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Bring These Foolish Desperadoes To Heel!

A midst the end of year mood for merriment and the excitement of the hustings for the presidential election, there lurks the fear of a deluge that can spell disaster for a great many, particularly the lesser privileged of the country. This is a challenge that will be carried over to the New Year and [...]

Tamils Lack Political Leadership

By TU Senan The TNA chiefs are looking for a stunt of some sort to defend their sustained inertia in the context of a profound need for clear leadership for Tamils in Sri Lanka. Of course, the current regime complies – its continued repression of some TNA leaders provides opportunities for them to escape their [...]

STF Rushed To Beruwala

By Easwaran Rutnam The police Special Task Force (STF) was deployed to Beruwala yesterday following a clash on Friday night involving the opposition and Government supporters. The clash had taken place after an opposition rally held in Beruwala in support of common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the [...]

Lamenting Economic Hardships

By Nirmala Kannangara in Tissamaharamaya and Hambantota   Pictures by Lalith Perera Villagers in Hambantota, Tissamaharama and Weerawila are lamenting economic hardships they are undergoing despite the government’s claims that they have sorted out most of these villagers’ problems. They express concern that the benefits of impressive infrastructure projects such as the super highways, airport and harbour [...]

Maithri Will Not Create A New Constitution

Common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena will not look to create a new constitution but only amend the existing one. Convener of the People’s Movement for a Just Society, the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero said that it will take at least five years to form a new constitution. Therefore Sirisena will only amend the existing [...]

Environmentalists Cry Foul

By Indika Sri Aravinda Environmental organisations have decided to go to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) against the Colombo Port City project charging that it will erode the beach and land area around Sri Lanka. The President of the Nature Group, Thilak Kariyawasam pointed out that reclaiming the sea land [...]

Tamils Urged To Vote

Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential Diaspora group based in London led by Father S.J. Emmanuel, has strongly urged the Tamil people in Sri Lanka to use every vote carefully during the January eighth Presidential Election. GTF says Tamil people have a long history of voting based on principled considerations. The upcoming Presidential election is [...]

Death Toll Reaches 17

The death toll from the severe weather reached 17 yesterday with 15 injured and 12 people still missing, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.DMC spokesman Sarath Lal Kumara said that over 900,000 people have been affected by the poor weather in several districts. He said that over 17,200 houses were either fully or partially damaged [...]

Campaign Moves On Secret Documents And Forged Signatures

The political week began with allegations of a secret agreement signed between Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe inclusive of some contentious issues. Given that the revelations came from none other than the former Secretary General of the UNP Tissa Attanayake, the political circles and the voter public was abuzz with conspiracy theories [...]

Concerns Over Floods On Polls

Election monitors have raised concerns over the impact the severe weather and floods will have on the Presidential election next month. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), has in a letter to Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya, noted that the floods may have an impact on voters, especially in the North Central and Eastern [...]

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