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UK Muslims stage demo demanding ‘safeguarding of Human Rights’

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Muslims living in the UK staged a demonstration against the Sri Lankan government demanding that their rights as well as those of other minorities be safeguarded. The Muslims have lost faith in the 8 Dummy Ministers who are accused of personally benefiting from their Ministry posts and are NOT doing anything against the violence against Muslims by hardcore Buddhists Monks called BBS with the support of Sri Lankan police and Defence Ministry. The 8 Ministers will loose their Ministry post if they question the Rajapaksha’s racists policies. The selfish Muslim politicians have failed to grasp the grave danger that has already engulfed Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Inside Story – The Torching Muslim Owned Shop with the police support A group of nearly three hundred radical Buddhist […]

TWO Pakistani HC staff in Colombo sent a three Sri Lankan Muslim’s to India on a terror launch attacks in India.

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

It is believed that the Sri Lankan government is working closely with the Pakistan government to terrorise the Tamil Nadu government as a ‘thanks for helping it to kill the Tamils in thousands in May 2009’ and supporting it in UN resolution. The Sonia’s government which has no support what’s so ever in Tamil Nadu is mum about the terror threat from Pakistan. The Pakistan government has NOT said a word about the arrest and it’s government department sending terrorists to India. The names of two ‘officials’ working in the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka Colombo have been included in an FIR (First Information Report) filed in Chennai on Thursday against Mohammed Zahir Hussain, a Sri Lankan from Kandy suspected to be an agent […]

Inside Story – The Torching Muslim Owned Shop with the police support

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rifai Naleemi – A group of nearly three hundred radical Buddhist extremists have burned down a Muslim owned shop in Aluthgama town on 8/5/14.  This was not coincidently happened attack on the shop of this innocent Muslim businessman rather this was a premeditated racist attack to destroy the livelihood of this man. There is no shadow doubt that this attack was initiated and carried out with the support of Police, BBS and some Buddhist radicals of this area. This was the only Muslim shop in Aluthgama town. This shop has been set on fire last night (8/5/2014). It is believed that some extremist Buddhist people under the leadership of some radical Buddhist monks set fire to this Muslim shop. We should listen to the owner of this shop to know what exactly […]

Israel as a model for the Sri Lankan State

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dayan Jayatilleka – I write from a particular standpoint (derivative and illustrative of a distinct worldview), best delineated by a critical observer rather than by myself. Izeth Hussein, literary critic and former Ambassador wrote in ‘After Geneva, What?’: “Between 1995 and 2000, and even more during the years of the peace process, the widespread assumption was that the LTTE could never be defeated militarily. There were very few dissentient voices against that conventional wisdom outside the armed forces and those identifiable as Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists. One dissentient voice was that of Dayan Jayatilleka, who consistently maintained that there was no reason at all why the LTTE could not be defeated militarily.” (‘After Geneva, What?’ Izeth Hussein, Colombo Telegraph, 29 March 2014) In the extreme situation that […]

Sri Lanka to implement U.N. demands except international probe

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said Sri Lanka is in the process of implementing all demands made by the sponsors of the UNHRC resolution against it except for allowing an international probe into alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the war with the LTTE. The assertion was made by the Sri Lankan President during a meeting on Friday with Seiji Kihara, Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr. Rajapaksa told the Japanese Minister, “Please tell this truth to rest of the world. Except for an international inquiry we are in the process of implementing all other demands made by sponsors of the Resolution.” The President’s office quoted Mr. Kihara as saying that the UNHRC resolution was unhelpful to Sri Lanka. “We considered […]

End of the road for Sri Lankan born woman working for the Queen

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Bedtime for the Queen on recent chilly spring evenings has not been complete without one of her most cherished pleasures — a hot water bottle, placed snugly between the silken sheets. Imagine Her Majesty’s shock, on retiring to her large first-floor bedroom overlooking the gardens at Buckingham Palace just the other evening, to find her bed ice-cold. No bottle. Instead, it was lying to one side and was unfilled, so the Queen, who has always been a practical sort, made a hot water bottle for herself. She clearly saw the funny side, turning the incident into a huge joke when telling her close senior aide Angela Kelly about it. For Melani Dimple, however, the housemaid who forgot to put the bottle into the bed while […]

Lanka backs Vietnam over China

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 MEA plays down Prime Minister’s comments Sri Lanka supports Vietnam’s stance on demanding China adhere to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and withdraw its drilling rig HD-981 out of Viet Nam’s sovereignty and exclusive economic zone, the Vietnam Prime Minister’s office said. Sri Lanka’ PM D.M. Jayaratne made the statement at a reception given by PM Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday (May 9), regarding the East Sea issue. He proposed dealing with the issue by peaceful measures on the basis of the international law. The host leader affirmed that Viet Nam will do its utmost to work with Sri Lanka to make the two nations’ relations more efficient. He welcomed Sri Lanka’s delegation led by PM D.M. Jayaratne to the United […]

Honest cleaner gets to keep $80,000 he found

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

  Chamindu Amarsinghe AN honest janitor has cleaned up after finding $100,000 of dirty money in a toilet. Chamindu Amarsinghe said on Thursday he was speechless to hear he will get $81,597 of the cash he found at Channel 9’s Docklands headquarters, after no one came forward to claim it. The other $19,500 will go to the state, a magistrate ruled this week. Mr Amarsinghe was tidying the ground floor toilets back in August 2011 when he found a sanitary bin flush with $510 and $100 notes. “There was too much to count – I thought someone was playing a prank on me,” he said. “But when I touched the notes – all yellow and green – I realised it was real money.” The stunned […]

”Indo-Lanka arms deal” Govt. refuses to answer question as it will make Congress loose votes!

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith The government yesterday refused to answer a question raised by the Opposition regarding arms India purchased from Sri Lanka, claiming that the issue would have an impact on the on-going Indian parliamentary elections. UNP Ratnapura District MP Thalatha Atukorale asked the Prime Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana to brief the House regarding arms purchases following a statement made by the Indian Minister of Defence in the Lok Sabha. MP Atukorala wanted to know when that transaction had taken place, the types of weapons purchased by India, the income earned by Sri Lanka and whether the deal had been carried out in a transparent manner.Chief Government Whip Water Supply Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, responding on behalf of the Prime Minister, asked for two […]

Sri Lankan Muslims at a cross-roads – 1

10th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Izeth Hussain My last two articles in The Island were under the title Making sense of the Bodu Bala Sena, focusing in both of them on the anti-Muslim campaign of the BBS. There is now a view, still at the incipient stage but which can soon gain wide currency, that the BBS is on the way out. The argument is that extremist movements such as the BBS have no staying power in Sri Lanka, and that the forces of Buddhist moderation are now working to bring about the quick demise of the BBS and related extremist groups. But I began the first of my last two articles by pointing out that the conventional wisdom for well over a year – shared by the President […]

3 Naval vessels arrive in Rameswaram

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Three Naval patrol vessels arrived at the Navy jetty here today in the backdrop of information that Pakistan‘s ISI could infiltrate India from Sri Lanka through the sea. Officials who confirmed the arrival of the three vessels, however, refused to give any further information. The ships could be meant for strengthening presence of navy in the region and prevent infiltration of ISI agents by sea from Sri lanka, sources said. Only two days ago, a senior official of Tamil Nadu Coastal Security Group (CSG) said a new security system had been put in place off this coastal town to prevent infiltration by sea.“CSG has been deployed in the area after police received information that ISI agents could infiltrate India from Sri lanka via Palk Straits. A new security system has been put in place to totally prevent […]

Another Military man next governor of Tamils?

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

DIG Anura Senanayake is tipped to be the next governor of the Northern Province, a report said yesterday.“The term of office of the present Governor of the Northern Province General G.A Chandrasri ends on June 30. Speculation is rife that DIG Anura Senanayake who is expected to retire by that time would be made the next Governor of the Northern Province,” Malarum.com said. “Anura Senanayake wields a great amount of trust from the State leadership would be appointed the next Inspector General of Police. His term of office expired recently and was extended by another six months. It was rumoured that his term of office was extended by another six months to appoint him as the next Inspector General of Police. However, it has been […]

Lanka, Pakistan hold defence talks

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The second round of the annual Armed Forces Staff Talks between Sri Lanka and Pakistan commenced at the Joint Staff Headquarters in Pakistan this week, the Ministry of Defence said today. The Armed Forces Staff Talks were initiated in 2012 to promote professional and mutually beneficial relations between the Armed Forces of the two countries. The talks are designed to improve bilateral cooperation and understanding between the Armed Forces through direct and open exchange of facts on matters of mutual interest .The focus of the discussions extends to training, joint exercises, research and development and an array of military exchange programmes. The Sri Lankan delegation led by Major General HCP Goonetilleke comprises Brigadier WRP de Silva, Brigadier RA Nugera and Lieutenant Colonel GNU Jayaratne from […]

ISI agent tailed US consulate officials, say investigators

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: Sakir Hussain, the suspected ISI agent arrested in the city on April 29 had been tailing US consulate officials and looking for unoccupied buildings in the vicinity, probably for an attack, investigators said. Police have included the names of two Pakistan diplomats in Colombo — Siddiqui, counsellor (visa) at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, and his associate Boss, alias Shah — in the FIR. They allegedly engaged Hussain to gather information on vital installations in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Police said the 37-year-old Sri Lankan confessed to have been noting down the registration numbers of some US consulate officials and tracking their movements. “He said he had taken pictures of the consulate and e-mailed them to the Pakistan high commission officials in Colombo for which […]

Minister Wimal wants to be the next president?

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Wimal accuses the ‘Three Rajapaksha Rulers’ War was won by Joint government and not by Rajapaksha family. Mahinda may loose next Presidential election.   UNP waiting for Wimal’s next move Chairman of the UNP Leadership Council (LC) and Gampaha District MP Karu Jayasuriya told The Island yesterday (8) that the party was watching with interest Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s threats to leave the government and, therefore, was unable to make further comments, but they were attempting to resurrect the UNP to face a snap parliamentary or presidential election and also the Uva PC polls.  Leader of the Democratic Left Front (DLF) and Minister of National Languages and Social Integration Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that he was told that Weerawansa sounded very serious about his threat of leaving the government, but […]

The Hon Julie Bishop MP: Call for an independent international inquiry into human rights abuse in Sri Lanka.

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Hello there, I just signed the petition “The Hon Julie Bishop MP: Call for an independent international inquiry into human rights abuse in Sri Lanka.” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name. Our goal is to reach 500 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-hon-julie-bishop-mp-call-for-an-independent-international-inquiry-into-human-rights-abuse-in-sri-lanka?recruiter=2014528&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_mobile Thanks! Sockalingam Yogalingam Candidate for Member of European Parliament www.nationalliberal.org

Leaflets with death threats distributed around Jaffna Uni naming academics and student leaders

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

SL commander warns students against Mu’l’livaaykkaal remembrance in Jaffna The commander of the occupying Sri Lankan military in Jaffna , Major General Udaya Perera, on Wednesday told Jaffna University students and academics when Ms Vasanthy Arasaratnam, the vice chancellor of the University, took them to a meeting with Major General Udaya Perera at Thal Sevena resort situated in SL military-appropriated Kaangkeasanthu’rai (KKS) of Valikaamam North. No one would be allowed to take part in any collective events of remembrance on Mu’l’livaaykkaal Day, the SL commander told the students and the academics. In the meantime, a section the SL military intelligence operatives have distributed anonymous leaflets with death threats on those who mark Mu’l’livaaykkaal Day.  The SL military commander in Jaffna is not only denying the […]

Sri Lankan president boasts of economic growth

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapakse seized on the 2013 Central Bank Annual Report, released last month, to boast of an increased economic growth rate of 7.3 percent, up from 6.3 percent in 2012. The report, however, covers up the country’s serious economic problems, which are driving the government’s austerity measures against working people. Launching the report, Rajapakse focussed on the growth figure, ignoring the deepening global breakdown and its impact on the every economy. He claimed, without offering a shred of evidence, that “the present economic stability will remain until 2050 and plans should be formulated accordingly.” He appealed to investors to “plug in” to Sri Lanka. Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, a political appointee of Rajapakse, sounded the same optimistic note. He claimed that the […]

Interview: Sugata Bose

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The Diplomat speaks with the Harvard historian and first-time politician about the Indian elections. Professor Sugata Bose is a Harvard University historian, the author of His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire (2011) and A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (2006), and a first-time politician. He is making a debut on a Trinamool Congress ticket from the eastern state of West Bengal in the ongoing general elections of India.The Diplomat speaks with him at his Kolkata residence about his books, his great-uncle Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s “mysterious” death, the communists, and the possibility of a third front in India. As a historian, you’ve said that this is a critical moment in India’s history. You’ve also described the ongoing elections as […]

5 years after: Reflections as a mother, women and a citizen of Sri Lanka

9th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The moment I think of the war it takes me to 1995. Sri Lankans had very high expectations – a new government and a new President with a lot of promise to end the war. People in the South, North, East and West were so hopeful to see the day the war would end. I can remember me taking my elder son to the Army headquarters to enlist him. All of us the mothers were saying “now there is nothing to worry. The war has ended so our children will be safe. This a good time to enlist in the Army. These are the lucky ones”. I never knew what war was. Frankly speaking I never felt the danger that I was putting my son […]

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