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Infographic: Rajapaksa’s Lies And The Real Cost Of Living In Sri Lanka-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Mahinda Rajapaksa consistently tells you that the cost-of-living (inflation) is increasing by 4.5% a year. This is a lie. The cost of 46 essential food items alone has increased by an average of 12 percent.

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s deceit is possible because he changes the basket of consumer items that is used to assess the cost of living. He also changes the year of comparison (base year) when calculating cost-of-living increases. This is why the IMF and World Bank have criticized Central Bank statistics[1]. Moreover, we must remember that the Census and Statistics Department’s Account Division Director H.S. Wanasinghe went on the record saying that GDP figures were massaged[2].

Winning Tamil Votes Without Losing Sinhala Votes-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm

By Jude Fernando

Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The traditions of all dead generations weigh like a nightmare on the brains of the living—Marx (1852).

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer—Abraham Lincoln.

President Rajapaksa: Man With Credibility Completely Lost-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

By Nagananda Kodituwakku

Nagananda Kodituwakku

Nagananda Kodituwakku

Once a man has lost his credibility, in law, no weight whatsoever would be placed on any utterances made by him.

In his 2005 Election Manifesto Rajapaksa, when campaigning for the Presidency for the first time, with full support of the JVP, promised to the people to abolish the Executive Presidency (page 97 – 2005 manifesto). Now the very person promises to do the same, within one year in the event of his re-election to Office for the third time (page 17 – 2015 manifesto).

The Hybrid Features Of The Present Constitution Must Be Removed-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 30, 2014 at 7:01 pm

By R.M.B Senanayake – 

R.M.B. Senanayake

R.M.B. Senanayake

The most important feature of the Executive Presidential form of government which distinguishes it from the Westminster form is that the Executive is separated from the Legislature and the Judiciary and the separation of powers is followed down the line. It is not only the Executive President who is separated from the Legislature. It includes all his Ministers as well. The Executive President appoints his Ministers from outside the Legislature – the Parliament. This is seen in the U.S Presidency. In France which also follows the Executive Presidency Ministers can be appointed from Parliament but they cease to be voting members in Parliament although they could sit in Parliament. President J.R J with all his political maturity and experience failed to appreciate the need for a strict separation of powers to safeguard freedom. He adopted the practice of appointing only Members of Parliament as his Ministers and they continued to exercise their votes in Parliament. This gave the opportunity to MR to buy over all the MPs in Parliament by appointing them as Ministers ignoring the administrative rationale for the appointment of Ministers.

TNA Supports Maithri: Full Statement Issued By The TNA-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has today decided to support the opposition common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, the TNA announced a short while ago.

Sampanthan, leader of the political proxy of the Tamil Tigers, the Tamil National Alliance, addresses reporters during a media conference  in ColomboFull statement issued by the TNA;

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has given careful consideration to the positions and pronouncements of the two main candidates at the upcoming Presidential election and has also undertaken an extensive process of consultation to hear the views of the Tamil speaking people, particularly those in the North and East. As the political leadership of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, we have a historical duty to guide our people and the wider citizenry in the choice they will be called on to make at the election.

Editorial- Island.lk

December 30, 2014 at 1:21 am

Of that Dear John

December 29, 2014, 6:25 pm

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has, after weeks of  dilly-dallying, broken ranks with the government to back common Opposition  candidate Maithripala Sirisena. It has cited its opposition to the 18th  Amendment to the Constitution as one of the reasons for its defection.  Ironically, it secured ministerial and diplomatic posts for its leaders and  their relatives by the simple expedient of deserting the UNP to back the 18-A in  Parliament and now it has crossed over to oppose the same amendment!

MRMR Port exceeds 190,000 units of vehicle handling this Year

December 30, 2014 at 1:19 am

December 29, 2014, 5:26 pm

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The position of Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP)  in Hambantota, the services rendered at present are continuing with that of the  highest quality. The expansions taking  place with the oncoming massive  development activities around this port, that include  the tank farm, the green  port city and  free zones providing tax havens and bunkering facilities,  are   sure to realize a long term dream of the vessels sailing in the Indian Ocean,  and those involved in the field of Supply Chain Management as well. In the  future the port will predominantly operate as a transshipment port.

Annasi and Kadalagotu – 4

December 30, 2014 at 1:17 am

December 29, 2014, 6:42 pm
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By Capt Elmo

Jayawardena

Annasi and Kadalagotu, a firm foundation is being laid and the  incubation has begun to give life to a Literary Festival marching to a different  drum beat. This will be a tri-lingual event with the sons and the daughters of  the soil taking part. It is certainly not for the supposed-to-be glittering  stars who need business-class tickets to travel and five-star roofs to shelter  their sleep. Literature is for the pedestrian, appreciation should be for local  talent, all of whom need not be Salman Rushdis and Arundhathi Roys to be on  stage as panellists or moderators. Wouldn’t the woods be very silent if no birds  sing there except those that sang best?

President needs to be mindful of his main strength

December 30, 2014 at 1:09 am

December 29, 2014, 12:00 pm
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by Jehan Perera

When government parliamentarian and Deputy Minister Nishantha  Muthuhettigama intervened with the police to forcibly release three of his  supporters who were in their custody for having attacked and burned an  opposition election stage, it seemed to be yet another instance of impunity on  the part of a government member that would go unpunished. When the Police  officer in charge of the area where the problem arose resigned from the Police  citing unbearable political pressure on him, he was warned that he would face  charges of insubordination and cowardice. Under the circumstances that have been  prevailing in the country for the past several years, this would have been  accepted by the general public as being the order of the day.

Presidential polls and CKD

December 30, 2014 at 1:06 am

December 29, 2014, 6:38 pm
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The specter of “chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology” (CKDU)  appeared in the Rajarata in the 1990s. Since then it has silently stalked  Rajarata families causing tragedy. In the old days, when tragedy happens, evil  forces, “Vas” and “Kili” (curses and pollution) were blamed. In modern  societies, such problems are rapidly dealt with by the medical and agricultural  professionals. Sri Lanka, unlike many developing nations, has a record of  effective action controlling malaria, smallpox, TB, mumps, typhoid, whooping  cough, hookworm etc.


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