May 2015

Pattini Razeek’s Body Buried Within A Half Built Private House

4th May 2015 // 0 Comments

By Basil Fernando – Sri Lanka Deterioration of the legal intellect (6): Pattini Razeek’s body buried within a half built private house The discovery of the body of Pattini Razeek buried under a half-built private house, in a remote village on Uddamaveli, in Valaichchenai, would have flared up the imagination of any detective. However, despite of the discovery on 28th July 2010, the case itself, remained buried till to date. Mr Pattini Razeek who was quite a well-known community leader at the time, disappeared on 11 February 2010. He was last seen near the Jumma Mosque in Kaduruwela, Polonnaruwa at around 3.30 p.m. on the 11th of February 2010. According to an eye witness account, Mr Razeek was travelling in a van together with some […]

More poverty in Mullaitivu, Mannar and Batticaloa

4th May 2015 // 0 Comments

The Districts of Mullaitivu, Moneragala, Mannar and Batticaloa had a higher rate of poverty in comparison with others, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Wimal Nanayakkara noted. The 2014 Millennium Development Goals Country Report prepared by the IPS highlighted the incidence of income poverty based on socio-economic groups revealed that the poorest in the country were labourers engaged in agriculture and non-agriculture related work. Of children below the ages of five years, 21.6% were underweight, with the estate sector recording a high 29.7%, the rural sector 21.7% and the urban sector 16.6% as far as under-nutrition was concerned. The employment to population ratio for females was low requiring therefore the need to create employment opportunities that are closer to home, provide for flexible working hours and opportunities to work from home especially in technology related fields. The number of dropouts […]

KERRY TELLS TNA TO WORK WITH GOVT

4th May 2015 // 0 Comments

The US Secretary of State John Kerry requested the Tamil National Alliance to cooperate with the Government towards reaching a political settlement to the Tamil question in the country. Referring to the Special Presidential Commission chaired by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge to find a solution to the Tamil issues, John Kerry emphasized the need for TNA to cooperate with the government to solve their problems at the meeting he had with the TNA yesterday. According to TNA Spokesperson Suresh K. Premachandran, the meeting between the US Secretary of State John Kerry and the TNA Delegation lasted nearly half an hour and John Kerry was accompanied by the US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal Desai. “John Kerry expressing his country’s support towards devolving powers, […]

HANDOVER WAR CRIMES INQUIRY TO THE HRCSL’

4th May 2015 // 0 Comments

BY RUWAN LAKNATH JAYAKODY Calling on the government to handover the national inquiry into allegations of war crimes to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), Attorney-at-Law, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said that a counter-resolution could be brought to rebut the report to be released by the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights. All information for the report to be released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in September was collected (even through Skype interviews) by the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Tamil Diaspora, he added. There is no point in the Government of Sri Lanka submitting only a report on the modalities on how a credible domestic inquiry with international cooperation in the form of technical assistance would be conducted, he noted, adding that in view of an impending General Election, the government had refrained from appointing an inquiry team as the Opposition would start a campaign […]

Yet Another Former Minister of Mahinda Under Suspicion

4th May 2015 // 0 Comments

A former top minister has been accused of misusing his ministerial powers which has resulted in the Government having to bear huge financial losses. The former minister (name withheld) operated a small communication center in Kadawatha before entering parliament. He has been accused of acquiring wealth running into millions within a short span of time after extending his support to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It is alleged that the former minister had used his powers to offer super luxury houses as gifts to his kith and kin when he was in the Government. The former Minister, who is still a member of parliament, had allegedly given away five out of six houses constructed by one of the companies which came under his purview to his […]

Full Fight: Mayweather vs Pacquiao

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

   CLICK TO VIEW FULL FIGHT : Sunderlandnow Full Fight: Mayweather vs Pacquiao ‪#‎MayPac‬ https://www.facebook.com/sunderlandnow/videos/10153217358106427/?fref=nf

“Ambassador of Justice for Tamils” Lee Scott.

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Tamil Community celebrate Lee Scott’s contribution to justice for Tamil people in the Island of Sri Lanka At a ceremony hosted by the British Tamils Forum on Sunday 26th of April 2015 at Wanstead Rugby Football Club for the former MP and Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG for Tamil) Lee Scott, was presented with an award on behalf of the Tamil Community marking his valued contribution to the ongoing campaign. Lee was given the title “Ambassador of Justice for Tamils” reflecting his tireless hard work as an MP through APPG for Tamils and in bringing together the support of cross party parliamentarians to ensure that the Tamil cause for justice is always at the foremost of discussions here and abroad. This has […]

President Given Copy Of No Fire Zone

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena has been supplied with a personalized copy of the Sinhala language version of the controversial film No Fire Zone. The film’s director, Callum Macrae, told the President in a message: “The truth is coming out. I appeal to you not to obstruct that process, but to encourage it and be on the side of the truth.” The film’s director handed the copy of the film which contains his personal message to the President and government officials at a specially arranged meeting at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. No Fire Zone contains alleged detailed and disturbing video evidence of war crimes committed in the final weeks of the war in 2009, during which it is alleged that tens of thousands of […]

Sri Lanka London High Commission – Mr. Hanifa is one of three irregular appointments made under the Sirisena regime.

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

UK NGO, students, citizenry clean up Tangalle beach A British based NGO has teamed up with a group of students and the local community to clean up Tangalle beach, Jo Kaminska Foundation Founder-Director, Ms Joanna Ruda, told Education Times that her Foundation which deals with plastic pollution through educational programmes and beach-cleaning initiatives, had organised a programme to clean Tangalle beach. The initiative was launched by cleaning Tangalle beach last week, with the help of students and staff from the Ocean University in Tangalle. Cleaning of the beach was scheduled to take place from 9 am-11 am, starting from Parawella beach, near the Navy Camp. “Students were directly responsible for the contact with the local community. They also worked on posters, which, together with leaflets, […]

Sri Lanka’s problems for Sri Lankans to solve, we will only help: Kerry

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s problems for Sri Lankans to solve, we will only help: Kerry US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed a public lecture yesterday at Colombo’s Taj Samudra Hotel. The public lecture was organised by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera made the welcome address. Excerpts of Mr. Kerry’s speech: I’m really happy to be here.’Ayubowan’ and ‘Vanakkam’. I am very happy to welcome all of you here. No you are welcoming me. That is mutual welcome. I thank (Foreign Minister) Mangala (Samaraweera) and Sri Lanka now for the very generous welcome you gave me this morning when I first came here and came over to that historic building that is now Foreign Ministry. Thank […]

No American hand in SL affairs – John Kerry

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

No American hand in SL affairs – John Kerry US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday ruled out US interference in Sri Lankan affairs but offered help, and explained that if there was such interference, Sri Lanka would not have invited US President Barak Obama to visit Colombo. At a media briefing where only two questions were permitted to be raised, the local media questioned the high ranking US diplomat why shouldn’t anyone see Kerry’s visit as an ‘interference’ in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs……………….  READ MORE  Domestic accountability mechanism underway – Mangala tells Kerry Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera told US Secretary of State, John Kerry that a domestic accountability mechanism with international technical assistance is underway, as promised by the Maithri Government. After […]

Ensure fair minority representation – Mano Ganesan urges

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

By Mirudhula Thambiah Leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Mano Ganesan urged the government on Friday (1), to ensure fair representation of minorities in the electoral reforms. He said addressing a May Day rally that the government should not only consider the representation of minorities, but small political parties too. “Minorities don’t have opportunities to become the President of this country. Therefore, at least their representation in the legislature should be ensured in a fair manner. We should obtain our representation through a democratic process. But, if we are not treated equally and if we are denied fair representation in Parliament, we will begin our struggle on the streets. We will not hesitate to seek legal action,” he said. He further said, the war […]

Transformative 19A Experience: The emergence of an equally Parliamentary and Executive President

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Transformative 19A Experience: The emergence of an equally Parliamentary and Executive President Tamil parliamentarians been so directly and positively involved in the constitutional process in Sri Lanka, as they were in the passage of the 19th Amendment. In fact, the accredited Tamil representatives chose to stay away from the constitutional process in 1947, 1972 and 1978, if only to make a political point of their boycotts. The TULF parliamentarians were not even in parliament when the 13th Amendment was enacted (they had been packed off to India by the Sixth Amendment). In a transformative change involving good governance for the whole country, rather than the priorities of the Tamil question, the TNA parliamentarians contributed a great deal more than their votes to the final outcome of […]

Former Sri Lankan diplomat involved in ‘Child Abuse’ case missing in London?

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Former Sri Lankan diplomat missing in London Former Sri Lankan diplomat missing in London After his services were terminated in March, 2015 by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London A former diplomat in the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, has gone missing and the Colombo Magistrate’s Court has allowed the police to seek Interpol assistance to trace him. High Commission sources said that Sepala Ratnayake’s services had been terminated on March 4, 2015 and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London has been informed that he is no longer a diplomat. This means that Ratnayake has lost his diplomatic immunity rights and could be arrested. He has been accused as the main conspirator of a ‘child abuse’ case, where a 14-year-old was used in a campaign to […]

Game Changers at Campbell Park & Hyde Park

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

The May Day rallies organised in Colombo were a political game changer. The most impressive rally by far was that of the UNP at Campbell Park in Borella. The arrangements and attention to detail were above anything seen even in the heyday of the UNP and the crowds were phenomenal. For the first time since the 1980s we had a glimpse of what the UNP once was under J.R.Jayewardene. Had the UNP put on such a show of strength just a few days earlier, they would have got all their demands met as far as the 19th Amendment was concerned. They are now putting on a show of strength after having been bullied and browbeaten into compromising more and more until there was virtually nothing […]

Mahinda To Say ‘I Won’t Contest’

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

The 19A: Process, Content & Consequences Mahinda Rajapaksa The clear and undisputed loser is former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Since his defeat in the January 2015 presidential election, he has been contemplating the idea of a reentry. Because the two-term limit has been reintroduced, he certainly cannot return to power as the president. The door has been completely shut on him in this regard. Encouraged indirectly by the former president himself, his supporters have been demanding his appointment as the prime minister. The prime minister’s office has not been empowered as originally intended and the president will remain as the executive leader with almost all powers conferred by the 1978 constitution. This author does not believe that Mahinda Rajapaksa is interested in a nominal position. He […]

19th Amendment: Where To From Here?

3rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

19A: MOMENT IN HISTORY The Buddha told his foremost Disciple, the Venerable Ananda, that “… as long as the Vajjis call frequent public assemblies of the tribe; as long as they meet in concord, conclude their meetings in concord and carry out their policies in concord, so long they may be expected not to decline but to flourish…”. That was with reference to the early republicanism of the Vajji confederacy. The Tathagatha will surely approve of the legislative concord exhibited in our Parliament last week when the 19th Amendment to our own Constitution of the Second Republic was made law. Whether he would, however, approve of the behaviour of some members of this ‘assembly’ is a moot question………………  READ MORE 19th Amendment: Where To From […]

Sri Lanka In UK Election Manifesto again.

2nd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Conservative party has included accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity issues related to Sri Lank in its election Manifesto. On pages 76-77 of the Conservative Party’s election manifesto it states: “We will …. promote reconciliation and human rights in Sri Lanka, including through supporting the UN investigation into war crimes, which the Prime Minister was instrumental in securing following his historic visit to Jaffna.”   Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said “”For the first time ever, outside Tamil Nadu, a political party, importantly in the West has included accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity issues related to Sri Lank in its election Manifesto.” But Sri Lanka was mentioned in 2010 Labour Party Manifesto too.  

Five reasons why ‘YOGI’ wants your vote in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

2nd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Five reasons Sockalingam Yogalingam wants your vote in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner The Harrow Times has asked each parliamentary candidate to list five reasons why they should become an MP at the General Election on May 7. Here, the National Liberal Party candidate for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, Sockalingam Yogalingam, explains why you should vote for him. 1) My name is Sockalingam Yogalingam but everyone calls me Yogi. I am 47, married with children and an estate agent. I originally came from Sri Lanka thirty years ago to escape persecution and I am eternally grateful for Britain for giving me a refuge in my time of need. I am now standing to be an MP to help give something back to my adopted country. 2) […]

If you support Self-Determination via UN referendum & wish to raise your voice in the British Parliament

2nd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Sockalingam Yogalingam who’s running in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner for the National Liberal Party: Dear Voters, If you support Self-Determination via UN referendum in Sri Lanka & wish to raise your voice in the British Parliament then support the “National Liberal Party” in the upcoming General Election on 7th May and vote for Sockalingam Yogalingam (Yogi) in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner area for NLP. Your VOTE is your VOICE, so cast your vote and show the people (Tamil’s) power to the British Government. http://www.tamilwin.com/show-RUmtyFTVSUip5B.html Sockalingam Yogalingam NLP’s Candidate for General Election National Liberal Party www.nationalliberal.org   

1 10 11 12 13