United National Party (UNP) General Secretary MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that the party headquarters, Sirikotha, gave its full support to New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa’s campaign.
Here's a photo of one of the most talked about new couples on social media in the past two days.
Attorney at Law Shiral Lakthilake has requested the people to not be misled by claims of a Gotabaya Rajapaksa win being spread by Basil Rajapaksa media unit.
Daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, Ahimsa Wickrematunge and her legal team filed a notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday
An appeal was yesterday (13) filed with the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to overturn the decision last month by the Court of Appeal to dismiss a writ application that questioned the dual citizenship certificate of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran has lodged complaints with the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Elections Commission (EC) against three newspapers that have allegedly published “blatantly” false news propagating racial hatred.
A serious crisis has arisen in the Rajapaksa camp after SLPP Presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s legal advisor Ali Sabry PC released a document on social media
Sri Lanka’s Catholic and Christian communities have raised serious doubts if those attempting to come into power riding on the coattails of National security following the Easter Sunday attacks in fact had some connection to the incident after recent revelations.
Challenging the Rajapaksa-led opposition to prove that the present government had sold off any State land free-hold to foreigners, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday listed out various corrupt mega land deals he claimed as done by the ‘Rajapaksa & Company’ clan during the Rajapaksa era.
The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) urges Tamil people from the North-East and throughout Sri Lanka to freely exercise their franchise at the November 16 Presidential Election, giving careful consideration to the political formations and agendas of the major contenders.
After playing a decisive role in the political change of 2015 and experiencing disappointments on the new government’s performance, a sense of cynicism has set in among the Tamil people. The refusal by all major Presidential contestants to engage with Tamil political leaders based on their collective positions is also disappointing, the GTF pointed out.
"All those negative sentiments however should not lead to political apathy and despondency. It is important that Tamil people take active part in this election, instead of giving into flawed thinking such as 'sending a message to the international community’ through ineffective voting strategies. Also important is that Tamil people should use their vote wisely for a candidate who has a realistic chance of winning. Any wasted vote could lead to the election of a candidate not to their liking," the GTF said in a statement.
In this context, the upcoming Presidential Election raises genuine doubts about whether Sri Lanka will restart and broaden its reform and accommodative agenda or change course, perhaps for the worse.
Sajith Premadasa’s election manifesto is progressive on furthering democratic reforms, which includes key Tamil considerations such as: continuation of the constitutional reform process, power-sharing and reconciliation commitments, and respecting international treaties and resolutions. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s manifesto, on the other hand, has strong national security focus, but no serious commitment to expand the fledgling democratic space.
A more democratic Sri Lanka that is respectful of human rights is a worthy goal to achieve for all its citizens. Though on its own it does not allay the fears and apprehensions of the minority communities, particularly the Tamils, such democratic framework offers more space and opportunities for furthering their interests. All these considerations need to be in the Tamil people’s mind when making their choice at the upcoming election.
We are also conscious of the appalling human rights, governance and rule of law record when Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the Defence Secretary – wanton violence and enforced disappearances, threats to media personnel, and intimidation and violence against Tamil, Muslim and Christian communities. Return to such an era, coupled with isolationist international policies, is the nightmarish scenario feared under a Rajapaksa Presidency.
Whether Sri Lanka should continue determinately to advance the stalled reform process, or follow a different political agenda, possibly losing recent democratic gains and perhaps even entering an era of authoritarianism, are matters the electorate must weigh carefully at this presidential election.
Most importantly, all eligible Tamil voters should cast their votes and be part of the democratic process of determining the country’s future political direction."
It has now been reported that it was Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero who had continuously pressured President Maithripala Sirisena to grant a pardon to the 34 year old Don Shramantha Jude Anthony Jayamaha who was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty in the heinous Royal Park killing in Rajagiriya.