December 2015

Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 23-12-2015

24th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 23-12-2015  Green Fishery Harbour Project – Mirissa (Document No – 07)  The proposal made by HE the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement the ‘Green Fisheries Harbours’ project prepared by the Marine Environment Protection Authority with the view of building sustainable fishery through converting the Mirissa Fishery Harbour into a Green Harbour at a cost of Rs. 30.4 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. Promoting conservation of biodiversity in environmentally sensitive land tracts and maintenance of services of ecosystem (Document No – 08)  The above project was granted to Sri Lanka by the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment […]

PEACE AND RECOCILIATION, THE KEY ISSUES – EDITORIAL

24th December 2015 // 0 Comments

In a significant move, the National Christmas Festival for the first time was held in Jaffna last Sunday and President Maithripala Sirisena — the first Head of State to preside at such a festival — pledged that the National Government would within six months find a just and fair solution to the issues concerning tens of thousands of displaced families.  The President, in his speech telecast live to millions of people in all parts of the country, said he and the Government were committed to reconciliation and a lasting peace, rehabilitation and restitution. He said priority would be given to the basic needs of the people — such as means for livelihood, healthcare and education — to restore their human dignity as fully-fledged citizens with […]

Mahinda visits arrested military personnel arrested for their alleged involvement in the abduction and murder

24th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Former President and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa today made a visit to the Prison Hospital in Welikada to meet the five army personnel who had been arrested for their alleged involvement in the abduction and murder of Prageeth Eknaligoda. The army personnel including two Lieutenant Colonels and Sergeant Majors had been serving in the Military Intelligence during the war period. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/100421/mr-visits-arry-personnel#sthash.4rmB4Y2H.dpuf

Sampanthan Frowns on Tamil People’s Council

24th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Opposition Leader and Tamil National Alliance(TNA) Leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan said recently that his party shall not encourage acceptance of nor accept into its membership any member from any other organization without the consent of the party leadership. He added that such acceptances would create confusions and complications in future and give rise to rifts within the TNA, which has on its own merit obtained the unanimous support of the people of the North and East. “I cannot make any comment with regard to the formation of the Tamil People’s Council. I will make a comment later. I shall not rush it” he said. Sampanthan added that a new organization has been democratically established to find a solution to the national question and that cannot be […]

Govt has let down TNA says Yogeswaran

24th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Batticaloa District, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, Seenithamby Yogeswaran, pointed out that the current government has failed to support the TNA in return even if his party is indirectly pledging its support to the government of good governance. “There is a change in government but we have not changed the people. It is the same people in a new government. That is the difference between the former and present government,” he said. Yoeswaran further said, “The TNA still believes in this government. We are indirectly supporting this government; however it has not given any support to us. We expected to secure the Chief Minister post in the East, yet the President or Prime Minister did not fulfil our expectations. We also expected that the Tamil […]

Farrer and Roberts discuss War Magic and the Sacrificial Devotion of Tamil Tigers

24th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Q and A reprinted courtesy of Berghahn Press … at …http://ht.ly/VIYQM … This post is the transcript of an electronic interview between D. S. Farrer and Michael Roberts. Farrer is the special issue editor for Social Analysis Volume 58, Issue 1, and Roberts is the author of the article “Encompassing Empowerment in Ritual, War, and Assassination: Tantric Principles in Tamil Tiger Instrumentalities” appearing in that issue. Below, Roberts answers a series of questions related to her article in Social Analysis. This is the seventh in a series of interviews with contributors to this volume. Find the previous contributions on our blog.   Doug Farrer in action What drew you to the study of War Magic & Warrior Religion? I am first and foremost a Sri Lankan. As a historian in that island I began […]

New Sinhala organisation formed to protect Tamil killers.

24th December 2015 // 0 Comments

President of the newly formed Sinhala Organization for the Protection of War-heroes (OPW) Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera yesterday lashed out at President Maithripala Sirisena over a statement the latter had made recently branding patriots as extremists. “The current government hates the word, patriotism,” Nalaka Thera said, adding that the head of state should not have made such a statement. “There are no extremists in Colombo. We are not extremists but patriots. We love this country and we want to save our war heroes and protect the peace we won,” he added. President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Thilippalei area in Jaffna district to look into the well-being of people living in the Welfare Centre for more than 25 years. More than 1,500 Tamil people from Palali, Kankesanturai and […]

Rajapakses’ hired assassin Tissa with Yoshitha (many photographs)

24th December 2015 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -22.Dec.2015, 8.00PM)  Many photographs of Yoshitha Rajapakse with Tissa the   hired assassin of Rajapakses and driver of Mahinda Rajapakse who goes by many names – Tissa , Captain Tissa , Major Tissa , Podi Tissa and so forth , are now in the possession of Lanka e news . We have herein published two of them. It  is by now  well known that Tissa the hired assassin of Rajapakse was responsible for over ten murders  including those of Thajudeen and  two University students . He was also behind the attacks launched on judge Manjula Thilakawardena , Mervyn Silva’s son and abduction attempt  , as well as many other crimes. This notorious criminal who committed crimes at the behest of the Rajapkses is at […]

Two navy officers identified

22nd December 2015 // 0 Comments

Three persons involved in the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen have been identified after analyzing CCTV footage. Among these are two persons attached to the Navy. The Computer Department of the University of Colombo is further analyzing the…… footage and CID has called Senior DIG S.K.D.S. Gunawardane, who was in charge of Colombo during the time of the murder, to record a statement today (21). Meanwhile the Police will question former Western Province Senior DIG Anura Senanayake and officers who were in charge of Narahenpita and Kirulapone Police Stations when Thajudeen was murdered.

President meets people in Thilippalei Welfare Centre

22nd December 2015 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Thilippalei area in Jaffna district to look into the well-being of the people living Welfare Centre. More than 1500 people from Palali , Kankesanturai and Mailadi  areas , who were displaced  due to terrorist action live in this Welfare Centre for the past 25 years and at present they are being faced with many difficulties. The President having heard about their grievances made a sudden tour to the Centre to meet with the people living at the centre and they warmly welcomed the President at the welfare centre. The people living there requested President Sirisena to provide speedy solutions to their grievances over the past 25 years. They further requested the President to resettle them in their places of origin […]

Will not allow to topple got by coup – President

22nd December 2015 // 0 Comments

Problems of displaced persons to be solve within 6 months President Maithripala Sirisena categorically stated that he would not allow the government to be toppled by unconstitutional conspiracies and it could only be done by people’s mandate at an election. Some extremist groups dreaming of capturing power stating that the national security has been compromised and Prime Minister and I will not allow such conspirators to be successful, he said addressing the National Christmas Function held at the Jaffna Municipal Stadium today (Dec 20). I invite the people who hold media conferences in Colombo and accuse that national security has been compromised to visit Jaffna to see with their own eyes the reasons for the war, the President said and added that he would even […]

New front not alternative political party says Wigi

21st December 2015 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran says the newly formed Tamil front is not an alternative Tamil political party. It was earlier reported that the front which was formed last week will be an alternative to the Tamil National Alliance. However Wigneswaran today denied those claims. Wigneswaran was last week appointed as the head of a new organisation comprising Tamil politicians and civil society members, which will work on Tamil rights. The ‘Tamil People’s Conference’ met in Jaffna and discussed its future goals and also decided to form sub-committees which will handle various tasks. The main committee in the ‘Tamil People’s Conference’ includes Tamil National Alliance members Dharmalingham Sidharthan and Suresh Premachandran and Tamil National People’s Front leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam. The sub-committees appointed by the ‘Tamil People’s Conference’ have […]

US official examines future role of army

21st December 2015 // 0 Comments

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for South and Southeast Asia Dr Amy Searight, who just concluded a three-day visit to Sri Lanka, examined the future role Sri Lankan security forces could play in humanitarian assistance, responding to natural disasters, and increased participation in overseas peacekeeping operations, the US Embassy in Colombo said today. DASD Searight met with Defence Secretary Engineer Karunasena Hettiarachchi as well as Foreign Secretary Chitranganee Wagiswara to discuss the Sri Lankan government’s efforts on security sector reform, as well as training and vetting personnel for United Nations peacekeeping operations. DASD Searight paid office calls upon the Chief Defence Staff, and the respective Tri-Service Commanders, to stress the need for land returns, reconciliation and a credible transitional justice mechanism, and to discuss […]

Tougher punishments proposed for drivers who use mobile phones at the wheel

21st December 2015 // 0 Comments

Motorists caught using a mobile phone while driving are set to face tougher punishments. Under new Government proposals drivers breaking the law will receive four penalty points rather than three, and fines will also rise by 50 per cent to £150. Under the measures, drivers of larger vehicles such as HGVs would receive six points for being caught on a hand-held phone – up from three – because the consequences of an accident can be much more severe. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Using a mobile phone at the wheel is reckless and costs lives – I want to see it become a social taboo like not wearing a seatbelt. “We will take action to tackle this persistent problem, with an emphasis on the most […]

Witness In Thajudeen Murder Missing?

21st December 2015 // 0 Comments

by Kasun Pussawela A witness in the Wasim Thadjudeen murder trial, who had expressed willingness to testify on behalf of the Thadjudeen family, had reportedly disappeared and had vacated the premises that he was residing in as well, The Sunday Leader reliably learns. According to information received, the witness is said to be a close associate of the Rajapaksa family and was facing several charges against him over large scale fraud. He was a person who had fled the country and went into hiding in London. However, he had allegedly agreed to provide vital information with regard to the Thadjudeen murder and was to travel to Sri Lanka to provide evidence. The lawyers representing the Thadjudeen family had been in close contact with the said […]

Abolish Missing Persons Comm – Dulitzky

21st December 2015 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Professor Ariel Dulitzky, a member of the UN Working Group on Missing Persons, as recommended to the GOSL, urged the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons to be abolished and all files, records and evidence transferred to the proposed new Office of Missing Persons. Dulitzky, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Human Rights Clinic told Ceylon Today that the UN Working Group has made a very clear recommendation to the Government of Sri Lanka that the Commission be abolished. He was commenting on news that the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons has been holding inquires on missing persons in Jaffna last week. “So far the government has shown no sign of heeding our recommendation….but we hope it will be acted upon […]

UK supports Sri Lanka to combat bribery and corruption

21st December 2015 // 0 Comments

Dec 19, Colombo: The British government is committed to support the Sri Lankan government in its determination to combat bribery and corruption, UK�s Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Laura Davies, said in a recent blog post. Over the next three years, the British Government is committed to spending over Rs. 15 million for continued capacity building and training for all the professional branches involved in anti-corruption work, Davies said. She said that when the new Sri Lankan Government asked the international community for assistance in tackling corruption earlier this year, the UK was one of the first to offer practical support. The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has sent a senior investigator to Colombo and he has designed and delivered a […]

North CM heads new organisation on Tamil rights

21st December 2015 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran has been appointed as the head of a new organisation comprising Tamil politicians and civil society members, which will work on Tamil rights. The ‘Tamil People’s Conference’ met last evening in Jaffna and discussed its future goals and also decided to form sub-committees which will handle various tasks. The main committee in the ‘Tamil People’s Conference’ includes Tamil National Alliance members Dharmalingham Sidharthan and Suresh Premachandran and Tamil National People’s Front leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam. The sub-committees appointed by the ‘Tamil People’s Conference’ have been given a time frame during which it will submit proposals to address issues faced by the Tamils. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil People’s Council is incepted in the presence of religious dignitaries and the Honourable chief minister […]

Attempt by MP to set himself on fire blocked

20th December 2015 // 0 Comments

An attempt made by United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Vadivel Suresh to set himself on fire was blocked by Parliament police. The Parliamentarian was stopped at the entrance to Parliament by the Parliament police when he was seen taking a bottle of petrol inside. The police removed the petrol bottle and the authorities together with several Parliamentarians escorted the MP to the chamber. The MP had threatened to self-immolate if the Government failed to increase the salaries of plantation workers through the 2016 budget.  The third reading contains several amendments to the original budget proposals presented to Parliament. Speaking before the vote on the third reading was taken, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told Parliament that Rs. 2500 will be added to the basic salary of public servants (NOT Plantation […]

Rudra’s TGTE decides to continue push for Eelam

20th December 2015 // 0 Comments

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), led by former LTTE peace negotiator V. Rudrakumaran, has decided to push ahead with the  struggle for Tamil Eelam. TGTE members were called upon to give their opinion to the self styled ‘TGTE Parliament’ on the different aspects of the hybrid courts and help analyse their potential for and drawbacks in delivering justice to the victims of the “2009 genocide against the Eelam Tamils” in Sri Lanka. The TGTE has recommended pursing charges of genocide against the Sri Lankan Government and gathering the legal and other resources for this purpose. TGTE also called upon all the Tamil organizations globally to speak in one voice in order for their common demands to be considered seriously by the international community. The feasibility and […]

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