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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Unmanned NASA rocket explodes on launch

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Unmanned NASA rocket explodes on launch
An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket exploded in midair early Tuesday evening, producing huge flames and loud booms along the eastern Virginia coast but no injuries or deaths.
Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft had been set to launch at 6:22 p.m. ET from the Wallops Flight Facility along the Atlantic Ocean, carrying roughly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.

UNP pledges to remove legal barriers on Fonseka after next presidential election

Thursday, October 30, 2014
UNP pledges to remove legal barriers on Fonseka after next presidential election
UNP General Secretary Tissa Aththanayake has said that the UNP will do justice to former Army Commander and DP Leader Sarath Fonseka within 72 hours when a UNP president ascends to power. UNP General Secretary has made these remarks in a context where an understanding is building between the two parties where the next presidential election is concerned. "UNP will remove all legal bartiers Read More

Parliament united in grief over Koslanda

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Parliament united in grief over Koslanda
Parliament today condoled over the deaths following the massive landslide at Koslanda in the Badulla district yesterday. Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that all the relevant ministries have been instructed to take appropriate measures to assist in the rescue operations and help those affected. UNP MP John Amaratunga also expressed deep sorrow over the deaths saying it was the worst natural Read More

The politics of breastfeeding

Thursday, October 30, 2014
The politics of breastfeeding
About Rs.1.5 million from public funds is spent for a day when the devalued, undermined and often bypassed Parliament meets for debates. This devaluation, which seriously affected the sovereignty of the people began with the enforcement of executive presidential system in 1978. Today, after Rajapaksa Govt patched up a 2/3 majority by offering privileges to other parties and specially after enforcement of 18th Amendment, Parliament is like a rubber stamp. Read More

Worse tragedy since tsunami: Over 250 buried alive

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Worse tragedy since tsunami: Over 250 buried alive
More than 250 persons laid buried under tonnes of earth while a dozen bodies had been recovered by last night after a landslide flattened a village at Meeriyabeddawatta in Koslanda in the Badulla District yesterday morning in the worst natural disaster since the boxing day tsunami in 2004. A joint rescue operation was underway with the army, police, air force and the district administration participating with Read More

India offers help to Sri Lanka to help landslide victims

Thursday, October 30, 2014
India offers help to Sri Lanka to help landslide victims
ndia today offered assistance to Sri Lanka to help hundreds of people affected by the landslide in Uva province of that country. Indian High Commissioner Y K Sinha spoke to Minister G L Peiris and offered the assistance to deal with the landslide disaster which took place this morning. Around six line houses of plantation workers collapsed in the disaster and Sri Lankan Army was already undertaking disaster relief. As per reports, over 200 persons have gone missing. Read More

SLFP – JHU talks in deadlock

Thursday, October 30, 2014
SLFP – JHU talks in deadlock
Ongoing high profile talks between the SLFP and the JHU to resolve a simmering dispute over the latter’s constitutional and political reform proposals primarily meant to dilute presidential powers have failed to produce the desired results. Proposals dealt with far reaching political reforms and a range of other contentious issues, including police and land powers contained in the 13th Amendment. Read More

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nushali & Anura's plan to placate Sanga

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Nushali & Anura's plan to placate Sanga
As cricketers are currently displeased over the whims of Sri Lanka Cricket secretary - Nishantha Ranatunga, a small plot has been hatched to win back their favour, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns.
As an initial step, it was planned by Nushali of the marketing unit and Anura Ranasinghe tasked with school cricket to please former captain Kumar Sangakkara by sending him flowers and an expensive birthday card signed by all SLC workers.

300 believed trapped in Badulla landslide

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
300 believed trapped in Badulla landslide
More than three hundred people are believed to be trapped in this morning’s land slide at Haldummulla in Badulla while eight bodies have been recovered, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. The land slide had also destroyed 120 estate line rooms and three govt quarters. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said an area of about two kilometres had been affected in the landslide. Rescue operations are underway Read More

UN to publish its Lanka review outcome

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
UN to publish its Lanka review outcome
UNHRC is to publish a report tomorrow on its concluding observations regarding a review on Sri Lanka and a few other countries. UNHRC will also be holding a news conference to discuss the outcome of its 112th session and members will respond to questions on their concluding observations, follow-up to past recommendations to States, and their adopted General Comment on liberty and security of Read More

Sanath Jayasuriya to lead investigation into Sri Lanka Cricket sex scandal

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Sanath Jayasuriya to lead investigation into Sri Lanka Cricket sex scandal
Former Sri Lankan skipper and chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has been appointed by Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage to lead investigations and submit a report into the allegations on sex scandal involving selectors of the Sri Lanka women’s cricket team. Local media widely alleged that some members of the selection committee for the SL Women’s Cricket Team have allegedly taken sexual bribes Read More

‘Lending agencies eager to give loans to SL’

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
‘Lending agencies eager to give loans to SL’
The most awaited event of all Sri Lankan citizens like just another cricket World Cup match is the National Budget speech. Many eagerly look forward to see what is in store for them in the coming year and how they can improve their businesses and family life. Yet, many would carry different viewpoints on how the budget would affect them. With the National Budget speech 2015 delivered last Friday, many are excited Read More

Ranil challenges MR on whether he met LTTErs in US

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Ranil challenges MR on whether he met LTTErs in US
UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe challenged president Rajapaksa to respond to the questions he had raised on whether the latter had met members of the LTTE in America and why the government had not intervened in the case involving the ban on the LTTE - in the European Court of Justice (ECJ). “I asked several questions from the president, but he has not responded to them as yet. I continue to ask Read More

SLC wants 'unofficial' Senanayake re-test

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
SLC wants 'unofficial' Senanayake re-test
Offspinner Sachithra Senanayake is to undergo unofficial testing of his bowling action after satisfying the SLC coaching staff with the remedial work he has carried out with them since being reported five months ago. "We are quite happy with the remedial work Sachithra has done with us on his bowling action and we feel he is ready for a re-test," SLC head of coaching Jerome Jayaratne said. Read More

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Will assault 'mercilessly' if you return to SL - Sajin warns Nonis

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Will assault 'mercilessly' if you return to SL - Sajin warns Nonis
Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK - Dr. Chris Nonis is anxious about returning to Sri Lanka after MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena had threatened to assault him if he ever set foot in the country, the 'BBC Sandeshaya' reports.
Earlier, Dr. Nonis had said to BBC Sandeshaya he was assaulted by MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena during a dinner hosted at the residence of Sri Lankan Airlines director based in New York - Dilan Ariyawansa on Sep. 23.
However, speaking to 'NewsFirst', MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena has said that though they had a verbal exchange at the dinner, no assault had taken place.

'JHU has still not decided to leave govt:' Rathana Thera says after meeting MR

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
'JHU has still not decided to leave govt:' Rathana Thera says after meeting MR
JHU MP Athuraliye Rathana Thera - who met President Rajapaksa for a special meeting this evening - said that the JHU has still not decided to leave the govt." Govt also wants us to stay and we too need to bring the govt to the right track" Rathana Thera, who took part in a political talk show on TNL, soon after the meeting said. "Our attempt is to tame the govt and point out its mistakes. We are not here to start any fight, " Rathana Thera said clarifying the stance of the JHU. Read More

Top UN team to visit Jaffna while here

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Top UN team to visit Jaffna while here
The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), which begins a three-day focused country visit to Sri Lanka, today, will also visit Jaffna, the UN office in Colombo said. The official mission to Sri Lanka, which will stress the importance of a comprehensive approach to countering terrorism in accordance with the principles of the rule of law including human rights, as requested by the Security Council, Read More

Probe over UNP carrots in Parliament

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Probe over UNP carrots in Parliament
An investigation was ordered into some carrots brought inside Parliament by UNP MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha. UPFA MP Janaka Bandara, who chaired Parliament proceedings at the time the carrots were placed on the table in front of the UNP MP, issued instructions to investigate the issue. Govt raised concerns over the carrots being brought into the House saying it could be a security threat. The Parliament Chair then issued instructions to Parliament security to see if Read More

Sharma offers more help to the LLRC

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sharma offers more help to the LLRC
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today offered to continue assisting in the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC, as required. Sharma made the offer when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office on the ongoing work and progress of objectives agreed upon at the CHOGM 2013 that took place in Colombo last November. Read More

SL women’s cricket sex scandal to be investigated

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
SL women’s cricket sex scandal to be investigated
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Executive Committee decided at an emergency meeting yesterday to conduct an immediate inquiry into claims that members of Sri Lanka women’s cricket team management and national selectors had to be bribed sexually by Sri Lanka women’s cricketers if they were to get selected to the national team and keep their places. These shocking allegations had been made in a local media report last week, and the exco members had felt Read More

Moody’s says Budget 2015 signals continued deficit reduction; debt burden a concern

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Moody’s says Budget 2015 signals continued deficit reduction; debt burden a concern
International rating agency Moody’s yesterday that the 2015 Budget presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday signalled continued fiscal deficit reduction. “Authorities were able to more than meet their target for the budget deficit in 2014, and aim to bring the deficit lower in the next year. Continued deficit reduction is premised on stronger economic and higher tax revenues, as expenditures will rise further in 2015. Read More

Monday, October 27, 2014

Talks with Ranil fall through

Monday, October 27, 2014
Talks with Ranil fall through
Discussions held last night (Oct. 26) between the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and several civil organisations over fielding a common candidate at the forthcoming Presidential election, had collapsed midway, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns through a spokesperson of the National Movement for a Just Society.
The discussions had commenced around 9.00pm at the Kotte Naga Viharaya and was joined by representatives of the National Movement for a Just Society led by Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera and 'Pivithuru Hetak' organisation led by Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera.
Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, Elmore Perera, Jayampathi Wickremaratne, Sunil Jayasekera, Saman Rathnapriya, former minister of JVP - Chandrasiri Wijesinghe had represented the National Movement for a Just Society while Bandula Chandrasekara and Lalithasiri Gunaruwan had represented 'Pivithuru Hetak'.

Top Chinese military delegation here

Monday, October 27, 2014
Top Chinese military delegation here
A six member delegation from China Headed by Lieutenant General He Lei, Vice Chancellor of Academy of Military Science of Chinese People’s Liberation Army arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday on a three-day official visit. The delegation comprises Major General Ciien Rongdi, Deputy Chief of Department of Operation Theories and Doctrine Studies, Colonel Zhang Liting, Deputy Chief of Comprehensive Planning Section in the Department of Research Guidance, Read More

'Budget deficit to surpass Rs 1,300 B'

Monday, October 27, 2014
'Budget deficit to surpass Rs 1,300 B'
2015 Budget has completely neglected the debt trap Sri Lanka is caught in, as the individual debt of a Sri Lankan would exceed Rs 400,000 in 2015, JVP MP Vijitha Herath said.Budget deficit mentioned by the govt is Rs 521 billion, but that does not include the loan installments which the govt has to pay. He said that the annual loan installment for the debt amounts to Rs 840 billion, once it is added to the govt expenditure; Budget deficit would exceed Rs 1,300 billion. Read More

'I will expose more corruption'

Monday, October 27, 2014
'I will expose more corruption'
Minister Champika Ranawaka said that he was prepared to expose more large scale frauds and corruption in detail, in the electricity and petroleum sectors involving billions of rupees. Addressing a gathering at the launch of his book Power and Power, he said that govt was unable to give concessions to the people in respect to the petroleum prices and the electricity cost due to a few people who dominate these sectors. Read More

Exim Malaysia pumps US$ 10 m on CPC lube blending

Monday, October 27, 2014
Exim Malaysia pumps US$ 10 m on CPC lube blending
One of Malaysia’s leading development financial institutions, Exim Bank Malaysia will invest US $ 10 million for a lubricant blending plant as a joint venture project with the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC). “Once the plant is setup here, the CPC will export lubricant to countries in the SAARC region initially and other countries afterwards," Exim Bank Malaysia President Adissadikin Bin Ali told the Daily News. Read More

Sri Lanka's recovery: Are new roads the way forward?

Monday, October 27, 2014
Sri Lanka's recovery: Are new roads the way forward?
Better, faster, smoother roads have been a central part of the govt's efforts to rebuild Sri Lanka after a long and brutal civil war and the 2004 tsunami. Jasmine Coleman takes a trip along some of these roads to see whether the distances between places - and people - have been bridged. Road north of Trinco takes you past hollowed-out homes - bare concrete stumps between here and the beach. Read More

JVP mulls legal action over poll

Monday, October 27, 2014
JVP mulls legal action over poll
JVP said it would file legal action against the Commissioner of Elections if he announced a Presidential Election as anticipated next month, JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said that his party would take legal action making the Commissioner of Elections as a respondent if the govt declared a Presidential Election. He said his party had already informed this to the polls chief, when a delegation from Read More

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ebola cases hit 10,000 mark

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Ebola cases hit 10,000 mark
The number of people infected in the outbreak of Ebola has risen above 10,000, with the mortality rate now approaching 50%.
The World Health Organisation said on Saturday that the death toll had risen to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases globally in eight countries as at 23 October. Those figures show about 200 new cases since the last report, four days ago.
The three worst-affected countries in west Africa – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – account for the vast majority of cases, with only 10 deaths and 27 cases recorded elswhere, WHO said.

'No faith in govt's decision'- Rathna Thero

Sunday, October 26, 2014
'No faith in govt's decision'- Rathna Thero
The Chairman of Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) parliamentarian Ven.Athuraliye Rathana Thero states it cannot be assured that the government will make a positive response towards his proposal.
Earlier the JHU had stated that during the recent meeting held between the party and the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the government stated that a response towards the proposal will be made within 5 days.However, the Thero stated that so far they have not received a response regarding the proposal. Accordingly, a decision will be made next week regarding the future political agenda, the Thero said.

Report leaks

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Report leaks
A confidential report, containing written submissions of 28 persons, with regard to the fracas between former SL High Commissioner to UK, Dr. Chris Nonis and Monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardene, in New York recently, had been submitted to President Rajapaksa. Ceylon Today is in possession of this report, which was submitted to President by Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo. Read More

Regulation not for locals with foreign passports

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Regulation not for locals with foreign passports
Ministry of Defence (MOD) revealed that all foreign passport holders are required to register with the MOD prior to travelling to the North. However, this regulation will not be strictly implemented for those born in Sri Lanka who hold foreign passports. Sri Lankan expatriates who visit Sri Lanka to meet their families in the North are not required to obtain prior permission from the Ministry of Defence, but Read More

'UNP fully supportive of pushing through JHU’s 19th Amendment'

Sunday, October 26, 2014
'UNP fully supportive of pushing through JHU’s 19th Amendment'
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament that his party would fully support the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution proposed by JHU’s Ven Aturaliye Ratana Thera to reduce the powers of executive presidency if the government brings it as an urgent Bill in November this year. Wickremesinghe, raising a point of order, demanded to know the govt’s position on proposed 19th amendment Read More

'Indian tour, not the ideal preparations'

Sunday, October 26, 2014
'Indian tour, not the ideal preparations'
Angelo Mathews is of the view that the adhoc ODI series his team has been entrusted with in India has not given them sufficient time to prepare for a tour of that nature. “The preparation for the series is not that great, we only had a few practice sessions especially with the weather interrupting,” he said. “It is not the ideal preparation for an Indian tour but we will do our best to prepare ourselves and take it as it comes.” Read More

'No acceptable need for large sums on defence'

Sunday, October 26, 2014
'No acceptable need for large sums on defence'
While the people are happy at the govt’s decision to reduce the prices of fuel and electricity, the Opposition has been critical of the govt’s move and stated that the govt is only reducing the prices of goods because of the upcoming elections and after the elections people will be taxed further. UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake said that while the govt has hoodwinked the people with these sorts of gimmicks for the past ten years, Read More

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Security plan in place for Sri Lanka players during India series

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Security plan in place for Sri Lanka players during India series
Keeping in view the security lapses during last year’s India-Sri Lanka match and incidents of Tamil Tiger racists attacking Lankan cricket lovers in London, the city’s Commissionerate Police on Friday assured a foolproof safety plan for players and spectators. 

“Full-proof security would be provided to the players of both the teams from the airport to hotel. The police will take control of the stadium and hotels two days before the first ODI at Cuttack on November 2,” police commissioner RP Sharma said.

Kamalesh Sharma to visit North for the first time

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Kamalesh Sharma to visit North for the first time
Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat Kamalesh Sharma is scheduled to arrive in the island today for a five-day official visit, during which he will meet the Sri Lankan President for talks and travel to Jaffna, the foreign ministry said.  

Sharma will visit Sri Lanka from 25-29 October 2014 to brief President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013.

Budget 2015: Something for everybody

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Budget 2015: Something for everybody
President Rajapaksa yesterday presented his tenth budget in Parliament. Having presented the budget for the next fiscal year, a smiling President Rajapaksa asked the opposition, "How is the Budget presented by a godaya [a country bumpkin]?" He was responding to a UNP MP who had claimed that the country was being ruined by a cabal of ‘country bumpkins’. Earlier, the govt advanced the presentation of Read More

Public sector disappointed, private workers neglected-JVP

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Public sector disappointed, private workers neglected-JVP
Accusing President Rajapaksa of having deceived the public sector, National Trade Union Centre affiliated to the JVP called for major trade union campaign to win their demands. President of the party’s trade union arm K.D. Lal Kantha, said that President Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning had not taken into consideration the JVP’s demand for Rs. 10,000 salary increase. Read More

The whitewashing of a war crime by corporate lobbyists

Saturday, October 25, 2014
The whitewashing of a war crime by corporate lobbyists
Sri Lankan govt is hurriedly trying to boost the country’s image by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire corporate lobbyists as it awaits a UN report into alleged war crimes. A report in the US says Sri Lanka has recently agreed a contract with its eighth lobbying firm this year to change the way the country is perceived internationally. It also wants the companies to improve contact between Read More

Is Sri Lanka ready for Ebola?

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Is Sri Lanka ready for Ebola?
Ebola is one of the most dangerous epidemics to scourge this earth for a long time. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 5,000-10,000 Ebola cases will occur in a week in worst-hit countries by December this year. According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, there could be up to 10,000 new Ebola cases per week in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of this year as the outbreak spreads, WHO warned Tuesday. Read More

Between a rock and a hard place: forest paradise vs quarry jobs

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Between a rock and a hard place: forest paradise vs quarry jobs
The mesmerising sound of the evening breeze sweeping through tree leaves, the gentle call of birds and the ripple of a nearby stream … peace reigns but for the loud thuds in the Kodigahakanda forest reserve – rocks being crushed under the hammers of villagers who work in giant quarries. Earning up to Rs. 3000-4000 daily, these villagers are not blind to the environmental impact that their hammers Read More

Friday, October 24, 2014

Three-wheeler driver’s body found near garbage dump

Friday, October 24, 2014
Three-wheeler driver’s body found near garbage dump
The body of a person, who has been stabbed to death with a sharp object, was discovered near a garbage dump in Manelgama, Kelaniya this morning, police said. 

The victim has been identified as a three-wheeler driver while the body was found following information received by Peheliyagoda Police. 

Fire at paper manufacturing plant in Thalahena

Friday, October 24, 2014
Fire at paper manufacturing plant in Thalahena
The fire which broke out at a paper manufacturing plant in Thalahena, Malabe this morning has been completely extinguished by the fire brigade with assistance from police. 

The fire brigade had dispatched 2 fire trucks to combat the fire, which had erupted in the wee hours today and destroyed almost the entire front section of the factory building.

New Silk Road: China gives India assurance on SL

Friday, October 24, 2014
New Silk Road: China gives India assurance on SL
China does not want to overstep into India’s sphere of influence by bringing Sri Lanka and Maldives into the maritime New Silk Road, according to an official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the New Indian Express reported.

“We don’t want to get into India’s sphere,” said Luan Jianzhang, Deputy Director General of Policy Research Office at the CPC Central Committee’s International Department. The International Department is mainly concerned with overseeing relations with foreign political parties.

Sri Lanka set for populist budget ahead of snap polls

Friday, October 24, 2014
Sri Lanka set for populist budget ahead of snap polls
Veteran Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to unveil a populist budget on Friday hoping to shore up sagging electoral support ahead of a troubled bid to win a third term. Rajapakse, who is also finance minister, has advanced the budget for 2015 by a month to give his govt more time to implement widely predicted tax cuts and public sector pay rises ahead of snap elections in January. Read More

Public servants to get Rs. 5,000 salary hike; UNP pledges Rs.10,000

Friday, October 24, 2014
Public servants to get Rs. 5,000 salary hike; UNP pledges Rs.10,000
UNP said President Rajapaksa was expected to grant a 5,000-rupee pay hike to public servants but it would give them Rs. 10,000 when it formed a govt. UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake said that the UNP already knew what Rajapaksa’s ‘Presidential Election Budget’ contained. "He will announce a salary increase of Rs. 5000 for public servants after denying them a hike for many years with the exception of meagre allowances which were totally inadequate to meet the skyrocketing Read More

'Canada terror attack: Situation similar to post-1983 crisis in northern SL'

Friday, October 24, 2014
'Canada terror attack: Situation similar to post-1983 crisis in northern SL'
 Regretting the loss of lives due to unprecedented terrorist attacks in Canada during the week, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the situation there was very much similar to that of Sri Lanka in the early 80s. He likened the threat faced by Canada to the situation that prevailed in the northern region before the LTTE ambushed an army patrol on the night of July 23, 1983 and claimed the lives of 13 servicemen Read More

Short on strategy, long on sectarianism: Come on opposition; wake up!

Friday, October 24, 2014
Short on strategy, long on sectarianism: Come on opposition; wake up!
At the time of writing, latish in October, political soothsayers predict presidential elections are on course for January. I have no idea how Pope Francis’ visit is to be slotted-in, but am certain Sarath Silva’s constitutional challenge will be seen off, irrespective of its legal rectitude. The regime did not invest effort and squander decency, impeaching, popping up henchmen, and despoiling the higher judiciary for nothing. On the Rajapakse side strategy is well integrated,  Read More

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Polls law violations: UNP asks EC to act against President

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Polls law violations: UNP asks EC to act against President
 The UNP challenged the Elections Commissioner (EC) Mahinda Deshapriya to take action against President Rajapaksa as concrete evidence was available that he had flouted election laws. Assistant UNP Leader Ravi Karunanayake said that the EC had once questioned what he could not do now but could have done if the 17th Amendment to the Constitution had still been in force. Read More