27th May 2015

Sri Lanka to investigate alleged coup attempt by former president

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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 […]