April 2015

Chandrika Gets Lead Rol

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Chandrika Kumaratunga has been put in charge of reconciliation issues by President Maithripala Sirisena with the blessings of Ranil Wickremesinghe. Both will hope that she will get on with her new role and leave aside the current political dynamics. Wickremesinghe will be very keen to ensure that he can talk to Sirisena without Chandrika’s over powering influence although Wickremesinghe is patently aware it is a troika that is governing Sri Lanka at the moment. The former President has occupied the Presidential Secretary’s office at the Presidential Secretariat at the old Parliament. The office was previously used by Lalith Weeratunga. An insider at the secretariat told us that ‘Madam is strutting around as if she is the President” She added, “she even went to the extent […]

US to wait until September

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by Dilrukshi Handunnetti The United States will not prejudge but wait until September when the differed human rights report on Sri Lanka is placed before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to adopt a stance of supporting a UNHRC-driven initiative or a bilateral mechanism, visiting US Assistant Secretary on Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski, said yesterday. Malinowski said: “ What happens in September and beyond is still to be determined. The Sir Lankan Government has promised a credible domestic process to inquire into the rights abuses that took place during the final phase of the war, which is supported by the Sri Lankan people.” The US welcomed the positive steps taken by the governed but more important work remains to be done. […]

UNP covering up for Rajapaksas to split the party

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JVP gives ultimatum to National Executive Council amidst growing criticism of failure to act against corrupt VIPs — 19th Amendment to be debated in Parliament on April 10, two-thirds majority likely despite some opposition — SLFPers meet CBK to complain UNP covering up for Rajapaksas to split the part President Maithripala Sirisena forecast in just two words the upcoming political events. “Api bahinawa” or, we will get down to work, he declared at Thursday’s meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC), the apex body that steers the Yahapalanaya (good governance) policies. The context in which the remarks were made underscores its significance. It came after Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake raised issue over the non-fulfilment of pledges made to the people ahead […]

150-page report recommends Criminal prosecution possible on SriLankan Chairman

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BY NIRANJALA ARIYAWANSHA The report of the four-member committee appointed to look into the corruption and irregularities alleged to have taken place in the recent past at Sri Lankan Airlines was handed over to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by Chairman of the committee, Attorney-at-Law Chrishantha Weliamuna. A Board of Inquiry (BOI) has found details of corruption amounting to billions of dollars. These include manipulations of service contracting, recruitment of unqualified staff and major security breaches at Sri Lankan Airlines under the previous government. This was stated by the Prime Minister’s office. The Executive Summary of this report which is about 150 pages in length, consists of seven pages, according to the office of the Prime Minister. The other members of the four-member committee are Accountant […]

Employee at Sri Lanka’s embassy in Russia was killed!

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We complained to the former President Mahinda and the Foreign Ministry, but received no response. We presented the ‘death certificate’ issued by the ambassador which was forged. Mother digs up alleged Moscow murder of ex-envoy’s Attanagalla aid.   I had doubts about the death from the beginning. We tried to inspect the body, but we were not allowed to. We noticed severe bruises on the body. Family kept quiet because they were aware of Weeratunga’s close ties to the former leader. Noel telling him of his involvement in business with the ambassador and an aircraft transaction, had a joint account with the former ambassador. There were a few bruises on my son’s neck, We tried to remove the shirt and check, but Mr Weeratunga intervened and […]

Massive terror plot against India by Pakistan from Sri Lanka

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A 26/11-like attack was in the making, but this time, from the east coast. That is how India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) Director-General Sharad Kumar sums up the Agency’s exhaustive nearly two-year investigation into what it says was a massive terror plot against India by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), The Economic Times reported. This time, the NIA says, it was coordinated from the Sri Lankan soil. Similarities are glaring between the events that investigations revealed preceded the November 2008 Mumbai attack and those in the latest case, says the Top Terror Probe Agency. Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali of the ISI, according to an NIA investigation into the 26/11 case, plotted the strikes on Mumbai by sending in a United States (US) citizen to […]

Eight Tamils arrested who were dubbing for a documentary film for Channel IV television in the UK

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The reported arrest of eight persons, all Tamils, for allegedly seeking to defame the armed forces through propaganda films, should be a cause for alarm for the nation’s security agencies and forces. Better or worse still, it should be a cause for concern for the Tamils in the country, and more so their moderate political leadership in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). It will take time before the police complete their investigations, and decide whether or not to approach the courts. If the case then goes to the court, it would be for the judiciary pronounce if they are guilty of the offences now claimed against them. But the politics and the counter-propaganda that the arrests have now made, if and when taken to the […]

TNA Briefs UN On War Crimes

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By Camelia Nathaniel The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has briefed the visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, on incidents related to alleged war crimes said to have taken place during the war. Pablo de Greiff met with representatives of the TNA at the Taj Samudra hotel in Colombo last week. TNA leader R. Sambanthan, parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran, Selvam Adaikalanathan, and M. A. Sumanthiran participated in the meeting. Speaking to The Sunday Leader TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that they had discussed several matters during the hour-long meeting, including the present situation in the country, and the events that had taken place earlier with regard to human rights and the current situation. He […]

KP UNDER 24-HOUR SURVEILLANCE

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A fine example of ‘expecting the unexpected’ occurred when Ceylon Today went to cover the Senchcholai Children’s Home in Iranaimadu, Kilinochchi, run by Selvarasa Pathmanathan/ Kumaran Pathmanathan or plain and simple ‘KP’ – the probable last man alive in the leadership level of the LTTE proper. Ceylon Today reached Senchcholai imagining that it would be one of those fun- filled children’s home and KP would be among them, after ‘being released’ by the former UPFA government, and that he is hale and hearty travelling around and ‘rich’ too. But it was not so! BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN A fine example of ‘expecting the unexpected’ occurred when Ceylon Today went to cover the Senchcholai Children’s Home in Iranaimadu, Kilinochchi, run by Selvarasa Pathmanathan/ Kumaran Pathmanathan or […]

Send firm message to Sri Lanka, OPS tells PM

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Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the arrest of 37 fisherman from Nagapattinam at the highest diplomatic-level and secure their release and 18 boats now in the custody of Sri Lankan Navy. In a letter to Mr Modi, the Chief Minister said it should be ensured that this unfortunate incident received the much needed  attention it deserved “It is unfortunate that this incident has taken place immediately after the third round of fishermen level talks which were recently held at Chennai on March 24.  At a time when we were hopeful that a pragmatic and permanent solution to this issue would emerge as a result of the fishermen level talks, it is disconcerting to read media reports quoting senior Sri […]

Colombo was becoming the South Asian hub for drug trafficking with the support of Mahinda’s government.

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Pakistan Army released armaments from its own stocks to kill Tamils in Sri Lanka.  Colombo was becoming the South Asian hub for drug trafficking, Mahinda Government chose to ignore the fact – for reasons best known to it President Maithripala Sirisena embarks on his fourth official overseas voyage since assuming office in January, and that he has identified Pakistan to visit after India, Britain and China is a deserved recognition of a country that stood by Sri Lanka in its darkest hour in recent times. The scheduled trip to Islamabad was earlier put off due to logistical reasons, but it is a healthy decision not to have overlooked a country that, through the entire duration of Sri Lanka’s northern insurgency, irrespective of who was in office […]

US remembers Mullaitivu victims

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The United States (US) commemorated the victims of the final stages of the war in Mullaitivu where the former Government had disputed the numbers on those believed to have been killed. Tom Malinowski, US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, who concluded a visit to Sri Lanka today, said that he walked along the beach in Mullaitivu where thousands were believed to have been killed. He said that he was emotionally moved during his visit to the area and had paid his last respects on behalf of the US to those killed from both sides during the final weeks of the war. Malinowski, who had also visited Aluthgama while in Sri Lanka, also noted that he found that all Sri Lankans want […]

Probe on if LTTE arms were given to terrorists

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The government has started a comprehensive investigation to ascertain whether arms and ammunition recovered from the LTTE were provided to the Ukrainian Guerrillas and the Islamic terrorist organisation Boko Haram in Nigeria, Cabinet spokesman and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. He said the previous government has provided arms to a security institution which was allegedly involved in arms deals with a number of countries including Nigeria. The minister said the government has received reports that this organisation had exchanged arms in mid sea. “However, the Defence Secretary has confirmed that these arms and ammunition do not belong to the government. They must be arms and ammunition recovered from the LTTE during the last stage of war,” he said. Dr. Senaratne added that government forces […]

People Need To Be Reminded Of Rajapaksa’s Misdeeds

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The public should be reminded again about all misdeeds and corruption done under Rajapaksa regime, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna General Secretary Tilvin Silva said. Addressing a public rally recently, Silva stated that Rajapaksa is trying to act like an innocent new born baby. “In the mornings Rajapaksa visits prisons to check on the well-being of his friends. In the evenings he goes to temples around the country and engages in religious activities. People who don’t have a survival without his name are gathering around him for these journeys. He is acting as a newborn baby and tries to make us fools as well.” he added. Meanwhile, Silva also said that there were a number of obstacles hindering the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. […]

Major parties should agree on reasonable power devolution

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The major political parties in the country should agree on reasonable devolution of power to the North and East, says Minister of Plantation Industries Lakshman Kiriella. Speaking at an event in Kandy today, the UNP Parliamentarian stated that never before has he seen a government which has accomplished so much within the first 100 days since coming to power. He stated that good governance has now been established in the country and that world leaders are competing to visit Sri Lanka, which was avoided by heads of state during certain periods. Mr Kiriella also stated that Parliament will be dissolved next month and that following the General Election a National Government will be established. He emphasized that a National Government is not only about sharing […]

Resettlements only on original lands – Govt UN to provide US$ 3 million

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BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan on 01 April confirmed that all resettlements of persons under the incumbent government had thus far been made only on their land initially belonging to those resettled. Government sources said United Nations agencies working on an immediate response plan on housing schemes that were being constructed by India, will also provide US$3 million for the Joint Needs Assessment Fund which includes grants for shelter, non-food relief items, and also water and sanitation facilities for newly resettled communities. He noted that a process completely antithetical to the aforementioned had been practiced by the previous regime. Chief Secretarial Prelate of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Maha Sanga Sabha, Ven. Dr. Iththepane Dhammalankara […]

Effective War Crimes Inquiry Could Heal Sri Lanka’s Old Wounds

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COLOMBO, Apr 4 2015 (IPS) – Jessi Joygeswaran seems like your typical 23-year-old young woman. She has an infectious smile and laughs a lot when she talks. Like many other young women anywhere in the world, her life is full of dreams. “I want to go to university, I want to do a good job,” she tells IPS. She seems sure that she can make her dreams come true. “Before we can move [forward], we need to accept our shared, horrible past.” — Jessi Joygeswaran, a resident of Sri Lanka’s former war zone. In fact, Joygeswaran’s life has been anything but ordinary. She grew up in a war zone, and now spends her days thinking as much about such issues as war crimes probes and […]

Did Tamara Kunanayakam Destroy Records On Sri Lanka In The UN?

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By S. V. Kirubaharan – It is just a few weeks since the UN Human Rights Council – UN HRC completed its 28th session. While some are relaxing, others are worried, some have mixed feelings and many of us are disappointed and frustrated! There are many reasons for our disappointment and frustration. One reason was obvious to the High Commissioner for Human Rights – HCHR, the President of the UN HRC and others. This was the fact that the investigation report on Sri Lanka, expected to be out during the 28th session, was postponed to the 30th session. From top to bottom all could see the determination of the HCHR that the report should be out in August. Another reason for our disappointment and frustration […]

Arms dealer Ex ambassador Udayanga ,a relative of Mahinda Rajapakse who disappeared is murder suspect

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(Lanka-e-News- 02.April.2015, 11.45PM)  The remains of Ranaweera Kaluarachige Noel Ranaweera (36) , the translator and personal secretary of Udayanga Weeratunge the ex ambassador of Russia and relative of ex president Mahinda Rajapakse is to be exhumed from the place of his burial at Welikadamulla cemetery on the  2 nd – nine months after his death. Udayanga Weeratunge is the ex ambassador against whom there are charges of supplying arms to rebels in Ukraine and a partner in Gotabaya’s illicit arms deals. He is at the moment gone missing. The relatives of Noel Ranaweera are harboring suspicions that Noel was murdered by Udayanga as the former  was  aware of the illicit weapon deals of Udayanga . Noel ‘s mother Josephine Nona had therefore made an application […]

SriLankan Airlines Flight Forced To Return To BIA

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A SriLankan Airlines Airbus plane which took off for Shanghai this afternoon retuned to Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport due to a technical failure. UL 866 took off from Katunayake to Shanghai at 2.10pm and returned to Katunayake at 4.50pm, Asian Mirror reported at Katunayake said. There were 166 passengers and 16 crew members on the plane. An alternative airplane took off from Katunayake to Shanghai at 5.50pm. This comes just days after a Dhaka bound Mihin Lanka airplane was also forced to return due to technical failure.

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