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Sri Lanka opposition candidate releases policy statement amid disruptions
Saturday, 20 December 2014 - 10:40 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena has presented his election manifesto this morning at the Viharamahadevi Park amid disruptions to the program.

The presentation ceremony of the election manifesto was to take place at near the Buddha Statue in Viharamahadevi Park today from 9:00 am onwards, but had to be moved to a different location as the permission to the location was cancelled at the last minute.

Further, the power supply was interrupted during the common candidate`s presentation, opposition sources said.
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Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka advises local government authorities to obey election laws
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 9:49 AM SL Time

In response to the complaints lodged by some political party candidates, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRSCL) has advised all local government authorities to obey the election laws saying that the Commission will be compelled to take legal action against violators.

In a communiqu to all the Local Government officials, the Chairman of the HRCSL, Justice Priyantha Perera said all Commissioners and Secretaries of Local Government authorities in their capacity as public officials have the responsibility to act according to the election laws.
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17 OF 29 JHU PS Members JOIN UDAYA
Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 11:49 AM SL Time

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) plunged yesterday into a deeper crisis when 17 of its 29 local government members defected to the UPFA to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming Presidential Election, former Senior Vice President of the party told a news conference in Colombo.
Western Provincial Councillor Udaya Gammanpila said that they would be unveiling the name of the new party and its leader soon. `Our party is founded on policies that are our foundation. We have suddenly strayed towards an alliance with the United National Party and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. There is a void in society for a Buddhist political party,` he added.
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Two new judges sworn in to Sri Lanka high courts
Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 11:48 AM SL Time

Two new justices to Sri Lanka high courts were sworn in today before President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Judge of the Court of Appeal Justice Upali Abeyratne was sworn to the Supreme Court and High Court Judge Sherine Madawala was sworn in to the Court of Appeal before the President today at Temple Trees.
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Extremist forces behind common opposition: BBS
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 9:24 AM SL Time

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera today said that all the extremist forces are combined with the common political party and with the support of the common opposition they are disseminating extremist powers around the country.

He said those who are disseminating Christian extremism were recently joined with the common opposition and this is the next conspiracy that would be followed by them.

By using the common opposition, these extremists groups are attempting to convey a new colonisation in the country and they are trying to convert the people by using this current political situation, he said.
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MR says Maithri, TNA have deal
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 9:21 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today alleged that the opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena has signed a secret deal with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

Speaking at an election rally in Chilaw, the President claimed that the secret deal was formulated by a team which includes TNA Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran.

We are watching these things very closely. These things need to be revealed, the President added.

He urged the public not to forget what the LTTE did and the fact that they have been defeated militarily.
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Only LTTE rump can clarify Prabhakaran s decision Maithripala s Camp Engineering Ranil s defeat at Nov 2005 poll:
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 9:42 AM SL Time

JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka, MP, says the LTTE rump should be asked whether it had received payment from the then Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa Camp in the run-up to Nov. 17, 2005 presidential election.

Referring to a statement made by an Opposition MP (not a UNPer), UNP MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, PC, said that the LTTE had facilitated Rajapaksa s victory by depriving UNP presidential candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe of Tamil voters in the Northern Province. Rajapaksa alleged that the government was making an attempt to discourage Tamil voters in the run-up to January 8, 2014 presidential election.
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 9:41 AM SL Time

Disparities in the agreements which the so-called common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena signed with the United National Party (UNP) and Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and the one which he signed with the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) compelled me to leave the JHU, former JHU legal adviser and Western Province Minister Udaya Gammanpila said yesterday.
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Sri Lankan President wants a mandate to create a moral society
Monday, 15 December 2014 - 10:48 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he came forward to contest for a third time seeking a mandate to create a moral and disciplined society.

Addressing the ruling party` second public rally in Nawalapitiya Sunday, the President said he wants a community that is moral and will help him achieve his vision of a strong and developed future for the people of this country.

In 2005 when I took over as the President of the country the people wanted one thing, to end the war. We were able to deliver on that promise. Now developments are underway mainly infrastructure,` the President said.
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Gotabhaya defends ex-military men engaging in politics If terrorists can enter politics, why not forces personnel
Monday, 15 December 2014 - 10:43 AM SL Time

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that those who had accused him of using retired military personnel in President Mahinda Rajapaksa s campaign had conveniently forgotten Sarath Fonseka entering politics while still holding office as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Fonseka held the rank of General at that time.

Defence Secretary said that President Rajapaksa had promptly accepted the former army commander s letter of resignation when the latter declared his intention to contest the 2010 presidential election.
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Bus fare reduction mulled
Monday, 15 December 2014 - 10:36 AM SL Time

Discussions are underway to explore the possibilities of reducing bus fares since diesel prices have come down, Private Transport Services Minister C. B. Ratnayake said.

He said since the government has reduced the price of diesel by Rs. 10 per litre, officials of the Private Transport Services Ministry and the National Transport Commission (NTC) are discussing the possibilities of revising the bus fare as a result of the diesel price reduction.

The bus fare revision is being made based on 12 factors in the national policy on bus fare. The 12 factors including fuel cost, prices of spare parts, tyres, wastage and maintenance. Cost should be determined to revise bus fares in this process, the minister said.
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UK parliament discusses enhancing bilateral trade with Sri Lanka
Saturday, 13 December 2014 - 10:09 AM SL Time

Britain`s upper parliament, House of Lords on Thursday discussed plans to encourage more bilateral trade between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka, one of UK`s most important bilateral trading partners.

Introducing the subject, Lord Mohamed Sheikh said UK is one of the top five investors in Sri Lanka and its number one EU trading partner and noted that the balance of trade has risen significantly in favor of Si Lanka in recent years.

`In the longer term, we must look to address this imbalance,` Sheikh said asking the UK government to clarify what action is being taken to achieve this.
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Udaya s defection underscores need to change political culture - Champika
Saturday, 13 December 2014 - 10:08 AM SL Time

The switching of allegiance by the party s Deputy General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila to President Mahinda Rajapaksa would not affect the JHU at all, Jathika Hela Urumaya General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday.

Ranawaka said, `Gammanpila s defection and change of stance clearly demonstrated the urgent need to change the political culture in the country which was detrimental to the country and it is a system created by the Rajapaksas to feather their nests at the expense of others.`
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Udaya Gammanpila joins the government
Friday, 12 December 2014 - 10:21 AM SL Time

Jathika Hela Urumaya Deputy General Secretary and Western Provincial Council member Udaya Gammanpila joins the government. Full Story     Post Reply To This

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