30th December 2015

Sinhala leaders not a bunch of fools!

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Sinhala leaders not a bunch of fools! BY Mirudhula Thambiah Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said, the Sinhala leaders are not a bunch of fools! They know full well that a federal arrangement is not separation or separatism. On the contrary, a federal arrangement is probably the only way by which separatist desires can be contained if not completely addressed and resolved “The Tamil organizations have repeatedly stated that such an accommodation can be reached through a federal arrangement that recognized the multi-national nature of the country. This was the essence of the Thimpu principles of 1985,” he said. Following are excerpts: ? What is the necessity to suddenly initiate the Tamil People’s Council (TPC) and what is the mandate? A: Well, […]

We need a Federal Constitution

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BY Mirudhula Thambiah Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian and Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Leader K. Suresh Premachandran said it is Leader Sampanthan and member Sumanthiran who have broke away from the policies of the coalition TNA, and not Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. “Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are going against the basic policies of the TNA. They have broken away from the policies. It is not correct to say that the CM is against the party,” he said. Following are excerpts: ?: It is said in criticism that the Tamil People’s Council (TPC) is formed by individuals who have been rejected by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). You are from one of the TNA constituent parties; tell us if it is an organization […]

Why Mahinda worried about Prageeth, Lasantha murder investigations

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Why Mahinda worried about Prageeth, Lasantha murder investigations Today this column records the true story of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent photograph released to the Facebook by his son Namal in which Mahinda was seen standing on his head. Namal uploaded this photograph to show that his 70-year-old father was still fit as a fiddle. On the contrary, the common man in society viewed it in a more practical social and political perspective because it was only a few days before this photograph went viral on the social and print media, Mahinda visited the Welikada Prison to see the suspects in the Prageeth Ekneligoda murder or disappearance. Concluding that visit, Mahinda who came out from the Prison entrance told the media, “Military officers are facing the guillotine […]

Another Army officer arrested

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) recently arrested another Army Officer attached to the State Intelligence Service in connection with the abduction and murder of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. CID sources said he is a member of the gang who abducted Eknaligoda in 2010. According to sources Abeyratne was a Sergeant during the period when Eknaligoda was abducted and later promoted to the Lieutenant rank. He was previously questioned by the CID in connection with the incident and released after having recorded several statements. In his previous statements, he had said that on the day Eknaligoda was abducted, he came to Colombo from the Giritale Army Camp to obtain quotations for sports equipment. He had said that he first went to Borella to meet a friend and […]

A forgotten UN – LTTE accord during CBK’s presidency

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Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative (PR) to the UN, Dr. Rohan Perera, PC, in conversation with Hungarian PR, Katalin Bogyay (Left) and UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s Special Advisor on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar (Right), formerly of the Indian Foreign Service. By Shamindra Ferdinando   A commemorative, event held at Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission, in New York, on Dec 14, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the then Ceylon’s entry into the United Nations, was reminded of sometimes strained relations between Sri Lanka and the global body with special emphasis on the situation, during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative, in New York, Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera, PC told the gathering: “As in other relationships, the relationship between Sri Lanka and the United Nations has, at times, undergone […]