”No investigation will be held on killing of Lasantha” says Gotha

The purpose of this essay is to remind ourselves that we must not throw the baby with the bathwater.  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Gotabaya-Rajapaksa.mp4 On 8th January 2015 we dismantled a garrison state. The present mess should not detract us from that simple solid lesson of history. History may or may not repeat, but events past indicate that history can rhyme.    These are interestingly uncertain, alarmingly tentative times. In addition to candidates of the two mainstream political streams, civil society formations have sprung into action, exploring their path to the ‘Presidency of the Republic.’ …

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Wiggy praises Sajith

Former Northern Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran, yesterday, said he was happy about the UNP’s decision to field Minister Sajith Premadasa as its presidential candidate. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sajith-should-realise-sri-lanka-does-not-belong-to-the-sinhala-buddhists/ Wigneswaran said, in a media statement: “Sajith is young. He received his early education at Royal College, Colombo and then, continued his education at the London School of Economics. I believe this would have given him a ‘live-and-let-live’ attitude.” Wigneswaran added that Premadasa had launched several successful programmes such as Saviya and Sasunata Aruna. The fact that Sajith’s father had been targeted by Tamil militants…

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ULF wants its supporters to mark their second preference for is Sajith

Sri Lankan politics is not only topsy-turvy but also full of contradictions. As for its political parties, the UNP makes no bones about the fact that it is capitalist to the core. The SLFP claims to be a progressive political force with left leanings, but it has evolved in such a way that, at present, there is hardly any difference between it and the UNP, where their economic policies are concerned. The SLPP is similar to the SLFP, in most respects. The traditional left remains committed to socialism, but coalition…

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British born Lankan Arsenal fan Tashan Daniel stabbed to death

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London British born Sri Lankan Tashan Daniel, 20, was stabbed to death on Tuesday at Hillingdon underground station. He was killed when he was on his way to watch the Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest football match. The attacker, who is still on the run, accused Tashan of “staring at him weirdly” from the other side of the tube station platform. A spokesman for Arsenal Football Club (FC) said: “Everyone at Arsenal FC is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Arsenal fan…

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Former Army Chief to run for Presidency

*Senanayake has become the fourth candidate to face the November 16 presidential election *Gotabhaya Rajapaksa from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), *Sajith Premadasa from the ruling United National Party (UNP) and *Anura Kumara Dissanayake from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) are already in the fray. * It is still not clear if Sirisena would throw his hat in the ring as a candidate himself. Former Army Commander General Mahesh Senanayake today (29) announced his candidacy for the presidential election to be held in November. Senanayake’s presidential bid was announced…

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What Can Sri Lanka Expect Under “President” Gotabaya Rajapaksa or “President” Sajith Premadasa?

By P.K.Balachandran On Thursday, after a month-long bitter inner-party struggle, Sajith Premadasa was nominated as the ruling United National Party’s candidate for the November 16 Sri Lankan Presidential election. The entrenched faction led by party Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had to bite the dust eventually, and grant Deputy Leader and Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa the party nomination “unconditionally.” With the issue of UNP’s candidature settled at last, there are two main contenders for the Sri Lankan Presidency, namely, Sajith Premadasa of the UNP-led Democratic National Front (DNF) and…

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Is the Killing of Civilian Tamils During the Rajapaksa Decade to Be Reckoned as a Necessary Evil?

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Two manifestly glorious ironies occurred this week. A former President cautioned against a return to what he termed ‘the Premadasa era’ and a former Chief Justice lamented that, during the ‘yahapalanaya’ years, the independence of the Sri Lankan judiciary had been lost. Strange logic and stranger contradictions These claims may have been dismissed with nary a scornful sniff if it was not for the stunningly hypocritical context in which they were made. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s reference to the ‘tyre killings’ of Sinhalese youth during the…

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The Pluses and Minuses of a Sajith Premadasa Presidential Candidacy

by C.A.Chandraprema By fielding Sajith Premadasa as its presidential candidate, the UNP has put its best foot forward. As a political party, it would not have been feasible to ignore the demonstrations that the Sajith camp put up to prove the fact that he was by far the preferred candidate of the UNP rank and file. For the past decade, the UNP’s style of electioneering was to come to an arrangement with like minded political parties to add the latter’s vote to the UNP’s base vote in contesting presidential elections…

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No Action Yet Against Bhikkus Led by Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thero For Defying Court Order and Cremating Buddhist Monks Body Within Hindu Temple Precincts While Police Did Nothing

By Meera Srinivasan The recent passing away of a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka and his subsequent cremation in the northern district of Mullaitivu has brought to the fore an old concern — the power wielded by the Buddhist clergy and the impunity shielding them. It wasn’t the monk’s cremation that was the problem, it was the site. On Monday, a group of saffron-robed men, led by controversial monk Gnanasara Thero (in picture) of the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force), gathered near the Neeravi Pillaiyar Kovil (temple) well in…

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Sri Lankan gold winning kick boxer makes ‘koththu rottie’ for a living

Kumudu Prasanna who created history by winning the first-ever gold medal in kick boxing held in Bangkok, Thailand is now working as a Koththu (food) maker in the Horana area. Prasanna, who hails from Horana, was unable to pursue higher studies and has no regrets about it, as he became a successful Thai kick-boxer, a sport with a high risk of sustaining physical injuries. Speaking to the Sunday Observer he said he was never afraid to fight but his biggest fight now is that he is facing a huge crisis…

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Sajith seeks cosultation with SLFP, as SLFP-SLPP talks falter

Sajith Premadasa, just named the United National Party’s candidate for the November 16 presidential election, has sought a meeting with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to discuss recent political developments. His request has been channelled to Dayasiri Jayasekera, General Secretary of the SLFP, by Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, the UNP counterpart. It has been done after UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe gave him the approval for the meeting after he was informed of the request. The Sunday Times learns that Mr. Premadasa plans to have initial round of talks with General…

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Maithiri to follow Mahinda

SLFP leader President Maithripala Sirisena has no choice than to fall and worship SLPP leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today to form a final discussion regarding the forming of a new alliance. SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa and SLPP National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa also participated in the meeting which was held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The future course of action between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) regarding the presidential election was reportedly extensively discussed during the meeting. It is talk of the…

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A video on the stark reality of the law and order situation in the Sri Lanka

This is a video that exposes the stark reality of the law and order situation in the  Sri Lanka. Unless the government takes appropriate action against the Buddhist priests and others who defied an order of  a  court, Sri Lanka is going to be un-disputably branded as a land where lawlessness  reigns supreme and the Buddhist priests have become a disgrace to the noble teachings of Lord Buddha.  Soon Sri Lanka is going to be a outcasted state like Myanmar when too the Buddhist priests wield power with no respect for…

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Madam Jasmin Sooka’s Press Release: On Sri Lankals Suspension from UN Peacekeeping

Press Release: Sri Lanka Suspended from UN Peacekeeping. 27 September 2019 Johannesburg: The announcement by the UN of a suspension of Sri Lankan soldiers going abroad as peacekeepers is a sad day for the country.  This is a direct consequence of the Sri Lankan President’s move to woo election support by appointing alleged war criminal, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, to the post of Army Commander, despite the warnings that this would affect peacekeeping. Shavendra Silva commanded the Sri Lankan Army’s 58 Division in the final phase of the civil war in Sri…

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Court order on Gota’s dual citizenship and 2005 Polls

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court has ordered the Immigration and Emigration Controller to immediately hand over certified copies of the dual citizenship file of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed the court that the Defence Ministry had informed in writing that it did not possess such folder containing the documents despite of the fact that the Department of Immigration and Emigration had informed the folder is being kept at the Ministry.  The Defence Ministry has informed that the folder…

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Sajith Premadasa Chosen as UNP Presidential Candidate Because Party Circles Felt He was “The Only Candidate Who Can Beat Gota”.

By Meera Srinivasan United National Party (UNP) deputy leader and Cabinet Minister Sajith Premadasa will run for President, Sri Lanka’s ruling party announced on Thursday, ending weeks of uncertainty and apparent infighting over candidacy. Mr. Premadasa, 52, is the son of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa. In the November 16 election, he will face Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former Defence Secretary and brother of Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa, from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, and Anura Kumara Dissanayake, who leads the leftist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). The UNP’s working committee on…

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Cannot go back to ‘Premadasa era’ – Mahinda

Trade and commerce have suffered great losses under the incumbent government, claims Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa. He made these remarks addressing the national convention on businesses at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre in Colombo this morning (26). The event was held under the patronage of SLPP presidential aspirant, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Opposition Leader. Commenting further, he said the ‘Good Governance’ government has Sri Lankan rupee had depreciated against the US Dollar marking the selling price per 1 USD as Rs 182. He…

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U.N. Bans Sri Lankan Peacekeeper

U.N. Bans Sri Lankan Peacekeepers The U.N. peacekeeping department has decided to ban the deployment of non-essential Sri Lankan army troops in U.N. peacekeeping missions, citing the country’s appointment of an alleged war criminal to a top military post, a U.N. spokesperson told Foreign Policy.Lt. General Shavendra Silva was recently appointed chief of the Sri Lankan army, eliciting criticism from the U.N., the United States, and the European Union. Silva commanded Sri Lanka’s 58th division during the final stages of the country’s military campaign to crush the Tamil Tigers, a…

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How Many Tamil Votes Can EPDP chief Douglas Devananda Canvass for Gotabaya Rajapaksa At Presidential Poll?

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Ever since the name of Gotabaya Rajapaksa began to be bandied about as a potential candidate at the Sri Lankan presidential elections, doubts have been raised as to whether the former defence ministry secretary could win at the hustings. This skepticism has intensified in recent times after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa formally announced his brother’s candidacy at the Sri Lanka Podujana Party(SLPP) Convention on August 7th this year. Earlier there was much pessimism about Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s eligibility to contest as a dual citizen holding US citizenship. It was…

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A Government Minister has accused the Bodu Bala Sena led by the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero of attempting to build a sub-national Sinhala Buddhist state.

National Integration and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister Mano Ganesan Accuses Bodu Bala Sena Of Trying to Construct a Sub -national Sinhala Buddhist State in the Island While the Govt is Building an Inclusive Sri Lankan State Encompassing All Ethnicities and Religions A Government Minister has accused the Bodu Bala Sena led by the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero of attempting to build a sub-national Sinhala Buddhist state. Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs Mano Ganesan said that while the Government is building a Sri…

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