4th May 2015

Four Possible Areas; Our Offer To Sri Lanka

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By John Kerry – Mangala, thank you very, very much. Thank you for a wonderful introduction, notwithstanding that you reminded me that I disappointed you in 2004. (Laughter.) I disappointed myself and a few other people. I am really happy to be here (inaudible) and I’m very happy to welcome all of you here. No, you are welcoming me – it’s a mutual welcome, admiration, effort. And I can’t thank Mangala and Sri Lanka enough for the very generous welcome that you gave me this morning when I first came here. I came over to that historic building that is now the foreign ministry. Thank you for that, my friend. I also want to thank you for your remarkable efforts – yours and the president’s […]

Housing Remains Critical For Indian Origin Tamil Plantation Workers

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COLOMBO: Housing remains a critical issue for Sri Lanka’s Indian Origin Tamil (IOT) plantation workers, though there has been some improvement in the last ten years due to the vigorous efforts of IOT political leaders and the liberalism of Lankan Presidents Chandrika Kumaratunga and Maithripala Sirisena. R.Yogarajan, MP and a leader of the IOT, told Express that in 1996, a Presidential Committee which surveyed 178,000 IOT estate families had found that only 1.7 percent owned their house and only 2 percent of the houses were in good condition. Nearly half were overcrowded. Sixty percent of the households were forced to share toilets. Half of them had no water sources within 100 meters. However, by 2005, 23,000 new houses had been built. But a study done […]

High expectations from Maithri-Mahinda meeting on May 06

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SLFP Media spokesman and State Minister Dilan Perera says that the scheduled meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Wednesday (May 06), will be “a slap in the face” to those wishing to see the party split. A senior SLFP delegation is also expected to attend the meeting, which will be the first time that the two leaders meet since Sirisena defeated Rajapaksa at the January 08 election. Speaking to Ada Derana, Perera said that President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to the meeting, which was put off several times due to various complications, and that it will take place this Wednesday in Colombo. He stated that, despite the continues reporting on the proposed meet, the event should not be of such […]

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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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 […]