January 2016

Lanka Releases 106 Indian Fishermen

18th January 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government on Monday ordered the release of 106 Indian fishermen who were in its custody on charges of poaching in Lankan waters. Three fishermen arrested by the Lankan Navy on Sunday will also be released simultaneously. The release orders for 55 fishermen had already been issued by the magistrates’ courts of Jaffna and Mannar, while the process of release of remaining 51 fishermen is expected to be completed on Monday. According to officials of the Indian Consulate in Jaffna, the repatriation of these fishermen will take place later this week. The fishermen had been arrested at various times since November last year, along with their fishing vessels. Their boats have however not been released. The fishermen were to be released before the […]

Man tried in Germany for backing Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers

18th January 2016 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan-born man went on trial in Germany today charged with membership of the rebel group the Tamil Tigers which Germany considers a terrorist organisation. The 53-year-old German national, identified only as Yogendran G by the court, is accused of having raised funds from 2007-2009 for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in and around the northern city of Hamburg. The LTTE committed a string of attacks against civilian targets and national infrastructure during the country’s decades-long civil war that killed more than 100,000 people and ended in 2009 when government forces crushed the rebels. Prosecutors in the Hamburg court said the man raised more than 81,000 euros (USD 88,000) for combat and terrorist activities including suicide attacks by the LTTE in its […]

Peace & reconciliation cannot be built only through constitution and laws – President

18th January 2016 // 0 Comments

“Building of the peace and reconciliation among the people in the country cannot be done only through enacting laws and adopting a new constitution. It can only be done through the religious philosophy”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. “Therefore, I request every religious leader to come forward to take forward the program commenced by the government to build the peace and brotherhood by alleviating the fear and suspicion among every community in the country”, he added. The President made these remarks, participating at the Thaipongal ceremony held today (Jan. 18) in the Hindu College in Payagala, Kalutara, organized, under the program to use religious and cultural activities as a tool to promote national peace and reconciliation among school children. The President who arrived in the college […]

Ex-Tamil Tigers go jobless in Sri Lanka

18th January 2016 // 0 Comments

VALLIPURAM, Sri Lanka, 18 January 2016 (IRIN) – Almost seven years after the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war, the majority of former Tamil Tiger rebels are struggling to find jobs despite billions of dollars of extra investment in their regions. Sivalingam Ruvendradass, who spent three years in a government “rehabilitation” programme, which is compulsory for former Tamil Tigers and provides them with education and vocational training, now looks back at wartime with some fondness. “Then at least I was getting something from the Tigers,” he told IRIN. Despite his training in carpentry, steady work was impossible to find when Ruvendradass returned home to Vallipuram, a village near the Tigers’ former political and administrative centre of Kilinochchi. “There are new highways, new railroads, new […]

New political party in the offing

18th January 2016 // 0 Comments

A new Racist political party is in the making. Meanwhile , the Sinhala Racist party Jathika NiIdahas Peramuna leader, ‘Big Actor’ and a close associate of Mahinda who lost the election in January 2015, MP Wimal Weerawansa who has always opposed equal rights to minority in Sri Lanka and supported the killing of minority community to gain Sinhala Votes had reportedly confirmed moves to set up a new Sinhala political party before the forthcoming provincial poll and said that they had the blessing of Mahinda Rajapaksha. ” A new political party is emerging because of the vacuum in the United People’s Freedom Alliance [UPFA] after January-eight Presidential Election.” “The vacuum was created as a result of a large number of Sri Lanka Freedom Party [SLFP] members […]

National Peace Council on Presidential pardon Says it sets tone for spirit of transition process

18th January 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena gave concrete expression to his ideals of healing Sri Lanka’s post war wounds when he utilized his presidential powers to pardon a former member of the LTTE, Sivarajah Jeneevan, who had been convicted and imprisoned for having attempted to assassinate him in 2005 when he was Minister of Mahaweli Development.  This symbolic and healing gesture coincided with the first year anniversary of his becoming President. Jenivan was arrested on April 23, 2006 and sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by Polonnaruwa High Court over nine years later on July 3, 2015. The National Peace Council (NPC) is of the view that the State has the right to charge those who indulge in crimes irrespective of how long the time since the commission […]

NO to ”13+” or ”Indian model of devolution” say’s Mahinda

17th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that he opposes to ”13+” or ”Indian model of devolution” but extended support to moves by the Government to abolish the Executive Presidential system. Speaking at the Abeyarama Temple in Narahenpita, Rajapaksa said that while controversies have emerged about the procedure to be adopted in making changes to the Constitution he believes the Government will be flexible on this matter. Rajapaksa noted that his election manifesto for the 2015 Presidential election “Mahinda Chintana lowa dinana maga” also pledged to take steps to formulate a new constitution for Sri Lanka. “Earlier in 2011, my Government had appointed a Parliamentary Select Committee under the chairmanship of Nimal Siripala de Silva to look into the changes that need to be made to the constitution including changes relating […]

Rajapaksa loyalists work out plans for new party and alliance

17th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Former president meets local council representatives to discuss strategy for upcoming polls Sirisena reaches out to dissident faction, but with limited success in his move to keep the Rajapaksas out PM holds talks with different parties on resolution for constitutional changes, vote likely after Swiss visit A proposed new Constitution for Sri Lanka appears to have united warring factions in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the SLFP-led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). They want to adopt a common approach. In what appears to be a landmark event, lawmakers who are supporters of President Maithripala Sirisena and those of his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa met for talks last Tuesday morning. The venue was the Parliament library. Representing Sirisena were ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, […]

No UK influence in drafting new constitution: Swire

17th January 2016 // 0 Comments

UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire says that the UK government will not interfere in formulating the new constitution of Sri Lanka. UK Minister Hugo Swire made the observation at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (16). While responding to a question by Ada Derana reporter, he added that “the UK government will neither pressurize nor influence the new constitution making but welcomes Govt’s initiative in its changes.” “I have been encouraged and impressed by President Maithripala Sirisena’s government, and the present human rights situation in Sri Lanka,” said Swire. He also pointed out the importance of establishing a non-residential Defence Attaché between the two countries. The Minister went on to say that the United Kingdom has […]

Sri Lankan Peace Process Would Have Benefitted from Greater International Effort, says Former Negotiator

17th January 2016 // 0 Comments

From left: Bharath Gopalaswamy, Director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, moderates a discussion with Mark Salter, author of To End a Civil War; Erik Solheim, a former chief negotiator in the Sri Lankan peace process; and Richard L. Armitage, who has served as Deputy Secretary of State in the George W. Bush administration, at the Atlantic Council in Washington on January 14. The panel discussed efforts to end the war in Sri Lanka. The war ended with the defeat of Tamil separatists in 2009. (Atlantic Council/Ben Polsky) A broader international commitment would have ensured the success of an effort to end an over two-decade-long war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil separatists, Erik Solheim, a former peace negotiator, said at the Atlantic […]

Security men spoke to Top Politicians connected to the killing of Wasim Thajudeen

17th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Security men spoke to Top Politicians Information has come to light that phone conversations had taken place between security officials who were present at the scene of the crime and several VIPs, whose names have been connected to the killing of national rugby star Wasim Thajudeen. These details have apparently come to light following reports of phone conversations being turned over to the investigators by telephone service provider companies. Though the government had initially said that the CCTV footage recovered from the scene of the crime was clear, following examination by the Computer Analysis Department of the Colombo University, Court directed that the CCTV footage must be sent overseas for a thorough investigation and a report. IGP wants Embilipitiya report by 18 Inspector General of […]

David Cameron wishes to the British Tamil community celebrating Thai Pongal

16th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Thai Pongal: Prime Minister’s message The Prime Minister sends his warmest wishes to the British Tamil community celebrating Thai Pongal. David Cameron said: I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the British Tamil community who are celebrating Thai Pongal. This celebration traditionally gives thanks for a plentiful harvest, and many in the British Tamil community will gather with friends, family and neighbours over the next few days. This is a special time to spend with loved ones and time to look forward to the year ahead together. I believe this year’s festivities will be a worthy reflection of the pride felt by British Tamils, who make such a great contribution to this country’s cultural, social, economic and political life. Wishing you and your […]

PM Ranil don’t know the problems of the northern people? Letter sent to CM Wigneswaren in Sinhala.

16th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Let us sit and discuss the problems of the northern people – PM Ranil Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe promised that he is ready to discuss the problems including the land problems of the people in the north.   Prime minister said this when he participated as the chief guest for the national Thaipongal festival.  The Prime minister accepted the fact that 4600 acres of lands in the north are still being possessed by the military responding to a question raised by the northern chief minister as how the Tamil people would celebrate the thaipongal at a time when the Tamil people’s problems has still not been resolved.   “The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is now an expired act,” he said, adding, that it will be […]

No Thaipongal for the northern people Tamil Chief Minister Wigneshwaran and PM Ranil’s reply.

16th January 2016 // 0 Comments

At a time when the day to day problems has not been resolved how the Tamil people would celebrate the Thaipongal, questions the northern chief minister C.V. Wigneswaran  The chief minister raised this question during the Thaipongal festival held in Jaffna under the patronage of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and the visiting Asian affairs minister of UK Hugo Swire.   “The political prisoners have not been released, the prevention of terrorism act has not been lifted and the lands belong to the Tamil people in Jaffna has not been returned” said the chief minister.   The chief minister said the relatives of the people disappeared is urging him to disclose what happened to the people disappeared and said the ex LTTE rebels lives has […]

Muslim Congress Wants a North-East Muslim Majority Council Based On India’s Pondicherry Model

16th January 2016 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj For more than two decades the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress(SLMC) has remained the foremost political party of the Sri Lankan Muslims. The SLMC co-founded and led by the legendary MHM Ashraff is headed by Rauff Hakeem who succeeded him as party leader after Ashraff’s demise in 2000. In recent times the dominant position held by the SLMC among Muslims is being challenged by the All Ceylon Makkal (Peoples) Congress (ACMC) led by Rishad Bathiudeen. Both Hakeem a lawyer and Badiutheen an engineer are members of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe cabinet. While the former is minister of City planning and Water supply the latter is Industry and Commerce minister. The SLMC in recent times has been besieged with a number of inner –party contradictions and intra- […]

How did two students who went missing during war appear with president in Maithri’s campaign poster ?

16th January 2016 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News- 15.Jan.2016, 11.50PM)   Following the discovery of a  poster with a photograph of Maithripala Sirisena posing along with two students (boy and girl)  in school uniforms who  went missing in Vavuniya during the war had raised a storm of controversy .The controversial poster relates to the last presidential election. The parents of these two children who went missing at Thedunkeni and Periyamadu , Vavuniya , say , the CID officers promised they would find the children for them , when they were  summoned by the CID  and were questioned. The mothers of the two students , Kasipillai Jeyaram and Yogeswaran Mayuran seeing their children in school uniforms with Maithripala Sirisena in a campaign poster of the latter during the last presidential elections had informed the Wanni […]

Tamil Leaders Opposed When Sinhalese Leaders Proposed Federalism

16th January 2016 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “A thousand and one objections could be raised against the system, but when the objections are dissipated, I am convinced that some form of Federal Government will be the only solution’” – S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike in 1926. “We suggest the creation of a federal state as in the United States of America” – Kandyan National Assembly in 1927. Political developments in Sri Lanka during the post –independence years has devalued the concept of power sharing through the federal idea. Each major ethnicity has viewed the question suspiciously through its particular prism. Sri Lankan Sinhala “patriots” think the introduction of federalism will ultimately lead to division of the Country.Tamil Eelam Tamil “patriots” think federalism is a ruse to weaken Tamil nationalist aspirations for a separate state. […]

An evidence against the Karuna faction INVOLVED IN KILLING MP Pararajasingham

16th January 2016 // 0 Comments

An evidence related to the murder of the TNA parliament MP Joseph Pararajasingham was produced to the Colombo magistrate courts against the renegade LTTE Karuna faction.  Sampath Prithviraj who appeared as a state witness revealed this when the Raviraj Nadaraj murder case was taken on the bar.   The fact that the above witness was serving as a police officer of the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security contingent, was pronounced before the courts.   Sampath Prithviraj said in 2005 under the instruction of the DIG of police Rohan abeywardana he joined the operations with Karuna Amman against the LTTE.   The witness said that a strong ally of the Karuna faction named Sinthujan said that he and his team were involved for the murder of […]

Attempted to cause sexual harassment on a German lady

16th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Two laymen and monk arrested Two persons who allegedly attempted to cause sexual harassment on a German lady on beach at Thalalla in the Gandara Police area, were arrested by Gandara Police together with a young Buddhist monk who allegedly videoed the incident using a mobile phone on Thursday. The suspects had made an indecent approach towards one of two German ladies aged 54 and 43. One suspect is 17 years while the other is 64 years. The German ladies, noticing the video filming of the drama had snatched the mobile phone from the person in robes and handed it over to the manager of the hotel where they were staying. The manager informed Gandara Police about the incident. Police arrested the two suspects and […]

We need to jettison inherited prejudices and wrong notions – Wigneswaran

15th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran says that an inclusive society cannot be built upon counter-terrorism mindset and state security perspectives and that a heavy military presence in the province lays the foundation for violence. Addressing the National Thaipongal Festival in Jaffna today, he said that the 16th goal of the UN’s 2013 agenda for sustainable development calls for the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective accountable and inclusive institutions to all levels. “This is indeed what we Tamils of this country are interested in,” he said. The Chief Minister said the 16th goal firstly says that we need to reduce all forms of violence. “Unfortunately we in the North do not enjoy […]

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