7th April 2015

No connections to killings – Deva

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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 […]