11th October 2015

CID Tight-Lipped About Thajudeen Probe

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is tight-lipped about the ongoing investigations into the murder of former Captain of the Havelock’s Sports Club Wasim Thajudeen. The rugger player’s charred remains were found inside his car on May 17, 2012 near Shalika Grounds, Kirula Road, Narahenpita. Although it was suspected of a foul play, the Narahenpita Police did not carry out a comprehensive investigation. Although the investigation was swept under the carpet earlier, after the fall of the Rajapaksa regime, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) that is now conducting the investigations had informed the Colombo Magistrate that the death is suspected to be a murder. When the case was last taken up in September, the CID was instructed to send Thajudeen’s mobile phone found in Agarapathana, Nuwara […]

Mystery over Pakistan fighter deal

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by Dhaneshi Yatawara Mystery shrouds the future replenishment of Sri Lanka’s air defence as Air Force officials in Colombo strenuously denied persistent reports that the country is poised to buy more strike aircraft from long-time military supplier Pakistan. SLAF commander Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala is due to pay an official visit to Pakistan next week, but when asked, SLAF officials refused to confirm that the SLAF chief would even consider the purchase of the JF-17 ‘Thunder’ supersonic fighter jet during his visit. Air Force officials, however, acknowledged that the JF-17 would be a good ‘value for money’ for Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the global military sales industry buzzed with the news of an imminent Sri Lankan order for the Chinese-designed, Pakistani manufactured high-tech jet fighter. News […]

Govt. seeks SA assistance to establish Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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Govt. seeks SA assistance to establish Truth and Reconciliation Commission *Japan to produce driverless cars by 2020 *Ranil makes tea after a long time by Zacki Jabbar in Tokyo, Japan Tokyo : The Sri Lanka government has sought the assistance of South Africa to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission following the United Nations Human Rights Council calling for an independent domestic mechanism to investigate  alleged war crimes. The United Nations Human Rights Council on October 2 passed a resolution calling for accountability into alleged human rights violations by both government forces and LTTE during the decades long ethnic conflict through a Special Court. Informed sources said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who was on an official visit to Japan last week, had told his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe  that […]

Until the displaced are resettled there is no accountability

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Chairman of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry which is engaged in the process of obtaining evidence regarding missing persons, Retired High Court Judge Maxwell Paranagama said that within the period in which a war commences and until the people who were affected by the war have been safely resettled in their villages, there is a possibility that international humanitarian laws can be violated. He further said that they have requested an expedited date from the Presidential Secretariat Office; in order to hand over the final report, on whether international humanitarian laws have been violated during the period of the war on which investigations were conducted by the Commission and the Interim Report on Missing Persons. The First Mandated Interim Report was handed over to the […]

Crucial court verdict today on West Asian secret account of VVIP’s son

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Ruling on case involving half a billion dollars seen as  opening the door to full-scale probe on massive corrupt deals While Ukraine goes slow on MiG probe, top agencies help Sri Lanka make breakthrough; new twists in Avant Garde story Full two-day parliamentary debate on Geneva issue; minister says ‘domestic inquiry with foreign participation’ A landmark event in a West Asian capital will play out today and it will send shockwaves around Sri Lanka. This is when a court there hears a case where lawyers for Sri Lanka Government are seeking an order to freeze nearly a half a billion dollars in a bank account. It has been established that this account is in the name of a young politician, the son of a former VVIP. […]

Foreign remittances will not be taxed – CB Governor

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By Ravi Ladduwahetty Governor of the Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran, yesterday assured all Sri Lankan expatriates that their savings would not be taxed if they decided to remit their savings here. “There was a perception all this time that Sri Lanka was not a location to bring back their savings as they were under the impression that all their savings would be taxed due to the government being cash strapped,” Governor Mahendran told Ceylon Today. Sri Lanka is now a very safe place to invest and all of them could bring their savings and invest here which will not be taxed, the Governor assured. He also commended Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who made the initial announcement about inviting all Sri Lankan expatriates to bring their […]

Police rush TNA MPs to safety TNA-Pro LTTE clash at Paris meet

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Police rush TNA MPs to safety TNA-Pro LTTE clash at Paris meet By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Chaos prevailed in La Chapelle, Paris on Friday around 4 p.m. when several members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) came under strong verbal attack by a number of irate Tamil Diaspora members, mostly LTTE sympathizers, and the French Police had to be called in to rescue the MPs, who used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Ceylon Today learns that the TNA members, namely MP Selvam Adaikalanathan, Northern Provincial Councillor M.K. Sivajilingam, MP Ariyanayagam Kaveenthiran Kodiswaran a.k.a ‘Robinson’ of Ampara, and Eastern Provincial Councillor Kovinthan Karunakarum a.k.a. ‘Jana’ representing the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) had organized the meeting at a restaurant in La Chapelle. However, the France-based Tamils, […]

We Should Stand Together – R. Sampanthan

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by Waruni Karunarathne The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) calls for the Sri Lankan government to commit to implement the UN resolution in full. While some members of the TNA constituent parties expressed disappointment at the UNHRC resolution that calls for a domestic mechanism, senior TNA member and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan says the UN resolution is in the best interest of the country and the victims. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Sampanthan is on the view that the government will be more sensible under the new leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Following are excerpts of the interview: Q: You have praised the UN resolution on Sri Lanka. Do you agree with it? Do you have any areas of concern? A: […]

We want to restore the good name of war heroes – Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

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By Manjula Fernando Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe says the rejection of the proposed domestic mechanism by members of the Mahinda Rajapaksa group, a call which is echoed by the LTTE Diaspora can only imply one thing – the two factions are working hand in glove. Excerpts Q: Dissidents of the UPFA in the joint opposition claims that the domestic mechanism mandated by the A/HRC/30/L.29 US resolution is a sugar-coated pill on Sri Lanka. Your comments? A:Our government did not ask for any mechanism on Sri Lanka. It was called for by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, four days after the conclusion of the war by having an agreement with UN Secretaty General Ban ki Moon. One week after the conclusion of the war, former Ambassador in […]

It’s a witch-hunt against war heroes – Dinesh Gunawardena

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By Manjula Fernando UPFA MP and Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Leader Dinesh Gunawardena says as a responsible Opposition they will fight the long arm of the West trying to punish Sri Lanka’s war heroes with an ‘internationalised’ domestic probe. Excerpts Q: The UPFA dissidents have objected to the domestic mechanism mandated under the UNHRC Resolution. You are on record saying there will be serious repercussions if the Government goes ahead with it. On what grounds do you oppose this mechanism ? A: The UN Human Rights Commissioner’s report, charging Sri Lanka on various grounds as a follow up to the US and Western resolutions moved in the Council earlier, reflected once again that the recommendations therein were based on incorrect ‘facts and grounds’. Our Government continuously […]

Content Of US Proposal May Be Harmful – Tilvin Silva

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by Waruni Karunarathne The Sri Lankan government states that the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at the UN Human Rights Council is a victory for the country. However, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) claims that some content of the resolution poses threats to the country – especially because the resolution still calls for an international intervention in Sri Lanka’s judiciary and domestic affairs. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the JVP holds the Rajapaksa regime mainly responsible for letting the internal matter get into the international level because of its failure to address the human rights concerns within the country. Following are excerpts of the interview: Q: What is the JVP’s opinion about the UN resolution passed in Geneva […]

Alleged war crimes: Govt. to defend troops

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The Government will hire counsel and pay legal costs to military personnel who may face charges of war crimes. The assurance has been given to military officers by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. He has been tasked by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to speak to officers and men of the armed forces on the findings in the OISL report. During different meetings, Minister Ranawaka has explained the various recommendations and the Government’s position vis-à-vis them. The prospects of officers or other ranks in the armed forces facing charges of war crimes appeared minimal in the light of mechanisms the Government is putting in place. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the Sunday Times that those facing accusations would be able to make confessions to the […]

”NO to implementing of 13th Amendment, Geneva still pursuing political agenda” says Minister

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Dismissing much touted accusations regarding the massacre of over 40,000 civilians on the Vanni east front during 2009, Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe accused the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council of relentlessly pursuing a political agenda. Minister Samarasinghe called the Geneva body a political outfit. The Minister accused the 47-member body of being selective in its approach towards the accountability issues. The National List MP was on MTV news-line on Thursday morning. Samarasinghe held the human rights portfolio in former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government and represented the previous administration at regular Geneva sessions. Asked whether unprecedented consensus on US resolution which dealt with Sri Lanka meant the government had accepted the claims regarding over 40,000 civilian killings, Minister […]

Tamils in Jaffna are still struggling to rebuild their lives

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More than half a decade after the end of civil war in Sri Lanka, Tamils in Jaffna are still struggling to rebuild their lives. The end of the civil war has brought little peace for many minority Tamils in Sri Lanka, despite visible economic development. (Credit: Reuters) As Sri Lanka’s government begins a path towards reconciliation and addressing the atrocities of the past, Tamils in the war-torn Jaffna province are still struggling to rebuild their lives. The predominantly-Hindu region was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a rebel group commonly known as the Tamil Tigers. Up to 100,000 people died in the country’s decades-long civil war, which ended with the Tamil Tigers’ […]

Fasting Sri Lankan Tamils arrested

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Eight Sri Lankan Tamils who have been on fast in a special camp here since the beginning of this month, were arrested on Thursday. Cases have been booked against them for attempting to commit suicide. They went on fast on October 1, demanding their release from the camp that houses 13 Sri Lankan Tamils. They were produced before a Judicial Magistrate and were subsequently admitted to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in view of their health condition. The Sri Lankan Tamils were housed in the special camp as cases under the Explosive Substances Act and human trafficking were pending against them.