August 2016

Mahinda supporters want to cover up the killing of surrendered LTTE members by the Army.

19th August 2016 // 0 Comments

It appeared to be a gain for the Joint opposition or the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) faction loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, when the Supreme Court declared the process of Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill a nullity. This was done in answer to a petition against the Bill by MP Sisiria Jayakodi. The glow of this victory was short-lived as the Joint opposition suffered a legislative defeat as it failed to thwart the government in enacting the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Bill in Parliament.    It could have petitioned the Supreme Court against the Bill and sought a determination on its constitutionality within seven days upon its presentation in Parliament. The Joint opposition missed the opportunity and enabled the government to ensure […]

USAF medical team to examine ex-LTTE combatants allegedly injected with poisonous substances

18th August 2016 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has said that US Air Force’s medical team, currently in the province on a goodwill visit, will examine former Tamil Tigers combatants who had fallen sick allegedly because they were injected with poisonous substances by the Sri Lankan armed forces when they were undergoing detention or rehabilitation after surrender. In the past few weeks, Tamil politicians and the media have been highlighting the death of 104 ex-combatants who had allegedly been given injections as part of an “inoculation program”. Some others had complained of physical debility after release from detention or rehabilitation. Chief Minister Wigneswaran  told the NPC on Tuesday that he had mentioned the plight of the former combatants in his conversation with the […]

Asylum seeker who won right to live in UK after Lib Dem MP’s campaign now facing prison over sex attack

18th August 2016 // 0 Comments

An asylum seeker who avoided deportation after a public campaign headed by an MP is facing jail after admitting sexual assault. Sri Lankan-born Sivarajah Suganthan spent 37 days in a detention centre before being allowed to remain in the UK thanks to Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams. Mr Williams lobbied then-immigration minister Damian Green to grant him asylum and presented an 800-name petition to Parliament calling for the deportation threats to end. Suganthan, 31, went to live with friends in Bristol in 2011, but three years later he sexually abused a 21-year-old woman while staying at a night shelter. He was to face trial at Bristol Crown Court, but pleaded guilty to sexual assault by penetration. Anjali Gohil, defending, said the guilty plea was on a […]

N Korean envoy in UK defects to South

18th August 2016 // 0 Comments

A top North Korean diplomat who disappeared from the country’s embassy in London has defected to South Korea, officials in Seoul have confirmed. Thae Yong-ho and his family are under the government’s protection, a South Korean official said. Mr Thae was the ambassador’s deputy and is thought to be the highest-ranking North Korean official ever to defect. His main mission in London had been to spread positive perceptions of the North Korean leadership. He had been due to return to Pyongyang with his wife and children. Mr Thae had come under pressure from his government to quash growing criticism of North Korea’s human rights record, sources say. The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent, James Robbins, says it now looks as if Mr Thae’s heart may not have […]

Tamil women demand more space in politics at Jaffna consultations

18th August 2016 // 0 Comments

A group of Tamil women called for a quota for female politicians to be instituted during consultations by the Jaffna Zonal Task Force of the Consultation Task Force earlier this month. At the consultation which happened at the Jaffna Kachcheri on August 5, a group of Tamil women including a local TNA village councillor and the Women’s Society President, expressed frustration at the lack of political space given to women by both the TNA and the NPC. They stated that there are many Tamil women ready to join politics but Tamil political parties must do more to bring women into their parties. The same group also raised the issue of livelihood for Tamil women stating that the military presence in the North-East made it hard […]

‘104 LTTE cadres poisoned to death at Sri Lanka rehab centres’

18th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Startling accusation by Tamil politicians who say the ex-combatants had claimed physically disability as a result. Sri Lanka’s Tamil politicians have alleged that over 100 LTTE cadres at rehabilitation centres were injected with poison leading to their deaths, prompting the government to reject their claims on Thursday. Politicians of the main Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) politicians and the Tamil media claimed the deaths of some 104 ex-combatants who had allegedly been given poisonous injections. They had claimed physical disability due to the injections being given to them. Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has said that the U.S. Air Forces medical team, currently in the Tamil-dominated north, will examine the former rehabilitated LTTE cadres, who he alleged had fallen sick because they were injected […]

The secret behind Machiavellian MR’s frequent foreign tours comes to the open..!

18th August 2016 // 0 Comments

(Lanka-e-News -17.Aug.2016, 11.45PM)  The secret behind the frequent foreign tours of Mahinda Rajapakse , Kurunegala M.P. as of late has come to the open. Although he and his corrupt group claim these tours are to meet the Sri Lankans abroad , in truth these are tours to collect the profits generated by their  investments abroad. This came  to light when Mahinda while returning after his tour of Japan and South Korea brought into Sri Lanka (SL)  Rs. 500 million and Rs. 400 million respectively. Notorious Mahinda who is by now a byword for rackets and corruption ,and to whom committing perfidies and robberies  are  as simple as  inventing excuses to defend those  says,  these are donations  received from the Sri Lankans abroad. Following the 19 […]

Pics: London West Ealing Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple Chariot Procession for Thaipusam

15th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Thaipusam DEVOTEES PAID TRIBUTE TO LORD MURUGAN BY CARRYING POTS OF MILK, PIERCING MOUTHS AND ROLLING ON TARMAC ON LONDON UXBRIDGE ROAD Thousands of Hindu devotees from Sri Lanka and India participated in the chariot procession for annual Thaipusam Festival organised by West Ealing’s Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple on Sunday, August 14th. Devotees rolled bare on Uxbridge road (shayana pradakshanam), carried pots of milk on heads and pierced spears (vel) around mouths to pay tribute to Lord Murugan. Thaipusam festival marks the victory of legendary Lord Muguran against demon Soorapadam. The festival honours Murugan and his Vel – divine spear he used for the war against Soorapadam. The West Ealing Chariot Procession near Amman Temple saw devotees dressed traditionally. Some women carried auspicious pots of milk […]

That’s how we roll! Thousands of Hindu devotees gather in West London for chariot procession

15th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Thousands of people flocked to London for one of the most colourful events of the calendar year. The annual festival saw a celebration of Hindu culture take over west Ealing, culminating in a chariot procession through the London borough. It is one of the biggest events of the year in the area with around 10,000 thought to have attended from all over Europe. Scroll down for video  Organised by the Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple, the festival commemorates the legend of the Hindu god of war, Murugan, and his defeat of the demon Soorapadam using a ‘divine spear’ known as a vel. Those taking part in the festival offer up a sign of devotion to Murugan, whether it be as simple as carrying a pot of milk […]

Thousands of Hindu devotees gather in West London for chariot procession

15th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Around 10,000 people turned out for annual Hindu chariot festival in west Ealing, London It is one of the biggest events of the year in the area and features a chariot procession through the streets The festival honours the Hindu god of war Murugan’s victory over a demon using a special ‘vel’ spear Those involved carry out act of devotion such as carrying pots of milk on their heads or having piercings  Thousands of people flocked to London for one of the most colourful events of the calendar year. The annual festival saw a celebration of Hindu culture take over west Ealing, culminating in a chariot procession through the London borough. It is one of the biggest events of the year in the area with […]

FANTASTIC FESTIVAL Thousands of Hindu devotees gather in West London for amazing chariot procession

15th August 2016 // 0 Comments

DEDICATED devotees go through the pain barrier to honour their gods THOUSANDS of people flocked to the capital on Sunday for one of the most colourful and exciting events on the religious calendar. The annual celebration of Hindu culture took over west Ealing peaking in a startling and shocking chariot procession through the bustling London borough. AP:ASSOCIATED PRESS 6 The festival attracts thousands of Hindu devotees to West Ealing from all over the world AP:ASSOCIATED PRESS 6 Devotees have hooks inserted into the skin of their backs before pulling a chariot AP:ASSOCIATED PRESS 6 Others rolled their bodies along the rough road surface as their act of devotion More than 10,000 people from all over Europe are believed to have attended this year’s jaw-dropping spectacle. Organised by the […]

Political prisoners to go ahead with fast tomorrow

7th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Tamil political prisoners have decided to go ahead with a protest fast tomorrow despite a meeting held with the Tamil National Alliance yesterday. Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan met the prisoners at the Anuradhapura prison yesterday. The inmates had handed over a letter to the Parliamentarian to be handed over to Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan. In the letter the prisoners had noted that the Government has failed to keep to its word on the political prisoner issue. The prisoners had staged a similar hunger strike in December last year but the strike was later suspended following assurances given by the Government. Some of the prisoners were released in stages but most of them are still in prison in jails around the country. The […]

Ex LTTE cadres Cry for relief

7th August 2016 // 0 Comments

BY Mirudhula Thambiah The term ‘Ex-LTTE cadre’ is taboo in the Northern and Eastern Provinces as most of the former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres have been rehabilitated four to five years ago. However, society has neglected them. The rehabilitated cadres say that the government has neglected them without giving them any relief or livelihood sponsorship. Also, there had been a situation of panic as most of their colleagues had been subjected to sudden deaths. Even the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Sivagnanam Sritharan in his recent speech in Parliament added that around 103 LTTE cadres have died sudden deaths and the cause of death is unknown. However, the Crusaders for Democracy (CFD) led by former LTTE cadres has urged the government to […]

Accountability must be addressed before framing new constitution, says Wigneswaran

7th August 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, has said that accountability for the war crimes allegedly committed in the last phase of Eelam War IV must be established before the Sri Lankan government formulates a new constitution to address the basic political question. Addressing the Tamil Peoples’ Council in his capacity as its co-chairman in Jaffna on Sunday, Wigneswaran said that the constitution planned by the government will not be drafted to the Tamils’ satisfaction unless accountability issues were satisfactorily addressed prior to that. He told the council that he had heard from someone involved in the constitution making exercise that the government is planning to brush accountability under the carpet by showing the international community before the September […]

Democratic Cadres urge medical tests for rehabilitated LTTErs

7th August 2016 // 0 Comments

Manjula Fernando Democratic Cadres, a political party consisting of ex-LTTE members yesterday urged not to politicize alleged incidents of mysterious deaths of rehabilitated LTTE cadres, which had been referred to the Government for action. Party spokesman C. Chandralingam told the Sunday Observer that they had sought Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s intervention to investigate and carry out medical tests on all ex-cadres to verify these claims. Chandralingam, said some political figures have requested that medical tests be carried out by foreign medical experts since they could not rely on local doctors and this was not a time to make such calls. His party first raised the matter that some hundred cadres who were rehabilitated before being reintegrated into society, have perished in the past several years […]

More skeletal remains unearthed in Mannar

7th August 2016 // 0 Comments

By Madhawa Kulasuriya – Vavuniya Five human skeletal remains, and what have been identified as splintered human teeth, were retrieved from an abandoned well in Thirukedeeshwaran, Mannar, last Wednesday. The well lies close to the Thirukedeeshwaran mass grave discovered in 2013. This follows the discovery of 88 skeletal remains in December 2013 in what was tagged the Mannar Mass Graves Discovery. Acting under orders from Mannar Magistrate A. G. Alexraja, given in response to a petition filed in the Mannar Magistrate’s Court, Police and personnel from the Archaeological Department began excavating the dried up bed of the well and hit on the remains after three days of digging. But this led to opening up of old springs which resulted in the well filling up with […]

Police snub Court order to arrest Namal

7th August 2016 // 0 Comments

By Ishara Ratnakara Though Additional Colombo Magistrate Nishantha Peiris had ordered the arrest of Joint Opposition (JO) and SLFP Hambantota District MP Namal Rajapaksa on charges of having carried out illegal transactions at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) using political clout, the Police have failed to arrest him to date though nine days have elapsed since the Court Order was given. The Colombo Additional Magistrate issued order for the arrest of the suspect on 28 July this year. The Attorney General (AG) had named the JO MP as the chief suspect in the case. He is the owner of NR Consultants and Gowers Corp, both company cited in the allegations, while its directors Indika Karunajeewa, Nithya Samaranayake, Sudarshana Ganegoda, Pavithra Bogollagama and Iresha Silva have […]

Consensus government and national issues

7th August 2016 // 0 Comments

It has been decided that the current consensus government will run for its full term of five years until it fulfills its pledges given in August 2015. Initially, the UNP and the SLFP had agreed to work together for two years and to decide the future, depending on how it works during that period. However, due to various reasons, they have now extended the cohabitation even before the two year period is over. The initial pledges given to the people included working jointly to resolve the ethnic issue and taking some fundamental steps with regard to constitutional and electoral reforms laying a strong foundation for developing the country. The need for major political parties to have some consensus on main issues facing the country has […]

7 in same family sentenced to death

6th August 2016 // 0 Comments

By Chandrasiri Mahagama- Hawa Eliya Nuwara Eliya High Court Judge Lalith Ekanayake yesterday sentenced to death seven members of a family on conviction of collective culpability in a killing in year 2000. Those sentenced to death were Palani Muthuraj, Palani Arimar, Palani Neela Mogan, Palani Subramanium, S Vigneswaran, Neela Mogan Kamalanadan and Neela Balachandran respectively. Muthuraj, Arimar, Neela Mogan and Subramanium are brothers, while Vigneswaran who was also sentenced to death is the son of Palani Subramanium. Kamalanadan and Balachandran are sons of Neela Mogan, one of the seven found guilty and sentenced to death by the Nuwara Eliya High Court Judge. The murder had taken place at the Kancodiawatta Estate in Kandapola at around 9.30 pm on 1 February 2000. The murder victim was […]

Move to strip MR of civic rights feared – UNP did that to Sirimavo

6th August 2016 // 0 Comments

by Saman Indrajith UPFA MP Dallus Alahapperuma says the stories being floated in some quarters that moves are underway to strip former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of his civic rights should not be taken lightly. That could be a trial balloon, he told The Island last night. Alahapperuma was responsing to a story that a group of senior UNP ministers had decided to meet President Maithripala Sirisena and request him to appoint a special Presidential Commission to investigate attempts to create a schism in the Malwatte Chapter of the Siyam Nikaya under the Rajapaksa government, party sources said yesterday. The commission would be empowered to investigate all persons involved in the alleged attempt to create a rift in the Malwatte Chapter and to make recommendations to the […]

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