6th August 2016

7 in same family sentenced to death

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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

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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 […]

Sydney creative shop Banjo apologises for alleged ‘racial’ incident

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Independent advertising agency Banjo has publicly apologised after what has been alleged as a ‘racist’ incident involving a senior member of staff and an interview candidate. The Sydney-based shop, which has clients on the book such as Best & Less, Pacific Brands and Crown, says in the course of expanding the account management team at Banjo, an “unfortunate misunderstanding” occurred during an interview with a candidate, “for which Banjo would like to offer an unreserved apology”. The agency is getting on the front foot with an immediate response to address a flurry of comments on social channels. Agencies are often criticised for not moving quickly enough to address contentious issues. It’s thought that freelance account director Surungi Emily Hohol had an interview at the agency and […]

TULF leader beats war drums over acquiring of some land in Mulaitivu for the Navy

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By Jehan Haniff Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader V. Anandasangaree yesterday lashed-out at Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) politicians for not taking any action against, what he termed provocative actions of the Government to acquire private lands for use of the security forces in the North and East. Anandasangaree told “The Island” that ITAK parliamentarians in the Tamil National Alliance should quit their positions and make way for people who really care for the Tamils to come forward. “They are playing a double game,” he said. “Today, the Government has planned to commence surveying 617 acres of private land for the Navy in Mullivaikkal in the Mullaitivu district despite strong protests by various organisations in the North and East,” the TULF leader said adding […]

Suspected Tamil Tiger says she shouldn’t be deported because she lied about serving with terror group

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TORONTO — A Toronto woman ordered out of Canada for being a self-declared member of a terrorist group argues the only evidence against her is her own past claims, which she says are not credible. Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board, the Minister of Public Safety and the Federal Court of Canada, however, reject her revision of her past in Sri Lanka during a bloody civil war. Jayasiri Puvanenthiram was first declared inadmissible to Canada in 2004 for being a member of an organization engaging in terrorism. She has doggedly fought to remain here, fighting appeals and pleas that have allowed her an additional 12 years in this country with her husband and two children. She said her family urgently needs her in Canada. Puvanenthiram is […]

Over 20 m attended Paada Yatra: Geetha: Lanka’s population less than number quoted by Geetha

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Street dance antics to halt corruption probes Over 20 m attended Paada Yatra: Geetha: Lanka’s population less than number quoted by Geetha The Joint Opposition (JO)’s paada yatra is over. Claims and counter claims about participation in it still abundant. The JO, of course, says a million people participated in it. Obviously it is an exaggeration which borders the absurd. According to reports of several media that cannot be accused of favouring the Government the demonstration had taken less than three hours to reach its destination – the Lipton Circus. We have already experience of May Day rallies which took much longer to reach their destination, for example four hours or more. None of them exceeded 50,000 according to the organisers themselves. We also witnessed […]

When everything collapses, we’re going to blame it one the Muslims. Or the Tamils. Or the Americans.

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By Yudhanjaya Wijeratne – Yudhanjaya Wijeratne Pada Yatra: rough translation, pilgrimage. They’ve been around for awhile, but the most famous is Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent Salt Tax protest. That original Pada Yatra started with 80 people and went down in history as the famous Dandi Salt March: it even inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. Leave it to the Joint Opposition to organize their own Pada Yatra. Mahinda Rajapaksa and Co basically rallied thousands of people who marched, on foot, from Kandy to Colombo, while their political overloads trundled by gently in jeeps sucking on cheap ice cream. It didn’t overthrow the British Raj, of course, but it was pretty impressive. It began in Peradeniya and spread to Nelumdeniya. Kiribathgoda was packed. Residents of Kelaniya reportedly hung […]

ONUR welcomes ICRC report on missing persons

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The Office for National Unity & Reconciliation (ONUR) has welcomed the report which was recently released by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) highlighting the plight of families of the missing persons and recommendations for the authorities to consider. The report titled “Living With Uncertainty: Needs Of The Families Of Missing Persons In Sri Lanka” was released last week by the ICRC. ONUR, which has been established with a mandate of promoting and providing for a society that respects Rule of Law, fundamental rights and freedoms, justice, equality, inclusivity and diversity to achieve lasting Reconciliation in Sri Lanka, states that it has worked with relevant ministries, agencies and organisations in attending to the issues and challenges faced by families of the missing persons. […]

Mahinda’s Paada Yatra was an utter failure – State Minister

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Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa betrayed the country like Don Juan Dharmapala, Skills Development and Vocational Training State Minister Palitha Range Bandara said. He was addressing the media at Siri Kotha yesterday. “Mahinda Rajapaksa betrayed the country while entering into an agreement with a Chinese company through the proposed Port City project. While entering into the agreement, Rajapaksa has approved to offer the sole ownership of a land plot of the proposed Port City to China,” the state minister said. “It is undoubtedly a betrayal of the country to a foreign nation.Nevertheless, he pretends to be the country’s greatest patriot,” he said. “However, through a joint effort of the President and the Prime Minister, an amended agreement will be implemented and accordingly no land ownership will be […]

Mahinda Group attempting to create riots and take over power through terrorism – Wickramabahu

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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leadership should take the slogans made at the Joint Opposition’s Paada Yatra seriously as it is obvious that they are attempting to take over power through riots, Nava Sama Samaja Party leader Prof Wickramabahu Karunaratne said. He also said President Maithripala Sirisena as the SLFP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should take this incident seriously as the Joint Opposition is attempting to disrupt Parliament acting as a Constitutional Council by such activities. Karunaratne said the activities of the Joint Opposition tallies with the incidents during the 88-89 era. He made these observations at a press conference at the Nava Sama Samaja Party head office, Slave Island yesterday. “The Joint Opposition says that they would surround Colombo and take […]