December 2014

US rejects Minister’s allegations

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

The United States has denied allegations raised by a Government Minister who had said that former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison had offered him a bribe. The US Embassy in Colombo in response to a question raised by the Colombo Gazette, said that the allegations on Sison, who left Sri Lanka yesterday to take up a post at the UN, were “baseless”. According to media reports today, Resettlement Minister Guneratne Weerakoon had told a political meeting in Aranwela on Thursday that he had recordings of the discussion where the bribe was offered to him, to which he says the Secretary to his Ministry was also privy. The Minister had said that his experience had shown that this was how foreign ambassadors were buying Government ministers. “They […]

Speech of Dr. Bahu at Matara relly for Maithree

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -05.Dec.2014, 1.30PM) Let me explain two points. First point, recently I spoke to a higher official in a ministry for his attention on a welfare matter. Before I could speak he asked me whether we are planning to defeat Mara with Maithree. Impulsively I said that in Buddhist terms to defeat Mara one needs Maithree, Karuna, Muditha and Upeksha. He laughed and retorted that what he meant was the defeat of MR and Maithree is enough for that purpose. What this incident shows is that even higher state officials are changing their loyalty and turning to the opposition. Secondly, President Mahinda continuously raises the issue of western imperialist conspiracy behind the common candidate of the opposition. He says that a western imperialist conspiracy has […]

Hidden agenda behind CID inquiry on Navin’s statement: UNP

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Opposition says Govt. is launching witch-hunts against defectors in guise of ‘good governance’  The main opposition United National Party has alleged that there was a hidden motive behind launching a CID investigation into the claim by former Minister Navin Dissanayake, who recently defected to the Opposition, that he was offered Rs. 100 million to remain with the Government. “It is clear the Government has got very agitated about this statement by MP Dissanayake,” the UNP said in a statement yesterday. The Opposition party said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was engaging in play acting to show the public he was acting against corruption. “In reality the Government is simply starting witch-hunts against Ministers and MPs who have left the UPFA,” the statement said. Similar statements about […]

UPFA MMC member joins Maithripala onstage

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

UPFA MMC member joins Maithripala onstage By M.C. Dushantha UPFA Matara Municipal Council (MMC) Member Raj Chandralal has extended his support for common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena. at the forthcoming presidential elections. The Councillor joined Sirisena at a rally held in Matara yesterday (4). Chandralal, who was onstage at the election rally yesterday pledged that he would commit himself to ensure the victory of Sirisena at the coming election. Maithripala Sirisena, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Democratic Front Leader Sarath Fonseka, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, Arjuna Ranatunge and many others participated in the rally.

Rajapaksa Is Not A Darling Of Minority Voters Anymore

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Muheed Jeeran – Presidential election 2015 is getting heated now and an unexpected arrival of the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) as the common candidate has shaken the ruling of UFPA and the chance of winning the third term by the incumbent President. Even before the arrival of the popular grassroot man of SLFP’s Maithripala Sirisena’s arrival, analysts were predicting the outcome based on two groups of voters such as important of ethnic minorities and mustering the Sinhalese nationalist voters will be a crucial factor for any presidential candidate to touch the finish line of 50% plus one vote in the upcoming presidential election. The opposition is very much hopeful of getting a better share from the ethnic minority voters but the […]

Sri Lanka’s Secrets, by Trevor Grant is chronicle of genocide

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

SRI LANKA’S SECRETS: How the Rajapaksa Regime gets away with murder By Trevor Grant Monash University Publishing, $29.95 Sri Lanka’s Secrets is a must-read, particularly for Australian politicians and officials involved in the formulation of foreign and immigration policy toward Sri Lanka. Moving: Trevor Grant’s tightly-written history details the final days of Sri Lanka’s thirty-year civil war. The author, Trevor Grant, details the final cruel days of the thirty-year civil war in Sri Lanka during which the Sinhalese armed forces murdered tens of thousands of innocent Tamil men, women and children. The tightly written and moving text is supported by graphic photographs conveying their own reality of the horror. This was a war progressively forced on the minority Tamils. Initial discrimination in work and educational […]

S African Tamils Slap War Crime Charges Against Lankan General

6th December 2014 // 0 Comments

A South African Tamil group has filed criminal charges against a visiting former Sri Lankan general for alleged war crimes during the civil war with LTTE. General Srilal Weerasooriva is in South Africa as part of an international delegation attending the Association of Military Christian Fellowships – Global Interaction 2014 at the naval base of Simonstown. The general and his wife Dilhani led a worship and evening session at the event. In a statement, South African Tamil Federation (SATF) confirmed charges were pressed against him with the Commissioner of the Special Unit for Foreign Crimes in South Africa for alleged violation of human rights during his tenure as the Commanding Officer of the Sri Lankan Army in the 1990s. “We call on the South African […]

END THE SILENCE ON TAMIL GENOCIDE

5th December 2014 // 0 Comments

To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men”. – Abraham Lincoln. So how does a state successfully commit war crimes, and get away with it? Simple, by ensuring silence. Like a parent guilty of abusing their child, the best way to escape prosecution is to ensure that the child keeps their mouth shut, keeping school teachers and peers utterly oblivious to the daily atrocities which the child is subject to. While it is wholly questionable that the international community were oblivious to the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka that reached a peak in 2009, it is clear that the Sri Lankan government has taken a similar approach of silencing the voices of the Tamil population. Intimidation, the use of sexual […]

Sri Lankan catholics urge Pope Francis to put off visit

5th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan catholics urge Pope Francis to put off visit December 4, 2014 ——————————–Source: New York Times A number of prominent Roman Catholic priests and laypeople in Sri Lanka are appealing to Pope Francis to put off a scheduled visit, saying the government is using the occasion as propaganda to imply the pope’s support for President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seeking an unprecedented third term in office. The pope is expected to arrive in Colombo, the capital, on Jan. 13, five days after an early presidential election declared by Mr. Rajapaksa. Francis is expected to canonize Joseph Vaz, a 17th-century priest and missionary, as the country’s first saint. Hector Welgampola, a former editor of The Messenger, a Catholic newspaper, said in a blog post this […]

Embattled Rajapakses suffer defeat in cyber contest : Mody’s lackey paid Rs. 100 million to rescue government

5th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Embattled Rajapakses suffer defeat in cyber contest : Mody’s lackey paid Rs. 100 million to rescue government Embattled Rajapakses suffer defeat in cyber contest : Mody’s lackey paid Rs. 100 million to rescue government (Lanka-e-News- 2014.Dec.03, 4.40PM) The Medamulana Rajapakses who have already faced defeat at the Presidential elections in the cyber battle, have got down an Indian national to the Temple Trees after paying a sum of Indian Rs. 100 million , based on Lanka e news inside information division reports. The name of this Indian is Arvind Gupta , who during the elections of Indian Prime Minister Mody , monitored latter’s social network . Gupta had arrived in Sri Lanka along with four others on the 21 st of November , and undertaken the monitoring […]

Amir Ali offered Rs. 50 m instead of deputy ministerial portfolio!

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Amir Ali of minister Badurdeen’s group, who is to be appointed to parliament to fill the vacancy created following the resignation of national list government MP A.H.M. Azwer, is refusing to attend parliament until he is given a deputy ministerial portfolio, say government sources. This group’s demand is that they would support the government only if they are given a MP position as well as a deputy ministerial portfolio. However, following Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena’s declaration that it would support the government, Amir’s supporters and mosque representatives have stressed that he should not go to parliament to support the government. Yesterday (03) night, president Mahinda Rajapaksa held a crucial discussion with Risath Badurdeen and Amir at Temple Trees, where the president ruled out giving […]

Over 2,000 rape cases per year, but only seven convictions

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Although over 2,000 cases of rape are reported from around the country each year, only seven persons have been convicted by Court. This was revealed by Senior Researcher at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Chulani Kodikara. She also stated according to their statistics, the number of rape cases had increased over the years, compared to the low number of the convictions. Police Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana said, the police have already taken action on nearly 99% of the rape cases, but it is the Judiciary that has to decide on prosecuting the suspects. According to the statistics, based on Grave Crime Abstract, of the Sri Lanka Police in 2013, around 2,000 cases were reported of which seven suspects were convicted. The conviction rates […]

FREEDOM FIGHTER Prabakaran still lords over Tamil Nadu politics

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

On November 26, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for stronger ties with SAARC countries at its summit in Nepal and thanked Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa for releasing five Indian fishermen detained in Lanka, MDMK chief Vaiko launched a citywide celebration of slain LTTE chief V Prabakaran’s 60th birthday in Chennai, complete with public meetings, cake cutting at the party office and organised prayers at places of religious worship at different venues in the city.    The LTTE’s status has been prescribed as a terrorist organisation by 32 countries after it was held responsible for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and outlawed in 1992. However the MDMK chief has always maintained his full-fledged loyalty to the cause of Tamil Eelam and Prabakaran, […]

We WILL continue with our agitation for constitutional reform which we have done for last 10 years.

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Susil avoids answering query on abolition of Presidency UPFA General Secretary and Environment Minister Susil Premajayantha evaded answering the question on whether the government will abolish the Executive Presidency if President Mahinda Rajapaksa wins the coming election. “The government is considering constitutional reforms,” he said in reply to the question posed at a press conference on Tuesday (2). The minister then asked a question, “Is the JVP changing their slogan from “Executive Presidency is illegal” to ‘defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa’?” LSSP Terminates Membership Of Six Leaders We WON’T STOP our CALL FOR POLITICAL reform The Daily Mirror sat with the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL), Senior Minister DEW Gunasekara to discuss the current political and social issues in the country […]

Rajapaksas Invested More In One Defence University Than In All Other Universities Combined

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Last year the Rajapaksa regime invested more in one Defence Academy than it did in all the universities in Sri Lanka. The Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), was allocated 16.3 billion rupees in capital expenditure last year, while all the other universities in Sri Lanka – Colombo, Peradeniya, Moratuwa etc –  were only allocated 9.7 billion rupees in capital expenditure. To make matters worse. KDU had just under 1500 students, while all other universities had 88,000+ students. “Non-officer cadets studying at KDU must pay fees of multiple lakhs. Therefore, the government is massively subsidising fee-paying education.  It is clear from this policy that the Rajapaksa regime cares little for education – the country’s and people’s hope for the future – or for free education, which Sri […]

Under Rajapaksa rule, dishonour is becoming honour, dishonesty honesty, indecency decency, extremism moderation and indiscipline discipline

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “When crimes begin to pileup they become invisible.” – Brecht (Poems – 1913-56) Last month three members of Shashindra Rajapaksa’s security-detail died when their speeding vehicle clashed into a parked lorry[i]. Why would Shashindra Rajapaksa – or any other chief minister/minister/parliamentarian – need security convoys? The LTTE is no more. The government boasts that the country is at peace and demands that people vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa, again, for this reason. So why the ubiquitous sight of politicians and their massive security details driving at breakneck-speed, signals flashing and sirens screeching? Why speed as if Satan himself is after them, ignoring traffic lights and every other road rule, and endangering lives and limbs of fellow citizens? It may seem an insignificant detail […]

Hakeem’s Real Problem Is Not BBS Supporting The Govt: But the ‘FILES’ Mahinda holds!

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Hakeeem and the clan met the UNP Leader on Wednesday night for crucial talks ahead of another leapfrog. However, many looked at Hakeem’s move with a sympathy of some sort as they knew that Hakeem could not stay in a government of which Gnanasara Thera and Ravana Balaya are stakeholders. Therefore, they thought that Hakeem had no other option but to wear the common opposition hat and support Maithri’s candidature. But, it has now come to the limelight that Hakeem’s reason to head in the common opposition’s direction is not his archenemy Ganansara Thera. Interestingly Gnanasara Thera’s and Ravana Balaya’s tryst with the government – of which Hakeem is a key member – has not worried him at all! Apparently, his problem is something else […]

Navin reveals money looting in the government – many irregularities in financial aid received from China.

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Former Minister Navin Dissanayake has revealed what he terms as “looting” of money by the government. He told the media that most of the monies taken from Chinese banks as loans are being looted. He explained the plundering of public monies through highway projects. We know and the Urban Development Authority also knows that a kilo meter of road construction costs only Rs.2 million. The President, as the Highways Minister should tell the country how the cost of constructing a kilo meter of road increased from Rs.2 million to Rs.16 million,” Dissanayake said. He observed that there were many irregularities in financial aid received from China. “Rs.412 million was spent to construct the 96 kilometer long Mattala airport road. We know that a kilometer of […]

Sports Minister Aluthgamage has one of the largest ‘files’ and even his wife knows about his alleged rackets.

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Sports Minister Lodges Police Complaint Against The Anonymous Caller During the ‘Waada Pitiya’ political talk show on Derana TV, an unknown caller alleged that Minister Aluthgamage has one of the largest ‘files’ and even Minister Aluthgamage’s wife knows about his alleged rackets. The caller also added that Aluthgamage was one of the most corrupt Ministers in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government. At this moment Minister Aluthgamage lashed out at the caller and the programme host Chathura Alwis saying that this was the first time Derana TV allowed a caller to insult a Minister on national television. The Minister walked out of the Derana TV studio a short while after the incident. Aluthgamage, before walking out of the TV studio, accused Derana of supporting The campaign of […]

VOTE FOR ME – Returning the gold to Tamils after 6 years!

4th December 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hand over a part of recovered gold jewellery belonging to over 2,100 Northerners at Temple Trees today. These valuables had been recovered by the army from the ‘Eelam banks’ set up by the LTTE in the North in 2009. Answering our query, the Brigadier said that there were still some gold items left behind sans owners and those would be handed over to the Central Bank in keeping with the law. More than 100,000 family members had deposited in ‘Eelam Bank’ before May 2009. Only 2,000 are receiving their gold and the big questions are What happened to the 98,000+ Tamil ‘s gold? Why was the gold given at Presidents house to 2000 Tamils. Will these 2000 Tamil family members be fooled by […]

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