Monday, January 4, 2010

TNA supports Sarath Fonseka ?

This evening TNA (Tamil National Alliance) representatives discussed with General Sarath Fonseka on supporting his candidacy in next presidential polls. Representatives from Sarath Fonseka said that discussions were successful. However TNA has not yet officially announced about their aligning in presidential polls. Most of TNA MPs prefereed on supporting Sarath Fonseka.

TNA is considering the Sarath Fonseka's Jaffna tour and Sarath Fonseka's responses on several issues raised by TNA and other activists in Jaffna. TNA will meet Tuesday morning to announce their official decision on aligning.

TNA currently having 22 MP seats in Srilanka parliament which can secure more than 01 million Tamil votes in Jaffna, Wanni and East, for a party they are in support.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sarath Fonseka in Jaffna

Jaffna is the capitol of north of Sri lanka and majority is Tamils. After the win of the war against Tamil terrorists, Sarath Fonseka today addressed a rally in jaffna and worshiped a Hindu Temple. His Jaffna tour accompanied by Ranil Wickremasinghe and Somawansha Amarasinghe and other politicians including Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Rauff Hakeem, Mano Ganeshan, Ravi Karunanayaka and Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena. former Chief Justice Sarath Silva and former Auditor General Nihal Sri Amarasekera were also attended.

Fonseka's Jaffna tour is on an invitation by Tamil National Alliance who were still not declared to whom they will support in the Presidential polls. We think that they still investigating the trend and will declare the preference near the polling day.

Most of the Tamil organizations in Jaffna already declared that they will support the Sarath Fonseka.

Mahinda Rajapaksha accused for illegal funding

International group against corruption and abusing public funds, Transparency International accused Srilanka President Mahinda Rajapaksha on funding his presidential Election Campaign using public funds and state owned properties.

Transparency International corruption report further said that Government officials, armed troops and funds of government organizations are deployed to Mahinda rajapaksha's election campaign.

"Facilities at Temple Trees, the official residence of the President, are used to entertain people from various sectors for political purposes. At these events, most of the participants were transported to the venue at State expense and were provided with food and in some instances, even with liquor. The President justified such entertainment events where the cost was borne with the public money as a normal cultural practice."

Use of SLAF helicopters.
Transparency says SLAF helicopter carried Ministers Dallas Alahapperuma & Anura
Priyadharshana Yapa, Member of Parliament Wimal Weerawansa and Western Provincial
Council Minister Udaya Gammanpila to Kandy for a president's campaign meeting.

However government still rejecting to provide helicopter transport facilities to Main opposition candidate general Sarath Fonseka. Sarath Fonseka's security more concerns than government officials because Sarath Fonseka is a potential target of deadly attacks of opposite groups.

Transparency International pointed out many occasions of misusing and abusing of public money in order to promote Mahinda's election campaign.

Read the transparency international report here

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Karannagoda claims 500m Rs from Gen Sarath Fonseka

Wasantha karanngoda former NAVY commander claims RS.500 million rupees from General Sarath Fonseka to compansate the damages for defamation in the Sirasa TV interview with Sarath Fonseka. Wasantha Karannagoda claims that Sarath Fonseka attempted to bring him in to ridicule to public and damage his public personality.

In last week Sirasa TV aired an interview with Sarath Fonseka. At this Interview General Sarath Fonseka said that there were many corruptions by the government heads and revealed some allegations of Mahinda Rajapaksha.

Further Sarath Fonseka said that replacing of the commanders of security forces is followed by orders given by Indian Government. "Wasantha Karannagoda strongly resent to leave from his post and appoint as the National Security Adviser. In this situation President Mahinda and Gotabhaya got angry then Wasantha karanngoda cried like a child. When he was crying Gotabhaya Rajapaksha took him to a room and said either he should appoint as NSA or leave without nothing"

Sarath Fonseka's this statement drives to many disputes among government officials and politicians. However after few days Wasantha karannagoda asked Rs.500m from Sarath Fonseka for damages of his public picture.
This has not yet presented over a court and we will see whether case will accepted or rejected by the court.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Daily Mirror interview with Sarath Fonseka.

Daily Mirror recently conducted an exclusive interview with Gen. Sarath Fonseka.
Sarath Fonseka explains how his opponents crudely slinging mud towards him and speaks on governments illegal and unethical allegation on various issues.

TNA and UPFA minister supports Sarath Fonseka

Top political sources says that a leading minister of government from hill capital, pledged to support Sarath Fonseka's election campaign. Also another former senior SLFP member will cross over to support Sarath Fonseka in next Presidential polls.

We here few names of srilankan politicians who are on the dilemma of deciding to whom they support in presidential elections. Some of them are Former President Chandrika bandaranayake Kumarathunge, Minister of Agri. D.M. Dissanayake, Maithreepala Sirisena, Genaral Anuruddha Rathwaththe etc. Most of them still discussing with General Fonseka and common opposition.

Today, Ajmal Mowjood, UPFA Colombo Central candidate of last provicial council election crossed over with 1500 of supporters to endorse Sarath Fonseka's win.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Are Indian ports a threat to Srilankan ports ?

No not any more, if Srilanka has the ability to run efficient ports. Says Richard Vokes, ADB country director in Sri Lanka. "Colombo would have to keep up and improve its efficiency levels to maintain its status as south Asia's container transhipment hub port."

India has decided to get maximum from international trade by expanding it's ports network around the India.Srilanka's shipping traders has expressed fears that India's plans to expand its ports might cause a drop in transhipment cargo traffic through Colombo.

Vokes said Colombo should be able to attract cargo as long as it provides an efficient service to shipping lines and shippers. "If Colombo port wants to retain its hub status it has to become more efficient, as Indian ports become more efficient."

So Colombo port expansion project comes up as a solution. The total investment cost of the Colombo Expansion Project is an estimated US$781 million. Asian Development Bank (ADB) granted a US$300 million loan to the SriLanka Ports Authority to build the breakwater for the new port and to dredge it deep enough to handle bigger ships.

However the Port expansion project few years behind the schedule due to legal and other political issues."Progress on the new breakwater is broadly on track, albeit a little bit behind schedule because of bad weather problems," Vokes said."We expect it to be ready by April 2010 and work on the new container terminal to start by mid-2010."