5th June 2016

It’s too late for Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran says had Mahinda Rajapaksa genuinely worked with them as he promised on 2 January 2014, he would not be in this predicament. “Now it is too late for Mahinda,” he said. He added, “As for my ‘strong Tamil nationalism’, I reflect the minds of the people of the North and East. We must get out of the mindset that a political settlement in Sri Lanka is based on the large heartedness of any particular community. It must come out of the genuine desire of all communities to live in amity and peace. It is true that the year 1833 brought disparate communities under one central administration and the 1948 Constitution gave an edge to the majority community.” By […]

Will Sri Lanka filibuster this time around too?

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BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN Despite one of the UN panel of experts who visited Sri Lanka recently saying, that he was doubtful whether the SL question would be on the agenda in Geneva this month, once again the disturbing topic of alleged human rights violations will be taken up at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) 32nd Session from 30 June to 1 July. A vast number of the Tamil Diaspora from all corners of the world are (supposedly larger in number this time around) gearing up to hold a mass protest in Geneva demanding the UNHRC to move for genuine justice to the SL Tamils. Several print and online newspapers in those countries are advertising to join the group in Geneva if they […]

Tamil Diaspora, TNA MPs to meet Zeid

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Tamil Diaspora representatives and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs will meet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in Geneva, prior to his oral presentation at the 11 to 27 June Sessions of the UNHRC. Sri Lanka faces crucial times in Geneva this month where mammoth Tamil Diaspora-backed rallies alleging delayed justice and prolongation of injustices to the Tamils will come against the Lankan delegation to that meeting. Boosting that demonstration will be members of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) including its Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) – an independent investigative body of eminent war crime prosecutors who will be meeting Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein prior to his oral presentation. Zaid is expected to keep to […]

Ban on chief minister: President rescinds order by military commanders

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One of the first tasks for President Maithripala Sirisena, after he returned to Sri Lanka from Japan, was to issue an order to immediately rescind instructions sent out by Commanders of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. They had issued separate instructions that debarred Eastern Province Chief Minister Naseer Ahmed from entering their respective installations. All military personnel were ordered to refrain from attending functions organised by the Chief Minister. The orders from the three commanders came after Chief Minister Naseer Ahmed, casting the dignity of his office aside, insulted a Navy officer at a public ceremony in Sampur (Trincomalee) no sooner he got on the stage. Those on the stage at a Sampur school which came under the Eastern Provincial Council included […]

What is the mission that Maithri gave Ranil?

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Last Wednesday (1) President Maithripala Sirisena was enjoying a dance recital at a newly opened resort owned by the Shangri-La Five Star Hotel Company in Mirijjawila, Hambantota when a straw thatched hut built at the dancing zone caught fire during a fireworks event. Stray sparks from a firecrackers display may have ignited the fire after the opening ceremony and the President was just about 50 metres away from the fire. The Fire Brigade killed the fire before it could spread elsewhere and DIG Southern Province D.D. Wickremaratne ordered an immediate probe to verify how a fire engulfed a straw covered hut. DIG Wickremaratne told this Newspaper that DIG Galle W.K. Jayalath went to the resort the day of the incident to investigate and report on […]