13th March 2016

Fonseka Wants Impartial Probe Into Lasantha Killing, No Mention About Keith

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Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has called for an impartial investigation into the murder of Sunday Leader founder editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Delivering his inaugural speech in parliament, Fonseka said that the previous administration tried to send him to the gallows saying he was connected to Wickrematunge’s killing. “Both, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa have accused the former Army Commander of been involved in this killing. We are not scared, we are not scared of false accusations,” he said. Fonseka called on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to conduct an impartial investigation and punish the people behind it. “I am certain the police and the CID have the ability to conduct this investigation properly,” Fonseka added. Incidentally, Fonseka made no mention about some […]

Tamil prisoners end hunger strike in Sri Lanka

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The students at the University of Jaffna on Friday have reportedly launched a one day hunger strike to protest the ongoing imprisonment of Tamil prisoners. Tamil political prisoners, who were on a hunger strike in Sri Lanka in protest against their prolonged incarceration, ended their protest after they were assured of speedy trials. The 13 former LTTE cadres launched the hunger strike on February 23 demanding the government to expedite the cases against them or release them. They suspended their fast after Prisons Reforms and Rehabilitation Minister D M Swaminathan assured them of speedy trials. Prison Commissioner General Nissan Danasinghe informed them that the Minister has given an assurance that he would discuss the issue with the Attorney General’s Department officials. Prisons spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya […]

Secret plan of Rajapakses and their den of thieves to get down black monies exposed !

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(Lanka-e-News- 12.March.2016, 11.45PM)  The Medamulana Rajapakse and their den of thieves have devised  a new methodology to get down their black monies that are abroad, based on information reaching Lanka e news inside information division. The Rajapakses who have by now acquired a monumental notoriety as rogues who plundered the country’s funds and pillaged the State resources , are facing a financial crisis presently because of the obstacles  militating against their favorite money laundering activities following so many of their criminal frauds and financial rackets getting exposed and proved , as of late. To tide over the crisis and to hide their rackets , they have planned to start a campaign to collect bogus aid after  going abroad , and send to Sri Lanka their […]

Chief Minister Wigneswaran Wants Govt to Stop

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By P.K.Balachandran The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, has appealed to the Lankan government to reconsider its plan to build 65,000 prefabricated houses for war-displaced persons in the province through a contract with ArcelorMittal, a Luxembourg-based company headed by the Indian billionaire, Lakshmi Niwas Mittal. Speaking at a function at Koppai to mark the handing over of 700 acres of land to civilians by the army, Wigneswaran appealed to President Maithripala Sirisena, who was present, to give up the housing project on the grounds that it is too expensive and also unsuited to the economic condition of the displaced Tamils. “They do not suit our climate, our environment, our culture, our way of life and are exorbitantly expensive. We can […]

Trincomalee’s long road from ethnic conflict to ethnic harmony

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Seven years after the war, the Trincomalee district, one of the biggest multi-ethnic regions in Sri Lanka, is rapidly returning to its pre-war glory, with the displaced people coming back to reclaim their lands, tourism business picking up and law-and-order situation improving. In this eastern district, where the strategic port city of Trincomalee, the administrative capital, appears as an ideal ground for national reconciliation, more people now turn up at police stations to lodge complaints in a sign of increasing public confidence in the police and the judicial system. “Earlier, the police did not have access to certain areas while the people also did not have much confidence in the police. Now even for minor disputes with neighbours, they rush to the police,” Murugesu Sathiyavel, […]

Basil denies giving money to LTTE in 2005

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Fonseka flays the Rajapaksas Reiterates charge of fixed 2005 and 2010 elections, insists White Flag incident happened in his absence  I had to leave the country for a few days for a military procurement matter. This was the period they did things, which came up as the White Flag Case. Their behaviour tarnished the clean fight we had, so people should know more about the White Flag case. Fonseka spoke of the 2005 presidential elections, where he insisted former President Rajapaksa allegedly bribed LTTE Leader Prabhakaran with $2 million to boycott the vote, insisting he had been given this information by former Minister Basil Rajapaksa. Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa today rejected allegations that any deal was struck with LTTE terrorist organization or its slain leader Prabhakaran […]

Obama to visit London in bid to keep UK in the EU

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U.S. President Barack Obama will come to London in April and urge British voters to back continued membership of the European Union, The Independent on Sunday newspaper reported. Britons vote in June on whether to remain part of the world’s biggest trading bloc and Obama has previously said he wants Britain to stay in the EU and help maintain the post-war transatlantic partnership. Most opinion polls show voters are split with a large number of people as yet undecided. Obama is due to attend a technology fair in Germany in late April and a source told the Independent on Sunday he would visit the British capital around that time. “It would be pretty shocking if he didn’t ask voters to stay in the EU,” the […]

EU tells Sri Lanka to increase cooperation with Zeid’s office

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The European Union (EU) has urged Sri Lanka to increase its cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The EU delegation at the UN Human Rights Council said that it welcomes Sri Lanka’s engagement with the office headed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. However the EU delegation said it would like to encourage Sri Lanka to further increase its cooperation with Zeid’s office in view of the full implementation of the Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council last year.  The EU also sought views from  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on how best the international community can assist Sri Lanka at this juncture. This week Zeid told the UN Human Rights Council that the next […]

Religious leaders hit out at communal-minded politicians

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  Religious leaders and civil society activists say that though it may look like the people are living in a peaceful and harmonious environment now, co-existence between communities is yet to be achieved and they have started to work on it. Bishop Christian Noel Emmanuel who administers the Diocese of Trincomalee told the Sunday Times that even though there was a change in the Government last year, still open were the wounds caused during the conflict and notorious activities by the former government in the aftermath of war. With negative actions taking place on one side, there cannot be sustainable reconciliation. There should sincerity and commitment on all sides, the Bishop said. The prelate said there were concerns that the Kanniya hot water spring area […]

Did Prabhakaran visit kovil in Matale?

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By Jeewana Pahan Thilina Sri Lanka is predominantly a Buddhist country. The majority of the population are Buddhists. Amid this Buddhist environment many other religions flourish. Unlike in other countries, there have not been religious clashes at any time. Sri Lankans can be proud of it. While protecting Buddhism we have to preserve the heritage of other religions. Our recent visit to the Muthumariamman Kovil in Matale proved this point. It is a sacred place of worship for Hindus. Followers of other religions also flock to Muthumariamman Kovil in their thousands. The Muthumariamman Kovil has a checkered history. According to Hindu religious scholars, the kovil had existed even before 4500 BC. However, at the beginning Hindu devotees worshipped trees before putting up a kovil for […]

UPFA rebels to show their strength at Thursday’s anti-ETCA protest

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As anticipated, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has launched an offensive against the political protest rally to be held in Colombo on Thursday by the UPFA parliamentary dissident faction against the proposed ETCA economic agreement being negotiated with India. In swift implementation of a party central committee decision, letters have been sent to all SLFP MPs prohibiting them from attending any rallies and demonstrations organised by other political groups. Although the letter does not directly refer to the rally planned by the UPFA dissidents, who call themselves the ‘joint opposition’ in Parliament, the timing and tone of the SLFP letter indicated that it had some bearing on the dissidents’ event. The letter also says that those who violate the decisions made by the party Central […]