19th August 2016

North Sri Lankan Governor defends building Buddhist temples in Tamil area

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COLOMBO: The Governor of Sri Lanka’s Hindu Tamil-majority Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, has defended the building of Buddhist temples in the province saying that it is only part of a boom in the building of places of worship there. “Big Hindu kovils are being built and many Christian denominations have come up with their buildings. But there are only 13 Buddhist temples in the entire Northern Province,” Cooray said. “We don’t object to the Hindu kovils and Christian churches coming up. We welcome them,” Cooray, a Buddhist ,said wondering why some Tamils should object if the Buddhists built their viharas. The Governor was answering a question at a press conference here on Thursday about the Buddhist temple being built on a Tamil person’s private property […]

LTTE cadres poisoned to death at Sri Lanka rehab centres

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By Shamindra Ferdinando The US has refrained from making its position clear on Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wignewaran’s request that the visiting American medical personnel examine the rehabilitated LTTE cadres to find out whether they have been injected with poisonous substances while they were being rehabilitated. In answer to several questions The Island posed on the controversy, US embassy has only said: “Operation Pacific Angel is providing assistance based on the specific needs of the local communities. Among the nearly 70 members of this multilateral assistance programme – including some medical staff and engineers from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Maldives, as well as the United States – are over 40 doctors providing basic medical services: dental procedures; physical therapy; general medical assistance; and optometry. […]

Will the OMP find the missing links?

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In Sri Lanka, all armed entities, official or unofficial, have abducted people, whether they were opponents or not. Many victims were killed or made simply to disappear. Main among those accused of abductions were the LTTE and the Government security forces, including the Police. All these groups are now denying their involvement in any of these disappearances of people. It is against this backdrop that the Government has adopted a Bill to institute an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) in order to trace those who went missing during the activities of these armed forces and groups. At the same time, in spite of abductions and extra-judicial killings having taken place during all armed conflicts in the country and all armed entities having been accused of […]

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

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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 […]