5th January 2016

Jaffna District crime free

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Jaffna District crime free Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illanchelian has pledged to make Jaffna District a region free of criminal activities. Judge Illanchelian was addressing his staff on 1 January and emphasized the need to work towards building a crime free Jaffna District. On the first day of 2016 the judicial officials of the Jaffna District gathered at the Jaffna Courts along with the Court staff to take their oaths ensuring efficiency and promising to render their service to the judicial service with dedication. Addressing the event Judge Illanchelian said that the previous year had been a challenging year in maintaining law and order in Jaffna. The High Court Judge referred to the incident of the murder of schoolgirl Vithya in Pungudutivu and the […]

Kepapilavu Villagers Demand Return Of Land, Protest Army Occupation

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Mullaitivu villagers protested against militarization and demanded the return of their occupied lands on Monday. Kepapilavu residents demonstrated against the occupation of 475 acres of their land and called out slogans demanding the army get out. Placards saying “we want our land” and “we need our land” were held by the protesters. The protest was led by TNPF’s Mullaitivu co-ordinator Mrs Inthirani Vivekananthan.  Police were seen at the protest photographing demonstrators. Since 2012 Kepapilavu villagers have been living in a so-called model village developed by the Ministry for Resettlement, because according to the ministry they “could not be resettled in their land due to their land in the village being required for the Security Force Headquarters in Mullaitivu.” The model village was inaugurated by LTTE […]

Norway seeks to renew political contact with Sri Lanka

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Norway’s foreign minister will visit Sri Lanka this week in a bid to re-establish political contact, his office said Tuesday, almost 10 years after Oslo failed in a bid to mediate in the island’s civil war. Borge Brende’s visit, which begins Thursday, will be the first by a Norwegian minister to Sri Lanka since 2006, the foreign ministry said in a statement. “The aim of the visit to Colombo is to re-establish political contact with Sri Lanka,” Brende said, adding: “The recent political developments in the country in the past year have made this possible.” In the early 2000s, Norway mediated between the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), but a 2002 ceasefire didn’t last. Authoritarian president Mahinda Rajapakse, […]

Probe Mahindananda’s claim that Lalith, Kugan were murdered- FSP

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By Dilanka Gunathilaka The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) has requested the government to resuscitate the investigations into the alleged disappearance of two of its activists Lalith Kumar Weeraraju and Kugan Muruganandan. The FSP has told the government that UPFA Kandy District MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage who was a Cabinet Minister of the UPFA regime when the two activists had disappeared on 10 December 2011 had now publicly stated on 2 January that the two activists had been allegedly murdered. “As the Police were unable to get hold of people with knowledge on Lalith and Kugan’s disappearance the inquiries have been stalled. Due to the comment of MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, we request the government to revive the stalled investigations,” an FSP source told Ceylon Today. FSP sources […]

SL to release all Indian fishermen before Thai Pongal

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Will not release Indian trawlers and fishing gear SL Navy refutes allegations of falsely slapping charges on Indian fishermen By Shanika Sriyananda As a good will gesture to strengthen its friendship with India, the government has decided to release all Indian fishermen in custody before Thai Pongal Day on 15 January. Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told the Daily FT that the government has no interest in keeping the Indian fishermen in prison but want to discourage them intruding into Sri Lankan waters. “It has become a menace. The business is operated by some of the Tamil Nadu politicians, who own the trawlers,” he claimed adding that the government wanted to send all the Indian fishermen in custody, home so they could celebrate […]

Jaya Sends Another Letter to PM Over Fishermen Arrest Issue

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CHENNAI: In the wake of the latest instance of arrest of 12 Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today shot off another letter to the Centre, seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the matter. Jayalalithaa said people of the state were “unhappy with the lack of any concrete measures on behalf of the Government of India on the vexed fishermen issue.” In the letter to the PM seeking his intervention for release of 104 fishermen and 66 boats from Sri Lanka, she said it was “very regrettable” that many of these fishermen remained under Lankan custody for long period, unable to spend the festive season with their families. She wrote to Modi following the arrest of 12 Tamil Nadu […]

Eight Tamil fishermen held by Lankan navy

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Chennai, Jan. 4 (ANI): The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested eight Tamil fishermen from Nagapattinam. The arrest reportedly came following a skirmish in mid-sea with Lankan fishermen. The Tamil fishermen from Akkarapettai in Nagapattinam district were fishing near Mullatheevu when their boat collided with the boat of Lankan fishermen, which sank in the mid sea as a result of the impact. Lankan fishermen cornered the fishermen from Nagai and with ropes dragged the fishing boat to Sri Lanka. The Tamil fishermen were handed over to the Lankan Navy, along with the boat. The Lankan Navy formally arrested the eight Tamil fishermen and took possession of their fishing boats. This incident has created lot of tension in the fishermen hamlets of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. Tamil […]

Crown Witness alleges Navy officials involved in Raviraj killing

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While giving evidence relating to the inquiry on the killing of former TNA Jaffna District MP Nadaraja Raviraj led by the DSG, the crown witness of the inquiry, Sampath Prithiviraj, revealed that the alleged killing was planned by officials attached to the Navy intelligence office located in the Gangarama, Laundrywatta area at that time. The witness was earlier a suspect in the incident and later turned a witness to the case. He stated that he had served as a motor bike rider for special operations in Batticaloa, where he started connections with the suspect Palana Sami Suresh. In 2006, after he had arrived in Colombo, he once again continued his relationship with ‘Sami’ and through him got to know Prasad Kumara, Charan, Wajira, Gamini Seneviratne, […]

Sirisena has to walk carefully to ensure he loses no support within Sinhala Buddhist ranks

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WINSTON DE VALLIERE Political analyst Mahinda Rajapaksa has been circumspect and said nothing about the formation of the Sri Lanka Freedom Front. But it could be worrying for President Sirisena if only because it contains within itself the potential to make SLFP pro-Sirisena hardliners guessing at medium and long-term [ read: general elections] developments. Sirisena’s strengths were essentially ensconced in the UNP and Tamil and Muslim Parties which were obviously, from the very inception, part of the cumulative strategy hatched abroad to oust Rajapaksa. Though, records show that Rajapaksa, as well as the SLFP under his leadership, were beginning to lose ground as was evidenced in the Uva Provincial Council election. The province is home to agricultural and plantation Districts of Moneragala and Badulla, both rated as […]