2nd April 2016

Bureaucrats put paid to govt. efforts to make expatriate Tamils invest here

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By Jehan Haniff The government had extended an open invitation to all Lankans living in exile to return to their homeland but many of them had not taken the message seriously, MP and leader of the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), Dharmalingam Siddarthan said yesterday. He said the expatriate Tamil community did not believe in announcements made by the President and top government politicians locally and internationally because their decisions were not carried out by bureaucrats. “I’m personally aware of two cases where expatriates wanted to invest here were driven from pillar to post and discouraged from making an investment. “More than thirty per cent of the youth population in the North and East are unemployed and it is obvious that all of them […]

Playing politics with uncompromisable national security

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Recent discovery of two hauls of explosives – one in a cesspit in Mannar and another in a house in Chavakachcheri in Jaffna has raised some security concerns. The joint opposition tried to make out a huge issue by bloating it out of proportion giving the impression that terrorism was raising its head again amidst inabilities of the current government to keep it under control. Reacting to these allegations the Defence Secretary was seen trying to downplay the issue saying that such discoveries are quite normal after a war and that there is nothing to be alarmed. The issue here is not who is right and who is wrong. In any event, we cannot afford to have terrorism again and both government and opposition must […]

G.L. spoiled it – joint opposition charges!

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Convening a media briefing at N.M Perera Centre in Borella on April 30, former foreign affairs minister Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris said the government, without concealing anything, should reveal the truth to the country with regard to the finding of high explosives from a house at Chavakachcheri. G.L. said the police have found five claymore mines, two suicide jackets, three bags containing C-4 explosives, mobile phones and five SIM cards. The most serious thing about his exposure is that he claimed the cache was to be brought to Wellawatte area.  Commenting on this on the following day, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said had G.L. known about the cache, he should first of all have informed police about it. Had he known for certain that the […]

Suicide jacket five years old

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By Cassendra Doole The suicide jacket discovered in Chavakachcheri recently is nearly five years old, a Terrorism Investigations Division (TID) probe has found. Police said the suspect apprehended in connection with the discovery is still being interrogated. A suicide jacket and a stock of explosives and ammunition were recovered during a raid conducted on a house in Chavakachcheri, Jaffna on Wednesday (30). Police raided the house in Maravanpulo, Chavakachcheri, following a tip-off. The following items were recovered at the location: One suicide jacket, four side chargers, three parcels containing about 12 kilograms of TNT, two packets containing 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition and two battery packs used to detonate side chargers. Police further said it is suspected the explosives and other items had been stored […]

Sri Lanka torture victims call for international war inquiry

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Two Sri Lankan Tamils tell DW how they were rounded up after the civil war ended, and tortured. They hope to pressure the government to bring in foreign judges to investigate war crimes allegations. 34-year-old Mayairan, from Sri Lanka’s north-eastern district of Mullaitivu was studying in Malaysia when his country’s 26-year-long civil war ended in May 2009. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which had fought ferociously for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east, was overwhelmed by government forces in the last months of the conflict. The government finally defeated the notorious group known as the Tamil Tigers. In the months following the war, thousands of Tamils went missing, including Mayairan’s parents. Witnesses described how security forces rounded up Tamils in […]

Mahinda’s and Trump’s campaigns

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DR.Vickramabahu Karunaratne Mahinda says that the country should be given back to him, so that he can solve all problems and bring prosperity to Lanka again. There is a similarity between Mahinda’s campaign and Donald Trump’s campaign in America. Donald Trump also says he is going to make America ‘great again’. That’s part of his campaign. What is this greatness these people refer to? Is this greatness measured by money and armaments collected by the elite? If so, Lanka was great during the time of the Mahinda regime. Of course, America is already great. It is the wealthiest country with the largest military in the world. Except the poorest, all have arms for private security. So, there is a difference but we can be sure that […]

Thonda, Plantation leaders no common ground

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With arrangements being made to adopt constitutional reforms to repeal the Sri Lanka Constitution, representatives of each community in this country have been suggesting various proposals for inclusion in the Draft. BY Mirudhula Thambiah Ceylon Workers Unity Alliance General Secretary Suppiah Sathasivam said it is necessary to establish a Separate Ruling Unit for Up Country Tamils.  Former Minister and the Leader of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) Parliamentarian Arumugam Thodaman points out that Tamils of recent Indian origin (Up Country Tamils) should be recognized as a separate nationality in Sri Lanka by allocating them a Separate Ruling Unit.  Meanwhile Menaha Kandaswamy, General Secretary of the Ceylon Workers Red Flag Union said that what was important was that the plantation community must not be recognized as […]