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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UNP Convention Passes Six Unanimous Resolutions Regarding Sajith’s Presidential Candidacy, Ranil’s Party Leadership,Establishing UNP Govt in 2020,Continuing Constitutional Reform, Abolishing Executive Presidency and Commending Karu’s Role During Oct 26th Crisis

By Nuwan Senarathna The United National Party (UNP) yesterday passed a slew of resolutions at their annual convention, including a commitment to take forward the constitutional reform process which began in 2015, including the abolition of the Executive Presidency, but in concurrence with the Prime Minister and other stakeholders. During the convention, held at the …

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Romesh de Silva PC Appearing for Gotabaya Rajapaksa Submits to Special Three-Judge Bench of Appeal Court Hearing Writ Petition That Litigation Against his Client had been Brought by Political Opponents and was not in the Public Interest

Security was beefed up around the Superior Courts Complex as the high stakes litigation challenging the validity of SLPP presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lankan citizenship was taken up before a special three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal yesterday. Appearing as Counsel for civil society activists Gamini Viyangoda and Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara, who filed …

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Palaly Airport Vested Under Civil Aviation Authority to be Developed Into Sri Lanka’s Third International Airport: Regional Flights to Indian Cities from Jaffna International Airport (JIA) Likely To Commence From Mid -October

By Chandani Kirinde Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has vested the Jaffna International Airport (JIA) with the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAA) ahead of the commencement of regional commercial operations in mid-October. The runway and the runway strip of JIA and the whole portion of the airport land located northwards abutting …

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Sri Lanka Podujana Party Says Writs Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa is an Attempt to Block the SLPP Presidential Candidate From Contesting the Presidential Elections

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday said they were confident of facing legal challenges directed at their presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and said they have faith in the Judiciary to deliver a just decision. A three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal (CA) yesterday commenced hearings on the Writ challenging Rajapaksa’s Sri Lankan citizenship. …

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If Frontrunner Gotabaya Rajapaksa is Unable to Contest Presidential Elections Due to Appeal Court Ruling, It willbe a Cakewalk then For His Closest Rival Sajith Premadasa.

By P.K.Balachandran Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a front-runner in the Sri Lankan Presidential election to be held on November 16, is facing a serious issue over his Sri Lankan citizenship, days before the date for filing of nominations. Nominations are to be filed on October 6 and the case against him, filed in the Court of Appeal …

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Counsel Suren Fernando Appearing for Petitioners and Senior Deputy Solicitor-General Nerin Pulle Appearing for Attorney -General Make Submissions Before Court of Appeal In Writ Cases Filed Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa

By Shehan Chamika Silva Appearing for the Attorney General, Senior Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle today told that the former president, who had signed the dual citizenship certificate of Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2005, actually had the power to do so as the relevant minister, because he had continued to exercise being the head of the …

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Romesh de Silva PC Appearing for Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Appeal Court Raises Preliminary Objection Over the Maintainability of Writ Application Against Ex-Defence Secretary.

By Shehan Chamika Silva Romesh de Silva PC appearing for Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the writ petition today brought up a preliminary objection over the maintainability of the writ application on several grounds. He said the petition cannot seek the relief sought in the petition as they do not have the locus standi (right to bring …

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Suhada Gamlath Reiterates he wont resign Because he Spoke the Truth and Will wait for Action to be Taken Against him

By Susitha Fernando Former Solicitor General (SG) and Chairman of the Sri Lanka National Authority for the Protection of Witnesses and Victims, Suhada Gamlath reiterated that he spoke the truth and said telling the truth had been construed as politics. He was responding to Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala, who said he has talked politics while …

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Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale Urges President Sirisena to Take Action Against Suhada Gamlath for Stating Publicly that two Ministers Had tried to Influence him into Arresting Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

By Yohan Perera Chairman of the National Authority for Protection of Witnesses and Victims, Suhada Gamlath has said he would submit his resignation shortly but action is being taken by the Presidential Secretariat to remove him if he fails to do so by today, Justice and Law Reforms Minister Thalatha Athukorala said today. She told …

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Senior Journalist Bandula Jayasekera Diagnosed With Blood Cancer Appeals for assistance to Undergo Lifesaving Medical Treatment.

Senior journalist Bandula Jayasekera, diagnosed with Myelodyplastic Syndrome, a type of blood cancer in July this year appeals for assistance to undergo a lifesaving medical procedure in Singapore. Here Bandula himself explains his plight: “Doctors say the cure is a bone marrow transplant in Singapore because the transplant for this blood cancer (MDS) is considered …

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Sajith Premadasa has been Suspiciously Vague and Over-cautious Making Observers feel that he is Lacking Substance and is Scheming to Thrive in Rhetoric.

By Ranga Jayasuriya Last week, the United National Party Working Committee nominated Sajith Premadasa as the presidential candidate of the Grand Old Party, and effectively, of the UNP led alliance. Mr Premadasa’s candidature may not impress those who wanted a more forthright choice with a degree of policy substance. But, alas, there was no such …

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However Much as Sajith Premadasa has been the most Overrated Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has all Along, been Underrated.

By Shyamon Jayasinghe It is sad to announce! I hope I am wrong. But I see the end of the Grand Old Party. The Sajith faction wouldn’t stop at getting nomination to a position that is only a shade of what it had been after 19A. The presidential executive is, today, a monster that has …

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Question Mark Over Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Eligibility to Contest Presidential Elections as Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Gamini Viyangoda File Writ in Appeal Court Challenging Ex -Def Secy’s Sri Lankan Citizenship.

By S.S. Selvanayagam A three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal (CA) will commence hearings on a writ challenging the Sri Lankan citizenship of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa running for president, just three days ahead of the nominations deadline for the 16 November poll. A Divisional Bench of the Court of Appeal headed by …

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Court of Appeal Issues Directive Calling for Documents Pertaining to Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s National Identity Card and Issuance of Passport.

By Chitra Weerarathne and A.J.A. Abeynayake The Court of Appeal yesterday directed Public Administration Minister Vajira Abeywardena, ministry Secretary Gamini Seneviratne, Controller Immigration and Emigration and Commissioner General of Registration of Persons to furnish information/documents pertaining to the issuance of a passport and National Identity Card (NIC) to Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2019. The Court of …

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“Judiciary Will Determine my Innocence” Declares Gotabaya Rajapaksa : Says He Has Followed Relevant Procedure in all Matters and That Documents Concerning His Identity and Citizenship Being Challenged in Courts are Authentic.

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday reiterated that he had obtain dual citizenship in 2005, soon after Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected President, but he had renounced his US citizenship in April this year. Speaking at an event held in Colombo, Rajapaksa said he had followed the relevant procedure and …

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SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa May Become “Stateless” and Ineligible to Contest if Appeal Court Upholds Legal Challenge Questioning his Citizenship and Legality of Identity Documents

Sri Lanka’s main opposition presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa faced a fresh legal challenge Monday as the Court of Appeal entertained a petition questioning his citizenship and the legality of his identity documents. A formal hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, just five days before nominations for the November 16 polls close. Two civil society activists, Gamini …

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THE PRIME MINISTER IS DEAD ! : How and Why SWRD Bandaranaike Was Assassinated Sixty Years Ago

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj “The Prime Minister is Dead” was the striking headline in extra – large, bold letters of a special edition published by the now defunct “Times of Ceylon” on the morning of Saturday, September 26th 1959. Though I was only a little kid at that time and sixty years have passed since, I still …

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No Action Yet Against Bhikkus Led by Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thero For Defying Court Order and Cremating Buddhist Monks Body Within Hindu Temple Precincts While Police Did Nothing

By Meera Srinivasan . The recent passing away of a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka and his subsequent cremation in the northern district of Mullaitivu has brought to the fore an old concern — the power wielded by the Buddhist clergy and the impunity shielding them. It wasn’t the monk’s cremation that was the problem, …

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The Pluses and Minuses of a Sajith Premadasa Presidential Candidacy

by C.A.Chandraprema By fielding Sajith Premadasa as its presidential candidate, the UNP has put its best foot forward. As a political party, it would not have been feasible to ignore the demonstrations that the Sajith camp put up to prove the fact that he was by far the preferred candidate of the UNP rank and …

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Is the Killing of Civilian Tamils During the Rajapaksa Decade to Be Reckoned as a Necessary Evil?

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Two manifestly glorious ironies occurred this week. A former President cautioned against a return to what he termed ‘the Premadasa era’ and a former Chief Justice lamented that, during the ‘yahapalanaya’ years, the independence of the Sri Lankan judiciary had been lost. Strange logic and stranger contradictions These claims may have …

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What Can Sri Lanka Expect Under “President” Gotabaya Rajapaksa or “President” Sajith Premadasa?

By P.K.Balachandran On Thursday, after a month-long bitter inner-party struggle, Sajith Premadasa was nominated as the ruling United National Party’s candidate for the November 16 Sri Lankan Presidential election. The entrenched faction led by party Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had to bite the dust eventually, and grant Deputy Leader and Housing Minister Sajith …

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“How Can Sajith Premadasa Win The Entire Country When he Cant Even Win Tissamaharama Electorate or Hambantota District ? Asks Mahinda Rajapaksa.

By Lahiru Pothmulla Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today said Minister Sajith Premadasa was not a challenge to them at the presidential election and asked how a person who could not even win the Tissamaharama electorate and Hambantota district, could win the entire country. He expressed these views in response to the questions asked by journalists …

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“I am supremely and absolutely confident of winning against Gotabaya Rajapaksa, because I know the majority of the people of this country are with me” -An Upbeat UNP Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa Tells Media

By Chandani Kirinde Unanimously endorsed as the party’s presidential candidate, an upbeat UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday said he was supremely and absolutely confident of winning the upcoming election. “I am supremely and absolutely confident of winning against (SLPP candidate) Gotabaya Rajapaksa, because I know the majority of the people of this country are …

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Sajith Premadasa Named Officially as UNP Presidential Candidate at Party Working Committee Meeting Where Prime Minister and Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Proposed the Deputy Leader as the Sole Nominee.

Ending months of speculation, heated debates and emotionally charged proclamations, the United National Party formally named Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa its candidate for the upcoming presidential election a short while ago. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe proposed Premadasa’s name at the Working Committee meeting held at party headquarters Sirikotha at 3.00pm today, which was endorsed by …

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Sajith Premadasa Chosen as UNP Presidential Candidate Because Party Circles Felt He was “The Only Candidate Who Can Beat Gota”.

By Meera Srinivasan United National Party (UNP) deputy leader and Cabinet Minister Sajith Premadasa will run for President, Sri Lanka’s ruling party announced on Thursday, ending weeks of uncertainty and apparent infighting over candidacy. Mr. Premadasa, 52, is the son of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa. In the November 16 election, he will face Gotabaya Rajapaksa, …

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Sajith Premadasa Speaking at Meeting in Matugama Declares he would not Yield to any “Conditions” on His Political Journey and that No Force Could Obstruct His Path this time.

UNP Deputy Leader and Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday insisted that he would not yield to any condition on his political journey and that no force would be able to block his path this time. He made this observation with reference to news paper reports appearing on Tuesday which said that his name …

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Sri Lankan Military Wont be Deployed in UN Peacekeeping Missions in the Future Due to Appointment of Shavendra Silva as Army Commander Despite Facing war Crime Allegations: Lankan Personnel Currently Serving as Peacekeepers Will be Repatriated and Wont be Replaced

The UN peacekeeping department has decided to ban the deployment of non-essential Sri Lankan army troops in UN peacekeeping missions citing the appointment of new Army Commander who is alleged to have committed war crimes, a UN spokesperson has told the Foreign Policy News. It said Lt. General Shavendra Silva’s appointment as the chief of …

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Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thero Convicted for Contempt of Court and Released by President Sirisena Commits Same Offence Again by Defying Magistrate ‘s Court Forbidding Cremation of Buddhist Monk’s Body Within Disputed Precincts of Hindu Temple.

By P.K.Balachandran The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Ven.Galagoda Aththe Gnansara Thero held a Sri Lankan court in contempt for the second time when on Tuesday, he defied a magistrate’s order not to cremate the body of a Buddhist monk within the disputed precincts of a Hindu kovil in the northern district …

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Ranil Willing to Nominate Sajith as UNP Presidential Candidate if He would Agree in Writing to Abolish Executive Presidency, Usher in a Devolution Package and Consent to Wickremesinghe Being PM and Party Leader

By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera There was general agreement among the seniors of the United National Party (UNP) to nominate Minister Sajith Premadasa as the presidential candidate but on certain conditions to be stipulated in writing, Daily Mirror learns. The UNP seniors backing both Party Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mr.Premadasa met on …

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Demonstration in North Urging Attorney -General to Commence Legal Action Against Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thero and Others for Allegedly Violating Court Order and Cremating Buddhist Monk’s Body Within Hindu Temple Premises;

By T.Virushan S. Thavaseelan and Sivam Packyanathan Over 2,000 protestors yesterday demonstrated in Mullaitivu against an alleged attack on two lawyers in relation to the controversy surrounding the cremation of the remains of Mullaitivu Gurukanda Purana Raja Maha Vihara Chief Incumbent, Ven.Colomba Medhalankarakitti Thera. The demonstrators demanded legal action against the performance of last rites …

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National Integration and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister Mano Ganesan Accuses Bodu Bala Sena Of Trying to Construct a Sub -national Sinhala Buddhist State in the Island While the Govt is Building an Inclusive Sri Lankan State Encompassing All Ethnicities and Religions

A Government Minister has accused the Bodu Bala Sena led by the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero of attempting to build a sub-national Sinhala Buddhist state. Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs Mano Ganesan said that while the Government is building a Sri Lankan state encompassing Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Refers to Maithripala Sirisena as a Liar Indirectly: “Therefore, I like to point out kindly that the statements made by the President are not true”says the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, accused President Maithripala Sirisena of misleading the public with regard to former Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe. Issuing a statement, the Prime Minister said that he could not fathom why the President was raising false allegations against him after a …

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Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Orders CID to Probe the US and Sri Lankan Citizenship of SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Report to Court Upon Conclusion of Investigation.

By T. Farook Thajudeen Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to probe the American and Sri Lankan citizenship of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and report its progress to court upon conclusion of the investigation. The magistrate also laid by the brief without fixing a date for inquiry. The magistrate …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Decides to Hold United National Party (UNP) Working Committee Meeting on Thursday Se[ 26th to Conduct Secret Ballot to Decide Party’s Presidential Candidate.

By Kelum Bandara Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, after a discussion with a team of his party seniors, decided last night to call for a meeting of the working committee on Thursday and conduct a secret ballot to select the presidential candidate, Daily Mirror learns.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Seven Others Discharged and Released From the Avant Garde Floating Armoury Case by the Colombo Magistrates Court Following an Acquittal Order by the Court of Appeal.

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa and 7 others have been discharged and released from the Avant-Garde floating armoury case. This is as per the order of the Colombo Magistrate’s Court after receiving the Court of Appeal judgment on the case. A copy of the acquittal order from the Appeals court …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Firmly Refutes “False”Allegations Made Against Him by Maithripala Sirisena About Special Cabinet Meeting to Discuss Abolition of Executive Presidency.

The fallout from last week’s hurried move to abolish the executive presidency continued to reverberate through Government ranks as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday rejected the claim by President Maithripala Sirisena that it was the UNP leader who wanted an urgent Cabinet meeting convened for the purpose. “The President telephoned me at 8.16 a.m. on …

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It is Not a Tough Man who Would Save Sri Lanka at the Present Juncture But a Democratic Man who Would Observe the Rule of Law and Protect Property Rights of the People

By W.A. Wijewardena Recently, a former CEO of a leading private company expressed his personal view to me of the type of the ruler whom Sri Lanka should have today. Driven by conviction, he said that Sri Lanka at the present juncture needed a dictator to rule the country. He presented his reasons for this …

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Cold Calculation Marks Choices Ahead of the November 16 Sri Lankan Presidential Election.

By P.K.Balachandran Whatever the issue may be, a politician’s or a political party’s stand on it is determined by immediate political interests and not ideology, principles or long-standing commitments. Cold calculation marks choices ahead of the November 16 Sri Lankan Presidential election. This has come out clearly in the stand taken by Lankan political leaders …

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Thirty Years After: Rajini Rajasingham Thiranagama’s Lasting Impact.

By Dr.Rajan Hoole ( Text of Speech delivered by DR. Rajan Hoole at Trimmer Hall, Jaffna, on 21st September 2019 to mark the 30th anniversary of Dr.Rajini Thiranagama’s assassination) Ever since Rajani was killed, on 21st September 1989, many around the world have seen her as a heroic figure that stood for human values, not …

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The More we are Connected Through Social Media the Greater the Risk of Being Rent Asunder by Stories that Weaponise Incomprehension, Anxiety, Suspicion and Myth.

by Sanjana Hattotuwa What binds a community together? Initially one might assume it is to do with having the same language, external enemies or economic interests. However, something generally precedes all that: common ideas that are passed down from generation to generation and that shape the development of the community. These ideas lend a distinctiveness …

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Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake Reveals The True Story Behind Her Impeachment by the Rajapaksa Regime Through Two Books in Sinhala and English – “Uththareethara Doshabiyogaye Athulanthaya and “Hold Me In Contempt – A Memoir”

By Aanya Wipulasena Most of it happened behind closed doors. The public knew only what was shown on television and what they read in the newspapers, and one caught a glimpse (perhaps) of the true story, depending on which television channel one watched, or which newspaper one read. Now, six years later, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, …

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“Old Identity Card Number Appears in the Electoral Lists Though I Filled out Forms With the New No and Elections Dept was Informed of Change by Registration of Persons Dep” Clarifies Gotabaya Rajapaksa

With reference to the Daily Mirror news story on the appearance of the invalidated national identity card number of Gotabhaya Rajapksa in the electoral registers of 2017, 2018 and 2019, Mr. Rajapaksa said that although he filled the form with the new ID number and the Department of Registration of Persons had informed the Elections …

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Attorney -General Dappula de Livera to Refer Matter Concerning Alleged Telephone Conversation Between Solicitor -General Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe and Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi to Public Services Commission For Further Action

By Anurangi Singh Attorney General Dappula De Livera will refer the matter of a leaked telephone conversation allegedly between the chairman of the controversial private security firm Avant Garde and the former Director General of the Bribery Commission, to the Public Service Commission (PSC) tomorrow, his office told Sunday Observer. The move comes as the …

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Media reports State the National Identity Card Used by Gotabaya Rajapaksa to Register as a Voter in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Electoral Lists had been invalidated by the Department for Registration of Persons in October 2016.

By Anurangi Singh A day after the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna made a deposit on behalf of its presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Elections Commission, fresh controversy has erupted over the former defence secretary being registered to vote since 2017 under a NIC number that has been defunct since October 2016. The revelations followed …

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“Those in the Cabinet who Say They are for Executive Presidency Abolition But this is not the right time Can Help Pass the Bill Now in Parliament and hold the referendum Afterwards Suggests TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran

TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said yesterday that the emergency Cabinet meeting summoned on Thursday to discuss the abolition of the executive presidency was done with the agreement of both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “The primary promise of the 2015 Presidential Election campaign was the abolition of the executive presidency, and this …

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The Nelum Kuluna will stand out and rise as the tallest symbol of the corruption that has been the operational principle of governance in this country in the past three decades or more

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake SLFP’s Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera will have to give up on his calls for the SLPP and the Gotabaya Rajapaksa team to have a common symbol if contesting the polls in an alliance between the two parties. President Maithripala Sirisena has now sent the symbol of Gotabaya and the SLPP into celestial heights …

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Sajith Premadasa is also for Abolition of Executive Presidency and will Announce it after he is Nominated as the Presidential Candidate Says Thalatha Atukorale.

By Himal Kotelawala United National Party (UNP) seniors backing Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa in the race to the executive presidency defended their decision yesterday to oppose the 11th hour move to abolish it. Speaking to the media in Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s official residence in Colombo this afternoon, Ministers Thalatha Atukorale, Ranjith Madduma Bandara and Ravindra …

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In Heated Cabinet Meeting Group of UNP Ministers Led by Mangala Samaraweera Along With Minority Party Ministers Rauff Hakeem, Mano Ganesan and Palani Digambaram Oppose Move to Abolish Executive Presidency Before Presidential Election is Held.

By Chandani Kirinde A Cabinet meeting was hurriedly summoned last afternoon to obtain approval to rush the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which seeks to abolish the Executive Presidency, through Parliament, but was stopped on its tracks after a group within the United National Party (UNP), as well as three minor parties, opposed the move. …

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Joint Attempt by President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to Abolish the Executive Presidency Thwarted as Ministers Decide After Heated Arguments not to Discuss Issue Due to Presidential Elections Being Announced

by Kelum Bandara A last ditch attempt to abolish the executive presidency by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was thwarted in the Cabinet today. Minister Mano Ganeshan said the government has decided at the special cabinet meeting on the abolishment of the Executive Presidency not to discuss the matter at the moment. …

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“Pro-UNP Group of the SLFP Will Back Sajith Premadasa if he is Nominated as the UNP Candidate or Slant Towards the JVP in a Presidential Election “Says Dilan Perera MP.

By Sandun A Jayasekera The UNP group of the SLFP would either back UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa if he gets the ticket to contest the Presidential poll or slant towards the JVP as the once great political party has become politically destitute today, SLFP rebel Parliamentarian Dilan Perera said today. He added that the …

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Sajith Premadasa Says he will Obey any Decision Taken by the UNP Working Committee and Parliamentary Group on the Presidential Candidacy Issue.

United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader and Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday doubled down on being his party’s presidential candidate, calling for the Working Committee and the Parliamentary Group to meet promptly to take a decision. Speaking at an early morning press conference at Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s official residence, Premadasa addressed the media, flanked …

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Presidential Election to be held on November 16th 2019. Nominations Accepted from 9 am to 11 am on October 7th 2019. Deposits Payable From September 19th 2019 to October 6th 2019

The National Elections Commission has decided to hold the Presidential election on November 16. The Gazette notification declaring the date of the Presidential Election was issued today. Deposits for the Presidential election will be accepted from tomorrow (19) till 12 noon on the 6th of October. Nominations for the election will be called from 9am …

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Ex- President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sets the Record Straight Regarding the Accusation by President Sirisena About a Chinese Company Disappearing with Two Billion Rupees in the Lotus Tower Project;Describes Maithripala’s Utterances as “Unfounded Allegation” and “Complete Falsehood”.

(Text of MEDIA RELEASE issued on September 18th 2019 by former president and Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa under the heading Allegation regarding the disappearance of Rs. two billion in the construction of the Colombo Lotus Tower) Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Colombo Lotus Tower, the President made a statement to the …

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Poor Attendance in Jaffna for “Ezhuha Thamizh”(Rise Tamil) Event Organized by Ex-Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran’s Tamil People Council; Over 8000 Food Parcels Ordered by Organizers Thrown Away Due to Lack of Takers

By N. Lohathayalan Eluha Thamil demonstrations were called by the Tamil People’s Council of which former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is the Co-Chairman and essential catalyst. The parades and demonstrations were held over several issues: Sinhalese colonisation of Tamil homelands, the prosecution of war criminals, the release of Tamil political prisoners, an international …

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Ven.Dambara Amila Thero and Prof.Chandraguptha Thenuwara File Fundamental Rights Petition in Supreme Court Seeking Cancellation of Gazette Notification Bringing “Rupavahini” Under Purview of Defence Ministry.

By Manopriya Gunasekara A Fundamental Rights Petition requesting the cancellation of the Extraordinary Gazette notification which brought the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) under the Defence Ministry has been filed in the Supreme Court. Ven. Dambara Amila Thero and Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara filed the FR Petition yesterday. According to the Petitioners, the President, under the …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Expresses Willingness to Contest Presidential Election as UNF Candidate;Pledges to Make Abolition of Executive Presidency his Main Campaign Issue.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday indicated his willingness to be the United National Front (UNF) candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election, saying he would run only on the assurance that the Executive Presidency would be abolished within a fixed time frame. “I can consider running for the office of President based on our Party’s pledge since …

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Has Sajith Premadasa Agreed to Sri Lanka Signing the US Millennium Challenge Corporation Agreement and if so Why is he Keeping Mum About It?

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya As party infighting continues to dominate the political landscape, voters are still left guessing as to the nature of programmes the main contenders in the forthcoming presidential election hope to introduce if they win. This is with only a couple of months to go before the poll. The uncertainty comes against a …

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Sajith Premadasa “Wishy-Washy” on Abolition of Executive Presidency Issue Suggesting that the 2015 Mandate May be Outdated and Saying that no Scientific Survey has been done About Maintaining or Abolishing it.

Formally declaring his presidential ambitions to his leader, United National Party (UNP) deputy leader Sajith Premadasa last night wrote to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe requesting a “consensus-building” meeting of the party’s Working Committee and Parliamentary Group. Members of the two groups are expected to reach agreement on the contentious issue of its presidential nomination at …

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President Sirisena Alleges that a Two Billion Rupee Advance for the Lotus Tower Project was Paid in 2012 by Sri Lanka Telecom Regulatory Commission to a Non -existent Fake Chinese Company Aerospace Long March International Trade Co. Ltd, (ALIT)

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena had bared a scam running into billions of rupees in building a massive tower by Chinese firms, draining funds from Sri Lanka’s cash rich telecom regulator. One apparently non-existent Chinese company had vanished with two billion rupees in the process. The contract to build the tower had been awarded in …

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President Sirisena Insinuates That the Mahinda Rajapaksa Govt in Which he was a Minister Allegedly Siphoned off Two Billion Rupees from the Lotus Tower Construction Project by Making an Advanced Payment in 2012 to an Untraceable Non -Existent Chinese Company

Addressing the opening of the Lotus Tower in Colombo, President Maithripala Sirisena revealed that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government siphoned off Rs. 2 billion in the guise of an ‘advance payment’ for the project. “We came to know that Rs. 2 billion had been paid in 2012 to a Chinese company as an advanced payment. …

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Karu Jayasuriya Willing to be Presidential Candidate on an Abolition of Executive Presidency Platform if such Nomination was Supported by All Progressive Forces Including Various Factions of the UNP

By Nirmala Kannangara Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in a candid interview with the Daily Mirror said the country could have saved billions of rupees had the respective Presidents elected since 1994 to date got the presidential system abolished as promised on election platforms.He also criticizes the current presidential system, ‘designed to serve the interests of one …

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Sajith Premadasa, who has led a Self-harm Campaign for the Presidential Candidacy May not be the Best Choice for the UNP if it is to take on Gotabaya Rajapaksa

By Ranga Jayasuriya The UNP’s all lose–no winners cold war over the Presidential candidacy seems to be heading to a saner end. Party heavyweights, including the leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, and constituent parties of the UNF are gradually leaning towards Karu Jayasuriya, the Speaker of the House as the national candidate, who will pledge to abolish …

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Sajith Premadasa Writes to Ranil Wickremesinghe Formally Requesting UNP Leader to Announce the Party ;s Presidential Candidate Without Further Delay.

United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader, Housing and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa says he has formally requested UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in writing to announce the party’s Presidential candidate, without further delay. Speaking at a ceremony to vest with the public two Uda Gammana villages in Tissamaharama, yesterday, the Minister said …

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President Sirisena to be Questioned by Parliamentary Select Committee About his Alleged Mismanagement of National Security Council Affairs and why he Allegedly Ignored Intelligence Watnings of Possible Attacks.

By Saman Indrajith The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday carnage is to ask President Maithripala Sirisena why he mismanaged the affairs of National Security Council and ignored the intelligence warnings of the possible attacks, according to sources. The PSC members met, on Saturday, at the former Agriculture Ministry building near Parliament. PSC …

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Likelihood of Karu Jayasuriya Becoming the UNP’s “Compromise Candidate” for Presidential Poll Grows Bright as Public Demand for Speaker’s Candidacy Gathers Momentum.

By Chandani Kirinde The final decision on the United National Party’s (UNP) candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election is likely by the end of the week, sources in the Prime Minister’s office said last night as the likelihood of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya being the likely compromise candidate for the Party gathered momentum. A delegation of …

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TNA Not Ready To Support Premadasa as Presidential Candidate Yet as Sajith Has Not Clearly Stated What Voters in North and East Could Expect From Him.

By Saman Indrajith The selection of the UNP’s presidential candidate would take some more time as the TNA, yesterday, has said it is not ready to accept Sajith Premadasa as the candidate of the coalition to be formed. The TNA has pointed out that Premadasa will not get the votes in the North and the …

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The Words “SinhalaLE” with LE written in the Sinhala Alphabet in Red on the back of Vehicles and Three Wheelers is RACIST and Potential Bomb Ready to Explode

by Gnana Moonesinghe Sometimes the fear is that large numbers of the people are blind and deaf; blind and deaf by intent that they neither see nor hear or do so selectively. That will have to be another study, another investigation. But for now this short paper is confined to describe what has been seen …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Likely to Enter Presidential Election Hustings as a “National Candidate” On an Abolition of Executive Presidency Platform.

The Speaker of Parliament and the United National Party’s one-time chairman, Karu Jayasuriya is expected to be proposed as a possible “National candidate” by an influential section of the party following party leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Deputy Leader and Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa digging in to their position on the presidential ticket. The …

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Sajith Premadasa Supporters Kabir Hashim , Ajith P Perera and Sujeeva Senasinghe Face Expulsion from the UNP for Violating Party Discipline.

United National Party Chairman Kabir Hashim and two Non-Cabinet Ministers face expulsion next week whilst a partnership between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) may not materialise, according to new political developments this week. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Sunday Times learns, has decided to move against three …

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Did Murali Bowl a Political “Doosra” in his Speech At Gotabaya’s “Viyathmaga” Event and is Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith Overstepping the Line Drawn and Observed by Christian Clerics in this Country?

By Gamini Weerakoon Even though the presidential election has not yet been officially announced, the cacophony of voices for the proposed candidates is stepping up. Unrestrained, superlative praises of cheer squads are being shouted from roof tops followed by vile, damning condemnation of their rivals. This, of course, is in keeping with the country’s political …

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President Sirisena Bringing “Rupavahini” Under the Purview of the Defence Ministry is Constitutionally Unacceptable.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene It has always been an interesting curiosity that politicians trained in law in Sri Lanka appear to be far more blissfully unconscious of basic legal principles than their colleagues who at least do not engage in hair splitting explanations when abusing power. Disregarding legal and constitutional proprieties Indeed, it is better …

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Ruwan Wijewardene Strikes a Blow for Media Freedom by Forthrightly Condemning Maithripala Sirisena For his Arbitrary Take-over of “Rupavahini” State TV and Bringing it Under the Defence Ministry.

By Don Manu Coming out of his shell, UNP State Minister of Defence and Minister of Media Ruwan Wijewardena struck a blow for media freedom this week when he condemned his Minister, the Minister of Defence and Lankan President for his arbitrary takeover of State owned TV channel Rupavahini under his Defence Ministry and thus …

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Did Gotabaya Rajapaksa Insist on Being Anointed as the SLPP Presidential Candidate Long Before the Election was Announced as a Way of Evading Justice?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “Those who seek power at any price detect a societal weakness, a fear that they can ride into office.” Carl Sagan (The Demon-haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark) One point four million extra votes – that is what Gotabaya Rajapaksa needs to achieve his burning desire to become the …

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Integrity of Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election is Increasingly Hostage to new Propaganda Dynamics that Existing Regulations and Laws Fall Short of Addressing.

By Sanjana Hattotuwa A coup’s normalization is key to long-term success. Architects of an unconstitutional transfer of power have to quickly give the impression everything is under control and nothing is going awry, so as to allay public fears, even amongst ardent supporters, that it may lead to more widespread chaos or instability. By November …

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Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi’s Daughter and DMK Parliamentarian K.Kanimozhi in Sri Lanka to Attend SLMC Chief Rauff Hakeem’s Daughter’s Wedding Meets Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Wisu Karunanidhi and Lahiru Fernando The fisheries issue in the Palk Strait and the situation of detained Indian fisher crews as well as co-operation against cross-border extremist terror outfits were subjects of discussion when rising Tamil Nadu politician and Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday. …

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Can Sajith Premadasa Seeking Nomination and Election From the UNP Tell Us Where His Political Thinking and Policies Differ From Ranil Wickremesinghe?

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The drum beats of political pride get louder as the Gam Udawa – Village Re-awakening – score gets closer to the third century. The political legacy of the Premadasa Family is coming to new reaches in the spread of new village names, needing a new listing of the acres or hectares of …

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Sunil Ariyaratne Brings W.A. Silva’s Epic Novel “Vijayaba Kollaya” To Screen As a Spectacular 3-D Film.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj When Professor Sunil Ariyaratne was studying for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level in 1963 at St. John’s College, Nugegoda, one of his favourite textbooks was W.A. Silva’s novel ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’. Fifty-six years later in 2019, the eminent academic-writer-lyricist-director has made a film out of the novel he relished reading as …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe -Sajith Premadasa Talks End Inconclusively on a Positive Note With Both Sides Agreeing to Take Final Decision Soon on UNP Presidential Candidate

By Chandani Kirinde A meeting between UNP Party Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa ended last night with both sides agreeing to reach a final decision soon as to who the Party’s candidate should be for the upcoming Presidential Election. Premadasa told reporters after the meeting that it was positive, and …

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Media Minister Ruwan Wijewardene Writes Strong Letter to President Accusing Sirisena of Obstructing his Attempts to Change management at “Rupavahini”; Criticises the Takeover of SLRC by Defence Ministry as “a blow to media freedom in the country and “a contravention of all accepted norms”.

Non-Cabinet Minister of Mass Media Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday accused President Maithripala Sirisena of repeatedly obstructing his attempts to change the management of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), leading to the impasse which resulted in the Corporation being brought under the Defence Ministry’s purview. “Since I took over the Ministry of Mass Media in February this …

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UNP working Committee Will Meet Soon To Discuss Discipline and Unity in the Party and the Elpitiya Elections. Presidential Candidate to be Finalised After Election Date is Announced.

by Zacki Jabbar The UNP’s Presidential candidate would be selected by the Working Committee (WC) and named after a date for the election was announced, senior party sources said, yesterday. Asked when the WC would meet, sources said “Very Soon. But that will be to discuss the need for discipline and unity within the party …

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Economic Blueprint Unveiled at “Viyathmaga” is a “Vipathmaga” Building Castles in the Air “Says Mangala Samaraweera and Flays Captains of Industry attending Event for their “Strategic Promiscuity” Buying Insurance If the Worst Occurs

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday in a statement said that SLPP’s presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘economic blueprint’, unveiled on Sunday, was meant to build castles in the air. Following is Samaraweera’s statement. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s so-called ‘economic blueprint’ is anything but a plan. The 82 slides, released on Sunday, pump aspiration and dump implementation. A blueprint …

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“Equality in prosperity is my goal, for which we need a new revolutionary economic development model and a creative vision” States Sajith Premadasa Delivering Bakeer Markar Memorial Lecture. “We need racial, ethnic, and religious harmony, without which a country cannot be strong,” Emphasises UNP Deputy Leader

By Nisthar Cassim UNP presidential candidate hopeful Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday promised a truly prosperous nation to all people, as opposed to enriching a select few as rulers to date have done in Sri Lanka. Delivering the 22nd M.A. Bakeer Markar Annual Commemoration lecture yesterday, titled ‘Foundation for a stronger and prosperous Sri Lanka’ Housing, …

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President Sirisena Brings “Rupavahini” Under Purview of his Defence Ministry Through Gazette Notification to Prevent Media Minister Ruwan Wijewardene Appointing Palitha Maheerathne as New SLRC Chairman.

By Chandani Kirinde President Maithripala Sirisena last night brought the influential Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) under the purview of the Ministry of Defence by an Extraordinary Gazette notification. Along with the takeover, the SLRC was also tasked with the “Implementation of programs for the promotion of peace, harmony and reconciliation among people whilst ensuring …

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Transparency International Complains to CIABOC against Ministers Fernando, Mano Ganesan and Gayantha Karunathilaka For Not Submitting Declaration of Assets and Liabilities.

By Nisali De Silva Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) filed a complaint this morning (10) at the Commission to Investigation Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) against Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa and seven other Cabinet Ministers who failed to submit their Declarations of Assets and Liabilities for the year 2018/19.

Sports Minister Harin Fernando Issues Directive Under Section 39(3) of Sports Law Prohibiting Thilanga Sumathipala From Holding any Office Or Exercising Powers Pending Inquiry Against the Ex- SL Cricket President

Sports Minister Harin Fernando has issued a temporary directive preventing former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala from exercising any powers or holding any office at the SLC pending an inquiry.

Presidential Aspirant Gotabaya Rajapaksa Presents Detailed Outline of his Blueprint to Develop Sri Lanka at the “Viyathmaga” convention Held at the “Shangri -La” Hotel in Colombo

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential aspirant and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday gave a detailed outline of his blueprint to develop Sri Lanka and pledged to focus on building partnerships with the private sector, appointing technocrats to carry out national policies and strengthening local industries. Speaking at the Viyathmaga Annual Convention 2019 at …

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Ace Cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan Speaking at “Viyathmaga” Convention in the Presence of Gotabaya Rajapaksa says “Sri Lanka now Needs a Leader who Could Guarantee Security to the Nation and Bring an end to Continuing Uncertainty and Turmoil”

By Shamindra Ferdinando Former national cricketer Muththiah Muralitharan, yesterday, (08) urged the electorate to pick a capable leader who could lead a team. Underscoring the importance of the leader consulting his team, Muralitharan said that it would be the responsibility of the leader to take decisions. The leader required right support, Muralitharan said, underscoring the …

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Meeting Between Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa To Discuss Presidential Candidate Issue Postponed at sajith’s Request;Meeting Likely to be Re-scheduled for September 10th?

A scheduled meeting between UNP leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and its Deputy Leader Minister Sajith Premadasa which was to take place last evening to iron out differences as to who should be the Party’s presidential candidate was postponed on the latter’s request. Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said that Premadasa sought a rescheduling …

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Crisis in the UNP as Ranil Declares his Intention of Contesting Presidential Election as Democratic National Front Candidate; Kabir Hashim Walks out of Meeting as Lakshman Kiriella Outlines Four Charges Supported by Daya Gamage and Jayawickrama Perera Against UNP Chairman

(Excerpts from the “Sunday Times”Political Column of September 8th 2019) Upon his return from the Maldives, on Friday, Premier Wickremesinghe met senior members of the UNP at Temple Trees. For the first time, he made a declaration. He said he proposed to announce his name as the presidential candidate on behalf of the proposed Democratic …

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Move by Malik Samarawickrema to Bring About Unity in UNP Faces Jeopardy as Sajith Premadasa Does not Want To Attend 9 am Meeting With Ranil Wickremesinghe at “Temple Trees” on Sunday Sep 8th

By The “Sunday Times” Political Editor This week’s two major political developments over the presidential election took Sri Lankans by surprise and portend a major change in alignments. One is the declaration by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that he would be the United National Party (UNP) candidate. On Friday he told a meeting of party …

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Ace Cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan Scheduled to Address “Viyathmaga”National Convention at Colombo Shangrila Hotel on Sunday; SLPP Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa Will Deliver Key Note Speech.

Former national cricketer Muthaiah Muralitharan will address civil society grouping Viyathmaga national convention at the Shangrila tomorrow (8). Viyathmaga spearheads a campaign in support of wartime Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s bid to secure nomination for the 2019 presidential polls. The opening statement will be delivered by Gotabaya Rajapaksa Courtesy:The Island

Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa to Hold Crucial Talks on Sep 8th to Discuss Matters Concerning the UNP Presidential Candidate Nomination and Resolve Inner -Party Divisions Over the Issue.

United National Party leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to hold crucial talks with his deputy Sajith Premadasa on Sunday amid a deepening crisis over the presidential candidacy. Wickremesinghe denied he demanded the nominations to contest up coming presidential elections, a source within the party leadership said adding that a final call would be …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Tells Senior Party Stalwarts That He Would Be Forwarding His Name to the UNP Working Committee as the UNP Presidential Candidate and Abide by the Working Committee Decision.

By Chandani Kirinde Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a group of senior UNP members yesterday that he would be the Party’s candidate at the upcoming Presidential election. A senior Minister, who was at the meeting, told Daily FT that Wickremesinghe had said he would put forward his name to the UNP’s Working Committee and leave …

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Lanka’s Lasith Malinga With 104 Wickets in 76 Matches Becomes First Bowler to Top 100 Wicket Mark in T-20 Matches ; Lasith “Malinguers” Kiwis Taking Four Scalps in Four Balls in Five Wicket Haul.

Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga Friday wreaked havoc after becoming the first bowler in Twenty20 internationals to claim 100 wickets as he struck four times with four balls in the third match against New Zealand. Malinga, who surpassed Pakistan spinner Shahid Afridi’s tally of 97 scalps to become the leading T20 wicket-taker on Sunday, bowled Colin …

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“With the Defeat of the LTTE the Call for a Separate State is over. When that Project is Over, Our Approach Also Should Change. There is no Substitute for Engagement………A Greater degree of Appreciation that we are Living in One Country, and that this is Our Country, Must be There” -TNA Spokesman MA Sumanthiran MP

By Meera Srinivasan In Sri Lanka’s presidential poll in 2015, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), representing Tamils of the north and east, led its constituency in a crucial protest vote against then President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As the country gears up for the next presidential election, scheduled before the end of this year, Jaffna district MP …

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