12th October 2015

Talking about a resolution: Hugo Swire

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Talking about a resolution: Hugo Swire The British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a post in a Foreign and Commonwealth Office site; For those of you who don’t know Sri Lanka, it’s a beautiful country – with world-class national parks, world heritage sites and pristine tropical beaches. But it is also haunted by a traumatic past, a devastating twenty-six year civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the government that ended in 2009. Some of the stories from this war – many documented in painstaking detail by the media – are horrifying: rape, disappearances, torture, executions. To be clear, there were atrocities on both sides. And they cast a long shadow in communities right across Sri Lanka today. Until very […]

We Don’t Have US $500 M Bank Account In Dubai: Namal Rajapaksa

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Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa today denied allegations that one of his family members had a bank account in Dubai with a deposit of US $500 million. Speaking to the media on recent allegations that a son of a VVIP had a secret bank account in Dubai and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sons may be involved, Namal the eldest son of Rajapaksa today said that neither he nor his brothers had any such account. Namal Rajapaksa told media that not even his parents had such a foreign account. He described this as another attempt to discredit his family. Media reports said that the Sri Lankan government had initiated a judicial process in Dubai requesting the government there to freeze a bank account owned by a son of […]

Sri Lanka says Mahinda Rajapaksa officials hid more than $2bn in Dubai

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Billions kept outside the country by people ‘closely related’ to former regime says new cabinet spokesman Sri Lankan investigators have located more than $2bn that was secretly transferred to accounts in Dubai by figures close to the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the government said on Thursday. Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the funds represented about a fifth of the total amount of so-called ‘black money’ that the authorities suspect was illicitly stashed abroad. “We have information that more than $10 billion, more than our country’s foreign reserves, is kept outside the country by those closely related to the last government,” he told reporters. A former top official in Rajapaksa’s administration dismissed as “nonsense” the government’s suggestion that the money found was evidence of […]

US-sponsored Resolution, Shocking, Shameful, says Boyle

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Tamil Nadu, Global Tamils should be organised in addressing US-UN failure: Boyle [TamilNet, Saturday, 10 October 2015, 22:40 GMT] Professor Francis Boyle, an expert in international law, who teaches at University of Illinois, in an interview given to the 3CR radio broadcast in Melbourne Saturday in the “Tamil manifest” program said that he sees the millions of Tamils in Tamil Naadu, its Chief Minister Jayalalitha, a unified Tamil diaspora and the young generation of Tamils as the propelling agents to force the changes necessary to bring justice to the victims of Tamil genocide by taking the Sinhala genocidaires to Court. The horrendous nature of genocide needs an international tribunal to dispense justice, and the United Nations and the U.S have failed in their obligations, Boyle […]

Two Lankan Ministers meets with David Cameron

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Discusses current political situation in SL Ministers Malik Samarawickrama and Sagala Ratnayake with British Home Secretary, Theresa May. by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London Two Sri Lankan Ministers met with British Prime Minister, David Cameron, where discussions centered on current political developments in Sri Lanka. Development Strategies and International Trade Minister, Malik Samarawickrama, MP, and Southern Development Minister, Sagala Ratnayake, MP, who attended the recently concluded Conservative Party Conference in Manchester held talks with the British premier. UNP Campaign Manager, Mahinda Haradasa, was also a Sri Lankan participant at this conference. The two parliamentarians also held a meeting with British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, MP, Home Secretary Theresa May, MP, Minister of State for Trade & Investment, Lord Francis Maude, Secretary of State for International Development, […]

Former Eastern Province CM Pilayan arrested

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Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathirai Chandrakanthan alias Pilayan was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today. Pillayan’s spokesman Azad Maulana said that the CID had gone to his house in Batticaloa last night with a warrant to arrest him. However he was not at home and as a result he visited the CID office today where he was arrested. Pillayan was arrested in connection to the murder of Joseph Pararajasingham, a senior Tamil politician and former Batticaloa district Member of Parliament (MP) of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). He was shot dead in December 2005 at St. Mary’s co-cathedral church in the Batticaloa town while attending Christmas prayers. The MP’s wife, Mrs. Sugunam Pararajasingham sustained serious injuries in the gunfire while several others were […]

Geneva resolution UPFA plans countrywide protests

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By Ravi Ladduwahetty The Opposition faction of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will soon stage what it called ‘massive countrywide protests’ in which they will apprise the people of ‘imminent dangers posed by the Geneva resolution’. The parties involved in the campaign include the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (Opposition faction), Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya, National Freedom Front, Democratic Left Front, Lanka Sama Samaja Party, Sri Lanka Mahajana Party and the Communist Party. “The first of the protest campaigns will be held at the Vihara Maha Devi Park open air theatre on Monday, 19 October from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and we will stage countrywide meetings which will apprise the people of the danger of the implementation of these recommendations,” Mahajana Eksath […]

Jayalalithaa Urges Modi to Take Up Fishermen Arrests With Sri Lanka

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today urged the Prime Minister to take up the arrest of the state’s fishermen at a high political level with Sri Lanka and sought immediate release of 54 fishermen and their 34 boats, including 19 who were apprehended yesterday. “Nineteen fishermen along with their two boats from Tamil Nadu from Nagapattinam were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy yesterday,” she said, adding this was the fifth instance of such recent arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen in a span of a few weeks. She noted that currently the number of fishermen in Sri Lankan custody is 54, besides 34 boats. “It is time the issue is taken up not only through the normal diplomatic channels, but at an appropriately high political […]