7th September 2014

Mano to join UNP Uva polls campaign

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Democratic People’s Front leader Mano Ganesan says he has decided to join the Uva Provincial Council election campaign of the opposition United National Party (UNP). Ganesan said that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP Chief Ministerial candidate for the Uva Provincial Council, Harin Fernando, had invited him to join the UNP campaign. He said that he had accepted the invitation and will join the campaign from tomorrow (Monday). Ganesan said that he will mainly look at securing Tamil votes in the plantation sector. Mano Ganesan’s brother Praba Ganeshan is a Government member of Parliament and just last month he was sworn in as Deputy Minister.(Colombo Gazette)

New UN rights chief urges Sri Lanka to cooperate with probe

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Highlighting the “great importance” of the investigation on Sri Lanka mandated by the UN Human Rights Council, its new chief has encouraged the government to cooperate with the process, in the interests of justice and reconciliation. In the opening statement he is due to make at the 27th session of the UNHRC on September 8, the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein expressed alarm at “threats” currently being levelled against the human rights community in Sri Lanka. He also deplored the recent incitement and violence against the country’s Muslim and Christian minorities “Moreover, I attach great importance to the investigation on Sri Lanka mandated by this Council, on which OHCHR will report later in the session.” “I encourage […]

Now the mouthpiece of the Rajapaksa and Government Minister fears a conspiracy by using Facebook

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Government Minister and National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa fears an attempt by western powers to use Facebook to destabilise the country. Speaking at an election rally in Girandurukotte, Weerawansa claimed that western diplomats will not want even opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to win more than 50 percent of the votes at the next Presidential elections. He says the western diplomats in Sri Lanka are working at ensuring Wickremesinghe, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and maybe even the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha thero contest against President Mahinda Rajapaksa to split the Sinhalese vote. Weerawansa says by breaking the Sinhalese votes the western powers will eventually ensure neither candidate wins more than 50 percent of the votes at the Presidential elections. The Minister is of the view […]

Visiting Japan PM hopeful on Sri Lanka war crimes probe

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he hoped Sri Lanka’s war crimes probe would silence its critics ahead of his arrival Sunday on the island to push for stronger trade ties. Related Stories Sri Lanka refuses entry to UN war crimes investigators AFP Japan PM travels to South Asia to offset China influence AFP Protection urged for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses AFP Japan’s Abe steals a march on China with South Asia tour Reuters Sri Lankan activist: Gov’t trying to hurt UN probe Associated Press Abe told the local Sunday Times newspaper he also hoped Sri Lanka could achieve “true national reconciliation” five years after the military crushed ethnic Tamil rebels to end the island’s separatist war. Sri Lanka has been under intense international pressure over war crimes allegedly […]

Can he or can he not?

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Be it amorous trysts that become public fodder or muddying placid waters with a few well aimed buckshots, former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva has never not been controversial in his actions nor provocative in his comments. And true to form he has now lit a fuse under what everybody took as a given, by claiming that Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent President who is continuing in his second term cannot, despite the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which incidentally rescinded the term limitations of the Executive President, and which incidentally was passed with a two thirds majority in Parliament, contest a third term. Silva’s arguments are cogent and are further buttressed by the reputation he enjoys as one of the foremost luminaries […]

President’s latest lying to Tamils – speech in Tamil

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President Mahinda Rajapakse in his message on the occasion of the recent famous Nallur Murugan temple Annual festival said the following with regard to going further than what he has done by defeating terrorism and proceeding with his current socio-economic development work in the Tamil areas.  He said he will go further and will give more (than the promised 13th amendment ) and more for the Tamils.  Quote:  · (I will) provide more and more (Innum Innum Valanguwen)  · You must progress ( Neengal munner vendum)  · Your territory must progress (Ungal pirathesam munnera vendum)  · Good future must emerge (Nalla Ethirkalam Uruvaga Vendum)  · That is what is important (Athu Thaan Mukkiyam)  Having duped the UN Secretary General, India and the international community on […]

Hindu Prayers Cancelled in Sri Lanka due to Government Threats: TGTE

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Hindus in Sri Lanka were forced to cancel their prayers due to threats and intimidation by the Sri Lankan Security forces, said Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). According to local Tamil newspapers and other sources this incident happened on September 4, 2014 in Jaffna, in the North of the Island. This was the second time in recent days that Hindus have to cancel their prayers due to threats by Sri Lankan Security Forces said TGTE. These prayers were organized by families who were forced out of their homes by the Sri Lankan Government forces during the war. They were praying that the Sri Lankan Government allow them to return their homes. These families were living in refugee camps for several years facing numerous abuses, […]

Mavai replaces Sampanthan as ITAK leader

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) General Secretary and veteran politician, Mavai Senathirajah was appointed leader of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Saturday, replacing R. Sampanthan. His appointment was announced at the ITAK’s national convention held today in Vavuniya. Sampanthan, now aged 81, will continue as TNA leader. ‘Government spying is threat to life’ – Chief Minister Wigneswaran Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said the Sri Lankan government is spying on him, presenting a threat to his life, Colombo Page reported. The chief minister said he was photographed by people posing as media personnel during his meeting with the German ambassador to Sri Lanka Jürgen Morhard, who also noticed the incident. Wigneswaran told the BBC Sinhala service the government is employing these tactics as he is going to meet […]