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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