s arch rival the UNP had precipitated his resignation. The reference to Sirisena’s recent speech was where the President addressing the nation over TV the day after nominations closed for the 17 August, 2015 General…

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TNA says US, India must play stronger role

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says the United States and India must play a more clear and stronger role to ensure the Tamils are given a political solution to their concerns. TNA spokesperson and former Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that the US seems to have got involved with Sri Lanka ahead of the January 8 Presidential election to reduce the role China had in Sri Lanka. “They may now prefer the current Government to remain in power,” Premachandran said at a press conference in Jaffna today. Premachandran said that while some…

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Dodgy brothels, stingy brokers are part of their everyday lives

They are on the streets, wearing tight-fit clothes, a handbag and an umbrella waiting for a vehicle to stop by them. Busy streets, dodgy brothels, stingy brokers are part of their everyday lives. Prostitution; a heavily tortured word in the Sri Lankan context, today has given rise to many social issues and a growing concern among the international community. Although it is officially illegal, Sri Lanka is a country that entertains illegal activities behind the scenes out of which prostitution stands in line with other activities like drug trafficking. The…

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Crowds hoot Mahinda and Nandamithra Ekanayake

Arts and Cultural Affairs Minister Nandimithra Ekanayake was humiliated at an election rally of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in Na-ula today when the crowd started hooting him. Mr. Ekanayake supported Maitripala Sirisena against Rajapaksa at the January Presidential Election, but now he is supporting Mahinda Rajapaksha for the Parliament election. He is now a UPFA candidate for the Matale District under Mahinda group. The rally was attended by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa who is calling himself as the UPFA’s prime ministerial candidate. Despite being hooted by his UPFA supporters,…

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We Must Promote Peace -Rishad Bathiudeen

By Waruni Karunarathne The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, which is now a part of the UNP led alliance, has decided to contest six districts under the UNP’s elephant symbol and one district separately under their own party symbol. Bathiudeen said that his party joined the UNP led good governance front to carry forward the mandate given by the people at the presidential election and that he is confident of securing 10 seats in the next parliament Following are excerpts of the interview: Q. The…

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