September 2015

Fake LTTE of Gota still in operation, many destructions in the south

3rd September 2015 // 0 Comments

A group of LTTE members named “Tossi” who was serving for the LTTE intelligence and later surrendered to the Sri Lanka army was influenced by a group of army intelligence who were able to speak fluent Tamil has wielded this fake LTTE under the instructions of the ministry of defense. Thavendran (Sumathipala Suresh Kumar) a rehabilitated LTTE who was attached to the army intelligence following the end of the war now currently under police custody said the fake LTTE was preserving a camp in the Girithale jungle and Prageeth was a frequent visitor to this camp. This fake LTTE organization was functioned in stealth without doubts and it has kept links with factual LTTE leaders. However information’s reveal that in spite of having a trustful […]

Don’t act like monkeys, says PM to Racist Wimal

3rd September 2015 // 0 Comments

The decision on the opposition leader post sparked uproar in parliament when Colombo district MP Wimal Weerawansa this morning (3) questioned the government on the validity of the new appointment.     This came after Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that TNA parliamentary group leader and Trincomalee District MP R. Sampanthan has been appointed for the post. Weerawansa questioned that on which basis the appointment was made since a letter signed by some 56 MPs, which suggested the appointment of UPFA MP Kumara Welgama for the position, has already been handed over to the President. Under this circumstance, he also questioned the validity of the new appointment. Responding to the query, Jayasuriya said that he has not received the letter yet. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said that […]

Sampanthan proposes 3 to 5 regions

3rd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Newly appointed Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, in his address to Parliament, said Sri Lanka should have ‘three to five regions’ with maximum power devolved to them taking a good example from India as the giant neighbour to resolve the Tamil national question. Mr. Sampanthan was appointed as the Opposition Leader of the new Parliament yesterday. His Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won 16 seats at the August 17 General Elections from the five electoral districts in the north and the east. He said he would use the opportunity afforded to him to find a solution to the national question. “Why can’t we have three to five regions in this country taking a good example from our giant neighbour? Despite all diversities they have been able to […]

TNA Leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan Becomes new Leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka Parliament

3rd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary group leader and veteran Trincomalee district MP Rajavarothayam Sampanthan has been recognized by the newly elected Sri Lanka parliament as the leader of the opposition. An announcement to this effect was made by the Speaker Mr. Karu Jayasuriya in Parliament on September 3rd morning. The speaker said that the house was recognizing Mr. Sampanthan as opposition leader in the absence of claims by any other political party or front. Mr.Jayasuriya said that neither the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) nor the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had made staked any claim for the Opposition Leader post. At the Aug 17th elections the UNP led United National Front for Good Governance(UNFGG)won 106 seats in a 223 member Parliament. Its leader Ranil […]

“The Forever Victims? Tamil Women in Post-War Sri Lanka”

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Abstract of the report, full report attached below. In this report we document the negative impacts of 6 years of militarization on Tamil women’s lives in Sri Lanka. Based on over fifty interviews in the former conflict zone, we uncovered a very disturbing dynamic, in which efforts to protect women from sexual violence end up undermining their political and economic agency, making them even more vulnerable to victimization. Tamil women in Northern Sri Lanka still face the risk of rape and harassment by the security forces present throughout the region, but their lives are even more negatively impacted by the climate of fear and by a worrying uptick in violence against women within the Tamil community. The ever-present threat of violence by the military has […]

Press release – TNA Parliamentary Group meeting

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Press release The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group convened today (1st Sep 2015). Hon. R. Sampanthan was elected as the TNA’s Parliamentary Group Leader at this meeting. It was also decided that Hon. Sampanthan should be appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. On this basis, TNA MP Hon. Selvam Adaikalanathan accepted appointment to the post of Deputy Chairman of Committees. The following appointments were also made at the meeting today: Party whip – Hon. Dharmalingam Siddharthan, MP Secretary, Parliamentary Group – Hon. Sivagnanam Sritharan, MP TNA spokesman – Hon. M. A. Sumanthiran, MP

Will UN report bring justice for Sri Lanka war victims?

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

UNNICHCHI, Sri Lanka, 2 September 2015 (IRIN) – Thavarasa Utharai says she isn’t exactly sure where Geneva is, but she is anxiously awaiting a report soon to be made public in the Swiss city that is expected to expose war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war. After acceding to the Sri Lankan government’s request to delay the report by six months, the Geneva-based United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is scheduled to finally release the results of its investigation within the next two weeks. Victims like Utharai hope the report will provide information about family members who disappeared during Sri Lanka’s decades-long war, which pitted government forces against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (or Tamil Tigers). Both sides committed […]

Is the US backtracking on Sri Lanka’s post-war accountability process?

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Has the US actually changed its commitment to see international involvement in the post-war reconciliation process? Maybe. But many in the minority communities hope not, and they might just be right Things are moving fast in Sri Lanka since the election. 10 days ago, straight after the Sri Lankan election, Erik Solheim and I wrote of the hopes and challenges ahead. Already now,  there have been important developments  – notably with regard to the upcoming 14 September – 2 October UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. In particular indications of a shift in US policy – or at the very least emphasis – with respect to its oft-voiced earlier demand for an international investigation into allegations of war crimes committed by government forces and […]

National organisations see govt doing dirty work of US

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

By Harischandra Gunaratna The national government of a UNP-SLFP nexus would do the dirty work in the US agenda to prosecute the country’s military personnel and political leaders on trumped up charges of human rights violations and war crimes and it was the price they had to pay for liberating the country from terrorists, Chairman of Federation of National Organisations (FNO) Dr Gunadasa Amarasekera said yesterday He said all those who were hell bent on prosecuting our soldiers and political leadership were mum about the atrocities committed by the LTTE. Addressing a press conference at Abhayaramaya in Narahenpita, Amarasekera said “The US backed move will get the approval and support of the Tamil National Alliance in fulfilling their separatist agenda.” He claimed that the foursome […]

Vaiko Seeks International Probe into Lankan Genocide

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Chennai US Consulate refuses to meet Vaiko on Lanka Former Indian MP and MDMK general secretary Vaiko charged that the US Consulate in Chennai had “disrespected” Tamils by not allowing him to meet the Consul General and present a memorandum on the stand the country had taken on international Vaiko Seeks International Probe into Lankan Genocide CHENNAI: MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Tuesday submitted a memorandum at the US Consulate General in Chennai urging the US government to reconsider its decision to support a domestic probe into the genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils. However, the US Consul General, who initially gave an appointment to Vaiko, refused to meet him, the MDMK claimed in a press release here. Vaiko was also not allowed inside the Consulate, […]

Mano wants Sambandan as opposition leader

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Sampanthan faces resistance for opposition post The post of Leader of the Opposition should be given to TNA leader R. Sambandan, Tamil Progressive Alliance leader Mano Ganesan says. “It will definitely bode well for the country’s political atmosphere,” Ganesan added. He said that the TNA would also get an opportunity to be a part of national politics with R. Sambandan be elected as the Opposition leader. Earlier, the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) in a statement said “It has been announced that a National Government has been formed and that Members of Parliament who contested and were elected under both the UNP and the UPFA have accepted cabinet portfolios. Accordingly, both the UNP and the UPFA bear collective cabinet responsibility. As political parties in Parliament, […]

Stop witch-hunt against army intelligence personnel: BBS

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera called on authorities to stop hunting army intelligence personnel for the benefit of foreign parties, and protect law abiding Sri Lankan army personnel instead. “It has come to our notice that international conspirators and those working for many Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) want to portray the law abiding Sri Lankan army as being atrocious killers. Several army intelligence personnel had been arrested without any investigation. All those who were deported and groups who acted against the country in the past are now entering the country again and have begun to raise their heads,” the Thera said. “Those who now speak of ‘good governance’ would not know the results of their actions until it dawns on them in […]

War crimes probe: Canada won’t reveal its stand till text of new resolution is ready

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Canada has reiterated that Sri Lanka should cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in fulfilling its human rights obligations. Having acknowledged the decision to request a one-time extension of the OHCHR probe into human rights violations in Sri Lanka at the 28th session of the Geneva-based UNHRC, a Canadian government spokesperson yesterday told The Island that Canada would examine OHCHR report carefully. The UNHRC comprises 47 countries divided into five groupings. However, Canada is not a voting member of the UNHRC. The report prepared by a 12-member team headed by Ms. Sandra Beidas, formerly with a UN mission in South Sudan dealt with accountability issues in accordance with March, 2014 US-led resolution meant to conduct an external investigation. […]

Push Sri Lanka Not to Arrest Fisherfolk

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

CHENNAI: Bringing to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet another incident of arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Lankan Navy, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday urged him to take immediate steps to release the 16 fishermen and their boats.  She also urged the PM to initiate proactive measures that would bring about a permanent solution to the sensitive issue affecting the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in Tamil Nadu. “Till a comprehensive solution to this vexatious issue is found, I request you to appropriately convey to the Lankan authorities to instruct their Navy to refrain from apprehending our fishermen and impounding their fishing boats,” the Chief Minister said in her letter to the PM. She also said that there was high […]

Sri Lanka offered legal services of high profile British firm run by Cherie Blair

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Cherie Blair, wife of the former British Prime Minister, has offered the services of her London-based international legal consultancy firm to the Sri Lanka Government while on a private holiday this week.  Omnia Strategy LLP “provides strategic counsel to governments, corporates and private clients”, according to its website. It was established by Ms. Blair only four years ago. She told Business Times in an exclusive interview this week that the firm does work in Africa, training lawyers and building capacity to handle new investment challenges. “I would always be delighted to help, particularly a country like Sri Lanka,” the wife of Tony Blair replied, when asked whether she had offered assistance to the Government. Pressed on whether she had directly indicated this, she laughed and […]

How India killed two birds with one stone in the region

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

How India killed two birds with one stone in the region When fools look to the future, wise men play it by the day. Wise men take the extra mile in one stride. And, that is how they meet two goals in one strategy to find one solution to two problems. That was how India put out two fires by a single shower in her region. Deep rooted Indian strategies surface when the final phase of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Presidency is recalled with regard to the developments in the Indian Ocean. Mahinda held a different view for the call to grant 13 plus to Tamils to muster Indian support as President when the United Nations Human Rights Commission brought the United States backed war crimes and […]

How safe is our drinking water? Environmentalists demand answer

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa The Federation of Environmental Organizations (FEO) yesterday asked the government to reveal to the public whether the water supplied to Colombo was safe to drink owing to the contamination of part of the Kelani Ganga. FEO’s Prof. Praveen Abhayaratne told The Island that the public was still receiving conflicting information about the safety of drinking water. The public had a right to know if the issue had been sorted out and the government had taken all necessary measures to address the consequences of pollution, Prof. Abhayaratne added. The water supply to three municipal council areas in the Colombo District were suspended on Friday (28) for the second time within two weeks due to an oil leak from the Coca Cola plant in […]

Gnanam Foundation as a Flame of Hope in People’s Minds

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation is to help the people who are living in Vavuniya Poonthoattam refugee camp through fulfilling their need for houses. These people are struggling in this camp for 25 years without a permanent residence. Accordingly, Lyca housing scheme is to be established in Vavuniya North Chinnadamban Rasapuram area to fulfill the need for a house of 150 including the 104 Poonthoattam camp dwellers. This particular area is named as “Lyca Village” and each family is given with 80 perches land and with a farming land. Lycamobile Chairman Allirajah Subaskaran headed the event and the Gnanam Foundation Co-chairman Gnanambikai Allirajah also has participated. Further, former president Chandrika Bandaranayaka chaired the event. With them, the acting general secretary of SLFP Duminda Dissanayaka, the deputy chairman of […]

Students’ hostels for Mullai Vidhyanandha College by Gnanam Foundation

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

Two students’ hostels constructed in Mullaitivu district Mulliyavalai Vidhyananhda College, under the fund allocation from Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation, have been handed over for the use of students. A girls’ hostel and a boys’ hostel under Rs. 30 million fund allocation, have been built in Mulliyavalai Vidhyananhda College. And the hostels were ceremonially opened by Lycamobile Chairman Allirajah Subaskaran, Mrs. Subaskaran Allirajah  and by Gnanam Foundation Co-chairman Gnanambikai Allirajah. The deputy chairman of Lyca Prem Sivasamy, Lyca Group Chief Investment and Business Planning Officer Balasingham Rajshankar, Lyca’s Chief Executive Officer Jeyaseelan, students, parents and many others have participated in this event. The chief guests were warmly welcomed by the students and they first opened the boys’ hostel. Following that, they were taken to the girls’ hostel with […]

Sri Lanka War Crimes Probe: NPC Rejects Domestic Mechanism

2nd September 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Tamil-controlled Northern Provincial Council today demanded an international probe into the alleged war crimes committed towards the end of civil war with the LTTE, while dismissing the domestic mechanism backed by the US and the international community. In a resolution passed today, the NPC questioned the legal possibilities of conducting a credible domestic investigation in preference to an international mechanism. “…the Council calls upon the international community to set up an international tribunal to try those alleged to have committed international crimes against the Tamil People in Sri Lanka,” the resolution titled ‘The Need for an International Mechanism’ said. “We urge the new leaders of the Sri Lankan government to be courageous enough to work with the international communityto set up a […]

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