18th July 2015

A number one murderer granted nomination by UPFA, tangible evidence available with Karuna

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A person directly connected to the Killing of Joseph Pararajasingham, Nadaraja Raviraj, Chandranehru and Professor Ravindranath was given UPFA nomination by the UPFA secretary. Tangible evidence is available with him says Karuna the Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralidharan. Why is the police silent about it and why was Karuna not being questioned by the CID requesting the ‘Tangible Evidence’ which he holds.? Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralidharan (Karuna Amman) said that he has tangible evidence of a number one murderer who has been granted nomination for the forthcoming parliamentary election by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). He accused the Secretary of the UPFA of having granted nomination to this individual according to his exclusive will. He suggested that this “individual is directly connected to the assassinations of Joseph […]

Secret pact with LTTE helped MAHINDA win in 2005 Election!

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Indika Polkotuwa Mahinda Rajapaksa was able to win the 2005 Presidential election because he entered into a secret agreement with LTTE terrorists. One of the clauses of this agreement was to coerce the Tamils in the North and East to boycott the Presidential election, said Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Minister Rauf Hakeem. He said this addressing a meeting held at the Hantana Bhikkhu Training Institute in Kandy on July 16. Hakeem said Pulidevan and the so-called LTTE Police Chief Nadesan represented the LTTE during talks held in this connection with the Rajapaksa camp. He said the 2002 – 2004 UNP government held six rounds of talks with the LTTE, but, the government left the negotiating table when the LTTE demanded an interim self […]

Oil content in ground water in Jaffna decreases with closure of power plant blamed for waste leakage?

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By Ifham Nizam The latest report on water samples reveal that the oil and grease content in well water in most parts of Jaffna Peninsula is decreasing, the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) says.  CEA Chairman Prof. Mervin Lal Dharmasiri told The Island that his officials were paying close attention to the allegations of water pollution caused by the Chunnakam Power Plant in Jaffna. Water samples were collected from schools, temples, household wells and agro wells in Uduvil, Tellippalai and Kopay Divisional Secretariats for analysis. The Chairman also said that the same wells were also monitored by the CEA, Northern Provincial office.  He said comprehensive investigations had been conducted into the alleged furnace oil leakage from the Thermal Power Plant contaminating the water resources.  “The water […]

Former Lanka based US diplomats get top awards

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Winners of the 2014 Human Rights Awards Two former Sri Lanka based US diplomats are among the winners of the 2014 Human Rights Awards, the US Satte Department said. The State Department said that Michael Honigstein and Michael Ervin are the recipients of the Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award, while Azimjon Askarov of Kyrgyzstan and Foro Penal, a Venezuelan non-governmental organization, are the recipients of the Human Rights Defender Award. The Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award honors U.S. Department of State employees who have implemented creative strategies to support human rights and democracy. While serving at Embassy Colombo, Michael Honigstein and Michael Ervin combined advocacy and protection in the face of government threats with thoughtful bilateral and multilateral policy consideration. Their work was critical in defending […]

Several Welikada Prison Officials involved in 2012 massacre – A list given by Gotha?

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Several Welikada Prison Officials involved in 2012 massacre “Who watch him lest himself should rob the prison of its prey,” questions Oscar Wilde in The Ballad of Reading Gaol. The trio of former Magazine Prison, Superintendent Emil Ranjan Lamahewage, Welikada Prison Warden, M. Nimal Shantha and Prison Superintendent (since July 2014) and at the time of the Welikada Prison massacre a Jailor attached to the Intelligence and Security Division of the Prison (the Prison’s Police) Indika Sampath, were the operational masterminds behind the butchery of 27 prisoners on 09 and 10, November 2012, an eyewitness of the State, a Senior Prison official confirmed.  BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody and Kavindya Chris Thomas “Who watch him lest himself should rob the prison of its prey,” questions Oscar […]

”Don’t Vote Corrupt persons contesting election in our UPFA list” says former UPFA Senior Minister Athauda Seneviratne

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United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Kegalle District group leader and former Senior Minister Athauda Seneviratne said, the main political parties in the country have granted nominations to corrupt people, using a loophole in the law as an excuse that those accused of corruption are not offenders until they are proven guilty. He said therefore it is the responsibility of voters to defeat candidates who are contesting the election from all parties, while accused of corruption. He emphasized, “When the Alliance General Secretary Susil Premajayantha was preparing the nomination lists of the UPFA, several high ranking persons used strong influence. It is possible that it was due to that that persons accused of corruption have been granted nominations. Actually what I think is that the first […]

Ensuring dignity and safety of Tamil women priority – TNPF

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To ensure the dignity of Tamil women and their safety, the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) has fielded a significant number of Tamil women candidates in the North and East, according to TNPF Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam. Flinging accusations at Tamil Parliamentarians of the post-war period, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam speaking at an election rally at Thalayady in the Vadamarachchi region said that with the end of the war, women in the North and East were facing enormous problems. “The women in the North and East live without any livelihood support. Parliamentarians who represented the people in the two provinces have failed to address the humanitarian problems. Thousands of lives perished in the civil war but the government or the Tamil Parliamentarians have hardly done anything for the […]

China still top lender to Sri Lanka

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ECONOMYNEXT – China maintained its lead as the biggest lender to Sri Lanka providing 98.7 million US dollars in the January – May 2015 period, government data showed. Total commitments made by bilateral lenders and multilateral lending agencies to Sri Lanka to support its public investment program during January to June 2015 came to 213.6 million dollars. Project loans amounted to 211.2 million dollars and grants 2.4 million dollars, the data showed. In the amount of disbursements during January to May 2015, China was followed by World Bank, Japan and Asian Development Bank which disbursed 91.4 million dollars, 83.9 million dollars and 67.1 million dollars. Total disbursements from commitments already made by various bilateral and multilateral development partners were 467.7 million dollars (62 billion rupees), […]

What May Be The Mood Of Tamils At 2015 Elections

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Vote TNA in the largest number! By S. Sivathasan – The prevailing wish of the country is to put the past behind. A rare unity of purpose that obtained in January is needed again. For nearly a century, Sinhala Tamil ill-will, erosion of cordiality, loss of trust and growth of enmity have plagued the nation’s polity. Now they have begun to thaw. Making them thaw further needs a fresh political ethos. The past was riven with debate as if arguments well phrased or ideally rephrased can change the course of the future. They were hurled at one another interminably bringing no benefit to anybody. The communities can remake their future if the leadership in the North and South begin to engage in an honest dialogue. […]

Industry unites to celebrate 150 years of Ceylon Tea in 2017

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The Sri Lanka tea industry is reaching a milestone of 150 years in 2017.  The Sri Lanka Tea Board along with the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association and other industry stakeholders are planning a grand scale celebration of 150 years of Ceylon Tea during 2017. Sri Lanka is one of the top tea growing and exporting countries in the world and the tea industry provides direct and indirect employment to around two million people while the tea growing sector directly employees around 750,000 persons with dependents estimated at three million. The livelihood of more than 350,000 small holders in the island nation depends entirely on tea farmers. Revenue from the Sri Lanka tea industry in 2014 was $ 1.63 million. Many large-scale tea industry-related events are […]