11th June 2015

Racist Mahinda vows ‘non-cooperation’

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Sri Lanka’s Opposition, backing ex- president Mahinda Rajapaksa, today vowed “non-cooperation” with the government as their attempt to bring no-confidence motions against the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister in the parliament was disallowed. “We will practice the policy of non-cooperation,” DineshGunawardena, a Rajapaksa supporter and leader of Mahajana Eksath Peramuna told reporters. Gunawardena said Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella did not consent to two no-confidence motions against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to be taken up during the third week of this month. “Party leaders met today to discuss business for the third week. We asked the two motions be debated. The government refused,” he said. “They said a date can be given only in July,” he said. The Rajapaksa […]

Mangala urges Lankan diaspora to return home

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera today urged the Sri Lankan diaspora to return home to become stakeholders in Sri Lanka’s new journey towards peace, reconciliation and development. He also urged the diaspora to stop thinking in narrow, parochial terms and call themselves Sri Lankan diaspora and not be defined on ethnic lines by labeling themselves as the Sinhala Diaspora, Tamil Diaspora or the Muslim Diaspora. “Let there be unity in our diversity.  The new Sri Lanka we all dream of will be a celebration of our multi ethnic, multi religious, multi cultural country. We hope that they use the talent and skills they have gained over the years, to help us accelerate our development and enrich our thinking. We should strive to reverse the brain drain during the long years of conflict […]

Sri Lanka’s war crime film screened in Irish parliament (Video)

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“No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”, an international award-winning film which credibly exposes the mass atrocities and war crimes committed largely by the Sri Lankan army against the Tamil people during the final months of the war, was screened in the Dáil (Irish Parliament) this afternoon. Paul Murphy TD (Member of Parliament for the Anti Austerity Alliance) hosted the screening, attended by several parliamentarians, the Director of the film, Callum Macrae, Bashana Abeywardena the convenor of the Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka – JDS and Phil Millar, the author of Britain’s Dirty War Against Tamil People and an expert witness at the People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka. After the screening, they discussed the situation in Sri Lanka and the need for […]

British tourist’s FR application challenging her arrest, detention and deportation argued

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By Chitra Weerarathne Counsel J. C. Weliamuna yesterday told the Supreme Court that his client, Naomi Michelle Coleman, had been illegally arrested, detained, and unlawfully deported soon after her arrival in Sri Lanka, on April 21, 2014. Weliamuna made the aforesaid observation when the fundamental rights violation petition filed by Naomi Michelle Coleman of United Kingdom, who had visited Sri Lanka on April 21, 2014, was argued in the Supreme Court. The petitioner has complained that she was unlawfully arrested by the Katunayake Police for having had a tattoo of the Buddha on her upper arm. She has said that she had it for reasons of religious faith and not with any intention of enraging religious feelings. She was produced before the Negombo Magistrate, detained […]

Racist Minister Champika objects compensation to injured LTTE cadres and uniting with Tamils

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Minister of Power and Energy and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said today the cabinet paper submitted to grant government compensation for injured LTTE terrorists had to be withdrawn after he protested against it. “Some ministers submitted a cabinet paper proposing that the injured LTTE terrorists should be compensated by the government. I strongly objected it and it had to be withdrawn,” he said. Minister Ranawaka said JHU was strongly opposed to hosting a festival of Diaspora as claimed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and that hosting such a discussion would instigate racisms and terrorism. “There has been no discussion within the government about this. We do not think hosting such a discussion with organizations banned by the defense ministry through […]

National unity Rally and Racists Weerawansa’s Anti Tamil rally

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Sri Lanka’s national unity rally A national unity walk, which traveled across Sri Lanka beginning last month ended on Tuesday once it reached its final destination of capital Colombo, with President Maithripala Sirisena attending the event to mark the closing ceremony. The Ranbhumi National Rally which began from the war torn North of the island nation and successfully visited over 1,500 villages in 34 cities across the island with the aim to inspire unity among Sri Lankans through development was organized by local media group MTV/MBC Networks, National Youth Services Council and the Colombo Port City. The Colombo Port City is a multi billion dollar project launched in Sri Lanka which is solely funded by the China Communications Construction Company Limited, making it Sri Lanka’s […]

TNA and GTF meet on N&E issues

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South Africa’s Transformation Initiative convened a meeting in London, with the participation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) , the Global Tamil Forum(GTF) and the Sri Lankan Government, on solving humanitarian problems in the North and East. The need for constructive engagement by the Sri Lankan Diaspora was discussed, including the needs of displaced people in the North and East according to a joint statement released by the TNA and the GTF after a special meeting was convened in London on the directive of Transformation Initiative South Africa . The meeting commenced on 4 June and concluded on 7 June. It was agreed that a further meeting will be called to present the requirements to various High Commissioners and Ambassadors based in Sri Lanka, with […]

Sri Lanka gathers information on refugees

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The Sri Lankan Government has gathered information related to a group of refugees who have been detained in Indonesia. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maheshini Colonne said that information related to the 54 Sri Lankans has been gathered from the Sri Lankan Missions in Australia, New Zealand, Jakarta, UNHCR and the Sri Lanka navy. Australian media reported last week that the Sri Lankans were part of 65 asylum seekers on a boat which was stopped by Australian authorities at mid-sea and turned back to Indonesia. Colonne said that based on the information received it has been made clear that the boat on which the Sri Lankans were found did not originate from Sri Lanka. “There are 46 males, 4 females and three children stranded in Rote island,” she said. Colonne […]

Opportune time for Sri Lanka, UK economic ties: British HC

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June 11, 2015 (LBO) – British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris says that he is optimistic about future economic ties with the Island. “Relations in the past few years have been a bit difficult but it’s now a good time for Sri Lanka and Briton to be doing business together as we are both Island nations and this makes us all outward looking,” Dauris said Wednesday. “There are lots of opportunities for British companies here; a good example is Millennium IT.” UK is one of the top 10 investors in Sri Lanka but the balance of trade has risen significantly in favor of Si Lanka in recent years. Comparing trade in goods over the period of January to December 2013 and 2014, UK […]

Paving the way for Rajapaksa renaissance

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, arguably the previous regime’s most powerful man, may be under fire from a plethora of investigations into procurements and dealings during his tenure as chief accounting officer for the Ministry of Defence. But nearly six months after his brother’s stunning election defeat rendered him jobless and without immunity, some of the bravado appears to be returning. The former President’s favourite younger brother is stepping out of the shadows again, as the former ruling family’s political machinery kicks back into gear for another crucial election battle. Colombo’s ranking by the MasterCard Global Destinations Index 2015 as the world’s fastest growing city for tourism led to a series of postings on the ex-official’s official Facebook page. “Over the next few weeks, I […]

What Ban Ki-moon told Maithri…

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The diplomatic circles in Colombo were buzzing last week as to why the United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon, suddenly telephoned President Maithripala Sirisena. Though Ban Ki-moon had reportedly praised Maithri’s Government over the phone, the UN Chief’s main idea has been to confirm whether an election would be held before the UNHRC sessions in September. It was reported in the media that Maithri had told the UN Chief that he would attend the next UNHRC sessions with the representatives of a new government. That indicated that Maithri and Ban Ki-moon had discussed the issue of a general election. Earlier, United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, during his visit to Colombo stressed the need to hold a general election before the next UNHRC sessions. Prior […]

UN & Northern Provincial Government

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By Rajeewa Jayaweera – It is with some trepidation that I read the news item ‘Sri Lankan Government committed to Resettlement’ in the Daily News of Saturday, 06 June 2015. The news items contained the full text of speech made by Subinay Nandy, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations, Sri Lanka at the Donor Conference on the Comprehensive Policy Framework and Formulation of the Resettlement Action Plan held in Colombo on June 4. Mr Nandy has confirmed a Peace Building fund of USD 3 mil to “establish and operationalize processes for building peach through reconciliation and accountability by addressing the critical core grievances of minorities in an inclusive and consultative manner”. Towards this end, he states the UN intends supporting GoSL in four key areas. […]