1st April 2016

Real “Chavakachcheri Bomb” Lies in the Heart of Colombo and Not the Northern Province

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By Malinda Seneviratne There’s nothing funny about explosives and explosions. Nothing to salivate about. And yet, we are hearing guffaws and seeing people licking their lips. All this because some explosives were found buried in Chavakachcheri. The derision obviously comes from the Opposition or rather those affiliated with what is now called the ‘Joint Opposition’. Obvious because of the way the two camps have broadly viewed two interrelated factors: terrorism and security. The movers and shakers of this regime have a long history of pooh-poohing threats to national security. On the other hand, those in the Join Opposition have a long history of being fascinated with national security to the point of paranoia. Similarly the former set has always hobnobbed with the LTTE and bet on […]

NP Governor: Chava explosives meant to cause destruction

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Governor Cooray By Shamindra Ferdinando Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray yesterday said that the deadly cache detected at Meesalai, Chavakachcheri had been brought there to cause destruction.  The armaments couldn’t have been brought in for a peaceful purpose, Governor Cooray said, asserting that moderates always attracted the wrath of extremists. The NP Governor was addressing the media at his Battaramulla office.  Asked whether President Maithripala Sirisena could have been targeted by the LTTE, Governor Cooray said various theories could be propagated. The former minister said that he could claim that he was being targeted whereas others may claim that various other individuals and places were the likely targets.  Cooray recently succeeded H. M. G. S. Palihakkara, former Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as […]

Protests demanding UN intervention

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BY CHARMINDA RODRIGO The National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection (NMCRP) will stage a protest demonstration opposite the United Nations HQ in Bauddhaloka Mawatha today (1) to urge them to investigate and intervene in protecting the rights of consumers in the country. Chairman of the NMCRP told media yesterday that the Consumer Protection Authority was established in accordance with the UN Consumer Rights Declaration of 2003.It was done with the noble intentions of safeguarding the rights of consumers. However, we do not see any positive interventions made in order to achieve its objectives. Hence we have no option but to force the UN to intervene in the operations of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA). He further noted that prices of essential commodities such as flour […]

Mahinda should make a statement in Parliament: Ranil

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Responding to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had told him that the government should focus on the country’s security following the recent detection of hidden arms and ammunition, and the comments made by former minister G. L. Peiris, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that Mr. Rajapaksa should make a statement in parliament and Professor Peiris should divulge to the police all of the information he had on the subject. Speaking at a function in Colombo, Mr. Wickremesinghe said Mr. Rajapaksa should make a statement in the House so that they could discuss it and take measures to safeguard the country. “We can discuss the incident in parliament and take suitable steps if he makes a statement,” he said. “I doubted whether this function would […]

Explosives were wrapped in a Sinhalese language newspaper which was published in 2007 – Police To Interrogate GL Over Suicide Jacket

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According to the police the explosives were wrapped in a Sinhalese language newspaper which was published in 2007. Police believed that the explosives were hidden during the war. Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi has ordered the police to record a statement from former foreign minister G. L. Peiris over the discovery of a suicide jacket among other explosives recovered in Chavakachcheri on Wednesday. Hettiarachchi told a news conference at the government information department today that even though the discovery was ‘routine’ and based on a tip off, it appeared that the former foreign minister had more information about the explosives, and hence an investigation will be launched to obtain more details from his over his claims that the explosives were to be sent to Wellawatte. Addressing […]

When Tamil Eelam was justified in 1983, is there any reason to deny in 2009 after the worst massacres amounting to genocide were carried?

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Vaddukoddai Resolution: A Watershed In The History Of Eelam Tamils By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar – The Vaddukoddai Resolution of May 14th 1976 is a watershed in the history of the Eelam Tamil freedom struggle. The late Dr A.J.Wilson former head of the political science department of Brunswick University, described it in his book, S.J.V Chelvanayakam and the Crisis of Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism, 1947 – 1977 – page 128, as the turning point when Eelam Tamils turned their minds towards liberation: “In the years after the onset of the Sirimavo government’s policies underlining Sinhala majoritarianism, the Tamil people turned their minds towards liberation and self-determination. Tamil youth understood such concepts as a meaningful step towards freedom and independence, for them – it was the only way […]