Early Bird Gotabaya is Front Runner in Presidential Race But Late Entrant Sajith Is Catching Up Fast

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Gotaphobia”: Who’s Afraid of Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa? – Part Two This writer devoted several hours in the past fortnight to communicate with a cross section of Sinhala media personnel in the Southern, Central, Sabaragamuwa, North Western and North Central provinces of Sri Lanka. A few journalist colleagues in Colombo helped to put me …

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National People’s Power (NPP) presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake Tells Final Rally at Maharagama that “they were committed to creating a Country free of fraud and corruption where all communities could live in unity”

By Ajith Siriwardana National People’s Power (NPP) presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today they were committed to creating a country with humanity while protecting the rights of all communities. Speaking at the final rally held last night in Maharagama, he said the NPP would create a country free of fraud and corruption where all …

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Appeal Filed in Supreme Court by Civil Society Activists Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara and Gamini Viyangoda Seeks to Overturn Court of Appeal Decision and have the dual citizenship certificate of Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a nullity and to nullify Rajapaksa’s ability to act as or represent himself as a citizen of Sri Lanka

By Nirmala Kannangara Two civil society activists today an appeal with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the decision last month by the Court of Appeal to dismiss their writ application that sought to quash the dual citizenship certificate of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara and Gamini Viyangoda, …

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“Refocusing Attention on SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s US Citizenship Renunciation Issue is a last-ditch Attempt by Supporters of NDF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa to Stave off Defeat” States Dr. Charitha Herath of PIPD

By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya Refocusing attention on Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s United States (US) citizenship renunciation issue is a last-ditch attempt by supporters of New Democratic Front presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa to stave off defeat, claimed Professionals Intervention for Policy Dialogue’s (PIPD) Dr. Charitha Herath yesterday. “Gotabaya Rajapaksa came forth …

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Civil Society Activists Gamini Viyangoda and Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara File Appeal in Supreme Court Seeking to Overturn Appeal Court Decision to Dismiss Writ Application Regarding Clarification of SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya’s Dual Citizenship Status

By S.S. Selvanayagam Two civil society activists yesterday filed an appeal before the Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the Court of Appeal decision to dismiss a Writ application that sought to clarify the status of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s dual citizenship. Appellants were activists Gamini Viyangoda and Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara, …

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Polls Chief Mahinda Deshapriya Says Elections Commission Does Not Have To Check Documents Regarding Dual Citizenship Because being a Dual Citizen is not a Ground for Rejecting a Nomination Paper Under the Presidential Election Act

By Chandani Kirinde Election Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday that the EC has no interest in verifying the citizenship status of candidates contesting the Presidential Election, as it only accepts nomination papers of those who fulfil the legal requirements to contest the poll. “Our interest is in ensuring that the person handing over …

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Controversial Citizenship Issue of SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa Re-surfaces Due to Sports Minister Harin Fernando’s Facebook Post; Ven. Inguruwatte Sumangala Thero Begins Fast Demanding Gota to Produce Documents Confirming Renunciation of his US citizenship.

By Chandani Kirinde A fresh row erupted over the citizenship of SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the weekend, with Sports Minister Harin Fernando alleging that the former had not completed the process of renouncing his US citizenship, which drew a strong rebuttal from lawyers for the SLPP candidate. The row resurfaced after Fernando, in …

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Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya Says It is not the Election Commission’s Job to Verify the Authenticity of Documents Submitted by Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Lawyer Ali Sabry Regarding the Renunciation of US Citizenship by the Presidential Candidate

By Sandun A. Jayasekera Underscoring that the Elections Commission (EC) was not concerned over citizenship of any presidential candidate, its Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said today he, along with two other commissioners, only observed and returned the document on US citizenship of Gotabaya Rajapaksa to his lawyer Ali Sabri. Responding to a journalist at a news …

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Centre for Policy Alternatives and Centre for Monitoring Election Violence Issue Statement Urging Verification of SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Eligibility to Contest Elections Due to Anomalies Appearing in Affidavits Submitted on his Behalf

Commenting on the on-going controversy over the citizenship of SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, two prominent civic action groups have said that “there should be no doubt about eligibility of person to be elected president”. “The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) have expressed deep concern about anomalies …

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NPP Presidential Candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake Says They Will Introduce Schemes to Foster Sri Lankan Tamil Cultural Identity Through Indigenous Literature and Arts Instead of Depending on Tamil Nadu Artists

By Ajith Siriwardana National Peoples’ Power (NPP) presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday assured northern people that they would create a situation where Tamil people would be able to learn and deal with the government in their mother tongue. Speaking at an election rally in Kilinochchi, he said there were two state languages such as …

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Nine Thousand New Tamil Words Coined by Experts Over a Period of Ten Months Included Officially by the Tamil Nadu State Govt Into the Tamil Language Spoken by 77 Million People Worldwide Including Sri Lanka

By S.Venkat Narayan NEW DELHI, November 9: The Tamil Nadu Government has issued a government order to include 9,000 new Tamil words in the language. Currently, Tamil has over 4,70,000 unique words, and the over 2,000-year-old language is spoken by 77 million people in India, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and other parts of the globe. …

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Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha Contesting Presidential Elections Independently Under “Owl” Symbol Proposes Devolution of Power Through Pradeshiya Sabhasand Divisional Secretariats Instead of Provincial Councils

By Sandun Jayawardana Former MP and State Minister Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, who is running as an independent candidate under the ‘owl’ symbol at next Saturday’s presidential election, said he was contesting to draw attention to what had been promised in President Maithripala Sirisena’s election manifesto and to highlight the manner in which those promises could …

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Public Anger in Regard to an Incompetent ‘Yahapalanaya’ Leadership Must not Trap us into Exchanging what was Incompetent for the Infinitely Worse.

by Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Pohottuwa campaigners visiting predominantly Catholic belt neighbourhoods with flyers containing images of blood stained altars of the Katuwapitiya and Kochchikade churches while soliciting the vote for former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa must be reminded that the blame for allowing jihadists to flourish unchecked in Sri Lanka is multi-faceted. Responsibility for intelligence …

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“I cannot begin to understand how a father of two daughters reached the decision to release this monster”? – Open Letter to Maithripala Sirisena From Carloine Jonsson the Sister of Swedish Teen Yvonne Jonsson Killed by Jude Jayamaha Who Received a Presidential Pardon.

Sri Lanka’s outgoing President Maithripaa Sirisena has caused public outrage by pardoning a death row prisoner who had murdered a Swedish teenager in 2005. Jude Jayamaha, from a wealthy, high-profile family, walked free from prison following President Maithripala Sirisena’s highly unusual decision to pardon him. The victim’s sister, Caroline Jonsson, said the killer had shown …

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Why the Tamil National Alliance Decided to Support Sajith Premadasa as the Better Choice Between the Two Main Contenders at the 2019 Presidential Election

By M.A. Sumanthiran MP In less than a week, Sri Lankan citizens all over the island will go to the polls to select the country’s eighth executive president. There is no denying that, irrespective of the result, this election will mark a crucial turning point in Sri Lanka’s political history. A stark choice faced voters …

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The Frontline campaigners of SLPP, especially in the north and east, are collecting voters for Gota through outright hate mongering and Pitting One Community Against the Other

By Shreen Abdul Saroor “We see only Muslim villages have been developed, but not the Tamil villages. The only way for Catholic and Hindu villages to get developed is to vote for Gota.” -Namal Rajapaksa in Mannar. “We have to act against Muslims. We Tamil youth have to think and act.” – leaflet by Kiran …

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Sajith Premadasa’s subconscious prejudices – or probably he is being over cautious not to be accused of pandering to minorities – is preventing him from actively reaching out to ethnic minority voters.

By Ranga Jayasuriya When the UNP Presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa and his backers bulldozed the former’s nomination as the party’s presidential candidate through the UNP executive committee -after a series of mass rallies and implicit threats of party division- their objective was just to have their man on the party ticket. It is unlikely that …

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“National People’s Power manifesto was a progressive set of principles aimed at developing and rebuilding the country” Says JVP Leader and NPP Presidential Candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake

The Presidential election campaign has almost reached its final stage today. You have ample clues to decide on which candidate to support if you look at the behavioural pattern in most election campaign stages. Most of the people seen on SLPP election platforms today are either owners of arrack factories, liquor bars, illicit rock or …

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Maithripala Sirisena Grants Presidential Pardon to Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha Who was Convicted Over the Brutal Killing of 19 Year old Yvonne Jonsson at Royal Park in 2005

Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha convicted for the brutal killing of the 19 year old Yvonne Jonsson at Royal Park in 2005 has been granted presidential pardon and most likely will be released today, highly placed sources confirmed to Sunday Observer. Accordingly the documents relating to the release has been forwarded through the Secretary to the …

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Sajith Premadasa is Not the Ideal Candidate or the Best Candidate But He is the Only Candidate Who Can Defeat Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” – George Orwell (The Adelphi – January 1939) “The first duty of the Memory Police was to ensure disappearances,” writes Japanese author Yoko Ogawa in her tale of an island where …

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The Presidential Contest Between Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa is a Contestation Between Two Mutually Opposing Political Projects.

By Jayadeva Uyangoda Who is winning? This seems to be the question many people these days are keen to find an answer to. Whenever this question is put to me, my usual answer is one that disappoints the interlocutor: “It is difficult to say. But I can tell you a little bit about what I …

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“One can fear the outcome but still vote with hope. Please vote. We simply mustn’t go back to how things were, just a few years ago”.

By Sanjana Hattotuwa The room was paid for, in cash, by someone else. The hotel was chosen because of its location close to the HQ of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence in 2014. Well before election day on January 8, full access to key websites was given to trusted individuals outside Sri Lanka, to …

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If and When Gota is Elected President He May Face A Hostile UNP Led Govt Until Fresh Elections To Parliament Are Held in Late April 2020

By C.A.Chandraprema By this time next week, the results of the presidential poll would be rolling in. It is very unlikely that the final result would have been announced by the time the newspapers hit the newsstands. Indeed the Elections Commission has said that the final result may not be announced till Monday Nov. 18. …

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“If I share a post of a quote from the Buddha, Jesus, or the Koran, Am I the author of it and Would It be my Statement? Asks Lankan Envoy to Moscow Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka!

(TEXT OF A PERSONAL STATEMENT ISSUED BY Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA ON THE CULT OF INTOLERANCE AND IRRATIONALITY) I was horrified to hear a question that Dilka Samanmalee asked Ali Sabry PC on Derana 360. She said that “Dayan Jayatilleka has made a statement that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was responsible for the Easter attacks because he had …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Clarifies That Fresh Appointments Will be Made to All Current Posts Including that of the Premier After a New President is Elected and that the Person who Enjoys the Confidence of Parliament Will be Prime Minister

By Disna Mudalige The currently held portfolios in Parliament, including the post of Prime Minister, will have to be freshly appointed once the election results are released, and the person who has the confidence of Parliament will become the Prime Minister, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. The Prime Minister made this response to a …

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MCC, ACSA, SOFA with the USA Are Incompatible With International Law

by Tamara Kunanayakam “[T]here is no friendship when nations are not equal,when one has to obey another and when one only dominates another.” Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India in Closing Speech at the Asian-African Conference, Bandung, 1955 Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA), the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Millennium Challenge Compact …

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Sajith Premadasa Says In Special Statement that “if Elected President he would Appoint a NEW Prime Minister Who Could Command the Confidence of the Majority in Parliament.

New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate, Sajith Premadasa yesterday said that he, if elected President, he would appoint a new Prime Minister who could command the confidence of the majority in Parliament. Issuing a special statement, Premadasa has said that not a single MP who faces allegations of bribery and corruption will be appointed to …

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Sajith Says He Would Appoint a New Prime Minister After Being Voted Into Office Despite Prime Minister Ranil Telling Media That he would Continue to Remain PM During Premada’s Presidential Tenure Also

New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa said once voted into office he would appoint a new prime minister who he felt could command a majority in parliament. “I will not include any individual accused of corruption in my ministerial cabinet,” he said making a special announcement at a private TV station. His remarks …

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DNF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa Announces He Would “Appoint a New, First-time Prime Minister who Will be Endorsed by the Majority”

Sajith Premadasa is saying that he will appoint a Cabinet of Ministers who are young vibrant and free of corruption allegations if he wins the Presidential elections on Nov 16. “I will appoint a new, first-time Prime Minister who will be endorsed by the majority,” he said in an address broadcast on his Facebook page. …

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Leaders of the TNA and Its Constituent Parties the ITAK, TELO and PLOTE Urge All People Particularly the Tamil People To Vote for Sajith Premadasa the NDF Candidate Contesting Under the Swan Symbol

(Text of a Statement Issued by the Tamil National Alliance on November 6th 2019 Under the Heading ” Presidential Election – 16th November 2019) An Election for a President to be democratically elected for Sri Lanka is due to be held on 16th November 2019. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) -The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi …

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Public Pressure Stalls Rushed Signing of Millennium Challenge Corporation Pact Amid Conflicting Statements From Govt.

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya In the face of intense public pressure, the government appears to have backpedaled on its decision to hurriedly sign the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation compact with the US before the Nov.16th presidential election. Conflicting news reports indicate there is still much ambiguity as to the government’s intentions, and no clarity as to …

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SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa Draws Applause From Audience at National Muslim Collective Forum Event at Shangri-La Hotel When He Claimed 65% of Muslims are Supporting Him.

By Nisthar Cassim Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential aspirant Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and his ally Ali Sabry PC, made a very strong and seemingly compelling case for the Muslim community to back the former last week at the packed National Muslim Collective Forum at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, with a key highlight being the continuous …

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Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa Issues Statement Accusing DNF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa of Including Provisions in His Manifesto Aimed at Dismantling the Unitary State and Creating a Federal State In Its Place.

(Text of a media release issued by the Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 6th 2019 under the heading “UNP presidential candidate’s stand on the Unitary State”) The chapter on constitutional reform in the manifesto of the UNP presidential candidate contains provisions to replace the unitary state with a formulation that describes Sri …

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“Gotaphobia”: Who’s Afraid of Nandasena Gotabhaya Rajapaksa?

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, The big bad wolf, the big bad wolf, Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Tra la la la la la la la” – Song Written by Frank Churchill for the 1933 Walt Disney Animated Film “Three Little Pigs” “Onna Babo Billo Enawaa” was a familiar …

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Who Will Guard The Guardian? Who Will Watch The Watchdog? It Has To Be Us ! But Without Freedom That Will Not Be Possible.

By Radhika Coomaraswamy Many of us were hoping for a new dawn in 2015. The hope for a “Yahapalanaya” government now leaves ashes in the mouth of many people. It is true they brought us back our freedom and strengthened independent institutions but they failed fundamentally in convincing people that democracy and freedom should be …

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Chief Political Party of Sri Lankan Tamils the Ilangai ThamilArasuk Katchi (ITAK) Decides to Support Sajith Premadasa in Presidential Elections as “The Best Choice For The Tamil People At Present”

The country’s leading Tamil political party, the Ilangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), yesterday announced it was giving support to NDF presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa in the forthcoming Presidential election. Party sources said that this was an independent decision by its central committee and was not based on any political negotiations or on any conditionality. “We …

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Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi(ITAK) the Chief Constituent of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Announces Its Support to Sajith Premadasa at Forthcoming Presidential Election

The Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kacchi (ITAK) pledged its support to National Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa yesterday. ITAK parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran made the announcement at a press briefing in Vavuniya yesterday.

Elections Commission Chief Mahinda Deshapriya Backs Down and Withdraws Ban Imposed on ITN Following Protests That His Unilatera Censorship was Favourable To SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s Election Commission chief Mahinda Deshapriya withdrew the censorship he slapped on state-owned ITN after protests that his action was supporting Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the main opposition candidate at November 16 presidential polls. Deshapriya shocked his own fellow commissioners by firing a letter to ITN saying that they are prohibited from broadcasting any politically-oriented programs …

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How Tamil Cinema’s Sudhakar, Vijayan, Chandrasekhar, Shankar and T.Rajendar Transformed Northern Youths Into “Manmathans” in the Eyes of Jaffna “Rathis”

By Anuja Prakash It’s hard to believe that I was only 8 years old at the time. But a child is observant. Children are also curious. That’s what makes parents nervous. My uncle was visiting with his family from the UK. In those days, families couldn’t fly back home every year. So every visit was …

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NDF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premada’s Election Manifesto Reflects Many of the Salient Points of the Draft Constitution Document Tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Early This Year.

by C.A.Chandraprema UNF presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa launched his election manifesto in Kandy on Thursday. It’s called “Sri Lankawe idiri gamanata seemawak netha: Ekwa gamana yamu.” Loosely translated this would mean “There are no limits to what Sri Lanka can achieve: Let’s go on this journey together”. If there was one section of the population …

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Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya’s Ban on ITN Telecasting Political Programs or Providing Live Coverage Criticised by Commission Member Prof.Ratnajeevan Hoole as “Unilateral Censorship, Ill-advised and Stalinist”.

Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday banned state-owned ITN from telecasting any politically-oriented program after accusing it of broadcasting an interview which he said was unfavourable to opposition candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The sweeping censorship of the state television broadcaster also caused a rift within the independent commission. One of the three members said there had …

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JVP Leader and Presidential Candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake Says Prevalent National Security Concerns Need to be Tackled with a Political Response and not a Military Response.

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka does not need a military response to tackle prevalent national security concerns; the country needs a sound political response, according to Anura Kumara Dissanayake, leader and presidential candidate of the leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). In an interview to The Hindu on Thursday, at the JVP headquarters near the Sri …

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” Constitution Reform Process on the Executive President Acting with the Concurrence of the Prime Minister, Devolution and Electoral Systems Begun by this Parliament will be Completed Without Delay” Promises New Democratic Front Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa in Election Manifesto

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s Presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa on Thursday promised to complete the constitutional reform process initiated by the current government, if elected to the office. The ruling United National Party’s (UNP) candidate released his election manifesto in the central city of Kandy, a fortnight ahead of Sri Lanka’s presidential election. “The Constitution …

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Both Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa are “Militarising” Their Presidential Election Campaigns by Focusing Too Much on the War,War Victory and National Security.

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham Two weeks ago, the chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) came out strongly against using the war victory of 2009 as a campaign prop in the November Presidential election. Prohibiting such usage he said credit for the war victory could not be claimed by any political party as it belonged to …

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Will Gotabaya and Sajith Move Away From the Political Culture of Corruption Fostered by Family Bandyism and Catcher Politics?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The manifestos of the three front runners are now out with hardly any serious discussion on the substance of these electoral junk papers. Public meetings are held by the two lead players at locations that obstruct traffic, and show the cheering crowds, with purple or green flags in flutter, and the Swan …

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New Democratic Front Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa Launches Manifesto That PLedges a New Constitution, Maximum Devolution to Provinces and a Second Chamber in an Indivisible Strong Nation With a Democratic Pluralist Society

By Yohan Perera, J. A. L. Jayasinghe and L B Senaratne New Democratic Front (NDF) Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa in his election manifesto launched yesterday, pledged to bring in a new constitution which will build a strong nation, to create a democratic pluralistic society and to devolve maximum power to provinces. He also pledged to …

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102 out of 225 MP’s in the Sri Lankan Parliament are from Political Families Where Close Relatives Have also Been or are MP’s Reveals JVP’s Bimal Ratnayake.

Out of 225 members of Sri Lanka’s parliament, 102 members are from political families, whose ancestors of close relatives have also been in the house, a legislator has said, which if correct, tops the hereditary peers of the UK’s House of Lords. Bimal Rathnayake, a member of Sri Lanka’s Marxist People’s Liberation Party said one …

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Two Main Issues For India Concerning Sri Lanka Are Managing China’s Strategic Power Play in that Country and Containing the Jihadi Terrorist Threat in the Island


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Col (retd) R Hariharan

Foreign relations have occupied an important place in Narendra Modi’s vision for India during his just concluded first term as Prime Minister. In fact, ‘Neighbourhood First’ was the central theme when he started off as Prime Minister, inviting the Heads of State of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries for his inaugural function in 2015. However, Pakistan’s continued refusal to give up the use of extremist jihadi outfits operating from its soil to bleed India has prevented SAARC from evolving into a full-fledged effective regional grouping. So, India’s relations with its neighbours have, perforce, been bilateral rather than multilateral.

However, after his resounding victory in the May 2019 general elections, Prime Minister Modi invited the heads of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiativefor Multi-Sectoral Technical Economic Cooperation) countries – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan – for his swearing inceremony on 30 May 2019. This probably indicates Prime Minister Modi’s shift of focus from ‘Neighbourhood First’ to ‘Act East’ involving the BIMSTEC nations. In fact, Prime Minister Modi is slated to visit the Maldives to address the Majlis (parliament), followed by a visit to Sri Lanka within the first ten days of assuming office for the second term. This seems to indicate that India’s foreign policy priority will now be to build strong relations with its IOR neighbours, particularly Sri Lanka and Maldives.

This will also be in keeping with Prime Minister Modi’s SAGAR (Security and Growth for All), launched in 2015, for developing the blue economy of Indian Ocean Rim Countries. The maritime initiative seeks to create a climate of trust and transparency, respect for international maritime rules and increase in maritime cooperation with Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Bangladesh. Though SAGAR has had moderate success, its importance is increasing more than ever before. The growing strategic power play between China and the USA and its allies in the Indo-Pacific is affecting the strategic interests of India and the BIMSTEC countries.

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The New President Elected on Nov 16 Should Realise That he Has Less Powers Than Those Enjoyed by his Predecessors and Would Therefore Do Well To Discharge his Duties Accordingly

By Dr.Asanga Welikala Sri Lanka will elect a new president on 16 November 2019. While unusually that will be neither the current President nor the current Prime Minister, what is less well understood is that the office itself to which the new president is elected will be a new office in terms of its powers …

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Cabinet Authorises Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera To Sign $480 Million Millennium Challenge Corporation Grant That was Long Delayed Due to Objections by President Sirisena

By Chandani Kirinde In a major breakthrough, the Cabinet of Ministers yesterday approved the implementation of the $ 480 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant, based on a proposal by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera. While authorising Minister Samaraweera to sign the Compact Agreement with the MCC on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government, Cabinet also …

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Sri Lankan Envoy to Russia Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Firmly Denies Accusations of Conspiring with Mangala Samaraweera to Engage in False Propaganda Implicating Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the Easter Bombings and Strongly Denounces Such Attempts as a Plot to Turn Him Into a Dr.Shafi

(Full Text of a Statement Issued by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Moscow, Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Regarding Accusations Made against him at a Press Conference in Colombo) I was shocked to see on the 6:55pm Hiru News on Tuesday Oct 29th 2019 (yesterday) a media briefing by a few MPs described as Catholic MPs of the SLPP, …

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SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapksa Campaigning in Vavuniya Says If Elected to Office he would Rehabilitate the Remaining 274 Ex-LTTE Cadres in Custody and Re-integrate them Into Society

By Dinasena Rathugamage SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, campaigning in Vavuniya, yesterday, urged the Tamils to repose their faith in him. They should be not be cheated by politicians unlike in the past, he said stressing that he was focusing on doing his utmost for the welfare of the people. He said he would rehabilitate …

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SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa Addressing Political Rally in Jaffna States he would Provide Govt Jobs for at Least One Member in Each Poverty – stricken Family in the North

By Romesh Madushanka SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa today pledged to take the Tamil community in the North and East to the future from the past to which they have been confined. Mr. Rajapaksa, who is in the North attending election rallies, said some people did their best to confine Tamils to the past. “I …

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Is the Simple Picture In Which Sajith Premadasa is Being Exalted as a Great Liberal While Gotabaya Rajapaksa is Being Depicted as a Scary Neo-Conservative Correct?

By D. C. P. Amarasekere With only a few weeks left for the 2019 Presidential Election, two questions seem to dominate our social conversations and news coverage: “who will win?” and “what will be Sri Lanka’s political destiny?” In the absence of country-wide scientific polling, the first question is typically answered by using anecdotes, quasi-scientific, …

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Will President Maithripala Sirisena Be Held to Account After Nov 16th 2019 for the Actions Undertaken by him Through his “Constitutional Coup” of October 25th 2018?

By Dr.Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu A year ago, the country withstood a serious challenge to its governance and government. The Constitutional Coup launched by President Maithripala Sirisena marked a low point in the constitutional and political development of the country in as much as the decision of the Supreme Court and the role of civil society and …

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Sajith Premadasa Must be Credited for Having Dexterously Turned the Toxic Usage of Sinhala-Buddhism by Rajapaksa Followers on its Head By Questioning As To Who a True Sinhala Buddhist Is.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene This week, a citizen called into a popular (Sinhala) political programme on national television and asked the Minister being interviewed as to why it was that, one year following the 52-day old ‘coup’ in October 2018 installing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, no legal action had been taken against …

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Islamic State “Caliphate” Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Detonates Explosive Laden Vrest and Kills Himself Along with Three of his Children After Being Cornered by US Special Forces at Safe House in West Syria Confirms US President Donald Trump

By Michael Safi and Martin Chulov The Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed in a raid by US special forces on his Syrian safe house, Donald Trump has announced, ending a years-long hunt for one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists. Trump said the “impeccable” two-hour operation was conducted on Saturday night in …

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43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Shirani Bandaranayake Reveals Her Side of the Story with Candid Detail in her Recently Released Memoir “Hold Me In Contempt”

By Chandani Kirinde Her impeachment from the Office of Chief Justice seven years ago made headlines across the country and was flashed across the world. While a lot has been written and said about the infamous manner in which Dr. Shirani A. Bandaranayake was removed from office, little was known about her side of the …

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Court of Appeal Issues Notices on Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, SSP Anuruddha Bandara Hakmana and HQI Senadhipathi K.D. de Silva Regarding Contempt of Court Application Filed by TNA National List MP Shanthi Srikandarasa

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Court of Appeal (CA) today issued notices on Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera and SSP Anuruddha Bandara Hakmana and HQI Senadhipathi K.D. de Silva of Mullaitivu returnable for November 8. The bench comprising Justices Yasantha Kodagoda (President/CA) and Arjuna Obeysekara after having satisfied on the material placed and submission made ordered to …

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Ceremonial Opening of Jaffna International Airport at Palaly Event was Botched by Sinhala Officials from Colombo who Organized the Event.

By Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H.Hoole Last Thursday (16 October) was a great day for Sri Lanka; the Jaffna International Airport was opened. It offered a great opportunity for integrating Jaffna with the rest of Sri Lanka; for tourists from Tamil Nadu (the largest number of tourists coming in from India) to hop over to Jaffna …

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President Sirisena Wants to Hang at Least one “Drug Dealer”Before His Tenure Ends If Supreme Court Removes Injunction on Executions

President Maithripala Sirisena, yesterday, promised that he would hang at least one drug dealer before his tenure as President ends if the Supreme Court gave a favourable ruling on his attempts to end a 43-year-old moratorium on capital punishment by hanging drug convicts. In July, the Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction against the execution …

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Rivalry and Rapprochement Between Ranil and Sajith: What Did Happen?

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The political spectacle “Ekwa Idiriyata”(Forward Together) that unfolded on October 10th at Galle face green has elevated the morale of the green party to ecstatic heights. A mammoth crowd – estimated by some of being in the range of six digits – gathered on the shores of the Indian ocean to see, hear …

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Sajith Premadasa while addressing JHU Special convention Says His Policies are the same as that of Jathika Hela Urumaya in Giving Prominence to Buddhism and Protecting the Unitary Status of the Country.

By Ajith Siriwardana New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa said yesterday his policy was to give prominence to Buddhism and to protect the unitary status of the country. Speaking at the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) special convention held at the Campbell Park in Borella he said there were no major differences in the …

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TNA Parliamentarian Shanti Sriskandarajah Files Petition at Appeal Court Seeking Ruling Against Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thero on Contempt of Court Charges for Directly Violating Mullaitheevu Magistrate Court Order

By Anurangi Singh Fresh contempt of court papers have been filed against controversial Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera, over his actions in violation of an order by the Mullaitivu Magistrate’s Court, involving a contentious burial on Hindu temple grounds. The controversial monk is facing contempt of court charges again, only four months …

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“Where Are They?”: The Question of Missing Surrendees Raised By “The Hindu”Correspondent at a Press Conference and the SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Response

By Chulani Kodikara Meera Srinivasan, the Hindu correspondent in Sri Lanka, at the first press conference with Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa asked him what happened to the LTTE cadres and others who surrendered to the army during the last days of the war, and who have thereafter disappeared. (See full interview here: https://tinyurl.com/SLPPmedia). She raised …

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When the Contest is Between a Man who Praises His Own Tail and a Man who is Wedded to Violent Intolerance the Choice Though Cringe-worthy Is Also Very Clear.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “The city has to elect me in full freedom… What I demand is one unanimous and joyful ‘Yes’… And in passing let me add: if anyone’s not for me he’s against me and has only himself to blame for anything that happens.” – Brecht (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui) It was …

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It is not yet Too Late to Form an Informal Coalition of Democratic Forces Backing Sajith Premadasa, Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Mahesh Senanayake to Defeat the Neo-right wing and Neo-Conservative Coalition.

By Jayadeva Uyangoda With the presidential election campaign now well underway, it appears that the contest is between the two main candidates, Sajith Premadasa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In the absence of scientific polling in Sri Lanka, no credible voter sentiment analysis is available. Therefore we are all compelled to rely on speculation. Outside the two …

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Why the Petition Filed by Civil Society Activists Chandragupta Thenuwara and Gamini Viyangoda Seeking Writ of Certiorari Against SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa Did Not Succeed in the Court of Appeal

By C. A. Chandraprema Yahapalana activists Gamini Viyangoda and Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara filed an application with the Court of Appeal, seeking a writ of Certiorari to annul Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s dual citizenship certificate and an interim order preventing him from acting on the basis that he is a citizen of Sri Lanka. Their argument was that …

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Both Chief Presidential Candidates Engage in “Family Politics” With Sajith Talking About What His Father Did or Promised and Gotabaya Not Moving Away From His Elder Brother’s Performance or Record

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake As the polls campaign gets under way there is a growing similarity between the two lead players in what they offer to the people, and what they don’t. The Green and Purple offers have strong links to one’s family. Sajith keeps reminding us of what his father did or promised – like …

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Presidential Election Candidate Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha and Mr. Navin Gooneratne, Founder of the Movement to Unite Motherland Sign Memorandum of Understanding To Take Forward Envisaged System Changes To Develop the Nation.

The Movement to Unite Motherland (MUM) issuing a statement says it “joins with an outstanding academic and political visionary to take forward the system changes it promotes, through his candidature at the Presidential Election 2019. “Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, who has three earned Degrees from the University of Oxford will combine his vision for change with …

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Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera Issues Statement in Response to Comments Made by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Media Conference.

(Text of Press Release Carrying Statement Issued by the Minister of Finance,Mangala Samaraweera, MP) At a Press Conference on 15 October 2019, Presidential Candidate of the SLPP, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, dismissed Sri Lanka’s commitments to our citizens on human rights, rule of law, and processes for truth-seeking, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence including Resolution 30/1. …

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Thanks India for Helping War Affected Sri Lanka and Looks Forward to Closer Collaboration Between South India and Jaffna at Ceremonial Opening of International Airport at Palaly in Northern Sri Lanka.

By T.K. Rohit Amid pouring rain, an ATR 72-600 aircraft of Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, completed its maiden international flight and touched down at the Jaffna International Airport, marking an important moment in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province. The flight carried Ashwani Lohani, Air India chairman and managing director; C.S. Subbiah, …

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History is Made as Jaffna International Airport is Ceremonially Opened with Special Flight from Chennai ATR72-600 Operated by Alliance Air of India Lands at Palaly With Indian Dignitaries Aboard

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came together yesterday to mark the historic opening of the Jaffna International Airport (JIA) for regional commercial operations. The opening of the airport was marked by a special flight from Chennai landing at JIA with a delegation of Indian dignitaries. The first flight into JIA was an …

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Despite Obstruction and Obstacles , Jaffna International Airport at Palaly Becomes Reality Today Through India’s Generosity and Persistence Along With Efforts by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Tamil National Alliance..

By N. Lohathayalan The Palaly Airport was opened on 359 acres of land by the British Armed Forces, with the first flight to India being made on 10 December 1947. As of today, it will function as the Jaffna International Airport. The ceremonial opening of the airport today brings joy not only to the people …

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“War Victories and Heroic Deeds Belong to the Entire Country and not to a Political Party or Person Declares Election Commission Chairman. Mahinda Deshapriya.

By Chandani Kirinde The Election Commission (EC) has written to the Secretary to the President as well as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence seeking clarification on how a photograph of Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva was used in election campaign propaganda for one of the candidates contesting the Presidential Election. The EC’s …

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October 17th 2019 is a Joyful Day for Country as Palaly Airport is “Reborn” Today as Jaffna International Airport .

By Capt Elmo Jayawardena Today (Oct 17), Sri Lanka is scheduled to re-open the Palaly Airport as its third international aerodrome (It will be renamed the Jaffna International Airport). There will be many who will applaud and give praise for the refurbishment and upgrading of the new airport and there will be others who will …

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SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa Flanked by Brother Mahinda and Supportive Political Leaders Fields Wide Range of Questions From Media at Glitzy Press Conference Held at Shangri -La Hotel Ballroom

By Himal Kotelawala In his first-ever press conference, amid increasingly awkward allegations of evading the media, presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa fielded questions today on his vision for the country as well as his performance and track record as Defence Ministry Secretary. Flanked by his former president brother Mahinda Rajapaksa and leaders of the alliance led …

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“I can certify not once but twice that no journalist will be harmed”: Gotabaya Rajapaksa Guarantees Safety of Journalists in Sri Lanka under his Tenure at First Media Conference After Being Officially Named as SLPP Presidential Candidate

By Chandani Kirinde SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday that he did not recognise the UNHRC resolution co-sponsored by the Sri Lanka Government on ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accoun-tability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ as a legal document and reiterated his public undertaking to release soldiers held in remand custody. Addressing his maiden press conference …

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Preeminent Hindi Filmstar Amitabh Bachchan Gets Prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award For Contribution To Indian Cinema

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Legendary Hindi film actor Amitabh Bachchan will be the latest recipient of India’s celebrated Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year. The annual award honours a distinguished person in the field of cinema for his or her “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema” each year. India’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting …

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Buddharakkitha And Somarama Theras: Role Of Two Buddhist Monks In The Assassination Of Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Sixty years ago on September 25th 1959 Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (SWRDB) the prime minister of Sri Lanka known as Ceylon then was shot and seriously wounded by a Buddhist monk named Ven.Talduwe Somarama Thero. Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike succumbed to his injuries the following day.The fourth Prime minister of Independent Ceylon/Sri …

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Gotabaya’s Promise at Inaugural Rally That He would Free “War Heroes” in Jail Under “Bogus Charges” the Day After He is Elected President Shows the Rajapaksas Have Learnt Nothing at all From Their Defeat in 2015.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Sri Lanka’s floating voters, struggling to find their feet in the unpromising pandemonium of November’s Presidential elections, can only flinch from ‘Pohottuwa’ Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s promise at his inaugural campaign rally following nominations in Anuradhapura on Wednesday, that he would free all ‘war heroes’ held in custody on ‘bogus charges’ …

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Sirisena and SLFP Prostrate Themselves Before SLPP Without Self – Respect After Undignified Begging On Their Knees to Pohottuwa Party On The Symbol Issue

By Don Manu No political party worth its salt, especially a major political force such as the SLFP, which dominated Lanka’s political stage for over sixty years, can afford to remain without fielding a candidate of its own or supporting a common one at any presidential election. In the last dying days of his presidency, …

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Did Gota’s Sri Lankan Patriotism Die When he Took the US Naturalization Oath and has it been Resurrected Again Because he Wants to Become First Citizen of Sri Lanka Now?

By Gamini Weerakoon Election time is when the Morality Theatre moves on to the political stage and begins its performance. Since nomination day, candidates with their supporters and TV crews have been besieging sacred places of worship, temples with political orientation, kovils, churches and receiving the blessings of chief incumbents. Nationalist-religious sentiments have not been …

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Do we need self proclaimed patriots who decide that all who hold different opinions are traitors to the country which they describe as only their “motherland”?

By Prof. Savitri Goonesekere In October 2018 President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, purporting to exercise his Presidential powers. He later dissolved Parliament. Political party leaders and citizens challenged these Presidential decisions in the courts of law. A Full Bench of the Supreme Court, presided by Chief Justice HNJ …

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Pledge at Maiden Campaign Rally in Anuradhapura That He Would Release all”War Heroes” in Custody for Alleged “Baseless” Charges on Nov 17th Morning After Being Elected President Sends Shock waves Throughout Country.

BY MANESHKA BORHAM AND ANURANGI SINGH A pledge made by SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at his maiden rally in Anuradhapura last week, that he would acquit and release ‘war heroes’ being held on ‘baseless’ charges on the morning of November 17, has left victim families reeling from shock and fear that already painfully slow …

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Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa Jointly Address SLPP Presidential Campaign Inaugural Rally at Salgado Grounds in Anuradhapura with Gota Focusing on Plight of Paddy Farmers.

BY PRANAVESH SIVAKUMAR Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s (SLPP) Presidential aspirant, kicking off his first campaign for his maiden bid for the top job, used the stage to outline, an array of development activities, and agriculture was given the spotlight. “Anuradhapura is a centre point of irrigation and agriculture of the country. We had …

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Sajith Premadasa and Ranil Wickremesinghe Go”Forward Together”by Jointly Addressing Huge Crowds at Presidential Election Campaign Inaugural Rally at Galle Face Green.

BY PRANAVESH SIVAKUMAR The New Democratic Front’s (NDF) Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa kick starting his inaugural rally themed ‘Forward together’, left the sea of supporters by the sea to decide, as to what calibre of candidate they were wishing for. Premadasa in his opening remarks, tendered an unreserved apology for referring to his mouth as …

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Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Sweeps Elpitiya Pradeshiya Polls Winning 17 with 23,372 Votes:UNP gets 7 with 10,113 Votes While UPFA and JVP get 3 and 2 with 5,273 and 2,435 Votes Respectively

By Norman Palihawadane SLPP won all 17 divisions of the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha at yesterday’s election. The SLPP obtained 23,372 votes while the UPFA and UNP received 5,273 and 10,113 respectively. The JVP polled only 2,435 votes. Accordinlgy, the SLPP will have 17 seats out of 29. The UPFA and UNP will have three and …

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Malaysian Counter Terrorism Officials Arrest Seven Suspects For Allegedly Promoting and Raising Funds for LTTE; Melaka State executive Councillor G. Saminathan and Negri Sembilan Assemblyman P. Gunasekaren Arrested for Participation in LTTE “Maaveerar Naal” (Great Heroes Day)Celebrations

By Emmanuel Santa Maria Chin Seven suspects, including two state lawmakers from Melaka and Negri Sembilan, were arrested by Bukit Aman(Royal Malaysia Police Headquarters) counterterrorism operatives today for their alleged involvement in promoting, supporting and sourcing funds meant for the now-defunct terror group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-terrorism Division …

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“People Must Carefully Decide Whether the Future of a Family or Future of the Country is Important States UNP led NDF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa While Addressing Mammoth Crowds at Inaugural Rally in Galle Face Green.

By Dharma Sri Abeyratne and Lahiru Fernando The Galle Face green was a sea of heads with people from all corners of the country converging to Colombo yesterday to affirm their support to the Presidential candidate of United National Party (UNP) led New Democratic Front (NDF), Sajith Premadasa. The inaugural rally of Premadasa’s presidential election …

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Asks Whether The Country Should Elect a Killer of People or Leader of People as Sri Lanka’s President at “Ekwa Idiriyata” (Forward Together) Rally at Galle Face

By Dharma Sri Abeyratne and Lahiru Fernando Rivals of the United National Party-led New Democratic Front are against its presidential candidate, Minister Sajith Premadasa, as he is working to eliminate nepotism and family-based politics from the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. “His father, late Executive President Ranasinghe Premadasa also strived to eradicate family …

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Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka Will Be Appointed as Defence Minister Responsible For National Security in Future Govt Announces Sajith Premadasa at Galle Face;Ex- Army Chief Pledges to Fulfill Duties if so Appointed

By Dharma Sri Abeyratne and Lahiru Fernando UNP parliamentarian, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka yesterday pledged to fulfil to the letter the duty he would be assigned as the Defence Minister of the country. He was responding to the announcement by NDF presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa that he would appoint the Field Marshal as Defence Minister …

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Gota Reaches Out To Agricultural Sector at Inaugural Rally in Anuradhapura: Promises to Write off all “Govijana” Loans Incurred by Farmers,Revive Fertilizer Subsidy, Increase Guaranteed Price and Storage Facilities for Paddy and Introduce Pension Scheme for Farmers.

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday focused on sweeping promises and populist policies that emphasised writing off farmers’ debts, ensuring stable prices, establishing a pension scheme for farmers and continuing the fertiliser subsidy, while speaking at his inaugural rally held in Anuradhapura. Addressing hundreds of supporters, Rajapaksa thanked the Sri Lanka …

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SLFP Officially Announces Support to SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa; Memorandum of Understanding to be Signed With Party and Candidate.

By Aruna Bogahawatte The SLFP yesterday announced that it had decided to support SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the 2019 Presidential election. SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekera told a press conference at the party headquarters in Colombo that President Maithripala Sirisena had made a decision to step down from the SLFP chairmanship temporarily …

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Group Led by Gnanasara Thero in Violation of Court Order Took Body of Dead Buddhist Monk and Cremated it in Premises Specifically Prohibited by Courts While Police Led by SSP Did Nothing Except Prevent Hindu Devotees from Entering Temple Precincts Charges TNA Leader R.Sampanthan in Parliament

By Saman Indrajith Neeraavi Pillaiyar Temple at Chemmalai in the Mulaitivu District was a site of controversy as the Sinhalese in the area tried to take over a Saivite temple, said TNA leader R Sampanthan in parliament, yesterday. Making a special statement Sampanthan said that the Buddhist temple Gurukande Viharaya had been forcibly constructed between …

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2019 Sri Lankan Presidential Election Makes History as the First Presidential Poll Without an Incumbent President, Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition Contesting.

By P.K.Balachandran The November 16, 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential election will go down in history for several firsts. For the first time in the history of post-independence Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), a party of greats like Prime Ministers SWRD Bandaranaike and Sirima Bandaranaike, and Presidents like Chandrika Kumaratunga and Maithripala Sirisena, …

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After Weeks of “Suspense-ridden Delay” the Chief Presidential Candidates Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa Swing Into Full Gear With Their Election Campaigns.

By P.K.Balachandran After severe hiccups on both sides of the political divide, the principal candidates in the Sri Lankan Presidential election (to be held on November 16 ) have now begun their campaigns in right earnest. The hiccups were political in the case of the candidate of the ruling United National Party (UNP), Sajith Premadasa, …

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35 Presidential Aspirants Out of The 41 Who Paid Deposits File Nomination Papers; 18 Candidates From Recognized Political Parties , 15 Independents and 2 from Non-Recognized Parties

By Chandani Kirinde Thirty-five of the 41 presidential aspirants, who had paid their deposits, handed in their nomination papers at the Election Commission yesterday, officially kicking off the six-week-long election campaign. Nominations were accepted between 9.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. last morning at the Election Commission office in Rajagiriya amidst tight security. All the nomination …

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Even if Gotabaya Rajapaksa Wins Presidential Elections , Ranil Wickremesinghe will Remain as Prime Minister Until the Next Parliamentary Election says Ajit P. Perera.

By Yohan Perera Issues, if there are any, pertaining to UNP leadership could be amicably resolved in the same way which the question with regard to the presidential candidate was solved after the presidential election, Non-Cabinet Minister Ajith P. Perera said today. Minister Perera made this remark in response to a question raised by the …

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Acting IGP Wickramaratne Directs Colombo DIG Siriwardene to Provide Security if Requested to Petitioners and Their Lawyers in the Appeal Court Writ Case Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa Following Increasing Threats to Gamini Viyangoda and Chandragupta Thenuwara

by Maneshka Borham Acting IGP C.D Wickramatne has reportedly directed officials to provide security to civil society activists, Gamini Viyangoda and Chandragupta Thenuwara as well as their lawyers if requested. The duo has come under attack, especially, on social media following their decision to file a writ petition challenging the citizenship of Presidential hopeful Gotabaya …

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Chandragupta Thenuwara and Gamini Viyangoda have Unwittingly done Gotabhaya Rajapaksa a Favour by Enabling him to Prove Conclusively Through Courts that There is no Problem About his Sri Lankan citizenship.

By C. A.Chandraprema Sri Lanka has had presidential elections in 1982, 1988, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2010, and 2015 but never one like the present election. With just two working days to go to the close of nominations, a former local government head from Galle petitioned the Supreme Court seeking an order calling off the election. …

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Rajapaksa Camp Followers Who Lambasted Judiciary Last Year After Supreme Court Ruled Against Mahinda’s Unconstitutional Prime Minister Appointment are Now Singing Praises to an Independent Judiciary After Appeal Court Dismissed Writ Petition Against Gotabaya

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene As leading lights of the United National Party (UNP) hastily scrambled to disassociate themselves from the petition challenging the legality of the dual citizenship certificate issued to Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) presidential hopeful Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, summarily rejected by the Court of Appeal this Friday, a curious contradiction arose from the …

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Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara Who Along With Gamini Viyangoda Challenged Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Citizenship Through Writ Petition in Court Contacts Police After Receiving Numerous Threats From Various Persons Allegedly Backing the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna

By Arjuna Ranawana Professor Chandragupta Thenuwara is facing death threats from various persons backing the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the renowned artist told RepublicNext. Thenuwara, a long-time social and political activist was one of two petitioners who mounted a legal challenge to Gotabaya’s right to contest the election as doubts have …

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Office of Missing Persons to Raise Concerns to President Sirisena Over Confirmation of Commodore Rank to D.K.P. Dassanayake one of the key Suspects in Abduction and Murder of Youths Case where the Navy is Implicated

By Maneshka Borham The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has decided to raise their concerns with President Maithripala Sirisena on the recent confirmation of rank granted by the Sri Lanka Navy to Commodore D.K.P Dassanayake. The former Navy Spokesman, Dassanayake is one of the main suspects connected to the infamous Navy abductions case where 11 …

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How Different are the Policies of Sajith Premadasa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa to Those of Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mahinda Rajapaksa?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake As the presidential election campaign moves to combat readiness among candidates and political parties, one must be pardoned for drawing the recent deaths of seven elephants in the Palugaswewa Forest Reserve into the political plot. With Sajith Premadasa choosing the Swan symbol for his candidacy, does it mean the end of the …

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Court of Appeal Three Judge Bench Unanimously Dismisses Writ Application Challenging Validity of SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Citizenship;Reasons for Ruling to be Delivered in Writing at Later Date

In an unanimous decision a three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the writ application filed challenging the validity of presidential aspirant Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lankan citizenship. “Formal notices of this application should not be issued to the respondents, and the application should therefore be dismissed,” President of the Court of Appeal Justice …

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Three-judge Bench Comprising Justices Yasantha Kodagoda (President/CA), Arjuna Obeysekara and Mahinda Samayawardena Dismiss Writ Petition Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Citizenship Status After Four days of Continued Hearings at the Court of Appeal.

By Shehan Chamika Silva The three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal comprising Justices Yasantha Kodagoda (President/CA), Arjuna Obeysekara and Mahinda Samayawardena today unanimously decided to dismiss the writ petition filed against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s citizenship status after hearing all parties over almost four days of continued court proceedings at the Court of …

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“The President himself is a creature of the Constitutio and does not rule the realm by divine right exercising plenary powers” states Chanaka de Silva PC Counsel for Home Affairs Minister Wajira Abeywardena Before Court of Appeal

The argument that the President of the Republic holds plenary executive power was “emphatically rejected” by a seven-judge Bench of the Supreme Court in its judgment on the illegal dissolution of Parliament in November 2018, said Counsel for the Third Respondent Home Affairs Minister Wajira Abeywardena President’s Counsel Chanaka De Silva, as hearings on the …

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Sri Lankans Across the Political Divide are Waiting with Bated Breath for the Court of Appeal Ruling on Gotabaya Rajapaksa Citizenship Issue

By P.K.Balachandran Since the entire complexion of the November 16 Sri Lankan Presidential election will change if the Court of Appeal upholds the plea that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s candidate, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is not a Sri Lankan citizen, Sri Lankans across the political divide are waiting with bated breath for the verdict which is …

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Special Convention Unanimously Endorses Sajith Premadasa as UNF Presidential Candidate and Ranil Wickremesinghe as UNP Leader.

By Zacky Jabbar A Special Convention of the UNP held at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday, unanimously endorsed Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa as the United National Front’s (UNF) Presidential candidate and confirmed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the UNP leader. After the Convention accepted Wickremesinghe’s proposal to endorse the UNP Working Committee ( WC ) decision …

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Lawyers for SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa Argue that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was Repository of all Executive Power Before a Cabinet of Ministers was Appointed and Therefore Legally Empowered to Sign his brother’s Dual Citizenshi Certificate on 21 November 2005.

Lawyers for SLPP presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday insisted that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the repository of all executive power before a Cabinet of Ministers was appointed, and was therefore legally empowered to sign his brother’s dual citizenship certificate on 21 November 2005, the legality of which is being challenged in the Court of Appeal. …

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