April 2016

We do not want any political interference and military interference in our life.

12th April 2016 // 0 Comments

The survivors of Sri Lanka’s civil war have been ignored for too long. In this report we listened to what they had to say, and turned those demands into this “manifesto for peace”.Please sign our petition to show that you stand with the survivors, and with us, in our belief that Sri Lanka’s fragile peace can only be made sustainable if these demands are met. Those demands are for their missing loved ones to be found, and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice before an international court. Please support us Click here The factual establishment of what took place in the final stages of the war, including the publication of a comprehensive list of the dead, with cause of death where possible, and the names […]

Panama Papers: Kith and kin of politicos named

12th April 2016 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Contrary to speculation Sri Lankan politicians are not among those named in Panama Papers (a vast collection of documents pertaining to massive secret investments in far-flung tax havens). However, among those Sri Lankans who had been named in the Panama Papers are in a range of lucrative sectors mainly among captains of private industries including leisure, tourism promotion, travel industry, health care, capital market promotion, power generation for the state sector, state procurement, and major automobile importer and at least one former head of cash-strapped state enterprise. Informed sources identified some of those named as near and dear to politicians, both past and present. Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Musthapha yesterday said that the government would thoroughly investigate the matter. […]

‘Steel’ing the homes of IDPs

12th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Over the past few weeks, the Resettlement Ministry had been embroiled in a controversy over providing 65,000 permanent houses to the war affected people. The controversy was with regard to the tender procedure adopted. Apart from the tender procedure, there was another issue which displeased the people. The reason for their dissatisfaction or unhappiness is quite reasonable. These houses are not made by bricks, cement, sand and the likes. They are made of steel. Arguments and counter arguments have been put across by officials and activists pertaining to the pros and cons of such a construction. The people, on one hand are unhappy over the houses, but, are in two minds since they have a roof above their heads to live under. Officials in the […]

Country Will Be More United Under A Federal System – Mavai Senathirajah

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by Camelia Nathaniel Jaffna District MP and Leader of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) – the main constituent party of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) – Mavai Senathirajah says Tamil people are willing to work with the government and the Sinhala people to establish a lasting peace in the country. In an interview with The Sunday Leaderhe said that there are some political forces who are trying to rouse communal hatred. He further said the Tamil people do not want war, but they want a political solution to their issues and the right to live as equal citizens of this country. Following are excerpts of the interview: Q. With the recent discovery of the suicide vest in Chavakachcheri, there are concerns that terrorist activities […]

Rajapaksa Conspiracy To Create A Rift Between RANIL And MAITHIRI

12th April 2016 // 0 Comments

RW-MR discuss abolition of executive presidency Rajapaksa making plans to contest for top seat again Basil announces re-entry to party politics An unscheduled meeting that took place last week between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President, MP Mahinda Rajapaksa managed to create ripples in political circles, especially among members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The Rajapaksas have now resorted to the latest conspiracy of trying to drive a wedge between the Prime Minister and President Maithripala Sirisena. Divide and rule has been the policy of the Rajapaksas that was clearly witnessed during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s first term in office. Rajapaksa ensured that divisions and political defections plagued the main political parties enabling him to create an environment where he could rule as he […]

Sri Lanka’s Ability To Deliver Transitional Justice Grim

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By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Sri Lanka’s Ability To Deliver Transitional Justice Grim – Without Fundamental Change Experts in the field, expect fundamental change on the ground plus in the state apparatus, systems and laws if Sri Lanka is to move towards delivering transitional justice to adhere to and implement the resolution on, ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ – one that it co-sponsored last October 2015. And more specifically, according to the member of the Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel MAP this would also entail creating “an independent and impartial victim centered accountability mechanism.” Invited to speak at the annual human rights conference on transitional justice convened by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) on Sunday April 3rd, 2016 at […]

From Panama Papers to Child Marriage: Food for Thought, Battles to Wage

12th April 2016 // 0 Comments

“To walk our way and keep our eyes fixed on it Is mankind’s first and foremost obligation.” Iphigenia in Tauris (Goethe) It is a lie, beloved by the powerful, the rich, the privileged, that transparency is inimical to national security and public wellbeing. National security and public wellbeing suffer greater harm, where there is no transparency and no right to protest. In Sri Lanka, whistleblowers and media played a critical role in revealing some of the worst Rajapaksa outrages, even during the time of Rajapaksa rule. Since waste, corruption, nepotism and other abuses of power did not end with the Rajapaksas, whistleblowers and media continue to have work to do. The latest round of revelations includes the possibility of another bond scam in the Central […]

Panama Papers: Some Sri Lankans also being probed – govt.

11th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Zacki Jabbar With the so-called Panama Papers taking the world by storm, the government said yesterday that it was examining the dealings of some Sri Lankan politicians and companies with offshore financial dealings. Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development Eran Wickremeratne told the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing in Colombo, that investigations had led them to Seychelles, where 14,000 shell companies had been incorporated but only 204 real owners had been identified. A Sri Lankan bank had opened a branch in Seychelles and air links had also commenced during the last Rajapaksa government, he noted. Three companies linked to Sri Lanka with 22 shareholders had been discovered, informed sources said, adding that revealing further details would jeopardise ongoing inquiries. Amidst several world leaders being named, […]

Britain highlights lack of land release as ‘major source of discontent’

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The British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka spoke on the importance of returning land to its rightful owners at the launch of a British funded documentary and report on the Sri Lankan military’s occupation of land in the North-East. British High Commissioner James Dauris said his government was pleased to support a new report by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) that found over 12,500 acres of land remained occupied by the Sri Lankan military and called for reparations and the restitution of land to its rightful owners. Also supported by the British was a documentary by Kannan Arunasalam entitled ‘Sampur’, examining the struggle of Tamils in the Eastern Province to reclaim back land occupied by the Sri Lankan military. “Land is deeply and emotionally […]

Bahu certain MAHINDA’s name in Panama Papers

11th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Nava Sama Samaja Party Leader Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne is certain that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name to be among three other names of Sri Lankans featured in the Panama Papers revelations, the publication by a coalition of media outlets of an investigation into offshore financial dealings by the rich and famous. “The foreign funds received by the former government for the development of the country were misplaced during the past regime. I am certain that Mahinda Rajapaksa had invested this black money in Mossack Fonseca, to turn them into white money. However Rajapaksa is in hot water as these three names will soon be revealed to the country,” he stressed. He said the propaganda carried out by the “Pevidi Balaya” organisation claiming that the present […]

Waiting for ‘Swiss Papers’

11th April 2016 // 0 Comments

The publication of Panama Papers—some 11.5 million encrypted documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm, Mossak Fonseca, has triggered a mega political tsunami. This phenomenal expose is unarguably the biggest ever boost global war on corruption has so far received. The reputed outfits responsible for blowing the lid off the scandal spanning well over four decades—(the German newspaper) Süddeutsche Zeitung, BBC, The Guardian, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Le Monde––have done the media proud. Among the prominent political figures exposed by the Panama Papers, which have shed light on shadowy financial transactions via shell companies created by Mossak Fonseca, are Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur D. Gunnlaugsson, who has resigned following the publication of the Panama Papers, Saudi Arabia’s King […]

The Biggest Leak ever! –Panama Papers!

11th April 2016 // 0 Comments

A machinery adopted by wealthy people around the globe to turn their black money into white money had been come into grips with hackers and was revealed to the world sometime back and since those data have come into the limelight as Panama Secret Documents, efforts taken by the wealthy around the world including Sri Lanka would be exposed in the future, it is reported. Mossack Fonseca, a firm of legal counsellors of Panama and which country is considered as a country which imposes low tax regulations had managed to creep through the freedom afforded laws of their land and had made extended invitations to individuals of numerous countries to join hands with them and  establish companies under various names and to make investments in […]

No action to salvage Rs 2.88 T black money outflows

11th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Rathindra Kuruwita and Umesh Moramudali Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon is better known as the Executive Director of Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), Sri Lanka’s most outspoken election monitoring outfit. However, in recent months he has been actively campaigning against bribery and corruption and to implement Police reforms. Ceylon Today met Tennakoon to get to know the reasons for his shift of focus. ?: We have known you for a long time as an election monitor. But in recent months you have been campaigning against bribery and corruption. Why the sudden shift? A: I would not call it a sudden shift. Free and fair elections, human rights, rule of law, etc. are all part of a healthy democracy and we can’t have free and fair […]

Cautiously optimistic about solution, says Sri Lankan MP

10th April 2016 // 0 Comments

“Constitutional changes should be ratified by the public and with a two-third majority” As the Sri Lankan Parliament prepares to meet as Constitutional Assembly to draft a new Constitution, Member of Parliament from Vanni district S. Sivamohan of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that he was cautiously optimistic that the Tamil question would be resolved through the new Constitution. “We are apprehensive that certain Sinhalese majoritarian groups are planning to flare up anti-Tamil sentiments to stop devolution of powers to Tamils in the new Constitution,” he said. Speaking to the media after delivering a talk at Madurai Media and Film Studies Academy (MMFSA) here on Saturday, Mr. Sivamohan said that the constitutional changes should be ratified by the public as well with a two-third majority […]

Over US $ 19,000 Million Pilfered Out Of Sri Lanka In 10 Years

10th April 2016 // 0 Comments

A total of US $ 19,967 million has been pilfered out of Sri Lanka from 2004 to 2013. According to the Global Financial Integrity’s ‘Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013’ report, in 2011 alone US $ 4,602 million was moved out of Sri Lanka by various tax evaders including businessmen, and politicians. According to the report, in 2004, US $ 1,487 million was moved out of Sri Lanka, while in 2005 the total amount pilfered was US $ 1,389 million and in 2006 it was US $ 1,554 million and US $ 1,890 million in 2007. The Global Financial Integrity, which is a non-profit, research, advisory, and advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C also disclosed that in 2008 the total amount pilfered out of Sri Lanka was US $ […]

From Panama Papers To………………

10th April 2016 // 0 Comments

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “To walk our way and keep our eyes fixed on it Is mankind’s first and foremost obligation.” Iphigenia in Tauris (Goethe) It is a lie, beloved by the powerful, the rich, the privileged, that transparency is inimical to national security and public wellbeing. National security and public wellbeing suffer greater harm, where there is no transparency and no right to protest. In Sri Lanka, whistleblowers and media played a critical role in revealing some of the worst Rajapaksa outrages, even during the time of Rajapaksa rule. Since waste, corruption, nepotism and other abuses of power did not end with the Rajapaksas, whistleblowers and media continue to have work to do. The latest round of revelations includes the possibility of another bond […]

No action, talk only: Swaminathan on NPC

10th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Northern Provincial Council has become a “no action – talk only” scenario depriving the legitimate basic needs of the Tamil Community which elected the provincial political authoritiesto address the pressing requirement, Minister of of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D. M Swaminathan said in a statement.   Responding to Northern Province Chief Minister C. V Vigneswaran’s letter informing him of the Provincial Councils decision to reject a project to construct 65,000 houses, the Minister wrote that funds provided by the Central Government for the development of the Northern Province was not being spent despite the fact that there was a serious need for development in the Province for housing, livelihood, infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries and industrial economic activities.    Full Statement Hon.C.V. Vigneswaran […]

Govt did something good after long time – Mahinda

10th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Referring to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to China to strengthen ties, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the government has done something good after a long time. He stated China has provided Sri Lanka with immense military assistance to beat the LTTE and to develop the country’s economy and infrastructure and that during his reign he signed agreements with the Asian powerhouse to launch development projects and establish business opportunities.  We had a plan to develop the country but this government stopped them, Rajapaksa said, addressing an event in Angunakolapelessa today (10).  He stated that now the government had to go and seek relief from the China even after severely criticizing the country in the past.  Walk around the country and the work I […]

JVP Accuses Iniya Bharathi Of Taking Land

10th April 2016 // 0 Comments

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) accused former paramilitary member Iniya Bharathi of taking land by force in Thirukkovil in Ampara. JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said Iniya Bharathi had assisted the former government during the war against the LTTE and had control over Thirukkovil. He says during the war Iniya Bharathi used weapons to control the people of Thirukkovil, and today he continues to have a hold on the residents in the area. The JVP MP urged the government to intervene in Thirukkovil issue and bring the situation under control.

Gota becomes silent!

10th April 2016 // 0 Comments

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been advised to adopt a silent approach, without getting involved in the prevailing clashes of political opinion, for him to promote his image in order to realize his future political objectives. He is expected to mediate in decisive issues only, as he hopes to contest as the presidential or the prime ministerial candidate at the 2020 elections.   His advisers have pointed out to Gotabhaya that he has the ability to get noticed as the most suitable candidate irrespective of how Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa solve the power struggle within the SLFP. Therefore, he has been advised to have an understanding with both parties. Recently, a proposal came up to appoint Gotabhaya to a top position in the party. But, Mahinda […]

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