July 2015

UK Parliament’s APPG For Tamils Agrees A New Set Of Objectives

5th July 2015 // 0 Comments

A large number of MPs congressed together for the first AGM of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils(APPGfT )in the new Parliament, including Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers MP. The group agreed on a series of objective including promoting reconciliation through supporting the UN investigation into war crimes, and advocating for a publication of a full list of those who have disappeared. They also intend to campaign against the Sri Lankan Government’s ban on legitimate diaspora organisations and for the demilitarisation of Tamil areas. The APPGt’s Executive is made up of MPs from across the political divide (Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat) who will work together on these shared objectives James Berry, Conservative Member of Parliament for Kingston and Surbiton, was elected as the […]

UN Lacks Credibility: Tamil Civil Society

5th July 2015 // 0 Comments

“How could the UN system decide on supporting a domestic mechanism in abstraction when there has been no proposal or consultation about one?” ask civil society organisations from the North-East of Sri Lanka 15 civil society organisations from the North-East of Sri Lanka have yesterday written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; “As you are well aware the credibility of the UN in the eyes of the Tamil people remains very low. The withdrawal of the UN during the height of the war in 2008, the lack of action on the part of the UN in drawing the attention of the international community for abuses being committed by all parties to the conflict, as they were being committed during the war and the deferral […]

Don’t let Rajapaksa make a comeback – Sobitha Thera

4th July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Harischandra Gunaratna The President of National Movement for Social Justice and Chief Incumbent of Naga Viharaya, Pita Kotte, Ven. Madululuwawe Sobhitha yesterday said people had no trust in former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had betrayed the masses on two occasions as by creating a political culture of rampant thuggery, corruption and mayhem and he wanted to return to the political arena to continue his dirty game. The Thera, addressing a news conference at Naga Viharaya, Pita Kotte said a corrupt, power hungry Rajapaksa was trying to take the masses for another ride. “He was President for two terms and if he really wanted to correct his mistakes he could have done it then,” the monk said. Rajapaksa was shamelessly trying to make a come […]

US restores GSP on Sri Lanka

4th July 2015 // 0 Comments

The United States has restored Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) on Sri Lanka with effect from 26 June 2015, the Department of Commerce said in a news release yesterday. The release said “the Department is pleased to inform that the US President signed into law HR 1295 on 29 June 2015 re-authorizing the US GSP Programme until 31 December 2017 providing preferential duty free entry into US market for nearly 5,000 products from 122 designated beneficiary countries and territories, including Sri Lanka.” The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC was an active member of the Alliance of GSP countries which joined other US stakeholders in advocating early renewal of the USGSP Programme. In 2014, the United States has imported US$ 178 million worth of […]

Why MR, Is He The Only Person Among The 1.5 Million Voters?

4th July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Thangamuthu Jayasingam – There has been so much in press about Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting the election or not? Little is being discussed on its implication to the political governance of the country. History has many lessons to all even to those who wish to re write history, rules apply. Simple rule of life suggest ‘never contest for a lower position’ if you lose you lose the recognition for the former position. Another simple rule suggests ‘one on the hand is worth two in the bush’, you may lose it all Another rule says ‘do not put all eggs in one basket’. You may lose it all. MR has to know all these before he really decides to make his bid for the election, and […]

Sri Lankan Fishermen Attack TN Fishermen, Damages Rs 6 Crore Nets

4th July 2015 // 0 Comments

NAGAPATTINAM: About 30 to 40 fishermen were attacked allegedly by their Sri Lankan counterparts off Kodiakarai coast, who damaged their nets worth Rs 6 crore and threw the catch into the sea, a fisheries department official said. However, none of them were injured in the attack and the group of 180 fishermen returned to shore safely today, District Assistant Director of Fisheries Sivakumar said. Quoting one of the fishermen who returned, he said 15 Sri Lankan fishermen in five fast craft surrounded their boats, attacked them with wooden logs and threatened to blow up the boats with some petrol bombs they were carrying. The Sri Lankan fishermen threw the entire catch into the sea, damaged 15 tonnes of fishing nets worth Rs 6 crore and […]

Mahinda to contest on UPFA ticket

4th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Video: Medamulana villain attempting a come back Not only former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated but the vile, despotic villain of Medamulana that is hidden in his body too was beaten at the election held on 8th January. However, this villain is making another effort to make a comeback said Ven. Dambara Amila Thero at a press conference held at the auditorium of the Public Library in Colombo today (2nd). The conference held under the theme ‘Don’t betray mandate – Mahinda has no place again!’ was organized by Trade Union Collective, civil organizations, university teachers and a group of artistes. Ven. Dambara Amila Thero, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, Dharmasiri Bandaranayaka, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Jayatilleke Bandaranayaka, Saumya Liyanage, Deepani Silva, Gamini Viyangoda, Sita Ranjani, W. Jayasiri, Sarath […]

UNHRC told to maintain scrutiny on Lanka

4th July 2015 // 0 Comments

Human rights groups, have in a letter to Ambassadors of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), urged them to maintain the fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka on questions of justice and accountability. In the letter, released by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, the human rights groups noted that although it is to be acknowledged that since January Sri Lanka’s government has induced some positive change in easing the abusive human rights climate of the previous Presidency, it must also be recognised that many challenges still remain unaddressed. In the hurry to acknowledge changes, member states of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN as a whole should not let go of the many fundamental challenges that remain. The human rights groups […]

300 Ex-LTTErs to contest GE

3rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Ceylontoday, 2015-07-03 02:03:00 Read 145 Times 300 Ex-LTTErs to contest GE By Ananth Palakidnar A group of former members of the now defunct LTTE’s political wing is exploring the possibility of contesting the upcoming general election. They are expected to hold a special meeting in Jaffna today (3) to discuss their entry into mainstream politics. Former Uthayan Editor N. Vithyatharan, who had been closely associated with the late LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham, told Ceylon Today that the former cadres of the LTTE’s political wing had expressed their intention of entering the political mainstream at the forthcoming general election.   “I have been coordinating with the ex LTTE cadres. All of them have been rehabilitated after they surrendered to the Security Forces at the end of the […]

UNP warns not to “rouse” the elephant

3rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Dismisses Rajapaksa’s re-entry as “Medamulana drama”     Says ready for rest of good governance battle Condemns election violence that claimed life of one supporter Wants free and fair polls, over 16,000 applicants seek nominations UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim at yesterday’s briefing – Pic by Ishanka Sunimal By Uditha Jayasinghe A confident United National Party (UNP) yesterday pledged to continue its battle to regain good governance in the country and warned its political opponents not to “rouse the elephant” in what is shaping up to be a close election battle. UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and stalwart Lakshman Kiriella kicking off the post-Rajapaksa announcement battle of words insisted the UNP together with its supporters would complete the battle begun with President Sirisena under the swan symbol in […]

President orders reinstatement of Wickramabahu with back wages from 1982

3rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

By Jayasuriya Udukumbura President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to reinstate leader of the NSSP Dr Wickramabahu Karunaratne in his previous position of senior lecturer of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at the University of Peradeniya with back wages from 1982. Dr. Karaunaratne, addressing a press conference, at the NSSP office in Colombo yesterday said that he had been sacked from the university for fighting against the executive presidency by former President J. R. Jayewardene in 1978. Following an appeal he had been reinstated but was removed again in 1982 when he fought against holding of a presidential election. He said that he had been forwarding appeals to be reinstated since then. “In 2001, the then Minister of Higher Education Dr Sarath Amunugama gave a directive […]

TNA mulls over contesting outside N-E

3rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

TNA mulls over contesting outside N-E The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is considering contesting the forthcoming general election outside the North and East.TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathiraja addressing a press conference at the Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) office in Jaffna on Wednesday said the suggestions have been made to the TNA to contest outside the North and East. “The suggestions will be taken into consideration and the TNA will make its decision after consulting the key political figures such as the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Leader Mano Ganesan in Colombo. Since the DPF maintains good relations with the TNA, the possibilities of contesting in the Colombo and the Gampaha Districts will be discussed extensively with the DPF and other progressive political outfits,” Senathiraja said. […]

We’ve incriminating info about 25 MPs of last parliament

3rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

‘We’ve incriminating info about 25 MPs of last parliament’ Dangerous Drugs Control Board to deprive narcotic suspects of nominations ‘Of 225 members, 95 have failed  GCE O/L and 145 GCE A/L’ by Shamindra Ferdinando The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board yesterday urged all political parties contesting the Aug. 17 general election to clear all nominations lists with it before being submitted to the Election Secretariat. The 10-day nomination period commences on July 6. The NDDCB head Dr. Chamira Nilanga Samarasingha yesterday told The Island that letters had been delivered to general secretaries of all registered political parties seeking their co-operation. The official said that once political parties had shared proposed nomination lists with the NDDCB, they would be able to brief them as regards those whose names had transpired […]

The new president may have outwitted his old rival, but their fight is far from over

3rd July 2015 // 0 Comments

UNTIL this year Mahinda Rajapaksa had seemed invincible: a war-winning president who had changed the constitution to give himself the right to stand for unlimited terms. Then in January, to almost universal surprise, he was beaten at the polls by a renegade member of his own party. It was a stunning defeat for Mr Rajapaksa, who was expected to take it as his cue to retire. Instead, in the six months since Maithripala Sirisena took office as president, Mr Rajapaksa has emerged as his principal headache. On Wednesday he blossomed into a throbbing migraine. With an elaborately staged appearance broadcast from his hometown, Mr Rajapaksa (pictured above) declared his intention to re-enter politics. He says he will lead his loyalists in a snap general election called […]

Sri Lanka’s UPFA slams door on Mahinda

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s party today firmly rejected a bid by smaller allies to make his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa the coalition’s prime ministerial candidate. Former MP, Vasudeva Nanayakkara said talks among leaders of the United People’s Freedom Alliance ended in failure a short while ago as Sirisena did not favour a comeback by Rajapaksa. “Our talks this evening were a complete waste of our efforts,” Nanayakkara said. “We wanted to the UPFA to face the general election with Mahinda Rajapaksa  as our leader, but we failed to get that proposal approved.” Rajapaksa himself had hoped that he could be the UPFA prime ministerial candidate and had even asked close friends to arrange yesterday’s rally at his village of Medamulana to make an […]

Sri Lanka’s ruling party rejects invitation from ex-president

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s ruling party rejects invitation from ex-president COLOMBO, July 2 (Xinhua) – Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party (UNP) on Thursday rejected an invitation from former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to work with him at the upcoming parliamentary elections. Rajapakse had invited the UNP and other political parties to join him after he announced his candidacy for the August 17 Parliamentary Elections. However, UNP senior parliamentarian John Amaratunga told Xinhua that the UNP would not consider such a request and were confident of gaining a majority at the polls. “The vote base of the UNP will not change even if Rajapakse contests or not. We are confident we will continue with a majority in government,” Amaratunga said. Rajapakse on Tuesday announced that he […]

Imminent MAHINDA faction exit a blessing for SLFP

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Alluding to a certain split within the SLFP led UPFA, Minister Sarath Amunugama said the SLFP felt the situation came as a miserable pleasure because the gap created by the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction’s exit, could be filled with educated youth in the nomination lists at the upcoming Parliamentary elections.He said when Parliament was dissolved last Friday, the SLFP had 127 members in Parliament. The SLFP had initially decided to give nominations to all sitting SLFP MPs. Therefore, it would have been problematic for the party’s nomination board to accommodate all of them if the SLFP faction led by former President Rajapaksa remained with the SLFP led by President Sirisena. He said that young and educated youth, professionals and educated women have shown enormous enthusiasm to […]

SLMC to contest with UNP

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is planning to contest the general election with the United National Party ( UNP) , its leader Rauff Hakeem said today. Mr. Hakeem who was approached by a few journalists when he was coming out of UNP headquarters Sirikotha last afternoon said he was on his way after a meeting with UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his party had decided to sign an MOU with the UNP soon. The SLMC was originally planning to contest alone but Mr. Hakeem said the SLMC later decided that it was advantageous for the party to contest with the UNP. (Yohan Perera) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/78275/slmc-to-contest-with-unp#sthash.oKbxNkXx.dpuf

Rejected Mahinda ready to contest under another party

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa may look at contesting the parliamentary elections under another political party if President Maithripala Sirisena fails to nominate him as the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate. An opposition parliamentarian close to Rajapakse said on the grounds of anonymity that negotiations were still underway between the two groups loyal to Rajapakse and Sirisena in order to reach a settlement for Rajapakse to contest under the opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). However he said that if the negotiations fail, then the former president along with his supporters would be forced to contest under another party. “Still we have not finalized anything as negotiations are underway with senior UPFA members on behalf of President Sirisena. The President has already said that the will accommodate Mahinda Rajapakse in […]

Following stiff opposition from the SLFP, the President has now decided to fully reject nominations to Rajapaksa.

2nd July 2015 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to contest the upcoming Parliament elections. The decision paves the way for a major split in the UPFA which will see several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members joining Rajapaksa to contest the polls. The SLFP, which is part of the UPFA, and UPFA party leaders had key talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today. A decision was to be taken at the meeting with regards to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections. The President has said at the meeting that he, as chairman of the SLFP and UPFA, will not give nominations to Rajapaksa. Earlier Sirisena had agreed to […]

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