Pres Polls: Too Early To Predict Outcome

By Kumar David – Prof. Kumar David Rather foolish people make bombastic predictions that Gotabaya Rajapaksa will surely win while unintelligent UNP types proclaim with certainty that Sajith will prevail. One of them will win but with so many known-unknowns and unknown-unknowns still before us it is silly to indulge in idle babble. What can be intelligently recounted are strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats relating to the candidates. The biggest unknown-unknown are the legal complications relating to Gota’s candidacy which have been raised in many forms. It seems his renunciation of US citizenship is…

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SLPP In Crisis, Gota Applies To Go Overseas

The writ application filed in the Court of Appeal challenging the legal validity of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lankan citizenship has thrown a spanner in the works of his presidential campaign, with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna in crisis talks to find an alternative in the event the former Defence Secretary is disqualified from contesting the November 16th election. On Monday night party leaders in the SLPP led alliance met at Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Wijerama Mawatha residence for talks about how the party will face the latest legal challenge posed on Gotabaya…

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TNA to hear out all candidates before supporting one of them

By Dinasena Ratugamage The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), yesterday, said that it would have discussions with all presidential candidates before deciding to support one of them at the Nov 16 presidential election. TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran, addressing media after a meeting with party activists in Jaffna, said that his party had decided to talk to each and every candidate individually before making a final decision on its stance at the forthcoming presidential poll. Sumanthiran, PC, said that they would ask each candidate what his or her stand on the national question…

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Full pension to be extended to spouses: Cabinet OKs Sajith’s proposal for disabled veterans

Cabinet decided yesterday to approve the proposal presented by Minister Sajith Premadasa to grant the pension currently being paid to disabled war heroes to their spouses after their demise, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told the Daily News. UNF Presidential candidate Premadasa had met the protesting veterans on Monday and assured them that he would act quickly to redress their issues, the most critical being the extension of full pensions to spouses after demise of soldier recipient. He said that on September 24, Cabinet approval was granted to provide all the…

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Tracing the missing

Gathering forensic evidence from sites of mass graves for tracing purposes has not taken place over a considerable amount of time, and after years of various initiatives, Sri Lanka finally managed to set up an Office on Missing Persons (OMP) just a year ago, which now functions as an independent commission. However, its foremost objective of tracing missing persons is yet to commence; although staff to several units were recruited just three months ago, unit experts and heads are yet to be recruited to commence operations. The Budget 2018 allocated…

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