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A reinvigorated anti-Taliban alliance?

December 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm

By Ahmed Rashid Guest columnist

Pakistani army soldiers cordon off the area of a bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan , Nov. 21 Bombings and gun battles are continuing in northern Pakistan, where the army is out in force
After years of false starts, are we on the brink of a breakthrough in improving relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, with the Taliban and al-Qaeda on both sides of the border suffering an array of defeats and deaths?

Peshawar school attack: Backlash against Pakistan Taliban

December 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm


M Ilyas Khan By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Islamabad

Children being ushered away from the scene of a gun attack in Peshawar The attack on children in their school had created unprecedented shock in Pakistan

Tuesday’s school attack in Peshawar is seen by many as the worst in Pakistan’s history of militant violence.

The real story of the Scottish referendum: the final days of the fight for independence

December 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm


As the vote neared, Britain’s breakup seemed a real possibility. In the second part of their series, based on extensive interviews with key players, Severin Carrell, Nicholas Watt and Patrick Wintour track the final days of an epic campaign

David Cameron and the Queen
David Cameron has breakfast with the Queen at Balmoral amid fears of the union’s collapse. Illustration by Ellie Foreman-Peck

Enemies Of The President’s Promise – Dopey -Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

It is entirely understandable that the President should indulge his son Namal. Given the manner in which politics in Sri Lanka has been conducted, it is also understandable that he should see him as his eventual successor.

Presidential Poll; Besieged Muslims Made Up Their Minds-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Besieged Muslims made up their minds; Muslim politicians irrelevant in today’s political scenario

With campaign for the forthcoming presidential elections on January 08, 2015 under way in full swing, the island’s Muslims appear to have made up their minds. In doing so they dismissed Muslim political parties and politicians as corrupt, morally bankrupt and unfit to represent the Muslim community.  

Buckingham Stables Horses And Private Choppers For Rajapaksas-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

The common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena has revealed some interesting details of the lavish lifestyles led by family members of the ‘සංවේදී නායකයා’ during several election campaigning rallies held over the weekend.

Rohitha RajapaksaSpeaking at a rally in Panduwasnuwara yesterday, Sirisena had said that millions were spent to buy a horse last year from the Royal mews of the Buckingham palace for the young ‘prince’ Rohitha Rajapaksa.

The Sri Lankan Presidential Elections And The Tamils-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm

By Brian Senewiratne 

Dr. Brian Senewiratne

Dr. Brian Senewiratne

I have recently had a spate of emails about this. I cannot see the problem.

The Sri Lankan Tamils have three options:

Don’t Underestimate Rajapaksa-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 16, 2014 at 7:04 pm

By R. Hariharan

 Col. (retd) R.Hariharan

Col. (retd) R.Hariharan

After President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his surprise challenger Maithripala Sirisena, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), who quit his office as Minister, filed their nominations for the Presidential election on January 8, 2015 the contest has become exciting.

Govt’s Mr. Moneybags Nadesan Stops Crossovers With Big Bucks-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

As the Rajapaksa regime pulls out all stops to prevent further erosion to the opposition, the Colombo Telegraph can now exclusively reveal details about the money bags behind stopping defections from the ruling UPFA coalition.



Thirukumar Nadesan, businessman and the husband of President Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s niece Nirupama Rajapaksa is said to be offering large sums of money to UPFA members on the fence about who to support at the presidential election in January.

Opposition Is Referring To Our Toy Helicopters: Namal-Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

December 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Refuting the claims made by the Opposition on each of the Rajapaksa ‘princes’ owning a private chopper, the eldest ‘prince’ MP Namal Rajapaksa in a most absurd response has stated that the helicopters in reference are only toys that were gifted to them as kids.

Namal, Rohitha and YoshithaAddressing a UPFA rally yesterday, Namal has said that when he saw news reports of the three helicopters gifted to him and his two siblings by their father, he had rushed home to check whether the reports were true.

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