2nd July 2014

Possibility of sanctions surface…

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Govt. Parliamentary Group pow wow at Chaaya BeyBY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY The possibility of sanctions being imposed on Sri Lanka in the wake of the ongoing probes by the United Nations Human Rights Council for alleged human rights abuses and war crimes in Sri Lanka had surfaced during the Government Parliamentary Group meeting chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday.This was one of the key points which were raised by a group of SLFP members, senior political sources told Ceylon Today. There was also some views expressed on the possibility of Sri Lanka’s war crimes being referred to the United Nations Security Council as pointed out by a member and others said that China and Russia, like before, will come to Sri Lanka’s rescue. It was also pointed […]

President should invite TNA – Vasu

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PSC on ethnic problem: By Umesh Moramudali  National Languages and Social Integration Minister, Vasudewa Nanayakkara, yesterday stressed that the President needs to invite the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), appointed to find solutions to the ethnic problem. Answering a question at a media briefing yesterday, Nanayakkara said the President needs to have cordial discussions and should imply to the TNA that the government has a genuine intention to solve the ethnic problem.He said, however, there are certain factions in the TNA who do not want to come for the discussions with the government.“MPs who do not want to discuss are funded by certain factions of the Tamil Diaspora. However, the Diaspora is also splitting now. It had split into several factions creating […]

Don’t Consider IMBL With SL as Settled: CM

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CHENNAI: Bringing to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet another incident of arrest of 17 Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on June 29, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday reiterated her view that the Centre should not treat the issue of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) with Sri Lanka as settled, as the very ownership of Katchatheevu islet and the unconstitutionality the 1974 and 1976 agreements, by which the islet was ceded to Sri Lanka, were the subject matter of litigation in the Supreme Court of India. “My government looks to your immediate and emphatic response to this issue and to ensure that it is taken up at the highest levels with the Sri Lankan government, so that our fishermen […]

UK calls for end to impunity in Lanka

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Britain says in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, there is a need to ensure that there is no impunity for acts of sexual violence in conflict and there is a need to provide support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children as well as women and men. The British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin said Britain continues to encourage and call on Sri Lanka to endorse the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict took place in London from 10-13 June, hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. It was attended by 128 countries, 79 Ministers and 8 UN Agency Heads, as well as by Presidents and prosecutors from the International […]

Govt. ‘blatantly misinformed’ UNHRC about Aluthgama clashes: Muslim Council

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Council fires letter to External Affairs Minister Alleges Govt. informed Council in Geneva that violence was instigated by Muslims Govt. statement in Geneva similar to versions propagated by ‘anti Muslim interests’ Geneva statement missed golden opportunity to stand against hate speech, violence: Council By Dharisha Bastians A prominent Muslim civil society group has taken issue with official Government statements to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about the communal violence in Aluthgama, charging that the version of the clashes relayed to the international rights body mirrors the ‘anti-Muslim propaganda’ by vested interests in Sri Lanka. In a letter addressed to External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris last week, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said “blatant misinformation” had been disseminated by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission […]

Hotel owner remanded for swindling Britisher

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A Hikkaduwa hotel owner who was arrested on charges of having swindling a Britisher of Rs.48 million after promising to get him several plots of land for cultivation was today ordered to be further remanded till July 15 by the Galle Additional Magistrate.In his complaint to the CID, British national Richard Karshal a civil engineer by profession had told that he got to know the suspect when he was staying at the suspect’s tourist hotel in Hikkaduwa in 2004. The complainant further said that he built up a close relationship with the suspect and subsequently discussed to invest money at a land cultivation project. The complainant told police that though he had made a payment to purchase about 114 acres from Haldumulla area the suspect […]

EU and Muslims calls for LLRC full implementation

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The European Union (EU) today called for the full implementation of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and advancing a sustainable political solution saying they are essential for peaceful growth and stability in Sri Lanka. “We welcome the appointment by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, of three renowned experts – Martti Ahtisaari, Silvia Cartwright and Asma Jahangir – to assist the investigation team for Sri Lanka led by her office. We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to fully cooperate with the investigation to address accountability issues as an important step for fostering genuine reconciliation. It should also allow all stakeholders to engage without fear of reprisals,” the EU said in a statement from Brussels. The EU statement said that Sri Lanka has come […]

A full frontal military assault on Mangala Samaraweera

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Late last week we witnessed the scenario where the Army spokesman, a brigadier in rank, made the unusual claim that current UNP spokesman and former Rajapakse Administration Foreign Minister, MP Mangala Samaraweera had compromised national security by alleging at a press conference, that state intelligence agencies or at least some intelligence chiefs, were supporting the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and that the Aluthgama and Beruwela anti Muslim violence was in fact an organized operation with state intelligence backing.  An update to that allegation or rather to the traction that it gathered, was that the Defense Secretary, in a media interview published on July 1st,  felt compelled to deny any personal involvement in alleged defense establishment assistance and help to the BBS or other extremist groups. […]

VIDEO: Govt imposed ‘unofficial censorship’ to cover-up its sins – Ranil

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The United National Party (UNP) today accused the government of imposing “unofficial censorship” on media to espouse racism at it pleases and to recreate its image after pushing the country towards destruction.  “The Rajapaksa regime is looking to completely destroy media freedom today,” Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe said, speaking to reporters after meeting with representatives from several media rights groups in Colombo. He alleged that news censorship was imposed in the wake of the recent Aluthgama and Beruwala violence in order to “cover up the government’s sins” and not to protect the peace. He stated that a letter was sent to every media organization as a news censorship following the Aluthgama and Beruwala incidents. It instructed the organizations to do as told or suffer the […]

Two More US Firms To White-Wash Rajapaka Regime

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Despite bragging about their disregard for US policies and its hypocrisy, Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry has hired two more firms specialising in government relations to white-wash its image in the US. According to reports by Kevin Mccauley, the External Affairs Minister has signed Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) contracts with the ‘Madison Group’ and ‘Beltway Government Strategies’. The contract with Madison Group, on which the Sri Lankan government will spend a whopping $18,000 worth of public money per annum as well as expenses and bonuses for their performance, has been signed to assist the EAM in ‘creating a situational awareness of current affairs’ in the country. Beltway Government Strategies based in Los-Angeles has been hired to ‘retain and manage firms to engage in government […]

Gota Caught Lying In Interview

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In a revealing interview published in today’s Daily Mirror, Sri Lankas Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa was caught contradicting himself on two occasions, pertaining to the alleged assault of a Buddhist monk on the day of Poson Poya, and his power extending to the Police force. The interviewer asks the Defence Secretary why the Police did not prevent the rally from taking in place, and while justifying the decision of the Police, Rajapaksa asks the Interviewer why he perceives the inception to be the rally, when there was a “buddhist monk assaulted” The interviewer then asks Rajapaksa if the assault was true, to be met by a stoic answer by Rajapaksa who says the monk was intact assaulted. Soon after, in the next question […]

Deception is the brand name of the government of the Rajapaksa brothers, and professor G.L. Pieris is its brand ambassador.

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By Chandra Kumarage – ‘Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.’ Walter Scott, Marmion. ‘When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the State,’ Euripedes, Orestes. The government of Sri Lanka has again used Parliament to adopt a resolution rejecting the appointment by the OHCHR to probe the human rights violations including war crimes alleged to have been committed by the Armed forces of the GOSL during the last phase of the war with the LTTE in April-May 2009. The resolution states, ‘To demonstrate its commitment to protecting democracy and human rights and protect the people’s democratic rights and human rights, the government will undertake to conduct impartial investigations into the following incidents and submit a report […]

Do not touch us as it would be a move tantamount to digging their own grave.

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 “Buddha Sasana Ministry Turns Buddhist Monks Into Political Stooges” – RW Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has accused the government of politicizing the Ministry of Buddha Sasana while creating divisions among the Sangha community of Sri Lanka. Addressing a public meeting in Galle, the Opposition Leader said the present government has turned the Ministry of Buddha Sasana into a political institution. He also alleged that the Ministry of Buddha Sasana only allocates funds for monks whose political allegiance lies with the government…………………… read all    BBS throw down the gauntlet!  BY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY“UNP, Foreign Diplomatic missions and Muslim extremists behind Aluthgama incident”  The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) yesterday admonished the government, the Opposition and the police, to not touch them, as it would be a move tantamount to […]