23rd May 2016

7th year Mullivaikkal genocide remembrance day in London

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The British Tamil people gathered again in large numbers to remember and reflect their kith and kin who were massacred in a genocide by the Sri Lankan state and to demand for justice from the International Community.  As in the past six years, the commemoration event, co-ordinated by British Tamils Forum in the UK, brought together British Tamil people to remember their loved ones who perished in the Mullivaikkal Genocide in 2009. Following a protest march from Waterloo Place to Richmond Terrace opposite the Prime Minister David Cameron’s residence, a vigil meeting was held and it began with the participants lighting candles in silence to remember those innocent Tamil people killed. Across the world, there were similar events were held to remember this painful time […]

Anura Senanayake taken into custody in connection to Thajudeen murder

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Former senior DIG Anura Senanayake was taken into custody by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today in connection to the murder of former Sri Lanka national rugger player Wasim Thajudeen. He was produced in court and remanded till May 26. Senanayake was arrested after being questioned earlier in the day and was accused of concealing evidence when he was involved in the investigations.  He was questioned previously as well in connection to the controversial case. Earlier this month the police DIG in charge of motor traffic Amarasiri Senaratne was also questioned by the CID over Thajudeen’s murder. The Colombo Additional Magistrate in February ordered the CID to arrest the suspects linked to Thajudeen’s murder. Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car […]

FCID arrests fmr. Ministry Sec and bank manager

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Former Secretary to the Ministry of State Resources and Enterprise Development, Willie Gamage and former bank chairman Ariyathilake Dahanayake were arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) today in connection with a land deal at Oruthota, Gampaha. The FCID summoned Mr. Gamage and Mr. Dahanayake this morning to record statements regarding a land belonging to former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. The suspects were produced to the Gampaha Magistrate’s Court today. The FCID is currently investigating several major land and property deals. On May 12, Basil Rajapaksa was also arrested by the FCID over an irregularity in purchasing a land in Matara. He was later released on bail. The FCID also questioned businessman Thirukumarana Nadesan last Sunday (22) for over five hours in connection […]

Death toll rises to 82; 118 missing, 145,000 in camps

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By Maheesha Mudugamuwa The death toll from last week’s natural disasters has risen to 82; it is expected to increase within the next few days as rescue operations continue to look for another 118 missing people, according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Meanwhile, 30 people have been confirmed dead due to the landslide in Aranayake and 114 others are missing. Another part of the same mountain at Aranayake in Kegalle District had crashed on Saturday, but there were no casualties as residents had been evacuated following the first landslides, an official said. According to the DMC, 34,476 people have been affected by torrential rains widespread floods, landslides, mudslides and high winds in 22 districts during last week with 29 people injured. Over 476 houses […]

End of war in Sri Lanka, but Tamils still suffering

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Azman Ujang’s piece: “Peace pays off for Sri Lanka” simply mimics the Sri Lankan government’s propaganda about who really benefitted from the end of the country’s civil war. By P Ramasamy Azman Ujang’s piece titled “Peace pays off for Sri Lanka” in his column “Off the Cuff” (The Sun Daily, May 16), seems to be an exercise that is echoing the propaganda efforts of the Sri Lanka government rather than critically examining who really benefited from the end of the civil war that raged for more than 30 years. Yes, peace dividends might have brought benefits to political elites, foreign investors and tourists but what about the locals and Tamils in particular? The civil war ended with the defeat of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of […]