4th March 2016

Thousands sign up to help save student Vithiya Alphons

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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 […]