December 2015

Millions Busted On Rajapaksa Museum

6th December 2015 // 0 Comments

by Easwaran Rutnam Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been accused of busting millions of rupees to construct a museum at Medamulana in memory of his father, the late politician D. A. Rajapaksa. Documents presented to Parliament last week by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera revealed that the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum and memorial statue was constructed at a cost of Rs. 62.07 million using public funds. It was also revealed that the Navy was paid Rs. 25 million to construct the museum by the former government. The construction of a waterfall and fish tank had cost an additional Rs. 0.8 million, according to the documents presented to Parliament. Stones, including block rock stones, were also obtained from the Urban Development Authority (UDA) for the construction work […]

Thajudeen’s killers identified – CID

6th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Thajudeen’s killers identified – CID By Niranjala Ariyawansha The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has identified National rugby star Wassim Thajudeen’s killers. CID sources said that however this is yet to be confirmed by Court when hearings into the case are next held. A top Cid official told Ceylon Today that the identified suspects will be arrested as soon as the CID receives a Court Order. Dr. Ajith Tennakoon, the Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer told the Colombo Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday that the victim had been dumped on the passenger seat on the left side of the driver’s seat, before the ‘accident’ was allegedly staged. According to him, the accident had been staged by an individual who was driving the vehicle. The JMO’s report added that […]

Mysterious death of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen

6th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Magisterial verdict on December 10 Ending months of controversy over the alleged cause of death of Wasim Thajudeen, the verdict of the magisterial inquiry into the case is due on December 10, authoritative legal sources told the Sunday Observer. The magistrate, considering the JMO report and other evidence presented before the court, will determine whether the rugby player’s death was a murder or the result of a fatal accident. The Homicide Unit of the CID and Judicial Medical Officers who presented the JMO report have already established that it was a murder. A top police source told the Sunday Observer that the CID would proceed with the investigation and arrest the suspects in the case if the Magistrate declared it as a murder. In his […]

North Lankan CM Keen on Sending Relief to TN

6th December 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran on Friday expressed a wish send relief to the flood-affected people of Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu as an expression of gratitude for the way the people of Tamil Nadu had risen in support of the beleaguered Tamils of Lanka in the 1980s bringing the latter’s plight to the attention of the international community. The CM said in a press release that the Board of Ministers of the Northern Province would meet to discuss what could be sent to Chennai from North Sri Lanka. The people of Tamil Nadu had shaken the world by their sustained agitation over the Lankan Tamil issue and against that background, it is painful to see the people there undergoing such […]

Northern & Eastern Provinces Are Nowhere Close To Middle Income Category

6th December 2015 // 0 Comments

By C.V. Wigneswaran – From an economic standpoint today’s is an important rendezvous for our investors, entrepreneurs, provincial administrators and Governmental authorities. We are gathered here today to conduct the Northern Entrepreneurs Awards Ceremony 2014. It is the first awarding programme for the entrepreneurs of the Northern Province with the object of recognizing, motivating and rewarding the Northern Province based entrepreneurs who have contributed to the National wellbeing. The Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Yarlpanam has been involved in various activities to improve existing industries and has facilitated to establish new ventures such as a loan scheme called Youth Business Sri Lanka for young entrepreneurs in small and medium enterprises. It has taken steps to hold International Trade Fairs with the object of targeting […]

Will Justice Prevail For Murdered Wasim Thajudeen

6th December 2015 // 0 Comments

By Hilmy Ahamed – Mohammed Wasim Thajudeen died or was murdered on the 17th of May 2012. He played rugby for St. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia, Havelocks Sports Club and Sri Lanka National Rugby team. He was a brilliant rugger-rite- and a much loved human being. Wasim’s death is surrounded in mystery with rumours that members of the security division of a certain VVIP killed Wasim. There are also unverified reports claiming that the police investigations into Wasim’s death had been shelved due to political wheeler dealing. God forbid that Yahapalanaya has cut deals. Just prior to the August 2015 elections, the CID made bold statements that there had been attempts to hide evidence of the murder of Thajudeen during the initial police investigation. This […]

Ranil’s secret meeting with Mahinda to topple Maithiri?.

6th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe held a one-on-one meeting in the Prime Minister’s office in the Parliamentary complex yesterday. It is claimed that Ranil and Mahinda are working against Maithiri who wants to end the Presidency after this term. Ranil who wants to be the next President of Sri Lanka has no choice other than to get the help of Mahinda who is opposed to abolishing Presidency in Sri Lanka.  It will be known soon if President Maithiri will be toppled and Ranil will take over as the next president.  Ex President Mahinda will support Ranil as long as President Maithiri is removed from his post.  Recently President Maithiri promised to release the Tamil Political prisoners by 7th of December, But Ranil […]

Maoist cult leader Aravindan Balakrishnan guilty of sex assaults

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Aravindan Balakrishnan: the Maoist cult leader who used brutal violence and rape to strip women of their dignity Maoist cult leader sexually assaulted followers and kept daughter as slave for 30 years, court hears A Maoist cult leader who used violence, fear and sexual degradation to control women he held captive has been found guilty of a string of sex assaults. Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, raped two followers and falsely imprisoned and mistreated his daughter for more than 30 years in a commune in south London. He told his followers he had God-like powers, Southwark Crown Court heard. He warned them a supernatural force called Jackie would cause natural disasters if he was ever disobeyed. Cult victims ‘too frightened to leave’ Balakrishnan, of Enfield, north London, […]

India gave navy intelligence to kill the LTTE at sea.

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

India and the United States gave intelligence information to the navy to help fight the LTTE at sea, the Government revealed in Parliament today. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he obtained intelligence assistance from overseas to defeat the LTTE and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and also former President Mahinda Rajapaksa continued to obtain such intelligence assistance. The Prime Minister said that countries like America, China, Pakistan and India helped Sri Lanka a lot during the war. He said that after 2005 the former Government was determined to defeat the LTTE and began operations in the east. The Prime Minister said that later the former Mahinda Government obtained Indian assistance for a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva where an assurance was given that […]

Sampanthan vows to work towards peace

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan told Parliament yesterday that they will make their maximum contribution to bring peace and harmony to the country. He made this observation joining the Committee Stage Debate on the Budget proposals for the 10th allotted day. “We are not on the path of promoting conflict and all Sri Lankans should get together as aunited nation irrespective of their ethnicity. We strongly urge the government not to be influenced by the selfish reasons aroused by some groups to prevent the release of the prisoners taken into the custody under the Terrorism Prevention Act and take the courage to solve this issue.” said the Opposition Leader. He also said that the people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces are totally marginalized andsidelined. They suffered […]

Appointing Karuna as SLFP VP was a good move: President

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena today said appointing former LTTE member Vinyagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman as a minister and as a SLFP Vice President was the right decision. He said instilling ethnic extremism in the minds of the people is a dangerous move. The President made this point by stating that extremism is being inflicted in the minds of the people by certain forces that make false allegations against the government on the steps it had taken to release those who are held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and on the steps taken to de-proscribe diaspora organizations. Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget in Parliament today, the President questioned as to how one could point his or her finger at the […]

Ontario Conservatives ‘unaware’ their Queen’s Park guest was being deported for terrorism

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

TORONTO — The Ontario Progressive Conservatives said they were unaware that a guest they entertained at Queen’s Park last week was being deported for being a member of a terrorist organization. Last Thursday, MPP Jack MacLaren stood in the Ontario legislature to welcome a group of “friends and guests” he said had come to hear him read a statement about those killed during the Sri Lankan civil war. But he was apparently not informed that the Canada Border Services Agency had been trying to deport one of them for being a member of the Sri Lankan guerrilla group responsible for its share of those deaths. “No I didn’t tell him about it,” the man in question, M.K. Eelaventhan, told the National Post. He said he […]

Having released Tiger suicide cadres, Rajapaksas criticise us unfairly – Rajitha

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

by Zacki Jabbar  The government said yesterday that the Opposition group led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was criticising it for the steps taken to address post war issues and forge permanent peace, but the Rajapaksas had even released members of the LTTE’s dreaded suicide and intelligence units. Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, addressing a news conference in Colombo, recalled that in early 2010 the then UPFA government had freed 95 LTTE cadres including some who belonged to the dreaded Tiger suicide and intelligence units despite serious charges against them. “Obviously some deal had been struck. Otherwise LTTE members accused of grave crimes would not have been released in that manner.” Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had bribed the LTTE to win elections and been […]

Arjuna alleges SLPA regularly paid nearly a dozen journalists

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday alleged that a section of the media had received regular payments from Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) over a period of time. Former national cricket captain Ranatunga said nearly a dozen journalists had been on SLPA’s payroll and at least two of them for a long time. The minister was on live Sirasa political programme Pethikada hosted by Bandula Jayasekera. Ranatunga claimed that those who had fiercely attacked him over Arjuna…  his brother, Dhammika, being given the post of SLPA Chairman had been bribed by the previous SLPA administration. The accusation was made close on the heels of Social Empowerment and Welfare Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake alleging that two senior journalists were among 300 persons […]

Mahinda was so rude in dealing with Tamil politicians that he was not agreeable even to appoint a civilian Governor for the Northern Province

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

After May 2009 a youth from the Tamil Community has taken his life for a ‘cause,’ according to Tamil politicians and Tamil media. Rajeswaran Senthuran, a 17-year-old student of Kokkuvil Hindu College in Jaffna had allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of an express train from Colombo on November 26, a sentimentally important day for many Tamils in the north, since LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran’s birthday falls on that day. A note had reportedly been found in Senthuran’s school bag containing a demand for the immediate release of the Tamil political prisoners, a hot topic in Tamil media these days and a comment supportive of the carving out of a separate Tamil State. Despite doubts raised by the police as to who had written […]

The de-proscription of Diaspora entities

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

By Neville Ladduwahetty The former Government of Sri Lanka proscribed 16 Diaspora entities and 424 individuals under United Nations Security Resolution (UNSCR) 1373. UNSCR 1373 is implemented under UN Act No. 45 of 1968. Under terms of the text of this Resolution, the Council “decided that all States should prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, as well as criminalize the willful provision or collection of funds for such acts. The funds, financial assets and economic resources of those who commit or attempt to commit terrorist acts or participate in or facilitate the commission of terrorist acts and of persons and entities acting on behalf of terrorists should also be frozen without delay”. A report in The Island of December 1, 2015 states that the […]

A defiant death

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

A young boy from Jaffna takes his life to highlight the plight of Tamil political prisoners: by Rukshana Wizwie Funeral of 18-year-old Rajeswaran Senthuran in Jaffna Despite assurances by the Attorney General’s Department of the swift release and rehabilitation of detained Tamil prisoners, several remain behind bars with no conclusive dates of their release. The AG’s Department said that it would complete formalities to release a batch of Tamil prisoners who were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. A decision to release 20 such prisoners was taken last week in consultation with Minister of Prisons Reforms D. M. Swaminathan. Schools in NP Most schools in the Northern Province remained closed on Friday (27) following a directive by the Minister of Education in Northern Province […]

Government insists no new secret detention cells under the NEW Government.

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

The Government today insisted that there are no new secret detention centers operating in Sri Lanka under the NEW Government. The thousands of Tamils held in these secret camps by the previous government under Rajapaksha were possibly killed soon after Rajapaksha lost the election which he was confident of winning. It was reported on press that Rajapaksha was angry that the Tamils who overwhelmingly voted against him and he believes that it was the reason he lost the election. More than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White flag after UN negotiated the surrender with Sri Lankan government were taken in buses by the Sri Lankan Army on May 18th 2009. Details of where about of those LTTE Leaders who surrendered with White […]

A Few Thoughts on Sri Lanka’s New Court

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka has recently announced that it will create a new court to examine abuses which allegedly transpired during the country’s civil war. The government has noted that this is going to be a domestic mechanism, but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of some international involvement. The abrupt announcement of this special court came as a surprise to many. Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga has stated that the court will commence its work either later this month or in January. At this point, a few matters are worth considering. For starters, what does the creation of this special court mean in terms of the consultative processes surrounding transitional justice which remain in their incipient stages? A credible, thorough consultative process likely would have taken a number […]

Fostering reconciliation, not judicial mechanisms my ministry’s forte – Ganeshan

4th December 2015 // 0 Comments

National Dialogue Minister Mano Ganeshan yesterday said that his ministry’s role related to fostering national reconciliation with preventing recurrence of violations and abuses rather than supporting judicial mechanisms. Ganeshan said this in response to a question posed by the Daily News as to how he and his ministry was planning to support national reconciliation once the proposed war crimes courts have been established in the country before the end of January next year. Former President and Head of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said on Monday at a press conference at the BMICH that a special court will be set up to inquire into alleged war crimes in the country before February next year. The courts will be set up […]

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