SRI LANKA NEWS

Foreign and Commonwealth Office has sought to intervene in the judicial process? – Siobhain McDonagh MP

27th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Siobhain McDonagh MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA 020 7219 4678 (tel) mcdonaghs@parliament.uk Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs King Charles Street London SW1A 2AH 26 February 2019 Dear Secretary of State, RE: Brigadier Priyanka Fernando I am writing regarding Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the former Military Attaché of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. As you will be aware, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was last year filmed repeatedly running his finger across his throat in an attempt to intimidate members of the Tamil community. As you will be aware, a trial took place in his absence on 21st January of this year in the Westminster Magistrates Court and he was found guilty of two charges under the Public Order Act. […]

UK welcomes Sri Lanka’s decisions on reconciliation

27th February 2019 // 0 Comments

The United Kingdom (UK) has welcomed the decision of the Sri Lankan Government to return more land to its rightful owners, and to establish an Office for Reparations to compensate war victims. Addressing the 40th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Monday (25), UK’s Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad also encouraged Sri Lanka to implement in full the commitments made to the UNHRC in order to ensure long-term reconciliation. “Finally, to end on a more positive note, we welcome the decision of the Government of Sri Lanka to return more land to its people, and to establish an Office for Reparations and we encourage them to implement in full the commitments made to this Council to secure long-term […]

Sri Lanka terminates top financial crime buster

27th February 2019 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government Tuesday terminated the services of Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) chief Ravi Waidyalankara amid serious allegations of graft, official sources said. The cabinet of ministers at their meeting Tuesday discussed the future of Senior Deputy Inspector-General who is also suspected of passing sensitive information to two Singapore nationals implicated in the highly controversial MiG deal. President maithripala Sirisena as minister of Law and Order presented the cabinet paper terminating Waidyalankara with effect from February 22, a proposal that was unanimously approved, a ministerial source said. In the purchase of four second-hand MiG planes for the air force in 2006, the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is accused of siphoning off nearly seven million dollars from the Sri Lankan government, according […]

Harrow Sri Lankan Tamils want Harrow Mayor to resign

26th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Campaigners have called on the Mayor of Harrow to resign after she was pictured with senior military figures during a visit to Sri Lanka, This is local London reported. Cllr Kareema Marikar visited the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Mahesh Senanayake, and Brigadier Priyanka Fernando during a trip last year.  She posted pictures of her meetings – in which she is wearing the mayoral chain – on social media alongside messages praising the soldiers for their service.  But members of the Tamil community in Harrow are upset at this representation, given the army officials’ involvement in the Sri Lankan civil war.  They were particularly disappointed given that Brig. Fernando was found guilty of violating the Public Order Act when he made a throat cutting […]

The Politics of Demonizing Federalism and Depicting It as Separatism

26th February 2019 // 0 Comments

In spite of the Aug 4 ruling by the Supreme court the anti-federalism camp continues to tar brush federalism as separatism.  By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The year was 1985. Junius Richard Jayawardene was the Sri Lankan President while Rajiv Gandhi was Prime minister of India. The New Delhi facilitated talks between an official Sri Lankan Govt delegation and six entities representing the Sri Lankan Tamils were going on in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu during the months of July and August. The Sri Lankan delegation was led by President Jayewardene’s brother H.W.Jayawardene. The Tamil side comprised the then premier Tamil political party the TULF and five Tamil armed organizations namely the PLOTE,LTTE, TELO, EPRLF and EROS. There was much excitement in the country and the Thimphu talks was […]

Mahinda or Ranil can never win Prez polls – Wimal

26th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Abolishing the Executive Presidency – Mahinda Vs Gotha internal political heat-up. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been severely criticized by the leaders of the Joint Opposition consisted of the Sri Lanka Podujana Pemamuna (SLPP), as well as his family, for allegedly involving in abolishing the Executive Presidency by favouring the forthcoming of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution by developing a coalition with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to secure his own political career, sources say. Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) Wimal Weerawansa has reportedly warned at an internal party meeting held last Friday (22) that the people will be polled against Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa by launching a strong political movement, if he tends to support the 20th Amendment to the Constitution by joining […]

A Tale of Two Diplomats

26th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Migrants are great goodwill ambassadors of their country of birth rather than diplomats  Tale of Two Cities is a Charles Dickens fictional novel published in 1859 involving two cities, London and Paris during the period of the French Revolution. There is nothing fictional about the story involving two Sri Lankan Diplomats, one about to retire as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner (SLHC) to Australia, and concurrently accredited to Fiji, New Zealand, and Solomon Islands. Somasundaram Skandakumar was appointed in August 2015 and is getting ready to relinquish his post after serving his term and return to his homeland, Sri Lanka. The other Diplomat was appointed in 2008 as Sri Lanka’s envoy to the US and Mexico. He served as ambassador until the US government wanted his […]

Wiggy calls for setting up UN office in North

26th February 2019 // 0 Comments

A UN office must be established in the North in order to probe wartime disappearances and human rights abuses, former Chief Minister of the Northern Province, CV Wigneswaran said, yesterday, after taking part in an event in Kilinochchi. The Sri Lankan government was challenging the Geneva Resolution and would thwart any war crimes probe, the former CM said, urging the UN not to grant Sri Lanka any more time to fulfil its Geneva commitments. “I fully support the protests carried out by the families of those who went missing during the war. The UN must understand our suffering and act fast. It must compel the Sri Lankan government to fulfil its obligations.” Wigneswaran said President Maithripala Sirisena had publicly stated that he had no intention […]

Abolishing the Executive Presidency – Mahinda Vs Gotha internal political heat-up.

26th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been severely criticized by the leaders of the Joint Opposition consisted of the Sri Lanka Podujana Pemamuna (SLPP), as well as his family, for allegedly involving in abolishing the Executive Presidency by favouring the forthcoming of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution by developing a coalition with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to secure his own political career, sources say. Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) Wimal Weerawansa has reportedly warned at an internal party meeting held last Friday (22) that the people will be polled against Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa by launching a strong political movement, if he tends to support the 20th Amendment to the Constitution by joining with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. In keeping with the sources, Mr. […]

Army soldier and that the murders were led by the drug kingpin ‘Makandure Madush’.

26th February 2019 // 0 Comments

80 politicians linked to Madush Crimes prevention unit of Matara police division has today (25) raided the house of a suspect, who is in connection with the murder of an SLPP Pradeshiya Sabha member in Hakmana and a gem businessman in Kamburupitiya area. The police officers have recovered several army uniforms, 21 live ammunitions for T-56 rifles, a pair of handcuffs used by the army, several books containing illustrative tutorials on using firearms have been seized from the house in Meepavita area, Kamburupitiya. The suspect has engaged in the two crimes while serving at the Gemunu Watch of army camp in Sapugaskanda, according to the preliminary investigations of the police. The 26-year-old suspect also allegedly involved in stealing gems worth Rs 7000 million, the police […]

Two army officers who attempted to extort money from businessman arrested

26th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Officers of the Special Task Force of the Hambantota camp in a raid have arrested two army officers for attempting to extort money from a businessman. The two suspects have asked for money from a businessman to obtain the assistance of the high-ranking police officers including the STF commandant for the businessman to continue his sand business without interference. They had asked for extortion money from a sand businessman in the Ethiliwewa area in Thanamalwila. The two suspects have asked for Rs. 500,000 from the businessman and they were arrested when they were going to obtain an advance of Rs. 100,000. One of the suspects is an Army Captain of the Weerawila Army Camp and the other is a Lance Corporal in Thunkama Army Camp. […]

Lord Naseby is Inundated With False and Misleading Claims and Provides an Incorrect Portrayal of the War.

21st February 2019 // 0 Comments

Opinion Piece About Sri Lanka by British Politician Lord Naseby is Inundated With False and Misleading Claims and Provides an Incorrect Portrayal of the War. By Taylor Dibbert Sri Lanka’s civil war ended tragically in May 2009. Ten years on, the wounds of war remain unhealed. That has significant implications for the country’s future trajectory and ensures that, absent some big changes, a return to violence at some later date cannot be ruled out. Besides, victims and their family members deserve justice. Unfortunately, a recent opinion piece by Lord Naseby, a British politician, is inundated with false and misleading claims. Naseby incorrectly describes how the war ended. He also paints a misleading portrayal of the current state of play. Moreover, his suggestion that the country […]

JVP deserves a chance

21st February 2019 // 0 Comments

However much and in whichever manner one shuffles the pack of cards in Sri Lankan politics, five jokers constantly appear right at the front: an incompetent Ranil Wickremasinghe (RW), a schizophrenic Maithripala Sirisena (MS) and sanctimonious Rajapaksas – Mahinda (MR), Gota (GR) and Basil (BR). These are the ones who are desperately on the run looking for some electoral configuration to win the forthcoming election race and capture the presidency and prime ministership. It appears that the country has no credible alternatives other than the above five, and a feeling of despondency seems to paralyse the voting public. However, a serious review of the situation should consider JVP as a promising alternative. Even if it emerges with enough seats in the Parliament to hold the […]

Hindu Struggle Committee holds conference on India Sri Lanka friendship and geo politics

21st February 2019 // 0 Comments

SriLankan Member of Parliament AS Yogeshwaran on Wednesday raised the issue of mutual cooperation between India and Sri Lanka and pressed for the operation of free Ship service for poor pilgrims of both countries. During his address on the topic India Sri Lanka Friendship and Geo-Politics, he said that the SriLankan government was eagerly waiting for the response of the Indian government to commence the services. SriLankan Member of Parliament AS Yogeshwaran on Wednesday raised the issue of mutual cooperation between India and Sri Lanka and pressed for the operation of free Ship service for poor pilgrims of both countries. During his address on the topic India Sri Lanka Friendship and Geo-Politics, he said that the SriLankan government was eagerly waiting for the response of […]

Names of eight politicians’ sons who use drugs: Ranjan

21st February 2019 // 0 Comments

I will reveal eight names of sons of prominent politicians who were involved in drug smuggling and used drugs, State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said yesterday. Speaking to Daily Mirror, he said the sons of current ministers, former ministers and those who left politics were included in the list. “I hope to submit the names in writing to the Speaker in the near future. Some names are already known to the people and legal actions have also been taken against them. However, there are more sons whom we do not think of, would be revealed soon,” State Minister Ramanayaka said. Meanwhile, he said he had all the evidence to prove how former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was engaged in safeguarding the criminals and drug kingpins. He uttered […]

Who was behind the arrest of Makandure Madush?

21st February 2019 // 0 Comments

Jagamuni Sujeewa de Soyza alias Kosgoda Suji, Annasi Moril and Kalu Sagara in Tangalle, are well known leading drug dealers in the country (but Police will not arrest them?). A Sri Lankan Police Inspector had played a role in the operation Kosgoda Suji, Annasi Moril and Kalu Sagara alerted the Dubai police about the  party    Sri Lanka’s Police department was unaware about the entire operation    The arrest of 40-year-old Samarasinghe Arachchige Madush Lakshitha alias Makandure Madush by the Dubai law enforcement authorities has emerged as the biggest talking point in the country today. Although he and his gang members as well as his colleagues such as well-known singer Amal Perera were arrested by the Dubai authorities two weeks ago on February 4, it is […]

UN complains after official threatened at gunpoint by Sri Lankan army in Jaffna

20th February 2019 // 0 Comments

UN complains after official threatened at gunpoint by Sri Lankan army in Jaffna Senior United Nations officials have reportedly lodged a complaint with Sri Lankan authorities stating that one of their staff was threatened at gun point by two members of the army in Jaffna last year. The Sunday Times reports that two people who claimed to be from the army entered the residence of a UN official in Jaffna, pointing a pistol at the staff member and warning that an investigation was underway against them. The military has not taken any action on the case, denying that any members of the security forces were involved in the incident. See more from the Sunday Times here.

Colonisation more pressing than development in Mullaitivu – TNA MP

20th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Occupation and colonisation in Mullaitivu are more pressing issues than development, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP told the Sri Lankan prime minister. Speaking at a meeting during prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to the North on Saturday, TNA MP Shanthi Sriskantharajah highlighted that development efforts were secondary to the need to end and reverse the occupation and appropriation of Tamil lands in Mullaitivu. “In Mullaitivu District, colonisation is a bigger issue than development. Firstly, our people’s lands were grabbed and given to the Mahaweli Authority through gazette notifications,” Sriskantharajah said. “Moreover, lands are being given here to people of other districts, for example people of Anuradhapura District in the name of Mahaweli. Tanks are being restored but lands are not given to the people […]

Navy abductions case: Witnesses fear for their lives

20th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Right wing politicians have taken up cudgels against Navy officials testifying against senior rankers implicated in an abduction for ransom racket in 2008-2009. Investigators worry the campaign of intimidation could hamper the probe and deter key witnesses from coming forward In 2012, Naval Intelligence officer Lieutenant Commander Krishan Welagedara became one of the CID’s key witnesses in an investigation into a gory abduction racket by Sri Lanka Navy personnel in 2008-2009. Welagedara’s statement helped the CID to establish that 11 young men abducted from Colombo were held in subterranean detention cells at the Trincomalee Naval base. Lt. Commander Welagedara’s life has not been the same since. As CID sleuths close in on high ranking naval officials linked to the abduction case, right wing politicians are […]

Powers already devolved to the Provinces had to be fully utilised before more was asked for!

20th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told the Northern politicians a few home truths. A TNA MP complained, at a recent development review committee meeting, at the Kilinochchi Divisional Secretariat, that Pradeshiya Sabhas had not received funds for housing from either the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) or the government. Responding to him, the PM reportedly said that powers already devolved to the provinces had to be fully utilised before more was asked for. The TNA considers Wickremesinghe a friend and it should, therefore, heed his advice. One cannot but agree with the PM, on this score. The TNA-controlled NPC hardly did anything constructive or useful to the public. Its sole purpose of being was apparently adopting resolutions against the government, one after the other, and there […]

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