April 2016

Tamils look for federal solution – Sampanthan

18th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankas main Tamil party TNA is seeking a federal solution to resolve the long-pending issue of political independence for the country’s minority Tamil community, the PTI reported. This was conveyed by the main opposition leader and Tamil National Alliance leader (TNA) R Sampanthan in Jaffna to TNA representatives. Commenting on the talks, the TNA northern provincial councilor M K Shvajilingam said Sampanthan had briefed them on the partys approach to the constitutional reform coming up at national level. The government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has already launched a process to formulate a new Constitution for the country replacing the 1978 statute. Shivajilingam said Sampanthan said the current government could be more responsive to a federal arrangement and therefore, […]

Scottish woman stabs abuser with a pen

18th April 2016 // 0 Comments

A trishaw driver who had abducted two young Scottish women from Kandy town and attempted to sexually abuse one of them at an abandoned house in Hantane had to flee the place as the second woman had stabbed him with a pen. However, the man had managed to grab the valuables of the women before he fled in his trishaw. He had taken away a mobile phone worth Rs. 90,000 and a bag containing Rs. 30,000 belonging to the women, police said. The women, staying in a lodge at Sangaraja Mawatha in Kandy had come to the town in the night of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year Day and hired the trishaw to return to the lodge. The trishaw driver had deceived the women […]

146 Sri Lankans applied for asylum in Switzerland last month

18th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Swiss authorities received 146 applications from asylum seekers from Sri Lanka within the month of March, according to figures from Switzerland’s federal migration office (SEM). In March the SEM dealt with the applications of 2,702 asylum seekers, of whom 875 were rejected in accordance with the Dublin regulation, 609 were granted asylum and 559 were given provisional admission to Switzerland. A further 363 applications remain on hold. The same month, 847 migrants left Switzerland or were repatriated, said SEM. The number of asylum applications filed with the Swiss government in the first quarter of 2016 dropped by 45 percent comparing to the last quarter of 2015, the SME said in a statement Thursday. The Swiss authorities received 8,315 asylum seekers’ requests in the first three […]

New Year auspicious times are wrong?

18th April 2016 // 0 Comments

BY KAMAL SURAWEERA – KANDY Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, the auspicious times for the…… Sinhala and Hindu New Year had been prepared not according to how the general public wanted them but according to the requirements of the administrator’s of the country. Therefore, the former President said that he would not participate in the Anointing of Oil Ceremony which had to be done facing the West which was held at an Auspicious Time day before yesterday. Mahinda Rajapaksa stated this on the 16th morning at the Asgiri Maha Vihara in Kandy. He had visited Kandy to worship the Sacred Tooth Relic and was welcomed by the Diyawadana Nilame Pradeepa Dela Bandara. Former President visited the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter and addressed the media […]

New Year auspicious time 10:41 a.m Or 13:30 p.m?

18th April 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena. – auspicious time 10:41 a.m The state ceremony for the anointing of oil, a tradition followed with the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, took place on Saturday morning at the Sri Pushparama Temple in Malegoda, Payagala under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena. President Maithripala Sirisena, who arrived at the temple engaged in religious observances. At the auspicious time of 10:41 a.m., the president took part in the tradition of anointing oil. Following this tradition, the President planted a Red Sandalwood sapling at the temple premises.  An Ayurvedic Handbook penned by the Commissioner for Ayurveda ,L.H.Thilakeratne was presented to the President at this occasion. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa – auspicious time 13:30 p.m Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa didn’t participate in the oil anointing […]

Bid To Clean Up Mess Of Rajapaksa Regime – Dr. Kavinda Jayawardena

18th April 2016 // 0 Comments

by Camelia Nathaniel Member of Parliament from the Gampaha District, Dr. Kavinda Jayawardena says that the good governance regime has no issues with China and they only criticised the Chinese projects, purely because the previous regime had not gone about those projects in a structured manner.In an interview with The Sunday Leader he says that the good governance regime is now trying to clean up the mess created by the Rajapaksa regime, and this is not a task that can be achieved overnight. However, he says that within the next year people of this country will be able to reap the benefits of the efforts of the current regime and they will begin to understand the strategy of the good governance. Following are excerpts of […]

Namal Facing Imminent Arrest Over Two High-Profile Investigations

16th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaka is facing imminent arrest in connection with two high profile investigations, authoritative Police sources told Asian Mirror. The Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) is currently probing into money laundering allegations levelled against the MP while the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) handles inquiries into former Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s death. Highly place Police sources said there was enough grounds to suggest that the Parliamentarian would be arrested over the incident. The FCID has already submitted a report to Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris on the investigation launched into a complaint lodged by the Voice Against Corruption (VAC) against MP Namal Rajapaksa on money laundering charges. The complaint lodged by JVP Provincial Councilor Wasantha Samarasinghe last year had charged a company by the name of […]

Tamils’ Meeting Shows Continuing Rift In Labour Party Regarding Foreign Policy

16th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By TU Senan – Tamils for Labour organised what was probably its biggest ever meeting on 11/04/2016. The main attraction for the 400+ people in attendance – many of whom were young Tamils – was the chief speaker, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour Party leader and leader of the opposition. Hilary Benn MP, shadow foreign secretary, Chuka Umunna MP, former shadow business secretary under Ed Miliband, gave speeches, as did a number of other Labour MPs. Journalists Callum Macrae, Frances Harrisonand Sonya Sceats, who have written in detail about the plight of the Tamils were also on the platform. What stood out a mile was the enormous gulf between the approaches to foreign policy within Labour. While Keith Vaz MP tried to claim that the Labour […]

Government going slow on “stolen US$ 18 billion” investigations – Senior UNP’er

16th April 2016 // 0 Comments

*Mystery approach has baffled the people by Zacki Jabbar The government was going slow on investigations into allegations that the Rajapakasas had allegedly siphoned off US$ 18 billion in State funds while in power between 2005 and 2014 , a senior member of the United National Party charged yesterday. Western Provincial Council UNP member Srinath Perera PC, told the ” Sunday Island” that it was a mystery as to why more than a year after the UNP/SLFP administration had assumed office, not much headway had been made on an allegation as serious as US$ 18 billion belonging to the country being plundered by the Rajapaksas. “If such an amount had been robbed, the government owed it to the people, the vast majority of whom live […]

Jayalalithaa: Karuna gifted island to Sri Lanka

16th April 2016 // 0 Comments

AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa on Friday accused DMK leader M. Karunanidhi of being instrumental in the handing over of the Katchatheevu islet to Sri Lanka. Addressing a huge gathering at Aruppukkottai in Virudhunagar district, Ms Jayalalithaa ridiculed the DMK promise of retrieving Katchatheevu, which is featured in the party’s election manifesto. Dealing with the subject in elaborate fashion, she listed out the efforts she has been taking since 1991 to get back the islet, traditionally used by fishermen of the southern districts. Mr Karunanidhi, who she claimed colluded with the then Congress government at the Centre in making Katchatheevu over to Sri Lanka, was branding the TN fishermen as “greedy persons” for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line for fishing, she said. Katchatheevu was handed […]

Singapore detains SriLankan Airlines passengers, orders flight back

16th April 2016 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Singapore has detained five passengers on board a SriLankan Airlines flight Thursday after ordering it to return to Changi International Airport for security reasons soon after it took off. SriLankan Airlines said in a statement flight UL 309 of April 14, 2016 was instructed to return to Changi “due to security reasons” soon after it was airborne to Colombo and that no reason has still being given for the action. The flight later arrived in Colombo at 0042 hrs on April 15, 2016 with a total delay of 3 hours. “Upon its return to Singapore, the airport division of the Singapore Police Force requested that all check-in luggage was screened once more and also interviewed a few passengers,” the statement said. Airport Police […]

Will India topple Ranil’s government too?

16th April 2016 // 0 Comments

India maintained strict silence on Ranil’s visit to China. Only India is aware of the secret behind that silence. Subsequent to Mahinda’s defeat, his brother former Defence Secretary Gotabaya said at a conference that Indian Defence Adviser Ajit Doval had told him to halt the Colombo Port City (Chinese) Project. Gotabaya said, his brother’s government got involved in problems with India because of the decision the government took not to halt this project. If Doval had told Gotabaya to halt the Colombo Port City Project then there is no reason for them not to tell the same thing to either Maithri or Ranil. However, during his tour of India it was reported that India had given their approval for the project. The maintenance contract for […]

Postwar Sri Lanka Urgently Needs New Acts On Police & Firearms

16th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Vidya Abhayagunawardena – With the end of the three-decades long armed conflict in 2009, Sri Lanka has embarked in seeking permanent peace and human security in the country through reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction. This will help not only bridging the gaps between ethnic communities in Sri Lanka but also in overall socioeconomic and political development of nation building. Since the new government came into power on January 8th 2015, there is a big hope that country’s supreme law will be change and more powers given to citizens of the nation. The Government of Sri Lanka is currently underway to introduce a new constitution to Sri Lanka with the help and consultation of the citizens and the civil society. This is commendable. In the same […]

AIADMK, DMK as well as the Congress were corrupt parties says BJP

14th April 2016 // 0 Comments

India’s ruling BJP says it ensured that the death penalty given to five fishermen in Sri Lanka was not carried out. BJP President Amit Shah also claimed that due to the steps taken by the Modi Government, the firing at Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy had stopped. Interestingly that’s all they had achieved since they came to power regarding the Sri Lankan Tamils. The Sri Lankan government refused to implement the 13th amentmend to give some rights to the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, as agreed between the two countries. Modi government are unable to pressure the Sri Lankan government due to fear of Sri Lanka taking sides with China. The Indian Congress government helped Sri Lankan forces kill more than 40,000 Tamil […]

Uphold national unity by joining hands – Opposition Leader – See more at: http://www.adaderana.lk/news/34900/uphold-national-unity-by-joining-hands-opposition-leader#sthash.MFXfdOqT.dpuf

14th April 2016 // 0 Comments

During the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, I urge everyone of you to uphold national unity by joining hands to strengthen relationships and foster harmony between the different communities, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said in a New Year message. The message:   “I would like to extend my warmest greetings to all those celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil and New Year in Sri Lanka and overseas.   The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is not merely a celebration. Rather, it is a national festival that has deep roots in our culture and traditions. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is also a symbol of unity as it brings together people, irrespective of race, caste, or creed in national celebration.   However, while I encourage all […]

Maithri-Vigneswaran to have crucial talks!

14th April 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena and north chief minister C.V. Vigneswaran will have a crucial meeting on April 18 to discuss problems in the province and other related political matters, say government sources. Speaking to the media in Jaffna, Vigneswaran has said he hoped the meeting would result in an end to land-grabbing in the north for government purposes.  He said he has been asked to come to Colombo to discuss the matter with the president and the prime minister. Vigneswaran said he believed the president who has previously said that civilian land in the north would not be taken over. Despite claims by the government and the military over the media that there was no land-grabbing, Vigneswaran claimed southern fishermen were being settled in Mullaitivu, Kokilai […]

UK Labour Party is committed to helping the Tamil people achieve their “justice, their self-expression and their self-determination” -says Jeremy Corbyn MP of UK

14th April 2016 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News- 13.April.2016, 11.30PM) The UK Labour Party has reaffirmed its strongest possible support for the Tamil people, both in the UK and in Sri Lanka, at a packed Tamils for Labour event in the Houses of Parliament in UK Almost 200 members of the Tamil community attended a meeting hosted by the Vice Chair of the Tamil All Party Parliamentary Group (APPGt), Joan Ryan MP, on Monday 11th April, which was addressed by leading figures within the Labour Party, including the Leader – Jeremy Corbyn MP, Shadow Chancellor – John McDonnell MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary – Hilary Benn MP and the Senior Vice Chair of the APPGt – Siobhain McDonagh. In a wide ranging speech discussing human rights abuses, war crimes accountability, and the need […]

Tamils in Jaffna protest against Sri Lankan military land grabs

12th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Protestors staged a sit in at the Jaffna Government Agent District Secretariat office in Jaffna today, demanding the Sri Lankan military halt ongoing land surveys. The protest began after a reported attempt by the Sri Lankan military to survey 16 acres of land in Anaikottai, in the northern peninsula. Upon hearing news of the surveying taking place, Tamil protestors, including politicians from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), arrived at the scene. TNA Northern Provincial Council member Balachandran Gajatheepan said the military had also attempted to seize land owned by the Sivapoomi Trust, a charity organisation that supports handicapped children. As protestors gathered, the military began videotaping the demonstration. “Our land is our culture,” said M K Shivajilingam Northern Provincial […]

Sri Lanka relaunches controversial Sinhala settlement scheme in North-East

12th April 2016 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government has opened a new village in the Tamil North-East of the island, as part of a revival of a controversial Sinhala colonisation program. The ‘Village Reawakening’ program was declared open by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa at Weli Oya today. Houses were constructed on land gifted to villagers by the Sri Lankan government and with loans provided at concessionary rates of interest. The scheme is an apparent relaunch of a program started by Mr Premadasa’s father, former president Ranasinghe Premadasa. Weli Oya has been the site of a Sri Lankan government orchestrated project for decades, where Sinhala farmers from the South were settled to the North-East. Last year the army declared open a community hall, built for […]

From emoluments to Devolution of power

12th April 2016 // 0 Comments

The practice of enticing MPs by dishing out various favours, may it be Ministerial posts or other similar offers, is no strange phenomenon in our political culture. There is little argument that we need a change to this deep rooted political culture that invites political somersaults. Then again in the face of recent developments, there is little hope for such a change, despite how ugly and unreasonable this practice is. With the three new appointments, Parliament was told last Thursday that the National Government now comprises 47 Cabinet Ministers, 20 Sate Ministers and 25 Deputy Ministers. This was stated by Chief Government Whip and Minister Gayantha Karunathilake in response to a demand by the Joint Opposition to reveal the total number of persons holding ministerial […]

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