17th November 2014

COI collects statements on war crimes

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The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (COI) on missing persons is collecting written statements related to alleged war crimes and human rights abuses as part of its extended mandate, a spokesman of the Commission said. Secretary to the Presidential Commission H.W Gunadasa said that statements will be accepted till December 31 this year and a notice to this effect had already been issued. He said that once the deadline of accepting written statements ends the COI will begin making inquiries into the statements and take the next step. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had in July expanded the mandate of the Presidential Commission on mission persons and appointed international experts to advice the commission. The Government had said that the President was of the opinion that the Commission of […]

Modi govt betrayed Tamils by showing indulgence to Sri Lanka: Vaiko

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CHENNAI: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko on Monday came down heavily on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre for its proximity to the Mahinda Rajapaksa dispensation in Sri Lanka. The MDMK was a pre-poll partner of the NDA. Talking to reporters after a sedition case hearing at a Chennai court on Monday, Vaiko cautioned the government that it was betraying Tamils by showing indulgence to the island nation. Instead of bringing Sri Lanka to book by forcing it to face trial for its war crimes and atrocities against Tamils, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Rajapaksa for the swearing-in ceremony and then engaged secret intermediaries to maintain contacts with Sri Lanka, Vaiko alleged. Vaiko said though he was a pre-poll […]

Sri Lanka president knew of payments to rebels: envoy

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A peacebroker accused of helping to fund Sri Lanka’s separatist war acknowledged Monday that Tamil rebels had been induced to engage in the peace process but said payments were made with the government’s blessing. Erik Solheim, a Norwegian diplomat who for nearly a decade headed international efforts to broker a peace deal, was accused by President Mahinda Rajapakse at the weekend of “giving money” to the Tamil Tigers who waged a 37-year insurgency for a separate homeland before being crushed in 2009. The comments came in an address by the nationalist president in front of supporters in the countdown to an election expected in January. But Solheim, who initially accused Rajapakse of “telling lies”, said on Monday that while the Tigers had indeed been given […]

‘Red alert’ in Jaffna as usual

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By Manekshaw   Security Forces in the Northern Province are put on ‘red alert’ in the month of November since the LTTE was routed in Mullivaikkal in 2009, to prevent any form of commemo-ration to remember the dead cadres. When the LTTE was active, the commemorative events were held in the areas controlled by the outfit, in memory of the cadres who were killed in action.  A year ago the Security Forces thwarted the attempt by the Jaffna University students who were preparing for a commemorative event in memory of dead LTTE cadres. Some of the student leaders were also taken into custody for questioning by the police sleuths. As usual for the past five years, security has been tightened around the Jaffna University premises. […]

Supporting President Rajapaksa to protect your ministerial portfolio?

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Communist Party, was divided over whether to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa or not, at the forthcoming Presidential election. Of the 51 Central Committee members, 26, along with Minister DEW Gunasekera, supported the proposal to back President Rajapaksa while 14 members voted against. One member was absent. In an interview with Ceylon Today, Minister Gunasekera explains the Party’s present crisis:  Q: Is it true the Communist Party is divided over the decision to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming Presidential election? A: The Communist Party is not divided. But there can be different views. At our central committee, 26 members voted in favour of supporting President Mahinda Rajapaksa, while 14 voted against it. One member was […]

Douglas Devananda wants another 50 years to develope North! 35% Unemployed in North.

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Development of the post war Northern economy Tamil Diaspora did not contribute even a Rupee – Douglas Devananda There are still around 35% of the people who are still unemployed. BY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader and Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, Douglas Devananda, in startling revelation, alleged that the Tamil Diaspora had not contributed a single cent for the development of the North in the post war era. They pumped in billions to the LTTE at the time of the war, but they have not contributed a cent or a Rupee for the welfare of the North, that they were shedding crocodile tears, the EPDP Leader and Minister said. He also said that there were over a million […]

Funeral for plane crash victim held in Toronto

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A well-attended funeral service was held yesterday in Toronto for 31 year –old Ravindran Arulandar who died last week in a plane crash. The pilot of the Cessna aircraft, 25 year-old Logesh Lakshmikanthan will have a funeral in India. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) confirmed the plane went down last Tuesday in Algonquian Provincial Park after running out of fuel. Arulanander received a diploma in airline ticketing from the International Airlines Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka in 2000, reported the Toronto Sun. In Canada, Arulanandar held a variety of jobs, including as a part-time court interpreter, translating statements from Tamil to English, and security officer, added a report from the Toronto Star.   Plane crash victim remembered as ‘funny entertainer’ who was ‘intrigued’ by the […]