April 2016

Ex LTTE Ram, Nagulan and Thalayan were Army informants – Police

30th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Investigations by Police have revealed that three out of the ex-LTTE cadres who were arrested recently had been working with the Army intelligence at the time of arrest. Police Media Spokesman, ASP Ruwan Gunasekera added that the trio, Ram who was arrested in Ampara, Nagulan (Jaffna) and Thalayan (Trincomalee), who were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the detection of suicide jackets in Chavakachcheri, had been working with military intelligence. They were arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID). Gunasekera also pointed out that all three of them had not been rehabilitated for one year, the minimum stipulated period. While the three are presently under TID custody and are detained on detention orders, a fourth suspect, Subramaniam Sivakaran, arrested on April 27 on suspicion of […]

Is it helplessness or stubbornness that endangers the lives of Vinodhani and others at Meeriyabedda?

30th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Text and pix by P. D. De Silva 13-year-old A. Vinodhani a grade six student lives with her family on Meeriyabedda Tea Estate in Koslanda. She saw the devastation that was caused by the landslide that took place a few hundred metres from her home on the morning of 29 October 2014. She also knows that the area where her house is has been recognised as a high risk zone and that her parents have been asked to move to a safer place which they have been unable to do for almost a year! Today, Vinodhani’s family together with 86 neighbouring families live in fear each time it rains hard not knowing at what moment the floor they stand on will slide or sink under […]

Army Spokesman also confirmed that Sampanthan didn’t enter any camp forcibly – Meddling with Sampanthan!

30th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw Forty years ago unfavourable conditions emerged not only from the South but even from the Tamil militants in the North to the first Tamil Opposition Leader late Appapillai Amirthalingam to discontinue from his representation in the Parliament. Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), emerging as a formidable political force at the Parliamentary polls in 1977, became the main Opposition Party in the United National Party Government led by J.R. Jayewardene. However, following the rise of Tamil militancy in the North and the East as well as with the introduction of the 6th Amendment to the Constitution demanding the TULF Parliamentarians to swear an oath unconditionally denouncing support for a separate state alone had prompted Amirthalingam to relinquish his position as the Leader of the […]

Our Determination To Support President Sirisena’s Goal

30th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Samantha Power
 – Samantha Power On my final day in Colombo last November, I hosted a town hall for local students. They reflected Sri Lanka’s incredible diversity – they hailed from every corner of the country, and represented all of its faith communities. And they asked me tough, probing questions on topics like accountability, human rights, reconciliation, and the role of women in society. These young people were inspiring – in their thoughtfulness, and their fierce determination to improve their country. It was clear that they want what everyone in this room wants for Sri Lanka: a country which is peaceful and democratic, and in which every citizen has a fair chance to build a better life. In just sixteen short months, President Siresena […]

Jaffna University Sexual Harassment: AL Students Demand UGC Inquiry

30th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Ruba Ratnasingam – As has been reported in Colombo Telegraph Dr. S. Dharshanan, Head of the Department of Music and a close relative of Jaffna VC Vasanthi Arasaratnam, was suspended from service without pay following numerous accusations of sexual harassment by his students and staff colleagues at the Ramanathan Academy of Fine Arts (RAFA). These accusations had been there from 2011 but the Council inquiries had asked the accusers to cooperate with their accuser. Action was forced only when numerous students complained in writing and were ready to riot, and one student was on the verge of committing suicide. Prof. Vasanthi Arasaratnam The four years of licence to do anything with the women under his authority that the Council effectively gave Dr. Darshanan is […]

Maithri trashes TNA’s ‘federal’ solution -And rubbishes Jayalalithaa’s ‘Eelam’ cry

29th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Gagani Weerakoon President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday vowed he will not allow, support or even acknowledge any proposal that would jeopardise the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. Addressing the heads of media institutions at President’s House in Colombo yesterday (27) he said anybody could pass any resolution, but it is the government that has to endorse them. He made these remarks when journalists asked about the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council calling for a federal solution. “Anybody can pass resolutions. But, the government will never allow Sri Lanka to be divided or jeopardize the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation. Apart from the resolutions passed at Provincial Council level, how many Acts have been passed into the Constitution over the […]

Sri Lanka: A Troubling Spate of Arrests Across the Northern and Eastern Provinces

29th April 2016 // 0 Comments

A recent spate of arrests across Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated Northern and Eastern Provinces is cause for serious concern. It’s been more than fifteen months since Mahinda Rajapaksa was thrown out of power, yet the island nation’s state security personnel (the vast majority of whom are ethnic Sinhalese) don’t seem to have stopped their discriminatory ways. People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), a non-profit organization, has released a press statement about these arrests. Here’s part of that statement: PEARL is deeply concerned by Sri Lanka’s latest arrest and detention under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) of Subramaniyam Sivakaran, a Tamil activist and journalist from the North-East. Sivakaran was arrested in Mannar by the Terrorism Investigation Department on Wednesday, April 27. The arrest […]

TNA demands probe over ‘illegal occupation’ by Sri Lankan Army

29th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has asked the army to verify the ownership of the land, TNA sources said. Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance on Wednesday called for a probe on the alleged illegal occupation of civilian lands by the military in the Northern Province. The Tamil National Alliance was responding to accusations that on April 16, a group of party legislators led by the main opposition leader R Sampanthan had forcibly entered a military installation at Paravipanjan area in the northern Kilinochchi district. “There is no camp there so there was no illegal entry. The military was occupying civilian lands so we went for an inspection,” MA Sumanthiran, a senior TNA legislator told reporters on Wednesday. He said some 84 families […]

Former Sri Lankan policemen admits organised sexual assault whilst facing trial in UK

29th April 2016 // 0 Comments

A former Sri Lankan police officer who migrated to London and worked as a masseuse was jailed after sexually assaulting a female client. The former Sri Lankan police officer’s defence lawyer, told the British court that “While he was in employment of the military police he was required to deal with opponents of the Sri Lankan government, which involved the organised sexual assaults and humiliation of the opponents of the regime.” See full report here. Massage from hell for 21-year-old woman as convicted bus flasher gets job at parlour and sniffs her The court heard how Kobbekaduwa arrived in the UK from Sri Lanka with his wife in 2011 as an asylum seeker and was a former military police officer in his home country. Daniel […]

Maithri unmasks Mahinda!

29th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Nisthar Cassim President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday fired on all cylinders at MP and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, exposing the latter’s past ill-doings and sinister intentions and warned any comeback bid for an oppressive and corrupt rule would be a pipe-dream and strongly thwarted. The stage for Sirisena’s scathing attack on his former boss-turned-nemesis whom he defeated at the 8 January 2015 presidential poll was the breakfast meeting with editors and came ahead of a much-speculated showdown of the strengths of opposing camps within the Sri Lanka Freedom Party during May Day rallies. Taking the bull by its horns, President Sirisena inquired from media heads whether anyone had asked Rajapaksa why he decided to call for a presidential poll two years ahead or whether the […]

UN Rapporteurs urged to hold Colombo to its international commitments

29th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Stressing that torture is still ongoing in Sri Lanka, a top UK-based human rights organisation on Wednesday urged visiting UN Special Rapporteurs to hold Colombo government to its international commitments to end rights abuses and probe war-time abuses. UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, are making a joint visit to Sri Lanka from April 29 to May 7, at the invitation of Sri Lanka. Hailing the visit as “a positive sign” that the current government is willing to take action to address the legacy of torture in Sri Lanka after years of obstruction and denial, Freedom From Torture said that the […]

Independent Tamil Eelam only solution, we will fight to attain it: Jayalalitha

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 April 2009, 22:13 GMT] A separate Tamil Eelam is the only solution that will permanently put an end to the problems of the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka, said Tamil Nadu former Chief Minister and principal Leader of the Opposition, Ms. Jayalalitha at a election rally in Salem city Saturday. In a powerful, moving speech, she resolved to fight to attain independent Eelam. Ms. J. Jayalalithaa  “I met Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar who has just returned from the war-zone in the Vanni. He gave me CDs and photographs of the atrocities. My heart boils when I looked at it,” the AIADMK leader said. If this pathetic situation of the Tamil people has to be removed, if […]

Jayalalithaa promises to take steps for separate Tamil Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Chennai: Making a pitch for votes in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa on Saturday made a promise to take steps for creation of separate Tamil Eelam for the refugees.  Addressing the huge gathering, the state Chief Minister said, “I have demanded dual citizenship for the refugees, so that they can get jobs easily.” “I will take steps for creation of separate Tamil Eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils where they can live an independent and respectable life. I have continuously demanded an independent international investigation on the people who committed genocide,” she added. Jayalalithaa was campaigning in Tiruchy today. She had earlier moved a resolution in the House, stating there should be an impartial, international and independent probe for the alleged war crimes and […]

Demand for federalism: Kiriella asks media not to set country ablaze

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Cyril Wimalasurendre KANDY – Extremists were asking for federalism. Such moves should not be taken so seriously. They must be ignored, said Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella in Kandy on Saturday 23. The Minister said the media should not should not use such demands to set the country ablaze. Addressing the media, Minister Kiriella said there were extremists in all communities. There were Sinha la extremists, Tamil extremists and Muslim extremists. But among the masses at least 95% were for peace. General Secretary of the United National party and Minister Kabir Hashim told the media that issues such as the demand for federalism were internal issues. Such issues should be resolved within the country. The minister and the General Secretary of the […]

Unidentified gang abducts ex-LTTE commander in East

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

An unidentified gang yesterday abducted a former LTTE commander identified as Ram at Thambuluvil in the Ampara district. Security sources told The Island that Ram had been rehabilitated after the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009 and released in 2013. Sources said that Ram had been a senior LTTE commander involved in many battles. The police said that Ram’s wife had lodged a complaint with the police and the alleged abudction was being probed. (SF)

Federal unit in re-merged NE NPC resolution should be examined like any other proposal – TNA

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Sumanthiran,HakeemBy Shamindra Ferdinando Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson M. A. Sumanthiran, MP yesterday told The Island that a resolution seeking the re-merger of the Eastern Province with the Northern Province adopted by the TNA-led Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on Friday (April 22) could be considered by the government as well as all other political parties represented in Parliament. The TNA comprises the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi, the TELO, PLOTE and EPRLF. Jaffna District MP and attorney-at-law Sumanthiran emphasised the need to take a look at the NPC’s proposal. It could be considered like any other proposal, Sumanthiran said. Asked whether the TNA would throw its weight behind the NPC proposal for the re-merger of the Eastern Province with the Northern Province, MP Sumanthiran said that the TNA always stood […]

Sri Lanka’s NPC not for special powers, says chairperson

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Our demand for federalism should not be misconstrued as something in favour of separatism, says council chairperson The Northern Provincial Council (NPC), which has reiterated the position of Tamil parties for a merger of the North and the East, is not for special powers to be provided to the proposed State, according to its chairperson C.V.K. Sivagnanam. On the significance of the resolution adopted on Friday, Mr. Sivagnanam told The Hindu that “our demand for federalism should not be misconstrued as something in favour of separatism. Let the Central government share power with all the States or Provinces uniformly.. We expect other Provinces to fall in line with us so that we all can have greater powers.” The Council’s proposals on constitutional reforms were essentially […]

Non-auspicious times and a bit on Britain

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

No less a person than the previous President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proclaimed that the times selected by astrologers as propitious for the start of the New Year on April 13 around 7.00 p.m., the hearth to be lit at 8.06 and the first meal partaken of at 8.58 at night, was incorrect. The colour selected for donning while lighting the hearth and eating the first meal – green – was also pronounced inauspicious and the accusation made that the times and colour were selected with a political agenda in mind. To this cat all this is tosh. Who told the Ex- Prez that the times selected as auspicious were really inauspicious? Was it the astrologer who advised him to go for elections two years before […]

Transparency Key as Rights Commission Deadline Looms

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

January 2015 saw a momentous change in Sri Lanka. After nearly 10 years of increasingly authoritarian rule, a new government promising change was voted into office. The new government immediately set about righting many of the wrongs of the previous Rajapaksa government, including an openness toward independent domestic organizations and the international community. As a clear marker of the sea change, the new government agreed tokey undertakings on transitional justice issues at the United Nations Human Rights Council last October. One area of progress has been the way the government handled consultations on constitutional reforms. Those consultations, conducted seemingly seamlessly and transparently, took place over the course of two months earlier this year and were generally regarded by activists as successful. Yet significant challenges remain […]

Fisheries exports to bounce back

25th April 2016 // 0 Comments

by Manjula Fernando The European Commission last week gave the initial clearance to resume Sri Lanka’s fisheries exports to the 28 nation-strong region, lifting a ban that was clamped down since January 2015, depriving the country of US $100 million per annum in foreign exchange. Netting in shoals of fish for export – techadvisor.lk Congratulating Sri Lanka’s achievement, EU Ambassador in Colombo David Daly told the Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka and the the EU developed an exceptional partnership through the past months in combating the illegal fishing trade worldwide. Speaking from Kandy, Daly said “Sri lanka has made excellent progress in improving a national fisheries governance system. “The political leadership shown by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was exceptional.” He also thanked […]

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