SRI LANKA NEWS

Sri Lanka does not want punish offenders who committed war crimes says Wigneswaran

20th January 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government “do not want to punish the offenders who committed war crimes – including torture, rape, plunder and acted brutally, calling them heroes instead” the chief minister of the Northern province, C V Wigneswaran told the Huffington Post in an interview this week.  Asked for his opinion on Colombo’s seeming lack of seriousness in implementing a credible transitional justice program, Mr Wigneswaran said, “Do you think the government would ever be serious in furthering the transitional justice process? They are good at talking. They will go on talking and the world community and Tamils would be fooled again and again.” “Reform in the sense of transitional justice could only be obtained by pressure from the international community,” he added. Mr Wigneswaran also […]

Astonishing footage of machete gang rampaging through house in Ilford as mother pleads ‘don’t kill my son’

20th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Astonishing footage of machete gang rampaging through house in Ilford Anyone with information can contact Dc Lam on 07785 439725, East Area CID on 0208 345 4329, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. This is the moment a terrified mother pleads for her child’s life as masked machete-wielding thugs ransack their home. The woman, 39, begged the five-strong gang to spare her eldest son as he was dragged from room to room at knifepoint. Moments earlier one of the gang had pressed a blade to her neck and demanded passwords to disable trackers on smartphones and tablets, threatening: “We will kill her.” CCTV at their home in Ilford captured a man in a balaclava and goggles breaking through the front door before signalling the others to follow. The […]

No political solution for Tamil grievances in sight – Ananthy Sasitharan

19th January 2018 // 0 Comments

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Northern Minister of Women Affairs, Ananthy Sasitharan said the International Community had taken a different stance over humanitarian issues in Sri Lanka, thus letting down the war-affected people. “We were under the impression that United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, would somehow help us to find a solution to our grievances. However, his recent stand and statements were in total contrast to the promises he previously made. I am of the view that further expectations will not result in anything fruitful,” she said in an interview with Ceylon Today. Following are excerpts It has been more than 300 days since relatives of missing persons began the protest urging a solution to find their loved ones. […]

Find a political solution for the Tamils through an International legal framework – Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran

19th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran stressed on the need to find a political solution for the Tamils through an International legal framework. Wigneswaran was addressing a special meeting, convened by the Tamil People’s Council (TPC) under the theme ”informing people’. Prof. S. Swarnaraj (Former professor, Law Faculty, University of Colombo) who participated in the peace talks during the Norwegian peace facilitation period was also present at this special meeting which was held at the Jaffna Veerasingam hall on Tuesday (16). Chief Minister Wigneswaran said this TPC meeting was not convened with the intention of antagonizing any political party or criticizing their political stances. He added, “The TPC is a People’s movement to create awareness on the political aspirations of Tamils and its intention is […]

FCID traces Rs. 94mn worth properties owned by Udayanga

19th January 2018 // 0 Comments

The FCID today informed court that it found Rs. 94 million worth properties belonging to former Ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga, while probing the financial loss incurred by the government when purchasing four Ukrainian MIG 27 aircraft in 2006. Filing a report, FCID Inspector Nihal Francis said Mr. Weeratunga owned an eight-acre land worth Rs. 40 million and a one-acre land worth of Rs. 25 million in Dompe and a luxury apartment (Trillium Residencies) worth Rs. 29 million in Borella. The FCID sought court direction on the land registrar to prevent the sale of identified properties. Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne will today consider the request of the FCID to hold the sale of properties. Accordingly, the magistrate permitted the prosecution to obtain certain bank details regarding […]

North will remain heavily militarized for ever – Chief Minister of the Northern Province

19th January 2018 // 0 Comments

C.V. Wigneswaran is the c of Sri Lanka and a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Maithripala Sirisena became president three years ago. What are the principal challenges for people living in the Northern Province? No doubt the earlier environment is no more. Democracy, to a great extent, has returned. But our expectations have not been fulfilled. Over sixty thousand [acres of] private and state lands are still occupied by the armed forces nine years after the end of the war. The armed forces are in many places, cultivating and taking produce while owners await the return of their lands. The state lands are mostly forest lands. Valuable timber are being cut and taken away, but […]

Wife seeks army support in probing ekneligoda case

19th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of disappeared journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda has handed over a letter to Army Commander Lt. Gen Mahesh Senanayake requesting his assistance in the probe into the disappearance of her husband. In the letter Sandya Ekneligoda noted that its been eight years since her husband had disappeared on January 24, 2010, but had received little or no help in tracing what had happened to Prageeth Ekneligoda. She accused the system of favouring the guilty while continuously penalising the victims. In her letter she said she respected the security forces as a disciplined force, where the image of the entire force should not be tarnished by the actions of a handful. Therefore, she urged the Army Commander to assist in the continuation of the […]

Rajapaksa era “culture and ethos”, EPF scams helped Sri Lanka bond frauds: Commission

19th January 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – The “politicization” of Sri Lanka’s central bank , the “corporate culture and ethos” coming from the Rajapaksa regime and ignoring stock scams at the Employees Provident Fund helped bond frauds to be committed from 2015, a Presidential Commission of Inquiry has observed. The commission inquired into a series of rigged bond auctions during the tenor of Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, where he was found to have interfered in auctions and policy rates while officials ‘supinely’ stood by. Perpetual Treasuries, a company connected to his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius made a killing by buying bonds at low prices at auctions using insider information and dumping them at high prices on the central-bank-managed Employees Provident Fund by paying off front office dealers. But culture of […]

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Sarath Fonseka and the Assassination Of Lasantha Wickrematunge

19th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his misguided astrological and numerological wisdom held the seventh presidential elections on January 8th 2015. When the date was announced most people yearning for a regime change in Sri Lanka noted the symbolic significance of January 8th in a different context. It was on January 8th 2009 that Lasantha Manilal Wickrematunge , the well known editor of “The Sunday Leader” was brutally assassinated in broad daylight while on his way to work. Many of Lasantha’s family,friends,colleagues and readers had been consistently demanding that justice be done for the murdered editor but to no avail. It was an open secret then that the hands of Rajapaksa regime were stained with the blood of Lasantha Wickrematunge. So when the presidential poll […]

Sinhala Buddhicisation stepped up in Kumpu’rup-piddi of Trincomalee North

18th January 2018 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 January 2018, 22:48 GMT] The Divisional Secretary of Kuchcahve’li administrative division in the North of Trincomalee district has come under pressure—direct harassment as an informed civil source described it—from the SL Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this week. The harassment is meted out on Mr P Thaneswaran after he had questioned the legality of intruding Sinhala Buddhist monks, who fenced off a public bareland at Kumpu’rup-piddi East on 02 January. Kumpu’rup-piddi, a traditional coastal Tamil village with findings of pre-Christian pottery sites, probably from protohistoric period, has been subjected to systematic Sinhala Buddhicisation as well as corporate exploitation by the occupying Sinhala State, especially after the genocidal war on Vanni in 2009. The Eastern coast from Kokku’laay to Trincomalee [Satellite Image courtesy: Google […]

We don’t want Basil’s leadership says Vasu

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Anuradha Herath New Left Front Leader and Member of Parliament Vasudeva Nanayakkara says that the result of this Local Government election will send a political shock enough to shatter the Government. Excerpts: What has happened to the earlier strength of the Joint Opposition (JO)? A: I don’t know what you used to measure it. I‘m asking about the journey you started making quite a big noise saying that the Government will be toppled and its fraud and corruption revealed? A: We have a complete programme in mind. That’s what we started at the Sugathadasa Stadium on 2 January. That is the programme on selling State assets, fraud and corruption. It was said that many will join the JO but has it happened? A: Nimal […]

TGTE Member refused entry – Mr Ratnabalam is on banned Tamil Diaspora list

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Leon Berenger A member of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) was refused entry into the country on Thursday (11), shortly after landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, with his family, officials said yesterday (12). They said that 48-year-old Suresnath Ratnabalam had arrived on……a scheduled Etihaad flight from Abu Dhabi along with his wife and two children at 3:45 p.m. and were stopped by Immigration officials at passport control as he had been blacklisted. His family was, however, permitted entry but they had opted to stay with him.They are currently at the BIA transit lounge awaiting deportation, officials based at the airport added. According to officials, extensive efforts are currently underway by interested parties to cancel the deportation order and allow […]

Earl and Countess of Wessex to visit SL

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, will visit Sri Lanka from 31 January to 4 February 2018. They will represent the British monarchy at the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence on 4 February. Edward is the youngest child of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Earl and Countess will travel to Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka, celebrating the long-standing friendship between the two countries and shared interest in the Commonwealth, youth development and education. They will meet participants in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and young Sri Lankans selected as the monarchy’s Young Leaders, an initiative to recognise and celebrate exceptional young people across the Commonwealth and will also meet representatives of a […]

Rape of Swiss woman in N’eliya Suspect believed to have fled the area

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Paneetha Ameresekere A week after the rape of an 18-year-old Swiss woman at knifepoint at ‘Single Tree,’ a lonely but scenic suburb of Nuwara Eliya on 4 January, the Police have still not been able to make a breakthrough, Senior Superintendent of Police – Nuwara Eliya, Mahinda Dissanayake said yesterday (11).”We suspect that the criminal has fled the area,” he said. “We have drawn a sketch of the suspect based on the evidence supplied by the victim. Consequently we have questioned several suspects and have also imposed roadblocks in an effort to apprehend the perpetrator of the crime, but all these actions have come to naught,” said Dissanayake.He further said that they were still awaiting the victim’s medical report from the doctor. “The victim […]

Mahinda will contest the next Presidential election.

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Can Mahinda be ejected from SLFP? By Faizer Shaheid There is nothing new in seeing dirty politics at play. The tactical ploys of those in power are somewhat a musical comedy to some and a rather frustrating melodrama to others, yet it continues. The latest saga once again concerns Mahinda Rajapaksa, the deposed President of Sri Lanka, who continues to be the face of the SLFP, no matter which party he contests from. Ever since Rajapaksa was defeated three years ago, the political bigwigs have been tailing his every move, pointing fingers at him no matter which direction they turn. The negative publicity was always negated by the disappointment of the people that the Government had to resort to the blame game instead of manning […]

Britisher’s death head injury or drug OD? Police awaiting Govt. Analyst’s report

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Paneetha Ameresekere The death of a British national, whose body was found in Maligawatte early this month, could be due to a drug overdose or due to his head being struck by a three wheeler, Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Tourist Police, Prabath Withanage, said yesterday (10). “Anyway, it is an open verdict and investigations are continuing,” he said. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the death and the victim’s body parts have been sent to the Government Analyst’s Department for further investigations,” Withanage said. The victim, instead of taking his flight home, had taken a cab and had got himself dropped in the vicinity of Maligawatte where he had lodged in an inn. The victim had then made the acquaintance with one […]

Indo-Lanka accord is a sound framework, say experts

13th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Book on the accord signed 30 years ago released The Indo-Sri Lankan agreement drafted in 1987 is a sound framework that can be improved upon, say politicians and those who were involved closely with the political developments then. For speakers at the launch of Tamil book, Ore inaprachinaiyum or opandhamum on Friday, it was time to recall the incidents that led to the accord and the later developments, including the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the death of LTTE leader Prabhakaran. N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Group, recalled that Panruti S. Ramachandran, then a Minister in M.G. Ramachandran’s Cabinet had explained Prabakaran’s position to Rajiv Gandhi and that the former would never compromise on anything less than a separate State for Tamils. “The gap could not […]

Sexual bribe sought from actress to contest from Mahindas party

9th January 2018 // 0 Comments

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya A sexual bribe had been demanded from an actress who had sought to contest the Local Government elections from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Madusha Ramasinghe told The Sunday Leader onlinethat she had decided to give up acting and enter politics. She says that she sought nominations from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna to contest the Local Government elections. However she says an official close to Rajapaksa has demanded a sexual bribe in order to ensure she is given a nomination. Madusha Ramasinghe said that she worked for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and with the Local Government elections being announced she felt she must contest. However the official in the party had said that she […]

Ranil exposes Mahindas bond scams

9th January 2018 // 0 Comments

PM says Rs. 4 trillion bond sales from 2008-2015 without Monetary Board approval  Rs. 10 trillion to be paid over next 25 years, allegations to be soon probed by Govt.  Instructs ministers to safeguard documents in CB, NSB and Insurance Corporation   Ready to debate bond report in P’ment, backs transparency as sign of Govt. openness  Insists committed to fighting corruption, over 60 cases either filed or under investigation Bashes Rajapaksa over debt, believes UNP can develop villages as it has already stabilised national economy    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the meeting at Campbell Park – Kushan Pathiraja Kicking campaigning for the upcoming Local Government elections into a new gear, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the Government would have to pay a whopping Rs. 10 trillion over […]

Lasantha died exposing corrupt deals of Rajapaksha regime

9th January 2018 // 0 Comments

Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, speaking yesterday at the 71st General Convention of the UNP at Campbell Park made startling revelations regarding the brutal assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunge whose 9th death anniversary falls today. Lasantha Wickrematunge, Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Leader, a correspondent for TIME Magazine and an outspoken critic of the government was ambushed and assassinated at the Attidiya junction on the morning of January 8th 2009, while driving himself to work. “Lasantha was privy to confidential information emanating from a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ukranian government,” Minister Senaratne stated. “Lasantha knew of the extent of corruption and went on to publish an article on it, but couldn’t prove his claims later at a court case.” The Minister added that the […]

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