Articles by Karu

READ : If Khan can, why can’t our leaders?

4th September 2018 // 0 Comments

READ : If Khan can, why can’t our leaders? Among the decisions taken by the Imran Khan government in the last few weeks  are the following, unlike President Sirisena’s 100- day programme which he now claims he did not know who wrote it and is ignorant of some of its contents. Officials to be named and shamed Ban on first class travel for top officials, including Prime Minister and President  Ban on business class travel for all government officials  Ban on meals during official meetings  Ban on purchase of cars  Ban on recruitment of drivers  Collect and auction all SUV’s being misused in government departments  Government vehicles in shopping malls and outside schools and at residences to be photographed and reported for seizure  Identify and […]

Killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom by Navy and cover up by government.

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

The progress of ongoing criminal investigations into the grisly killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom, spearheaded ‘allegedly’ (here, I use the term quite deliberately) by a Naval officer and others during 2008-2009 will be the crucible on which this Government and this Presidency’s commitment to promises made, will be tested most severely. Fair differences between then and now Unlike other instances of the killing of youths, such as what occurred in Trincomalee in 2006, ready excuses cannot be offered as to the chain of evidence becoming cold or pointing to key witnesses living overseas being reluctant to return to testify, as would be naturally the case given the trauma that they have had to undergo. It must be fairly […]

We had come to power seeking Federalism – Sampanthan seeks meeting with Wiggy

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

Amidst speculations about a possible split of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), its leader R. Sampanthan has sought an immediate meeting with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on September 7 apparently to explore the possibility of patching up differences, it is learnt. There have been open confrontations between Mr. Wigneswaran and TNA MP for the Jaffna district M.A. Sumanthiran giving credence to speculation that the TNA might break up ahead of the elections to the Northern Provincial Council. Against the backdrop, Mr. Wigneswaran, at a meeting with the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), articulated that he had four options in the event of the TNA not giving him nomination – to retire from politics, to join another party, to form his own party or to […]

Sinhala-Muslim riots 2018: Were Police biased or not?

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sinhala-Muslim riots that occurred in 1915 had been repeated 103 years later and consideration needs to be given to whether the Police acted as impartially, as they had in 1915, during the present riots, Additional Solicitor General President’s Counsel (PC) Yasantha Kodagoda said yesterday (30). Kodagoda expressed these views at a book launch in Colombo for the 152nd anniversary of the Sri Lanka Police. He added that although the Police had successfully arrested and produced those responsible for the Kandy riots in Court, if there had been any inefficiency or an error of management or an issue in the leadership at the time, or any bias, on the part of the Police officials, which in turn led to the aggravation of the riot, that too […]

Long-awaited arrest of Sri Lanka’s senior-most military officer in connection with an extortion racket and the horrific murder of 11 young men

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Arrangements are in place for the long-awaited arrest of  Sri Lanka’s  senior-most military officer in connection with an extortion racket and the horrific murder of 11 young men, official sources said. The Colombo Fort magistrate on Wednesday ordered the arrest of Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne after the CID said it had evidence of him shielding the main suspect, a navy intelligence officer. Despite the unprecedented order seeking the arrest of a military officer equivalent to the rank of a four-star general in the army, Wijegunaratne continued to receiving visiting foreign dignitaries. Incidentally, Wijegunaratne was attending the funeral of one of his predecessors, General Rohan Daluwatte, when the court made the stunning pronouncement against him. The order came at a time when President Maithripala Sirisena […]

Namal leads the way as JO holds major rally this week

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

With the Joint Opposition and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna pledging to bring ‘a sea of people’ to Colombo for its demonstration this week, the Government has dismissed the mass rally as just another stunt by pro-Rajapaksa faction. The SLPP’s much-talked about ‘Jana Balaya Colambata’ – a play on the UNP’s highly successful Jana Bala Meheyuma in 2001, will be held on September 5, after it was postponed once since the date clashed with the advanced level examinations. JO frontliners are being tight-lipped about the final venue for the demonstration, fearing pre-emptive moves by the authorities. They fear of stay orders against the assembly if it disrupts transport services or causes major congestion on the city roads. The march will gather groups of supporters from […]

Those trying to find their missing loved ones are called ‘Traitors’, while those responsible for the disappearances are called ‘War Heroes’

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

“If People are not Moved by the Struggles of Families of Disappeared Persons then Something is Wrong with our Country” Says Human Rights Commission Chair Dr.Deepika Udagama. Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama believes attitudes of the people must change for the country to move forward and adequately address the sufferings of families of disappeared persons. “We should not look at this through a political or racist perspective,” she said, and pointed out that some harbour negative feelings toward the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). She commended the OMP for being the first State affiliated organisation to mark the International Day of the Disappeared and acknowledged more support needed to be given to institutions like the OMP to promote reconciliation and […]

62,338 Sri Lankans Including Nearly 30,000 Security Forces Personnel “Blacklisted” by Authorities to Prevent them Leaving Sri Lanka reveal State Intelligence Circles.

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Leon Berenger A total of 62,338 Sri Lankans are currently on the country’s blacklist and are prevented from leaving the country, unless they obtain prior Court approval, senior State intelligence sources revealed yesterday. According to the sources, who cannot be named for obvious reasons, the figure includes close to a 30,000 security force personnel starting from the lowest ranks to senior most officers with some of them facing various charges in the country’s Courts. Most of the SF personnel are on the list for being Absent Without Leave (AWL) while there are those who are facing criminal charges in various Courts, they said. Continue reading ‘62,338 Sri Lankans Including Nearly 30,000 Security Forces Personnel “Blacklisted” by Authorities to Prevent them Leaving Sri Lanka reveal State […]

Explosive Revelations in Court Implicate Navy Top Brass With Abduction for Ransom and Murder racket Conducted by Navy Personnel.

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

If Full Force of the Law is not Applied Due To Political Interference Against Superior Officers Allegedly Protecting Subordinates in Navy Abduction and Murder Racket it would Be the Last Nail in the “Yahapalanaya” Govt Coffin. By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene The progress of ongoing criminal investigations into the grisly killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom, spearheaded ‘allegedly’ (here, I use the term quite deliberately) by a Naval officer and others during 2008-2009 will be the crucible on which this Government and this Presidency’s commitment to promises made, will be tested most severely. Fair differences between then and now Unlike other instances of the killing of youths, such as what occurred in Trincomalee in 2006, ready excuses cannot be offered as […]

‘Abduction, disappearance and Killing’ crime doers are Sri Lanka’s War Heroes.

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

It is reported that Attorney Asith Siriwardena is endeavoring to save retired Major and Attorney-at-Law Ajith Prasanna from the Supreme Court’s investigation with regard to appearing in the court for a case without a request of the defendants. (Asith Siriwardena is the lawyer who represented former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dissanayake, who is an accused of the case of abducting and disappearing 11 youths during 2008-2009.) Attorney-at-Law and retired Major Ajith Prasanna had represented the defendants in the court twice with no request of the defendants. Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne has ordered to conduct a Supreme Court investigation against Ajith Prasanna with regard to making false statements and misleading the court. He is now at risk of being disbarred. It has been further reported that […]

Women of North request police to halt girls wearing half nude dresses !

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News -02.Sep.2018, 5.30PM) A number of women’s organizations in Vavuniya jointly staged a protest walk demanding that nude and semi nude display by girls shall be halted. The walk commenced from opposite the Vavuniya Municipal Council playground , and the procession proceeded as far as the office of the DIG Anura Abeywickrema to hand over a special message to the DIG who accepted it. The message requested the police to take action against women who go from street to street wearing clothes which expose their flesh indecently , as well as those making such displays on the television screen and social media . The young girls wear half naked dresses not only when they attend tuition classes but even to temples in the North […]

Details of Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Family’s Assets Made Available to Sri Lankan Govt for Due Action by FBI After Conducting Probe.

2nd September 2018 // 0 Comments

Details of Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Family’s Assets Made Available to Sri Lankan Govt for Due Action by FBI After Conducting Probe. A team of Sri Lankan judicial officers visited the United States recently on a US government sponsored tour. The last item on their itinerary was a visit to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters. Continue reading ‘Details of Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Family’s Assets Made Available to Sri Lankan Govt for Due Action by FBI After Conducting Probe.’ »

For Past Three Years Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was Seen as Someone Above the Law Who Could Not be Arrested and Brought Before Courts.

2nd September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Public interest in the handling of fraud and crime that prevailed under the Rajapaksa Regime shows a new interest with the action by the Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar over two key figures in the past regime. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary, and six others, were noticed to appear before the new court with regard to misappropriation of funds over construction of the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial. This followed the High Court also issuing notice on Gamini Sedera Senarath, Chief of Staff of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and three others, on misuse of public funds under the Public Property Act, Penal Code and Prevention of Money Laundering Act. These cases mark a major change in what was seen […]

A new Constitution is a fundamental necessity. The Sinhala majority should accept it – M. A. Sumanthiran

2nd September 2018 // 0 Comments

”All the problems of Tamil People won’t b solved by a new Constitution, but a new Constitution is fundamental. Without this, no issue can be addressed”, said TNA Spokesman M. A. Sumanthiran speaking in Sinhala an an event in Galle on Constitutional Reform. Speaking further, he said: In a country with a permanent majority it is important to share powers of governance in such a way that all peoples have equal citizenship rights. Sri Lanka’s Sinhala majority must itself acknowledge injustice of simple majoritarian rule & clamour for reform & justice for other peoples. There has been a series of meetings with regard to the 20th amendment to the constitution in the south on constitutional reforms. This was the seventh meeting. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. […]

Radhika C brings pride to SL and the US mourns Senator McCain

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

Radhika Coomaraswamy Democracy is defined as: “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives” and we in Sri Lanka according to its full official name should abide by this hundred percent. “The power in people is stronger than people in power,” said Saji Ijiyemi whoever s/he may be. It should be thus, but is not. Cass found it proven that both these edits are not applied and hold no water in the Sri Lanka we live in. Proven by two semi government bodies. The Colombo Municipal Council and Western Province Sabha have both spent our money to unjustifiably benefit themselves disregarding the helluva cry we public raised in protest. We did not march, […]

Enforced disappearances; families have a right to know

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

Today is the United Nations International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances and the topic has deep relevance to Sri Lanka because of what happened, especially after the end of the war in 2009 and during the past few decades. In a statement the UN says enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole. Enforced disappearance has become a global problem and is not restricted to a specific region of the world. Once, largely the product of military dictatorships, enforced disappearances can now be perpetrated in complex situations of […]

NPC Minister wants international excavations of war-time SL military camps in North-East

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

NPC Minister wants international excavations of war-time SL military camps in North-East Excavations must be carried out at the direct presence of international monitors wherever the SL military was stationed with camps during the times of war in the North-East, said Ananthy Sasitharan, who is the NPC Minister of Women’s Affairs and Rehabilitation. Thousands of Tamils, subjected to forced disappearance and arrests during the times of war, are still unaccounted for and their trauma and dismay has aggravated at the scale of the recent discovery of mass graves in the North, Ms Sasitharan said. The NPC Minister is one of the thousands of survivors, who are yet to receive a clear answer from the SL State on the whereabouts of their loved ones. Furthermore, Ms […]

Skeletal Remains of More Than 90 Bodies Excavated at Site of What Was Earlier a Co-operative Whole Sale Depot Near Bus Terminal In Mannar

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

Skeletal Remains of More Than 90 Bodies Excavated at Site of What Was Earlier a Co-operative Whole Sale Depot Near Bus Terminal In Mannar By Anbarasan Ethirajan of BBC News in Mannar Experts in northern Sri Lanka are trying to identify the remains of dozens of bodies in a mass grave in the country’s former war zone. So far the skeletal remains of more than 90 people have been unearthed in the north-western town of Mannar. The mass grave is the second biggest found in the north since the end of the conflict in 2009. The 26-year war between troops and separatist Tamil rebels left at least 100,000 people dead, and many missing. A court ordered detailed excavations at the site – a former co-operative wholesale […]

Sinhale Settlements in Mullaitivu: President dismisses TNA allegation as untrue

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday denied Tamil National Alliance (TNA) allegation that there was a move to settle outsiders in the Mullaitivu district. Samarasinghe emphasized that there was absolutely no basis for this claim. The SLFPer said so when The Island sought an explanation as to why President Maithripala Sirisena, ministers, including Samarasinghe as well as senior government officials remained silent when the TNA made unsubstantiated allegations at a meeting chaired by President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday (Aug 27). The TNA parliamentary group headed by R Sampanthan, the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance participated at the meeting to discuss the status of development projects in the northern and eastern provinces. Among those […]

Only Wigneswaran is concerned about cenotaphs in North

31st August 2018 // 0 Comments

The government has no intention to establish new colonies in the North, says Co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senaratne. He stated this at the post-Cabinet press briefing held today (29), responding to queries raised by media persons regarding a statement made by the Northern Provincial Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran recently. Further commenting, the Minister stated that cenotaphs in the Northern Province have become a concern only to CM C.V. Wigneswaran and not to the public. People in the North only wish to live in a peaceful environment without conflicts, the Minister added. In addition, the Minister said that the government is working on solving issues related to housing, lands, and unemployment.

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