October 2014

30 expat Tamils to contest Canadian local polls

24th October 2014 // 0 Comments

More than 30 expatriate Tamils of Lankan origin are contesting the Local Government polls in the Ontario Province, Canada next Monday (27). According to informed sources, this is the largest number of Tamils of Lankan origin to contest the Local Government polls in Canada. Several of the candidates are in their 30s and early 40s and they belong to the second generation expatriate Tamils who migrated to Canada following the civil strife in the island, sources said. A recent survey conducted in Canada put the total population of the Tamils of Lankan origin in the country at 200,000 and it is for the first time a significant number of Tamils are contesting the Local Government polls at the majority French region, Ontario, sources said. Following […]

A way out from the constitutional impasse

24th October 2014 // 0 Comments

By H.K. Seneviratne LL.B, Attorney-at-Law Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva setting forth an argument that constitutional obstacles do exist for the incumbent President to contest for a third term notwithstanding the removal of two term limit of presidents made on 9 September 2010 by way of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution has gripped the political and legal circles in perplexity over the issue. As opposing opinions have emerged over time, the Sri Lanka Bar Association in considering the importance of the matter has decided to seek an opinion from a legal expert of an international repute over the issue. President Mahinda Rajapaksa Though the issue is seemingly getting embroiled in complexity, the examination of it shows it is a straightforward one. Let’s examine […]

Government’s winning formula for several elections.

24th October 2014 // 0 Comments

From ethno-nationalism to good governance By Jehan Perera The decision of the EU Court of Justice to remove the ban on the LTTE on technical grounds has come as the government and political parties are mobilizing for snap presidential elections likely to take place in January. The immediate response of the government to the EU decision has been to describe opposition politicians and civil society activists who travelled to the West in recent times as traitors who contributed to the decision to lift the ban on the LTTE. This message is being repeatedly taken to the people by the State media. While the decision is a legal one taken by the Court, and not a political decision by European Governments, this is unlikely to impress […]

Till it’s time to crossover

24th October 2014 // 0 Comments

Playing the waiting game Minister of Public Management Reforms, Navin Dissanayake last week sought to quash rumors regarding his impending crossover from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to the United National Party (UNP). He was quoted in the media as insisting he would not leave the government on any account, but would rather return to practicing law if he lost his ministerial portfolio. Dissanayake however, is no stranger to jumping ship. He was among the 17 UNP MPs led by Karu Jayasuriya, who crossed over to the government in 2007 to ‘strengthen the hands of the president’ during the period when the war was at its height. One can argue that the current UPFA government is being propped up largely thanks to such crossovers […]

Rudra seeks EU backing for Tamil issue

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

The head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, has urged the European Union to support to Eelam Tamils in their continuing struggle for justice. In a statement to the media, Rudrakumaran said that the TGTE and Tamils around the world welcome the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union annulling the ban on the LTTE and salutes the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for ensuring rule of law and the role of judiciary in good governance. “The European ban against the LTTE was brought on the basis of the ban imposed by India and built on news media as source of evidence. The ECJ ruled that since the European Council cannot assume that the right of defense and right to effective […]

Emergency dental surgery for Chris Nonis!

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

Former Sri Lankan high commissioner in the UK Dr. Chris Nonis underwent emergency dental surgery at a private dental surgery in London last weekend, say reliable sources.  He suddenly fell ill which is due to his being unexpectedly assaulted by external affairs ministry supervising MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena in New York on September 24. By last Friday, he had returned his official residence to the high commission and went to live at his private home in London. There he fell ill. He is recuperating after the surgery, and is still finding it difficult to talk, say the sources. Under the British and US laws, minor injury in an assault becomes grievous bodily harm if damage is caused to a tooth. Previous article Boss won’t sack […]

Netherland and Britain express sureprice over ban on LTTE

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Sumandhiran says Netherland and Britain express sureprice over EU court judgment on lifting ban against the LTTE Speaking to Sinhala news website parliamentarian went on to say, ban on LTTE lifted according to law and order.Western nations never work against the judgment issued by the European court.Without any political interference European Court has issued this judgment, parliamentarian said. < Lifting up of Ban on the LTTE is Dangerous to Srilanka: BBS Government supported to lift ban on LTTE: Political analysts

Ranil’s tour in London did not impinge on EU Court ruling : UNP

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

Ranil’s tour in London did not impinge on EU Court ruling : UNP The United National Party (UNP) yesterday rejected the allegation that there was an invisible connection between the European Union General Court’s ruling to lift sanctions on the LTTE and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s trip to London.The EU General Court lifted the sanctions on the LTTE on October 16. The LTTE had been named a terrorist organisation by the EU in 2006.UNP MP Eran Wickremaratne said the party had nothing to hide regarding Mr. Wickremesinghe’s tour of London and that the rumours were baseless. “All the reports and rumours were being centred on photographs circulated through the media which show our leader with several other Sri Lankans in London. They are the representatives […]

Tamil Nadu political leaders advise Modi not to have closer defense ties with Sri Lanka

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

Tamil political leaders of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state have advised the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government not to keep close security ties with Sri Lanka as it would amount to a major “diplomatic blunder”. The National Committee Head of the Naam Tamilar Party (NTP), Ayyanathan, on Wednesday has said that the NDA Government must not commit a major diplomatic blunder by cementing security ties in the south with Sri Lanka and China. His comment comes ahead of the Sri Lankan Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera’s visit to India. Ayyanathan claimed that the Chinese are already in control of the southern tip of Sri Lanka and soon will move closer to India and asked what the point of India saying that it needs Sri […]

Delisting Tigers: UK still studying EU court ruling

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Following the General Court of the European Union decision to delist the LTTE, key EU member, UK is now closely studying the judgment. The court also directed the defendant, the Council of European Union to pay the costs. The Council of the European Union was the defendant, supported by the Netherlands, the UK and the European Commission. A spokesperson for the British High Commission in Colombo said: “We are carefully studying the judgment and next steps. As the EU has already made clear, the legal ruling was based on procedural grounds, and the freeze on  LTTE funds imposed by the EU listing  has been maintained  for another three months.”  The spokesperson was responding to a query whether the UK would have to […]

Zeid refers to Lanka probe in UN report

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

UN High Commissioners for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has made a reference to Sri Lanka in his report submitted to the UN General Assembly’s main body dealing with social, humanitarian, and cultural issues (Third Committee). The High Commissioner presented a report and made a statement yesterday on the work of his Office (OHCHR) between August 2013 and July 2014, under his predecessor, Navi Pillay. He said that during the reporting period OHCHR was assisting or conducting three Commissions of Inquiry or mandated investigations – on the Syrian Arab Republic, Central African Republic and Sri Lanka – with three more soon to become operational, on Eritrea, the occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem, and Iraq. “When I took up my mandate as High Commissioner for Human Rights last […]

Sri Lanka president prepares budget with eye on election

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

* President, also finance minister, unveils budget on Friday * Rajapaksa seeks unprecedented third term as leader * Aims to trim borrowing despite likely populist steps * Opposition questions foreign loans, off-budget spending By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to present on Friday a populist election budget for 2015 that manages to contain borrowing thanks to an expected pick-up in the pace of economic growth. The 68-year-old leader, who is also finance minister, will seek early re-election in January for an unprecedented third term, his party said on Monday, seeking to pre-empt any decline in support after nearly nine years in power. On Thursday, Rajapaksa tweeted that the budget theme will be ‘Unstoppable Sri Lanka’. So […]

Canada’s parliament attacked near where prime minister was speaking, Harper safe

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

OTTAWA (Reuters) – At least one gunman entered Canada’s parliament buildings on Wednesday and many shots were fired just outside the room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators. Harper was safely removed from the building but parliament was locked down. Eyewitnesses said at least 30 shots were fired in dramatic scenes in the heart of the Canadian capital. “PM (Harper) was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. It was clearly right outside our caucus door,” Treasury Board Minister Tony Clement said. A spokesman for Harper said: “While the prime minister stated that facts are still being gathered, he condemned this despicable attack.” The suspected gunman was shot dead inside the parliament building, Ottawa […]

Incumbent edge

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

The incumbent advantage usually lasts only 12 years. Not anymore. With the passing of the 18th Amendment, the incumbent President has a crucial head start in any electoral contest, potentially forever   Battle lines will be drawn this week when President Mahinda Rajapaksa moves to present his Government’s Budget for 2015, setting the stage for his re-election campaign, expected to kick off officially about six weeks from now. It is the country’s worst kept secret that the Budget presentation has been advanced by several weeks in order to facilitate President Rajapaksa’s preferred dates to announce a presidential election early next year. Committee stages and second and third readings of the Budget will all be concluded before the announcement is expected shortly after the President completes […]

It could happen in India but not in Lanka

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

BY   Hemantha Waranakulasuriya Jayalalithaa’s corruption sentence landed her in jail for four years with a massive fine to boot. Two lines from Gypsies Sunil Perera’s popular song, ‘It could happen in India but not in Lanka’ went viral on electronic media since Jayalalithaa went to prison convicted of corruption charges. Anything even remotely like it could not happen in our own Sri Lanka. The Walter Talgodapitiya Commission appointed in 1958 found four Ministers in the Bandaranaike Government guilty of bribery. They were deprived of their civic and political rights long after the Commission findings were out. That too was during the Dudley Senanayake Government in 1965, not during an SLFP Government. However, they were never charged in a Court of Law. When President Premadasa […]

Thirteen-Plus: Good For All Of Sri Lanka And All Sri Lankans

23rd October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Aahithyan Ratnam – Sinhalese React to Police Brutality and Inaction The recent pre- and post- Uva election violence saw the police being mere spectators to horrific violence. Neither the police watching nor the cameras whirring, both in front of police stations in the presence of policemen, was a deterrent. The Sinhalese are shocked. Colombo Telegraph reported that “Senior legal professionals have condemned the attack on journalist Chandana Kuruppuarachchi that occurred a few days ago while expressing their regret over the law being made redundant.” And that the Lawyers’ Collective “condemned the killing of a suspect in police custody at Cinnamon Gardens while being taken handcuffed and the brutal attack on a girl at the Ratnapura Bus stand by a police officer in the view of the […]

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

21st October 2014 // 0 Comments

By Nita Bhalla and Shihar Aneez JAFFNA Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy. In a lawyer’s office in the town of Mannar, a middle-aged woman sobs uncontrollably as she recounts her five-year struggle to find her son, one of thousands of cases of young men and women who disappeared after being picked up by soldiers. While in the city of Jaffna, a fisherman, displaced from his village after the military took his land, remembers the good life he once had as he sits in the ramshackle tenement he now shares […]

Govt. passes new laws restricting sale of land to foreigners

21st October 2014 // 0 Comments

Two separate regulations for freehold and leasehold transactions By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby Correspondent New laws were passed yesterday in Parliament making necessary provisions to stipulate restrictions on the sale of land to foreigners. The new regulations cover foreign companies and certain institutions with majority foreign shareholdings subjected to certain exemptions. According to the Government, new laws were needed to continue development policies being promoted in the backdrop of a globally-integrated environment where prudent use of land is a must. Moving the Bill, Minister of International Monetary Co-operation and Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. Sarath Amunugama highlighted the requirement of a national policy to regulate land in Sri Lanka. “The proposed laws will limit the ownership of the lands of this country to […]

Govt. foisting Tiger labels on UNP to serve election agenda

21st October 2014 // 0 Comments

Senior politician accuses regime of nursing and nurturing brutal LTTE members Calls allegations against UNP Leader ‘outright lies’ LTTE  enforced a boycott to ensure the defeat of an UNP candidate at the 2005 presidential election and make Mahinda WIN. The United National Party has hit out against allegations by the Government that the main opposition party had been involved in a recent court ruling lifting sanctions against the LTTE in the European Union, calling it petty politicking for the forthcoming election season. UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya said in a statement issued yesterday that the European Court of Justice ruling relaxing the terror controls on the LTTE was a failure of the Government, which should appeal the ruling legally by making submissions to the […]

A parting of ways

21st October 2014 // 0 Comments

JHU parliamentarian Athureliye Rathana Thera announced last week that his party would do everything in its power to defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming presidential election unless the Constitution was amended, curbing the powers of the presidency and reintroducing the 17th Amendment. Yet back in 2001, the JHU was the only party in Parliament that voted against the 17th Amendment. In this interview, C.A. Chandraprema speaks to Rathana Thera about his party’s change of heart with regard to the 17th Amendment and the political options available to it once it parts company with the UPFA. Q: In a ruling coalition differences can emerge among coalition partners. There is nothing unusual in that. But what is curious is the 180 degree turn that you seem […]

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