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Former Navy Commander Jayantha Perera and Ex-Naval Intelligence Chief Ananda Guruge Allegedly Implicated in CID Investigations Into Disappearances of Vadivelu Loganathan and Ratnasami Parmananda Reportedly Abducted in Wellampitiya on January 11, 2009.

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By Maneshka Borham The now famous CID investigation into the abduction and murder of 11 youth by a Navy extortion gang, helped sleuths to break open a secondary racket involving a separate group of naval personnel, including high ranking officers, to abduct businessmen for ransom In June 2010 the gang robbery unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) led by its OIC Inspector Nishantha Silva commenced an investigation into a suspected abduction for ransom racket run by Naval intelligence teams at the time. As investigations into the case of 11 missing youth believed to have been abducted by the group intensified over the years, explosive revelations in court recently implicated Naval top brass including several celebrated former Commanders of the Navy. But perhaps now in a […]

Another Overseas LTTE Plot to Use Underworld Gangs to Allegedly Assassinate MA Sumanthiran MP ? 12 Suspects Arrested and Detained for Investigation by Police Colombo Crimes Division.

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

Twelve suspects were arrested in connection with a plot to assassinate an active Tamil politician, the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) told court last week. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne allowed the CCD to detain the 12 suspects for questioning about the alleged assassination plot. The arrested persons included members of the underworld and persons with connections to the LTTE. The CCD told court that their investigations had revealed plans to kill a Tamil politician on the instructions of LTTE cadres living overseas. Police declined to name the Tamil politician in its report to court, but sources said the target was likely TNA Jaffna District MP and TNA spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran. The suspects will be produced in court again on April 26. Continue reading ‘Another Overseas […]

Another Admiral to be docked as CID busts spin-off Navy abduction racket

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

The now famous CID investigation into the abduction and murder of 11 youth by a Navy extortion gang, helped sleuths to break open a secondary racket involving a separate group of naval personnel, including high ranking officers, to abduct businessmen for ransom In June 2010 the gang robbery unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) led by its OIC Inspector Nishantha Silva commenced an investigation into a suspected abduction for ransom racket run by Naval intelligence teams at the time. As investigations into the case of 11 missing youth believed to have been abducted by the group intensified over the years, explosive revelations in court recently implicated Naval top brass including several celebrated former Commanders of the Navy. But perhaps now in a remarkable plot […]

Polonnaruwa to become Sri Lanka’s first Smart City

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

SLT Chairman Kumarasinghe Sirisena says education, health and transport pilot projects planned for Polonnaruwa Smart City concept to be expanded to Port City, Colombo in second round   SLT has signed exclusive fibre connectivity project with Huawei  Range of digital transformative products to be launched in next two months   By Charumini de Silva Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Chairman Kuma-rasinghe Sirisena yesterday said Polonnaruwa is earmarked to become Sri Lanka’s first-ever ‘Smart City’, with the Government planning to launch several pilot projects in the areas of education, health, and transportation, before expanding to Port City, Colombo. SLT Chairman Kumarasinghe Sirisena “The Government is currently considering to transform Polonnaruwa as the country’s first-ever ‘Smart City’, enabled with smart health, smart education, and smart transportation, that will accelerate economic […]

SLPP admits split in UPFA, way cleared for smooth sailing of UNP budget 2019

26th March 2019 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), yesterday, acknowledged that contrary to expectations, the UNP could comfortably ensure the passage of budget 2019 at its final reading on April 05. Matara District MP Dullas Alahapperuma told an SLPP briefing at Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla, the UNP could overcome the UPFA challenge with the support of the four-party Tamil National alliance (TNA) and a section of SLFP MPs elected on the UPFA ticket. Alahapperuma described those SLFPers as UNP’s slaves. The second reading of budget 2019 was approved with a majority of 43 votes. Alahapperuma, a member of the SLPP team currently engaged in talks meant to work out a common programme with the SLFP, admitted the split in the UPFA group in the wake […]

High Commissioner Report on Sri Lanka – 47th Meeting, 40th Regular Session Human Rights Council

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 High Commissioner Report on Sri Lanka – 47th Meeting, 40th Regular Session Human Rights Council 20 Mar 2019 –  Interactive dialogue on: – The report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka A/HRC/40/23 Item:10 – Technical assistance and capacity-building40th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.HRC extranet (information on daily updates, draft documentation, copies of oral statements etc.) SPEAKERS Mr. Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights (Introduction) H.E. Mr. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka (Concerned Country) European Union, Mr. Carl Hallergard Pakistan, Mr. Tahir Hussain Andrabi Denmark, Mr. Morten Jespersen India, Mr. Rajiv Kumar Chander United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr. Julian Braithwaite Belgium, Ms. Marleen Steenbrugghe North Macedonia, […]

As UN Human Rights Council meets – Tamil Women in Sri Lanka are still Searching for the Babies who Disappeared!

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As UN Human Rights Council meets – Tamil Women in Sri Lanka are still Searching for the Babies who Disappeared! by tmdas5@hotmail.com • WCE https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/478547948/as-un-human-rights-council-meets-tamil-women-in-sri-lanka-are-still-searching-for-the-babies-who-disappeared Tamil Women are Forced to Live Among Sri Lankan Security Forces who Raped them, Killed & Disappeared their Loved Ones.* 90 Thousand Tamil War Widows Suffers. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, March 8, 2019 As UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva, Tamil women are still Searching for the Babies who disappeared and forced to live Among the Troops who raped them, said Mrs. Balambihai Murugadas, Minister for Women Affairs, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). Sri Lanka will be on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to assess whether Sri Lanka has fulfilled its obligation to the Council outlined in the Resolution […]

Sinhalization of the North-East Series

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Sinhalization of the North-East Series People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) is launching “Sinhalization of the North-East”, a series on demographic changes in the Tamil homeland. This series examines the Tamil-speaking people’s long-standing claims of a deliberate attempt to shift the demographics of majority-Tamil speaking areas through militarization and Sinhalization. PEARL will present and analyze data gathered during multiple trips in affected areas. We will release the data in the form of infographics and articles for each affected region, and we will regularly update an interactive map. The first part of the series focuses on Pulmoaddai, a town in the Trincomalee district. Scroll down to see the Pulmoaddai infographic. Click here for the Tamil version. Full Report

Four Major Tamil Diaspora Groups Welcome OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka

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GENEVA, March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), the British Tamils Forum (BTF), the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) and the US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) today welcomed the UN Office of the High Commissioner’s report to ongoing 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council on progress made in implementing the transitional justice program Sri Lanka committed to in 2015’s Resolution 30/1, reaffirming that commitment in 2017’s 34/1, following atrocity crimes committed during and after the war that ended in 2009. The OHCHR under the leadership of different High Commissioners has been instrumental in ensuring that human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka remain under the international spotlight.  Mr. V. Ravi Kumar, General Secretary of the British Tamils Forum noted, “We are pleased with the forthright and thorough assessment done […]

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Welcomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Calling Sri Lanka’s Bluff

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TGTE to UN Human Rights Council: Request Security Council Referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC). GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 12, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Since 2015, virtually no progress has been made in investigating or prosecuting domestically the large number of allegations of war crimes or crimes against humanity collected by OHCHR in its investigation, and particularly those relating to military operations at the end of the war.” “The gravity of the cases that a specialized accountability mechanism must address cannot be underestimated.” H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/40/23 para. 29) The UN High Commissioner finds that Sri Lanka has failed its obligations under UNHRC Resolution 30/1 On 8 March 2019, the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights released her […]

President drops plan to send separate delegation to Geneva

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By Saman Indrajith President Maithripala Sirisena will not be sending a separate delegation to represent him at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, UPFA MP Mahinda Samarasinghe told Parliament yesterday. Speaking during the committee stage debate on the Budget, MP Samarasinghe said that following discussions held yesterday President Sirisena had agreed that the government’s delegation to Geneva would be led by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. UPFA MP Dr Sarath Amunugama, who is currently sitting in the Opposition, would also be included in the official delegation. “He will go as President Sirisena’s special representative,” Samarasinghe added. The five member government delegation also included Northern Province Governor Dr Suren Raghavan, the MP said. Samarasinghe said that the President had planned to send his […]

Six Countries Submit Resolution On Sri Lanka To UNHRC – Full Text

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The full text of resolution submitted to the UNHRC on Sri Lanka on Monday by Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland: Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka   The Human Rights Council,   Reaffirming the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and other relevant instruments,  Reaffirming Human Rights Council resolutions 30/1 of 1 October 2015 and 34/1 of 23 March 2017 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, Recalling Human Rights Council resolutions 19/2 of 22 March 2012, 22/1 of 21 March 2013 and 25/1 of 27 March 2014, Reaffirming that it is the responsibility of each State to ensure the […]

Kiriella says new resolution submitted to UNHRC favourable to Lanka

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By Saman Indrajith Leader of the House Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella, yesterday, tabled in Parliament the full text of resolution submitted to the UNHRC on Sri Lanka on Monday by Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Participating in the committee stage of the budget debate under the expenditure headings of the Office of the President, Prime Minister and Ministry of Defence, Kiriella said that the six nations had welcomed the recent developments towards reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Kirielle said that Sri Lanka should not amend that resolution which was favourable to it. “This is a good resolution. I want to know why some are trying to amend this. I ask Mahinda Samarasinghe why you […]

Ranil silences UNP backbenchers

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By Methmalie Dissanayake The President’s Heads of Expenditure (HoE) of the ‘Budget 2019’ was passed in Parliament yesterday (13) without a division, despite the United National Party (UNP) backbenchers threats that they would vote against it to defeat the President’s Heads of Expenditure. The Committee Stage debate on the expenditure heads of the President and several other offices began at 10:30 a.m. During the entire debate, the UNP backbenchers heavily criticised the President. However, when Speaker Karu Jayasuriya asked the House whether they need a division on the President’s Heads of Expenditure at the end of the debate, both Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of the House, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that they do not call for a division. This was despite UNP Parliamentarian […]

Core Group on Sri Lanka Comprising UK, Canada, Germany, Montenegro and North Macedonia Present Resolution A/HRC/40/L.1 Titled “Promoting Reconciliation,Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka” at UNHRC In Geneva.

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Core Group on Sri Lanka Comprising UK, Canada, Germany, Montenegro and North Macedonia Present Resolution A/HRC/40/L.1 Titled “Promoting Reconciliation,Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka” at UNHRC In Geneva. The Core Group on Sri Lanka, led by the United Kingdom on Monday tabled the Resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The Core Group on Sri Lanka, comprising Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland presented the resolution A/HRC/40/L.1 titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’. Reaffirming Human Rights Council resolutions 30/1 of 1 October 2015 and 34/1 of 23 March 2017 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, the draft resolution 40/1 welcomed the […]

Roman Catholic-Hindu Clashes Instigated By Roman Catholic Clergy On Hindu Holy Day

6th March 2019 // 0 Comments

The Thiruketheeswaram is one of the five ancient, holy Eeswarams for Hindus on the west coast near Mannar. The approach road to the temple had some constructions which were being done again for Sivarathiri tomorrow. The Roman Catholics objected and brought the construction down under the supervision of three priests of who the leader was The Rev.Fr. Marcus. The Bishop of Mannar, The Rt. Rev. Fidelis Fernando, contacted by phone, excused comment saying he is in Colombo for minor surgery, and directed Colombo Telegraph to the Vicar General Victor Soosai Anthony. Fr. Anthony in turn said that the objection is to new concrete structures which are illegal. Asked what then of the concrete Buddhist structure nearby, he said that is a different matter. The Rev. […]

Funds allocated in 2019 Budget to strengthen reconciliation to Tamils, NOT given yet.

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The Government today announced the allocation of funds in the 2019 Budget to boost post war reconciliation in the country. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the allocation of funds will also assist families of the missing, including families of missing soldiers and Police.  He said that the Office on Missing Persons will be adequately resourced to support families of the missing.  The Minister announced the allocation of Rs. 200 million for the secretariat for coordinating reconciliation mechanisms which operates under the Prime Minister’s office.  He said that funds will also be allocated for the Office for Reparations to be set up and operate. The Minister also announced the establishment of the Palmyrah fund to fast track development in the North and the East.  He […]

CID Observes that the Lives of 11 Tamil youths Abducted and Confined by Navy Personnel for Ransom Could Have Been Saved if Former Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Who Had Prior Knowledge of these Happenings Had Acted in a Timely Manner Instead of Abetting or Concealing Information.

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CID Observes that the Lives of youths Abducted and Confined by Navy Personnel for Ransom Could Have Been Saved if Former Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Who Had Prior Knowledge of these Happenings Had Acted in a Timely Manner Instead of Abetting or Concealing Information. By Ranga Jayasuriya Sri Lanka’s effort to find a closure to the victims of the protracted terrorist war is obstructed by two ideological extremes, each feeding into the agenda of the other. On one extreme end of the scale, Sinhala ultra-nationalists and electoral calculations of Southern politics have opposed almost all on-going and past initiatives to prosecute military officials implicated in even the most blatant human rights violations. Similarly, self-serving machinations are pushing back against a Cabinet memorandum to appoint […]

12 Year old Nishi Uggalla of Sri Lankan Origin With an IQ Higher Than That of Albert Einstein Wins Britain’s Channel 4 TV’s Child Genius 2019 Competition

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Child prodigy who has higher IQ than Einstein scores highes 12 Year old Nishi Uggalla of Sri Lankan Origin With an IQ Higher Than That of Albert Einstein Wins Britain’s Channel 4 TV’s Child Genius 2019 Competition By Dr.Upul Wijayawardhana The remarkable win of 12-year-old Nishi Uggalla, from Manchester, on Saturday night’s (2nd March) final of the Channel Four’s Child Genius competition was, no doubt, a proud moment for all Sri Lankans domiciled in UK. But it was much more because she made it ultra-special and won the hearts of everyone who watched the programme by an inspiring acceptance speech. Further, she was different from all the other contestants; whereas all the others were driven by their parents or relations, Nishi was the driving force herself. […]

Brig. Priyanka Fernando’s Lawyer Told British Court That the Throat -Slitting Gestures Made by His Client at Demonstrators was Part of the 10 Part Job Description of the Defence Attache at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.

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Brig. Priyanka Fernando’s Lawyer Told British Court That the Throat -Slitting Gestures Made by His Client at Demonstrators was Part of the 10 Part Job Description of the Defence Attache at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. MAKING slit-throat gestures at Tamil protesters was part of the job description for Sri Lanka’s military attache in London, Westminster Magistrates Court heard today (Mar 1). Barrister Nicholas Wayne made the extraordinary argument in defence of his client, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando. The soldier was caught on camera running his fingers across his throat while standing guard outside the Sri Lankan High Commission last year. The Brigadier left the country days later. A British judge has since found him guilty of causing “harassment, alarm and distress” to Tamil […]

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