A word from an academic to the new Government Let me first congratulate President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena and the elections commissioner Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya for bringing such an honor to Sri Lanka from across the Globe for the high standard of the General Election 2015. I returned to Sri Lanka and joined the staff of the University of Moratuwa in 2003 mainly to start a research laboratory for ...

Archives of General Election 2015: #SLGE15 & #GenElecSL Over eight weeks, Groundviews archived every single tweet tagged with either #SLGE15 or #GenElecSL. Once a week throughout the campaign period, these archives were released over Twitter for anyone to browse through or download. Sentiments, positions, promises and statements expressed over Twitter, an ephemeral medium, become extremely difficult to index and search for as time goes by. Content on Twitter, including linked images, ...

Mapping Election Influence On Social Media: Part Two – Facebook A couple of days ago, I was analyzing who the biggest political influencers on Twitter were. The numbers were small, because despite the number of selfies generated by the average TweetUpSL, Twitter in Sri Lanka is still a small circle. It’s Facebook that reigns supreme for now, so let’s get on the Zuckertrain. Warning: you’re in for a spreadsheet. Friendly graphics appear after the ...

So, the dust has settled and the results are in, including the preferential votes. The chairs are set and, for the most part, we know who’s sitting in them. So this election, who were the winners and losers? WINNERS Democracy Sri Lankan voters have been called dumb (by Sri Lankans) and many international media/people want to file us under basket-case/dictatorship, ...

V for Bajiriyanan (මැතිවරණ ජයග්‍රහණය) + පාර්ලිමේන්තු ;) මැතිවරණය 2015. ඇතුගල්පුර. ඇතුගල්පුරට විජයග්‍රහණය කළ බජිරියාණන් හට සුභ පැතුම්!පරදේසක්කාර එදිරිවාදියා පරදා අද දින බජිරියාණන් ලද ජයග්‍රහණයෙන් සුව දහසක් වූ හුදී ජනයාගේ සිත් සතන් පහන් විය. සිය අඳුරු කුටියේ හුදෙකලා වූ මොහොතේ කිසිවකු විසින් දල්වන ලද පහණින් ලද පන්නරයෙන් රට වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටීමට තිබූ විළි-බිය දුරු වී තව තවත් එඩිතර වූ බජිරියාණන්, සිය රශ්මි ධාරාවේ ප්‍රභාෂ්වරයෙන් මුලු මහත් ...

It’s 6.24. I’m sitting in a chair, flicking between news sites, trying not to fall asleep.The news anchors, devoid of violent deaths to report, are trying valiantly to spin out the election results for as long as possible. Outside, the sun is sinking, throwing the last of its lights on a surprisingly empty Duplication Road. It’s over.  The UNP:UPFA scoreboard – ...

අලි මෙන්ම මී ගව සම්පතද ආරක්ෂා කළ යුතුය... - Keep calm and protect our Buffaloes පැතූ පැතුම් සියල්ල එසේම ඉටුවෙලාය. ටොයියන්ටවත්, බයියන්ටවත් ඔළු ඉදිමෙන රිසාල්ට් එකක් ඇවිල්ලා නැතිය. බොහෝ උන්ට සැකයක් තිබ්බේ, ජහ මනයා ඡන්දේ ප්‍රකාෂ කොරන්න එන එකක් නැතයි කියාය. එහෙත් වැල නොකැඩි ආපු ජහ මනයා නිසා, ගොබ්බ, ගෝත්‍රික, ජාතිවාදි, කාළකන්නි බයියන්ට රට යන්නට තිබු චෑන්ස් එකට කෙලවෙලාම ගියේය. එහෙම උනා නම් ඉතින් අපිටත් වෙන්නේ කෙහෙල් කොටන් පාරුවක හරි නැගලා, නන්දයි සුනිලුයි පැන්නා වාගේ, ...

The UNP Wins. Slowly It’s the morning after the election and things still aren’t entirely clear. I heard some crackers at 7:30 in the morning, but I think my neighbors were just tired of waiting. The streets are quite empty the morning after. Shops are closed, business is slow. It’s like Avurudu, the nonagathaya, when no one does any work or goes out. In ...

මගේ අගමැති සිහිනය බොඳවුනා..! මහින්ද ප්‍රංශ පුවත් සේවයට හඬයි මහ මැතිවරණයේ පරාජය බාර ගන්නා බව හිටපු ජනපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පැවසීයැයි ප්‍රංශ පුවත් සේවය වාර්තා කරයිපාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දී විපක්ෂයේ සාමාජිකයෙකු ලෙස වැඩ කරන බව ද ඔහු පවසා තිබේ.‘අගමැති වීමේ මගේ සිහිනය බොඳ වී ගියා. අපි පරාජය පිළිගන්නවා. අපි හොඳ සටනක් දුන්නා.‘ මහින්ද ප්‍රංශ පුවත් සේවයට පවසා ඇතඑක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානයට සැබෑ ජනතා ආකර්ශණයක් නොතිබීම නිසා එම සන්ධානයේ ඡන්ද පදනම දැඩි ...

Watching The Election #GenElecSL Watching the election results, it’s tempting to see the thing as a contest, where someone ‘takes the lead’. But it doesn’t work like that. Results come in basically at random. Right now, for example, the UPFA is leading by about 40k, but the margin last election in Colombo was 160k. This thing will be swayed dramatically when Western and Central ...

The General Election On Social Media: Part One – Twitter This is the Twitter universe of the elections. Every star is a tweep; every line is a tweet, retweet or a mention. Beautiful, isn’t it? This is a visual representation of a week’s worth of Twitter conversations from #GenElecSL and #SLGE15, the two most popular hashtags related to the 2015 General Election. I’ve set about mapping influencers on social media – ...

according to tradition of this blog, and for future reference, i will publish the results of sri lankan 2015 parliamentary general election held today on one page (updated as results are received).they will be presented as before in a simple one page format .the confirmed results of current election will be linked to election department website. last update: 2235hrs 08/17/2015.[rathnapura ...

කලින් වතාවේ සරලව MySQL database එකක් PHP වලින් use කරන විදිය ගැන කතා කරානේ.. ඒ පොස්ට් එක මෙතනින් බලන්න පුළුවන්. දැන් මේ කියන්න යන්නේ ඊට වැඩිය advanced method එකක්. මේකෙදි PDO – Php Data Object කියන PHP Extension එක use … Continue reading → ...

Letter by President Maithripala Sirisena to Mahinda Rajapaksa Official translation, sent to us by the Presidential Secretariat, of the letter by President Maithripala Sirisena to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, penned on 13 August 2015. For Rajpaksa’s response to this letter (in Sinhala) see here. Image courtesy Indi.ca. ### Dear Mr. Mahinda Rajapasksa, I am writing to you today, in my capacity as the chairman of the Sri Lanka ...

Mahinda Ranil Score Lines – Time Ripe for Ranil to Win? And is MS Making a Bid to Collect his Value? Presidential Elections           Ranil (latest first) WLLL      Mahinda LWWW Parliamentary                       Ranil (latest first) LLWL       Mahinda WWLW Is there momentum on one side, a trend depicting capacity to win? Clearly each election has unique features and is situated ...

NO WAY, MR. RAJAPAKSA Photo by AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan, via Japan Times A slogan from one of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign websites for tomorrow’s election reads, “Let’s start afresh”. Looking at it harder, the slogan is as audacious as it is insulting. When you strip away its optimistic posturing, the slogan’s meaning becomes clear: Just imagine the former president, as he sheepishly sweeps his ...

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Ranil and MR to form National Government Ranil and MR have met to cement their impending electoral positions within a national government and they have indicated to the President their intention. MR and Ranil will share the office of Prime Minister in turn. The TNA and JVP have expressed their concern and so has the SLMC. The National Government, a ...

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