2nd January 2016

Bringing pressure on those giving evidence before the Commission will

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Bringing pressure on those giving evidence before the Commission will be punished in keeping with the powers vested in it.He stated that already a few witnesses, who had provided evidence PRECIFAC goes tough By Pahan Wijesekera and Premalal Wijesekera Secretary of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Acts of Large Scale Corruption and Fraud (PRECIFAC) Lacille de Silva said that anyone found guilty of threatening or bringing pressure on those giving evidence before the Commission will be punished in keeping with the powers vested in it.He stated that already a few witnesses, who had provided evidence before PRECIFAC, had pointed out how they had been either threatened or pressured not to give evidence before the Commission and that they have already asked its officials to initiate investigations […]

IDPs trapped in ‘model village’ fear permanent exile

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By S. Rubatheesan Meant to be a temporary stop, Keppapilavu feels like the end of the line Three years after Thiruchelvan Ketheeswaran arrived in Keppapilavu village in Mullaitivu to start a new life for his family, his hopes are crumbling. Ketheeswaran was among the thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) resettled in a brand-new village as the final phase of the government’s resettlement process concluded. He could not return to his own land, 1-2km away. Born and raised in a farming family, he works now as a mason because his acres of paddy lands have been acquired by the military following the end of the bloody war in 2009. A father of two children, he finds it difficult to support his family. “With the start […]

Prevent recidivism with work chances, pleads prisons chief

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By Chamal Weerakkody The prisons chief wants the government to enact policy that would encourage state and corporate bodies to provide job opportunities for rehabilitated prisoners in a bid to reduce the high rate of recidivism. The call comes in the wake of news that 48 per cent of prisoners have served prior sentences. The newly-appointed Commissioner-General of Prisons, H.M.N.C. Dhanasinghe, stressed the escalating rate of recidivism was a result of failure to address the psychological consequences of newly-released prisoners needing to provide for their families and being manipulated into further crime. Prisons Department statistics show that at the beginning of this month there were 18,771 inmates across all prisons, including convicted, unconvicted, appellant and youthful offenders. Of these, 8,106 are convicted offenders and 8,542 […]

Jaya seeks PM’s intervention for release of arrested fishermen

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With over 80 Indian fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan prisons, Tamil Nadu government has once again sought Central intervention for their release. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said, “It is very unfortunate that these innocent fishermen have continued to be incarcerated throughout the festive season which they were unable to spend with their families. I urge your personal intervention in this matter and request you to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to take up the matter with the Sri Lankan authorities in a concrete and decisive manner for the immediate release of 84 fishermen including the 29 arrested on December 31.” The recurrent instances of attacks and “abductions” of the fishermen in the Palk Bay “continue unabated […]

Wigneswaran’s Special Committee To Meet This Afternoon

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The special committee appointed by Tamil People’s Council to discuss on a political solution for the national question will meet in Jaffna this afternoon. The 15-member committee was established by the TPC when it met at the Jaffna library last weekend.  The TPC is led by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. Several political leaders in the north are members of the council.  Its establishment is seen by many as a result of the increasing differences between Wigneswaran and TNA leader R. Sampanthan. Wiggy chairs two different councils By Manekshaw Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is unique in chairing two different councils in the province. As Chief Minister Wigneswaran remains head of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) which is an official body elected democratically […]

Formation Of New Party Almost Certain: MR To Stay Away From Pro-Rajapaksa Front!

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would not join with the new political front to be formed by the ‘Join Opposition’ for the next local government election, political sources said. Accordingly, Rajapaksa is expected to remain neutral at the local government elections. The purpose of forming a new party was to get pro-Rajapaksa votes and to bring forth pro-Mahinda representatives from rural areas. If pro-Mahinda voters refrain from voting, the victory of UNP would be inevitable, sources from the Joint Opposition said. However, the formation of the new front is almost certain, informed political sources also added.  “Rajapaksa finds it difficult to leave the SLFP as he has vowed not to betray the party. His latest move could be seen as a compromise, allowing him to remain in […]

Parties press for release of fishermen from Sri Lankan jails

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J Arockiaraj | TNN | Jan 2, 2016, 02.23 PM IST  Madurai: With 84 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and 10 from Karaikal languishing in Sri Lankan prisons, political parties are demanding their immediate release. Pattali Makkal Katchi leader S Ramadoss alleged that Sri Lankan navy personnel were forcefully taking the fishermen from Indian waters and charging them falsely for trespassing into Sri Lanka’s territorial waters. In a statement, Ramadoss said 29 fishermen from Akkaraipettai in Nagapattinam district were fishing near Point Calimere when the Sri Lankan navy attacked and apprehended them. Incidents of the Sri Lankan navy falsely framing Indian fishermen and of the Sri Lankan navy infiltrating Indian waters have increased. Apprehending innocent fishermen and remanding them in custody for nearly 3 months in […]

Government politicians behind the Ekneligoda, Raviraj, Lasantha and Thajudeen killings

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Wickramabahu backs conspiracy theory By Mohamed Haniff Nava Sama Samaja Party leader Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne says he cannot disagree with the people’s thinking that politicians behind the Ekneligoda, Raviraj, Lasantha and Thajudeen killings are not exposed and punished due to some deals which certain government politicians were party to. Karunaratne demanded to know what had delayed the process of investigations. The NSSP would support any campaign to arrest politicians directly or indirectly involved in those killings. The NSSP leader told The Island that January would see a series of protests urging the government to expose the ‘culprits’. He would also support a signature campaign planned by Reyaz Salley, urging the government to reveal the identities of the suspects in the Prageeth Ekneligoda, Raviraj, Lasantha Wickramatunga […]