1st February 2016

our media hunting dogs must learn lesson from British journalists

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(Lanka-e-News -01.Jan.2016, 8.00PM) The unscrupulous media coolies of Sri Lanka who are even descending beneath the level of latrine coolies in order to go hunting for the Rajapakses and his notorious crook of a son Yoshitha Rajapakse who is the pivot and center of the money laundering activities and fraud at the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) channel ,are writing reports not on the colossal fraud unearthed at the CSN , but on the tears that dropped from the eyes of Mahinda Rajapakse when criminal Yoshitha was remanded along with the other four suspects which included another notorious crook , Nishantha Ranatunge (younger brother of minister Arjuna Ranatunge) . Perhaps if these media coolies had written that it is only on this occasion Mahinda’s tear drops […]

Finding a Political Solution to the National Question

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Tamil People’s Council Report of the Sub-Committee on Finding a Political Solution to the National Question. Tamil People’s Council (TPC) in its Report has emphasised that a pre-constitutional agreement, underwritten by a third party ( US/India or the UN), in the form of a treaty is necessary prior to the constitution, recognising the Tamil Peoples’ right to self-determination, its sovereignty and constituent power and its traditional homeland in the areas of historical habitation of the Tamil people. The report said measures should be taken for accountability and justice, address issues relating to disappearances, release of political prisoners, release of land occupied by the Armed forces in the North-East, demilitarization, state-sponsored colonization, security sector reforms and contain guarantees of non-recurrence. Introduction The Tamil People’s Council appointed a […]

Joint opposition sees hidden agenda behind Zeid’s visit

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The joint opposition claims the hidden agenda behind the upcoming visit by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, is to setup a war crimes court in Sri Lanka.They are afraid that this War crime court will expose the killing of more than forty thousands of Tamil civilians by the Sinhala Army in May 2009. They are worried that Rape and killing of Tamil civilians will be exposed. Joint opposition member Wimal Weerawansa says the war crimes court will be used to take action against the soldiers and former President who saved the country from terrorism. His statement itself proves that he is aware that War Crime were committed by Soldiers under the instruction of the then president Mahinda. It is an open secret that […]

Organization for missing relatives urges Independence Day mourning

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Organization for missing relatives urges Independence Day mourning Representatives of the organization for finding missing relatives from all eight districts of the Northern and Eastern provinces had urged the people to observe the upcoming Independence Day as a mourning day as the existence of their relatives is yet to be established and investigated. On the upcoming 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka on 4 February, in all the eight districts of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, from morning to evening, representatives of this organization will be staging a hunger protest with black cloth tied around their mouth and at the same time the political prisoners are likely to carry out a hunger demonstration in the prisons. Representatives from Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mannar and Mullaitivu districts […]

Govt. working on reconciliation: PM

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Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe inaugurating the Commonwealth Asia Regional Seminar for parliamentarians in Colombo on Monday clarified about how foreign judges could participate in the accountability mechanism. “The composition of the Supreme Court is decided by the constitution. So who can be members of the final body is decided by the constitution and they have to be citizens of Sri Lanka. We have no provision here to have foreign judges just as much as in your countries there are no provisions for foreign judges. But that does not preclude Commonwealth judges from participation in the process. Then there will be the big question of who shall be prosecutors. That, neither the President nor I nor Parliament can decide. We like yours have the same system, […]

Jayalalithaa Seeks Modi’s Intervention to Release 15 Fishermen, 69 Boats in Lanka

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CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has sought the personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in securing the release of 15 fishermen from Tamil Nadu who have been arrested by Lankan Navy and the 69 boats of fishermen which had been in Lanka for a long time. The Chief Minister, in her letter to the Prime Minister on January 31, said based on her repeated requests and the Government of India’s efforts all the Indian fishermen who were apprehended by the Lankan Navy during 2015 had been released, but their boats and fishing gear, which are essential to earn their livelihood, had not yet been released, aggravating the sense of frustration and despondency amongst the fisherfolk of Tamil Nadu. She said five fishermen  from Jegathapattinam […]

Responsibility, Autonomy and the Geneva Resolution (2015)

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he resolution co-sponsored by our government at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a mutual agreement entered into by Sri Lanka, as a Sovereign Member State of the UN, which recognises our responsibility to embark on a process of reconciliation among communities that will foster peace and prosperity. This resolution is an opportunity to do what is right, by ourselves and for ourselves, and for our future generations. Over the many decades, including the post-war period, there have been assassinations, abductions, torture and conscription of children and sexual violence perpetrated on women. These realities have often been denied by most politicians who have tried to promote racist and divisive ideologies to achieve short term gains. In this environment, we, the citizens must support […]

PM Ranil has double standards when arresting people

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State Minister and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarian Dilan Perera today accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of double standards when arresting people. Perera expressed disappointment at the arrest of Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. However he said that the justice system needs to take its course and it will decide who is wrong and who is right. The State Minister was speaking at a public function in Hali-Ela today. He said that while Yoshitha Rajapaksa was placed in remand people like Basil Rajapaksa and Wimal Weerawansa have been protected by the Prime Minister and given bail. “Kumar Gunaratnam has a passport issue and he is in remand but Wimal Weerawansa and his wife also have a passport issue but Ranil Wickremesinghe intervened and […]

Two TNA stalwarts attend Scottish confab on devolution

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by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London Opposition leader, R. Sampanthan and TNA parliamentarian, M. A. Sumanthiran were on a visit to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh to attend a workshop on devolution of power and constitutional reforms in Sri Lanka. Organized by the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law (ECCL) and Political Settlements Research Program (PSRP) affiliated to Edinburgh University, was held from January 29-31 in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), the International Working Group on Sri Lanka (IWG) of Conciliation Resources and Beyond Borders Scotland. The key areas targeted at the workshop were power-sharing and devolution which are in line to be included in the proposed new Constitution for Sri Lanka. Topics under discussion at the confab were devolution of power as a […]

BJP to push for permanent solution with Lanka

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) says it will push for a permanent solution with Sri Lanka on the fishermen issue. Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Pon. Radhakrishnan said the BJP had ensured that more than 1,300 fishermen, arrested by Sri Lanka, were released in the last one-and-half years. Addressing reporters in Coimbatore he said the BJP led Indian Government was working to providing a permanent solution to the issue, The Hindu newspaper reported. He also said that the party was working for an alliance as an alternative to the AIADMK and DMK, as in the past 50 years the two had provided very poor governance. Parties that shared the BJP’s objective were welcome to be a part of the alliance. To a question, […]

Britain insists of implementation of Geneva Resolution – High Commissioner Doris

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The Geneva resolution must be fully implemented in Sri Lanka, Britain is very clear about it, said, British High Commissioner James Doris. On an interrogation over the participation of foreign judges to investigate war crime took place in Sri Lanka, Mr.Doris replied that the Geneva resolution consists of everything what Sri Lanka government should do. It directs the government which should implement the resolution, he added. He also indicated that the government has not revealed any plan with regard to the implementation of the resolution. – See more at: http://athavaneng.com/?p=239249#sthash.S3mdyJGC.dpuf

Tamil People’s Council calls for recognition of self determination

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The Tamil People’s Council called for the recognition that “Tamils constitute a distinct people with the inalienable right to self-determination” in a draft set of proposals, calling for a political agreement prior to a constitutional enactment in Sri Lanka. The ‘Report of the Sub-Committee on Finding a Political Solution to the National Question’ was released at the Veerasingam Hall in Jaffna on Sunday. In the draft set of proposals, calls were made for a pre-constitutional agreement, underwritten by a third party, to recognise “the Tamil Peoples’ right to self-determination, its sovereignty and constituent power and its traditional homeland in the areas of historical habitation of the Tamil people”. “This agreement should also spell out inter alia measures to be taken for accountability and justice, address […]

Marching to demand the release of political prisoners

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A marching was carried out by all religious leaders in Colombo today (Feb 1) to insist to release Tamil political prisoners who were arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. The demonstrators marched from the Magazine Prison towards the Presidential Secretariat and the Temple Trees. A petition that consists of demands was handed over to the Presidential Secretariat and the office of the Prime Minister. The demonstrators requested the government to release all political prisoners before the Independence Day. – See more at: http://athavaneng.com/?p=239252#sthash.2rsumUYA.dpuf

Mahinda, Gammanpila and Wimal visit Yoshitha

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Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the prison with MPs Namal Rajapaksa, Lohan Ratwatte and Johnston Fernando. National Freedom Front leader MP Wimal Weerawansa and leader of the “Piwithuru Hela Urumaya” Udaya Gammanpila visited Yoshitha Rajapaksa at the Welikada Prison this morning (01). The five suspects including former President’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa were remanded till 11 February, after being presented before the Kaduwela Magistrate by the police on January 30. However, Prison Spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya stated that the Department had taken measures to reduce unnecessary visitors to the premises. “A prisoner is allowed one visit each day and a maximum of three visitors. If there are more visitors they need to consult the Prison Superintendent,” the Spokesperson added. Visitors are not allowed in the remand prison on Sundays. […]

Rajapaksa and his relatives controlled nearly 70 percent of Sri Lanka’s national budget…….

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son, Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa was arrested following questioning at the Sri Lanka Navy Headquarters in Colombo, carried out by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) earlier yesterday, under the Money Laundering Act, at the Carlton Sports Network (CSN), a private company allegedly linked to him, and remanded in custody for two weeks, police and court officials said. Rajapaksa’s media secretary, Rohan Welivita was also among those arrested and remanded yesterday. Before taking up the job as spokesman for Rajapaksa, he had been a director and chairman of CSN. Also former CEO of the Carlton network Nishantha Ranatunga, who was the former Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), was the Chief Executive Officer of CSN and has also been charged in connection […]

Sri Lanka tightens the noose on Rajapakse son

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s police Sunday listed allegations against former president Mahinda Rajapakse’s son a day after he was remanded in custody and the family accused the Maithripala Sirisena government of a vendetta. The Financial Crimes Investigations Department of the police had said on Saturday that Yoshitha Rajapakse was arrested and remanded in custody after questioning him under the Money Laundering Act. The former president came out of the Kaduwela court house in tears and accused the authorities of making a “vague, one-line allegation” while his brother Gotabhaya Rajapakse accused Sirisena of being “worse than Hitler.” Spelling out details of allegations against Yoshitha, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said investigations had shown that the 27-year-old navy officer was the “chairman and decision maker of the private […]

Sergeant Major and Corporal spill the beans

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A Sergeant Major and a Corporal arrested in connection with journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda’s disappearance have given statements to the CID linking a senior official of the previous administration to the incident. They confessed to the Police that they got involved in the case as a Lieutenant Colonel attached to the intelligence wing – who is also in remand – dragged them into the incident saying it was an “order” given by the official. Asked whether the former official would be questioned in connection with the investigations, a highly placed Police source said a statement alone was not enough to initiate action against a possible suspect. “Scientific and other evidence should also substantiate such claims. When they tally, the Police can initiate action against an individual […]

AG Blocks Legal Action Against Army Chief In Eknaligoda Case

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By Shalika Wimalasena The Attorney General’s office has instructed the CID to refrain from taking legal action against the Army Commander Lieutenant General A. W. J. C. De Silva on allegations of failing to assist in the investigations into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. The CID had recently sought the advice of the AG with regard to initiating legal action against the Army Commander. A senior officer of the CID told The Sunday Leader that an informal message had been sent to the CID to delay the legal action to be taken against the Army Commander. However the CID officer said that the investigations with regard to the disappearance of Eknaligoda will be carried out despite the drawbacks, and added that they will seek […]