September 2014

Narendra Modi and Mahinda Rajapaksa Talk in New York “About Various Issues” but 13th Amendment “Issue was not Discussed in the Meeting”.

28th September 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa held talks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York yesterday with the two leaders discussing key issues, including bilateral and regional, media reports said. This was the second meeting between the two leaders after Mr. Modi was sworn-in as India’ Prime Minister in May this year. “The meeting was cordial and good. We talked about various issues,” Mr. Rajapaksa told PTI after emerging from the 30 minute-long meeting. Asked about India pushing for expeditious implementation of the 13th Amendment, the President said, “The issue was not discussed in the meeting”. The 13th Amendment introduced provincial councils with specified powers based on the provisions of the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987. Mr. Rajapaksa had earlier met with PM Modi in New […]

CBK’s comments on creeping militarization

27th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, in office and outside, was never shy of speaking her mind. Her recent remarks on “rampant militarization’’ in an interview with the weekend edition of the Aththa newspaper has predictably drawn the ire of the Defence Ministry. Nevertheless, it must be admitted that the former president has spoken out on a subject that is worrying a number of Lankans, not merely those who are opposed to the present Rajapaksa administration. The President and his brother, the Defence Secretary, have been widely commended across the political spectrum for ending the LTTE menace. Even those inclined to the view that appointing members of a leader’s immediate family to top positions in any administration does not enhance good governance agree that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, […]

Only losers at Uva election

27th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The results sheet of the 2014 Uva Provincial Council polls will indicate that the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won and that the opposition United National Party (UNP) came second but in reality, there were only losers in this election. It was President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s and the ruling party’s intention to record a rollicking victory in Uva and then carry that momentum in to presidential and general elections called ahead of schedule. Instead, the UPFA was delivered a rude shock by the voters and only just managed to record victory. What would surprise those in power is not that its share of the vote was reduced; that is only to be expected after over ten years in power. The magnitude of the decline is […]

Stop crossovers, bring back by-election system  says Govt. Minister

27th September 2014 // 0 Comments

By Zacki Jabbar A government Minister yesterday dropped a bombshell calling for an end to the sickening  practice of crossovers mid term,which has resulted in the voters being cheated and left humiliated time and again.  Deputy Foreign Minister Neomal Perera when asked if  the need of the hour was to stop unethical defections by reintroducing the by-election system which would ensure that Members of Parliament  and other elected bodies  who wanted  to switch parties mid-term for various perks and privileges, would lose their seats and be forced to  seek the voters consent, replied “I fully agree with you, but it should be a mixture of the first past the post and proportional representation systems”. “This would ensure  a fair deal for the minority parties as […]

UN Human Rights Council Challenged – Witnesses to UN Investigation Threatened by Sri Lankan Government

27th September 2014 // 0 Comments

In what amounts to be a direct challenge to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Sri Lankan Government has taken a hostile attitude toward a UNHRC investigation. The UNHRC in its March 2014 Session created an investigative body on Sri Lanka to inquire into serious crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the war. The Sri Lankan Government has threatened prospective witnesses to this UN investigation of dire consequences, including legal action, for giving evidence and the President of Sri Lanka has categorically denied access to the country to this investigative body. https://news.vice.com/article/sri-lankas-president-doesnt-want-the-uninvestigating-war-crimes-in-his-country The Sri Lankan Cabinet spokesman Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella, threatened legal action against those testifying before the UN inquiry. http://www.ceylontoday.lk/58-70207-news-detailun-inquiry-and-sri-lankas-response.htm l This explicit threat of prosecution coupled with the covert activities of “white van” abductions and “disappearances” place all […]

Sri Lanka Sets Dangerous Trends For The Effective Functioning Of UNHRC

27th September 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – We are pleased to welcome wholeheartedly the statement of the High Commissioner calling for a – more fundamental and far-reaching accountability process in Sri Lanka, addressing both past and ongoing violations, which are absolutely necessary for Sri Lankans to come to terms with their past, end impunity, achieve reconciliation between communities and strengthen the rule of law. Though the war ended in May 2009, the conflict has in fact been deepened during these last five years by the policies of the present Government. The President of Sri Lanka  made promises at the conclusion of the war – to the General Secretary of the UN as well as to all the countries that helped him with finances and weapons, to win the war, […]

22 Countries support the Killing of Tamil Civilians in Sril Lanka.

27th September 2014 // 0 Comments

”Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Koria, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Azerbaijan, India, Vietnam, Maldives, Namibia, Philippines, Russia, Thailand & Uzbekistan” are the supporters of Sri Lanka’s Killing of more than 40,000 Minority Tamil Civilians by the Army in May 2009.  China and Pakistan gave Military help to Sri Lanka Army to kill the Tamil Civilians in May 2009. Twenty-two developing countries of the Like Minded Group (LMG) in Geneva, in a joint statement made through its Chair – Egypt, have said the Group “believes that the intrusive mandate given to the OHCHR by Res. 25/1 to carry out investigations on Sri Lanka is unwarranted, especially in the context where the country is implementing its own domestic processes”. It said “OHCHR’s […]

Violence erupts across Tamil Nadu after Jaya’s conviction

27th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Chennai: Violence broke out in several parts of Tamil Nadu on Saturday after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was convicted in a graft case with angry AIADMK supporters indulging in stone pelting and arson and forcing closure of shops. Tension prevailed as protesters burnt effigies of DMK President M Karunanidhi, his sons MK Stalin and MK Alagiri and tore party posters in various places including in Chennai and Madurai. While some protesters pelted stones at the residence of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, DMK and AIADMK supporters clashed at Gopalapuram. A state-owned transport corporation bus was set on fire at Veppur village and some 20 buses damaged in stone-pelting in Cuddalore district, police said. Stone pelting incidents were reported in Ambattur here, Edapadi in Salem district, Cuddalore and […]

Is Sri Lanka heading towards a Rohingya type attack on island’s besieged Muslims?

27th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The alliance between anti Muslim Sri Lankan racist outfit Bodu Bala Sena and Burma’s   blood thirsty Buddhist Monk Ashin Wiruthu, responsible for slaughtering thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, spells disaster for the island.  This extremely dangerous alliance, brought together by their common hatred towards Islam and Muslims, perhaps trained and financed by their new found  Israel and United States friends , has all the ingredients to turn the island into a killing field from which it may unlikely to recover for decades  to come  under the existing  local and global political environment. This unholy alliance fits into the Zionist sponsored and United States led global anti Muslim campaign to justify the invasion and destruction of   Muslim countries. This is the reason why the Muslims suspect […]

Prince Zeid Al Hussein is an Everest among educated men

27th September 2014 // 0 Comments

By  Dr C P Thiagarajah A mountain and a mole-hill made their presence in the UNHRC this month with the mountain bringing humanism and human milk pouring on the tables of the UN members and the mole hill threw its unearthed mud at the audience. The two important personalities in the UN, one the newly elected UNHRC head Prince Zeid Al Hussein and the other Mr Ravinath Ariyasinghe made an important speech on 8 September 2014 in the in the UNHRC 27 session in Geneva re Sri-Lanka’s human rights violations. For the UNHRC head it was his first speech and cited many countries that violated human rights including Sri-Lanka that need investigation by an international body to avoid undue criticism. The Sri-Lankan UN permanent representative […]

MODI’s FIRM STAND

26th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Senior politician Jolly who is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP told Ceylon Today that he was “not satisfied” with the answer President Rajapaksa gave,when asked how Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran will function when he had no power over his Chief Secretary. He claimed that the President had replied, “She has held that position for years and they can share the work.” He quipped, “It’s a peculiar bureaucracy when the Chief Minister has no power over his Chief Secretary.”Jolly further pointed out, “I know that the Chief Secretary has to work under the Governor of the Northern Province who is at loggerheads and the whole scenario seems to be peculiar.” BJP politician Jolly and BJP National General Secretary Muralidhar Rao […]

Muslims concerned over invite to monk

26th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has raised concerns over reports that the venerable Ashin Wirathu, the dreaded leader of the 969 Movement in Myanmar, has been invited to visit Sri Lanka. The monk is also known as the butcher of the Burmese Muslims and as the leader of the anti-Muslim movement in Myanmar, he has been responsible for the murder of hundreds of Muslims by extremist Buddhists. There are reports that he has been invited by the Bodu Bala Sena to attend their “Great Sangha Council” meeting on the 28th of September. Time magazine, with venerable Ashin Wirathu on their cover page, branded him as the face of Buddhist terror in Burma. In a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Muslim Council of Sri […]

BJP Says Resolution Is Only Possible Through Devolution

26th September 2014 // 0 Comments

India’s Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Muralidhar Rao said that the resolution of Sri Lanka’s Tamil problem is only through devolution. He was addressing a press briefing earlier today.He urged the Sri Lankan government to restart the dialogue with the Tamil leaders immediately.Rao undertook a visit to Sri Lanka with the Global Convener BJP Overseas Affairs Vijay Jolly to participate in the 8th General Assembly of International Conference of Asian Political Parties at Colombo held recently. Rao also said “finishing of terrorism should not be taken as finishing of the whole issue.”“While interacting with the leaders of the Tamil ethnic community in Sri Lanka, it has come to the notice that the resolution of the Tamil problem is only through devolution,” he said.At a meeting […]

Mervyn Says Monk Gnanasara Thera Has A Woman Living In France

26th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs Dr. Mervyn Silva has accused Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera of having an affair with a woman living in France and he has purchased a house for the woman from Rajagiriya.In an interview published in a Sri Lankan newspaper, Dr. Silva has stated that people like Gnanasara Thera will not be elected to presidency or other respected office by the people of the country. There were a number of respectable and learned monks in the country than people like Gnanasara Thera, he says. Although his name implies the procession of “gnaanaya” or intelligence, there is no such intelligence on in the BBS General Secretary, argues Dr. Silva.He also said that he would rather name the […]

India gives backing to Lanka at UNHRC

26th September 2014 // 0 Comments

India today told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) said that Sri Lanka should be given all necessary assistance in a “cooperative and collaborative manner” following the war adding that engaging the country concerned in a collaborative and constructive dialogue and partnership is a more pragmatic and productive way forward. The Indian delegation to the UNHRC also took note of Sri Lanka’s engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, despite its non-recognition of recent resolutions adopted by the Council on Sri Lanka. “My delegation is of the view that it is desirable for every country to have the means of addressing human rights violations through robust national mechanisms. The Council’s efforts should be to provide technical assistance to them to develop the necessary institutions for this purpose. We […]

All eyes on Bangalore court

26th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Jayalalithaa assets case: verdict postponed to Sept. 27  Case is that Jayalalithaa acquired wealth worth Rs. 66.65 cr. as CM in 91-96 For Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, many of her political crises have emanated from legal tangles. After having decimated the opposition in the Lok Sabha elections earlier in May, she faces her biggest challenge not from political rivals, but a Special Court in Bangalore that will deliver its judgment on an 18-year-old ‘disproportionate assets’ case on Saturday. With the Supreme Court, on Friday, declining to defer pronouncement of the verdict by the trial court, Saturday will decide whether Ms. Jayalalithaa will continue as Chief Minister or face immediate disqualification as Member of the Legislative Assembly in the event of her conviction under the […]

Spirit of ‘Black Day’ will stay with people: Karunanidhi

26th September 2014 // 0 Comments

DMK president M. Karunanidhi said on Thursday that the spirit of the ‘Black Day’ observed by the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) to condemn Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the U.N. general council would always stay with the people. “Even if it fails to reach the ears of the Central and State governments, the spirit will remain with the people,” he said. Clad in black along with party treasurer M.K. Stalin and other senior leaders, Mr. Karunanidhi said that even in the past, the TESO had prevailed upon the Centre to get justice to the Sri Lankan Tamils. Black flags were hoisted at Anna Arivalayam, the DMK headquarters, and Mr. Karunanidhi’s residence at Gopalapuram as per the resolution adopted by the TESO that Mr. Rajapaksa […]

Re-merger Of The North And East

26th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The vexed issue re-surfaces By Nirmala Kannangara The re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces as a single political administrative unit is the only solution to the Tamil issue, along with the right to self-determination, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesman and MP, Suresh Premachandran, said. Premachandran said the re-merger of the North and the East had been their demand right from the beginning, and most Tamil lands in the Northern Province had been taken over by the military after the de-merger. “The lands were taken over for security purposes but never returned to the owners after the war. When we filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding that the lands be returned to the rightful owners, we were told that the lands will be […]

China, Russia, Cuba and Venezuela supports the killing of 40,000 Tamil civilians

25th September 2014 // 0 Comments

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was split today on the push to investigate Sri Lanka for alleged human rights abuses, with some countries backing a UN led investigation while others opposed it. The European Union (EU) extended firm support to the investigation on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and urged the Sri Lankan Government to support the probe. However a group of ‘like minded countries” objected to attempts to exert pressure on Sri Lanka through the investigation, adding that the investigation did not have the full support of the UNHRC. Montenegro and Britain were among the countries which supported to the UN led probe on Sri Lanka while China, Russia, Cuba and Venezuela were among the […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Military Presence in the North of Sri Lanka

25th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Five years since the end of the war, a significant military presence still remains in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. This despite repeated assurances by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) that the military presence is, and will be phased out in order to pave way for post-war reconciliation efforts. In a context of increased militarization, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) highlights the numerous statements made by Government officials regarding the varying numbers pertaining to the apparent reduction of forces. The contradictions in the actual situation are highlighted by the statements made by President Rajapaksa, who in January 2014 claimed that there was a presence of 12,000 military personnel in the North with Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President claiming only two days […]

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