Posts Tagged ‘UNP’

SLBC censorship ‘breach of privilege’

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

[ BBC Sinhala ]

The leader of the opposition in Sri Lanka has raised a point of privilege over censorship of his speeches by a state owned radio station. Opposition and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickramasinghe requested speaker of the parliament to investigate Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) censoring his speeches. Mr. Wickramasinghe said SLBC has played music over his statement in parliament over the killing of Sunday Leader editor, Lasantha Wickramathunga which was broadcast on BBC Sandeshaya.

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Anger rises over killing of Sri Lankan editor

Friday, January 9th, 2009

[Reuters]

Anger over the assassination of an outspoken Sri Lankan newspaper editor grew on Friday with the opposition forcing parliament to close early and hundreds of protesters demonstrating in the capital. The killing of Sunday Leader chief editor Lasantha Wickramatunga on Thursday prompted diplomats on the Indian Ocean island to express concern to the Foreign Ministry and sparked condemnation from rights groups and even the World Bank. In parliament, members of the main opposition United National Party shouted protests and waved placards, forcing the legislature to close.

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Sri Lanka signs off on record war spending

Monday, December 8th, 2008

[ Reuters ]

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Monday voted 126-84 to approve a 2009 budget that includes record defence spending for the war against Tamil Tiger rebels, high import taxes and a string of populist measures. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s budget passed despite a no-confidence motion brought by the main opposition United National Party, which accused his government of mishandling oil hedges that could cost Sri Lanka hundreds of millions of dollars. Defence spending was forecast to grow as much as a fifth to 200 billion rupees ($1.81 billion), while the gross foreign borrowing is expected to rise 17.7 percent to 222.5 billion Sri Lanka rupees ($2.02 billion).

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‘Armed groups run by state’ Ranil

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

[BBC]

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence is controlling a number of armed groups in the east says the leader of the opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe . Opposition leader Wickremasinghe told this at a media briefing on Wednesday summoned to outline a proposed National Consultation by the Jathika Sabha which comprises of the United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (M). Wickremasinghe further said that Tamil Tigers are still in the east while break away Pilliayan group, EPDP, and a Muslim group mobilised by the government are in operation.

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Govt. ‘responsible’ for killing MP

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

[BBC]

Sri Lanka’s parliamentarians from the ruling coalition and the opposition have accused the government of being responsible for killing Tamil MP, T Maheswaran. Colombo District United National Party (UNP) legislator T Maheswaran, has been shot dead at a Hindu temple in the capital, Colombo. Maheswaran, a former minister and an outspoken critic of government’s policy towards minority Tamils, was clinically dead when he was taken to the hospital, authorities told the BBC.

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Sri Lankan Tamil MP assassinated in temple

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

[AFP]

An outspoken ethnic Tamil opposition MP was shot dead during a New Year service at a Hindu temple in the Sri Lankan capital Tuesday, the third assassination of a minority legislator in two years. Thiagarajah Maheswaran from the United National Party (UNP) was a vehement critic of the government’s escalating war against Tamil Tiger rebels and a campaigner for the rights of Tamils in the Sinhalese-majority island.

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