18th November 2015

Hope For Families Of The Missing?

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by Easwaran Rutnam The visit by a UN group on missing persons has raised the expectations of the families of those missing during the war with many having hopes of a breakthrough. Sandya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda, is among those who feel something positive will come out of the visit by the UN group. Amnesty International (AI) said the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) visit to Sri Lanka offers an important opportunity for the UN and the Government to work collaboratively to end enforced disappearances, account for the past and take effective measures to ensure that the crime can never again be committed with impunity in Sri Lanka. The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary […]

Rajitha’s Son Denies Daddy’s Rs. 5 M Bribe From Avante Garde, Says Never Spied On Harin Fernando

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Parliamentarian Chathura Senaratne, the son of Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne today denied a charge that his father had taken money from the Avant Garde owner Nissanka Senadhipathi. The Lanka e news web site last night carried a story with a recorded telephone conversation which the website says is between Senadhipathi and Senaratne’s Secretary Dr. Sayuru Samarasundera. In the conversation Senadhipathi says Samarasundera had accepted Rs.5 million on behalf of Senaratne. In the conversation the person identified as Senadhipathi in a threatening manner asks the person identified as Samarasundera to reveal whether he had pocketed the money instead of giving it to Senaratne for which Samarsundera says he had given it to Senaratne as requested. The web site identifies this conversation as evidence to prove that […]

Samantha Power may have to Discuss “Yahapalanaya Hell” with a Govt Protecting Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

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By Upul Joseph Fernando It is reported that United Nations Representative of the United States, Samantha Power, is expect to visit Colombo shortly. She may be arriving to evaluate the progress with regard to the Resolution passed at last September sessions of the UNHRC in Geneva. Ahead of her visit to Colombo, a meet was held in Colombo between President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Following that meet, Gotabaya revealed that the President had given him an assurance. The assurance is that the President would never betray the trust of the Armed Forces. Gotabaya held media conferences after meeting the President to emphasize that the President had accepted his (Gotabaya’s) view point with regard to war crimes allegations levelled by America. Meanwhile, former […]

Leaked audio tapes intensify Avant Garde scandal

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By Dharisha Bastians Explosive revelations about the ongoing Avant Garde controversy continue to shake the ruling Government, with new audio tapes emerging yesterday that appears to implicate a senior aide to Minister Rajitha Senaratne as accepting a Rs. 5 million bribe from the chairman of the private maritime security company in the dock, Nissanka Senadhipathi. Minister Senaratne, who is presently overseas, then released an audio recording to counter the first recording that appeared on the news and gossip website, lankaenews.com, which purportedly shows that same aide informing Senadhipathi that the Minister had refused the money. The second recording appeared on Minister Senaratne’s verified Facebook account, with the title “Proof of Rajitha’s innocence: Audio tape proving that Rajitha Senaratne refused the money sent by Nissanka Senadhipathi”. […]

PM’s Economic Policy Statement; How Tamils Can Respond

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By S. Sivathasan – Placed before the country is an economic vision spread across several sectors, crossing provincial boundaries and bridging ethnic divides. Reference to North and East in a bid to take them into the economic mainstream is a clarion call to the ‘left behinders’. It is significant it comes off the highest levels. The onus is now upon the Tamils to develop on the initiatives made open by the Prime Minister and to sail along. Change in the Offing – Or so it Seems “We will pay attention to the imbalance in development on a geographical basis”- PM. So runs the statement. In Sri Lanka geography denotes ethnic colouration, it also connotes historical rigidities. Yet overshadowing them is the melting process which has […]

We are being cheated continuously! – The prisoners on hunger strike inside prisons express their grievances

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Relatives of the Tamil political prisoners have said that they expressed their grievances about the fact that they are being continuously cheated with respect to their release. Tamil political prisoners started their hunger strike in relation to their release again and yesterday it was fifth day of their protest. The prison sources said that many of the protesting prisoners are seen weak and tired. In relation to this when the political prisoners commented through their relatives, they said, We are continuing our protest for the fifth day today. However no assurances have been provided to us with respect to our release. Several people among us who are detained on suspicion have no cases filed against them. Other people have cases filed, got punishment and appealed […]