“Bring Back Mahinda” Movement Accomplishes First Part of Its Mission

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This is the second and final part of an article published in the “Daily Mirror”of July 18th 2015 under the heading “Bring back, Oh Bring Back, Bring Back Mahinda to “Temple Trees”) The Nugegoda Rally demanding the return of Mahinda Rajapaksa to politics was the opening gambit in a planned series of political …

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Why was the UNP led UNFGG 2015 Election Manifesto Released in the Sinhala Language only and not in the Tamil Language also?

Tamil speaking supporters of the United National Party (UNP)led Rainbow Coalition, United National Front for Good Governance(UNFGG) feel extremely humiliated and let down by the fact that the UNFGG manifesto for the 2015 elections has been released only in the Sinhala language. The UNFGG has failed to release the manifesto in the Tamil language which …

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TNA Leader Sampanthan says 13th Amendment was Brought “Without any Provision of the Constitution Being Altered in any way”

By T. Ramakrishnan The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka, has demanded that the country frame a new Constitution to address a host of issues it’s grappling with, including the Tamil question. Taking time off from his election campaign, R. Sampanthan, the 82-year-old leader of the TNA, told …

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A.P.J.Abdul Kalam was a Visionary Dreamer who Wanted to Build a Strong, Self-reliant India

By T.S.Subramanian A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, Bharat Ratna and far-sighted architect of India’s space and missile programmes, passed away in Shillong on Monday. Kalam was an institution-builder and a team-builder, a visionary and a dreamer, who always wanted to build a strong and self-reliant India. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Defence Minister R. …

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Six Months of “Yahapalanaya” Introduces Old Wine in New Bottles made out of Old Bottles.

By Malinda Seneviratne It’s an old and tired adage, the one about permanent friends and enemies in politics. What makes it ‘new’ in this instance, however, is the fact that the good governance hype whipped up by Maithripala Sirisena and those who supported him against Mahinda Rajapakasa generated a lot of hope. Things wouldn’t be …

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If JR and Sirima can Retire when they were 83 and 84 years old why Should Mahinda be “Retired” at 69 Years of Age?

By Dharman Wickremaratne Maithripala succeeded as SLFP President after Mahinda Rajapaksa. The position was either given to Maithripala or it was taken. People raised their voices in support of Mahinda. The issue of nominations came up but that obstacle too was overcome. Although NGOs protested and the President made a special statement after nominations were …

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Time for the JVP to Evolve from Watchdog of Nation Image to Statesman like Role

By Upul Kumarapperuma The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or the People’s Liberation Front commenced its Marxist campaign in late 60s with a challenge to all other conventional leftist political parties such as the Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CP) and Sri Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP). The JVP was capable enough to attract a considerable …

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Progressive Academic and Human Rights Activist Santasilan”Silan”Kadirgamar Passes away at 81

Santasilan Kadirgamar, known as Silan amongst his friends and fellow activists, passed away on Saturday July 25th 2015 in the 81st year of his life. He was born in Chavakachcheri to Rev. and Mrs. J.W.A. Kadirgamar, and lived in Malaysia during the years of the Second World War. He had his school education at Jaffna …

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“I have no Contender as the UPFA does not have a Prime Ministerial candidate” – Ranil Wickremesinghe in Interview

By Santhush Fernando The upcoming August 17 General Election would solidify the historic people’s revolution won on January 8 and the government-hopeful United National Front’s Five-fold Plan (Pancha Widha Kriyawaliya) gives the much-needed boost to make Sri Lanka a global knowledge economy, emphasized UNP Party Leader and United National Front for Good Governance prime ministerial …

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President Sirisena Tries to Isolate Ex-President Rajapaksa Within SLFP by Appointing Maithripala Loyalists as Party Organizers for Electorates.

On the local political front, it was only a week ago that President Sirisena declared in his address to the nation that the people should elect those who are suitable to march forward with the January 8 mandate. That was the United National Party (UNP). He also ordered that a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) …

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Presidential Secretariat Refuses to Accept Box of Mangoes Sent to Maithripala Sirisena by Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s luscious mangoes are not just fruits to be devoured. They have long become a tool of diplomacy, delectable or otherwise. With the mango season in full swing in his country, Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff this week sent 100 choicest mangoes by air freight to President Maithripala Sirisena. It was cleared by Customs and subjected …

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“Pandamkarayas” Doing Their “Rajapaksakariya” for Make Mahinda Prime Minister Election “Perahera”

By Don Manu The tried and tested bevy of drummers lined up to do their Rajakariya, or feudal duties, this year at the Rajapaksa perehera have already started beating their drums vigorously, thumping out their signature drone ‘Make Mahinda Prime Minister’ to raise the pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena to do a double somersault on …

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Stiff Competition Among UNP Candidates Contesting from Colombo District to Enter Parliament

By C.A. Chandraprema One may say that this has been one of the most low key parliamentary election campaigns we have ever experienced. One just does not see the poster wars that characterized previous elections. There are no processions or droves of people going canvassing. Even the election invective sounds subdued. One no longer hears …

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Prime Ministerial Hopes of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Susil Premajayantha and Nimal Siripala de Silva

By Rasika Jayakody When the Mirihana Police arrested three military personnel travelling in a white van, it sent ripples across the country’s political circles as white vans were the trademark of the repression of the 10-year-long Rajapaksa administration. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and several other prominent politicians are residents of …

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The Tamil National Alliance – Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi Manifesto for Parliamentary Election – 2015

(Text of The Tamil National Alliance – Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi Manifesto for Parliamentary Election – 2015 issued as press release by the TNA Media Office) At the time of independence from colonial rule in 1948, Ceylon was foisted with a unitary type constitution with simple majoritarian rule. In 1949 a sizeable number of Tamils …

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“Now it is Mahinda Rajapaksa vs Ranil Wickremesinghe;we will get 117 Seats”-Mahinda Speaks out in Interview

By Deepal Warnakulasuriya Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an interview with The Nation said that he would work aggressively to restore faith in institutions related to law and order if his party is voted to power. He spoke confidently of his chances and said he relishes the prospect of going head to head with Ranil …

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Forces Supportive of Mahinda Rajapaksa work Against Reconciliation due to Thirst for Power

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake I write this on the 32nd anniversary of the beginning of Black July, the anti-Tamil pogrom, that saw the country move towards an exacerbation of separatist terror and a most violent internal armed conflict that lasted nearly three decades. Having been and seen through that period of national shame and tragedy, it …

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United National Front for Good Governance(UNFGG)Releases 60 Month Plan to Change Sri Lanka for the Better in Five Key Areas

The rainbow coalition of 8 January came together yesterday in its new avatar as the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) to unveil its 60-month plan to change the socioeconomic and political landscape. The UNFGG, which comprises dissident sections of the UPFA, the Jathika Hela Urumaya, the Tamil Progressive Alliance, the Sri Lanka Muslim …

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Administrative Failures and Delay by Army Led to Controversy Over Mirihana Incident of a White Van with 3 Soldiers and a gun.

The “white van” which was taken into custody in Mirihana by Police on Tuesday had an altered number due to an administrative failure on the part of the Army, highly placed defence sources told the Daily News yesterday. The van, in which three Army personnel attached to Major General Prasanna de Silva were travelling, had …

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UNP Attacks Mahinda Rajapaksa Over Alleged “Attack”Incident at Akuressa Meeting while Video Clip of MR Goes Viral on Internet

By Chaminda Perera Commenting on the video clip being circulated in the social media in which former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is shown trying to attack a supporter at a rally held in Akuressa, Public Order and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said that people do not expect such a conduct from a former Executive President …

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Will Incident of Mahinda Rajapaksa “Losing his Temper” at Akuressa Rally Affect his Chances?

By Dharisha Bastians The boy-like astrologer rose to fame country-wide after he accurately predicted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s electoral defeat in January. Astrologers being a threatened species during the Rajapaksa years, every other soothsayer on a show aired on a private television channel before the January presidential poll predicted a narrow win for Rajapaksa. Thotawatte …

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Personal Popularity of Mahinda Rajapaksa has Become the Sole “Selling Point” of UPFA Campaign in Polls

By Rasika Jayakody “You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it’s really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.”…………Stanley Kubrick The UPFA’s …

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Is Mahinda Rajapaksa Upholding the “Dignity of an Ex-President” that was Established by JR Jayewardena?

By Upul Joseph Ferando Late President J.R. Jayewardene was obstructed from paying his last respects to late Lalith Athulathmudali when the latter’s remains lay at his Flower Road, Colombo residence as an organized group of Lalith supporters who had been at Lalith’s residence was planning to jeer JR. However, JR got information to this effect …

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“Fascistic Mahinda, Please Shut up for Others may not be as Gentlemanly as the Prime minister”

By Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne According to certain media reporting the People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate for the Kurunegala District and former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing the inaugural UPFA rally in Anuradhapura yesterday, lambasted United National Party Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for reversing the development trend that was pursued by the previous regime! The former …

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In a Contest Between Ranil and Mahinda for whom will the People of the South Vote for?

By Gomin Dayasri “Here is an election result…UPFA led by Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) secured the largest number of members of parliament: yet is unable to form a government, as it cannot muster a majority.” “Here is another election result… Alliance led by Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) lags behind the UPFA in the populous south of Sri …

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CID Probes Into Chinese Construction Company Transferring 149 Million Rupees to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 Presidential Election campaign

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is investigating a case where the China Harbour Engineering Company has allegedly handed over a staggering Rs. 149 million to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign, last year. China Harbour Engineering Company was a company involved in a number of key construction projects in Sri Lanka – including the Hambanthota …

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How Mahinda Arrived Suddenly to Felix Perera’s House to “Discuss” with Susil Premajayantha “Quietly”

By Rasika Jayakody The United People’s Freedom Alliance, with the launch of its election campaign, had a tumultuous week with the party leader, President Maithripala Sirisena, making a fiery statement over the party’s nomination. Apart from the President’s statement, the party had to deal with a myriad of issues with regard to nominations for the …

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Can Ranil Wickremesinghe or Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2015 do as well as Ranasinghe Premadasa in the Elections of 1989?

by Prasad Gunewardene The United National Party (UNP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) are now in the fray to contest the 17 August general elections. Both parties boast of obtaining the majority seats in the new Parliament. Either party should get 113 seats in the House to prove they are in majority to …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa says UPFA will win 117 Seats at Elections and form Govt Alone Without the UNP

By Chamodi Gunawardana Former President and UPFA candidate for the Kurunegala District Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday rejected the idea of forming a national government post-election, vowing that the fractured alliance would obtain 117 seats and rule alone. Addressing an election meeting held at the Battaramulla Samurdhi Hall, Rajapaksa said that it was the UNP which could …

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If Rajapaksa Keeps Spewing his Demagoguery Even President Sirisena Will have to Vote for the UNP

By Ranga Jayasuriya According to the Constitution, ‘the President shall appoint as the Prime Minster the Member of Parliament, who in his opinion is most likely to command the confidence of Parliament. In that sense, the choice is his discretion, however, should the SLFP Members of Parliament in a future SLFP government, insist on Mahinda …

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Fake UN Report Naming Mahinda and Gotabhaya and 50 Others as “War Criminals” to be Released in August to Win Sympathy for UPFA in Elections.

by Christi Mahesh de Silva The government has received information that plans were afoot to release a “fake” UNHRC war crimes report to benefit the election campaign of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a top government spokesman told the Daily News. The fake war crimes report is likely to be released locally within the first week …

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Ex-MP Shivajilingam of Valvettithurai “Challenges” Ex – President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Medamulana at Kurunegala in Polls

A relative of slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran has entered the fray for Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election to be held in 17 August to challenge former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. M.K. Shivajilingam, a leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), filed his nomination on 13 July. Sivajilinagm said he is not contesting as TELO or …

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India Wanted Mahinda Govt to Stop China Funded US $ 1.4 Billion Colombo Port City Project Reveals Ex Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

India wanted the Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka to stop the Chinese-funded US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City Project on the plea that it was inimical to India’s security, former Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said. Gotabaya told a seminar organized by some professionals at the National Library here on Thursday that the request …

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“I dont have to Resign as Central Bank Governor Because I Have Convinced President Sirisena that there was no Treasury Bond Scam”says Arjuna Mahendran

By Ishara Gamage Ceylon Finance Today: Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran said yesterday that there was no tangible reason for him to tender his resignation The Governor was responding to a question from Ceylon FT whether he was ready to hand over his resignation from office in the aftermath of President Maithripala Sirisena’s television address …

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Maithripala Fights back Against Rajapaksa Camp’s Plot to Impeach him After Elections and Make Mahinda President

by Tisaranee Gunasekara “A morally blind politics…” Thiery d’Holbach (Social Systems) It was obviously a coincidence; but Maithripala Sirisena’s verbal blast against Mahinda Rajapaksa could not have been better timed. The President made his speech against the ancien régime’s comeback project on Bastille Day, the day the people of France took the momentous first step …

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Effective Control of SLFP Passes to Mahinda While Maithripala is Reduced to a Mere Figurehead

By Don Manu If it’s always lonely at the pinnacle of power where standing room is only for one, then the presidency for Maithripala Sirisena must seem like solitary confinement in a straitjacket with the four walls closing in on him. Bereft of friends and besieged by enemies, with even the fundamental right of the …

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Maithripala Betrays his Loyalists in the SLFP and Strenghens Mahinda Further by his Speech

By C.A.Chandraprema The UPFA’s inaugural rally in Anuradhapura was a big event. It was certainly bigger than either the Nugegoda and Kurunegala rallies of the bring back Mahinda campaign. It was at least as big as the previous rally held in Matara, if not slightly bigger. As far as inaugural rallies go, size does matter. …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Spent more than Rs 785 Million Within 3 Years to Charter Sri Lankan Airlines Planes for his Visits Abroad

By Namini Wijedasa Former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, spent more than Rs. 785 million within three years to charter SriLankan Airlines aircraft for his visits abroad, documents obtained by the Sunday Times show. The airbuses would often remain idle in various airports until Mr Rajapaksa finished his tours. SriLankan has billed his office a total of …

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42% of Sri Lanka’s Diplomatic Missions will be Headed by Non – Career Diplomats soon.

By Namini Wijedasa After taking over as Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera pledged that seventy percent of Sri Lanka’s missions abroad will be headed by career diplomats. Six months later, he has fallen well short of that target. Some stations that have long been manned by senior Foreign Service officers — such as Beijing and Vienna …

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President Sirisena was Vilified Because he was Silent, Wishy-washy and kept People Guessing.

By Malinda Seneviratne So finally the President has spoken. That’s good. He was correct when he said that he had been vilified no end during the past few weeks. He added for good measure ‘as no other president before me had been vilified’. That of course is not true. What’s true is that he was …

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Roaring Address by Mahinda Rajapaksa is Highlight of UPFA Inaugural Election rally at Anuradhapura

By Dharisha Bastians Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the star attraction and central focus of the UPFA’s inaugural rally in Anuradhapura yesterday, with SLFP top brass and alliance leaders pledging to work towards his election as Sri Lanka’s next prime minister. Thousands gathered at the Salgado grounds in Anuradhapura for the UPFA’s campaign kick-off, where …

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Ranil is able to go around Country Bad mouthing me Because I Destroyed Terrorism” states Mahinda in Anuradhapura

Dasun Edirisinghe reporting from Anuradhapura Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that the present Yahapalana government had destroyed within six months what his administration had achieved in four years. The former President asked at the inaugural UPFA parliamentary election campaign rally what would have happened if the Maithripala Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration had continued for five years. …

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Presidential Commission Appointed to Recommend Action to be Taken About Ex-LTTE chief Selvarasah Pathmanathan alias KP

By Cyril Wimalasurendre KANDY – A Presidential Commission had been appointed to recommend the action that should be taken regarding the controversial LTTEer Pathmanathan (KP), Deputy Justice Minister Sujeeva Senasinghe told the media in Kandy yesterday (17). The report of the commission had not yet been made available to the Attorney General (AG), the Deputy …

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President Sirisena Must Appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister if he has has Parliamentary Majority says Ex-Chief Justice Sarath Silva

By Dasun Edirisinghe reporting from Anuradhapura There was no legal barrier to former President Mahinda Rajapaka becoming Prime Minister according to the Constitution, former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva said yesterday. Addressing the UPFA inaugural election rally in Anuradhapura, Silva said that according to the Constitution a person who commanded the confidence of MPs should …

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Split in UPFA Over Mahinda Becoming Prime Minister will Make People Vote for UNF in Large Numbers Predicts Ranil Wickremesinghe

by Zacki Jabbar With the UPFA deeply divided over the issue of prime ministerial candidate, the people were certain to vote in large numbers for the United National Front for Good Governance at next month’s general election, UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe predicted yesterday. Addressing a UNFGG election rally in Katana, Wickremesinghe said …

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Arjuna Mahendran will lose his Self-respect if he does not Resign as Central bank Governor After President Sirisena’s Comment

By D. B. Tennakoon The Central Bank of a country is charged with the crucial task of regulating a country’s economy. It decides how much money should be in circulation, the relationship of the assets of the country to its loans, the relationship between a country’s currency and those of other countries and so on. …

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Machiavellian Politics of President Maithripala Sirisena Hurts his “Friends” More

By Dharisha Bastians The pictures taken at the SLFP’s Darley Road headquarters on Wednesday have a déjà vu quality about them. Mahinda Rajapaksa sits at the head of the table, in the biggest chair in the room. He is flanked by the two General Secretaries of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the political …

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President Sirisena is the Wrong man at the Right Place in the Wrong Time

By N. Sathiya Moorthy Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has made the nation and the international community and observers interested in the nation’s affairs, to sit up and take notice. After maintaining a seemingly ambivalent position on the political re-entry of predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January 8 polls, he has now come out strongly …

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“I Hope to Spend the next five Years Performing my Duties by Keeping the Promises I made on Jan 8”

By Maithripala Sirisena (Following is the full text of special statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena on 14 July 2015 on the current political situation in Sri Lanka) This is the first time I am making a statement to the media since 21 November. My main objective today is to make a clarification as to …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Planned his Return to Power for Months at Meetings Held at a Buddhist Temple in Colombo.

By Dharisha Bastians COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Former President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka, who was defeated in January, now has a chance to make a major political comeback after his successor cleared the way for him to run for a seat in Parliament in elections scheduled for Aug. 17. President Maithripala Sirisena said this …

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♫ M.S.Viswanathan Helped Inspire a Deep Love for the Thamizh Language ♥

by Sudha Ragunathan Thamizhukkum amuthendru paer, andha Thamizh inba Thamizh engal uyirukku naer, uyirukku naer ! This melodious number came wafting in the air from the grandfather radio playing ‘Ungal Viruppam’ during family time at home. As a child I would hear this song so often that I began following the lyrics as well, which …

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SLFP in Deep Crisis After President Sirisena Denounces Candidacy of Mahinda Rajapaksa on UPFA Ticket

By Dharisha Bastians The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was plunged into crisis yesterday, after President Maithripala Sirisena denounced his predecessor’s candidacy on the UPFA ticket and Rajapaksa loyalists renewed attempts to wrest control of the alliance. A high-stakes game of political chess between Presidents incumbent and former continued yesterday with Mahinda Rajapaksa securing an …

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Mahinda Appointed UPFA Election Campaign Leader in a Bid to Counter President Sirisena Condemnation of Rajapaksa Candidacy

By Shamindra Ferdinando The SLFP yesterday strongly denied President Maithripala Sirisena’s accusation that the party had conspired to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Parliament through the National List by moving a no-faith motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha insisted that in accordance with the Parliamentary Elections Act of 1981, …

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President Sirisena Deflates Mahinda Rajapaksa Hopes of Victory by Declaring he will stay Neutral During Campaign

By Rasika Somarathna While stressing that he will continue to stand against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that Rajapaksa will be defeated again as he was defeated on January 8. The President said he will form a government with the victorious political parties after August 17 election to fullfill the aspirations …

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JVP Faults President Sirisena for Giving Nomination to Mahinda and Lying About it to the People

By Sarath Ariyakumara President Maithripala Sirisena’s claim that he was opposed to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest upcoming polls is not acceptable, the JVP says. JVP propaganda Secretary former MP Vijitha Herath addressing a public rally at Yakkala, Gampaha said yesterday (15): “After everything has happened the President appears on TV …

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Has China Hired Retired Indian Intelligence Officials to Mastermind the Election Campaign of Mahinda Rajapaksa?

By Rasika Jayakody All stakeholders of the ‘rainbow revolution’, which ousted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power in January, have joined hands again to block the former President’s desperate comeback bid. The notable absentee in this whole process is none other than President Maithripala Sirisena, the protagonist of the “January 08 story”. When President Maithripala …

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What made President Maithripala Sirisena Change his Mind About Mahinda Rajapaksa?

By Upul Joseph Fernando Indian Premier Narendra Modi visited Sri Lanka after Maithripala Sirisena assumed the Presidency. He met Mahinda Rajapaksa too during that brief visit. Following that meeting, Mahinda displayed to his followers that he had received some blessings from Modi and this information reached New Delhi. After Modi returned to India the truth …

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“I wont Appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister Even if SLFP led UPFA wins Elections”Announces President Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday declared that he would not appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister even in the event of the SLFP-led UPFA winning the August 17 general election. There were several senior politicians in the SLFP, who were better suited to hold the post of Prime Minister than Rajapaksa, President Sirisena said addressing …

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” I asked the Prime Minister to Remove or Make the Central Bank Governor Step Down From his Post” Reveals President Sirisena

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The President vowed that he will form a government with the victorious political parties after the 17 August election and he has no intention of appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, adding further that that he would continue to give leadership to the change he ushered in on 8 January with …

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“Mahinda Rajapaksa who was Defeated on Jan 8th will be Defeated Again”Declares President Sirisena

By Dharisha Bastians President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday broke a 10-day silence in a special address, saying he was strongly opposed to his predecessor contesting in the 17 August parliamentary election and hailing democratic conditions prevailing in the country that allowed stinging criticism against a head of state that he had endured over the past week. …

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Veteran Tamil Film Music Composer MS Visvanathan well -known as “MSV” Passes Away in Chennai Hospital at 87 Years

Well-known Tamil film music composer M.S. Viswanathan died at a private hospital in Chennai on July 14th morning. He was 87. MSV, as he’s fondly called by the Tamil film music fans , had been undergoing treatment at Fortis Malar hospital for old-age related ailments and breathing problem. Though he had showed signs of recovery …

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How to Secure Sri Lanka from Becoming a Casualty of the “Great Game”of Super Power Rivalry

By N Sathiya Moorthy Reports and denials about Sri Lanka procuring Chinese-made JF-17 fighter aircraft notwithstanding, there is the larger question of securing South Asia as a region, from within and without. The responsibility for the same, if and if only the nations of the region so desire, has to fall on all of them, …

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UPFA Gen Secy Premajayantha Admitted to Nawaloka Hospital After Closed Door Meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa at Ex-Minister Felix Perera’s House

By Kamal Jayamanna A major drama took place at former Minister Felix Perera’s house at Keppetipola Mawatha, Colombo, on Sunday night, over some UPFA politicians whose applications for nominations were turned down by the party. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had visited Perera’s house on Sunday night where a meeting was scheduled to take place between …

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SLFP/UPFA Camp will have to Rely on Appeal of Mahinda Rajapaksa Alone in Election Campaign

By Ranga Jayasuriya It was quite evident from the very beginning that the campaign by a group of Mahinda Rajapaksa acolytes to nominate the ex-president as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party/United People’s Freedom Alliance was self-seeking and opportunistic. It was a campaign that sought to draw on from the Rajapaksa …

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Guilt Ridden UNP Leadership on Mission to Cover Up Gigantic Treasury Bond Scam Perpetrated by Central Bank High Officials

By K.K.S.Perera Did Maithripala Sirisena disappoint the 6.2 million voters by letting MR contest under the SLFP tag? Some call it a great betrayal; while others think it a democratic option or burying the hatchet for mutual survival. In the meantime, the government and PM makes a strenuous effort to brainwash citizens in a well …

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Nominations for August 17 Elections Close with 6151 Candidates Competing for 196 Seats in 225 Member Parliament

By Dharisha Bastians The 17 August Parliamentary election officially kicked off after nominations closed at noon yesterday, with all major political parties throwing their hat in the ring to win seats in Sri Lanka’s 15th Parliament. According to the nomination lists handed over at the district secretariats by noon yesterday, 6,151 candidates will compete for …

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Political “Cut out Culture” Continues Under Ranil Wickremesinghe as it was under Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Malinda Seneviratne Someone said that Ranil Wickremesinghe had ordered his ‘cut-outs’ to be dismantled. I haven’t seen any RW cut-outs. So if an order had been issued it must have been on the following lines: ‘Make sure there are no cut-outs of me!’ Whether any of this happened we do not know. One thing …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Being Portrayed as Latter Day “Dutu Gemunu”not Enough to Ensure Political Comeback.

By Col R Hariharan Unfazed by his surprise defeat in the last presidential polls, Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa appears to be back with a bang on the nation’s political centre stage with the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition nominating him to contest the August 17 parliamentary election. as a candidate. Six months ago, when …

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Jan 8 “Rainbow” Coalition Re-unites as UNFGG To Prevent Return of Rajapaksa to Power

By Dharisha Bastians The threat of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political re-emergence has unified the fractured rainbow coalition that swept President Maithripala Sirisena to victory on 8 January, with several parties signing agreements yesterday to contest parliamentary elections under a single banner. The United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) was inaugurated at Temple Trees yesterday, with …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Vows to Wipe Out “Rajapaksa Regime” at the August 17 Parliamentary Polls

By Shamindra Ferdinando Reiterating his commitment to protect what he called the January 8 revolution which brought Maithripala Sirisena to power, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday vowed to wipe out ‘Rajapaksa regime’ at the August 17 parliamentary polls. Premier Wickremesinghe compared the Rajapaksa era with that of South Indian invasion led by Kalinga Maga in 1214 …

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“Indian Imperialist” Project of Constructing Bridge to Sri Lanka will Lead to Destruction of our Country

By K Godage Some new Indian imperialists, dreaming of India as a Super Power, and in the mould of Pannikar (who suggested the Lanka and Burma be a part of greater India; and had India seize Sikkim and transform Bhutan into a vassal State, have suggested that a bridge be built across the Palk Strait …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Tirade Against COPE and DEW Gunasekara Shows he too is a Politician and not a Statesman

By Malinda Seneviratne Ranil Wickremesinghe is a politician. Yes, not a statesman. A politician, let us reiterate. The next election and not the next generation is what fascinates him. Like other politicians from other parties of course, leaders included. Yes, like Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena. Ranil Wickremesinghe is a lawyer. He is not just …

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How Maithripala Sirisena Helped Mahinda Rajapaksa to Split the Sri Lanka Freedom Party

By Rasika Jayakody Soon after President Maithripala Sirisena assumed duties as the SLFP Chairman, his close associates, including former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, called on him to introduce drastic reforms to ‘clean up’ the party. For obscure reasons, such calls fell on deaf ears and no tangible action was taken to bring about meaningful party …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa will Protect Maithripala Sirisena from Those who Accuse President of Betraying the Nation

By By W.K. Prasad Manju Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is prepared to protect President Maithripala Sirisena from those who claim that he had betrayed the people’s mandate given to him at the presidential election, by giving nomination to Rajapaksa, reliable political sources said. Rajapaksa had already discussed this issue with seniors in the Sri Lanka …

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Sirisena Changed Course Because of Pressure from the SLFP Members Who did not want their Party to be made the UNP’s tail.

By C. A. Chandraprema To say that last week was full of tension would be an understatement. Political futures and fates of individuals were being decided on the run. A day, an hour or even a minute was becoming a long time in politics. The weekend will see frantic last minute horse trading and the …

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Sinhalese Sports Club Denies Membership to Ex – Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage

He may have been the all-powerful Sports Minister of yesteryear, but the prestigious Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) doesn’t think he is fit and proper to be made one of its members. Ex-Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has been ‘black-balled’ from becoming a member and entering the hallowed portals of one of the country’s oldest clubs at Maitland …

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“Bad Influence ” Exerted by Jathika Hela Urumaya on Maithripala Sirisena Led to Current Crisis

By Upul Kumarapperuma The Roman Empire was plagued by coups, conspiracies and wars nevertheless it was the most formidable Empire in Europe. Julius Caesar became one of the most decorated war heroes after defeating the slave leader Spartacus and his slave army that had caused much humiliation to the Roman Empire, and was later on …

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President Sirisena Must Explain to the Nation as to why he Placed his Party Before his Country.

By Don Manu ‘You cannot make an omelette without breaking an egg’ would have been the adage staring in the face of Maithripala Sirisena when he rose at the New Town Hall meeting last November 21st to announce his intention to contest the presidential election and vowed to the nation that he would usher in …

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US State Dept Tells Northern CM Wigneswaran to Tone Down “Genocide” Rhetoric and Cooperate with Colombo Govt in Reconcilation and Development Matters

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran received “tough tuition” from the US State Department during talks last Thursday, the Sunday Times learns. He was asked to soften his ‘genocide’ rhetoric and instead work with the Central Government in matters relating to reconciliation and the development of the province. The Chief Minister is on a tour …

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Egypt Born Actor Omar Sharif of “Dr.Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia” Fame Dies in Cairo at the age of 83

Actor Omar Sharif, best known for his roles in classic films Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has died aged 83. Egypt-born Sharif won two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. He won a further Golden Globe three years later …

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Coalition that Replaced Mahinda with Maithripala now Rallying Around UNP After Sirisena Betrayal

By Dharisha Bastians Talks began in earnest yesterday to re-forge the broad opposition coalition that ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January, with the United National Party in the lead and several top SLFP members, the Jathika Hela Urumaya and Sarath Fonseka’s Democratic Party also tipped to join. Former cricket skipper and Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga …

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Rajitha,Champika,Arjuna,SB,MKDS,Sudharshini,Sarath,Reginald,Hirunika and Several Others to Join UNP in Anti – Mahinda Front

By Disna Mudalige and Buddhika Imbulana Several UPFA stalwarts decided to join the UNP yesterday to form a broad political front for the forthcoming Parliamentary election with the aim of protecting the ‘January 8″ mandate. Several ex-Parliamentarians of the UPFA, including Patali Champika Ranawaka and Rajitha Senaratne, had held discussions with the UNP in this …

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UNP Under Leadership of Ranil Holds Special Party Convention in Upbeat Mood to Devise Strategy for August 17th Elections

By Rasika Somarathna The United National Party (UNP) is expected to make several important announcements related to the upcoming Parliamentary election at today’s Special Party Convention held under the leadership of Prime Minister and Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at Campbell Park, Colombo. The party leadership will place several proposals related to the election before the …

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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to contest polls with United National Party

by Nushka Nafeel Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauf Hakeem announced that the party will contest the upcoming general election with the United National Party. “The SLMC intends to protect the mandate given to the people on January 8 to assure good governance through a coalition of several parties,” he said. Hakeem was addressing …

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Maithripala Sirisena Betrays the Jan 8 Democratic Revolution and Turns Himself From Hero to Zero.

By Dharisha Bastians When you play a game of thrones, you either win or you die – A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin On 8 January 2015, once he had cast his vote in Polonnaruwa, Maithripala Sirisena and his family made their way to remote coconut estate in Kurunegala. The movement occurred …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe’ s Political Conduct Compelled Maithripala Sirisena to Re-align Himself with Mahinda Rajapaksa

BY DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Who was it who narrowed the gap between President Sirisena and ex-President Rajapaksa? Whose efforts were strong and effective enough to override the wishes of the external consortium that backed the peaceful ‘regime change’ of January 8th? Was it the SLFP Establishment, i.e. its top bureaucrats and old warhorses? Was it …

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Key Civil Society Members who Helped Elect President Sirisena Feel Cheated and Betrayed by his Turnaround now

By Rasika Jayakody Key civil society members, who were instrumental in the election victory of President Maithripala Sirisena in January, have expressed disappointment over the nomination process of the UPFA during a meeting held with the President on Wednesday night. They informed the President that the civil society felt “betrayed” and “cheated” after the UPFA …

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President Sirisena Fires Political Torpedo Shattering Triumphal Mood in Mahinda Rajapaksa Camp

In what appears to be a bold tactical manoeuvre calculated to thwart Ex- President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s hopes of making a successful comeback, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has conveyed a terse message to the Medamulana camp that has transformed the current political climate drastically. The message amounting to a political torpedo now threatens to sink …

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Under the Guise of Protecting Human Rights and Establishing Democracy: US Intervention in Sri Lanka

By Jamili Natasha Gooneratne ________________________________________ The paper argues that strong US intervention in Sri Lanka after the end of the island’s armed conflict in 2009 is not based on altruistic efforts to protect human rights as presented in mainstream sources, but stems from deepening US geopolitical and ideological interests in the Indian Ocean region. Keywords: …

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“Maithripala and Mahinda Factions Within SLFPHave Sunk Their Differences” say Premjayantha and Priyadarshana Yapa.

by Shamindra Ferdinando UPFA Gen. Secretary Susil Premjayantha and SLFP Gen. Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa yesterday said that rival factions within the former ruling party had sunk their differences and were ready for the August 17 general election. The SLFP had been able to avert a post-January 8 presidential poll split, though some issues remained to …

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Maithripala Maintains Baffling Public Silence While Mahinda Prepares to Contest from Kurunegala District.

By Dharisha Bastians As the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its leading constituent party, the SLFP, made conflicting claims regarding nominations for ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the alliance list, President Maithripala Sirisena’s public silence on the controversial issue continued to baffle loyalists and supporters of his presidential bid in January. With nominations scheduled to …

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Ranil’s Attack on COPE Chairman Gunasekera is an Assault on the Parliamentary System Itself says Prof GL Peiris.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday alleged that Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s attack on former Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) D.E.W. Gunasekera was nothing but an assault on the parliamentary system itself. Prof. Peiris was responding to Premier Wickremesinghe accusing General Secretary of the Communist Party Gunasekara …

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Special Media Briefing by Ranil Amounts to a Confession on Treasury Bonds Issue Charges SLFP

By Chamodi Gunawardana The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) yesterday charged that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had essentially made a confession over the Central Bank Treasury bond issue by organising a special media briefing at Sirikotha on Tuesday. SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told the media that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had insulted one of …

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What Maithripala Sirisena said About Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Corruption Earlier – Newspaper Report Excerpts

By Upul Joseph Fernando President Maithripala Sirisena in the run up to the last January presidential election put the country and the people before party politics. Today we reproduce important contents of his speeches made during that period and published in our sister paper Mawbima for an analysis to ascertain whether he had truly put …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Blasts D.E.W.Gunesekera Over Releasing Documents Relating to COPE Probe on Treasury Bonds Issue

By Dharisha Bastians Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday slammed former Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Chairman and MP D.E.W. Gunesekera for violating the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act and using his position as head of the legislative oversight committee to gain political advantage. Wickremesinghe has already written to the Secretary General of Parliament and the …

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President Sirisena Pondering Whether to Pull SLFP out of UPFA and Contest Independently Without Mahinda and his Loyalists

By Dharisha Bastians President Maithripala Sirisena, beleaguered and facing strong criticism about his decision to grant nominations to his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa, has asked confidants for a 48-hour grace period ending tomorrow, Daily FT learns. President Sirisena, who has maintained a stony public silence on the issue of nominations for the defeated President, has sought …

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“President Sirisena Must tell the Country Whether he is Standing with Mahinda or not” – Purawesi Balaya.

An alliance of civil society organisations that strongly backed Maithripala Sirisena’s bid for the presidency in January this year, demanded that the President address the nation and clarify his position with regard to granting nominations from the UPFA to his defeated predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Purawesi Balaya (Citizens’ Power) held a news conference yesterday, strongly criticising …

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After Giving Nomination to Mahinda now Maithripala set to Form Anti – Rajapaksa Alliance with Ranil and Chandrika

By P.K. Balachandran Following the granting of the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentary election ticket to former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his rival and serving President Maithripala Sirisena is set to form an anti-Rajapaksa alliance with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. This was evident on Sunday when Sirisena and …

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Victorious “Rainbow”Coalition Begins to Crack After President Sirisena Capitulates to Mahinda Rajapaksa.

By Dharisha Bastians Sri Lanka’s victorious ‘rainbow’ coalition that came together in November 2014 to support the common opposition candidacy splintered by the end of the weekend, after President Maithripala Sirisena capitulated and agreed to allow his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest on the UPFA ticket. The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), a small but key …

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Maithripala and Mahinda are like the Mongoose and Cobra Afloat on the Same log in a Flood

(Text of Editorial Appearing in “The Island” of July 6th 2015) Nothing is so certain as the unexpected in politics. President Maithripala Sirisena has finally agreed to nominate his bête noire, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to contest the August 17 polls. Both of them have made compromises; the former said he would never field Rajapaksa on the …

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Maithripala Avoids Answering Question in Public by Ranil Whether Jan 8 Revolution is still on track

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and a host of other political leaders participated in an event to honour former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, on the occasion of her 70th birthday which fell on 29 June. The event took place amid serious turmoil on the political front, after President Sirisena agreed to grant his predecessor …

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Anti-Rajapaksa Camp Bitterly Alleges now that President Sirisena has Betrayed the Country

By Ranga Jayasuriya Now that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to grant nomination to ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the forthcoming general elections, a sense of gloom has dawned on certain quarters of the public who genuinely loath the long-term effects of the ex-President’s political comeback. Such sentiments are quite understandable. A …

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Maithripala Sirisena Waves White Flag and Capitulates to Mahinda Rajapaksa

(Text of Editorial Appearing in the Colombo “Sunday Times” of July 5th 2015) And so, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa threw his hat into the ring for the forthcoming Parliamentary elections with some pressure politics this week, the culmination of a long drawn-out, well-orchestrated campaign that saw his successor, President Maithripala Sirisena, eventually capitulate. The timing …

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Battle Lines Drawn for 2015 General Elections Between Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mahinda Rajapaksa

General elections 2015: MR’s nomination ups the ante By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya The chips are down – the battle lines for the 2015 general election have been drawn between two key political personalities – Ranil Wickremesinghe, UNP leader and the party’s prime ministerial candidate, and Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former president whose nomination from the UPFA was …

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UNP in Trouble as 19 Page COPE Report Makes “Charges” Against Arjuna Mahendran and his son in law Arjun Joseph Aloysius

UPFA leaders are busy preparing outlines for their polls campaign. As reported earlier, among the main issues they claim are “threats to national security.” This is the result of the Government’s talks with the Global Tamil Forum in London and related issues. Another is the Central Banks Treasury Bond scandal. Details of this scandal have …

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Maithripala’s Capitulation, Mahinda’s Brinkmanship and and Ranil’s Consternation

By C.A. Chandraprema The announcement on Friday evening by UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayanth to the effect that President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to grant nominations to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was greeted with anguish and fury by the yahapalana types. Much of the anger may stem from the suspicion that had been rankling in …

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After Giving Nomination to Mahinda , Maithripala Keeps away from Birthday Celebration for Chandrika to Avoid her and Ranil

Six months ago they were political arch enemies. Like the saying goes, politics makes strange bedfellows. So it was. Last Friday, President Maithripala Sirisena agreed to allow his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 parliamentary elections. Now, they appear to be not only chummy, but concerned of each other. After the official announcement …

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President Maithripala Sirisena Surrenders to Ex – President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Giving him Nomination

Six months after being voted out of the presidency, Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa has bounced back to become a candidate for the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at the August 17 parliamentary elections. He will choose from three different districts — Gampaha, Kurunegala or Ratnapura. “I was willing to agree to anything that would not divide …

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Maithripala Sirisena has his way but Mahinda Rajapaksa wins the day……….

There are no permanent friends or foes in politics, it is said. The centre stage of politics wonders what’s happening behind the screen. Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists did not give up the battle to seek nomination to Mahinda. While the centre stage was kept in suspense about the issue, Susil Premajayantha on Friday issued a letter …

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