Journalist Keith Noyahr abduction and assault in safe house was operated and maintained by the Military Intelligence.

29th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kavindya Perera A lawyer for the defence, in the journalist Keith Noyahr alleged abduction and assault case, yesterday (27), told Court that the safe house named Baduwatte Walawwa, which had come up in connection with the case, had been operated and maintained by the military intelligence. This was revealed before Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate Lochana Abeywickrema by Attorney-at-Law Shehan de Silva, appearing for the eighth suspect, former Army Intelligence Chief, Retired Major General Amal Karunasekera. Appearing for the prosecution, Senior State Counsel (SSC) Lakmini Girihagama said, that continued investigations had been conducted into whether that safe house was one operated and maintained by the military intelligence and a questionnaire in this connection had also been sent to the Secretary of Defence, for the purpose […]

Attorney General Files 49 Charges against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Six Others

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Attorney -General Files 49 Charges For Criminal Breach of Trust and Misappropriation of Money Relating D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial Against Ex-Def -Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Six Others; Accused Issued Summons to Appear Before Special High Court on Sep 10. By Manopriya Gunasekara The Special High Court yesterday issued summons to Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and five others to appear before the Court on 10 September over misappropriation of funds to erect the D. A. Rajapaksa statue in Weeraketiya, Madamulana. The case, heard as the second in the Special High Court,was filed under the Public Property Act by the Attorney General. Continue reading ‘Attorney -General Files 49 Charges For Criminal Breach of Trust and Misappropriation of Money Relating D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial Against Ex-Def -Secy […]

TNA to join Presidential Task Force against C.V’s wishes – Government is attempting to undermine the long-awaited political solution to the ethnic problem by increasing economic activities in the region.

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has ignored a request by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to boycott the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the development of the Northern and Eastern Provinces and would participate in a meeting of the task force scheduled for today (27). The Northern Chief Minister had made the above request claiming that the government was attempting to undermine the long-awaited political solution to the ethnic problem by increasing economic activities in the region. It would not affect the Tamils in any manner if the TNA joins the Presidential Task Force, PLOTE Leader cum Parliamentarian Dharmalingam Siddarthan said. He said that the TNA had decided to join the Presidential Task Force with the consent of the Tamils as well as with the […]

Targeting NPC polls Wiggy-led New Tamil coalition likely

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar A new coalition, on the Tamil political front, led by Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is likely to emerge targeting the next Northern Provincial Council election. In the backdrop of efforts being taken to patch up the differences between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan and the Northern Chief Minister, a new coalition is likely to emerge with the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), co-chaired by Chief Minister Wigneswaran, which was formed two years ago, expected to play a key role in forming it. The TPC comprises several prominent figures of Jaffna’s civil society as well as TNA dissidents. According to Wigneswaran, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Leader and former TNA Parliamentarian Suresh K. Premachandran and Tamil National People’s Front […]

Nearly 100 Skeletons Including Those of 8 Tamil Children Retrieved after 58 Days of Excavation in Mass Grave in Mannar District; “Bodies Were Found Piled up in a Limited Space”.

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lankan authorities have excavated nearly 100 skeletons at a mass grave in Mannar, located in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, where state armed forces and Tamil rebels clashed in a 30-year civil war. According to local media reports, some locals living in the Tamil-majority province, whose relatives went missing during and after the war, have raised concern about the bodies possibly having links to the many enforced disappearances reported in Mannar. Continue reading ‘Nearly 100 Skeletons Including Those of 8 Children Retrieved after 58 Days of Excavation in Mass Grave in Mannar District; “Bodies Were Found Piled up in a Limited Space”.’ » 50 bodies, including children found from Mannar mass grave At least 50 bodies of men, women and children have […]

Wigneswaran, Sampanthan and the Presidential Task Force Boycott Issue

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again.” – Nursery Rhyme Northern province chief minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran is a retired Supreme court judge. Much was expected of CV Wigneswaran when he was first elected chief minister of the Northern Province on behalf of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) in September 2013. Sadly those hopes turned into dupes very soon. Wigneswaran adopted a confrontational political approach that left much to be desired. Projecting himself as a Tamil hardliner, the chief minister engaged in all types of disruptive politics while the Northern provincial administration deteriorated. The Northern provincial council (NPC) became the worst -run provincial administration in the […]

7 reasons why power crazy Mahinda cannot be president again

28th August 2018 // 0 Comments

(Lanka e News 28.Aug.2018, 4.20AM) Clause 4(2) of the 19 th amendment to the constitution clearly stipulates ‘ the individual who was elected by the people to the post of executive president twice cannot be elected again to the same post by them’. Despite this , the legal lackeys of Mahinda Rajapakse (who held the post of president twice) have advanced the contention that ‘Mahinda can again contest the presidential election’ . In order to learn of the true position , Lanka e news made inquiries from several retired Sri Lankan legal experts (legal draftsmen) living in Britain , America and Sri Lanka (SL), some of whom are those who have earned international renown. Following are their analyses in a nutshell… 1. Firstly , before the […]

Navy Chiefs Karannagoda and Wijegunawardena distort ‘Navy Sampath’s’ name to disentangle themselves from mass murder -president protects them !

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

-LeN inside information report (Lanka e News -24.Aug.2018, 5’45AM) The incumbent president Pallewatte Gamarala is exerting pressures on the law enforcing Institutions precluding them from interrogating or arresting the present chief of security council Raveendra Wijegunaratne (former Navy Commander ) , and ex Navy commander Vasantha Karannagoda who aided and abetted the criminals in the gruesome murder of 11 innocent students after committing extortion. These two Navy chiefs were responsible for hiding the murderers and helping them to flee the country .It is a pity , the president Sirisena alias Sillysena by this unlawful action is rendering himself liable to violation of the constitution, according to reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division. Among the duties of the president under article 31 of the constitution […]

Case filed with Special High Court against Gotabaya & 6 others

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Attorney General’s Department today filed a case with the newly set-up Permanent High Court at Bar against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and 6 others, over the misappropriation of state funds when building the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum. The Attorney General’s Department filed the indictments today based on the investigation carried out by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID). The seven defendants named in the case including the former Defence Secretary are changed over the misuse of state funds amounting to Rs 49 million when constructing the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana. This is the second case filed with the Permanent High Court at Bar, which was recently declared open at the Hulftsdorp Court Complex. The Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday recalled the […]

There is no terrorism in the North except for the bullying armed forces and bribe-seeking police.

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

We in the North fear troops. It is just not Tamils. We have seen viral videos of the IGP assaulting a staff member and the Navy Commander a reporter. In a democracy, troops must be kept out of civilians lives. However, not in our democracy. In 1970, I was assaulted for no reason by a group of policemen. In the early 1980s troops on their way to buy cigarettes in three trucks swung a bicycle chain at me and other passers-by. Soon, our guardian troops were murdering us. There is no terrorism in the North except for the bullying armed forces and bribe-seeking police. In a democracy, we expect the government to be truthful and accountable. These prevarications diminish us as a democracy and cause severe […]

Remedy for the missing

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Rehabilitation of Persons, Properties and Industries Authority (REPPIA) was established in 1987, in consequent to the 1983 July riots, by an Act of Parliament No. 29 of 1987. The objective of REPPIA is to assist in the rehabilitation of affected persons through compensation. As provided by law, REPPIA provides financial assistance to affected persons, properties and industries. REPPIA is mandated to provide compensation to persons affected by conflicts such as wars and/or riots. It has taken a broad range of activities to rehabilitate the persons affected by the conflicts and restore their lives. For instance, REPPIA has implemented various loan schemes for housing, self-employment and cultivation. In addition to the assistance given to the individuals, it has undertaken a few rehabilitation programmes for affected communities. […]

Abduction of 11 Tamil youths Twists and turns in the investigations

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

Following the statements made in open courts by the defence counsels Shavendra Fernando PC and Attorney-at-Law Asitha Siriwardena, against the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), when the magisterial inquiry into the abduction of 11 Tamil youth in 2008 was taken up two weeks ago, blaming the latter for not naming certain tangible suspects in the B reports submitted in courts while naming those who were not involved, the CID has once again come under severe criticism for their continued failure to obtain a statement from Navy Intelligence Officer Lt. Commander Sedililage Don Sumedha Sampath Dayananda, who is one of the main suspects wanted for the abduction of two Tamil youths from Wattala in 2009, for ransom Speculation is now rife as to why, though vital evidence have surfaced regarding the […]

”TNA should not support any development activity conducted by the government until a political solution is given to the ethnic issue” says CM Wigneswaren but TNA rejects

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Thursday turned down Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran’s request to boycott the meeting of the Presidential Special Task Force on Northern Development which is scheduled to be held on August 27. TNA Parliamentarians at a meeting held at the Opposition Leader’s office under the patronage of TNA leader R. Sampanthan on Thursday insisted that they should participate in this meeting to ensure development of the Northern Province. They were of the view that development activities should continue in the North which was badly battered by the 30-year protracted war. These Parliamentarians stressed the importance of participating in this Task Force meeting to find solutions to the burning issues of the Tamil people, that included releasing their lands occupied […]

Which Rajapaksa in 2020 – Mahinda contesting bogey to end JO ‘candidate crisis’?

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

In a desperate bid to stop speculation about its search for presidential nominees, the SLPP seems to be throwing its standard-bearer into the fray, hoping it will make all other contenders pipe-down It came like a bolt from the blue. All of a sudden, the concerted preoccupation of the Rajapaksa proxy Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and Joint Opposition camp is to push the theory that the former President, twice elected and once defeated in presidential elections over a decade, can contest a fourth time in 2019. It has been three years since the 19th Amendment was enacted, restoring term limits on the executive presidency. In all this time, the JO, whose members voted overwhelmingly in favour of enacting the 19A, never contested the 1978 […]

Drought in Kilinochchi brings misery to thousands

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

A population of about 82,000 people representing 24,100 families in the Kilinochchi District have been affected by the drought prevailing in the area. A senior official of the District Disaster Management Centre said the people of Kilinochchi, Kandawalai. Pachilipalai, Karachchi and Poonaryn divisions were the worst affected. He said all garden wells had run dry creating hardships for the people for want of drinking water. Meanwhile farmers pointed out that all tanks and canals in Kilinochchi, Dharmapuram, Puliyanpokkanai and Kallaru areas had run dry and the cattle and other animals were dying as a result. They said the wild elephant roaming into the villages in search of water were destroying paddyfields and home garden crops. The farmers said their cultivations would be ruined and crop […]

Coalition partners in unusual embrace over pending PC polls

26th August 2018 // 0 Comments

High-level Sirisena, Wickremesinghe delegations meet to work out strategy, but cloud of uncertainty over their political agendas Govt. to go full steam ahead with Grama Shakthi and Gamperaliya development programmes Every ministry to showcase its achievement in bid to counter big ‘JO’ protest on September 5 Thrusting forward despite the growing rift, fears of crippling strikes or protests, a sudden spurt in prices of consumer goods amidst other woes, this week saw the ruling coalition partners in an unusual embrace over pending Provincial Council elections. The two sides – leaders of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) – decided Thursday night that they should go ahead with the polls early next year. Despite the firm decision, there were still […]

Sri Lanka’s ex-Chief Justice may have violated constitution

24th August 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Former Chief Justice Sarath Silva may have openly violated constitution by presenting himself as legal counsel for ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa who was questioned by police in connection with the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr. Official sources noted that the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate that Silva was present as part of the legal team of Rajapaksa when he was questioned at his Wijerama Mawatha home on August 17. Article 110 (3) expressly prohibits retired judges of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal from engaging in any form of legal practice. Silva is said to be in breach of this provision when he was present and interjected during Rajapaksa’s questioning. “No person who has held office as […]

Priyanka And I Weren’t Happy About LTTE Chief’s Death: Rahul Gandhi

24th August 2018 // 0 Comments

“I told my sister Priyanka that I’m not happy,” Rahul Gandhi said on LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s death HAMBURG, GERMANY:  HIGHLIGHTS Rahul Gandhi said he has lost two members of his family to violence I wasn’t happy because I saw myself in his(Prabhakaran’s) children Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber of the LTTE in 1991 Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were not happy after the terror group LTTE’s chief Prabhakaran, who ordered the assassination of his father Rajiv Gandhi, was killed, as they felt “the violence inflicted upon him had impacted others, including his children”. The Congress chief said he has lost two members of his family to violence. “My grandmother (Indira Gandhi) and my […]

Subramanian Swamy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Medamulana

24th August 2018 // 0 Comments

India’s ruling BJP party senior member Dr Subramanian Swamy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Medamulana today. Rajapaksa tweeted saying he was invited by Swamy to speak at an event in New Delhi. “It was a hugely enjoyable trip to South Sri Lanka to meet Fmr SL President Sri Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family. He is a man to be admired for his decisiveness to wipe out LTTE terror and incidentally also soothe India’s hurt feelings due to Rajiv’a assassination by LTTE,” Swamy said. He added that while in Colombo he had a chance meet with former Maldives President Naseed. “He is apprehensive of gross rigging in their forthcoming election. India cannot allow that as a neighbour and also since current usurper President Yamin has humiliated Indians recently. We […]

Rajapakshe Government was behind the Abductions, Torture and killing of Journalists.

23rd August 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Like Duminda And Ravi – Cannot Remember By Suranimala Umagiliya – Keith Noyahr, the journalist from the now defunct Nation newspaper was abducted, tortured and assaulted on the 22nd of May 2008, when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in office. It is now evident through reports to Court and the media that Keith was released by his abductors after then Minister in Rajapaksha government Karu Jayasuriya telephoned President Mahinda Rajapaksa around 11.30pm on that fateful day, having heard from Lalith Allahakkoon, Editor of the Nation newspaper of the abduction. Strike one for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for initiating the release of Keith Noyahr, who may well have been murdered. But that is not how events should have unfolded. The sordid drama that is best served with a prosecution […]

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