Was Sirisena made Common Candidate According to a Game Plan Devised by the USA After Maithripala Went to Harvard in 2013?

by Upul Joseph Fernando Maithri changed after he went to Harvard, says Mahinda, to everyone these days. So Mahinda is trying to indicate that the United States is behind Maithri’s pole vault. In June 2013, the Harvard School of Public Health recognized Maithtri as ‘2013 Harvard Health Leader’ and gave him an award. But now …

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President Rajapaksa will Himself End the Executive Presidency Before 2020 says Minister Dullas Alahapperuma.

By Nadira Gunatilleke When all international challenges, the LTTE threat and the threat of separatism ends, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will himself declare that he is the last Executive President of Sri Lanka, SLFP Treasurer and Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma told the Daily News yesterday. Minister Alahapperuma said the day President Rajapaksa …

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UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa Says Dream of the Party Even Today is to Elect a UNP’er as President”

by Shamindra Ferdinando UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, MP, has said that he still dreamt of a president from the UNP. Reminiscing of his father, Ranasinghe Premadasa’s commitment to securing a commanding five-sixth majority in Parliament for the then JRJ’s government, MP Premadasa said that the party always dreamt of electing a UNPer as the …

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Electing Sirisena as President will Serve no Purpose Except Bringing Ranil back to Power Through the Back door.

by Dr Upul Wijayawardhana Maithripala Sirisena, the ex-minister of Health, announcing that he is the ‘long-awaited’ common opposition Presidential candidate is the “Et tu, Brute” moment of our time, some may argue, perhaps with good justification. Others may say he tried to portray himself as righteous (Dharmishta), justifying his actions by quoting from The Dhammapada. …

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It is difficult to believe that Mr Sirisena made his move for the sake of the country as he claims

by Rohana R. Wasala “It is a royal thing to be ill spoken of for good deeds.” – Greek philosopher Antisthenes (445-365 BCE) commenting on the kingly prerogative, quoted with approval by Roman Emperor, Stoic philosopher and soldier Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE) in his philosophical work ‘Meditations’ Until Maithripala Sirisena and his followers from the …

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Two Buddhist Monk Organizations Affiliated to UNP Endorse Maithripala Herath as Common Opposition Candidate.

by Shamindra Ferdinando Two organisations of Buddhist monks, affiliated to the UNP, yesterday pledged their support for Maithripala Sirisena as the common presidential candidate, though both seemed confused about his post-presidential election role. The Eksath Bhikku Peramuna and the Eksath Jathika Bhikku Peramuna vowed to bring an end to what they called the authoritarian Rajapaksa …

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President Rajapaksa Must Use the 2/3 Majority he now has in Parliament and Introduce a New Constitution

By Somapala Gunadheera Today’s burning issue is the struggle to find a common candidate to contest at the oncoming presidential election. That choice will affect only the next election. But the highest national priority is undoubtedly to save the country from the shackles of autocracy imposed on it by Constitutional amendments made by successive self-seeking …

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“JHU Wants to Strip Some Powers of Executive Presidency and not Abolish it”–Athuraliye Rathana Thera

By Shihara Maduwage Last week, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) stalwart and its General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to cross over to the opposition and his nomination as the common opposition candidate shocked the country. In an interview with Daily Mirror Jaathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and the leading figure of the Pivithuru …

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There is no Escape for Anyone who Continues to be Part and Parcel of this Administration

By Vishwamithra 1984 “Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart. How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart. Those escape your anger who refuse your sway, and those are punished most, who most obey.” ~Matthew Prior There is no escape. Not for anyone who continues to be part and parcel of this administration. The story begins …

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Maithripala Sirisena’s Somersault in the air without a Trapeze Partner at the other end and a safety net beneath.

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA “The correctness or incorrectness of the political line decides everything”- Mao (1971) As a former student of Mao Ze Dong thought, the genial Maithripala Sirisena may recall Mao’s point that “the correctness or incorrectness of the political line decides everything”. He must also hope that Mao was wrong, because the Sirisena …

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Sajin Vaas Gunawardena Turned the President Against Chris Nonis by Using the “Portugese -Catholic” Card

By Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. One of the reasons I still continued to have hopes about Mahinda Rajapaksa was that his instincts have always been sound. This was exemplified when I called him to complain about what the Bodhu Bala Sena had been up to in Aluthgama. Instead of attempting to defend them, as I had …

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Why Should Anyone Vote For Maithripala if he wont be President after 100 days and Ranil will be Prime Minister?

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Two cheers then for Maithripala Sirisena whose act of resistance and rebellion is truly heroic. Why cheer at all? And why two cheers instead of three? Hearty cheers are entirely warranted because Maithripala Sirisena has produced a Black Swan event; a real game changer. Having argued in the print and electronic …

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Maithripala Sirisena Obtains Blessings of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Mahanayakes

By Dharisha Bastians President Mahinda Rajapaksa changed after the war ended and peace was achieved, his main opposition challenger, Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday. “The executive presidency ruins people and misdirects them. It is a problem with the system, irrespective of individuals,” Sirisena told journalists in Kandy yesterday. He said the SLFP had been agitating against …

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2015 Budget Passed with 152 Votes for and 57 Against Without Crossovers from Govt or Opposition

By Ashwin Hemmathagama President and Finance Minister Mahinda Raja-paksa’s 2015 Budget was comfortably passed in Parliament yesterday, with no crossover dramas to mar the process to allocate monies to meet recurrent, capital and other State expenses next year. At 5:30 p.m. yesterday, the vote on the Third Reading of the Budget was taken by name …

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Supreme Court’s opinion on the President’s Reference uses Unjudicial Language to Castigate Contrary Views

by Reeza Hameed At last, the Supreme Court’s opinion on the President’s reference has seen the light of day, albeit unofficially, and it makes for miserable reading. The feature that stands out in the opinion is not only the unctuous tone which the Court has adopted in responding to the President’s request for an opinion, …

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Speaker Commends Resourcefulness of the Opposition in “Stealing” a Supreme Court Opinion while Azwer makes an ass of himself.

By Saman Indrajith If the Opposition could steal a copy of the full report of the Supreme Court opinion on the incumbent President contesting a third term that indicates its resourcefulness and talent, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said in Parliament yesterday. Speaker Rajapaksa said so after Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga claimed to have in his …

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“Ensure Maithripala Sirisena’s Victory to Enable UNP Govt being Formed Before Sinhala New Year”-Ranil Wickremesinghe

UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has urged UNPers to ensure Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena’s victory at the forthcoming presidential election so as to form a UNP government before Sinhala New Year next year. Wickremesinghe called for the abolition of the executive presidency to save the country from what he called the dictatorial Rajapaksa regime. …

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“We will Convert Parliament into a Constituent Assembly and Abolish Executive Presidency without 2/3 Majority” –Rajitha Senaratne

By Lakna Paranamanna Former Fisheries Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has always cut a rebellious figure in the local political arena and this image was further boosted when he left the government on Friday to join the common opposition movement that has fielded SLFP stalwart Maithripala Sirisena as the much anticipated common candidate to contest against …

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President Rajapaksa Secures the Support of all UPFA Elected Representatives in Polonnaruwa District

By Shamindra Ferdinando Following Polonnaruwa District MP and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming presidential election, the latter yesterday addressed all elected UPFA representatives in the Polonnaruwa District. President Rajapaksa received an assurance from UPFA representatives they would stand by the SLFP leader. UPFA parliamentarians and Pradeshiya …

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Revolt by Maithripala Against Despotic Regime Proving the Resilience of sri Lankan Democracy

By Ranga Jayasuriya It was indeed a pleasant surprise! Last week’s political developments tell us that democracy in Sri Lanka is regenerating its own, even after much of its attributes were dismantled by the current regime. That unique ability is a special property of democracy, but it is a pleasant surprise to find it in …

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Catholic Church Denounces Attempts by Govt and Opposition to Exploit Visit by Pope Francis for Presidential Election Campaign.

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Catholic Church has again strongly opposed attempts by the SLFP-led ruling coalition and the Opposition alliance to use the forthcoming papal visit to the advantage of their respective presidential election campaigns. The Church has intervened in the wake of several Catholic politicians launching poster and billboard campaigns. Director, Media Information Centre …

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Mahinda Did not Make Maithripala Prime Minister Despite Maithri Helping Mahinda Become PM Under Chandrika.

By Upul Joseph Fernando The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) went to Rajarata from Horagolla before it went to Medamulana. After the death of Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, Prime Minister W. Dahanayaka contested the 1960 March election from a separate party. The SLFP was led by C.P. de Silva, an MP from Rajarata. Sirima Bandaranaike …

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President Rajapaksa says he has “Files” on the Four Ministers Who Quit his Govt but wont use them

By Dharisha Bastians President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a thinly-veiled threat against his former ministers who quit his Government on Friday that he had ‘files’ on them all. via: twitter.com/rangaba Seven ruling party members quit his coalition Government last week, four of them holding ministerial portfolios. “I have enough files on their activities, but I won’t …

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Maithripala Sirisena Vows to Conduct Non – Violent Campaign Without Mud Slinging, Character Assassination and Free of Hate and Vengeance

By Dharisha Bastians Forty-eight hours after he announced his intention to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a January poll, Maithripala Sirisena said the Government is facing a major crisis. “There has been a great shakeup. So there will be challenges for us going ahead,” the former Health Minister said, after discussions with Kotte Naga Vihare …

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Even if Mahinda Rajapaka Leaves the SLFP ,I wont Leave the Party says Nimal Siripala de Silva

By Dharisha Bastians The political week is poised to start with a bang, with a buoyant Opposition promising more defections from the ruling UPFA coalition, while the Government vowed yesterday that it had put measures in place to stop the bleed. Crossover and counter-crossover speculation is rife, with several Government MPs expected to cross the …

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Home vs Home “Battle of the Blues”Gets Underway as Maithri Challenges Mahinda with the UNP Cheering all the way.

By Don Manu Struggling to hold back the insistent tear, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena on Friday came out of the UPFA closet to declare himself as the UNP led joint opposition parties’ choice to challenge President Rajapaksa for the presidency of Lanka. “My wife Jayanthi, my children Charuni, Dahranie and Dhaham, they all came to me …

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Will Defections from UPFA Govt Affect Rajapaksa Regime in Third Reading of Budget Vote?

By Chandani Kirinde When President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the United Peoples Freedom Alliance’s (UPFA) 10th consecutive Budget to Parliament on October 24, a month ahead of the usual Budget period, it was obvious it was intended to win favour with voters at an early Presidential poll. What was not so obvious were the rumblings within …

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Can Cross Overs Swing the Balance to the Extent of Giving Opposition the Two-thirds Needed for Constitutional Change?

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya When a workers’ uprising in 1953 in East Germany was crushed using tanks, the German poet Bertolt Brecht in a famous poem asked, if people disagree with the rulers: “Would it not be easier In that case for the government To dissolve the people And elect another?” The bitter irony of his …

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Nation Transfixed as Minneriya’s Maithripala Launches Full Frontal Attack on “Raja-Pakshaya”Dominance.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Four short years ago, it would have seemed quite unbelievable that esoteric concepts such as ‘an independent judiciary,’ ‘the Rule of Law, ‘the 17th Amendment’ and ‘abolition of the Executive Presidency’ would be tripping off the tongues of Sri Lanka’s citizenry, from a humble tea kiosk owner in an obscure corner …

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It was Former Norwegian Envoy Hans Brattskar who First Informed Govt that the LTTE was Conscripting Two Persons per Family

By Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. (Full Text of Speech Prepared by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. for the debate on the Votes on the Ministries of Justice and of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms during the Committee Stage of the Budget Debate, November 21st 2014 that was Not delivered because of the common candidate press conference) I rise to …

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Unlike the Fonseka Campaign of 2010 the Challenge Posed by Sirisena to the Rajapaksa Regime is Formidable.

By Kalana Senaratne It had to happen that way, and the break was only possible with a serious split within the regime. The moment had come for members of the SLFP to take the plunge. And when finally Vasantha Senanayake, MP, crossed over (the first member of the brave ‘suicide squad’) and mentioned that he …

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UPFA Administrations in Uva,Western and Central Provinces may fall soon if Councillors Defect for Multi-million Rupee Cash Prizes.

Following the cross over of former SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena and several other ruling party parliamentarians to the opposition, a lot of horse-trading is being done at the provincial council level to seize the power of at least three provincial councils before the next presidential election. Highly placed political sources told The Nation that …

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Action will be taken against a Dozen SLFP Parliamentarians Identified as Potential Defectors .

About a dozen SLFP MPs have been identified as potential defectors and action would be taken against them, the AFP news agency reported yesterday quoting an official close to the president who asked not to be named. AFP also quoted former Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne saying that the ruling party was split and many more …

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Maithripala Sirisena is main Actor in the “Common Candidate” Mega Teledrama with Script Written by Ranil Wickremesinghe.

by Maheen Senanayake Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has been appointed General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva announced at a hastily organized press conference at party headquarters yesterday. Six party stalwarts including, John Seneviratne, Nimal Siripala de Silva, AHM Fowzie, Dallas Allahaperuma, Susil Premjayanth and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa took the …

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Dissolution of Parliament Likely if Large Scale Defection of Govt MP’s to Opposition Continues

Government seniors were this week considering the possible early dissolution of Parliament, the Sunday Times learns. Consultations at the highest levels were held on the pros and cons of dissolving Parliament. This comes against the backdrop of the revolt by a section of ruling UPFA Ministers and MPs who have opted to back the opposition’s …

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Boozing Increases Rapidly in Post-war Jaffna with 15,000 Litres of Arrack,Beer and Toddy Being Consumed Daily.

More than 15,000 litres of alcohol are consumed daily in the former war-torn district of Jaffna – a dramatic increase in liquor consumption patterns, statistics from the Excise Department reveal. Figures show some 6 million litres of arrack and beer and 5m litres of toddy were consumed last year in Jaffna district, which has a …

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“Maithripala Sirisena has Fallen into an Opposition Trap”says Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In response to former SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena’s announcement yesterday at the Colombo New Town Hall that he would be standing for the upcoming presidential election as the common opposition candidate, President Rajapaksa at a gathering at Temple Trees has Mr Sirisena has fallen into a trap by the Opposition. The President made these …

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Tamil National Alliance has Suddenly Started Acting as if they care about Presidential Politics in Sri Lanka.

By Sudat Pasqual The normally intransigent Tamil National Alliance has suddenly started acting as if they care about presidential politics in Sri Lanka. The president, deputy president and at least one of the deputy secretaries of the TNA have been making coy statements about who the Alliance will support if a presidential election were to …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa will Secure a Third Term Regardless of who Challenges him say UPFA MInisters

by Shamindra Ferdinando UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayantha and National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday said that incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa was capable of securing a third term hands down regardless of who challenged him at the next presidential election. Addressing the media at SLFP headquarters yesterday afternoon, they said the UPFA was …

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7 UPFA MP’s Cross Over to Opposition as UNP Endorses Candidacy of Maithripala Sirisena

By Dharisha Bastians The United National Party Working Committee, the party’s apex decision-making body yesterday endorsed the candidature of Maithripala Sirisena as the common Opposition candidate. Following months of uncertainty about whether UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would contest President Rajapaksa in the 2015 election, the Working Committee formally endorsed the selection of the former Health …

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Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena Pledges to Appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister of his Cabinet.

By Dharisha Bastians The Opposition pulled off a coup early barely 24 hours after the declaration of snap presidential polls, stealing President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party stalwart to run as the incumbent’s main challenger. Maithripala Sirisena, Health Minister and General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party – the main constituent in the ruling UPFA coalition …

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Maithripala Sirisena to be Common Opposition Presidential Candidate Under “Supirisidu Nayakathwayak, Maithree Palanayak”Slogan.

Polonnaruwa District Parliamentarian Maithripala Sirisena has announced that he would contest as the common candidate of the opposition at the forthcoming Presidential elections. He made this announcement at a special press conference at New Town Hall Colombo a short while ago. He has released his slogan for the upcoming Presidential election next year titled,‘Supirisidu Nayakathwayak, …

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“My Wife Told me not to go Against the President but my Fight is Against Executive Presidency not him”-Rajitha Senaratne

By Deepal Warnakulasuriya Parliamentarian Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has said that the Executive Presidency was the cause for the start and the end of the war. Speaking at a special media briefing, Dr. Senaratne stated that the Executive Presidency had also been the cause for several problems within the country including the the JVP insurrection.

Chandrika Kumaratunga Announces Return to SLFP to Back Maithripala Sirisena at Presidential Poll.

By Deepal Warnakulasuriya Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge said that she had come back home to the SLFP through today’s move to back Maithripala Sirisena’s candidature as the common candidate. Addressing the special media briefing today said she was forced out of the SLFP on her birth day and no one stood up for her. …

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Maithripala Sirisena Pledges to Abolish Executive Presidency Within 100 Days if He Emerged Victorious at Election

Former Health Minister and General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena today revealed that he would be the ‘Common Candidate’ from the opposition to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential election in January. Sirisena made the announcement at a tightly packed media briefing held at New Town Hall in …

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Maithripala Sirisena When Questioned About Being Common Opposition Candidate Laughs and Laughs and Laughs……

By K.G. Karunarathene and Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena told our sister paper in Gampaha that that there was talk going around that he was going to resign from the government. The Minister had gone to the funeral of Silumina Consultant Editor Karunadasa Suriyaarachchi in Gampha as a representative of President Mahinda Rajapaksa …

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President Rajapaksa Seeking Unprecedented Third Term Signs Proclamation at Auspicious Time of 1.32 PM on Nov 20th 2014

By Dharisha Bastians President Mahinda Rajapaksa put Sri Lanka on the mark for snap presidential polls early in the new year, by signing a proclamation yesterday announcing his decision to seek re-election for an unprecedented third term in office. At the auspicious time of 1:32 PM on 20 November, President Rajapaksa placed his signature on …

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UPFA Gampaha District M.P. Wasantha Senanayake Announces his Crossover to the UNP at Sirikotha.

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Gampaha District Parliamentarian Wasantha Senanayake joined the United National Party (UNP) a short while ago at party headquarters, Sirikotha. Speaking to journalists at a media briefing a short while ago at Sirikotha, Senanayake said that he considers transparency to be vital and the present Constitution was behind many of the …

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Angry Mob Surrounds JHU Chairman Athureliye Rathana Thero’s Sadham Sevana Temple at Rajagiriya

Police security was tightened around the temple led by Jathika Hela Urumaya Chairman Athuraliye Rathana Thero yesterday, after the premises was surrounded by an angry mob days after the party announced it was quitting ministerial positions in the ruling UPFA coalition. Rathana Thero’s Sadhaham Sevana temple in Rajagiriya was surrounded by unidentified protestors who alleged …

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Rumblings of Discontent Heard as Liberal Party Leader Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. Writes to President Rajapaksa.

(Text of Letter sent by Liberal party leader and National list MP Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha to President Rajapaksa on behalf of the party expressing disappointment at current developments) Your Excellency At the last meeting of the Executive Committee of the Liberal Party, it was decided, as requested by them, to support the request of the Left …

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C.Rudhraiah the Tamil Fillm Director who made the Great Film “Aval Appadithaan”Passes away at 68

Tamil film director C. Rudhraiah, who took inspiration from the French New Wave Film Makers, and made two remarkable films—Aval Appadithan and Gramathu Athiyayam—died here on Tuesday. He was 67 and is survived by his wife, a daughter and son. ‘Aval Appadithan’, espousing the idea of feminism, failed to make any impact in the box-office …

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“Superstar”Rajnikanth says he is hesitant not afraid to enter politics just as his new film “Linga”is to be released

By N Sathiya Moorthy It was waiting to happen. Rajnikanth-watchers cannot be blamed if they were expecting something like this from the ‘Superstar’ ever since his upcoming film, Lingaa, was launched. Now that the film is closer to release date — which is yet to be fixed but could be his birthday, December 12 — …

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No Restrictions on Basil Rajapaksa Effectively Presenting Himself as the Main Decision Maker in Government.

By Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. Underlying Basil’s solipsism was his political ambition. He made no bones about the fact that he saw himself as his brother’s successor. Indeed, he had been put into Parliament before the 2010 election, though a resignation of a National List member that was engineered, on the grounds that there had to …

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Greatest Despair is Lack of a Credible Challenger from the Opposition to Combat Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Dharisha Bastians “..And may the odds be ever in your favour” Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games ‘At the stroke of the midnight hour’ on 20 November, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who turned 69 years old on Tuesday was tipped to finally rubber-stamp and reveal the world’s worst kept secret. On 19 November 2014, President Rajapaksa …

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Consensus Emerging for Karu Jayasuriya to be Joint Opposition Candidate for Presidency

by Zacki Jabbar The Joint Opposition Front (JOF) to contest the next Presidential Election was expected to be formally established on Friday, informed sources said. The parties to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) based on a six-point programme, would include the United National Party(UNP), Jathika Hela Urumaya(JHU), National Movement for Social Justice(NMSJ), Democratic Peoples Front(DPF), …

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Sections of UNP Trade Unions want Ranil Wickremesinghe as Presidential Candidate with the Elephant Symbol.

by Shamindra Ferdinando An influential section of the UNP is bringing pressure to bear on the party Working Committee to nominate its National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to contest the upcoming presidential election with newly appointed Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, MP, playing a significant role. Convenor of UNP trade union organisation at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation …

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Mahinda Releasing Convicted Indian Smugglers to Appease Modi may Boomerang on Sri Lanka.

By Upul Joseph Fernando It was reported in the media last week that President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Premier Narendra Modi discussed the issue of the five Indian fishermen convicted by a Colombo Court for drug offences and sentenced to death.Though there were rumours earlier that Modi telephoned Mahinda, New Delhi reports indicated that it …

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President Rajapaksa Commutes Death Sentence for 5 Indian Drug Smugglers and Releases them to Indian High Commission.

By Meera Srinivasan The five Indian fishermen on death row in Sri Lanka on drug-trafficking charges, walked free on Wednesday, after President Mahinda Rajapaksa used his executive powers to commute their death penalty. The five have been released into the care of the Indian High Commission before being sent back to India, an official said. …

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Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s Request to meet Narendra Modi Denied to Avoid “wrong Message”to Sri Lanka Govt

By Suhasini Haidar Intense pressure from New Delhi convinced Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa to commute the death penalty of the five Indian fishermen. To begin with, the legal process was guided by the Indian High Commissioner Yash Sinha in Colombo. In addition, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is due to visit Sri Lanka in …

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Kuttan from Kerala,the Legendary Doorman of Galle Face Hotel Dies at 94 After 72 Years of Service

Kottarapattu Chattu Kuttan, the legendary hotel doorman, who served world leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Richard Nixon at the famous Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, has died. The Indian-origin doorman of the country’s iconic hotel, known as Kuttan, passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Tuesday after a …

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“Thiru K. Pathmanabha Shared a Common Birthday with my Mother”- Rajiv Gandhi

By Rajiv Gandhi (Statement of condolence issued by former Indian Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi when Comrade Pathmanabha was assassinated by the LTTE in 1990) I met Thiru K. Pathmanabna in Delhi just a few days before his tragic assassination. It is hardly believable that one so young, so bright, so full of life, with so …

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Comrade Pathmanabha Our Leader and Mentor

By the EPRLF Central Committee (Comrade Pathmanabha alias Nabha a.k. a. Ranjan ,the Secretary-General of Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation front(EPRLF)who was born on November 19th 1951. The following Excerpts are reproduced from the blogspot in his memory run by a loyalist faction of the EPRLF to commemorate his 63rd birthday. Comrade Nabha was gunned down …

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Campaign run by Elite-strategists in Colombo Cannot help Opposition win the Forthcoming Presidential Elections.

by Vishwamithra 1984 “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” ~Margaret Mead Allow me to say it at the very outset: No campaign run by a group of elite-strategists, cloaked in suits and ‘Satakayas’, cooped up in air-conditioned rooms in Colombo and smoking cigars …

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JHU Gives President Rajapaksa “Birthday Present” by Resigning Minister Posts and Refusing to Support Mahinda’s Re-Election Bid.

By Dharisha Bastians Striking a heavy blow on President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 69th birthday yesterday, the JHU, a key constituent ally in the ruling UPFA Government, threw in the towel and refused to support his re-election bid. Making a widely-anticipated announcement in Colombo yesterday, Jathika Hela Urumaya monks and laymen announced that the party would quit …

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Champika Ranawaka and Udaya Gammanpila Resign as Ministers but Jathika Hela Urumaya with Govt Parliamentary Group.

by Shamindra Ferdinando Having failed to clinch an agreement with the SLFP on a seven-point plan to address several contentious issues including parliamentary democracy and good governance among other matters ahead of the next presidential election, JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday announced an action plan to pressure the government. Addressing the media at …

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Absolutely Wrong to say Indian Intelligence Agencies Supported Tamil Militant Groups with the Aim of Creating Tamil Eelam

by Col R Hariharan (Text of an E-mail interview with Dr Parasaran Rangarajan, editor-in-chief of the International Law Journal of London, on November 16, 2014 is reproduced here) Q: It is well known that the official position of the government of India never advocated for the separation of Sri Lanka with Tamil Eelam but operations …

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If India were to feel threatened by every Chinese movement, no Indian can sleep in peace, now or ever.

By N Sathiya Moorthy Three Chinese naval vessels calling on Sri Lankan ports in over six months – two of them submarines that can only be offensive platforms – and sections of the Indian strategic community is disturbed once again. They are even more concerned about Colombo’s purported nonchalance to India’s concerns, expressed to visiting …

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After Meeting with Mahinda and Gotabhaya at House of Tiran Alles , Sobitha Thera Gets Admitted to Hospital and Goes Silent.

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) parliamentarian Tiran Alles who successfully supported the enthronement of Sajith Premadasa as the Deputy Leader of the UNP, had carried out another political feat. If one thought he was serving the interests of the UNP earlier, this time, however, it became clear that he was serving the interests of the UPFA …

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Mangala Samaraweera will Remain with UNP Despite Having Dinner in Moratuwa with Mahinda and Namal Rajapaksa.

The dinner at the Moratuwa residence by the Bolgoda Lake of Mangala Samaraweera on November 3 was something both special and significant. The guests were President Mahinda Rajapaksa and son, HambantotaDistrict parliamentarian Namal. It was special because it was the first time since being sacked as a Minister seven years ago from the Rajapaksa Government; …

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Mahinda has won the next Presidential Election even Before it has been Officially Declared.

By C.A.Chandraprema One thing that became clear over the past few days is the manner in which president Mahinda Rajapaksa has kept the lines of communication open between himself and even his bitterest critics and opponents. On Thursday last week, the websites were full of the news that the president had met Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha …

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“Captain Cool”Arjuna Ranatunga Ready to Contest Presidential Poll as Common Candidate of the Opposition.

By Waruni Karunarathne Former Sri Lanka cricket captain and opposition MP Arjuna Ranatunga says he is ready to be the common opposition candidate for the next Presidential elections. Ranatunga has already extended support to the campaign led by the leader of the People’s Movement for a Just Society, the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha thero. “My politics …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa is Foxier than the Old Fox Junius Richard Jayewardene

After spending three thousand two hundred and eighty eight days in office as Sri Lanka’s fifth Executive President, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to issue a proclamation calling for a presidential election within the next four days. It will be, arguably, his most controversial political gamble yet Rajapaksa cleared the first hurdle in his third …

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Ruwanthi de Chickera’s Play Without Words”Walking Path”Walks Again at Lionel Wendt on November 21 and 22

By Uditha Jayasinghe Brilliant and brave are two appropriate words to describe Ruwanthie de Chickera. Her latest venture, a play without words titled ‘Walking Path,’ is returning to the Lionel Wendt on 21 and 22 November. It will be staged at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Grab your tickets for a thought provoking and unique …

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Karu Jayasuriya Being Candidate Would Rattle Rajapaksa Regime Far More Than Ranil Wickremesinghe Would.

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Karu candidacy would rattle the regime’s cage far more than a Ranil one would, and that cage badly needs rattling The best, as they say, must not be the enemy of the good. I have long advocated that the best kind of candidacy for the Opposition would have been or would …

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Dilan Perera Envied by Colleagues as Upeshka Swarnamalie Requests and gets Post to Monitor his Ministry.

By Don Manu The most envied minister in the UPFA cabinet this Sunday morning must undoubtedly be the Minister for Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Dilan Perera. Not only for his dashing looks and his jet black hair for a man of his age but mainly for receiving presidential benediction and special dispensation for his …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Must Cast Aside Fears and Enter Presidential Race Irrespective of Victory or Defeat

By Don Manu Leader of the House Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said it best when he told Parliament on Tuesday, “The Supreme Court has given an excellent judgment.” Now with the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling, a vehement ‘yes ‘resounded ten times round the table for added comfort, the sibilant squeaks of moribund dodos that …

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“TNA Should not Encourage External Factors Including the UN to Interfere with Sri Lanka”-Douglas Devananda

By Arthur Wamanan Jaffna District Parliamentarian and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Douglas Devananda, says that he welcomed the Supreme Court determination that allowed President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the Presidential polls for the third time since he was the only leader to provide a dignified peace to the country where …

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Can Chandrika Kumaratunga Contest Presidential Elections for a Third Time Like Mahinda Rajapaksa?

By Zahrah Imtiaz When Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, announced in Parliament on Tuesday, 11 November, the Supreme Court Opinion on the third presidential term of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the immediate reflection in the minds of many was; ‘if Mahinda can, so can Chandirka’. The matter, however, is not so straightforward. As …

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UNP Affiliated Eksath Bhikku Peramuna Warns Ranil of Withdrawing Support if Karu Jayasuriya is not made Presidential Candidate.

Eksath Bhikku Peramuna, affiliated to the UNP has warned that it will withdraw support for the party at the upcoming presidential election unless UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya is declared the presidential candidate. Ven. Girambe Ananda Thera has, in a letter to UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, insisted that it is the UNP prerogative to name …

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Erik Solheim says Norway made Economic Resources Available to the LTTE Peace Secretariat with full Knowledge of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

By Lakna Paranammana While rejecting the allegations of supporting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Norwegian peace facilitator Erik Solheim said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was fully supportive of Norwegian peace efforts and encouraged Norway to continue and had asked Norway to keep him informed of developments. Responding to the allegations levelled against him …

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President Rajapaksa Accuses Norway and Erik Solheim of Financing the LTTE During the War.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has demanded that the Norwegian government must probe the funding of the LTTE during the island’s three-decade civil war, alleging that Norway financed Tamil Tigers. “They (Norway) gave money to the LTTE. The Norwegian government must investigate. We have evidence on how they funded the terrorists,” Rajapaksa said addressing a political gathering …

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“JVP Leader Rohana Wijeweera Groaned While Being Thrown Into the Incinerator”-Eye Witness Account of Army Photographer Indrananda de Silva

By Udeni Saman Kumara (Former Lance Corporal of Sri Lanka Military Police, Indrananda de Silva, reveals the last moments of JVP leader Rohana Wijeweera before he was killed after interrogation) Q: What is your name? A: Indrananda de Silva. Q: Do you remember November 1989? A: The most unfortunate incident of my life took place …

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Does President Rajapaksa Think that China Would be Supportive of his Pursuing a Narrow, Political Agenda in Sri Lanka?

By Rajavarothayam Sampanthan (Text of Speech made in Parliament on November 14th 2014 by Tamil National Alliance Leader and Trincomalee District MP Rajavarothayam Sampanthan) 1 14/11/2014 ගරු ආර්. සම්පන්දන් මහතා (மாண்புமிகு ஆர். சம்பந்தன்) (The Hon. R. Sampanthan) I believe I have 30 minutes, Mr. Chairman, but the Hon. John Amaratunga has agreed to grant me …

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Princess “Yarl Devi” Rules the Hearts of her People Once Again!

Text and Pictures by Thulasi Muttulingam To many people the world over, the ‘people’s princess’ might be an accolade reserved for Diana; for the people of Jaffna however, it is the Yarl Devi. They have waited a long time now for her home-coming – a long anticipated reunion realized only recently with the opening of …

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“T-shirt Thugs in 2 White Vans and 1 Red Benz came to World Trade Centre to Assault me During Hiru TV Debate”-Ranjan Ramanayake M.P.

By Anura Bandara Rajaguru United National Party MP Ranjan Ramanayake, in an interview with our sister paper Mawbima said, there was a plot to assault him at the Hiru TV debate and he left in order to avoid an unpleasant incident. Following are excerpts: Q: What actually happened at that television debate? What happened behind …

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Deepika Padukone Illuminates Hindi Screen with Flaming Successes in Succession

By Dinesh Raheja A cheesy line of dialogue in the Diwali blockbuster Happy New Year proffering a rather simplistic piece of wisdom can be paraphrased thus: “There are two types of people in the world—winners and losers”. Few people these days can be tagged with a rare degree of sanguineness than the film’s leading lady, …

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No Decision Taken by Mahinda Rajapaksa to Issue Presidential Pardon for Five Indian Narcotics Smugglers Sentenced to Death.

by Meera Srinivasan A day after Sri Lankan Deputy Minister Prabha Ganesan announced that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was ready to pardon the five Indian fishermen facing death penalty, presidential spokesperson Mohan Samaranayake on Wednesday told The Hindu: “Until now, no decision has been taken to that effect.” Asked why Mr. Ganesan made an announcement to …

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Indian High Commissioner Y.K.Sinha has Detailed Discussions with TNA Leader R. Sampanthan and SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem.

By Lakshmi Jayakody Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R. Sampanthan, and Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Rauff Hakeem, have reportedly met Indian High Commissioner, Y.K. Sinha last Saturday (8), authoritative sources disclosed. They said the two minority party leaders have had detailed discussions with the Indian Envoy. These talks have …

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“Thamil Eelam is not Separation:it is the name of our Motherland”-Northern Provincial Council Chairman CVK sivagnanam.

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chairman, C.V.K. Sivagnanam replying to the allegations kept forward by the Opposition Leader S.Thavarasa said the TNA- council is definitely a better administrator.”We are better administrators. I’m responsible for what I’m saying. We are not second to any administrators, we have no corruption or any extortion,” he said. …

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Rajnikanth,Kamal Haasan and the Influence of Actors in the Politics of Tamil Nadu.

By N Sathiya Moorthy. On his 60th birthday on November 7, Tamil cinema’s ever-green actor Kamal Haasan signed up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s‘Swachh Bharat’ (‘clean India) campaign. With that, he also took with him, his fan-following under the ‘Kamal Haasan Narpani Mandram’ (welfare club). It is one thing that Modi promptly tweeted Kamal’s initiative, …

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Ven.Rahula Thera of “Namal Uyana”Fame Advises Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa not to Enter Active Politics.

(Text of Editorial Appearing in “The Island” of November 13th 2014 Under the heading “Monk’s advice to mandarin”) Politics is a disease which popularity predisposes some people to. Those who excel in their chosen fields are often asked whether they intend to take to politics. Some of them stoop so low as to go behind …

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Jathika Hela Urumaya Ready to Help President Mahinda Rajapaksa Become Another King Mahasen.

by Zacki Jabbar President Mahinda Rajapaksa who once walked from Colombo to Kataragama calling for the abolition of the executive presidency could become another Mahasen if he only listened to reason, a constituent member of the UPFA government said yesterday. Leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Omalpe Sobitha Thera addressing a rally at Muttiah …

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Confident Mahinda now Confused. Rajapaksa Regime has been Cornered by the USA Through its UNHRC Game Plan.

By Upul Joseph Fernando Two years ago everyone who visited Temple Trees or the President’s House and came out used to say, ‘Mahinda is confident’ and was focusing on the immediate challenges before him. However, within the past years those who go there to meet Mahinda say, ‘Mahinda is confused’. Mahinda who thought that Ranil …

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Once Monolithic UPFA Pillars are Shaking, Roof Leaking and Outer Paint is Peeling off Layer by Layer

By Vishwamithra 1984 “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” ~George Orwell No politician in the world would ever relinquish power on his or her own volition, unless there is something drastically imposed upon him or her by an outside …

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13th Constitutional Amendment is Deeply Flawed but There Can be no Question of Rolling it Back

By Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. (Text of a presentation by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. at the international seminar held on November 6th and 7th 2014 on “An Appraisal of India’s Neighbourhood Policy: Way Forward“at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata.India) In the period leading up to the victory over the terrorist Tigers …

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Survey of 520 Sri Lankan Tamil Refugee Families in India Shows 67% Dont Want to Return and 23% want to Return.

By Pheroze L. Vincent A survey by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, among the one-lakh-odd Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India has found that 67 per cent of them want to remain in India. Only 23 per cent of the 520 families surveyed wanted to return to the island nation, while four …

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Tamil Refugees in India ready to Return Home but well-structured Repatriation Process with Tripartite MOU Needed

By B. Kolappan The overwhelming feeling among the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India is to return home, but the repatriation process should be well-structured with the backing of a Memorandum of Understanding among India, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, according to S.C. Chandrahasan, founder, Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR). Asked about Sri Lanka’s …

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