August 2015

India must ensure decentralization in Sri Lanka, Modi told

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to expedite decentralization of power in Sri Lanka — for the cause of Tamil Eelam. Jayalalithaa presented a memorandum listing various demands to Modi when he went to her residence after launching the National Handloom Day and India Handloom brand here. The meeting between Modi and Jayalalithaa lasted around 50 minutes. The chief minister also hosted lunch for Modi. In her memorandum, Jayalalithaa said India had a commitment to protect the Tamil minority community in Sri Lanka. She said the Tamils’ distinct identity and cultural presence in Sri Lanka, particularly in the northeast, was the guiding principle behind the India-Sri Lanka accord of 1987. That accord, which led to […]

The Political Emancipation Of Sri Lanka

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Dayapala Thiranagama – The current parliamentary election presents a clear division between democratic forces and anti-democratic forces. A victory for democracy would offer a generational chance of resolving some of the fault lines in Sri Lankan society. The Rajapaksa regime won the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) but they used this victory to defeat the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Tamil people. When the Muslim community was attacked the law was not applied and the perpetrators got away scott-free. The war victory was also used to plunder state resources, cover up frauds and corruption and augment personal wealth. Their authoritarian rule maintaining the white van culture brazenly violated the right to life and ’disappeared’ journalists as well as political opponents. […]

N&E parties, Tamil Diaspora now think differently!

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

N&E parties, Tamil Diaspora now think differently! By Manekshaw The Canada branch of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) held a special meeting in Toronto last week, to get the views of the Lankan Tamils who are presently domiciled in Canada, on the roles of the Tamil political parties in the forthcoming parliamentary polls in the Island. The Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan also addressed the Tamil Canadians via Skype, elaborating on the TNA’s stance at the forthcoming parliamentary polls in the Island. Apart from Sampanthan several other TNA candidates and some Northern Provincial Councillors also addressed via Skype to the Canadian audience explaining the current political trend with regard to the parliamentary polls. The Canadian TNA branch meeting with a gala dinner was held […]

Mahinda’s Three PSD men killed Thajudeen Cabinet Spokesman says:

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

by Zacki Jabbar Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, who was found dead in his car over three years back, had been killed by three Presidential Security Division personnel, Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday. Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Minister Senaratne said  investigations had revealed that the talented national ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen, had been murdered  by the  PSD men, on May 17, 2012 though it had been claimed that  he had died when his car crashed into a wayside wall at Kirulapone. It was widely believed that the orders to kill the rugger player, who had a little son, had come from a  powerful person connected to the previous government, the minister added. On a recent application  filed  by the Criminal Investigations […]

SLFP under Mahinda is full of corrupt people – Ranatunga

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

There are more than 40 corrupt politicians going through inquiries.  Chandrika does not want to work with the corrupt people in the SLFP.  Believe me they don’t want to have good people in the UPFA. They only want people who are corrupt, who create issues with religion and caste. They throw us out and protect the corrupt people. This is the sad story of the SLFP.  Chandrika Kumaratunga will never support the Sri Lanka Freedom Party as long as there are corrupt and unwanted people in it, said Minister of Ports Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga. “How can Chandrika Kumaratunga support the SLFP? That party is full of corrupt people. She does not want to work with such people in SLFP. I am sure till […]

President advises voters to elect only suitable people to Parliament

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

All voters of the country have a great responsibility to elect only suitable persons to the Parliament in forthcoming General Election, says President Maithripala Sirisena. Only most suitable candidates who work for the country and safeguard the respect of the Parliament should be elected to the Parliament at the election, he added. People should do that selection according to their knowledge, intelligence and prior experience of the persons, he further stated. The President made these remarks at a ceremony to launch two books of Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, held today (Aug. 07) at the BMICH in Colombo. The book “A Sri Lankan Voice in the Global Arena” and its Sinhala copy consist of the speeches made by Minister Samarasinghe at International Human Rights Council and the […]

Chandrika should NOT put the country before her own party – MAHINDA Group.

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka ex-president Chandrika slams Mahinda ECONOMYNEXT – Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga weighed in on the parliamentary elections campaign today with a stinging attack on the de facto opposition Prime Ministerial hopeful Mahinda Rajapaksa. Kumaratunga indirectly appealed to supporters of her Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) not to support Rajapaksa even though he had secured nominations from the party to stand as a candidate from the Kurunegala district. “To protect the party (SLFP), we must first rebuild the nation,” Kumaratunga said in a four-page statement issued in Sinhala. “It is extremely important that we protect the victory of January 8.” Kumaratunga said she was forced to return from her retirement because Rajapakse was “ruining the party and the country.” She applauded progress made by the […]

Army officer accompanying Namal Rajapaksa, was caught with a weapon inside the “sterile” area

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President has ordered a major shake-up in VVIP security with immediate effect following reports that the once elite Presidential Security Division (PSD) was linked to murders during the former regime. The PSD of the police will be withdrawn immediately and replaced by a unit of the highly-trained Special Task Force (STF) which already has a small team of commandos forming the inner ring of security for President Maithripala Sirisena. “The PSD will be completely replaced by the STF,” a government official said asking not to be named. “The process is taking place as we speak. It will be completed in the next 48 hours.” The move comes a day after government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters that three members of the […]

Eknaligoda’s was abducted by Rajapasksha’s Army!

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

Eknaligoda’s disappearance – Two top Army officers to be grilled Two senior Army officers will be questioned within the next few days in connection with the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, top defence sources told the Daily News yesterday. They would be questioned based on information revealed by two intelligence unit members who remain in custody over the journalist’s disappearance. The two members were previously affiliated with former Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman who was the head of the LTTE military wing. They had joined the Army following Karuna Amman’s defection from the LTTE. Preliminary investigations revealed that Eknaligoda was abducted in Rajagiriya on January 24, 2010, two days before the Presidential election. “We have received information that he had been handed over to […]

Mahinda will be isolated and marginalized

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Mahinda Rajapaksa, once poised to be Sri Lanka’s president for life, is a desperate man these days. At stake is not just his own political future, but that of an entire dynasty and a network of supporters he founded at every level. Related Stories Rajapaksa ‘ready for struggle’ in Sri Lanka comeback bid Reuters Gunmen open fire at Sri Lanka election rally, one dead Reuters Sri Lanka to sack graft busters for allegedly stalling probes AFP Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 165 runs in final ODI Associated Press Sri Lanka police seek help to track rally gunmen AFP A shocking loss to a former ally in the January election he had himself called two years ahead of schedule has hit […]

Shivajilingam writes to Zeid on war crimes report

8th August 2015 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), M K Shivajilingam, has written to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, urging him to ensure the investigations on on the war is purely an international judicial process. In his letter, Shivajilingam noted that the UN’s failure to protect the Tamil people in 2009 was termed as “systemic failure” of the UN by the UN’s own “Report of the UN Secretary General’s Internal Review Panel on UN Action in Sri Lanka” released in November 2012 by the head of the Panel Charles Petrie. He says the Tamil people sincerely hope that the UN System will not victimize the Tamils again and hope the UN will accommodate their request to adequately and properly conduct the judicial process […]

The last thing Sri Lanka needs today is the return of MAHINDA!

2nd August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “Did this ever happen?” – Homer (The Iliad) It was the defining moment of a decisive election. Mahinda Rajapaksa tries to plunge into a crowd of supporters in Akuressa to hammer a man who grabbed his hand. The video shows a visibly angry Mr. Rajapaksa, his other hand balled into a fist, ready to take on the perpetrator of lèse majesté. Soon after the video went viral, some Rajapaksa acolytes tried to depict the incident as a dry run for a future assassination attempt. Had the alleged finger-puller been a real or suspected enemy, he would not have escaped unscathed from the crowd. He was unharmed because the rest of the audience recognised him as a kindred spirit. Mr. Rajapaksa said that […]

Sri Lanka Justice: Callum Macrae On The Leaked UN Document

2nd August 2015 // 0 Comments

Callum Macrae, director of No Fire Zone, on the leaked UN document that suggests UN officials have been working “behind the scenes” on a plan for a purely domestic inquiry into allegations of war crimes at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war. The UN says it “supports accountability mechanisms that meet international standards”. Channel 4 News video; The current Sri Lankan government has also rejected an international inquiry saying it can be trusted to carry out the truth and reconciliation process itself. The UN said it “supports accountability mechanisms that meet international standards”. “Whether that should be a domestic or international process or comprise elements of both… will need to be determined,” a statement said. “The UN will await the High Commissioner’s reports and […]

Central Bank Chief Arjuna Mahendran had been cleared of his allegations

2nd August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Cyril Wimalasurendre KANDY: Central Bank Chief Arjuna Mahendran had been cleared of his allegations by the Supreme Court, but Opposition kept on accusing him of a fraud, Plantation Industries Minister Lakshman Kiriella told a news conference on Thursday (20). Three persons filed action in the Supreme Court but they could not prove the charges against the Central Bank Chief, the minister said. Minister Kiriella told the media conference in Kandy that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was making the promises that he had failed to implement while he was in power and the most ludicrous among them was the promised salary increase to public servants and financial assistance to youth. “Why couldn’t Rajapaksa do that for them through the 11 budgets he presented as President?” Mahinda Rajapaksa […]

Children, women suffer most in war – envoy

2nd August 2015 // 0 Comments

The harsh reality in a conflict is that children and women suffer the most, Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Shelly Whiting said. She said although the physical impact of the war on property is less, the social impact and certain social issues are severe. Whiting said the number of war widows is comparably large when compared to experiences of other countries. She said addressing their issues was a challenge. Whiting said a political solution to the issue and willingness to embrace each other would build trust and understanding that would bring strong reconciliations. She made these observations delivering the keynote speech at the programme ‘Voices of Strong Women’ held at the BMICH. The event was organised under the theme ‘The Untold Stories of War […]

Maithri loyalists to skip UPFA rallies due to hooting

2nd August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Kushan Subasinghe   A group of SLFPers who are supporting President Maithripala Sirisena have decided to skip the UPFA election campaign led by its Prime Ministerial candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa for fear of being booed.   They made the decision as they had observed a tendency of party supporters Maithripala loyalists during the last couple of weeks and not allowing them to speak.   Party supporters booed Nandimitra Ekanayake last week when he tried to address a UPFA election rally at Naula in Matale. A similar incident occurred at a UPFA rally in Moneragala on July 30 put with Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa and Jagath Pushpakumara, both of whom obtained portfolios from the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration being at the receiving end.   Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe addressing a […]

UPFA candidates with corrupt allegations………… What Is Going To Happen Next?

2nd August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Asoka Abeygunawardana The political arena was churned on November 21, 2014 when the Minister of Health and General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Maithripala Sirisena resigned from his Ministerial portfolio.  Since then, things have taken a drastic and uncertain tack through the political landscape of the country. Every single incident that followed was a new experience to Sri Lankan society. Then incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated; Maithripala Sirisena became the president; Ranil Wickremesinghe became the Prime Minister; Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from the leadership of both SLFP and UPFA; Maithripala Sirisena became the new leader of both the SLFP and UPFA; a half-baked National Government was formed; the powers of Executive President were diluted with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution; reforming the […]

August 17th: Will We Ever Learn From History?

2nd August 2015 // 0 Comments

By Lukman Harees – “In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from the past errors and infirmities of mankind.” – Edmund Burke ‘You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all of the time’; This has been said before and it still rings true today. As Sri Lanka prepares itself once again to choose its’ next parliament, political parties -mega and minor and of various hues are at their usual old game of presenting hastily fashioned manifestos to the electorate which look laudable in print but are mere fairy tales in action. However, it is expected that the […]

Will the TNA(ITAK) be able to Unmake and Make Govts in 2015 as the FP(ITAK) did in 1960?

2nd August 2015 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Election mania spreads rapidly in the country with Parliamentary polls being scheduled for August 17th 2015 and the Tamil inhabited areas of the Northern and Eastern provinces are also afflicted. Currently the premier political configuration of the Sri Lankan Tamils is the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) consisting of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front(EPRLF), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization(TELO)and Peoples Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam(PLOTE). The TNA contests elections under the House symbol of its chief constituent ITAK. At the 2010 Parliamentary elections the TNA contesting as ITAK won 13 seats in both provinces and was entitled to a national list seat also.The TNA hopes to increase its parliamentary tally in the 2015 poll. Veteran politician and TNA leader Rajavarothayam […]

Sri Lanka: Back to the Future?

1st August 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s authoritarian former president is on the brink of a political resurgence. His electoral success would put a halt to the country’s already troubled political reform process. After months of intense speculation, it has become official: Sri Lanka’s recently ousted president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, will contest in the country’s parliamentary elections which will be held on August 17. He will be contesting from Kurunegala district as a part of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), and the possibility of him becoming prime minister is not out of the question. The former president’s return to power would complicate further efforts at democratic reform within the war-torn country. Like current President Maithripala Sirisena, Rajapaksa is a longtime member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). But since […]

1 9 10 11 12