18th January 2016

Lanka Releases 106 Indian Fishermen

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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 […]