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    UPFA launches manifesto today

    The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government will be launching the Mahinda Chinthana Thunkal Dekma at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall today (23) at 9:00 a.m. Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (the main government constituent party) and Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma had previously stated that the manifesto would be unveiled on Friday (26). The joint Opposition alliance’s New Democratic Party common candidate Maithripala Sirisena launched his manifesto last Friday (19), which has already sparked raging debates amongst the main political factions, inspiring both passionate defences and critiques

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    Namal baby doesn’t know about drug pedallers

    Mr. Namal Rajapaksa visited her and her mother on the day before she intended to hold a press conference to announce that she would support the common candidate Mr. Maithripala Sirisena at the presidential election and when her mother asked him regarding those who pedal drugs he had said he was not aware of it says Miss Hirunika Premachandra. “The whole country knows who is pedalling drugs except President’s son. Is he a baby not to know it?” asked Miss Premachandra speaking at a press conference.

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    Hakeem Agrees To Drink Coffee With MR For One Last Time!

    When key members of the party have strongly opined that the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress should pledge support to the Common opposition, SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem has agreed to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees for “final talks”. The final discussions between both parties are scheduled to take place today at Temple Trees. The SLMC is likely to announce its decision tomorrow following the discussions at Temple Trees. Sources close to the government said the SLMC might reconsider its stance to support the Common Candidate following the discussion with the President today. A party spokesman told Asian Mirror that the party would support any candidate who’s willing to accept proposals presented by the Sri…

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    New British HC to SL

    James Dauris has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and British High Commissioner to the Republic of Maldives.   Mr James Dauris has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and British High Commissioner to the Republic of Maldives in succession to Mr John Rankin, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Dauris will take up his appointment at the beginning of April 2015.   Mr Dauris joined the FCO in 1995 and served most recently as British Ambassador to Peru for four years. During his career with the Foreign Office he has worked in London on South Asian,…

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    140,000 years to settle Mattala loan: Champika

    With a monthly income of Rs. 16,000 for airport, the Rajapaksa government will take 140,000 years to settle the Rs. 27 thousand million loan it has taken to build Mattala airport, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said today.   “The Rajapaksa regime which has accused other leaders of earning money for generations has made this country indebted for eons in its bid to get an airport close to family home town. The last extinct species of man Homo erectus disappeared 143,000 years ago and the Rajapaksa family has made sure that each and every Sri Lankan is debt ridden to almost the exact number of years of the present human species,…

UPFA

UPFA launches manifesto today

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government will be launching the Mahinda Chinthana Thunkal Dekma at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall today (23) at 9:00 a.m. Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (the main government constituent party) and Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma had previously stated that the manifesto would be unveiled on Friday (26). The joint Opposition alliance’s New Democratic Party common candidate Maithripala Sirisena launched his manifesto last Friday (19), which has already sparked raging debates amongst the main political factions, inspiring both passionate defences and critiques

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Namal baby doesn’t know about drug pedallers

Mr. Namal Rajapaksa visited her and her mother on the day before she intended to hold a press conference to announce that she would support the common candidate Mr. Maithripala Sirisena at the presidential election and when her mother asked him regarding those who pedal drugs he had said he was not aware of it says Miss Hirunika Premachandra. “The whole country knows who is pedalling drugs except President’s son. Is he a baby not to know it?” asked Miss Premachandra speaking at a press conference.

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Mahinda

Hakeem Agrees To Drink Coffee With MR For One Last Time!

When key members of the party have strongly opined that the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress should pledge support to the Common opposition, SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem has agreed to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees for “final talks”. The final discussions between both parties are scheduled to take place today at Temple Trees. The SLMC is likely to announce its decision tomorrow following the discussions at Temple Trees. Sources close to the government said the SLMC might reconsider its stance to support the Common Candidate following the discussion with the President today. A party spokesman told Asian Mirror that the party would support any candidate who’s willing to accept proposals presented by the Sri…

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James-Dauris

New British HC to SL

James Dauris has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and British High Commissioner to the Republic of Maldives.   Mr James Dauris has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and British High Commissioner to the Republic of Maldives in succession to Mr John Rankin, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Dauris will take up his appointment at the beginning of April 2015.   Mr Dauris joined the FCO in 1995 and served most recently as British Ambassador to Peru for four years. During his career with the Foreign Office he has worked in London on South Asian,…

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140,000 years to settle Mattala loan: Champika

With a monthly income of Rs. 16,000 for airport, the Rajapaksa government will take 140,000 years to settle the Rs. 27 thousand million loan it has taken to build Mattala airport, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said today.   “The Rajapaksa regime which has accused other leaders of earning money for generations has made this country indebted for eons in its bid to get an airport close to family home town. The last extinct species of man Homo erectus disappeared 143,000 years ago and the Rajapaksa family has made sure that each and every Sri Lankan is debt ridden to almost the exact number of years of the present human species,…

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UNP slams police over inaction

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today slammed the police for failing to take action to prevent recent violence related to the elections. UNP leadership council chairman Karu Jayasuriya said that the recent violent incidents targeting rallies and activists of the common opposition amply demonstrate the lack of democratic space under the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government. “It is the best evidence of the urgent need to change course before this state terror and violence consumes us all,” he said in a statement. On Saturday an election meeting of the Common Opposition which was scheduled to be held in Haputale came under attack by Government goons just 10 minutes before the arrival of Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe….

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Police fire tear gas on students

The police fired tear gas to disperse university students who staged a protest opposite the University Grants Commission (UGC) in Colombo. After holding a protest march, the students blocked the road opposite the UGC office and staged a protest over several demands. The police later used tear gas and dispersed the protesting students and assaulted the students. At least one journalist was also injured after the riot police assaulted him during the incident

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Government Loses 2/3 Majority In Parliament

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his UPFA government today lost the 2/3 majority in Parliament. The shift happened with Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and Ameer Ali, the recently appointed National List MP of the UPFA, deciding to support the common opposition. The government now has only 148 MPs in Parliament. It required the support 150 MPs to maintain the two thirds majority in the Parliament. Since the announcement of the Presidential Election 15 ruling party Parliamentarians have crossed over to the opposition. In return the government has managed to get two UNP Parliamentarians, including Tissa Attanayake.

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Gammanpila Forms ‘Pivithuru Hela Urumaya’ With The Symbol Lotus

UPFA Western Provincial Councilor Udaya Gammanpila has formed a new political party under the name “Pivithuru Hela Urumaya” The symbol of the ‘Pivithuru Hela Urumaya’ will be lotus flower. A statement issued by Gammanpila in this regard adds that the lotus flower signifies purity, wisdom and unity. The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya, led by Gammanpila, will support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming presidential election. Gammanpila said the policy of the new party will be based on Buddhist teachings. 18 PS members who crossed over from the Jathika Hela Urumaya and several organizations  have already expressed their support to the newly found party

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Mervyn Silva Axed: “I Resigned After President’s Request”- Mervyn

Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva has said that he has decided to step down from the Kelaniya Electorate Organizer position upon a request made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at a meeting in Sri Lanka Freedom Party office in Kiribathgoda, the Minister had said therefore he would temporarily resign from his position as the organizer. The ruling party has already appointed Shalitha Wijesundara as the new Electorate Organizer of Kelaniya, replacing Mervyn Silva. The decision has been made in a context where it was widely rumoured that Silva was preparing to cross over to the opposition ahead of the presidential election. However, when asked about this by a journalist, the Minister responded to the reporter…

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Rishad Bathiudeen joins Maithri

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen and his political party, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), have decided to support common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. The decision was taken following a crucial discussion held this morning between ACMC members in Colombo. Bathiudeen later arrived at the UNP headquarters at Sirikotha in Pitakotte where he held a press conference. Opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the opposition campaign is gaining ground with more Government members extending support to Maithripala Sirisena. He said that Bathiudeen had sacrificed his post in the Government in the best interest of the country and to establish democracy. All Ceylon Muslim Congress Eastern Provincial Council member Ameer Ali, who had recently…

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TULF decides to support Maithri

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has decided to support common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the election next month. TULF General Secretary V. Anandasangaree said that the decision was taken as past governments had failed to address the Tamil issue. He said that today the common opposition is looking to work together to address several issues faced by the public. Anandasangaree said that while the Tamils have a duty to support Sirisena the TULF is ready to work with other political parties on key issues.

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M’gama’s MSD men arrested

Three Ministerial Security Division (MSD) officers attached to Deputy Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama had been arrested last night for attempting to forcibly remove suspects from the Police custody, the Police said. The suspect were arrested by the Wanduraba Police over attempting to forcibly take away the suspects, who were arrested in connection with the arson attack on the stage put up for the opposition’s propaganda rally at Wanduramba, when they were being brought to Court under Police custody last Friday. The Police had however intervened and prevented the Deputy Minister from taking away the suspects.

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Mass Murder Committed By Karuna

The Sunday Leader of  9th January 2014 published an article on the first page under the caption IPKF Head Slams Karuna. The former IPKF Intelligence Corp. head Col. R.Hariharan  had made serious allegations against Deputy Minister Karuna, alias Col karuna. The Col alleges that Karen and his Deputy Pillian, former Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council were responsible for the Murder of about 300 Muslims, 600 people including hundreds of Policemen. With regard to the killing of policemen I may elaborate more on this matter. The Kalmunai Police Station had about 75 to,100 Policemen under the command of A SP Botheju. Karuna  and his men surrounded the Kalmunai police station and attacked the station…

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UNP CP member joins UPFA

UNP Central Provincial Council member S. Sathasivam has switched allegiance to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Addressing the media at SLFP headquarters at T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Sathasivam announced his decision to throw his weight behind President Rajapaksa. SLFP treasurer Dallas Alahapperuma said that the ruling coalition was glad to receive the support of veteran plantation sector leader. The Ceylon Workers’ Alliance (CWA) met on Saturday under the chairmanship to decide on its stand at the forthcoming presidential poll. Sathasivam first entered parliament in August 1994 on the CWC ticket.

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Govt: Sirisena admits his involvement in foreign conspiracy

Top SLFP spokesman Minister Dullas Alahapperuma yesterday claimed that the Maithripala Sirisena’s camp had unwittingly admitted its involvement in an international conspiracy aimed at ousting incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Minister Alahapperuma was responding to a UNP declaration that the country could avoid punitive UN action by thwarting a third term for President Rajapaksa. SLFP Treasurer Alahapperuma alleged that the Opposition wouldn’t have made such a declaration without consulting Colombo based Western embassies. The minister emphasised that the Opposition should clearly explain its stand on the on-going UN investigation targeting Sri Lanka. The National List MP said that the statement attributed to Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe should be examined in the backdrop of former SLFP General Secretary Maithripala…

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TNA will not call for polls boycott

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), following a meeting with TNA provincial council, local council members and Parliamentarians, decided not to call for a boycott of the January 8 Presidential election. TNA Parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah told reporters in Vavuniya today that the TNA leadership will soon decide which candidate to support at the election. He said that the TNA felt boycotting the election and telling the Tamils not to vote at the election will not serve any purpose. Senathirajah said that the TNA is also compiling a report which will be used to decide which candidate the TNA should support at the election. He said that once TNA leader R. Sampanthan, who is currently overseas obtaining…

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SLMC looks to reach consensus

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) says it is looking to reach a consensus on which candidate to support at the Presidential elections. SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem, speaking at an event in Kandy today, said that while opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena has made public his election manifesto and President Mahinda Rajapaksa will release his this week, it is difficult to decide who to support simply based on a manifesto. Hakeem however said that after taking into consideration the views of the party members the SLMC will decide soon which candidate to support. The SLMC leader, who is also the Minister of Justice, said that one should not rush when deciding on political issues and all attempts…

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President won’t take part in debate with Sirisena – SLFP

The SLFP yesterday ruled out the possibility of President Mahinda Rajapaksa accepting Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena’s challenge for a live debate in the run-up to January 26, 2015 presidential poll. Top SLFP spokesman Minister Dallas Alahapperuma said that the Maithripala Sirisena’s call was nothing but a joke. The minister pointed out that Maithripala Sirisena continued to insist that he remained the General Secretary of the SLFP. “In that case, Maithripala should discuss and debate whatever issue here not as the Opposition presidential candidate,” the minister said. Addressing the media at SLFP headquarters, the minister said that Maithripala Sirisena could meet the President on January 9 after having lost the election.

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BJP keen on solution for Tamils

The ruling BJP party in India says it is looking to strengthen its position in Tamil Nadu in order to put an end to the family rule in Tamil Nadu politics and secure status and honour for the Tamils living across the globe, including in Sri Lanka. BJP national president Amit Shah had reiterated that it was important to strengthen the party in seven coastal States, including Tamil Nadu, for sustaining the good work of the Narendra Modi government, The Hindu newspaper reported. “Be the messenger of Mr. Modi and the BJP, and enrol 100 members each from the 60,000 booths in Tamil Nadu,” he told party men at a public meeting held at Maraimalainagar on…

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