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Faizer Mustapha flies to Singapore again!

2nd February 2015 // 0 Comments

It is reported that the State Minister of Aviation Faizer Mustapha has left to Singapore by flight number UL 308 of SriLankan Airlines today (1st) evening. During the past few days media reported that he would resign from his ministerial portfolio while it is stated the reason for Mr. Mustapha to resign is handing over to Minister Arjuna Ranatunga a part of the subjects in Mr. Mustapha’s ministry. However, Mr. Mustapha has not said anything regarding any  resignation before he left to Singapore but would resign from his post when he comes back say reports. Mr. Mustapha, before he resigned from Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government left to Singapore and joined Mr. Maithripala Sirisena’s campaign immediately after he returned.

SLFP Organiser calls for independent domestic war crimes probe

2nd February 2015 // 0 Comments

Punish those found guilty, pardon them later * Non compliance may lead to economic sanctions  by Zacki Jabbar An SLFP Chief Organiser and former Minister yesterday called for an independent domestic inquiry into allegations of war crimes that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) had levelled against the previous government, the Sri Lankan military and the LTTE. Neomal Perera MP, who is the SLFP’s Chief Organiser for Chilaw and former Deputy Foreign Minister said that even though the previous UPFA government had refused to comply with the UNHRC resolution passed against it, the war crimes charges had to be dealt with, if the country was to move forward. While being part of the UN community, it was not possible to say that the UNHRC which was a legal body could not call for inquiries into allegations of […]

Government to investigate LTTE link to Rajapaksha

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

The Government says it will investigate the LTTE activities over the past few years including its funding and alleged links it had with the former Government. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking in Mawanella today, said that the Government wants to know what happened to the funds of the LTTE. “This is part of our probe on corruption. The former Government always accused us of having links with the LTTE but it was they who had links with the Tigers,” the Prime Minister said. He said that investigations will include obtaining information on the LTTE ships, gold and money yet to be found even after the war. The Prime Minister said that the public in the North have said they have evidence to share over the […]

Sri Lankan links emerge in ”carry out terror strikes on American and Israeli consulates”

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

The documents handed over by the US to India in connection with the probe into the plot to carry out terror strikes on American and Israeli consulates in the South have established communication between Sakir Hussain, undergoing jail term in the case, and ‘Shahjee’, a Pakistani national introduced to the accused allegedly by a Pakistani diplomat working in Colombo, the Press Trust of India reported. NIA, which has carried out the probe into the conspiracy meticulously, had sent a request under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty to the US for details from service provider whose email was being used by Hussain to communicate to his handler in Sri Lanka. Hussain, who pleaded guilty and is at present undergoing jail term in India, was arrested in April […]

On Independence Day Govt. to sympathize with war-affected

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

On Independence Day Govt. to sympathize with war-affected Following the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to make a statement on peace at the 67th Independence Day Celebrations, to be held on 4 February 2015. Acting Foreign Minister, Ajith P. Perera and Minister of Home Affairs and Fisheries, Joseph Michael… … Perera, taking into consideration the LLRC recommendations, have proposed to express sympathy and cooperation with the war-affected in the country, and to pledge that it will be dedicated in unity to prevent recurrence of such situations in the future. The LLRC recommendation 9.284 says “Leaders of all sides should reach out to each other in humility and make a joint declaration, extending an […]

Withdraw Proposal to Send Tamil Refugees Back to Sri Lanka :MDMK

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

TUTICORIN: Erstwhile NDA ally MDMK today urged the Centre not to go ahead with the proposal for sending back Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to their country, claiming that the move is aimed at preventing action against the island nation government in the UN Human Rights Council. “The measures taken to repatriate Sri Lankan Tamils is to prevent action against Sri Lankan government for the alleged human rights violation in United Nations. MDMK urges India to withdraw it proposal to send the refugees to their home towns in Sri Lanka,” the Vaiko-led party said in a resolution at its general council meeting here. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam last week urged the Centre to defer the inter-ministerial meeting to discuss repatriation of Lankan Tamil refugees […]

Ruwan to check ground situation in North & East this week

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene is undertaking a tour of the Northern and Eastern Provinces later this week in accordance with the new government’s overall plan to re-examine the ground situation there, senior officials said. Wijewardene is scheduled to receive briefings from the military at Security Forces headquarters in Palaly on Jan. 6 followed by visits to Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya on the following day. He will visit Trincomalee on Jan. 8. The military was keen to brief Wijewardene regarding the post-war situation in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, authoritative military sources told The Sunday Island. Responding to a query, a senior military official said that the minister would be given a comprehensive briefing regarding the post-war developments in the region […]

No move to lift ban on diaspora

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

The new government says it has no intention of lifting the ban imposed on the several Tamil Diaspora groups for their alleged involvement with the LTTE and over attempts to revive terrorism in the country. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera told a weekend newspaper the new government hopes to maintain the ban imposed on the organisations that were alleged to have links with the LTTE. When inquired if the new government would consider lifting the ban, he added that there had not been any discussion or consideration by the new government about lifting the ban. During the previous regime the LTTE and 15 Tamil Diaspora groups including the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and British Tamil Forum (BTF) were banned in Sri Lanka. […]

Northern Province Chief Minister backs K. Sripavan as the CJ

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister and former Supreme Court Judge C V Wigneswaran welcomed the appointment of Justice K Sripavan as the new Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. Wigneswaran said that Sripavan deserved to be appointed as the Chief Justice adding that his appointment will go well for the legal system in Sri Lanka. “He is a good man and we can expect some good through his appointment,” Wigneswaran said. However he noted that a change cannot be expected overnight in Sri Lanka’s judiciary with Sripavan’s appointment and so it will take time. Wigneswaran also noted that in some instances the Chief Justice will need the backing of Parliament to implement some changes and so it is best to adopt a “wait and see” approach.(Colombo Gazette) Audio Player http://colombogazette.com/2015/02/01/wigi-backs-k-sripavan-as-the-cj/ […]

Minister Faizer Mustapha To Officially Resign On Monday

1st February 2015 // 0 Comments

Civil Aviation State Minister Faizer Mustapha, who is displeased with the appointment of Ajith Dias as SriLankan Airlines Chairman, is to officially resign from his ministerial portfolio on Monday, Asian Mirror reliably learns. Mustapha is going to resign from his position on the grounds that he was kept in the dark about the appointment although he was the duly appointed state minister to overlook the subject. Ajith Dias, a prominent business leader in the apparel sector, was appointed as the SriLankan Airlines Chairman by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Asian Mirror last week exclusively reported that Mustapha had threatened to quit his position and he had sent a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena in this regard. Mustapha, who was elected to Parliament in 2010, extended his […]

Ban hopes Lanka works with UN

31st January 2015 // 0 Comments

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hopes Sri Lanka works with the UN on the investigations over the war despite launching a new domestic investigation. Ban’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that the UN is trying to verify how Sri Lanka will cooperate with the UN on the investigation. The Government had yesterday announced it will launch a domestic investigation into the war and obtain the assistance of foreign experts if required. “We’ve seen those reports.  Obviously, we’re trying to figure out what it means in terms of cooperation with the UN human rights investigation.  And we hope that there is positive movement in the cooperation between Sri Lanka and the UN system on the investigation of what happened,” Stéphane Dujarric said when asked about the Government announcement. (Colombo Gazette)

Sri Lankan military must be removed from North, Wigneswaran tells UK minister

31st January 2015 // 0 Comments

The removal of the Sri Lankan military from the Tamil areas is the most important issue at present, the chief minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran told the UK’s Minister for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire during a visit to Jaffna on Thursday. Speaking to reporters afterwards about his meeting with Mr Swire, Mr Wigneswaran said he had also warned of the change in the ethnic demography of the Tamil areas due to state sponsored resettlement of Sinhala people. Asked by the visiting UK delegation what change the Northern Province had experienced since the new government, Mr Wigneswaran said: “I told them the new government appears to be giving us some benefits [such as] the changing of the governor [to the […]

Sri Lanka to Free Tamils and Return Their Land

31st January 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The Sri Lankan government pledged Thursday to free hundreds of minority Tamil detainees and return much of the Tamil land in the north and east that the military seized and continues to hold years after the end of the country’s bitter civil war. The promises represent the most significant efforts yet announced by the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena to heal the still-festering wounds of a decades-long civil war that ended in 2009. This month, Mr. Sirisena defeated the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in what many analysts said was a surprising upset. Thousands of civilians were killed in the final weeks of the war, waged by separatist Tamil rebels who had long felt marginalized by the dominant ethnic Sinhalese group. Continue […]

TNA has no faith in a local probe

31st January 2015 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it has no faith in a domestic probe on the war and wants the outcome of the UN investigations to be made public. Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne had said that the Government will look at a domestic mechanism to investigate the war and obtain foreign expertise if required. However TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that past experiences had shown that a domestic probe had not gone far and so the Tamil community will await the outcome of the UN led investigation. Premachandran said that there was an attempt to delay the report on the UN investigations on Sri Lanka from being submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March. He said that the United States and the United Nations […]

‘Why did the Australian government refuse to listen to us?’

30th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Kathmandu: Nine Sri Lankans repatriated by Australian authorities last year after their boat was intercepted off Christmas Island have been recognised as refugees by the United Nations in Nepal. Hemantha Kuruppu, 41, says he was overwhelmed with relief when he received news on January 1 that the UN Refugee Agency had finally granted formal refugee status to him, his wife and three children. “Since I made the decision to leave Sri Lanka, I have been through so many hardships,” Mr Kuruppu, a former Sri Lankan public service officer, told Fairfax Media this week. “Why did the Australian government refuse to listen to us? Mr Kuruppu (seen here in purple shirt) with his family and the families of Janaka Athukorala (in background with beard) and Sujeewa […]

Sri Lanka says military ‘sabotaging’ post-war reconciliation

30th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The government says it is investigating allegations that two senior military officers are training 400 troops to provoke unrest in Jaffna COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s new government on Thursday, January 29, accused the military of trying to sow unrest to sabotage its efforts to bring about ethnic reconciliation in the war-ravaged north of the country. VOTER’S CHOICE. Sri Lanka’s joint opposition and Democratic National Alliance presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena casts his vote at the presidential elections in Polonnaruwa, some 240 km east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 08 January 2015, Sri Lanka, 08 January 2015. Photo by EPA Sri Lanka has promised to give greater autonomy to the mainly Tamil northern peninsula, which was worst hit by the decades-long civil war, and remained heavily […]

UK minister cites ‘other stakeholders’ in furthering Geneva investigations

29th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The visiting British Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire in Jaffna said that there was no change in British position on proceeding with Geneva-based war crimes investigations. But, there are also other stakeholders behind the Geneva discourse, the visiting British minister told the Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran. In the meantime, Conservative and Labour MPs who debated the developments in the island of Sri Lanka on Wednesday that took place in British parliament have recognised the crime against Tamil civilians as genocide and have called for continuation of Geneva-based investigations as a necessary step for reconciliation. Yet, the British politicians’ framework continues to harp on ‘unitary Sri Lanka’ and ‘minority Tamils’, British Tamil activists lamented. Full story >> Latest Reports: Jan 29 20:35 […]

Political change at provincial level needed – Devananda

29th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Political change at provincial level needed – Devananda By Pranavesh Sivakumar Parliamentarian and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda said the Tamil people should make a change in Provincial politics similar to that at National level, where they showed interest in the last presidential election. “Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Leader Mavai Senathirajah said that a specific time frame has been given to the new government to solve the issue of the Tamil People. But that is just an eye wash to cheat the people,” he said. Devananda added that if there is no proper solution for the problems faced by the Tamil people, Senthirajah had emphasized that a non-violent struggle would be launched by the ITAK. But the situation had changed and […]

Sri Lanka’s Tamil party rejects domestic probe

29th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Colombo, Jan 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party Thursday said it would oppose any domestic inquiry into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of the country’s civil war and reiterated its call for an international probe. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson Suresh Premachandran told reporters that the Tamil minorities in the island nation had no faith or trust in a domestic inquiry, noting that numerous domestic commissions were futile in the past. “We categorically oppose any domestic inquiry. Tamils have no faith or trust in a domestic investigation and we reiterate our call for a UN-backed international probe,” Xinhua news agency quoted Premachandran as saying. He also urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to table a report on Sri […]

Australian court rules detention of SL asylum seekers at sea, lawful

29th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Australia’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that the detention of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka on the high seas for almost a month was lawful, a win for the government’s tough immigration policy. The High Court ruling means the group of 157 ethnic Tamils, who were picked up by an Australian customs boat last June after setting out from India, are not entitled to seek compensation. Lawyers for the asylum seekers were disappointed with the decision, but noted it was not unanimous and said the case succeeded in drawing attention to Australia’s secretive “Operation Sovereign Borders” activities. The United Nations refugee agency, which has criticised Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, made submissions in the case. “It took this case for the government to finally break […]

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