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    UNP raises suspicions on Susil Premjayantha

    The United National Party (UNP) today raised suspicions on United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Susil Premjayantha. Former UNP Parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva said that questions have been raised with regards to a meeting held at his residence with UPFA members. He said that despite the denials, it seemed clear that a secret meeting did take place at Premjayantha’s residence on Thursday night. Television footage also showed several prominent UPFA members leaving  Premjayantha’s residence, including former Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa. Premjayantha had however denied that Basil Rajapaksa was at his house that night and that it was a private meeting. United National Party Western Provincial Councilor S.M.Marikkar, meanwhile, said that Premjayantha was overseas for a few days and there…

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    ‘Granting MR Nomination Is Greatest Betrayal After Independence’: Gamini Viyangoda

    If Maithripala Sirisena agreed to grant nomination from the UPFA to Mahinda Rajapaksa, it will be the greatest betrayal of a leader of the country since independence, Purawasi Balaya Convener Gamini Viyangoda stated. Speaking to Asian Mirror, Viyangoda said that Maithripala Sirisena must come out openly and state if he approved giving nomination to Rajapaksa. His silence implies that he is in agreement, Viyangoda said. However, he pointed out that it is still not late for Sirisena to reveal the truth to the public.

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    Exclusive! ‘Sri Lanka will never pose a threat to India’

    ‘We have nothing to gain by helping any other country to become a threat to India,’ former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on the comeback trail, tells Rediff.com senior contributor Nitin A Gokhale in an exclusive interview. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who lost the Sri Lankan presidency earlier this year, plans to contest the parliamentary election and likely become prime minister. He spoke exclusively to Rediff.com contributor Nitin A Gokhale. Will you be a prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections? If yes, will you be the SLFP candidate? I will be contesting the parliamentary election with a view to forming the next government. The United People’s Freedom Alliance has extended an invitation to…

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    Nawinne crosses over

    The Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) S. B. Nawinne had crossed over to the United National Party (UNP), the UNP said today. UNP Assistant General Secretary and Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said Minister S.B. Nawinne would contest the General Elections from the UNP. “We will also appoint him as UNP Organiser for Wariyapola in an event to be held tomorrow morning in Kurunegala,” Kariyawasam said. S. B. Nawinne was appointed as the Labour and Labour Relations Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena in March

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    Hirunika to decide on her SLFP membership today

    Western Provincial Councilor Hirunika Premachandra said that she would not remain in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was given nominations to contest from the party. She said she would make a decision on her SLFP membership today. “All the things we have spoken of during the previous presidential council election would become false if Mr. Rajapaksa was allowed to contest from SLFP.  Therefore, I will not remain in the SLFP if he was given nominations and will contest from another party,” she said

Susil-Premajayantha

UNP raises suspicions on Susil Premjayantha

The United National Party (UNP) today raised suspicions on United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Susil Premjayantha. Former UNP Parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva said that questions have been raised with regards to a meeting held at his residence with UPFA members. He said that despite the denials, it seemed clear that a secret meeting did take place at Premjayantha’s residence on Thursday night. Television footage also showed several prominent UPFA members leaving  Premjayantha’s residence, including former Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa. Premjayantha had however denied that Basil Rajapaksa was at his house that night and that it was a private meeting. United National Party Western Provincial Councilor S.M.Marikkar, meanwhile, said that Premjayantha was overseas for a few days and there…

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‘Granting MR Nomination Is Greatest Betrayal After Independence’: Gamini Viyangoda

If Maithripala Sirisena agreed to grant nomination from the UPFA to Mahinda Rajapaksa, it will be the greatest betrayal of a leader of the country since independence, Purawasi Balaya Convener Gamini Viyangoda stated. Speaking to Asian Mirror, Viyangoda said that Maithripala Sirisena must come out openly and state if he approved giving nomination to Rajapaksa. His silence implies that he is in agreement, Viyangoda said. However, he pointed out that it is still not late for Sirisena to reveal the truth to the public.

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Exclusive! ‘Sri Lanka will never pose a threat to India’

‘We have nothing to gain by helping any other country to become a threat to India,’ former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on the comeback trail, tells Rediff.com senior contributor Nitin A Gokhale in an exclusive interview. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who lost the Sri Lankan presidency earlier this year, plans to contest the parliamentary election and likely become prime minister. He spoke exclusively to Rediff.com contributor Nitin A Gokhale. Will you be a prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections? If yes, will you be the SLFP candidate? I will be contesting the parliamentary election with a view to forming the next government. The United People’s Freedom Alliance has extended an invitation to…

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Nawinne crosses over

The Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) S. B. Nawinne had crossed over to the United National Party (UNP), the UNP said today. UNP Assistant General Secretary and Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said Minister S.B. Nawinne would contest the General Elections from the UNP. “We will also appoint him as UNP Organiser for Wariyapola in an event to be held tomorrow morning in Kurunegala,” Kariyawasam said. S. B. Nawinne was appointed as the Labour and Labour Relations Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena in March

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Hirunika to decide on her SLFP membership today

Western Provincial Councilor Hirunika Premachandra said that she would not remain in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was given nominations to contest from the party. She said she would make a decision on her SLFP membership today. “All the things we have spoken of during the previous presidential council election would become false if Mr. Rajapaksa was allowed to contest from SLFP.  Therefore, I will not remain in the SLFP if he was given nominations and will contest from another party,” she said

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‘January 08 Revolution Won’t Be Reversed: No Room For Family Rule Again’: President

Breaking his silence over the issue surrounding Mahinda Rajapaksa’s nominations, President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged that he will not let the return of family rule, adding that the silent revolution of January 8 will not be turned back. He made this comment at the ceremony to mark the beginning of the Matara-Hambantota stretch of the Southern Expressway. The event was held at Godagama in Matara. UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim, several other politicians and senior state officials were also present at the event. Speaking further, Sirisena said that he and the Prime Minister understood the need for development in the country. This was Sirisena’s first public speech following yesterday’s announcement that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa…

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Maithripala expected to make another u-turn

President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to make another U-turn with regards to the decision on giving former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations to contest the Parliament elections. An official in the President’s office, who was to resign over Sirisena’s decision to give Rajapaksa nominations, had later held back his resignation after receiving an assurance that Sirisena may make another u-turn. Sirisena had already this week announced he will not be giving nominations to Rajapaksa but later yesterday the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said the President had agreed to give the former President nominations. However now, sources say the President is expected to reverse that decision following pressure from several Sri Lanka Freedom Party members and…

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Pavithra Wanniarachchi Says Rajapaksa Will Contest From Ratnapura

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to contest from the Ratnapura District in the forthcoming general election, former UPFA MP Pavithra Wanniarachchi stated. Updating a statement on her Official Facebook Page, Wanniarachchi said that she insisted Rajapaksa to contest from Ratnapura District during the meeting yesterday at Rajapaksa’s residence in Mirihana. He finally agreed to Wanniarachchi’s repeated requests, she stated. Wanniarachchi also said that she will put forward this proposal to SLFP District Organization meeting today.

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Harin Fernando Believes Sirisena ‘Has A Plan’ In Granting Nominations To Rajapaksa

Uva Province Chief Minister Harin Fernando said President Maithripala Sirisena must be having some plan in awarding nominations for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Posting several Tweets on his Twitter handle, Fernando warned the Rajapaksa faction that the higher you jump, the harder you come down. In his opinion, the Rajapaksa fans are in for a rude shock, Fernando added. He also said that he will wait for 24 hours and observe the developments. However, if there was no change in the situation, he will stick to his stance and quit politics, Fernando said. “I’m am not interested in politics anymore if MS can change people’s verdict for personal benifit,” Fernando said.

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Anti-Rajapaksa Factions In UPFA In Shock Over Sirisena’s Decision

There is a sense of shock and disbelief among anti-Rajapaksa elements within the constituent parties of the UPFA over the decision to grant nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A member of one constituent UPFA party told Asian Mirror that President Sirisena had betrayed the 6.2 million who voted for him and rejected Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election. Those who came out in support for Sirisena also felt betrayed, the spokesperson said. Most of the constituent parties in the UPFA divided during the presidential election, with breakaway groups coming out in support of the then common candidate Maithripala Sirisena. Some of there groups are now exploring the possibility of forming an alternative front, the…

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No US visa for Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya

Retired Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya, has reportedly not been granted a visa to visit the United States although his wife had been granted one in May this year. The visa applications had been sent to the US Embassy in May and the duo was scheduled to leave the country on a private visit on June 30, the Daily Mirror learns. However, the passport of the former CDS was still at the embassy and had not been returned as yet. Lt. Gen Jagath Jayasuriya took over as Commander of the Army after the end of the civil conflict and was thereafter appointed Chief of Defense Staff. He retired from the position a…

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Maithri and Mahinda have betrayed their voters: JVP

JVP central committee member Sunil Handunnetti said they were not surprised by the decision taken to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). This decision shows the rejuvenation of the vile politics and greed for power, he said. He further said that Mahinda Rajapaksa had betrayed the 5.8 million who voted for him while Maithripala Sirisena had betrayed 6.2 million of his voters. Mr. Handunnetti said that Mr.Sirisena only wanted to secure his power and leadership in the party and Mr. Rajapaksa wanted power to escape from allegations of corruption. “Their unity is only for their private gains but not for the benefit of the people or the…

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Don’t let Rajapaksa make a comeback – Sobitha Thera

The President of National Movement for Social Justice and Chief Incumbent of Naga Viharaya, Pita Kotte, Ven. Madululuwawe Sobhitha yesterday said people had no trust in former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had betrayed the masses on two occasions as by creating a political culture of rampant thuggery, corruption and mayhem and he wanted to return to the political arena to continue his dirty game.   The Thera, addressing a news conference at Naga Viharaya, Pita Kotte said a corrupt, power hungry Rajapaksa was trying to take the masses for another ride. “He was President for two terms and if he really wanted to correct his mistakes he could have done it then,” the monk said….

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Constitutional Council holds first meeting

The Constitutional Council, established by the historic 19th Amendment to the Constitution enacted in April, held its first sitting in Parliament yesterday with former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa assuming the chair. The meeting was held at 10.00 a.m. at the Speaker’s official gallery. Speaker Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Oppos-ition Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva attended as the Council’s ex-officio members, while the MPs Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, John Seneviratne and R. Sampanthan participated as the nominees of the UNP, SLFP and minor parties respectively. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of studying the conduct of the previous Constitutional Council established under the 17th Amendment in order to make the new council more efficient. Wickremesinghe also stated…

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Rajiv Gandhi killers should be pardoned, set free: Katju

Justice Markandey Katju, a former Supreme Court Judge, on Friday triggered a new controversy. This time on the fate of Rajiv Gandhi killers. In his blog Satyam Bruyat, he said Rajiv Gandhi killers should be pardoned and set free now as they had been in jail for 24 years. Justice Katju, also a former Chairman of the Press Council of India, said that the assassins should be set free like Abdul Qadeer in Hyderabad jail, D.S. Bhuller in Tihar prison and Zaibunnisa Qazi in Yeravada jail. Striking a harsh tone, he said, “I am not justifying the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. But what business did Rajiv Gandhi have in sending the Indian army into Sri…

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I suggested Rs.20b not Rs.10b: Mahendran

The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Arjuna Mahendran on Friday made a shocking revelation that though he had initially suggested to officials in the Public Debt Department (PDD) of the Bank to accept Rs. 20 billion out of the Rs.20.708 billion worth of bids received at the controversial bond auction, the officials at PDD however turned down his suggestion. The Governor made this revelation yesterday despite the fact that he is already facing heavy criticism from various quarters for even accepting Rs. 10 billion, which is ten times the value of the bond that was initially advertised at the February 27, 2015 thirty-year auction. “Once I knew we had bids to the…

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SLMC meets with UNP officials over election

The members of the High Command of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress held a crucial discussion yesterday at the party headquarters Darusalam regarding the upcoming general election. Earlier in the day, the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Minister Rauff Hakeem, met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Sirikotha to discuss their approach to the forthcoming general election. UNP Minister Kabir Hashim and the senior officials of the UNP also participated in the discussion. The sources said the discussion between the UNP and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was successful. Minister Hakeem told the media yesterday that his party had decided to contest the elections with the UNP and the party had decided to sign a…

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Rajapaksa and UPFA members hold meeting

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members met late this evening following the announcement that the UPFA had agreed to give nominations to Rajapaksa to contest the Parliament election. Sources who were at the meeting told the Colombo Gazette that the UPFA members thanked President Maithripala Sirisena for agreeing to give Rajapaksa nominations. The UPFA members also pledged to defeat the United National Party (UNP) at the August 17 Parliament election

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President Media Deputy Director Sunil Jayasekara Resigns

President Media Deputy Director Sunil Jayasekara has resigned from his post a short while ago, reports said. According to the reports Jayasekara came up with the decision in protest against president Sirisena for giving nomination for former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. UPFA General Secretary susil Premajayantha released a statement this evening saying that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa will be given nominations from the UPFA to contest the next general election.

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UNP supporters were attacked

Thugs attached to the United Peoples Freedom Alliance United National Party supporters pasting posters were attacked with iron bars at the Weligama area in Matara around 02.00 am on Wednesday. Injured were rushed to the Denipitiya hospital. 12 Thugs arrived in the double cab vehicle and blue colour car carried out this brutal attack and flee from the site. Police have identified two suspects inconnection with this attack. However they have flee away from the area.

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