13th February 2016

Jaya again writes to PM on arrest of fishermen by Lankan Navy

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Asserting that her government was committed to ensuring the rights of fishermen in traditional waters of Palk Bay,Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalaithaa today said the Centre should take concerted efforts to halt their repeated arrests by Sri Lankan Navy. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she cited the latest arrest of 12 Tamil Nadu fishermen along with two mechanised boats yesterday and said there was an “urgent and imperative need” to take appropriate steps to find a permanent solution to the issue. It was ‘unfortunate’ that the apprehension and arrest of fishermen from Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy “continues unabated”, she said. “My Government stays committed to ensuring and upholding the traditional rights of fishermen from Tamil Nadu to fish […]

TN fishermen to protest in front of Lankan embassy

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Rameshwaram: Members of all fishermens unions met in Rameshwaram today and decided to resort to an indefinite strike from 28 February in front of the Sri Lankan embassy in Chennai demanding release of fishermen and boats seized by the island’s navy. The unions conducted an urgent meeting to discuss release of Indian fishermen languisihng in Lankan jails. During the meet, they decided they would hold an indefinite strike from 28 February in front of the Lankan embassy in Chennai demanding release of fishermen and boats. Following the arrest of 12 Tamilnadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy yesterday, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi again asking to take action to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issue. ‘There is an […]

Lankan girl receives Australian visa after minister intervenes

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The Sri Lankan girl who made headlines after being refused a temporary visa because she has Down syndrome would be allowed to live in Australia, after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton intervened in her case. According to ABC News, the 9-year-old Eliza Fonseka had also found an unexpected ally in former Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell, who advocated for her to be granted the visa. “I’m very excited for Eliza, I’m very excited for the family,” said Chappell, who was approached to help Eliza’s family by her father, a cricket coach. “I think in this case compassion has won out.” Chappell said it was the first time he had been involved in an immigration issue. “Probably in this particular style, yes, but through the years I’ve […]

There is overwhelming evidence to prove that CSN investments amounting to a staggering US$ 2.3 million were made from monies of questionable sources

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A small boy one day brought a pencil home from school.  His mother never asked him: “Son, from where did you get this?” On the second day he brought an eraser home. His mum kept her calm and stayed quiet. The boy continued his habit increasing its severity and ultimately it became a problem to the whole school unil he became a dropout. His mother never said anything against her son’s wicked habits. One day he was caught by the king’s men for breaking into the palace to steal. During the hearing, the king ordered that the young rouge be executed for attempting to steal property belonging to the monarchy. After delivering the judgment the king inquired: “Do you have any last wishes?” “Yes” replied […]

TPC And ITAK In Talks As Draft Proposals Come Out

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The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) and the Illangai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) have had talks in what is speculated as being part of an attempt to settle differences between both sides. The talks took place last week after the TPC made public a set of draft proposals for a political solution to the Tamil issue. However the talks between the TPC and ITAK were kept low key, and full details of the discussion were not made available to the media. TPC member and former parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said a group of TPC members had met ITAK General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah following an invitation extended by Senathirajah. Premachandran said he was made to understand the talks were held to discuss the latest political developments in the […]

Revisiting the Forcible Arrest of Sarath Fonseka by the Army on Feb 8th 2010

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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Gardihewa Sarath Chandralal Fonseka, Sri Lanka’s one and only Field Marshall is very much in the news these days. The former army chief who was once described as the “world’s best military commander” by former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is now a national list Parliamentarian of the United National front for Good Governance (UNFGG). It is also being speculated widely that he would be allocated a cabinet portfolio in the days to come. February 2016 apparently is a good month for Sarath Fonseka. It was on Feb 8th that the United National Party(UNP) working committee decided to nominate the Field marshall as a national list MP to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Lands Minister M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardana in January. On February […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa urged SLFP members with Maithiri to join his NEW Racist party.

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Minister Amunugama said that 33 cases will be filed against corruption and financial irregularities in due course by various institutions after completing the preliminary investigation. Moves will be taken to file cases against 33 such corrupt practices in due course by these institutions. He added that there should be a charge sheet and the Attorney General’s approval to file a case. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday urged those members who had switched their allegiance to the current government to join the Joint Opposition. The former SLFP leader is fighting to gain his power back said that he expected them to take a decisive step soon. He and his associates are worried about the new cases against them and are in the process of creating a new party to coverup the […]

PrAbhakaran’s daughter born in N’eliya?

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PrAbhakaran’s daughter born in N’eliya By Prabath Attanayaka The sun was scorching them. But the morning coldness had still not died down. The cold sunny morning makes one lazy. She was silent. She smiled as her nipples wetted with milk. She tried to imagine that her new born baby, Thilina Sandaruwan as named in the registry of birth, might have fallen asleep. She was trying to appease herself with that. She thought her environment was not suitable for a new born baby. She walked in the Nuwara Eliya General Hospital and in the hospital quarters to relieve her breasts of the milk flowing for her child. The baby was born on 22 July 1989 at 5:45 p.m. She was on maternity leave for three months. […]

Colombo ‘committed’ to reconciliation

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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Friday appealed to the victims on both sides of the divide to participate in a consultation process. Aimed at designing a reconciliation mechanism in the post-civil war Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Friday appealed to the victims on both sides of the divide to participate in a consultation process. A task force, comprising 11 citizens, has been constituted with Manouri Muttetuwegama, a senior advocate, as chairperson. It came into existence formally on Friday with Mr. Samaraweera launching its website. Addressing a gathering at the Jaffna District Collectorate, Mr. Samaraweera acknowledged that “there are many here today who still have fears and doubts. But I can assure you that the National Unity Government of President [Maithripala] Sirisena and Prime […]