Sajith complains of mudslinging

Members of the Rajapaksa camp, unable to get votes because of what they had done while in power were slinging mud at the Maithripala-Wickremesinghe administration, UNP Hambantota District candidate and Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa said. Addressing an election rally held at Ranna on Saturday, the minister said: “They cannot talk of what they did and ask the people to elect them again for they only engaged in swindling and misappropriating public funds. They also know that people now know those so-called mega development projects were nothing but sources of income for…

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White Van came for President Maithiri

The white van, in which three army personnel were travelling with a pistol, came for President Maithripala Sirisena, United National Front National List candidate M.K.D.S. Gunawardena said. “We created a country that was free from white vans. We ensured freedom and democracy in the country. Unfortunately, a white van resurfaced again from Mirihana, where former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are resident,” Gunawardena said addressing an election meeting in Dambulla. “It is important to understand that their aim is President Maithripala Sirisena. They would stoop to…

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Lanka failed to fully protect victims of trafficking

The Sri Lankan government made limited progress in protecting victims of trafficking, the Unites States said in its 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report released today. The report released by Sarah Sewall, US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, said the government also did not report any investigations, prosecutions, or convictions of government officials complicit in human trafficking offences. “There were allegations police and other officials accepted bribes to permit brothels to operate; some of the brothels exploited trafficking victims. Many recruitment agencies were alleged to be politically connected. Some sub-agents…

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UNP – MoU with UNFGG Sobhitha Thera & 75 civil society orgs to sign…

BY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY The Civil Society Collective comprised of 75 organizations including the National Movementfor Social Justice led by Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe representing the United National Front for Good Governance. The signing will take place tomorrow (28) at 9:30 a.m. at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. Former National Executive Council Member, Convener of the Lawyers’ Collective and Lawyers’ for Democracy and Convener of the eight-member MoU Drafting Committee Lal Wijenayake said that the MoU was…

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Replies to MR’s letters of demand

Several ministers including Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Ranjan Ramanayake, Nalin Bandara, Anura Kumara Dissanayake and the leader of the Gypsies band, Sunil Perera have been accused of engaging in activities that have defamed ex-President Mahinda Rajapakse during various TV talk shows. As a result of these practices, MAHINDA had sent letters of demand to these five individuals. Moreover, they have been charged one billion rupees each except for Minister Mangala Samaraweera who has been charged Rs.500 million. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, several of them expressed their thoughts on this move…

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Black July vigil in Downing Street

Hundreds of Tamils who hailed from the North and East of Sri Lanka and presently domiciled in the United Kingdom commemorated the 32nd anniversary of Black July communal riots with a vigil outside Downing Street in London on Thursday (23). British Tamils gathered outside the Prime Minister’s residence and lit candles in remembrance of those who died in 1983. P Sathiyaseelan, a long-standing activist and friend of many of those who lost their lives, including political detainees Kuddimani and Thangathurai, who were murdered in Welikada prison, during the violence which…

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Looking forward to prove MAHINDA’s guilt in court

Commenting on the Letter of Demand sent by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka for defaming him, Mr. Ramanayaka said he looked forward to prove Mr. Rajapaksa’s guilt in court. The former President had demanded Rupees one billion from the Deputy Minister in damages over an alleged defamatory statement of him in a TV political programme. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Mr. Ramanayaka said he was responsible for what he said and not scared of anyone to reveal the truth since he possessed the documents as evidence.…

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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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KIDNAPING AND KILLING BY WHITE VAN – GOTHA AND SUPPORT OF MAHINDA.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is contesting the upcoming General Election as a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate from the Kurunegala District, pledged to punish even his sons and brothers if they are found to have violated the law. Rajapaksa made this statement during an interview with The Nation conducted at his residence in Tangalle. Mahinda acknowledging the failure to implement the law against certain persons close to him had cost him in the end. It seems that he was aware of the White Van kidnapping and Killing, Dug dealing,…

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Ex-LTTE cadres would secure at least five seats in the forthcoming election.

Former LTTE cadres contesting the upcoming general election under the banner ‘Crusaders for Democracy’ have engaged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in a head-on collision in 17 August election in the Northern Province. Intelligence reports have revealed that the new party of ex-LTTE cadres would secure at least five seats in the forthcoming election. They have become more popular among youth in the Northern Province than traditional TNA members since CFD men fought for the rights of Tamils. The CFD has become a major threat to the TNA, Northern Province…

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Global Tamil Forum Roots For Sirisena, Ranil and TNA

COLOMBO: Without explicitly naming any political party or leader, the UK-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), has clearly indicated its support for President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and opposition to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the run up to the crucial August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections. In a statement highlighting the vital issues at stake for all Sri Lankans, the GTF said on Saturday that it “strongly” urges the Tamil people and all Lankans to do their “historic duty” by voting for…

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TNA election manifesto notes 13-A flawed

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says the 13th Amendment to the constitution, which was part of the Indo-Lanka accord, is flawed as power is concentrated at the Center and its agent, the Governor. In its election manifesto released in Jaffna today, the TNA said that the Tamil people are entitled to self-determination in keeping with United Nations International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, both of which Sri Lanka has accepted and acceded to. TNA leader R. Sampanthan, reading out from the TNA election…

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”Giving nominations to murderers and hooligans” From the horse’s mouth

One of the former LTTE top commanders and the outfit’s leader Prabhakaran’s one time bodyguard Vinayaga-moorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna had made some startling revelations with regard to some of the atrocities committed in the past. Karuna, who claims that he was instrumental in bringing an end to the three decades of civil war by deserting the LTTE and entering the political mainstream, is furious over not being given an opportunity to take part in the forthcoming general election in August. The onetime LTTE big wig Karuna, who was a strategist…

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Sri Lanka’s ruling party promises justice for war victims

Sri Lanka’s ruling party pledged justice Thursday for thousands of victims of the island’s separatist war as it released its manifesto ahead of next month’s general election.  The United National Party (UNP) promised to work with the UN to ensure accountability for war crimes committed during the conflict that ended in 2009, a longstanding demand of ethnic minority Tamils. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged support for his party to strengthen gains made at January presidential elections when Maithripala Sirisena ousted longtime strongman Mahinda Rajapakse. “The voters have a clear choice,”…

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TNA reiterates demand for Tamils’ self-determination

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of four parties in Sri Lanka, on Saturday reiterated its adherence to the right to self-determination of Tamils and the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces under the federal structure. While pointing out that Tamil-speaking Muslims would be entitled to the benefits of “all power-sharing arrangements in the North-East”, the Alliance, in its manifesto released on Saturday, said “this will no way inflict any disability on any people.” Asked whether the main political formations would accept TNA’s demands for self-determination and federalism,…

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UK diplomats advised against using Helitours

British diplomats have been advised against using Helitours after it was revealed that the domestic passenger airline was operating with an expired air safety certificate. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that staff at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka have been advised not to use the airline Helitours due to concerns about its safety certification Helitours is the commercial air arm of the Air Force and is established as a company under the companies act. Helitours utilizes turbine engine aircraft for touring and it claims it is…

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