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UN Rights Body Seeks Entry to Lanka Despite Govt’s Refusal

7th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The UNHRC panel to probe alleged human rights abuses during final stages of armed conflict in Sri Lanka will continue to seek access to the country despite its refusal to allow them into the nation. The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was empowered by the UNHRC resolution late March to carry out an independent investigation into alleged rights abuses during Sri Lanka’s final stages of the war with the LTTE which ended in 2009. In the terms of reference for the probe showed on the OHCHR website, it says it will continue to seek to engage with the Government of Sri Lanka in accordance with the resolution. The High Commissioner for Human Rights will continue to request for the team conducting the OHCHR […]

Champika Slams Energy Mafia Saying “Oil Is Thicker Than Blood”

6th August 2014 // 0 Comments

“When petrol is purchased at Rs.102 and sold for Rs.162, why does the Petroleum corporation run at a loss?”. “Where did that money go?”. These were some of the uncomfortable questions asked by Minister of Science and Technology Patali Champika Ranawaka at the launch of his book “Power and Power” at the SLFI auditorium yesterday. People should be made aware as to why a liter of diesel is imported at Rs. 103 but sold at Rs. 125. Similarly, a petrol liter is imported at Rs. 97 or Rs 100 and sold at Rs. 162 or Rs 170. The public has a right to know what happens to the petroleum tax levied from them, Ranawaka further said. He also mentioned that even though the estimated loss […]

Sri Lanka groups say government wary of U.N. war crimes probe

6th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Authorities in Sri Lanka are clamping down on the activities of civil society groups, who accuse the government of trying to discourage survivors of the country’s civil war from giving evidence to a U.N. war crimes investigation. Accusations of atrocities have been rife since the end in May 2009 of conflict between ethnic Tamil separatist rebels and government forces that killed more than 100,000 people. Tens of thousands are unaccounted for. In March, the U.N. Human Rights Council voted to investigate accusations of abuses during the 26-year-long war, saying President Mahinda Rajapaksa had failed to investigate properly. The vote has angered the government, which says it will not cooperate or grant visas to U.N. […]

Tamil mood simmers yet again thanks to Lanka

6th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan cartoon faux pas has revived the slackening pan-Tamil mood in Tamil Nadu, says N Sathiya Moorthy. In what could be seen as inexplicable and disproportionate over-reaction to a Sri Lankan faux pas, a section of the Tamil film industry over the weekend called for shutting down the nation’s deputy high commission for southern India at Chennai. Like the rest of the state, including the otherwise critical political Opposition, the film industry was protesting an inappropriate depiction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a cartoon on the Sri Lankan defence ministry’s official website. The cartoon had accompanied controversial Sri Lankan commentator Shenali Waduge’s analysis, ‘How meaningful are Jayalalithaa’s love letters to Narendra Modi?’ shared with some private websites. But their […]

British murder convict a lucky prisoner

6th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Norman Palihawadana Tangalle Paradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Vidana Pathirane convicted of the murder of British national Khuram Sheikh and sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment by Colombo High Court Judge Rohini Walgama recently was not being given any work involving hard labour at the Welikada Prison in clear violation of the verdict, prison sources said.  “It is sheer discrimination as other prisoners who have been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment are made to do hard labour,” they said.   Meanwhile, the Attorney General has filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal seeking an  enhanced punishment to those convicted in the British national’s murder on the grounds the High Court verdict was insufficient.

Mahinda supporters violate election laws in Badulla – CaFFE

6th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Over 80 vehicles carrying United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) supporters have camped near Kandeketiya Vidyalaya, after traveling from Mahiyanganaya violating election laws and elections commissioners directives banning rallies and vehicle parades during the last two days of the nominations period states Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE). CaFFE also states a group had threatened election officials, including Kurunegala Deputy Elections Commissioner Namal Thalanganama and policemen near Loggal Oya. It has urged the Commissioner of Elections and DIG Badulla to take steps to disperse these people who are blatantly violating their directives. CaFFE reminds that the Department of Elections issuing a circular (PCE/2014/UVA/4B) on July 31, 2014 asked political parties, government officers and law enforcement authorities to prevent processions and vehicle parades during the elections period, […]

Pakistan, Sri Lanka have significant potential for trade since Paki’s helped Sri Lanka kill Tamils ………..

6th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that there was significant potential for trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka particularly after the Free Trade Agreement 2005 became operational. The Prime Minister was talking to Sri Lankan Secretary for External Affairs Mrs Kshenuka D. Senewiratune, who called on him here. He emphasized the importance of relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan had helped Sri lanka to kill more than 40,000  minority Tamil community in may 2009. The Prime Minister said it was a matter of great satisfaction that the last session of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Joint Economic Commission had agreed to activate the four Joint Working Groups on Trade, Investment, Auto Sector and Customs cooperation. Mrs Senewiratune said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka had […]

SL born university lecturer named Australia and New Zealand’s educator of the year

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

SL born university lecturer named Australia and New Zealand’s educator of the year Sri Lankan born university lecturer at Victoria University Australia, Dr Pandula Gamage, has been named “2014 Accounting/finance educator of the year” by the peak body representing Australia and New Zealand’s accounting and finance academics, and educational publisher Pearson Australia. He received this award in New Zealand earlier this month. Dr Gamage earned the award – which was created in 2001 to encourage and recognise innovative university-level accounting and finance teaching – for how he prepares students to enter a rapidly changing profession. “The role of accounting professionals is now moving from number-crunchers to business advisers, and these changes require developing skills in leadership, communication and an understanding of the broad business environment,” […]

UN Probe is only one part of the solution -Paul Newman

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

UN Probe is only one part of the solution -Paul Newman 1 – Now UN has already started Investigation about war crimes in last leg  of the war. so, as a Tamil activist and intellectual  what is your opinion of this new situation ? The UN investigation is a long overdue one. It should have started as a process of fixing accountability. It is a well known fact that all International laws were violated. The massacre of thousands of civilians need to be investigated and those who suffered need to be properly compensated. The UN Panel of experts comprising Darusman Marzuki, Yasmeen Sooka and Prof.Stephen Ratner fixed the number of dead as 40,000. The Charles Petrie commission speaks of more than 70,000. The Bishop of […]

WHO IS IN CHARGE? THE YELLOW ROBED MONKS OR MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA AND HIS 100 ODD MINISTERS?

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Dead and Missing Person’s Parents Front (DMPPF) today charged that certain NGOs and foreign groups had invited relatives of disappeared LTTE cadres to Colombo to give evidence against Sri Lanka via the internet on the promise they would be paid Rs.200,000.DMPFF advisor Ven. Angulugalle Siri Jinananda Thera asked the organisers why the DMPPF was not invited to last evening’s meeting held at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) at Deans Road, Maradana and inquired whether the External Affairs Ministry was aware of what was happening.“Can any international organisation hold any gatherings or meetings without supervision or participation of government authorities,” he questioned.The monk said Mannar Citizens’ Committee President Britto Fernando, who is also the President of the Organisation for the Families of the […]

France, Germany, UK and Switzerland joins US call for freedom of assembly

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

US calls for Sri Lankan Govt to enforce rule of law The embassies of France, Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland today strongly condemn the disruption of a meeting in which families of disappeared Tamils were briefing Colombo-based diplomats and civil society activists. Issuing a joint statement, the embassies stated that “an organized group including monks” had disrupted the civil society meeting, on the theme “Sharing and listening session with families of the disappeared” organized by Families of the Disappeared in the Centre for Society and Religion, on the 4th of August 2014. The organized group made forced entry into the room where the discussions were taking place, shouting violently, it said. Over 30 family members of disappeared persons having travelled from the Northern Province, members […]

Only can happen in Sri Lanka.

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Thugs & Monks invaded the witness giving place illegally and traspassing the property but the police asked the people who gave the witness to attend the police station. This should have been an humiliating experience for any civilised country, but not for the Sinhalese government. Men and women were invited to make representations for their missing loved ones. While they were doing so, thugs who were Buddhist monks dashed into the meeting place and disrupted the gathering. These are regular happenings in Sri Lanka and would have been passed off as one of those many incidence, but for the presence of US, UK. EU and Swiss diplomats. In the presence of these diplomats the Buddhist thugs dared to attack the Tamils, who risked their lives […]

‘Fascists’ in Saffron Robes? The Rise of Sri Lanka’s …

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

  ‘Fascists’ in Saffron Robes? The Rise of Sri Lanka’s … www.amren.com/…/fascists-in-saffron-robes-the-rise-of-sri–lankas-buddh… 18 Jul 2014 – The Rise of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Ultra-Nationalists … he issues an explicit threat to Muslims, using a derogatory term for the minority. … Dayan Jayatilleke, a political scientist and former Sri Lankan diplomat, referred to the group’s… How is it that Buddhist monks–exponents of a religion associated with  … Buddhist extremists attack moderate monk in Sri Lanka … www.worldbulletin.net/…/buddhist-extremists-attack-moderate-monk-in-… 26 Jun 2014 – Moderate monk Wataraka Vijitha Thero has been slammed by Buddhist … America-Canada …. Sri Lanka’s defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brother of the President, … UK summons Ethiopian diplomat over opposition official’s arrest …Myanmar Buddhists threaten death to Muslims in Mandalay Connecting the Dots on Buddhist Fundamentalism | The … thediplomat.com/2014/…/connecting-the-dots-on-buddhist-fundamentali… 30 May 2014 – The Diplomat … In addition, a coalition of Buddhist monks and laypersons in Myanmar … Knowing Buddha Foundation has identified another “threat” to Buddhism. … In Sri Lanka, the resurgence of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism began after…. A […]

Sri Lankan mob storms meeting of disappeared Tamils’ families

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Pro-Sri Lankan government activists stormed a meeting between families of the disappeared and foreign diplomats in Colombo on Monday evening. The pro-government mob, led by a group of Buddhist monks, forcibly entered the meeting and threatened the Tamil participants. The US embassy Acting Deputy Head of Mission Michael Honigstein and representatives from Britain, Switzerland, France and the European Union missions in Colombo participated in the meeting. “You are anti-Sri Lankans and greedy for US dollars,” the mob shouted at the families. The local organizers of the meeting said the pro-government mob used threatening language against diplomats too, AFP reported. The Buddhist monk who led the mob, the Venerable Anguludelle Jinananda Thero, said the meeting was illegal and its participants were therefore “terrorists, not innocent civilians”. […]

Rajapakshe supporters threaten American and European diplomats

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

 Thugs & Monks invaded the witness giving place illegally and traspassing the property but the police asked the people who gave the witness to attend the police station. This should have been an humiliating experience for any civilised country, but not for the Sinhalese government. Men and women were invited to make representations for their missing loved ones. While they were doing so, thugs who were Buddhist monks dashed into the meeting place and disrupted the gathering. These are regular happenings in Sri Lanka and would have been passed off as one of those many incidence, but for the presence of US, UK. EU and Swiss diplomats. In the presence of these diplomats the Buddhist thugs dared to attack the Tamils, who risked their lives […]

Nedumaran for strong condemnation of Sri Lanka

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamizhar Desiya Munnani on Monday urged the Union government to condemn Sri Lanka in the strongest terms for publication of a derogatory article on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lankan Defence website. Speaking to reporters, Tamizhar Desiya Munnani president P. Nedumaran said that all political parties in Tamil Nadu had condemned the Sri Lankan Government in the strongest terms forcing Lanka to issue an apology and remove the derogatory post from the website. However, that was not enough as the incident deserved condemnation in the strongest terms from the Centre. Mr. Nedumaran said that no other country had dared to depict the Chief Minister of an Indian State in such a manner, adding that the soft stand […]

Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera in a mysterious accident!

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Future of Executive Presidency was not discussed – MR    Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake had a narrow escape when the cab he was travelling in collided with a ‘tipper’ truck carrying a sand load at Holipitiya on the Ratnapura- Horana road last week.  Anura who was in the rear seat suffered shock and contusion on the chest though he did not sustain external injuries. A motorist driving past the scene of the accident who had recognized the JVP Leader as a victim of the accident had rushed him along with the other injured to the Ratnapura General hospital. The doctors who attended on Anura Kumara who was suffering severe pain in the chest lost no time in transferring him to Colombo National Hospital […]

Janaka Mallimarachchi’s revelations on political killings Vijaya’s killer killed

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Anura Bandara Rajaguru  In a dramatic turn of events that connect to tragic political assassinations over the past quarter century, the truth seems to be emerging in a slow but steady manner. Film idol, the late Vijaya Kumaratunga was known as the heart throb of the silver screen. The actor turned politician was shot dead opposite his Polhengoda residence in the manner most gruesome by an unidentified gunman on 16 February 1988. Bullets were sprayed mercilessly at his face, which had attracted millions of film fans across the country. He lay in a pool of blood that day when his wife Chandrika Kumaratunga rushed to the scene from the house. Vijaya was gone…gone forever…millions shed tears. The heart throb of the silver screen was no […]

Sri Lanka’s accountability crisis

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Five years after the end of the armed conflict between Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka is in a deeply precarious position. A recent UN Human Rights Council resolution calls for an international investigation into alleged crimes. Sri Lanka’s 2014 War Victory Day. Demotix/Sanka Vidanagama. All rights reserved. “The worst of their deeds we will never know: that we must be prepared to accept. To know the worst, we will have to extrapolate and use the imagination. The worst is likely to be whatever we think them capable of (capable of ordering, capable of turning a blind eye to); and what they are capable of is, all too plainly, anything.” – J.M. Coetzee, Diary of a Bad Year. On […]

Sri Lanka Must Respect Indian Sensibilities

5th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Protests against a derogatory article that appeared in a Sri Lankan website continue in Tamil Nadu. What agitates the people in the state and elsewhere in the country is that the website belonged to the defence ministry of Sri Lanka. The article referred to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s letters to prime minister Modi and was accompanied by an illustration which was in bad taste. The letters had been written to protest against the frequent arrest and harassment of Tamil fishermen. Following protests, the website removed the article and the illustration. What’s more, the Sri Lankan defence ministry tendered an unconditional apology to the prime minister and the chief minister. Ordinarily, all this should have ended the matter. It is, perhaps, a measure of […]

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