29th October 2014

350 Buried alive with 2 Hindu Temples

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By Mirudhula Thambiah and Menaka Indrakumar More than 350 persons went missing and six bodies were found, following a massive landslide, at the Koslanda Estate in the Meeriyabadda area of Haldummulla in the Badulla District, yesterday morning. The landslide occurred at around 7:30 in the morning burying more than 150 line room housing units, according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Spokesman, Pradeep Kodippili. “Line houses from No.7 -12 collapsed, including three houses of estate supervisors. Two Hindu temples, two garages, four grocery shops, a house of an estate midwife, the estate ward and two government office buildings were completely damaged and buried underneath the mud,” he said. He added that two teams from Colombo were sent to the crisis hit area, and a team from […]

Commonwealth chief calls for reduction of army role in northern Sri Lanka

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Due to travel restrictions imposed in the northern provinces earlier this month by the Sinhala Government, all foreign passport holders now require a permit before travelling to these areas controlled by Sri Lankan forces. All movements of the visitors are watched by Military men in plain cloths on the street. Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma who visited Jaffna yesterday has called for scaling down Sri Lankan Army’s role in the war—ravaged northern province to address the “legitimate concerns” of the Tamil population living in North of Sri Lanka. “The steps that needed to be taken to empower the people affected by the conflict include addressing legitimate concerns about restricted and monitored movement of both the citizens of the province and those visiting them for lawful […]

UNP demands public apology from government on ”EU de-proscription of LTTE”

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By Zacki Jabbar The UNP yesterday demanded that General Secretary of the UPFA and Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premjayanth withdraw his claim that the UPFA government need not take responsibility for its failure to prevent the recent  de-proscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the European Union General Court. General Secretary of the UNP, Tissa Attanayake MP said that not only should Premajayanth retract his irresponsible statement but also tender a public apology on behalf of the Rajapaksa regime of which he was a senior figure, for doing nothing since 2006 to ensure that the European Union (EU) ban on the LTTE continued. Following a spate of LTTE killings, Britain commenced an  EU campaign in August 2005 which led to the LTTE […]

Tamil man arrested for keeping ”UN war crimes complaint forms”

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By Franklin R. Satyapalan Leader of the Democratic National Front (DNF) Dr. N. Kumaraguruparan yesterday said Sri Lanka being a member country of the United Nations could not justify the arrest and detention of a father who had lost a son in shelling during the war. The former Parliamentarian, member All Party Representative Committee (APRC) and former Western Provincial Councillor (WPC) told The Island that the TNA had always called for action to ensure the safety of the witnesses ready to testify before the UN appointed committee probing war crimes. The President must order the immediate release of this distressed father who had lost his son during the war, Dr. Kumaraguruparan said. The arrest and detention of Sinnathamby Krishnarajah of Pooneryn, Kiraanji, Kilinochchi amounted to a […]

Owner of Lyca mobile arrested at Katunayake airport

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Subashkaran Alliraja, Owner of the Lyca mobile, London and the producer of the “Kathi” film was arrested while at the Katunayake international airport, Colombo today, unconfirmed sources said Lyca film production team visited India to celebrate the success of “Kathi” film , later planned to visit Maldives and decided to return back to London this morning. Their flight reached to Colombo and later schedule to visit London. Group of 10 individuals arrived with the photograph of Subashkaran hold an argument with the team. Due to the heated argument airport officials arrested Subashkaran and his team members. Officials yet failed to confirm this arrest.

We will hold discussions with SLMC – Basil Rajapaksa

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The Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa announced that government willing to hold discussions with SriLanka Mulsim Congress in near future, Sinhala newspaper reports. The general secretary of the SriLanka Freedom Party Susil Premajayantha already hold discussions with SLMC general secretary Azan Ali. This discussion would be hold inorder to urge support for the presidential election. National Freedom Front, Lanka Samasamajaya Party, Ceylon Workers Congress, National Workers Congress and the Tamil People Liberation Party already agreed to support the government in the upcomming presidential election. SriLanka Freedom Party appointed special representatives to urge support towards president. “Para Demala” he Sunday Leader, a Colombo-based popular weekly, has reported in the week-end edition an inside story on the CWC withdrawal from the Sri Lankan government. Arumugam Thondaman […]

Ease travel restrictions on expat Tamils – Vijayakala

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‘Old left’ yet to decide stance The ‘old left’ in the government is yet to decide on their stance on the forthcoming Presidential Election. General Secretary of the Socialist Alliance (SA), D.C. Raja R. Collure, told Ceylon Today the SA has yet to decide on their stance concerning the upcoming Presidential Election and whether or not they would back the incumbent President for a third term……………… ‘Old left’ yet to decide stance Ease travel restrictions on expat Tamils – Vijayakala Jaffna District Parliamentarian, Vijayakala Maheswaran, has urged the government to lift the travel restrictions imposed on expatriate Tamils, when travelling to Jaffna. Maheswaran was speaking during debate on Budget 2015 in Parliament on Monday (27). She was also part of the Lankan Parliamentary delegation to […]

Ranil challenges MR on whether he met LTTErs in US

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United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today challenged president Rajapaksa to respond to the questions he had raised on whether the latter had met members of the LTTE in America and why the government had not intervened in the case involving the ban on the LTTE — in the European Court of Justice (ECJ). “I asked several questions from the president, but he has not responded to them as yet. I continue to ask whether he met LTTE members in America, why the government did not intervene in the case in the European Court of Justice, whether it will appeal against the lifting of the LTTE ban and why the government did not take any action against the bank accounts and wealth of the […]

Why Muslims May Not Vote Mahinda Rajapaksa

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By Hilmy Ahamed – The ONLY reason, the Muslims may not vote for President Rajapaksa, would be the Bodu Bala Sena and other Buddhist extremists who have unleashed so much violence and intimidation against the Muslim community during the last three years, starting with the destruction of a shrine in Anuradhapura to the pogrom of Aluthgama. There are over 350 incidents against the Muslims that have been recorded by the Secretariat for Muslims The Muslims have stood by the country throughout history, and more so during the ethnic war between the Tamil tigers and the government forces by being the buffer for the government forces against the ruthless tigers. For this, they paid a heavy price by being forcible evicted from the North with less […]

EU institutions are studying carefully the LTTE Ruling in detail and will decide on appropriate remedial action to take

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United National Party Leadership Council Member Mangala Samaraweera recently stated that the banning of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the European Union was a result of diplomacy during his tenure as Foreign Minister and alleged that the lifting of the ban would benefit supporters of the government. He has said that the LTTE had a strong fund raising network in Europe when he became the Foreign Minister in late 2005. This was mainly because the LTTE activities had been curtailed in both the US and the UK following these countries banning the organization as a result of extensive campaigning by former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. However, he points out that it was during his tenure as Foreign Minister that the LTTE was […]