October 2016

UN Rapporteur recommends independent commission for minority issues

21st October 2016 // 0 Comments

The United Nations Rapporteur on minority issues today recommended the government establish a fully empowered independent commission for minority issues is included in constitutional reforms to implement mandates and foster relations between communities. Concluding her ten day visit Rita Izsak- Ndiaye the UN’s Rapporteur on Minority Issues urged the government to seize the momentum that still exists from its election, to establish a well coordinated reconciliation and accountability process. Izsak- Ndiaye said an in-depth report on her consultations will be submitted to the United Nations in 2017 but released a statement with shirt term and long term recommendations to the government. Stressing the need to implement the short term recommendations Izsak- Ndiaye said issues relating to the return of land, political detainees and military powers […]

Students shot dead in Jaffna, tension prevails

21st October 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Sinhala Police, gunning down Tamil students in Jaffna, is not different from genocidal military’ [TamilNet, Friday, 21 October 2016, 17:27 GMT] Two Tamil students of the Art Faculty of the University of Jaffna were cold-bloodedly gunned down by Sinhala ‘policemen’ at Kokkuvil, Jaffna, on Thursday night. Both the students died due to gunshot injuries, medical sources at Jaffna hospital said contradicting the cover-up of Colombo. The latest crime committed by the Sinhala Police carrying automatic rifles in the occupied Tamil homeland is a serious security threat to the nation of Eezham Tamils. Sinhala police is not different to the genocidal military as far as the nation of Eezham Tamils are concerned. It was the violent acts by the Sinhala Police in Jaffna that triggered Tamil […]

Tamil Students Of Jaffna University Shot Dead By Lankan Police

21st October 2016 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Two Tamil students were today gunned down by police in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated former war-zone Northern Province’s Jaffna city, prompting authorities to arrest and suspend five policemen. The two students of the Jaffna University were shot dead early morning at a police checkpoint at Kokuvil, Kulappidy junction in Jaffna, nearly 400 kilometres north of Colombo. Though police initially denied shooting the Tamil students saying they had died in an accident, a post-mortem report, however, found bullets lodged in one of the bodies. The five arrested policemen were manning the check point. They have been arrested and suspended, police officials said. Tamil National Alliance has sought an independent investigation into the incident. The incident comes a day after a UN rights expert asked exhorted the […]

Sri Lanka: Tamils:Written question

21st October 2016 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka: Tamils:Written question – 49000 Q Asked by Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak) [N] Asked on: 17 October 2016 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sri Lanka: Tamils To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the government of Sri Lanka on the persecution of Tamil people in that country; and if he will call for an international investigation into that persecution.   Answered by: Alok Sharma Answered on: 20 October 2016 The Sri Lankan government has taken a number of positive steps to improve the human rights situation in that country, but we recognise that there remains much to be done. In our statement to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in June we set out the […]

The shadowy human cost of £1,200 hair-extensions revealed

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

A stylist in an upmarket London salon puts the finishing touches to Naomi Isted’s hair. Naomi, a chic thirtysomething, touches a hand to her platinum tresses and smiles at her reflection. And no wonder. Her hair is glossy and voluminous, framing her face in bouncy waves that make her the envy of other women in the salon. It certainly looks impressive — but that’s not her hair. At least, not all of it. She’s spent three hours having £1,000 worth of extensions, made from real human hair, attached to the roots of her own blonde locks. Naomi is just one of tens of thousands of British women who use hair extensions, a number that’s risen by 70 per cent in the past five years. Celebrities […]

Diaspora won’t come until a new constitution is implemented

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The Diaspora isn’t coming back to the country until such time a new constitution is implemented, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said in Colombo recently. Speaking at an event organised by Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) he said that they (Diaspora) are waiting for the implementation of the new constitution which is to be introduced shortly. Sampanthan stressed on the importance of developing the agricultural, fishing and livestock sectors in its progress march towards making Sri Lanka a hub of the region. He re-iterated that ETCA must be protected and that Sri Lankan entrepreneurs should take advantage of the business opportunities opening up with India and that with careful planning Sri Lanka could exploit the Indian market with the growing of grains forexport to this […]

Clinton to be urged to bring Sri Lankan war criminals to ICC

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

A US based Tamil diaspora group says it will urge US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to bring alleged Sri Lankan war criminals to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Tamils for Clinton, which is supporting Clinton at the Presidential elections next month, noted that so far Tamils have not seen substantial results in Sri Lanka after the latest UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution. “Currently, about half a million displaced Tamil people live in Northeast of Sri Lanka. There are fifty thousand orphans and ninety thousand war widows who are still waiting for accountability and justice seven years after the end of conflict. Transitional justice processes and mechanisms are a critical component of the United Nations framework for strengthening the rule of law; Tamils should not accept anything […]

Need For Retraction & Apology By President

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By ANI Ekanayaka – Professor A.N.I. Ekanayaka Just as pathetic as the recent repugnant public criticism of the Bribery Commission, CID and FCID by the President, is the stupidity of some Ministers who have been trying to vainly put a good face on a bad speech, as if the people of this country are fools who can’t understand spoken Sinhala and will believe anything they are told. Where millions have heard and watched the widely circulated video recordings of the President’s speech for themselves, the people are not deceived. People know exactly what he said and meant notwithstanding the distortions of politicians who would pull wool over their eyes. Indeed if nothing else the resignation of the Director General of the Bribery Commission is final […]

R SAMPANTHAN MEETS RITA IZSÁK-NDIAYE

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan has met with the visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye. During her meeting with the Opposition Leader and representatives of the Tamil National Alliance the UN Rapporteur had conveyed that she gathered information from various parties pertaining to serious issues of minorities especially in coexisting in the country. She had conveyed that the questionable statements were made also stemming from a long drawn conflict. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye also stated that the foundation for people coexisting is laid out in the constitution and must therefore be adhered to. The TNA had then informed the UN Rapporteur of efforts towards the formation of a new Constitution claiming concerns surrounding minority issues will be changed through the foundation of […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa of called President Maithripala Sirisena few hours after the Director of the anti-graft commission sought permission to investigate the bank accounts based in Dubai

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Transparency on the corruption probes uncertain – Rajitha Owing to several reasons, transparency on the corruption probes into the activities of the former government is uncertain, Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne says. He expressed this view while speaking at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (19). Senaratne also went on to say the investigation to locate money that was secretly transferred to accounts in Dubai by figures close to the administration of the former President has come to an end. Earlier, Senaratne claimed that more than $10 billion, more than the country’s foreign reserves, was kept outside the country by those closely related to the last government. The Minister also accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of calling President Maithripala Sirisena recently […]

Convicted major pays Rs 2 mn to LTTE’er relatives

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

by Chitra Weerarathne Convicted Major Wimal Wickramage, formerly attached to the Pt. Pedro Army camp yesterday paid Rs. 2,000,000 as compensation to the nearest relative of deceased LTTE suspect Robert Wellington. The money was given to the widow. The court directed the widow to take Rs. 1,000,000 and the father of the deceased to take the balance Rs. 1,000,000. The convict also paid Rs. 10,000 as a fine. Deceased Robert Wellington was shot on or about October 26, 1998, when he tried to escape from an army camp by climbing the wall of the camp. The Major was indicted on a charge of shooting and killing the suspect. The Major was convicted on August 31, 2016. Two years rigorous imprisonment suspended for 10 years was […]

It would not be possible to prevent Sri Lanka becoming another Pakistan.

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Subsequent to the controversial statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena that summoning Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Navy Commanders to Court regarding the Avant Garde Accusation was wrong, the following day which was Thursday, Indian High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha had met Maithri. Although sources from the Indian High Commission said the meeting was to discuss Maithri’s trip to India, we cannot say whether Maithri’s controversial speech was also subject to discussion on that occasion. India is a country that has an eye on the behaviour of the Security Forces of Sri Lanka. The reason is Sri Lanka is a neighbouring country to India. When the Indo-Lanka Agreement was being signed, JR feared that the Army in Sri Lanka will carry out a conspiracy against the Agreement. […]

CID seeks details of 30 bank A/Cs Edirisinghe Jayamanna Suicide

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Ananda Weerasuriya Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate Mohammad Sahabdeen yesterday gave the CID permission to obtain statements of 30 bank accounts and details of telephone conversations of the family members of the former Army Sergeant Major Edirisinghe Jayamanna, a resident of Karandupana, Kegalla, who committed suicide, leaving behind a note claiming he had killed Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. The CID making submissions in the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court requested a Court Order directing bank managers to release details of some 30 bank accounts maintained by the family members of the deceased Army officer. The CID also requested Court to order five cell phone companies to release details about telephone calls taken by the victim during the past three months. The CID requested Court to […]

‘SL leading UK in female participation in IT jobs’

19th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Hiran H.Senewiratne Female participation in IT related jobs in Sri Lanka is around 30 percent, which is higher than the corresponding figure in the UK. According to statistics, female participation in IT jobs in the UK is 17 percent. Therefore, Sri Lanka is an important market place for the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT qualifications, its president Ray Long said. “Sri Lanka has achieved significant development in the IT sector and it is the need of the hour to use IT for government organizations to drive the society for major IT project management activities in order to reap economic benefits, Long told The Island- Financial Review recently during a short visit to Sri Lanka. He said that Sri Lanka is the […]

Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran & Opposition Leader Sampanthan under death threat!

17th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Wiggy, Sampanthan under death threat? By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran revealed that he had received an e-mail in Sinhala, from a person in Balapitiya around the end of September and later,……a telephone call , presumably from the same person, claiming that he had come to know of a conspiracy to get a contract killer to assassinate Sampanthan, on payment of Rs 25 million and blame it on the LTTE, to make out the organization is still active. The CM said the man confirmed that he was the one who sent the email. “He gave details as to how he came to know about it. Who was to be contracted for the killing and so on.” Wigneswaran said: “I told […]

Is Sirisena A Political Traitor?

17th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Granville Perera – Maithripala Sirisena has come up with his new version of “Thana Patiya and Madu Waligaya”. He has exposed his true intentions OF STAYING IN POWER with his now infamous speech at “Sathviru Heritage” function held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, organized to transfer ownership of houses and properties to the security divisions. What has made him change overnight? Does he want his second term or is there a threat of a coup by Gota and his merry men, or a decent enough kickback offered by the Sri Lankan Viktor Bout, the Senadipathi of Avante Garde fame. He has found fault with independent commissions acting independently. It is pertinent to recall the speech made by our globally acclaimed head of Good […]

Sri Lanka’s Malay Tamils and the fight for minority status

17th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The turbulent history of Sri Lanka’s tiny Malay Tamil community has been brought to the fore by the recent visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues to the island nation. The UN Special Rapporteur Rita Izsak-Ndiaye arrived in Sri Lanka last Monday to examine the status of minorities in light of the aftermath of its bloody decades-long civil war. She held her first meeting with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samarweera and will advise on, monitor and report on rights for ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities. Rita then met Ahamed Nazeer Zainulabdeen, the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province to discuss the state of the Malay Tamil minority groups in Sri Lanka. According to BBC Tamil, Rita presented the request of Malaysian Tamils […]

LSE student ‘tipped to be Sri Lanka leader’ is found dead in his room

17th October 2016 // 0 Comments

A member of one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent political families was found dead in his room at a London university shortly after going to bed complaining of a fever. Friends who became worried when Adhil Bakeer Markar failed to answer phone calls battered down the door of his London School of Economics dorm to find him lying unconscious. They tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene from a suspected heart attack. Scotland Yard is treating the death, just before 1pm last Wednesday, as unexplained but not suspicious. Mr Bakeer Marker, 25, had been tipped as a future head of his nation. He was studying for masters in politics after winning a prestigious Chevening scholarship, designed to give future leaders […]

Putin assures fullest support to Sri Lanka

17th October 2016 // 0 Comments

President of Russia Vladimir Putin, expressing his appreciation over the transformation being occurred in Sri Lanka and assured he will provide every required support to Sri Lanka. He made these remarks when he met President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the BRICS Outreach Summit yesterday (Oct. 16) in Goa, India. President Putin warmly welcomed President Sirisena and expressed his best wishes. President Sirisena thanked the Russian President for the unconditional support extended to Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council. He assured that the government is fully committed to further enhance the friendship between the two countries. Meanwhile, the President also met with the Chinese President Xi Jinping in India, yesterday (16). During the meeting, both leaders discuss the ways and means […]

Thirukumaran Nadesan Granted Bail Over Malwana Land

17th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Thirukumaran Nadesan, who was arrested by the FCID earlier today, was granted bail by the Pugoda Magistrate over the controversial land in Malwana. He was released on a cash bail of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of Rs 1 million each. Nadesan, a former Chairman of Hilton Colombo, is married to Nirupama Rajapaksa, a nice of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The land in question was alleged to be owned by former Minister Basil Rajapaksa. However he informed court that it is not owned by him. The land was to be auctioned as per the court orders when Nadesan came forward. It is said that Nadesan is the owner of the land. However FCID said that they will file a case against him since it was […]

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