14th January 2016

Magistrate wants non-stop hearings

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Magistrate wants non-stop hearings By Ishara Ratnakara Colombo Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday ordered continuous hearings in the case related to the killing of ex-Jaffna District MP Nadarajah Raviraj. Police constable Wijewickrema Manamperige Sampath Preethi Viraj, who has been State witness after charges against him were waived by the Attorney General, was cross-examined by lawyers for the prosecution yesterday. Viraj had earlier made three contradictory statements to the CID on how the murder of the former MP had taken place and those involved in the crime. He said under cross-examination that he had on earlier occasions failed to give an accurate account of what he knew about the crime because he feared for his life. Raviraj and his security guard were killed at Matha Road […]

India highly appreciates President’s statesman-like approach – Indian Foreign Secretary

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Indian Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar said India highly appreciates the statesman-like approach of President Maithripala Sirisena. “Not only Sri Lanka, but we in New Delhi also highly appreciate the speech made by Your Excellency in Parliament last week,” he said when he paid a courtesy call on the President at the Presidential Secretariat today (January 13). Dr Jayashankar conveyed congratulations from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the President’s One Year in Office. He said that the President’s approach towards national reconciliation is highly appreciative. President conveyed his greetings to the Indian Premier and said that he has great regards for Shri Modi, with whom he has a personnel bond as well. “After our close rapport during my visit to New Delhi and Mr […]

Foreign Office Minister for Asia visits Sri Lanka

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The Minister for Asia, Hugo Swire, will visit Colombo, Jaffna and Galle in his third official visit to Sri Lanka. The visit is the latest in a series of high level engagements between the governments of the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka over the last year. Relations between the two countries have been reinvigorated since the election of President Sirisena in January 2015. Mr Swire will welcome the Sri Lankan government’s commitment to reconciliation and strengthening democracy since the end of its civil war, as well as progress made so far. His discussions will focus on further developing cooperation between the two countries and on UK support for Sri Lankan efforts to tackle the legacy of the conflict. During his three-day visit, Mr Swire will […]

Confusion in Tamil politics is understandable

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No retreat permissible on ‘hybrid-mechanism’ Confusion in Tamil politics is understandable by Kumar David Seven years have passed since the LTTE was wiped out but it has not been time enough for the Tamils to find their feet. Thirty years of civil war cast a pall; the LTTE conjured up phantasmagorical images of a leader and an imagined Eelam divorced from all reality; war-crimes seared people’s lives. The Jehan Pereras, bless their souls, who advocate reason and reconciliations are a minority in Sinhalese polity. To most Sinhalese: “The LTTE has been vanquished, the Tamils ground down to their senses, all is fine. Devolution after they lost the war! What planet do these liberals and leftists inhabit!” In the context of defeat, Sinhala indifference and ineffective […]

“I have so much to tell you but I can’t. IT is too dangerous”

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“I have so much to tell you but I can’t. IT is too dangerous” By Ru. Kariyawasam Q: You are a well-known journalist who was the chief editor of The Morning Leader. How is your new position as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in the UN office of New York? A: Thank you for your opinion about me. I worked very hard then. I was the main investigative journalist and the advisory editor of The Sunday Leader. Now I am a guest lecturer in politics, communication, human rights and international justice at two reputed universities in New York. I have a lot of work in New York. I work until late at night. But I am very happy that I can represent my country […]

Report card: Sri Lanka president falls short after one year at helm

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COLOMBO–The initial excitement among his supporters seems to have dampened after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena completed his first year in office on Jan. 9. He’s being called to account for delivering a large number of pre-election promises which continue to be mostly rhetoric since his electoral triumph of 12 months ago. On Jan. 8, 2015, Sri Lanka’s went to the polls to vote for “change” by voting out the once powerful Mahinda Rajapaksa from the presidency and voting in Rajapaksa’s former ally Sirisena. But while Sirisena rose to power by promising to rid the country of corruption, nepotism and ensure good governance, he has variously fallen short in delivering on his vows. In one glaring instance, he appointed his brother, Kumarasinghe Sirisena, as chairman […]