April 2016

Sad Story of the Banda-Chelva Pact: How the B-C Pact was Formulated, Signed and Abrogated.

24th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The “Good Governance” Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has embarked upon a historic exercise to enact a new Constitution for Sri Lanka. The consensual approach being adopted will see Parliament convening as a Constitutional Assembly as and when required to engage in Constitution making. The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will preside over the Constitutional Assembly sessions.A steering committee headed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has been appointed. Sub-committees for various aspects are also being set up. The current Constitutional Assembly is a significant departure from the Constituent Assembly set up by the Sirima Bandaranaike led Govt to formulate the 1972 Republican Constitution. It is envisaged that the present Constitutional Assembly will in due course after consultation, debate and deliberation , […]

What The Majority Sinhalese Must Know

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By Brian Senewiratne – The majority Sinhalese (74% of the population) have been carefully and deliberately shielded from reality by manipulation of the media by Sinhalese politicians, and ethno-religious bigots, especially the Buddhist monks, playing to the chauvinist gallery. The Sinhalese have been fed with myths and legends (masquerading as facts), and downright lies or not told what they should have been told. The realities have never been disclosed as to do so would lead to widespread misgivings about the wisdom of the Sri Lankan government’s policy. This is something that has to be addressed since it is the Sinhalese who elect those to run (or ruin) the country. A separate publication is needed and this must be circulated in the Sinhalese area – something […]

Remanded Ex-Crimes OIC Spills The Beans Over Thajudeen Killing

24th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Former Crimes OIC of the Narahenpita police, Sumith Champika Perera has shared vital information over the cover up of former ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen’s murder, including the details of several others who had played a part in concealing the murder. Perera, who was arrested and subsequently remanded on Thursday for concealing the murder, had informed the CID the names of the ‘higher authorities’ from where he received the order to cover up Thajudeen’s murder. Highly placed sources said that, the newly appointed IGP Pujith Jayasundara had been informed about the development, and upon his instructions Perera was arrested, just hours after Jayasundara took over office. Over the next few weeks, more arrests are likely, including those named by the former Crimes OIC, who have been directly involved in […]

No honesty in Jayalalithaa’s claim on Sri Lankan Tamils issue: DMK MP Kanimozhi

24th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Chennai: DMK MP Kanimozhi on Sunday slammed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, saying the latter has no right to talk on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue as she highlights the same just before the elections.  “She is the one who actually was against the entire Sri Lankan problem. In the 2014 general election, she spoke about this (Sri Lankan issue) and after that during her entire tenure she didn’t talk about it. There is no honesty and integrity about her stand when it comes on the Sri Lankan issue,” Kanimozhi told ANI. “In fact, the issue of releasing the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi was also brought up just before the elections and after the verdict she has kept quiet,” she added. Accusing the AIADMK […]

Rishad condemns NPC resolution seeking federal solution

24th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has severely condemned the move by the TNA- controlled Northern Provincial Council’s decision to adopt a resolution seeking a federal solution for the country’s minority Tamil community. Minister Bathiudeen added that any politicians representing his All Ceylon People’s Congress did not back the resolution. The observation was made while responding to media personnel at an event held in Vavuniya. The Minister also went on to say that a discussion would be held with the TNA leaders with respect to the proposals of the new resolution within next few days. The NPC adopted the resolution seeking a federal solution to the long-pending issue of political independence for the country’s minority Tamil community. The resolution was presented by Chief Minister C.V. […]

PTA To Be Effective Until New Law Is Enacted

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by  Camelia Nathaniel The infamous Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No. 48 of 1979 will be repealed, but will be in force during the transitional period until a new law is brought in to replace it, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said recently. The Defence Secretary made this statement during a press conference held at the Media Centre to announce the amnesty for illegally kept firearms.  Hettiarachchi further stated that as the country is now peaceful, there was no requirement even for politicians to hold weapons as security is provided to them. The Ministry of Defence has declared an amnesty period for the handing over of illegally kept firearms under a special gazette notification No. 1958/06 on 05-03-2016 in accordance with Section 30 of the […]

Sri Lanka Government does not support calls for the US to arrest Gotabaya!

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The Sri Lankan Government dos not support calls for the United States to arrest former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse. Minister of Public Enterprises Development Kabir Hashim said that any allegations raised against a Sri Lankan citizen over a domestic issue must be dealt with only under local laws. “We will not allow a domestic issue to be dealt with internationally owing to outside pressure, he said.  In an appeal to US President Barack Obama last week, two major Tamil groups in the United States, the ‘Tamils for Obama’ and ‘American Tamil Forum’ have urged the United States to arrest Rajapakse who was reported visiting the US at the time. “Gotabaya Rajapakse is one of the main architect – along with the former President and the current […]

‘War not over until SL Tamils achieve justice and self-determination’ – Corbyn

24th April 2016 // 0 Comments

by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London British Opposition Leader, Jeremy Corbyn said that until Sri Lanka’s Tamils achieve justice and self-determination the “war is not over”. Addressing a meeting organized by ‘Tamils for Labour’ at the committee room in the Houses of Parliament last week, Corbyn said the Labour Party is committed to the cause of the Tamil people. Although it is said that 2016 marks the seventh anniversary of the end of the conflict, it was not the end until Tamils achieve justice, self-expression and self-determination, he said. Corbyn, who is also the Leader of UK’s Labour Party, further noted: “You have to go into the question of the human rights abuses, the camps that were set up, the missing people, the lack of freedom […]

The 65,000 Housing Question: Disaster capitalism arrives in Jaffna

24th April 2016 // 0 Comments

ArcelorMittal Headquarters in Luxembourg City by Rajan Philips Let us call a cage, a cage, and not a steely home in a palmyrah grove! The controversial US$ 1 billion contract with ArcelorMittal to build 65,000 steel houses in the north smacks of all the vices of corrupt global capitalism and none of the virtues of a free market economy. ArcelorMittal is the world’s largest steel producer, the outcome of the 2006 takeover of Arcelor (itself a conglomerate of Spanish, French and Luxembourg companies) by India’s Mittal Steel, and subsequent gobbling up of steel companies in different parts of the world. Why would the world’s largest steel company be interested in building houses in Jaffna? One billion US dollars are not a small amount even for […]

Churches and ICRC regions in No Fire Zone shelled by Sri Lanka

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As we approach seven years since the end of the armed conflict where Sri Lankan government troops systematically killed tens of thousands of Tamil civilians, the Tamil Guardian is revisiting the events of the final weeks. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in mass atrocities accompanied by a litany of systematic rights abuses that have since been outlined in UN reports. Seven years on, not a single prosecution for these crimes has taken place and the military responsible for the atrocities remains deployed in the Tamil speaking areas. 23 April 2009 – Further shelling of churches and ICRC regions The church in Valaignarmadam was shelled for the second consecutive day, injuring and killing several social welfare personnel, reported Tamilnet. Further instances of shelling of […]

Army fails to submit list of missing people

22nd April 2016 // 0 Comments

A list of people who surrendered during the last phase of the armed conflict in 2009 was not submitted to the Mullaithivu magistrate court by the army, despite a pledge by the 58D Brigade Commanding Officer to do so. Mullathivu Magistrate MSM Samsudeen ordered the officer on February 17 this year to furnish the list by April 20, however the state counsel was not present in court, causing the case to be postponed till May 17, according to Ceylon Today. A writ of mandamus regarding people who went missing after surrendering to the army was submitted at a court in Vavuniya, before it was transferred to the court in Mullaithivu. When the witness statements were recorded in December 2015, the officer testified that the names mentioned were […]

Richmond Hill woman Malini Siva missing for 2 months

22nd April 2016 // 0 Comments

York Regional Police is seeking public assistance locating a 44-year-old woman missing from the Town of Richmond Hill. Kalamalini Sivakumar was last seen  Feb. 19,  leaving her residence in the area of Bathurst Street and King Road. Later that day, her van was located by a family member in a shopping mall parking lot in the area of Rutherford Road and Jane Street in Vaughan with a note inside from the missing person indicating she would be home in 15 days. On March 22, her family contacted police when they still had not seen or heard from her. Investigators have exhausted all leads and are now appealing to the public for information. Police and her family have become concerned for her well-being. Sivakumar is describe […]

Buddhist Extremists Block Sri Lankan Christians From Using Public Cemeteries

22nd April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Lorraine Caballero Sri Lankan Christians cannot bury their dead in public cemeteries because Buddhist monks are stopping them from doing so, charity group Release International says. The persecution of Sri Lankan Christians has now reached the level where Buddhist monks have joined forces with nationalists and prevented Christians from burying their dead in public cemeteries. Local government officials have also been shutting down churches and prayer gatherings in the country. A prominent human rights lawyer, who spoke under conditions of anonymity, recalled one occasion wherein a Christian burial was interrupted by Buddhist monks. She said the monks suddenly began shouting that Christians cannot bury their dead in that location. The villagers around the public cemetery then came in with the police and drove the Christians […]

Clash of Titans on May Day in Sri Lanka will See Grandstanding like Hitler and Churchill During world war 2

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By Winston de Valliere While Political parties and Trade Unions flex their muscles to observe May Day in just a week’s time, the enormity of the explosive emotions sizzling just beneath the surface of the two major political parties can be expected to manifest themselves in grandstanding such as that seen in the days of the Second WW by Hitler on the one side and Churchill on the other. Make no mistake about it May Day in Sri Lanka is just an euphemism for venting political venom on one’s opponents with labour issues being exploited expressly for that purpose. That’s the moral low that Lankan political forces have got mired in. Funding will have come from numerous sources abroad to boost attendance at many rallies in […]

Wasim Thajudeen murder: Arrest of four top cops imminent

22nd April 2016 // 0 Comments

The Criminal Investigations Department is likely to arrest four other senior Police officers, including a serving ASP and a retired Senior DIG, in connection with rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s murder. The CID arrested Sumith Chinthaka Perera, former Crimes OIC of the Narahenpita Police Station, over the same incident on Wednesday. The serving ASP facing imminent arrest was also an OIC of a police station in the Colombo district at the time of the rugby player’s killing, authoritative Police sources told the Daily News. The Police officers are likely to be arrested on the charges of concealing information about a murder and presenting ‘misrepresented reports’ to court. It has now been established that the officers of the Crime branch of the Narahenpita Police Station had handled […]

Large-scale gem fraud during last regime: Authority

22nd April 2016 // 0 Comments

A financial fraud involving the loss of vital foreign exchange earnings beyond calculation had been caused to country through the smuggling out of large stocks of gems since 2013, Chairman of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority Asanke Welagedara said. He said the fraud was uncovered as a result of a state audit. He said the large-scale fraud had occurred by way of a voucher system called the ‘N.N.S’, costing an annual fee of Rs.1,500 US dollars that allowed for any number of gems to be taken outside of the country without question. The current Chairman said the voucher system had been implemented by the former Chairman of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority Amithe Gamage, under the directive of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. […]

Rajapaksa protected the killer of British citizen Khuram Shaikh Zaman says President Maithiri

22nd April 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithrippla Sirisena on Wednesday accused his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa of having thwarted a bid to take disciplinary action against the then Chairman of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha, Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathirana in the wake of his alleged involvement in the killing of British citizen Khuram Shaikh Zaman, (32) in late December, 2011. President Sirisena claimed that the former President had strongly opposed a decision taken by him in his capacity as the General Secretary of the SLFP together with the then UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayantha to sack the suspected killers from the party. Addressing heads of local government bodies at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI), President Sirisena claimed that the former President had summoned him and Premajayantha to Temple Trees and repreminaded […]

Sampanthan’s decisions questionable

22nd April 2016 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and former TNA Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran stated that, certain decisions taken by the leader of the TNA and Opposition Leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan are questionable. He made this comment addressing a media briefing held on Tuesday (19) in Jaffna. Former Parliamentarian Premachandran further said that TNA’s election manifesto has emphasized the Federal Constitutional System and the need of combining of the North-East. But the President and the Prime Minister have said that the North-East would not be connected. So the extensive talk with government is essential on these issues. Premachandran recalled Sampanthan’s statements that the political solution for Tamil people would be granted this year supported by the President and the Prime Minister. While Sampanthan had said that the […]

Democracy in Post War Sri Lanka | April 2016

22nd April 2016 // 0 Comments

19 April 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka: According to the latest ‘Democracy in Post War Sri Lanka’ survey conducted by Social Indicator, the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lankans have a low level of confidence in the Government’s commitment towards eradicating corruption in the country. While 40.8% are of the opinion that the Government is not committed towards eradicating corruption in the country, 34.5% say that the Government is committed. The decrease in the level of confidence is seen when compared to October 2015 data, where 49.6% of Sri Lankans were of the opinion that the Government is committed towards eradicating corruption in the country. On the issue of cost of living, almost 30% of Sri Lankans indicate that they are […]

From ‘war-policing’ to ‘community policing’

22nd April 2016 // 0 Comments

 From adversary to protector- Sri Lanka Police have turned to ‘Community Policing’ as a way to build bridges between communities and the police at a time when public faith in the police is at an all-time low. Retired Senior DIG, M. Gomes spends much of his retirement as the President of the Wellawatte Civil Security Committee (CSC) but this time, he remains outside the police station and helps people connect with the police. “The police department wanted to start committees to empower civil society but at the moment it is only the Wellawatte police civil society which is getting on very well. “We have about 50 members. We meet every 3rd Sunday of the month at the Wellawatte police division”, said Gomes with pride. The […]

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