December 2014

Sri Lanka’s president ruled out giving Tamils greater political power

21st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s president ruled out giving Tamils greater political power, appearing to back away from his long-stalled promise (13+ Amendment) to empower the ethnic minority as part of the country’s reconciliation process following a bloody quarter-century civil war. President Mahinda Rajapaksa made his about-face despite growing international pressure to compromise with the minority and to investigate allegations of war crimes. Local and foreign rights groups say despite the end of the war local Tamils are under constant surveillance in a region where the military still maintains a high presence. The pressure comes nearly four years after the government, dominated by the ethnic Sinhalese majority, defeated the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, who had been demanding an independent Tamil nation after decades of perceived discrimination. According to a […]

Buddhist monk among victims, man stripped naked: Allegation of police assault in Batticaloa

21st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Police attack on a group of civilians lead by Ampitiya Sumana Ratana Thero , in B’loa who were proceeding to hand over a petition to the President. A group of civilians including Buddhist priests led by Rev Ampitiye SumanaratnaThero yesterday alleged they were attacked by the police at around 6.30 p.m. on Friday in front of the Batticaloa Police Station. “The Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) received a complaint from Rev Ampitiye Sumanaratna Thero alleging that a group of civilians protesting that their voting rights should be ensured were attacked by the police in front of the Batticaloa Police Station at about 6.30 p.m. on Friday when they attempted to submit a petition to the President in this regard,”said ManjulaGajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV. […]

Parents, Teachers Summoned To Schools For Mahinda Campaigns

21st December 2014 // 0 Comments

In yet another devious act of state resource exploitation parents, teachers and students have been summoned to schools by the Education Ministry to participate in various abruptly organised ‘openings’ despite the schools remaining closed for December holidays, to promote President Rajapaksa‘s election campaign. Teacher unions have expressed their concern over these meetings and ‘openings’ that have been organised out-of-the-blue soon, pointing out they are a clear violation of election law flouting which the authorities have failed to prevent. “Since the end of the 2014 O/L examination on December 17 until now, a total of six Mahindodaya laboratories have been suddenly unveiled by the Education Ministry in Gampara and Puttlam districts,”Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) Joseph Stalin said. He said that school authorities have summoned parents, teachers […]

Sumanthiran makes challenges to shield political bankruptcy

21st December 2014 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 December 2014, 23:35 GMT] Colombo-based parliamentarian of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), M.A. Sumanthiran, who visited Batticaloa on Thursday challenged the SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa to release the purported ‘secret agreement’, signed between the common opposition candidate Maithiripala Srisena and the TNA. Responding, the grassroots activists from Aalaiyadi-vempu who met Mr Sumanthiran told TamilNet Friday that the TNA had failed to come out with a people-centric political move challenging the real perpetrators of the plight faced by Tamils and instead comes out with empty challenges to shield its political-agenda bankruptcy. The TNA should have made use of the opportunity to mobilise the Tamil masses to send message to the forces that stage the deceptive game of presidential election for the perpetuation of the […]

Mass Murder Committed By Karuna

21st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Mass Murder Committed By Karuna The Sunday Leader of  9th January 2014 published an article on the first page under the caption IPKF Head Slams Karuna. The former IPKF Intelligence Corp. head Col. R.Hariharan  had made serious allegations against Deputy Minister Karuna, alias Col karuna. The Col alleges that Karen and his Deputy Pillian, former Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council were responsible for the Murder of about 300 Muslims, 600 people including hundreds of Policemen. With regard to the killing of policemen I may elaborate more on this matter. The Kalmunai Police Station had about 75 to,100 Policemen under the command of A SP Botheju. Karuna  and his men surrounded the Kalmunai police station and attacked the station with small arms and the […]

TGTE Ready For Conditional Talks – Rudra – V. Rudrakumaran

21st December 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil diapora has been widely discussed by the government during its election campaign. One of the concerns raised by the government is an alleged attempt by the pro-LTTE diaspora to divide the country and revive the LTTE. V. Rudrakumaran, the head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), who is among those listed in Sri Lanka for terrorism related activities, admits that the push for an Eelam state has not been abandoned. Excerpts of the interview: By Easwaran Rutnam Q: The Government says diaspora is still attempting to divide Sri Lanka and create Eelam. Is that the goal of TGTE? A: In 2010, the TGTE promulgated a Constitution by democratically elected representatives from 12 countries. Article 1.1.1. of the Constitution states, “The TGTE, […]

The Opposition Manifesto is a serious challenge to President

21st December 2014 // 0 Comments

by Rajan Philips The second week after nominations saw stark contrasts developing in the campaigns of the incumbent President and the common opposition candidate. President Rajapaksa, the acclaimed populist of the ordinary people, took to wooing the business community in Colombo that has traditionally been the bulwark and money baggers for the UNP. Last Wednesday, in what was a show and tell Momentum Forum, a so called “synchronized President” addressed a captive audience of 2,000 business leaders assembled in four hotels. The joint opposition response came on Friday in the more substantial and traditional form of a political manifesto. The Manifesto is a reasonably substantial document that can provide an effective platform for a cohesive opposition campaign. The opposition managed to pull off the manifesto […]

Rifts within both alliances as campaigning hots up

21st December 2014 // 0 Comments

Bathiuddin, Sri Ranga in fisticuffs at Temple Trees; Hakeem faces dilemma, but SLMC’s stance matters little to Muslims; Rajapaksa manifesto tomorrow Sirisena manifesto attempts to please all major partners in constitutional changes, but questions over how he will do it within 100 days At the end of a hectic schedule addressing election rallies in the South, President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to ‘Temple Trees’ last Monday evening. There he sat down to a discussion with Deputy Minister Muthu Sivalingam and Central Provincial Councillor Senthil Thondaman. The Ceylon Workers Congress duo was meeting Rajapaksa to urge that an interview be granted to Tamil Nadu’s Thanthi television network ahead of the presidential election. He agreed and the recording took place at ‘Temple Trees’ on Wednesday. When the discussion […]

Ensure the welfare of the plantation worker

20th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Ensure the welfare of the plantation worker Ceylon Tea has made a name for itself in the global markets, and it being the world’s most popular drink, is relished by tea drinkers all over the world. According to statistics it makes an export earning of over US$ 1.4 billion for the country. That is, when the workers in the plantations who number approximately around 5% of the country’s population, languish in dilapidated line-rooms in the estates in squalid conditions without the basic facilities. Many generations of this unfortunate people have continued to live in poor housing conditions for almost two centuries, despite having contributed their sweat and blood to make Ceylon Tea earn a name in the world. These are descendants of the South Indian […]

Why Should The Tamil Speaking Minorities Vote For Maithripala?

20th December 2014 // 0 Comments

The Progressive Forum in Colombo has highlighted the importance of Tamil speaking minorities recognizing the crucial nature of the upcoming Presidential elections and on why they should vote for the common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena. Issuing a statement in light of the upcoming elections, the Joint Convener of the PF, Dr.Selvy Thiruchandran has noted that in working towards a political solution for the Tamil speaking minorities through a devolution-based solution within a united Sri Lanka, it is important to refrain from isolating and focusing on a single race based issue. It has listed the following points as some of the reasons that should be considered by the Tamil speaking minorities, to vote in favour of the common candidate: –         It would help gain allies in […]

”Maithiri will Win” says Wignes

20th December 2014 // 0 Comments

The sarcastic prediction of C.V. Wigneswaran! BY Manekshaw Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran, made his own prediction in a sarcastic manner on the forthcoming Presidential polls responding to a question put to him by the Minister and the EPDP Leader, Douglas Devananda and the Opposition Leader of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) S. Thavarasa, at the Kilinochchi District Development Council meeting last week. Minister Douglas Devananda and the NPC Opposition Leader, S. Thavarasa requested Chief Minister Wigneswaran to submit the details of the financial allocations made to the NPC. Responding to the request made by Minister Devananda, amidst heated arguments between the EPDP members and the Tamil National Alliance members at the DDC, Wigneswarn said that by the time the financial report was submitted […]

Common candidate has people’s support: Ravi

20th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Although the Government is trying to pit one against the other, the United National Party is united and will ensure that Maithripala Sirisena is made the President on 8 January, stressed United National Party Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayaka, denying there is division among Party leaders in supporting the common candidate. He further stated that Muslim and Tamil voters have already endorsed Maithripala Sirisena. Following are excerpts from the interview:   Q: How would you describe the progress of the common candidate’s election campaign? A: It is progressing very decently from our side, amidst all the violence from the Government. Even though the Government tries to provoke us at all times, we work as one team. Q: Tissa Attanayaka has said that 20 UNP electorate organisers […]

Do Minorities Count?

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

By N Sathiya Moorthy Now that the presidential election is here, the two main contenders seem to be on a denial mode as far as the 25 per cent minority votes are concerned yet wanting them to come his exclusive way, without being seen by their majority Sinhala-Buddhist brethren as asking for the same, or cutting a deal and the corners, for the purpose. Between the two, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is slightly better-placed, not because he may have them all till the polling day. Instead, the vociferous Sri Lankan Tamil (SLT) community has to be seen as being against him, as in 2010. Even a minor share of their votes, and an abstention by a substantial segment, would be a tactical-cum-strategic victory for him. He […]

Muslims will polish the boot of Sinhalese power.

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Tamils will continue to be treated as a conquered people who are at the mercy of the Sinhalese conqueror. By Izeth Hussain – The cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy – H.L. Mencken My confident expectation before the Uva PC elections was that the UPFAwould have a “torrid time”, and so it turned out. My confident expectation thereafter was that at the next round of elections the President and the UPFA would be soundly, and deservedly, trounced. The obvious reasons for that expectation are as follows. first of all there is the factor of longevity: in the contemporary world, though not in traditional societies, people want change; combining economic development with equity seems to be practically impossible under the capitalist system, so […]

SLMC to support Mahinda.

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

BBS is with Mahinda, But considering the files Mahinda holds on the SLMC Members it is firmly believed that SLMC will support Mahinda. The Supreme Council of the Sri lanka Muslim Congress convened yesterday to decide to whom they would render their support during the forthcoming Presidential election. A senior spokesperson of the congress stated that the discussion concluded without reaching any decision. Party leader Rauff Hakeem and the Supreme Council have decided to discuss the matter extensively during the next couple of days.  BBS is with Mahinda, But considering the files Mahinda holds it is firmly believed that SLMC will support Mahinda. ”Arab Muslims are uneducated, wear turbans and shout slogans on the streets’ says Sri Lankan Muslim December 19, 2014 // 0 Comments […]

RESULTS: Online survey on Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election 2015

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

An online survey conducted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives asked five questions regarding the upcoming Presidential election. The objective of the survey was not to predict election results but to gather public opinion on the elections and contribute to ongoing discussions. As the survey was conducted online and not with a random sample, the findings presented below cannot be generalised to Sri Lanka. 1,394 people completed the survey during the survey period 12-16 December 2014. Respondents were given a list of issues affecting the country at present and were asked to select which issue they thought should be the main focus of the candidates’ campaigns. 51.71% selected corruption while 20.83% selected the economy, 19.08% selected Constitutional reform and 8.38% chose human rights. If the […]

President receives US warning through SLFP Gen. Secy

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando In spite of helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government to bring its war, against the LTTE, to a successful conclusion, in May, 2009, the US stepped up pressure on Sri Lanka over accountability issues. The US relentlessly pursued the accountability issues, in accordance with its overall strategy, meant to haul Sri Lanka up before the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The US project led to the launch of an external investigation into the conduct of Sri Lanka’s political and military leadership, consequent to 25th session, in Geneva, in March, last year. The US, in late Nov 2011, warned, the then SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, that the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) would be moved against […]

‘year-long row over a parking space.’

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

A woman stabbed to death in a brutal attack near her home had been in a ‘year-long row over a parking space.’ The victim, named locally as mother-of-one Alison Morrison, 45, was found dead in Harrow after being attacked by a man thought to have been carrying a huge knife. Morrison, who moved to south Harrow three years ago,  was vice chair of the Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board established in order to ensure local people are involved in addressing crime. In her profile she wrote: “I live in South Harrow and moved here in 2011. “I have been involved in a number of boards, both during my working career and in a voluntary capacity. “I undertake a variety of voluntary roles, including as a Neighbourhood […]

Iraq, Libya and Egypt and now Sri Lanka!

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that he cannot allow Sri Lanka to face the same fate suffered by the countries like Iraq, Libya or Egypt. “Look at the situation in Iraq, Libya and Egypt, we cannot allow this to happen in this country,” he said addressing an election rally in Mullaithivu with full military support.  Reminding the war in the country, in which more than 170,000 Tamils were killed by his forces  which ended in May 2009 with more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians killed by the Sri Lankan forces, the President said that he would not allow the country to go back to the dark era again.  “We cannot let the terrorism to raise its head again. The conflict era was 30 years, but we […]

Wiggy ‘n’ Dougie in verbal sparring bout!

19th December 2014 // 0 Comments

Wiggy ‘n’ Dougie in verbal sparring bout! BY ANANTH PALAKIDNAR AND MENAKA INDRAKUMAR Northern Chief Minister, C. V. Wigneswaran and Minister Douglas Devananda accused each other of being responsible for Tuesday’s clash between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) at the District Development Committee meeting, held at the Jaffna Government Secretariat. Wigneswaran, who co-chaired the DDC meeting together with Devananda said, the latter should take the responsibility for the clash. Convening a press briefing at the Chief Minister’s office, on Tuesday evening, Wigneswaran said Devananda and the outsiders who were present at the meeting, were solely responsible for what took place at the DDC meeting. “At the commencement of the DDC meeting the Government Agent Jaffna requested the participants […]

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