24th February 2015

Two ways to stop Rajapaksa

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It is not boredom of retirement, but insecurity that motivates ex-president to make a political comeback. The proxies of the ex-president have fired the first salvo.Over six million Sri Lankans who voted against the kleptocratic regime of Rajapaksa and many others who later realised the full extent of excesses and abuses that took place during his regime have reasons to worry. essrs Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardena and Udaya Gammanpila who cannot win at the next Parliamentary Elections without contesting on the SLFP-UPFA ticket, want Mahinda Rajapaksa to make a political comeback –in order to save their own political future and not so much the future of the country. For that purpose, they held a political rally in Nugegoda, last week and the wheeler-dealers […]

Government dragging feet on human rights – CaFFE

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By Rathindra Kuruwita Notwithstanding the assurances those in the government had given about protecting and promoting human rights, during the recent presidential election campaign, those promises had not been kept, Executive Director of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said. The CaFFE head’s reference made at a media conference was about those who had disappeared, political prisoners, custodial deaths and those who had fled the country. “During the election campaign the leaders of the current government gave a lot of promises about upholding human rights. Although almost 50 days have passed since the government assumed office, they have not fulfilled their promises,” Tennakoon said. “The government promised that it would take action with regard to the persons who were suppressed […]

Immigration officer says Wimal gave letter to issue DPL Passport

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BY Ishara Rathnakara Former Minister, Wimal Weerawansa’s wife, Shashee Weerawansa, who was arrested for providing false information and presenting forged documents to obtain passports, was banned from travelling abroad by Colombo Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya, yesterday (23). It is said that Shashee Weerawansa had obtained a diplomatic passport by providing false documents and CID had told the Court that this diplomatic passport was issued due to a written request by former Minister Wimal Weerawansa to the former Controller General of the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DIE), Chulananda Perera. Ranasinghe Randunu Mudiyanselage Shirja Udayanthi, also known as Shashee Weerawansa, who was arrested last Sunday (22) for obtaining forged documents, is currently undergoing treatment at the Neville Fernando Hospital in Malabe. Two CID officers issued a progress […]

EPTTA wants two schools taken over by Navy returned

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By Sinniah Gurunathan Two leading schools in the Muttur East, Sampoor Maha Vidiyalayam and Sri Murugan Vidiyalayam, being used as camps of the Sri Lanka Navy since the year 2006, should be handed over to the Ministry of Education to uplift the standard of education of Muttur children, Eastern Provincial Tamil Teachers’ Association (EPTTA) demanded. EPTTA General Secretary, S. Jeyarajah, on Monday met State Minister for Education Radhakrishnan at the latter’s office in Colombo and made the above request. He told the Minister that the above two schools are functioning for several decades. About seven hundred and fifty students are now attached to the Chennaiyoor Central College undergoing several difficulties such as non-availability of school buildings and other facilities. Teachers are also finding several hardships […]

Probe killings of Tamil political prisoners

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Sri Lanka war-crime alleged over killing of LTTE members New evidence leads to war crime committed on LTTE’s Col Ramesh Probe killings of political prisoners Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Eswarapatham Saravanapavan, in a letter to the Minister of Justice and Labour, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, asked that he appoint a commission to investigate the brutal murders of Tamil political prisoners detained in Sri Lankan prisons over the years. In a letter sent to the Minister, the TNA MP asked that justice be established without race or religious differences in order to establish the promise of good governance. While he appreciated the fact that the Justice Ministry had launched an investigation into the murders at Welikada Prison, he asked that the same consideration be extended to Tamil […]

Army-run hotels may be discontinued

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is unlikely to allow the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) continue its hospitality service running hotels enticing tourists, the government said on Friday. Sports and Tourism Minister Navin Dissanayaka told the Business Times that the PM was “not into the army doing business.” He noted that in terms of an economic model it would not hold well for the SLA to be engaged in business activities. Currently, the SLA is involved in running a number of hotels under the Laya chain of hotels with Laya Beach in Wadduwa, Laya Leisure in Kalutara, Laya Safari in Yala and Laya Waves, set to open soon, in Kalkudah. Commenting on the operations of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Helitours however, Mr. Dissanayaka said “as long […]

‘Expat Tamils returned with funds but left due to red tape’ Many even bought land in the North

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‘Expat Tamils returned with funds but left due to red tape’ Many even bought land in the North by Zacki Jabbar recently in Jaffna Some members of the Tamil diaspora had come in their numbers with enough funds to invest in the North, following the end of the war, but the unprecedented red tape had resulted in them making a hasty retreat, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Yarlpanam (CCIY) said. Asked by The Island why the Tamil diaspora was not making big investments in the North of Sri Lanka though the war had ended nearly six years ago, the President of the CCIY , K. Vignesh replied that many rich Tamil businessmen domiciled abroad had returned with high hopes of investing in their […]

Sumanthiran defends NPC’s Genocide Resolution Says war victims should be prepared to give more evidence

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By Ananth Palakidnar The Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran, defending the NPC’s genocide resolution as democratic and timely, emphasized on the need for the war victims to prepare themselves to gather more evidence in order to strengthen the OHCRC’s OISL report to be released in September this year. He also added that an internal investigation with the OHCR’s supervision, unlike the local investigations in the past, is essential to ensure a constructive UN investigation into the alleged war crimes in the country. Excerpts from the interview: Q : What is your view on the recent ‘genocide resolution’ passed by the Northern Provincial Council? A: The resolution is timely and the facts which have been listed out in it are nothing but true. It […]

Army in the North: Contesting the views of Prof. Rohan Gunaratna

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This is in response to the views expressed by “International Terrorism Expert” Prof. Rohan Gunaratna to Zahrah Imtiaz in the article titled “Don’t Withdraw Army from North: Prof. Rohan Gunaratna” published in theCeylon Today of Sunday 15 February 2015, page 10. Security I do agree with Prof. Rohan Gunaratna that “Without security there is no freedom and development”, but I would argue that vice versa is true as well; that is, without freedom and development there is no security. While Prof. Rohan Gunaratna opines that “Security is first”, I would argue that human security should be first. If there is human security, securing national security (against domestic armed opposition) would be easier. Misplaced Analogy The analogy that this venerable “International Terrorism Expert” draws from the […]

‘Australia stayed silent on Sri Lanka killing of 40,000 Tamil Civilians’ in ‘boat people’ deal with Mahinda Rajapaksha : report

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Australia stayed silent about human rights abuses in Sri Lanka in exchange for its co-operation in cracking down on people-smuggling, Colombo’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview published Monday. Wickremesinghe said former president Mahinda Rajapakse had agreed to help stop boats carrying asylum-seekers leaving for Australia if Canberra kept quiet about alleged abuses by Rajapakse’s regime. In an interview with The Australian newspaper, Wickremesinghe said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s close relationship with Rajapakse, who was voted out of power last month, was “a mystery” to Sri Lankans. Colombo’s new premier also said that “people connected to the previous government” had taken part in people-smuggling operations. The previous government had resisted a UN inquiry into claims that up to 40,000 ethnic Tamil […]