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Tamil villagers lay siege to intruding monks, expose ethnic bias of SL Archaeology Department

6th September 2018 // 0 Comments

[Tue, 04 Sep 2018, 23:14 GMT] The villagers of the ancient Tamil village of Kumuzha-munai in Karai-thu’raip-pattu division of Mullaith-theevu district on Tuesday evening laid siege to a 16-member group of Sinhala Theravada Buddhist extremists from the South, who had come with a Buddha statue, which they wanted to erect at Kurunthoor-malai, a place with traces of ancient heritage in the country of Eezham Tamils. The group, led by two young monks, consisted mostly of Sinhala youth. The SL Forest Department guards also assisted them. The villagers alleged SL military intelligence personnel wearing civilian clothes were also in the group. The SL Police, providing escort to the group, had to withdraw from the intruders to the police station. Full story >> Latest Reports: Sep 04 23:14      Tamil villagers lay […]

Sinhala voters flock to Rajapaksa led rally

6th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Thousands of Sinhala voters took part in the Joint Opposition rally in Colombo, led by the former Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Addressing his Sinhale supporters, Rajapaksa spoke of toppling the Government to bring an end to what he termed as the Government’s “separatism policies”. Rajapaksa, accompanied by his brother, Gotabaya and son, Namal waved at the crowds and pledged to continue the rally until dawn. This protest was seen as a protest to promote his family members who are being investigated of fraud and abuse of power during Mahinda rule. Police Estimate Crowds at “Janabalaya Kolombata” Rally in Colombo at 50,000 Although Organizers Claim Hundreds of Thousands Joined Protest Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters kept up a demonstration outside Lake House after a brief […]

JO protest ends with one man’s death, several taken to hospital – Namal says sorry from 5* Hotel

6th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Joint opposition Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa apologised to the public for any inconvenienced caused as a result of the joint opposition protest staged in Colombo yesterday. However he says they had no choice but to stage the protest to show the Government the people want change.  “I also want to apologize to the public if this protest was any kind of hinderance to you. We had no choice but to truly show the Govt. how much the people in this country long for change. Our fight will continue until we secure their right to chose their leaders democratically,” he tweeted. He also thanked those who attended the protest walk and rally saying it was the first step to send the Government home.  “I also want to thank each & […]

Failed protest – ”Claim of Laying Overnight Siege of the City”

6th September 2018 // 0 Comments

“Janabalaya Kolombata” Protest Comes to an End as Demonstrators Commence Leaving Colombo Despite Organizers Claim of Laying Overnight Siege to the City The “Jana Balaya Kolambata” protest campaign has seemingly come to an end despite claims by Joint Opposition MPs to protest overnight and lay siege to the capital city. JO activists started cleaning up the Lake House roundabout and the roads leading up to the area indicating that they had no plans to continue. The Colombo Municipal Council members of the SLPP and youth wing of the party were also involved in the clean-up operation. Continue reading ‘“Janabalaya Kolombata” Protest Comes to an End as Demonstrators Commence Leaving Colombo Despite Organizers Claim of Laying Overnight Siege to the City’ »   Mahinda Rajapaksa Addressing […]

Mahindas Protest turns to carnival

6th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Papare bands, ice lolly bikes to keep supporters entertained: Protestors disperse by 7PM, no overnight occupation of the city: With no political epicenter and speeches, demonstration descends into chaos: This is a democratic government and we proved it today – they came, they protested and they left. Tomorrow we get on with business: Kabir Hashim: Thousands surround Lake House round-about: Rally was set up to be launch-pad for Namal: Full of sound and fury, the Joint Opposition-Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Janabalaya demonstration reached Colombo Fort yesterday, but the protest took on a carnival like atmosphere with no major political speeches or centralized coordination to drive its key messages home. The rally, which was set up to be a launch pad for Hambantota District MP and […]

Mahinda plays Racist card to topple Government.

6th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Chathuri Dissanayake Nearly 3,000 loyalists of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday occupied the Lake House Roundabout in Fort and held a ‘sathyagraha’ after the ‘Janabalaya Colombata’ protest march organised by the Joint Opposition (JO) was wrapped up. The Government members discredited the campaign as unsuccessful as it had failed to garner support from the wider public. Addressing his supporters amidst loud cheering, Rajapaksa spoke of toppling the Government to bring an end to what he termed as the Government’s “separatism policies”. He also criticised the “sale of national assets” and pledged to form a new government in the future. Surrounded by loyalist parliamentarians, Rajapaksa called on the crowd to stand up against the Government, which he claimed to be “dictatorial” in its actions. “Join […]

Prez, PM can insult Mahinda in the North because Mahinda killed thousands of Tamils.

5th September 2018 // 0 Comments

It was because of what I achieved in the North that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe now have the opportunity to insult me when they go to the North, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. Addressing a Sathyagraha organized by the joint opposition (JO) he said, “The incumbent government has violated the independence that we acquired after defeating the LTTE. The people’s democratic rights are being violated by postponing the elections”. “The situation is going from bad to worse. The country is heading towards an autocratic form of governance rather a democratic rule,” the former president Mahinda said. Interestingly there is NO White Vans and kidnapping and killings like we had during Mahindas rule. Journalists, Human Right workers and Tamil politicians were killed […]

“Janabalaya Kolombata” Protest Comes to an End as Demonstrators Commence Leaving Colombo Despite Organizers Claim of Laying Overnight Siege to the City

5th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Police Estimate Crowds at “Janabalaya Kolombata” Rally in Colombo at 50,000 Although Organizers Claim Hundreds of Thousands Joined Protest Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters kept up a demonstration outside Lake House after a brief march from the Bo Tree junction. Party officials said they planned to stay overnight in Colombo. President Rajapaksa and his former defence secretary brother Gotabhaya spent a brief time with the protesters, but were expected to re-join the crowd later in the evening, party leaders said. They said hundreds of thousands of people joined the rally, but police said their estimate was that the crowd was about 50,000. Police said the crowd at Wednesday’s protest was about half the number that attended the JO mass rally to mark May 1 at […]

Campaigners on the Road – Rajapakshes in Hotel Rooms

5th September 2018 // 0 Comments

Since yesterday rooms in high class hotels in Colombo, such as Shangri-La, Taj Samudra and Hilton, have been reserved by many people. It is for the campaign planned to be held today by the Joint Opposition Party. Usually, pre-reservations are made in relate to a protest, opposition or a political campaign for a stadium that people can gather; otherwise a conference hall. However, neither any stadium nor any conference hall has been reserved by the Rajapakshes in light of this campaign until last night. Nevertheless, rooms with maximum facilities in hotels such as Shangri-La, Taj Samudra and Hilton have already been reserved by the group. The main organizer of the campaign Mr. Namal Rajapakshe has organized the event in rather an unorthodox way. He stated […]

President Srisena uses his power to cover up the killing of journalists by Mahinda govern.

4th September 2018 // 0 Comments

President Sirisena Orders Heads of Defence Services Not to Release any Details to Police About Information Requested by CID to Help Investigate Cases Like Attacks on the Media and Abduction for Ransom Racket. President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered that information of the three armed forces be not given in connection with ongoing court cases into murders and disappearances, ‘Anidda’ reports. He issued the order at a meeting on August 28 at his Paget Road residence attended by the defence secretary, chief of defence staff and top defence and police officials, it says. The CID says it needs certain information of the armed forces to take forward its investigations into the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunga, disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda and the abduction of Keith Noyarh, Upali […]

Tamil National Alliance – A Sinking Ship

4th September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kumarathasan Rasingam – Kumarathasan Rasingam Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was formed with the blessings of Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader late Pirabhakaran in 2002. While LTTE was engaged in armed resistance, TNA was mooted to agitate peacefully among the Tamils ,and in the Parliament to draw the attention and support of the International Community. TNA also supported the LTTE’s goal of a separate state which was mandated in the General Election of 1977 following the historical Vaddukoddai Resolution in May 1976 sponsored by the late leader SJV Chelvanayakam. During the genocidal war between LTTE and Sri Lankan Government [2006-2009] TNA struck to four demands of Tamils which were placed for negotiations in the Thimpu talks in 1985 in Bhutan between United National Party and Tamil representatives. Even […]

UN writes to Sri Lanka over failure to meet deadline on torture report

4th September 2018 // 0 Comments

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) has written to Sri Lanka, after the government failed to respond to a report, which called for information on the “establishment of a judicial mechanism” to investigate torture and information on the role of a former Criminal Investigations Department head. “The information sought by the Committee has not been provided yet, although more than one year has elapsed from the transmittal of the Committee’s concluding observations,” said a letter sent to Sri Lanka’s ambassador in Geneva, the Tamil Guardian reported.  Sri Lanka had until December 2017 to respond to the report, which was issued after the state was discussed at the 59th session of the UN CAT in 2016. The Tamil Guardian confirmed in April of this year, […]

READ : If Khan can, why can’t our leaders?

4th September 2018 // 0 Comments

READ : If Khan can, why can’t our leaders? Among the decisions taken by the Imran Khan government in the last few weeks  are the following, unlike President Sirisena’s 100- day programme which he now claims he did not know who wrote it and is ignorant of some of its contents. Officials to be named and shamed Ban on first class travel for top officials, including Prime Minister and President  Ban on business class travel for all government officials  Ban on meals during official meetings  Ban on purchase of cars  Ban on recruitment of drivers  Collect and auction all SUV’s being misused in government departments  Government vehicles in shopping malls and outside schools and at residences to be photographed and reported for seizure  Identify and […]

Killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom by Navy and cover up by government.

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

The progress of ongoing criminal investigations into the grisly killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom, spearheaded ‘allegedly’ (here, I use the term quite deliberately) by a Naval officer and others during 2008-2009 will be the crucible on which this Government and this Presidency’s commitment to promises made, will be tested most severely. Fair differences between then and now Unlike other instances of the killing of youths, such as what occurred in Trincomalee in 2006, ready excuses cannot be offered as to the chain of evidence becoming cold or pointing to key witnesses living overseas being reluctant to return to testify, as would be naturally the case given the trauma that they have had to undergo. It must be fairly […]

We had come to power seeking Federalism – Sampanthan seeks meeting with Wiggy

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

Amidst speculations about a possible split of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), its leader R. Sampanthan has sought an immediate meeting with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on September 7 apparently to explore the possibility of patching up differences, it is learnt. There have been open confrontations between Mr. Wigneswaran and TNA MP for the Jaffna district M.A. Sumanthiran giving credence to speculation that the TNA might break up ahead of the elections to the Northern Provincial Council. Against the backdrop, Mr. Wigneswaran, at a meeting with the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), articulated that he had four options in the event of the TNA not giving him nomination – to retire from politics, to join another party, to form his own party or to […]

Sinhala-Muslim riots 2018: Were Police biased or not?

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sinhala-Muslim riots that occurred in 1915 had been repeated 103 years later and consideration needs to be given to whether the Police acted as impartially, as they had in 1915, during the present riots, Additional Solicitor General President’s Counsel (PC) Yasantha Kodagoda said yesterday (30). Kodagoda expressed these views at a book launch in Colombo for the 152nd anniversary of the Sri Lanka Police. He added that although the Police had successfully arrested and produced those responsible for the Kandy riots in Court, if there had been any inefficiency or an error of management or an issue in the leadership at the time, or any bias, on the part of the Police officials, which in turn led to the aggravation of the riot, that too […]

Long-awaited arrest of Sri Lanka’s senior-most military officer in connection with an extortion racket and the horrific murder of 11 young men

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Arrangements are in place for the long-awaited arrest of  Sri Lanka’s  senior-most military officer in connection with an extortion racket and the horrific murder of 11 young men, official sources said. The Colombo Fort magistrate on Wednesday ordered the arrest of Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne after the CID said it had evidence of him shielding the main suspect, a navy intelligence officer. Despite the unprecedented order seeking the arrest of a military officer equivalent to the rank of a four-star general in the army, Wijegunaratne continued to receiving visiting foreign dignitaries. Incidentally, Wijegunaratne was attending the funeral of one of his predecessors, General Rohan Daluwatte, when the court made the stunning pronouncement against him. The order came at a time when President Maithripala Sirisena […]

Namal leads the way as JO holds major rally this week

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

With the Joint Opposition and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna pledging to bring ‘a sea of people’ to Colombo for its demonstration this week, the Government has dismissed the mass rally as just another stunt by pro-Rajapaksa faction. The SLPP’s much-talked about ‘Jana Balaya Colambata’ – a play on the UNP’s highly successful Jana Bala Meheyuma in 2001, will be held on September 5, after it was postponed once since the date clashed with the advanced level examinations. JO frontliners are being tight-lipped about the final venue for the demonstration, fearing pre-emptive moves by the authorities. They fear of stay orders against the assembly if it disrupts transport services or causes major congestion on the city roads. The march will gather groups of supporters from […]

Those trying to find their missing loved ones are called ‘Traitors’, while those responsible for the disappearances are called ‘War Heroes’

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

“If People are not Moved by the Struggles of Families of Disappeared Persons then Something is Wrong with our Country” Says Human Rights Commission Chair Dr.Deepika Udagama. Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama believes attitudes of the people must change for the country to move forward and adequately address the sufferings of families of disappeared persons. “We should not look at this through a political or racist perspective,” she said, and pointed out that some harbour negative feelings toward the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). She commended the OMP for being the first State affiliated organisation to mark the International Day of the Disappeared and acknowledged more support needed to be given to institutions like the OMP to promote reconciliation and […]

62,338 Sri Lankans Including Nearly 30,000 Security Forces Personnel “Blacklisted” by Authorities to Prevent them Leaving Sri Lanka reveal State Intelligence Circles.

3rd September 2018 // 0 Comments

By Leon Berenger A total of 62,338 Sri Lankans are currently on the country’s blacklist and are prevented from leaving the country, unless they obtain prior Court approval, senior State intelligence sources revealed yesterday. According to the sources, who cannot be named for obvious reasons, the figure includes close to a 30,000 security force personnel starting from the lowest ranks to senior most officers with some of them facing various charges in the country’s Courts. Most of the SF personnel are on the list for being Absent Without Leave (AWL) while there are those who are facing criminal charges in various Courts, they said. Continue reading ‘62,338 Sri Lankans Including Nearly 30,000 Security Forces Personnel “Blacklisted” by Authorities to Prevent them Leaving Sri Lanka reveal State […]

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