Modi is standing behind us, says TNA leader Sampanthan

Modi is standing behind us, says TNA leader Sampanthan With the campaign for Sri Lanka’s August general election heating up, India and its role in resolving the lingering national question have begun figuring prominently in the election discourse, especially in the Tamil-majority north and east. Addressing a recent public meeting, the Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) former parliamentarian S. Shritharan said: “India is watching us closely, pointing to inadequacies in our campaign, they tell us you should be a formidable force, and work with hill-country Tamil leaders, only then we [India] will be…

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‘Murali’ is the brand and I am the product – Muthiah Prabagaran

I am always happy to hear that I look like my brother. It paves the way to success as, ‘Murali’ is a brand and I am the product. As a product I have the support of the brand, ‘Murali’. However, with an election pending people do not look for brands, they seek quality. People will vote for me if the ‘product’ is good, not because of the brand, the SLPP Nuwara Eliya district candidate Muthiah Prabagaran told the Sunday Observer. Excerpts of the interview: Q. You have entered politics fresh from a…

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Murali throws his weight behind Racist.

Cricketing legend Muttiah Muralitharan is backing Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s campaign for the Parliamentary election. Weerawansa’s media unit said that Muralitharan had organised a meeting between Weerawansa and Tamil businessmen in Colombo over the weekend. The meeting took place at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and was attended by a number of Tamil businessmen. Tamil businessmen representing traders in Pettah were among those who attended the meeting. Weerawansa’s media unit said that after addressing the meeting Minister Wimal Weerawansa offered solutions to the issues faced by the Tamil businessmen. (Colombo Gazette)

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The Cat’s Paw & The Dog Whistle: Mahinda – Sajith Spat Over “Communalistic Political Parties”

By Rajan Philips –                                   Rajan Philips Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has lately been blossoming into a political writer of sorts. An article under his name appears practically every week in the print and electronic media, including Colombo Telegraph which despite its name shares no love with the Colombo establishment. Mr. Rajapaksa’s latest missive took direct aim at Sajith Premadasa and the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), calling the latter a “cat’s paw of communalistic political parties.” Mr. Premadasa lost no time firing…

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How Ex- LTTE Commander “Col”Karuna Was Deported To Sri Lanka in 2008 After Being Arrested, Detained and Convicted in Britain

ByD.B.S.Jeyaraj‘ With Parliamentary Elections being scheduled for 5 August, most political parties and independent groups contesting the polls have commenced their respective campaigns in a big way. The hopelessly-divided chief Opposition, seemingly bereft of valid issues to raise, has eagerly seized upon the ‘Karuna Amman admission of Elephant Pass killings’ to target the SLPP Government. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and ‘Karuna’ Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan It is well-known that Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan alias Karuna, former Eastern Regional Commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who broke away from the Tigers in 2004,…

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How Ex- LTTE Commander “Col”Karuna Was Deported To Sri Lanka in 2008 After Being Arrested, Detained and Convicted in Britain

ByD.B.S.Jeyaraj‘ With Parliamentary Elections being scheduled for 5 August, most political parties and independent groups contesting the polls have commenced their respective campaigns in a big way. The hopelessly-divided chief Opposition, seemingly bereft of valid issues to raise, has eagerly seized upon the ‘Karuna Amman admission of Elephant Pass killings’ to target the SLPP Government. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and ‘Karuna’ Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan It is well-known that Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan alias Karuna, former Eastern Regional Commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who broke away from the Tigers in 2004,…

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