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Tamil New governor ignored  at Independence Day celebrations.

11th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Tamil New governor ignored  at Independence Day celebrations. The Home Ministry set out mixed roles for recently appointed Provincial Governors at celebrations connected with last Monday’s Independence Day. In different provinces, the arrangements were varied. In Uva, both Governor Marshal Perera and Chief Minister Chamara Sampath took part in the ceremonies. In the South, Governor Rajith Keerthi Tennekoon and Chief Minister Shan Wijeylal de Silva were present. However, Northern Province Governor Dr Suren Raghavan and Central Province Governor Maithri Gunaratne attended the ceremonies at the Galle Face Green. “It’s not you but your son who got married, isn’t it,” CBK to Mahinda. Ahead of India’s Independence Day last month, the Indian High Commission held a performance at the Cultural Centre at Bauddaloka Mawatha in Colombo. Present […]

Mahinda family, controlled more than 2/3rds of the economy of Sri Lanka.

11th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Lessons to learn from Sri Lanka’s history By Gamini Weerakoon Outstanding English writer Aldous Huxley’s observations on the ‘lessons of history’ will interest many Sri Lankans obsessed with their history—2,500 years or more. Huxley held: ’ That  men do not learn much from history is the most important lesson that history has to teach’. We will attempt to consider this observation not by harking back to the distant past of those ‘glorious days’ but to contemporary times. Just four years ago Mahinda Rajapaksa who ruled the country for a near decade and was considered ‘invincible’ was unceremoniously dumped out at a presidential election — then at a parliamentary election months later — by the free votes of the people. Many reasons have been attributed for […]

The Role Of The ‘War Hero’ In Post-Conflict Sri Lanka

11th February 2019 // 0 Comments

By Jayasiri Samaratunga – Jayasiri Samaratunga As a law abiding, peace loving citizen of this country, I have been helplessly watching the ever increasing crime rate in the country and its drastic impact on society. In view of the widespread penetration of social media, people of this country had the horrible privilege of witnessing some of the most gruesome crimes being committed in broad daylight, most often by organized gangs who are fighting for supremacy in the underworld and in the ugly world of the narcotics trade. One freighting feature common to most of the murders and armed robberies committed in the recent past have been the professional skills displayed by the perpetrators in handling firearms and escaping from the crime scene. This clearly indicates […]

80 Politicians Alleged Links to Arrested Drug Kinpin

11th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Investigations Reveal Details of 80 Politicians Comprising Pradeshiya Sabha Heads, Provincial Councillors and MP”s from Different Political Parties With Alleged Links to Arrested Drug Kinpin Makandure Madush. Downfall in Dubai of Sri Lanka’s Most Wanted Drug Dealer Kingpin Samarasinghe Arachchilage Madush Lakshitha infamously alias Makandure Madush a.k.a. Ajith Avanka Wickramasinghe 16 More Including Drug Smuggler Angoda Lokka Arrested by Dubai Police; Drug Dealers Andarawatte Chamara and Shanaka Madhushan Alias “Olu Mara” Arrested in Mattakkuliya and Wennappuwa: Group of Makandure Madush Associates Nabbed in Matara. State intelligence units have uncovered details of eighty (80) politicians who had links with the underworld gang leader Makandure Madush. Police sources say that the PS chairmen, provincial councilors and members of parliament of different political parties are in this list. […]

Sri Lanka undergoes stringent EU GSP + monitoring process

10th February 2019 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) has voiced concern over the slowdown in the progress of the government’s far reaching reforms and its commitments made to regain General System of Preferences (GSP +) facility. There was a significant acceleration in fulfilling major obligations under GSP + during the early period of the good governance government which took office in 2015, but it has retarded during the recent past, EU Ambassador in Sri Lanka Tung-Lai Margue told the Business Times. Ambassador Tung-Lai Margue The Government has set out a programme of major reforms to address reconciliation and accountability, democracy, the rule of law, better governance and economic development in accordance with its commitments made to the EU. A key development in the EU-Sri Lankan trade relations was the […]

Inviting Rajapaksa to India “insult” to 1,40,000 Tamils killed by Sri Lankan army

10th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa Urges Revival of War-time Troika to Manage India- Sri Lanka Relations Mahinda Rajapaksa, Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament and a former Sri Lankan President, has strongly urged the governments of India and Sri Lanka to revive the “Troika” system which managed relations between the two countries during the crucial final phase of the war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Speaking on India-Sri Lanka relations at “The Huddle 2019” organized by The Hindu in Bengaluru on Saturday, Rajapaksa said: “You would recollect that a novel mechanism was in place during our time in government and in particular when we, as a country, fought against the most cruel terrorist organization in the world. The Troika, as it […]

‘War Criminal Go Back!’ Petitioners Protest Mahinda Rajapaksa Invite

9th February 2019 // 0 Comments

NEW DELHI: With former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa set to address a ‘thought conclave’ being held at the ITC Gardenia hotel in Bangalore on February 9 and 10, a group of concerned Indians has registered a strong protest against the invitation extended to the ‘war criminal’. At the conclave, organised by The Hindu newspaper, the chief guest’s address will be delivered by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, formerly union minister, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party and member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. According to The Hindu’s retiring editor Mukund Padmanabhan, “At a time of extreme social and political polarisation, this thought platform hopes to promote genuine debate by providing a place for reflection, for nuance, for evaluating the views of others even as we prepare to […]

British medical device manufacturer to set up US$ 10 mn plant in Bandaragama

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

BOI approval granted for the first medical device manufacturing plant with 600 new jobs A leading UK manufacturer has gained BOI approvals to begin laying the foundation for its newest state of the art manufacturing facility in Sri Lanka. Flexicare (Group) Limited is a UK headquarted manufacturer and supplier of medical devices, with subsidiaries in over 12 countries and two manufacturing sites, providing disposable medical consumables to over 110 countries. The agreement was signed on behalf of Flexicare by Ghassem Poormand, Chairman of Flexicare (Group) Limited. Also present at the signing ceremony were Hash Poormand, Managing Director and Sanjeeva Jayasinghe, General Manager Flexicare Sri Lanka. Champika Malalgoda, Director General of the BOI also participated. Ghassem Poormand, Chairman of Flexicare (Group) Limited stated “We are a […]

UK demands full implementation of Geneva Resolutions on Lanka Says US pullout from Geneva body irrelevant

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

The UK government has again dismissed Lord Naseby’s call to terminate Geneva Resolution 30/1 in 2015 and Resolution 34/1 in 2017 on the basis that the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government didn’t perpetrate war crimes as alleged by the UN. Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con) on Wednesday (Feb. 05) during a House of Commons debate on UNHRC Resolution declared that the UK expected the full implementation of both Resolutions. The following is the full text of Lord Ahmad’s statement: “I make the Government’s position clear from the outset: Her Majesty’s Government have no plans to annul or withdraw those resolutions. The UK continues to believe that full implementation is essential, as the noble Baroness, Lady Northover, and the […]

It was only in 1833 after the Colebrooke reforms of 1832 that pre-dominantly Tamil territories were integrated into a unified Ceylon. Until then they were administered separately.

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Seventy Years Of Independence and the Tamils of Sri Lanka It was only in 1833 after the Colebrooke reforms of 1832 that pre-dominantly Tamil territories were integrated into a unified Ceylon. Until then they were administered separately. by D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This article published to denote the 70th anniversary of Ceylon/Sri Lanka’s independence from British rule is being re-posted without any changes to mark the 71st Independence day on Geb 4th 2019) Three score and ten years have passed since Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon gained Independence from Britain on February 4th 1948. The Island nation has been under colonial bondage for a very long period. Portugese rule came first in 1505,followed by Dutch rule in 1658.Finally came British rule in 1796 that lasted until 1948. […]

Military parades across Tamil homeland as Sri Lanka marks Independence Day, while Tamils protest

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

PEARL’s News Update 07 February 2019 NEWS Military parades across Tamil homeland as Sri Lanka marks Independence Day, while Tamils protest The military parades come as Tamils across the North-East, and in the diaspora around the world, marked Sri Lanka’s Independence Day as a ‘black day’ for Tamils on the island. Protests took place across several districts, with students at Jaffna University removing the Sri Lankan flag from the campus mast and replacing it with a black cloth, alongside banners calling for the military to leave the North-East – Tamil Guardian. Tamils in London protested outside the Sri Lankan High Commission – Tamil Guardian. Tamil Lawyers Forum Urges UNHRC to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court. Extention of Time will Deny Justice In an appeal to UN High-commissioner for Human Rights […]

Barcelona calls for investigation into genocide of Tamils and recognition of Tamil Eelam

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Barcelona calls for investigation into genocide of Tamils and recognition of Tamil Eelam  05 February 2019 The Catalan city of Barcelona has called for an investigation into the genocide of Tamils by Sri Lanka, and to recognise the rights of the Tamil people to an independent homeland,  Tamil Eelam. In a resolution voted by the city’s municipal council on January 25, representatives denounced systematic violations against the rights of Tamils, urged the recognition of Tamil sovereignty and called for an end to the Sri Lankan military’s occupation of the Tamil homeland. See the full text of the resolution, passed by the council as an ‘institutional declaration’ below. Original Catalan text here. The Plenary of the Municipal Council of the City of Barcelona agrees: We denounce the […]

Long Read: Why has Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

After persistent allegations of mass atrocities committed during the long running civil war, a new Sri Lankan Government in 2015 pledged to the international community that it would establish an ambitious reform and transitional justice programme. Four years later, many victims in the country have lost hope. South African transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka and former BBC Correspondent Frances Harrison of the International Truth and Justice Project explore what went wrong: Piecemeal Implementation On paper the vision was grand but fleeting. The promise to set up a hybrid court was quickly abandoned and the victims’ consultation report disowned by the government. A disappearance commission was established but without the necessary legal power and authority to hold anyone accountable – amazing in a country with the world’s second largest […]

Mannar mass grave Bones of 26 children found by Feb. 06

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

US carbon testing results ready within a week By Dinasena Ratugamage Our Vavuniya correspondent Senior officials in charge of excavation of Mannar mass grave said that so far of the skeletal remains found, 26 were of children. By Feb 06, experts have so far unearthed skeletal remains belonging to 312 persons and 297 of them were removed from the grave for further investigations. Recently, selected samples were sent to a US testing facility for carbon testing. On site Judicial Medical Officer Saminda Rajapaka said that results would be available within one week. The human skeletal remains were first found by some construction workers while excavating the site behind the CWE Building in Mannar as part of a development project on May 25 last year. On […]

Independence Day, a ‘black day’ for Tamils ​​and tea pickers

7th February 2019 // 0 Comments

On Monday, Sri Lanka celebrated the 71st anniversary of independence from British rule. President Sirisena admits delays in economic development. Tamils complain of continuing persecution even after the civil war ended. Plantation workers demand higher wages. Colombo (AsiaNews) – On the day that Sri Lanka marked the 71st anniversary of its independence from British colonial rule, Tamils and tea plantation workers held a black day protest. Both groups chose to boycott the festivities to complain that their demands have not been heard for far too long. Tamils staged demonstrations against the constant discrimination that persists since the end of the civil war, whilst tea pickers want an increase in the minimum wage, which is no longer adequate to feed their families. On Monday, independence celebrations […]

PM, Vasu clash over US ship

7th February 2019 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith An argument broke out between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara in Parliament yesterday over providing logistical support to the US navy ships operating in the Indian Ocean. The UPFA MP raised a question on an agreement signed between Sri Lanka and the US Embassy in 2018, but the PM said that the pact MP Nanayakkara referred to had been signed in 1995. MP Nanayakkara, referring to a newspaper report on the US Navy aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis establishing a logistics hub in Sri Lanka, questioned whether it had got the Cabinet approval. He asked why Parliament had not been informed about it. MP Nanayakkara said: “The hub established on a temporary basis provides logistics support to […]

A Day in Saraswathi’s Life (VIDEO)

7th February 2019 // 0 Comments

38-year-old Saraswathi wakes at 5.30 am to send her children to school before she heads to work.  In this video, produced by Selvaraja Rajasegar of Maatram, she readies her children for school, in doing so addressing issues highlighting the obstacles to education that the Malaiyaha Tamil community is faced with.  Parents often find it difficult to provide the meals required for children under the government’s stipulated school-feeding plan – the roti they eat regularly has almost no nutritional value, but is often the only thing they can afford. Saraswathi’s story highlights some of the challenges faced by the community, who have lived and worked in this country for over 150 years.  Estate workers have been calling for an increase in their daily basic wage to Rs. 1000 for years.  The Collective Wage […]

TNA calls for implementation of PRECIFAC recommendations

7th February 2019 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith The TNA, yesterday, demanded from the government that it should take immediate action to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud (PRECIFAC). Moving a motion at the adjournment of the House for a debate on the PRESIFAC report, TNA MP MA Sumanthiran said that the commission had found serious acts of misconduct. Those offences had been committed at 34 institutions and the names of those responsible had been disclosed in the report. “After the lapse of one full year, no meaningful steps have been taken to apprehend and punish those responsible and I move that the government take immediate steps to implement the said recommendations in the report and take decisive action […]

UK arrest warrant for Sri Lanka attache over throat-cut gestures revoked

2nd February 2019 // 0 Comments

Priyanka Fernando conviction appeared to trigger stream of diplomatic exchanges An arrest warrant for a former Sri Lankan military attache, convicted of public order offences after making cut-throat gestures at protesters, has been revoked without a court hearing following Foreign Office involvement. The private prosecution of Brig Priyanka Fernando has degenerated into extraordinary legal confusion, forcing the chief magistrate, Emma Arbuthnot, to take control of the case. On Friday, she told Westminster magistrates court there had been a catalogue of “disappointing” issues and she did not know how such a sensitive case could have gone to trial without it “ever coming across my desk”. Fernando was filmed making cut-throat gestures aimed at Tamil protesters outside the Sri Lankan high commission in London on 4 February […]

Hang them not, or hang them?

2nd February 2019 // 0 Comments

While President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated very sternly that he would carry out the death penalty for major convicted drug offences who continue the illicit drug trade while in the death cell. He declared that he had entrusted the Armed Forces, Police and the Civil Defence Force with the task of eradicating the narcotics menace the way they had destroyed the LTTE. While the President’s decision to carry out the fight against drugs on a war footing did not face any adverse response, some human rights activists expressed alarm about his references to the strong arm tactics adopted successfully by President Duterte of the Philippines. Furthermore, the Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners (CPRP) came out with a most surprising statement that they would take […]

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