Articles by Karu

Possibility of sanctions surface…

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Govt. Parliamentary Group pow wow at Chaaya BeyBY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY The possibility of sanctions being imposed on Sri Lanka in the wake of the ongoing probes by the United Nations Human Rights Council for alleged human rights abuses and war crimes in Sri Lanka had surfaced during the Government Parliamentary Group meeting chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday.This was one of the key points which were raised by a group of SLFP members, senior political sources told Ceylon Today. There was also some views expressed on the possibility of Sri Lanka’s war crimes being referred to the United Nations Security Council as pointed out by a member and others said that China and Russia, like before, will come to Sri Lanka’s rescue. It was also pointed […]

President should invite TNA – Vasu

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

PSC on ethnic problem: By Umesh Moramudali  National Languages and Social Integration Minister, Vasudewa Nanayakkara, yesterday stressed that the President needs to invite the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), appointed to find solutions to the ethnic problem. Answering a question at a media briefing yesterday, Nanayakkara said the President needs to have cordial discussions and should imply to the TNA that the government has a genuine intention to solve the ethnic problem.He said, however, there are certain factions in the TNA who do not want to come for the discussions with the government.“MPs who do not want to discuss are funded by certain factions of the Tamil Diaspora. However, the Diaspora is also splitting now. It had split into several factions creating […]

Don’t Consider IMBL With SL as Settled: CM

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: Bringing to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet another incident of arrest of 17 Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on June 29, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday reiterated her view that the Centre should not treat the issue of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) with Sri Lanka as settled, as the very ownership of Katchatheevu islet and the unconstitutionality the 1974 and 1976 agreements, by which the islet was ceded to Sri Lanka, were the subject matter of litigation in the Supreme Court of India. “My government looks to your immediate and emphatic response to this issue and to ensure that it is taken up at the highest levels with the Sri Lankan government, so that our fishermen […]

UK calls for end to impunity in Lanka

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain says in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, there is a need to ensure that there is no impunity for acts of sexual violence in conflict and there is a need to provide support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children as well as women and men. The British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin said Britain continues to encourage and call on Sri Lanka to endorse the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict took place in London from 10-13 June, hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. It was attended by 128 countries, 79 Ministers and 8 UN Agency Heads, as well as by Presidents and prosecutors from the International […]

Govt. ‘blatantly misinformed’ UNHRC about Aluthgama clashes: Muslim Council

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Council fires letter to External Affairs Minister Alleges Govt. informed Council in Geneva that violence was instigated by Muslims Govt. statement in Geneva similar to versions propagated by ‘anti Muslim interests’ Geneva statement missed golden opportunity to stand against hate speech, violence: Council By Dharisha Bastians A prominent Muslim civil society group has taken issue with official Government statements to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about the communal violence in Aluthgama, charging that the version of the clashes relayed to the international rights body mirrors the ‘anti-Muslim propaganda’ by vested interests in Sri Lanka. In a letter addressed to External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris last week, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said “blatant misinformation” had been disseminated by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission […]

Hotel owner remanded for swindling Britisher

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

A Hikkaduwa hotel owner who was arrested on charges of having swindling a Britisher of Rs.48 million after promising to get him several plots of land for cultivation was today ordered to be further remanded till July 15 by the Galle Additional Magistrate.In his complaint to the CID, British national Richard Karshal a civil engineer by profession had told that he got to know the suspect when he was staying at the suspect’s tourist hotel in Hikkaduwa in 2004. The complainant further said that he built up a close relationship with the suspect and subsequently discussed to invest money at a land cultivation project. The complainant told police that though he had made a payment to purchase about 114 acres from Haldumulla area the suspect […]

EU and Muslims calls for LLRC full implementation

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) today called for the full implementation of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and advancing a sustainable political solution saying they are essential for peaceful growth and stability in Sri Lanka. “We welcome the appointment by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, of three renowned experts – Martti Ahtisaari, Silvia Cartwright and Asma Jahangir – to assist the investigation team for Sri Lanka led by her office. We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to fully cooperate with the investigation to address accountability issues as an important step for fostering genuine reconciliation. It should also allow all stakeholders to engage without fear of reprisals,” the EU said in a statement from Brussels. The EU statement said that Sri Lanka has come […]

A full frontal military assault on Mangala Samaraweera

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Late last week we witnessed the scenario where the Army spokesman, a brigadier in rank, made the unusual claim that current UNP spokesman and former Rajapakse Administration Foreign Minister, MP Mangala Samaraweera had compromised national security by alleging at a press conference, that state intelligence agencies or at least some intelligence chiefs, were supporting the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and that the Aluthgama and Beruwela anti Muslim violence was in fact an organized operation with state intelligence backing.  An update to that allegation or rather to the traction that it gathered, was that the Defense Secretary, in a media interview published on July 1st,  felt compelled to deny any personal involvement in alleged defense establishment assistance and help to the BBS or other extremist groups. […]

VIDEO: Govt imposed ‘unofficial censorship’ to cover-up its sins – Ranil

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

The United National Party (UNP) today accused the government of imposing “unofficial censorship” on media to espouse racism at it pleases and to recreate its image after pushing the country towards destruction.  “The Rajapaksa regime is looking to completely destroy media freedom today,” Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe said, speaking to reporters after meeting with representatives from several media rights groups in Colombo. He alleged that news censorship was imposed in the wake of the recent Aluthgama and Beruwala violence in order to “cover up the government’s sins” and not to protect the peace. He stated that a letter was sent to every media organization as a news censorship following the Aluthgama and Beruwala incidents. It instructed the organizations to do as told or suffer the […]

Two More US Firms To White-Wash Rajapaka Regime

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Despite bragging about their disregard for US policies and its hypocrisy, Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry has hired two more firms specialising in government relations to white-wash its image in the US. According to reports by Kevin Mccauley, the External Affairs Minister has signed Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) contracts with the ‘Madison Group’ and ‘Beltway Government Strategies’. The contract with Madison Group, on which the Sri Lankan government will spend a whopping $18,000 worth of public money per annum as well as expenses and bonuses for their performance, has been signed to assist the EAM in ‘creating a situational awareness of current affairs’ in the country. Beltway Government Strategies based in Los-Angeles has been hired to ‘retain and manage firms to engage in government […]

Gota Caught Lying In Interview

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

In a revealing interview published in today’s Daily Mirror, Sri Lankas Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa was caught contradicting himself on two occasions, pertaining to the alleged assault of a Buddhist monk on the day of Poson Poya, and his power extending to the Police force. The interviewer asks the Defence Secretary why the Police did not prevent the rally from taking in place, and while justifying the decision of the Police, Rajapaksa asks the Interviewer why he perceives the inception to be the rally, when there was a “buddhist monk assaulted” The interviewer then asks Rajapaksa if the assault was true, to be met by a stoic answer by Rajapaksa who says the monk was intact assaulted. Soon after, in the next question […]

Deception is the brand name of the government of the Rajapaksa brothers, and professor G.L. Pieris is its brand ambassador.

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

By Chandra Kumarage – ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.’ Walter Scott, Marmion. ‘When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the State,’ Euripedes, Orestes. The government of Sri Lanka has again used Parliament to adopt a resolution rejecting the appointment by the OHCHR to probe the human rights violations including war crimes alleged to have been committed by the Armed forces of the GOSL during the last phase of the war with the LTTE in April-May 2009. The resolution states, ‘To demonstrate its commitment to protecting democracy and human rights and protect the people’s democratic rights and human rights, the government will undertake to conduct impartial investigations into the following incidents and submit a report […]

Do not touch us as it would be a move tantamount to digging their own grave.

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

 “Buddha Sasana Ministry Turns Buddhist Monks Into Political Stooges” – RW Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has accused the government of politicizing the Ministry of Buddha Sasana while creating divisions among the Sangha community of Sri Lanka. Addressing a public meeting in Galle, the Opposition Leader said the present government has turned the Ministry of Buddha Sasana into a political institution. He also alleged that the Ministry of Buddha Sasana only allocates funds for monks whose political allegiance lies with the government…………………… read all    BBS throw down the gauntlet!  BY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY“UNP, Foreign Diplomatic missions and Muslim extremists behind Aluthgama incident”  The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) yesterday admonished the government, the Opposition and the police, to not touch them, as it would be a move tantamount to […]

Sinhala Army Remembered in Jaffna but Tamils are NOT allowed to remember their next of skin.

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

ONE RULE FOR THE SINHALESE Commander and all ranks of Security Force – Jaffna, after an whole night pirith chanting and alms giving to Buddhists Monks, transferred merits to armed force members who were killed in the war against the Tamil minority who fought for a separate state due to discrimination by successive Sinhala governments of Sri Lanka. The Budddhists Monks invoked blessing to Commander of the Army, soldiers and members of civilian staff serving in the Army Friday (27) morning.  The Pinkama was organized with auspices of Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera as the final leg of 18th Anniversary celebrations of Security Force Jaffna (SF-J). Monks headed by Ven. Naramdeniye Dhammawasa thero, Head of Boraluketiya Buddhist centre of Kamburupitiya, Matara chanted […]

New UN rights probe intensifies pressure on SLanka

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new U.N. investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka will intensify international pressure on its government and could probe the purported responsibility of senior Sri Lankan officials with U.S. ties. As many as 40,000 civilians may have died amid government shelling in the final five months of the conflict in 2009, according to a previous U.N. report. Government forces have also been accused of executing ethnic Tamil rebel leaders who tried to surrender. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced Wednesday a heavyweight panel including a Nobel laureate and a former judge on a U.N.-backed tribunal trying former Cambodian leaders for genocide and war crimes, to advise a 10-month investigation by her office. Its goal, laid out […]

Sri Lanka wants killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 as war victory recognition

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Buddhist leader warned of ‘end’ to all Muslims Sri Lankan Buddhist leader Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara threatened to destroy Muslim businesses and asked his audience to fight against the minorities. Part of the audience shouted back saying yes, they will do it. The defeat of terrorism and the advent of peace and stability have brought about significant benefits not only for the people of Sri Lanka but for the whole South Asian region, and it is only right and proper that the magnitude of these benefits should receive recognition, Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, said in Colombo today. He was delivering the keynote address at a symposium on establishing a Centre of Excellence on Ocean Sciences and Environment for the Indian Ocean […]

The Mystery Of The Second Wave Of Sinhala Ethnic Nationalism

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – The first wave of Sinhala ethnic nationalism emerged in the Bandaranaike era during the mid- fifties and rather gradually morphed into a 26 year-old civil war that was brought to an end only a few years ago. Although the guns are down the embers of that bloody conflict are still burning; waiting to flare up again, given foolish handling by the government and Sinhala nationalists. As one observes in the world of today, ethno-nationalism is a most intractable area of collective human relationships. It is a serious challenge to countries with many ethnic groups who show a strength that surpasses their relative numbers. We are used to thinking and saying that the Tamil minority was the target of that first wave of Sinhala Buddhist –led nationalism. […]

Gnanasara Thera Banned From Entering US!

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

BBS concerned over US visa cancellation Gnanasara Thera Banned From Entering US! The Bodu Bala Sena alleges that the US State Department has taken measures to cancel its General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera’s visa to the United States. Speaking to Asian Mirror, BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Vithanage said an official of the US Embassy had contacted Gnanasara Thera and informed him of the decision made by the US State Department. The United States had granted Visa to Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera before he formed the Bodu Bala Sena Organization in 2012. “It was valid for a period of five years and now the US has cancelled Gnanasara Thera’s visa after three and a half years,” he said. The BBS Chief Executive Officer also said that […]

Modi to meet TNA

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would hold talks with newly elected Indian Prime Minister   Narendra Modi in New Delhi next month, party officials said yesterday.The Indian government has agreed to afford an opportunity for the TNA to meet with the Prime Minister and the other leaders by the middle of July. However, the exact dates have not yet been confirmed.Shortly after Mr. Modi and his Cabinet of Ministers were sworn in, TNA leader R. Sampanthan sought a meeting with the new leadership of India to raise issues concerning the Tamil people.   Apart from seeking India’s active engagement for a political settlement, Mr. Sampanthan highlighted issues such as heavy military presence, land grabbing, alleged plan for   altering the demographic pattern in the north in this letter.    The […]

Police and military simply stand and watch or escort thugs!

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Kumar David – Conspiracies theories abound; Dead Left Ministers summon small group meetings to warn of impending coup like developments. There is mayhem all round – the UNHRC probe, anti-Muslim pogroms, the Modi–Jayalalithaa twin-landslide nightmare and infighting in the government. The most intense and sharply focussed manic moment is the assault on the Muslim community, its places of worship and Muslim businesses, plotted, programmed and provoked by extremist Buddhist monks. Is the BBS, or more muscular souls in clerical attire, simply doing its ‘thing’ (with help from here and there – and we know where) or is it a façade of a deeper plot? Conspiracy theories multiply when society and polity break down and mayhem widens. There is no shortage of rumour as arsonists ignite, police and military […]

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