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Promises on the road to power
Saturday, 1 August 2015 - 7:11 AM SL Time

`Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. Edmund Burke

Politics has reached new heights in its traditional path of seeking the votes of the people.

It is the Path of the Promise. It takes my mind back to `Broken Promise` first Sinhala film screened, for the politics of promises have always been that of broken promises.

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Enjoining order against convening of SLFP CC extended
Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 11:07 AM SL Time

The enjoining order preventing the convening of the Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has been extended till August 7 by the Colombo District Court today. Full Story     Post Reply To This

People might hoot at me- Samarasinghe
Thursday, 30 July 2015 - 11:06 AM SL Time

Former SLFP Parliamentarian Mahinda Samarasinghe said he would not take part in the rally to be held in Kalutara on August 3, as he had information that several individuals were planning to hoot at him.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is also slated to take part at the rally.

The State minister of Finance Samarasinghe addressing media personnel today said he had received two letters by post and information from the organisers that if he was to ever be on stage at the meeting he would be hooted at.
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Five SLFPers removed from party
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 11:52 AM SL Time

The membership of five SLFP members contesting the parliamentary election on the UNP ticket was cancelled by party Chairman and President Maithripala Sirisena today. SLFP Treasurer S.B. Navinna, Vice Chairman M.K.D.S. Gunawardane, Deputy Secretary Rajitha Senaratne, Arjuna Ranatunga and Hirunika Premachandra were among those whose party membership was cancelled. Acting against SLFP principles was cited as the reason for the annulment of party membership. Full Story     Post Reply To This

MR promises new Constitution under UPFA Govt.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 11:52 AM SL Time

Kurunegala district UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa today said a new Constitution and electoral reforms would be enacted in the short term under a UPFA government if the party won the general election.

Addressing party supporters at the launch of the UPFA election manifesto at the Hendry Pedris Grounds in Colombo, Mr. Rajapaksa said the 12-point manifesto envisages accelerated development in the economy, housing, education, health, trade and industry, foreign policy, environment, arts and culture, youth, children and women rights while consolidating the national sovereignty and territorial integrity and inter communal harmony. He said a UPFA government would give priority to the introduction of a new constitution, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution and the re-introduction of the Village Councils System for local government administration.
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ITN rejects live telecast of UPFA manifesto-UPFA
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - 10:54 AM SL Time

The state owned Independent Television Network (ITN) has refused a request to telecast live the UPFA election manifesto,which is to be launched today, asserting that it has to accommodate the already scheduled programmes of the channel -- in a letter sent by ITN to the general secretary of the UPFA. The letter, signed by ITN chairman Dhammika Ganganath Dissanayake and sent to UPFA general secretary Susil Premajayantha said that, although there were a large number of requests to telecast paid election related advertisements on the channel, due to the earlier scheduled programmes and election advertisements, the channel was not able to accommodate all of them. The letter also said the channel had taken a decision to offer one opportunity to each political party to have its main convention telecast, without interrupting television programmes and it had already received election related advertisements. In his reply to the ITN chairman, Mr. Premajayantha had criticised ITN`s decision and said that the channel was biased towards the governing party. It is not clear why you have rejected our request when you have given equal opportunities to both the UNP and the JVP. We believe that your rejection of our request is unfair, the letter said. - See more at: Full Story     Post Reply To This

TNA`s manifesto a threat to SL sovereignty: Tissa
Monday, 27 July 2015 - 10:46 AM SL Time

United Citizens` Front (UCF) Leader Tissa Attanayake said today the Tamil National Alliance s (TNA) manifesto is a threat to the country`s sovereignty because it calls for the pardoning of the LTTE.

He said the TNA s manifesto released on Saturday is a challenge to the war victory because it wants a re-merger of the North and East under federal structure and right to self determination for Sri Lankan Tamils.
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Hema Premadasa will campaingn for Champika
Monday, 27 July 2015 - 10:45 AM SL Time

Former first lady Hema Premadasa today extended support to Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka for his Colombo District campaign for the August 17 general election, a media release from his office said. President Ranasinghe Premadasa`s widow joined Minister Ranawaka at the Ape Gama complex in Battaramulla where the minister explained his policies while launching his propaganda campaign. The late president Premadasa`s son Sajity is contesting from Hambantota under the UNP and is the district group leader. Minister Ranawaka told those who had gathered there that just like the manner in which different ethnic and religious groups came together in 1947 to form the United National Party (UNP) several groups with diverse ideologies have joined together to bring about a fresh beginning to the Sri Lankan nation. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Warnasinghe victim of intra-party friction CaFFE
Monday, 27 July 2015 - 10:35 AM SL Time

A group of thugs armed with firearms attacked the party office of Kalutara District UNF candidate Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe twice at Baduraliya in Agalawatte during the early hours yesterday, according to Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE).

CaFFE said yesterday s attack was the worst election law violation during the last seven days as the attackers had used firearms to chase away the supporters of Warnasinghe.

According to eye witness accounts recorded by the CaFFE the assailants had arrived in a jeep and assaulted everyone in the party office before damaging placards and propaganda billboards. The victims had lodged a complaint with the Baduraliya police, the election monitors said. Several hours later, the attackers returned the place in the same jeep, set upon those who had gathered there and chased them away. Two persons, Ajith Priyantha and D. K. Jayathilake were injured.
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SLFP to expel 5 CC members
Sunday, 26 July 2015 - 8:08 AM SL Time

A decision will be taken at the next SLFP Central Committee (CC) meeting to remove the five CC members who are contesting the parliamentary election from the United National Front for good Governance (UNFGG), party sources said. The move to expel these members will be presented by SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa at the CC meeting due to meet next week under the leadership of party Chairman President Maithripala Sirisena. Accordingly, Treasure of the party S.B. Navinne, Vice Chairman M.K.D.S. Gunawardane, Deputy Secretary Rajitha Senaratne, CC Members Arjuna Ranatunga and Hirunika Premachandra are to be expelled from the party. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Govt. changes northern expressway structure: UPFA
Sunday, 26 July 2015 - 8:05 AM SL Time

The UPFA today charged the present government had reduced the number of lanes of the Northern Expressway planned by the previous government in order to show that it was able to reduce the cost of the project. Colombo District UPFA Candidate Danasiri Amaratunga said the UNP led government had reduced the number of the lanes of the expressway to two from three. The UPFA government introduced the project with three lanes to ease the increasing traffic. However, the UNP government had reduced the number of lanes to two to show it was succeed in reducing the project cost. The government had also changed the expressway s name to Central Expressway , Mr. Amaratunga said. He said the government had allowed the same old company to carry out the construction of the expressway after accusing it previously. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Govt. plans to privatise Litro gas-Bandula
Friday, 24 July 2015 - 10:29 AM SL Time

Former UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardane said today that the government had given the green light to privatise state owned Litro Gas Lanka Ltd by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shell Gas Lanka Ltd. Mr. Gunawardane said the government had signed a MoU with Shell Gas Lanka Ltd to purchase gas at US$105 per tonne, contrary to international tender procedure. 34 companies had sent tendered to provide gas at lower prices while Shell Gas Lanka Ltd had quoted a higher price (US$ 122). However, the government, contrary to international tender procedure, signed an MoU with Shell Gas Lanka Ltd to purchase LP gas at US$ 105 following secret discussions with them even after the tenders closed. We ask how this was done, and who intervened in this deal? he said Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa took over the gas company which had been privatised during the tenure of Chandrika Kumaratunge and named it Litro gas. He said this was the second biggest fraud of the new government, next to the Bond issue, and added that they would nullify this deal after coming to power. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Ranil wants report on alleged SL combatant
Friday, 24 July 2015 - 10:26 AM SL Time

Cabinet spokesperson and Minister Rajitha Senaratne announcing the Cabinet decisions said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had requested the IGP to investigate the incident and close associates of the deceased involved the recent Syria attack and submit a report to him.

The deceased was a one time Principal of an International school in Galewela and alleged to be a combatant of the ISIs.

A special police team is due to conduct the investigations.
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More legal teeth to probe financial crimes: Rajitha
Friday, 24 July 2015 - 10:24 AM SL Time

The UNP- led alliance today pledged to prioritize the enactment of legislation to deal with those involved in financial crimes and other wrongdoings under the regime of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, if it was elected to office. Cabinet spokesman and Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told the weekly news briefing that the only solution to the snail phased investigations and legal action against suspects who have allegedly committed financial crimes and misdeeds under the Rajapaksa regime was the setting up of a new legislative and legal administration system with enough legal teeth. We must accept that our legal system and activities at the Attorney General s Department are not up to a satisfactory speed. That is why it takes several years if not months to complete investigations and take legal action against prima-facie cases of financial crimes. The best example is that only a very small number of cases have been filed against suspects who have allegedly involved in financial crimes and corruptions under the Rajapaksa regime so far, Minister Senaratne added. He said there were nearly 7,000 complaints on various financial crimes and corruptions against politicians and officials of the last regime but only 52 of them have been probed up to now. The Financial Crimes Division (FCID) and the CID await the Attorney General s observations to file charges against suspects but the process was slow and added the AG s Department work with a limited number of staff as there were a large number of staff vacancies at the Department.
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