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UNHRC told to maintain scrutiny on Lanka
[Friday 2015-07-03 19:00]

Human rights groups, have in a letter to Ambassadors of the UN Human Rights Council, urged them to maintain the fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka on questions of justice and accountability. In the letter, released by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, the human rights groups noted that although it is to be acknowledged that since January Sri Lanka’s government has induced some positive change in easing the abusive human rights climate of the previous Presidency, it must also be recognised that many challenges still remain unaddressed.



UPFA decides to give nomination to Mahinda Rajapaksa
[Friday 2015-07-03 19:00]

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has decided to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest at the upcoming General Election on August 17 under the UPFA ticket. A statement issued by the UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha states that as discussed at the UPFA party leaders’ meeting held last evening (02), a decision has been taken to give nominations to the former President to contest the 2015 General Election from the UPFA.



Three from same family dead, girl critical after collision Top News
[Friday 2015-07-03 19:00]

Three persons from the same family were killed while another girl was critically injured after a three-wheeler collided with a van in Iluppakadavai, Kilinochchi. Police said that four persons, including the little girl, who were traveling in the three-wheeler from Mannar to Jaffna were admitted to the Kilinochchi Hospital following the collision. However, three of them had succumbed to injuries shortly after admittance while the girl, who is in critical condition, has been transferred to the Anuradhapura Hospital for further treatment.



Ex-LTTE Operative Gets 10 years RI For Maithripala Sirisena Assassination Attempt Top News
[Friday 2015-07-03 19:00]

The former LTTE operative who was involved in an assassination attempt on President Maithripala Sirisena, when he was the Minister of Mahaweli Development in 2006, was sentenced to 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) on July 03. Sivaraja Jenivan alias Mohommadu Sulthan Cader Mohideen a.k.a Senan, who was charged with setting up a claymore mine in an attempt to assassinate Sirisena, was also fined Rs 10,000 by Polonnaruwa High Court Judge Amendra Seneviratne.



No nominations for Duminda - Sajin - Mervyn
[Friday 2015-07-03 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to grant nominations for 08 former parliamentarians and ministers who faced various allegations in the recent past, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns from reliable sources. According to the above sources, Duminda Silva, Sajin Vass Gunewardena and Mervyn Silva are among these 08 former MPs.Meanwhile, unconfirmed sources add that the names of Wasantha Perera, Johnston Fernando, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Sarana Gunewardena and Mahindananda Aluthgamage are also included in the above list.



UN refuses to comment on MR contesting
[Friday 2015-07-03 18:00]

The United Nations (UN) refused to comment on reports that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be contesting the August 17 Parliament elections. When asked for a comment at the daily press briefing at the UN yesterday, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said that he had no comment on that.



Mahinda will contest from new alliance – Basil
[Thursday 2015-07-02 18:00]

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa will contest the general election from a new alliance, said former minister Basil Rajapaksa. He was responding to a question from Sri Lanka Mirror. He said it would be better to contest from an alliance comprising only the loyalists, as it was far worse to deal with backstabbers, who dug the grave for Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election.



SLMC to contest with UNP
[Thursday 2015-07-02 18:00]

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is planning to contest the general election with the United National Party ( UNP) , its leader Rauff Hakeem said today. Mr. Hakeem who was approached by a few journalists when he was coming out of UNP headquarters Sirikotha last afternoon said he was on his way after a meeting with UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his party had decided to sign an MOU with the UNP soon.



Keen competition in North and East - General Election 2015
[Thursday 2015-07-02 18:00]

In the forthcoming parliamentary election a keen contest between the United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA), All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC), the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is expected in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. In the Muslim electorates a keen contest between the SLMC, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) and the National Congress is expected.



MR not officially requested SLFP nominations - Rajitha
[Thursday 2015-07-02 18:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has so far not officially requested nominations from the SLFP to contest the upcoming general elections, Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told the Daily News yesterday.He said the decision whether ex-President Rajapaksa would be granted nominations or not would be taken only if a formal application was forwarded.



We will go it alone unless threat from MR arises: SF
[Thursday 2015-07-02 18:00]

While claiming they would contest alone at the upcoming General Election, Democratic Party Leader, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka said they would only join a common political front if there was a real threat of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa returning to power. “If a threat arises where Mahinda Rajapaksa and his associates could return to power, we will join an alliance that would defeat it. That is the only scenario that would compel us to change our stance,” he said at an event held yesterday to appoint new organisers of the party.



Shasheendra to contest Parliament election
[Thursday 2015-07-02 18:00]

Former Uva Province Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa says he will be contesting the upcoming Parliament elections. Rajapaksa, who was among those present at Madamulana yesterday to extend support to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, told the Colombo Gazette that he will be contesting from the Monaragala district.Shasheendra Rajapaksa said that all those supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa are keen to protect the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.



Mahinda breaks his silence, says he will contest Top News
[Wednesday 2015-07-01 19:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today broke his silence with regards to the August 17 Parliament elections and formally announced that he will be contesting the polls. Speaking in front of a large crowd at his home town in Madamulana, the former President said that he is not in a position to reject the request of his supporters for him to contest. “We cannot reject the request you have put before us. We will contest and look to form the next Government,” Rajapaksa said.



MR not party leader so can say anything: CBK
[Wednesday 2015-07-01 19:00]

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge commenting on her successor Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech at Medamulana today said he could say anything he wished because he was not the party leader. She expressed these views to journalists who were outside the Minuwangoda Hospital which was inspected by her. When asked if she would contest the general election, she said it was not the ideal place to comment on the issue.



Medamulana Meeting A Disappointment For MR
[Wednesday 2015-07-01 19:00]

Despite widespread speculations, none of the heavyweights of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party attended the meeting in Medamulana which marked former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's entry into the electoral fray. Pro-Rajapaksa camp expected Oppositon Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa to attend the meeting, showing their support to the former President. However, none of them was present at the meeting, much to the disappointment of Rajapaksa and his group.



Flight diverts to Mumbai after Lankan collapses onboard
[Wednesday 2015-07-01 19:00]

An international Colombo-Dubai flight had to be diverted to Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) on Tuesday and make an emergency landing due to a medical emergency onboard the plane, Indian media reported. 35-year-old Uwaisa Mohideen Pichchai Abdul Raseedu, a female Sri Lankan citizen, who was traveling from Colombo to Madina via Dubai on the Fly Dubai FZ551 flight, fell unconscious forced the flight to be diverted to CSIA and landed in Mumbai at 10.50 am.



Maithripala Sirisena Gives 100 Days Challenge To Next Parliament
[Wednesday 2015-07-01 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena made a challenge to all political parties, saying that the new parliament should pass the 20th Amendment in its first hundred days. Speaking at the launch of the official website of SLFP student wing, Sirisena said that certain parties with communal interests made it difficult for the parliament to pass this amendment. Meanwhile, Sirisena also pointed out that the SLFP will field candidates with clean records in the forthcoming general election. If not, the people will reject the SLFP, he added.



Lands being sold to LTTE – BBS
[Wednesday 2015-07-01 19:00]

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) warned that the there were plans underway by the government, to sell areas of strategic importance to national security in the North and East, to a pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Tamil Diaspora group for US$ 450 million. General Secretary of the BBS Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera said that the government, especially United National Party (UNP) Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister Mangala Samaraweera, the Tamil Diaspora and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, had already decided to go ahead with the deal for the establishment of a fast food chain before 20 December, this year.



SLFP will not name Rajapaksa as PM candidate, Sri Lankan President affirms
[Tuesday 2015-06-30 19:00]

Sri Lankan President has affirmed that the United People's Freedom Party of which Sri Lanka Freedom Party is the main constituent will appoint a prime minister after consultations with the members of parliament elected at the upcoming parliamentary election. Issuing a media statement, the President's Media Unit said the President Maithripala Sirisena as the leader of the SLFP has not either accepted or named the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a prime ministerial candidate from the party.



MR's return to politics not a worry: Ven. Rathana Thera
[Tuesday 2015-06-30 19:00]

The National Council for a Better Tomorrow Chairman Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today they would not be worried if former president Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to politics by contesting at the general elections. He told a media briefing at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute that the only problem they had was the party through which Mr. Rajapaksa would contest.


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