17th October 2014

Supreme Court grants bail to Jayalalithaa! Swamy can’t go to Chennai.

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In a big relief to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered her release on bail in the Rs. 66.65 crores disproportionate assets case in which she was sentenced to undergo four years’ simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 100 crores. A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justices Madan B. Lokur and A.K. Sikri also granted bail to the three other accused Sasikala, Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi on their furnishing two solvent sureties to the satisfaction of the special judge, Bangalore. The Bench stayed the operation of the sentence imposed by the trial court on the four accused. The Bench, after hearing senior counsel Fali Nariman for Ms. Jayalalithaa, and senior counsel K.T.S. Tulsi for the other […]

Sri Lanka wants Nonis to continue to lie to the world?

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Moves are a foot with the use of certain channels to re-instate Dr. Chris Nonis as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Britain after the last month’s incident that led to Dr. Nonis to submitting his resignation, Daily Mirror learns. A minister told Daily Mirror on condition of anonymity that attempts are being made to persuade Dr. Nonis to forget what happened and continue as the High Commissioner but he is said to have been non-committal up to yesterday. The minister said the government was not keen to appoint a new High Commissioner to London immediately. “After all Dr. Nonis can forget and forgive. The government is keen to re-appoint him as it will help to erase the acrimony and the bad blood between the […]

”Ministry of External Affairs maintained relationships with companies owned by LTTE” says Tamara.

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Former diplomat Tamara Kunanyakam says , state sectors such as parliament, judiciary system, political parties, democratic organizations and organizations maintains close ties with ministry of external affairs are dropped out.  During an interview with local Television, diplomat went on to say, The Ministry of External Affairs never allowed me to engage in my duties. I fought against on passing resolution against SriLanka at the United Nation Human Rights Commission. The Ministry of External Affairs ordered me not to hold discussions with US, however they carry out secret mission to maintain cooperation with US. During my period I was able to recall the US resolution presented against SriLanka. Today state has been hijacked by a cartel. They always work according to their personal agenda. Present Secretary […]

UK takes note of land issue in Jaffna

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The British Government, in a statement issued by the British High Commission in Colombo, said that land issues continue to prevent some communities from rebuilding their lives in Jaffna. British Deputy High Commissioner Laura Davies visited the Jaffna town and called on Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, District Secretary Suntharam Arumainayagam and Bishop Thomas Saundaranayagam and also visited the Sabapathipillai Welfare Centre, the British Council and the Jaffna Public Library. Laura Davies said: “My first visit to Jaffna was an opportunity to see how infrastructure developments – including the Yaal Devi train – have the potential to bring real economic benefits to the peninsula. But I also heard and saw how land issues continue to prevent some communities from rebuilding their lives, including at the Sabapathipillai Welfare […]

Take up GoSL ban on Diaspora with UN Security Council – GTF tells UK

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by Shamindra Ferdinando The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has urged the UK to intervene on its behalf at the UN Security Council to prevent the Sri Lankan government exploiting United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 of 2001 (UNSCR 1373) to attack 16 Diaspora groups as well as 424 individuals. The UK based outfit registered under the UK Companies Act of 2006 alleged that UNSCR 1373 was being used by Sri Lanka to intimidate Tamil speaking people living both in and outside the country. The targeted persons included UK citizens as well as those residing in UK. The UK is a member of Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). GTF President Rev. Dr. S.J. Emmanuel in a letter addressed to Secretary of State for Foreign […]

UPDATE 1-EU court overturns Tamil Tiger sanctions but maintains asset freeze

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Oct 16 (Reuters) – European Union judges struck down anti-terrorism sanctions against the Tamil Tigers that were imposed by the EU but said on Thursday that the assets of the Sri Lankan group should remain frozen for the time being. The court said a decision by EU leaders in 2006 to place the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on a list of terrorist organisations had been based on “imputations derived from the press and the Internet” rather than on direct investigation of the group’s actions, as required by law. It said in a statement that the EU had also failed, when following Indian sanctions against the Tigers, to ensure that India gave sufficient judicial protection to those it accused. However, the court rejected the […]

Sri Lanka concerned at EU court ruling

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The Government of Sri Lanka has noted with concern the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16th October, to annul the EU regulations proscribing the LTTE. The defendants of this case have been the Council and Commission of the European Union, together with two member states, the Netherlands and the UK. The External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that expectedly, the ECJ judgment requires in-depth study by all the defendant parties. It is noteworthy that the Court has stressed the annulments to be “on fundamentally procedural grounds” and “do not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of the LTTE as a terrorist group.” Further it is observed from the decision of the ECJ that “the effects of […]

Lessons on Sri Lankan Reconciliation by the Cabinet Minister in the Midst

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HOUSTON: On Wednesday, October 9, the Asia Society held a gathering, at which Vasudeva Nanayakkara, a Senior Cabinet Minister from Sri Lanka, addressed the efforts at reconciliation in Sri Lanka. The Minister was introduced by Charles Foster, Chairman of the Asia Society and by the Honorary Counsel General of Sri Lanka, Bandula Wijay with special thanks extended to attorneys George Willy and Rajneesh Chaudhary for making the event possible. In his address, Nanayakkara pointed out the various points and factors leading to the conflicts that have ravaged the beautiful island country and prevented it from being what it has the potential of becoming. Some of the main points of conflict are the cultural, racial, social, religious and economical differences between the Tamils of the north […]

We can bring most Tamil votes to the UNP – Mano

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Leader of the Democratic People’s Front and former Colombo district parliamentarian Mano Ganesan who now commands over 15% of the Colombo city vote speaks to C.A.Chandraprema about his choice of a common opposition candidate for the forthcoming presidential election and the logic of ethnicity based politics.   Q. If we start off from the most important current controversy, are you in favour of an apolitical common candidate from outside the party system or are you willing to support a UNP candidate at the forthcoming presidential election? A. The candidates have been shortlisted now. The apolitical candidate is Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera and the political candidate is Ranil Wickremesinghe. As a party leader in the opposition, I cannot commit myself to a candidate at this moment. […]

Five UPFA Politicians Hold Secret Discussions With Opposition For A Crossover

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Five ruling party parliamentarians including three ministers are presently holding discussions with the main opposition party for a possible cross over ahead of the next national level election, highly placed political sources told Asian Mirror. The group of Ministers include Senior Minister Piyasena Gamage, Education Services Minister Duminda Dissanayake, Parliamentarian Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe, Mirigama SLFP Organizer Vasantha Senanayake and Minister of State Management Reforms Navin Dissanayake, sources also added.  A UNP spokesperson who wished to remain anonymous told Asian Mirror that some of them had expressed willingness to cross the aisle of the Parliament at any moment as they were disappointed with the present state of affairs in the country. It has also been revealed that some of these ruling party members have also held […]

We will attack and kill your children and wife if you do not cancel the journalist meeting

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The government vowed to investigate after dozens of Sri Lankan journalists and rights monitors received death threats yesterday from an ultra-nationalist group. The journalists and civil society members recieved threatening text messages and phone calls from a group called Rata Beragath Deshapremi Balakaya (“patriotic force that salvaged the country”), which vowed they would “attack” should the reporters attend a planned investigating journalism workshop hosted by Transparency International Sri Lanka. The text message sent to many of the 50 enrolled journalists claimed the meeting was canceled and warned the group against going, saying: “Do not attend this LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] meeting. You will be attacked.” Jayasiri Jayasekara, an organizer who was threatened, said he was told in a phone call: “We will attack and kill […]