White Van and police came home when I asked for my money from Mahinda’s Minister.

Gampola Vidanage Samantha Kumara alias ‘Wele Suda’ today told the Colombo High Court that he loaned Rs.2 million to former UPFA MP Duminda Silva for his election campaign and that white vans and the police had turned up at his home when he asked Mr. Silva to repay the loan. “I worked with Duminda Silva and he demanded a loan of Rs.2 million. I gave it to him and when I asked for the money, white vans and police turned up at my residence,” Mr. Kumara said.   Former UPFA…

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Rajapaksa’s racist brand of politics should be defeated

Minister Joseph Michael Perera says that it is very necessary to continue with the newly established atmosphere of communal and religious harmony in the country. The former UNP Parliamentarian stated that the UPFA is unfortunately engaged in spreading racism and religious extremism by making false statements. “Therefore, on the 17th of August Mahinda Rajapaksa’s racist and extremist brand of politics should be defeated in order to prevent the re-surfacing of an uncivilised era against the present day civilised society, an era where a single family holds the reigns of the…

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Maithri-Ranil combination best for Sri Lanka:

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is the ideal politician to work with President Maithripala Sirisena for the next five years and take Sri Lanka forward based on a strong foreign policy and meaningful development, UNP candidate Rosy Senanayake said today.She told a news conference in Colombo, that the unique and unparalleled combination of the two politicians President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremeisnghe who would able to work together prudently for a better country. “The only person who is capable of collaborating with our President Sirisena during the next five years and…

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TNA will support next Govt

TNA will support next Govt By Madhawa Kulasooriya Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan says that the Alliance will support the government that will be elected depending on what solutions it provides for the North-East crisis. Sampanthan said yesterday in Vavuniya that the TNA had decided to support the … government that will be elected based on the actions taken by it to solve the North-East problem and that, if a solution is to be found, the government that will be established should negotiate such issues with every party and reach…

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Devolution: TULF calls for solution based on Indian model

By Shamindra Ferdinando TULF General Secretary V. Anandasangaree yesterday said that the August 17 general election would give the electorate an opportunity to choose those who could strengthen the post-war national reconciliation. Colombo District TULF candidate Anandasangaree said that TULF was in the fray in Colombo, Northern Province and Eastern electoral districts, except Digamadulla. Responding to a query by The Island, the veteran politician said that a sizeable vote for the TULF in Colombo would greatly strengthen his efforts to restore genuine peace and national reconciliation. Anandasangaree said that the country was…

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General Election 2015: Unitary status, re-merger of EP with NP and other critical matters

Issues beyond depriving tainted candidates from entering parliament By Shamindra Ferdinando Former SLN radioman, Wijitha Rohana Wijemuni is in the fray in the Colombo District at the August 17 parliamentary polls, on the Janasetha Peramuna ticket. Wijemuni contested the Oct. 2000 general election on the Sihala Urumaya ticket. Wijemuni, who had been punished by a military court for swinging his rifle at the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in July, 1987, polled the third highest number of preferences received by the Sihala Urumaya in Colombo. Champika Ranawaka topped the…

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Election gimmicks, manifestos and ‘The Liars of Sri Lanka’

The history of the word ‘manifesto’ begins in Italy and the accepted belief is that the word was derived from the Latin ‘manifestum,’ which means ‘clear’ or ‘conspicuous.’ Dictionaries define the word as “a public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate.” In another place, it says “A published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government.” We Sri Lankans are mostly familiar with election manifestos.  Regardless of…

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There are ”Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power” accused among those contesting in south.

by Dhaneshi Yatawara The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to Investigate and Inquire in to Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges is investigating in to nearly 220 large scale frauds, according to its Secretary Lacille de Silva. “Whether minor or major, the cases are investigated giving equal priority while taking serious consideration of issues where there is a huge loss to the government,” de Silva told the Sunday Observer. Adding that considering the magnitude of the bribery and corruption that occurred within the…

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This will be an acid test for the TNA and Tamil’s.

The talk of the town is TNA’s demands mentioned in their manifesto. This is not only a controversial matter, but these demands go against the present Constitution of the country too. Given this situation, how can a registered political alliance ask for something which not supported by the constitution? Therefore, this gives clear signs of a conspiracy to disrupt the democratic system of this country. This also can be termed as another attempt to cheat innocent Tamils and grab their votes. TNA Leader R. Sampandan said the problems faced by…

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