October 2014

Will assault ‘mercilessly’ if you return to SL – Sajin warns Nonis

27th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Chris Nonis drank too, much, Sajin didn’t assault him! Will assault ‘mercilessly’ if you return to SL – Sajin warns Nonis Our politicians would make Machiavelli a minor miscreant – Pearl Thevanayagam Emergency dental surgery for Chris Nonis! Boss won’t sack me – Sajin Vaas! Scathing attacks by Sajin, Kshenuka on Nonis! Shenanigans of Kshenuka and beach boy diplomat Sajinat NY dinner – Pearl Thevanayagam Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK – Dr. Chris Nonis is anxious about returning to Sri Lanka after MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena had threatened to assault him if he ever set foot in the country, the ‘BBC Sandeshaya’ reports. Earlier, Dr. Nonis had said to BBC Sandeshaya he was assaulted by MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena during a dinner […]

Mass Poster Campaign Launched Against Commemoration Of Enforced Disappearances In Sri Lanka

27th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Human Rights organisations condemn a poster which has been exhibited in Sri Lanka attacking the enforced disappearances commemoration as a work of “dollar crows”.  ”This attack, by way of publicly exhibiting the posters of those concerned with the plight of their fellow men and women and labeling them as “dollar crows”, needs to be condemned as a barbaric attack. Attacking the commemoration of the dead is an attack on civilization itself.” said the Asian Human Rights Commission in a statement today. While calling upon the government to investigate and take legal action against those responsible for the illegal posters, the AHRC also urges the government to protect this commemorative meeting. We publish below the statement in full; Every year on the 27th of October a commemoration of the enforced […]

The Hidden Genocide Of Tamils In Sri Lanka

27th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Thambu Kanagasabai –  There is much debate going on in various circles, Human Rights Organization, Politicians, and Lawyers including International community on the question of genocide. It has therefore become an important question and issue to analyze and make an opinion as to its applicability and consequent culpability for Sri Lankan Governments. GENOCIDE IS DEFINED IN THE UN GENOCIDE CONVENTION AS FOLLOWS; Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or part of a national, ethnical, racial or religious group as such 1)      Killing members of the group or 2)      Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group or 3)      Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole […]

TNA’s Ananthi wants UN probe deadline extended, alleges military obstructing war crimes eyewitnesses

27th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Accusing the military of suppressing information as regards war crimes allegedly committed by the military during the last phase of the Vanni assault, Northern Provincial Councillor, Ananthy Sasitharan has urged Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to extend the deadline for the completion of the ongoing investigation. Ananthy has made her appeal to OHCHR through three senior external experts, namely Martti Ahtisaari, Silvia Cartwright and Asma Jahangir tasked to advise and support still unidentified war crimes investigation team. Her request was made on behalf of the five-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) running Northern Provincial Council (NPC) administration. Her husband Elilan, a hardcore LTTE cadre disappeared during the last stage of the war. Since the conclusion of the war […]

Three Lankan held for abducting aspiring film director

27th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The Chennai city police on Friday arrested three persons, all Sri Lankan, on charges of kidnapping an aspiring film director, also a Lankan, and extorting money from him. Two more, Siva and Jeyendran, are yet to traced. The victim, Nirojan, (28), escaped from the kidnappers who had him locked up in a lodge, owned by one of them in Valasarawalkam on Friday after two days in captivity. The three arrested were Jagan (25), Ravindran (47) and Dinesh (21). Nirojan, who was living on Bajanai Koil Street in Vadapalani for the last seven years, had won an award for his short film, Mannum Sivandhadhu, and a hefty cash prize while he also worked as an assistant director on many Tamil films. He had got acquainted casually […]

I will expose more corruption by government: Minister Champika

27th October 2014 // 0 Comments

I will expose more corruption: Champika Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka said that he was prepared to expose more large scale frauds and corruption in detail, in the electricity and petroleum sectors involving billions of rupees. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/55165/i-will-expose-more-corruption-champika#sthash.a4AJhY75.dpuf Champika calls for prosecution of ‘white collar criminals’  Politics At Play – JHU The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) have been critical of the government’s course of action regarding the country’s economy but said that there was still a possibility of reviving the economy through proper planning. The JHU had recently handed over a set of proposals to President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding certain changes that need to be made if the JHU is to remain with the Government. Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thera had earlier published a […]

Is This The Solution?

27th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The news that a group of monks, representing the Ravana Balaya raided the office of the Chairman, Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB) on October 16, questioning the Chairman on his failure to protect the Sri Lankan migrant labour force in the Middle East,  begs the question “Is this the solution?” . The Convener of the Ravana Balaya, Ven. Ittakande Saddhatissa Thera, claimed that our labour force in the Middle East are ill-treated, harassed, sexually and physically abused on a daily basis and claims the Chairman of the FEB, Mr Amal Senalankadhikara is responsible. It is very true that all these allegations of abuse are true if not for all the migrant workers, for at least some. The simplest solution will be to stop our women from going to […]

Unlawful And Unconstitutional Alienation Of Land

27th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By M.A. Sumanthiran – The Bill that has been presented in the preamble says that first, it is in furtherance of the development policies being promoted by the Government and in the backdrop of a globally integrated environment that it is deemed expedient and necessary to ensure the prudent use of land which is a limited resource. Now this ideal is most welcome and the Bill as a whole, or at least in the direction that it moves, is a welcome one. But there are several inadequacies in this; several shortcomings in this. During the course of my speech I will endeavour to identify some of those. The second preamble talks about the National Policy: “and whereas it is the National Policy to regulate the […]

How the LTTE Enforced a Boycott in 2005 to Prevent Ranil Becoming President

26th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.” -Karl Marx Karl Marx expanded famously on Friedrich Hegel’s remark about “history”occurring twice and stated that history repeats firstly as tragedy and secondly as farce. If a recent development in Sri Lanka runs its full course as intended, then one may very well say History repeats itself in Sri Lanka as a tragical farce or farcicial tragedy when it comes to Ranil Wickremesinghe. With a presidential election being anticipated early next year, an atmosphere of déjà vu is in the air.The propaganda knives of the Rajapaksa regime are out already in a hasty […]

REPORT LEAKS

26th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan A confidential report, containing written submissions of 28 persons, with regard to the fracas between former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Britain, Dr. Chris Nonis and Monitoring MP External Affairs Ministry, Sajin Vaas Gunawardene, in New York recently, had been submitted to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Ceylon Today is in possession of this report, which was submitted to the President by the Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo. All written submissions are in the nature of criticizing Dr. Nonis over the reported incident. The Ministry, on the directives of the President, called for an inquiry into the incident. Accordingly, 28 persons had sent in written submissions denying an incident of assault on Dr. Nonis. However, when contacted, Dr. Nonis said he was […]

The murderous secrets of Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa regime

26th October 2014 // 0 Comments

“SriLanka’s Secrets” reveals truth of Rajapaksa regime. Australia decided to release book which contains the genocide attacks committed by the Rajapaksa government. Book named as “SriLanka’s Secrets” written by the Trevor Grant . Book was launched on 25th October at 3.30pm in No.49,Gleebooks. The murderous secrets of Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa regime Contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrencereviews Trevor Grant’s new book SRI LANKA’S SECRETS — a brilliant exposé of Australia’s genocidal good friends, Sri Lanka’s brutal Rajapaksa regime. SOME WILL BANDAGE THEIR HEARTS to stem the emotional bleeding after reading Trevor Grant’s explosive dossier on SRI LANKA’S SECRETS: HOW THE RAJAPAKSA REGIME GETS AWAY WITH MURDER. I’d like to add another subtitle to sound a warning to Sri Lanka’s duplicitous and toxic Government: …For the time being… It is not […]

Sri Lanka reiterates commitment to the UN system

25th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka reiterates commitment to the UN system   External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris yesterday reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to working constructively with the UN system and said it was absolutely vital to preserve and enhance the confidence of the world community in it. He made these remarks at an event held to mark the 69th UN day where he assured that Sri Lanka had recognised the importance of the UN and therefore would continue to work actively with the UN system in a variety of ways. “There is no substitute for the UN because the work done by it cannot possibly be done by anybody else,” the minister said and added that though the Sri Lankan Government had citicised the workings of certain sections […]

Sharma to review situation in the north

25th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will visit Sri Lanka from 25-29 October 2014 to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013. The Secretary-General will also meet other members of the Government of Sri Lanka, including the Minister of External Affairs, Professor G L Peiris. The Secretary-General is expected to meet the Speaker of Parliament, ChamalRajapaksa, and other political leaders. During his five-day visit, the Secretary-General will also review the implementation of various initiatives being undertaken as part of his Good Offices work to support Sri Lanka’s national development and post-conflict plans, and will take the opportunity to meet with the Chairperson and Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka; the […]

UNP is ready to back 19th Amendment

25th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today informed parliament it backs the proposed 19th Amendmentto the Constitution and wants it passed in Parliament without a debate if other political parties also support it. Opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that there are reports on some websites indicating there is a move by the Government to submit the proposed 19th Amendment as an urgent Bill in Parliament next month. The 19th Amendment, proposed by Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) MP Athureliya Rathana Thera, calls for a Prime Minister be the Head of the Government and the Head of the Cabinet of Ministers and also a reduction in the number of Ministers and Deputy Ministers in office. “Rathana Thera’s 19th Amendment has the support of the UNP. So if there is a move to bring it […]

The whitewashing of a war crime by corporate lobbyists

25th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government is hurriedly trying to boost the country’s image by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire corporate lobbyists as it awaits a UN report into alleged war crimes. A report in the US says Sri Lanka has recently agreed a contract with its eighth lobbying firm this year to change the way the country is perceived internationally. It also wants the companies to improve contact between Sri Lankan officials and members of the US government. Five years after the bloody and controversial end of a civil war that resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians, the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa says it is incorrectly portrayed in the West. It wants the lobbyists to reach out to “US media, […]

No Final Word yet on Wigneswaran Visit to New Delhi

25th October 2014 // 0 Comments

NEW DELHI: Officials in Delhi are trying to work out a schedule for Sri Lanka’s northern province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month. The provincial Chief Minister was invited by an NGO, People’s Union for Civil Liberties to give a public lecture on November 9. While, PUCL claims that Wigneswaran has accepted the invitation, there is still uncertainty about the visit as the Prime Minister’s office was still trying to find time for Wigneswaran in Modi’s schedule. The PM is scheduled to leave for his three-nation tour on May 11. So Wigneswaran may first land in Delhi, before travelling to Chennai. India had already given a verbal invitation to the northern province Chief Minister to visit the country after […]

‘Extremism may derail Lanka progress’

25th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Rising extremism is causing significant concern among minority communities in Sri Lanka, particularly Muslims, Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem said in Riyadh during an interview this week. “This is an unfortunate trend that needs to be addressed with great seriousness,” said Hakeem, who is also the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress. He added that the tendency to engage in hate speech was continuously being tolerated without sufficient action being taken by the government to contain the situation.” “The deliberate intimidation of minorities is certainly not promoting reconciliation following 30 years of prolonged war,” he said, stressing that extremist groups would only perpetuate polarization within society. He warned that Sri Lanka’s progress following years of warring could be hindered if political leaders did not take […]

SL Muslims at the cross roads – 21

25th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Izeth Hussain I will conclude this series of articles by focusing on two questions: firstly, what is the explanation for the anti-Muslim campaign, and secondly, what should be done about it? But before getting to that I want to make some preliminary clarifications. I have concentrated on the actual bilateral issues that have been bedeviling Sinhalese-Muslim relations. It might seem therefore to some readers that I have left huge lacunae about matters that have been seriously prejudicing those relations. There is for instance the ill-treatment, sometimes amounting to enslavement, of our housemaids in the Arab world. There could be some amount of exaggeration about that ill-treatment: if it were uniformly ghastly our housemaids would not continue to go there in huge numbers. Then there […]

Challenge has been thrown at President Rajapaksa by TNA Leader

25th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw President Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing a meeting in Kilinochchi during his tour in the Northern Province recently, said if the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was prepared to give up its demand for a separate State, the government was prepared to abolish the Executive Presidential system in the country. President Rajapaksa commenced his tour by attending several welfare programmes, which were aimed at enhancing the socio-economic conditions of the people affected by the war in Kilinochchi. The former LTTE stronghold not only witnessed the horrible moments of the last lap of the war between the LTTE and the Security Forces in 2009, the region also suffered in the hands of the LTTE when the outfit established its de-facto capital there, soon after it was flushed […]

Sri Lanka hires up in Washington amid war crimes probe

24th October 2014 // 0 Comments

The government of Sri Lanka has hired its eighth Washington firm this year as it awaits the results of a United Nations human rights investigation into alleged war crimes. Levick is subcontracting through Liberty International Group, a government affairs firm owned by former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), to represent the semi-autonomous central bank of Sri Lanka. “Levick’s mission is to utilize communications supported advocacy to tell Sri Lanka’s amazing story of recovery after a decades long civil war against a brutal terrorist organization, as well as to assist the Central Bank in communicating opportunities for trade and investment between our two nations,” Mark Irion, president of Levick, said in a statement to The Hill. The work by Levick will include “outreach to US media, opinion […]

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