4th April 2015

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.

‘Cold war’ that is brewing between the Tamil CM and the Sri Lankan PM

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By Manekshaw Catholic Bishop of Jaffna Rt. Rev. Thomas Savuntharanayagam generally briefs the media, and local and foreign dignitaries who meet him in Jaffna, on trends in the Northern Province including humanitarian issues in the peninsula. Bishop Rev. Savuntharanayagam, being a religious dignitary who has personally experienced the long-drawn-out traumatic experiences with death and destruction caused by the three decades of war in the peninsula, is considered as a man whose thoughts, criticism and opinions on issues emanating from that war, are much sought after. As a consequence, it’s almost always open sesame at his official residence, Bishop’s House, Jaffna. When Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived at the Bishop’s House to meet Rev Savuntharanayagam the surrounding area was immediately put under a heavy security cover, […]

Wigneswaran: A Judicial Politician With A Mission On His Own

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By Thambu Kanagasabai – After retirement from the Supreme Court Bench, Justice C.V. Wigneswaranwas hesitant to enter the political field which was once said to be an asylum of scoundrels. However his deep dedication to the causes of which culminated in a genocidal war propelled him to plunge into politics. There was a fresh breathing with his entry which was welcomed by the Tamils, as he would live up as an honest and bold politician quite differently from many others. When I met him at his residence in Colombo in October 2013 after he won the elections and became the Chief Minister, I posed the question of his political conduct would be in the further? he said “Do not consider me like other politicians and I […]

”Cooperative federalism and the 13th Amendment and beyond” – BJP

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India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a resolution passed on India’s foreign policy, at its ongoing two-day national executive meeting in Bengaluru, said that India’s policy on Sri Lanka had suffered several ups and downs in the last three decades due to a short-sighted approach by the previous government, guided by domestic political ambitions, the IANS news agency reported. These, it said, “damaged our bilateral relations leading to strategic problems in the immediate Indian Ocean neighbourhood”. The resolution said Modi’s “determined effort at repairing” the ties “has resulted in a flurry of activity on both sides”, including new President Maithripala Sirisena making his first overseas visit to India, which marked a “major diplomatic victory for us”. It said the government has rebuilt ties with […]

Lanka NGO Rescues War Widows from Despondency

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CHAVATKADDU (JAFFNA): Among the deep and seemingly indelible scars of the 30-year war in North Sri Lanka is the existence of an estimated 40,000 widows in the Northern Province – the scene of an alleged massacre towards the end of the conflict. Among the victims of the senseless destruction, those widowed were the most affected. Widows were forced to become family breadwinners overnight even while carrying the stigma of being a “social ill omen.”  Economic deprivation and social rejection combined to push these women into deep depression. “Worst of all, their families began to go to seed,” pointed out Saila, a war widow, who runs Tharaka Widows’ Activity Center at Chavatkaddu, a fishing village in Jaffna district. The confidence that 37-year-old Saila exudes today, was created […]