9th May 2014

3 Naval vessels arrive in Rameswaram

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Three Naval patrol vessels arrived at the Navy jetty here today in the backdrop of information that Pakistan‘s ISI could infiltrate India from Sri Lanka through the sea. Officials who confirmed the arrival of the three vessels, however, refused to give any further information. The ships could be meant for strengthening presence of navy in the region and prevent infiltration of ISI agents by sea from Sri lanka, sources said. Only two days ago, a senior official of Tamil Nadu Coastal Security Group (CSG) said a new security system had been put in place off this coastal town to prevent infiltration by sea.“CSG has been deployed in the area after police received information that ISI agents could infiltrate India from Sri lanka via Palk Straits. A new security system has been put in place to totally prevent […]

Another Military man next governor of Tamils?

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DIG Anura Senanayake is tipped to be the next governor of the Northern Province, a report said yesterday.“The term of office of the present Governor of the Northern Province General G.A Chandrasri ends on June 30. Speculation is rife that DIG Anura Senanayake who is expected to retire by that time would be made the next Governor of the Northern Province,” Malarum.com said. “Anura Senanayake wields a great amount of trust from the State leadership would be appointed the next Inspector General of Police. His term of office expired recently and was extended by another six months. It was rumoured that his term of office was extended by another six months to appoint him as the next Inspector General of Police. However, it has been […]

Lanka, Pakistan hold defence talks

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The second round of the annual Armed Forces Staff Talks between Sri Lanka and Pakistan commenced at the Joint Staff Headquarters in Pakistan this week, the Ministry of Defence said today. The Armed Forces Staff Talks were initiated in 2012 to promote professional and mutually beneficial relations between the Armed Forces of the two countries. The talks are designed to improve bilateral cooperation and understanding between the Armed Forces through direct and open exchange of facts on matters of mutual interest .The focus of the discussions extends to training, joint exercises, research and development and an array of military exchange programmes. The Sri Lankan delegation led by Major General HCP Goonetilleke comprises Brigadier WRP de Silva, Brigadier RA Nugera and Lieutenant Colonel GNU Jayaratne from […]

ISI agent tailed US consulate officials, say investigators

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CHENNAI: Sakir Hussain, the suspected ISI agent arrested in the city on April 29 had been tailing US consulate officials and looking for unoccupied buildings in the vicinity, probably for an attack, investigators said. Police have included the names of two Pakistan diplomats in Colombo — Siddiqui, counsellor (visa) at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, and his associate Boss, alias Shah — in the FIR. They allegedly engaged Hussain to gather information on vital installations in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Police said the 37-year-old Sri Lankan confessed to have been noting down the registration numbers of some US consulate officials and tracking their movements. “He said he had taken pictures of the consulate and e-mailed them to the Pakistan high commission officials in Colombo for which […]

Minister Wimal wants to be the next president?

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Wimal accuses the ‘Three Rajapaksha Rulers’ War was won by Joint government and not by Rajapaksha family. Mahinda may loose next Presidential election.   UNP waiting for Wimal’s next move Chairman of the UNP Leadership Council (LC) and Gampaha District MP Karu Jayasuriya told The Island yesterday (8) that the party was watching with interest Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s threats to leave the government and, therefore, was unable to make further comments, but they were attempting to resurrect the UNP to face a snap parliamentary or presidential election and also the Uva PC polls.  Leader of the Democratic Left Front (DLF) and Minister of National Languages and Social Integration Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that he was told that Weerawansa sounded very serious about his threat of leaving the government, but […]

The Hon Julie Bishop MP: Call for an independent international inquiry into human rights abuse in Sri Lanka.

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Hello there, I just signed the petition “The Hon Julie Bishop MP: Call for an independent international inquiry into human rights abuse in Sri Lanka.” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name. Our goal is to reach 500 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-hon-julie-bishop-mp-call-for-an-independent-international-inquiry-into-human-rights-abuse-in-sri-lanka?recruiter=2014528&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_mobile Thanks! Sockalingam Yogalingam Candidate for Member of European Parliament www.nationalliberal.org

Leaflets with death threats distributed around Jaffna Uni naming academics and student leaders

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SL commander warns students against Mu’l’livaaykkaal remembrance in Jaffna The commander of the occupying Sri Lankan military in Jaffna , Major General Udaya Perera, on Wednesday told Jaffna University students and academics when Ms Vasanthy Arasaratnam, the vice chancellor of the University, took them to a meeting with Major General Udaya Perera at Thal Sevena resort situated in SL military-appropriated Kaangkeasanthu’rai (KKS) of Valikaamam North. No one would be allowed to take part in any collective events of remembrance on Mu’l’livaaykkaal Day, the SL commander told the students and the academics. In the meantime, a section the SL military intelligence operatives have distributed anonymous leaflets with death threats on those who mark Mu’l’livaaykkaal Day.  The SL military commander in Jaffna is not only denying the […]

Sri Lankan president boasts of economic growth

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President Mahinda Rajapakse seized on the 2013 Central Bank Annual Report, released last month, to boast of an increased economic growth rate of 7.3 percent, up from 6.3 percent in 2012. The report, however, covers up the country’s serious economic problems, which are driving the government’s austerity measures against working people. Launching the report, Rajapakse focussed on the growth figure, ignoring the deepening global breakdown and its impact on the every economy. He claimed, without offering a shred of evidence, that “the present economic stability will remain until 2050 and plans should be formulated accordingly.” He appealed to investors to “plug in” to Sri Lanka. Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, a political appointee of Rajapakse, sounded the same optimistic note. He claimed that the […]

Interview: Sugata Bose

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The Diplomat speaks with the Harvard historian and first-time politician about the Indian elections. Professor Sugata Bose is a Harvard University historian, the author of His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire (2011) and A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (2006), and a first-time politician. He is making a debut on a Trinamool Congress ticket from the eastern state of West Bengal in the ongoing general elections of India.The Diplomat speaks with him at his Kolkata residence about his books, his great-uncle Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s “mysterious” death, the communists, and the possibility of a third front in India. As a historian, you’ve said that this is a critical moment in India’s history. You’ve also described the ongoing elections as […]

5 years after: Reflections as a mother, women and a citizen of Sri Lanka

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The moment I think of the war it takes me to 1995. Sri Lankans had very high expectations – a new government and a new President with a lot of promise to end the war. People in the South, North, East and West were so hopeful to see the day the war would end. I can remember me taking my elder son to the Army headquarters to enlist him. All of us the mothers were saying “now there is nothing to worry. The war has ended so our children will be safe. This a good time to enlist in the Army. These are the lucky ones”. I never knew what war was. Frankly speaking I never felt the danger that I was putting my son […]

Can the TRC model work in Sri Lanka?

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Sri Lankans are debating whether their nation could successfully adapt a South African-style Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) mechanism for post-conflict healing. For Sri Lankan northerner Kalaiselvam, the sights and sounds of peace have replaced those of war. RELATED ARTICLES Sri Lanka looks to South Africa for peace-building lessons Sri Lanka studying South Africa on rights Sri Lanka delays war report recommendations Yet nearly five years after Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict ended, things still aren’t quite right, said the Mullaitivuresident who lost many friends and relatives during the war. For Kalaiselvam and many others in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil north, questions related to the war and its underlying causes remain unresolved. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) could change that, he said. “I think if all […]

Australia’s asylum seeker obsession puts democracy at risk

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Scott Morrison’s creation of a single border force confirms it: asylum seeker policy is dominating the working agenda of the government and its departments. An inquiry is inevitable Today, in his address at the Lowy Institute, immigration minister Scott Morrison announced the creation of the Australian border force, a “single integrated border protection agency” of customs and immigrations assets – including detention centre management. A commissioner, to lead the agency, will report directly to Morrison and “pick up where Operation Sovereign Borders leaves off”. This latest announcement shows that far from being on the periphery of Australian politics, asylum seeker policy is now at its centre. It has taken on a life of its own and now, to varying degrees, dictates the working agenda of a […]