135 racketeers including former (Mahinda’s) Parliamentarians involved in smuggling or trading in heroin

Former UPFA Ministers, MPs and other politicians under Mahinda had connections with the heroin mafia  Awaiting a call from President Maithripala Sirisena to hand over 135 Drug smugglers list to him NO one on the mafia list got nomination from the United National Front for Good Governance. Tragically, the smuggling or trading in heroin and other narcotics has become a key  issue in the campaign for the crucial general election on August 17. The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) Chairman Dr. Nilanga Samarasinghe has emerged as a heroic figure…

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The government is dedicated to developing the North just as much it is dedicated to develop the South

Boundaries can’t cause divisions in country – President Chamikara Weerasinghe President Maithripala Sirisena said in Kilinochchi yesterday that demographic descriptions like the North, South, East and West exist only on maps and that all should move forward bearing in mind that we live in one country. “Neither law nor boundaries can cause divisions in the country,” the President said. He was speaking at a ceremony held in Kilinochchi town to open a modern supermarket-style Sathosa Mega Complex for the district. “Every citizen shall have the right to live freely with…

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Several key UPFA figures dodge election manifesto launch with Mahinda

Several key figures of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ‘dodged’ the launch of the party’s election manifesto yesterday, informed party sources told the Daily News. Among them were Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, UPFA Ratnapura District Leader John Seneviratne, Kandy District Leader S.B. Dissanayake several other district leaders and senior ex-Pariamentarians. When asked about the party’s senior-most members being absent at the launch of the election manifesto, a senior spokesman of the party said they were busy with election campaigns in their respective districts. However, party sources said…

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Left, Vaiko on Same Page on Lanka Issue

CHENNAI:  Strong supporters of Tamil Eelam, including MDMK leader Vaiko and VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, on Monday, arrived at a common consensus on the sensitive issue, for the common agenda of their People’s Welfare Protection Movement. The CPM, which was not in favour of an international inquiry into the massacre of Sri Lankan Tamils and had been insisting on a local and credible probe, made a major climb down by agreeing to fight for bringing the culprits of the massacre before an international court for rendering justice. The stand of…

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Corrupt political system barrier to progress

Sri Lanka’s prevailing corrupt political system did not provide an effective environment to privatize or listing of State owned enterprises (SOE’s) , Marxist People’s Liberation Front (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Ceylon FT. This was revealed, by the JVP leader at the briefing arranged for the business community at the Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo, on the 27th July. The JVP leader said that, “Our state sector is full of corruption, inefficiencies and nepotism.” In this scenario, allowing at least a partial listing is a major risk,” “Successive governments have…

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Mahinda was a dictatorship. Now there is law and order!

Ousted Sri Lankan Leader Angles for a Comeback Ex-President Rajapaksa leads ethnically charged campaign, vows closer ties to China Former Sri Lankan president and parliamentary candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa greeted supporters during the launch of his party election manifesto in Colombo on Tuesday. PHOTO: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES By GORDON FAIRCLOUGH   NAULA, Sri Lanka—Flanked by saffron-robed Buddhist monks, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa exhorted a crowd of more than a thousand supporters at a weekend election rally, saying: “We saved this country. Don’t let it be divided again.” The…

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Sri Lankan nation will not be gulled by the demagogues and racists again

Seeking Victory By Default One thing that strikes anyone with any experience of participating in and/or running political campaigns of any description in any part of the world is the ineptitude of the UNP’s strategists during the days since the writ was dropped for a general election. When/if the Ranil Wickremesinghe/UNP coalition, whose long title escapes me at this time, wins the forthcoming election it will be due to one or both of two factors: the public’s monumental distaste for all that Mahinda and his Minions stand for and did…

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Why Rajapaksa as Sri Lankan PM is bad for India

Will the former president’s return mean having Chinese naval presence within hair’s breadth? There is unprecedented political flux in Sri Lanka with just about three weeks to go for parliamentary elections. By throwing his hat in the ring, former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa has contributed hugely to the churning. Nobody is quite sure what the August 17 play of dice throws up. Moreover, the timing of the elections is significant as the UN report on human rights abuse by the Sinhala army in the last phase of the military campaign against the…

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Not to go Beyond 13A for Ethnic Solution

          COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s opposition UPFA today pledged to limit its quest to find a solution to the island’s ethnic conflict within the India-backed thirteenth amendment (13A) of the Constitution. “We aim to arrive at a solution acceptable to all by strengthening the provincial and local governments by not venturing beyond the 13A,” the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) manifesto for the August 17 parliamentary election released here today said. Previously the UPFA under ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, had pledged for a solution beyond powers of the…

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Youth will defeat Mahinda’s PM aspirations

A large number of youth had voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last presidential Election and more would do so at the August 17 general election, the UNP said on Sunday. Plantation Industries Minister Lakshman Kiriella, addressing a UNP-led UNFGG election campaign meeting at Poojapitiya in Kandy, said that Mahinda Rajapaksa was trying to woo the youth by making bogus promises, but they were now politically mature and would not fall for his tricks once again. “Mahinda’s Prime Ministerial ambitions will be dealt a crippling blow by the youth who…

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UNFGG will not let down 5.7mn voters voted for Mahinda

United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) will take care of the interests of 5.7 million people who voted for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa if elected to office on August 17, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. Speaking at an election rally in Galigamuwa, Mr. Wickremesinghe said UNFGG will take care of the interests of 57 million people as they are innocent and cannot be blamed for the wrong doings of those who ran the previous regime. He said the intention of UNFGG is to work for all people and…

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New report notes systematic persecution of Tamils in Lanka

A new international report has found that systematic persecution of the Tamil community still takes place through torture, rape, illegal detention and killings committed by the state authorities. The report by the International Truth & Justice Project,  a project administered by the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, run by transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka who was also a member of the UN panel of experts on Sri Lanka after the war, shows how the use of torture and sexual violence is part of a well-coordinated policy, planned at the highest level of the…

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Don’t weaken TNA, Ariyanethran tells Tamils

BY S. Gurunathan Weakening of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the upcoming general election would certainly damage its international reputation in finding a lasting political solution to the six-decade old ethnic problem, said Pakiaselvam Ariyanethran, former TNA parliamentarian and a candidate contesting in the Batticaloa District on the TNA ticket. He appealed to the Tamil voters not to change their political stance in supporting the TNA in the upcoming general election. Tamil candidates contesting the election under the TNA ticket should be elected with a large majority to tell…

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Hakeem regrets remarks against him by TNA leader

BY S. Gurunathan Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem, said recently he felt sorry for the derogatory remarks made by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader against him comparing the late founder leader of the SLMC M.H.M. Ashroff and the current leadership of the SLMC mentioning the founder leader as the true leader of the Muslim community and saying that the present leadership of the SLMC has been working against the political aspirations of the Muslim community. He said the TNA was angry with the current leadership of…

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TNA indirectly helping Govt. says Kajendran

By S. Gurunathan Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been working internationally indirectly to help the government to get rid of human right violations committed in the country by the State armed forces during the final leg of war, accused Selvarajah Kajendran, General Secretary of the Tamil National People’s Front in Batticaloa addressing an event held in connection with the opening of election office at Govindan Road. He further said that very soon Tamils in Batticaloa would lose their voice if their rights are not recognized. The same situation would arise…

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Mixed feelings among displaced Tamils

Robinson, a 19-year-old youth of the Sabapathipillai camp of internally-displaced people (IDP) in Chunnakam near Jaffna, is more keen on playing cricket with his friends than talking about larger issues that affect the Tamil community. Still, he says he will go to polling booth on August 17, and cast his vote. “That is my right,” he says. What would the elections mean for him? This is a question that can be addressed by those who are knowledgeable, he replies. He, however, adds that this is the first time that he’s…

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Rajapaksha used 100+ White Vans in their time to terrorise the Tamils.

By Jehan Perera The nascent rejuvenation of institutions since the change of government was demonstrated in an unexpected manner with the apprehension of a white van. These vehicles have obtained a notoriety that peaked during the last years of the war with the LTTE. The circumstances under which this particular white van came to light had all the classic features that made the white van an object of fear and intimidation during the previous decade. It had false number plates. It had army personnel in it. It was being driven…

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New Constitution needed: TNA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka, has demanded that the country frame a new Constitution to address a host of issues it’s grappling with, including the Tamil question. Taking time off from his election campaign, R. Sampanthan, the 82-year-old leader of the TNA, told The Hindu in Jaffna on Sunday afternoon that “everybody wants a new Constitution. Even the Sinhalese leadership wants a new Constitution. There are many matters that, to me, [call for] a new Constitution.” Elaborating further, Mr. Sampanthan, who…

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The Last Of A Generation Of Tamil Marxists

By Kumar David – He was my comrade and neighbour and oft would we sit out on my veranda, sipping the stuff that cheers and first talking sensibly, then slinging it out in voices that kept the neighbours, too polite to complain, awake till the late hours, as a bottle of the golden water of life emptied itself gently. He was a Christian, more than a superficial one as his wish that his funeral be both spiritual and secular shows. But this was less potent than the convictions that anchored his political…

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Upcountry To Be Uplifted – Palani Digambaran

By Waruni Karunarathne   The newly formed Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), which comprises of Democratic People’s Front (DPF) led by Mano Ganesan, National Union of Workers (NUW) led by Minister Palani Digambaran and Upcountry People’s Front (UPF) led by V Radhakrishnan, has also joined forces with the UNP led alliance to contest the upcoming election. Minister Digambaran said the TPA is committed to address the issues of the upcountry Tamils and carry forward the mandate given by the people to President Sirisena on the good governance front during the last…

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