27th July 2016

Keeping Ethnic Conflict From Getting Back To Centre Stage

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By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera The ethnic fault line in society was exposed in the clash between two groups of students at Jaffna University last week. The immediate cause of the dispute was a late request by Sinhalese students at the university to perform the traditional Sinhalese Kandyan dance at a ceremony to welcome incoming new students. This request was turned down by the organizers of the event. However, the following day when the event took place a Kandyan dancing troupe made its appearance which was resisted by the larger student body. The end result was a violent confrontation between two groups of students who divided on ethnic lines. This resulted in the temporary closure of the university, and the university administration, in an […]

New Constitution: Certain Issues To Be Sorted Out – Dayasiri Jayasekera

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by Thushari Nathaniel United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member and Minister of Sports, Dayasiri Jayasekera said that although the government wants to bring in a new constitution, there are certain issues that need to be sorted out before such a decision can be taken. In an interview with The Sunday Leader he said that even with regard to the holding of the LG elections, the government had obtained the approval of the parliament to hold the elections under the new system. However, there were unexpected issues such as the delimitation. This is not something that the government anticipated, he said. Following are excerpts of the interview: Q: With regard to the new constitution what is the current stand of the government? A: Yes we need […]

Kin of Sri Lanka’s missing persons demand “detailed information”

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According to the ICRC study, of all the 395 families interviewed, 36 per cent believed their loved ones to be dead. As many as 31 per cent said the missing persons were still alive while the remaining 33 per cent expressed uncertainty. An overwhelming number of families of those who reportedly went missing during the 26-year-long civil war in Sri Lanka, demands “more detailed information” from the authorities on the fate and whereabouts of missing persons. This is the highlight of a study undertaken by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) during October 2014-November 2015 all over the country, by interviewing 395 families of the missing persons including those of members of security forces and the police. The Red Cross has a case […]

The Missing Millions From Singapore?

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By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole C.V. Wigneswaran’s Accusation – Leading Nowhere The NP Chief Minister in declaring open a housing scheme by a chartable member of the public in Achchuvely about a month ago, made a startling claim. He said in public from the stage that: A foundation in Singapore had donated Rs. 90 million for the furtherance of Tamil studies and so far the university has seen only Rs. 30,000 of it. As proof of his source, he pointed to Aru Thirumurugan who has present, and is and has been a member of the University of Jaffna Council for at least three terms. This was reported to me by T. Thayalan, the Sunday Times and Uthayan Correspondent who […]

Pro-reconciliation mood tempers press coverage of Jaffna Ethnic clash

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COLOMBO: The sober media coverage of a recent Jaffna University fracas in which Tamil and Sinhalese students violently clashed over the organization of an annual event, indicates that a “pro-reconciliation” sentiment has gained “moral currency” in Sri Lanka, says Verite Research in its analysis of the way the government, political parties and the media reacted to the incident of July 16 and its aftermath. “In the post-2015 context, calls to desist from inciting racism have gained a degree of moral currency in the press. This development reflects the media’s reorientation to shifts in political power balances and priorities in light of the post 2015 transition. The moral currency of a pro-reconciliation position has hence served to mute the influence of nationalist arguments in press discourse,” the Colombo-based […]

Lasantha’s killing: Suspect identified by driver

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The suspect taken into custody in connection with killing of Sunday Leader Chief Editor Lasantha Wickramathunga has been identified by the man who was driving Mr. Wickramatunga’s vehicle at the time he was killed. The suspect was today remanded till August 3 by Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Mohamed Sahabdeen. The suspect Prem Ananda Udalagama served as a staff sergeant in the army intelligence unit. He was arrested on the 15th and then remanded till the date of the identification parade. The witness identified the suspect at the identification parade held in the presence of the Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate Sulochana Weerasinghe. Attorney Athula S. Ranagala and Kasun Apasinghe who appeared for the aggrieved party said another witness had seen the man who shot Mr. Wickramatunga […]

Vigneswaran claims rights to Moragahakanda project

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Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran yesterday claimed rights to the Moragahakanda project as it supplied water to the Northern Province. Chief Minister revealed these sentiments during a discussion with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday. He added that there would be issues if the central government had full authority over the project. “We are happy that water is from the Mahaweli River is being distributed to the North, we have no objection to that,” Vigneswaran said. Meanwhile, officials from JICA said they could not intervene in the political matters of the country and directed the CM to take up the issue with the government.(Romesh Madushanka) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/113183/Vigneswaran-claims-rights-to-Moragahakanda-project#sthash.K0Jb9JPE.dpuf

Mahinda vows to go ahead with Pada Yathra

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By Dasun Edirisinghe The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday vowed to go ahead with the Pada Yatra as scheduled from tomorrow despite threats of disciplinary action and other obstacles. Addressing the media at Dr N.M. Perera Centre in Borella, JO National Organiser and Matara District MP Dullas Alahapperuma said their protest march starting from Kandy was not against the SLFP policies and it would be a joke to take disciplinary action against SLFP parliamentarians who participate in the march. “Our Pada Yatra is based on SLFP policies and it represents the party’s objectives,” he said, noting it was hilarious for any to threaten disciplinary action against those who would take part in the protest. Alahapperuma was responding to a threat made by SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake. He […]

President Sirisena vetoes SLFP MPs’ participation in opposition rally

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chairman, Maithripala Sirisena, has disapproved of the participation of SLFP members and MPs in the Kandy to Colombo protest march planned by the Joint Opposition Group (JOG) headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Skills Development Minister Manhinda Samarasinghe told newspersons here on Tuesday that the President had disapproved participation of party men in the Pada Yathra when he met SLFP MPs at his official residence earlier. Samarsinghe further said that the President had asked Ministers to refute a story appearing in a section of the media that he had sanctioned participation. By disapproving participation, Sirisena has clearly indicated that he will have no truck with Rajapaksa, who, besides being an inner party rival, is also an opponent of the […]

Aussie streaker lands in Sri Lankan prison

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http://www.cricket.com.au/news/streaker-nude-one-week-prison-kandy-australia-sri-lanka-first-test/2016-07-27 Brisbane local fined and jailed for indecent exposure following ill-advised escapade on day one of first Test File this one under ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time’. Australian cricket fan Alex James has been fined 3,000 rupees ($A28) and sentenced to a week in prison after completing a nude run during the washed-out final session on day one at the Pallekele Stadium. Quick Single: SLv Aus scorecard James made the questionable decision to seek some entertainment of his own as the afternoon rain rolled in over the hills to prevent a ball being bowled after the tea break on the opening day of the series. With the entire ground covered, James – clothed at this stage – jumped the two fences that […]

Raviraj murder case to proceed

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By Ishara Rathnakara Colombo High Court (CHC) Judge Manilal Waidyatilleke yesterday (26) ordered that a hearing with evidence be held on 02 September to decide whether the case against three suspects, charged in connection with the assassination of former Member of Parliament Nadaraja Raviraj and his Security Officer Lakshman Lokuwella, be heard without them since they have gone missing. The suspects who are missing are Sedhian Thusain, Palanasami Suresh and Shivakanthan alias Charan.The other defendants in this case, Prasad Chandana Kumara, Gamini Seneviratne, Prageeth Chaminda have been remanded until the hearing of the case is completed. The High Court Judge ordered the defendants to inform the Court on 02 September whether the case should be heard in the presence of a Jury or before a Bench […]