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President drops plan to send separate delegation to Geneva

14th March 2019 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith President Maithripala Sirisena will not be sending a separate delegation to represent him at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, UPFA MP Mahinda Samarasinghe told Parliament yesterday. Speaking during the committee stage debate on the Budget, MP Samarasinghe said that following discussions held yesterday President Sirisena had agreed that the government’s delegation to Geneva would be led by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. UPFA MP Dr Sarath Amunugama, who is currently sitting in the Opposition, would also be included in the official delegation. “He will go as President Sirisena’s special representative,” Samarasinghe added. The five member government delegation also included Northern Province Governor Dr Suren Raghavan, the MP said. Samarasinghe said that the President had planned to send his […]

Kiriella says new resolution submitted to UNHRC favourable to Lanka

14th March 2019 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith Leader of the House Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella, yesterday, tabled in Parliament the full text of resolution submitted to the UNHRC on Sri Lanka on Monday by Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Participating in the committee stage of the budget debate under the expenditure headings of the Office of the President, Prime Minister and Ministry of Defence, Kiriella said that the six nations had welcomed the recent developments towards reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Kirielle said that Sri Lanka should not amend that resolution which was favourable to it. “This is a good resolution. I want to know why some are trying to amend this. I ask Mahinda Samarasinghe why you […]

Ranil silences UNP backbenchers

14th March 2019 // 0 Comments

By Methmalie Dissanayake The President’s Heads of Expenditure (HoE) of the ‘Budget 2019’ was passed in Parliament yesterday (13) without a division, despite the United National Party (UNP) backbenchers threats that they would vote against it to defeat the President’s Heads of Expenditure. The Committee Stage debate on the expenditure heads of the President and several other offices began at 10:30 a.m. During the entire debate, the UNP backbenchers heavily criticised the President. However, when Speaker Karu Jayasuriya asked the House whether they need a division on the President’s Heads of Expenditure at the end of the debate, both Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of the House, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that they do not call for a division. This was despite UNP Parliamentarian […]

Roman Catholic-Hindu Clashes Instigated By Roman Catholic Clergy On Hindu Holy Day

6th March 2019 // 0 Comments

The Thiruketheeswaram is one of the five ancient, holy Eeswarams for Hindus on the west coast near Mannar. The approach road to the temple had some constructions which were being done again for Sivarathiri tomorrow. The Roman Catholics objected and brought the construction down under the supervision of three priests of who the leader was The Rev.Fr. Marcus. The Bishop of Mannar, The Rt. Rev. Fidelis Fernando, contacted by phone, excused comment saying he is in Colombo for minor surgery, and directed Colombo Telegraph to the Vicar General Victor Soosai Anthony. Fr. Anthony in turn said that the objection is to new concrete structures which are illegal. Asked what then of the concrete Buddhist structure nearby, he said that is a different matter. The Rev. […]

Funds allocated in 2019 Budget to strengthen reconciliation to Tamils, NOT given yet.

6th March 2019 // 0 Comments

The Government today announced the allocation of funds in the 2019 Budget to boost post war reconciliation in the country. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the allocation of funds will also assist families of the missing, including families of missing soldiers and Police.  He said that the Office on Missing Persons will be adequately resourced to support families of the missing.  The Minister announced the allocation of Rs. 200 million for the secretariat for coordinating reconciliation mechanisms which operates under the Prime Minister’s office.  He said that funds will also be allocated for the Office for Reparations to be set up and operate. The Minister also announced the establishment of the Palmyrah fund to fast track development in the North and the East.  He […]

CID Observes that the Lives of 11 Tamil youths Abducted and Confined by Navy Personnel for Ransom Could Have Been Saved if Former Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Who Had Prior Knowledge of these Happenings Had Acted in a Timely Manner Instead of Abetting or Concealing Information.

5th March 2019 // 0 Comments

CID Observes that the Lives of youths Abducted and Confined by Navy Personnel for Ransom Could Have Been Saved if Former Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Who Had Prior Knowledge of these Happenings Had Acted in a Timely Manner Instead of Abetting or Concealing Information. By Ranga Jayasuriya Sri Lanka’s effort to find a closure to the victims of the protracted terrorist war is obstructed by two ideological extremes, each feeding into the agenda of the other. On one extreme end of the scale, Sinhala ultra-nationalists and electoral calculations of Southern politics have opposed almost all on-going and past initiatives to prosecute military officials implicated in even the most blatant human rights violations. Similarly, self-serving machinations are pushing back against a Cabinet memorandum to appoint […]

12 Year old Nishi Uggalla of Sri Lankan Origin With an IQ Higher Than That of Albert Einstein Wins Britain’s Channel 4 TV’s Child Genius 2019 Competition

5th March 2019 // 0 Comments

Child prodigy who has higher IQ than Einstein scores highes 12 Year old Nishi Uggalla of Sri Lankan Origin With an IQ Higher Than That of Albert Einstein Wins Britain’s Channel 4 TV’s Child Genius 2019 Competition By Dr.Upul Wijayawardhana The remarkable win of 12-year-old Nishi Uggalla, from Manchester, on Saturday night’s (2nd March) final of the Channel Four’s Child Genius competition was, no doubt, a proud moment for all Sri Lankans domiciled in UK. But it was much more because she made it ultra-special and won the hearts of everyone who watched the programme by an inspiring acceptance speech. Further, she was different from all the other contestants; whereas all the others were driven by their parents or relations, Nishi was the driving force herself. […]

Devolution: Leaders should be clear

5th March 2019 // 0 Comments

The subject of Devolution of Power has come to the fore again. It has been reported that a committee has been appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to formulate a new set of proposals on the devolution of power to replace the current Provincial Council system. But is anyone confident that it would succeed? Does anybody believe that at least the President is confident that his committee would find a lasting solution to the ethnic problem, through a new devolution plan? The answer for both the questions might most probably be an emphatic “no.” It was reported that the President has appointed this committee after a discussion with the party leaders on the subject. Lack of confidence among the people on such committees is not totally […]

Tamil musician arrested by counter-terrorism police at Heathrow

5th March 2019 // 0 Comments

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/tamil-musician-arrested-counter-terrorism-police-heathrow COUNTER-TERRORISM police arrested a Tamil musician at Heathrow airport hours before he was due to perform at a UN summit in Switzerland. Vakeesan Thangavel, 36, was surrounded by armed police on Monday morning after he boarded a flight bound for Geneva. Officers allegedly shouted: “You are attempting terrorism! You have got a flag!” Mr Thangavel had a red Tamil national flag in his baggage, which police sometimes confuse with the banned Tamil Tiger logo. Officers hauled Mr Thangavel and a friend off the flight at 6.20am and questioned both men under the Terrorism Act 2000. The pair were later taken to the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism headquarters in Earl’s Court. Then at 5pm dozens of police officers raided Mr Thangavel’s home and seized his laptop, […]

Why Mahinda, Ranil and Maithiri Provide Details of Their Assets and Liabilities?

28th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Five Parliamentarians Comprising State Minister Eran Wickramaratne and MP’s Vasudeva Nanayakkara, MA Sumanthiran, Vidura Wickramanayake and Tharaka Balasuriya Voluntarily Provide Details of Their Assets and Liabilities in the Public Domain. By Ajith Siriwardana A group of five members of parliament from across party lines came together today to publish their declarations of assets and liabilities in the public domain, Transparency International Sri Lanka said. It said in a statement that the five MP’s who came forward to do this included State Minister Eran Wickramaratne, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, M.A. Sumanthiran, Vidura Wickramanayake and Tharaka Balasuriya. Continue reading ‘Five Parliamentarians Comprising State Minister Eran Wickramaratne and MP’s Vasudeva Nanayakkara, MA Sumanthiran, Vidura Wickramanayake and Tharaka Balasuriya Voluntarily Provide Details of Their Assets and Liabilities in the Public Domain.’ »

How Jaffna Hindus met the challenge of European missionaries

27th February 2019 // 0 Comments

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror With the advent of European power in Ceylon in the 16 th.Century, the Hindus of Jaffna began to face religious annihilation. The Portuguese and the Dutch were hell bent on converting them to Christianity – the Portuguese to Roman Catholicism and the Dutch to Protestatism. The British, with the help of American missionaries also tried, but in a different way, with education and job offers, not crude coercion. However, by the middle of the 19 th.Century, there was a Hindu revival which was spearheaded by a Hindu, Arumuga Navalar. Educated in a Christian missionary school, Navalar was well-versed in Christianity. He could therefore counter the Christian missionaries and restore Hinduism or Saivism to be precise, to its rightful place among the Tamils of Jaffna. […]

Approval for TRC mechanism Navi Pillay blasts Govt

27th February 2019 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came strong on the current Sri Lankan Government for trying to seek Cabinet approval for a truth and reconciliation mechanism, when its leaders accepted to address justice and accountability in post-war Sri Lanka. ‘’I am disappointed to learn that on the eve of the interactive dialogue on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’(OHCHR) report on Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council, the Government of Sri Lanka is resorting to yet another delaying tactic to escape……implementation of Resolution 30/1,” she told Ceylon Today. On Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent call to the masses for a process of truth telling, regret and forgiveness, similar to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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