Damning US report reveals Lankans in NZ subjected to forced labour

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The foreign employment services sector yesterday distanced itself from a damning US report that Sri Lankan women and children were dumped into forced labour in New Zealand (NZ), Egypt, Pakistan and elsewhere. The relevant State officials could not be reached for comment yesterday. “When there are such international reports that are adverse to the sector in general and the country in particular, the entire garbage is dumped on the legitimate foreign employment service providers  although this should never be the case”, President of the Association for Foreign Employment Agencies (ALFEA) A. L. A. Azzam told Ceylon Today. He added that State agencies such as the Immigration Department, in particular, should remain more alert at the country’s sole exit port, the airport at Katunayake, to stop […]

ARMY MOVES TO RELOCATE TROOPS INTO JAFFNA FORT MEETS STIFF RESISTANCE

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The historic Dutch Fort of Jaffna, recently restored at a cost of Rs 104 million is emerging as a bone of contention, with the military trying to relocate troops to the archaeological site, in order to release occupied private lands back to their rightful owners. Regional politicians and civil activists are strongly opposing the move saying it would increase the military footprint in the formerly embattled town and hamper tourism activity Its recent request to relocate several small camps in the Jaffna peninsula into the historic Jaffna Fort, is threatening to set off a new wave of protests against the heavy presence of armed forces personnel in the formerly embattled region. The controversial relocation plans have re-energised residents strongly opposed to continuing militarisation of the […]

Flexibility and understanding – need of the hour Political confrontation will not solve humanitarian issues – GTF Chairman, Rev Fr S. J. Emmanuel

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar Chairperson of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Rev Fr. S.J. Emmanuel in a candid interview with Ceylon Today spelt out the shortcomings affecting the people in the North and East. He said as far as strengthening peace and reconciliation, apart from depending on politicians all right-thinking people must engage themselves in the peace building process. Religious leaders and intellectuals should not  leave room for extremist ideologies and must play their role with farsightedness to face the challenges in creating peace in the Island. Despite the Government taking the initiative to deal with land issues and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), humanitarian issues still remain on a large scale to be resolved. All efforts should be put in place to put the […]

Buddhist Monk strangled a police sergeant to death – Resurgent of LTTE, Islamic terrorists or Christian conspirators.

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Clowns Or Murderers: Our Hobson’s By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “There is no Viyath Mawatha; it is just a word for a programme. Clearly this is a carrying forward of Mahinda Chintanaya…”  ~ Mahinda Rajapaksa (4.7.2018)[i] The news was sensational, yet it was downplayed. The chief incumbent of a temple in Ratnapura strangled a police sergeant to death. The monk has been absconding after being charged with sexual abuse. The sergeant went to the temple to hand over the summons. He went alone and unarmed; after all, he was going to a temple to meet a monk. The sergeant’s screams alerted the neighbours who called 119. When a police team rushed to the temple, the monk greeted them with a hand grenade. What if this incident happened in a […]

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s Endorsement Of The Death Penalty: Unbecoming Of A Man Of God?

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Colombo bishop is a racist! – UK TAMIL NEWS Cardinal supported killing of thousands of Tamils by Rajapaksha … www.uktamilnews.com/?p=22514 28 Aug 2016 – Serious doubts have been cast on Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjithand his political agendas to support Mahinda Rajapaksa … By Jude Fernando – Jude Fernando “Pope Francis: no crime ever deserves the death penalty,” by Vatican Radio, March 20, 2015 Public policies that treat some lives as unworthy of protection, or that are perceived as vengeful, fracture the moral conviction that human life is sacred.— United States Conference of Catholic Bishops “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, the Fellowship of the Ring Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s […]

Military is still occupying 3,100 acres of private land in Jaffna

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The military is handing back to the original owners another 522 acres of private land under its control in the Jaffna Peninsula, a senior army officer told the Sunday Times. The military is still occupying 3,100 acres of private land in the peninsula. According to Military Spokesman Sumith Atapattu, the military has already given back 3,800 acres of land to the owners. “We have received part of the money from the Ministry of Rehabilitation to relocate our military camps and as soon as we receive the balance, we will be able to release most of the remaining lands to their owners,” he said. The military has asked the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Ministry for Rs. 880 million to relocate military installations in privately owned lands. Brig. […]

SLA will not close camps in North: Army Commander

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake today said in a media statement that as a responsible Army, SLA would not close down Army camps in the Northern Province as alleged by some media reports. “The Army urges the public not to be misled by those unfounded and false media reports, but continue to repose the full confidence in the Army, considering its past services as well as the roles and tasks, now being performed across the country,” he said in the statement. He said; “Under any circumstances the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) will not resort to any decisions that would pose a threat to national security, and it always prioritizes national security concerns, the Army commander said in a statement. Sri Lanka Army is prepared round the […]

NEW CONSTITUTION : ‘ZERO DRAFT’ READY TO GO

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The Constitutional Assembly, represented by the whole Parliament, is expected to come up with a draft constitution, which is considered a political document until it is passed in Parliament with a two-thirds majority and approved at a referendum by the people.  The much awaited report of the constitutional Expert Panel, also known as the ‘Zero draft’, which is expected to form the basis for the final draft of Constitution, will be presented to the Steering Committee when they meet on Wednesday, July 18, authoritative sources told the Sunday Observer. The sources said the Expert Panel report is a discussion paper for consideration by the Constitutional Assembly (CA). “At the meeting the party representatives might agree to adopt it as a basis for their final report […]

Tamils boycott OMP’s Jaffna sitting

16th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan People in the Jaffna Peninsula, who have shown complete distrust in the Office of the Missing Persons’ (OMP) mission, staged a protest at the Jaffna Weerasingham Hall where the OMP sitting was being held yesterday. The OMP officials were gathered for a two-day outreach mission, their first in the Jaffna peninsula. Over 600 persons, from the families of the missing persons, walked into the hall and held photographs of the missing members and began crying and claiming that this Office was never going to look into their grievances because it was backed by the Government. “We want the international community to get involved in the finding of the missing ones,” many mothers had said while weeping. The protesters say they are […]

“Rear Admiral Weerasekara is Not Merely a Sinhala Buddhist Ultra-nationalist.He and His Co-thinkers Are Quite Simply, Dangerous Fascists” – Dayan Jayatilleka

12th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara writes that “After the 2015 Presidential elections, for reasons better known to DJ, he approached GR and joined Viyath Maga.” That’s a blatant lie. As Dullas Alahapperuma and Matale mayor Mohammed Hilmy will attest, “After the 2015 presidential election” I met ex-President Rajapaksa at Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s residence of January 10th and rolled out a recovery strategy centered on Dinesh Gunawardena in Parliament. Furthermore, as Dinesh Gunawardena, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dullas Alahapperuma, Udaya Gammanpila MP and Wimal Weerawansa would attest, I spent weeks meeting them at my home and that of others, working out the revival of the Opposition. It was at such a working dinner that the idea of the Nugegoda meeting was arrived at. I still recall Wimal […]

Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Opts Out of Presidential Task Force on North -Eastern Economic Development saying Political Solution is Necessary Before Economic Development.

12th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has opted out of the Presidential Task Force on economic development of the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces, saying that the Tamils need a political solution for their long-standing problems before they embark on economic development. In a letter to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dated July 9, Wigneswaran said that the Task Force is useless also because it does not include the elected representative of the people or ministers of the Provincial Administration barring the Chief Minister. Putting economic development before a political settlement is like putting the cart before the horse, and so, the development plan will be non-starter, Wigneswaran said. He added that with the government in Colombo being wedded to […]

Those Sinhale MP’s in parliament who vilified Vijayakala are silent about the allegations made against Mahinda who provided finances to the LTTE

12th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Jude Fernando – Jude Fernando If they call you a Hitler, then be a Hitler and build this country.—Ven. Vendaruwe Upali Thero (Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter), advising Gotabaya Rajapaksa Now we remember how we lived before May 18, 2009. In the present conditions our main intention is to bring back the LTTE if we want to live, if we want to walk freely, if we need our children to attend schools and return back.—Vijayakala Maheswaran The timing of these two, ill-thought-out and irresponsible, or perhaps, misspoken statements, and the stark difference between the public and political responses to them, are evidence of the harsh and uncomfortable realities of this country. The statements are an indictment of the yahapalanaya (“good governance”) regime for failing to fulfill its promises. […]

With brother Mahinda’s blessings, Gota was veritably our own home-made Hiltler

12th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Shyamon Jayasinghe “It is from weakness that people reach for dictators and concentrated government power. Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong.” We have been talking about Turkey’s Erdogan who recently won electoral support to be the country’s first Executive President. At the elections, Turkey began digging its grave. The country abandoned the Parliamentary system according to which decision-making is participatory and collaborative. Under the Parliamentary system there is a Prime Minister but the latter is subject to Parliamentary support. By this simple mechanism the Prime Minister is someone watched. Since Parliament is supreme, the law is supreme and every power holder has to perform within a country’s legal framework. And so, we see Erdogan at the […]

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

by Rear Admiral (Retd) Dr Sarath Weerasekera VSV RWP USP There was a swollen headed Brahmin called “Akkosha Bharadvaja” who, after studying a few Vedic stanzas and theories, thought that he was the only brilliant intellect in the country. This man, festered with venom and ill will, once unleashed his wrath on the Buddha. Buddha smiled and asked him “ Bharadvaja, if you give some food to a person and if that person refused to accept it, what would you do ? “Bharadvaja said” I will eat it myself”. Then Buddha said “ I refuse to partake of all what you said about me”. Bharadvaja felt ashamed and vanished. Going by the moral of that story, when Dayan Jayathilaka (DJ) called me a “notorious hawk” and […]

Case against Namal postponed to July 31st

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The trial against MP Namal Rajapaksa and six others over the alleged purchase of stocks using misappropriated money has been postponed until July 31, on the orders of the Colombo High Court. The case was slated to be taken up before the Colombo High Court Judge Sampath Abeykoon, today (09). As the prosecution informed the court of the absentia of a witness due to health reasons, the case was postponed to July 31, and the Magistrate Abeykoon ordered the prosecution’s witness to appear at the next hearing. This case was filed by the Attorney General under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act over the alleged invest of Rs. 30 million in the stocks of Gowers Corporate (Pvt) Limited , supposedly misappropriated by MP Namal Rajapaksa […]

First female Muslim mayor in England hails from political family in Sri Lanka

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

The first thing you notice in Kareema Marikar’s personality is her bubbly nature, infectious smile and down-to-earth simplicity. Despite creating history as the first female Muslim mayor in England, she is not yet ready to rest on her laurels, judging by an interview she gave to the BBC recently. “I am a Marakkala woman from Sri Lanka,” Marikar told Saroj Pathirana of the Sinhala Service of the BBC in the interview conducted in a quaint, leafy British park on a bright Spring day, clad in a white ‘osari’, a traditional sari originated among the nobility in her native area of Kandy about a century ago. Marikar, who was elected on the Labour Party ticket in north London’s Harrow city in May, hails from a well-known […]

Mahinda : Here, there, but nowhere!

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

By Gagani Weerakoon The Joint Opposition, which now has 71 members in Parliament, with the 16 SLFP members who in May 2018 left President Maithripala Sirisena-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe led unity government joining them, has renewed their call to be identified as a separate independent group in Parliament. The JO, which comprises majority MPs of the United People’s Freedom Front (UPFA) who have pledged their allegiance to former President, Kurunegala District UPFA MP Mahinda Rajapaksa, was fighting for recognition as an independent group in Parliament since early 2016 and agitates that the post of the Opposition Leader be given to them. Repeated calls to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to do so have fallen on deaf ears so far, as the Speaker awaits them to first resign […]

Violence against Northern children increasing – ananthy sasitharan

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Minister of Women’s Affairs, Ananthy Sasitharan, commenting on former State Minister of Women and Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran’s statement, said, “We must first consider curbing the escalating crimes against women and children in the North. These incidents have risen due to the increase in alcohol and drug consumption in the region. We should first consider these social issues rather than just harping on her statement.” Following are excerpts of the interview: There had been on and off, hints that Chief Minister Wigneswaran will contest at the upcoming Provincial Council elections from an alternative coalition party. He even had indirectly mentioned this at various events. You being one of his supporters, are you aware of any such development? A: I’m aware through the media […]

GL accuses govt. of jeopardising relations with China, Russia by exposing the corruption.

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday alleged the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government had caused irreparable damage to Sri Lanka’s relations with China and Russia. Russia had been accused of helping MP Namal Rajapaksa run a special propaganda operation targeting the government. Prof. Peiris, who is also the Chairman of Mahinda led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said that now Russia had been accused of helping MP Namal Rajapaksa run a special propaganda operation targeting the government. Prof. Peiris said so at a media briefing at the Nelum Mawatha Office of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Battaramulla. Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who previously held the foreign ministry portfolio recently alleged that the government was aware of clandestine Russian operation involving Namal Rajapaksa. His name was […]

MAHINDA defended the corrupt -Duminda

10th July 2018 // 0 Comments

Minister Duminda Dissanayake charges that former President Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa defended the corrupt. Speaking at an event in Anuradhapura the Minister claimed the former President’s intent was made clear in a statement he made regarding Former Sri Lanka Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weerathunga. Minister Dissanayake noted a search operation is underway for Udayanga Weerathunga in connection to the MiG deal adding his accomplice died in Russia and his body was sealed. He added Udayanga and the accomplice who died maintained a joint account. The Minister further noted the parents of the deceased complained and search operations were launched in search of Udayanga. Minister Duminda Dissanayake questioned what former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa meant when he said he is willing to bring Udayanga back to Sri […]

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