All Eyes On Budget Vote

By Nirmala Kannangara All eyes will be on the 2015 budget vote tomorrow following the political developments last week after former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena announced he will contest against President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential elections in January. Sirisena, on Friday, said a decision had not been taken on if the defectors will oppose or abstain at tomorrow’s final [...]

New Alliance This Week

A new political alliance is to be formed this week which will include the team led by Maithripala Sirisena which defected from the SLFP and the main opposition UNP as well as other opposition political parties. Common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena said that an agreement had been reached between the political parties on the [...]

Asian Monitors Invited For The Election

Asian monitors have been approached and invited for the Presidential elections expected to be held in January, the People’s Action For Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said. PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi said that 35 Asian monitors will be deployed for the polls apart from local monitors and other international monitors. Among the Asian monitors [...]

Big Battle Begins

The battle for Presidency began last week with the signing of the declaration, crossovers and celebrations anticipating victory by supporters of the two main candidates President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena. Pictures by Lalith Perera and Asoka Fernando   Click Here To See Full Page

Lanka Questions Credibility Of UNHRC

The Government has questioned the credibility of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since an investigation on Sri Lanka mandated by the Council continued despite objections being raised. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, Dr Palitha Kohona, speaking at the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the 69th Session of [...]

US Confirms Sison For Key UN Post

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has confirmed US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison as the Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, and Deputy Representative of the United States in the Security Council of the United Nations. The President of the United States Barack [...]

LTTE Heroes’ Week Events Banned

The police and the military said it would not allow events glorifying the LTTE to be held this week to mark the LTTE heroes week. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya also denied allegations that surveillance centres were being set up to prevent the university students and other activists from staging activities glorifying terrorism. “The LTTE [...]

Attempt To Topple The Uva PC

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) is in talks with several UPFA members in the Uva Provincial Council in order to secure their support to topple the council. UNP sources claimed that the talks with the UPFA members in the Uva PC were “90 percent successful” and just 3 more members needed to be [...]

Pope’s Visit Will Go Ahead

By Easwaran Rutnam The Catholic Church of Sri Lanka says the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka will go ahead as scheduled despite the Presidential elections taking place less than a week before his arrival. Reverend Father Cyril Gamini Fernando, the media secretary for the Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka, told The Sunday Leader, that the [...]

Government Accuses Chandrika

The Government yesterday accused former President Chandrika Kumaratunga of orchestrating the defections from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) saying it was part of a ‘mega teledrama’ to destabilize the country. Minister Susil Premajayantha, speaking to the media at the SLFP Headquarters, said that former SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena is being used as the [...]

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