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The Forgotten Majority – The Way Forward
Published Date: 12/01/2015 (Monday)
The euphoria of victory has engulfed us all. Many will want to take credit for their role in the final outcome. Was it the political coup spearheaded by the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe in getting Mr Maithripala Sirisena to defect that changed the tide? Was it the minority Tamil and Muslim voters who braved physical and other forms of threats to vote overwhelmingly for the opposition? Was it the integrity and courage displayed by the Election Commissioner and his staff together with the IGP N.K. Illangakoon and the police that helped to ensure that the mandate of the people is heard and respected? No doubt, the answer is all of the above and all of these must share some of the credit.
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Pope Arrives in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 12/01/2015 (Monday)
Pope Francis arrives in Sri Lanka today for a visit expected to add to a new harmonious atmosphere in the Buddhist-majority nation that last week elected a government promising increased respect for long-suffering religious minorities. The visit to Sri Lanka is the first leg of a Jan. 12-19 tour that also takes in the Philippines and is the Pope's second Asian excursion, part of his outreach aimed at shoring-up the Church's presence in developing nations.
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Sri Lanka's new president welcomes dissidents home
Published Date: 10/01/2015 (Saturday)
New President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have invited exiled dissidents back to Sri Lanka and promised to end censorship Saturday as he began to turn the page on the authoritarian rule of his toppled predecessor. A day after his victory over Mahinda Rajapakse, Sirisena began assembling a cabinet to deliver his pledges to repair the war-scarred nation's diplomatic standing and implement a raft of reforms.
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Statement of the Hon. Chief Minister of the Northern Province on the results of the Presidential
Published Date: 09/01/2015 (Friday)
My beloved Tamil Speaking brothers and sisters have made the appropriate decision at the Presidential Elections. Today we have voted decisively and elected a new President. Hon. Maithripala Sirisena has been selected by the majority and minority communities jointly as the leader of this country. I have complete confidence that democracy will be established under him. Moreover, I believe that the foundation for a just solution to the problems of the Tamil Speaking Peoples, which have remained unresolved for more than sixty years, will be laid under his regime. I wish to state that we remain committed to providing him with our co-operation and assistance in this regard.
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President Yameen congratulates Sri Lanka’s President-elect Maithiripala Sirisena
Published Date: 09/01/2015 (Friday)
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has sent a congratulatory message to the President-elect of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, H.E. Maithiripala Sirisena, following his victory in the Presidential election. The President’s message reads as follows: “On behalf of the people and the Government of Maldives I wish to convey my sincere congratulations to you on your victory in the Presidential election held yesterday in Sri Lanka.
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Baird Congratulates Sri Lankans on Successful Presidential Election
Published Date: 09/01/2015 (Friday)
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement regarding the presidential elections in Sri Lanka: “Canada congratulates the millions of Sri Lankans who went to the polls and peacefully exercised their democratic right to vote. We welcome Maithripala Sirisena as president of Sri Lanka.
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David Cameron congratulated the newly elected President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena.
Published Date: 09/01/2015 (Friday)
The British Prime Minister said: I congratulate Maithripala Sirisena on his victory in yesterday’s Presidential election. When I visited Sri Lanka I saw the huge potential the country has, and wish him well in taking every opportunity to help realise this potential and lead a stable, prosperous, united country. These peaceful, democratic elections are a credit to all those involved and the people of Sri Lanka.
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Canada: Liberal statement on Sri Lanka election
Published Date: 09/01/2015 (Friday)
Marc Garneau, Foreign Affairs Critic for the Liberal Party of Canada, issued the following statement today regarding the election in Sri Lanka: “Congratulations to MaithripalaSirisena on his election yesterday. Many Canadians watched this election with keen interest and hope that it will lead to a more peaceful Sri Lanka.
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US top diplomat calls Sri Lanka leader before elections
Published Date: 07/01/2015 (Wednesday)
Secretary of State John Kerry has called Sri Lanka's president to urge that elections being held Thursday be free from violence and intimidation. Kerry spoke by telephone Tuesday night with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who faces a fierce political battle to win a third term in office against a one-time ally
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Struggle for Change: Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne
Published Date: 07/01/2015 (Wednesday)
Leader of the New Sama Samaja Party, Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne in a recent statement presented, the Tamil National Alliance has decided to support Maithree. They said finally “We therefore call on all citizens to turn out in great numbers and defeat the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime by casting their vote in favor of the Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and the Swan symbol.” That is a clear and hard statement against a fascist styled ruler who resorts to unpredictable threats and violence. In coming to this decision they have observed that the values of democracy, good governance and rule of law have suffered unprecedentedly under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.
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Is Mahinda ready for a defeat and for a peaceful exchange of power? – Robinhood
Published Date: 06/01/2015 (Tuesday)
The conditions complying to the defeat of Mahinda has been already established. The hostility which started from lower, middle class, higher society, urban has already completed spreading to the village level. The popularity of Mahinda has befallen among the public sector of the permanent supporters of the UPFA. It was reported about 65% of majority votes of the security forces, teachers, different professions of the public sector has been possessed by Maithree.
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Friend turned foe - the challenger for Sri Lanka's presidency
Published Date: 04/01/2015 (Sunday)
Over a dinner of rice-flour pancakes with his trusted health minister one evening in November, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa observed with a grin that there would be no serious candidate to challenge him in the coming presidential election. Little did Rajapaksa know then that the man who would stand in his way of winning an unprecedented third term as president of this Indian Ocean island nation was right beside him.
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Sri Lanka: Commonwealth Calls For A Level Playing Field & A Credible And Peaceful Election
Published Date: 30/12/2014 (Tuesday)
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has reiterated that ”the people of Sri Lanka should be able to freely exercise their franchise, in an enabling environment marked by transparency, a level playing field, and adherence to the laws and norms that govern a credible and peaceful election. For this, key stakeholders must play their due roles.”
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Elections In Sri Lanka: Down To The Wire
Published Date: 30/12/2014 (Tuesday)
The plan seemed such a simple one. Mahinda Rajapaksa called an election in November expecting to breeze past a shambolic, divided opposition and take an unprecedented third term as Sri Lanka’s president. The poll, on January 8th, would be two years earlier than necessary. It would also be the first after a constitutional amendment in 2010 that abolished a two-term limit for presidents. Everything had appeared set for Mr Rajapaksa to remain in power.
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On Safeguarding Security and Sovereignty
Published Date: 09/11/2014 (Sunday)
Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran addressed the K.G. Kannabiran Memorial Lecture event organised by Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) at the Vidyodaya School Auditorium in T Nagar, Chennai 600017 on 9th November, 2014. His full speech as follows:
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SRI LANKA: Mayuri Inoka, wife campaigning for disappeared husband, abducted
Published Date: 03/11/2014 (Monday)
Mayuri Inoka, the wife of a disappeared husband, Madushka Haris De Silva, was herself abducted on 1November 2014. According to Mayuri, her abductors threatened her not to engage in any activities calling for the recovery of her husband. Mayuri’s husband disappeared in September 2013, and remains missing. On 27October 2014, Mayuri spoke at a public gathering in front of the “Monument for the Disappeared” at Raddoluwa, Seeduwa, during the annual commemoration ceremony for disappeared persons.
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A Tsunami in the Plantation
Published Date: 03/11/2014 (Monday)
Meeriabedde Estate comes under Ampitikanda Estate in Baulla district, belongs to Muskeliya Plantation.The kovil division of Meeriabede estate land slide in its wake buried 2 km stretch of place when swathes of rock, mud and rubble triggered by torrential rains swept through the area on the 29th October 2014 in between 7.20 to 7.30 a.m. It is describe as the worst natural disaster since the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. Number of deaths up to 30th October 2014 was 16. Nine are in the hospital. 300 are missing.
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UN Rights body is bias in reporting on Sri Lanka, says Sri Lankan Information Minister and Government Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella
Published Date: 02/11/2014 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka has accused the UN's Human Rights Committee of bias in its report on the investigation into the murders of five Tamil students in Trincomalee in 2006. According to Sri Lankan information minister and government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, the UN body had singled out Sri Lanka while overlooking many atrocities committed by the LTTE during the island's brutal three-decade of civil war.
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“No Chinese Military in Sri Lanka.... Sri Lanka will not compromise on Indian National Security” - Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence
Published Date: 29/10/2014 (Wednesday)
Responding to concerns raised by India, Ministry of Defence yesterday denied there is Chinese military presence in Sri Lanka. According to reports Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya had told that there are no Chinese military personnel in Sri Lanka and if anyone claims that Sri Lanka is harbouring Chinese military personnel, it is a misleading statement.
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Landslide in upcountry: 15 dead and over 400 missing
Published Date: 29/10/2014 (Wednesday)
Fifteen people are reported dead and over 400 missing following a landslide in central Sri Lanka. According to rescue mission, the landslide, which came after heavy monsoon rains, engulfed about 140 houses in Badulla district. The state media Rupavahini showed huge mounds of earth covering the houses, with only parts of the roofs visible on some.
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President Rajapakse presented Budget - 2015
Published Date: 27/10/2014 (Monday)
I am pleased to present the 10th consecutive Budget of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government guided by "Mahinda Chintana National Vision for Development", to this august assembly today. 1.2 Our Government in 2005 inherited a conflict trapped, Tsunami shattered nation with a grim economic outlook. It was a country which was suffering from depleted infrastructure that marginalized the economy in the emerging competitive global environment. Education was not oriented towards providing the much-demanded skills necessary to build up our new generation.
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Rudra seeks EU backing for Tamil Issue
Published Date: 24/10/2014 (Friday)
The head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, has urged the European Union to support to Eelam Tamils in their continuing struggle for justice. In a statement to the media, Rudrakumaran said that the TGTE and Tamils around the world welcome the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union annulling the ban on the LTTE and salutes the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for ensuring rule of law and the role of judiciary in good governance
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‘Complex web’ of crises requires human rights-based solutions – UN rights chief
Published Date: 23/10/2014 (Thursday)
At the root of crises confronted by the United Nations usually lies a “complex web” of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights requiring solutions that can only come from more emphatic and comprehensive protections, the Organization’s top human rights official said today. Addressing the General Assembly’s main body dealing with social, humanitarian, and cultural issues (Third Committee), UN High Commissioners for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said the world is currently facing “deepening turmoil” amid “biting constraints” of funding.
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New Chinese leader Xi warns against meddling during his visit to Moscow
Published Date: 22/10/2014 (Wednesday)
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against foreign interference in the affairs of other nations during a speech in Moscow on Saturday, sending a signal to the West and echoing a message often repeated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Permanent U.N. Security Council members with veto power, Russia and China have frequently teamed up diplomatically to blunt the influence of the United States and its NATO allies and have blocked three draft resolutions on Syria.
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Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained
Published Date: 22/10/2014 (Wednesday)
In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy. In a lawyer's office in the town of Mannar, a middle-aged woman sobs uncontrollably as she recounts her five-year struggle to find her son, one of thousands of cases of young men and women who disappeared after being picked up by soldiers.
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