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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