October 2016

Former Madras Judge To Support TGTE Move

30th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Former Judge of the High Court of Madras, K. P. Sivasubramaniam is to file a communication with the UN Human Rights Committee that the 6th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution is a violation of freedom of speech and conscience guaranteed in Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He is to be part of a campaign led by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), a pro-LTTE diaspora group in the US. Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark is also part of the campaign. The TGTE has called on the Tamil Diaspora, global Tamils and progressive lawyers around the world to provide legal representation to the communication before the UN Human Rights Committee. The TGTE emphasized that, while […]

Committee has ignored our constitutional proposals – GTF

30th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) says that its proposals sent to the Public Representations Committee (PRC) on Constitutional Reforms had been ignored, while submissions from unknown diaspora groups had been taken into consideration. The GTF’s Spokesperson Suren Surendiran told the “Sunday Island” yesterday that the GTF which  was established in 2009 by a number of grassroots Tamil groups following the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka was the largest Tamil diaspora organization with members drawn from across five continents. The GTF, he said, was committed to a non violent agenda and seeks a lasting peace in Sri Lanka based on justice, reconciliation and a negotiated political settlement, but its proposals on constitutional reform sent within the deadline to the PRC headed by Lal […]

Two Suspected Members Of ‘Aava’ Gang Arrested In Jaffna

30th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Two suspected members of the ‘Aava’ sword gang were arrested by the Jaffna Police earlier today. The two individuals were arrested in a by road in Jaffna when they were traveling by a motorbike. They had two swords in possession.  They had insisted that the swords were used for the practices of a drama. However, the swords were larger and not the kind used for dramas, the police said. The ‘Aava’ gang claimed responsibility to the assault on two policemen in Chunnakam recently. They said that they attacked the policemen in retaliation to the death of two Jaffna University students on the night of October 20. Is ‘Grease Yaka’ masquerading as ‘AAVA’? The Police have been ordered to crack down on the gang going by […]

Tamils, Muslims hold talks

30th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) have commenced crucial discussions in order to reach an understanding pertaining to several key issues such as the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The discussions have commenced in light of the drafting a new Constitution which is currently underway. According to sources in the TNA, the discussions also focused on factors such as devolution and its extent, nature of State and the electoral process. However party officials declined to reveal the progress that had been made during the discussions so far. In addition, the TNA is also involved in discussions with other minority parties of the Northern and Eastern Provinces as well as the estate sector in order to reach a […]

Australia to ban all asylum seekers arriving by boat from ever visiting

30th October 2016 // 0 Comments

CANBERRA, Australia – Australia on Sunday announced plans to ratchet up its tough policy against refugees by banning any asylum seeker who attempts to reach its shores by boat from ever visiting the country. A previous government introduced a policy on July 19, 2013, banning refugees who arrive by boat from Indonesian ports after that date from ever being resettled in Australia. Under legislation to be introduced to Parliament next week, thousands of asylum seekers who have returned to their homelands in the Middle East, Africa and Asia would be banned for life from ever traveling to Australia as tourists, to do business or as an Australian’s spouse, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. “You need the clearest of clear messages,” Turnbull told reporters. “This is […]

India calls for maximum devolution in Sri Lanka

30th October 2016 // 0 Comments

India calls for maximum devolution in Sri Lanka ….. meeting aspirations of all Lankans by Zacki Jabbar With the Sirisena -Wickremesinghe governments proposals on a new Constitution scheduled to be presented to Parliament prior to the budget, India has called for maximum devolution that meets the aspirations of all Lankans. Diplomatic sources said that New Delhi had urged the government to look at an inclusive solution to the ethnic issue, by devolving power to the “maximum”, while emphasizing that  it was not being “prescriptive”. India had said that it was for all Lankans to decide on what form of governance was best suited them, but glossing over the last three decades as merely unfortunate would be counter productive since there was a history behind the separatist […]

Maithri warns NGOs as Aava sends ripples of fear in North

30th October 2016 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were seen in the same frame last Friday (28) as the duo took part in the National Deepavali Festival 2016 held at Temple Trees. This was amidst speculations that things may have turned sour between the two with President Sirisena bashing Bribery Commission and other law enforcing authorities of acting in an arbitrary manner ignoring him. Hours before, Parliamentary watchdog Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) issued its report on the controversial Treasury Bond issue after 18 months of the incident. The report came with the full blessings of Sirisena loyalists in the COPE and found former Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran, who is known to be a close friend of Premier Wickremesinghe, as directly responsible […]

JAFFNA STUDENTS’ DEATH : UNRAVELLING THE MYSTERY

30th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The deaths of two Jaffna university students, Vijayakumar Sulakshan and Nadaraja Kajan, allegedly in a Police shooting still remains a mystery for the people in Jaffna as Police and human rights groups are still in the process of conducting investigations into the students’ death to give a clear picture about the incident that triggered a sense of uneasiness among the Northern community for the first time after the end of war in 2009. Why Police shot at these two innocent students, when they were travelling in a motorbike in the night, and why the Police allegedly responsible for the incidents tried to hide the truth by posing this incident as an accident, are the glaring questi ons that need immediate answers for the people in […]

Easy money from the West is attributed to Jaffna’s crime wave

28th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Yesterday’s lead story of this newspaper highlighted the rise of an allegedly armed criminal gang in the North by the name of AAVA. It further alleged that the AAVA Group was, recently, responsible for assaulting two State intelligence officers in the North. The report added that this gang was mobile and its members riding on motorbikes were also involved in acts of extortion. The article said that the criminal gang was recruiting to its ranks, unemployed youth. One charge that this newspaper has often heard currently is that Jaffna, once famed for its industriousness, has since lost this sheen. Easy money from the West is attributed to this state of affairs. During the Tamil terrorist war years which had its genesis post-1977, saw hundreds of thousands […]

Raviraj murder trial to be conducted before a jury

28th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Raviraj M.P. murder : prime suspects Gota – By Chitra Weerarathne Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyathilake yesterday granted permission for holding the trial in respect of the killing of parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj and his bodyguard sergeant Lakshman Lokuwella before a special jury. The case is to be called again on Oct. 31, to name the members of this special jury. The High Court Judge made the aforesaid order in response to a request by Senior Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya and the Defence Counsel. Counsel for the aggrieved party President’s Counsel K. V. Thevarasa objected to a special jury on the grounds that the accused were charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Criminal Procedure Code. However, the High Court decided that […]

Progressive Constitution Needed To Prevent Repeat Of War

28th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Veluppillai Thangavelu – Veluppillai Thangavelu The shooting of the two Jaffna University students is a tragedy just waiting to happen. During the last few years tension between the armed forces and the general public was on the rise. Reluctance of the armed forces to release occupied lands belonging to Tamil people and failure to dismantle the numerous army camps in built up areas even after the war ended 7 years ago led to friction and despair. It is claimed the two students failed to stop at the check point when ordered to do so. That may or may not be true, but within hours the Police headquarters described the death of the two students aged 23 and 24 as a fatal motorcycle accident. Police claimed that the […]

Was President involved in the Lasantha Murder?

28th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Under Pressure From Sirisena, Army Intelligence Officer Involved In Lasantha Murder Released On Bail The independence of the courts appears to have been affected ever since President Maithripala Sirisena launched a verbal attack on the arresting and remanding of army intelligence officers, with even Mount Lavinia Magistrate Mohammed Shahabdeen falling under pressure and releasing Army Intelligence Officer Premananda Udalagama on bail despite his involvement in the assassination of Editor of Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge. Sirisena Udalagama was released on a cash bail of Rs. 50,000 and three sureties of Rs. 500,000 each. The court order comes just weeks since President Maithripala Sirisena launched a verbal attack against the arresting and remanding of Army Intelligence Officers who have been involved in various criminal activities including being […]

Jaffna Shooting Is A Chilling Indication Of The Militarized Regimen Of Governance

28th October 2016 // 0 Comments

While expressing their shock over the killing of two university students by the police last week in Jaffna, university teachers have underscored that the police cannot ‘arbitrarily’ assume powers of authority that go beyond their function. In a statement issued, the teachers said, “We as University teachers are shocked at the wanton killing of two university students by the Police in Jaffna last week. While condemning the act in no uncertain terms, we are also perplexed by the fact that members of the police, who have been endowed with the task of maintaining peace and look to the safety of the people, could arbitrarily assume powers of authority that go far beyond their function. Obviously, something is very wrong with how we in this society […]

Chief Minister Wigneswaran in London appeals for calm in Jaffna

26th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has appealed to the people of the province, especially the youth, to be calm as they mourn the killing of two university students by the police. In a statement released from London, the Chief Minister said that while conveying his condolences to the bereaved families, he would appeal to the people not to express their anger and grief in ways which would have unpleasant consequences. Wigneswaran said that he would not comment on the incident before the court had given its verdict. All that he would say now is that the apparently, doctrine of using minimum force had not been observed by the police. University students Nadaraya Kajan and Pavunraj Sulakshan, who were on a […]

Student murders and attack on cops – Rajapakse conspiracy to kindle a ‘war’ that is long dead in Jaffna

26th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Student murders and attack on cops – Rajapakse conspiracy to kindle a ‘war’ that is long dead in Jaffna -High rung police officer who served in Jaffna reveals with evidence (Lanka-e-News -24.Oct.2016, 4.00PM)  The killing of two Jaffna university students yesterday , and the subsequent  attack launched  yesterday (23) causing injuries to two police officers of the intelligence division is a result of a conspiracy of the pro Rajapakses , a high ranking police officer who was serving in the Jaffna police for a long time revealed with supporting evidence to Lanka e news inside information division. The shooting down of the University  students yesterday was the first incident of killing of civilians by the police after 1983 in Jaffna . Even during the war […]

Gang in Jaffna is Linked to Military Intelligence

26th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Law and Order Minister Sagala Rathnayake walks Out of Press Meet When Asked Whether “AAVAA” Gang in Jaffna is Linked to Military Intelligence Ava Group was created by Maj. Gen. Mahinda Haturusinghe! It has now been revealed that the Ava Group, the gang of criminals in motorcycles in Jaffna, was secretly created during the Rajapaksa regime by the then north’s security forces commander Maj. Gen. Mahinda Haturusinghe, sources say.  In the course of investigations into the death of two university students in a police shooting, it has been found that this gang was created after the war in a well-organized manner. However, the police have been instructed from the top not to reveal anything about this to the media. Sources say that several other gangs […]

Request to remove community-unfriendly Honorary Consul

26th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan Community Associations in New Zealand are calling the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister to remove the community-unfriendly Honorary Consul Mr. Viduranga Aruna Abegoonesekara. They claim the current Honorary Consul’s disconnection from the Sri Lankan Community in New Zealand has caused severe loss to Sri Lanka. During his 9 years term as the Honorary Consul, he has failed to take advantage of the unique qualities of the Sri Lankan Community in New Zealand. In response to a letter circulating in New Zealand asking the Community Associations to support the extension of the Honorary Consul’s term, community organisations have written to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister that they would not support the extension, and are urging the Minister to appoint a new community-friendly person. The main […]

Jaffna University Arts Facultry Students Union President Sends Back to Northern Governor Cooray a Letter Written in Sinhala Alone

26th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By P K Balachandran The President of the Jaffna University Arts Faculty Students’ Union ,K.Rajeevan, on Wednesday returned a letter sent to him by the Northern Province Governor, Reginold Cooray, because it was written in Sinhalese, the language of the majority in community in Sri Lanka. It was a copy of a letter the Governor had written to Sri Lankan President Maithipala Sirisena requesting the latter to conduct an inquiry into the incident on October 20, in which two Jaffna University students were killed. Earlier in the day, teachers and students of the university had submitted a memorandum to the Governor calling for an impartial inquiry. The memorandum was in three languages, English, Sinhalese and Tamil. When the Arts Faculty Students Union President Rajeevan received […]

TNA asks how fleeing undergrads were shot from the front

26th October 2016 // 0 Comments

by Saman Indrajith The TNA yesterday demanded that an investigation be conducted into the killing of two Jaffna university students to find out how the rider of the motorcycle, and not the one on the pillion, had suffered gun shot injuries if they had been fleeing. Making a special statement, TNA leader R Sampanthan said: “On Oct 20, 2016 two Third-year students of the University of Jaffna were shot at by the Police at Kulappidi Junction, Kokkuvil. They were both riding a motorcycle at that time. “Initially the Police reported these two young men had died as a result of a road accident.  But the next morning it became clear that they had been shot by the police on the road. The rider of the […]

Bus stoned, group of youth assaulted in Jaffna

26th October 2016 // 0 Comments

It was reported that stones were hurled at a bus while several motorcycles were damaged at Anaikkottai in Karainagar last night, Police said. The Manipay Police received information that a gang of unidentified men arrived on several motorcycles had attacked a group of youth with clubs and damaged their motorcycles in Anaikkottai and fled. Three youth had sustained minor injuries due to the attack, the Police said. Investigations have been launched in search of the gang, according to Police. Meanwhile, a group of men had ambushed and hurled stones at a bus in Gurunagar, but there were no passengers at the time of the attack, the Police said. (Romesh Madushanka)

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