SRI LANKA NEWS

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

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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 […]

Minister Wimal wants to be the next president?

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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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Can the TRC model work in Sri Lanka?

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Sri Lankans are debating whether their nation could successfully adapt a South African-style Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) mechanism for post-conflict healing. For Sri Lankan northerner Kalaiselvam, the sights and sounds of peace have replaced those of war. RELATED ARTICLES Sri Lanka looks to South Africa for peace-building lessons Sri Lanka studying South Africa on rights Sri Lanka delays war report recommendations Yet nearly five years after Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict ended, things still aren’t quite right, said the Mullaitivuresident who lost many friends and relatives during the war. For Kalaiselvam and many others in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil north, questions related to the war and its underlying causes remain unresolved. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) could change that, he said. “I think if all […]

Australia’s asylum seeker obsession puts democracy at risk

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Scott Morrison’s creation of a single border force confirms it: asylum seeker policy is dominating the working agenda of the government and its departments. An inquiry is inevitable Today, in his address at the Lowy Institute, immigration minister Scott Morrison announced the creation of the Australian border force, a “single integrated border protection agency” of customs and immigrations assets – including detention centre management. A commissioner, to lead the agency, will report directly to Morrison and “pick up where Operation Sovereign Borders leaves off”. This latest announcement shows that far from being on the periphery of Australian politics, asylum seeker policy is now at its centre. It has taken on a life of its own and now, to varying degrees, dictates the working agenda of a […]

Pakistan Militant Training Camps on Sri Lankan Soil

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

On 5 May Central security agencies claimed that Pakistan’s ISI had plans to carry out terror attacks on two foreign consulates. L. Ganesan, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member (CHENNAI ) – L. Ganesan, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member warned his party on 5 May 2014 in Tiruchi that Pakistan had chosen Sri Lanka as a base for organising arms training camps for terror outfits and was trying to send militants into India through coastal routes. He said that Sri Lanka was aware of these illegal activities taking place on its soil, but had not acted upon them. The recent arrest of a Sri Lankan national and suspected ISI operative Zakir Hussain in Chennai strengthened this perception, he said. However, India’s Inspector-General […]

At Election Season’s End, Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees Forgotten Again

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PUZHAL, India — As Tamil civilians were increasingly caught in the crossfire between the Indian Peace Keeping Force and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the 1980s, Sasitharan and his parents followed the exodus from the Tamil-majority northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka. As a 9-year-old in 1990, Mr. Sasitharan, who uses only one name, was taken by his parents across the Palk Strait by boat, the mode of transport favored by thousands of refugees before them. Mr. Sasitharan, who grew up in the sunny and windswept harbor city of Trincomalee, has few memories of his early years in Sri Lanka. In India, his family settled near Bengaluru, where Mr. Sasitharan studied at a school for Sri Lankan refugees. Unlike most of the […]

Virendra Sharma MP on implementation of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka

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UK PARLIAMENT HOUSE OF COMMONS – Question by Virendra Sharma MP on implementation of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka.  <http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140507/text/140507w0002.htm#140507105000053> Sri Lanka Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about the implementation of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka of 27 March 2014; what technical advice and assistance his Department will provide to the Office of the High Commissioner for 7 May 2014 : Column 195W Human Rights for the investigation into alleged war crimes and human rights violations in Sri Lanka; and what representations he has made to the government of Sri Lanka about the UN Human Rights Council resolution. [197543] […]

Australian silence on human rights is our gift to Sri Lanka

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 Australia is on the same team as China, Russia and the Congo in opposing the investigation. For someone who was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Australia, to see my two countries agree to oppose a landmark Human Rights inquiry is a shame. Sunili Govinnage theguardian.com, Thursday 8 May 2014 03.19 BST What a photo: the smiling Sri Lankan defence secretary, accused of overseeing war crimes, gifting a premium box of Dilmah tea to the equally cheery Australian immigration and border protection minister, accused of running concentration camps. Apparently, the relationship between the two countries (cricket aside) genuinely could not be closer. For some third-culture kids, immigrants who never really knew where they belonged, perhaps diplomatic camaraderie may in some nerdy way help to […]

Jaffna Army Commander warns Tamil’s, remembrance 0f 40,000+ Tamil civilians killed by them will lead to arrest

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The commander of the Sri Lankan army in Jaffna, General Udaya Perera warned student leaders and members of Jaffna University’s faculty that anyone involved in public commemoration (of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians the Sri Lankan Army killed in May 2009) will be arrested, the Uthayan reported today. General Perera told the students that they will remember the leader of the LTTE Velupillai Prabhakaran, as he also died that day, under the pretext of remembering the people and so the army cannot allow that. He added that any mourning should only take place within private homes. The general accused the students of engaging in politics in a manner incorporating terrorism and said they have to stop these activities. The meeting with General Perera, held at a military-run hotel in Kankesanthurai, was held a day […]

Inglis Road, Addiscombe: London’s most political street?

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Is Inglis Road the most political street in Croydon, or even London? This one short road in Addiscombe has six residents who are standing for election in the local council elections on May 22. The six candidates will be representing three parties – two each for Labour, the Green Party and the Conservatives. At No9 we have two Labour councillors, Alison Butler and her partner, the local Labour planning supremo, Paul Scott. Butler is a deputy leader of the Labour group on Croydon Council. Councillor Butler is seeking re-election in Bensham Manor ward and while Scott is standing again in Woodside ward. Both seem certain to be returned. Just across the road at No10 is Tamil community leader Patrick Ratnaraja, who is standing for the […]

On Sri Lanka Rapes, Shavendra Silva Denies Everything At Canada UN

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INNER CITY PRESS On Sri Lanka Rapes, Shavendra Silva Denies Everything At Canada UN <http://www.innercitypress.com/sri3unrapes050614.html> On Sri Lanka Rapes, Shavendra Silva Denies Everything At Canada UN By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive UNITED NATIONS, May 6 — Rapes in Sri Lanka, about which the UN’s Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, publicly expressed concern on April 24, were the subject of a session at Canada’s Mission to the UN on May 6.    Multiple sources tell Inner City Press that at the meeting, controversial Sri Lankan military figure, now Deputy Permanent Representative Shavendra Silva sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army.  He said for example that “certain organizations are propagating false allegations, they are repeated by different organizations […]

UK Rally to commemorate fifth anniversary of Mullivaikkal Massacre

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Venue: Trafalgar Square, London (nearest station: Charing Cross) Time: 4-8pm, Sunday 18 May 2014 Five years on from May 2009, when Sri Lanka’s decades-long persecution of the Tamil people reached its violent climax on the shores of Mullivaikkal, British Tamils will commemorate the tens of thousands of Tamils who were killed and the many more who were injured, disappeared or raped. The rally, which will be held in Trafalgar Square, London, will not only remember those who were killed and wounded in 2009, but also the thousands of Tamils who continue to be killed, tortured, abused and harassed every day in Sri Lanka, in what the Tamil people believe to be a continuing programme of structural genocide. British Tamils will also press world leaders to […]

On Unlawful Arrest & Deportation Of The British Tourist

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By JC Weliamuna – Unlawful Arrest & Deportation of British Tourist: A close look at the series of illegal steps taken by law enforcement authorities Ms. Naomi Michelle Coleman, a British Tourist with wide travel experience in many Buddhist Countries who had a large tattoo of the Buddha and of a Hindu God on a lotus flower  on her right arm, arrived in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2014. She passed through immigration counters and came out of the Airport to the arrivals lounge and came out of the main arrival building. She responded to the media before being deported and disclosed what happened to her at the time of arrest: “taxi driver then approached her and said that her body art would be a problem. I said I’ve come twice […]

This Government Cares Too Hoots For ‘Good Governance’

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By Vishnuguptha – This Government cares too hoots for ‘good governance’ They think it’s their grandmother’s gift… It is rumored in Colombo circles that Priyantha Jayewardene was once employed by a Sri Lankan business tycoon who was known to be very close to Chandrika Bandaranaike when she was President and when the current holder assumed office, this businessman managed to carve his path to the inner circles of the regime. He is a mega player in financial circles, not only in Sri Lanka but may be even in the entire subcontinent. His personal wealth, thanks mainly to the opening of the economy in 1977 by the United National Party Government, is enormous and some say beyond physical measure. Well, that is beside the point. Nevertheless, this tycoon’s money has virtually assured […]

Sri Lanka, Maldives are transit point for Pakistan terror on India

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Sri Lanka and Maldives are under the scanner of India’s security establishment as sources and transit points for Pakistan-supported terror elements who may be used to target vital installations in southern India, Sources here said both countries were well aware of the emerging developments and have been coordinating more carefully in recent times. Maldives is a place of particular concern because of the radical elements, many of whom got indoctrinated in Pakistan. This was brought to sharper attention after a Sri Lankan national, Shakir Husain, arrested in Chennai last week. He reportedly admitted to conducting surveillance of US and Israeli consulates in Chennai and Bangalore, something David Headley had done before the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes. Hussain’s arrest, officials said, was a multi-national operation, including […]

65 years old Dambulla Muslim Mosque demolished: NUA leader writes to MR

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 “We have never had religious-based violence, maybe a few incidents,” President Mahinda said yesterday. (Lanka-e-News-06.May.2014,11.30PM)7th May 2014His Excellency Mahinda RajapaksaPresident of the Democratic, Socialist Republic of Sri LankaPresidential SecretariatColombo.Your ExcellencyAttempts to demolish the Mosque in DambullaThe initial attempt at bringing down the 65 year old mosque initiated by a so called hidden hand continues to haunt your regime. You will remember that I brought this to your notice the day prior to this incident and failed to receive any response from you, until a senior minister in your government confirmed that the mosque in question was indeed 65 years old.In the ensuing drama and at a general meeting you assured the Muslim community that the mosque at Dambulla will not be touched.Despite your assurance and proclamation […]

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