28th May 2015

‘What happened to Vithiya can happen to anyone’

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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

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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 …..

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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

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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+

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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 […]