May 2016

Police TID Arrests 4 Top Eastern Ex-Tiger Leaders Who Worked With Military Intelligence After War Ended

7th May 2016 // 0 Comments

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj A widespread security crackdown has been underway in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Over 20 former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)organization have been reportedly taken into custody over the past weeks in a staggered security operation spearheaded by the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID)of the Police.Almost all of the ex-LTTE cadres are being detained under provisions of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). They are being reportedly interrogated by TID officials at Jaffna, Vavuniya, Boosa and Colombo. Many of the arrested ex-tigers were persons who had surrendered after the war ended in May 2009. They had been detained for a period of time and later released after being put through a rehabilitation process. Some of […]

Special Rapporteur says torture still continues in Sri Lanka

7th May 2016 // 0 Comments

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan E. Méndez says torture still continues in Sri Lanka. Speaking to reporters after concluding his visit to Sri Lanka today, Méndez however said that the number of torture related incidents have reduced when compared to the peak of the war. Méndez and the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of the justice system Mónica Pinto conducted a joint visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016 to assess recent developments and identify challenges related to the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the independence of the justice system. “We are encouraged by the recent steps taken by the Government to […]

Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to discuss Sri Lanka

7th May 2016 // 0 Comments

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is to discuss Sri Lanka at its 109th session in Geneva. The Working Group will hold its 109th session from 9 to 18 May to examine almost 800 cases from 40 different countries. The Group’s five independent human rights experts will also meet relatives of those who have disappeared, State authorities from different countries and civil society representatives to exchange information on individual cases and the situation of this heinous crime. The Working Group will discuss various thematic issues related to enforced disappearances, possible future visits, and adopt its annual report. The experts will discuss the reports on their visits to Sri Lanka and Turkey. It will also discuss the follow-up reports on past visits to Congo […]

Asylum seekers deported from Cocos Islands arrested by Sri Lankan police

7th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Group of 12 taken from Colombo airport directly into the custody of the criminal investigation department  A file picture of an asylum seeker boat near Christmas Island. The group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported from Australia’s Cocos Islands have been arrested and taken into police custody in Colombo. Photograph: Scott Fisher/EPA Ben Doherty The 12 Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported from Australia’s Cocos Islands have been arrested and taken into police custody in Colombo. The group, which included a woman, one child, and one infant, were flown back on a secret charter flight from the islands overnight on Thursday. The Australian government has declined to comment on the arrival of the asylum-seeker boat at Cocos, or the group’s rapid forced removal, saying only “the […]

Sinhala Nationalists Unintentionally Promoting Separatism

7th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Conundrum: Sinhala Nationalists Against Federalism But Unintentionally Promoting Separatism By S. Narapalasingam – Dr. S. Narapalasingam Recent comments on federalism in the light of the forthcoming new constitution for the discordant Sri Lanka, highlight the preconceived mindset that denied peace and development to the nation after independence. The living conditions of the people, particularly those in the low and middle income groups were constrained by this neglect. Mothers had to seek employment in the Middle East as domestic helpers to supplement their family incomes. Some had young children who were left with close relatives. Even educated men sought employment in foreign countries. The economy did not grow fast enough to meet the needs of the citizens because of the muddled situation linked to internal disturbances. […]

Gang of three finally relents

7th May 2016 // 0 Comments

The white collar high-ups of the statutory body responsible for lighting up the country who were set to purchase power from the private sector in defiance of the ruling by the highest decision-making body have finally relented, they say.   The top ones of yahapalanaya at a powwow the other day had tried to unravel the secret behind the unusual power commanded by the statutory body’s big guns and it had transpired that it was a Gang of Three that was calling the shots in the power sector in the country.  One of them is a high flyer in the statutory body, another is a ‘wizard’ in the Ministry and the third one is an elderly consultant in a Ministry controlling the country’s exchequer.  Meanwhile, […]

There are extremists in North as well as South

5th May 2016 // 0 Comments

By Dilanka Gunatillaka Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan says some people want the Tiger Leader Prabakharan because the politics of those people are based on the Tiger mentality. Excerpts: ? Some are saying that the tigers’ stripes are reappearing. Is that story true? A: Those who are scare-mongering have a need for the tiger. They want separatism. They want terrorism. In short, some want the Tiger Leader Prabakharan. It is because the politics of those people are based on Tiger actions. ?However, by the recent adoption of a federal proposal at the Northern Provincial Council, haven’t their statements been confirmed? A: A proposal has been adopted at the Northern Provincial Council that a Federal System is required. But that is […]

Top Lankan team heading to Brussels next week to secure GSP+

5th May 2016 // 0 Comments

By Shehana Dain In the backdrop of the Government’s successful attempt to lift the European Union (EU) fisheries ban, a top team of officials from Sri Lanka is now scheduled to depart for Brussels for decisive talks on the matter, a top official said. The Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives Political, Trade and Communications Section Deputy Head Roshan Lyman told the Daily FT that the Lankan team leaving next week is set to be headed by the Department of Commerce (DOC) Director General Sonali Wijeratne. Lyman who made these remarks at the launch of BIZMEET organised by the Junior Chamber International said: “There is an important meeting on 11 May in Brussels between the Sri Lankan Government representatives and the […]

Reconciliation and Unity: Warnings

5th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Recent developments in the North and East have raised concerns on the one hand of a purported LTTE revival and on the other about the continued use of the PTA to arrest Tamil citizens and of the modalities of the arrests being reminiscent of the Rajapaksa era.  Some 23 Tamil civilians have been arrested in connection with the discovery of explosives and the suicide jacket in Chavakachcheri. Three arrests by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID), particularly of former high ranking LTTE cadres, who had undergone rehabilitation after 2009, namely Ram, Nagulan and Thalayan, have aroused media attention. Sivakaran, who was Secretary of the Youth Wing of the ITAK and suspended from that post in the run-up to the 2015 presidential election on account of his […]

A crisis of the ‘deep state’

5th May 2016 // 0 Comments

After the success of his dissident May Day rally that drew huge crowds to Kirulapone at the beginning of the week, former President and Kurunegala District lawmaker Mahinda Rajapaksa was on the receiving end of a rude shock on Monday (2) morning. Hundreds of buses had entered the capital Colombo from remote districts across the island carrying thousands of supporters eager to see the back of the Sirisena administration and ensure Rajapaksa is re-anointed king and commander-in-chief. The Baseline Road and High Level Road, strewn with piles of litter, were testament to the success of the pro-Rajapaksa rally. The ruling United National Party gathered the largest crowd at its rally in Campbell Park on May Day, with Police estimating a crowd of nearly 80,000 in […]

Secret behind Gota’s sudden US visit

5th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Gotabaya Rajapaksa left for America several weeks ago. It was to be known that Mahinda had told his close associates that he had gone to America to visit his mother-in-law and inquire into her state of health. It was reported that the Tamils For Obama organization had requested that he be taken into custody because of accusations of war crimes against him. However, there is no mention of Gotabaya’s visit to America or that a request was made for him to be taken into custody on the website of Tamils For Obama. Once, Gotabaya said that if he goes to America LTTE friendly organizations will file legal action against him, and that rather than being in prison in America it would be better to remain […]

What happened at Galle – Campbell – Kirulapone – BRC?

5th May 2016 // 0 Comments

SLFP (Maithiri) : Far more successful than expected – – Mahinda Amaraweera UNP : We won and Mahinda lost – – Sujeewa Senasinghe  SLFP (Mahinda) : The largest crowd was for us – – Prasanna Ranatunga  JVP : The best rally was ours – – Tilvin Silva Far more successful than expected – – Mahinda Amaraweera By Charmika Munasinghe ?Did the SLFP May Day Rally keep to your hopes and expectations? A: Better than we even expected! More than the expected crowd participated. More than the estimated number of buses arrived in Galle. ?Will disciplinary action be taken against those parliamentarians who went to Kirulapone? A: That decision is not to be made by either me or the President. A decision will be taken by the Central Working Committee. When the […]

KUSAL PERERA HIRES UK-BASED LAW FIRM TO DEFEND DOPING CHARGES

4th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Bipin Dani Observer Correspondent Mumbai—Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera, who has been suspended for the alleged doping offence has hired a team of UK lawyers, it is learnt here. According to the sources in England, the 26-year-old left-handed batsman and wicket-keeper has sought the services of a law firm called Morgan Sports Law. Perera’s urine sample, which was collected in an out of completion test on October 12, 2015, was found to be having a Prohibited Substance (in the category of non-Specified Substances) and was immediately withdrawn from the New Zealand tour. He has been suspended till the enquirers are completed. The law firm hired by the player is devoted to sports arbitration and litigation with a team of lawyers known in particular for their expertise in […]

New Tamil party alliance in the offing in Sri Lanka

4th May 2016 // 0 Comments

ALSO READ Chennai rain victim’s body washed ashore in Sri LankaLankan Tamil leader stands trial in Chennai via conferencingU-19 squad for Sri Lanka tri-series announcedArmy chief oversees relief and rescue efforts in ChennaiJapanese ship with students to arrive in Chennai A new Tamil political alliance, being seen as an alternative to the main Tamil party TNA, will be formed with the participation of 10 parties representing the community, according to political sources. A preliminary discussion about what would be called the Tamil National Front was held here today. The leader of the oldest Tamil party, Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Veerasingham Anandasangaree has taken the initiative and consists of politicians from the minority who had opposed the LTTE’s separatist campaign. The politicians include the veteran […]

Army security for Basil’s US home

4th May 2016 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Member of Parliament for the Hambantota District Namal Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been summoned to the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry……(PRECIFAC) to answer allegations relating to the misuse of aircraft belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force. PRECIFAC is also expected to question Gotabaya Rajapaksa about why two soldiers had been deployed to protect the house of former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa in America. A spokesman for PRECIFAC (Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power) told Ceylon Today that the former Defence Secretary has been asked by PRECIFAC to present himself before the Commission on the 9th of this month. This spokesman said further that Namal […]

Brawl In Parliament Injures Several MP’s. Kegalle Dist UNP MP Sandith Samarasinghe Taken to National Hospital

4th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Security issue ignites the House .. A physical altercation, coupled with verbal abuses, took place in the well of the House on… Parliament not a place for thugs an.. In the highest tradition of democracy Parliament is, or is expected to be, the supreme leg… – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/#sthash.4kuPL88F.dpuf By Saman Indrajith A row broke out in Parliament yesterday leading to the suspension of sittings and sending several MPs to parliament medical room after the government had turned down a Joint Opposition request to reverse its decision to reduce the security provided to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Several MPs including UNP Kegalle District MP Sandith Samarasinghe were injured. He was rushed to the National Hospital subsequently. Parliament was plunged into chaos when Prime Minister […]

Dec 2006 Bomb Attack On Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Was an Inside Job Stage Managed by Ex – Def Secy Himself Alleges Ex – Army Chief Sarath Fonseka

4th May 2016 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s former army chief told parliament Tuesday that a bomb blast apparently targeting former president Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother 10 years ago was an “inside job” to win sympathy for the then-ruling family. Sarath Fonseka, now a government legislator, said the December 2006 bomb attack blamed on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels had been stage-managed by the president’s brother Gotabhaya Rajapakse, then -then defence secretary. “No terrorist will set off a suicide bomb 25 meters away from the intended target,” Fonseka told parliament during a debate on scaling down military security granted to the former strongman leader. The government has said it is removing troops in Rajapakse’s bodyguard and replacing them with police commandos as part of a policy of relieving the military from civilian security […]

Sri Lanka sets up panel to investigate ‘Panama Papers’

3rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

Cash-strapped Sri Lanka announced on Sunday (May 1) it was setting up a special panel to chase after nationals likely to figure in the “Panama Papers,” a trove of leaked documents on global tax evasion. The government, which came to power in January last year on a promise to clean up corruption, has accused former president Mahinda Rajapakse and his family of siphoning off billions of dollars during his decade in power, a charge he has denied.  The new administration has also been weighed down by huge foreign loans taken out by the Rajapakse regime. Colombo last week secured an IMF bailout of US$1.5 billion to head off a balance of payments crisis. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said Colombo would investigate “each and every Sri […]

Mammoth crowds attend May day rallies.! Largest crowd at UNP rally ; SLFP rogues’ challenge to Maithri a damp squib.! (photos and videos)

3rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

The view hitherto that SLFP majority is with Rajapakses crashes headlong..! (Lanka-e-News- 01.May.2016, 11.45PM) The May day rallies this year which also served to search the popularity and strength of the main political parties concluded this evening. Based on reports of the intelligence divisions , the largest crowd around 60,000 to 75,000 people attended the UNP May day rally at Campbell park . This was in excess of the crowd present at any of the rallies of the other parties. Even when the UNP leader was concluding his address at the rally , the UNP processions heading for the venue had not ended. The most decisive contest was between the May day rallies of the officially acknowledged  SLFP led by president Maithripala Sirisena at Galle […]

May Day: A Litmus Test For Maithri And SLFP

3rd May 2016 // 0 Comments

Message from SLFP to UNP on MR’s move Wimal takes battle against Basil to the public Joint opposition members try to attend both rallies Many heads to roll in the SLFP May Day today will mark a political milestone for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the country’s ever changing political scenario. While all political parties in the country have made grand plans to show their strength in numbers today, the International Workers’ Day celebrated globally will become a political battle in Sri Lanka. The United National Party (UNP) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has planned to make a grand show at Campbell Park in Borella today while the SLFP led by President Maithripala Sirisena has also planned to bring out numbers in […]

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