Is it Wise,Prudent,Logical,Desirable or Fair and Ethical to Toss Out Mahinda and Usher in Ranil and Chandrika to Power With Maithri as a “Human Face”?

By DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA In October 1988, accepting the UNP nomination at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Ranasinghe Premadasa complained in a bitter, biting aside, that as Prime Minister he had enjoyed “the powers of a peon”. That status is about to change if the Opposition wins, because the Maithri manifesto makes clear that the centre of …

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TULF Chief Anandasangaree Urges Tamils to Vote Independently Without Being Influenced by the TNA.

By Shamindra Ferdinando General Secretary of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) V. Anandasangaree yesterday urged the Tamil electorate to vote for incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa or Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8, 2015 presidential election, regardless of the instructions given by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Political veteran Anandasangaree emphasised that every …

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Maithripala Sirisena Manifesto is “Silent”on Minority Related Issues like Devolution andImplementation of 13th Constitutional Amendment

by Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka will maintain equal relations with India and China, Maithripala Sirisena, joint opposition candidate in the coming presidential polls, said on Friday. Releasing his election manifesto ahead of the January 8 polls — in which he will challenge the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa — the former Minister said: “I would act to …

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Rishad Bathiudeen Keeps Away From Election Meetings in Wanni and East Where President Rajapaksa Participated

by Shamindra Ferdinando UPFA constituent, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) has skipped public meetings held in support of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Vanni electoral District and Batticaloa on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Political sources told The Island that the absence of ACMC leader Industries and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen at UPFA rallies raised many …

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Mutuhettigama Transports his “Stage Burning”Henchmen From Police Station to Courts in Style on a Vehicle with Public Address system

By Norman Palihawadana and Madura Ranwala UPFA Parliamentarian Nishantha Mutuhettigama yesterday took away three of his supporters arrested by the Wanduramba police on Thursday for setting ablaze the stage erected for Common Opposition Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena there on Wednesday, along with a vehicle and the public address system. The suspects were taken by MP …

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Maithripala Sirisena Unveils Roadmap to Deliver a “New Country” in 100 Days if he is Elected President on Jan 8 2015.

By Dharisha Bastians Candidate for the common opposition Maithripala Sirisena unveiled his roadmap for constitutional reform and pledged to deliver a ‘new country’ in 100 days, if elected as Sri Lanka’s eighth executive president on 8 January 2015. Unveiling his election manifesto for the poll that is just three weeks away, Sirisena has pledged to …

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Ex -Army Chief Sarath Fonseka’s “Wanted” Son in Law Dhanuna Tilakaratne Released on Bail After Surrendering to Colombo High Court

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s son-in-law Dhanuna Tilakaratne was released on bail this morning after he surrendered to the Colombo High Court in connection with the HICROP (Pvt.) Limited fraud case. He has been released on Rs. 400,000 bail and two sureties of Rs. 5 million each and surety should be relatives of the accused. …

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The Tamil Voter in Common with Other Communities in the Island has the Same Values and Democratic Traditions.

By Dr Nirmala Chandrahasan here is currently a lot of speculation as to whether the Tamil voter would exercise his/her franchise in the upcoming presidential elections in the context that neither Presidential candidate has addressed the political issues pertaining to them. However it must be pointed out that the Tamil Voter is no different from …

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Maithripala Sirisena Releases Policy Statement “Maithri Palanayak,Sthaavara Ratak”(Compassionate Governance,Stable Country)at Viharamaha Devi Park

By Chamara Sumanapala Common candidate of the opposition Maithripala Sirisena stated that he takes personal responsibility in carrying out all his promises mentioned in his policy statement. The document “Maithri Palanayak, sthaavara ratak” (A Compassionate governance, a stable country), was launched earlier today at the Viharamaha Devi Park. Sirisena said that there were many questions …

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After Mohan Peiris Became Chief Justice No one Believes the Sri Lankan Supreme Court will act with Independence Any more

By Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. Enemies of the President’s Promise 24 Sneezy 5 Tamara’s success in averting a resolution against us at the Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2011 was not however to be repeated the following year. She had no say in the massive delegation that was sent, and the strategy to be …

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Maithripala’s Political Challenge has made the Seasoned Politician Mahinda Become Reactive and Uncertain.

Dr.Kalana Senaratne (Dr.Kalana Senaratne is a researcher and political analyst holding a doctorate in international law from the University of Hong Kong and contributes regularly to the Sri Lankan media.This article appears in the “Daily Mirror”) The anti-regime camp led by Maithripala Sirisena is posing the most significant challenge to the present regime. President Rajapaksa …

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MA Sumanthiran MP Denies he Facilitated “Secret Deal” Between TNA and Maithripala Sirisena as Alleged by President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) National list MP M. A. Sumanthiran has denied President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s allegation at a meeting in Chilaw that the TNA had signed a secret deal with Common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and that he (Sumanthiran)had facilitated it. The TNA Parliamentarian who is also a lawyer has challenged President Rajapaksa to provide …

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“Are we Willing to risk Future of Sri Lanka by Weakening our resolve to Protect what we have Legitimately Achieved?

By Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (Excerpts from Speech made by Defence and Urban development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Synchronised Forum organised by the Professionals for a Stable Sri Lanka on the theme “MOMENTUM – A Nation Stabilised) “The question we must all ask ourselves at this point in time is whether we are willing to risk …

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Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga Gets Passionately Emotional While Extolling the Virtues of Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Marisa Wikramanayake Lalith Weeratunga, longstanding civil servant and Secretary to the country’s Chief Executive, yesterday turned passionate at a public forum when explaining what set President Mahinda Rajapaksa apart from other leaders. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa is decisive, transparent and always prioritises people’s interest and consults the public,” Weeratunga said in his comments at the …

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De Jure Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake says she is not a Politician and will not enter politics or support any Presidential candidate

by Kamal Bogoda Impeached Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake yesterday said that she would not support any candidate vying for the presidency. Addressing the media outside the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court after appearing in a case filed against her by the Bribery Commission, Dr. Bandaranayake said she would not enter politics because she still considered …

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President Rajapaksa Addresses 2000 Top Professionals and Business Leaders at 4 Hotels Simultaneously inSouth Asia’s Largest Synchronised Forum

By Uditha Jayasinghe, Marisa Wikramanayake, Malik Gunatilleke and David Stephens An upbeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa made his strongest overture yet to the private sector and professionals yesterday by pledging to tackle corruption and push ahead with ambitious development projects. Attending what was billed as the largest synchronised forum in South Asia bringing together around 2,000 …

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People Should Reflect on the “Guttila Kavya” saying Charcoal will never Become white when Voting on Jan 8 th 2015

By Savitri Goonesekere Many people have described the Presidential elections 2015 as a “defining” event in the history of our country. The unfolding scene also highlights the depths to which our national politics has sunk, and the complete blurring of the difference between what is acceptable and not acceptable behaviour on the part of those …

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President Rajapaksa Alleges that Maithripala Sirisena has Signed a “Secret Deal” with the Tamil National Alliance

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today alleged that the opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena has signed a secret deal with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Speaking at an election rally in Chilaw, the President claimed that the secret deal was formulated by a team which includes TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran.

17 of 29 Local Councillors from Jathika Hela Urumaya Join Udaya Gammanpila in Supporting President Rajapaksa

BY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) plunged yesterday into a deeper crisis when 17 of its 29 local government members defected to the UPFA to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming Presidential Election, former Senior Vice President of the party told a news conference in Colombo. Western Provincial Councillor Udaya Gammanpila …

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5 EPDP and 3 TNA Members Injured as “War”Erupts Between Both Parties at Jaffna District Development Coordinating Committee Meeting

By Ananth Palakidnar and Mirudhula Thambiah The Jaffna District Development Coordinating Committee meeting yesterday turned into a battle field in the presence of Chief Minister C.V.Wignesawaran when Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members crossed the floor to attack EPDP leader and Minister Douglas Devananda. Trouble sparked off when slain LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabakaran’s relative MK.Sivajilingam was …

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Mahinda Fears Chandrika will Destroy his Political Future and of his Kith and Kin if Maithripala wins.

By Upul Joseph Fernando “If Sirisena wins poll, President and his brothers may try to retain power by resorting to compliant Court or military…” – International Crisis GroupMahinda’s fears must be doubled and trebled in his march towards the Presidential Election. The reason is that Chandrika is behind Maithri. Mahinda having won the 2005 Presidential …

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Maithripala Sirisena Challenges Mahinda Rajapaksa to a Public Debate on Democracy and Good Governance

By Dharisha Bastians in Divulapitiya Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena has challenged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to a debate on good governance and democracy. Speaking at an election rally in Divulapitiya last night, Sirisena urged his former boss to debate him in a neutral setting, before a panel of independent judges. “I will come to the …

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“Even if we win, will they Allow our Candidate to be Declared the Winner?” Is the Question Facing Opposition Supporters in Sri Lanka.

By Vishwamithra 1984 “Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.” ~ Bertrand Russell The present Government and its coalition partners are held …

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Catholic Bishops of Sri Lanka Confirm Visit of Pope Francis by “Getting Ready with Great Joy to Welcome the Holy Father”

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of His Holiness Pope Francis on our soil on the 13th January 2015 as the Vicar of Christ and the Successor of Peter. It is with great joy that we welcome our Holy Father into our midst. Already by the simplicity of his life, his sense of evangelical poverty …

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Chandrika Kumaratunga Claims her Govt had Liberated 65% of the Land Under LTTE Control when she left office in 2005.

by Zacki Jabbar Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday lashed out at President Mahinda Rajapaksa saying that he was talking as if she had contributed nothing to the war against the LTTE. Kumaratunga told a news conference at her residence in Colombo that when she left office in 2005 around sixty five percent of the territory …

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Tamil Newspaper,TV Channel and Radio Station Named “Serendib”Launched in Sri Lanka to Focus Exclusively on the Muslim Community.

As the promoters of the pioneering venture National News Agency Ltd, declared that their effort would remain independent and apolitical, Sri Lanka’s first mass media outlet aimed at the country’s 1.9 Mn Muslim community was unveiled yesterday (16) in Colombo-and Muslim Media Forum, an influential Muslim community voice in Sri Lanka called the effort a …

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Eight men and Two Women of Sri Lankan Origin Convicted by Berlin Criminal Court for Collecting Funds for LTTE in Germany.

By Suhada Walisinghe from Bonn, Germany The Criminal Court in Berlin convicted two women and eight men of Sri Lankan origin, living in Berlin last Friday (12) of illegally collecting funds for the LTTE. The duration of imprisonment ranged between six to eighteen months. The names of the accused and their prison terms are as …

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High-Stakes Battle with an invigorated opposition Challenging Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

By Sudha Ramachandran Mahinda Rajapaksa’s plans to return to power as Sri Lanka’s president for a third successive term has run into trouble. With less than a month to go before the vote, Rajapaksa is ahead of his rivals but joint opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena is closing in and could unseat him in a free …

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TNA Parliamentarian Yogeswaran Tells Indian Media that both Candidates Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena are Anti-Tamil

Sri Lankan Tamil politician and Member of Parliament Seenithambi Yogeswaran has said the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), an amalgamation of Tamil parties, will announce by this month-end its stand on the January 8 presidential elections. Talking to reporters on Saturday, Mr. Yogeswaran, who was here to attend a conference organised by the Hindu Makkal Katchi, …

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“I have all the Credentials to be President but I Cant Because I am an Ethnic Tamil”-DPF Leader Mano Ganesan

By Chathushika Wijeyesinghe The Democratic People’s Front had already announced its support for the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the January Presidential Election. In a wide ranging interview with the Dailymirror DPF leader Mano Ganesan claimed that the Tamils may not support President Mahinda Rajapaksa as he had failed to change the mindset of …

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Vasudeva Nanayakkara the Only Living Candidate who Contested Sri Lanka’s First ever Presidential Election Talks about 1982.

BY Shalika Wimalasena Last surviving member of the first Presidential Election, Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara told Ceylon Today that his Party forced him to contest that election although he did not want to do so. Excerpts of the interview: Q: You are the only living candidate of Sri Lanka’s first presidential election. Tell us how you …

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Can The Comparatively Less Known Sirisena Compete With Rajapaksa Hailed As a National Hero For Defeating LTTE And Eliminating Prabhakaran?

By Col R Hariharan After President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his surprise challenger Maithripala Sirisena, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), who quit his office as Minister, filed their nominations for the Presidential election on January 8, 2015 the contest has become exciting. Maithripala’s move came as a boon to the opposition parties …

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Common Candidate Phenomenon is the Result of an Ethical Reflection on the part of Politically Conscious Buddhists.

by Liyanage Amarakeerthi phenomenon of Common Candidate resulted from a certain ethical reflection on the part of politically conscious Buddhists The Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena (MS) is not just a person. He is a symbol as well. Different people have different interpretations of this symbol. The supporters of the Rajapakasa regime are the poorest interpreters …

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Current Presidential Election is an Elitist “Game”Between the UPFA and Opposition in which the People have no Significant role to Play

By Sumanasiri Liyanage Lightning, thunder and heavy afternoon shower are very common in these days in Negombo. As my bus moved through Katunayake-Colombo highway that borders the Negombo lagoon, I see a reflection across the lagoon what is happening over the lagoon in the sky. It is scary, but beautiful. I browsed through my ipad …

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Mohan Peiris was the Wrong Man to Entrust with the Human Rights Action Plan.

By Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. Enemies of the President’s Promise 23 Sneezy 4 Mahinda Samarasinghe was appointed by Cabinet to chair an Inter-Ministerial Committee to implement the Human Rights Action Plan, and wanted me to serve on it as well as on a smaller Task Force that would push things forward. Nishan told me the Minister …

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Maithripala is Cinderella and Chandrika the Fairy Godmother but who is Prince Charming?

By Sarath de Alwis “A thing may be too sad to be believed or too wicked to be believed or too good to be believed; but it cannot be too absurd to be believed in this planet of frogs and elephants, of crocodiles and cuttlefish.” G.K. Chesterton. This observation of the poet, philosopher and essayist …

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Maithripala Meetings Draw Large Crowds but Opposition Campaign is Unable to Address Village Level Voters so far.

By Rasika Jayakody Strategy meetings are taking place almost on a daily basis at the private residence of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on the progress of the political campaign of Maithripala Sirisena, the Common Candidate of the opposition. At the strategy meetings, according to highly placed sources of the opposition, detailed PowerPoint presentation are …

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Sri Lankan fans Wallow in Sentiment as Sanga and Mahela Play in their Final One day International on Home Turf.

By Shehan Daniel Sentiment will replace significance as the country prepares to bid farewell to two of its most prolific and iconic cricketers who will be playing their final limited-over games at home when Sri Lanka take on England in the final One Day International of the seven-match series at the R Premadasa Stadium today. …

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Maithripala and Ranil will Address “Let’s Unite”Business Forum Re-scheduled for December 23rd at Cinnamon Lakeside.

The much-anticipated business forum to be addressed by the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been rescheduled for 23 December at 10:30 a.m. at the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo. It was previously planned for 17 December at TajSamudra Hotel. The duo will address the business community in this interactive forum titled ‘Let’s …

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The Political Immorality of Eleventh Hour Crossovers

By Malinda Seneviratne ‘We are not in the business of issuing character certificates to those who cross,’ JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. The past few weeks have seen a lot of politicians crossing party lines. These moves have been received with jeers and cheers, depending on whether the person left or arrived, respectively. Interestingly, …

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Let us act decisively in the name of generations to come: declaration by university academics on #PresPollSL

Let us act decisively in the name of generations to come: declaration by university academics on the 2015 Presidential election The presidential election has been announced and each of us will be called upon to exercise our vote as citizens of this country on the 8th of January 2015. It is our considered view that …

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Kandyan King of Sri Lanka Cricket – Kumar Sangakkara – Lays Down Crown in Grand Style with Unbeaten century.

By Alan Gardner in Pallekele “Sanga! Sanga! Sanga!” The chanting began as Kumar Sangakkara moved into the 90s. Between the end of the 30th over and the start of the 41st, Sangakkara had faced just 15 deliveries for 15 runs, and the crowd was becoming impatient. But for one chance, spurned by England, Sangakkara had …

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Astrologer Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena Predicts Victory for President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Jan 8th Election.

Astrologer Sumanadasa Abegunawardhana predicts that President Mahinda Rajapaksa will emerge as a winner at the next Presidential Election on 8 January. Excerpts of this interview are given below: Q: What is your astrological view on the date, 8 January, the Presidential Election is held? A: I see it as lucky for the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. …

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“I am not Afraid. I am not a Person who Changes Decisons…… I am Prepared to face Mudslinging” -Hirunika Premachandra.

BY DILANKA GUNATHILAKA Provincial Councillor Hirunika Premachandra said that the citizens of this country deserve a free, fair and just society and therefore she has decided to lend her support to the Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena to achieve it. Excerpts of that interview: Q: You won the first place in the Western Provincial Council election …

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“String of Pearls” Theory of US must be Viewed with Suspicion as USA can Set up Chna against India in the Region warns former UN diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala

By Meera Srinivasan India should have an open mind about Chinese projects in Sri Lanka unless the island was seen conferring special favours on China, which is yet not the case, former diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala said. Mr. Dhanapala, widely acclaimed as a top diplomat who played a key role in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy engagement …

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“Chandrika, Malik, Ravi and Mangala are in a Plot to Liquidize the UNP”- Health Minister Tissa Attanayake

by Anuradha Samuwel Health Minister Tissa Attanayake says that the most dangerous thing in the UNP was the Party was under various cliques and decisions regarding the Presidential Election were not taken by the Party Working Committee or Advisory Committee of the G-20 group appointed to handle the Presidential election. Excerpts: Q: Why did you …

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“Maithripala is a Good man but is now a Prisoner of ‘Bandit Queen’ Chandrika and Anti-Democratic Ranil” -Udaya Gammanpila

BY CASSENDRA DOOLE Former Deputy Secretary of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Udaya Gammanpila, says that the JHU decided to join hands with anti-nationalist forces such as Chandrika, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Wickramabahu Karunaratne and Mano Ganeshan. As a result he left the Common Opposition since he could not work with such elements according to his conscience. …

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“If Former Terrorists Can Engage in Politics why Cant I use Ex-Military Services Personnel for Election Campaign”? asks Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

By Shamindra Ferdinando Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that those who had accused him of using retired military personnel in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign had conveniently forgotten Sarath Fonseka entering politics while still holding office as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Fonseka held the rank of General at that time. Defence Secretary said that …

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Blatant Discrimination Against “Tamil” by Media Despite Leftists like Vasudeva, DEW, Tissa Vitarana and Rajah Collure Being Present.

by Tissa De Silva I was a keen observer who participated at the May Day rally and meeting at Nugegoda. The meeting was graced by Ministers Tissa Vitharana, D. E. W, Gunesekera, and Vasudeva Nanayakara and CP Secretary Raja Collure. All of them talked of equal rights to all people of all backgrounds and vocally …

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Hirunika Premachandra who Fled Sri Lanka with her Mother in fear of her life has now returned Discloses Dr.Rajitha Senaratne

Kalutara District Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne has stated that Hirunika Premachandra is back in the country. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, Senaratne has said that the Western Provincial Council Member who left the country over threats to her life has returned to the island and that she will take part in the election campaign for the common …

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Punishing Mahinda for Succeeding in War Against LTTE while Rewarding Ranil and Chandrika for Failing.

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Sri Lanka appears to face an easy choice: continuity or change; stay where we are and the way we are or turn a new page. That, however, is an illusion. The truth is that Sri Lanka faces two ghastly choices: death by continuity and stagnation or death by uncontrollable radical reform; …

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Hirunika Premachandra with her Mother Sumana Flees Sri Lanka due to Threats to Life after her Defection from Govt.

By Indika Sri Aravinda Hirunika Premanchandra and her mother, a former advisor to the President, Sumana Premachandra have fled the country following threats to their lives, a coordinating secretary of Premanchandra said. The security of Hirunika Premanchandra had been withdrawn after she declared that she will back the common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. In …

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If Sirisena was made Prime Minister and Ministry of Power and Energy not Taken Away from Ranawaka both would not have Defected from UPFA Govt.

By C.A.Chandraprema One of the events that enlivened the political scene last week was the split in the JHU with Udaya Gammanpila breaking ranks with his party and going back into the government. This sudden development which obviously has come as a surprise to the JHU shows the ferment within that party over the decision …

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Armed Gangs in Defenders Prowl in the Night in Kolonnawa Electorate but Duminda Silva MP Denies there is “State of terror”.

Western Provincial Councillor Hirunika Premachandra and Mother Sumana Fly to Singapore Citing Security reasons ******************************************** UPFA Parliamentarian and party organizer for Kolonnawa Duminda Silva scoffed at claims made by supporters of Maithripala Sirisena to the effect that ‘terror stalks the electorate’. He was responding to allegations made by recent defector to the Opposition camp and …

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All 19 Presidential Candidates Including Mahinda and Maithri Reveal their Assets but Elections Commissioner Conceals them from Public Scrutiny

By Namini Wijedasa Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has blocked public access to the asset declarations of all presidential candidates till after the January 2015 election. “The public can request for them after the elections,” the Elections Commissioner told the Sunday Times yesterday. “We are not letting anyone see them till then.” Legal experts said his …

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Comrade Bahu Objects to Mahinda being Nominated Because his names Percy and Mahendra Symbolise Western Imperialism and Indian Power

What’s in a name? It’s not about a rose, but about Western imperialism in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name that was cited as the reason for the objection against his nomination for the January 8 presidential poll. If President Rajapaksa’s name reflected Western imperialism, the objection against the nomination of common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena said …

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The Personal Turning Point in the Political Transformation of Tissa Attanayake

The ‘star of the week’, the United National Party’s former General Secretary Tissa Attanayake was on board the SriLankan Airlines airbus A 330 with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, wife Shiranthi and son Yoshita when it rolled out from the runway of the Bandaranaike International Airport last Tuesday afternoon. For Attanayake, who had been an Opposition politician …

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Up Country Tamil MP’s Digambaram,Radhakrishnan and Perumal Rajadurai Cross Over but Arumugam Thondaman Remains with Govt

By C.A.Chandraprema The biggest boost that the joint opposition got last week was the defection of P.Digambaram and (to a much lesser extent) V. Radhakrishnan from the government. There may not be an actual shift of votes in the Nuwara Eliya district because of these defections as Digambaram was elected on the UNP list in …

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Super Star of Tamil Cinema, Rajnikanth Celebrates 64th Birthday by Releasing his Latest Action Thriller Movie “Lingaa”

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Friday turned 64 and made the occasion a memorable one by dishing out his latest flick Lingaa to frenzied fans who turned up to witness their matinee idol deliver famous punchlines after about four years. The actor was out of town, his publicist said without divulging details. However, it was Lingaa …

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“If Mahinda Rajapaksa is Defeated which I Hope will happen, I Think the Party will Rally Around Maithripala Sirisena”- Rajiva Wijesinha

By C.A.Chandraprema If Mahinda Rajapaksa is defeated which I hope will happen, I think the party will rally around Maithreepala Sirisena University don turned parliamentarian Rajiva Wijesinha was in the news recently for having crossed over from the government to the opposition and for having appeared on Al Jazeera with the head of the Global …

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Crossover of Tissa Attanayake is of Considerable Importance in the Current Politics of Sri Lanka and a “Bombshell” to the UNP.

by Lucien Rajakarunanayake History was made last Monday, with the acceptance of the nomination of Mahinda Rajapaksa to seek the mandate of the people for a third term as Executive President; the first Sri Lankan to seek a third term in this office. Nomination Day is always one with much thrills and excitement for the …

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Maithripala did not show any “Maithree” or Compassion Towards Animals when he ordered the killing and Incarceration of Hundreds of Dogs.

By C. Fernando One of the biggest assets that is being brandished about by the Common Candidate is his “Maithree” i.e., Compassion. The Common Candidate also claims proudly that he follows Mahatma Gandhi’s principles on “Avihinsa” (non-violence towards all living beings). I would like all Animal Lovers and Compassionate People in this “Dharma Dveepa” to …

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Millions of Cut-outs and Posters of the President Being Exhibited have Become a Problem, a Nuisance and a Headache.

By Somapala Gunadheera Millions of cut-outs and posters of the President, exhibited all over the island, have become a problem, a nuisance and a headache not only for him but also for many others. In fact, no advantage has accrued to the President from their exhibition. Not even a baby in this country needs the …

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Udaya Gammanpila Reveals Truth about Jathika Hela Urumaya Never Endorsing the 17th Amendment to the Constitution.

by Shamindra Ferdinando Western Provincial Council member Udaya Gammanpila yesterday returned to the UPFA’s fold to back President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-election bid, after resigning as the JHU’s Deputy General Secretary. He warned that in the event of Maithripala Sirisena securing the presidency the country would be plunged into an unprecedented crisis. Gammanpila said he had …

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Investment Promotion Deputy Minister Faizer Musthapha Threatens to Quit Govt if Bodu Bala Sena Backs it Directly or Indirectly.

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Investment Promotion Deputy Minister Faizer Musthapha yesterday told the media that if the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) backed the government either directly or indirectly, he would not remain in it because the interests of his community had to be safeguarded first of all. He was speaking at a media briefing at the …

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Source of Sri Lankan Tragedy is that the will of the Majority has Always been the will of the Sinhalese Ethnic Majority.

by Izeth Hussain A plague on both your houses – Shakespeare There is much glib talk nowadays about the formation of a national Government after the January elections. It is based on the facile assumption that the coming together of the two major parties, the UNP and the SLFP, together with some minority ethnic parties, …

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Hirunika Premachandra’s Dramatic Entry to Opposition Ranks made Udaya Gammanpila Exit Hastily from the Maithripala camp.

Multiple sources of the government and the opposition confirmed that Western Provincial Councilor Hirunika Premachandra’s move to cross over to the common opposition ‘quickened’ Udaya Gammanpila decision to break ranks with the JHU. While it is widely believed that a businessman-Parliamentarian who is officially representing the opposition acted as the “broker” of the crossover, Hirunika …

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Mahinda Image Loses Its Magic as Support Rapidly Erodes for Govt in Past 20 days

By Dharisha Bastians The 8 January 2015 presidential election is a feeding frenzy for international conspirators and the LTTE rump. The candidacy of Maithripala Sirisena is not part of the democratic attempt to effect change through a multi-party, pluralistic electoral process. He is Washington’s pawn in the grand geopolitical struggle for influence between the US …

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Where is the Money Coming from for the Multi-billion Dollar Election Advertising Campaign of President Rajapaksa?-UNP

(Text of Statement Issued by the United National Party on december 11th 2014) The arrogance and extravagance of the Rajapaksa family regime is all too visible in their latest jaunt to Tirupati in South India. The trip was scheduled in the heat of the election cycle, when the forces opposing his rule are agitating for …

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Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Lingaa’ to hit theatres at 1 a.m.

Mired in controversies over the ownership of the original storyline, the Rajinikanth starrer ‘Lingaa’ will hit theatres at 1 a.m. on Friday. The Madras High Court Bench in Madurai on Thursday permitted ‘Rockline’ Venkatesh, producer of the movie, to release the movie on Friday on condition that he should deposit Rs.5 crore in cash besides …

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A man who has created a sanctuary for parrots in the midst of bustling Chennai

by Sameera Ahmed On a typical evening, Pycrofts road looks like any other busy main road in Chennai. As motorists and other vehicles speed past an inconspicuous-looking building and pedestrians hurry home on a typical Friday evening, quite a few of them instantly gaze up and a look of amazement passes fleetingly on their faces. …

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“Executive Presidency must be Retained to Fully Implement the 13th Amendment for the Tamil People”-“Col”Karuna

By Nabeela Hussain Deputy Minister of Resettlement and one time second in command of the LTTE, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman spoke to Dailymirror on the coming Presidential Election, his opinion on the constitutional changes and the reformation of the LTTE. Q:hat is your opinion on the promises made by Maithripala Sirisena on the abolishment …

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President Rajapaksa Claims he can Entice Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to the Govt with One cup of Coffee just as he did with Tissa Attanayake.

By Chamara Sampath Addressing his maiden propaganda rally in Anuradhapura, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that he needed only a cup of coffee to lure Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to the UPFA. He said, “It is not a big problem when one leaves the party to welcome another, Tissa Attanayake joined our party soon after …

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Jathika Hela Urumaya Stalwart Udaya Gammanpila who Jumped from Mahinda to Maithri has Jumped Back to Mahinda From Maithri.

Jathika Hela Urumaya Deputy Secretary and Legal Advisor Udaya Gammanpila announced his decision to leave the JHU and support Mahinda Rajapaksa at the next presidential election, just three weeks after resigning from his Ministerial portfolio in the Western Provincial Council. On November 18, he and General Secretary of the JHU Patali Champika Ranawaka resigned from …

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UNP Defector Tissa Attanayake Replaces SLFP Defector Maithripala Sirisena as “Honourable” Minister of Health.

Former General Secretary of the United National Party Tissa Attanayake has been sworn in as the Minister of Health after crossing over to the government to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Attanayake crossed over to the government on Monday (8). He replaces the former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, who defected to the opposition to become the …

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A Poem that fits the spirit of Free Market Economy & Prosperity: “Where Lifestyle Grows Good Business”

By K. Thirukumaran Travelling along 401 East towards Montreal from Toronto, one can spot the sign “United Counties of Leeds and Grenville”, east of Kingston, Ontario. The Town of Gananoque, known for the Thousand Islands Tourism area is located in The Leeds and Grenville United Counties of Ontario. It is also the home of a …

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Bharati’s poems and works are capable of creating a sense of upliftment and values whenever they are recalled

Subramania Bharati wrote his way into people’s hearts. On the occasion of his birth anniversary – December 11, CHITRA BALASUBRAMANIUM throws light on Bharati, the journalist and the writer. by Chitra Balasubramanium BHARATI’S GREATNESS was multi-faceted. Though renowned as a gifted poet, he had also achieved great heights in the field of journalism. Whether as …

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From the Peace Secretariat to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights

By Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha M.P. Enemies of the President’s Promise 22 Sneezy 3 Basil had told me that I did not need to worry about the Peace Secretariat being closed because I had another position too, that of Secretary to Mahinda Samarasinghe’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights. That was correct, and for anyone else …

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Opposition Alliance is a Cauldron of Confusion without Coherent or Consistent Policy-Prof.GL Peiris

By Shihara Maduwage In an interview with the Daily Mirror Prof. G. L. Peiris, the Minister of External Affairs, spelled out the reasons why the country needs an executive presidential system and responded to the allegations and criticisms leveled against his ministry. Q:What are your reasons for maintaining that the country needs an executive presidential …

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Maithripala Sirisena Denies signing any Individual Pact with the TNA,UNP or JHU

by Dasun Edirisinghe Opposition Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena yesterday assured that he would not enter into any pact with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) or any other party to get their support for the Jan. 08 election. Addressing the heads of print and electronic media at the Solis Hotel, Pitakotte, Sirisena said that they had …

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Vasudeva Nanayakkara to Commit Suicide if Executive Presidency is not Abolished During his Lifetime.

By Kavindya Thomas Minister of National Languages and Social Integration, Vasudeva Nanayakkara stated he will take his own life, if the executive presidential system was not abolished during his lifetime.The statement was made at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday (10). During the briefing, he said the abolishment of the executive presidential system was …

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President Rajapaksa with Son Yoshita Seeks Blessings of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala in India amidst Unprecedented Security Arrangements

By GP Shukla Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday offered prayers at the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara. After an overnight stay in the sacred town, he took part in the Suprabhata seva in the temple in the wee hours of the day. Despite being entitled for the Mahadwaram entry, he preferred reaching …

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Two Up Country Tamil Deputy Ministers Elected from Nuwara Eliya District-Digambaram and Radhakrishnan-Resign Posts to Support Maithripala.

Two newly appointed deputy ministers of President Mahinda Rajapaksa Government yesterday relinquished their ministerial portfolios two days after incumbent handed over nominations to run for presidency for a third time. Deputy Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation Velusami Radhakrishnan submitted his resignation today, just hours after Deputy Minister of National Languages and Social Integration …

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If Sirisena Wins Poll, President and his Brothers may Try to Retain Power by Resorting to Compliant Courts or Military – ICG

(TEXT OF OVERVIEW IN BRIEFING RELEASED BY INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP ON FORTHCOMING SRI LANKAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS) Sri Lanka’s presidential election, scheduled for 8 January 2015, looks set to defy the predictions of many and be a true competition. As such, the polls threaten risks and promise opportunities for long-term stability and post-war reconciliation. The sudden …

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Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities-International Crisis group

(Text of Media Release Issued by the International Crisis Group) Colombo/Brussels | 9 Dec 2014 Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential election promises more competition than was initially anticipated. But with that comes a great risk of violence. Long-term stability and post-war reconciliation can only be achieved through a peaceful election resulting in a government committed to …

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“I have a Dream……….. I have a Dream of Seeing Maithripala Sirisena as the next Executive President………. I have a Dream….

By Vishwamithra 1984 “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” ~Edgar Allan Poe I have a hope. Sometimes, it goes beyond that and becomes an expectation. The hope is that this country will once again be one in which every citizen …

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Maithripala at Inaugural Kandy Rally Wears Narendra Modi Type Suit to Conceal Bullet Proof Vest Underneath

By Dharisha Bastians Anticipated crossovers failed to materialise at common candidate Maithripala Sirisena’s first official campaign rally in Kandy yesterday, but the Opposition is promising more defections in the week ahead. Four vacant seats were left for would-be crossovers from the Government at the rally and garlands were ready to welcome them into the Opposition …

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C.I.A. Brutally Tortured Al Qaeda Suspects Reveals US Senate Intelligence Committee Report

By Stephen Collinson and Evan Perez Washington (CNN) – The CIA’s harsh interrogations of terrorist detainees during the Bush era didn’t work, were more brutal than previously revealed and delivered no “ticking time bomb” information that prevented an attack, according to an explosive Senate report released Tuesday. The majority report issued by the Senate Intelligence …

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President George Bush and C.I.A. Ex-Officials Rebut Senate Intelligence Committee Torture Report

By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON — A long-awaited Senate report condemning torture by the Central Intelligence Agency has not even been made public yet, but former President George W. Bush’s team has decided to link arms with former intelligence officials and challenge its conclusions. The report is said to assert that the C.I.A. misled Mr. Bush …

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Despite Brutal Torture Methods ,CIA Failed to Extract Life saving Information from Suspects -BBC

Details of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” techniques, considered by many to be torture, are set to be revealed in a long-awaited report. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report is expected to find that such interrogations failed to yield life-saving information. The techniques were used on al-Qaeda terrorism suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks on …

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Sri Lanka Playing with Fire by Accusing US Envoy Michele Sison of “Trying to Bribe” for Presidential Poll Propaganda.

By Upul Joseph Fernando A list of names of likely defectors who were to follow Maithripala Sirisena to the Opposition when the latter made his exit from the government has now been publicized through the social media. Though some made their exit others did not. Among those names was Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon. Now, the minister …

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UNP Defector Tissa Attanayake Refuting Charges of Crossing Over to Govt for Money says his Conscience Cannot be Bought

By Chamitha Kuruppu The Government’s major catch on nominations day, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake threw spokes in the wheel of the common Opposition at his first press conference since crossing over yesterday and strongly denied claims he had defected for cash. Attanayake, who was addressing the media at Ape Gama in Battaramulla yesterday, indicated …

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Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamed Suggests Sri Lanka Follow Malaysia as Development Model

By Marisa Wikramanayake Sri Lanka should look towards the East for a model on development as Malaysia successfully did, according to the latter’s iconic former leader Dr. Mahathir Mohamed. “These are very interesting times for Sri Lanka because it is accelerating its development,” Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamed said during his keynote at …

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Ex- Army Commander Gen.Srilal Weerasooriya Returns to Sri Lanka after South African Tamil Federation Attempt to Charge him for Alleged War Crimes.

by Shamindra Ferdinando One-time commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Gen. Srilal Weerasooriya has returned home from South Africa, where pro-LTTE groups campaigned against him being at the Association of Military Christian Fellowships: Global Interaction 2014. The event was held at the naval base, Simonstown Weerasooriya, formerly of the Artillery regiment was accompanied by his …

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Maithripala’s Minions “Invade” a Private Road at Havelock Town in Colombo and Intimidate Protesting Residents.

By Dushy Ranetunge in Havelock Town It was a sunny Thursday morning in Havelock Town, as my wife and I opened the front gates of my property to take our vehicle out to go on some errands. Before us were a line of vehicles blocking the private road. Maithripala Sirisena had come to town. Havelock …

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Special Police Protection Given to Hirunika Premachandra After her Father’s Murder Withdrawn After Defection-Asked to Return Official Vehicle also.

UPFA Western Provincial Councilor Hirunika Premachandra had been asked to return her official vehicle while she was returning home from the press conference yesterday -where she extended her support to common candidate Maithripala Sirisena. At the same time, the special police security , which was given to her after father’s sudden demise, was also withdrawn …

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Ranil Knew Tissa was going to Cross Over but did not try to Restrain him saying “Let Him Go!

It has now been revealed that opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe knew his General Secretary Tissa Attanayake’s defection since last week and ignored repeated requests to prevent him from joining the government especially at this juncture. “He is joining the government, anyway. Don’t worry about the matter anymore. Let him go,” the UNP National …

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Over 6000 Acres in Aandankulam Forest reserve and Kokkilai Sanctuary in Mullaitheevu District cleared to be given to Companies and Political Affiliates.

By Rathindra Kuruwita The clearing up of forest land and distributing it among powerful businessmen and political henchmen has been increasing since the end of the war in 2009 as large swathes of land which were unusable in the past became available for farming and development. While development is essential, especially in the war affected …

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For Revival of Divided LSSP a 3rd Faction Fortified with Colvin’s “Unge Deshapalanaya saha Ape Deshapalanaya “Must Emerge.

By Sumanasiri Liyanage I live in Negombo. In 1956, this citadel of the UNP that was at that time supported by the Church was captured by LSSPer, Comrade Hector Fernando, a medical doctor by profession. When Lanka Samasamaja Party that is the oldest political party in Sri Lanka celebrates its 79th anniversary this month, the …

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