Maithripala and SLFP/UPFA in Tactical Retreat After Failing To Get Enough MP Support to Oust Ranil as PM;Will Remain in Govt and Continue Efforts to Undermine PM.

By Dharisha Bastians President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party announced it would remain in the ruling national unity coalition yesterday, ending a week of political uncertainty and abruptly ending its campaign to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, although some members warned the ‘ceasefire’ was temporary. After lengthy discussions with President Sirisena at the Presidential …

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“Eelam Will Bloom Out Of Your Lotus Bud,if You Continue This Way” -Opposition Leader Sampanthan Chastises Mahinda Rajapaksa for Playing The Racial Card During SLPP Polls Campaign

By Skandha Gunasekara Emphasising the need to find a lasting solution to the national problem, the Leader of the Opposition yesterday condemned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, for inciting racial disharmony during the run-up to the recently concluded Local Government elections. “During the early stage of their campaign, Mahinda Rajapaksa said that Tamil Eelam was blooming …

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How Mahinda Trapped Maithripala With The SLFP Party Leadership

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena is currently in the throes of an acute political crisis after the local government poll results. It was only some weeks ago that a pugnacious and cocky President Sirisena threatened to wield his “kaduwa”(sword) against members of his own govt and opposition as part of his self-declared crusade …

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Evergreen Memories of Actor-Politician Vijaya Kumaratunga

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Popular film actor- politician Vijaya Kumaratunga was shot dead in cold blood on February 16th 1988. He was standing near the front gate of his Kirulapone residence on Polhengoda road and talking to an acquaintance when the assailants on a two-wheeler struck. Vijaya was shot twice in the back and fell on the …

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Sri Lanka Podu Jana Party Candidates and Supporters Systematically Intimidating and Attacking UNP Supporters,State Officials and Trade Unonists After Local Polls Victory Alleges JHU Spokesperson Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe

By Rathindra Kuruwita Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) candidates and their supporters were systematically attacking and intimidating United National Party (UNP) supporters and state officials, JHU Media Spokesperson Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe alleged adding that UNP MPs should go to their electorates immediately to protect them. “We have received a significant amount of complaints of attacks …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Tries To Resolve Coalition Govt Crisis By Taking Prime Minister Wickremesinghe for One -hour Meeting with President sirisena at Paget Rd Residence

By Dharisha Bastians Speaker Karu Jayasuriya launched last-ditch effort to save the beleaguered ruling national unity coalition yesterday, the SLFP continued to play hardball by threatening to quit the alliance as a crippling political crisis precipitated by stinging defeat for both main parties in the government entered its eighth day. After a relatively quiet weekend, …

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United Peoples Freedom Alliance Gen Secy Mahinda Amaraweera Sends Letter to President Sirisena Informing him that UPFA is Quitting the Coalition Govt

By Kelum Bandara The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has informed President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday night that it would quit the national unity government, a party official said. UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera sent a letter in this regard to the President. The unity government was formed between the UPFA and the United National …

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Susil Premajayantha Assures Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa that 15 SLFP Ministers and MP’s Including Himself Will Join Opposition Unless President Sirisena Forms SLFP Only Govt Without UNP

By Nalaka Sanjeewa Dahanayaka SLFP National Organizer Minister Susil Premajayantha has informed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday (16) that unless the President takes steps to form a government sans members of the UNP by the end of the week, 15 SLFP ministers and parliamentarians including himself would be willing to join the joint opposition.

Details of Alleged Payments to Set of UNP and SLFP MP’s From Arjun Aloysius Owned Mendis Distilleries Are With President Sirisena Reveals Ranjan Ramanayake

By Yohan Perera Documents pertaining to payments made by Mendis Distilleries owned by Arjun Aloysious to a set of MPs from government and opposition has been recovered and are being held by President Maithripala Sirisena,Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said yesterday. Mr Ramanayake told journalists that Aloysious had made payments to the MPs in cheques.

New Govt Under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe With Re-shuffled Cabinet Ministers From UNP and one Faction of SLFP Likely To Be Formed on Feb 21st

By Kelum Bandara A Cabinet reshuffle is set to take place on Wednesday (21) as a fore-runner to a new government headed by the United National Party (UNP), it is learnt. The decision was taken after a meeting that took place on Sunday (18) between President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu …

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Maithripala Sirisena Tries To Talk To Mahinda Rajapaksa But Namal Rajapaksa Tells President That His Father Cant Come to the Telephone Because the Ex- President was Busy on an Important Matter.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s attempt to speak with Mahinda Rajapaksa on the telephone and discuss current political issues ended in failure as the Former President had not come to the phone to talk because he was engaged in an important matter. This had happened on Thursday February 15th 2018. However Mahinda Rajapaksa who was too busy …

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Harsha de Silva and Vasantha Senanayake “Shock” UNP By Demanding That Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Step Down as Prime Minister

United National Party (UNP) stalwarts were shocked when two of its prominent MP’s demanded that party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe step down as Prime Minister following the poor performance of the party at the recent local govt elections The Two MP’s who urged Ranil Wickremesinghe to step dow as prime minister were Colombo District MP Dr. …

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Six Senior SLFP Ministers Want President Sirisena to Ask Ranil Wickremesinghe to Step Down as Prime Minister Because they are no Longer Willing to Serve Under Him

Six Senior Ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) have asked President Sirisena to ask Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Step Down as they were not willing to serve under him. The SLFP Ministers have also criticised Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake for allegedly suppressing high level investigations against the Rajapaksa family and associates …

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Last Ditch Attempt By President Sirisena To Oust Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Fails Due To Lack Of Parliamentary Support and Constitutional Hurdles.

A last ditch attempt by President Maithripala Sirisena to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has failed due to a constitutional hurdle and more significantly the lack of parliamentary support, sources close to both sides said. President Sirisena had agreed to continue working with Wickremesinghe, but had a sudden change of heart on Thursday after meeting …

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Maithripala Sirisena Demonstrates he Is Devoid of Principles or Scruples By Betraying Mahinda Rajapaksa Earlier and Ranil Wickremesinghe Now.

by C.A.Chandraprema To say that the resounding electoral defeat of the governing coalition at the recent local government elections has set the cat among the canaries is an understatement. Up to the point when this article goes to press, the political aftershocks of the pohottuwa tsunami of February 10 continues with no end in sight. …

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Rude Punishment Dealt By The Electorate To The Sirisena -Wickremesinghe Coalition Govt Was Entirely Predictable

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Those who are bewildered by the results of Sri Lanka’s local government elections a week ago need a harsh reality check if not a resounding knock to the head. Massive public discomfiture For it must be said that the rude punishment dealt by the electorate to the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition government was …

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There is no Parliamentary Tradition of a Prime Minister and/or Government Resigning on Account of a Defeat, However Stinging, at a Local Government Election.

By Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu It is a February to remember and for the Government, one it would like to forget. The victorious populist backlash led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Local Government election has put into serious question the political fortunes of the government, its constituent parties and their leadership to the extent …

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“We Tamils Have Lost Many Opportunities In The Past, We Can’t Afford To Lose One More.” -Rajavarothayam Sampanthan

By Meera Srinivasan With a banner sporting a picture of Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) founder S.J.V. Chelvanayakam in the background, senior Tamil leader R. Sampanthan made a fervent appeal in an election rally in Jaffna. “Unity”, he said, “is the only weapon we have now.” Days ahead of Sri Lanka’s February 10 local government …

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Fear of a Rajapaksa Resurgence will most likely Result in Pandering to the Fears of Southern Polity and Society Instead of Crafting Public Opinion and Mature Political Leadership is Not Racist, Rreductionist or Retrogressive.

By Sanajana Hattotuwa Since results of last weekend’s local government election were released, Hindu kovils were vandalised in Mannar, Muslims were subject to violence in Veyangalla and Uguraspitiya and an ebullient Mahinda Rajapaksa has commanded the media gaze. Much to unpack here. The election result itself is an indication of many things that were foretold …

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President Sirisena As Minister of Defence and Head of Armed Forces -and not Prime Minister Wickremesinghe – Wields Constitutional Legal Monopoly of Violence

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Most of the discussion of today’s crisis is from the perspective of a lawyer. Mine is not a legalist point of view. It is a political science view, or even more simply a political view of the problem. I belong to the Realist school of Politics, and it is a Realist perspective, …

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“Yahapalanaya”and the Conspicuous Silence of the Once Vociferous International Community

By J. Natasha Gooneratne Does the international community’s silence during the rule of Yahapalanya mean Sri Lanka is finally on the ‘right’ path, or that we’re finally doing what we’re told to do. From 2009 to 2014, Sri Lanka was so heavily featured in international news and foreign government feeds that it was impossible to …

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Constitution Says Prime Minister Can Be Removed Only Through No-Confidence Motion; “We have The Majority To Face That In Parliament” Says Confident Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Dharisha Bastians Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe radiated a ‘business as usual’ attitude yesterday as he announced that he would continue in office, and brushed off a week of political uncertainty and chaos as the difficulties of ‘coalition politics’ in his first public comments since his party was defeated in Local Government elections last Saturday. …

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Beleaguered Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Remains Calm and Composed Before Hostile Press and Accepts Responsibility For Election Defeat.

Sri Lanka’s beleaguered Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe went before a hostile press Friday, his first public appearance after the local government elections, and accepted responsibility for the drubbing. Wickremesinghe fielded questions from journalists while demonstrating unusual calm and composure. He answered the incisive and embarrassing questions without rancour and he even managed to raise a …

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Ex- Mt.Lavinia Police Crimes OIC Tissa Sugathapala and Retd Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara Will Testify as State Witnesses in Lasantha Wickrematunga Murder Case Disclose CID

By Camelia Nathaniel Former Mt. Lavinia Police Crimes OIC, SI Tissa Sugathapala and retired Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara arrested by the CID over the killing of veteran journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge have agreed to testify as state witnesses, the CID said. Kalubowila JMO Dr. Sunil Kumara who issued Lasantha’s autopsy report stated that the cause of …

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Mahinda Telephones Ranil to Ask Whether he is Resigning as PM; When Ranil Replies in the Negative, Mahinda Replies “That Is Good”

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Friday, broke days of silence and said he would continue as the Prime Minister of the country according to the Sri Lankan constitution. Speaking to reporters in Colombo, Wickremesinghe said he had no issues in continuing the unity government and said they would continue their work as before. …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Causes Stir By Announcing “We are Ready to Govern With The SLFP” While Maithripala and Ranil Engage in Another Round Of Midnight Talks To Resolve Crisis

By Dharisha Bastians As frantic efforts continued to keep the crisis-gripped National Unity Government together, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, a close ally of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, took the fall and announced his resignation yesterday. On his official Facebook page, Minister Ratnayaka announced that he had informed the UNP parliamentary group last morning …

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UNP-SLFP Coalition Govt Will Continue With a Cabinet Re-shuffle and Ranil Wickremesinghe Remaining as Prime Minister

By Chathuri Dissanayake The National Unity Government will continue despite the deep crisis it has been plunged into but with major changes to the Cabinet composition, Cabinet Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne assured yesterday. With his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Cabinet colleague and Co-spokesperson Dayasiri Jayasekara staying away from the cameras yesterday, Senaratne put on a …

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Ven Dambara Amila Thera of “Purawesi Balaya” Urges President ad Prime Minister To Appoint Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka as Law and Order Minister and Bring CID ,FCID and all Law Enforcement Agencies Under the Ex – Army Chief.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Civil Society grouping Purawesi Balaya yesterday called for far reaching Cabinet reshuffle, including the immediate appointment of war winning Army Chief Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as Law and Order Minister, to bring long delayed high profile investigations against the previous regime to a successful conclusion. Yahapalana proponent Ven. Dambara Amila Thera declared …

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Power Politics and the Pursuit of Political Power: Difference Between Political Realist Mahinda Rajapaksa and Political Idealist Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Ameen Izzadeen The just ended local council elections remind students of politics of an age-old adage: Politics is a continuous and ruthless struggle for power. Those who understand this often grab political power and stay on in power. Even if they lose, they continue their struggle to undermine the government with the intention of …

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Northern Poll Results Bring Back Douglas Devananda as a Player In Tamil Politics: TMVP of Pillaiyan Impresses In East

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka The Southern electoral tsunami and the consequent governmental crisis has understandably obscured from view, important new trends in Northern politics. These trends not only speak well of the Tamil people but open up the possibility of serious negotiations at a future date with a political front that represents the South far more …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Blue -eyed Boy Sagala Ratnayake Ready To Voluntarily Step Down as Law and Order Minister ; Some Ministers Want Sarath Fonseka Appointed In His Place To “Target” Rajapaksas.

Sri Lanka’s embattled coalition survived the most serious threat to its survival so far after a last ditch compromise Thursday that saw Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s authority reduced substantially. Coalition leaders blamed their downfall on Wickremesinghe’s Royal College cabal, including premier’s blue-eyed boy Sagala Ratnayaka, the minister of Law and Order, who is accused of …

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Appointment of Muttu Sivalingam MP as Deputy -Minister of Primary Industries Brings Ceylon Workers Congress Into Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Govt for First Time.

In an effort to assert his power over coalition partner United National Party (UNP) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s President and chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Maithripala Sirisena, on Thursday appointed Muttu Sivaligam of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) as Deputy Minister of Primary Industries. The Cabinet Minister of …

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The Political Crisis in Sri Lanka Is Likely To End in a Re- Configuration of Coalition Forces

By Jayadeva Uyangoda (Jayadeva Uyangoda is Professor Emeritus at the University of Colombo) Sri Lanka’s local government election held on February 10 has become more than a mid-term poll that usually helps the opposition. Rather, it has led to an immediate political crisis of sorts, threatening the stability of the present government. While the disunited …

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Cordial Late Night Talks Between Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe Result in Agreement Being Reached Over Future of Coalition Govt Unity and Re-shuffle of Cabinet Ministers

By Dharisha Bastians Even as both the UNP and SLFP engaged in major political grandstanding that cast serious doubt on the fate of the Unity Government, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met again for late night talks yesterday.

Angered By UNP Threat to Govern Independently,President Sirisena Orders SLFP Ministers To Obtain a “Majority” in Parliament Under Nimal Siripala de Silva’s Leadership within Two days

By Dharisha Bastians In a tit-for-tat move, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-led UPFA threatened to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and form its own Government, under the premiership of senior party man and current Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva yesterday, as the ruling coalition plunged deeper into crisis and disarray. …

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Desperate To Get Rid of Wickremesinghe President Sirisena Embarks on Path of Self -Destruction Paving The Way For Mahinda Rajapaksa To Return to Power.

UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera and National Organizer Susil Premajayantha have requested President Maithripala Sirisena to form aUPFA-led government, claiming they can show a majority support in the 225 member legislature. The letter has been sent to the President amidst their negotiations with the Joint Opposition group to form a new coalition in Parliament. It …

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So Called Moves to Form a SLFP Led Govt With Nimal Siripala de Silva as PM Could Be “Troll Campaign” To Divert Focus Away from Party’s Humiliating Defeat at Polls.

The SLFP is looking into the possibility of forming a new government with the party’s Senior Vice Chairman Nimal Siripala de Silva as the Prime Minister, a Cabinet minister representing the SLFP told reporters, a short while ago. He said the party would hold discussions with the Joint Opposition, the UNP and minority parties in …

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Although Decimated in Local Polls the UPFA Wants to Topple Ranil Wickremesinghe As Prime Minister Claiming it has MP’s to form Majority.

Sri Lanka President’s United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) which was decimated at recent local election has said it wants to topple Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and form a new administration. UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera told reporters Wednesday that he wrote Sirisena claiming that they had a majority in the 225-member assembly to form a …

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Retd Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara Arrested by CID For Allegedly Concealing Evidence In Lasantha Wickrematunga Murder Investigation While in Charge of Western Province;Remanded Till Feb 16th.

By Camelia Nathaniel Retired Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Tuesday, for allegedly concealing evidence in the murder of former Sunday Leader Chief Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Nanayakkara was the Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province at the time of Wickrematunge’s murder with Mount Lavinia coming under …

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UPFA and SLFP Want President Sirisena to Form New UPFA Led Govt With Nimal Siripala de Silva As Prime Minister

By Disna Mudalige UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera and SLFP National Organizer Susil Premajayantha yesterday, made a written request from President Maithripala Sirisena to form a UPFA led Government. Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala told the media that the UPFA/SLFP members requested in the letter to appoint a new Prime Minister, who can win the majority …

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Court of Appeal Extends Till Feb 28th the Restraiing Order Preventing Arrest of Ex -Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa By the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division.

By Chitra Weerarathne The Court of Appeal, yesterday extended till Feb. 28, the restraining order which prevented the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) and the police from taking steps to arrest, under Offences to the Public Property Act, Former Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, in respect of the construction of the D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial at …

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Counsel Romesh de Silva Pleads In Court That FCID Could Investigate and File Charges Against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Under PPA If Necessary But Should Refrain From Arresting and Remanding Ex -Def -Secy Under B Report Certificate

By S.S.Selvanayagam Court of Appeal yesterday further extended the Interim Order till 28 February, preventing the FCID from acting on the Certificate (B Report) under the offences against the Public Property Act in the Magistrate’s Court against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya. The Bench comprised Justices P. Padman Surasena (President/CA) and Shiran Gooneratne and the matter …

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If the “Pohottuwa”Can Be Defeated By Re-forming the “Rainbow ” Coalition, then the Govt Should Be Able to Prove it By Holding Parliament Elections Immediately.

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka I am sorry, but I just don’t get it. I thought what we had was a local government election, specifically for the purpose of deciding which parties assumed control of those local, grassroots, area-based institutions depending on the number members elected. The electoral results shown on the map of Sri …

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Prof G.L.Peiris Wants “Yahapalana” Govt to Appoint Commissions of Inquiry Into Anti-Muslim Incidents and Their Backgrounds in Aluthgama and Gintota.

(Text of a MEDIA RELEASE Issued by Sri Lanka Podu Jana Party Chairman Prof.G.L.Peiris under the heading ” Another attempt to mislead the Muslim people of Sri Lanka”) Following the Sri Lanka PodujanaPeramuna’s resounding victory at the local government elections, a rumor began circulating in the social media that the BoduBalaSena had made facebook posts …

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Dharmasena Pathiraja The Master Movie Maker

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Renowned Sri Lankan film maker Dharmasena Pathiraja breathed his last on the morning of January 28th 2018 at the Lakeside hospital in Kandy. The 74 year old academic cum film director refered to as “Pathi” by almost everybody he interacted with, had been ailing for sometime. It was only last year that the …

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Crisis-managing Ranil Wickremesinghe Gets all UNP Parliamentarians Including Over a Dozen “Dissidents” To Sign Letters of Support for UNP Leader to Continue as Prime Minister and Presents “Fait Accompli” to President Sirisena

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe turned tables on dissidents within his own party and managed to head off a challenge to his leadership after the party’s humiliating defeat at local council elections. More than a dozen dissidents went into his Temple Trees official residence to read the riot act to Wickremesinghe, but meekly walked out saying …

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19th Constitutional Amendment Prevents President Sirisena From Unilaterally Sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe As Prime Minister or Arbitrarily Take Over a Cabinet Minister’s Portfolio.

By Dharisha Bastians The enactment of the historic 19th Amendment continues to have profound relevance on the options open to President Maithripala Sirisena as crisis deepens in the ruling coalition, with legal experts warning that a 2003 style take-over of ministries by the President or the unilateral sacking of the Prime Minister feared by many …

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US Ambassador Athul Keshap and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu Meet “Confused” Maithripala Sirisena To “Persuade” the President to Reach an Agreement With Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and End the Current Coalition Govt Crisis

US Ambassador Athul Keshap and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandu have met President Maithripala Sirisena in an attempt to diffuse the current political crisis in Sri Lanka. The top diplomats, in two separate meetings, have informed President Sirisena to find a speedy solution to the current issue, without jeopardizing the political stability in Sri …

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Joint UNP-SLFP Committee Will Be Set Up To Submit Report In Three Days on the Current Coalition Govt Crisis and Propose Alternative Measures

The two main members of the ruling coalition in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maihripala Sirisena, and the United National Party (UNP) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, have decided to form a committee to go into the question of running the government in the light of their crushing …

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Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa Reject President Sirisena’s Offers to Make One of Them Replace Ranil Wickremesinghe As Prime Minister Saying They Cannot Act Without Party Approval.

By Dharisha Bastians and Chathuri Dissanayake Efforts to break a deadlock on the political future of Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition continued yesterday, with a second round of late night talks for all UNP Cabinet ministers at President Maithripala Sirisena’s official residence at Paget Road last night. The meeting ended inconclusively, but ministers present said the …

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The 2018 Local Govt Poll Result was a Full-spectrum Rejection of the Policies, Practices and Profile of the Government; A Massive Populist Backlash Against Neo-liberal Globalism.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka We are living in a new country. We just need the Government to catch up with that fact. Mahinda Rajapaksa led a political formation that has emerged as the largest single party in the country, comfortably displacing the UNP. He did so while neither having a share of governmental power nor the …

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UNP Parliamentary Group Closes Ranks and Resolves Unanimously To Form a New Government Under Leadership Of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The UNP Parliamentary group which met at Temple Trees unanimously agreed to form a UNP government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesimghe. “If the SLFP doesn’t like the idea, they can pull out of the government. If the President doesn’t like the PM, he can step down too. But, the UNP is proceeding …

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Sirisena Wants Wickremesinghe To Resign But Prime Minister Refuses Saying He has Parliamentary Majority;Enraged UNP Minister Wants President to Step Down Instead of Asking Ranil To Quit

President Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently under severe political pressure after the SLFP’s dismal performance at the Local Government polls, is now pushing for the resignation of Primr Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, authoritative political sources confirmed. The President, Asian Mirror learns, has agreed to form a UNP government without Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. He had informed a …

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Majority of SLFP Central Committee Members Decide to Pull Out of Coalition Govt and Sit as Opposition MP’s In Parliament From Next Week.

The majority of Central Committee members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have endorsed the decision to pull out of the unity government. The matter has been widely discussed among the party officials today. They have unanimously decided that the SLFP cannot function in its present form as a coalition partner of the unity …

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Pressure Mounts On Ranil Wickremesinghe To Step Down as Party Leader Along With His “FRCS (Former Royal College Student) Cabal” Said To Be Ruining The UNP

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is under renewed pressure to step down from the leadership of his United National Party (UNP) after its dismal performance at local council elections. UNP seniors said they wanted Wickremesinghe to step aside to clear the way for a major restructuring of the party after Saturday’s drubbing at the local government …

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President Sirisena Asks UNP to Replace Ranil Wickremesinghe With Karu Jayasuriya as Prime Minister but UNP Wants to Form Own Govt Under Ranil

A crucial meeting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and his alliance partner, the United National Party (UNP)-led United National Front (UNF), which is taking place here on Tuesday, appears to be deadlocked over the issue, who should be Prime Minister in the planned reshuffle. Following the crushing defeat of the coalition partners Sri Lanka …

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Three Lessons From Local Govt Poll Verdict:One For The Voters,One For The Coalition Govt and One For Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Gehan Gunatilleke Few would have predicted the results of Sri Lanka’s local government elections in 2018. With the benefit of hindsight, we must now try to understand what happened and why. There are three lessons to be learnt from the results – one lesson for voters, one for the coalition Government, and one for …

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Govt Must Not Panic Due To LG Poll Result and Over React in Gloom and Doom Because UNP & SLFP/UPFA Votes Together Are More Than Votes Garnered By Mahinda’s SLPP.

By Outsider This was after all only a local government election, primarily to pick who will look after and nurture each ward, under the watchful eye of the local PS, UC, or MC, although pre/post-elections generated much political heat. Newspapers have concentrated mostly on victories of Pradeshiya Sabhas, mostly ignoring MCs. Municipality Areas (MCs) are …

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Supremely Confident Mahinda Rajapaksa Dismisses “Deal Making” and Says He Does Not Need SLFP Ministers In Govt to Cross Over to Opposition Because The People Have Already Crossed Over.

By Dharisha Bastians Jubilant after his party swept local government polls on 10 February, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped up pressure on the Government to call parliamentary elections, even as the shocking election upset plunged the ruling coalition deep into crisis over the weekend. Questions abound about the future of the National Unity Government led …

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Ex-Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Says He Cannot Become PM as he is a US Citizen and asks “Who Wants To Be Prime Minister In The Present Scenario?”

By Lahiru Pothmulla Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who returned yesterday to Sri Lanka from the US, said he could not accept the Prime Ministerial portfolio because he was an American citizen. He said this when asked by the journalists at the Airport whether he would accept the Post of Prime Minister if it was …

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The UNP Crisis is a Crisis of Leadership Which Has Turned Cancerous and Unless Resolved Will Kill the Party and Possibly the Govt

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka The crisis of the UNP is not reducible to the enormous drop in its vote on Feb 10th, a vertical drop that is unprecedented for a long established party in government and at a local government election at which governmental patronage matters. The Feb 10th shrinkage of the UNP is the consequence, …

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No Agreement Reached So far But Maithripala and Ranil Will Continue Talks to Reach Agreement as the UNP and SLFP Votes Together are More Than Votes Got by SLPP.

By Dharsisha Bastians Confusion reigned yesterday after reports surfaced that the United National Party, the main stakeholder in the ruling coalition was exploring options to govern independently and show a majority in Parliament, drawing a swift denial from President Maithripala Sirisena that agreements to this effect had been reached with his Prime Minister. Reports about …

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Moves On Within Sections Of UNP to Form a Separate United National Front Govt With TNA Supporting From Opposition If SLFP Ministers Resign From Govt.

By Saman Indrajith The UNP has decided to form a United National Front (UNF) government ending the coalition with the SLFP Maithri faction, party sources say. The decision to form a UNF government was taken following discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the President’s official residence at Pajet Road in …

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Vendetta Against Udayanga Weeratunga:A Text-book Case of Political Victimization

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya As campaign rhetoric reached fever-pitch last week in the run-up to the LG elections on Saturday (10), the government stumbled on an unexpected news-nugget to feed its propaganda mill. It camein the form of reports that Udayanga Weeratunga, Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to Russia and Ukraine, on whom court issued an arrest …

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President’s Media Division Refutes Media Reporta About Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe Reaching an Agreement After Local Govt Poll Debacle.

There had been no agreement between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding future political action, President’s Media Division (PMD) said issuing a press release. “A number of media institutions have published stories saying that an agreement was reached between the President and the Prime Minister regarding future political activities,” the PMD said.

Mahinda Rajapaksa Urges Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Govt to Hold General Elections for the People To Elect a New Govt They want.

By Sandasen Marasinghe and Kamal Jayamanna Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday urged the government to go for a General Election in order to establish a strong government. He also said that that the SLPP has no intention of grabbing power in Parliament. Rajapaksa added that the last Local Government election results however has proved that …

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Mahinda Will Definitely Accept SLFP Leadership If President Maithripala Offers It “But, the Sirisena I know will never offer it,” Says Ex-President Rajapaksa

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday called on President Maithripala Sirisena to ensure that Parliament was dissolved immediately and a general election held to end the current political instability. Addressing a special media briefing at Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) headquarters in Battaramulla, former President Rajapaksa said the present government had no moral …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Got 5.77 Million Votes(47.6%) at Jan 2015 Presidential Poll But His Party Got Only 4.95 Million Votes(44.7%) at Local Govt Poll Points out Mangala Samaraweera.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today the UNP had a solemn duty not just to the 46% of the electorate who voted for it and President Maithripala Sirisena’s SLFP last Saturday, but to the entire resounding majority of citizens of all 6.1 million of (55.3%) who marched to the polls last Saturday and voted against …

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If the Govt Wants To Survive Until the End of Next Year ,It iwill Have to Shift to a new “Intermediate Regime” Model.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Last year, 2017, the Government and Opposition separately commemorated the centenary of the Russian revolution –actually of twin revolutions, liberal and socialist, of February and October 1917. In an interesting twist, the result of the Sri Lankan Local Government election of February 10th 2018 takes us back to a situation best described …

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Victorious Mahinda Rajapaksa Demands Dissolution of Present Parliament and Holding of Early General Elections.

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) swept the all-island local bodies elections held on February 10, has demanded snap elections to the Sri Lankan parliament saying that the local body election results have clearly shown that the government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has …

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Two Hour Long “One to One” Talks Between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe To Find Common Ground Between UNP and SLFP End Inconclusively.

The Coalition Government partners of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) yesterday scrambled to find a way forward for the Yahapalanaya union, holding marathon meetings with different stakeholders. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had crucial talks to find common ground to take the Coalition Government forward …

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Local Govt Polls Verdict Is This-“Better to have good war winning “Honest” crooks than “Dishonest” crooks who shield other crooks”

By Sarath de Alwis President Maithripala Sirisena has earned the verdict given in local government polls. He appointed candidates defeated at the parliamentary elections through the national list and made them cabinet ministers. In electoral democracy, failure is decisive. Overturning the people’s verdict has a price. The verdict rendered at the local government polls is …

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Arumugan Thondaman Ditches Sirisena After Local Poll Results to Strike CWC – SLPP Deal;Ceylon Workers Congress to Rule 11 Local Bodies Together With Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will govern 11 local government bodies in the Nuwara-Eliya District together with the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC), SLPP MP C.B. Rathnayake said yesterday. His comments came after attending a public meeting in Hatton with CWC General Secretary Arumugan Thondaman.

After Electoral Defeat,President Sirisena May Try to Bring Govt Under His Full Control Without Breaking Relations With Coalition Partner the UNP.

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said after sweeping the local bodies elections on Sunday, that its victory should be used to propel economic developmental work in Sri Lanka, which the incumbent government had allowed to languish since it came to power in January 2015. A statement issued by the …

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President Sirisena Cannot Dissolve Parliament Until Feb 2020 Unless Resolution is Passed with Two-thirds Majority by Parliament.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s proxy won 225 local government, or two thirds of the councils up for grabs, in a landslide that shell shocked both the President and the Prime Minister. Official results showed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party was a distant second with 41 councils — 10 municipalities, 13 urban councils and …

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Prof.Rajiva Wijsinha Urges President Sirisena to Remove His “Cousin” Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister and Replace him Immediately with a Prime Minister Acceptable to the Joint Opposition.

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to immediately remove Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister and replace him with someone acceptable to the Joint Opposition.Incidently Ranil Wickremesinghe and Rajiva wijesinha are closely related being first cousins with a set of comon grandparents.(JO). Following is the text of a statement titled “A Way Forward” issued …

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President Maithripala Sirisena is “Shell Shocked”After Election Results and Does Not Know What To Do Says Source Close To the President.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s uneasy coalition faced a major internal crisis amid finger pointing for the humiliating shock defeat at local government elections, political sources said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe whose United national Party (UNP) performed poorly was also under pressure to accept responsibility for the party’s bruising drubbing just two and a half years after …

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Sirisena Led SLFP Faction Divided After Local Govt Poll Debacle;One Group Wants to Hand Over Party Leadership to Mahinda While Others Want to Re-Unite With UNP

The SLFP ministers representing the unity government are currently holding a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena on their future course of action. This comes in a backdrop where the party has suffered a landslide defeat at the Local Government elections 2018. The discussion is taking place at the Paget Road residence of President Sirisena.

MP’s From the SLFP Who Support Mahinda want Maithripala Led SLFP Faction MP’s To Cross Over From Govt to Opposition and Join Them

A 56 -member faction of Sri Lanka Freedom Party supporting ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made overtures to government members to join them to form an administration, after a new party backed by them swept local bodies at Saturday’s polls. “We are asking the members of the SLFP who are supporting the government to think seriously …

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Maithripala and Ranil Will Have One on One Meeting To Discuss Restoration of Coalition Govt Unity and Capturing Power in Certain Councils Through UNP and SLFP Combination

One of one meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to take place today, informed political sources said. the meeting comes in the wake of the defeat suffered by the ruling alliance at the Local Government election. The discussion is aimed at striking an agreement between the two main parties to seize …

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Poor Performance of the UPFA/SLFP Led by Maithripala Sirisena in Local Govt Polls Could Seriously Affect President’s Political Prospects

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) is heading for a sweeping victory in the crucial all-island local government elections held on Saturday. It is a victory of far reaching consequence to Sri Lankan nation’s politics in the near term as it is seen as a “referendum” on the performance of …

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Foreign Secretary Kariyawasam in Association With Defence Secretary Waidyaratne Acting on a Directive Issued by Premier Wickremesinghe Suspended Brig. Priyanka Fernando:President Sirisena Furious For Not Being Consulted on Matter.

(Excerpts From the “Sunday Times” Political Column of February 11th 2018) Just this week, a completely unrelated incident was to highlight the sharp and heightening divisions within Sirisena’s coalition. It came after Britain’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris lodged a strong protest with the Foreign Ministry in Colombo over the conduct of Brigadier …

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Senior SLFP Ministers Preparing to Desert Maithripala Sirisena and Join Mahinda Rajapaksa Following Debacle at Local Authority Polls.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), led by President Maithriapala Sirisena, is currently facing a political volcano with the results of the Local Government election. It is learnt that several senior Cabinet Ministers of the SLFP have decided to resign from their ministerial portfolios in the unity government.

Jubilant Mahinda Rajapaksa Calls Upon Candidates of the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Party to Peacefully Celebrate Victory in a Restrained Manner Without Inconveniencing the Defeated Side

(Text of Statement Issued by Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa following election results of Local Authority Polls being announced) Reports coming in from all corners of the island, indicate that the Sri Lanka Podu jana Peramuna is heading for a historic victory at the local government elections. I wish to express my …

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Mahinda’s Podu Jana Peramuna Leads in Most Elections to Wards in Sinhala Majority Areas With UNP Second and Maithripala’s SLFP a Distant Third; ITAL tops 25 of 34 LG authorities in North.

The recently formed Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to have swept a majority of the local government wards in the south at yesterday’s countrywide polls, according to early results that began trickling in late last night. However, in some councils though the SLPP won most of the wards …

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Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Proxy Party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna(SLPP) Heading for Landslide Victory In Most Local Authorities Outside North and East

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s proxy was set for an unexpected landslide victory in Saturday’s local council elections described by private poll monitors as the most peaceful in decades. Unofficial results showed that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was leading in almost all the districts outside the north and the east and was on its …

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Brig.Priyanka Fernando Says his “Throat Slitting”Action was done Twice To Show that LTTE Leader Prabhakaran was Dead and that Everything was now over.

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London In the backdrop of pro-LTTE activists demanding the expulsion of Brig. Priyanka Fernando, Sri Lanka’s Minister Counsellor in London, the veteran army officer defended his action saying it was meant to portray that the LTTE leader was dead, when demonstrators continued to shout “our leader is Prabakaran”. Brigadier Fernando is …

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Split In Coalition Govt Widens as President Sirisena Mounts Anti- Corruption war Against the UNP in SLFP Election Campaign For Local Authority Polls

(Excerpts From the “Sunday Times” Political Column of February 11th 2018) The nation today awaits the victor and the vanquished at the local polls which took place yesterday. As the hours tick by, that there will be surprises galore, in the first test of strength for the ruling coalition, has become clearer. One such instance …

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The Function of the Military Attaché to the Sri Lankan High Commission in London is not to be its Security Guard

By Dushy Ranetunge in London The unfortunate incident involving Sri Lanka’s military attaché to London exposes the challenges faced by the Sri Lankan administration, struggling to steer the nation away from the gates of the International Criminal Court. Waving the red flag of Tamil Eelam in the face of the hard line, nationalistic segments of …

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Seventy Years Of Independence and the Tamils of Sri Lanka

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Three score and ten years have passed since Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon gained Independence from Britain on February 4th 1948. The Island nation has been under colonial bondage for a very long period. Portugese rule came first in 1505,followed by Dutch rule in 1658.Finally came British rule in 1796 that lasted …

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Reigning Queen of Hindi Filmdom Deepika Padukone Sparkles On Screen as “Rani Padmavati”

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj After days of protests, demonstrations, threats and violence against its release, India’s ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s classical magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ hit the screens on 25 January. Despite the controversy and in spite of being banned in several populous states in North India,the film about the legendary “Rani”(Queen) Padmavati has clicked at the …

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All About Arjun Aloysius the Perpetual Treasuries “James Bond” Implicated in the Central Bank Bond Scam

By Namini Wijedasa (This article written for “Sunday Times”by Namini Wijedasa two years ago was posted on this Blog then.It is being re- posted now in view of its current relevance -DBSJ) Just three days after last year’s presidential election, someone predicted the Perpetual Treasuries Ltd (PTL) bond issue on an online website for stock …

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Whatever the Results of Local Govt Polls, North -Eastern Tamil Politics Will Remain in the Dead End it Has Inhabited for the last 70 Years

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka THE POWER OF HERE: TAMIL POLITICS ON THE MORNING AFTER Whatever the political configuration in the North and East on the morning after, Tamil politics will remain in the dead-end that it has inhabited for 70 years. This is not because such a sad outcome is inevitable, but simply because it is …

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All Big Talk About Fighting Corruption is Sheer Bunkum and Corruption Will Remain After Local Govt Polls.

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake If all the loud talk on the poll platforms in these past weeks has given some idea of a major political change after today’s elections, just forget about it. There will be no change. Corruption will remain, and right on top of politics and governance. Those who have promised to eradicate corruption, …

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Letting Demonstrators Brandish Tiger Flags in London After Proscribing LTTE in the UK, Exposes Hypocritical double Standards of Britain.

By Dr. Sara Dissanayake The recent incident involving the throat-slit gesture made by Defence Attaché Brigadier Priyanka Fernando in response to the Eelamist protesters in London has, rightly so, stirred much controversy. Developments following the incident also sparked ample debate, prompting the public to take sides under the prevailing circumstances. Instead, this incident compels me …

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State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene Praises Brig.Priyanka Fernando For Giving the Right Signal to Pro-LTTE Diaspora.

By Yohan Perera State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene today lauded Minister Counsellor (Defence) Brigadier Priyanka Fernando of the Sri Lankan High Commission in UK, for giving a signal to the pro LTTE Diaspora members whom he said are not genuinely interested in the Tamil community in Sri Lanka.

Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake Says There Wont be any Inquiry By Army Into Brigadier Priyanka Fernando ‘s “Throat Slitting” Gesture Agains Protesters With LTTE Flags

By Indika Ramanayake Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake said that they would not be conducting an inquiry the actions of the Defence Attache of the Sri Lankan High Commission in UK Brigadier Priyanka Fernando after he was spotted making a throat slitting gesture towards protesters who thronged the Embassy office in the UK.

“Arrested” Uthayanga Weeratunga Is Released as a Free Bird While Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake Sends Police Official Team to Escort the Ex-diplomat From Dubai to Sri Lanka

By Skandha Gunasekara The country’s authorities were in the dark regarding the planned arrest of wanted former diplomat, Udayaga Weeratunga, despite two separate teams of officials travelling to the country for his extradition. A highly-placed police source said that Interpol had only issued a Blue Notice – which is used to collect additional information about …

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“Black Tortoises (Gal Ibba) and Flapshell Tortoises (Kiri Ibba) in Sri Lanka Are Being Illegally Slaughtered in Large Numbers For Consumption by Chinese Construction Workers and Tourists

By Rathindra Kuruwita Police are not doing enough to protect the black tortoise (gal ibba) and the flapshell tortoise (kiri ibba) being slaughtered for the consumption of Chinese construction workers and tourists, says Sajeewa Chamikara of the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR).

President Sirisena Rescinds Govt Decision to Suspend Minister Counsellor at London High Commission and Lambastes Foreign Ministry for not Consulting him about Brig.Priyankara Fernando.

By Shamindra Ferdinando An irate President Maithripala Sirisena has rescinded government decision to suspend Brigadier Priyankara Fernando, Minister Counselor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London following allegations that he acted in a threatening manner during a protest staged by some pro-LTTE groups outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on …

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♛ Singer A.E.Manoharan Was Crowned “Thamizh Poppisaich Chakkaravarthy” (Emperor of Tamil Pop Music) ♫

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Ithaya Oasai”(Sound of the Heart”) was a drama put on the boards by the students of St.John’s College,Jaffna in 1963/64. The play proved so popular that it was staged to members of the public in Jaffna,Kandy,Trincomalee,Batticaloa and Colombo. The chief actor in the play was a handsome curly-haired student in the then Higher …

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Govt Institutions Continuously Engage in “Window Dressing” of Financial Records to Show Reduced National Debt Figures and By pass Borrowing Limits Reveals Auditor-General.

By Chathuri Dissanayake Government institutions have engaged in continuous “window dressing” of financial records to under report national debt and bypass borrowing limits imposed by debt management regulations, Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe revealed yesterday. Taking the balance sheet of the Finance Ministry as an example, Wijesinghe said data presentation has been manipulated to avoid presenting …

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President Sirisena Revokes Foreign Ministry Order Suspending Brig.Priyankara Fernando as Foreign Ministry Secretary Had Not Followed Due Procedure of Consulting President Prior to Taking Action Against Minister Counsellor at London Mission.

The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday revoked a Foreign Ministry order suspending and recalling Brig.Priyanka Fernando, Defense Counselor at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on the grounds that the Foreign Secretary had not followed due procedure and consulted the President before taking action, sources in the Presidential Secretariat said. “Brig.Fernando was …

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Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry By Suspending Brigadier Priyankara Fernando Has Taken the Side of Demonstrators Brandishing Tiger Flags on Independence Day Outside Our Mission in London

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka “Our nation–Tamil Eelam! “Our leader–Prabhakaran!” shrieked the demonstrators brandishing Tiger flags outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on the 70th Independence Day of our country. Defense Attaché, Brigadier Priyankara Fernando, can be seen on video, watching the demonstration. What does the Brigadier see? The Tiger flag, with the crossed rifle-butts …

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President Sirisena Countermands Foreign Ministry Order Suspending Brig.Priyankara Fernando and Issues Directive Restoring his Minister Counsellor (Defence) Post at London High Commission

The Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lankan High Commission in London was allowed to resume duties on a Presidential Directive today after being suspended from his duties following a video footage, Army Spokesperson Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said. The video footage showed him behaving in an offensive manner was emerged and circulated on social …

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Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Challenges UNP-SLFP Coalitio To Strip Him of His Civic Rights and Warns Govt That It Wouldn’t be an Easy Task.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has queried whether the UNP-SLFP coalition wanted to deprive him of civic rights for bringing the nearly 30-year war to a successful conclusion. Had they been trying to find fault with me for rapid development after the eradication of terrorism, Rajapaksa asked a cheering crowd at Dravindra Seth …

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Brigadier Priyanka Fernando Serving as Minister Counsellor(Defence) at Sri Lankan High Commission in UK is Suspended For Allegedly “Behaving in an Offensive Manner”.

The government yesterday suspended Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London following allegations that he had acted in a threatening manner during a protest staged by some pro-LTTE groups outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on the Independence Day.

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Says Statements Made Against Him By Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne About Udayanga Weeratunga are Baseless Allegations

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has issued a statement from the US, in response to a news item published in the newspapers based on a statement made by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, that questioning of Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunge at the Dubai airport, while he was on his way to the …

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President Sirisena -led SLFP Opposes UNP Leader Wickremesinghe’s Proposal to Strip Civic Rights of Politicians Guilty of Serious Crimes.

By Saman Indrajith The SLFP wouldn’t endorse moves to deprive anyone of his or her civic rights, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told Parliament yesterday. Amaraweera was referring to the recommendation made in the PRECIFAC that section 81 of the Constitution be amended to provde for scrapping civic rights of a politician for life if he or …

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UNP Claims Credit for Arrest of Treasury Bond Scam Suspects Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena and For Removal From Office of Arjuna Mahendran and Ravi Karunanayake

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday sought credit for the arrest of bond scam suspects and insisted it was possible because the Government had protected judicial independence, as well as promoted investigations and called for greater resources to be allocated for investigations concerning the previous administration. UNP General Secretary and Public Enterprise Minister Kabir Hashim …

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