19th February 2016

Migration Sent back by Australia to debt in Sri Lanka

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MULLAITTIVU/SRI LANKA, 18 February 2016 Vaithilingam Lingarajan spent the war years plying the seas off the northern coast of Sri Lanka in his small fishing boat. It was only once the conflict ended that he decided to flee the country, making a failed bid for Australia that has left him destitute and facing possible criminal charges. Lingarajan is one of more than 1,400 asylum seekers who have returned since 2009 because Australia rejected their applications, according to the Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department. Another 4,310 Sri Lankans who did not apply for refugee status were sent back when the Australian or Sri Lankan navy intercepted their boats before reaching Australian waters. Many returnees face crippling debt after spending large sums to pay for the journey, and they can […]

The Music Project holds concert at British School in Colombo

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The Music Project in Sri Lanka recently held an informal concert at the British School in Colombo at which the children of this project showcased their musical skills to an enthralled audience. The concert featured children from both the north and south of Sri Lanka playing a host of orchestral instruments such as violin, cello, trumpet, flute and clarinet to mention a few, and also showcased recorder and percussion ensembles. The Music Project is inspired by El Sistema of Venezuela which has over 300,000 children playing in over 400 orchestras. The Music Project in Sri Lanka aims to build orchestral communities between the children of the north and south, thereby providing links, networks and a sense of social cohesion, as the children, teachers and wider […]

‘Fonseka To Reveal Secrets On Deal With LTTE’

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Minister of Special Assignment Sarath Amunugama said that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka will reveal secrets on certain events which occurred during the war years in due course. Speaking to media yesterday, Amunugama said that Fonseka will reveal details about the secret deal with the LTTE. He will reveal the responsible parties who came to such a deal and what weapons were purchased using the money paid in the deal, Amunugama added.  The Minister slammed the ‘Joint Opposition’ for shedding crocodile tears for the war heroes, forgetting how President Rajapaksa’s government treated the best army commander in the world. Recalling that he was also a member of the government at the time, he added that he was also to be blamed for what has happene

Abduction of Ekneligoda had been a long premeditated one by Rajapaksha!

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The CID said that two Ex  LTTE activists who were working for the Rajapaksha  government, had turned State witnesses in the Prageeth Ekneligoda disappearance case confessed to Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake at his official residence on Tuesday 16 February that the army personnel now under custody had used their National Identity Cards to get mobile phone SIM cards under their names. The CID said that an examination of calls taken via those SIM cards showed that the entire plan to abduct Ekneligoda had been a long premeditated one. Making submissions to the Homagama Magistrate’s Court last Tuesday the CID said they had received information to the effect that the Army personnel who are in custody under allegations of complicity in the abduction and disappearance of […]