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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.

Germany calls for more transparency in SL as bilateral ties expand

20th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka and Germany footprint in each other on the rise Greater private sector interactions this year following opening of German Trade Office in Colombo Ambassador says post-Constitutional crisis, regaining investor confidence with stability and reforms is key Suggests liberalisation of shipping and freight forwarding if Sri Lanka is to successfully achieve maritime hub status Warns corruption and lack of transparency dampen investor confidence Says tender procedures must be clear and transparent and concluded without delay By Nisthar Cassim Amidst growing bilateral ties, Germany is calling for improved efficiency and transparency in Sri Lanka to achieve a more robust and win-win partnership. “Germany’s footprint in Sri Lanka and vice versa have been growing, resulting in greater bilateral cooperation,” German Ambassador in Sri Lanka Jörn Rohde […]

When the president unjustly and unsupportably lambasts

11th February 2019 // 0 Comments

It is no matter for jest when the President of a country publicly singles out national oversight institutions for ferocious censure. And without a doubt, it is even worse when that institution happens to be a national human rights institution. By the very nature of the work that it does and the statutory mandate on which it is obliged to act, it is perhaps the most vulnerable of oversight agencies and needs support by the political constituency as well as by the public. Profoundly unclear logic in the criticism          This week, betraying all these cautions, President Maithripala Sirisena went for the jugular of Sri Lanka’s National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, alleging among other things, that the deaths of two Sri Lankan peacekeepers in […]

Mahinda family, controlled more than 2/3rds of the economy of Sri Lanka.

11th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Lessons to learn from Sri Lanka’s history By Gamini Weerakoon Outstanding English writer Aldous Huxley’s observations on the ‘lessons of history’ will interest many Sri Lankans obsessed with their history—2,500 years or more. Huxley held: ’ That  men do not learn much from history is the most important lesson that history has to teach’. We will attempt to consider this observation not by harking back to the distant past of those ‘glorious days’ but to contemporary times. Just four years ago Mahinda Rajapaksa who ruled the country for a near decade and was considered ‘invincible’ was unceremoniously dumped out at a presidential election — then at a parliamentary election months later — by the free votes of the people. Many reasons have been attributed for […]

80 Politicians Alleged Links to Arrested Drug Kinpin

11th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Investigations Reveal Details of 80 Politicians Comprising Pradeshiya Sabha Heads, Provincial Councillors and MP”s from Different Political Parties With Alleged Links to Arrested Drug Kinpin Makandure Madush. Downfall in Dubai of Sri Lanka’s Most Wanted Drug Dealer Kingpin Samarasinghe Arachchilage Madush Lakshitha infamously alias Makandure Madush a.k.a. Ajith Avanka Wickramasinghe 16 More Including Drug Smuggler Angoda Lokka Arrested by Dubai Police; Drug Dealers Andarawatte Chamara and Shanaka Madhushan Alias “Olu Mara” Arrested in Mattakkuliya and Wennappuwa: Group of Makandure Madush Associates Nabbed in Matara. State intelligence units have uncovered details of eighty (80) politicians who had links with the underworld gang leader Makandure Madush. Police sources say that the PS chairmen, provincial councilors and members of parliament of different political parties are in this list. […]

Inviting Rajapaksa to India “insult” to 1,40,000 Tamils killed by Sri Lankan army

10th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa Urges Revival of War-time Troika to Manage India- Sri Lanka Relations Mahinda Rajapaksa, Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament and a former Sri Lankan President, has strongly urged the governments of India and Sri Lanka to revive the “Troika” system which managed relations between the two countries during the crucial final phase of the war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Speaking on India-Sri Lanka relations at “The Huddle 2019” organized by The Hindu in Bengaluru on Saturday, Rajapaksa said: “You would recollect that a novel mechanism was in place during our time in government and in particular when we, as a country, fought against the most cruel terrorist organization in the world. The Troika, as it […]

Unitary State only means ‘Sinhala Administration’.

1st February 2019 // 0 Comments

I will not accept the Unitary State concept – Wigneswaran Former Chief Minister of Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran states that he does not accept the concept of a Unitary State. He mentioned this commenting to the media near the Colombo Complex. Wigneswaran says that the Unitary State concept is not a solution for the issue of the North and that Unitary State only means ‘Sinhala Administration’. Further commenting, he said that various statements are being made to trick the public. The word ‘Orumiththanadu’ in Tamil means ‘a unified country’ and not a ‘unitary state’, he pointed out.

Another national govt. not unconstitutional-JVP

1st February 2019 // 0 Comments

The JVP says the establishment of a national government is in no way unconstitutional. Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath speaking at a media breifing this morning said the party with a majority seats can form a national government with another party. He stressed it is not unconstitutional as there is an article in this regard in the Constitution, adding it does not determine the number of MPs. He said a national government comprises of the party or independent group that has acquired the highest number of seats in Parliament, forming a government with another accepted political party or several parties. Herath stated there is a sentence that is not applicable to the law. Responding to a statement by President Maithripala Sirisena that 2019 will be a year […]

Ex-parliamentary official reveals Govt.- Opposition collusion

1st February 2019 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando One-time top official in parliament Lacille de Silva, yesterday, alleged that there was an understanding among political parties represented in Parliament not to raise the contentious issue of quorum though in the recent past the UNP had acted contrary to that consensus. All those lawmakers in Parliament should be ashamed of their disgraceful conduct, De Silva said, alleging that political parties fiercely guarded various corrupt systems though there were differences among them on many issues. Responding to a query by The Island, De Silva said leaders of all political parties were responsible for deterioration of parliament. Had parliament adhered with the rule as regards the minimum number of lawmakers 20 required to be present at any given time, parliamentary sittings would have […]

Hirunika Makes Fiery Speech In Parliament: Severely Criticises Sirisena For Attempting To Grant Presidential Pardon To Duminda Silva

24th January 2019 // 0 Comments

UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra made a fiery speech in Parliament today severely criticising President Maithripala Sirisena over his alleged attempts to grant a presidential pardon to Duminda Silva who is convicted of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra’s murder. Premachandra said Silva’s supporters were signing public letters in the Kolonnawa area requesting a pardon for the former MP. “They had told the people in the area that they were signing the letter on the advice of the President. I this because they have even visited the houses of my father’s former supporters. I cannot say Silva’s supporters are lying about the President’s advice, as I am not privy to the discussions between President Sirisena and Duminda Silva’s brother.” The Parliamentarian also said there was no reason to believe that the same President […]

“Militarized Environment” Prevailing in and Around Colombo Permanent High Court Hearing DA Rajapaksa Museum Case Involving Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Create Fear Psychosis Among Witnesses

23rd January 2019 // 0 Comments

Dep- Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris Objects to “Militarized Environment” Prevailing in and Around Colombo Permanent High Court Hearing DA Rajapaksa Museum Case Involving Gotabhaya Rajapaksa To Create Fear Psychosis Among Witnesses By Lakmal Sooriyagoda Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General raised objections into the highly militarised environment around the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar yesterday. Peiris appearing for the prosecution in the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum case told the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar that this would adversely affect witnesses expected to testify before court in due course. Taking into consideration the facts, the Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne announced that they would make an appropriate order on the next hearing date. Continue reading […]

Mahinda Plays racist card again – Lucky Tamil MP Sumathiran is alive!

21st January 2019 // 0 Comments

Lucky Tamil MP Sumathiran is alive and traveling in Colombo now, If the Rajapakshe family was in power he would have been killed by the governments forces like they killed other Tamil MP’s and Journalists during the Rajapaksha rule. Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday vowed not to allow Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran to implement decisions taken by them surreptitiously that would harm the interests of the country. He said this at the opening of the new ‘Wahalkada’ at the Nakulugamuwa, Meddadeniya Sri Shailarama Purana Temple in Beliatta yesterday . Mahinda Rajapaksha as a former President promised to implement 13+ to the constitution which would give some rights to the minority but after loosing the election he opposes any devolution of power […]

Men’s Fashion Week: Jeenu Mahadevan calls out colourism

21st January 2019 // 0 Comments

Jan 20 (BBC) London, Paris, Milan, New York… it has been a frantic January for model Jeenu Mahadevan, as he flies around the world for Men’s Fashion Week. “There’s no such thing as downtime in Fashion Week, it’s just chaos for three weeks straight,” he tells the BBC. Since the 20-year old made his international debut in 2017 in Paris, his profile has skyrocketed. He’s modelled for fashion powerhouses including Versace, Givenchy Alexander McQueen and Burberry. Not bad for someone who was discovered on a bus home in Oslo in March 2016. “It was weird because this lady was just staring at me for like three stops straight – I had no idea what was going on, and I thought it was a joke to […]

Mahinda’s SLPP supporters disrupting ITN.

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The Police were called in to quell a tense situation at the state-owned Independent Television Network (ITN) earlier today. A group of ITN workers have staged a protest against appointments by the new management of the state TV stations. A tense situation took place when a group of attempted to assault the Deputy General Manager – News, appointed by the current management, within the office premises today. The protesting workers are largely affiliated with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and have formed an organization called “ITN Surakeeme Sanvidhanaya’. The management of the state TV company has already suspended 13 employees for disrupting the day-to-day work of the institution. The management has made it clear that it will take every necessary action to ensure that […]

Counting the dead from the war

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

The ITJP is initiating a movement (from Mon 7 Jan 2019 – press releases attached) to start collecting the names of the dead and disappeared/missing from the whole war in Sri Lanka but with a focus on the final war in 2009 because of the upcoming tenth anniversary of Mullivaikkal. We are doing this again jointly with Patrick Ball of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. The idea is for Patrick to come up with an estimate of the total number – and also to create one clean list with no duplicates to be used for memorialisation – that will be shared with those who contribute. For more on Patrick’s work see https://psmag.com/social-justice/using-machine-learning-to-hold-human-rights-abusers-accountable .   First of all if you know of existing casualty lists (in any language) perhaps you could please […]

SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up

7th January 2019 // 0 Comments

SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up, but Rajapaksa’s group lays down conditions Some sections wanted agreement by January 15, but Pohottuwa leaders insist that full procedures must be followed before any alliance is formed Questions of rationale raised as President also seeks thaw with UNF and compromises on subjects given to ministers MoD reaches defence agreement with powerful country, giving it access to Sri Lanka’s facilities  He has etched his name in a controversial chapter of Sri Lanka’s political history with mistakes that stunned a nation and faced ignominy over violating the country’s Constitution. Now, just five days after the dawn of 2019, President Maithripala Sirisena appears set to create more records, be it for good or for worse. It comes in the backdrop of issues […]

US, EU, Australia welcome political developments in SL

17th December 2018 // 0 Comments

US, Australia welcome political developments in SL The United States and Australia have welcomed political developments in Sri Lanka. US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz welcomed this weekend’s political developments, which upheld Sri Lanka’s democratic and constitutional norms.  “Sri Lanka is a valued partner in the Indo-Pacific and we look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with the government and people of this country,” She tweeted. Meanwhile, Australian High Commission in Colombo said as a longstanding friend and Indian Ocean neighbour, Australia welcomed resolution of the political uncertainty in Sri Lanka by constitutional means. It said in a statement that as a longstanding friend and Indian Ocean neighbour, Australia welcomed resolution of the political uncertainty in Sri Lanka by constitutional means and the demonstrated resilience […]

Dissolution of Parliament unconstitutional – Supreme Court

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

The Supreme Court announces that the gazette notification dissolving the parliament is not in accordance with the constitution.  The seven member judge bench unanimously made this judgment stating that it was illegal to dissolve the parliament before its 4.5 year term limit. The Supreme Court delivered its judgment on the petition on the President’s decision to dissolve the parliament, a short while ago. The verdict was delivered by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera. Accordingly, the Supreme Court quashed the gazette notification published on the 9th November dissolving the parliament. Meanwhile, Justice Sisira De Abrew declared that the parliament cannot be dissolved in any way until the minimum term of 4.5 years passes.  According to De Abrew, a proposal voted for by two-third of MPs in […]

New US Ambassador opens up to Sri Lanka

10th December 2018 // 0 Comments

In her first interview since assuming duties, Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz shares key insights on her plans, US aspirations on Sri Lanka and US perspectives on some of Sri Lanka’s immediate and medium-term challenges  A career member of the US Senior Foreign Service, the United States’ new Ambassador in Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz describes her job as both “exciting and challenging.” This is because her arrival in Sri Lanka was at a time when the country is at crossroads in terms of democracy and politics, whilst the potential to achieve stability and prosperity is also high. Speaking to the Daily FT in her first ever interview with the local media, Teplitz, who has had extensive experience in Asia, shares key insights to her plans, US aspirations on Sri Lanka, and US perspectives on […]

American and Worldwide Tamil Diaspora Organizations Respond to Sri Lanka Constitutional Crisis

8th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Political reform must include restoration of Tamil rights ensured by international guarantees of implementation WASHINGTON, LONDON, and SYDNEY, Dec. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Responding to the current constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, leading Tamil diaspora organizations issued a call to the international community to support a permanent political solution to the country’s ethnic problem that goes beyond current or proposed constitutional arrangements and provides international guarantees and safeguards. The US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC), British Tamils Forum (BTF), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), and World Thamil Organization (WTO) jointly issued the statement. The collapse of the Sri Lankan government on October 26th, 2018 has exposed the inconsistency and instability of Sri Lanka’s ethnocracy. A blatant disrespect for constitutional law and the failure to preserve promises made toward […]

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