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  • US Lobby Firm Hired by Malik: More Questions Than Answers Read more >

    US Lobby Firm Hired by Malik: More Questions Than Answers

    Minister Speaks: The Sunday Times responds. We thank Minister Malik Samarawickrama for confirming our story. He should have announced it long before the Sunday Times broke the story. We stand-by every word in our story. Malik Samarawickrama While we are happy that the Minister has been forced to come out publicly about his ministry hiring […]

  • Uproar Over  Palpita Appointment by UNP Minister Abewardena Read more >

    Uproar Over Palpita Appointment by UNP Minister Abewardena

    Civil Society activists are up in arms against the appointment of former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka Director General Anusha Palpita as an Additional Secretary of the Home Affairs Ministry, when he is facing charges of allegedly misappropriating over Rs. 600 million for the distribution of Sil Redi on the eve of the last […]

  • Former Army Chief to Enter Parliament on UNP National List Read more >

    Former Army Chief to Enter Parliament on UNP National List

    Former Army Chief, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka will be sworn in as a Member of Parliament on 9 February, on the United National Party list, Daily FT learns from authoritative Government sources. Fonseka will take the UNP’s national list parliamentary seat made vacant by the sudden demise of Minister M. K. D. S. Gunewardane earlier […]

  • Civil Society Groups to Annul Their Agreements with the President and the Prime Minister ? Read more >

    Civil Society Groups to Annul Their Agreements with the President and the Prime Minister ?

    ( PM Wickremesinghe  and Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero singing the agreement) (SLB) Civil society groups which singed agreements with the Maithipala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe respectively as presidential and prime Ministerial candidates are discussing to publicly annul those agreements in the face of lethargic attitude of the government towards fulfilling the promises made, informed souses told […]

  • Sri Lanka: Post-election Colours, Prospects and Casualties by Rajan Philips

    (Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, now an MP-elect of the Kurunegala district, chats with Ranil Wickremesinghe during Friday’s simple ceremony where he (Wickremesinghe) was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for the fourth time Pix by Sudath Silve) Sri Lanka’s electoral map the morning after its 16th general election was a fascinating picture […]

  • Sri Lanka’s UNP Likely to Get Most Seats in August Polls: Scenario Analysis

    SCENARIOS:  Possible scenarios for Sri Lanka’s parliamentary polls ECONOMYNEXT – In a scenario analysis by our political correspondent on the 2015 parliamentary polls, the United National Party is leading on three probable outcomes but without a simple majority of 113 in the 225-member parliament. Our political correspondent has analysed three scenarios covering the best case for […]

  • Brutus, Marc Antony, And Maithri

    By Upul Kumarapperuma 16 The Roman Empire was plagued by coups, conspiracies and wars nevertheless it was the most formidable Empire in Europe. Julius Caesar became one of the most decorated war heroes after defeating the slave leader Spartacus and his slave army that had caused much humiliation to the Roman Empire, and was later […]

  • UPFA Stalwarts to Join UNP Against MR Read more >

    UPFA Stalwarts to Join UNP Against MR

    Broad political front to protect ‘January 8 mandate’. CBK to make special announcement next week CBK to make special announcement next week: Several UPFA stalwarts decided to join the UNP yesterday to form a broad political front for the forthcoming Parliamentary election with the aim of protecting the ‘January 8″ mandate. Several ex-Parliamentarians of the […]

  • SLMC to Contest Under UNP Ticket Read more >

    SLMC to Contest Under UNP Ticket

    (Rauf Hakeem announcing the decision) The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has decided to contest on the UNP ticket at the upcoming general election, SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem said today. He said the SLMC would contest under the UNP ticket in the districts of Puttalam, Kalutara, Ampara,Kurunegala,Kandy, Gampaha and Trincomalee while contesting under the ‘Tree’ […]

  • Sri Lanka JHU Monks Party Joins Coalition With UNP Read more >

    Sri Lanka JHU Monks Party Joins Coalition With UNP

    ( File photo of Nov 18, 2014 when the JHU left the Rajapaksa regime./ FCA ) – Sri Lanka’s main party of Buddhists monks is set to join the United National Party (UNP) in forming a new coalition to contest upcoming parliamentary election, political sources said a short while ago. Talks with JHU’s Champika Ranawaka […]

  • We will Protect Mahinda, Gota, Fonseka From War Crime Probe: UNP Read more >

    We will Protect Mahinda, Gota, Fonseka From War Crime Probe: UNP

    Seeking support from all the communities in the country to form a new government, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) on Monday reiterated that it would not allow any international war crime probe against former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa or former army chief Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.Answering a question […]

  • UNP Unmasks Mahinda Rajapaksa ! Read more >

    UNP Unmasks Mahinda Rajapaksa !

    • Hard-hitting statement alleges Rajapaksa ruled for years with lies and after being overthrown he is still spreading hatred and mistrust for cheap political gains • UNP denies closure of 59 Army camps but points finger at former President • Warns people will teach Rajapaksa his final lesson at the next election; hints additional bribery […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Maithri, Mahinda Talks Signal Bad News for Ranil Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Maithri, Mahinda Talks Signal Bad News for Ranil

    (EconomyNext) The much awaited talks between President Maithripala Sirisena and his arch rival predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa ended without a deal Wednesday, but the meeting sent triggered deep anxiety within the ruling ranks. The talking partners did not issue formal statements after the hour-long meeting at the parliamentary complex, but official sources said the first encounter […]

  • Political Settlement With Tamils Key For Stability: PM Read more >

    Political Settlement With Tamils Key For Stability: PM

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said a “political settlement” with the minority Tamil community is a prerequisite for a “stable and secure” country. “If you want a stable and secure country, we must have a political solution (with Tamils) and move forward,” Wickremesinghe said in an address in the Tamil-dominated Jaffna peninsula Saturday. “The war is […]

  • Ranil and the UNP are Risking the Present Unanimity in the Current Parliament

    by Rajan Philips- “We have failed in the essential task of nation building,” said President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her speech to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence. That was in 1998. Seventeen years later, on Independence Day last week, President Maithripala Sirisena soul searchingly spoke of our “great responsibility and duty … today […]

  • Will Implement 13th Amendment Within A Unitary State: Ranil Read more >

    Will Implement 13th Amendment Within A Unitary State: Ranil

    [Sri Lankan Prime Ministers Ranil Wickremasinghe. (AP)] Meera Srinivasan – The Sri Lankan government will implement the 13th Amendment to its Constitution within a unitary state, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has said. Implementation of the 13th Amendment — born out of the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987 — has remained a long-pending demand of the Tamil […]

  • Houses of UNP Supporters Shot At In Madampe Read more >

    Houses of UNP Supporters Shot At In Madampe

    [ Glass windows after the gun shots] Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) has stated that pre-election period of 2015 Presidential Election is getting increasingly violent as shots were fired two houses in Madampe, Puttalam last night. The house of a staunch UNP supporter named Milton, at Medagama, Madampe was attacked twice after midnight […]

  • JHU 19 A: Mangala Drops a Bombshell; Cracks Within the UNP Read more >

    JHU 19 A: Mangala Drops a Bombshell; Cracks Within the UNP

    [Mangala Samaraweera, Athuraliye Rathana and Ranil Wickremasinge] By SLB- Speaking at the Budget debate in Parliament, MP Samaraweera dropped a bombshell on 31st October. Making a historical analysis on the ethnic crisis, taking examples from the conduct of leaders from the two main political parties since the past Mr. Samaraweera told parliament that proposed 19th […]

  • Ranil Says No 13 Plus Read more >

    Ranil Says No 13 Plus

    A future United National Party (UNP) Government will not go beyond the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in finding a solution to the ethnic crisis, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, announced yesterday (13). He said the UNP, in the near future, would talk to other political parties, religious leaders and civic organizations in the effort to […]

  • Sri Lanka’s ruling party’s popularity significantly eroded Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s ruling party’s popularity significantly eroded

    [UNP’s Harin Fernando topped the preferential votes] AFP Sri Lanka president’s party narrowly clears vote test- Sri Lanka’s ruling party saw its popularity significantly eroded in a narrow local election win seen as a bellwether for a snap presidential election, official results showed Sunday (Sep 21). President Mahinda Rajapakse’s United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) secured […]

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