25th August 2014

Government Thugs set fire to 14 election offices of the JVP

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

A communique issued by the JVP states a band of thugs of the UPFA has set fire to 14 election offices of the JVP and pasted posters of the UPFA candidate Shasheendra Rajapaksa. The communique states: “We express our disgust and condemnation regarding the attacks carried out by the government that is at the threshold of an election defeat. During the past 48 hours 14 legally put up election offices of the JVP candidates for the Uva PC election have been attacked by thugs. The gangs of thugs that have attacked the offices have destroyed decorations and have set fire to them. The attacks by the government escalate day by day and interestingly, most of these attacks have taken place in Monaragala District.  Certain offices […]

Black money: India get Swiss banks’ data of hoarders

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

New Delhi, August 25: Tax investigators pursuing instances of black money stashed abroad by Indians have finally been able to circumvent the Swiss secrecy code by asking over 100 such account holders to submit on their own details of personal balances in these banks, brought under the tax net recently, for lesser penal action for evasion. The tax effect in these cases could be about Rs 50-80 crore, according to sources. Faced by non-cooperation from Switzerland owing to the alpine nation’s “domestic legal barriers” and “treaty limitations”, the Finance Ministry’s probe wing under the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) confronted the people who were named in the secret list of at least two Swiss banks that was provided to them “through both official and […]

Sri Lanka Next to North Korea And Syria – New York Times Editorial

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

Following Sri Lankan President’s gloating comments last week on barring access to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigators into the country, the New York Times has noted the remarks have placed Sri Lanka right alongside North Korea and Syria. In a strongly worded editorial published on Friday titled “Sri Lankaís Intransigence”, it has been pointed out that refusing access to the UNHRC investigations carrying out the probe on Sri Lanka has placed the country in the company of North Korea and Syria – two countries that also barred access to UN human rights investigators. The editorial board has expressed doubts on the comments by President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka being able to handle the inquiry on its own, as it was the failure to do so ,that prompted […]

The Claim That NGOs Are A Threat To National Security

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera – This is a very troubled period for civil society.  The free space for activism that is outside of the government sphere has shrunk due to the policy of centralization adopted by the government.  Institutions of the state that are meant to be relatively independent of the government have come under political control.  This has had the effect of weakening the system of checks and balances that ensures good governance.  It is not surprising that NGOs, which are part of that larger system of governance, and which focus on issues of governance and human rights should feel themselves to be under siege. The negative comments against NGOs by government leaders are part of a trend that seeks to make them a national security problem that […]

Government wakes up from its slumber : says MaRa’s sudden tour of US was in view of a pre-planned appointment

25th August 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News- 24.Aug.2014, 8.30PM) It is by now a well known fact that some media websites including Lanka e news which publish parallel reports posted the news that Medamulana Percy Mahendra Rajapakse was struck by a sudden illness and taken abroad immediately . Following these reports the government which strangely remained silent for a day and slept with eyes widely opened , had suddenly woken up as suddenly as Medamulana Percy Mahendra Rajapakse flew to the US ,and made an official announcement . No matter what , it is a fact that Percy Mahendra Rajapkse was flown to Houston city , Texas , America on Satureday (23) at about 2.30 p.m. USA time. Dudley Rajapakse a citizen of America residing at Houston is a brother of Percy […]