September 2014

Colombo to seize more lands for militarisation of North

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 September 2014, 22:43 GMT]1,300 acres of lands are to be surveyed and seized by the SL military in Jaffna peninsula in the coming days, informed sources told TamilNet on Saturday. The lands belonging to Tamil people are to be seized in Maathakal, Achchuveali, Chavakachcheari, Nu’naavil and Thikkam. The SL military has already harassed the fishermen at Cheanthaan-ku’lam in Maathakal to vacate from their jetty and relocate their fishing tools as the land was to be surveyed, gazetted and seized for military expansion. On Friday, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) politicians, civic council members and Valikaamam North uprooted people’s organisation protested against an attempt to survey the lands in Maathakal. In the meantime, hundreds of acres of lands are being seized without any procedures […]

Presidential Polls For MR, Now Suicidal

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

By Kusal Perera – “With all the thuggery and State patronising that reminds one of CBK’s Wayamba PC elections, Uva PC elections ; my forecast is (made on 14 Sept) – Moneragala (03 seats extra this time) : UPFA 08, UNP 05, JVP 01 and Badulla (03 seats less now) – UPFA 10, UNP 07 & JVP 01 – Total UPFA 18, UNP 12, JVP 02 With a majority of just 04, what would be the repercussions to the UPFA IF this comes right ?” I was almost there, except in Badulla, where a single seat had been swapped in favour of UNP, making it UPFA 09, UNP 08 & JVP 01. That makes the scenario far more gripping for the UPFA. And some one asked me, what would […]

Wimal And Fonseka Fail In Uva

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

The Uva Provincial Council Election has been a disappointment not only to the ruling UPFA but also two smaller political parties, Wimal Weerawansa’s National Freedom Front and Sarath Fonseka’s Democratic Party.The NFF, which is a part of the UPFA, decided to run for the election alone in Badulla District. Not only did it fail to win representation, it has not polled a significant amount of votes. It has received 4,835 votes which is merely 1.10% of the votes casted.Meanwhile, the Democratic Party led by Sarath Fonseka, which had impressive performances in the recently held Provincial Council Elections, has performed poorly in Badulla. It has just 3,202 votes at 0.73%.Meanwhile, the DP won only 2,874 votes (1.19%) in Monaragala.

President to leave for New York to address UNGA

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave on a five-day visit to New York during which he will address the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN headquarters in New York. President Rajapaksa will participate in the general debate of the UNGA and is scheduled to speak on 25 September. This will be the seventh time the President is attending the UNGA. The President’s first address to the UNGA was in 2006. President Rajapaksa is also scheduled to participate in a number of bilateral discussions and take part in high-level political forums. When the President addressed the UNGA in 2011, less than three years after the end of the war, he said: “The most significant challenge to stability and progress in the […]

Governor refers an NPC statute to President

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

by Franklin. R. Satyapalan The first statute passed by the Northern Provincial Council elected in September 2013 will be sent to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the Governor G.A. Chandrasiri tomorrow, the governor said yesterday. “The president will study the papers and perhaps seek an advisory opinion from the Supreme Court. Once a positive response comes back to me, I will give my assent (so that it becomes law),’’ he said. There has been a consistent tussle between the governor and the NPC over laws passed by the council with the governor declining formal assent on the grounds that the Attorney General had advised that such laws were not consistent with the constitution. The governor said that he has approved two statutes submitted by the Board […]

The pangs of British Union and the predicaments of Uva Provincial Election

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

Rajan Philips Once again I am trying to hit two birds with one stone – writing about the Scottish vote and the Uva vote in the same article. The Scottish referendum has come and gone and the British Union has survived the challenge but only at the cost of public promises from Westminster about significant constitutional changes in the immediate future. The Uva vote is underway even as I write this article to meet my generous deadline, and the election results will be known by the time it reaches those who are glad to suffer reading it. I will not pretend that Uva and Scotland are comparable, but I can say that as Sri Lankans, given our colonial heritage and current international image, we cannot […]

Smash The Rajapaksas NOW!

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

By Kumar David – The tide has turned; the time has come to act. The Rajapakse Regime must be smashed without mercy; Uva is the beginning of the end for the Mahinda–Gota–Basil power-drunk outfit. When land slides, an avalanche follows, but only if we do our bit.  No quarter must be given, no opportunity lost, no breathing space allowed. Laxity will be used by Rajapakses, their cronies and their henchmen to defer fate. The opposition and the people should be lashed if they do not persevere with the determination of Caesar quelling Gaul or Alexander pursuing Darius III. Let us finish off this regime, its crooks and its cronies who have devastated our nation under cover of Rajapakse darkness. Remember people of Lanka, the indignities, abuses, and humiliations you have suffered […]

UN Official Raises Rights Issue

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

By Waruni Karunarathne At the recently concluded 7th Beijing Forum on Human Rights held in Beijing, China, the Director of the Human Rights Treaties Division, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has raised certain concerns over human rights issues in Sri Lanka. Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) Dr Prathiba Mahanamahewa told The Sunday Leader that he represented the HRCSL at the Beijing forum and explained to the forum of experts that local procedures have been set in place by the Sri Lankan government to address human rights concerns. Speaking at the forum, he had said that the Sri Lankan government has tabled the witness protection bill and there are several national processes such as Presidential Commission on Missing Persons to […]

Resume Talks With TNA, BJP Urges Lanka

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Muralidhar Rao, general secretary of the BJP in-charge of Tamil Nadu, and Vijay Jolly, global convener of the BJP’s overseas affairs committee, have appealed to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to “immediately” resume talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). An immediate resumption of talks is vital for lasting peace in Sri Lanka, they told Rajapaksa at a 45-minute meeting here on Friday. The BJP leaders said that PM Narendra Modi’s policy of taking everybody on board for the common good, encapsulated in the slogan ‘Sabka Sath-Sabka Vikas’, was appropriate for the Lankan situation and “repeatedly” urged the Lankan President to adopt it. On fishermen issue, the BJP leaders appreciated the release of arrested fishermen even as they demanded the release of trawlers. In […]

Mahinda wins Uva PC polls but vote reduced from 72% to 48%

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

The ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the Uva Provincial Council elections securing the highest number of seats in the two districts at yesterday’s elections.Accordingly, the UPFA secured 19 seats including two bonus seats in the Provincial Council while the UNP secured 13 seats and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) received two seats.Although the UPFA won the entire province, the ruling party showed a major setback in some areas mainly in the Badulla district as it failed to win the Badulla, Welimada and Hali-Ela electorates.In the Badulla district the UPFA won the district with a majority of 11,348 votes. The UPFA obtained 209,056 votes (47.37%) and secured 9 seats while the UNP which obtained 197,708 votes (44.79%) secured 8 seats.“This trend will definitely affect […]

North CM feels NPC can develop North

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran has questioned why he needs to work with the Government, as stated by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, when funds allocated for development of the North come from donor countries and can be directed to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had said recently that Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is not cooperating on development work carried out by the Government, and this is affecting the ordinary people in the North. However, speaking at a function in Jaffna, Wigneswaran said the funds do not belong to the Government and if it is directed to the NPC then the NPC will be able to carry out the development work on […]

CBK Expresses Fears Over A Possible Military Rule

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has expressed fears whether a military rule would be established within Sri Lanka. In an interview with ‘Aththa’ newspaper the former president expressed her opinions on the ‘country heading towards a military rule’. “I have strong fears over this matter. Today even the roads are being swept by the military. Even the drains in front of my house are being cleaned by them. My greatest fear is whether they will commit a massive destruction by discarding their brooms for weapons at a crucial time when then public attempts to bring about a change,” she has said. “They keep a close eye on the happenings in our houses. Telephones and e mails are being monitored…  CID and State Intelligence Service personnel […]

142 of the 225 members in the present Parliament had failed the GCE Advanced Level Examination while 94 members had failed GCE Ordinary Level examination,

21st September 2014 // 0 Comments

Main opposition UNP parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana yesterday said that 142 of the 225 members in the present Parliament had failed the GCE Advanced Level Examination while 94 members had failed GCE Ordinary Level examination,“This is today’s state of affairs in the Parliament where the country was being administrated. Although I don’t have statistics on the situation in the Provincial Councils and other local bodies, I’m sure it cannot be better” Mr. Pathirana told the Daily Mirror.He said he agreed that examinations meant brushing up knowledge and not intelligence because there were people who achieved so much without paper qualifications. “There have been and there still are successful politicians and intellectuals though they haven’t had good results but there aren’t many of them. The educational background and […]

Democracy Declined And Militarization Increased in Sri Lanka says Government Minister

18th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister of National Languages and Social Intergation, Vasudeva Nanayakkara has expressed concern over the dwindling democracy and increasing militarization Sri Lanka is presently undergoing. The Minister had made these remarks in his speech at the National Convention on Inter Religious Integration organised by the National Peace Council. “The only way to ensure unity and national reconciliation is to strengthen democracy. Only through democracy can we get equality for all citizens and build ethnic coexistence,” he had stated. Among those who participated in the convention had been religious leaders, representatives of community based organisations and diplomats. US Ambassador Michele J. Sison speaking at the event had pointed out that all members of the gathering at the convention including religious leaders, government leaders, community based organisations and the media have extremely important roles to […]

Had the international community responded earlier lives could have been saved in Sri Lanka

18th September 2014 // 0 Comments

US notes the failure to act on Sri Lanka The United States (US) says had the international community responded earlier and more appropriately to situations in some countries, including Sri Lanka, lives could have been saved. In a statement today during the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the US delegation noted that the most troubling aspect of recent atrocities is the concern that they could have been prevented. In the prepared statement issued during the panel discussion on the role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights, the US delegation noted the failure by the international community to act in Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur, Sri Lanka and Syria. The US also commended the “Rights Up Front” initiative of UN Secretary General Ban […]

3000 fishermen go on indefinite fast

18th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Thousands of fishermen along with their family members from 63 fishing hamlets in the district today commenced an indefinite fast demanding the authorities to initiate immediate action for getting the release of 23 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy. The fishermen were arrested in separate incidents by the navy on charges of violating International Maritime Boundary Line earlier this month when they were fishing off Kodiakkarai. About 3,000 persons were participating in the fast near the sea shore, police said.

MDMK opposes BJP participation in conference in Sri Lanka

18th September 2014 // 0 Comments

BJP’s Tamil Nadu ally, MDMK, on Thursday opposed the senior partner’s participation in a conference in Sri Lanka, saying it had hurt the Tamils in that country, besides in India and elsewhere. Referring to BJP’s two-member delegation of Muralidhar Rao and Vijay Jolly participating in the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Colombo starting today, MDMK chief Vaiko said it amounted to ‘belittling’ Tamils. Vaiko recalled that former Prime MinisterManmohan Singh had boycotted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo last year following a huge hue and cry in the state. “BJP’s sending of Rao and Jolly is an unforgivable act of betrayal and they should be recalled immediately,” he said in a statement. The conference was an effort by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to ‘hoodwink’ the world, Vaiko […]

Sri Lankan man faces trial for blackmailing Indian woman

18th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Dubai, Sep 18 (IANS) A swimming trainer is facing trial in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for taking nude photos of an Indian woman and blackmailing her for money, a media report said Thursday. The Dubai Criminal Court heard Thursday that a Sri Lankan national, identified only as A.L., 34, was in a romantic relationship with the Indian woman, identified only as M.R., 23, The National reported. The accused, who worked as a swimming trainer, confessed that he kept photos of the woman on his phone and sent them to her family. Prosecutors said A.L. had taken several pictures of his lover M.R. during their time together and charged him for taking naked pictures and exchanging them through social media. The swimming trainer was also […]

Norway rejects claims over its activities

18th September 2014 // 0 Comments

Norway says it has no interest in creating communal tensions in Sri Lanka and it shares the values of dignity, respect, diversity and dialogue in Sri Lanka. Norwegian Ambassador Grete Løchen, was quoted by the Embassy as saying that  Norway in Sri Lanka is often accused in the media of supporting extremist groups and views. She says her government is deeply concerned about an increasingly polarized world where the narrative is more about exclusion than inclusion. “Inter-religious dialogue offers an alternative way of implementing human rights. The civil society organisations can play a significant role to strengthen the bonds and trust between communities at the local level by providing them with societal and logistical assistance to bring the different communities together. Civil society actors are in […]

Goodbye Abe, hello Xi Jinping

18th September 2014 // 0 Comments

As the Sri Lankan Govt. hosts two rival heads of States just nine days apart, Namini Wijedasa looks at the implications of the visits Thousands of schoolchildren in traditional costumes welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Sri Lanka last week. They danced in sync to local folk songs as his convoy rolled from the airport to the Colombo-Katunayake Highway. It was the first time such a show—using 3,200 students from 22 schools across five districts—had been staged for a visiting head of State or Government, said Thilak Gunathilaka, Director of the Ministry of Education’s Aesthetic Division. They lined both sides of the road for one-and-a-half kilometres. The children had all learned the same routine from their respective dance teachers. They will be on the […]

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