5th July 2016

Govt Has Not Fulfilled Promises Given To Tamil People – Suresh Premachandran

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by Thushari Nathaniel Former TNA MP Suresh Premachandran stated that despite the government’s promises to the Tamil people, there are many who are still in camps and are unable to go back to their own lands. Although the government promised to expedite the resettlement process, only a very few were resettled and the majority of them are still in the same predicament. Most of the people want to go back to their own lands as only then can they get on with their livelihood activities whether it is farming or fishing.In an interview with The Sunday Leader, Premachandran pointed out that the President and the Prime Minister are making contradictory statements that are confusing to the people, and this has now become a joke. According […]

Paranagama refutes cluster munition claims

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Chairman of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints regarding Missing Persons (PCICMP), Maxwell Paranagama said that there was no credible evidence to suggest that the Sri Lankan Army used cluster munitions during the war. The UN High Commissioner had called for an independent and impartial investigation to be carried out, in light of recent reports on new evidence that has emerged on the use of cluster munitions towards the end of Sri Lanka’s conflict. This was following similar allegations in the OHCHR report. Citing paragraph 33 of the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Paranagama said, “in fact there is nothing new about these allegations. The Paranagama Commission is dealing with its second mandate report, fully examined the available evidence, and came […]

FM Samaraweera accused of acting contrary to the Constitution

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The Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has accused Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of reaching agreements and understanding with a section of the international community at the expense of Sri Lanka’s interests. The GSLF has, in a letter to foreign missions of countries represented at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), alleged that Minister Samaraweera’s actions at the UNHRC were inconsistent with Sri Lanka’s Constitution. The GSLF has said that Foreign Minister Samaraweera couldn’t pursue policies contrary to the Extraordinary Gazette No. 1933/13 dated Sept. 21, 2015 governing the powers enjoyed by the Foreign Minister. The GSLF has pointed out that Minister Samaraweera has acted against Sri Lanka’s interests in the following instances: Admitting false assertions such as “that Sri Lanka has not initiated […]

GL alleges Geneva intervention aims to promote separatism

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By Shamindra Ferdinando  Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris on Sunday alleged that the ongoing high profile Geneva exercise spearheaded by Western powers was clearly meant to divide the country on ethnic lines. Their real objective was to bring in constitutional changes to achieve what Prof. Peiris called despicable objective. The former Law Professor was addressing a group of professionals at Nugegoda on Sunday evening. Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was also present. Arranged by Viyathmaga, an organisation seeking to educate the public regarding contentious issues, the forum discussed ways and means countering the Geneva challenge. Prof. Peiris said a statement made by Jaffna District MP M.A. Sumanthiran on behalf of the four party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) at a Congressional hearing in […]

Leading Tamil diaspora group backs Zeid’s oral update on Sri Lanka

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a leading Tamil disapora group based in London,  has welcomed the oral update provided by High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Ra’ad Al Hussein to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 29 June in Geneva. “We commend the High Commissioner and his office for their forthright assessment and concur with their observation that the promise of governance reform and transitional justice are yet to be fully delivered, and risks stalling or dissipating,” GTF said. GTF says that while acknowledging the Sri Lankan Government’s progressive initiatives on constitutional reforms and the ‘symbolic steps’ it has taken to promote reconciliation, and its vastly improved cooperation with United Nations, High Commissioner Zeid was categorical that the Government has not moved fast […]

JO says it will contest LG polls separately

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By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Leader of the Democratic Left Front (DLF), MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday said the Joint Opposition (JO) would contest the next Local Government elections as a separate political party or front. Addressing a press conference at the Dr N. M. Perera Centre in Borella, Nanayakkara noted that the JO would vie with what he called the UNP-Sirisena government. Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Communist Party D. E. W. Gunasekera observed that there were serious issues between the UNP-SLFP unity government and as well as within the UNP itself. The government could not even implement this year’s budget even after a lapse of seven months, he said. That showed the inefficiency of the government and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake should resign for […]

“Sirisena Gave Me ‘Maha Rajano’ Title”, Claims Rajapaksa (VIDEO)

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed that he was elevated to the state of a king for the first time by the current President Maithripala Sirisena, who was the first to use the term “Maha Rajano.” Once senior ministers started using this term, it was natural for others to follow their lead, he added. Speaking at a public meeting in Balangoda, Ratnapura District, Rajapaksa also claimed that he had always asked his supporters not to refer to him as a king since it was a bad omen. He hit out at the government for continuously blaming him to cover their incompetence. The government is only good at blaming him, Rajapaksa said, adding that the government has already proven that it is incompetent to govern the country.

High powered Ratwatte committee meet to discuss Brexit, ETCA

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By Saman Indrajith A 12-member prime ministerial sub committee to find ways and means of countering possible ill-effects of Britain’s exit from the European Union and to expedite the signing of the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement with India and a bilateral trade pact with China, met for the first time yesterday. Former Treasury Secretary Charitha Ratwatte acts as the Convenor of the committee appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Its other members are Governor of the Central Bank Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy, former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, Secretary to the Treasury R. H. S. Samaratunga, Advisor to the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs R. Paskaralingam, Advisor to the President on Economic Affairs Sarath Rajakaruna, Economist Dr. Saman Kelegama, Krishan Dissanayake, Prof Sirimal […]