March 2016

Did Army Leak Eknaligoda’s Tape?

6th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Defence officials are dumbfounded as to how a tape recording of missing journalist Prageeth Ekanaligoda, which was only in the hands of the military, has now appeared on some websites. Last year the military had claimed that there was a tape recording of a conversation between Ekanaligoda and the LTTE and later that tape recording was handed over to the Homagama Magistrate. The tape recording of the alleged conversation between Ekanaligoda and the LTTE was handed over to the court during the last hearing on the disappearance of Eknaligoda. The tape recording was kept with the court but the fact that it was later published on websites raised suspicions whether it was leaked to the websites by the military, senior defence lawyers said. When contacted, […]

Indian censors more worried about Sri Lankan film than Lanka’s own!

6th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Can a docu-drama that was aired in Sri Lanka be banned in India on the grounds that it may sour relations with the island nation? The censor board thinks yes, but the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) says: Of course not. And so, ‘Muttrupulliyaa…?’ the first indigenously made Tamil feature film on the lives of Tamils in Sri Lanka after the civil war ended in 2009 was given the green light by FCAT, which overturned the censor board’s refusal to give the movie a certificate for Indian screenings. “In case the film would…affected the relationship with a neighbouring country, the Public Performance Board of Sri Lanka would have not approved the film for screening during the Jaffna International Cinema Festival,” said FCAT members Bina Gupta […]

Ex MP Linked To Dematagoda Chaminda shooting

6th March 2016 // 0 Comments

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The police are investigating the possible links of a former parliamentarian over the shooting of Dematagoda Chaminda, a key suspect of the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. Dematagoda Chaminda was shot at last week while he was being transported to the Welikada Prison. Police sources told The Sunday Leader that Dematagoda Chaminda was to be used as a state witness and he was prepared to reveal information related to the underworld activities in Colombo. According to police sources, a former parliamentarian with links to the underworld is suspected to have been involved in the shooting of Dematagoda Chaminda. However, when contacted, police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that he had no information related to the claims that a former parliamentarian was linked to the […]

AG’s Love Affair With The Rogues Gallery

6th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Former AG deliberately avoided giving instructions on FCID investigations resulting in long delays in criminals being brought to book The former Attorney General’s (AG’s) failure to advise the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) on what action to take against powerful politicians and major players of the Rajapaksa regime facing bribery and corruption charges, has hampered the legal process, reliable FCID sources said. The FCID completed investigations into major frauds that took place during the previous regime and submitted the files to the AG’s Department seeking advice for further action, but according to FCID sources, the former AG had deliberately avoided giving instructions on these investigations. FCID sources on condition of anonymity said that the facts and figures of corruption involving the major players of the […]

Several Complaints On Mahinda’s Bodyguard

6th March 2016 // 0 Comments

by Rajith Gunawardena The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has received several complaints regarding the bodyguard of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. CID sources said that complaints have been received against retired Major Nevil Wanniarachchi alleging he had misused the powers he had when Rajapaksa was President. He had allegedly obtained nearly Rs. 1.5 million for each tour. He had also taken ownership of three residencies built for government officials in Kandy, and according to sources, his friends are now occupying those houses. It has also come to light that a petrol shed he built on an illegally obtained land in the Weeraketiya area has been blocking the free flow of rain water causing severe floods and the public in the area have been engaging in protests […]

Cabinet rejects Lee Kwan Yew’s Temasek model

6th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Twenty six new Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) District and Electoral Organizers were appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena earlier last week, replacing those known to be highly vociferous government critics and wishing to form a new political party posing a possible threat of splitting the party. Among those overlooked in the appointments were Parliamentarian Prasanna Ranatunga, former Western Province Chief Minister and Minuwangoda SLFP organizer; Dilum Amunugama, Kandy District SLFP MP and former Senkadagala SLFP organizer; Dhanasiri Amaratunga, former Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia organizer and Deputy Mayor and Kanthi Kodikara, former Mayor of Maharagama and the SLFP organizer for the Maharagama electorate. Lee: Rajapakse a Sinhalese extremist The President also appointed Vocational Training and Skills Development Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe as the SLFP organizer for Panadura; WP Chief […]

Vidya’s murder was a revenge killing; CID

6th March 2016 // 0 Comments

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) which conducted in depth investigations into the rape and murder of a school girl in Poonkudutheevu, Jaffna informed the courts today that the incident was organized as revenge over a love affair. Submitting the report, Head of the Investigation team I.P. Nishantha told the Delft Magistrate M.M. Riyal that six suspects who are in custody were directly involved in the rape and the rest assisted them in various ways. According to the CID report, the whole incident was orchestrated when the victim turned down a request to have a love affair with one of the suspect named Thusanthan. With the latest arrest of an individual this week, so far eleven persons have been remanded for the rape and murder of […]

Thousands sign up to help save student Vithiya Alphons

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Thousands of people have come forward following a worldwide appeal to find a stem cell donor for a Cardiff University student who needs a match in the next two months. Vithiya Alphons, 24, has acute myeloid leukaemia but her Sri Lankan background makes the search hard as not many South Asian people are on donor registers. She launched a social media campaign to help find a match. Charity Anthony Nolan said 5,600 have signed up in the last week. “The impact of Vithiya’s appeal has been nothing short of incredible,” said Ann O’Leary, head of register development, at the charity. “But Vithiya still needs to find her stem cell match and there are people just like her all across the world who are still waiting. […]

“Mahinda Rajapaksa will lead new party”: Wimal

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Q: What is the latest with regard to forming a new political party? A: Before I answer your question, let me clarify something; the idea of forming a new political party did not come from Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila or Dinesh Gunawardena. This is not something we want. Look at the sad fate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party today. The SLFP is under the control of the UNP. The SLFP has become a puppet that dances to the tune of the UNP. The SLFPers are disheartened by this situation. It was the SLFP that appealed to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to form a new party. It is the SLFP that wants a new party, not us. Mahinda Rajapaksa and party leaders are in the […]

Sri Lanka torture allegations continue as war crimes inquiry remains distant prospect

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Amid a tense political situation and ongoing allegations of torture, a promised inquiry into Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war appears no closer. Sri Lanka’s new government had vowed to convene an internationally supervised probe into atrocities, allegedly committed by both government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels during the decades-long conflict, which ended in 2009. Key points: Rights groups allege abuses are continuing Freedom from Torture says their organisation has been referred eight separate allegations of torture since the National Unity Government of Maithripala Sirisena took office last year Frustration at Australia’s policy of turning back asylum seekers potentially facing torture However, with a worsening deficit and vocal opposition from nationalists to prosecutions, the coalition government indicated it will not be rushing to set up any […]

Govt. intends repealing PTA: Mangala

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister in his address at the meeting of the Governing Council of Community of Democracies in Geneva said the government was in the process of repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act and introducing a new counter-terrorism legislation that is in line with contemporary international practices. At the meeting held on March 2, Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government, under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s leadership, had been working closely with the international community, resurrecting strained relations with the United Nations and other traditional partners. He said: “It is our firm belief that in this journey that we have undertaken, Sri Lanka requires the support and assistance of all her friends in the international community. This is in keeping with […]

Reality UK donates £5000 for National Kidney Fund in Sri Lanka

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Reality UK donated £5000 (Five Thousand Sterling Pounds) for ‘National Kidney Fund’ of the Presidential Task Force for Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease programme in Sri Lanka. This timely important national project was initiated and co-ordinated by President Maithripala Sirisena for the prevention of ongoing chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka. Reality UK team organised its annual 31st Night Dinner Dance in 6th consecutive time on 31 of December last year (2015)to raise funds for this worthy mission. Sri Lanka’s most popular musical band ‘Sunflowers’ full team headed by Neil Warnakula and Nelson Vass rocked the full house show by entertaining the UK music lovers giving them another memorable night to remember. The cheque was handed over to President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat by […]

Rajapaksas In The Dock

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

By R Hariharan – Sri Lanka Perspectives: February 2016 Armed forces and accountability Sri Lanka government while going through the difficult process of implementing the UN Human Rights Council resolution to carry out a “credible justice process” to inquire into the alleged war crimes during the Eelam war seems to have run into bit of trouble over the issue, at least with sections of the armed forces. According to a report in the Sunday Times, foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera had assured security force commanders and divisional commanders that the government would protect the interests of the security forces, when he addressed them recently in Jaffna. Apparently this was in the context of implementing the UNHRC resolution and inquiring into war crimes. However, he rejected a […]

Reconciliation must come from the Sinhale people and not through foreign inducement

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena said it is people in North and East that suffered and the reconciliation should also originate from people in the South. “It is those people that have to cultivate reconciliation to live peacefully with the victims of the war. It is the mindset of the people that require to be transformed to acquire reconciliation and healing the wounds inflicted by the conflict,” he said. Speaking with the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Mr. Elhadj As Sy, who paid a courtesy call at the President’s Official Residence today (March 3, 2016), the President said whenever the people talk of reconciliation, the international agencies and communities rush to former conflict areas in North and East seeking […]

There will be consequences, says Gotabaya

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said that the present rulers of the country may also be in hot water in future, as it happened to them. The observation was made while responding to the media personnel after arriving at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) this afternoon. “I’m not disappointed. It is the nature here, after serving the country we have to face allegations as well,” he added. He went on to say the present leaders may have to face even tough allegations in future as well. http://www.adaderana.lk/news/34421/there-will-be-consequences-says-gotabaya

I will always safeguard the Rajapaksa family

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today said he would be always standing to safeguard the Rajapaksa family just as he did in the past. Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo, Minister Amaraweera said he is personally against any harm done to the Rajapaksa family. Further he said he is making this statement excluding the allegations on the Rajapaksa family of financial frauds and other corrupt actions. Meanwhile, he said the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) would not break up and no one would be able to divide it as they have taken steps to avoid the splitting up of the party. “The SLFP has decided to re-organize the party through ground level programmes. We have also planned to continue with the […]

‘Raviraj Shot Using Weapon Supplied By Pilleyan’

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

A weapon allegedly supplied by Pilleyan was used in the shooting of former MP Nadaraja Raviraj, the court was told yesterday during the Magisterial Inquiry into the murder. The weapon has then been given to an individual named Charan who then handed it over to another person, the court was also told. Anjelo Roy, a witness in the case, told the court that a man who was on the pavement approached Raviraj’s car and shot at it. He had arrived in a motorbike and the number was given to the police, Roy also said.  In November 2015, the CID filed charge sheets against six individuals over the murder of former Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj under the instructions of the Attorney General. The six accused include two […]

MR faction holds meeting over dismissals

4th March 2016 // 0 Comments

Several Joint Opposition MPs and Provincial Councillors of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) held a special meeting with ex-president and Kurunegala MP Mahinda Rajapaksa at his public coordinating office in Battaramulla last night. MPs Rohitha Abeygunawardane and Gamini Lokuge and several other party representatives were among those who took part in the meeting. After the meeting, MP Lokuge told the media that they had discussions on the current political situation in the country and about a solution to removing several SLFP organisers. “There should be place to go to, if party continues to remove members from their organising posts. That’s what we discussed. There will be a new party, a front or an alliance led by Mr. Rajapaksa,” Lokuge  said. However, MP Abeygunawardane said […]

Protest urging release of detainees

3rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

BY S.S. Sakthi A protest was held in Jaffna yesterday urging the release of Tamil political prisoners. Murugaiah Komahan, former Jaffna Municipal Council member, who was detained for the past six years and was released on Monday, also participated in the protest. An organization that continuously urged for the release of Komahan arranged the protest which was held in front of the Jaffna Central Bus Depot. Relatives of political detainees also participated in this protest.

Tamil Tiger Detainees Ready for Rehab if That Will Lead To Release

3rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: B Deniswaran, Minister of Fisheries in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province , says that former cadres of the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), now lodged in prisons at Anuradhpura and Colombo, are ready to go for rehabilitation if, at the end of rehab, they will be released. The Lankan government had earlier rehabilitated and released 12,000 LTTE cadres who had surrendered at the end of Eelam War IV in May 2009. Speaking to newspersons at the end of a visit to the prisons on Wednesday, Deniswaran said that some politicians and ministers had given Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena the wrong impression that the prisoners were against being sent for rehabilitation, and that they were insisting on an unconditional release. The prisoners said […]

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