March 2016

Govt. sued for not labelling drugs in Sinhala and Tamil

24th March 2016 // 0 Comments

By Chitra Weerarathne A petitioner, named Lionel Gamage of Maharagama, has complained to the Supreme Court that despite an undertaking given to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, the National Medicines Regulatory Authority and the Minister of Health, had failed to label medicines, medical devices, manufactured or imported to Sri Lanka, in Sinhala and Tamil. The labelling is still done in English only. On Sept. 21, 2012, the Ministry of Health ordered that all Pharmaceutical manufacturers and importers do the labelling in Sinhala and Tamil in addition to English. The petitioner has said his right to equality and be free from discrimination has been violated by the respondent National Medicines Regulatory Authority, the Consumer Affairs Authority and the Minister of Health. The petitioner wants […]

Those Who Converged at Hyde Park Rally Were “Horapalana Activists” Who Received Patronage Under Rajapaksa Regime

23rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

The Hypocritical Independence Square Protest of the Colombo Coffee Shop Liberals/Radicals Hyde Park Rally is Part of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Intimidatory Tactics to Cowe the Judiciary Into Submission Inaction of Present Govt in Countering Opposition Propaganda and Mud Slinging By Dr.Sujata Gamage Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka writes that the joint Opposition crowd that gathered at Hyde Park on 17 March represents leftists, anti-imperialists and progressives in the Right vs. Left, Reactionary vs. Progressive and Pro-imperialist vs. Patriotic anti-imperialist divides. The crowd certainly was a formidable one but not the kind to which he alludes. Those who converged at Hyde Park represent the pyramid of patronage that the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa cultivated so skilfully during his decade in power. The top of the pyramid may have cost the […]

PWF demands release of Sri Lankan Tamil from Tiruchi camp

23rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

Dhayabara Raj continues his fast demanding release from camp Makkal Nala Kootani members staging a protest demanding release of arrested Sri Lankan Tamils in front of Tiruchi Central prison on Tuesday.— Photo: B.Velankanni Raj Even as Sri Lankan Tamil Dhayabara Raj lodged in the Special Camp here continued his fast demanding release, members of the People’s Welfare Front (PWF) staged an agitation seeking the release of the Sri Lankan Tamil. The PWF, comprising the Left parties, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, had called for an agitation in front of the Tiruchi Central Prison on Tuesday demanding the release of the fasting Dhayabara Raj from the Special Camp here. Accordingly, members of the front assembled near the jail corner and took out […]

Harrison Ford wants to return to Sri Lanka

23rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

Hollywood star Harrison Ford says he would like to return to Sri Lanka where he shot one of the Indiana Jones movies. He said this in a Q & A hosted by Entertainment Weekly on Tumblr which produced some fascinating results. The legendary actor answered a variety of questions related to his various roles, including Han Solo and Indiana Jones. He discusses his relationship with cast and crew of The Force Awakens and his character’s emotional demise in the film. He also gave some intriguing, and sometimes hilarious insights, into acting, filmmaking and his personal life. http://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/03/highlights-from-harrison-fords-ew.html By: Benjamin Hart Earlier today Entertainment Weekly hosted a Q & A with Harrison Ford on Tumblr which produced some fascinating results. The legendary actor answered a variety […]

Sri Lankan Tamil refugee’s family released

23rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

In a late-evening development on Tuesday, the State government ordered the release of Sri Lankan Tamil refugee K. Dhayabararaj’s family from the special quarantine detention camp at Mandapam in Ramanathapuram district. As the indefinite fast of the family demanding release entered the sixth day, the authorities released Udayakala and her three children amid allegations that their detention was unlawful, police sources said. Mr. Dhayabararaj, who is held at the Tiruchi special camp, had alleged that his family was being illegally detained in the special quarantine camp that lacked basic amenities. He claimed that the health condition of his wife who required an emergency surgery was declining. Since no dole (financial aid of Rs. 100 per day) was paid, his family had to starve for several […]

Australian High Commissioner visits Northern Province

23rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson visited the Northern Province on 16-18 March to meet with key government interlocutors and inspect Australian-supported development projects. In Jaffna, Hutchesson had productive discussions on the political, economic and development situation in the North with Governor Reginald Cooray, Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, Security Forces Commander, Jaffna, Major-General Mahesh Senanayake, District Secretary Jaffna, N. Vethanayahan and the Bishop of Jaffna, the Right Reverend Justin Gnanapragasam. During his visit, the High Commissioner also opened the Advanced eLearning Unit at the Northern Province Trilingual Learning Centre. The Australian Government supported the establishment of the Unit through The Asia Foundation, as part of a broader package of assistance to the Northern Provincial Council. The Unit will help to break down language barriers, with around […]

Intoxicant racket between Lanka, England busted

23rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

A Pakistani national who led a large scale intoxicant racket between Sri Lanka and England with the help of top officers of the Colombo Central Mail Exchange was arrested by Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers. CID officers found 14 kilos of intoxicants in the suspect’s possession. The officers busted the racket following investigations conducted at the Colombo Central Mail Exchange. Investigations revealed that once the intoxicants arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport, the drugs were collected in vehicles belonging to the Colombo Central Mail Exchange and distributed among drug peddlers. CID’s Forged Currency Bureau OIC who was tip-offed about a parcel of intoxicants which was to arrive in Sri Lanka from Karachchi, Pakistan via Express Mail Service, had deployed CID officers at the Central Mail […]

No foreign judges?

23rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena has recently said at a gathering of judicial officers that he won’t accept foreign judges in any investigation into human rights violations here. Stating that he has his faith in local judges and judicial administrators he has stressed the need to ensure judicial independence. President Sirisena may have his faith in the judiciary. But, the question is whether the discerning public is on the same page as he on this score. Didn’t the champions of good governance who threw in their lot with Sirisena at the last presidential election apportion the blame for the 18th Amendment to the judiciary, which they said, had not stood firm? Didn’t they rake the then Chief Justice over the coals for having prepared the ground for […]

The need for reassurance beyond resettlement

23rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

One of the crucial factors of the post war scenario was the resettlement of those who were displaced during various stages of the war over the past 30 years. But, the resettlement of those who were moved out of their homes during the final stages of the war gained prominence over those who left their homes years ago, for the simple reason that the newly displaced people had lost almost everything that they had and were therefore dependent on whatever assistance they got through the Government and the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that worked for the welfare of the war affected people. Even today, the issue of resettlement is one of the key issues discussed when looking at solving the long- term and short-term needs of […]

Japan to collect funds to cover up money laundering -A damp squib (photo)

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

Pitiful plight of the ‘three racketeers’ who visited Japan to collect funds to cover up money laundering -A damp squib (photo) (Lanka-e-News -21.March.2016, 10.00AM) Lanka e news on the 11 th revealed to the world a conspiracy hatched by Rajapakses and their unlimited crooks to get down their hidden black monies from the foreign countries (money laundering) . The plan was for the crooks and cronies of Rajapakses to go overseas , and send those hidden monies to Sri Lanka ostensibly as  donations received from Sri Lankans abroad. In pursuance of this plot and plan , the inaugural meeting was held yesterday (20) by these touring notorious crooks in Sukuba city , Japan . Sadly, to their utter dismay and bitter  disappointment the response was […]

Govt. is ours – Is police Gota’s?’ asks PM!

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

The mediation of prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ensured true national reconciliation by deed, rather than word, over the matter of Kilinochchi police having tried to stop the launch on the coming 19th of the autobiography of the deceased LTTE women’s political leader Subramaniam Sivagami alias Thamilini, who had been rehabilitated and freed. The organizing of the launch was halted after police told Thamilini’s widower Jeyakumar that permission could be given only if certain pictures in the book are removed and the cover page changed.  After getting to know about it, DPF leader and minister of reconciliation Mano Ganeshan raised it with the PM, after which the PM ordered military chiefs not to disrupt the function in any manner, reports say. It was Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, […]

‘If I’m not given premiership, I will end Maithri’s presidency too’ – Mahinda

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

Following the joint opposition’s rally at Hyde Park in Colombo on the 17th, president Maithripala Sirisena sent a team of his loyalists to meet with Elle Gunawansa Thera, say reliable sources. Speaking to the Thera via a mobile phone of one of them, the president had a lengthy review of the prevailing political situation and said in the end, “had Mahinda Rajapaksa given me the premiership, he would still have been the president.”   Immediately, Gunawansa Thera telephoned Mahinda and related to him everything he was told by the president. Through speaker phone, the Thera allowed all to hear what Mahinda said in response.   “I do not want any deal with Maithri after he sent my boy inside on false cases and tormented me. […]

Exclusive: UK Strongly Snubs Sri Lanka Over Visa Requests For Daham Sirisena Whilst President Orders News Blackout

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka demanded an explanation from the United Kingdom government why the request of President Maithripala Sirisena’s son Daham and his three friends to travel to UK was subject to long delays. This unusual protest received a right royal snub and a strong telling off from UK officials. This is while PresidentSirisena, who speaks of press freedom, telephoned newspaper editors and proprietors to request them not to print any news report in this regard. Like the power blackout, there is also news blackout in the Sirisena era that is ordered by him. His explanation was that he was unaware about the son’s matter. The same President Sirisena told a meeting of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress in Kalmunai this week that there was media freedom […]

Sri Lankan refugee alleges illegal detention at camp

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

K. Dhayabararaj, a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee lodged at the Tiruchi special camp who is on an indefinite fast since Thursday, has alleged that his family is under illegal custody at the Special Quarantine Camp in Mandapam, Ramanathapuram district. When contacted, his wife Udayakala claimed that she was suffering without money and food for her three little children and officials were not extending any help even as her health condition was deteriorating. The camp was closed to visitors and the family is held there for five months. However, police officers said the couple was facing a criminal charge in Sri Lanka and detained pending extradition process. “There is no question of an illegal detention…we have adopted the due process of law,” a senior police officer, […]

Drop move to forcibly send back Eelam tamil youth to Lanka : Vaiko to Centre

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

MDMK General Secretary Vaiko today urged the Centre to immediately drop its move to forcibly send back Sri Lankan refugee and eelam Tamil youth Dayanraj from the Trichy Refugee camp. In a statement here, he said following a request from the Sri Lankan government that some criminal cases were pending against him, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre has decided to forcibly send back Dayanraj to Lanka. Alleging that there was a conspiracy to take out his life by branding him as a member of the banned LTTE, Mr Vaiko said Dayanraj has been on fast at the Trichy Refugee camp for the last five days demanding that he should not be sent back to Sri Lanka. Similarly his wife and daughter […]

Disappearances in Sri Lanka & Role of Civil Society

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

This is an expanded text version of a talk at a forum organized by the Law & Society Trust (LST) on “Recognizing the Struggle: State’s responsibilities towards families of the disappeared”, on Friday 18 March 2016. It is significant for me to talk about civil society’s role on disappearances at an event organized by Law and Society Trust (LST) because it was at LST that I was thrust into working with families of disappeared persons. Families have always been and will remain central to the struggle against disappearances. They remain my primary inspiration, perhaps the reason I have not been able to give up, even when I often felt like giving up. Context: I remember that on this day, exactly two years ago, I was in detention […]

A Rudderless Government

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

Almost 15 months under the present Sirisena-Wickremesinghe rule, the economy is in no good state. Defeating Rajapaksa at the 2015 January 08 presidential polls was not meant to merely abolish the Executive Presidency (which wasn’t done) but also to lift the country out of the economic abyss. In the Maithripala Sirisena manifesto for the presidential elections, he therefore promised I will put right development priorities that are now upside down. I will suspend all wasteful expenses and establish a National Economic Planning Council comprising learned personnel, who would act not on pecuniary considerations but out of love for the country…. [; No.2 Development Economy – page / 20] While that is yet to see daylight, the economy during the Rajapaksa era wasn’t limp, though it certainly […]

Geopolitics Of Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka Postwar Challenges In Reconciliation

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera – President Sirisena who survived an assassination attempt several years ago, created the first sign towards true reconciliation by forgiving the LTTE rebel who was a key suspect. He even got the National Anthem to be sung in both languages Sinhalese and Tamil. These are positive signs of reconciliation. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe setup an advisory council for Young Global Leaders to advise him recently. From a close administration we have moved into an administration more outward and now we have media freedom restored fully, there are no blocked media sites. I see five challenges as a nation we need to overcome. Good evening, Prof. Sara De Vido, distinguished scholars ladies and gentleman, I was told it’s the first time a Sri Lankan […]

President presides over ‘Bharat Natyam Arangethram’

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest at the Bharat Natyam Arangethram of the daughters of the State Minister of Child Affairs, Vijayakala Maeshwaran, which was held yesterday (March 20) at the Kadiration Hall in Bambalapitiya. Miss Bhawatharani Maheshwaran and Bhavithra Maheshwaran demonstrated their dancing skills at this show. They presented a souvenir to President Sirisena at the end of the show. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader R. Sambandan, Ministers; Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Ravi Karunanayake, D. M. Swaminadan and former member of Provincial Council Asad Sali were among those participated in this occasion.

”Let the Rajapakshas rob the country” UPFA MPs

22nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

The inquiry against 27 individuals including some UPFA MPs over the Contempt of Court by staging a protest outside the Bribery Commission violating a court order in April last year, was postponed for June 27, seeking Attorney General’s opinion on the matter, by the Colombo Chief Magistrate today. The Cinnamon Garden Police told Court that they seek Attorney General’s opinion regarding this. Earlier, the Magistrate ordered the other suspects to appear before Court only when they were noticed, but the suspect UPFA Western Provincial Councillor Upali Kodikara was ordered to be present in Court today because he had breached bail conditions. Several Buddhist monks including Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera, Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, Ven. Medagoda Abhayathissa Thera and Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera, Dullas Alahapperuma, Bandula […]

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