8th February 2016

UNP working committee unanimously approves Fonseka’s name

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The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) today unanimously approved Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka for the parliamentary seat left vacant by the death of Minister M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardena, UNP acting General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says. This came after the UNP signed a collective agreement with the Democratic Party (DP) led by the former Army Commander at Temple Trees in Colombo. The agreement was signed by Fonseka as the leader of the Democratic Party and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the UNP leader. The two leaders exchanged agreements for the Democratic Party to join the United National Front (UNF), the coalition led by the UNP.

Rajapaksha slams UN rights chief’s visit as a Big Joke!

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Ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother denounced Monday the UN human rights chief’s visit to Sri Lanka as a “big joke”, as the former regime stepped up opposition to a UN-backed war-crimes probe. The former regime are worried about killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 will be exposed if UN backed War Crime probe takes place under International judges. Former president Rajapakse and his brother, ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse, have signed a petition against the probe into allegations of 40,000 thousand Tamil civilian deaths during May 2009 of Sri Lanka’s separatist war. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein arrived on Saturday for a four-day visit to gauge the island’s progress in investigating war-time atrocities, before he delivers an assessment to the UN Human Rights Council in March. Gotabhaya […]

National Anthem sung in Tamil: Mahinda thanks MCR

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed surprise about the National Anthem being sung in Tamil during the Independence Day celebrations on February 4. He said this was something he did not expect. Mahinda Rajapaksa said that by doing so, those who decided on the move have created a problem where none existed and made his day. Mahinda was running out of support among his Sinhala Voters since ex-portion of corruption by his family members during his rule. Speaking at a public event in Polpithigama, Kurunegala, he said feelings of animosity could surface by forcing something on the people which they had never requested. He said several Tamil and Muslim politicians had called him and criticised the move describing it as one which could create unnecessary problems. Making […]

Sajith defends National Anthem sung in Tamil

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The 68th Independence Day celebration proved that the Tamil speaking minority are no more treated as second class citizens, said the Minister of Housing and Construction, Sajith Premadasa, in reference to the National Anthem being sung in Tamil. Whilst addressing a crowd at Lunugamvehera, he further added that under the good governance government, the distance between the North and the South had vastly diminished. Referring to the joint opposition analogous with the idiom, ‘A drowning man will even clutch at a straw,’ he said, “The joint opposition is trying to raise its head through trivial matters such an opposition for singing the National Anthem in Tamil. Through this they are trying to stoke racism and hatred once more. This is terribly lowly and disgusting effort. […]

Ms Amari M. Wijewardene – Sri Lankan High Commissioner To UK

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, appears to be flouting his own election pledges in his attempt to appoint his cousin Amari M. Wijewardene as the new Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Wickremesinghe, who came to power promising to wipe out nepotism, and promote good governance, transparency and accountability, has bypassed much more qualified foreign service officials, and has instead proposed the name of his cousin, who is Chairman & Managing Director at the Swadeshi Industrial Works PLC. Her name has been nominated to the Parliamentary Working Committee on Senior Portfolios as the new High Commissioner to UK. She is also cousin to Ruwan Wijewardene, the State Minister of Defence. Last November, Manoj Warnapala, the son-in-law of Austin Fernando, advisor and confidante of PresidentMaithripala […]

Insidious Role Relating to Sri Lanka Played by Washington’s Proxy

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by Tamara Kunanayakam It should by now be obvious to any keen observer of events in Geneva and vacillations of Sri Lanka’s ruling class that the ‘human rights’ game being played out has little to do with the Sri Lankan people and everything to do with the island’s strategic location on the Indian Ocean as vital maritime link between a declining West and a rising East, with China at its centre, and strategic observation post, and with Washington’s fundamental commitment to maintaining a unipolar world in which it has no peer competitor. Sri Lankans matter only insofar as they constitute obstacles to that goal, or would-be collaborators, or opportune victims to be used and abused as and when strategy requires. Yesterday, Sri Lanka got too […]

Tamil leaders call for UN help to locate missing civilians

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Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province on Sunday asked the UN’s top human rights official for assistance in tracing thousands of civilians who disappeared during the brutal conflict between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that lasted more than 25 years. Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, began his four-day visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday in order to review measures taken by the government to investigate war crimes committed during the 26-year conflict that ended in 2009. Al-Hussein met with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and provincial officials to discuss issues that included missing people, detentions without trial and military-occupied private land. The Northern Province was considered the epicenter of the conflict. “The discussions very […]

Sushma conveys Tamil aspirations

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, “quietly” conveyed to the Sri Lanka government that New Delhi would expect it to ensure that the new constitution of the island nation met the aspirations of the country’s minority Tamils. Swaraj did not make any public comment about political rights of minority Tamils of Sri Lanka or the process of reconciliation being pursued by country’s new government during her visit to the country – ostensibly in accordance with New Delhi’s fresh approach in its engagement with Colombo. The press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi also did not have any reference to the reconciliation process or the issue of political rights of Tamils. Sources in New Delhi, however, said that Swaraj had conveyed to […]

Rajapaksa would lose his face and followers, if the government proves with evidence that he and the family have robbed the nation.

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inally, the Joint Opposition, a euphemism for the cronies of the ex-President in Parliament, has turned to God. If the legend in Sinigama lives up to its fame, the  hundred thousand coconuts they smashed at the Devalaya there during the weekend to invoke ritualistic curse on the Financial Crime Investigation Division could raise hell.  Even if it stops short of unleashing some sorts of nuclear holocaust, the Joint Opposition’s latest mood swing to black magic is bad news. It would continue to blind them with bitterness, and lead the nation to a period of increasingly acrimonious politics. (That is in addition to the possible legal implications of an alleged pre-dawn theft of a trailer load of nuts from a State Plantation Down South). All this […]

Zeid holds talks with North CM, IDPs and families of missing

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BY ANANTH PALAKIDNAR The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has categorically told the Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran that there would be no advocacy from the UN for the general amnesty of political prisoners. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights met the Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran at his office in Jaffna at 10:00 a.m. yesterday. The UN High Commissioner and the Northern Chief Minister discussed the post-war humanitarian issues extensively at the meeting. Chief Minister Wigneswaran sought the UN High Commissioner’s assistance in releasing the Tamil political prisoners. Wigneswaran also mentioned that the Tamil political prisoners have been detained for a lengthy period without any trial. “On humanitarian grounds the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights […]

SB disappointed about Yoshitha’s situation

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Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S.B.Dissanayake said he was disappointed that Yoshitha Rajapakse, former President Mahinda Rajapakse’s son, was remanded as an SLFP Member but Rajapaksha family members must take blame for this.   Releasing a media statement the Minister said he was disappointed as a member of the SLFA about the incident. “It is well known that holding a position in a private company while being a public servant is illegal. The Mahinda Rajapaksha and his brothers elders around him are also to be blamed for this incident. He is someone who has a bright future not only as a public servant but also as a politician,” Dissanayake said.   It was the responsibility of the police officers to ensure the investigations and court procedures were […]