30th October 2015

Only 226 Tamils in Jail Relating to “Terrorist”Offences;Of these 48 convicted while 116 and 62 have Cases Against them in High Courts and Magistrates Courts Respectively

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By P.K.Balachandran COLOMBO: The Ranil Wickremesinghe government is open to the idea of allowing Tamils held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to get bail, the Minister for National Dialogue on ethnic issues Mano Ganeshan told Express here on Wednesday. Ganeshan said that those under trial and those detained without any charges having been filed against them yet, could be enlarged on bail. But those who had been convicted could be released only by the President of the country. Releasing convicts is a Presidential prerogative, he explained. However, the Commissioner of Prisons, Rohana Pushpakumara told this correspondent that there is no one in detention now without a charge. Forty eight have been convicted and are serving a sentence, 116 have cases against them in […]

Sri Lanka tells UK investors to partner and profit from new resurgence

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By Nisthar Cassim in London Sri Lanka yesterday urged UK-based investors to partner and profit from new resurgence and opportunity in the country under better governance and supportive policies. The message was conveyed at the Invest Sri Lanka Forum organised in London by the Colombo Stock Exchange in association with the Sri Lanka High Commission in UK and Bloomberg. “We have a new Sri Lanka. Have confidence in the new Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. We deliver on what we promise and we will have consistent and coherent policies. Come and partner and profit from this transformation in Sri Lanka,” Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told the Forum held at The Savoy Hotel in London. Nearly 150 London-based fund managers, […]

Did Pillayan kill Raviraj?

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Did Pillayan kill Raviraj? CID seeks Swiss assistance to arrest main suspect Charan Gun that killed former MP passed on to Charan by Pillayan Ridma Dissanayake The Criminal Investigation Department officials investigating the murder of TNA Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj has linked Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan’s name to the murder. CID sleuths have sought Swiss assistance to arrest the main suspect in the murder named Charan who is said to be a close ally of former Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan also known as Pillayan. Charan is living in Switzerland, the officials said. The CID official said that the weapon used to kill former parliamentarian Raviraj has reached the killer through a Colonel. The sources said that the colonel was arrested on suspicion over the abduction and […]

Plight of Tamils should be remembered – Prof. Yogarajah

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By Pranavesh Sivakumar Prof. S. Yogarajah from the Eastern Province University’s Tamil Department has urged that the next generation should also be mindful of the plight the Tamil minority people have undergone. “The person behind the establishment of Ampara District’s Tamil Writers’ Union late Kamalaambihai Lohitharajah had enormously served for the society and is really laudable. She always proved and prevailed to bring out the rich history of the district. Every writer should attempt to bring out the history of its distict,” professor hailed the late writer. Prof. S. Yogarajah hailed the late Kamalaambihai the instrument behind Ampara District’s Tamil Writers’ Union at a memorial lecture held at the community centre in Kalmunai recently. “She chiefly made the world aware of the reality. As far […]

A Ray of Hope for those Looking for War Missing

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PAVAKODICHENNAI, Sri Lanka, Oct 29 2015 (IPS) – Thavarasa Utharai’s most treasured belongings are stuck inside several plastic bags and tucked within old traveling bags. Inside, wrapped in more plastic sheets, are old fading photographs, scrap books, legal documents and even some old bills. These are the only processions the 36 year old mother of two has to show of her husband. He went missing on March 20, 2009 while returning home after tending to his cattle. No one really knows what happened to him. “They took him, I know they did, I know the person who did it also,” Utharai says of suspected abductors who she says were linked to government military. The abduction took place as a three decade old bloody civil conflict […]

UN engagement in post-conflict Sri Lanka

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By Neville Ladduwahetty With the co-sponsoring by Sri Lanka of the UNHRC Resolution “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” dated September 29, 2015, a chapter has come to a close. This closure marks the beginnings of a new chapter which is the implementation of the undertakings in the resolution. It is being speculated whether Sri Lanka is obligated to implement the provisions strictly as stated in the resolution on grounds of being a co-sponsor or whether there is room for flexibility in its implementation. For instance, Paragraph 4 of the Resolution states: “Welcomes…the proposal by the Government to establish a commission for truth, justice, reconciliation and non-recurrence, an office of missing persons and an office for reparations, further welcomes the willingness of the […]