June 2015

Government won’t convince diaspora before taking meaningful steps – TNA MP

30th June 2015 // 0 Comments

The TNA’s Batticaloa MP P Ariyanenthiran said in parliament on Friday that the new government will not be able to convince the Tamil diaspora of its intentions unless it takes meaningful steps to address Tamil issues.  He said the government should release Tamil political prisoners and find the disappeared before developing its contacts with the diaspora. “In January this year only the president has changed, apart from that nothing has changed,” the MP said. “Every government in the past as given false promises to the Tamils in the country. They have not solved the political problems or the humanitarian issues. However without addressing those problems the government is making arrangements to invite Tamil diaspora and is expecting assistance from them to develop the country is ridiculous,” he said. […]

Minister briefed on issues over freed land

30th June 2015 // 0 Comments

Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs D M Swaminathan was today briefed on some issues over land freed by the army in Valikamam north in Jaffna. The Minister was told that in some areas people cannot access the land returned to them by the army as access roads are still being occupied by the military. Swaminathan was also told that some areas reported to have been freed by the army are still being occupied. The concerns were raised with Minister Swaminathan when he visited Valikamam north in Jaffna today. Swaminathan had then spoken to the army on the concerns raised and sought a report in order to take appropriate action. (Colombo Gazette)

Sri Lanka Tamil party asks government to release Tamil political prisoners before diaspora festival

30th June 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the Government to free Tamil political prisoners before holding a festival for the diaspora in Sri Lanka. Former TNA parliamentarian from Batticaloa District, P. Ariyanenthiran has said that the Tamils cannot accept holding a festival for the Tamil diaspora before the government takes measures to release the Tamil political prisoners in jail. The government has kept promising that they will release the Tamil political prisoners but they have not been freed yet, the former MP noted. A recent report released by the Oakland Institute says the Sri Lankan government has not yet proposed a timeline or monitoring mechanism to ensure the release of Tamil political prisoners. Ariyanenthiran said the TNA welcomes […]

Handle Tamil diaspora with caution says SLFP

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The former regime’s political stalwart MP Nimal Siripala de Silva expressed ‘concern’ when he asked last week in Parliament, whether the government had a mechanism in place to prevent the LTTE from raising its head once again. The US report in 2014 stated that the ‘LTTE financial network is intact.’ In fact, it referred to the time when the regime was under the leadership of Mahinda Rajapaksa. ‘It was under their very regime that claimed to have eradicated this threat once and for all,’ Minister Mangala Samaraweera told de Silva. The Foreign Minister further pointed out that it is not the time to debate whether the government is aware of a report that has been produced every year since 2004. He asked why the post-war […]

Looking to Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Election

30th June 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently dissolved parliament. The election will be held on August 17; a new parliament will gather on September 1. Yet what happens next is still far from clear. To complicate matters, Mahinda Rajapaksa could contest in the country’s upcoming parliamentary election. Rajapaksa has stated that he’d only be interested in contesting as a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and has indicated that he’d like to become prime minister. There’s also been talk of Rajapaksa forming a new political party, but a clear SLFP split would likely guarantee that the United National Party (UNP) wins the most seats in the parliamentary contest. We can expect to hear more about this in the days to come. Besides, even if […]

Looking to Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Election

30th June 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently dissolved parliament. The election will be held on August 17; a new parliament will gather on September 1. Yet what happens next is still far from clear. To complicate matters, Mahinda Rajapaksa could contest in the country’s upcoming parliamentary election. Rajapaksa has stated that he’d only be interested in contesting as a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and has indicated that he’d like to become prime minister. There’s also been talk of Rajapaksa forming a new political party, but a clear SLFP split would likely guarantee that the United National Party (UNP) wins the most seats in the parliamentary contest. We can expect to hear more about this in the days to come. Besides, even if […]

Tamils on a vital journey to fulfil aspirations – Sampanthan

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Leader of the Tamil National Alliance and former Trincomalee district TNA Parliamentarian R.Sampanthan said the international community has given first priority to the problems of the Tamil speaking community in Sri Lanka. Hence the Tamil people in the North and East will give vital attention when voting at the forthcoming parliamentary elections. We would have made a historical blunder if we failed in our utmost duty in this regard. He further appealed to the Tamil people to strength the TNA to capture more parliamentary seats according to the manifesto of the TNA that would give a concrete political solution to the problems Tamils face in future. Tamils are on a vital political journey towards achieving their political aspirations with the support of the international community […]

Maithiri to protect Mahinda and his Fraudsters.

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Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, who contested the presidential election under swan’ symbol promising he would, like the swan that separates milk from water, take legal action against all fraudsters and the corrupt, is now involved in protecting all fraudsters and the corrupt complains the Leader of the JVP Anura Dissanayaka. He said this addressing the meeting held at Malabe on the 28th to establish the Kaduwela Electoral Council of the party. Speaking further Mr. Dissanayaka said recently, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala had met secretly to have discussions regarding forming a SLFP government. Mr. Dissanayaka complained that taking legal action against all fraudsters in the previous government has been abandoned as a pre-condition to form a SLFP government. He said the President has started disregarding the mandate […]

MAHINDA’s return to politics not a worry

30th June 2015 // 0 Comments

MAHINDA’s return to politics not a worry: Ven. Rathana Thera The National Council for a Better Tomorrow Chairman Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today they would not be worried if former president Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to politics by contesting at the general elections. He told a media briefing at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute that the only problem they had was the party through which Mr. Rajapaksa would contest. “It is not important if he contests or not. We have no intention of teaming up with politicians accused of being thugs, drug dealers, ethanol importers and rapists. We will have nothing to do with the former president if he intends working with the same set of corrupt politicians who were with him till his downfall. […]

BREAKING NEWS – Fraudulent Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest election under SLFP!

30th June 2015 // 0 Comments

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has finally agreed to nominate former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a candidate at the August 17 general election under the betel symbol, a party leader said. UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha, SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva communicated the President’s message to Mr. Rajapaksa today in Kandy. Rajapaksa agreed to reach a settlement on this matter with the President Maithiri.  Sri Lanka Freedom Party Chairman and President Maithripala Sirisena has not decided to accept or nominate former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate at the next general election, President’s media unit said today. Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera says that they cannot go ahead with an alliance with Mahinda Rajapaksa if the […]

Country more important than party says President Maithiri

30th June 2015 // 0 Comments

Country more important than party, president assures at party leaders’ meeting! Meeting a short while ago the party leaders and citizens’ activists who contributed to his victory on January 08, the president assured them that he will not betray the public mandate he received for any reason in order to protect the party, LSSP alternative group’s senior advocate Lal Wijenayake told journalists.  At this meeting, the president said firmly that whatever pressure he had to endure from SLFP seniors, he would not give the prime minister candidature, nominations or even a national list position for former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. He asked the party leaders and citizens’ activists not to have any doubt on that account. He also assured that none of the MPs, supporting Rajapaksa […]

‘I want justice’ – Pulithevan’s wife speaks

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‘I want justice’ – Pulithevan’s wife speaks to Ceylon Today By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The ‘white flag incident’ re-emerged when on Thursday (25), Kurinchi, wife of head of LTTE peace secretariat S. Pulithevan and son of LTTE’s Political Wing Leader P. Nadesan among many others who attended the 29th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), revealed the circumstances that led to their surrender and their subsequent disappearance. Reportedly, Nadesan and Pulithevan surrendered to the Army, holding white flags, on the morning of 18 May 2009, the final day of the battle. Speaking exclusively to Ceylon Today from Geneva, Kurinchi said her husband, who was unarmed at the time of the surrender to the Sri Lankan Forces, possibly holding a ‘white flag’, was […]

GTF asks Tamils to back TNA

30th June 2015 // 0 Comments

GTF asks Tamils to back TNA By Mirudhula Thambiah Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Director Suren Surendiran said his organization urges the Tamil people in Sri Lanka to support the TNA in the upcoming parliamentary elections by casting their votes in toto, also by and large all Sri Lankans to reject chauvinistic forces in the country. Following are excerpts: Q: The Sri Lankan Diaspora organizations including the GTF and the BTF are propagated among the Sri Lankan Sinhalese in the South as separatists’ forces attempting to divide the country. Also your organization is propagated as agents of imperialist and hegemonic forces against the Sri Lankan Government. What is your position on this propaganda? A: The GTF from its inception has always called for a negotiated political […]

Better defeat than contest with Fraudulent Mahinda group – 36 SLFP MP’s

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Group of 36, including ministers and first SLFP dissidents to walk out with MS, make representations Argues SLFP cannot run clean polls campaign with former President and cronies on ticket Will consider ‘options’ if President Sirisena grants Mahinda a nomination In the backdrop of frantic negotiations to unite warring factions of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), 36 MPs loyal to the incumbent President have strongly urged him to refrain from joining forces with his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming parliamentary poll. Daily FT learns that the group, many of whom hold ministerial portfolios in the now caretaker Government established after the presidential election in January, met President Maithripala Sirisena last Friday (26) to put their case across. The group included several SLFP members […]

Lanka challenges: Parliament poll & LTTE network

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Sirisena’s dissolution of Parliament, which he had promised on April 23 after 100 days in office, comes 10 months before the term of the 225-member House was to end. In the normal course, elections were due only in April 2016. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa The upcoming election to the Sri Lankan Parliament, slated for August 17, is yet another high-stakes gamble for not only President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe but also former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sirisena’s dissolution of Parliament, which he had promised on April 23 after 100 days in office, comes 10 months before the term of the 225-member House was to end.  In the normal course, elections were due only in April 2016. Ever since Sirisena won the presidential election […]

JHU in limbo after dissolution

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JHU in limbo after dissolution Issues policy document as an extension of President’s January election manifesto The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) is now in a dilemma on how it should contest the forthcoming Parliamentary election. Although the party had a plan to align itself with the SLFP after the passage of the 20th Amendment, the dissolution of Parliament has plunged the party into a fresh problem, informed political sources told the Daily News. With the warring factions within the SLFP negotiating to arrive at an agreement to contest together at the election, the JHU, a minor stakeholder of President Maithripala Sirisena’s government, has now been left out of the equation. As a way out of the present crisis, the JHU has decided to issue a […]

Sri Lanka’s War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

30th June 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka, a palm-fringed island in the Indian Ocean, is in the sixth year of peace. But as the country prepares for elections in August, the legacy of its long civil war still casts a shadow. The intervening years have been especially painful for the families of the thousands who disappeared in three decades of conflict and remain unaccounted for. The trauma endures in the fishing village of Mannar in the Northern Province, where most of the fighting unfolded between the Tamil rebels and the government forces. Residents say men were snatched off the streets “in broad daylight,” bundled into vans, and never seen again. Manual Udaya Chandra is still haunted by the events of the night her son disappeared. “Three men carrying weapons” came […]

Dissolution not welcomed by all parties

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SLFP, JHU unhappy; Ganeshan and alliance gearing up for elections: by P.Krishnaswamy, Uditha Kumarasinghe and Dhaneshi Yatawara The dissolution of Parliament may have been long-awaited, but some major and minor political parties are not so happy about it.The SLFP is unhappy, according to one party senior, because of the failure by the government to ensure the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is passed into law during this Parliament. Among the small parties, the JHU is also unhappy over the failure to legislate the 20th Amendment. However, another coalition of small and ethnic minority parties, the Assembly of Minority and Minor Parties (AMMP), appear unfazed by the sudden announcement and are already planning for the polls. Following are comments from the parties. SLFP Senior Vice President […]

Tamils on a vital journey to fulfil aspirations – Sampanthan

29th June 2015 // 0 Comments

BY S. Gurunathan Leader of the Tamil National Alliance and former Trincomalee district TNA Parliamentarian R.Sampanthan said the international community has given first priority to the problems of the Tamil speaking community in Sri Lanka. Hence the Tamil people in the North and East will give vital attention when voting at the forthcoming parliamentary elections. We would have made a historical blunder if we failed in our utmost duty in this regard. He further appealed to the Tamil people to strength the TNA to capture more parliamentary seats according to the manifesto of the TNA that would give a concrete political solution to the problems Tamils face in future. Tamils are on a vital political journey towards achieving their political aspirations with the support of […]

Mirusuvil Massacre

29th June 2015 // 0 Comments

By Zahrah Imtiaz Fifteen years is a long time, it was going on for so long but we are thankful to God that justice is finally served, said Gnanachandran Parameswari, the wife of Kathiran Gnanachandran and mother of Gnanachandran Santhan. Kathiran and Santhan along with Gnanapalan Raviveeran, Sellamuttu Theivakulasingham, Vilvarajah Pratheepan, Sinniah Vilvarajah, Nadesu Jeyachandran, and Vilvarajah Prasath were allegedly massacred by five members of the Army on 19 December 2000 at Mirusuvil, Jaffna. Prasath was only five years of age at the time of his death. On Thursday (25) Army Staff Sergeant R.M. Sunil Ratnayake was found guilty of murdering the eight civilians by slashing their necks and was sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court. He was found guilty on15 counts. The […]

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