20th March 2015

”If you support Self-Determination for Tamils” – Lunch with Yogi

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Sockalingam Yogalingam is standing at the forthcoming General Election on the principle of Self-determination. If you would like to support him you can do three things: a) * NLP’s Fund Raising Lunch * – Lunch with YogiYou have been cordially invited to a “FUND RAISING LUNCH” for the NLP’s Tamil General Election candidate. There will be various speakers on hand.Date : Saturday 21/03/2015 Time : 12pm – 4pm Place: Namaste Lounge, 66 Joel Street, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 1LL. (Opposite to Northwood hill Station) Ticket : £50 poundsYour support & participation is much appreciated. Thank you, Kind regards, Mr.Rajalingam & Team NLP Campaign Manager National Liberal Party (NLP) http://nationalliberal.org/peoples-power b) If you are unable to attend you can still help his campaign by donating via http://nationalliberal.org/the-party-organisation/donate and note SY […]

Sri Lanka police training deal ‘hideous collusion’

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SCOTTISH Police are set to renew a controversial contract to train Sri Lankan security forces despite major concerns over the country’s human rights record. The Scottish Police College (SPC) has been engaged in the training since 2007 but the current contract is due to expire on March 31. However, in a move that has been condemned by politicians and human rights campaigners, the SPC have confirmed that they are close to sealing a new contract for 2015-2016 to further work to develop Sri Lanka’s National Police Academy. A recent British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) report found: “The human rights situation in Sri Lanka continued to be of concern in 2014, with little overall improvement.” The FCO reported that the main university students’ union, the […]

Missing Persons’ Commission accepted around 19,500 complaints but reviewed just 2,000!

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha The report of the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints of Missing Persons, scheduled to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, was put off for today, as the President was not available. Chairman of the Commission, former High Court Judge, Parakrama Paranagama, said the report will be handed over to the President during the next few days. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a three-member committee on 14 August 2013 to inquire into persons reported missing in specified areas, including the North and East of the island during the period 1990 to 2009. Paranagama said recommendations included in a report of a Presidential Commission are confidential, and cannot be revealed to media. To date, the commission, in its visits to the Northern […]

‘Delaying UN report – this Govt’s greatest achievement’ – Mahinda Samarasinghe tells Parliament

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By Gagani Weerakoon and Skandha Gunasekara Revealing that Sri Lanka was on the verge of being in a dreadful situation if the UN Human Rights Council had released its report on alleged war crimes committed during the last phase of the war, Former Minister Mahinda Samrasinghe said, the greatest achievement by the incumbent government thus far, was convincing the UNHRC and US to postpone the resolution for another six months. “Various people may say various things but as a person who frequented Geneva and faced the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, I was aware of what was in store for us. If it was taken up in March 2015 as scheduled, the result would have been extremely dangerous for the country,” Samarasinghe said in […]

A strategic move to ensure power devolution

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By Manjula Fernando Given almost all previous state visits by leaders of our giant neighbour that revolved round the issue of North and East Tamils, it is unwise to contemplate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would give this issue less prominence during the high profile visit to Sri Lanka which he concluded yesterday. Although the mounting China influence in its backyard may have prompted the Indian leader to undertake the visits to the three strategic island nations that dot the Indian ocean, he was expected to take up the issue of Tamil minorities and the devolution of power to the North and East at the highest level here. His itinerary for Friday included separate meetings with the Tamil political parties representing the up country Tamils […]

Sri Lanka tracking US$2bn hidden during last regime in Dubai: Minister

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COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has found three bank accounts in a Dubai bank belonging to a ‘leading family’ connected to the former regime which had two billion US dollars in hidden assets, cabinet spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. “We have learned that some of the money has been withdrawn after the election was lost,” Senaratne told reporter in Colombo. He said accounts were found in Dubai National Bank. One family member had 1.046 billion dollars. A 600 million dollars had been withdrawn by a family member and another 200 million had been withdrawn by “broker who bought deals,” he said. Another legislator had over 500 million dollars in an account, he said. A secretary “to very important people” had a joint account with another […]

Worst Of MR-Sajin Cronies Still Run Foreign Ministry

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In a tragicomic turn of events the worst cronies of the former regime and in particular the cabal that surrounded the corrupt and inept Monitoring Minister of the Foreign Ministry, Sajin Vass Gunawardena are still ruling the roost at the Ministry. In a supremely ironic twist Deputy Minister Ajith Perera, who championed good governance and accountability while in opposition has been compelled to defend the appointment of Kshenuka Seniwiratne, former Foreign Secretary and close confidant of MP Sajin Vass and President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to Thailand. The JVP and other political parties have raised concerns over this appointment. Kshenuka Senewiratne Senewiratne who has several family connections to the UNP went out of her way to prove her loyalties to the Rajapaksas’ during […]

Over 200 community members from Kayts come together – To mark Women’s Day

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Over 200 community members from the Kayts Divisional Secretariat Division in Jaffna, came together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), at an event hosted by the Kayts Divisional Secretariat office in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This initiative is part of UNDP’s efforts to support the economic empowerment of women. Speaking at the event, Sundaram Arumainayakam, the Government Agent of Jaffna stated that “equality for women begins in their homes, which is then upheld by society and finally translated into women’s equality being achieved in the country”. He further noted that “realizing the importance and contribution of women, there has been an increased interest in women’s affairs on the part of the government’s 100 day plan”. “It is encouraging to witness on […]

Ranil The Caesarist Deals With L’Affair Arjun: Paradox Of Citizen Kane & Gamarala

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By Sarath De Alwis – Carl Sandburg – the Pulitzer winning biographer of Lincoln Carl Sandburg once noted that a politician should have three hats. “One for throwing in to the ring, one for talking through and one for pulling rabbits out if elected” Soon after the Presidential Election Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe threw his first hat into the ring. On Monday March 17th he used the second to speak through. No doubt if elected Prime Minister, he will use his third. Besieged by growing demands for accountability in the Bond trading fiasco Prime Minister Ranil Wiskremesinghe decided that attack was the best form of defense. Sadly his use of bombastic banalities as cluster bombs has not helped him to diffuse the crisis. The charge of ‘Ugly’ […]