August 2016

Reading between lines Ban Ki Mun’s Interview by Mr Deen.

31st August 2016 // 0 Comments

Sunday Times published an interview recoding of Mr Ban Ki Mun, who will be relinquishing his duties after a two term spell as Secretary General in December 2016.  The exclusive interview was conducted by Mr Thalif Deen apparently from a minority group ‘Muslims’. The two terms as SG were troubled filled with many minorities in the world suffering a lot when tyrannical racialist leaders set their armies and militia against the minorities eg. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or Yemen and Sri-Lanka. According to Mr Deen the SG will pay a three day official visit to Sri-Lanka on Wednesday. The purpose of the visit is to travel to the South and the North of the Island and to meet with civil society representatives of both communities, including […]

Chief Minister calls for security of Tamil students at Peradeniya

31st August 2016 // 0 Comments

Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has urged Maithripala Sirisena to ensure the safety of Tamil undergraduates studying at Peradeniya University. The chief minister of Northern Tamil Eelam has made the request in a letter sent to the Sri Lankan President sent today following the request of the parents of Tamil students injured in racist attacks by Sinhala students. In his letter, Wigneswaran has pointed out that the Sri Lankan president’s security guarantees to Tamil students studying at Peradeniya University should be made in the same way that they were earlier made to Sinhala students studying at Jaffna University. Chief Minister stresses need for demilitarisation of North-East The Chief Minister of the Northern Province C V Wigneswaran reiterated the call for the demilitarisation of the North-East, amidst rising […]

BRITISH PM MAY ACTED UNREASONABLY ON TAMIL ASYLUM CLAIM.

31st August 2016 // 0 Comments

A Scottish judge has criticised the British Prime Minister Theresa May for the way she dealt with a Tamil asylum claim while being Home Secretary. Former Lord Advocate Lord Boyd of Duncansby has said that May had ‘acted unreasonably’, according to the Scottish daily Herald Scotland: ‘Theresa May rapped by senior Scots judge over being “too ready to dismiss” Sri Lankan asylum case evidence Martin Williams, Senior News Reporter ONE of Scotland’s most senior judges has said Theresa May “acted unreasonably” when she dismissed a former Sri Lankan militant’s asylum bid after he claimed his life would be at risk if he returned home. Former Lord Advocate Lord Boyd of Duncansby said that during her time as Home Secretary May was wrong to reject the […]

Defending Building of Buddhist Viharas and Erecting Buddha Statues by the Army/Navy in the North is Bad Politics

30th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Hon. Reginald Cooray Governor Governor’s Secretariat Old Park, Kandy Road, Chundukuli, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. (Email: reginoldcooray@gmail.com) Defending Building of Buddhist Viharas and ErectingBuddha Statues by the Army/Navy in the North is Bad Politics His Excellency, We wish to draw your attention to the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council last week condemning the building of a Buddhist vihara by Sri Lankan troops on landbelonging to a Hindu temple in Kilinochchi. The resolution called for the immediate halt of construction work on land within the premises of the historical Kanakambikai Amman Temple at Kilinochchi. It is claimed the military has occupied the house of the temple priest (Gurukkal) located inside the temple premises and approximately 4.5 acres of land. The army is constructing unlawfully a Buddhist Vihara in the courtyard of the house. Thamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian […]

House unites on ‘Missing Persons’ Bill facilitating ‘Certificates of Absence’

30th August 2016 // 0 Comments

By Chandani Kirinde- Lobby Correspondent The Government this week moved a step further in its efforts to provide relief to loved ones of thousands of persons reported missing in the country, as a result of the conflict which took place in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, or its aftermath as well, due to subversive activities, political unrest, civil disturbances and enforced disappearances. This relief will come in the way of “Certificates of Absence” issued in lieu of a death certificate, until the circumstances of the disappearances of the persons are investigated and concluded. The Bill that provides for the issue of the certificates titled Registration of Deaths (Temporary Provisions) (Amendment) Bill was approved by Parliament on Thursday. The certificate to be issued to the next-of-kin […]

NO Foreign judges in war crimes probe

30th August 2016 // 0 Comments

The Government today asserted that foreign judges have not been considered in the investigation on the war. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told a group of journalists today that the judicial process will be domestic with the possibility of obtaining the advise of foreign experts. He said Sri Lanka’s commitment to address issues related to the war had drawn support from the international community, including the US, China and India. Samaraweera said that this was clear from the support Sri Lanka had when it co-sponsored a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last year on Sri Lanka. The resolution calls on Sri Lanka to take several measures to address concerns related to the war, including to investigate complaints on hundreds missing during the war. The Foreign Minister […]

TNA MPs meet PM; discuss N-E issues

30th August 2016 // 0 Comments

A team of TNA parliamentarians led by Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday to discuss matters pertaining to the people in the North and East, a press communique from the Opposition Leader’s Office stated. During the meeting Sampanthan had drawn the attention of the Prime Minister towards unauthorised constructions and resettlement taking place in the North and East. “The TNA delegation also raised concerns over temples and statues being erected in the area. They pointed out that they were not against the resettlement of Sinhala people in the area, but that some elements were trying to instigate communal tension and unrest over resettlement,” the Opposition Leader’s Media Spokesman said. Meanwhile, Sampanthan toured the Southern Province last weekend. This was his […]

Tamils continue to face racial discrimination in Sri lanka, says UN Committee post review

30th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Tamils continue to face discrimination in Sri Lanka, a UN committee stated recently, and questioned the island-country if Indian Tamils were allowed to get back to their homeland – while reviewing a report on the anti-discrimination efforts undertaken by the country. No cases of sexual violence – during the horrific civil war in Sri Lanka – had been submitted, even though this had affected thousands of women, said Jose Francisco Cali Tzay, committee member and country rapporteur for Sri Lanka, during a review of Sri Lanka in the 90th session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Last week, CERD concluded the examination of the combined tenth to seventeenth periodic report of Sri Lanka – on its implementation of provisions […]

A strong NO to ‘Sinhala Only’

30th August 2016 // 0 Comments

A strong NO to ‘Sinhala Only’ Menika sat up and watched with great interest a part of Wednesday’s TV news on the channel she favours. There was Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, elegant in an orangy yellow sari, her trim hair distinctively streaked grey. Matching her elegance was her deeply reflective speech in Committee Room A of the BMICH at the soft launch of the website for a bilingual/trilingual resources pool. She was speaking as the Chairperson of the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR). Who better to grace the stage with the likes of activists like Mano Ganeshan, now Minister of National Languages, Coexistence and Dialogue? Sensibility She said, “Tamil-speaking people had firstly demanded language rights and the continuing refusal to resolve their primary problem […]

Military Intelligence involved in killing of Ekneligoda

30th August 2016 // 0 Comments

By Stanley Samarasinghe Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sarath Jayamanne told the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday that he had evidence to prove that Prageeth Ekneligoda was abducted by intelligence officers of the military. He said he would take full responsibility for what he had said. Jayamanne revealed this before Bench comprising Chief Justice Sripavan and Justices Sisira Abrew and Upali Abeyratne, when providing answers to the petition filed by the two intelligence officers now in custody. The petitions had been filed by W.G. N. Upasena and Lance Corporal Rupasena. The petitioners had alleged, in their petition, that they have no connection with the Ekneligoda episode and they had been held in custody without any reason for nearly a year, whereby their fundamental rights had been violated. […]

FCID: Now, a dead duck!

30th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Random Notes with Ravi Ladduwahetty “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power, corrupts those who are subject to it.” – Aung San Suu Kyi in ‘Freedom from Fear’ One of the principal planks of the government in Opposition was to root out unprecedented corruption during the last regime. The dictatorial actions of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, also, fanned the flames of corruption in the decade of office of the previous regime. It was with such noble ideals that the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID)was established with the advent of the present regime hoping to not only to bring to book the offenders of the previous regime in this regard but […]

SLFP split at hand;Sirisena holds urgent talks with CBK and party seniors

30th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Former President Rajapaksa says his loyalists unhappy to attend next Sunday’s party convention in Kurunegala, but large crowds to be transported SLFP ministers insist on major changes to VAT, more consultations before finality is reached Cabinet approves Rs 166 million for Secretariat Co-ordinating the Reconciliation Mechanism (SCRM); Tittawella, Dayananda to head it. By Our Political Editor Economic and political issues continue to predominate the Government agenda. Uppermost among them is legislation to give legal effect to the Value Added Tax (VAT) which was raised from 11 to 15 % in March this year. Consultations are under way with the Attorney General’s Department to re-introduce the Bill in Parliament. It was on hold after two Supreme Court rulings – one saying that the way VAT was introduced […]

Cardinal supported killing of thousands of Tamils by Rajapaksha!

28th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Senior Journalist D. B. S. Jeyaraj had written an article to a weekend English newspaper. The article was based on the disappearance of Father Thiruchelvam Nihal Jim Brown from a Catholic church in the North. At a moment when laws have been prepared to establish an office to inquire into disappeared persons, it was stated in this article that it was the responsibility of the Maithri-Ranil government to look into the disappearance of this clergyman as well. On the very same day Jeyaraj had written this article, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had given an interview to a Sunday Sinhala newspaper. The Cardinal had criticized the Bill on the opening of an office to inquire into disappeared persons, during this interview. He had criticized the manner in […]

Fresh Action Must be Initiated Against the Alleged Corruption of Mahinda Rajapaksa in the “Helping Hambantota” Affair.

28th August 2016 // 0 Comments

by Vimukthi Yapa The eleventh anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami came and went on December 26 last year with hardly a mention of Helping Hambantota, the scandal that, if not for the timely intervention of the Supreme Court, would have torpedoed the presidency of Mahinda Rajapaksa before it even began. A review of the scandal during Rajapaksa’s term would arguably have called for more courage than even the most intrepid of Sri Lanka’s reporters could muster. After all, more than a dozen journalists including our own founding editor Lasantha Wickrematunge either perished or disappeared on Mr Rajapaksa’s watch, with Sri Lanka sinking to No. 165 out of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders. Besides, as the […]

Rajapakses shed crocodile tears after orchestrating attack on Tennekoon following the killing of Lasantha

28th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Cat is out of the bag..! Rajapakses shed crocodile tears after orchestrating attack on Tennekoon following the killing of Lasantha -Tennekoons identify culprit Udalagama – Lasantha’s killer! (Lanka-e-News – 28.Aug.2016, 6.15 AM) Former Rivira editor Upali Tennekoon and his wife Friday(26) identified the barbaric  scoundrel who seven years ago launched a most brutal attack on them, thereby identifying also the root cause of the cruel and murderous  attacks that were unrelentingly directed against the media during the entire era of the brutal ,corrupt and lawless Medamulana Rajapakse nefarious reign , and which attacks and murders were carefully shielded and suppressed by the same lawless nefarious reign. This assailant is none other than the suspect in the cold blooded day light murder of Sunday Leader Editor […]

Top UN Committee Says Tamil, Muslim And Christian Minorities Continue To Be Discriminated In Sri Lanka

28th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Just days ahead of the visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Sri Lanka, a top United Nations Committee has highlighted that discrimination against Tamil, Muslim and Cristian minorities persisted despite the coalition government’s commitment to promote and protect human rights in the country. Jose Francisco Cali Tzay This was highlighted by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recently in Geneva which concluded the examination of the combined tenth to seventeenth periodic report of Sri Lanka on its implementation of the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. During the discussion, Experts welcomed the new Government’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in Sri Lanka, but noted that despite efforts, discrimination […]

US lobby firm hired by Malik: More questions than answers

28th August 2016 // 0 Comments

By Our Diplomatic Correspondent We thank Minister Malik Samarawickrama for confirming our story. He should have announced it long before the Sunday Times broke the story. We stand-by every word in our story. While we are happy that the Minister has been forced to come out publicly about his ministry hiring a US firm to lobby, an issue that is the subject of a Presidential Commission of Inquiry for the same exercise during the previous Government, we say that it is the Minister who is economic with the truth about the credentials of the hired US firm and the agreement signed. Readers are invited to read the entire text of the agreement in our website www.sundaytimes.lk – something the Minister ought to have tabled in […]

Ban Ki-moon To Help Reconcile Conflicting Interests During Sri Lanka Visit

28th August 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will do his bit to reconcile conflicting interests in Sri Lanka during his three-day visit to the island beginning on August 31. From his program it appears that he will press for unity and cooperation between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils; between the predominantly Tamil North and the predominantly Sinhalese South; and between Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran and the leaders of the Tamils’ main party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). To convey to the Sinhalese majority that the UN is not merely an advocate of Tamil rights but is interested in the welfare of the Sinhalese too, Ban will visit Galle on September 1 to address a conference on: Reconciliation and Coexistence: Role of Youth. […]

SLMC split on reforms

28th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Reformists within the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) have made revelations of a rift within the Party which is threatening to weaken its stronghold in the East. Several stalwarts of the SLMC including its General Secretary, Hassen Ali and Chairman, Basheer Segu Dawood have called for an overhaul of the Party structure and its constitution, alleging that the current leadership was adopting a dictatorial approach. In addition, a section of the Party has also urged the high command of the SLMC to probe allegations levelled against the Party Leader, Rauff Hakeem, of misappropriating Party assets. The animosity between Dawood and Hakeem began when the former sought explanations,  pertaining to the alleged misappropriation of property that belonged to the Party. Dawood in a letter had sought […]

Seasoned Sri Lanka hand Taranjit Sandhu to be India’s next envoy

28th August 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Taranjit Singh Sandhu will be the next Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka succeeding Y.K.Sinha who has completed his term. An old Sri Lanka hand, Sandhu was Political Counselor in the Indian High Commission in Colombo between 2000 and 2004, which covered the 2002-2004 Norway-brokered peace process in Sri Lanka. Born on January 23, 1963, he did his schooling at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, and graduated with History Honors from St. Stephens’ college, Delhi. He then took a post graduate degree in International Relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1988. He served in the former Soviet Union (Russia) from 1990 to 1992 as Third Secretary (Political) and Second Secretary (Commercial). Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, he […]

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