March 2015

Sirisena Govt Must Sensibly Engage With Non-Resident Tamils

2nd March 2015 // 0 Comments

By Rajasingham Jayadevan – The new government of President Maithiripala Sirisena has taken heartening steps to deal with serious issues such as good governance, accountability and to bring an end to the autocratic governance of familial rules embodied in deep rooted hate feelings. This encouraging process must be strengthened to deal with wider issues and the government that is in the transitional process with the 100 day good governance programme must transit into a much more stable government after the parliamentary elections soon to deal with further fundamental issues. The government needs to undertake positive and serious steps to engage with the Non Resident Tamils (NRT) with the sincere intention to deal with the issues affecting them and Sri Lanka. Instead of taking the hostile […]

Probe will not end by September

2nd March 2015 // 0 Comments

The domestic investigation into some of the allegations over the war will not be completed by September and only the structure and laws will be in place before that, Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said. Perera said that it will be difficult to complete the legal process before the September session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) had earlier agreed to defer a report on Sri Lanka which was to be submitted to the Council during its 28th session next month, to September. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and the team appointed to compile the report after investigating the war in Sri Lanka, had recommended that the report be delayed. The High Commissioner stressed […]

Lanka seeks UK help

2nd March 2015 // 0 Comments

The Government has sought assistance from India, the United States and Britain to investigate large scale financial fraud committed by the former Government. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksa have visited these countries to seek assistance from institutions there for the investigation. “We have sought assistance from the World Bank, the US Justice Department, the major fraud investigations unit in London and the Indian Central Bank,” he said. The Prime Minister said that the Government is being accused of failing to arrest top members of the former Government over corruption. However he says no one can be arrested without enough evidence at hand and so a system has been put in place to first investigate the […]

WikiLeaks: JVP, Sirisena And Sampanthan On Trinco Buddha Statue

2nd March 2015 // 0 Comments

“Religious and ethnic tensions continue to percolate in Trincomalee over the May 16 erection of a large Buddha statue on public land in the city center. A May 18 decision by a local judge ordering the removal of the statue has not yet been implemented, and the statue remains, behind barbed wire and guarded by local police, in its controversial location. A Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) front organization, which launched a four-day strike that crippled businesses and transportation in the city from May 17-2005, has decided to give authorities until June 2 to remove the statue before contemplating resumed strikes. The ethnically polarizing machinations by government coalition partner Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which instigated the placement of the statue, and the LTTE, which […]

Govt Statements on Army Camps Triggered Genocide Resolution

1st March 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wignewaran has attributed the Northern Provincial Council’s  resolution on an “on-going genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka” to Central government ministers’ saying that not a single army camp will be removed from the province. Addressing a meeting on the cooperative movement attended by Central Ministers Gamini Jayawickrema Perera and D.M.Swaminathan in Jaffna on Saturday, Wigneswaran said that recent public pronouncements that not even a single army camp will be withdrawn from the province could have been avoided. These statements had resulted in the NPC passing a resolution on genocide, he said. “Please remember we feel very strongly against the continued stay of the armed forces in our areas. Until they are removed, except from areas of strategic importance, we will […]

We Feel Very Strongly Against The Continued Stay Of Armed Forces

1st March 2015 // 0 Comments

By C.V. Wigneswaran – Guru Brahma … Hon’ Governor, Hon’ Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Hon’ Minister D.M.Swaminathan, Hon’ Deputy Minister Mrs.Vijekala Maheswaran, Hon’ Ministers of the Provincial Council, officers of the Northern Provincial Council, other officers, my dear brothers and sisters, The change in Government is showing favourably in the number of visits by VIPs from Colombo last few days. We welcome all of them. Earlier the point of contact of the Ministers from the Central Government was a Minister who ran his Establishment from a Theater close by a theatre building to which rent was not paid for a considerable number of years or never paid. Now fortunately our Ministers are reaching out to us and to our officers. We are thankful to them […]

SLFP-UNP cohabitation in the south, and TNA power struggle in the north

1st March 2015 // 0 Comments

by Rajan Philips The north and south are different again. The SLFP and the UNP are uneasily cohabiting in the current parliament. The minority UNP is running the government and the majority SLFP is constrained to go along with it. The situation is unprecedented and unusual, but not undemocratic or unconstitutional. The constraint on the SLFP is a democratic extensionof the January 8 presidential election in which the incumbent president and then leader of the SLFP, Mahinda Rajapaksa, was defeated by the common opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, who is now the new President of Sri Lanka and the new leader of the SLFP. The unusual state of affairs between the SLFP and the UNP is an inevitable transient period in politics as the new president […]

WikiLeaks: By Improving SL Navy’s Ability, US Will Help To Bring Terrorist LTTE To Heel: Embassy Colombo

1st March 2015 // 0 Comments

“As extensive embassy reporting has discussed, the political, economic, military and security environment in Sri Lanka has undergone dramatic changes since the 5 december 2001 parliamentary elections which brought a new government to power. The GSL and Tamil Tigers (LTTE) have signed a ceasefire Memorandum of Understanding as a prelude to talks (o/a may 27) aimed at ending nearly two decades of brutal civil war. Feelings of optimism and hope have swept over this troubled island. The fighting has stopped, and the many and onerous security procedures that affected every day life have dissipated: long closed roads have reopened; police and military checkpoints have shut down; and draconian restrictions on fishing and other maritime activities have begun to disappear.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington. The […]

Northern PC: Spoiling for another fight

1st March 2015 // 0 Comments

The Northern Province Chief Minister has written to the Prime Minister saying, inter-alia, that “the Sinhalese polity is a decent community. Only the politicians mislead them in the wrong path”. Might we echo the Biblical quote; ‘first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye’. The Chief Minister was responding to the Prime Minister’s earlier missive that the recent NPC resolution he had moved calling for an investigation into “genocide against the Tamils since 1948″ was rabble-rousing. The timing of that resolution came as a surprise even to those accustomed to the theatrics of the northern politicians. Various reasons were attributed thereto. One was that it was the […]

TNA top rung rebuffs diaspora

1st March 2015 // 0 Comments

by P. Krishnaswamy TNA parliamentarian for Batticaloa S. Yogeswaran roundly condemned sections of the Tamil diaspora community who burnt party leader R. Sampanthan’s effigy in London. He said that the TNA leadership cannot act according to the dictates of the diaspora community on every issue relating to Sri Lankan Tamils. Sections of the diaspora community burnt the effigy of R. Sampanthan together with that of party frontliner M.A. Sumanthiran opposite the US embassy in London as a protest against the deferment of the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka’s purported war crimes, originally scheduled for March. Accusing the TNA of indifference to the six-month deferment they staged a series of protests, the latest, opposite the US Embassy in London. The TNA is aware and concerned over […]

Four bowlers in two overs

1st March 2015 // 0 Comments

Plays of the day from the Group A match between England and Sri Lanka in Wellington The beamer Bowling at the death in limited-overs cricket is a thankless business. With Jos Buttler hitting even the good deliveries to the boundary, Lakmal found himself struggling for answers. The first delivery of the final over – perhaps an attempted yorker – was a high full toss that was called as a no-ball due to its height and pulled to the boundary. Later in the over, after a perfectly respectable full ball had been driven over mid-off for six, Lakmal delivered a head-high beamer – presumably an attempted slower ball – and was removed from the attack by the umpire. With Rangana Herath forced to withdraw midway through […]

British involved – Rise of Sri Lanka’s luxury tourist resorts ‘fuels round of human rights abuses’

1st March 2015 // 0 Comments

British-based travel agencies among those named in report as hotel complexes hit traditional way of life British-based travel agencies are among the European holiday firms criticised in a report that alleges tourism development in Sri Lanka is prompting new human rights abuses. Large-scale tourism developments since the end of the civil war six years ago have had disastrous effects on local communities, including cases of fishermen losing their access to the sea and allegations of land grabbing by the military, says the report. Among the travel agencies criticised is Swiss-based Kuoni, which for nearly 50 years has run tours from the UK through 35 branded shops, although it recently unveiled plans to sell its British operation. The report, Dark Clouds over the Sunshine Paradise, by […]

85 Sri Lankan Immigrants Detained in Medan

1st March 2015 // 0 Comments

Medan, N Sumatra (Antara News) – As many as 85 Sri Lankan nationals are being detained in an Immigrant Detention House of Medan, Belawan, North Sumatra, for trespassing Indonesian territory without any legal documents and passports. “The detained foreign nationals are considered to violate the Immigration Law and some of them are asylum seekers to some countries such as Australia,” Head of Medans Immigrant Detention House Purbanus Sinaga said here Saturday. The Sri Lankans are detained along with other 310 illegal immigrants at Medans Detention House. The immigrants entered the North Sumatra Province through Tanjung Balai/Asahan and Belawan port, Sinaga said. “They entered Indonesia using wooden boats and have paid a lot of money. However, most of them became the victims of fraud and stranded […]

INTERVIEW: General Daya Ratnayake: “We have never abused our power”

1st March 2015 // 0 Comments

Looking at the Sri Lankan army, it is basically a reflection of our entire society. We have a fair number of Muslims, and now a fair number of Tamils. But, by nature, the Tamils and Muslims do not tend to be involved in the military, due to their way of life. The majority of the Sri Lankan Army is Sinhalese. That is normal. It is in the interest of people from different political parties to point out such thing but the military is a reflection of society and all our communities today – Sinhalese, Muslim or Tamil – all respect the army equally and they all look towards the military for assistance. by Nilantha Ilangamuwa and Lauren Glenmere ( February 28, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka […]

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