Ranil to protect country with President Sirisena

By Akitha Perera Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing the UNP’s final rally at Maradana yesterday said that he had a plan to develop and protect the country with President Maithripala Sirisena. “President Sirisena is ready to work with me as the Prime Minister and no Prime Minister can take the country forward while being at loggerheads with the President,” he said. The international community was ready to help a future UNP government by helping develop the country and they would receive foreign aid along with many investment opportunities and trade…

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Thajudeen’s death The mystery continues

The death of popular ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen has created enough and more headlines over the past three years that today, there is no one to relate the true story with regard to the incident. Since there had been delays by certain law enforcement authorities at the time of the incident, the mystery continues to date. However, since the incident has now become the ‘hottest’ topic in town, the dailymirror  takes a look at various angles to the story: “I lost trust in the police”  Aisha Thajudeen Giving an exclusive reasoning…

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Politicians bow before the court of the people: Who told more lies?

NASA, the United States’ space agency, is turning its telescope towards Sri Lanka. It has found an easy way to send a Rover-like robotic vehicle to Mars. That’s along the nose of our Pinocchio politicians, most of whom have mastered the art of lying to the people so well that they can even outdo the carpenter’s wooden son. Some of these lies find a place in party manifestos. As a result, the manifestos the parties put out with much publicity and media coverage in the presence of religious dignitaries have…

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UK deputy envoy notes Lanka’s property laws complex

The Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Laura Davies, notes that Sri Lanka’s property laws are complex and difficult to navigate, especially for foreigners. She said this in a blog posting after a visit to Galle where she spent time with a few of the 5,000 long term British residents in Sri Lanka. Particularly on the South Coast, many are involved in tourism, running small hotels and guest villas that keep Sri Lanka’s tourism figures booming and spread its economic dividends deep into the community. “But Sri Lanka’s property laws…

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Several Tamil disaspora circles abroad to the Tamil voters in the North and the East

By Manekshaw Strengthen the new found optimism is the call made by several Tamil disaspora circles abroad to the Tamil voters in the North and the East as well as to the Sri Lankan voters at large with regard to the next week’s parliamentary polls. Global Tamil Forum (GTF) from the UK, Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) and Tamil National Alliance’s Canada branch in their respective statements had pointed out specifically to the voters in the North and the East to create a conducive atmosphere to fulfil the political aspirations of…

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“Don’t fan flames of communalism or cause rift in party” :- Maithripala to Mahinda

President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as Chairman of UPFA and SLFP has told former president Mahinda Rajapakse not to fan flames of communalism and also cause rift in the party. He also added that Mahinda Rajapakse must listen to dictates of his intellect and not his heart. In a five page hard hitting letter to Mahinda Rajapaske, Maithripals Sirisena has categorically stated that he would not appoint him as Prime Minister in the event UPFA win majority of seats. Instead his choice would be seniors in SLFP such as…

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With the foundations of the Rajapaksa kingdom shaking for the first time in a decade, the race for Hambantota will be an interesting contest to watch

With Rajapaksa shining less brightly in the family’s home base, Sajith Premadasa making inroads for the UNP in the district and Sirisena loyalist Mahinda Amaraweera emerging as the UPFA strongman in the area, the Hambantota race will be an interesting one to watch    In Murungasyaya, a few villages away from Beliatta, the seat of Rajapaksa power, the king coconut seller scrunches up her face and furrows her eyebrows. Sharmali Subashini is trying to recall which party had been able to muster the bigger crowd at back-to-back rallies in Weeraketiya…

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For the UPFA candidates this election is about their political future

Of that stinker August 14, 2015, 9:15 pm The UPFA lost power in Parliament last January because Mahinda Rajapaksa had refused to appoint Maithripala Sirisena Prime Minister. Sirisena’s all-out effort to shatter Rajapaksa’s prime ministerial dream in retaliation is likely to ruin the UPFA’s prospects of making a comeback. They have been settling their personal scores at the expense of the party. President Sirisena’s stinker to Rajapaksa on Thursday came as no surprise. He drew heavy flak over his last ‘address to the nation’ which was, in effect, a diatribe…

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Beyond words to the polls

Beyond words to the polls BY Zaharah Imtiaz After a month full of television debates, interviews, meetings, rallies, posters and leaflets, election campaigning will finally come to an end at midnight today (14). As the final praises of each party are sung, Ceylon Today interviewed several contenders of the two major parties to find out what their prospects for the next five years are. Excerpts of interviews: Agreement with Volkswagen today – Akila ?. Kurunegala District is the highlight of the General election with the former President deciding to contest from…

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Let’s send good men and women to Parliament

In a few days Sri Lankan voters will pick the men and women they believe are best able to represent their interest in Parliament.  This will be the seventh occasion that people will be elected through the Proportional Representation (PR) system that came into effect with the 1978 Constitution. Even the once ardent supporters of that piece of legislation and who of course benefited from it have gone on record to condemn it as being terribly flawed and that overall people do not get represented in the way they ought…

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Luxury Sri Lanka resort can’t hide country’s divisions

Luxury Sri Lanka resort can’t hide country’s divisions By Justin RowlattSouth Asia correspondent 14 August 2015 From the sectionAsia Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media captionJustin Rowlatt reports from a hotel run by the Sri Lankan army Sri Lanka has everything a holidaymaker could want: a wonderful climate, friendly people, delicious food and beautiful beaches. But some of its resorts hide dark secrets. The fact that you have to go through a military checkpoint is a warning…

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“If we lose Hambantota, we lose the election islandwide,” – Who will win Kandy ? Ratnapura? Galle? Hambantota?

Pitched battle in Ratnapura? The Ratnapura District with its eight polling divisions offers 10 members to be elected from the district to Parliament. In 2010, seven out of t… Who will win Kandy ? The JVP, at its zenith as a standalone party in Parliament, won 16 seats and managed to win one seat from the Kandy District. This time around, … Battle for Galle? The Galle District saw the UNP through to victory until the arrival of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the helm of the SLFP. The UNP continuously lost…

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Kurunagala Campaign!

K’gala campaign: Between the rock and hard politics UNP claims winning converts, says best show of force in decades UPFA’s campaign currency; former president Mahinda Rajapaksa Mahinda Rajapaksa After nine years at the helm as President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, paradoxical enough, is at the crossroads in many aspects. One is geographic but the others are political. This rock city, the capital of the North Central Province, lies at the cross roads between Kandy to Puttalam and Colombo to Anuradhapura. The paddy farming district has just seen a bountiful…

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Ranil You Can Take Guard & Get Ready To Play A Long Innings

By Nishthar Idroos – A sense of deja-vu is gripping the resplendent island of Sri Lanka. It’s the eve of another General Election, the many held every five years in the island nation with a nascent democracy. Campaigning is at its peak, so is the level of violence. All projections indicate to one inevitable conclusion. A United National Party led alliance win. It won’t be that monumental landslide of 1977 under JR Jayewardene but good enough to form a government according to latest polls. A Ranil led government seems just…

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“Gang of Four” destroyed the SLFP – They will NOT get in to the parliament!

By Gamini Jayaweera – In recent political meetings, press conferences, and several articles published in newspapers a number of SLFP seniors and the Chief Minister of Western Province have accused that the former President MadameChandrika Kumaratunga was responsible for attempting to destroy the SLFP from the srilankan political map because her decision not to support the UPFA candidates, especially Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his close supporters. Some senior members of the SLFP publically asked the Central Committee of the SLFP to ban former President Mrs. Kumaratunga’s membership of the party.…

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General Election 2015 Pre Election Opinion Poll – Top Line Report

Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives conducted an island wide pre election opinion poll with the objective of identifying Sri Lankan voter perceptions and attitudes on key topics being discussed in the lead up to the election and thereby contribute to the current political discourse. Only 4 % of Sri Lankans believe that the 2015 General Election will not be free and fair and 66.9% believe that it will be. When asked about who they think is best suited to be the Prime Minister…

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Lee Scott Appointed As Ambassador Of Justice For Tamil

British Tamils are delighted to appoint Lee Scott as Ambassador of Justice for Tamils to move forward our struggle for freedom and justice, says the British Tamils Forum. Issuing a statement the BTF said; “The Island of Sri Lanka was two nations for several centuries. The Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka who constitute a nation have been struggling for the past six decades to reinstate their lost independent sovereignty. The Tamil people have on numerous occasions expressed their will to break free from the genocidal Sri Lankan state in order…

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Sri Lanka Parliament Election 2015

Yet another election for the Sri Lankan parliament is scheduled for the 17 August 2015.  Parliamentary Elections in the Island of Sri Lanka have been of total irrelevance to the Tamil people ever since the island’s independence in 1948. This parliament of a Sinhala Hegemonic state, since 1948, has been systematically destroying the foundations of the Tamil Nation, behind the cloak of a “democracy”.  The very parliament repeatedly orchestrated  anti-Tamil pogroms in which thousands of innocent Tamil people were massacred on the streets and in their own homes, by Sinhalese…

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Mahinda On The Defence While Ranil Measures Up To The Winning Post

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Chronically underrated all through his career and with no claims to special charisma Ranil Wickremesinghe seems to have found his spot in the scheme of things and he forges ahead in the electoral struggle with the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. The situation bears similarity to Maitripala Sirisena when he confronted his one-time cabinet boss at the Presidential stakes last January. Sirisena had no pretence to this elusive quality that we call charisma. He had as his own driving assets- a shrewd common sense, a good nature…

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