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Presidential Election 2015

Presidential Election 2015

  • Rajapaksa Presidential Campaign: Court calls for Auditor General’s Report Over Sil Redi Distribution Read more >

    Rajapaksa Presidential Campaign: Court calls for Auditor General’s Report Over Sil Redi Distribution

    The Supreme Court yesterday called for the Auditor General’s report pertaining to distribution of “Sil Redi” (fabrics used by devotees to observe sill) during the 2015 Presidential election campaign and directed the Attorney General to submit the concerned report in Court on or before March 31. The Supreme Court two-Judge-Bench comprising Chief Justice K. Sripavan […]

  • How the UNP Came to Adopt Maithripala Sirisena

    January 8 is remembered for change. First there was the brutal killing in broad daylight of Journalist and Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga who stood out exposing the excesses of the Rajapaksa regime. Lasantha was killed in a high -security environment near an armed forces installation. He died brave and unbowed. By the Aluth Avurudda in April […]

  • One Year Ago: How Rajapaksa was Toppled – Krishantha Cooray Read more >

    One Year Ago: How Rajapaksa was Toppled – Krishantha Cooray

    ( Ranil W. held the key in common candidate selection) Victory never falls from the sky. In politics victories are produced when the conditions for meaningful and effective struggle mature and more importantly those who struggle are empowered by single minded determination, unity of purpose, coherence, coordination and synergy in action, and visionary leadership. It […]

  • Why Mahinda Worried about Prageeth, Lasantha Murder Investigations

    Today this column records the true story of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent photograph released to the Facebook by his son Namal in which Mahinda was seen standing on his head. Namal uploaded this photograph to show that his 70-year-old father was still fit as a fiddle. On the contrary, the common man in society viewed it […]

  • Government Regains Forward Momentum – Jehan Perera

    It was the post-presidential election period this year that saw dramatic changes in the polity. The fear of government backed death squads and mob violence was totally eradicated to the relief of political dissidents and ethnic minorities who had been under threat. These positive changes at the ground level were accompanied by the major political […]

  • Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Hit By Rajapaksa Legacy

    The Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) is the latest state owned institution that is reported to have fallen into the category of cash strapped establishments under the Rajapaksa regime. Similar to other state media organizations, the SLRC has also incurred huge losses during the last presidential election campaign thanks to the suba anagathayak policy of […]

  • At UN, President of Sri Lanka Details Country’s ‘ New Vision’ Built on Sustainability and Reconciliation Read more >

    At UN, President of Sri Lanka Details Country’s ‘ New Vision’ Built on Sustainability and Reconciliation

    (President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak) 30 September 2015 – After years of conflict, “a new era of democracy” dawned in Sri Lanka this year, ushering in justice, freedom and equality, the country’s President told the United Nations General Assembly today, reporting […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Chinese Election – Brahma Chellaney

    NEW DELHI – Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election this month promises to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the wider Indian Ocean region, a global center of trade and energy flows that accounts for half of the world’s container traffic and 70% of its petroleum shipments. The country’s strategic importance has […]

  • President’s Dilemma About Dissolving Parliament  – Jehan Perera Read more >

    President’s Dilemma About Dissolving Parliament – Jehan Perera

    The demand for the dissolution of parliament is getting increasingly compelling. Civil society leaders, such as the Ven Maduluwave Sobitha, who led the movement for good governance during the presidential elections have come out strongly to insist that President Maithripala SIrisisena should use his presidential powers to dissolve parliament and hold the much anticipated general […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Wounds of War Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Wounds of War

    The new Sri Lankan government must make reconciliation a top priority in order to move the country past a brutal, decades-long civil war. By Shashank Iyer. “Now we are thinking in a different way,” Kopalapillai Amirthalingam, a senior lecturer at the University of Colombo, declares. “The government is trying to correct things.” The cautioned optimism […]

  • US Official to Study State of Media in Lanka Read more >

    US Official to Study State of Media in Lanka

    A US State Department official is to visit Sri Lanka this week to study the state of the media following the January 8 elections. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Eileen O’Connor will have talks in Sri Lanka with Government officials and the media during her visit, officials told the Colombo […]

  • Civil Society Demands Urgent Dissolution of House Read more >

    Civil Society Demands Urgent Dissolution of House

    Leading civil society organizations and actors have called for an urgent parliamentary election to overcome the current political deadlock. * In a joint statement 17 organizations and 52 reputed activists have collectively claimed that, it is more than a month after the 23 April 2015, the date promised for the dissolution of Parliament in the […]

  • Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon telephones President Maithripala Sirisena Read more >

    Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon telephones President Maithripala Sirisena

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appreciated the new Government’s forward march under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, which builds peace and reconciliation in the country while protecting democratic rights of the People. He made these observations in a telephone conversation with the President today (4). He also commended the firm commitment by President Sirisena […]

  • Sirisena-Ranil And The Art Of The Possible – Kumar David

    “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall” “Excellent joke!” Whether this is a Ranil-Sirisena (R&S) government or an S&R one, is significant. It certainly started off with all the trumps and partnership seniority in Ranil’s hands, but time and completion of the 100-Day tasks has moved the equation into an S&R domain; so […]

  • A new Sri Lanka? – Alan Keenan

    Sri Lanka appeared to turn a new leaf with the election in January 2015 of President Maithripala Sirisena. This put an end to rule of this country of 21 million people by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is closely associated with a brutal 2009 victory over the Tamil Tiger insurgency and authoritarian government. Alan Keenan discusses how […]

  • Sri Lanka: Something has Begun – Namini Wijedasa Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Something has Begun – Namini Wijedasa

    (The Maithripala Sirisena government in Sri Lanka wins appreciation in its initial months, but it’s not all smooth-sailing just yet.) Sri Lanka’s new leader Maithripala Sirisena won an election against all odds. He now seems determined to unite majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils, who have known decades of ethnic tension and war. Many promises, which […]

  • Sri Lankan President Seeks Support to Curb Executive Powers Read more >

    Sri Lankan President Seeks Support to Curb Executive Powers

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena appealed Thursday for support for legislation to check the enormous powers of the presidency, one of his key election pledges. In a televised address to the nation as his government marked 100 days in power, Sirisena asked lawmakers to “become a partner to strengthen the […]

  • Measuring Change in Sri Lanka – Yardstick After 100 Days

    At the conclusion of the 100 day programme of Sri Lanka’s new Government we thought it would be timely to issue an update to Sri Lanka Campaign yardstick document, which attempts to track the extent of meaningful change with respect to Sri Lanka’s human rights situation. Shortly after the election of President Maithripala Sirisena and […]

  • Mahinda and Gota Summoned by Bribery Commission Read more >

    Mahinda and Gota Summoned by Bribery Commission

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been asked to report to the Bribery Commission (BC) this week to record statements over various allegations against them, highly placed sources said. They said Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was asked to report to the BC on Wednesday, April 22 and 23 while the former President […]

  • Illegal Consignment Re-Exported Read more >

    Illegal Consignment Re-Exported

    By Nirmala Kannangara. Questions have been raised as to who gave orders to Sri Lanka Customs to allegedly re-export an illegal consignment of Red sandalwood (Red Sanders) worth several billions of rupees secretly last month. Sri Lanka Customs on February 21, 2014 detained 10, 000 Mt tons of Red Sanders which was declared as Calcium […]

  • Presidential Election Abuses by Rajapaksas Read more >

    Presidential Election Abuses by Rajapaksas

    It is amidst an impending parliamentary election that more details of abuses and irregularities at the January presidential election are now emerging. A shocking revelation is how the assets of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) were allegedly used like a local taxi service by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family members and a few onetime […]

  • general Daya Ratnayake : Gota’s Main Man..! Read more >

    general Daya Ratnayake : Gota’s Main Man..!

    Daya Ratnayake was Gota’s main man. Gota’s wish was Daya’s command. Daya really was just what Gota needed. There wasn’t a thing Daya wouldn’t do for him. He let out battalions of soldiers to attend Gota’s personal tasks, he cleaned his crime scenes, blurred the numbers in his corruption. If Gota wanted to borrow a […]

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