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    Government Baits Tissa A For 500 Million Big Bucks

    UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake reinforced suspicions rampant about his allegiances with the regime for months by agreeing to cross over to Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s Government for the “small sum” of Rs. 500 million, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns. Chandrani and Tissa Attanayake has admitted himself to the Asiri Hospital in Colombo since Saturday night. Rs. 200 million has already been paid to Attanayake in advance of his crossover. The advance is believed to have been paid out to a third party. Attanayake is expected to make the move in Parliament on Monday unless a flaw emerges in the Rajapaksa Government’s plans. UNP MP Chandrani Bandara who is on intimate terms with Attanayake has been part of…

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    MR says he has files on the defectors

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa today warned that he had “files” on those who had defected from the Government but will not use it against them. Speaking at an event after opening the newly reconstructed A12 road between Anuradhapura and Trincomalee, the President said that the doors of the Government is like a salon where anyone can enter and anyone can leave. The President noted that so many members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), including former President Chandrika Kumarathunga, had left and rejoined but he never did. He said that there is freedom within the SLFP and the Government and everyone enjoys that freedom. “I must say one thing to those who left. I have…

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    LTTE Heroes’ Week Events Banned

    The police and the military said it would not allow events glorifying the LTTE to be held this week to mark the LTTE heroes week. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya also denied allegations that surveillance centres were being set up to prevent the university students and other activists from staging activities glorifying terrorism. “The LTTE is a terrorist organisation proscribed in Sri Lanka, in the name of heroes or otherwise we will not allow anyone to glorify terrorism, we will prevent it. However the alleged report that we have established surveillance centres and that we have intensified military activities in Jaffna simply to curtail the celebrations is baseless. With the current deployment we are able…

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    Top UNP member is to join Mahinda ?

    There is strong speculation a top opposition United National Party (UNP) member is to join President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government. UNP sources said that the party is aware of moves by this UNP member to join the Government and has decided to keep him out of key UNP meetings. The move comes as the opposition and the Government look to rope in members from both sides ahead of the Presidential elections next year. The opposition had scored the first points last week after Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena joined the opposition. Rajitha Senaratne, Duminda Dissanayake and M.K.D.S Gunawardena also joined Sirisena when he attended an opposition press conference and announced that he…

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    Opposition secures Buddhist backing for Sri Lanka vote

    Sri Lanka’s main opposition candidate on Sunday (Nov 23) won important backing from a top Buddhist monk campaigning to scrap the executive presidency and return the country to a parliamentary democracy. Agriculture minister Maithripala Sirisena, who defected Friday to challenge his former boss President Mahinda Rajapakse in the January 8 election, visited monk Maduliwawe Sobitha to receive his blessings. “I applaud your courage to enter the fray only to scrap the presidency and bring back parliamentary democracy, ensure rule of law and end corruption,” Sobitha said while blessing Sirisena in front of reporters and TV cameras at his temple. The monk is a key figure campaigning for political reforms in the majority Buddhist nation of…

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Government Baits Tissa A For 500 Million Big Bucks

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake reinforced suspicions rampant about his allegiances with the regime for months by agreeing to cross over to Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s Government for the “small sum” of Rs. 500 million, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns. Chandrani and Tissa Attanayake has admitted himself to the Asiri Hospital in Colombo since Saturday night. Rs. 200 million has already been paid to Attanayake in advance of his crossover. The advance is believed to have been paid out to a third party. Attanayake is expected to make the move in Parliament on Monday unless a flaw emerges in the Rajapaksa Government’s plans. UNP MP Chandrani Bandara who is on intimate terms with Attanayake has been part of…

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Mahinda

MR says he has files on the defectors

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today warned that he had “files” on those who had defected from the Government but will not use it against them. Speaking at an event after opening the newly reconstructed A12 road between Anuradhapura and Trincomalee, the President said that the doors of the Government is like a salon where anyone can enter and anyone can leave. The President noted that so many members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), including former President Chandrika Kumarathunga, had left and rejoined but he never did. He said that there is freedom within the SLFP and the Government and everyone enjoys that freedom. “I must say one thing to those who left. I have…

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LTTE

LTTE Heroes’ Week Events Banned

The police and the military said it would not allow events glorifying the LTTE to be held this week to mark the LTTE heroes week. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya also denied allegations that surveillance centres were being set up to prevent the university students and other activists from staging activities glorifying terrorism. “The LTTE is a terrorist organisation proscribed in Sri Lanka, in the name of heroes or otherwise we will not allow anyone to glorify terrorism, we will prevent it. However the alleged report that we have established surveillance centres and that we have intensified military activities in Jaffna simply to curtail the celebrations is baseless. With the current deployment we are able…

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Top UNP member is to join Mahinda ?

There is strong speculation a top opposition United National Party (UNP) member is to join President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government. UNP sources said that the party is aware of moves by this UNP member to join the Government and has decided to keep him out of key UNP meetings. The move comes as the opposition and the Government look to rope in members from both sides ahead of the Presidential elections next year. The opposition had scored the first points last week after Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena joined the opposition. Rajitha Senaratne, Duminda Dissanayake and M.K.D.S Gunawardena also joined Sirisena when he attended an opposition press conference and announced that he…

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Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera

Opposition secures Buddhist backing for Sri Lanka vote

Sri Lanka’s main opposition candidate on Sunday (Nov 23) won important backing from a top Buddhist monk campaigning to scrap the executive presidency and return the country to a parliamentary democracy. Agriculture minister Maithripala Sirisena, who defected Friday to challenge his former boss President Mahinda Rajapakse in the January 8 election, visited monk Maduliwawe Sobitha to receive his blessings. “I applaud your courage to enter the fray only to scrap the presidency and bring back parliamentary democracy, ensure rule of law and end corruption,” Sobitha said while blessing Sirisena in front of reporters and TV cameras at his temple. The monk is a key figure campaigning for political reforms in the majority Buddhist nation of…

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Maithripala And UNP Agree To Form A National Govt For 100 Days

Common candidate Maithripala Sirisena and the United National Party have arrived at an agreement to form a national government for a period of 100 days after coming to power. The proposal with regard to the national government was presented by UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and the SLFP group supporting him have given their consent to implement the proposal. The pledge to form a national government for a period of 100 days will be a key point in Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena’s election manifesto. The sole purpose of the national government is to abolish the Executive Presidency and ensure good governance, a spokesman of the opposition told ‘Asian Mirror’. The proposal will…

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Govt. may consider dissolution if there is mass defection

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 common candidate, former SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8th presidential election against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr. Sirisena’s party post was handed over to Petroleum Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and the Health Ministry was taken over by President Rajapaksa. The thinking behind the move for an early dissolution of Parliament was to strip dissident…

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Sampanthan favours Maithripala

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan has told BBC Sandeshaya, that a final decision on supporting Maithripala Sirisena, who……has been selected as the common candidate of the Opposition for the forthcoming Presidential Election, will be taken shortly, even though the party has not met so far to discuss the matter. In an interview with Sandeshaya, he had also said that TNA believes that Sirisena will abolish the Executive Presidency if he was elected to the post. Sampanthan had further emphasized that the views expressed by Sirisena, on television, during the press briefing on Friday, seems more realistic and that he likes Sirisena’s political agenda that has been revealed so far. Meanwhile, The President…

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JVP still tight-lipped over support for Maithripala

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that his party’s aim at the forthcoming presidential election will not be limited to working to defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at a political TV talk show yesterday evening he said that the JVP will be capitalizing on this opportunity to form a new mass movement which will defeat the president and then act as a pressure group, urging the new leader to abolish the Executive Presidency. Dissanayake described President Rajapaksa’s rule as a ‘hateful dictatorship,’ a much stronger term than the ‘benevolent dictatorship’ used by ‘Common Candidate’ Maithripala Sirisena. Dissanayake refrained from directly pledging JVP’s support for Sirisena. However, he said the JVP would create…

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MASS CROSSOVERS TOMORROW

Mass scale crossovers are expected from both the government to the Opposition and vice versa on Monday, coinciding with the vote on the Third Reading of the 2015 Budget. A large number of Ministers and Members of Parliament will be crossing over, from the government, to the Opposition following Friday’s announcement that former SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister, Maithipala Sirisena would be the Opposition’s common presidential candidate, authoritative political sources told Ceylon Today. Mass scale crossovers are expected from both the government to the Opposition and vice versa on Monday, coinciding with the vote on the Third Reading of the 2015 Budget. A large number of Ministers and Members of Parliament will be crossing…

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The Sirisena Surge – And Why Mahinda Is Still Way Ahead

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 media for years that Ranil Wickremesinghe should not be the Opposition’s presidential candidate, that a viable Opposition candidate must be one whose profile would cut into the incumbent’s monopoly of populist-patriotism, and as someone who has commended Maithripala Sirisena on many of my fortnightly TV shows, I am delighted at his candidacy. However, I am unconvinced about his electoral prospects and platform. Maithripala Sirisena…

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Papal visit: Vatican watching situation – Bishop of Badulla

Bishop of Badulla Rt. Rev. Dr.Winston Fernando yesterday told The Island the Catholic Church desired to receive Pope Francis Jan.13, though the next presidential election would be held on Jan. 08, as announced by Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday. Bishop Winston said that he had never expected the polls to be so close to the papal visit and he hoped and prayed the country would be free of violence when the Pope arrived after the polls. “Preparations are underway and the scheduled plan was finalized by the Vatican,” Rev. Dr. Fernando said. However, a final decision would be taken by the Vatican in the coming days in keeping with the situation in the country, the…

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‘Common candidate’ is a foreign conspiracy: SLFP

A group of senior members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today described SLFP stalwart Maithripala Sirisena contesting the upcoming Presidential polls as the common candidate against Mahinda Rajapaksa, is part of an international conspiracy to create political instability in Sri Lanka. These remarks were made during a special media briefing that was convened by the SLFP a short while ago at the party headquarters to which senior SLFP-ers including newly appointed General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and government Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Dullas Alahapperuma, Susil Premajayantha and W. M. J. Senevirathne attended. “What happened yesterday is a link in the chain of foreign conspiracies that seek to destabilize this country. There have…

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Indian HR activist Prof Avdesh Kaushal tells President Release the three convicted Lankan fishermen

A member of the international advisory panel of experts, appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to probe alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka Forces and the LTTE and the missing persons, says the President should not be ‘selective’ in releasing the five convicted fishermen while leaving out the three Sri Lankan fishermen, who were sentenced to death on the same day… and charges, due to pressure applied by the Indian Government. A member of the international advisory panel of experts, appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to probe alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka Forces and the LTTE and the missing persons, says the President should not be ‘selective’ in releasing the five…

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Common Candidate’s Supporters Shot In Beruwala’ – CaFFE

One person was admitted to Nagoda Hospital following a shootout in Maggona during a function that was organized to support the common candidate of the opposition. The person who is injured is a former local government member of the United National Party, Chamila Ranasinghe. He was rushed to Nagoda Hospital soon after the incident and was later transferred to National Hospital Colombo due to seriousness of his head injuries, hospital sources confirmed. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has released a statement saying that this incident is linked to Ranasinghe lighting fire crackers at Beruwala after former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena declared that he is the common candidate. CaFFE has also stated that the…

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Maithripala – Ranil Meet For A Closed-door Session At Sirikotha

Common candidate of opposition Maithripala Sirisena yesterday met Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for a closed-door session soon after the press conference he addressed at New Town Hall in Colombo. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed several matters pertaining to their mutual agreement on which both parties would carry out their election campaign. At the press conference, Maithripala Sirisena disclosed that UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinge would be the Prime Minister under his Presidency. However, sources from Sirikotha told Asian Mirror that the UNP Leader looked “happier and brighter” after the meeting with Maithripala Sirisena. The duration of the meeting was nearly half an hour. No final agreement, according to highly placed party sources, has so…

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Cabinet Reshuffle Within 3 Days! Nimal Siripala Likely To be Prime Minister

Highly placed sources of the government told on Saturday morning that a cabinet reshuffle is likely to take place within the next three days. The highlight of the reshuffle will be the change in the post of the Prime Minister. A senior government spokesman told Asian mirror that Leader of the House Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva is the front runner for the Prime Ministerial position. At the cabinet reshuffle, more responsibilities will be given to senior members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), government sources also added. Permanent Ministers will also be appointed to the positions that have been left vacant by those who have crossed over to the opposition. Ministry of Health,…

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Hiru TV Bars Harin Fernando At The Eleventh Hour

Opposition Leader of the Uva Provincial Council Harin Fernando was prevented from taking part in the “Balaya” political talk show on Hiru TV due to objections raised by the government. The ruling party had informed the TV channel that it would send only a provincial member to represent the government if Fernando was representing the main opposition party. The objection had been raised on the grounds that Fernando, a former Parliamentarian, was a only a member of a provincial council. Therefore, the TV channel was compelled to prevent Harin from appearing on the show, at the last moment. Instead of the provincial councilor, UNP Parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne was invited for the programme and the ruling…

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Ranil now has two Maithris says MR

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe now has a Maithri at home and Maithri outside his home. The President was referring to Wickremesinghe’s wife Maithri Wickremesinghe and common opposition candidate Maithripala Srisena. He noted that the UNP has now had no choice but to put forward a candidate from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) as the opposition candidate. “This is like Tissa Attanayake coming to our party and contesting the election.” he said. He said that Maithripala Srisena has got caught like Sarath Fonseka did at the 2010 Presidential elections. The President said that some people are now crying crocodile tears but he said he will protect the Sri Lanka Freedom Party…

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‘We Will Have 2/3 Majority Within This Parliament’: Tissa Attanayake

United National Party General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has said yesterday that the opposition will have the necessary 2/3 majority within the current parliament to amend the constitution. He added that the government had effectively fragmented with a group of parliamentarians leaving it yesterday, under the leadership of former minister Maithripala Sirisena. Attanayake said other will also join the opposition in the future. Attanayake said that even if the required 2/3 majority cannot be obtained within the parliament, the victory at the next presidential election by Sirisena will open another option, that of dissolving the parliament. Attanayake was confident that a new election will give a 2/3 majority for the opposition. Furthermore, he added that the…

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