October 2016

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Placed Under Surveillance by the same Intelligence Services Commanded by the Ex-Def Secy Earlier

9th October 2016 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that intelligence services had been relentlessly pursuing him. Rajapaksa maintained that intelligence services had checked on his movements and also inquired from various hotels information pertaining to his visits and those with him. The war veteran told The Island that he couldn’t see any justifiable reason to keep him under surveillance as he didn’t pose a threat whatsoever to national security. “I believe they have far more important assignments than to follow me,” Rajapaksa said, urging the government not to engage in silly games. Asked whether he felt threatened by government actions, Rajapaksa emphasized that those who had been inquiring about his movements could be briefed regularly. “I have nothing to hide from those now […]

Ex Dictator Rajapaksha call Maithiri a Dictator

9th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Our Political Editor * Hard-hitting attack on alleged traitors in his Cabinet; they carried out a conspiracy with foreign collaboration; one minister threatened to bring thousands of monks to the streets *Accuses present administration of messing up the economy, corruption and witch-hunt against Rajapaksa loyalists continuing The rustic mansion along Colombo’s Gregory’s Road, a stone’s throw away from the British High Commission, has been home for some of Sri Lanka’s colourful personalities of recent times. It was the official residence for one of the country’s illustrious Foreign Ministers, the late Lakshman Kadirgamar. Maithripala Sirisena, the then Minister of Health, lived there after the assassination of Kadirgamar in 2005. He continued to remain there for many months after being elected President in January last year. […]

Establishing relation between Scotland Police to strengthen the course for training trainers.

9th October 2016 // 0 Comments

A conference was held between the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Pujith Jayasudara and a group of representatives of Scotland Police, including Superintendent of Police, Mr. Mark Francis Anderson at 11.30 (today) on 07.10.2016 at IG’s Conference Hall, Police Headquarters. This conference was held with the idea of strengthening relation between Scotland Police regarding the training courses on management of public peace. Accordingly, steps will be taken to strengthen the course for training trainers. Many high ranking police officers including Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police  Administration, Mr. C. D. Wickramarathne and Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police, Special Task Force, International Relational, Recruitment and Training, Mr. M. R. Latiff participated in this occasion.  

Northern Sports fiesta concludes with more questions than answers

9th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The 42nd National Sports Festival conducted by the Ministry of Sports was concluded in Jaffna last week while once again raising many questions over several shortcomings. The Games concluded with the organisers providing an assurance that they would put up a better performance at the next event.  However, this has been the same old story that the Sports Ministry officials have been commenting on since the inaugural Sports Festival was staged in 1970. But sadly, every year the organisers tend to commit the same blunders and they continue with the promises that they would improve at the next event. The main reason for this is because the top officials in the Sports Ministry are lacking in professional experience and not having handled major sports events previously. […]

Madras HC Says NO To film Portraying Sri Lankan War Crimes by Rajapaksha!

9th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Isaipriya ‘Raped’ and Killed by Sri Lankan Army, says Channel 4 video … Raping and Murdering Your Way Into War Crime Court ‘Indisputable … WARCRIMES: Tamil actress Isaipriya Raped and killed by Lankan … The Madras High Court has upheld an order of the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), which had refused to grant certification to a feature film in Tamil directed by K. Ganeshan, titled Porkalathil Oru Poo, portraying the life of a journalist named Isai Priya in Sri Lanka. By allowing a temporary injunction application preferred by the relatives of Isai Priya, Justice TS Sivagnanam also restrained the director and producer of the film from releasing the film. New Footage Showing The Murder of Isaipriya by Sri Lankan Army … Shocking war video […]

Asylum seeker who ‘wanted to suicide bomb train’ told by worker ‘you’re not getting on without a ticket’

9th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Sureshkumar Thurairajah, 44, had approached a rail worker, telling him: “I want to suicide bomb the train” He urged the judge to impose a sentence of less than 12 months, as he intends to appeal against his deportation, which is automatic if jailed for a year or more. An asylum seeker who said he wanted to ‘ suicide bomb ‘ a train was calmly told by a worker that he couldn’t get on without a ticket. Sureshkumar Thurairajah, 44, wore a bulging anorak zipped up to his neck and a baseball cap covering part of his face at Liverpool’s Lime Street Station. When asked if he had a ticket at the underground station ’s barriers he told Merseyrail worker David Evans: “I want to suicide […]

PM expects inquiries since January 2009 into Lasantha, Ekneligoda , Wasim killings to conclude soon?

9th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his New Zealand counterpart John Key at the news conference they gave in Auckland last week. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expects the investigations into the murders of journalists Lasantha Wickremetunga (on January 8 2009) and Prageeth Ekneligoda (on January 24, 2010) and national ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen (on May 17, 2012) to be completed  by the end of next month. Senior journalist and Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga was killed while he was on his way to work on January 8 2009, by four armed assassins riding motorcycles. Prageeth Ekneligoda a political cartoonist went missing on January 24, 2010 and is yet to be found. He is widely believed to have been abducted and killed by Mahinda’s Government forces who were abducting and killing any one who opposed the […]

Heed The Voice From The North And Answer Allegations

8th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The protest march and mass rally organised by the Tamil People’s Council in Jaffna has been criticised by the government and generated misgivings in the rest of the polity.  The TNA, which is the main Tamil party in North has disavowed the protest.  It has said that launching a protest march like Eluga Thamil (Rise Up Tamils!) is not beneficial to the Tamil people at this time when discussions are being conducted for a new constitution. On the other hand, the protest has the support of Tamil parties and groups that are outside of the present constitutional talks and other government-led reconciliation processes.  The large number of people who attended the rally, estimated to be 10-15,000 indicates a substantial degree of public participation and support for the protest. The […]

Nationalist Mobilisations & Eluga Thamil: First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

8th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Ahilan Kadirgamar – Ahilan Kadirgamar The Eluga Thamil rally on September 24 in Jaffna was nothing but the continuation of efforts to keep reactionary Tamil nationalism mobilised after the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009. The forces that organised this protest have been active with the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) and more recently the Tamil Peoples Council (TPC). Their chauvinist Tamil nationalist rhetoric attempts to capture the political mainstream in Jaffna and carve out a space within the Tamil political sphere dominated by the TNA. The polarising politics centred on the projection of victimhood and the call for international intervention is not new, the genocide resolution by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) last year was one […]

Tamils In The North-East Protest At Last

8th October 2016 // 0 Comments

By Brian Senewiratne – Dr. Brian Senewiratne On the 24th September 2016, there was a massive protest in Jaffna, in the Tamil North, where some 15,000 Tamils took part in the biggest protest since the end of the armed conflict 7 years ago. The protest called ‘Ezhuka Thamizh’ (Let Tamils rise), saw thousands of Tamils from all eight provinces in the North and East come to Jaffna. It was a long overdue protest. To deal with this most important event, there must be an understanding of the ground situation in the Tamil North and East. The situation on the North and East After the end of the armed conflict in May 2009, the entire (Tamil) North and East was handed over by the then President, […]

Stage set for New Sinhala Racist party under Mahinda

8th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Former Minister and Parliamentarian, Basil Rajapaksa has decided to clear the air over the formation of a new political party and claims that it is the people who had called for a new force to combat the government. In an interview to Weekend Nation, Rajapaksa speaks about the process towards forming a new party and responds to allegations of striking a deal with the United National Party (UNP). He said the formation of a new political front with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the helm revealed that the name and symbol of the party was expected to be finalised by the end of next week. In addition, moves are also afoot to form two new trade unions for the public and private sector institutions that would […]

Mano-CBK clash over reconciliation

8th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages, Mano Ganesan confirmed that he has complained to President Maithripala Sirisena with regard to interference from former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in relation to ongoing efforts at reconciliation in the country. Kumaratunga, a backer of the incumbent Government, is currently the Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR). “I do not want to be made to look like some showcase Minister or a Minister for show while others do the work of reconciliation”, Ganesan said. He further added that the ONUR chaired by Kumaratunga was continuing to poke its fingers into the work of the Ministry of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages. He noted that external interference was bearing down on his efforts […]

We’ll defeat new Constitution – Wimal Weerawansa

7th October 2016 // 0 Comments

“We have received information that government will go for a referendum by January or February next year to pass a new Constitution beneficial to leaders such as R. Sampanthan of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The Joint Opposition challenges the government to go for a referendum and they will defeat the new Constitution with the support of the people.” Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) MP Wimal Weerawansa said in an interview with Ceylon Today. Excerpts: ?: Where does the Joint Opposition stand after the damning statement about removing temples in the North by Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran? A: Considering the past, racism in the North and East was created by the terrorists named the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) […]

Rise up with MAHINDA in South and rise up with Wiggy in North

7th October 2016 // 0 Comments

After Mahinda lost the presidential election in 2015, and went to Medamulana, it was Wimal, Udaya Gammanpila and Dinesh who brought pressure to bear on Mahinda to continue in politics, because they were aware they have no political future without Mahinda. What Mahinda told them was to hold rallies across the Island and demand him to come back to politics, and Wimal, Gammanpila, Dinesh and Vasu organized these rallies on the theme ‘Rise up with Mahinda’ . The racism that was defeated by the people of the South and the North at the 2015 presidential election was again stoked under this campaign along with Mahinda. ‘Rise up with Mahinda’ campaign was an effort to revive the racism that was buried during the 2015 presidential election. […]

There is a plot to murder me, says Tamil Chief Minister Wigneswaran

6th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran has charged elements in the south of plotting his murder. “I have been receiving information continuously that there are efforts being taken to kill me and to put the blame on the LTTE,” he said, in a message read out at a recent book launch. The Chief Minister’s accusations come a week after he led the ‘Eluga Tamil’ rally in Jaffna. The demonstration highlighted Tamil people’s concerns over militarisation and alleged Sinhala colonisation in the north. Several thousand Tamils flocked to the rally that some compared to the LTTE-linked ‘Pongu Tamil’ rallies in 2002-04. Days after, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), a Sinhala-Buddhist organisation notorious for its anti-Muslim campaigns in the south, protested in the […]

‘Whatever the army saw, they destroyed’: looting and loss in Sri Lanka’s civil war

6th October 2016 // 0 Comments

In an extract from his memoir, A Long Watch: War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka, Commodore Ajith Boyagoda recalls senseless destruction by soldiers One moment stands out for me as the most formative of my military career. This was in Karainagar, on another of the northern islands, immediately after our military operation there in 1991. Dealing with the civilian sick and weak you really feel the effects of war. In April of that year, I was awaiting transfer to Jaffna, eight years after my last posting to the north. I was summoned a month early because the naval base at Karainagar was under siege. The news in the east, where I was when I received the order, was that the camp was about to […]

Sampanthan urges parliament to accept Wigneswaran’s word

6th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Sampanthan urges parliament to accept Wigneswaran’s word October 4, 2016, 10:31 pm By Saman Indrajith Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had complained that media had attributed some statements to him that he did not utter with regard to the situation in the North, TNA parliamentary group leader R Sampanthan said in Parliament yesterday. Samapanthan said so participating in the debate that ensued after MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena, who made a special statement demanding to know the government’s position on Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s recent statement which Gunawardena said was detrimental to national security. Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella said the Chief Minister had denied the media reports. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would give a detailed response to the query raised by MP […]

Counter Terrorism Law will be worse: Sumanthiran

6th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran raised fears in Parliament, that the proposed new law which will replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) will be worse than the PTA. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said recently that a counter-terrorism law will be introduced instead of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. In August the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan had said the PTA will soon be abolished and it will be replaced by the Counter Terrorism Act. “Some highly placed sources say that detention and concealment of confession will not be removed and that would possibly bring adverse effect to the Government” He said. “Pledging to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act and bringing it up by […]

Chief Minister Wigneswaran warns of possible arrest if Tamils repatriated from Switzerland

6th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran requested visiting Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga not to repatriate the Tamil asylum seekers since there is no possibility of granting amnesty in Sri Lanka, adding that they might be arrested. Swiss Minister Sommaruga had mentioned in her statement prior to the visit to Sri Lanka that she would focus on the repatriation of the Tamil Asylum seekers who had been in Switzerland. The Northern CM stressed that the prevailing situation is not the appropriate time to send them back as there are possibilities of arrest on their arrival. The CM noted that though the Prevention of Terrorism Act would be abolished there is a possibility of drafting a law equal to the PTA. He added that he wished […]

Promotion of minority rights critical in Sri Lanka says UN

5th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 20 October 2016 to assess the current situation of national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in the country. “Experience has shown that the recognition and promotion of minority rights are critical, if not requisite, in achieving long-lasting peace and reconciliation, particularly in countries such as Sri Lanka that were once divided by ethnic conflicts,” noted the independent expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise in the field of minority rights globally.  “Considering the long-standing grievances that were at the roots of the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka, any efforts towards accountability and reconciliation must include […]

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