October 2016

CHARGES FILED AGAINST GALAGODATHE GNANASARA THERA

13th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The Attorney General today issued a charge sheet against the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena organisation Galagodathe Gnanasara thera over his unruly behaviour opposite the Homagama Magistrate’s Court. NewsRadio Court correspondent said four charges were filed against the thera. A complaint was launched by the Homagama Magistrate with the Court of Appeal. The charges were filed against Gnanasara thera by the Attorney General. The thera was charged with Contempt of Court, insulting Court, undermining the supremacy of Court and for unruly behaviour opposite the Homagama Court premises. The thera was not present in Court when the case was taken up for hearing today, following which Appeals Court Judge S Ilayaraja issued summons for the thera to appear before Court on the 18th of […]

Dead teenager’s parents claim damages from KMC and RDA

13th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The parents of the 17-year-old schoolgirl, who died last year after falling into an unprotected drain at the Nittawela Junction on the Kandy-Katugastota Road, filed a civil law suit, in the Kaduwela District Court today, claiming damages from the Kandy Municipal Council (KMC) and the Road Development Authority (RDA). They are claiming Rs.100 million each from the two institutions. At the time of her death, the teenager Sahebdeen Mohamed Asra was studying for the GCE Advanced Level at the Badiudeen Mohamed Balika Vidyalaya in Kandy. She is reported to have fallen into the open drain when trying to escape the water splashed by a speeding vehicle, while returning home in the pouring rain with two other girls after attending a tuition class. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

US judge reduces jail sentence of three LTTErs

13th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Three men convicted by the US of being LTTE terrorists would get their sentences reduced by 10 years after a Brooklyn judge revealed that he had been “haunted” by the case, the New York Daily News reported on Thursday. “I just believe in my heart of hearts that an injustice has been done and I can’t correct it,” Federal Judge Raymond Dearie has said, according to a transcript of a July 15, 2015 conference with prosecutors and defense lawyers. Dearie was referring to the 25-year prison terms he was mandated to give to Canadian nationals Sathajhan Sarachandran, Sahilal Sabaratnam, Thiruthanikan Thanigasalam in 2011 for conspiring to acquire surface-to-air missiles on behalf of the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group fighting against the government of Sri Lanka. […]

Antonio Guterres’s voice for the oppressed and stateless will be stronger than the outgoing United Nation Secretary General Ban Ki moon

13th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The ‘man in the mirror’ for the entire global community for the next five years, would be a 62- year- old Portuguese, Antonio Guterres – United Nations General Secretary (UNSG) elected into office last week; who had a tough time till late, tackling the world refugee crisis. As the Chief of the Refugee Agency of the UN from 2005 to 2015, Guterres promoted and urged all countries to recognize country’s sovereignty and balance its outlook with human sovereignty. He called all nations to recognize human sovereignty and work on that platform. He also maintained, all countries should prevent refugees mushrooming all over; than protecting refugees. Guterres on Sri Lanka Former Premier of Portugal, Guterres is no stranger to Sri Lanka. He […]

President may stop the ”Probe On How Yoshitha, Grand Aunt Built ‘Palaces’ in Mt. Lavinia”

12th October 2016 // 0 Comments

by Nirmala Kannangara Yoshitha Rajapaksa at FCID Investigations carried out by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) have unearthed how the grand aunt of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa offspring – Daisy Forest – had paid millions of rupees to nine individuals to acquire a land to extend a family property at Dehiwela – Mt. Lavinia. Daisy Forest, aunt of Mary Laud Wickremasinghe alias Shiranthi Rajapaksa, is now under an intense probe as to how she collected Rs. 49.52 million to purchase a 30-perch land at Mt. Lavinia and a land which falls under the Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia Cooperative Society. Ninety-year-old Ms. Forest had bought over the adjoining lands in 2013 and is said to have gifted it to her grand nephew Yoshitha Rajapaksa. Following charges levelled […]

Sri Lanka: Chauvinist response to large Tamil protest

12th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Pani Wijesiriwardena 12 October 2016 A large protest in the Sri Lankan town of Jaffna, involving thousands of working people and youth, took place on September 24 against the continued suppression of the democratic rights of Tamils and the military occupation of the island’s north. The demonstration triggered a hysterical response by the Sinhala-dominated political and media establishment in Colombo. All the Sinhala political parties, along with the Buddhist hierarchy, vociferously condemned the Jaffna action, branding it as an attempt to revive the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which was defeated militarily in 2009. The protest, named Ezhuka Tamil or Tamil upheaval, was organised by the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), comprised of several parties of the Tamil elite, led by Northern Provincial […]

UN Rapporteur tells Lanka to focus more on current situation

12th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Rita Izsák-Ndiaye has urged Sri Lanka to focus on the current situation with regard to human rights and minority issues, rather than dwelling on the past.  Rita Izsák-Ndiaye said this when she met with the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan, the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs said. Izsák-Ndiaye, who is in Sri Lanka to assess the current situation of the national, ethnic and religious minorities,  stated that more focus should be placed on the current situation with regard to human rights and minority issues, rather than dwelling on the past. The Minister stated that the present Government has taken many steps to improve the human rights situation […]

Sampanthan, Lead The Tamils Towards A Genuine Solutions

12th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By V. Anandasangaree – V. Anandasangaree My fourth letter in the series is not going to be that palatable to you. You have not taken serious note of the Judgment delivered on the 25th of August at the Ottawa Ontario Federal Court, in the case heard in Toronto Ontario, referred to in my last letter to you. The said case was an appeal filed by a Sri Lankan asylum seeker, for Judicial Review of a decision of the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board (ID). The Honorable Mr. Justice Brown delivering the Judgment along with a list of reasons had said, “I am obliged to dismiss the application for Judicial Review”. Of the reasons given, I quote para 41 which is very relevant, […]

Brexit could knock almost £800 off annual wage of UK’s poorest workers

12th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Brexit could knock almost £800 off the annual wage of the country’s lowest-paid workers by the end of the decade, a major new report has found.  The research concluded that an uncertain economic outlook in the wake of the UK’s European Union referendum could drive down average pay growth, with a direct effect on how the minimum wage is set. It comes after Treasury papers showed Britain could lose up to £66bn a year if it pursues the hard Brexit option – leaving the single market and EU customs union. Theresa May’s Conservative conference speech signalling the UK will prioritise immigration over single market access in Brexit talks also sent confidence in pound sterling tumbling last week. – http://www.independent.co.uk/ – Hard Brexit’ will cost Britain […]

“Siva Senai”(Sivas Army)Launched in Vavuniya to Protect Hindus of Sri Lanka , After Consulting Indian Right-wing Hindu outfits like Shiv Sena,RSS and VHP,

12th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Meera Srinivasan A group of Hindus in Sri Lanka has launched ‘Siva Senai’, an organisation to “protect Hindus from threats from other religious groups” in the island. A ceremony was recently held in Vavuniya, a Tamil-majority town located in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. Clarifying that the organisation had no direct links to Shiv Sena, the right-wing political party in Maharashtra, the group’s Chief Organiser Maravanpulavu Sachithananthan told The Hindu: “But we have their support.” The organisation which, he said, was in its formative stages would campaign for an anti-conversion law in Sri Lanka. He added that Siva Senai was started after consultations with many organisations in India, including the Shiv Sena, RSS, VHP and the Goa-based Hindu Jana Jagruthi Samithi. ‘Serious concern’ “We thought of […]

President Sirisena Blasts Bribery Commission and Police for Charging Gota on missing Rs. 11.5 billion in revenue!

12th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Dharisha Bastians President Maithripala Sirisena slammed the Bribery Commission and two Police divisions for what he called their “hauling” of the former defence secretary and naval commanders to court earlier this month. In a shocking outburst that laid bare a widening chasm between the Head of State and other Government agencies and political actors within the ruling coalition, President Sirisena charged that the Bribery Commission, the CID and the FCID were working to a political agenda. Military commanders who had executed the war and the former Defence Secretary had been “hauled” into court by the Bribery Commission last week, the President said, speaking at a function to present land and houses to military personnel at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute yesterday. “I am expressing […]

Ex-Refugees’ Chief To Head UN…

12th October 2016 // 0 Comments

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Antonio Guterres In the normal course, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s three-day India visit should have made great news in the Sri Lankan media and for the people. But it was not to be. Instead, the nation is shifting its focus between issues of constitution-making, starting with Northern Province Tamil Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran’s seemingly toughening position on ‘unresolved’ aspects of Centre-State relations in the ethnic context. When PM Ranil landed in Delhi, Sri Lanka’s position on the ‘indefinite postponement’ of the Islamabad SAARC Summit, following India’s ‘surgical strikes’ against ‘terror launch-pads’ in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), had added to the already overflowing bilateral plate filled to the brim with the ethnic issue, fishers’ problem and trade pact. Sure enough, the two […]

No houses for Northern IDPs Massive protests imminent

12th October 2016 // 0 Comments

BY Lankesh Gooneratne The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North will stage a massive protest demonstration demanding houses if the government does not implement housing projects meant for IDPs with immediate effect, sources told Ceylon Today. Sources also said over 20,000 persons will engage in protests demanding houses in the North. Furthermore, over 97,000 applications have been received when a model house of the 65,000 housing project was opened for the public. When President Maithripala Sirisena visited the model house, he had been impressed  with the structure, and the tender for the 65,000 housing project had been approved by the Cabinet in September 2015. However, to date, the government has not given the green light to the company to begin construction. Sources said a […]

SPB magic, live in Jaffna

12th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The massive concert marked five decades of the charismatic singer’s career It was 4.30 in the evening on Sunday and thousands had already queued up outside the municipal grounds here for a show that was to begin two hours later. Jaffna has had its share of high-profile visitors from abroad, mostly politicians and diplomats, but none that has held a huge audience captive for five hours. The excitement began that morning, when playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam’s chopper landed in Jaffna. Eager fans had gathered near the landing area, looking skyward and holding their mobile cameras up. “I cannot repay their love,” SPB said on his Facebook page, sharing a photograph he had taken of the crowd. Sell-out performance Virtually every wall and lamp post in […]

Boycotting SAARC Summit Vs Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy

11th October 2016 // 0 Comments

by Ifham Nizam Renowned diplomats believe that Sri Lanka should remain committed to the sustenance and strengthening of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). They say the government’s decision to withdraw from the SAARC summit in Pakistan, against the backdrop of some tensions between India and Pakistan, will not go well for the country or the regional bloc. Some experts say the principle should be that the collective interests of the SAARC region should be always upheld. This principle should in no way be compromised. While in India last week, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had said that the failure of the regional grouping to deliver “acceptable results” for all members would spell a “bleak future” and compel his country to find other “viable […]

Swiss an excellent model for Sri Lanka: Sampanthan – VIDEO

11th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Reiterating the call for a solution based on federal structure, leader of the main Opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan said Switzerland “is an ideal model” for Sri Lanka to consider while making constitution. Visiting Speaker of the National Council of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland Christa Markwalder met the leader of the opposition at his office in parliament on Thursday. Speaking to reporters after meeting Markwalder, Sampanthan said that there were many lessons which Sri Lanka could learn from Switzerland in terms of power devolution and peaceful co-existence. “It’s an excellent model for Sri Lanka. So, we discussed particularly the constitution and the constitutional making process in Sri Lanka. There are many lessons for Sri Lanka to learn,” he said. “Switzerland is a […]

Tamil National Alliance fears law to replace anti-terror act may be old wine in a new bottle

11th October 2016 // 0 Comments

M.A.Sumanthiran COLOMBO: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the premier Tamil political group in Sri Lanka, fears that the proposed new law to replace the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) may well be old wine in a new bottle with most of the controversial provisions being retained. “It may even be worse than the PTA going by the influence of the Security Establishment on government’s thinking on these matters,” TNA’s spokesman and MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, told Express on Sunday. “The Law Commission in its report to the government on replacing the PTA had apparently given suggestions which would have put the new law in line with international best practices. But I hear that the government consulted the Security Establishment and rejected the commission’s suggestions.” “When I raised this issue […]

Sinhalese are not reliable even if the government is an ally of the West

11th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Americans Don’t Like Sinhalese? by Gamini Weerakoon Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian cricket captain and TV commentator at a recent TV talk show was asked by an anchorwoman what he thought of the recent decision of the Indian Supreme Court to ban all politicians from the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). Gavaskar, who apparently did not seem to go along with all the recommendations of the Supreme Court asked: Why ban only politicians in cricket? There are ministers in charge of ministries who are also totally ignorant about the subject. And added: There is only one group that knows all about everything: The media. The usually garrulous anchorwoman, who usually defends the media to the hilt, was at a loss for words. […]

A Tamil Diaspora Perspective on Sri Lanka

11th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran is Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). He is based in New York City. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Sri Lanka’s January 2015 presidential election resulted in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ouster. Since Maithripala Sirisena assumed the presidency, has TGTE’s engagement with the Sri Lankan government changed? If so, how? As we stated in our press release following the 2015 election, the TGTE did not think that Mr. Sirisena’s ascent to the position of president of Sri Lanka would bring any change to the Tamils. We believe that it is the Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinist state structure that has served so cruelly to maintain the Tamil national crisis which has remained unresolved for all these decades. The election […]

Canada will Celebrate January as Tamil Heritage Month from 2017 Onwards

9th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Come January, when Tamils around the world will celebrate Thai Pongal, the whole of Canada will celebrate it as Tamil Heritage Month. Festivities for the inaugural Tamil Heritage Month across Canada will commence in January 2017, which coincides with the Canada 150 celebrations. The House of Commons of the Canadian Parliament unanimously adopted a motion in this regard earlier this week, much to the delight of the strong Tamil community there. The motion was moved by Canadian politician of Tamil origin, Gary Anandasangaree, MP for Scarborough-Rouge Park constituency, and it was discussed in the House in May and September. In an indication of the special place that the community has among the people, parliamentarians from all major political parties spoke in favour of the motion, […]

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