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“Janabalaya Kolombata” Protest Comes to an End as Demonstrators Commence Leaving Colombo Despite Organizers Claim of Laying Overnight Siege to the City

5th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Police Estimate Crowds at “Janabalaya Kolombata” Rally in Colombo at 50,000 Although Organizers Claim Hundreds of Thousands Joined Protest Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters kept up a demonstration outside Lake House after a brief march from the Bo Tree junction. Party officials said they planned to stay overnight in Colombo. President Rajapaksa and his former defence secretary brother Gotabhaya spent a brief time with the protesters, but were expected to re-join the crowd later in the evening, party leaders said. They said hundreds of thousands of people joined the rally, but police said their estimate was that the crowd was about 50,000. Police said the crowd at Wednesday’s protest was about half the number that attended the JO mass rally to mark May 1 at […]

Campaigners on the Road – Rajapakshes in Hotel Rooms

5th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Since yesterday rooms in high class hotels in Colombo, such as Shangri-La, Taj Samudra and Hilton, have been reserved by many people. It is for the campaign planned to be held today by the Joint Opposition Party. Usually, pre-reservations are made in relate to a protest, opposition or a political campaign for a stadium that people can gather; otherwise a conference hall. However, neither any stadium nor any conference hall has been reserved by the Rajapakshes in light of this campaign until last night. Nevertheless, rooms with maximum facilities in hotels such as Shangri-La, Taj Samudra and Hilton have already been reserved by the group. The main organizer of the campaign Mr. Namal Rajapakshe has organized the event in rather an unorthodox way. He stated […]

President Srisena uses his power to cover up the killing of journalists by Mahinda govern.

4th September 2018 // 0 Comments

President Sirisena Orders Heads of Defence Services Not to Release any Details to Police About Information Requested by CID to Help Investigate Cases Like Attacks on the Media and Abduction for Ransom Racket. President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered that information of the three armed forces be not given in connection with ongoing court cases into murders and disappearances, ‘Anidda’ reports. He issued the order at a meeting on August 28 at his Paget Road residence attended by the defence secretary, chief of defence staff and top defence and police officials, it says. The CID says it needs certain information of the armed forces to take forward its investigations into the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunga, disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda and the abduction of Keith Noyarh, Upali […]

Tamil National Alliance – A Sinking Ship

4th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kumarathasan Rasingam – Kumarathasan Rasingam Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was formed with the blessings of Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader late Pirabhakaran in 2002. While LTTE was engaged in armed resistance, TNA was mooted to agitate peacefully among the Tamils ,and in the Parliament to draw the attention and support of the International Community. TNA also supported the LTTE’s goal of a separate state which was mandated in the General Election of 1977 following the historical Vaddukoddai Resolution in May 1976 sponsored by the late leader SJV Chelvanayakam. During the genocidal war between LTTE and Sri Lankan Government [2006-2009] TNA struck to four demands of Tamils which were placed for negotiations in the Thimpu talks in 1985 in Bhutan between United National Party and Tamil representatives. Even […]

UN writes to Sri Lanka over failure to meet deadline on torture report

4th September 2018 // 0 Comments

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) has written to Sri Lanka, after the government failed to respond to a report, which called for information on the “establishment of a judicial mechanism” to investigate torture and information on the role of a former Criminal Investigations Department head. “The information sought by the Committee has not been provided yet, although more than one year has elapsed from the transmittal of the Committee’s concluding observations,” said a letter sent to Sri Lanka’s ambassador in Geneva, the Tamil Guardian reported.  Sri Lanka had until December 2017 to respond to the report, which was issued after the state was discussed at the 59th session of the UN CAT in 2016. The Tamil Guardian confirmed in April of this year, […]

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, […]

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