May 2015

Video Of Sinhala Police Officer Using Racially Motivated Language At An Elderly Jaffna Woman Goes Viral

24th May 2015 // 0 Comments

A video showing a senior Sinhala police officer using racially motivated and disrespectful language at an elderly Jaffna Tamil woman is going viral on Facebook. The incident took place in Jaffna during the protest against the rape and murder of a schoolgirl. The recording captures phrases like ‘You should make sure that your men behave’ (thamuselage pirimi hadāganna ōne thamusela). The police officer then threatened to the person who was recording to stop recording. The protest and hartal took a violent turn in Jaffna on 20th May, with crowds stoning the Jaffna courthouse and burning tyres. 130 suspects arrested on charges of unlawful assembly and the stoning the Jaffna Courts Complex were yesterday remanded by the Jaffna Magistrate.

Rape and Killing – ‘Politicians trying to tarnish my image’ – Tamilmaran

24th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Dean of the Colombo Law Faculty, Dr. V.T. Tamilmaran regretted that certain politicians were trying to tarnish his image by unnecessarily dragging him into the schoolgirl S. Vithya’s brutal murder in Punkuduthivu. Tamilmaran told Ceylon Today that since Punkuduthivu being his home town he had gone there to assess the situation over the brutal killing of Vithya. “I am very much aware about the misconduct of one of the 10 suspects who returned from Switzerland. The suspect M. Kumar visited Punkuduthivu on and off, and whenever he arrived there he created big problems to the people in the area. In fact I sought Police assistance in arresting the suspect. However, the guy had managed to escape while he was in the Police custody,” Tamilmaran said……………..… […]

Economic liberty missing in Sri Lanka’s policy mix: Sally

24th May 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has seen a reduction in ethnic chauvinism, political repression, a re-balanced foreign policy since elections in January but economic liberties have to improve to allow the country to progress, a top economist has said. The last 10 years saw a renewed illiberalism in economics, politics, ethnic chauvinism and another bias towards China in foreign policy, Razeen Sally, Associate Professor at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. “Since the election I think we have seen a welcome reversal in three aspects of policy; more political liberalism, a re-balanced foreign policy, at least the beginnings thereof, and a re-balanced attitude towards minorities, at least the beginnings there of,” he said. “But we haven’t seen […]

MR accuses US, EU of backing regime change

24th May 2015 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) of backing regime change in Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa said that the US, EU and Britain had often accused his Government of human rights abuses but are blind to the abuses being conducted by the new Government. It is claimed by UN officials that more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians and LTTE Leaders were killed in May 2009. It is also claimed that more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members surrendered with White flag after UN negotiated the surrender with the Sri Lankan officials were taken away by the SL forces and killed. Killing of the surrendered LTTE members and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN […]

India’s iron lady back as Chief Minister

23rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

India’s iron lady back as chief minister AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa was today sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu chief minister, nearly eight months aft… Jayalalithaa sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa today sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu chief minister, nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges. Governor K Rosaiah gave oath to Jayalalitha at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium. Actor Rajinikanth, ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan attended the ceremony. Along with Jaya, 28 others were sworn in as Ministers. Jayalalithaa will hold the portfolios of home, police, public, all India services, general administration and district revenue officers. A day ago, 67-year-old Jayalalithaa was re-elected as legislature party […]

Arrest the sharks

23rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Yesterday this newspaper reported of a Rs 80 million heroin haul off the Marawila beach in the Puttalam District (See also yesterday’s Mawbima edition). According to the authorities the stash comprised eight kilograms and 528 grams of heroin. It’s suspected that the narcotic was smuggled in by boat from India. Such detections have been common in Sri Lanka. They are not something new. As has been reported in this newspaper, Wele Suda, an alleged drug kingpin, whom this government made a big hue and cry after his recent arrest, seemingly due to his connections with the previous government, has been cleared of being involved in this drug peddling racket. This (i.e. yesterday’s detection) is another ring, Police Spokesman, ASP Ruwan Gunasekera is reported to have had […]

Finding a path to true democracy in Sri Lanka

23rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”- Abraham Lincoln. Through historical narratives and human experiences mankind witnesses the shift from the power of one individual to a wider representational body. As colonial empires imposed draconian rules, it became impossible to govern the natives as the public believed in strengthening the representative system for their economic freedom and further political rights. Sri Lanka experienced historical political achievement with the passing of the 19th Amendment with a parliamentary majority. Such political progress will cut down the centralized power of the executive and moved towards the Prime […]

Sri Lankan strides in ‘post-colonial Britain’

23rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

The recent parliamentary elections in Britain saw the election of a UK citizen of Sri Lankan origin as a member to the British legislature. This piece of news made the front page news in many a newspaper in Sri Lanka. Ranil Jayawardena MP from North East Hampshire who is of Sri Lankan paternity has certainly marked a ‘moment’ for Sri Lanka’s postcolonial journey. Interestingly, it was 200 years ago –in 1815 that the British Crown entered into the Kandyan Convention of 1815 to consolidate an island-wide administration in our country which established the British Monarch as our sovereign until we became a republic in 1972. And now in 2015, a son of Sri Lankan descent secures representation by a constituency in England. How times have […]

SL Government to get the EU ban on fish exports lifted

23rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

The government is to take measures to strengthen the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development in order to get the ban imposed by the European Commission on fish exports from Sri Lanka lifted immediately. It has been noted that Sri Lanka has lost a market of approximately US$ 100 million due to the ban on importing fisheries products from Sri Lanka enacted by the European Union in October 2014. The ban went into effect from January 2015. The government said that initial steps have already been implemented for the withdrawal of this ban such as processing the basic legal framework, strengthening the capacity of law enforcement, train and educate partners, and establishment of the craft supervision system. Cabinet of Ministers has granted approved to […]

Multi-Million Dollar Swiss Property deal…Foreign sleuths monitoring local politico

23rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Multi-Million Dollar Swiss Property deal…Foreign sleuths monitoring local politico A powerful political personality in Sri Lanka is to purchase a property in Switzerland. A powerful politician in Colombo is negotiating the purchase a multi-million dollar property in Switzerland, a report in our sister paper, Mawbima says. It is reported that this politician has held several rounds of talks last month with the……prospective seller to finalize the price, mode of transfer and other details. Reliable sources said the entire deal has been monitored by Lankan and foreign sleuths specializing in corporate sector deals. Meanhwhile, the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has released a report disclosing the names of 40 Sri Lankan businessmen who have deposited more than 50 million US Dollars in Swiss Banks. US […]

The police wink at School kids drinking and consuming drugs in Jaffna after the War

23rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Rape incident turns into a political row Reacting to the reports of violence, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after a function in the Uva Province on Thursday, said it had symptoms of revival in militancy. He also called upon the police to take quick action against those responsible for the violence. On Friday, Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksha termed the former President’s reported statement as “malicious.” To a query, he described the protest as “spontaneous,” a view also held by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), even though the Alliance leaders condemned the violence………………….  READ ALL Post-War Systemic Breakdown Blamed For Jaffna Rape and Mayhem ‘The root cause of the crime and the mayhem that followed was the breakdown of traditional structures, norms and systems of support and […]

Racist Mahinda – Government calls for vigilance over conspiracies and bans protests in Jaffna

23rd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Court bans protests in Jaffna The Jaffna Magistrate has issued a stay order banning all types of protests in the Jaffna town, the police media unit said. The stay order was issued as a result of the violence which erupted in Jaffna this week during a protest against the alleged rape and murder of a girl in Jaffna. The police had to use tear gas to disperse the protesters who had damaged public property and had also pelted stones at the Jaffna court building…………………   READ ALL Top cops in Jaffna transferred following violence Top police officers in Jaffna have been transferred with immediate effect, a day after violence broke out between protes… Government assures law and order after protest The Government says it has taken all […]

Jaya Needed For Tamils, TNA, & Modi

22nd May 2015 // 0 Comments

By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar – Jayalalithaa’s long drawn out corruption case ended with a seemingly unexpected but heartening verdict for her. As the expected did not happen, her political enemies have ganged up in a rare unity demanding appeal to dethrone her. The anti-Jaya parties are pretty well aware of her massive popularity in Tamil Nadu. Jayalalithaa’s bold and charismatic leadership, which are all, lacking among the leaders of opposition parties. DMK Chief Karunanidhi who is a tainted corrupt leader is sitting with a wealth of hundreds of crores. Besides his newphes Marans are also facing charges of corruption along with DMK chief’s wife and his daughter Kanimoli. There is no doubt that Tamil Nadu needs Jayalalithaa for the sake of its people. Above all Modi needs […]

Army still holds 5,000 acres of private land

22nd May 2015 // 0 Comments

At least 5,000 acres of private land, part of high security zones taken over by the Sri Lankan Army since 1990, are still in their posession, according to a study.  However, officials have declined to provide an exact figure of the extent of land held by the forces. On March 23 and April 10 this year, 1,013 acres in the Northern Province, covering parts of Palai Veemankamam and Varththalaivilan, were released. D.M. Swaminathan, Sri Lankan Minister for Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, said a time frame for the release of the remaining land would be set at a meeting to be held in a few weeks’ time between President Maithripala Sirisena and Army officials. He emphasised that the President, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga [who is heading the Presidential Task […]

Failed Sri Lankan refugee claimant gets reprieve

22nd May 2015 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan man who arrived in B.C. aboard the cargo ship MV Sun Sea in the summer of 2010 and claimed refugee protection for fear of political prosecution has been granted a judicial review of his case in his fight to remain in Canada. Federal Court of Canada Justice James O’Reilly granted the review to Packiyakumar Pathmanathan after a panel of the Immigration and Refugee Board previously dismissed the man’s claim, saying his life would not be at risk upon return to Sri Lanka. The board accepted that Pathmanathan might be questioned for potential links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) but said he had not shown any association to the now defunct guerilla organization. Pathmnathan’s claim was based on the concern […]

Northern Governor praises sensible police action in Jaffna as Mahinda plays Racist card!

22nd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Governor H. M. G. S. Palihakkara yesterday said that had there been any lapse on the part of Jaffna law enforcement authorities, violence triggered by the brutal killing of 18-year-old schoolgirl Siloganadan Vinita would have caused a major crisis in the peninsula. One-time Foreign Secretary Palihakkara told The Island that the Jaffna police had acted swiftly and decisively to bring the situation under control, though reasonable force was used against the unruly mob. The Governor appreciated that the police had quite rightly  allowed the Jaffna population to demonstrate against the killing. The law enforcement authorities respected the civilians’ right, but acted without hesitation to quell violence unleashed by a relatively a small group of persons. A majority of those who had been involved in attacks […]

Among the Jaffna protesters were some schoolchildren

22nd May 2015 // 0 Comments

It was with shock and dismay that everyone received the news of the killing of a schoolgirl in the North the other day. Angry mobs wreaked havoc in Jaffna on Wednesday, demanding that the suspected murderers be either handed over to them for lynching or summarily executed inside the police station where they were being held. Their consternation is understandable. What we have just witnessed in Jaffna is typical of Sri Lankans who want justice hurried. There have been many instances, in all parts of the country, where people took the law into their own hands and meted out instance justice to suspected criminals. Among the Jaffna protesters were some schoolchildren, according to media reports. When people are driven by their emotions they lose self-control, […]

Only Realism, Truth And Justice Can Lead Us To Peace

22nd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Beyond Victory Parades and Commemorations By Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel 18th May 2009 – one reality with two consequences The 18th of May 2015 will be commemorated by all Sri Lankans as a turning point in the history of relations between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. The end of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE meant two entirely different things with different rationale to justify their actions. For the Government it was a victory over Tamil terrorism, end of a war and beginning of peace. But for the Tamils it was the culmination of another mass massacre of militants and civilians and the beginning of incarcerations and further militarisation, robbing of lands and missing of persons. One reality gave birth […]

We only commemorate the loss of Sinhala soldiers and that was just a political agenda.

22nd May 2015 // 0 Comments

Just remember: the lives lost and the devastation of a 30-year-war A ‘Remembrance Day‘ commemoration has been organized by Ape Aluth Parapura’ (New Generation) to remember those who lost their lives in the nearly three-decade long war. The commemorative events will take place at the Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo from 4 pm onwards on May 19. by Anuradha Kodagoda A student of history could deduce that Sri Lanka’s South has a reason to celebrate the achievements in the thirty- year war. One could also say that some of the youth in the North in a bid to achieve their cause, brought about untold misery and mayhem to the South. Just to name a few, the Aranthalawa incident, the Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred temple […]

A Special Report On Illegal Immigration In The UK

21st May 2015 // 0 Comments

A woman living in Britain illegally tells Sky News she has considered suicide and now lives in limbo – not allowed in the UK but at risk of persecution at home. Sky Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lisa Holland reports. Special Report: Illegal Immigrants Living In Limbo In Britain U.K.’s Cameron to Announce Legislation on Illegal Immigrants U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is due to announce Thursday plans for a fresh crackdown on illegal immigrants. Share THE WALL STREET JOURNAL · 883 SHARES ·20 MAY 2015 snopes.com: Military to Enlist Illegal Immigrants? Has President Obama quietly ordered the U.S. military to enlist illegal immigrants? Share SNOPES.COM · 3,801 SHARES ·26 SEPTEMBER 2014 Defense Bill Shouldn’t Allow Illegal Immigrants to Enlist Enlisting is not some job Americans won’t […]

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