18th July 2016

Tamil-Sinhalese clash leads to indefinite closure of Jaffna University

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COLOMBO: A violent clash between Tamil and Sinhalese students of Jaffna University last Saturday has led an indefinite closure of the university, the only institution of higher learning in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province. Four Sinhalese students were injured, one of them seriously, when students belonging to the two communities attacked each other following a sharp difference of opinion over allowing Kandyan dancing in a function to welcome new entrants to the Science Faculty. As per the time-honored tradition, the Tamils in the Science Faculty wanted to welcome freshers with “mela thaalam” (traditional nadaswaram and thavil music). But the Sinhalese students insisted that Kandayan dancing, which is performed in welcoming ceremonies among the Sinhalese in South Sri Lanka, be included. While the Sinhalese students based […]

TNA condemns Jaffna Uni. clash

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The Tamil National Alliance has condemned the clashes that took place at the University of Jaffna on Saturday. The TNA in a statement today said, “We regret that several students have sustained injuries and that the Sinhala students had to be evacuated from the University and Jaffna as a precautionary measure. The TNA appeals to all students not to permit any recurrence of such incidents or anything that will hinder genuine reconciliation amongst communities in our country. Whilst inviting the students who have been evacuated to return to Jaffna, we urge the other students who remain to welcome them and assure them of their safety as they resume their studies. We call upon the students and the authorities to work together in creating the right […]

Sri Lanka’s ex-police, military top brass risk arrest over Lasantha murder

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Police Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara has hinted of high-profile arrests as the authorities close in on the assassins of anti-establishment editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. The latest arrest of a military intelligence officer last week has led the authorities to piece together the individuals involved in ordering the January 8, 2009 assassination as well as the well orchestrated cover up of the murder. The IGP, speaking at a school at Ibbagamuwa, declared he would demonstrate the new found independence of the police by solving some high profiles cases that have dragged on for years without any suspects being brought to justice. Jayasundara did not name names, but top police sources said the Lasantha Wickrematunge assassination was a top priority for the police and at […]

Jaffna university clash: Tough action against those involved

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The students involved in the brawl at the Jaffna University on Saturday, will be dealt firmly under the law, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof. Mohan de Silva said. Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, he said the Police crime inquiry into the incident has been commenced by the Jaffna DIG, while the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University has been instructed to commence a preliminarily inquiry to take disciplinary action against the students involved in the fight. “We have the video clips of the incident. A fight is a crime despite whether it happens inside or outside the university premises. Action will be taken against those involved in the clash as per the video evidences,” he noted. Prof. de Silva said the President and […]

Champika Wants Strictest Action Against Culprits Behind Jaffna Uni Clash, Tells Wiggiy To Condemn Incident

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Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka has questioned as to why law enforcement authorities have failed to take action against the culprits who assaulted the students at the Jaffna University’s Science Faculty on Saturday. Minister Champika Ranawaka “When seniors at the Kelaniya University ordered their juniors to wear dresses and come to the university, they were arrested and imprisoned because of ragging, but how come no action has been taken against the culprits who assaulted the Sinhala students,” Ranawaka questioned. He said that the Tamil students are not facing any hindrance in conducting their studies or cultural events at any of the universities in the country, so how come the Sinhala students don’t have the freedom to organize a cultural event at the […]

President Sirisena Calls Upon Sinhalese to Acknowledge That the People in the North Have a Problem to Solve.

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By P.K.Balachandran Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday appealed to the Sinhalese-Buddhist majority in the island nation to realize that the minorities have a problem and solve it if they want to live happily. “The Sinhala Buddhist community in this country will be able to live happily only after solving the issues pertaining to other communities in the country and the first step in this regard is to acknowledge that the people in the North (Tamils) have a problem to solve,” Sirisena said in Kilinochchi, while inaugurating a German Training Institute. Referring to the violent clash between Sinhalese and Tamil students in Jaffna University over a cultural function on Saturday, the President said that all the educational institutions, including the universities and vocational training […]

Namal’s arrest not political revenge: here’s the B report!

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The FCID yesterday (11) arrested MP Namal Rajapaksa over allegations of obtaining a Rs. 450 million bribe from India’s Krrish Group for signing an agreement for a 650 million USD hotel project at a plot of land near Transworks House, presently being used as the car park for Hilton Hotel in Colombo Fort, and he was produced before courts and remanded. Three politicians and several leading businessmen are involved in this deal. Krrish Group gets the land from the UDA. The related agreement had been prepared by lawyer Sujani Bogollagama for Namal Rajapaksa Associates law firm, owned by Namal. We have received information as to how Namal directly got involved in the pore jct, which goes as, Namal had sent a SMS message to the […]

13th Amendment not meant only for N&E

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The Chief Ministers of all nine provinces have emphasized the need of implementing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and they also pointed out that when the new Constitution is drafted the 13th Amendment should also be given due consideration.  The Chief Ministers and the representatives of some of them met the Advisory Committee to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the proposed new Constitution at the Parliament building on Friday (8). When the 13th Amendment was annexed to the Constitution following the signing of the Indo-Lanka Accord in 1987, there surfaced misunderstanding the majority of people considering it as a remedial measure mainly to overcome the North and East ethnic crisis. Those who opposed the 13th Amendment didn’t have the farsightedness to accept it as […]

Gota gets cold feet and drives himself mad with arrest of sergeant major Premananda Udalagama over Lasantha murder !

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(Lanka-e-News- 17.July.2016, 11.55PM)  Following the arrest of sergeant major Premananda Udalagama , the leader of the  murder squad suspected of the brutal murders of journalists including  Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickremetunge as well as the attacks launched on media personnel  , the former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse during whose tenure in office these lawless and cruel  criminalities took place has got cold feet and panicked, based on reports  reaching Lanka e news inside information division. Gotabaya in his panic stricken state had phoned the Prime Minister (P.M.) , the defense secretary , the Attorney General (A.G.) and the IGP , and spoken  on behalf of the army sergeant major and sought to rescue him. The P.M. had replied , he does not know anything about […]

Two teams enlisted for Lasantha’s murder: Army sergeant major Premananda Udalagama was with Karuna group

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(Lanka-e-News -18.July.2016, 11.30PM) During the interrogation of sergeant major Premananda Udalagama alias Ananda Udalagama  of the army intelligence division in connection with the ghastly ruthless murder of Sunday Leader ex editor Lasantha Wickremetunge , the suspect Udalagama who was a leader of the clandestine  murder squad had revealed two groups that did not know each other were enlisted for  the murder of Lasantha, based on reports reaching Lanka e news inside information division. When  planning the murder ,  a week before it was committed,  5 Dialog SIM cards were purchased , and after the crime was committed , not a single call was taken thereafter until today using those SIM cards. Udalagama who was arrested on 15 th night by the CID was remanded until […]