May 2015

LTTE WILL NOT RiSE AGAIN

29th May 2015 // 0 Comments

BY W. K. PRASAD MANJU Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran says that certain people are spreading rumours that she helped the main suspect in Vithya’s rape and murder case get released from police custody.”I strongly reject that accusation. The people of Jaffna know that I will never do such a thing,” she said in an interview. Following are some excerpts of it: ?: How is the situation in Jaffna at present. A: There was a tense situation recently. This situation arose due to the murder of Vithya and the protests that were launched against it. Now the people have calmed down. ?: If the Police had acted to take into custody the suspects connected with this murder, why did people take to the […]

Tsunami reconstruction in the LTTE held areas – Three key officers of RADA to be arrested shortly

29th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Three key officers of RADA to be arrested shortly by Manjula Fernando The Police Special Investigations Unit probing alleged shady transactions of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) where Rs.124 to Rs.169 million of State assets believed to have been stolen or transferred to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and other parties, is expected to arrest three key suspects shortly, authoritative sources said. Last week, the SIU was on the verge of arresting businessman, parliamentarian and former chairman of RADA, Tiran Alles, when he moved the Supreme Court to obtain a stay order on May 18, preventing imminent arrest. The sources said the suspects to be arrested shortly, were closely associated with the RADA transactions, either in transferring or receiving the funds. “They […]

‘What happened to Vithiya can happen to anyone’

28th May 2015 // 0 Comments

By Madura Ranwala Citizens for a Secure Sri Lanka together with the Girl Guides Association yesterday told the media that the brutal gang rape, abduction and killing of Vithiya Sivaloganandan should be considered a grave crime committed against all women and children living in the country irrespective of race, religion and other factors as it could happen to any child, woman the next day due to lack of attention by the law enforcement authorities and judicial system. A media briefing at the Girl Guides Association Hall in this connection was held with the participation of Chairperson of Viluthu, Sarojani Kanendran, Chairperson of Association of War Affected Women, Visakha Dharmadasa, Deputy Chief Commissioner Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association, Visakha Tillekeratne, Co-Convener of Citizens for a Secure […]

TNA not against development – Selvarasa

28th May 2015 // 0 Comments

By Sujata Gamage – According to the Daily News report on Cabinet meeting of May 27th (ePaper: | Online edition of Daily News – Sri Lanka), the cabinet is deadlocked on 20A. According to other sources, The Cabinet sub-committee appointed for the purpose had an agreement on the proposed adaptation of the New Zealand method with 165 FPP seats and 255 total seats, but, at the larger cabinet meeting differences re-emerged.  The meeting had adjourned giving the President and Prime Minister the responsibility to address the diffferences. Apparently, the President is meeting the UPFA group today to get their opinion. What will be the response of the UNP and the allies is the big question. Representation for minorities, geographically dispersed minorities in particular, is essentially […]

If Representation For Dispersed Minorities Is The Sticking Point In 20A …..

28th May 2015 // 0 Comments

By Sujata Gamage – According to the Daily News report on Cabinet meeting of May 27th (ePaper: | Online edition of Daily News – Sri Lanka), the cabinet is deadlocked on 20A. According to other sources, The Cabinet sub-committee appointed for the purpose had an agreement on the proposed adaptation of the New Zealand method with 165 FPP seats and 255 total seats, but, at the larger cabinet meeting differences re-emerged.  The meeting had adjourned giving the President and Prime Minister the responsibility to address the diffferences. Apparently, the President is meeting the UPFA group today to get their opinion. What will be the response of the UNP and the allies is the big question. Representation for minorities, geographically dispersed minorities in particular, is essentially […]

Filling the vacuum

28th May 2015 // 0 Comments

A vacuum has been created in the North. It’s not a power vacuum, but a law and order vacuum. That is exemplified by the seeming lawlessness sweeping across the peninsula, culminating in the rape and murder of a schoolgirl from Punkuduthivu, a suburb of Jaffna last week. That vacuum was caused by the end of terrorism and the withdrawal of militarism, post 8 January 2015. The rule of law, under the overarching umbrella of the normal laws of the country is once more prevailing in the North after the recent regime change, but, as current events prove, what is now needed is enforcement. For that the law enforcement system needs to once more work. Police stations, which were previously closed or destroyed due to terrorism, […]

Germany to support Sri Lanka to regain GSP+

28th May 2015 // 0 Comments

By Chamodi Gunawardana The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday said that Germany would support Sri Lanka to regain the European Union’s (EU) Generalised System of Preference Plus (GSP+). Addressing a press briefing yesterday, Ministry Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne stated that Germany would be the coordinator between EU and the Sri Lankan Government to conduct discussions with regard to regaining GSP+. “Germany and Sri Lanka have worked together for years and this will continue. Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited Germany a few months ago and the German Government welcomed him warmly,” Colonne asserted. Colonne further said that the German Foreign Ministry treated Sri Lanka as an important partner in Asia and the two countries discussed steps that should be taken further to strength the partnership. “Germany is […]

South African delegation meets Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in UK

28th May 2015 // 0 Comments

A South African delegation has met with Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora organisations with a view to bringing a sense of normalcy to the North-East part of the island and exchange views on how they could contribute towards the peace and reconciliation process. The talks, which were led by South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Nomaindiya Mfeketo, were held in London in the United Kingdom on Monday, AllAfrica.com reported. Representatives from a number of Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora groups also attended the meeting during which the Deputy Minister briefed the participants on South Africa’s involvement in Sri Lanka. According to the South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the Deputy Minister engaged in a discussion and an exchange of views on how […]

GOTA’S LAW

28th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Gota won the war, or so he proclaimed. After winning the war, he held several symposia to teach the other nations how to crush terrorists. While all this was happening, a man called Sarath Fonseka was languishing in jail. We saw on TV SF in prisoner’s garb. The battle in Court was not on whether SF was guilty as charged, but whether SF, who had sustained severe injuries, should be treated by a specialist in a private hospital. True to form, the then AG vehemently opposed the application and the Court had to write lengthy orders either accepting or refusing such applications. The Rajapaksas have drawn a great deal of flak for corruption under their government. The then Opposition heavyweights like Anura Kumara Disanayake and […]

‘Jaffna ghost’ and danger of July!

28th May 2015 // 0 Comments

The situation in the North seems to have pained Mahinda Rajapaksa as he says that the Eelam war began in the past with the stoning of the Police and the Courts. He tells Maithri to protect the freedom gained after the war and adds it does not matter to him even if he is imprisoned or killed. This statement of Mahinda shows that he is keen to witness another war in the North. The only option left for him to grab power is the eruption of another war in the North and that is why he plays the ‘patriotic card’ in that direction. The government must closely monitor the security situation in the North in the face of Mahinda’s predictions. The government transferred the Police […]

Raviraj M.P. murder : prime suspects Gota

28th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Raviraj M.P. murder : prime suspects Gota and Karannagoda arrests delayed due to AG’s department ; ‘Scotland yard report to come’ (Lanka-e-News- 25.May.2015, 6.25PM)  The  CID had concluded its investigations into the murder of TNA M.P. Nadaraj Raviraj ,but  because of the lethargy and neglect of duty of the high rung officers of the Attorney general’s(AG) department , the arrest of  ex defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse and ex Navy commander Vasantha Karannagoda identified as prime suspects had been baulked , according to Lanka e news inside information division. It is a long time since the CID forwarded its report of its investigation on the Raviraj murder after recording the evidence to the AG’s department for its recommendations. Following this special investigation , five navy officers […]

Sri Lanka to investigate alleged coup attempt by former president

27th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s new government will investigate an alleged attempt by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to stage a coup to try to stay in power when results showed he was losing last week’s election, a spokesman for the country’s new leader said on Sunday. A special investigation will be set up to probe the alleged coup soon after the new government is formed, said Mangala Samaraweera, the spokesman for president Maithripala Sirisena, who came to power after winning Thursday’s election. “Some say this was a very peaceful transition. But that’s not the truth. People should know what happened behind the scenes,” Samaraweera told reporters. Until a few weeks ago, Rajapaksa was widely expected to easily win his third term in office. But Sirisena – his former […]

Maithri meets Vidya’s mother, brother, consoles them

27th May 2015 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena met the mother of the murdered Vidya and her brother at the office of the Governor of the Northern Province in Jaffna during his visit to the peninsula yesterday. He promised stern action against culprits. He expressed words of sympathy. Chief Minister Wigneswaran, Deputy Minister Vijakala Maheswaran and Parliamentarian Mavai Senathyrasa were also present.

Tamils Issues on BJP Priority List, Says Rao

27th May 2015 // 0 Comments

MADURAI/COIMBATORE:Claiming that the BJP has managed to enroll 45 lakh people from Tamil Nadu in the last four months, Muralidhar Rao, national general secretary of the BJP, said that all the Union Ministers would tour the State in the coming months as part of a mission to strengthen the party in Tamil Nadu. “Strengthening the party base in the southern State is important for us. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been paying special attention for the welfare of Tamils both in India and in Sri Lanka,” he said while talking to reporters here on Tuesday. Detailing the one-year-achievement of BJP government, Rao said that during this period, Modi paid special attention to issues concerning Tamils. “He was the first PM to visit Jaffna in Northern […]

7 Years old girl abducted and gang raped in Killinochchie

27th May 2015 // 0 Comments

7 Years old girl abducted and gang raped at Paranthan, Selvapuram,Killinochchie on last Monday. Schoolgirl was abducted while on her way to school was abducted and raped while at the public toilet. Suspects have left the girl inside the toilet. She has been rescued by Killinochchie police and rushed to the Killinochchie hospital. She was transferred to Jaffna hospital for further treatment. Killinochchie police carries out further inquiries.

Former Sri Lanka army chief says he would welcome war crime investigation

27th May 2015 // 0 Comments

To his supporters, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka is a hero. But to others he is a war criminal. Fonseka insists his conscience is clear Sri Lanka’s wartime army chief says his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence. “The allegations are there,” Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said in an interview with the Guardian. “We have to clear our name.” In May 2009 the then General Fonseka was the head of the Sri Lankan army that defeated the Tamil Tigers, or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, ending Sri Lanka’s brutal 26-year civil war. Nearly two years later, a UN secretary general’s panel of experts reported that both government forces and the Tamil Tigers had potentially committed serious human […]

Reconciliation Is it on the right path?

27th May 2015 // 0 Comments

BY SULOCHANA RAMAIAH MOHAN The government of Sri Lanka is gearing up to face the UNHRC during the 2015 September Review in Geneva. It’s quite like being caught on the horns of a dilemma, on one prong it faces answering to the ‘list of war criminals’, and on the other the ‘list of those who surrendered to the government Forces’ during the final phase of the war. The government took a significant step in working cordially with the UNHRC mandate regarding the reconciliation process. Which was initially mandated on the former Rajapaksa regime which challenged every move of international community till it finally faced defeat at the Presidential elections, giving a ‘sense of relief’ to the UNHRC body, who brought in the US sponsored Resolution […]

Special Court to hear Vithya’s rape-murder case ‘Madness’ quips BBS Gnanasara

27th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Special Court to hear Vithya’s rape-murder case ‘Madness’ quips Gnanasara bY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Recording strong criticism of President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to order hearings into the case concerning the brutal gang rape and murder of…… 18-year-old Jaffna schoolgirl Vithya, before a Special Court in the North, the Bodu Bala Sena’s General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatthe Gnanasara Thera yesterday wanted to know why there were such Special Courts being instituted only for crimes committed in the North. Vehemently condemning Vithya’s rape and murder, Ven. Gnanasara asked why there was no special Court established to also hear the Kotakethana and similar inhuman rape/murder cases elsewhere in the country. He made the point that there were no special ethnic group related privileges for anyone in this country. “No […]

GTF holds talks with South Africa on Lanka

25th May 2015 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential diaspora group based in London, had talks today with the South African Government on Sri Lanka. The GTF said that on an invitation from the Deputy Minister of Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of South Africa, Ms. Nomaindiya C Mfeketo MP, a GTF delegation lead by Father S J Emmanuel met at the South African High Commission, South Africa House at Trafalgar Square in London today. This meeting lasted for two full hours where various matters on Sri Lanka, particularly in relation to Tamil affairs were discussed, the GTF said. The South African Deputy Minister was accompanied by the High Commissioner to the UK, Obed Mlaba, Deputy Director General for Asia and the Middle East Dr. Anil […]

No Room For Separatism And Violence, Says Cannes Star Anthonythasan

25th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka welcomes Cannes award for refugee movie COLOMBO, May 25, 2015 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s government on Monday hailed the awarding of Cannes’ top prize to a film highlighting the plight of the Tamil minority during the island’s civil war, saying authorities were working to redress past injustices. “Dheepan”, a French movie about a former Sri Lankan soldier’s struggles in a French ghetto after fleeing the separatist war, captured the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or prize on Sunday…………   read all  No Room For Separatism And Violence, Says Cannes Star Anthonythasan COLOMBO: Jesuthasan Anthonythasan, the Tamil Tiger child soldier who attained international stardom when his film Deepan bagged the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, has well and truly abjured violence and separatism, which […]

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