March 2016

TNA yet to achieve political target

3rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

By S. Gurunathan “We have not achieved our target yet. Our political journey will continue until we achieve our political ambition of self-determination within a merged North and East under a federal form of Constitution in a united Sri Lanka. Until then our political activities will continue. We hope a reasonable political solution could be found through talks,” declared Rajavarothayam Sampanthan, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) while addressing a meeting of members of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) and members of public on Monday (29) evening held at his Trincomalee residence. He said the TNA has not achieved its political target. “Our journey is to achieve a permanent political solution to six decade old Tamil problem. Having […]

Media Minister to visit journalists in Northern province

3rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake will visit Northern province on 26th March to meet the provincial journalists to discuss their problems. Both state and private media representatives will also take part in this three-day visit with Minister who is scheduled to meet the family members of disappeared journalists. According to the minister, new 3 residents will be built for the families of 3 late journalists with the contribution of the three state media. The private media institutions also have expressed their willingness to extend the support in different ways. Minister was addressing the “Digital Media and Technology Enabled Society” workshop for Parliamentary journalists organized by the Sri Lanka Parliamentary Journalists Association (SLPJA) in co-operation with the Department of Government Information today […]

Casualty Figures

3rd March 2016 // 0 Comments

by Rajiva Wijesinha In addition to straightforward rebuttals of the allegations in the Darusman Report, government should also have taken steps to refute what was the mainspring of criticism, namely the number of civilians who it was claimed had been killed. The figure grew exponentially during 2009, with even 140,000 being alleged by the most extreme critics. When the game started, with the Times in London alleging 20,000 in May 2009, I had dealt with the reasoning they gave. They seemed to respond to this by changing the rationale, ending up by claiming that they based the figure on the increase in the number of graves. I believe some of those who made these claims were sincere, for a couple of years later they made much […]

Eelam war: turning point

2nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

Sept. 2010, New York: The then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his son, Namal and UNP MP Sri Ranga with the then Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Int’l Development Minister Erik Solheim meet on the sidelines of the UNGA sessions. External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris looks on. The Norwegians earned the wrath of a section of the Tamil Diaspora over the unexpected meeting. By Shamindra Ferdinando One-time BBC journalist, researcher and analyst, Mark Salter, will launch TO END A CIVIL WAR: Norway’s Peace Engagement in Sri Lanka, at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Colombo, tomorrow (March 3). The latest book, by a foreign author, will primarily deal with Norwegian peace initiatives during the tenure of the then President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga/PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. […]

Missing LTTE cadre identified by parents as captured alive

2nd March 2016 // 0 Comments

The parents of a missing LTTE cadre on Monday told the President’s Missing Persons Commission in Chavakachcheri their son was one of the LTTE cadres photographed alive under the custody of the Sri Lankan military at the end of the armed conflict. Pointing to a photograph published by Channel 4 News, the parents identified their son, P Ajinthan, sitting with his hands tied behind his back, surrounded by armed Sri Lankan military soldiers.

Vithiya warned by doctors if she had ………………

1st March 2016 // 0 Comments

Vithiya Alphons was warned by doctors if she had left it a few more days to get help her parents would be organising her funeral within a week A seriously ill student has begged for help stem cell donor in the next two months after being told she will die if no match is found. Final-year Cardiff University medical student Vithiya Alphons , from London, said she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia after falling ill during a lecture. Doctors have warned her she is facing a race against time to find a donor – something made more complicated by her Sri Lanka heritage. Ms Alphons said: “I knew it was going to be difficult because there aren’t many people from South Asian […]

IFRC Secretary General to meet families in the North

1st March 2016 // 0 Comments

Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy will arrive in Sri Lanka on 1 March for a three day official visit during which he will visit the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Post Conflict Recovery Programme in the north of the country. The Red Cross Post Conflict Recovery Programme, which has been supported by the IFRC and donors from around the world, including the Government of India, has provided more than 21,000 families with financial and technical help to build new homes and reestablish their lives in areas of the north that were affected by Sri Lanka’s long-running conflict. Sy will travel to Jaffna and Kilinochchi and meet with families and Red Cross volunteers involved in the programme. Sy will also meet with […]

Sri Lanka northern province CM asks for Indian help for a federal solution

1st March 2016 // 0 Comments

Mr. Wignewswaran said he believed that India would intervene again in Sri Lanka as they had come to the assistance of the Tamils in politically sensitive situations in the past. India might ‘intervene’ again in Sri Lanka to help the Tamil minority and provide a federal solution to the ethnic reconciliation problem, a media report quoted the country’s Northern Province Chief Minister as saying. The BBC’s Sinhala service reported that C V Wigneswaran, who is himself a Tamil, made the remarks in Jaffna on Sunday while addressing a group of academics, who had returned to the north after their educational pursuits in India. Mr. Wignewswaran said he believed that India would intervene again in Sri Lanka as they had come to the assistance of the […]

How Prabhakaran’s wife, children escorted back to Vanni

1st March 2016 // 0 Comments

By Anura Bandara Rajaguru ?: Where are you from? A: Kandy. ?: Your parents? A: My father was Siron Lewke, a doctor by profession. My mother was a Bandaranaika from Udukawela Walawwa of Meda Mahanuwara. I was the youngest of a family of five. ?: Your school? A: I studied in St. Sylvester College and played cricket for the school. I was a member of the Central Province cricket team also. I played rugby for the Kandy team. Later I played for the National team and worked as the National coach. I also worked as chairman of the Asian Rugby Association. ?: Are you a boxer? A: Yes. I was a National champion of boxing as a school player and represented Sri Lanka in international […]

Don’t blame it on Norwegians

1st March 2016 // 0 Comments

Don’t blame it on Norwegians By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan ?: You and Erik Solheim have been travelling around the world promoting your book To End a Civil War: Norway’s Peace Engagement in Sri Lanka, but Solheim is not going to be in Colombo for the book launch. Why has he decided not to visit Sri Lanka? A. Originally, it was hoped Erik would take part in the Colombo launch. Not least because after so many years of absence from a country he loves, he was keen to return. In the end, however, it was felt that his presence might pull the focus away from the book and onto him personally. ?: Why did you take up the task now to write the book, as narrated […]

CID uncovers 15 bank accounts

1st March 2016 // 0 Comments

BY ISHARA RATHNAKARA Three persons including former Navy Commander Jayanath Colombage have been questioned and statements obtained by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) regarding the incident of Additional Secretary to the Minister of Home Affairs……Vajira Abeywardena and former Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Damayanthi Jayaratne going overseas while an investigation was underway regarding the Avant Garde incident. The CID has already obtained information from the Department of Immigration and Emigration regarding the Air travel details and records in connection with the trip abroad of Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Sujatha Damayanthi Jayaratne. According to those records the CID has discovered that, former Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Damayanthi Jayaratne has left for overseas on 12 December 2015 using passport bearing number OL 5652285. The CID […]

Three suspects turn state witnesses

1st March 2016 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Three murder suspects in the ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen murder case have agreed to turn State witnesses, a top CID source revealed. He told Ceylon Today that the CID had broken through dramatically in its probe identifying 16 suspects in the Narahenpita killing, among them are a few senior police officers who have agreed to turn State witnesses. “We are also about to arrest several government officials including a former medical specialist and several other police officers who have been guilty of intentionally distorting and concealing facts about Thajudeen’s murder. “Other charges against them are wilful undermining of the probe and destroying evidence,” he said, adding that “some military officers and a politician” are also among the suspects to be arrested. He said […]

Dual citizenship for 2,500 applicants on Mar.15

1st March 2016 // 0 Comments

The Immigration and Emigration Department said today that dual citizenship certificates will be issued to 2,500 Sri Lankans living abroad by Internal Affairs Minister S.B. Navinne at a ceremony at the BMICH on March 15. Immigration and Emigration Controller M. N. Ranasinghe said they had received more than 20,000 dual citizenship applications so far and they had already issued certificates to 4,200 of them. The fee to be paid by the primary applicant requesting for dual citizenship was increased to Rs.300,000 in the 2016 budget. However, the amount paid by the applicant’s spouse remains unchanged at Rs. 50,000. (Sanath Desmond) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/106146/Dual-citizenship-for-applicants-on-Mar-#sthash.QtkVo1GH.dpuf

40 military intelligence personnel quizzed for killing of Lasantha

1st March 2016 // 0 Comments

The Criminal Investigation Department has questioned more than 40 Military Intelligence personnel during the past few weeks in connection with the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. According to Police Headquarters sources, intelligence officers of various ranks including colonel, major, captain and other rankers like sergeant, corporal and private had been summoned for questioning from time to time and had their statements recorded. Most of them had been summoned in connection with evidence gathered by listening to recordings of telephone conversations between them at around the time of the killing. The CID will also question a senior military officer and a senior military intelligence officer in due course, the sources said. Lasantha Wickrematunge was gunned down by two unidentified gunmen on the morning of […]

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