SRI LANKA NEWS

Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka – Denies involvement in espionage on India

3rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka denied claims by India that one of its diplomats was involved in managing Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence Service (ISI) activities in India. The Indian media recently reported that a Pakistani Diplomat in Sri Lanka was on the radar of Indian intelligence agencies since 2012. According to Times of India, Amir Zubair Siddiqui is, “The person managing ISI activities in India from Sri Lanka.” However, the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka called the campaign as “a crude attempt to tarnish the image of Pakistan, its High Commission in Sri Lanka and to spoil the extremely cordial Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations.” They also strongly condemned ‘this insidious media activity’ and strongly denied any involvement in espionage or terrorist activity. “This is […]

Anti Tamil Subramanium Swamy firm on taking part in Sri Lankan meet

3rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy a well known anti Tamil and a close associate of the President Mahinda accused of War crimes said that he was firm on participating in the defence conference organized by Sri Lanka despite opposition from Tamil Nadu parties in India.  DMK chief M Karunanidhi and MDMK leader Vaiko have demanded the Centre not to send an Indian delegation to the meet to be held from August 18 to 20. A petition has also been filed in the high court seeking Centre not to send the delegation. Tamil Nadu political parties are voicing opposition to India sending a military delegation to participate in the conference, Anti Tamil Swamy who supported the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by the Sri Lankan forces in […]

Student today, Mourinho tomorrow – An Interview with Ragesh Nambiar

2nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Student today, Mourinho tomorrow – An Interview with Ragesh Nambiar  (from Tamil Student Initiative blog – The Spaghetti Incident) Given that the World Cup has just recently come to a close, we thought it would be good to bring in someone with a bit more football expertise. Luckily enough, we managed to find someone with exactly that. Ragesh Nambiar, head coach of the Tamil Eelam football team and coach at Chelsea FC, sat down with us and gave us a quick interview speaking about his path through the exciting world of professional football. TSI: So to start things off, we just wanted to get to know a bit more about you. Where did you go university, were you a big part of the Tamil scene? […]

How our politicians are abusing power!

2nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Natasha Hariharan speaks out about how our politicians are abusing power Q: What’s the good, bad and ugly here, in Sri Lanka? A: While infrastructure is being strengthened around the country, natural resources are being utilised efficiently, foreign investment is forging ahead and tourism is flourishing, the country’s debt is massive. Sri Lanka is being forced to implement lenders’ expectations. There’s also an increase in human and drug trafficking, which has resulted in the abuse of women and children. Politicians are also abusing power with unlawful activity, with corruption and loopholes in the law reflecting negatively on the nation. There’s also the ugly spectre of religious intolerance. Q: What changes do you see, in the context of nation building and reconciliation? A: The war-affected areas in the north and east […]

Rampant militarisation of state apparatus

2nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan army is reluctant to recover from its victory hangover, not realising that the resulting anxiety among its people threatens the relief that came at the end of the civil war Early in July, Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry sent out a rather short letter to non-governmental organisations asking them to stop, with immediate effect, engaging in “unauthorised activities”. The July 7 letter, which renewed concerns over freedom of speech, was issued by the National Secretariat for Non Governmental Organisations functioning under the Ministry of Defence. The Secretariat’s unconventional list of unauthorised activities” comprised press conferences, workshops, training for journalists and dissemination of press releases. Earlier a wing of the Ministry of Social Services, the Secretariat was brought under the purview of the Defence Ministry […]

Will Minister Ranawaka be a honest Buddhist?

2nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister Champika Ranawaka has said that he will reveal details about illegal secret transactions and other corrupt deals committed by government politicians and senior government officials, on 5 August 2014. He is a leading Minster of the Mahinda government and a close associate of the President Rajapaksha. The minister has compiled a book titled, ‘Power and political power’, which records in detail, with evidence, how politicians and officials in power and the petroleum sector were responsible for many acts of sabotage and irregularities causing massive losses to the government.  He has a Minister was unable to stop these fraudulent acts of these politicians and senior government officials as they were Mahinda government supporters.This book contains information on how, while he was minister, certain officials, with tacit support […]

Key Witness Of The Trial Of Forcing Teacher Kneel Down Found Dead

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

A key witness in the trial against a former Provincial Council Member of Mahinda’s party who forced a teacher on her knees, has been found dead in an abandoned well.Nawagaththegama Police said that the body of Rajakaruna Abeyratne Mudiyanselage Punyasoma Bandara, a resident of Hospital Road, Nawagaththegama, has been found in this manner.He was the fourth witness of the case against Ananda sarath Kumara, who forced the Teacher in charge of discipline at Navodya School in Nawagaththegama to kneel down in the school.The deceased has apparently given valuable evidence in the case against Ananda Sarath Kumara.Police is investigating the cause of the death. For the time being, police has cordoned off the area where the body was found.

Several International Dignitaries Join Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)uiyu5

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

TGTE’s Senate – The Upper House of Parliament – has Senators from Africa, Europe, Asia and mericas. The Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, today announced the names of fifteen Senators for the TGTE’s second Parliamentary Session. The Senate serves as the Upper House of TGTE’s Parliament.  Several international dignitaries include: a former US Attorney General, Senior Civil Rights and Human Rights Lawyers from France and Canada, a former Member of Parliament from Malaysia, a representative from South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and a former Member of European Parliament. Also included are a Sinhalese Physician, Professors, Journalists, Political Leaders, Academics and others from India, Malaysia and several other African, European, Asian and North American countries. Here is the full list […]

Lanka’s Article of Jayalalitha: Full Text

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

How meaningful are Jayalalitha’s love letters to Narendra Modi?’ Subramanium Swamy thanked the Sri Lankan President for arresting the Indian fishermen while confiscating the boats.  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister may learn sooner than later that Narendra Modi is not a puppet to dance to her tantrums or threats. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned they say and that aptly puts to context the feelings of Jayalalitha towards Sri Lanka. But, the BJP high powered delegation led by Dr. Subramaniam Swamy who arrived in Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies recently made explicitly clear that Tamil Nadu would not come between Indo-Lanka relations and also thanked the Sri Lankan President for arresting but releasing the Indian fishermen while […]

Jaya, TN Parties Condemn Article in Lankan Website

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

 AIADMK Protests ‘Derogatory’ Article Against Jaya In a rare show of comraderie, political parties in Tamil Nadu rallied behind Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in condemning a derogatory article against her on a Sri Lankan official website, forcing Colombo to issue an unqualified apology and remove the post.The article in the website of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development of Sri Lanka left all sections of society in Tamil Nadu fuming with AIADMK and various Tamil outfits staging protests across the state and venting their anger by burning effigies and photos of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.As tempers rose in the state and the issue rocked Parliament with AIADMK raking it up, the article was removed, with Sri Lanka tendering an ‘unqualified apology.’“We extend […]

SL Trying to Create Fissures in India’s Federal Polity: Jaya

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Taking strong exception to an alleged derogatory article about her on the Sri Lankan defence website, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today accused it of trying to create fissures in India’s federal polity as she demanded an unconditional apology from Colombo for the insinuations against her. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi hours after the controversy broke out, leading to a furore in Tamil Nadu’s political circles, she said that it also depicted him in a ‘disrespectful manner.’ She said it was brought to her notice that the article, titled ‘How meaningful are Jayalalithaa’s love letters to Narendra Modi’ had been published in the website of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development of Sri Lanka. Though the article had been removed following an […]

Kumari Balasooriya’s statement a threat to President’s life

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

No other president will be appointed as long as President Mahinda Rajapaksa lives and it is definite like the sun and the moon says the Governor for Southern Province Ms. Kumari Balasooriya speaking at a ceremony held at Ambalangoda. The charges against the moves by the present president are going up daily and among these charges are obstructing prospects for democratic moves, torching media institutions, murder of journalists, failing to increase salaries of state and private sector employees and slashing of public welfare. What Ms. Kumari Balasooriya hints while a public opinion is developing against these moves is that President Mahinda Rajapaksa could be defeated only if he doesn’t exist. According to Ms. Balasooriya’s statement there could be a threat to President’s life and it […]

Our Gaza – How many Palestinians must die for Israel to feel protected? 40,000?

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “Israel is no longer able to think about a solution to a political conflict except in terms of physical might; no wonder it is prone to never ending cycles of mortal violence. And when the cannons fire no criticism may be heard.” – Petition by 50 Israeli army reservists on refusing to join the Gaza offensive[i] Israel calls it the Operation Protective Edge. How many Palestinians must die for Israel to feel protected? In the latest horror from Gaza, an Israeli attack on a UN school killed at least 19 Palestinians and injured about 90. According to Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner General of UNRWA (the UN agency for Palestinian refugees), “….children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom […]

Ebola outbreak: fight against disease hampered by belief in witchcraft, warns British doctor

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

A British doctor fighting the devastating Ebola outbreak in west Africa has told how belief in witchcraft is hampering the fight to stop the spread of the deadly disease. Benjamin Black, 32, a volunteer with the charity Médecins Sans Frontières in Sierra Leone, said that some of those in infected areas were not seeking medical treatment as they thought the disease was the work of sorcerers. Belief in witchcraft and traditional medicine is still prevalent in parts of west Africa, particularly the remote rural areas of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia where the outbreak has been concentrated. In an interview with The Telegraph, Dr Black, who completed a four-day stint earlier this week at an Ebola treatment clinic in Kailahun, near Sierra Leone’s northern border […]

Sinhala settlements continue in North says TNA MP

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government is attempting to build Sinhala settlements in land that was appropriated supposedly for army camps, forcing Tamils into refugee camps, the TNA’s General Secretary, MP Maavai Senathirajah was quoted by the Uthayan as saying, when speaking at an ITAK event. “People who did fishing and farming for generations are facing unfortunate lives as homeless refugees, as their native lands are being grabbed by the military,” he said. “Those who are seizing those lands are planning to build Sinhala settlements in Tamil regions. Today, Sri Lankan government acts to reduce the proportion of Tamils. It is focused on creating restlessness in North and the East and to banish [Tamil] people from there,” he added, stating that almost 2 lakhs of Eelam Tamils […]

Trying to win Indian goodwill.

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

The Rajapaksa family has made a big attempt to grant ample business privileges in Sri Lanka to the five-member team of unofficial representatives of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janatha Party in order to promote India’s goodwill towards Sri Lanka, reports say.  Accordingly, a company owned by Dr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, a member of the team and former federal cabinet minister of industry, energy, environment and forests, chemicals and fertilizers, heavy industry, and public enterprise, and his son, have been allowed to set up a 1,000 megawatt windmill power park in Sri Lanka’s western coast and transmit the power generated there to India.  Sri Lanka has a capacity to generate around 20,000 mw of windmill power and an US research institute […]

Death threats to FMM convener came from defence ministry!

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

It has now been established that the death threats to Free Media Movement’s convener Sunil Jayasekara in the past few days have come via defence ministry telephones. He received the threats until yesterday (27), which stressed that he would be finished. An investigation following a complaint to the service provider in which he had furnished the relevant telephone numbers has indicated the ministry involvement. FMM convener Sunil Jayasekara is faced with a serious threat to his life, say sources close to him. http://lankanewsweb.net/news/8357-death-threats-to-fmm-convener-came-from-defence-ministry

Journalists protest against media repression in North

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

Journalists protested today in Jaffna, against the ongoing media repression of press in the island’s North.  Carrying placards calling for an end on the war against the media, Tamil journalists together with locals and Tamil politicians, staged a protest by the main bus stand in Jaffna at 12pm local time. Photograph Tamil Guardian The protest was organised by the Jaffna Press Club (JPC), and endorsed by journalists from the South. “Even after the armed conflict in the North has ceased, as the intimidation of journalists has increased, many journalists are fleeing the country having received death threats. Meanwhile, those journalists who continue to work on the ground, continue to have death threats sent to them. In these circumstances, the media community is gripped with fear over […]

For a Trilingual Sri Lanka: First-ever Conference on Promoting Bilingual Education

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

The Bilingual Education Branch of the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education in partnership with British Council Sri Lanka recently organised the first-ever conference on promoting bilingual education to achieve a trilingual Sri Lanka. The programme was organised with a number of different objectives: To make different stakeholders aware of current practices in bilingual education at the local and global levels through research findings and other methods. To provide an opportunity to learn from different experiences and share good practices at the local and international levels. To develop a strategic paper on Bilingual Education based on the outcome of the conference as a supportive document for a bilingual education policy for the general education system in Sri Lanka. The Conference was attended […]

Australia asylum: ‘Cover-up on child health’, inquiry told

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

A psychiatrist says the Australian government sought to cover up the extent of mental health problems among children held in asylum detention. The comments came at a national human rights inquiry into the treatment of children in immigration detention. His claim came a day after church leaders accused Australia of holding children in “inhumane” conditions. The government rejected that as “offensive”. It says it is working to reduce the number of child detainees. Dr Peter Young worked for International Health and Mental Services, a provider of health services at detention centres contracted by the government. He told the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry that he had collected figures showing “significant” mental health problems among child detainees, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His company provided this data to […]

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