17th October 2016

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Sumanthiran slams President’s sympathy on military personnel and negligence on Tamil inmates

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TNA parliamentarian and Spokesman of the party, M.A. Sumanthiran said President Maithripala Sirisena expresses his solicitude over the military personnel who have been in custody for 16 months and fails to do the same to the Tamil inmates who have been behind bars for 16 years without any charge. He made the remarks at an interview with a local media. He further said that the law of the country same for all citizens, adding that it cannot be differed to military personnel and civilians. He added the President have expressed his concern over the detention of the intelligent officials of the military for 16 months. If they are found guilty, they must be charged otherwise must be freed, that is what the legal procedure. But […]

Sri Lanka activists demand sacking of military intelligence chief

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s top civil society activists came out strongly Friday against President Maithripala Sirisena’s  controversial remarks and demanded that he sack a top army intelligence officer to end a deepening political crisis. Professor Sarath Wijesuriya told reporters in Colombo that President Sirisena, whom they backed at the January 2015 elections, had become a hostage of army intelligence chief, Brigadier Tuan Suresh Sallay, and accused him causing tensions within the unity government. “He has planted a falsehood that the entire armed forces are against the President. He (Brig Sally) is a person who is due to be arrested,” Wijesuriya said. “If the President wants to end this criminal activity of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI), this person (Brig Sallay) must be removed.” Military […]

‘secret pact’ between President Sirisena and Rajapaksa family

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Gota hails President for slamming anti-corruption bodies Ex-defence official says he is ‘happy’ the truth had finally dawned on President Sirisena Insists there is no ‘secret pact’ between President Sirisena and Rajapaksa family  Ranjan Ramanayake steps into mediate crisis between President and PM    By Dharisha Bastians Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has hailed President Maithripala Sirisena’s fiery speech on Wednesday that drew sharp criticism from civil society and opposition political parties and exposed a major rift in the ruling UNF-SLFP coalition. Speaking to the BBC Sinhala Service from China, where he is currently attending a defence summit, the powerful former official in the Rajapaksa Government said he was “happy the President had finally understood the truth” state institutions probing corruption allegations.  Denying that he had spoken […]

Sri Lanka’s 6th Amendment to be Challenged at the UN by TGTE

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6th Amendment is a violation of Freedom and Conscience GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, October 17, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) starting on October 24th, coinciding with this year’s UN day, is calling all lawyers from the homeland, the Tamil Diaspora, Global Tamils, and all progressive lawyers across the globe to lend their support and provide legal representation in the communication to be filed by the TGTE with the UN Human Rights Committee with respect to the 6th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution. It is expected that the TGTE will be citing several internationally well known cases and argue with the UN that the 6th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution criminalizes peaceful advocacy for an independent state and that it is […]