April 2015

No connections to killings – Deva

7th April 2015 // 0 Comments

By M. Sasikumar Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader Parliamentarian, Douglas Devananda said his party has no connection to the assassinations of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Former Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj and UNP Jaffna District Parliamentarian Thiyagarajah Maheswaran. He said the truth behind the assassination of Kapilnath in Chavakachcheri will be soon revealed to the people. Therefore, people will very soon know that the EPDP has no connection to any of the murders. Meanwhile, he said it is his attempts and hard work that has resulted in the releasing of lands in Valikamam-East and Valikamam-North for people to resettle. However, certain other parties who do not deserve credit are demanding it. “We are functioning in the similar manner how we joined hands with the former government. […]

Air Hostess Released For Namal Unable To Describe Exact Location She Worked: Full Report

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The SriLanka airline cabin crew member released for Namal Rajapaksa’s work was unable to describe the exact location where she worked, the Weliamuna report reveals. Cabin crew member Nithya Senanaya Samaranayaka had been released from the SriLankan airline to work at the Presidential Secretariat following a request from the then Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, but she was actually released for Namal Rajapaksa‘s political work. She was paid approximately Rs. 158,000 per month by both the airline and the Presidential Secretariat. She had been paid by the airline including allowances for cabin work although there is no explanation of what services she provided except that she had been over paid more than 4.2 million rupees. According to the Weliamuna report upon enquiry Nithya said; Their was no […]

Winning Sri Lanka’s Peace

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COLOMBO – Winning a war or revolution, only to lose the subsequent peace, is one of the grim political truths of our time. In Iraq, a quick military victory over Saddam Hussein’s regime soon gave way to insurgency, civil war, and the rise of the murderous Islamic State. In Libya, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, the hopes unleashed by the Arab Spring have similarly turned into an often-violent despair. Today, a half-decade after the end of its 36-year civil war, Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its own efforts to consolidate peace and secure its long-term benefits. Newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and I, as prime minister, are determined to win that peace, and to help our country become what it always should have […]

Jaffna University Students Launch Hunger Strike Demanding Clean Water

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Students of Jaffna University and members of several organizations launched a hunger strike on Tuesday demanding a satisfactory answer from authorities over the water contamination issue in Jaffna. They started the hunger strike in front of Nallur Kovil after holding a protest march this morning. The protest march started at 9am from Jaffna Town, a student told Asian Mirror. Northern Provincial Council appointed an expert committee to study the water contamination issue in Jaffna. The committee recently said that regional groundwater in and around Chunnakam, Jaffna, does not consist of any dangerous pollutants. However, the protestors were skeptical of the findings of the committee. “We want to know what happened during the research conducted by the expert committee appointed to investigate the water contamination issue.” he said and added […]

Mangala Releases Foreign Service Examination Results Buried By Rajapaksas

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Reversing the former government’s policy, the new government has recalled political appointee ambassadorsand has released the results of the long-delayed foreign service examinations. “This will enable the many vacancies currently in the foreign service to be filled through a transparent, professional and meritocratic process.” a foreign ministry official told Colombo Telegraph. “The self-serving Rajapaksa regime not only posted political appointees to as ambassdors abroad, they also staffed the second and third tier of missions with their cronies. These incompetent individuals shamed Sri Lanka on the world state – even using embassies for illegal business activities.” she further said. Releasing a statement on the Competitive Examination for the Recruitment to Grade III of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service 2013(2014), the Ministry of External Affairs said; “The […]

Pakistan sold Arms to Sri Lanka with no questions asked!

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President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday embarked on a two day visit to Pakistan.This visit coincides with the Sixty-sixth Anniversary of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Friendship Association, one of the oldest of such associations in the country. During the height of Tamil terrorism in the country, beginning with the J.R. Jayewardene era, Pakistan was one of two countries that sold defence stores to the island with no questions asked. The other was China. Their defence stores were of top quality and made available at a reasonable price. The main suppliers of such defence stores to the country were Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) and Pakistan Machine Tools Factory (Pvt.) Ltd., a Pakistani Government company. The Pakistani defence stores suppliers were beneficiaries of US technology. When the Soviets invaded […]

Sri Lankan Airlines: Paradise for sexual predators

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COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lankan Airlines was a paradise for sex predators with the top management demanding sexual favours from cabin crew and young employees leading to a breakdown of discipline at virtually all levels, a probe has found. The Board of Inquiry found that Pradeepa Kakulawala, the head of Human Resources adopted a laissez-faire attitude towards sexual harassment that allowed perverts a free run. Kakulawala insisted on evidence “beyond reasonable doubt” to take action against sexual harassment and told investigators that the allegation was “as difficult as proving rape” and gave tacit approval for the practice. “The Board of Inquiry is of the opinion that such an approach is unacceptable especially when female employees can become vulnerable in the airline industry,” the report said. […]

Tamil Diaspora professionals set up new marriage model – ”all they care for is a beautiful young woman for marriage”

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by Sanath Nanayakkare Adopting a new post-war approach, the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora has generated an unconventional model for matrimonial partnerships between local girls and young men working and living overseas, the Island Financial Review learns. “Diaspora bridegrooms are adopting a new post-war approach by passing previous caste, class and wealth stratifications defining an entirely new arrangement for dowry and marriage,” Dr. Kopalapillai Amirthalingam, senior lecturer, Department of Economics, Colombo University revealed last week at a forum held at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) in Colombo. “They write home to tell their parents and relatives that all they care for is a beautiful young woman for marriage and that they have no other concerns”, Dr. Amirthalingam told the audience on a lighter note. […]

New Sri Lanka govt has not led to anticipated change says Wigneswaran

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The chief minister of the Northern province, C V Wigneswaran, told the visiting Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie on Monday that the change in government in Sri Lanka had failed to produce the changes that the Tamils’ had expected. “The ground situation post regime change and issues which were expected to take place after the change of government, but have failed to take place were discussed,” Mr Wigneswaran said speaking to journalists afterwards. “She asked me what kind of advantages and disadvantages had the political change brought among the people,” Mr Wigneswaran continued.  “The change of government has not given us anything we had anticipated,” he reportedly replied. “She [Ms Mudie] pledged that their government would work tirelessly to bring reconciliation and a better future […]

SC Concludes Hearings, 19A To Be Taken Up For Debate This Week

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The Supreme Court hearing on the 19th amendment to the Constitution concluded today during which the Attorney general informed the SC that the amendment can be passed by a special majority in parliament without calling for a referendum as it does not interfere with the basic structure of the constitution. Meanwhile Acting Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera speaking at a media briefing today said if the SC verdict, which would be delivered tomorrow instructs a referendum to be held, they would be omitting the sections that call for a referendum before taking it up for debate on Thursday and Friday (April 9 and 10). The Minister said prior to taking it up for the debate and voting, they would take into account the Supreme Court […]

Constructive Engagement By NPC Will Benefit People More

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By Jehan Perera – The resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council accusing successive Sri Lankan governments of committing acts of genocide against the Tamilpeople came a few weeks before the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva in March this year. It also asked the UN to set up an investigation into Genocide in various forms alleged to have been perpetrated on the Tamil people from the time of Independence. The resolution also called upon the UN to release the report of its investigation panel into alleged war crimes committed in the final phase of the country’s internal war, and to also set up an international process to ensure accountability for those crimes. However, the UN did not release the report of its investigation […]

If 19A fails to secure 2/3 majority

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UNP to push for immediate dissolution! Rasika Jayakody If the 19th Amendment failed to secure a two thirds majority in Parliament, the United National Party would push for immediate dissolution of Parliament as it is the last resort, a senior Parliamentarian of the UNP told the Daily News yesterday. The 19th Amendment will be taken for debate in Parliament on April 9 and 10 following the recommendations of the Supreme Court. Parliament is likely to vote on the constitutional Amendment on April 10. However, the SLFP and the JHU have stated that they would present several key changes to the proposed constitutional amendment. Speaking to the Daily News, UNP General Secretary Minister Kabir Hashim said the UNP would try its best to proceed with the […]

karuna no direct friend – Pillaiyan

6th April 2015 // 0 Comments

Eastern Provincial Councillor and Leader of Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal(TMVP) Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan Alias Pillaiyan said war crimes and deaths are usual in battle fields. Therefore, it is important to form a local investigation according to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report. Local probing will support future reconciliation in the country. Meanwhile he also said, “They cannot take any legal action against me. I was not in the LTTE until the end of war. We left the organization long time back and we have obtained a people’s mandate in the Eastern Provincial Elections. We are currently serving the people and our political party is democratically functioning. They cannot arrest me or take legal action against me as an individual,” Following are excerpts: Q: The […]

Governor regrets erroneous report

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The Northern Province Governor’s Secretariat has been drawn to a speculative and erroneous media report about the deferral of transfers of some senior officials in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). The statement released by the Northern Province Governor’s office is as follows: “The said transfers were deferred by the Governor in order to give time for review and consultation on this matter as it was pointed out that these transfers were done without adequate consultation and consideration of all aspects. There were concerns voiced in this regard by the concerned parties including the Chairman of the Council. Once the review and consultation have been completed among the parties concerned and agreed recommendations are made by the Board of Ministers, the necessary transfers will be effected […]

Families of missing stage protest

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Family members of people reported missing since the end of the war staged a protest in Fort today demanding that the new government launch a fresh investigation into those missing. The protestors also called on the UN and international human rights organisations to conduct an international probe soon if the government fails to provide immediate results to locate those missing. “It has been years since we lost our children. We want answers soon. We have faith in this government and call on them to launch a fresh inquiry to find our children,” M. Charles from Mannar said. The protestors, all holding pictures of their children who have been missing since the war ended in May 2009 against the LTTE alleged that most of those missing were still alive but […]

Actresses turned ‘High Class Hookers’ in Drug Lord Suda’s arms

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Drug Lords fund politicians in millions. In turn they are politically blessed to do anything what they want in this country. When we think of ‘High Class Hookers’, we visualize the image of a beautiful young girl or a woman in the arms of an old man. But in Sri Lanka that visual is quite different. The dignity of the once proud cinema has been dragged into prostitution. That is amply proved going by reports of the police investigations into drug kingpin Wele Suda’s antics in yesterday’s Ceylon Today of six actresses in the clutches, and in the arms, of this drug dealer who had traversed the globe with him. Earlier, one of them openly said that she only had paid sex with Wele Suda. […]

Talks held in Singapore on promoting reconciliation in Sri Lanka

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Talks were held in Singapore this weekend between Tamil and Sri Lankan groups on promoting reconciliation and strengthening democracy in Sri Lanka. The meeting was organised by the government of Switzerland and the In Transformation Initiative (ITI) and held between April 3 and 5. “As part of an on-going dialogue process towards promoting reconciliation and strengthening of democracy in Sri Lanka, the Government of Switzerland and the In Transformation Initiative (ITI) from South Africa, invited a group of political, civil society, academic, diaspora and other international stakeholders including an observer from the Government of Australia to a meeting in Singapore from 3 to 5 April 2015,” the ITI said in a statement released on Sunday. The meeting is believed to have included representatives of the […]

GoSL must turn promises into action – US Asst. Secretary

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BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN Assistant Secretary US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tom Malinowski who visited Sri Lanka from 2 to 4 April briefed the media on the progress under the new Maithri Government. He also visited Jaffna and Aluthgama to see and hear the voice of the people. He met a couple of journalists before his departure on Saturday. “He said, after following events in this country over the course of my career, I was privileged to make my first visit to this week. During my three-day trip I visited Colombo, Jaffna, Mullaitivu, and Aluthgama, where I had the opportunity to meet with government officials and members of civil society for productive discussions on a range of critical human […]

Chelvanayagam was a political Prophet who stood for Tamil Eelam

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By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar – Chelvanayagam was a political Prophet who stood for Tamil Eelam as the Panacea for all the Political ills facing the Tamils Samuel James Velupillai Chelvanayagam was born in 1898 March 31st in the Malaysian State in the town of Ipoh. In Malay language the word Ipoh conveyed the meaning as the cleanest city. Perhaps it was the fitness of things that late Mr. Chelvanayagam’s life was marked by a cleanliness unknown in contemporary politics of Sri Lanka. Mr. Mervyn De Silva, the then Editor of Ceylon Daily News, has written that Chelvanayagam known for his physical frailties is known in Jaffna as “The Uncrowned King of the North. He also added “that even the worst opponents of Chelvanayagam will willingly testify to […]

Lasantha killer – Gen. Fonseka or Mahinda or Gotabaya?

5th April 2015 // 0 Comments

by Lal Wickrematunge The 5th of April marks the 57th birth anniversary of Lasantha, murdered six years ago on the 8th of January. Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated at the last Presidential elections also on the 8th of January. 8/1 will be etched in the history of this Island for two divergent emotions. Sadness, for the loss of a life snatched away in a meaningless exercise and Joy for snatching away power from a leader hell bent on taking Sri Lanka down a path where it would have taken generations to restore law and order within a decent and pluralist society. Lasantha, became the last bastion for most who had no other means to seek redress from a marauding government. He was prepared to “Publish and […]

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