4th September 2014

Video:President’s office obstruct telecast of thug member’s ‘antics’

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The video with scenes of UPFA Member of Monaragala Pradeshiya Sabha Sanath Priyasoma acting hositely with a sword opposite Monaragala Hospital was shown in certain TV channels before the main news telecast but had disappeared when the main news bulletin was telecast.  It is due to the Presidential Secretariat pressurizing all channels not to telecast the new item say reports. Rajapaksa administration had intervened to remove the scenes from news bulletins as it would have an adverse effect on the Uva PC election. It seems that instead of establishing laws and order and democracy in the country they have chosen means of violating laws and destroying democracy. It also proves that ‘media freedom’ for Rajapaksa administration is nothing else but the theory “Publish only what […]

Govt. ready to counter Al-Qaeda threat

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As a country that was plagued by the scourge of terrorism for decades, Sri Lanka took threats emanating from Jihadist terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda extremely seriously, and would take adequate measures to face them, the Government said. Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella said any terrorist organization was a threat to the whole world, and the threat should be taken very seriously by governments of all countries. The minister was responding to a question raised by a journalist following the declaration made in a video message by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Wednesday (September 3) that the movement has launched a new branch in the Indian sub-continent. Asked what measures the Sri Lankan government had taken to contain the threat, Rambukwella pointed […]

Fonseka not afraid to testify in probe

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Former Army Commander and leader of the Democratic Party, Sarath Fonseka, says he is not scared to testify before a UN led war crimes investigation on Sri Lanka. Speaking to the BBC Sinhala service outside court today, Fonseka said that he did not order the killing of any LTTE cadres who surrendered with white flags in their hands during the final stages of the war. He said that while the Government was quoted in the media as saying they will deal with anyone who testifies before the UN led probe, he does not have any fear and will testify if he is approached. Fonseka led the war on the LTTE during the final stages of the war and human rights groups had alleged that during […]

UK-funded Community Policing Project in North of Sri Lanka

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During his three-day visit to North, the British High Commissioner visited UK-funded Community Policing Programme The programme, which has run since 2012, works with 142 police stations across all 9 provinces During his visit to the North this week, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka H E John Rankin visited the Puthukkudiyiruppu Police Station to talk about the community policing programme, funded by the British High Commission, Colombo, which has made a difference to community-police relations in the area. The community policing programme, implemented in collaboration with The Asia Foundation, focuses on building relations between local police personnel and the communities in which they serve. The programme, which has run since 2012, works with 142 police stations across all 9 provinces, covering a third of […]

“Collecting Evidence & Witness Statements from Tamils by ICPPG”

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“Collecting Evidence & Witness Statements from Tamils by ICPPG”Internatinal Centre for Prevention & Prosecution of Genocide will be collecting evidence & witness statements from Tamils for UNHRC.Public are invited to give evidence & witness of GENOCIDE happened to them to get Justice, Peace for our Tamils.Date : Saturday :  06/09/2014 Sunday :   07/09/2014Time :   10 am (Sat&Sun)Place : TGTE Office – 227 Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8NFOrganised byInternational Centre for Prevention & Prosecution of GenocideFor further details call :07869133073 07877204123 07929349302www.icppg.org www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-united-nations-vote-resolution-war-crimes-video

Doing more to promote reconciliation at local level to solve people’s problems

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By Jehan Perera One of the many benefits of the end of the war is the ability of Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims to mix with one another without the prospect of getting into trouble.  During the time of war, such mixing was potentially problematic, as those who were Tamil could easily be suspected of having links with the LTTE.    Therefore even those who were engaged in peace building were wary of bringing members of all ethnic communities together.  There was also a second reason.  This was the polarization that existed within the communities as they supported one side or the other.  This was something that was far too volatile and controversial for anyone or any group to take up.  So the issue of the war […]

Farewell To Navanethem Pillay; Champion And Defender Of Human Rights

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By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar – UN Human Rights Council Commissioner Navanethem Pillay completed her six years of dedicated service on 31-8-2014. An Indian Tamil origin born in South Africa to a poor family. She rose to the heights of Judicial service as the first coloured supreme court Judge. She was the best choice for Kofi Annan to serve as the Human Rights Commissioner being in charge of the UN Human Rights Council located in Geneva. While in service she exhibited courage fearlessness and forthrightness without any favour or fervour. She kept vigilance on all the members of Human Rights Council and monitored the rowdy states which indulged in Human Rights violations. During her tenure of service Syria and Sri Lanka found themselves in the docks of accused. The war crimes and crimes against Humanity […]

India’s Moral Rectitude On Test At Swamy’s Abrasive Conduct

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By S. Sivathasan – The susceptibilities of Tamils are now under constant laceration.  The man who has earned the ire of all Tamils is Swamy. From the day Modi was elected Prime Minister, this man thinks he has come into his own. By himself of no consequence, of miniscule weight and without credibility, he has purportedly attached himself to Modi and the BJP government. So he prates and behaves in Sri Lanka. It is very unfortunate that the new government has taken kindly to his scheming ways. His malevolence erodes the image of governance by the day. Lanka should be “A FEDERATED STATE OF INDIA”. So asserted Swamy not so long ago. Unable to put up with his unsolicited advice the Sunday Times of August 31, 2014 quoted him to […]

Protest breaks out against Swamy’s remarks

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Protest broke out all over the State on Wednesday against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s remarks that he had “advised” the Sri Lankan government not to release the boats of fishermen as they were rich and out to destroy the marine resources. At Rameswaram, over 3,000 fishermen assembled in front of the office of the Fisheries Department and staged a demonstration, raising slogans against Dr. Swamy, burning him in effigy and demanding an apology. Referring to Dr. Swamy’s remarks made during a debate in a private Tamil channel that the boat owners were rich and it was enough if Sri Lanka released the hapless fishermen, P. Sesu Raja, a fishermen leader, said Dr. Swamy was trying to make it out that the boats were owned by […]

Politicians who dig their political graves with their dirty tongues

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The government is conducting a no-holds-barred polls campaign to bag the Uva Provincial Council while its opponents are crying foul. The UPFA wants more than a mere victory in that province. A member of the ruling clan is in the fray seeking reelection as Chief Minister. If there happens to be a drop in the number of the UPFA’s seats or votes that will be made out to be a sign of the Rajapaksas’ popularity being on the wane. This is the last thing the UPFA wants at a time it is planning to go for a presidential election early next year. Hence, the government is moving full steam ahead on its Uva polls campaign. The Election Secretariat and the police are said to be […]

MDMK General Secretary Vaiko allowed to argue before tribunal reviewing ban on LTTE

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MDMK General Secretary Vaiko was on Wednesday allowed to present his arguments before a special tribunal constituted by the Delhi High Court to look into the ban on LTTE as an “unlawful organization”. The tribunal headed by Justice GP Mittal had in July issued an advertisement calling for responses from the LTTE and any other persons on the review of the ban on the group. The LTTE has been banned for a further five years under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act by the central government. While Vaiko, known for his vocal support for Tamil people in Sri Lanka and the LTTE, was allowed to present his arguments in the matter, his impleadment application was dismissed. The application, if it had been allowed, would have allowed […]