4th February 2016

Independence of 1948 revived LET’S SING ‘ Namo namo matha’ TOGETHER

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Independence of 1948 revived LET’S SING ‘ Namo namo matha’ TOGETHER WE  remember that the Independence of Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was then known) was gained on February 4, 1948. The UNP was founded on 6 September 1946 by amalgamating three right-leaning pro-dominion parties from the majority Sinhalese community and minority Tamil and Muslim communities. It was founded by Don Stephen Senanayake, who was in the forefront in the struggle for independence from the United Kingdom, having resigned from the Ceylon National Congress because he disagreed with its revised aim of ‘the achieving of freedom’ from the British Empire. The First Prime Minister of Ceylon Rt. Hon. D.S. Senanayake the Leader of the United National Party was instrumental to obtain independence from British rule through […]

690 prisoners freed in view of freedom day (But non of the Tamil political prisoners released).

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690 prisoners are freed today under a general amnesty granted by the President. The President has granted this amnesty in view of Sri Lanka’s 68th Independence Day. Expressing views in this regard Prisons Media Spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya said that the President has granted an amnesty for the prisoners marking the 2015 Independence Day. The amnesty has been given to prisoners who have been imprisoned for minor offences. Accordingly he said that 690 prisoners are being released from prisons throughout the country. He revealed that they included 76 inmates from then Welikada Prisons, 80 from the Mahara Prisons and 31 prisoners from the Bogambara Prisons.

Geneva Resolution encapsulates pledge in 100-day programme-FM spokesperson

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By Shamindra Ferdinando The Foreign Ministry says the Oct 1 Geneva Resolution encapsulates what was promised by the new administration during its 100-day programme and subsequently stated at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Sept. 14 last year. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne was responding to a query by The Island whether UNHRC or some members of the Geneva-based body had sought clarification from the Foreign Ministry as regards recent contradictory statement pertaining to Geneva Resolution made by President Maithripala Sirisena. The Island also asked whether the Foreign Ministry had briefed or reassured UNHRC regarding Sri Lanka’s commitment to Oct 1, 2015 Geneva Resolution. Spokesperson Colonne said: “No to both. What the government of Sri Lanka has committed to her people already […]

Colombo steps up Sinhala militarisation of Jaffna through ‘development’ camouflage

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[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 2016, 23:19 GMT] Colombo regime of Maithiripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickramasinghe is silently continuing with the agenda of permanently seizing the military-occupied red-soiled fertile lands and the coastal strip with most resourceful fish beds stretching 12 km in Valikaamam region of Jaffna peninsuala. According to the drawings finalised by survey officials of the Sri Lankan State on 18 November, 2015, the lands belonging to 1,475 Eezham Tamils are to be permanently seized under the pretext of ‘development’ of Palaali air base. UNP agents in Jaffna have been deployed to ‘convince’ the organisations through promising compensations, the representatives of uprooted people in Valikaamam North told TamilNet on Tuesday. A survey plan labelled PPA 1579 identifies the private properties of 685 people. Another […]

Sri Lanka constitution: What’s in it for the Tamils? – JS Tissainayagam

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Sri Lanka’s new government, which is taking steps to draw up a new constitution, is likely to cheat Tamils out of a political system that reflects their aspirations. Restrictions imposed by the government on the constitution-making process even before it has begun signal that Tamils will remain under-privileged citizens unless they mount a concerted challenge to the regime’s moves forthwith.  Presidential and parliamentary elections in 2015 resulted in the two loci of power – the presidency and parliament – pass to the two main political rivals, the United National Party (UNP) and United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Today, Maithripala Sirisena of the UPFA is the country’s directly-elected executive president, while Ranil Wickremesinghe, head of the UNP, is prime minister controlling the country’s legislature. Wickremesinghe’s majority […]

When Can We Celebrate Freedom Day In Sri Lanka?

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By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel – What are we celebrating on the 4th Feb – Independence, Inter-dependence or Freedom? Recently when I made an Independence Day appeal to all the religious leaders of the country to come to the fore and help the present Government to achieve peace and reconciliation on the basis of truth, justice accountability, a good friend of mine alerted me to the absence of the theme freedom in my appeal. In the context of our Independence Day Celebrations today and of the way in which we celebrate, there are many questions overlooked largely by our population and our leaders. From Colonialism to Independence On the afternoon of the 4th of Feb. 1948 I stood as a 14years old student of St.Patrick’s College, Jaffna, on […]

TNA Demand for Federalism is Reasonable

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by Laksiri Fernando ( January 31, 2016, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) The demand for federalism coming from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is reasonable. The question is how best to accommodate it within the existing realities. In my view, it could best be accommodated within the rubric of devolution. It is not only from the Tamil community that the demand has come from. The first to demand federalism was the Kandyan Association in 1927. The founder of the SLFP, SWRD Bandaranaike was a firm advocate of federalism in the 1930s. There were more specific reasons for the founder of the Federal Party (FP), SJV Chelvanayakam, to demand federalism in 1949. Some Reasons With the deprivation of citizenship and franchise of the plantation Tamil community in […]

Dismal failure of the judiciary ends up with people’s demand for hybrid justice mechanism

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In the co-sponsored UN Resolution (A/HRC/RES/30/1) adopted on 01st October 2015, the government conceded that that people of Sri Lanka have no trust and confidence in the justice system and was compelled to agree for a hybrid justice system with an international dimension, to try alleged serious crimes committed against humanity. However at a recent BBC interview President Sirisena vehemently refused to set up such a hybrid system and now the former Justice Minster GL Peiris says that the President Sirisena has not been properly briefed on the content of the Geneva Resolution. This is a baseless argument, that effectively undermines President Sirisena’s ‘wisdom and knowledge’ as the executive head of the State. Then Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, in a damage-minimising exercise, conceded to BBC […]

Release the crooks or we resign says Rajapaksha supporters

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Deputy Minister Nishantha Muttuhettigama, who visited remanded Yositha Rajapaksa at the Welikada prison, said yesterday that the FCID had no legal powers and they as Deputy Ministers appointed by the SLFP were ready to resign from their portfolios if political witch hunt by the FCID was not stopped. Deputy Minister Muttuhettigama said they were going to discuss with President Maithiripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the matter. “We challenge the government to stop the political witch hunt by the FCID which has no legal authority. The entire country is ready to come forward with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa against the FCID decision to remand Yositha Rajapaksa,” he said. Deputy Minister Muttuhettigama said they as true SLFPers wanted to see President Maithiripala Sirisena and […]

Those who oppose FCID have skeletons in their cupboards

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Those who call for the abolition of the Financial Crimes Division (FCID) and most of those who have visited former President’s son Yoshitha in prison are ones who should be behind bars, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a media briefing that the deputy ministers who claimed that the FCID was illegal and should be abolished are ones who have been involved in various corrupt deals.   “These people have got scared after Yoshitha’s arrest because they have skeletons in their cupboards,” he said. Mr. Dissanayake said Yoshitha was arrested on money laundering charges and most of those who oppose his arrest were ones who raised their hands to approve the legislation banning money laundering. “Those who visited Yoshitha […]

Former anti-terror top cop puzzled by fuss over singing national anthem in Tamil

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Former Commandant STF and retired Senior DIG Northern Province Nimal Lewke yesterday said he could not understand why there was opposition in some quarters to the national anthem being sung in Tamil. “It is not something new. Our first Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake appointed a Cabinet Sub Committee headed by late Minister Nissanka Wijeratne’s father Sir Edwin Wijeratne, who was a Cabinet Minister in the Senanayake Cabinet to study and submit a report and it was approved way back in 1951.” “I strongly believe as a person who sacrificed most of my time in the battle front and we have had a rare opportunity to achieve national reconcilation. What I learnt through my association with various Tamil and Muslim people in the North and […]

Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella to give evidence over the disappearance of JVP Activists

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Keheliya Rambukwella Appears At Jaffna Magistrate’s Court Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella appeared at the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court to give evidence over the disappearance of Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganandan. The two activists, who were members of the breakaway faction of the JVP disappeared on December 9, 2011. Speaking at a press conference, Rambukwella, the then Minister of Media and Information Minister, told reporters that the two activists were in government custody. He was expected to give evidence based on this statement.  However, the court was not able to record evidence of Rambukwella today since there was no translator at the court premises. Therefore, the case was fixed for the next hearing on May 13 and Rambukwella was ordered to appear on that day. Rambukwella […]

Premadasa tells MAHINDA off!

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Dulanjalee Premadasa, the daughter of former president R. Premadasa, in a hard hitting letter addressed to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday, said the latter should not drag her name to a case in which she was not accused of “You are well aware that I am innocent. You seem to think that you have a right to play around with my name when you have run out of excuses. This is unacceptable and dishonourable. If you are a credible lawyer you should know that I am not an accused and that this particular matter is an on-going court case and, as such, legally we cannot discuss it. Even you, now, must adhere to the law of our country.” she said, responding to statement made by […]

JVP, JHU demand action against Emil Kanthan

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by Dasun Edirisinghe The JVP and JHU yesterday urged the government to enforce the law against LTTE Finance Manager Emil Kanthan on all charges including the alleged deal with then Presidential Candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005. JHU Spokesman and Western Provincial Council member Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe told The Island that several intelligence officers were being held over Pradeep Ekneligoda disappearance without evidence, but warrants against LTTE members had been dissolved. Emil Kanthan was the LTTE’s representative who liaised with the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) under the President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga during the post–tsunami period and he handled financial activities of the LTTE, Warnasinghe said adding that the LTTE activist should be prosecuted according to the law without delay. JVP Propaganda Secretary and Gampaha District […]

Ex – Tiger Operative Emil Kanthan Expected to Expose Details of Alleged Secret Deal Between Mahinda Rajapaksa and LTTE During 2005 Presidential Poll

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The alleged deal arrived at with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) in 2005 by former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to win Presidential elections by getting the tigers to enforce a boycott of polls in Tamil areas in return for an enormous amount of money is expected to be exposed in great detail in the near future. A key figure of the LTTE intelligence wing identified by the name Emil Kanthan who allegedly engaged with the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp in this exercise on behalf of the LTTE is now willing to return to Sri Lanka and reveal complete details about the alleged deal to Sri Lankan law enforcement and legal authorities. The person known as Emil Kanthan who is resident in a western country […]