SRI LANKA NEWS

Lasantha murdered by gang from Tripoly Army camp

23rd September 2017 // 0 Comments

The founding editor of ‘Sunday Leader’ Lasantha Wickrematunge has been murdered by a gang of murderers from Tripoly Army Camp, Maradana, Colombo. 10 say reports. The investigations regarding the murder are being carried out on information received of a senior official of State Intelligence Service who had given the order for the murder with the knowledge of a higher official of the Defense Ministry. Statements have been recorded from a large number of people including members of SL Army while certain media reports that an Army officer who is aware of the murder has been appointed to a very high position in the SL Army. CID officers have recorded a statement from the daughter of Lasantha Wickrematunga. It is learnt that she had told the […]

Federal system will create local governments

23rd September 2017 // 0 Comments

The Constitutional Operations Committee’s Interim Report submitted to Parliament has been prepared to construct a federal system, said Mawbima Janatha Party Leader Governor Hemakumara Nanayakkara. He said that the country needs one government and the federal system will create local governments. Therefore, it is sufficient to decentralize the administration instead of devolving it Mr. Nanayakkara said. Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council  Mr.C.V. Vigneshwaran spoke of a right, but  Mr. Hemakumara Nanayakkara   says any citizen  can live anywhere in the country. However, the interim report has been based on  national unity The devolution of power can raise issues among communities, he adds. Ashika Brahmana  

While Sri Lankan President was addressing the UN – a mock Prosecution of Sri Lanka was held outside for War Crimes

22nd September 2017 // 0 Comments

While the Sri Lankan President was addressing the UN General Assembly, a mock prosecution was held outside the UN against Sri Lanka for committing Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. Three judges presided the hearing. Prosecution and defense attorneys presented their arguments. Several UN officials, diplomats and general public observed the proceedings with interest. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) organized this event. BELOW, PLEASE FIND THE PROCEEDINGS: Bailey: The International Justice and Peace Tribunal is in session now. [3 Judges enter the courtroom] Presiding Judge: We take Case Number – 001-17, International Civil Society v. Sri Lanka The Prosecutor: My name is Logeswaran. I represent the Petitioner in the investigation of the charges against and prosecution of Sri Lanka pursuant to the Genocide […]

Lankan woman feels she is best to lead Maryland

22nd September 2017 // 0 Comments

As a woman, a Sri Lankan immigrant, one of the chief architects of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative, and wife of the CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, Krishanti Vignarajah is the antithesis of the current administration. But that’s a major part of the reason why she announced her candidacy for governor of Maryland earlier this month. “I am running for Governor because I am worried my daughter and all children in Maryland will not have the same opportunities my parents gave me when they brought our family here when I was a baby girl,” Vignarajah declares on the front page of her website. “The deficit in leadership from our current Governor could not come at a worse time.”  She adds, […]

Top Tamil diaspora leader visits Sri Lanka for talks

22nd September 2017 // 0 Comments

The most respected Tamil Leader of the Tamil diaspora is in Sri Lanka for the first time since a ban on him and his organisation was lifted. Global Tamil Forum (GTF) President, Father S. J. Emmanuel had talks in Colombo and Jaffna during his visit.  Among those he met was the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap. “Pleased that Father Emmanuel is striving to secure lasting equality, peace, justice, & happiness for all in a united, reconciled #SriLanka,” the US Ambassador tweeted.  Father S. J. Emmanuel was among 400 individuals and organisations listed by the former Government over alleged links to the LTTE.  The current Government lifted the ban and initiated talks to obtain the support of the Tamil diaspora to reconcile and rebuild the […]

Sinhala leaders will never give a political package to Tamils

22nd September 2017 // 0 Comments

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Tamils Must Combine “Idealism” and “Realism” In Their Push For Highest Level of Autonomy. “This is the only deal.” – Colin Farrell as Sonny Crockett in ‘Miami Vice’ At the heart of the Constitutional Question is the crux of the continuing Sri Lankan crisis. And that is what may be variously called the Tamil Question, the Tamil issue, the Tamil problem, the Tamil national question, the Tamil nationalities question, the Tamil ethnic issue etc. I tend to see it as Sri Lanka’s North-South Question. What is the Tamil Question? It is the problem of accommodating the identity and aspirations for irreducible political space of a community with a justifiable sense of pride and achievement, and doing so while not impinging upon the identity and […]

Draft New Constitution Interim Report of Constitutional assembly Steering Committee Presented By Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

22nd September 2017 // 0 Comments

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana Sri Lanka’s future depends on the ability which the UNP and the SLFP possess to reach an agreement on the fundamentals of the new Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the Constitutional Assembly today. The Prime Minister made this remark while presenting the interim report of the steering committee established under the constitutional assembly. The report was actually presented to the constitutional assembly by him. “It is up to the SLFP and the UNP to reach an agreement on the fundamentals of the new constitution and the future of this country depends on the ability which the two parties have to reach such an agreement” the Prime Minister said. Mr Wickremesinghe said keeping the unitary status of the country and […]

“Agreement on New Constitution Between UNP and SLFP Will Determine Future of the Country” – Ranil Wickremesinghe

22nd September 2017 // 0 Comments

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Nearing the delivery of an election promise of the Unity Government, the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Steering Committee (SC) Ranil Wickremesinghe tabled an interim report promising the country to present a better Constitution, which will help develop the nation, keep Sri Lanka intact and cultivate peace and harmony among all citizens. The interim report tabled yesterday at the Constitutional Assembly deals with matters covered by chapters 1 and 2 of the present Constitution, Nature of the State, Sovereignty, Religion, Form of Government, Electoral Reforms, Principles of Devolution and Land along with the formulations that reflect the deliberations of the SC. This interim report also includes the observations and comments by members of the SC on principles and formulations. Delivering […]

Sri Lanka to be “Undivided and Indivisible Country With Maximum Devolution of Power to the Provinces” -Steering Committee Interim Report

22nd September 2017 // 0 Comments

The Steering Committee of Sri Lanka’s “Constitutional Assembly” presented its Interim Report to parliament, which, apart from being the country’ legislature, also functions as the “Constitutional Assembly” charged with the responsibility of drafting a new constitution for Sri Lanka. The Steering Committee consists of the leaders of all political parties represented in parliament and is chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Interim Report is not a prescriptive document, but a rough draft of the issues to be addressed by the Constitutional Assembly. It mentions matters on which there has been consensus as well as those which had elicited conflicting views. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had campaigned hard to give the country a “federal” constitution with a wide measure of inalienable autonomy to the […]

MR ‘s admission : Two opinions emerge against MR over Rs. 600 million Sil cloth racket !

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News – 15.Sep.2017, 11.55PM) Following the report of   Lanka e news captioned ‘Action can be filed against MR over his open admission ! Then why wait ? Legal fraternity asks,’ two schools of thought have emerged . Minister Rajitha Senaratne  at  the cabinet media briefing on 13 th said, Mahinda Rajapakse can be prosecuted on his statement,  confirming our earlier report. ‘ Mahinda Rajapakse  could have admitted this before and not after the court had delivered its verdict , and the accused were  jailed ,’’Rajitha asserted. Now it has been proved the wrong has been committed. Hence , even if Mahinda denies , it is he who  has committed the wrong. During the  trial that lasted 24 days , surely Mahinda could have come before […]

Backtracking on accountability measures will harm all Sri Lankans: Tamil leader

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

The whole purpose of the Disappearances Act will be defeated if the past is left out of its ambit In the North, protests by victims indicate their growing frustration over the slow pace of reforms The very reason for the legislation is to inquire into the disappearances during the conflict The Convention will be useful to all except those who had indulged in abductions   Media reports state that, at the suggestion of President Maithripala Sirisena, the parliamentary debate on the Bill to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (CPAPED) will not held as scheduled on September 21. The media also quoted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as saying that the “Disappearances Bill” pertains only to future cases and […]

Dismissed Deputy -Minister Arundika Fernando Who Demanded Millions From Maithripala to Support President Joins the Joint Opposition.

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

The sacked junior minister of Tourism and Christian Affairs Arundika Fernando joined former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s faction Tuesday, a week after he was told by the government that he will not be reinstated. Fernando, who was called a rock star by his parliamentary colleagues after he rocked the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) faction of President Maithripala Sirisena, made a special statement before crossing the floor of the House. “From today, I will work to ensure the collapse of this government,” he said just before taking a seat on the opposition benches. Last week, Fernando met with President Sirisena Wednesday seeking his ministerial job back, but was told no way and that there may be more sackings of SLFP ministers in the cabinet. Fernando’s Puttalam […]

Buddhists in Sri Lanka support ”Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslim In Myanmar”.

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

By P/K.Balachandran Reflecting the sharp communal divide in the country, Sri Lankan Muslims and Buddhists have been holding counter demonstrations in the island nation, opposing each other’s stand point on the Rohingya Muslim issue in Myanmar. Both communities see the tragic events in Myanmar as a Muslim-Buddhist issue and not as a humanitarian or a human rights issue of humongous proportions. It was in the Muslim-majority areas in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province that Muslims began demonstrating against the merciless killing of Rohingyas in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Muslim movement then spread to Jaffna in the Northern Province, where the Muslims had themselves suffered ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Tamil militants in 1990, when 90,000 of them were asked to leave in 24 hours. They trickled […]

Fonseka should ‘shut up’ says former Sri Lankan president Mahinda

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said the former commander of the army should “shut up” (and not expose the war crimes committed by some of his close associates) , after stating he would testify against a military colleague accused of war crimes. Sarath Fonseka, the former Sri Lankan Army chief who vanquished the LTTE, on Friday said that he was prepared to testify in a court against his successor Jagath Jayasuriya in the war crimes investigation. “When I was the Commander I did receive certain complaints of crimes committed by Jayasuriya’s brigade mostly to do with crimes perpetrated on those detained during the war,” Fonseka told reporters in Colombo. In an interview to Ceylon Today, Mr Rajapaksa rebuked former army commander Sarath Fonseka’s comments. “Everybody […]

Buddhist monks lead Sinhalese protest against Sarath Fonseka in Trincomalee

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Buddhist monks lead Sinhalese protest against Sarath Fonseka and Rajan Ramanayake in Trinco Sinhalese residents and Buddhist monks in Trincomalee staged a protest against Sarath Fonseka and Ranjan Ramanayake on Saturday. The protestors chanted slogans condemning the ministers’ recent behaviour and accusing them of supporting war crimes investigations. The crowd also burnt effigies of both politicians. Related Articles: 07 September 2017 : Sri Lanka government attempts to distance itself from Fonseka 05 September 2017 : Joint Opposition wants Fonseka sacked for betraying Sri Lankan army

Jealous husband who beat wife’s new boyfriend to death is jailed

19th September 2017 // 0 Comments

Gnanachandran Balachandran, 38, murdered Suren Sivananthan, 32 in Milton Keynes in January 2017. Credit: Thames Valley Police A jealous and humiliated husband who beat his estranged wife’s new boyfriend to death after kidnapping him in Milton Keynes was jailed for life with a minimum of sentence of 18 years. Gnanachandran Balachandran, 38, was incensed when he discovered his wife Ragupathy Annalingham was seeing another man. The Sri Lanken Tamil, who was granted asylum in 1999, organised the abduction of Suren Sivananthan, 32, from the Secklow Gate shopping area near Milton Keynes Theatre on the afternoon of Friday 20 January 2017. For 12 hours, Suren was held captive, plied with alcohol and beaten in three different locations. He suffered 87 sites of injury. Two head injuries were […]

Will the Chinese build a colony in Sri Lanka?

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

China emerging as a big player among the global investors in Sri Lanka raises concerns which the island nation should reflect on closely. As much as Sri Lanka needs to keep ends warm with India, the same approach is needed in its dealings with China, the biggest investor in the island. A huge work force from China is at present on Sri Lankan soil. They are at present working along with Sri Lankans at work sites and only time will tell whether the islanders will adopt the work ethics and commitment shown by the Chinese, when given a task. When expatriate workers seek employment they also consider other factors like entertainment But there are concerns that a prolonged stay by the Chinese here may give […]

Why “Eliya” and Gota are wrong about post war reforms

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

The new kid on the block of the Rajapaksa return project is the supremely ill named “Eliya” meaning “light” organisation headed by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, whose stated intent is to oppose the proposed post war reforms of the Unity Government. At its recent launch with all the usual suspects of the Joint Opposition and their sundry cheer leaders in attendance, the arguments put forward were essentially the same old tired and hackneyed, fear mongering and paranoia which had been conclusively rejected by the people at two elections in January and August 2015. Essentially there is no new argument, no new shrill screams of paranoia which were not made in 2015, that are being made now. After all, then candidate Sirisena was called a foreign agent, an […]

UK General Medical Council rejects SAITM medical qualification

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

The General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK has rejected the medical qualification offered by the South Asian Institute of Technology (SAITM) in Malabe. GMC, the independent regulator of doctors in the UK, has rejected medical qualifications from 11 universities around the world, including SAITM. “If your medical school is on this list you will not be able to apply to sit the PLAB test or for registration. This approach reflects our primary duty to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public in the UK. A decision to place a medical school on this list is not taken lightly. We only do so following a full investigation and where we conclude that it is the most appropriate course of action in light of our main […]

FT journalist killed by crocodile while washing his hands in Sri Lankan lagoon

15th September 2017 // 0 Comments

A Financial Times journalist was killed by a crocodile whilst washing his hands in a lagoon in Sri Lanka during a holiday with friends. Paul McClean, 24, an Oxford University graduate, is believed to have wandered off from friends in order to go to the toilet, before being ambushed by the reptile as he dipped his hands in the water. He is said to have been seen “waving his hands in the air” in desperation before being dragged under water at a lagoon known as Crocodile Rock, located just just minutes from a popular surfing beach. It is believed Mr McClean had only arrived in the country within the last few days and was staying at a nearby hotel with a group of friends. Raised […]

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