January 2016

Gota ready to enter politics; Wimal says new front almost ready

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says is prepared to enter politics if the public want him to. He is counting on sinhala racist votes as he is accused of being part of killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians and organisor of the White Van run under President Mahinda which killed Journalists, Human Rights activists anyone who opposes Mahinda’s rule. Speaking to reporters outside the Presidential Commission on large scale fraud today, Rajapaksa said that the country needs a strong opposition. He said that Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan cannot be accepted as the opposition leader. Most of the Rajapaksha  family members and their associates are accused of large scale frauds and killings and are investigated. It is understood that Rajapaksha family can only coverup the […]

TNA Reneged On Commitment To Self Determination, Says Wigneswaran

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran on Wednesday strongly denied that the Tamil Makkal Peravai (TMP), which he heads, is a political organization in competition with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). But at the same time he pointed out that the TNA has reneged on its commitment to securing for the minority Tamils the right to self-determination. Speaking at a meeting of members of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) belonging to the TNA in Jaffna, Wigneswaran said that there was a marked  difference between the TNA’s manifesto for the NPC elections in October 2013 and its manifesto for the August 2015 Lankan parliamentary elections. While in the 2013 manifesto, the TNA had pledged to fight for the Tamils’ right to self determination, in the 2015 […]

Sri Lanka’s pluralist ethnic fabric under threat as anti-Muslim drive gains pace

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

An intimidating slogan ‘Sinha le,’ literally lion’s blood in Sinhala, the language of the majority of Sri Lankans, has triggered fear among the island’s Muslims. The slogan was first seen spray-painted on the gates of Muslim homes in Nugegoda, a suburb of the capital, Colombo. Since then it has appeared as wall graffiti in other parts of the city as well as on stickers and posters on private and public vehicles. The ‘Sinha le’ campaign is gathering momentum in social media too. The identity of those behind the ‘Sinha le’ campaign is yet to be established. Some believe that parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila and the Sinhale National Movement are behind the hate campaign. Gammanpila, a former member of the ultra-nationalist Jathika Hela Urumaya, switched parties to support former President […]

Is Constitution-making a closed-end process for Tamils?

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

We have read a plethora of reports appearing in the media on the shape and scope of the proposed new Constitution. The views expressed on the substance of the draft constitution by sections of the public, including the outlandish statement by a group of Buddhist organizations represent their personal or collective opinion or proposals. Aside, we may ignore the racist ranting by certain groups of freaks such as BBS and ESMP. However, when the government’s ministers and its accredited appointees who are involved in the process comment on substantive provisions of the proposed constitution, they represent the authentic, official version. Sadly, some of them have betrayed their innate prejudices and have freaked out. Their flippant attitude and outrageous statements effectively foreclose any hope that the […]

Sri Lankan Leader Says Thousands of Tamils who Surrendered with white flag are Now Dead: TGTE Wants Clarification !

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

by tmdas5@hotmail.com • ENGLISH NEWS “CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE MISSING TO THEIR FAMILIES” Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urges Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasinghe to clarify his statement that thousands of Tamils who surrendered to the Sri Lankan Security forces are no longer alive. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister made this statement on January 15th in Jaffna, when he spoke at a celebration of Thai Pongal, a Hindu festival. The Prime Minister’s comments sent shock-waves through the thousands of Tamil families who still do not know the fate of family members who peacefully surrendered to Sri Lankan Security Forces in May 2009. Large groups of civilians, including women and children voluntarily placed themselves in the hands of the […]

After 60 years of discrimination government says ”All notices should be in all three languages”

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

Laws would be strictly implemented against the public institutions, which do not display public notices in all three languages, the Department of Official Languages today said. Commissioner of the Department W. A. Jayawickrama said they had already informed all public institutes of the need to have notices in all three languages. “They generally have notices in Sinhala and English and in some places just in one language. The law clearly states that public notices should be in all three languages,” he said. The Department informed the National Transport Board, drivers at three wheeler parks, local government bodies, the Road Development Authority and a number of hospitals to have name boards, signs and notices in all three languages, in accordance with the law. He said a […]

TN Govenor Rosaiah demands justice for war victims in Sri Lanka

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

Entire opposition parties stage walk-out The Indian government should prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to take action against those who had committed crimes against Tamils in the last phase of the war, Tamil Nadu Government K. Rosaiah demanded in the state Assembly on Wednesday. But the entire opposition parties staged a walkout alleging the ruling AIADMK government had failed in all fronts and its failure to release water from Chembarambakkam Lake caused the flood in Chennai. DMK floor leader M.K. Stalin told reporters that even though his party had demanded a judicial inquiry into the issue, the state government had not given any proper response so far. The Governor’s address also made no reference to the issue. Recalling the resolution adopted in the state […]

A new Constitution was an attempt to divert the people’s attention away

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

The move to introduce a new Constitution was an attempt to divert the people’s attention away so the Government could establish a special war crime court as proposed by the UNHRC to probe alleged war crime charges and to ‘hunt down’ armed forces personnels and politicians involved in killing of more than 40,000 of Tamil civilians in May 2009 said the former puppet and minister of Mahinda government. Addressing a news conference held at the Dr. N.M. Perera Centre in Borella, Peiris said the government had been given an ultimatum to execute UNHRC proposals and therefore, it would establish the war crimes court and introduce retrospective laws to take action on military personnels and political leaders involved in killing Tamil civilians. “The government is planning […]

British HC trains FCID to attain personal agenda: Wimal

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader MP Wimal Weerawansa yesterday charged that the Financial Crime Investigation Division’s (FCID) officials were being trained by the British High Commission in Colombo to hunt down the politicians who are against the agenda of the Britain. He made these remarks while delivering a speech under the theme ‘The end of the motherland’s journey’ at the Ape Gama in Battaramulla. MP Weerawansa said the British High Commission was facilitating and conducting lectures to the FCID officials in groups on how to make an innocent man guilty. “The High Commission is tutoring officers to create a thief out of an honest man. However, its main agenda is to tie down the politicians who are against their agendas which are the power devolution […]

Tamils surprised by Ranil’s speech

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

Tamils surprised by Ranil’s speech Some international media reported that, President’s visit to Jaffna, during Thai Pongal festivals, was cancelled due to the pressure of radical Tamils. ‘Amid widespread protests by Tamils, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena cancelled his scheduled visit to Tamil areas to celebrate the annual Hindu festival of Thai Pongal on 15 January. Elaborate arrangements were made to organize this festival, but at the last minute the Sri Lankan President cancelled his visit and instead sent his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, for the event. Visiting British State Minister for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire and several diplomats also joined this festival.’ DR.Vickramabahu Karunaratne Whatever the reality relating to this event is, there is a campaign to depict that the democratic revolution, […]

Fresh by-elections when MPs cross over!

21st January 2016 // 0 Comments

BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform has mooted a by-election in any electorate in which the sitting Member of Parliament crosses over to another political party, abandoning the Party through which he was elected to Parliament. Lal Wijenayake, Chairman of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform says the issue of electoral reforms and the question of crossovers would be addressed in the new Constitution, especially in the case of the country going in for a mixed first-past-the-post and proportional representation system. Electoral reform proposals can be obtained from the people as to whether they want the proportional representation system, the first-past-the-post system or a mixed system. He said this would settle matters because there was controversy and different schools of […]

When Rajapaksa was the SLFP leader, he created splits in the UNP and the JVP and now within SLFP for his survival.

20th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Repetition is the soul of politics, at least in Sri Lanka. At various points in the country’s recent political history, political parties have used the same strategies and tactics over and over again, to outsmart their opponents and grab power. The UPFA dissidents and the SLFP group supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, believe they can regain control of the party by repeating the same old fear-tactics which they adopted to get nomination for Rajapaksa to contest the Parliamentary election on the UPFA ticket. They assume the local government election – which will take place six months behind the scheduled date – will provide the ideal platform for their ‘take-over’ mission. At this point, they are trying to create a fear psychosis among the rank and […]

The fabrications of Yahapalanaya: 65,000 metal houses for the North & East

20th January 2016 // 0 Comments

In late December 2015, the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs opened bids from various contractors to build 65,000 houses in the Northern and Eastern Provinces over the next four years.  A statement (available here in English, and inSinhala or Tamil) issued by a group of civil society organisations raises important concerns about this project but there are some additional ones to consider. There are unconfirmed reports that the project, about which not much is known either by the provincial or district officials, is set to be awarded to Arcelor Mittal. The global steel-manufacturing giant is reportedly vying to supply and install pre-fabricated metal houses to which it appears the Minister has taken a strong liking. Curiously, it is also reported that […]

Wigneswaran Calls For Shared Sovereignty Within A United Lanka

20th January 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’ Tamil-majority Northern Province has called for a new constitution which will be based on the principle of shared sovereignty between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority within a united Lanka. Giving the keynote address at a seminar on constitution making in multi-ethnic societies in Jaffna on Monday, Wigneswaran said: “The principles and specific constitutional provisions that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) considers to be paramount to the resolution of the national question relates mainly to the sharing of the powers of governance through a shared sovereignty amongst the peoples who inhabit this island.” “ And devolution of power on the basis of shared sovereignty shall necessarily be over land, law and order, socio-economic development including health and […]

13th Amendment is the basis for solution – Kiriella

20th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Constitution process meaningless without TNA Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella, in an interview with Daily Mirror, says the 13th Amendment to the present Constitution, should be the basis for finding a solution to the national question. He said the words ‘Federal or unitary’ did not matter as long as there was agreement among the parties concerned. He shared the following with us:   As for the resolution to appoint a ‘Constitution Assembly ‘, the government is under fire that attempts are made to bypass the lawful procedure. How do you respond?     Those critics are unfamiliar with the Constitution of Sri Lanka.  Under Section 75 of the present Constitution, you can initiate the constitutional changes either through Parliamentary Standing Orders or through a […]

Though changes may be slow, no need to compromise demands – MA Sumanthiran

20th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Tamil Guardian caught up with Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian after his parliamentary speech on Sri Lanka’s constitutional assembly speech last week. See parliamentary speech here: Majoritarian governance in Sri Lanka must end to continue as one country says TNA (12 Jan 2015) Reflecting on a year of working with the Sirisena governance, MA Sumanthiran said that though affirmation and acknowledgement of positive intentions and steps of the Sirisena government were important, there is “still disappointment with the in the Tamil community as the changes are not as swift as they thought they would be.” Stressing that though changes may be slow, a compromise on demands were not necessary, he said, “Even if the progress is slow, one needs to acknowledge the progress for the […]

Good Governance Checkmates MR And Joint Opposition

20th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Mangala speaks out against troublemakers Maithri-Ranil duo put China on the balance As the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) enters its second year in office, the challenges before the new system have increased in several fronts. Among them the key challenges are in the political and the economic fronts. President Maithripala Sirisena with his oratory skills and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with his economic vision will now have to put their years of experience to good use in order to meet the expectations of the general public. The high expectations placed on the yahapalana government by the majority of the country that voted in favour of it will undoubtedly convert to frustration in the event the good governance administration delays or in the […]

Non-stop attempts to use ethnic nationalism as a political strategy

20th January 2016 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera Norhern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran welcoming Prime Minister Ranil Wickreme singhe in Jaffna, where the National Thai Pongal festival was held recently. (File phto) The participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and visiting British Minister Hugo Swire at the Thai Pongal celebration in Jaffna is an indication of the special attention that is being given to the northern polity by the government. The top leaders of the government have been making frequent visits to the north in a way that is unprecedented. During the years of the war it was dangerous for government leaders to visit the north as they were vulnerable to being attacked by the LTTE and other militant groups. But even prior to […]

Britain rules out Defence Pact with Sri Lanka

20th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Premature says Hugo Swire, willing to engage across the board by Zacki Jabbar Britain has ruled out entering into a Defence Pact with Sri Lanka for the moment, saying it is premature . British  Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hugo Swire said in Colombo on Saturday, that his country would engage across the board in training the Sri Lankan army to evolve into a modern 21st century unit, but it was ‘premature’ to take that giant leap towards a fully fledged defence agreement. “In terms of defence, we are re-engaging with our non resident Defence Attache based in New Delhi, establishing contacts with the Sri Lankan military right across the board. It is all part of what we are doing in other countries such […]

MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena bluffs and does not answer the questions straight.

19th January 2016 // 0 Comments

MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena  bluffs and does not answer the questions straight. He is a close associate of Mahinda Rajapaksha and had always opposed devolution of powers to minority. He with Wimal Weerasinge and Mahinda Brothers had used Racist policies to gain the Sinhala votes. He has been strongly opposed the 13th amentment and supported the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians by Mahinda government in May 2009.  by Uditha Kumarasinghe Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Leader and Colombo District UPFA Parliamentarian, Dinesh Gunawardena, who believes in the paramount importance of preserving the identities of different communities when drafting a new constitution, says devolution should be considered only after a dialogue with the groups demanding devolution. “Following a model of another country won’t help us,” […]

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