19th March 2015

UNHRC chief due in June

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UN Human Rights Commissioner Prince Zeid bin  Ra’ad, will visit Sri Lanka in June this year, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera informed Parliament. Mr. Samaraweera said this visit was in line with the UNHRC’s new focus on Sri Lanka. He also said Sri Lankan forces were slated to play a greater role in the UN’s peace keeping activities in the future. Mr. Samaraweera said it was necessary to clear the reputation of the Sri Lankan armed forces and to take action against the few members of the armed forces who had acted in such a manner as to tarnish the good name of the armed forces. He said it was important to have a domestic mechanism to look into human rights violations as pledged by […]

What did Mahinda tell Modi?

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Wijeratne called on Singh and produced photographs of the IPKF raping Tamil girls Everyone keeps guessing as to what former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Premier Narendra Modi discussed a few hours before the latter’s departure to New Delhi after a two-day State visit. Mahinda went to meet Modi after making accusations that the Indian intelligence service RAW connived with Western intelligence forces to topple his government. Mahinda contended that Modi was unaware of that intelligence plot by RAW and the West. No officials were present at the talks between Modi and Mahinda. Therefore, only Modi and Mahinda know what they discussed while the rest keeps on guessing. On the last occasion Mahinda met Modi, the latter extended his best wishes to Mahinda for the […]

The other side of Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit

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Ever since becoming the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy, Narendra Modi has concentrated on building strong diplomatic ties with foreign nations. The process began with the swearing-in ceremony of the new Indian Prime Minister when Modi extended a formal invite to the heads of state of neighbouring countries which included Pakistan and Sri Lanka. There were two principle intentions behind the move. The first was obviously to attempt a geo-political re-alignment in the region aimed at containing China’s influence in South Asia. The second one was slightly personal. When Modi was serving as the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002, communal riots in the region led to large scale death of Muslims. The incident hit his reputation badly as […]

There wasn’t a single sword raised or shot fired in anger against the British colonialists in the North for one and a half centuries, by the Tamils!

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”If I was a Muslim I would definitely have voted Against Mahinda Rajapaksa” says DAYAN JAYATILLEKA BY DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Sri Lankan civil society intellectuals and commentators who support the new dispensation are making the same mistake as Francis Fukuyama did, but in a far more facile and therefore far less forgivable form. When the Cold War ended, Fukuyama famously posited the End of History. It was crudely misunderstood to mean that history as a narrative had arrived at a terminus, which is not at all what he meant. Fukuyama had used a Hegelian flourish to indicate the liberal democratic capitalism has triumphed over all other competing ideologies as a paradigm of how society should be ordered. While there was much more to what he […]

Sri Lanka to review LTTE ban!

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Mangala Samaraweera Seeks Review of Proscribed 16 LTTE Entities and 424 Individuals in the Global Tamil Diaspora. “No Country can Take Cover Behind Concept of Absolute Sovereignty which is no Longer Valid in the Modern World”-Mangala Samaraweera The Government is to review the ban on some diaspora groups and individuals as there is no tangible evidence to link them to the LTTE. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament today that the previous government used the UN Regulation No. 1 of 2012 under UN Security Council resolution 1373 to list 424 individuals and 16 entities under Extraordinary Gazette1854/41 of 21 March 2014 in the run up to the Presidential election. “This was done to build up the hysteria about the LTTE regrouping. They banned several Sri […]

EPDP Backing A Land Grab In Jaffna?

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By Rajasingham Jayadevan – A candidate of the EPDP at the last NPC elections, accompanied by three accomplices, is attempting to grab privately owned land between the Navatkuli Junction and the Palmyra Research Institute amounting to hundreds of acres. This person is Sethu Thedchana Murthy (Pulavar). He lives near the Pillaiyar temple in Kantharmadam,Jaffna and is a marriage broker. Inquiries reveal that he has been involved in many fraudulent activities. His accomplices, one of whom is a well built young man, were not ready to divulge their identities. The Pulavar is a dark stocky man with milky white hair and a bushy milky white must ache. Photographs of these individuals are available. The ‘Pulavar’ originally claimed to be a descendant of the original owners of […]

Mahinda gets earful from Modi!

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What did Indian PM Narendra Modi and Lankan Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa Discuss at their One to one Meeting in Colombo? At the Modi-Mahinda meeting over the weekend, the Indian prime minister has severely reprimanded former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, reports say. A day before the Indian premier arrived in Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa gave an interview to India’s ‘The Hindu’, alleging RAW, the Indian spy agency, of being responsible for his ouster. Following the publication of this interview, Indian high commission officials had immediately cancelled Rajapaksa’s meeting with Narendra Modi. However, the Indian premier insisted he wanted to meet the ex-president, as he wanted to give him a special message. Accordingly, their meeting took place at India House. Here, Modi has expressed his strong reservations to Rajapaksa’s […]

Hakeem promises potable water to CKD affected areas

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By Ifham Nizam Then Water Supply, Drainage and Urban Development Ministry has taken steps to supply clean drinking water to areas prone to kidney diseases. Addressing a briefing in Colombo on Monday in connection with the forthcoming World Water Day (March 22), Minister Rauff Hakeem said that the government was exploring the possibility of desalinating sea water in northern and eastern provinces. He said his ministry was also working on the century old sewerage network of the country. It would be rehabilitated, he added A ministry official said that work was now in progress to repair rehabilitate the sewerage network in the Colombo city and the existing 11 pumping stations, to have a new pumping station at Colombo Fort and to add new sewers for a 10 […]

EU delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka to discuss GSP plus

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COLOMBO, March 18 (Xinhua) — A high-level delegation from the EU will arrive in Sri Lanka next week to hold discussions with the Sri Lankan government on the GSP plus trade concessions which has been withdrawn from Sri Lanka during the previous regime, the Sri Lankan government said on Wednesday. Sri Lanka’s Industry and Commerce Ministry quoted EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka David Daly as saying that the EU Trade Working Group, a senior delegation on GSP plus, will be in the country on March 23 to have discussions about the trade facility. The GSP plus trade concessions was withdrawn from Sri Lanka after Sri Lanka failed to meet certain conditions on human rights issues when Mahinda Rajapakse was the President of Sri Lanka. However, […]

Concern in Parliament Over SL PM’s Remarks on Indian Fishermen

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Members in Parliament today voiced concern over remarks of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe that his country’s navy has the right to shoot any “intruder”, prompting the government to express willingness for a debate on the issue. Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker and AIADMK leader M Thambidurai drew attention of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to the statement of Wickramsinghe as soon as she made a statement in the House on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius. Thambidurai said the Sri Lankan Prime Minister has repeated his ‘right to shoot’ remarks after the visit of Modi to the island nation. The Sri Lankan leader had made a similar statement b fore Modi’s visit also, saying if Indian fishermen intrude […]