26th March 2015

What Queen told Maithri about Tamil protesters……… and the Racist Mahinda.

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What Queen told Maithri about Tiger protesters… President Maithripala revealed an interesting episode of what Queen Elizabeth told him during his recent visit to Britain to the media heads when the latter met the President last week at a breakfast meeting. When he met the Queen, the pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora in London had been protesting outside. “Don’t those who protest outside know that there is a new government in Sri Lanka?” the Queen had asked Maithri. By this statement, the Queen posed two views; that she was opposed to the protest outside by the Tamil Diaspora and was eager to know what the new Sri Lanka Government would do to help the Tamils. Maithri understood the statement in the correct perspective. Even British Premier David […]

War widows ‘fish’ upon a star! Bringing back a bit of glitter into their lives

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BY ZAHRAH IMTIAZ Chavatkaddu is a fishing village in Jaffna, much like any other fishing village in the area, except for one thing, their village celebrity and spokesperson is a war widow. SailaIthayaraj, a petite an energetic woman, is well known in these areas as the widow who has been changing the lives of widows in her area through the organization ‘Tharaka Widows Activity Centre’. Tharaka (Star) at first glance is no more than an old house which has had a fresh coat of paint, much like its occupants, the widows in the village. These women who once used to be shunned by their village as widows, now proudly run their organization. Here, they rule the roost and call the shots. “See this fan here?” […]

US plans to help Sri Lanka on governance, accountability

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The US government said that Sri Lanka was facing the problems of corruption, cronyism and divisive policies that threatened to divide and destabilise the country. Colombo: The US government said on Tuesday that it was exploring the possibility of increasing its assistance to the Sri Lankan government to help it tackle issues like governance, accountability, commerce and “much more”. Addressing the house foreign affairs committee subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal said that after the “dramatic opening” created by the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in January, the US is willing to assist the new government. The US government cut down its grants and spending in Sri Lanka over the past […]

Mahinda Government sold arms and ammunitions to Ukrainian Terrorists!

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The government said yesterday that Minister of External Affairs (MEA), Mangala Samaraweera, will be appointing a high level committee to investigate… …allegations against former Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, on selling arms and ammunitions to Ukrainian rebels. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ajith P. Perera, at a media briefing at the ministry said Weeratunga, who is a nephew of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had served eight years as the Ambassador to Russia, the longest an individual had served as an ambassador. “Minister Samaraweera will be appointing a committee comprising high level officials to investigate the allegations against Weeratunga, the former Ambassador to Russia, on selling arms to Ukranian rebels,” the minister said. He added that the Ukrainian Government had initially informed the Ministry of External […]

New situation has created problems for the middle classes

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New situation has created problems for the middle classes. Unlike workers, middle people in the bourgeoisie society are looking for fundamentals. Proletarians are more pragmatic, they can identify the tricks played by the masters and they wait for the final results. Also, they cannot afford to cry after lost dreams and they have to take positions according to the balance of forces in the class struggle. Many in the middle sections of the urban society trusted the lawyers who drafted the 19th amendment. Suddenly trust placed on Jayampathi and Weliamuna means nothing. They only draft but the power to finalize rests with others. Neither the Manifesto nor the personal assurances constitute the final definitive statement. When one see the real balance of forces they are […]

THREE CURRENT AND FORMER PRESIDENTS OF SRI LANKA HAVE PLEDGED NO ACCOUNTABILITY

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Calling the High Commissioner to voice his disapproval COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, March 24, 2015 /EINPresswire.com/ — On March 24th, 2015, the Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) sent a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Honorable Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, bringing to his attention and raising concerns about the statements of the three Sri Lankan Presidents denouncing the international investigation. The letter strongly urged the Commissioner to voice his disapproval at such statements. In the letter, it is stated inter alia Former President, Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse(2005-2015) stated in an interview for Time magazine, that he opposed the international investigation, as you are well aware. He stated: “It is like Cassius Clay fighting a school boy…they [the international community] […]

Lalith-Kugan case: Rambukwella and Handunnetti summoned

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A Jaffna court on Wednesday (25) issued summons to former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti to appear before court on 30 July. The Jaffna Magistrate issued the order when the Habeas Corpus inquiry into the disappearance of Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganathan was taken up for hearing. The Court of Appeal earlier granted approval to hold hearing on a petition filed by the relatives of missing activists, Lalith and Kugan, requesting that they be produced before the court. The two individuals had disappeared on 9 December, 2011 in Jaffna. The petition claimed that the former Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella, speaking to media had stated that the two activists are in custody, and that their location cannot be disclosed. The motorcycle which Lalith and […]

Military was due to release a total of 1,000 acres in the first stage but………

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COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday released part of military-occupied land in Jaffna, but his predecessor had begun the process and even signed title deeds just two days before his defeat at elections. Despite the high-profile ceremony involving President Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former president Chandrika Kumaratunga, the former strongman transferred land to Tamils even though they were not given possession. A day after Sirisena released 425 acres from a former high security zone in Jaffna, the authorities there issued “Ran Bima,” or golden land, deeds to Tamils who had lost their ownership records during decades of war. Rajapakse had signed the deeds on January 6, 2015, just two days before the election but it was registered at […]

A Comprehensive International Investigation Only Way Forward: APPG Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG) has reiterated on the significance of an international investigation into the grave human rights violations that occurred during the final phases of the war in Sri Lanka, while pointing out that it has been made quite evident by now that the government of Sri Lanka will not deal with the accountability issues facing the Tamil community in a meaningful manner.   APPG Chairman and Ilford North MP Lee Scott had made these remarks during his meetings with the Ambassadors of US, Norway, Germany and the UK in Geneva as he joined the members of the British Tamil Forum at a UNHRC meeting. The BTF had been seeking to gather support for the international investigation […]