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Will the lawyer PC Shantha Abeymanasingham respond to the allegations made in the video below. and refund the fees.

14th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Will the lawyer PC Shantha Abeymanasingham respond to the allegations made in the video below. and refund the fees. Will the lawyer PC Shantha Abeymanasingham respond to the allegations made in the video below and refund the fees. Please listen to the video below which was telecasted in a Prominent Colombo tv station have given a translation below.  How could lawyer AbemanasIngham justify charging this person 1 and a 1/2 Laks and had for him only twice in court without taking any meaning full action to release him? Shantha has not done anything other than cautioning him that the charges made against him are serious and he could end up in a live sentence. Thena young lawyer appeared for him and explain to the judge the nature of the charges and […]

Only one BOI project in the North funded by Diaspora, says report

14th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Highlights: Slow industrial growth, low incomes, soaring indebtedness, more suicides, poor child nutrition levels Sri Lanka’s war-torn North has only 23 Board of Investment (BOI) companies, just one of which is funded by the diaspora, the lowest number of industrial enterprises in the country and an industrial sector growing far slower than the national average, a new report reveals. In the ten years since fighting ended, employment creation has also not met demand while the Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts record the nation’s lowest monthly incomes. Indebtedness has soared. There is an increase in suicides and attempted suicides. Child nutrition levels have plunged and women’s participation in the labour force is well below the national average, says the Master Plan for an Economic Development Framework for […]

Sri Lanka had turned into a Drug Haven by 2014

14th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale stated that certain Prisons Department officers and Police officers were among those who were detained by Dubai Police early this month. She stated that the country had turned into a drug haven by 2014. Atukorale also said that instead of judicial zones, there will be administrative Districts and administrative electorates where JPs will be in charge. The Minister revealed this at an event to appoint new JPs in Kahawatta, Ratnapura yesterday. Over 220 JPs were appointed at the event. Speaking further, the Minister said, “We hope all of you will serve the country efficiently. However, the public were questioning the work rendered by some JPs in the past. This position is a respected position and it is […]

NFF MP Premaratne’s ability to pay Rs. 725,000 a month to a state bank for Rs 80 mn loan? Drug money?

14th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Political opponents had questioned NFF MP Premaratne’s ability to pay Rs. 725,000 a month to a state bank for Rs 80 mn loan drawn from the parliament branch of the bank. National Freedom Front (NFF) MP Premaratne for paying his last respects to 62-year-old Samarasinghe Arachchige Lakshman, father of Makadure Madush in August 2018. By Shamindra Ferdinando Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader and UPFA member Udaya Gammanpila, yesterday, claimed that so far there was no basis for allegations that UPFA Matara District MP Niroshan Premaratne had laundered underworld kingpin Makadure Madush’s drug money. Those who accused MP Premaratne of money laundering owed an explanation as to how they had arrived at that conclusion, attorney-at-law Gammanpila said. The Colombo District MP said so when the media […]

Madush and group of 25 – News freeze

11th February 2019 // 0 Comments

By Methmalie Dissanayake The Police Media Unit has not been informed so far about legal procedure, which is supposed to have taken place in Dubai, with regard to notorious underworld drug kingpin Makandure Madush and the group arrested along with him, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara  told Ceylon Today. Several reports were circulated that Madush was expected to be produced before Dubai Courts on Sunday (10) along with others who were arrested, by the Dubai Police on 4 February. When queried about this, SP Gunasekara said that the Police Media Unit is not aware about it and they have not been officially informed of anything regarding the said Court case. Madush, one of Sri Lanka’s most wanted criminals and a group of 25 individuals, including […]

Tamil New governor ignored  at Independence Day celebrations.

11th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Tamil New governor ignored  at Independence Day celebrations. The Home Ministry set out mixed roles for recently appointed Provincial Governors at celebrations connected with last Monday’s Independence Day. In different provinces, the arrangements were varied. In Uva, both Governor Marshal Perera and Chief Minister Chamara Sampath took part in the ceremonies. In the South, Governor Rajith Keerthi Tennekoon and Chief Minister Shan Wijeylal de Silva were present. However, Northern Province Governor Dr Suren Raghavan and Central Province Governor Maithri Gunaratne attended the ceremonies at the Galle Face Green. “It’s not you but your son who got married, isn’t it,” CBK to Mahinda. Ahead of India’s Independence Day last month, the Indian High Commission held a performance at the Cultural Centre at Bauddaloka Mawatha in Colombo. Present […]

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. […]

Sri Lanka undergoes stringent EU GSP + monitoring process

10th February 2019 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) has voiced concern over the slowdown in the progress of the government’s far reaching reforms and its commitments made to regain General System of Preferences (GSP +) facility. There was a significant acceleration in fulfilling major obligations under GSP + during the early period of the good governance government which took office in 2015, but it has retarded during the recent past, EU Ambassador in Sri Lanka Tung-Lai Margue told the Business Times. Ambassador Tung-Lai Margue The Government has set out a programme of major reforms to address reconciliation and accountability, democracy, the rule of law, better governance and economic development in accordance with its commitments made to the EU. A key development in the EU-Sri Lankan trade relations was the […]

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 […]

‘War Criminal Go Back!’ Petitioners Protest Mahinda Rajapaksa Invite

9th February 2019 // 0 Comments

NEW DELHI: With former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa set to address a ‘thought conclave’ being held at the ITC Gardenia hotel in Bangalore on February 9 and 10, a group of concerned Indians has registered a strong protest against the invitation extended to the ‘war criminal’. At the conclave, organised by The Hindu newspaper, the chief guest’s address will be delivered by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, formerly union minister, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party and member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. According to The Hindu’s retiring editor Mukund Padmanabhan, “At a time of extreme social and political polarisation, this thought platform hopes to promote genuine debate by providing a place for reflection, for nuance, for evaluating the views of others even as we prepare to […]

UK demands full implementation of Geneva Resolutions on Lanka Says US pullout from Geneva body irrelevant

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

The UK government has again dismissed Lord Naseby’s call to terminate Geneva Resolution 30/1 in 2015 and Resolution 34/1 in 2017 on the basis that the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government didn’t perpetrate war crimes as alleged by the UN. Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con) on Wednesday (Feb. 05) during a House of Commons debate on UNHRC Resolution declared that the UK expected the full implementation of both Resolutions. The following is the full text of Lord Ahmad’s statement: “I make the Government’s position clear from the outset: Her Majesty’s Government have no plans to annul or withdraw those resolutions. The UK continues to believe that full implementation is essential, as the noble Baroness, Lady Northover, and the […]

It was only in 1833 after the Colebrooke reforms of 1832 that pre-dominantly Tamil territories were integrated into a unified Ceylon. Until then they were administered separately.

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Seventy Years Of Independence and the Tamils of Sri Lanka It was only in 1833 after the Colebrooke reforms of 1832 that pre-dominantly Tamil territories were integrated into a unified Ceylon. Until then they were administered separately. by D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This article published to denote the 70th anniversary of Ceylon/Sri Lanka’s independence from British rule is being re-posted without any changes to mark the 71st Independence day on Geb 4th 2019) Three score and ten years have passed since Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon gained Independence from Britain on February 4th 1948. The Island nation has been under colonial bondage for a very long period. Portugese rule came first in 1505,followed by Dutch rule in 1658.Finally came British rule in 1796 that lasted until 1948. […]

Military parades across Tamil homeland as Sri Lanka marks Independence Day, while Tamils protest

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

PEARL’s News Update 07 February 2019 NEWS Military parades across Tamil homeland as Sri Lanka marks Independence Day, while Tamils protest The military parades come as Tamils across the North-East, and in the diaspora around the world, marked Sri Lanka’s Independence Day as a ‘black day’ for Tamils on the island. Protests took place across several districts, with students at Jaffna University removing the Sri Lankan flag from the campus mast and replacing it with a black cloth, alongside banners calling for the military to leave the North-East – Tamil Guardian. Tamils in London protested outside the Sri Lankan High Commission – Tamil Guardian. Tamil Lawyers Forum Urges UNHRC to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court. Extention of Time will Deny Justice In an appeal to UN High-commissioner for Human Rights […]

Barcelona calls for investigation into genocide of Tamils and recognition of Tamil Eelam

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

Barcelona calls for investigation into genocide of Tamils and recognition of Tamil Eelam  05 February 2019 The Catalan city of Barcelona has called for an investigation into the genocide of Tamils by Sri Lanka, and to recognise the rights of the Tamil people to an independent homeland,  Tamil Eelam. In a resolution voted by the city’s municipal council on January 25, representatives denounced systematic violations against the rights of Tamils, urged the recognition of Tamil sovereignty and called for an end to the Sri Lankan military’s occupation of the Tamil homeland. See the full text of the resolution, passed by the council as an ‘institutional declaration’ below. Original Catalan text here. The Plenary of the Municipal Council of the City of Barcelona agrees: We denounce the […]

Long Read: Why has Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

After persistent allegations of mass atrocities committed during the long running civil war, a new Sri Lankan Government in 2015 pledged to the international community that it would establish an ambitious reform and transitional justice programme. Four years later, many victims in the country have lost hope. South African transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka and former BBC Correspondent Frances Harrison of the International Truth and Justice Project explore what went wrong: Piecemeal Implementation On paper the vision was grand but fleeting. The promise to set up a hybrid court was quickly abandoned and the victims’ consultation report disowned by the government. A disappearance commission was established but without the necessary legal power and authority to hold anyone accountable – amazing in a country with the world’s second largest […]

Mannar mass grave Bones of 26 children found by Feb. 06

8th February 2019 // 0 Comments

US carbon testing results ready within a week By Dinasena Ratugamage Our Vavuniya correspondent Senior officials in charge of excavation of Mannar mass grave said that so far of the skeletal remains found, 26 were of children. By Feb 06, experts have so far unearthed skeletal remains belonging to 312 persons and 297 of them were removed from the grave for further investigations. Recently, selected samples were sent to a US testing facility for carbon testing. On site Judicial Medical Officer Saminda Rajapaka said that results would be available within one week. The human skeletal remains were first found by some construction workers while excavating the site behind the CWE Building in Mannar as part of a development project on May 25 last year. On […]

Independence Day, a ‘black day’ for Tamils ​​and tea pickers

7th February 2019 // 0 Comments

On Monday, Sri Lanka celebrated the 71st anniversary of independence from British rule. President Sirisena admits delays in economic development. Tamils complain of continuing persecution even after the civil war ended. Plantation workers demand higher wages. Colombo (AsiaNews) – On the day that Sri Lanka marked the 71st anniversary of its independence from British colonial rule, Tamils and tea plantation workers held a black day protest. Both groups chose to boycott the festivities to complain that their demands have not been heard for far too long. Tamils staged demonstrations against the constant discrimination that persists since the end of the civil war, whilst tea pickers want an increase in the minimum wage, which is no longer adequate to feed their families. On Monday, independence celebrations […]

PM, Vasu clash over US ship

7th February 2019 // 0 Comments

By Saman Indrajith An argument broke out between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara in Parliament yesterday over providing logistical support to the US navy ships operating in the Indian Ocean. The UPFA MP raised a question on an agreement signed between Sri Lanka and the US Embassy in 2018, but the PM said that the pact MP Nanayakkara referred to had been signed in 1995. MP Nanayakkara, referring to a newspaper report on the US Navy aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis establishing a logistics hub in Sri Lanka, questioned whether it had got the Cabinet approval. He asked why Parliament had not been informed about it. MP Nanayakkara said: “The hub established on a temporary basis provides logistics support to […]

A Day in Saraswathi’s Life (VIDEO)

7th February 2019 // 0 Comments

38-year-old Saraswathi wakes at 5.30 am to send her children to school before she heads to work.  In this video, produced by Selvaraja Rajasegar of Maatram, she readies her children for school, in doing so addressing issues highlighting the obstacles to education that the Malaiyaha Tamil community is faced with.  Parents often find it difficult to provide the meals required for children under the government’s stipulated school-feeding plan – the roti they eat regularly has almost no nutritional value, but is often the only thing they can afford. Saraswathi’s story highlights some of the challenges faced by the community, who have lived and worked in this country for over 150 years.  Estate workers have been calling for an increase in their daily basic wage to Rs. 1000 for years.  The Collective Wage […]

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