7th September 2015

Leader of the Opposition, then and now

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Sampanthan as Leader of the Opposition: Politics runs full circle, but on a different centre by Rajan Philips The new parliament and the new government are sending mixed signals. Some are good, others are disconcerting. But overall Sri Lankans should feel reasonably satisfied for things could have been far worse. For sober perspective, reflect for a moment on the colossal human tragedy of refugees fleeing from the Middle East and Africa looking for safe haven in an officially uninviting Europe. For comparative context, consider the good fortune of Sri Lanka’s location in the world that is far enough from the burning Middle East and the growingly tense Far East where China staged a massive show of force this week primarily to deflect attention from domestic […]

Learning The New Three Rs

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By Gamini Weerakoon Reconciliation Guru Con Hathaway, specially flown down from London was on the podium lecturing on 3Rs for Reconciliation of the UNP and SLFP at a seminar conducted by the National Government. Reconciliation does not come about naturally because you wish it. You should have read Tony Blair’s talk on 7 Points of Reconciliation in Colombo last week. Likewise it’s not easy for you of two parties who have been at each others throats for decades to kiss and make up, said Con the Guru to his audience. The Guru held that there were many aspects that needed attention for reconciliation but he would stress only on three points. The first was to realise the importance of the 3 Rs—not Reading, Writing and […]

National Government; A Golden Opportunity To Resolve The National Question

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Investigate enforced disappearances, activists urge Sri Lanka Activists in Sri Lanka are urging the government to ratify a key international convention on enforced disappearances and to investigate thousands of unsolved cases that have haunted the island nation through decades of conflict. Catholic Church officials say the issue is especially vital in Sri Lanka. Father Nandana Manathunga said Sri Lanka has the second-highest number of disappearances in the world. Yet the country has not ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances……………..  READ MORE  National Government; A Golden Opportunity To Resolve The National Question By Veluppillai Thangavelu – The inaugural sessions of the 8th parliament took place on September 01, 2015. After the election of speaker, the deputy speaker and the […]

Five member TNA delegation to head to Geneva

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Five member TNA delegation to head to Geneva A delegation from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is expected to leave for Geneva this month to hold discussions with UN Human Rights officials and the international community to gather their support for an international war crimes probe, reports said today. The visit will take place ahead of the release of the report on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights during the 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva. The report is expected to be critical towards the LTTE and the former Government who have been accused of widespread human rights violations in the final stages of the war between the military and the LTTE. “Before the report is submitted, we […]

Protest against U.S. support to Sri Lanka in war probe

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Protest against U.S. support to Sri Lanka in war probe As a mark of protest against the U.S. supporting Sri Lanka in war crime probe, a group of members from Ilaiya Thalaimurai Koottamaippu, an outfit comprising youngsters, threw rotten chicken waste into a KFC outlet in Ashok Nagar on Saturday afternoon. The group also attempted to stage a protest outside the U.S. Consulate here. According to police, the group had earlier submitted a petition to the Consulate last month and gave 100 hours time for the U.S. government to change its stand on the investigation into the ‘genocide.’ “The time given by them expired by Saturday noon. Due to this, a few members of the outfit entered the KFC outlet in Ashok Nagar at 12.45 […]

‘Viber, not India, helped in unseating Rajapaksa’

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President Sirisena reveals secrets behind January polls President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday (6) revealed that he was alerted by his security not to attend the last election rally held in Maradana prior the presidential polls in January. The observation was made at the 69th anniversary of the United National Party (UNP) held at the UNP headquarters in Sirikotha. This was the first time in the history, that the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) attended a UNP anniversary celebration………… READ MORE ‘Viber, not India, helped in unseating Rajapaksa’ Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumaratunga is in India for her first visit since the surprise defeat of her successor Mahinda Rajapaksa, a man who was once a close associate and now a political […]

He committed suicide -Karuna, He was killed by the Army – Fonseka

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He committed suicide -Karuna Earlier last week Karuna Amman alias Vinayagamoorthy Muralithran, a one-time, trusted bodyguard of LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran and LTTE Eastern Commander turned politician, in an interview with India’s Puthiya Thalaimurai TV, stirred a hornets nest, when he claimed Prabhakran was not killed by the Sri Lankan military as claimed but shot himself with his pistol, His claims were however rejected outright by former Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who claimed Karuna Amman who was a virtual prisoner in his own home for his safety till the end of the war, had little or no knowledge of the outside world or about the death of Prabhakaran. Q: You have claimed in an interview with an Indian TV station that Prabhakaran committed […]

Format for domestic probe

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by Manjula Fernando President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with the Ministers of External Affairs and Justice, and the Tri-forces commanders last week to discuss an acceptable format for the proposed domestic mechanism to address accountability issues. A senior official of the Ministry of External Affairs, describing last week’s discussion as an ‘initiation’ said the high level officials will, through a series of discussions, reach an agreement as to the best mechanism or the mechanisms to be adopted to handle the outstanding issues of accountability, which has seen Sri Lanka hauled before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)Sessions in Geneva since 2012. The government is expected to shape the domestic apparatus through a process of wider local consultation. The agreed mechanism is […]