Mervyn Silva says he has evidence to expose Gotabaya

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Minister Mervyn Silva says he has evidence to expose former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.  Speaking to reporters today, Silva said that he is prepared to reveal details related to Rajapaksa and the Welikada prison killings. Silva also said that he had already indicated his willingness to make a statement to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Gotabaya Rajapaksa yet his statement has not been obtained. Meanwhile, Mervyn Silva also said that he fully supports the United National Party (UNP) and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.  Silva says he feels there is no one better than Wickremesinghe to lead the UNP. (Colombo Gazette)  Report by Indika Sri Aravinda

Support Now! Help Sri Lankan Torture Victims!

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Rohan Jayasekera‘s London Marathon run to raise funds for Sri Lankan torture survivors. Money goes to Freedom from Torture – formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture – is the only UK charity dedicated to provide the kind of specialist therapy that survivors of physical & mental abuse need. One ore day to go. You can still donate, make a small contribution!! Rohan Jayasekera is an English journalist and former deputy CEO of Index on Censorship in London. He writes to Colombo Telegraph too. The link below gives more details about the event: You can donate here The charity Freedom from Torture currently provides therapeutic care for more survivors from Sri Lanka that any other nation – and incredibly, it’s been like that for seven years.  Freedom […]

Unheard Sounds And Faint Memories Of ‘Bloody’ White Vans

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

In the questionable days of the Rajapaksa regime, the most dreadful sound, amongst many a sound of shooting in Rathupaswala, Katunayake and post-war Jaffna, was the one that you did not hear: a white van parked outside your home. How many men and women were forcibly shoved into the van and taken away and threatened, their bones smashed, and spirit drained, one may never know. Among those countless shrieks and screams and unbridled impunity to those who hurt innocent men and women who happened to hold a different view from that of those in power, their broken noses and shattered bones might yet be bleeding. Those who wrote a different story, different from the garbage thrown out by the state-owned media and sycophants of the regime […]

Reconciliatory Cabinet meeting with SLFP participation

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

By Skandha Gunasekara Striking a conciliatory tone, the weekly Cabinet meeting was held with the participation of all Cabinet Ministers, including the SLFPers who boycotted the previous meeting, with the President presiding over a “tea party” following the completion of discussions. Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella, speaking to the Daily FT, was upbeat about the cordial atmosphere after weeks of speculation about crossovers and open dissent within the SLFP. “It was a very cordial occasion and the meeting finished within an hour. One good thing was that the President hosted us to a tea party soon after the meeting,” he revealed. Discussions on major political issues, including a Cabinet reshuffle which is likely to be carried out next week, were notably absent, according […]

SriLankan Aviation College partners with Kingston University London

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

SriLankan Aviation College and Kingston University London have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the launch of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) top up degree in Aircraft Engineering in Sri Lanka, providing an exciting new dimension in airline-related education in the region. Kingston University London has been delivering this programme in the UK since 2001 and has had hundreds of graduates who now work with major airlines in the UK and around the world. SriLankan Aviation College (SLAC), the training arm of SriLankan Airlines, is the first institution to provide professionals the opportunity to acquire this qualification in Sri Lanka. This programme will enable students who are qualified up to an ‘EASA B License Training Certificate’ to achieve an honours degree which is accredited by the […]

In The Eyes Of The Public The Only Party That Had The Motive To Silence Lasantha Wickramatunga Was The Regime Of The Rajapaksas.

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

In The Eyes Of The Public The Only Party That Had The Motive To Silence Lasantha Wickramatunga Was The Regime Of The Rajapaksas. By Vishwamithra 1984 “All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candour” ~Walt Whitman In the questionable days of the Rajapaksa regime, the most dreadful sound, amongst many a sound of shooting in Rathupaswela, Katunayake and post-war Jaffna, was the one that you did not hear: A white van parked outside your home. How many men and women were forcibly shoved into the van and taken away and threatened, their bones smashed, and spirit drained, one may never know. Among those countless shrieks and screams and unbridled impunity to those who hurt innocent men and women who happened to hold a different […]

Unity,Positive Approach,Trust In India Are the Three Requirements For Sri Lankan Tamils To Gain Equality With Maximum Devolution in a United Sri Lanka States TNA and Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan.

25th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Unity,Positive Approach,Trust In India Are the Three Requirements For Sri Lankan Tamils To Gain Equality With Maximum Devolution in a United Sri Lanka States TNA and Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan. Posted by Administrator on 24 April 2018, 11:04 pm The leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R.Sampanthan, told Tamils on Tuesday what they should do secure their rights within a united Sri Lanka. Launching a Tamil language book “Or Inapprachanaiyum Ou Oppandhamum” (An Ethnic Question and An Accord) on the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 written by T.Ramakrishnan Associate Editor of The Hindu, Sampanthan appealed to the Tamils to eschew skepticism and see past and current efforts to find a political solution in a positive light and as being part of a continuum. He urged the Tamils to […]

CID CLOSES IN ON MASTERMINDS OF KEITH NOYAHR ABDUCTION

22nd April 2018 // 0 Comments

The CID is nearing the end of its investigation into the May 2008 abduction and assault of former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper, Keith Noyahr, according to a detailed three-hour oral submission made to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court by Senior State Counsel (SSC) Lakmini Girihagama last Wednesday on behalf of the Attorney General. Objecting to bail being granted to former Director of Military Intelligence, Major General Amal Karunasekara, SSC Girihagama laid out the evidence collected by the CID over the span of their 18-month long investigation, which has so far led to the arrest of eight serving and former officers of the Directorate of Military Intelligence, on charges of complicity in the abduction and assault of Noyahr on May 22, 2008. According to […]

US report notes limited progress, rights abuses in Sri Lanka

22nd April 2018 // 0 Comments

The annual US human rights report noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 made public by Acting US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, noted that there were some reports that the Government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings. According to the report, interviews by human rights organizations found that torture remained endemic throughout the country, including for those charged with offenses under the PTA. Suspects arrested under the PTA, including since the war ended in 2009, gave accounts of torture and mistreatment, forced confessions, and denial of basic rights such as access to lawyers or family members. Several released former combatants reported torture or mistreatment, […]

Ranil Instructs UNP Not To Criticise 16 SLFP’ers Who Voted For NCM After Malik,Mangala and Vajira Ministerial Trio Holds “Peace”Talks With Maithripala

22nd April 2018 // 0 Comments

By The “Sunday Times”Political Editor A lesser known fact among most politically literate Sri Lankans was a directive Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe issued to all parliamentarians of his United National Front (UNF) ahead of the National New Year. On Monday April 9 he told them to refrain from criticising the 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs who had voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against him. That comprised six Ministers, the Deputy Speaker, four State Ministers and five Deputy Ministers. The backdrop to Wickremesinghe’s directive, also lesser known, was a meeting a three-member United National Party (UNP) delegation had with President Sirisena, leader of the SLFP, on Sunday April 8. It comprised Ministers Malik Samarawickrema, Mangala Samaraweera and Vajira Abeywardena. Their talks were centred […]

Will Maithripala Contest Against Gotabhaya At Presidential Poll? Wll Mahinda Rajapaksa Serve As Prime Minister Under President Sirisena?

22nd April 2018 // 0 Comments

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Leading politicians of all hues anointed with the auspicious Avurudu oil are moving to the New Year, taking them to new challenges in national and party politics, and facing the realities of a unity government having members seated both in the Government and Opposition. The prorogation of Parliament, coming after many years when this tradition was ignored or was not required by the realities of day-to-day politics and governance, did bring about some quiet and helped give a bigger focus to Avurudu festivities. The departure of President Maithripala Sirisena to the UK for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting also brought some calm to what could have been a period of heated political debate in the context of the jolting developments in post-No […]

Racist Mahinda wants Sambanthan to be his foot licker like his JO MP’s.

22nd April 2018 // 0 Comments

No-Confidence Motion against the Leader of the Opposition Then it was Amirthalingam and now it is Sampanthan, both of whom happen to be Sri Lankan Tamils.   This is the second NCM against Opposition Leader in Sri Lanka; Amirthalingam faced an NCM in JR’s Govt. The No-Confidence Motion against the Leader of the Opposition seems inevitable unless saner counsel prevails within Opposition   The JO decided to submit a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya demanding that R. Sampanthan be removed as the Opposition Leader    JO to agitate nationally and internationally for the removal of Sampanthan   Failed to exercise his duties properly   Sampanthan says ready to face an NCM should one be moved against him by the JO   By D.B.S. Jeyaraj  Hell hath no fury as an Opposition […]

They thought he was hiding

21st April 2018 // 0 Comments

Kajendthiran Shanmuganathan knew from the moment he saw the photograph. He’d first met the man on the grounds of a Sri Lankan elementary school. Years later, they shared arduous days aboard a rickety cargo ship on a perilous journey to Canada. To much of the world, the man in the unsettling photograph — bearded, with unkempt hair, partially shut eyes and slightly parted lips — was nameless. As the image circulated for weeks on the news and in social media, he was known for the singular dark fact of when it was captured: after his death. Read more: Toronto police name eighth victim of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur 10 questions about the Bruce McArthur investigation Key dates in the investigation into alleged serial killer […]

Iranaitheevu; a year of continuous protests to regain Navy-occupied land

21st April 2018 // 0 Comments

Iranaitheevu; a year of continuous protests to regain Navy-occupied land After the election of the new government in 2015, the people of Iranaitheevu, forcibly displaced since 1992, finally thought they would be able to return home. Yet a flurry of letters and high-level meetings with government officials and politicians in 2016 and 2017 didn’t bring any results. In desperation, the community took the difficult decision to begin a continuous roadside protest on 1st May 2017. Almost a year later, they are still fighting. History Iranaitheevu is a pair of twin islands situated in the Palk Strait, belonging to the Poonekary Division of the Kilinochchi District in the Northern Province in Sri Lanka. A channel of sea water runs between the Big Island (Perum Theevu) and Small […]

“CHARGE GOTA!” Says Nambuwasam CoI On Welikada Massacre

21st April 2018 // 0 Comments

“CHARGE GOTA!” Says Nambuwasam CoI On Welikada Massacre By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody, Kavindya Chris Thomas and Kavindya Perera – CoI into the 2012 Welikada Prison Incident/Nambuwasam Committee on Welikada riots/massacre Recommends charging Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chandra Wakishta, Indika Sampath, Kodippili, Shantha Dissanayake The prosecution of six high ranking officials previously attached to the Ministry of Defence, the State Intelligence Service, the Prisons Department and the Sixth Gajaba Regiment of the Army in relation to the Welikada Prisons incident of November 2012, has been recommended by a Committee of Inquiry which probed into the matter.  The Committee of Inquiry into the Prison Incident Welikada – 2012 (C.I.P.I) has recommended charging former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Head/Director of the State Intelligence Services and the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) […]

Suspend Sri Lanka from Commonwealth Until it Fully Implements UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1: TGTE

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Failing, Sri Lanka should be referred to ICC & and a Referendum for Tamils to decide their future destiny, to ensure a peaceful, permanent political solution. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM , April 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today urged the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth, until the Government fully implements the recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Council Resolution L 30/1 (due by March 2019). Failing this, Sri Lanka should …..Read More…

Some in the JO used good governance to cover up their wrongs – Ravi

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

Deputy leader of the UNP Ravi Karunanayake says some in the joint opposition hid behind good governance to cover up their fraud and corruption. He made the comment in response to questions raised by the media after a sports equipment distribution at the UNP’s Thotalanga office yesterday (18), also attended by the party’s councilors in the Colombo municipal council. The corrupt that infiltrated the government caused inconveniences to the UNP ministers too, he charged. Therefore, the government had to focus on its internal disputes, rather than on serving the public. He pointed out that the no-confidence motion against the prime minister availed an opportunity to identify the SLFP conspirators who sabotaged the government. Admitting mistakes by both parties in the government, he stressed that the […]

SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail An unidentified operative with alleged paramilitary background violently threatened the mothers of enforced disappeared Tamils in Mullaiththeevu on Thursday when the protesters were marking 400 days of continuous protest. The agent, armed with a knife, entered the hut of the protest around 7:00 p.m., cut the main placard, destroyed a chair and smashed the simmering stock pots. He was pointing the sword-like knife at the protesters and demanding them to “end the protest once and for all”. 47-year-old Eeswary Mariyasuresh, the chairperson of the protesters told TamilNet that the forces who want to stop their protest have resorted to deploy violence and target those who come forward to give leadership to […]

SL Government Failed to Take Step on regain the Tamil Properties from Sinhalese: CV.Vigneshwaran

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of the North East Province, C V Wigneswaran, has alleged that the Sri Lankan Government had not taken steps to retrieve the land, houses and other properties belonging to Tamils that were illegally occupied by Sinhalese during the ethnic crisis when thousands of Tamils fled the island nation, the Times of India reported. Wigneswaran said this during an informal interaction with reporters at Old Courtallam in Tirunelveli, India after taking part in a book release function on Saturday. According to the CM, Tamils who chose to live in Sri Lanka despite the ethnic crisis had been facing serious problems from the Sinhalese. He claimed that thousands of properties of Tamils had been encroached upon by Sinhalese as their owners had left behind […]

A ‘No-Confidence Motion’, Or What It Means To Have ‘No Faith’

19th April 2018 // 0 Comments

By Roel Raymond Hot on the heels of the ‘no-confidence’, or ‘no-faith’ motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month, the ‘Joint Opposition’ (JO), the largest opposition group in Parliament, is in talksto bring a no-confidence motion against Opposition leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, on charges he sided with the government during the  no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister. The JO is of the opinion that as the leader of the Opposition in the government, Sampanthan is duty bound to vote against the government. A final decision on if it would bring a no-confidence motion would be made after Parliament reconvenes on May 8, having been prorogued by the President on April 13. Meanwhile, Sampanthan made it clear in Trincomalee this week, he was prepared […]

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