November 2014

Sri Lanka government will NOT be having talks with India regarding the presence of Chinese

4th November 2014 // 0 Comments

The government will not be having talks with India regarding the presence of Chinese attack submarines in Sri Lankan waters, Minister of Petroleum Industries Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said. Chinese submarines are both diesel and nuclear-powered and some can fire ballistic missiles. Whilst one docked in the Colombo Port on 15 September, the other is in Palk Straits waiting to dock at the Colombo Port. This expansion of Chinese presence in Sri Lanka, including military ties, has vexed the Indian authoritieswho have repeatedly expressed, at the highest levels, their strong reservations and displeasure about the turn of events. He denied that the urgent summoning and visits of Sri Lankan military top brass, including Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to India […]

Only Elections Commissioner is clueless

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By Rathindra Kuruwita The date of the Presidential election is known by all main astrologers in the country although the Commissioner of Elections is still clueless, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said. The fact that everyone, apart from all the bureaucrats responsible for holding elections, are talking about the Presidential election to be held in January, is an indication that it is the politicians and astrologers who decide the dates for crucial elections. This is a severe blow to people’s faith in the credibility of elections, CaFFE said.  “The official announcement for the Presidential election will be made after the President’s birthday, on November 18. Analyzing how governments of the past have announced the dates of elections, we see that they were held […]

Government is to reject SLMC demand

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The Government says it will not agree to a separate administrative district for Muslims as such a move could create more instability in the country. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Minister Rauff Hakeem has reportedly made such a proposal to the Government. Prime Minister D.M Jayaratne, speaking in Parliament today, said that a majority of Sri Lankans want to live within a united country and not a divided country. “Not just in the East but there are several Muslims in the Central province as well. If we go to divide the country it will create a tense situation,” he said. Earlier, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) told Parliament that the SLMC is attempting to divide the country by calling for […]

”’Ashamed’ to function as a Minister of the UPFA government” says Hakeem.

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Minister of Justice and Leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Rauff Hakeem said his party would not take ‘positions’ or ‘privileges’ into consideration when making decisions on the presidential election. Addressing a public meeting in Potuvil, Hakeem had said the present government had done nothing for the Muslims of Sri Lanka. “We will only think about the Muslim community of the country when making a decision,” Hakeem said just months ahead of the presidential election. There are many speculations in the media that the leadership of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress is under heavy pressure from its members to step out of the government and remain as a ‘pressure group’ in Parliament. Despite such demands, the SLMC still remains as a stakeholder of the UPFA […]

Indian envoy in Lanka assures ‘unstinted support’ to fishermen

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COLOMBO/NEW DELHI: India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka today met the five Indian fishermen, who have been sentenced to death by a court here for alleged drug trafficking, and assured them of “unstinted support” by the government to secure their early release and repatriation. Indian envoy Yash Sinha, who visited Welikada Prison in Colombo this morning, met the five fishermen at the Superintendent’s office where he handed over some clothes and toiletries and enquired about their welfare, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in New Delhi. “He (Sinha) assured them of unstinted support and cooperation of government of India in ensuring that their case receives the utmost attention. He also assured them that the government will make all e .. Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/45035042.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst   […]

VCK Cadre Burn Effigy Of President Rajapaksa In Tiruchi

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A section of members of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) were arrested after they burnt an effigy of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Thiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, on Monday. The VCK cadre has taken this step to condemn the death sentence handed out to five Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Colombo High Court recently. Police sources said a group of 31 VCK functionaries headed by the party’s urban district secretary Arasu set afire an effigy of Mr. Rajapaksa near the central bus stand when they were arrested. They were later released. Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi is a Dravidian political party in Tamil Nadu, led by Thol. Thirumavalavan, a lawyer from Chennai. He is a Dalit politician. The party’s main principle is uplift of scheduled castes and […]

Modi govt ‘playing’ with lives of Indian fishermen: Vaiko

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  Modi govt takes back UPA appeal against HC order in Godhra train case Modi govt has stuck to path laid out by UPA, says Rajan No alliance with DMK as of now, MDMK leader Vaiko says NDA, UPA failed to curb farmer suicides Reversal of UPA order will raise critical drug prices: Congress CHENNAI: Slamming the NDA government on fishermen issue, BJP ally MDMK on Tuesday said it is “playing with the lives of Indian fishermen” and its UPA-like approach towards Sri Lanka had emboldened Colombo to treat them (fishermen) with disdain.Alleging that Modi government was “playing” with the lives of Indian fishermen, MDMK founder Vaiko said, “I ask the Modi government…why are you insisting with defence ties with Sri Lanka even after this…the […]

Court rejects bail application for Malaka

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The Colombo Magistrate’s Court today refused to release Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka Silva on bail and further remanded him till November 11 over an incident which occurred at a night club over the weekend. The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) is investigating the incident involving Malaka Silva. Statements had been recorded from eyewitnesses at the RnB night club at Duplication Road in Colombo where Silva had allegedly assaulted a Scottish national. The police said that initially a complaint had been made at the Bambalapitiya police station saying Malaka Silva was assaulted by a foreigner at the club and that he was admitted to hospital. However investigations had later revealed that the incident had taken place as a result of the actions of Malaka Silva. The foreigner was […]

TNA rejects claims on links to suspect

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) refuted claims it is linked to an individual who was arrested recently for distributing blank forms in the North to obtain statements for a UN led investigation on Sri Lanka. A TNA statement said that some media reports have falsely suggested that the TNA, through a senior TNA official named Alva Pulle Vijendrakumar alias Sun Master, is involved in a scheme to provide fabricated evidence to the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka through the distribution and collection of forms. “Vijendrakumar is not a TNA official, nor is he a member of the TNA, and his alleged activities with regard to the distribution and collection of forms have not been endorsed by the TNA,” the TNA said. The TNA says it does not […]

If our proposals are not implemented, Will decide to quit alone or with others

4th November 2014 // 0 Comments

While the controversy ridden coal deals have become the talk of the town, former Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka comes out with many revelations and allegations of corruptions related to power and energy. Mr. Ranawaka who is also the Technology and Research Minister hints at the crucial decisions his party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya has to take if the UPFA Government fails to implement their proposals.    Jatika Hela Urumaya (JHU) is now functioning as an Opposition within the Government. It appears to be on the verge of quitting the Government. What is really happening? When looking back on the recent political history of this country, it becomes obvious that insurrections had broken out in the contexts where the rulers had ignored calls for […]

GTF News Update – 1st to 3rd November 2014

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THE SUNDAY LEADER  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Probe Team To Accept Late Submissions <http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/11/02/probe-team-to-accept-late-submissions/>   THE NATION  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Koslanda landslide: TNA wants team appointed for children’s welfare <http://www.nation.lk/edition/latest-top-stories/item/34891-koslanda-landslide-tna-wants-team-appointed-for-children%E2%80%99s-welfare.html>   CEYLON TODAY  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** TNA Parliamentarian visits landslide victims  <http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-76868-news-detail-tna-parliamentarian-visits-landslide-victims.html>   COLOMBO PAGE Sri Lanka Tamil Alliance to meet Muslim party tomorrow <http://www.colombopage.com/archive_14B/Nov03_1414997806CH.php>   THE NATION  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Northern, Eastern citizens to be included in supplementary electoral register <http://www.nation.lk/edition/news-online/item/34854-northern-eastern-citizens-to-be-included-in-supplementary-electoral-register.html>   NDTV  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Chinese Submarine Docks in Sri Lanka Despite Indian Concerns <http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/chinese-submarine-docks-in-sri-lanka-despite-indian-concerns-615321>   SRI LANKA MIRROR  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Prez polls on first week of Jan. 2015 <https://www.srilankamirror.com/news/17694-prez-polls-on-first-week-of-jan-2015>   THE HINDU  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Avoid polls during Pope visit: Church to Sri Lanka <http://www.thehindu.com/news/avoid-polls-during-pope-visit-church-to-sri-lanka/article6560803.ece?homepage=true> […]

Solheim discusses potential need for sanctions and international election observers in Sri Lanka

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Erik Solheim, a former peace negotiation envoy to Sri Lanka, discussed the potential need for the EU to ensure that the upcoming presidential elections in Sri Lanka were free and fair, as well as potential sanctions on Sri Lanka should it continue to refuse to cooperate with the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL). The former Norwegian peace envoy spoke about the use of international observers to ensure fair elections in Sri Lanka during a meeting with the British Tamil Conservatives last month, whilst discussing matters pertaining to the upcoming presidential elections in Sri Lanka, and a post-inquiry follow up strategy to ensure accountability and justice whilst meeting the aspirations of all people on the island. The chair of […]

India: RAW Says Tamil Nadu Fishermen Innocent

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

( November 2, 2014, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) Citing a past precedent, India on Friday hoped that the five Indian fishermen sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court can be saved from the gallows, adding that the Modi Government is “concerned” over the judgement and has taken it up already with senior levels in the Sri Lankan Government. India said that the sentence of two Indian nationals who were sentenced to death in Sri Lanka in the 1990s was commuted to life imprisonment by the then Sri Lankan President and were allowed to subsequently serve their jail term in India as per an existing pact between the two countries and that therefore a legal architecture exists to address such cases. The ministry of […]

What Happened To Those 6,657 Persons Out Of 18,657 Who Had Surrendered?

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by L.Annadoure   ( November 1, 2014, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) In or about June 2014 the Sri Lankan Army has announced that all those who have been either captured by the Army or surrendered before it at the brink of the war would be released 100% from its custody. The Sri Lankan Government initially has in its official report said that the Army had captured 18,657 people as prisoners of war and the said figure has been later reduced to 12,000 persons only for some reasons known to it and therefore the parents of the prisoners of war who have entrusted their sons and daughters on the assurance of their earlier safe return, have been taken aback and they have come to realize that […]

Modi May Not Swing In Favour Of Tamil Minorities

3rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

| by Pearl Thevanayagam   (November 03, 2014, Bradford UK, Sri Lanka Guardian) As both our President and newly elected TNA look longingly at India to come to their rescue, it is time to ponder on what it has to offer by way of a political settlement to the ethnic issue post-war. India is a paradox. It is like the manor-born dowager with silver and a coat-of-arms but who has no meat to place on her mahogany table for dinner guests. Modi honeymoon is over and he has to deliver to the 1.2 billion Indians whose majority still live in abject poverty despite its space programs and nuclear technology. It faces the challenges of poverty, corruption, malnutrition, inadequate public healthcare, and terrorism. It also is […]

Mayuri Inoka, Wife Campaigning For Disappeared Husband, Abducted

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Mayuri Inoka, the wife of a disappeared husband, Madushka Haris De Silva, was herself abducted on 1 November 2014. According to Mayuri, her abductors threatened her not to engage in any activities calling for the recovery of her husband. Mayuri’s husband disappeared in September 2013, and remains missing. Issuing a statement the Asian Human Rights Commission says; On 27 October 2014, Mayuri spoke at a public gathering in front of the “Monument for the Disappeared” at Raddoluwa, Seeduwa, during the annual commemoration ceremony for disappeared persons. The persons who abducted Mayuri identified themselves by stating, “we are from the police” They followed her and boarded the three-wheeler in which she traveled to the city centre in Anuradhapura, where she wanted to purchase milk powder for her […]

TNA Slams Collecting Blank-Signed Forms Allegation

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The Tamil National Alliance has today refused the allegation that TNA officials are involving in a scheme to provide fabricated evidence to the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka through the distribution and collection of forms. Issuing a statement TNA said; “Whether or not the allegations of blank signed forms being found on the recently arrested Mr. Krishnarasa are true, the TNA does not support the collection of evidence for the OHCHR investigation through the distribution and collection of specimen forms, not least because the evidential value of information collected in this manner is very low.” We publish below the statement in full; The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wishes to refute several false claims made in a news item titled “Police hunt for TNA Vavuniya organiser, Governor […]

British Tamils’ heartfelt condolence to the families of victims of landslide in Sri Lanka

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(Lanka-e-News- 02.Nov.2014, 5.00PM) BTF shares the grief of the Tamil people  of Meeriyabedha in Badulla district. 66 apartments in 6 lines of houses have been completely submerged in the landslide that took place between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. on 29th of October 2014. In one of the biggest landslides in Sri Lanka, members of more than 66 Tamil families are feared dead in the disaster that struck on Wednesday in Meeriyabedda in Badulla District in the Up Country. Tamil relief workers in the Up Country said more than 300 people are feared missing and there is no hope for survivors. Several school children survived the catastrophe as they had gone to schools, the reports further said. Many children have become orphaned. 95% of the affected […]

Earthslip disaster highlights the neglect of plantation Tamil community – NPC

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The landslide that buried an entire village on Meeriyabedda Estate in Haldamulla, a tea plantation in Sri Lanka’s central hills is a tragic reminder of a marginalized ethnic minority and the failure of the democratic political system to address their needs. The plantation Tamil people have been discriminated against from the time of Independence from British colonial rule when they were denied their citizenship and continue to suffer from that legacy. The wealth they have produced has gone into the coffers of state and plantation companies, but inputs to upgrade the quality of housing for the plantation workers who toil under extreme weather condition has been minimal and often not meeting minimum requirements to enable them to lead dignified lives.   Even today the plantation […]

SLMC ready to leave positions in the government

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Coalition member of the government, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has expressed its willingness to leave positions in the government to address the needs of the Muslim people in the country. SLMC Leader, Minister Rauf Hakeem says the party will not make future political decisions based on the positions received by party members. The Minister observed that the party cannot address the grievances of the Muslim people if the political decisions are based on positions held in the government, Hakeem made this comment at a meeting in Pottuvil. He added that the SLMC was in the process of reaching an important decision with regard to its future political path, especially at a time when the country is preparing for a national level election.

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