30th June 2014

Sinhala Army Remembered in Jaffna but Tamils are NOT allowed to remember their next of skin.

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ONE RULE FOR THE SINHALESE Commander and all ranks of Security Force – Jaffna, after an whole night pirith chanting and alms giving to Buddhists Monks, transferred merits to armed force members who were killed in the war against the Tamil minority who fought for a separate state due to discrimination by successive Sinhala governments of Sri Lanka. The Budddhists Monks invoked blessing to Commander of the Army, soldiers and members of civilian staff serving in the Army Friday (27) morning.  The Pinkama was organized with auspices of Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera as the final leg of 18th Anniversary celebrations of Security Force Jaffna (SF-J). Monks headed by Ven. Naramdeniye Dhammawasa thero, Head of Boraluketiya Buddhist centre of Kamburupitiya, Matara chanted […]

New UN rights probe intensifies pressure on SLanka

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new U.N. investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka will intensify international pressure on its government and could probe the purported responsibility of senior Sri Lankan officials with U.S. ties. As many as 40,000 civilians may have died amid government shelling in the final five months of the conflict in 2009, according to a previous U.N. report. Government forces have also been accused of executing ethnic Tamil rebel leaders who tried to surrender. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced Wednesday a heavyweight panel including a Nobel laureate and a former judge on a U.N.-backed tribunal trying former Cambodian leaders for genocide and war crimes, to advise a 10-month investigation by her office. Its goal, laid out […]

Sri Lanka wants killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 as war victory recognition

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Sri Lanka Buddhist leader warned of ‘end’ to all Muslims Sri Lankan Buddhist leader Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara threatened to destroy Muslim businesses and asked his audience to fight against the minorities. Part of the audience shouted back saying yes, they will do it. The defeat of terrorism and the advent of peace and stability have brought about significant benefits not only for the people of Sri Lanka but for the whole South Asian region, and it is only right and proper that the magnitude of these benefits should receive recognition, Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, said in Colombo today. He was delivering the keynote address at a symposium on establishing a Centre of Excellence on Ocean Sciences and Environment for the Indian Ocean […]

The Mystery Of The Second Wave Of Sinhala Ethnic Nationalism

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By Shyamon Jayasinghe – The first wave of Sinhala ethnic nationalism emerged in the Bandaranaike era during the mid- fifties and rather gradually morphed into a 26 year-old civil war that was brought to an end only a few years ago. Although the guns are down the embers of that bloody conflict are still burning; waiting to flare up again, given foolish handling by the government and Sinhala nationalists. As one observes in the world of today, ethno-nationalism is a most intractable area of collective human relationships. It is a serious challenge to countries with many ethnic groups who show a strength that surpasses their relative numbers. We are used to thinking and saying that the Tamil minority was the target of that first wave of Sinhala Buddhist –led nationalism. […]

Gnanasara Thera Banned From Entering US!

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BBS concerned over US visa cancellation Gnanasara Thera Banned From Entering US! The Bodu Bala Sena alleges that the US State Department has taken measures to cancel its General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera’s visa to the United States. Speaking to Asian Mirror, BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Vithanage said an official of the US Embassy had contacted Gnanasara Thera and informed him of the decision made by the US State Department. The United States had granted Visa to Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera before he formed the Bodu Bala Sena Organization in 2012. “It was valid for a period of five years and now the US has cancelled Gnanasara Thera’s visa after three and a half years,” he said. The BBS Chief Executive Officer also said that […]

Modi to meet TNA

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would hold talks with newly elected Indian Prime Minister   Narendra Modi in New Delhi next month, party officials said yesterday.The Indian government has agreed to afford an opportunity for the TNA to meet with the Prime Minister and the other leaders by the middle of July. However, the exact dates have not yet been confirmed.Shortly after Mr. Modi and his Cabinet of Ministers were sworn in, TNA leader R. Sampanthan sought a meeting with the new leadership of India to raise issues concerning the Tamil people.   Apart from seeking India’s active engagement for a political settlement, Mr. Sampanthan highlighted issues such as heavy military presence, land grabbing, alleged plan for   altering the demographic pattern in the north in this letter.    The […]

Police and military simply stand and watch or escort thugs!

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By Kumar David – Conspiracies theories abound; Dead Left Ministers summon small group meetings to warn of impending coup like developments. There is mayhem all round – the UNHRC probe, anti-Muslim pogroms, the Modi–Jayalalithaa twin-landslide nightmare and infighting in the government. The most intense and sharply focussed manic moment is the assault on the Muslim community, its places of worship and Muslim businesses, plotted, programmed and provoked by extremist Buddhist monks. Is the BBS, or more muscular souls in clerical attire, simply doing its ‘thing’ (with help from here and there – and we know where) or is it a façade of a deeper plot? Conspiracy theories multiply when society and polity break down and mayhem widens. There is no shortage of rumour as arsonists ignite, police and military […]

“Gnanasara’s Bravery Comes From Gota”, Ivan Reveals “Gota’s Fascist Story”

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Strong links between Sri Lanka’s Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) that recently instigated anti-Muslim violence in Southern Sri Lanka have been exposed by Ravaya – a mainstream Sinhala weekly newspaper in Sri Lanka. The article written by the paper’s former Editor and its Chairman  – Victor Ivan titled ‘Gotabaya’s shadow’ has revealed the extent to which Gotabaya has been influencing activities of the BBS. The piece discloses that following the deadly attacks in Aluthgama and Beruwala, the BBS had been instructed by Gotabaya to hold a press conference and clear his name off the mounting accusations that held him responsible for the attacks on Muslims. He had asked the BBS General Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara – the monk infamous for his racist remarks, to disassociate Gotabaya with the […]

Dhanapala warns against criticizing Prince Hussein

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Senior diplomat Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala warns that it will be an act of spitting at own face if the Sri Lankan government continues to attack Prince Hussein who is to succeed Navi Pillai as the UNHCR chief. The former ambassador in Washington and Geneva has told ‘Sunday Divaina’ that it was very disadvantageous to the country if the persons, not their acts and policies, are criticized. Dr. Dhanapala has said that he has had diplomatic dealings with Prince Hussein in New York, including that both had run for the UN secretary general post, but lost to Ban ki Moon. He is a person who commits himself to human rights of many countries and has impartially carried out his duties in dealing with disciplinary matters of […]

28 villagers arrested for assaulting Buddhist monk

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Police today said that twenty-eight persons including 14 women and a teenager have been arrested after a group of villagers allegedly assaulted the Chief Incumbent of the Sri Munasingharama Buddhist Temple in Hatale, Panwila. The attack had reportedly taken place due to a dispute between the Buddhist monk and the villagers.Twenty-seven suspects have been remanded until July 3 after being produced at the Teldeniya Magistrate’s Court while the other suspect, a 17-year-old youth, has been handed over to the Weragala Children’s Home. The assaulted monk is currently receiving treatment at the Kandy Hospital, police said.