May 2014

Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando surrenders

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando has surrendered to the police in connection to the attack on a group of UNP parlimentarians in Hambantota, which took place a few weeks ago. Police stated that the mayor was released after obtaining a statement on Tuesday night.A special investigation is being carried out into the attack by Galle DIG Gamini Mathurata . Four individuals have been taken into the custody following the attack. Pictures of the Hambantota mayor holding a gun during this incident were published in several newspapers.

Police shaken by daring abduction of two cops and killing of one

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Madura Ranwala Two unarmed traffic constables attached to Kurunegala police station were abducted, while they were on duty, by unidentified armed men, who arrived in a white van in the early hours of yesterday at Barawedapola junction in the Kurunegala town and one of them was shot dead about two kilometres away near a jungle. The deceased had received two gun shot injuries to his back. He was lying fully naked on the ground. The abductors had stripped them naked. The other constable had survived by hanging on to the T-56 assault rifle that shot dead his fellow constable and pulling out its magazine. After killing the one constable, the abductors targeted the escaped constable who was at the time in the vehicle fully […]

India to grill Pakistan/Lankan terror suspect

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Intelligence officials from Andhra Pradesh are to interrogate Mohammed Zakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan arrested by the Tamil Nadu police days before recent terror attack in Chennai, The Hindu newspaper quoted Deputy police chief B. Prasada Rao as saying. They would elicit information if Hussain and his handlers had planned any attacks here, he said at a press conference replying to a question if the terror operatives behind Chennai attack had targeted Andhra Pradesh. Referring to Tamil Nadu DGP statement that the target of bomb planters could not have been Chennai, Rao said investigation was on to ascertain facts. “Investigation is inconclusive on this angle. We’re not yet sure if the terror suspects planted the bombs in the train at Bangalore, Chennai or somewhere in between […]

President had secret meeting with BBS!

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a secret meeting with Bodu Bala Sena representatives last night (23), say Temple Trees sources. This meeting had been arranged by defence ministry secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya. BBS general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera and theoretician Dr. Dilanthe Withanage had participated in this meeting at Temple Trees. Earlier in the day, as a BBS team that had called on the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter in Kandy in the morning was returning to Colombo, the president had telephoned them and invited them for a meeting as soon as possible. Accepting the invitation, they had gone to Temple Trees around 7.00 pm. At this meeting, the president had commended the BBS for its activities, and asked them to carry on doing what the defence […]

Canada warns of risk in Sri Lanka

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Canada has warned that there is a risk of further violence in Sri Lanka as none of underlying causes of conflict have been dealt with, the Innercity press website reported. Matthew Russell Lee wrote in an exclusive report on Innercity press that the concerns had been raised at a meeting held yesterday at Canada’s Mission to the UN in New York. The report said that Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Shavendra Silva sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army. He said for example that “certain organizations are propagating false allegations, they are repeated by different organizations and form an opinion.” At the May 6 session, Inner City Press was informed that Canadian Permanent Representative Guillermo Rishchynski spoke of a risk of further […]

An end to monk militancy in sight?

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rohana R. Wasala The unsuccessful suicide attempt by a Buddhist monk protesting against cattle slaughter some time ago was the second such event staged by a bhikkhu over a couple of months. In the first incident that occurred in Kandy, a young monk died by burning himself. The apparently suicidal desperation of certain young Bhikkhus demonstrated in these cases may have in some measure catalysed the emergence of a more meaningful remedial process than previously seen on the initiative of the state and the Sangha: On the one hand, the police thwarted the second suicide attempt and arrested the suspect monk on the other, one of the three Buddhist clerical sects, the Amarapura Chapter of Bhikkhus, unanimously banned politics for its members, according to […]

Rawana Balaya insists on having new police unit withdrawn

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A delegation from the Rawana Balaya organisation today handed over a letter to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana demanding that the special police unit set up to look into religious disputes be withdrawn before the Wesak Poya Day. The organisation’s secretary the Ven. Ittakande Saddhatissa Thera, when handing over this letter to the deputy minister, asked that the President be requested to withdraw the newly set up police unit because it served no useful purpose. The Ven. Saddhathissa Thera warned that in the event the new police unit was not withdrawn before the Wesak Poya Day deadline, the members of the Rawana Balaya organisation would be reluctantly compelled to move in and occupy the ministry building.(Video and text by Darshana Sanjeewa)   È

British Khuram killing: JMO says stab injury was fatal

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Dr. Kithsiri Wijeweera, who is the former Tangalle Hospital JMO presently serving at the Badulla Hospital testifying in the Khuram Sheik murder trial said yesterday it was not the gunshot injury on Khuram’s forehead but the stab injury on his face that had caused instant death.Dr. Wijeweera’s evidence before Colombo High Court Judge Rohini Walgama was led by Senior State Counsel Thusith Mudalige.He revealed this at the trial into the killing of Khuram Sheik and the gang rape of his girlfriend at the Nature Resort in Tangalle on December 24, 2011.The doctor said he performed the autopsy on the corpse of Khuram Sheik on December 25 evening and he found 42 injuries.He said the injury caused to his forehead was from a rifle probably from […]

Minister Weerawansa’s public threats to quit UPFA laughed at

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

by Norman Palihawadane Wildlife Resources Conservation Minister Wijitha Wijayamuni Zoysa yesterday said that Housing, Construction, Engineering Services and Public Utilities Minister was blowing his own trumpet obviously referring to the latter’s public threat to pull out of the ruling alliance. The Wildlife Minister likened his ministerial colleague’s rhetoric to the din that emanates when a kottu roti was made in a wayside boutique. Simply by making a big noise National Freedom Front leader Weerawansa could not scare the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, he added. Kaduwela Mayor G.H.Buddhadasa, who had been at loggerheads with the NFF leader for sometime, also denounced Weerawansa’s behaviour. He said that the Minister was making a big noise about casinos and the international community thinking that he would become more popular, […]

Sri Lanka court grants bail to Buddhist monks

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Monks from nationalist Bodu Bala Sena or Buddhist Force accused of insulting the Quran appear in a Colombo court. Four of Sri Lanka’s hardline Buddhist monks appeared in court on Monday accused of insulting the Quran, in the first such case following a spate of religious hate attacks. Police accused the monks, from the nationalist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Force, of making disparaging remarks against the Islamic holy book after bursting into a meeting of religious leaders last month. At the meeting, the monks also intimidated a moderate colleague who was promoting religious tolerance on the Buddhist-majority Island, police said. “The four priests along with two laymen were summoned by court today and granted bail in the sum of 100,000 rupees ($770) each,” police […]

Karunanidhi slams Centre’s decision to resend Sri Lankan Tamil family

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday condemned Centre’s decision to resend a Sri Lankan Tamil family which came from London to India for medical purposes.In a statement, Karunanidhi said, “Sri Lanka has requested all the nations to ban 424 Tamils belonging to various organizations. Other countries have refused to accept the Lankan request. But media reports suggest that India has accepted the request and has taken action on it.”A man, who is among the 424 people banned by the Sri Lankan government, came to India along with his mother from London for treatment. However, without even considering the humanitarian aspect, the Centre had returned the person and this was condemnable, said Karunanidhi.The demand by the Sri Lankan government, which is accused of human rights […]

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court to hear case on Northern land acquisitions on August 7th

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka will hear six fundamental rights petitions filed by 160 petitioners challenging government’s occupation of their lands on August 7. The petitioners allege that Sri Lanka Army has unlawfully occupied 6,381 acres of land belonging to the residents of Valikamam North Division in the Jaffna peninsula. The petitioners in their application had claimed they were in occupation of their lands for the past 23 years and had to vacate their places of residence due to the conflict between the LTTE and the government. They have further noted that they were not informed in writing that their lands were to be acquired by the Army for the construction of Battalion Headquarters and that they had come to know only through posters […]

Tamil Nadu cops say Pkistan ISI planning strike on Visakhapatnam Navy base through Sri Lanka.

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai: In a startling revelation, the Tamil Nadu police on Monday told a city court that suspected Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence agent Sakir Hussian with Sri Lankan passport was working on a plan to sabotage the Indian Navy bases at Kochi and Visakhapatnam.    The police was seeking custody of Hussain for further investigation, at a metropolitan magistrate court in Egmore, Chennai.   The state police’s Q Branch, which monitors external terror elements in the state, told the court that the Colombo-based Pakistani handlers of Sakir Hussian had wanted him to collect details of the two Indian Navy bases.   The naval base in Vizag is the headquarters of the Eastern Command while Kochi has the training facility of the Indian Navy. “We are alert because of […]

T56 weapon with ammunition found on beach

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

May 06, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army, Navy and the Police have launched an extensive search in the general area of Ichchilampattai, Trincomalee after the recovery of a T56 weapon with several rounds of ammunition in a bag at Lanka Patuna beach near a Naval detachment on Monday (5 May). Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the Sri Lanka Army and the Navy along with the Police have launched an investigation including a search to apprehend the suspects in relation to the recovery of the weapon. According to preliminary investigations around 5:30 p.m. on Monday a senior sailor from the Navy camp located a few hundred meters away from the incident while jogging along the beach had seen two young males carrying something wrapped in […]

Young woman reports being raped by army in Vanni

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

A woman in her early 20s has reported being raped by Sri Lankan military personnel in Vanni in early April.  The incident has only just come to light after the victim, fearing further sexual attacks if she stayed, was able to flee the Vanni accompanied by her mother. The woman reports the rape occurred at an army camp in Vanni, after father was ordered to bring his family there, a civil society source based in Kilinochchi, in whom the woman subsequently confided in, told the Tamil Guardian. Her father was employed by the military at the time. The woman remains reluctant to speak about the incident, fearing reprisal, the source added. Military search operation targets Tamil youths in Trincomalee A search operation by the Sri Lankan Army, Navy and Police, targeting Tamil youths, was conducted in Verukal, Trincomalee […]

Report: Pakistan’s ISI Targeted U.S. and Israeli Consulates in India

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Pakistan’s intelligence agency (ISI) has a controversial history of assisting terrorists, including the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Now, the Times of India is reporting that Pakistan’s ISI has plans to conduct terror attacks on two foreign consulates in India, including the U.S. consulate in Chennai and the Israeli consulate in Bengaluru. Official sources say that a Sri Lankan national confessed Sunday that Pakistani high commission in Colombo reportedly hired him as part of ISI’s alleged plans to conduct reconnaissance on the two foreign consulates in India. Sakir Hussain, a suspected ISI operative, reportedly told officials that he was supposed to set up travel papers and safe houses for two men that the agency was sending from Maldives to Chennai. An unnamed Southeast Asian country tipped an Indian central security agency about […]

Indian airports put on high alert after Pakistan terror plot

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 The central intelligence agencies fear that Pakistan backed ISI  terrorists are trying to sneak into major cities in the South India. All major airports in South India have been put on high alert following an alert by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). In an alert, the BCAS has warned that the terror groups may attack an airport in the South India. International airports in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mangalore, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram have been put on high alert. The local police have been asked to increase the random checking of all vehicles and the passengers near the airports and the roads leading to these airports. The BCAS has warned all southern airports of potential car-bomb attacks. According to intelligence sources, the arrest and interrogation […]

Govt has made judicial service a ‘safe haven’ for political stooges

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The UNP today accused the government of “unabashedly” violating long established traditions of the system and making the judicial service a safe haven for political stooges and henchmen. As part of its plan to emasculate the country’s judiciary, the Rajapaksa government has deliberately made a “mockery” of important appointments in the judicial system, the party said in a statement. “The nearest example is the appointment of Priyantha Jayawardena as a Supreme Court judge above the heads of many eligible candidates, sending shockwaves across the entire judicial system of the country,” it said. The United National Party, however, said this was not the first time the present government acted in a “dubious and non-transparent manner” when it came to key appointments in the judiciary. “They unabashedly […]

Fish rain down on Sri Lanka village

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Villagers in west Sri Lanka have said they have been surprised and delighted by an unusual rainfall of small fish. The edible fish fell during a storm and are believed to have been lifted out of a river during a strong wind. Villagers in the district of Chilaw said they heard something heavy falling and found scores of fish with a total weight of 50kg (75lbs). It is not the first such incident in Sri Lanka – in 2012, a case of “prawn rain” was recorded in the south. Continue reading the main story Analysis Steve CleatonForecaster, BBC Weather Centre The most likely cause of this unusual event probably relates to the formation of a tornado. Tornadoes tend to form in areas where large differences […]

EU says concerns on Lanka serious

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) says the concerns raised on Sri Lanka during the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva were serious. The Head of Delegation of the EU to Sri Lanka and Maldives David Daly said that the EU felt it was important to back the resolution on Sri Lanka submitted at the UNHRC. Speaking at an EU day function in Colombo this evening, Daly said that the EU sees Sri Lanka as a good friend and it was as part of that friendship that the EU raised its concerns with Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. Daly was speaking in front of several Ambassadors, diplomats opposition parliamentarians and Government Ministers and officials including Ministers Douglas Devananda, Rajitha Senaratne, Tissa Vitarana and Deputy […]

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