Month: March 2014

Voters showed govt the red light – UNP

Through the Southern and Western Provincial Council (PC) elections results, the public had shown a red light to the government and implied that they are ready to topple it, the United National Party (UNP)said yesterday.Addressing the media at Sirikotha, UNP Leadership Council (LC) member Kabir Hashim said, when compared with the previous PC election held…

SF voting on Saturday: Polls Chief says nobody raised objections

Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday maintained that whether General Sarath Fonseka has his civic rights or not did not concern him. If the SLFP had had any objections to his voting its area politicians should have objected when the voter register in that area was put on public display, Deshapriya said….

Comfortable victory for UPFA

President Mahinda Rajapaksa led UPFA has secured a comfortable victory at yesterday’s Western and Southern Provincial Council elections with a majority of 388,977 votes in the SPC and 683,993 votes in the WPC….

UNP leads in Colombo area

Although the governing UPFA was able to win a few electorates in Colombo District, the main opposition UNP secured key electorates in the Colombo area, while the DPF, DP and the JVP also increased their vote base in the Western province….

Hambantota district final results released, UPFA wins highest votes

The UPFA won the highest number of votes in the Hambantota District with 174,687 votes at the Provincial Council election while the UNP secured 79,829 votes, the JVP  39,345 votes and the Democratic Party  9547 votes.  According to the final results of the Hambantota District, UPFA has won 8 seats,  the UNP  4 seats and…

Provincial Council polls peaceful with no major incidents – Elections Commissioner

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says that the Western and Southern Provincial Council polls held today was peaceful with no major incidents….

Voting begins for Southern and Western PC Polls

Voting for the Southern and Western Provincial Council polls began at 7.00am today (March 29). Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya requests voters to go to polling stations early with a valid ID card….

If UK can appoint a British Military officer to be Governor of Australia why can’t Sri Lanka appoint a military Governor?

The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth 2 has made her choice. She has picked General Peter Cosgrove as the Governor General of Australia. Peter Cosgrove is incidentally a former defence forces chief. Though the appointment was officially endorsed by the Queen the appointment in fact was made by David Cameron’s Conservative Party. Was it not…

Govt. responsible for Geneva debacle: JVP

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today the Government was solely responsible for the adoption of the UNHRC resolution because the Government was unable to win the confidence of the 12 countries that abstained because of human right violations and the inability to uphold democracy in the country after the war….

UNHRC Vote in Geneva though a moral victory for Sri Lanka time to shun gutless (bayagulla) diplomacy

Sri Lanka can claim a moral victory on the basis that 2014 UNHRC Resolution was adopted against Sri Lanka with 23 votes while a majority comprising 24 nations did not support the Resolution by either voting against or abstaining with India joining the list of abstentions. This is a striking difference from the pattern of…

US welcomes passage of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka

Washington: The United States has welcomed the passage of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka and said it sends a “clear message” to the Rajapaksa government that the international community is committed to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asian country….

SF sues Sarana for defamation -Seeks Rs 500 M in damages

Democratic Party leader General (rtd.) Sarath Fonseka yesterday (27) filed a case in the District Court of Mt. Lavinia claiming a sum of Rs 500 million in damages from the Deputy Minister of Petroleum resources, Sarana Gunawardena for defamation….

UNHRC adopts resolution on Sri Lanka

The US-sponsored resolution promoting reconciliation in Sri Lanka was adopted during the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council today with a majority of 11 votes….

Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals be suspended from IPL: Supreme Court to BCCI

Mumbai: Hearing the IPL spot-fixing matter today, the Supreme Court has told the Indian cricket board that teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals should not be allowed to participate in the championship….

Murder trial opens in Sri Lanka after Western pressure over delay

Six men went on trial in Sri Lanka on Wednesday on charges they murdered a British aid worker and gang-raped his Russian fiancée, following two years of international pressure to prosecute the defendants, who include a member of the country’s ruling party….

Ambassador Aryasinha says request to the Office of the High Commissioner to undertake a comprehensive independent investigation reflective of partisan politicised agenda”

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha responding to the High Commissioner’s Report on Sri Lanka, informed the UN Human Rights Council on 26th March 2014 that rather than encourage and support the ongoing reconciliation process in Sri Lanka, as well as the constructive engagement Sri Lanka continues to…