26th July 2014

Over 10,000 fishermen go on indefinite strike

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Over 10,000 coastal fishermen in Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram districts began an indefinite strike on Friday, demanding the release of all the 43 fishermen languishing in Sri Lanka prisons, and their mechanised boats. The fishermen stayed away from routine operations, their representatives told The Hindu . “We will continue the strike till the Central and State governments intervene and find an early solution,” said N. Kuttiandi, president of the Jegadapattinam Mechanised Boat Owners Association. Both Jegadapattinam and Kottaipattinam coastal tracts in Pudukottai district were known for yielding large-sized crabs which are exported. The strike could thus hit exports, the sources said. In Rameswaram, a 4000-strong contingent of fishermen struck work, angered at their fishing season which began only recently, getting sullied by the actions of the Sri Lankan […]

Wimal the Joker and his friend Mahinda.

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Wimal’s move on gazette unlikely to make headway The days of cult and clan in politics By Shamindra Ferdinando The National Freedom Front (NFF) yesterday acknowledged that it would have no alternative but to quit the SLFP-led coalition unless the government amended a controversial special gazette notification meant to broaden the scope of a local investigation by appointing a three-member International Advisory Panel (IAP). The local investigation is headed by retired High Court judge Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama. The three-member presidential commission appointed in August 2013 includes Mrs. Suranjana Vidyaratne and Mrs. Mano Ramanathan. In February of this year, President Rajapaksa extended the mandate of the Commission by six months to August 12, 2014. Sir Desmond de Silva has been named Chairman of the three-member panel […]

British Govt. Calls Upon Sri Lanka Again To Sign UN Declaration Of Commitment To End Sexual Violence In Conflict

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The British Government has expressed grave concerns over the culture of impunity prevailing in Sri Lanka forrape and sexual violence and has once again called upon the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to sign up to the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. These calls are made just days after a group of Naval officers attached to the Karainagar Navy camp accused of raping a 11 year-old for 11 days were released on personal bail earlier this week.The South Asia Department of Foreign and Commonwealth Office in UK in a letter to theTransnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) yesterday has expressed concerns over the reports of a culture of impunity for rape and sexual violence and a lack of support for victims in Sri Lanka both during […]

Healing The Wounds: Working With The Diaspora

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By Rajiva Wijesinha –  31 years after the tragic events of July 1983, there has still been no serious attempt to heal the wounds. They were grave wounds, and the effect they had still bedevils this country. Though many explanations are offered, some in an effort to justify what occurred, we must recognize that, as BishopLakshman Wickremesinghe put it, ‘The facts however cannot be denied. Thousand of Tamils, old and young, and even little children were assaulted; robbed, killed, bereaved and made refugees. They saw their homes, possessions, vehicles, shops and factories plundered, burnt or destroyed. These people were humiliated, made to live in fear and rendered helpless’ This brutality led to the strengthening of the LTTE. Though we must all be glad that the terrorism the LTTE engaged in is […]

The Vijaya Kumaratunge Assassination

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By Rajan Hoole – Political Murders, the Commissions and the Unfinished Task – 8 A presidential commission comprising Supreme Court Judges P. Ramanathan and S.N. Silva (who subsequently became Attorney General and then Chief Justice), and High Court Judge D. Jayawickrema heard evidence on the assassination of Vijaya Kumaratunge (VK), a rising political star. He was assassinated on 16th February 1988, early during the JVP insurgency. In the findings, a prima facie case was said to lie against President Premadasa on the grounds that the former President was implicated by evidence of a motive for the assassination, and by circumstantial evidence of the suppression of the investigation. UNP Minister Ranjan Wijeratne was implicated by the Commissioners on the grounds that he illegally and improperly interfered in the conduct of […]

Sri Lanka Has Fallen Prey To Israel Traps

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Sri Lanka has fallen prey to Zionist forces of Israel and by way has given leeway for extremist Tamil forces to rise and the Western powers to undermine the war victory, former diplomat Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka has stated at a meeting held in solidarity with the Palestenian people of Gaza. Dr. Jayatilleka addressing the meeting held on Tuesday, had stated that the recent media release issued by the foreign ministry on the Israel- Palestine conflict is exemplary of the Rajapaksa regime’s mistaken stance on the situation in Gaza. “The statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry contains major flaws; it does not mention Palestine or Palestinians, there is no condemnation of the bombings carried out by Israel or of its illegal occupation of Palestine, it does not […]