3rd November 2014

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

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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

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( 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

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| 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.

It’s fine even if JHU leaves – President

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa is maintaining a strong stance with regard to the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU),says a senior government minister. The minister added that the President has recently told several ministers that he would not be intimidated by the threats of the JHU, firmly adding that it would not be an issue even if the party decides to leave the coalition government. Meanwhile, the JHU says that the government is yet to respond to their proposal presented recently. By now, all discussions held with regard to the proposals have also ended. But knowing President Rajapaksha who is well known for NOT keeping to his promises, can turn his tunes when it comes to Presidential election in January.   In May 2009 Rajapaksha promised 13+ amendment if […]

Tamils Were Not Fooled By Any Of The Roads, The Bridges, The Mega Projects Govt Gave

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By M. A. Sumanthiran – You stop people of this country going to meet their very near relatives by placing travel restrictions. Is that not treating the North differently? This is also an attempt to pull wool over the eyes of people, not of the people of the North. If the people of the North were fooled, they would have voted for the UPFA. They were not fooled by any of the roads, the bridges, the mega projects or the gifts you gave from election platforms. They were not fooled. This is an attempt to pull wool over the eyes of the people in the South. Elections are coming perhaps, otherwise there would not be such sweetness in this Budget. *M. A. Sumanthiran’s speech on second […]

Aluthgama Tense Again

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A tense situation has arisen in and around Aluthgama after a private altercation between a Sinhalese and Muslim last evening. Following the altercation, a rumour had been spread to the effect that the Sinhalese person was assaulted on his way back from the temple resulting in Sinhalese crowds gathering to the Aluthgama town. The incident had allegedly taken place in Dharga town which was subject to racial violence in June this year. There has been no reported violence yet, with Special Task Force troops deployed in and around the area.

British HC inquiring into attack on UK couple

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Brawl involving Minister Mervyn’s son at night club by Shamindra Ferdinando Rhythm and Blues night club where Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka got involved in another brawl on Saturday (Pic by Dharmasena Welipitiya) British High Commission is inquiring into the circumstances under which a British couple had been assaulted by Public Relations Minister, Mervyn Silva’s son, Malaka and some of his associates, in the early hours of Saturday (Nov. 1) at a night club down Duplication Road. The victims suffered injuries on their heads and faces. Responding to a query by The Island yesterday afternoon, BHC spokesperson said that the Consular Section was handling the case though a statement couldn’t be made at the moment. She said the BHC was yet to speak […]

Tamil Diaspora too are foreigners to the Govt. – BASL

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In the light of restrictions imposed on travel to the North, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) said, since the Diaspora too falls under the category of foreigners, they would have to resort to international conventions on travel to overturn such restrictions. The administrative decisions that the National Security Council are entitled to take, regarding perceived (where there is reason to believe) and actual threats to national security are legal and also in this case provides a blanket coverage to brand a person as a terrorist without having to justify their criterion, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rule of Law of the BASL and Convenor for Lawyers for Democracy, Lal Wijenayake added. “Although the first generation of the Tamil Diaspora is formed of […]

Great Scottish are not only brawn but brain too!

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Malaka Silva is the son of Minister Mervin Silva a close associate of President Rajapaksha. The English take the Mickey out of the Scottish claiming that the Scottish are more of brawn than of brain. At times that brawn comes handy. Wherever they are, the Scottish do not take crap from people like Malaka Silva. The story could be that the diminutive but lecherous Malaka cold have poured saliva over the pretty girlfriend of the Scotsman. He must have approached the girl in that indecent, depraved, uncultured manner of the youth of Sri Lanka today. Those guys do not know the world and they have not seen how decent people approach a woman. So they think that their macho approach would win a woman. This […]

TNA Parliamentarian visits landslide victims

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BY Our Batticaloa  Correspondent S. Yogeswaran was the first Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian to visit the landslide victims in Koslanda on Thursday. The Batticaloa District TNA Parliamentarian along with a group of volunteers from his electorate visited the two IDP centres at Sri Ganesha Vidyalaya and Poonagala Tamil Vidyalaya where the civilians who have escaped from the landslide have been sheltered. TNA Parliamentarian and the volunteers who went with him to Koslanda distributed relief items to the victims and they also interacted closely with the civilians who have lost their kith and kin. Batticaloa District Young Hindu Federation had also joined the TNA Parliamentarian in his humanitarian mission. Meanwhile, a Hindu organization from Zurich, Switzerland has also granted financial assistance through the TNA Parliamentarian, […]

What is critically absent is neither money nor manpower but political will because most of the Plantation workers are Tamils!

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Rajapaksa pet project of building airports in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya must be abandoned. Twenty per cent of the country’s land area has been identified as prone to landslides  What is critically absent is neither money nor manpower but political will. If some astrologer sounded these warnings, politicians may have heeded them, But the warnings came from professional scientists, so they were ignored.  Plantation sector, which has an abnormally high concentration of the poorest of the poor. By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “Throughout recorded history, actions or inactions by self-absorbed kings, chiefs and politicians have been a regular source of societal collapses…” – Jared Diamond (Collapse: How societies choose to fail or survive)   The tsunami came sans warning. The very word was alien to most of […]

NASA – Outstanding Leadership award winner Dr. Sarath Gunapala shares his views…

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By Lankesh Gooneratne Dr. Sarath Gunapala was the recipient of the most prestigious award from NASA – Outstanding Leadership medal. Ceylon Today interviewed Dr. Gunapala to know more about this prestigious award that he had won. Dr. Gunapala gladly explained all about this prestigious award, excerpts given below; Q. What is your involvement with the new NASA projects? A. NASA has been involved in a project called Mars 2020. The experiments done during this project is different to those performed earlier. Moreover, we are building a ‘curiosity rover’ for this project. The reason we are doing this project is because we discovered water on Mars. Hence, we suspect that there can be life on mars and we thus, engaged in the mars 2020 projects because […]

The Human Tragedy Of Koslanda…

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By Nirmala Kannangara  – Pictures by Lalith Perera Following last week’s Haldummulla catastrophe where more than 100 is believed to have buried alive leaving more than 75 children vulnerable and five deaths, accusations have now been leveled against the Haldummulla Divisional Secretary and Maskeliya Plantations for not taking action against the, landslide warning report submitted in 2005 by the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) that cautioned earth slip at Koslanda Meeriya- Bedda Estate, Haldummulla in the Badulla district. Although the earth slips warning has been given to both Divisional Secretary Haldummulla and the Management of Koslanda Meeriya- Bedda Estate the Maskeliya Plantations PLC, by the NBRO continuously in 2005, 2009 and 201, it is questionable why the Divisional Secretary or Maskeliya Plantation PLC ignored the […]