Highly Inflated Cost of Chinese Road Building in Sri Lanka: A Rip-off

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By Prof. Amal S. Kumarage – Why highway constructions are a costly exercise in Sri Lanka   The choice of rapid road building as a catalyst to economic development, particularly post-war, is a judicious and timely strategy that must be

Oposition Activists Attacked In Hambanthota By Toy Pistol Mayor

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A street protest involving Opposition members and activists has been attacked in Hambantota this morning, opposition sources told Asian Mirror. The attack has allegedly been carried out by Hambanthota Mayor Eraj Fernando who rose to fame due to “toy pistol”

Many Laws Related to Election Law Violations are Weak; No Mechanism to Implement Such Laws.

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Only Law Can Prevent Certain Election Law Violations – Mahinda Deshapriya As the tension grows between the opposition common candidate and President Mahinda Rajapaksa, many have observed grave violations of the elections laws ahead of the election and they direct

Elections Commissioner : A Toothless Tiger?

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An independent national daily quoting Elections Commissioner (EC) Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday, that he had issued a directive to Heads of State institutions that, at no instance could stateresources, much less, public servants be utilized forelectioneering. However, the exemption in

52 TUs Pledge Support to Common Candidate

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Trade union coalition for a just society comprising 52 trade unions, the biggest gathering of trade unions pledged its support to common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the forthcoming Presidential Election, at a media conference held yesterday. The trade union

The Minority Vote

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By Izeth Hussain- The cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy – H.L. Mencken My confident expectation before the Uva PC elections was that the UPFA would have a ‘torrid time’, and so it turned out. My confident

Designing Justice, Advising the Accused: The Strange Case of Sri Lanka’s ‘International Advisers’

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[Balendra Jeyakumarim a HRD & front-line campaigner against disappearances , in detention over 7 months now] In March of this year, the Human Rights Council passed a resolution mandating the Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) to

A Policy Framework will be Created to Address Critical National Issues – Maithri Manifesto

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Common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena has proposed in his manifesto which was released today, to dissolve Parliament on or after April 23rd and appoint a transitional government under which a Parliament election will be held. Sirisena’s manifesto, which was

Online Survey on Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election 2015: Maithri Gets 76%

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by Social IndicatorRESULTS: Online survey on Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election 2015 An online survey conducted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives asked five questions regarding the upcoming Presidential election. The objective of the survey was not to predict election results

79th Anniversary : The LSSP of Today is No More the Party of NM, Colvin, Leslie and Bernard

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by Vijaya Kumar- The 79th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s oldest political party, the Lanka Samasamaja party (LSSP) falls on December 18th. The party of NM, Colvin, Leslie and Bernard not only played a major role in the anti-imperialist struggle but

BASL Files Writ Application Seeking Order Against Political Hoardings

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Treasurer of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Upul Deshapriya, Attorney-at-Law and a few other officers bearers of the BASL, yesterday filed a Writ Application in the Court of Appeals seeking to obtain a mandatory order on the Mayors of

The Presidential Commission on Missing Persons:Trends, Practices and Implications

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Centre for Policy Alternatives- The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (the Commission) was established on 15th August 2013 under Gazette No. 1823/42. Over a year into its mandate, the Commission continues to operate under circumstances that

‘No Devolution Possible Under Rajapaksa’

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[Election rallyi n Sri Lanka ; file photo] Sri Lanka’s Northern Tamils cannot expect powers to be devolved as long as President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in power, according to Rajitha Senaratne who was, not very long ago, a Minister in

Sri Lanka: Burning Issues Facing Sri Lanka Ahead of January Polls

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[Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil women cry holding portraits of their missing relatives during a protest in Jaffna, Sri Lanka 2013. Pic: AP] As Sri Lanka gears up for a presidential election five years after the end a long separatist rebellion,

FMM Presents Media Reform Proposals To Common Presidential Candidate

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The Free Media Movement (FMM) of Sri Lanka today ( 16th Dec 2014) handed over its short term proposals for re-establishing freedom of expression rights in Sri Lanka. The document says that ‘Free Media Movement expects to bring forth long

Indian Govt , Tamil Nadu Both Want LTTE Banned In India

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While seeking to extend the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government told a tribunal that the banned outfit nurtures an idea of “greater Tamil Nadu, which includes the state of

Maithripala Sirisena Is A Very Capable Person – Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe

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[Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe] Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe, son of late Sam Wijesinghe, Former Parliamentary Secretary General is a member of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka. In June 2007 President Mahinda Rajapakse appointed him Secretary-General of the Sri Lankan Government Secretariat

13th January is Not an Appropriate for Date for Pope’s Visit, says Bishop of Anuradhapura

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[Pope’s visit has become a political issue in the upcoming election] Bishop Norbert Andradi of Anuradhapura has expressed the private opinion that the tense period following the release of Presidential election results is not a suitable time for the Pope

Lionel Bopage on Presdential Election 2015

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Australian Advocacy for Good Governance in Sri Lanka (AAGGSL): Sri Lanka deserves Good Governance, responsive to the will of its peoples. We believe we can make a meaningful contribution to this end.  

University Academics On The 2015 Presidential Election: Defeat The Suppression

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[ A protest by University academics] 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

The Contest: This Is A Historic, Decisive Election.

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[ ….violence will escalate and not just the generalized violence of threat, intimidation, assault and arson] by Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu- The announcement that Maithripala Sirisena, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Minister of Health in the Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka: Presidential Elections and Prevailing Situation of Abysmal Lawlessness

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[Prison inmates are being used for the election campaigning activities of the President Rajapaksa (Photo: : CaFFE )] The following statement issued by the Asian Human Rights Commission Whatever be the outcome of the presidential election to be held on

Will Tamil Maximalists Be Able Enforce A Election Boycott Like In 2005?

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[SP Tamilchelvan with  Minister Nimal Sripala] by Tisaranee Gunasekara- “We are totally unconcerned about the outcome of this election.” SP Tamilchelvan, LTTE Political Head (on 2005 Presidential election) The Opposition needs Tamils. Tamils need the Opposition. The Opposition cannot win

Journalists Rally in Colombo Over Media Restrictions Ahead of Election

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[ Protester holding a placard on 14.12.14 Colombo; Vikalpa photo] Journalists and trade union activists protest against media restrictions at the Colombo Fort railway station on Friday (photo by ucanews.com) Hundreds of journalists and trade union activists protested on Friday

Sri Lanka State TV Warned Over Election Campaign Bias

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[ State media trade unions protest against bias reporting during the 2010 presidential election] Sri Lanka’s elections chief warned state-run television networks on Friday not to broadcast programmes supporting President Mahinda Rajapakse in upcoming polls. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said

A Human Rights Agenda For Sri Lanka’s Presidential Candidates – Amnesty International

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[Citizens Power in Colombo 12.12.2014; Vikalpa photo] Report: SRI LANKA: THE FUTURE IS NOW- 12 December 2014 INTRODUCTION As the people of Sri Lanka prepare for the presidential election in January 2015, Amnesty International calls on the presidential candidates to

Criketers Forced; Death Threats to Politicians; Avenues Blocked; Goodies Distributed

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[Solangaarcchchi facing death threats] Election violence against the common opposition taking place around the country at an alarming rate according to SLB sources within Sri Lanka. But most of these violations are not being reported to the election monitors or

Land Grab and Militarisation Destroying Tamil Life – Chief Minister

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Addressing the youth conference “Journey for the freedom of Youth in Northern Province”on 10 December at Weerasingham hall Jaffna,  conducted by the ‘Association of Friendship and Love’ (AFRIEL), to commemorate International Human Rights day, the Northern Provincial Council chief minister

Rajapaksas’ US assets revealed

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Information regarding a part of the billions worth of assets in the USA belonging to Basil Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the younger brothers of President Rajapaksa, has been revealed. Among the assets are 4 houses in California belonging to Mrs.

Lawyers Collective Shocked: Polls Violations By The UPFA Continue Unabated

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[Both Mr. Balasuriya, and Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa,  are directly involved in election campaigning for Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa] The Lawyers Collective, committed to a free and fair election, and the Rule of Law, is shocked to learn the level of polls