6th January 2016

‘Council Of Tamils’ – TNA’s Baby

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By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar – The formation of the ‘Council of Tamils’ a new non-political group consisting of civilians of eminence, religious dignitaries, and members of some political parties did not shock many but caused some ripples among the Tamil leaders. The council is spear headed by NP’s chief minister C.V. Wigneswaran with whom TNA’s leadership is at loggerheads on several issues like genocide, international investigation, relationship with present dilly dallying government, etc. The council appears to be generating wide support among Tamils including diaspora and even from some TNA members of parliament. Wigneswaran’s handling of politics as a judge expressing views forthrightly and frankly surely is an irritant to professional politicians in TNA who are now adopting a humble and pleasing approach to the inactive […]

Costly Legal Consulting From Rajapaksha

6th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Startling revelations have come to light that Gowers International, also known as NR Associates, a law firm owned by Hambantota District MP Lakshman Namal Rajapaksa, had allegedly earned millions of rupees from government departments and semi-government institutions by providing legal consulting during the former Rajapaksa regime. Namal Rajapaksa took oaths as an Attorney-at-Law in December 2012 after a much controversial law examination and established his own law firm one month after he became a lawyer – in January 2013. Although all junior lawyers gain experience under senior lawyers before commencing their own practice, Namal Rajapaksa has reportedly not worked under any senior lawyer but had immediately established his own law firm to which most of the government institutions and certain private establishments entrusted all their […]

Norway to hold talks with ex-President Chandrika admin By admin

6th January 2016 // 0 Comments

The Norwegian Government is to hold talks with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Børge Brende, who will undertake a one-day official visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow, will hold talks with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the Foreign Ministry said. Norway played a key role in Sri Lanka during the war when Kumaratunga was President. The last visit by a Foreign Minister of Norway took place in 2005. The former President currently heads the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR). Børge Brende is visiting Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera. Minister Brende will hold bilateral discussions with Minister Samaraweera at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tomorrow, following which the two ministers will address the media. […]

‘War Crime’ accused Gotha Rajapaksha upset on TNA, Blair talks on accountability

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War Crime accused Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a desperate effort to halt the Sri Lankan military offensive in May 2009 (which killed more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians) and had talked about accountability issues in Sri Lanka this week, whereas the UK was yet to release its own war crimes investigation report that dealt with alleged atrocities committed by British forces during six-year deployment in Iraq. UK quit Iraq in 2009. Gotha Rajapaksa said Blair should request former Whitehall official Sir John Chilcot at least to give a definite date for the publication of Iraq war crimes report. Chilcot launched the investigation in 2009.  The former Defence Secretary was responding to Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan discussing accountability […]

Sooka claims ‘white vans’ still operating in Lanka

6th January 2016 // 0 Comments

New evidence has emerged of on-going torture and sexual violence by the Sri Lankan security forces one year after a new government came to power promising a radical clean up. “Sadly Sri Lanka’s notorious ‘white vans’ are still operating; it’s very much business as usual,” the Executive Director of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) Yasmin Sooka said adding that “this demonstrates there can be no accountability without urgent security sector reform that leads to the dismantling of the state’s machinery of repression”. Sooka was a former member of the panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon to investigate human rights abuses soon after the war in Sri Lanka. ITJP says twenty Tamil survivors in four countries around the world gave detailed testimony […]

Sri Lanka’s torture machine continues in peacetime

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PHNOM PENH, 6 January 2016 (IRIN) – Sri Lanka’s new government has been lauded for efforts at reconciliation after a devastating civil war. Yet, civilians are still being abducted, tortured and sexually abused by security forces, according to a report published today. The abuses carry echoes of the not-so-distant past. War erupted in the early 1980s in the island nation when the Tamil Tigers began fighting for an independent homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority, which had suffered discrimination under the Sinhalese majority. The conflict finally ended in May 2009 with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, but by then more than 100,000 people had been killed, mostly civilians. Thousands more civilians disappeared during the war in a practice that became known as “white vanning”, […]

Eknaligoda Case Reaches Major Breakthrough: Two Suspects Indicate “Authority” Which Ordered Abduction

6th January 2016 // 0 Comments

In a major turn of events, two suspects, who have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda, has indicated the ‘authority’ which gave ordered to abduct and kill the journalist because of his close links with former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who contested against Rajapaksha for the post of President of Sri Lanka.  The CID’s suspicion had been directed at another Rajapaksha a senior figure of the previous administration who played a key role in the country’s defence establishment, but are asked to keep their mouth shut as the current Government of ‘Maithiri and Ranil’ wants to safe guard the Rajapaksha family. This only proves that the current ”Good Governance”  ‘Maithiri and Ranil’ government is bad as the Rajapaksha government which killed […]

‘WIGNESWARAN BEING CAREFULLY WATCHED’

6th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan slammed at his party stalwart, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran stating that the latter’s conduct was being “carefully watched”. “The unique opportunity the country has been given to solve the national issue should not be spoilt by taking rigid and strident postures,” the Opposition Leader said, in an interview with the Daily News, lashing out at the conduct of the Northern Province Chief Minister. “Unduly, rigid and strident postures are not helpful. Any resolution has to be adopted by a two thirds majority in Parliament; it must be approved by the people at a referendum, which means in a constitutional resolution of the national question we should be able to carry along the majority of the people with us,” Sampanthan […]

Army denies reports of torture camps in Valikamam North

6th January 2016 // 0 Comments

BY S.S.Sakthi The Army has denied reports, on the existence of torture camps, in the areas released a week ago in Valikamam North. 700 acres of land area has been released for the resettlement of IDPs by the security forces in the North. President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to officially hand over the documents confirming the land ownership of their original lands, at a function coinciding with ‘Thai Pongal’ celebration on 15 January, sources said. After the handing over of the 700 acre land to the Jaffna Government Agent last week, IDPs were allowed to see their original places. Some of the IDPs had reported that they saw the rooms and other areas inside their houses were made up in a manner of operating torture […]