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Crime and Punishment!

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

Zoysa demands expulsion of PS Chairman from SLFP; Keheliya tight-lipped Former Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana and three others were sentenced to twenty years of rigorous imprisonment, yesterday, for the murder of British tourist Khuram Shaikh and raping of his Russian girlfriend Victoria Alexandrovna in 2012. The accused were sentenced to twenty years of imprisonment on two counts of murder and rape and the judge ruled that the jail terms run concurrently.The verdict was delivered after a marathon three and half-month trial at the Colombo High Court. Earlier, the case was transferred from Hambantota to Colombo after the witnesses for the prosecution were allegedly threatened and intimidated.The four accused earlier pleaded innocence and can appeal against the sentence. So can the Attorney General […]

The underside of Black July

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

1948 – months after gaining independence, the Government of Sri Lanka disenfranchises 33% of Tamils, removing their right to vote …61 years on, the discrimination continues… 1958 – hundreds of Tamils are murdered in the first of many vicious racial attacks …51 years on, the violence continues… 1983 – over 3000 Tamils are murdered and 150,000 made homeless in Sri Lankan State sponsored anti-Tamil riots …26 years on, the genocide continues… Today – the Government of Sri Lanka has withdrawn from a peace-agreement and entered into war, thousands of Tamils have ‘disappeared’ and Tamil journalists, aid workers, human rights activists and politicians have been assassinated …as the world watches on, the eradication of a people continues…….….  BLACK JULY Don’t turn a blind eye! Lend your voice The underside of Black July Today, no one talks about the critical role […]

Foreign Advisors: A Move In The Right Direction

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

Losing The Peace: Why The LLRC Report Is Not Implemented  Scepticism Over Latest Probe? The Government announcement last week that the mandate of the Presidential Commission on missing persons had been expanded to investigate civilian deaths during the war and the appointment of three internationally acclaimed experts to advice the commission came as a surprise to many. Some fear if the advice of the three prominent experts are highly critical then they may just end up in the bin like the International Independent Eminent Group of Persons (IIEGP) in 2008. IIEGP, which was appointed by the Government, had terminated their observations from the Presidential Commission of Inquiry owing to what it said was the lack of political will on the part of the Government to […]

Khuram’s brother, UK hail judgment

20th July 2014 // 0 Comments

‘I never really know what justice really means when I have lost my brother’ The brother of a Red Cross worker murdered after confronting a violent mob of rapists in Sri Lanka has said he can finally grieve properly after four killers, including a politician, were jailed. Khuram Shaikh, 32, was shot and stabbed in the early hours of Christmas Day 2011 after trying to stop a group of armed, drunken men who gang raped a woman. The aid worker, from Rochdale, who had been working in Gaza fitting prosthetic limbs, was on holiday with his girlfriend in the southern resort of Tangalle when he was killed. Ruling party member Sampath Vidanapathirana was yesterday jailed for 20 years for the fatal attack, despite claims that […]

Do not touch us as it would be a move tantamount to digging their own grave.

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

 “Buddha Sasana Ministry Turns Buddhist Monks Into Political Stooges” – RW Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has accused the government of politicizing the Ministry of Buddha Sasana while creating divisions among the Sangha community of Sri Lanka. Addressing a public meeting in Galle, the Opposition Leader said the present government has turned the Ministry of Buddha Sasana into a political institution. He also alleged that the Ministry of Buddha Sasana only allocates funds for monks whose political allegiance lies with the government…………………… read all    BBS throw down the gauntlet!  BY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY“UNP, Foreign Diplomatic missions and Muslim extremists behind Aluthgama incident”  The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) yesterday admonished the government, the Opposition and the police, to not touch them, as it would be a move tantamount to […]

Sinhala Army Remembered in Jaffna but Tamils are NOT allowed to remember their next of skin.

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

ONE RULE FOR THE SINHALESE Commander and all ranks of Security Force – Jaffna, after an whole night pirith chanting and alms giving to Buddhists Monks, transferred merits to armed force members who were killed in the war against the Tamil minority who fought for a separate state due to discrimination by successive Sinhala governments of Sri Lanka. The Budddhists Monks invoked blessing to Commander of the Army, soldiers and members of civilian staff serving in the Army Friday (27) morning.  The Pinkama was organized with auspices of Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera as the final leg of 18th Anniversary celebrations of Security Force Jaffna (SF-J). Monks headed by Ven. Naramdeniye Dhammawasa thero, Head of Boraluketiya Buddhist centre of Kamburupitiya, Matara chanted […]

Modi to meet TNA

30th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would hold talks with newly elected Indian Prime Minister   Narendra Modi in New Delhi next month, party officials said yesterday.The Indian government has agreed to afford an opportunity for the TNA to meet with the Prime Minister and the other leaders by the middle of July. However, the exact dates have not yet been confirmed.Shortly after Mr. Modi and his Cabinet of Ministers were sworn in, TNA leader R. Sampanthan sought a meeting with the new leadership of India to raise issues concerning the Tamil people.   Apart from seeking India’s active engagement for a political settlement, Mr. Sampanthan highlighted issues such as heavy military presence, land grabbing, alleged plan for   altering the demographic pattern in the north in this letter.    The […]

Next Year Will Mark Sri Lanka’s First Racial Riots Centenary

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By S. V. Kirubaharan – We, Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR are deeply concerned about and strongly condemn the heinous violence that has been meted out this monthagainst the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Looking at history – ethnic violence, sectarian violence and cultural violence against the Tamils and Muslims in the island are nothing new. Impunity is deeply entrenched and has continued for many decades. The first racial riot in the island was in June 1915. It was between the Sinhala Buddhists and the Muslims – 136 Muslims were killed and 205 injured and raped. Nearly 85 mosques were damaged and more than 4,075 muslim-owned shops were looted by the Sinhala rioters, from Central province to the Western and North Western provinces. In 1974 tension intensified between […]

The ‘Talibanist Buddhists’ attacking Sri Lanka’s Muslims

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Bodu Bala Sena espouse hardline Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism and have been accused of inciting religious hatred against Sri Lanka’s minorities, including before June’s violent assaults on Muslim communities. By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai   COLOMBO, Sri Lanka  Post-war Sri Lanka was rocked by the worst violence it has seen two weeks ago. On June 15, communal clashes set the southern resort towns of Aluthgama, Dharga Town and Beruwala alight. At least three were killed, 88 injured, 64 houses, 39 shops and a mosque completely destroyed while numerous others were damaged, according to data compiled by the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka. Overnight, 2,248 persons were instantly displaced in the worst religious riots in Sri Lanka’s recent history. The group accused of instigating the violence is Bodu Bala Sena, whose name translates […]

The Land Where Hope Was Killed And Despair Was Reborn

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajasingham Narendran – HOPE: Hope is a bird  With wonderful feathers Sits on the boughs of the soul And sings the song of how to remain alive It sings when the dream breaks It sings when ships over turn You are at the bottom and Far away is the beach At that time it teaches you How to ride from bottom to top How to swim to reach to the beach How to rebuild the broken wings of your dream Then you get an energy in form of a wind in the tune To be alive strongly better than before And it will continue to sing till you want to listen. (inspired by Dikinson) DESPAIR: Dreams I despair Loss of hopelessness Doubt my hopeless dreams Trapped in this […]

Abisekam Rituals in Temples: the Science behind It

28th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Abisekam Rituals in Temples: the Science behind It By Dr C P Thiagarajah-Secretary Katpaka Vinayagar Temple Trust   One of the main rituals performed on the deities in Hindu temples is abisekam or pouring water, milk and other liquids and scents. This is a form of hydration. This looks superstitious on first look for many who does not know the science behind many such practices. The truth and the reasons for hydration of idols of deities made out of metals or metal alloys, wood or stones will be revealed if one delve deep into Hinduism. Hinduism has been called the “oldest religion” in the world, and many Hindu orthodox treaties refer to Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma “the eternal law” or the “eternal way” beyond human origins. […]

Rankin meets Rauff

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The SLMC is under heavy pressure to take a tougher stand on recent violence directed at the Muslim community at Alutgama and Beruwala. Political sources told The Island that the SLMC seemed divided over the position taken up by party leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem that the party should continue its fight for Muslims’ rights, while being a constituent of the SLFP-led UPFA. British High Commissioner John Rankin yesterday joined a long list of diplomats to seek a briefing from Minister Hakeem on the current situation. HC Rankin was accompanied by Ms. Sarah Mann (Second Secretary Political). SLMC Deputy Leader and Eastern Provincial Minister Hafiz Nazeer Ahamed joined the discussion. Asked whether the UK had offered to help Minister Hakeem face threats posed by extremist organisations, […]

All Ceylon Hindu Congress condemns acts of communalism, religious hatred

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The All Ceylon Hindu Congress (Federation of Hindu Religious Associations and Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka), has strongly condemned acts of communalism and religious hatred again being directed against minority religious groups and in particular the recent incidents affecting Muslims in Aluthgama and Beruwela areas. The ACHC has said, in a media statement, that no one should perpetuate ethno-religious discriminations. “Of course religions and cultural distinctions should be respected, but those distinctions do not justify discriminations. “Every citizen must feel that he has nothing to fear from the government of his country. He must feel assured that he is neither a second or third class citizen. “The need for a government to act justly and fairly by all its citizens remains a universal desideratum. No […]

People have lost confidence in the Courts – Wigneswaran

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister (CM) C.V. Wigneswaran interviewed with Ceylon Today said the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) filed over 2,000 cases in respect of the Valikamam North land ‘grab,’ but with no result to date. “We shall continue to challenge illegal acts through Court action and through democratic means, but it would be naïve to expect succour from a Court in which the people have lost confidence,” he said.Excerpts of the interview:  Q:Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, in an interview with Ceylon Today on 1 June 2014 said, “If lands have been grabbed from the Tamils by the government and heavy military presence in the North is disturbing the normal lives of the civilians, then no civilized government will keep it and not return it […]

Full Video: Managala Samaraweera Accused Gota For Communal Violence

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

 Mangala faces arrest    UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera yesterday has (June 24) accused Secretary to the Ministry of DefenceGotabaya Rajapaksa and three intelligence officers are behind all the recent communal clashes. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana today said an investigation would be carried out against UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera for divulging official secrets. SSP Rohana said according to the Official Secret Act -1955/32, divulging information regarding national security and information about security forces was an offence. “We have sufficient information to conduct an investigation against him. We will seek the Attorney General’s advice regarding further action against him following an initial investigation,” he said.

Are Sri Lankans Fools Or Jokers Or both?

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Gotamini Hathurusinghe – Ven Watareka Vijitha Thero gets thrown into prison for allegedly falsifying information regarding the attack on his person. Ironically the person who is well known to be the cause for all the attacks on him, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara is walking about happily, in the precincts of the Dalada Maligawa no less, doing an Adhishtana Pooja. What is the Adhishtanaya? Interesting to know! Let me ask the jokers and fools of my country including myself, what sort of justice system is this? Ironically the Minister of Justice the Hon. Rauf Hakeem whose people are the target of the worst racial attacks since1983, is a Muslim himself and is doing nothing as he is made to be a puppet.  A selfish puppet  who will not leave his job because of the […]

MR was worried about Muslim rights when LTTE held sway

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

“Do you think the Muslims in the Eastern Province may never support Prabhakaran?” Late President R. Premadasa once asked Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) founder late M.H.M. Ashraff.  President J.R. Jayewardene also shared this fear that the Muslims in the Eastern Province might support the LTTE. But Muslims never supported the LTTE. Prabhakaran did not trust the Muslims. In the initial stage of his insurgency, Prabhakaran needed the support of the Muslims to infiltrate the Eastern Province. Farook, a resident of Akkaraipattu, joined the LTTE as its first Muslim member. He was soon promoted to Captain. Hasan of Trincomalee and Anna of Jaffna were two more Muslims who were in the LTTE. Farook was killed when the LTTE attacked the telecommunication office of Jaffna. But Prabhakaran […]

Mahinda who is a hero among the Sinhala people needs the Bodu Bala Sena to intercede with the Sinhalese voter on his behalf.

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

An interview with Azath Salley “I made a request to Basil Rajapaksa to remove the police and the STF and deploy the army. I told him that we have full confidence in the army. We met Basil at about 5.30pm on Monday. In about an hour the army was sent in. From the time the army went in till today there have been no incidents.” Though only a provincial councillor at present,  Azath Salley arguably plays a bigger role in Muslim politics than most Muslim parliamentarians. No stranger to controversy,  he was in the news recently for the role he played in organising a hartal in Colombo in the wake of the Aluthgama incident. In this interview, he speaks to C.A.Chandraprema about Buddhist and Muslim […]

Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award Winners!

25th June 2014 // 0 Comments

NBA All-Star and philanthropist Steve Nash, dancer and choreographer Wen Wei Wang, physician and activist Izzeldin Abuelaish and other community leaders from across Canada are among the winners of the fifth annual 2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards, presented by Canadian Immigrant Magazine. The awards celebrate the inspiring stories and achievements of immigrants to Canada. Go to http://canadianimmigrant.ca/canadas-top-25-immigrants for the complete list of award winners and their profiles. “These 25 award winners are a diverse group, ranging from artists to philanthropists to entrepreneurs from a variety of ethnicities across the country,” says Margaret Jetelina, editor of Canadian Immigrant Magazine. “Each of these winners has an inspiring story about overcoming challenges and making their country a better place to live. We are proud to present […]

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation has donated 3000 Million Rupees to War effected in Srilanka

25th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation, established in December 2010 with a noble objective of supporting the marginalised people around the globe in achieving a sustainable means of livelihood, proudly moves to the next phase of charity in war-ravaged Sri Lanka, committing a mammoth 3000 million rupees on various projects.   The motto of the Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation is — give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for lifetime.

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