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Government Thugs set fire to 14 election offices of the JVP

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

A communique issued by the JVP states a band of thugs of the UPFA has set fire to 14 election offices of the JVP and pasted posters of the UPFA candidate Shasheendra Rajapaksa. The communique states: “We express our disgust and condemnation regarding the attacks carried out by the government that is at the threshold of an election defeat. During the past 48 hours 14 legally put up election offices of the JVP candidates for the Uva PC election have been attacked by thugs. The gangs of thugs that have attacked the offices have destroyed decorations and have set fire to them. The attacks by the government escalate day by day and interestingly, most of these attacks have taken place in Monaragala District.  Certain offices […]

Black money: India get Swiss banks’ data of hoarders

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

New Delhi, August 25: Tax investigators pursuing instances of black money stashed abroad by Indians have finally been able to circumvent the Swiss secrecy code by asking over 100 such account holders to submit on their own details of personal balances in these banks, brought under the tax net recently, for lesser penal action for evasion. The tax effect in these cases could be about Rs 50-80 crore, according to sources. Faced by non-cooperation from Switzerland owing to the alpine nation’s “domestic legal barriers” and “treaty limitations”, the Finance Ministry’s probe wing under the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) confronted the people who were named in the secret list of at least two Swiss banks that was provided to them “through both official and […]

Sri Lanka Next to North Korea And Syria – New York Times Editorial

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Following Sri Lankan President’s gloating comments last week on barring access to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigators into the country, the New York Times has noted the remarks have placed Sri Lanka right alongside North Korea and Syria. In a strongly worded editorial published on Friday titled “Sri Lankaís Intransigence”, it has been pointed out that refusing access to the UNHRC investigations carrying out the probe on Sri Lanka has placed the country in the company of North Korea and Syria – two countries that also barred access to UN human rights investigators. The editorial board has expressed doubts on the comments by President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka being able to handle the inquiry on its own, as it was the failure to do so ,that prompted […]

Government wakes up from its slumber : says MaRa’s sudden tour of US was in view of a pre-planned appointment

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News- 24.Aug.2014, 8.30PM) It is by now a well known fact that some media websites including Lanka e news which publish parallel reports posted the news that Medamulana Percy Mahendra Rajapakse was struck by a sudden illness and taken abroad immediately . Following these reports the government which strangely remained silent for a day and slept with eyes widely opened , had suddenly woken up as suddenly as Medamulana Percy Mahendra Rajapakse flew to the US ,and made an official announcement . No matter what , it is a fact that Percy Mahendra Rajapkse was flown to Houston city , Texas , America on Satureday (23) at about 2.30 p.m. USA time. Dudley Rajapakse a citizen of America residing at Houston is a brother of Percy […]

Assist RR’s Sports Day on Sunday, 07 Sept 2014 from 11AM

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

We would like to invite you to our Sports Day to raise funds to carry out livelihood projects in the East and Vanni and a cataract camp in Mullaitivu. Thousands of families are struggling to make their end meets after the end of the war. Data available for Mullaithivu district indicates that there are nearly 84% of the total families in Mullaithivu district earn less than Rs 5000 per month and around 18% of this 74% earn less than Rs 1500 per month. This data also shows that there are only 26% of the total employable persons are in some kind of employment as at 31 Dec 2012. The remainder of 74% of the employable persons in this district are unemployed and struggling for their […]

Government Slams NPC, TNA

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

On 29 July 1987, Indo-Sri Lanka Accord was signed between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene which stated the devolution powers to the provinces. Hence on 14 November 1987 the Sri Lankan Parliament passed the 13th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Councils Act No 42 of 1987 to establish provincial councils. The Thirteenth Amendment (13A) to the Constitution of Sri Lanka is amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka which created Provincial Councils in Sri Lanka.[1] This also made Sinhala and Tamil as the official language of the country and English as link language. After 28 years had gone but to date the Tamil is NOT used as a official language in most of the councils and the Northern and Eastern councils are NOT allowed to run independently as they are dominated by Tamils. The governor if the Northern council is a Military commander. […]

OHCHR Strengthens Probe

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Easwaran Rutnam The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has strengthened its investigation on the war in Sri Lanka, by adding more clauses to the terms of reference (TOR) which includes a clause on the assistance expected from foreign governments, and the basis under which findings of the investigation will be accepted. The new clauses note that consistent with the practice of other United Nations fact-finding bodies, the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) will base its findings on “reasonable grounds to believe” standard of proof. The terms of reference states there are reasonable grounds to believe that an incident or pattern of violations or crimes occurred if the OISL has obtained a reliable body of information, consistent with other information, […]

Visa On Hold For US Journalist

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The External Affairs Ministry says a request for a visa by a Delhi based US journalist has been put on hold as the time is not conducive to approve his visit. South Asia Correspondent for The New York Times, Gardiner Harris, had tweeted saying he had applied for a Journalist visa in June to visit Sri Lanka but he is yet to be granted the same. When The Sunday Leader made inquiries in this regard, a spokesperson at the External Affairs Ministry confirmed that a request had been received from Gardiner Harris to visit Sri Lanka to report on some local incidents including incidents related to Aluthgama. He also said the Sri Lankan High Commission in India had been advised to put the visa request on hold. The government is […]

Sri Lanka trying to buy members of US Senate!

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

US probes monitoring MP’s huge deals with PR firms Sri Lanka will pay for PR/lobbying firms in the US will thus be a staggering US$ 2,140,000  US$ 683,635 (or over Rs. 88.87 million) was paid to TAG last year.  Mahinda furious at Sambanthan who said ‘We want to live within a united, undivided Sri Lanka”  Commission probing Disappearances and now tasked to probe alleged war crimes could go on for “two or even three years.”  says President. Cheating and Not keeping his promises is part of President Mahinda. Revelations in the Sunday Times in the past two weeks have prompted a review of mandatory information forwarded to the US Department of Justice by public relations (PR) and lobbying firms assigned by Sri Lanka using vast sums […]

Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North

24th August 2014 // 0 Comments

In Sri Lanka’s poverty-stricken Northern Province, residents say they must stretch the few resources they have in order to survive. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS ODDUSUDDAN, Sri Lanka, Aug 24 2014 (IPS) – In this dust bowl of a village deep inside Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone, locals will sometimes ask visitors to rub their palms on the ground and watch their skin immediately take on a dark bronze hue, proof of the fertility of the soil. Village lore in Oddusuddan, located in the Mullaitivu district, some 338 km north of the capital Colombo, has it that the land is so fertile, anything will grow here. But Mashewari Vellupillai, a 53-year-old single mother, knows that rich farmland alone is not enough to ensure a viable future. Thirty years […]

Gary Anandasangaree Wins Nomination as Scarborough Rouge Park Constituency Liberal Party Candidate for Canadian Parliamentary Elections.

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Gary Anandasangaree has won the nomination election for the Scarborough Rouge Park constituency on behalf of the Liberal Party in Canada. On 20th August, nomination election was held to select the next Federal Liberal candidate for the Scarborough Rouge-Park constituency for the general election to be held in 2015 in Canada. The three candidates for the nomination race were Gary Anandasangaree, Bhardwaj Ashwani and Michael Johnson. Despite the series of slander, false allegation and propaganda on Gary has crossed all the hurdles. Gary Anandasangaree, a human rights activist and a lawyer, has dedicated the better part of his adult life to fighting all forms of inequality and injustice. Over the years, Gary has worked to bring issues that are of great importance to the Tamil […]

International Credit Agencies Imposing “Sanctions Clauses”in Agreements with Sri Lanka in Anticipation of Economic Sanctions by West Against the Country.

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Ranga Jayasuriya This week, the global insurance giant, American International Group (AIG), announced that it was pulling out from Sri Lanka, effective from 31 August. The decision to withdraw from the Sri Lankan market was first communicated as early as June this year. AIG’s share in the local insurance market is a meagre 0.3 per cent and its withdrawal is unlikely to have an impact on the local market. An AIG statement attributed the pull out to the on -going effort to streamline its operations. General Manager of AIG’s Colombo office, Baldev Singh was on record as saying, “the decision was based on the assessment of current size, future potential cost of capital and various other performances and economic indicators.” In the same week, US […]

“Islamic Terrorism” Poses Threat to Sri Lanka Reiterates Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

By P K Balachandran COLOMBO: In a paper published in the latest issue of the US Defence Department’s journal “Prism”, Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has reiterated his belief that Islamic terrorism poses a threat to the island nation. Since the LTTE’s defeat, some of the Muslim groups in Lanka have begun to engage in activities that go “far beyond self-protection”, he said in the journal brought out by the Center for Complex Operations (CCO). “There is information that some of these groups have even tried to link up with global Islamic terrorist organisations. This is a situation that requires careful monitoring,” Gotabaya said. “Some Islamic groups in Lanka have started to establish ties with LTTE-linked agents to create further problems,” he further said. According to […]

TGTE to protest outside UN

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

A Tamil diaspora group based in the US says it will stage a protest during the scheduled visit to New York by President Mahinda Rajapaksa next month to address the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by V. Rudrakumaran has written to UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon urging him to publicly censure the Sri Lankan government for denying direct access for the victims of international crimes in the island of Sri Lanka to UN investigators. The TGTE said it will also be organizing a protest rally outside the UN in New York on September 25th to protest against the Sri Lankan Government. “It is time for the UN Secretary General to publicly censure the Sri Lankan government for denying direct access […]

Rajapaksa Security; Lankan Insecurity

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – Terrorists resemble one another: state terrorists, respectable members of government, and private terrorists, madmen acting…. in the name of various gods, whether God, Allah, or Jehovah…. How much longer will we ignore that fact that all terrorists scorn human life and feed off of one another? – Eduardo Galeano (How Much Longer?) Zionist ultras, the sort who decry Binyamin Netanyahu for dovish tendencies, have a new role model: Sri Lanka. Mr. Netanyahu is being urged to learn from the Lankan example of ‘resolute use of military force’ and give Hamas ‘the thrashing it deserves’[i]. Nakba onwards, Israel has won every war it waged. And yet the Palestinian issue remains, a ‘grindstone of conflict’ which “crushes and erodes our lives, our hopes and our humanity”, […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Ranked 16th Worst Person In History

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been ranked as the 17th worst person in history by a website that has compiled a list that includes 50 such notorious non-fictional personalities. Mahinda Rajapaksa has reached the 16th position obtaining a total of 7540 votes at the time of writing, while some 1688 votes had been cast against the position in the list that has been compiled by the ‘Ranker’ website. Noting the criteria used to select the personalities for the list, the Ranker states it is a collection of ‘horrible, read (not fictional) people who have committed historical crimes.’. “History judges them, and so do we,” the website states. Meanwhile, Mahinda’s baby brother and Sri Lanka’s Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been included in the same […]

”No genocide has taken place in Sri Lanka,” BJP Leader Swamy – All for free holiday in Sri Lanka!

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Dr. Subramanian Swamy yesterday said . “Sri Lanka’s victory over terrorism helped ensure the security of India  too. “Not only that Sri Lankans have started to live in normalcy without fear but a major national security goal of India was also achieved as a collateral gain by Sri Lanka’s victory over the LTTE,” he said. Swamy added that reconciliation will go a long way if Tamils as a bloc do not vote against Sinhala candidates at the forthcoming elections – “We will not accept any inquiry against Sri Lanka from any quarter..” No  genocide has taken place in Sri Lanka,” Dr. Swamy emphasized. He was addressing the delegates at the Defence Seminar 2014 in Colombo yesterday.The Janatha Party leader said that India’s foreign policy will be formulated with national interests […]

Sri Lanka Must Ensure Justice for Tamils: Modi

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Modi also assured the TNA delegation of India’s continuing support to provide relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction work in Sri Lanka’s northeast. (File/PTI) NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday urged Sri Lanka to ensure “equality, dignity, justice and self-respect” for its Tamil minority. Modi made the appeal when a six-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party, called on him. “The prime minister stressed the need for a political solution that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, dignity, justice and self respect within the framework of a united Sri Lanka,” an official statement said. Modi urged “all stakeholders in Sri Lanka to engage constructively, in a spirit of partnership and mutual accommodation, towards finding a political […]

Tamil National Alliance leaders meet Manmohan Singh

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

A delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leaders met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Friday. The TNA is a Sri Lankan Tamil political alliance in Sri Lanka and rules the country’s Jaffna province. It was formed as an amalgamation of moderate Tamil parties as well as number of former rebel groups. Earlier today, the Tamil National Alliance delegation had also met External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj. During the meeting they had urged New Delhi to ensure devolution of power to provinces in their country. TNA leaders would push their case for full implementation of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution. They are also expected to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 13A amendment had come into existence due to India -Sri […]

India to press for political solution to Lankan Tamils issue: Sushma

23rd August 2014 // 0 Comments

After striking positive notes with President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on Friday reassured the Tamils of Sri Lanka that New Delhi would continue to prod Colombo for a political solution that would ensure equality and justice to them. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told a delegation of the Tamil members of the neighbouring country’s Parliament that India would continue to seek a political solution, which would “substantially address the aspiration” of the island nation’s ethnic minority “for equality, dignity, justice and self-respect” within “the framework of a united Sri Lanka”. Sushma’s meeting with the delegation of Tamil MPs was Modi government’s first formal engagement with the leaders of the ethnic minority community of Sri Lanka. She reassured the visiting MPs that […]

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