March 2015

Eight arrested for producing ‘War Crime by Sri Lankan Army’ film

30th March 2015 // 0 Comments

Eight persons including a lawyer were taken into custody by the Borella police under suspicion of producing a defamatory documentary on Sri Lanka Army at a house in Narahenpita. Five individuals among the arrested are residents of Jaffna Tamils and the other three were Sinhalese. Investigations have revealed that two of the suspects had migrated to India. During the raid, the Police seized the video cassette of the film and the tools and equipment used by them to dub the film to Sinhala. After shooting the ‘War Crime’ film in India the suspects had brought it to Sri Lanka for dubbing in Sinhala.  Police said the documentary contained scenes  of  torture and killing of Tamil LTTE suspects by the Sri Lankan forces in May 2009, which […]

Missing…. Or Are They?

29th March 2015 // 0 Comments

Ask Mahinda or Gothapaya” says New Minister –Fate of nearly 12,000 LTTE cadres sent for rehabilitation are Killed. U.N. failed to protect civilians and ‘White Flag killing’ during … British newspapers expose cold-blooded killing of LTTE … By Waruni Karunarathne Families of the Disappeared (FoD) had several meetings last week with some key members of the government claiming that they have proof to say some of those reported missing are still alive. Activist Brito Fernando said that FoD is in fact not challenging the government but presenting the facts and is requesting the government to take appropriate measures to find those reported missing. Even though Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has maintained that there are no secret detention camps for Tamils, Fernando claimed that there are […]

Rape in India: An Unspeakable Crime

29th March 2015 // 0 Comments

By Viruben Nandakumar On December 16th 2012, Jyoti Singh was gang raped by five men and eviscerated in a barbaric manner that outraged not only India but the entire world. Two weeks later she died, but her presence is felt on a global level. Just days after the attack thousands joined in a peaceful protest against not only this atrocity, but the abhorred abuse that women in India face on a regular protest. The government’s response was swift and harsh; police forces shot with water cannons, tear gas shells, beat protestors with bamboo sticks, and arrested several protesters. The statement was clear, India will not tolerate public outcry which challenges the current political order. This may explain why the government banned the BBC documentary, ‘India’s […]

Former LTTE Females Face Social Rejection by Tamils in North.

29th March 2015 // 0 Comments

”None of the rehabilitated cadres, including the suicide cadres, has indulged in any crime or violence since release” General Wijetilleke COLOMBO:  In a startling revelation, the Sri Lankan Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Maj.Gen.Jagath Wijetilleke said that 6 to 7 percent of the 12,346 cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who had surrendered to the Sri Lankan armed forces at the end Eelam War IV in May 2009, were members of the dreaded suicide squad called the “Black Tigers”. The squad contained females as well as males. “But the 12,077 young men and women who were rehabilitated and re-integrated into the society are today the most peaceful people, thanks to the Sri Lankan army’s comprehensive rehabilitation program. None of the rehabilitated cadres, including the […]

Probe on missing persons will be completed within 6 months: PM says in Jaffna

29th March 2015 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that there were no secret camps in the country. He also said that investigations with regard to missing persons would be completed within 6 months. The Premier made these statements at a meeting held with the MPs of all political parties of the Jaffna District at the Jaffna District Secretariat yesterday. The Prime Minister, who arrived in Jaffna yesterday for a three-day visit, first travelled to the Naga Viharaya and participated in religious activities. Later he participated in a nutritional program for pregnant mothers of the district. Speaking further, the Premier said that certain incidents said to have occurred in this country could not be taken to an international court of justice.

Sri Lanka road trip finds north and south still divided after civil war

29th March 2015 // 0 Comments

The road from Colombo, Sri Lanka’s graceful seaside capital in the south, to the northern town of Jaffna has rarely been a straight shot. Most of the 250-mile journey follows the A9 highway, which slices through palm groves and green carpets of farmland that were the main battlegrounds of the country’s three-decade civil war. During the worst fighting between an army dominated by the Sinhalese ethnic majority and rebels from the mainly Tamil north, long stretches of A9 were closed to civilian traffic. As the main supply line for Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for an independent homeland, it held immense strategic value. The highway was “the sole, fraying thread binding the north to the south, holding together the notion of an undivided Sri Lanka,” wrote […]

Sri Lankan science mentor ”who left UK for better opportunities in the United States” felicitated by Obama

29th March 2015 // 0 Comments

An Indian-American and a Sri Lankan-origin scientist and teacher are among fourteen individuals and one organization named winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Andhra University graduate Murty S. Kambhampati, a professor of biology at Southern University at New Orleans, and Sri Lankan origin Tilak Ratnanather, an associate professor in the biomedical engineering department of the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year. “These educators are helping to cultivate America’s future scientists, engineers and mathematicians,” President Barack Obama said announcing the names of the award winners Friday. “They open new worlds to their students, and give them the encouragement they need to learn, discover and innovate. That’s transforming those […]

Wiggy snubs Ranil

29th March 2015 // 0 Comments

By Ananth Palakidnar Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran and the Northern Provincial Councillors boycotted a visit by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Jaffna yesterday, following an exchange of views over the military presence in the North and the views expressed by the PM in an interview with an Indian TV station. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, State Ministers Rosy Senanayake, Vijayakala Maheswaran and V. Radhakrishnan are on a three-day visit to the North, beginning yesterday. Minister Maheswaran said Chief Minister Wigneswaran and the NPC Councillors should not have snubbed Wickremesinghe as the purpose of the visit was to address the humanitarian issues in the North. NPC sources said the invitation sent to the Council on the Prime Minister’s visit was “not properly delivered”. However, the sources […]

PM Refutes Claims On Secret Military Camps – Army killed all who surrendered with white Flag

29th March 2015 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on Friday (27) stated that there were no ‘secret army camps’ in the country at present. He made this observation at a discussion with local representatives in Jaffna. TNA Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran recently declared that there was a secret camp named ‘Gota Base’ within the Navy Camp in Trincomalee. Meanwhile, answering another question, Wickremasinghe added that the government hopes to end investigations on disappeared persons within six months. “We hope to establish a Truth Commission in order to build national unity and reconciliation with advice from South Africa” he added. Meanwhile, it is reported that there is no meeting scheduled to be held between Wickremasinghe and Northern Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran. Taking part in a TV program, Wickremasinghe declared that he […]

No extra funding for probe team

29th March 2015 // 0 Comments

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was told that extra funding will not be required for the investigations team on Sri Lanka appointed by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as a result of the decision to postpone the consideration of the report on Sri Lanka. The Programme Support and Management Services of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that the decision to postpone the submission of the Sri Lanka report will raise financial implications. These relate to the continuation of the investigations team appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, until September 2015. However the Programme Support and Management Services office said that funds allocated by the UN General Assembly should be sufficient and […]

Exemplary Lee and Raja of Singapore!

28th March 2015 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressing his views on the demise of his father and the founder of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew in a Channel News Asia television interview pointed out that when he entered politics, his father had told him that Singapore had prospered within a short period since it gained independence in 1965 due to the unity and integrity it maintained with the minorities in the country. Lee Kuan Yew who died at the age of 91 a few days ago on 23 March had also reminded his son that the minorities in Singapore should not be treated in the manner they were treated as Chinese when Singapore was part of Malaysia prior to its independence. Lee Kuan Yew’s far […]

Sri Lanka involved in arms sales to separatist rebel fighters in Ukraine

28th March 2015 // 0 Comments

By Ranga Kalansooriya – Sunday Times in its last week edition carried somewhat a disturbing headline story that brought embarrassment to Sri Lanka mainly on international theatre. The story elaborated how Sri Lanka’s formerAmbassador to Russia had allegedly involved in arms sales to separatist rebel fighters in Ukraine. This episode evolved following a formal complaint by the Ukrainian government of Petro Poroshenko lodged a formal and detailed complaint with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the news story said. The accusation mainly deals with the sale of assault rifles and other small arms. Though both Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and his deputy Ajith Perera made confirming comments on this complaint, local language media did not pick up the story at its desired levels. If […]

Education essential for reconciliation – Rajiva Wijesinha

28th March 2015 // 0 Comments

TAMILS SQUEEZED OUT OF HIGHER EDUCATION – 1971 BY Rathindra Kuruwita Many think of truth commissions, new laws and restitution when they think of reconciliation. But in a country like Sri Lanka where there is deep rooted prejudices and mistrust among ethnicities, education can play a key role in achieving true reconciliation. Ceylon Today speaks to former State Minister of Education and former Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Rajiva Wijesinha to speak further on using Education as a tool, in reconciliation and ethnic harmony. Q: How can we use education to achieve reconciliation? A: As we noted in the draft National Reconciliation Policy, which the last government ignored, and which this one does not seem interested in either, ‘The perception […]

Sri Lanka to switch off today for Earth Hour

28th March 2015 // 0 Comments

All Sri Lankans are requested to join hundreds of millions of people from around the world, by participating in the Earth Hour initiative and showing their commitment to preserving the planet. Today you will see homes, schools, businesses and iconic landmarks across the planet turn off their lights for the appointed one hour – Earth Hour; on Saturday 28 March 2015 at 8.30 p.m. This single act transcends all barriers of race, religion, culture, geography and society and will enable Sri Lankans to be a part of a global celebration of the planet. Now in its ninth year, the annual lights out event has grown from a single-city initiative in 2007 to become the world’s largest display of environmental action. Earth Hour itself does not […]

Faced with UNHRC Deadline, SriLanka Government woos Tamils

28th March 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Faced with the challenge of showing  by September this year, concrete progress towards reconciliation with the Tamil minority,  the Sri Lankan government has taken several steps to take the reconciliation process forward. President Maithripala Sirisena set the ball rolling by announcing that he would give back to the Tamils of the Northern Province, 1000 acres of land and the hand back to the Tamils of the Eastern Province, more than 1000 acres. These fertile lands had been appropriated by the Lankan military and other government agencies making use of the Tamils’ inability to resist seizure. Sirisena has already handed over 425 acres  in Jaffna. Speaking at the land  handing over ceremony in Jaffna, Sirisena said that he is aware that  unsolved land issues have […]

Lanka says EU LTTE ban to remain

28th March 2015 // 0 Comments

The Government says it has managed to convince the European Union (EU) to maintain a ban on the LTTE despite an earlier EU court decision to lift some sanctions on the group. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said that efforts of the new Government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had ensured the rebels remain on the latest list of banned groups issued by the EU. Perera said that Wickremesinghe had communicated with the EU on the need to ensure the rebels are banned in the EU despite the defeat of the LTTE militarily in Sri Lanka nearly six years ago. Wickremesinghe had written to the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini last November urging the EU to file an appeal against […]

Mahinda Playing Racist card again.

27th March 2015 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a statement read out at yesterday’s rally in Ratnapura, called upon the people to stand united against enemies of the nation as the separatists were still active. Rajapaksa said sinister forces had emerged stronger since Jan. 08. “The time has come for us to tell them in no uncertain terms that though they have engineered electoral losses we are strong in politics. We must make it very clear to them that they cannot rob us of our courage to fight back. “Projects we launched to help the country to be on par with the developed world have been suspended. “I know that the majority of those who have gathered here today are from the UPFA and the SLFP. I recollect […]

Atul Keshap named US envoy to Sri Lanka, Maldives

27th March 2015 // 0 Comments

Washington, March 27 (IANS) After Richard Rahul Verma, who is the US ambassador to India, yet another Indian American has been named the country’s envoy by President Barack Obama. Atul Keshap, a senior Indian-American foreign service official, has been named as ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. “I am honoured that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country. They bring their years of experience and expertise to this administration, and I look forward to working with them,” he said announcing Keshap’s appointment with three others. Currently as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, a position he has held since 2013, Keshap assists Nisha Desai Biswal, the first Indian-American to lead the bureau. Now with […]

President walks 13 plus tightrope

27th March 2015 // 0 Comments

Every Sri Lankan government since independence has had to deal with its counterpart in India. Sometimes, these relations reached dizzy heights and at other times, they deteriorated to the point where the two countries were engaged in a diplomatic war of words. Indo-Lanka relations were at their zenith when Sirima Bandaranaike and Indira Gandhi were at the helm of their countries. The two ladies, both daughters of two Prime Ministers, had a great personal chemistry between them and this was reflected in the affairs between the two countries at that time. J.R. Jayewardene had antagonized Gandhi in the 1977 general election campaign. When she returned to power in 1980, relations between Colombo and New Delhi were frosty. Gandhi sanctioned the training of Tamil terrorists on […]

London Tamil Market on 11th & 12th April 2015

27th March 2015 // 0 Comments

The countdown has started to the mega “London Tamil Market” shopping festival for the first time in Harrow. Date: 11th April 2015 – 12th April 2015 Time: 10:00 – 20:00 Price: Free Venue: Harrow Leisure Centre, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, HA3 5BD LTM give hundreds of free entrance tickets to our charities, religious organisation and our community associations to raise money for their worthy causes and also helping our community business. Please see below our Associate Charities are facilitating this trade show and also we’re expecting more charities going to join with us. There are two full days of exhibition in Heart of London to see an array of interesting products and services and to grab a great bargain.

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