SRI LANKA NEWS

Wigneswaran, Sampanthan and the Presidential Task Force Boycott Issue

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again.” – Nursery Rhyme Northern province chief minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran is a retired Supreme court judge. Much was expected of CV Wigneswaran when he was first elected chief minister of the Northern Province on behalf of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) in September 2013. Sadly those hopes turned into dupes very soon. Wigneswaran adopted a confrontational political approach that left much to be desired. Projecting himself as a Tamil hardliner, the chief minister engaged in all types of disruptive politics while the Northern provincial administration deteriorated. The Northern provincial council (NPC) became the worst -run provincial administration in the […]

7 reasons why power crazy Mahinda cannot be president again

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News 28.Aug.2018, 4.20AM) Clause 4(2) of the 19 th amendment to the constitution clearly stipulates ‘ the individual who was elected by the people to the post of executive president twice cannot be elected again to the same post by them’. Despite this , the legal lackeys of Mahinda Rajapakse (who held the post of president twice) have advanced the contention that ‘Mahinda can again contest the presidential election’ . In order to learn of the true position , Lanka e news made inquiries from several retired Sri Lankan legal experts (legal draftsmen) living in Britain , America and Sri Lanka (SL), some of whom are those who have earned international renown. Following are their analyses in a nutshell… 1. Firstly , before the […]

Navy Chiefs Karannagoda and Wijegunawardena distort ‘Navy Sampath’s’ name to disentangle themselves from mass murder -president protects them !

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

-LeN inside information report (Lanka e News -24.Aug.2018, 5’45AM) The incumbent president Pallewatte Gamarala is exerting pressures on the law enforcing Institutions precluding them from interrogating or arresting the present chief of security council Raveendra Wijegunaratne (former Navy Commander ) , and ex Navy commander Vasantha Karannagoda who aided and abetted the criminals in the gruesome murder of 11 innocent students after committing extortion. These two Navy chiefs were responsible for hiding the murderers and helping them to flee the country .It is a pity , the president Sirisena alias Sillysena by this unlawful action is rendering himself liable to violation of the constitution, according to reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division. Among the duties of the president under article 31 of the constitution […]

Case filed with Special High Court against Gotabaya & 6 others

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Attorney General’s Department today filed a case with the newly set-up Permanent High Court at Bar against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and 6 others, over the misappropriation of state funds when building the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum. The Attorney General’s Department filed the indictments today based on the investigation carried out by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID). The seven defendants named in the case including the former Defence Secretary are changed over the misuse of state funds amounting to Rs 49 million when constructing the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana. This is the second case filed with the Permanent High Court at Bar, which was recently declared open at the Hulftsdorp Court Complex. The Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday recalled the […]

There is no terrorism in the North except for the bullying armed forces and bribe-seeking police.

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

We in the North fear troops. It is just not Tamils. We have seen viral videos of the IGP assaulting a staff member and the Navy Commander a reporter. In a democracy, troops must be kept out of civilians lives. However, not in our democracy. In 1970, I was assaulted for no reason by a group of policemen. In the early 1980s troops on their way to buy cigarettes in three trucks swung a bicycle chain at me and other passers-by. Soon, our guardian troops were murdering us. There is no terrorism in the North except for the bullying armed forces and bribe-seeking police. In a democracy, we expect the government to be truthful and accountable. These prevarications diminish us as a democracy and cause severe […]

Remedy for the missing

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Rehabilitation of Persons, Properties and Industries Authority (REPPIA) was established in 1987, in consequent to the 1983 July riots, by an Act of Parliament No. 29 of 1987. The objective of REPPIA is to assist in the rehabilitation of affected persons through compensation. As provided by law, REPPIA provides financial assistance to affected persons, properties and industries. REPPIA is mandated to provide compensation to persons affected by conflicts such as wars and/or riots. It has taken a broad range of activities to rehabilitate the persons affected by the conflicts and restore their lives. For instance, REPPIA has implemented various loan schemes for housing, self-employment and cultivation. In addition to the assistance given to the individuals, it has undertaken a few rehabilitation programmes for affected communities. […]

Abduction of 11 Tamil youths Twists and turns in the investigations

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Following the statements made in open courts by the defence counsels Shavendra Fernando PC and Attorney-at-Law Asitha Siriwardena, against the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), when the magisterial inquiry into the abduction of 11 Tamil youth in 2008 was taken up two weeks ago, blaming the latter for not naming certain tangible suspects in the B reports submitted in courts while naming those who were not involved, the CID has once again come under severe criticism for their continued failure to obtain a statement from Navy Intelligence Officer Lt. Commander Sedililage Don Sumedha Sampath Dayananda, who is one of the main suspects wanted for the abduction of two Tamil youths from Wattala in 2009, for ransom Speculation is now rife as to why, though vital evidence have surfaced regarding the […]

”TNA should not support any development activity conducted by the government until a political solution is given to the ethnic issue” says CM Wigneswaren but TNA rejects

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Thursday turned down Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran’s request to boycott the meeting of the Presidential Special Task Force on Northern Development which is scheduled to be held on August 27. TNA Parliamentarians at a meeting held at the Opposition Leader’s office under the patronage of TNA leader R. Sampanthan on Thursday insisted that they should participate in this meeting to ensure development of the Northern Province. They were of the view that development activities should continue in the North which was badly battered by the 30-year protracted war. These Parliamentarians stressed the importance of participating in this Task Force meeting to find solutions to the burning issues of the Tamil people, that included releasing their lands occupied […]

Which Rajapaksa in 2020 – Mahinda contesting bogey to end JO ‘candidate crisis’?

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

In a desperate bid to stop speculation about its search for presidential nominees, the SLPP seems to be throwing its standard-bearer into the fray, hoping it will make all other contenders pipe-down It came like a bolt from the blue. All of a sudden, the concerted preoccupation of the Rajapaksa proxy Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and Joint Opposition camp is to push the theory that the former President, twice elected and once defeated in presidential elections over a decade, can contest a fourth time in 2019. It has been three years since the 19th Amendment was enacted, restoring term limits on the executive presidency. In all this time, the JO, whose members voted overwhelmingly in favour of enacting the 19A, never contested the 1978 […]

Drought in Kilinochchi brings misery to thousands

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

A population of about 82,000 people representing 24,100 families in the Kilinochchi District have been affected by the drought prevailing in the area. A senior official of the District Disaster Management Centre said the people of Kilinochchi, Kandawalai. Pachilipalai, Karachchi and Poonaryn divisions were the worst affected. He said all garden wells had run dry creating hardships for the people for want of drinking water. Meanwhile farmers pointed out that all tanks and canals in Kilinochchi, Dharmapuram, Puliyanpokkanai and Kallaru areas had run dry and the cattle and other animals were dying as a result. They said the wild elephant roaming into the villages in search of water were destroying paddyfields and home garden crops. The farmers said their cultivations would be ruined and crop […]

Coalition partners in unusual embrace over pending PC polls

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

High-level Sirisena, Wickremesinghe delegations meet to work out strategy, but cloud of uncertainty over their political agendas Govt. to go full steam ahead with Grama Shakthi and Gamperaliya development programmes Every ministry to showcase its achievement in bid to counter big ‘JO’ protest on September 5 Thrusting forward despite the growing rift, fears of crippling strikes or protests, a sudden spurt in prices of consumer goods amidst other woes, this week saw the ruling coalition partners in an unusual embrace over pending Provincial Council elections. The two sides – leaders of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) – decided Thursday night that they should go ahead with the polls early next year. Despite the firm decision, there were still […]

Sri Lanka’s ex-Chief Justice may have violated constitution

24th August 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Former Chief Justice Sarath Silva may have openly violated constitution by presenting himself as legal counsel for ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa who was questioned by police in connection with the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr. Official sources noted that the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate that Silva was present as part of the legal team of Rajapaksa when he was questioned at his Wijerama Mawatha home on August 17. Article 110 (3) expressly prohibits retired judges of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal from engaging in any form of legal practice. Silva is said to be in breach of this provision when he was present and interjected during Rajapaksa’s questioning. “No person who has held office as […]

Priyanka And I Weren’t Happy About LTTE Chief’s Death: Rahul Gandhi

24th August 2018 // 0 Comments

“I told my sister Priyanka that I’m not happy,” Rahul Gandhi said on LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s death HAMBURG, GERMANY:  HIGHLIGHTS Rahul Gandhi said he has lost two members of his family to violence I wasn’t happy because I saw myself in his(Prabhakaran’s) children Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber of the LTTE in 1991 Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were not happy after the terror group LTTE’s chief Prabhakaran, who ordered the assassination of his father Rajiv Gandhi, was killed, as they felt “the violence inflicted upon him had impacted others, including his children”. The Congress chief said he has lost two members of his family to violence. “My grandmother (Indira Gandhi) and my […]

Subramanian Swamy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Medamulana

24th August 2018 // 0 Comments

India’s ruling BJP party senior member Dr Subramanian Swamy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Medamulana today. Rajapaksa tweeted saying he was invited by Swamy to speak at an event in New Delhi. “It was a hugely enjoyable trip to South Sri Lanka to meet Fmr SL President Sri Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family. He is a man to be admired for his decisiveness to wipe out LTTE terror and incidentally also soothe India’s hurt feelings due to Rajiv’a assassination by LTTE,” Swamy said. He added that while in Colombo he had a chance meet with former Maldives President Naseed. “He is apprehensive of gross rigging in their forthcoming election. India cannot allow that as a neighbour and also since current usurper President Yamin has humiliated Indians recently. We […]

Rajapakshe Government was behind the Abductions, Torture and killing of Journalists.

23rd August 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Like Duminda And Ravi – Cannot Remember By Suranimala Umagiliya – Keith Noyahr, the journalist from the now defunct Nation newspaper was abducted, tortured and assaulted on the 22nd of May 2008, when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in office. It is now evident through reports to Court and the media that Keith was released by his abductors after then Minister in Rajapaksha government Karu Jayasuriya telephoned President Mahinda Rajapaksa around 11.30pm on that fateful day, having heard from Lalith Allahakkoon, Editor of the Nation newspaper of the abduction. Strike one for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for initiating the release of Keith Noyahr, who may well have been murdered. But that is not how events should have unfolded. The sordid drama that is best served with a prosecution […]

After 70 years of independence – Tamils urged to join the Police force in the North and East.

23rd August 2018 // 0 Comments

After 70 years of independence from British rule the Sri Lankan Government today urged Tamils to join the Police force in the North and East. The Police and Military have been dominated of 99% of Sinhalese from South to date. Tamils were marginalised and were not requited to join the forces since the Independence in 1948. For the first time in Sri Lanka a Sinhala Minister of Law and Order Ranjith Madduma Bandara told Parliament that the Police would like to have more Tamils in the Police force.  He urged Tamils politicians to encourage Tamils to join the Police. Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda said that some Tamils have already submitted applications to join the Police in the North but their applications were not considered simply […]

What do ‘Human Rights’ mean for Sinhala politicians in the South..?

23rd August 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 20.Aug.2018, 5.45AM) ‘Human rights’ may be a new phenomenon for many Sinhala Buddhists – SB and for some Tamils including a few members of the diaspora. I have seen many participants in UN human rights forums in Geneva without any basic knowledge of human rights. But to the outside world, they claim to be human rights activists and defenders. This crowd never wanted to educate themselves in human rights nor grasp a wider knowledge by listening to experts and lectures of scholars. Since the independence of then Ceylon/Sri Lanka and the birth of UN human rights mechanisms, the SB, especially thugs blessed by politicians in the South and the Buddhist clergy, started to violate human rights by physically attacking innocent Tamil […]

MR and prime witnesses suffering from ‘amnesia’..! -Judge orders CID to investigate the motive to hide evidence !!

23rd August 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News – 22.Aug.2018, 11.30PM) The CID when reporting in connection with the abduction and cruel torture inflicted on Nation newspaper former deputy editor Keith Leroy Noyahr informed Mt. Lavinia court on the 20 th that the prime suspects including Mahinda Rajapakse (MR) are seemingly ailing from amnesia . The CID informed Mt. Lavinia additional magistrate Ms. Lochana Abeywickrema in open court that witness ex president Mahinda Rajapakse was sticking to the only answer ‘ I do not remember’ when he was interrogated , and therefore there is a need to probe into why there is a motive to suppress evidence. The additional magistrate thereupon ordered the CID to focus on and investigate why the prime witnesses are taking the ‘ I do not […]

Mahinda to seek a third term!

22nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G. L. Peiris will soon move the District Court, seeking a clarification as regards President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s eligibility to contest the 2019 presidential election. Prof. Peiris revealed his party’s plan, yesterday, at a media briefing at the Nelum Mawatha Office of former President Rajapaksa. Former External Affairs Minister Peiris said in terms of the Article 125 of the Constitution, the District Court could refer the matter to the Supreme Court for a ruling. According to him, the Supreme Court will have to make its ruling known to the District Court within two months. Even GL Peries who realised that Mahinda will not appoint him has the next presidential candidate  of the JO given up his hope and wants Mahinda […]

Northern Chief Minister tells his officers to have Tamil on top

22nd August 2018 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran has instructed local government institutions in the North to give foremost place to the Tamil language on name boards as per the Sri Lankan constitution. They should have Tamil on top, Sinhala and English below it to help tourists. Wigneswaran gave this order at a meeting with a group of officials attached to the Northern Provincial Council on Saturday (18). The Chief Minister said that most name boards displaying street and area names in Jaffna had Sinhalised names on them. “This has taken place due to the influence of Buddhist monks and security forces. For example there is the name ‘Nagadeepa’ on many boards here. But there is no ‘Nagadeepa’ in Jaffna, there is only Nainativu here,” he told […]

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